This week's NY Times Magazine

Lots of good articles and photos in this week's NY Times Magazine, focused on Olympic swimmers.

A slideshow of a few of the high tech items used by Olympians to shave precious hundreds of seconds off their times in various sports, including some hot looking sprinter's shoes.
Another profile (and a good one) of Michael Phelps, one that states that Phelps is the best swimmer in the world.
Slideshow of some US Olympic swimmers in the water.
Another slideshow of the swimmers.
Photographic collage (Flash plugin required)
What is the ideal Olympic athlete? If the early Greeks are to be followed, the ideal is more like the egotistical, self-promoting, self-interested Achilles portrayed by Brad Pitt in Troy than the friendly sportsmen proffered by the media.
Finally, an Olympic-level vacuum cleaner, the Dyson vacuum, whose primary selling point may be that it showcases all the nasty gunk it sucks up out of your carpet with its 100,000 g of centrifugal force, in the process convincing you of its efficacy and indispensability. Reminiscent of the Biore nose strip, which shows you the results of its deforestation of your nose in a display both disgusting and satisfying. Needless to say, if I had $500 to spend on a vacuum, this is the one I'd buy. Available at