Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Reading - Spring 18.

Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief by Lawrence Wright

Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics: A 10% Happier How-to Book by Dan Harris and Jeffrey Warren

Discipline Equals Freedom: Field Manual by Jocko Willink

The Program: A Novel by Gregg Hurwitz

10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works-A True Story by Dan Harris

No Middle Name: The Complete Collected Jack Reacher Short Stories by Lee Child

The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself by Michael A. Singer

The Escape Artist by Brad Meltzer

The Surrender Experiment: My Journey into Life's Perfection by Michael A. Singer

Peak Performance: Elevate Your Game, Avoid Burnout, and Thrive with the New Science of Success by Brad Stulberg and Steve Magness

The Strangest Secret by Earl Nightingale

Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It by Gary Taubes

Last Shot by Gregg Hurwitz

The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg

Black Edge: Inside Information, Dirty Money, and the Quest to Bring Down the Most Wanted Man on Wall Street by Sheelah Kolhatkar

Robert B. Parker's Old Black Magic by Ace Atkins


Hulk: World War Hulk by Greg Pak & John Romita Jr.

Captain Marvel Vol. 1: Higher, Further, Faster, More by Kelly DeConnick and David Lopez

Frankenstein's Womb by Warren Ellis and Marek Oleksicki

Deathstroke Vol. 2: The Gospel of Slade  by Christopher Priest and Carlo Pagulayan

Lazarus: X+66 by Greg Rucka, Eric Trautmann, Aaron Duran, Neal Bailey, Steve Lieber, Mack Chater, Justin Greenwood, Alitha Martinez, Bilquis Evely, Tristan Jones, Michael Lark

Aetheric Mechanics by Warren Ellis and Gianluca Pagliarani

Zero Vol 1-4 by Ales Kot & Various Artists

Sunday, March 04, 2018

Reading - Winter 17/18.

Infinite by Jeremy Robinson
Starship Troopers by Robert A. Heinlein
Blitzed: Drugs in the Third Reich by Norman Ohler and Shaun Whiteside
The Force: A Novel by Don Winslow
Working for Bigfoot by Jim Butcher,‎ Vincent Chong 
Orphan X: A Novel by Gregg Hurwitz
The Nowhere Man: An Orphan X Novel by Gregg Hurwitz
Hellbent: An Orphan X Novel by Gregg Hurwitz
Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman
The Kill Clause by Gregg Hurwitz
The Night Trade (A Livia Lone Novel Book 2) by Barry Eisler
Journey to Star Wars The Last Jedi: The Legends of Luke Skywalker by Ken Liu
Star Trek: Discovery: Desperate Hours by David Mack

Black Road Volume 1: The Holy North by Brian Wood (Author),‎ Garry Brown (Artist),‎ Dave McCaig (Artist)
Black Road Volume 2: A Pagan Death Paperback by Brian Wood (Author),‎ Garry Brown (Artist),‎ Dave McCaig (Artist)
Batman: The Dark Knight: The Master Race by Frank Miller (Author, Illustrator),‎ Brian Azzarello (Author),‎ Andy Kubert (Illustrator),‎ Klaus Janson (Illustrator),‎ John Romita (Illustrator),‎ Eduardo Risso (Illustrator)
The Dark Knight Returns: The Last Crusade by Frank Miller (Author),‎ Brian Azzarello (Author),‎ John Romita (Illustrator),‎ Peter Steigerwald (Illustrator)
Batman/The Flash: The Button Deluxe Edition by Joshua Williamson (Author),‎ Tom King (Author),‎ Jason Fabok (Illustrator),‎ Howard Porter (Illustrator)
Lazarus Vol. 5: Cull by Greg Rucka and Michael Lark
Happy! Deluxe Edition Paperback by Grant Morrison (Author),‎ Darick Robertson (Artist)
James Bond Vol. 2: Eidolon by Warren Ellis and Jason Masters
The Joker by Brian Azzarello and Lee Bermejo
Kill Your Boyfriend by Grant Morrison and Philip Bond
Wonder Woman: Earth One Vol. 1 by Grant Morrison and Yanick Paquette
Clean Room Vol. 1: Immaculate Conception  by Gail Simone (Author),‎ Jon Davis-Hunt (Illustrator)
FreakAngels Vol. 1 by Warren Ellis and Paul Duffield
Deathstroke Vol. 1: The Professional  by Christopher Priest (Author),‎ Carlo Pagulayan (Illustrator),‎ Mark Morales (Illustrator),‎ James Bennett (Illustrator),‎ Belardino Brabo (Illustrator),‎ Jason Paz (Illustrator)
The King by Rich Koslowski (Author)
Star Wars: Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens - Shattered Empire by Greg Rucka (Author),‎ Marco Checchetto (Illustrator),‎ Phil Noto (Illustrator)

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Scott Adams successfully predicts the future again.

Prior to President Trump’s inauguration, I predicted a coming story arc in three acts. Act one involved mass protests in the streets because Hillary Clinton’s campaign had successfully branded Trump as the next Hitler. Sure enough, we saw mass protests by anti-Trumpers who legitimately and honestly believed the country had just elected the next Hitler. I predicted that the Hitler phase would evaporate by summer for lack of supporting evidence. That happened. 

I also predicted the anti-Trumpers would modify their attack from “Hitler” to “incompetent,” and that phase would last the summer. That happened too. The president’s critics called him incompetent and said the White House was in “chaos.” There were plenty of leaks, fake news, and even true stories to support that narrative, as I expected. Every anti-Trump news outlet, and even some that supported him started using “chaos” to describe the situation. 

Now comes the fun part. I predicted that the end of this three-part story would involve President Trump’s critics complaining that indeed he was “effective, but we don’t like it.” Or words to that effect. I based that prediction on the assumption he would get some big wins by the end of the year and it would no longer make sense to question his effectiveness, only his policy choices..."

Tuesday, December 05, 2017

Reading: July - Nov 17.

Dragon Teeth by Michael Crichton

A Complaint Free World: How to Stop Complaining and Start Enjoying the Life You Always Wanted by Will Bowen

Night School: A Jack Reacher Novel by Lee Child 

The Detachment (A John Rain Novel Book 7) by Barry Eisler

Crazy Horse: A Life by Larry McMurtry

Robert B. Parker's Bull River (Virgil Cole & Everett Hitch Book 6) by Robert Knott

The Hidden School: Return of the Peaceful Warrior by Dan Millman

Robert B. Parker's Little White Lies by Ace Atkins

Embarrassing Confessions of a Marine Lieutenant: Operation Branding Iron by Donny O'Malley

Flight: A Novel by Sherman Alexie

Financial Peace Revisited: New Chapters on Marriage, Singles, Kids and Families by Dave Ramsey

MONEY Master the Game: 7 Simple Steps to Financial Freedom by Tony Robbins 

Unshakeable: Your Financial Freedom Playbook by Tony Robbins

The Total Money Makeover: Classic Edition: A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness by Dave Ramsey

Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett 

So You've Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson

The Elephant in the Room: A Journey into the Trump Campaign and the “Alt-Right” by Jon Ronson

The Amazing Adventures of Phoenix Jones: And the Less Amazing Adventures of Some Other Real-Life Superheroes by Jon Ronson

True Allegiance by Ben Shapiro

The Kill Society: A Sandman Slim Novel by Richard Kadrey

I Will Teach You To Be Rich by Ramit Sethi

Swing Set by Janice Weber

American on Purpose: The Improbable Adventures of an Unlikely Patriot by Craig Ferguson

The Lost City of the Monkey God: A True Story by Douglas Preston

The Midnight Line: A Jack Reacher Novel by Lee Child

Win Bigly: Persuasion in a World Where Facts Don't Matter by Scott Adams

The Wild Storm Vol. 1 Paperback by Warren Ellis,‎ Jon Davis-Hunt 
Wolverine by Daniel Way: The Complete Collection Vol. 1 by Daniel Way, John McCrea, Staz Johnson , Javier Saltares , Steve Dillon, Bart Sears, Ken Knudsten 
The White Donkey: Terminal Lance by Maximilian Uriarte
Wolverine: Old Man Logan Vol. 1: Berzerker Paperback by Jeff Lemire, Andrea Sorrentino
Cow Boy Vol. 1 A Boy and His Horse Paperback by Nate Cosby and Chris Eliopoulos
Wolverine: Origin - The Complete Collection by Bill Jemas, Paul Jenkins, Joe Quesada, Kieron Gillen, Andy Kubert, Adam Kubert
Wolverine Vol. 1: The Brotherhood by Greg Rucka, Darick Robertson
Wolverine Vol. 3: Return of the Native by Greg Rucka, Darick Robertson 
Wolverine Vol. 2: Coyote Crossing Paperback by Greg Rucka, Leandro Fernandez
Atomic Robo and the Temple of Od by Brian Clevinger, Scott Wegener
Wolverine: Old Man Logan Vol. 2: Bordertown by Jeff Lemire
Wolverine: Old Man Logan Vol. 3: The Last Ronin Paperback by Jeff Lemire
Injustice: Gods Among Us Year One: The Complete Collection 
Wolverine: Old Man Logan Vol. 5: Past Lives Paperback by Jeff Lemire, Filipe Andrade,‎ Eric Nguyen 
Hulk: Planet Hulk by Greg Pak,‎ Carlo Pagulayan,‎ Aaron Lopresti,‎ Gary Frank,‎ Takeshi Miyazawa

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Training - 'I say "Fuck you Jobu", I do it myself.'

7/18 - stretch
7/17 - deadlifts, situps, back raise, stretch
7/16 - stretch
7/15 - stretch
7/14 - press, chins, dips, stretch
7/13 - gtg/coct grip & chins, kb bottoms up press, stretch
7/12 - stretch
7/11 - jumps, power cleans, squats, lunge, cable curls, pushdowns, stretch
7/10 - bench, chins, pushups, situps, back raise, gtg/coct grip & chins, stretch
7/9 - stretch
7/8 - stretch
7/7 - jumps, deadlifts, situps, back raise, pushdowns, seated row, stretch
7/6 - stretch, kb swings & getups, bottoms up presses, chins
7/5 - jumps, presses, chins, dips, cable curls, pushdowns, situps, hip thrust, stretch
7/4 - stretch
7/3 - jumps, power cleans, squats, lunges, cable curl, pushdowns, stretch
7/2 - stretch
7/1 - stretch

‪‪International Yoga Day‬: India's oldest yogini V Nanammal, 98, says you shouldn't work up a sweat during yoga — Quartz: "If you’re a power yoga enthusiast or a hot yoga buff with the ability to pull off 100 surya namaskaras (sun salutations) in one go, India’s oldest yoga teacher wants you to know you’re doing it all wrong. V Nanammal, the 98-year-old yoga expert from the southern state of Tamil Nadu, believes that, in its true form, yoga isn’t about rigorous activity or getting all sweaty and breathless; it’s about peace and relaxation, and this is what she’s been practicing every day for nearly a century. Despite her age, Nanammal can effortlessly curl into any yoga asana you name, an ability that’s earned her accolades and awards. To this day, she’s never stepped into a hospital and seems healthier than most millennials, for all their dieting and exercise. She’s now become a celebrity in the yoga, and wellness world and videos of her performing complicated aasanas have gone viral, attracting millions of views."

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Friday, June 30, 2017

Training - "Our lives are easy – too easy physically."

6/30 - wmup/stretch, jumps, bench, chins, pushups, back raise, hanging leg raise, situps, speed bag, stretch
6/29 - kb wmup/swings/getups, stretch, chins
6/28 - wmup/stretch, jumps, deadlifts, situps, back raise, pushdowns, db rows, stretch
6/27 - kb wmup/swings/getups, stretch
6/26 - wmup/stretch, jumps, press, weighted chins, dips, close grip chins, tricep pushups, situps, hip thrust, stretch
6/25 - stretch
6/24 - stretch
6/23 - wmup/stretch, jumps, power clean, squats, lunges, facepulls, pushdowns, speed bag, stretch

Do you need to condition? – JimWendler.com: "The short answer is yes. The “why” isn’t as simple. It is my belief that everyone needs three things in their training program regardless of who they are: strength training, flexibility/mobility and some kind of conditioning. These three things are needed regardless of your level, goal or sport. Many people will need more than these three things but these things are the minimum. Of course, the goals you have will determine which area will receive a great emphasis. But everyone from a competitive athlete to the sedentary commuter programmer needs to lift something relatively heavy, loosen their bodies and get out of breath. For most of us that aren’t high level competitive athletes and are just men trying to get as strong as we can, conditioning offers the following benefits: Improved health (these have been widely documented) – especially for those that have a history of heart disease or high blood pressure. Improved recovery from heavy lifting sessions. Improved sense of well-being. Improved recovery between sets. Ability to do better work in the weight room – aka not out of breath all the time and be able to complete your training without driving yourself into the ground every single day...

Our lives are easy – too easy physically. On the converse, our brains and emotions are constantly being challenged. The mental stress in our world is at an all-time high. What better way to relieve this stress than to break down our bodies and tap into a mindset that no longer gets challenged? ...I’m not asking everyone to run a marathon a day or push the Prowler every morning – what I’m asking people to do is to have the foresight to realize that conditioning is an essential part of training. Leaving something out, one of the three pillars, always leaves a gap. And the sooner you realize your gap, the better of your life will be. On all levels."

The Real Reason Everyone's Fat | T Nation: "Accusing other people for causing your circumstances only postpones the good stuff you could be enjoying. So personal responsibility is nonnegotiable. It's the first step. Then expect temptation and plan how you're going to beat it. Temptation is inescapable and everyone faces it. If you're still blaming your spouse for sabotaging you with tempting food, don't count on changing. We're all tempted by about the same shit; your challenges aren't special. And even if you're injured or ill, there's still a way to choose the best options within your given set of circumstances.  Can't get support at home? Find it elsewhere, then be a role model for your family. It'll be a struggle, but it's supposed to be. Everyone experiences that. If you're not struggling, then you're probably not making progress. The struggle is what keeps you from getting weaker, fatter, less mobile, and more incompetent as the owner of your body. The blame-game won't make you any fitter or healthier. It's not working for the rest of the world, so don't expect it to work for you. The question is, are you going to fight your challenges or let them own you? The choice is yours. It always has been. It always will be...

You know that people who are out of shape could be making the best choices within their circumstances, no matter how unfortunate those circumstances are. And you know that "body acceptance" is a sham because their lives would be much easier if their frail frames and feeble joints weren't hauling around extra weight. You know they'd feel better about themselves, have more energy, move more freely, take fewer meds, sleep better, get out more, have fewer doctors' appointments, deal with less pain, have better sex, and (ironically) enjoy their food a lot more than they do now. There's a way to be both compassionate and honest. But by playing the sycophant you're encouraging people to be the victims rather than the masters of their circumstances. And I hope that people who are out of shape make the choices that prove you wrong. Because you see, if they can CHOOSE to get in better shape today, then they could've CHOSEN better behaviors in the first place that would have kept them from getting where they are now. There is a choice. Your patronizing pity is more insulting than the brutal honesty of someone who says, "You're fat and here's what you can do about it.""

Most people haven't been bitten by the fitness bug. They're not into lifting, nor do they go to the store thinking about macronutrients, ingredients, or overall nutritional value. That's fine. They're into what they're into. And they're often extremely smart people, which means that if they want to get stronger and leaner, they'll find ways. They can hire trainers, read books, do a bit of research, cook for themselves instead of eating out, imbibe a little less, sleep a little more, and plug into groups of people with similar challenges. Same with you. If you're overweight, don't let anyone tell you that you don't have a choice, or that you got this way and it was totally out of your control. Why? Because if you think like that, then you probably won't ever feel competent enough to take control, at least not long-term. If you don't care about strengthening your body or improving your health, that's your business. You will prioritize what's important to you. Just don't say the fitness industry failed you, or that diet books, food manufacturers, or your family is to blame for the repercussions you're facing now. It's your body and YOUR business, remember?

Everybody who's in shape fights for it in some way. It's not given to us. We all have personal disadvantages and challenges to overcome. So unless you're among the very few genetically gifted and environmentally blessed, you can't get lean without a struggle. You can't build muscle without a struggle. And you certainly won't maintain either without struggling in some way. On top of that, your struggles will change yearly, monthly, sometimes even daily. So once you overcome your initial challenges, you'll be faced with more. And they happen everywhere: under the barbell, at school, in the doctor's office, in the kitchen or the car, anywhere! Getting in shape isn't a thing that happens exclusively at the gym. It's what you do constantly with every choice you make."