Friday, June 03, 2011

Thursday, June 02, 2011

Hilarious/QFT - "The Pledge of Allegiance" by The Whitest Kids U' Know.

Considering grades K-8 I went to a Catholic school, in a military town, where we'd raise the flag & say the pledge every morning, with the occasional singing of the Marine Corps Hymn...  Well, I'm just saying it explains a lot, dunnit?  [I never had a fucking chance, did I?]

"Ron Paul Facts" is pretty damn funny.

Along the line of the old "Chuck Norris Facts" Meme.
Ron Paul Facts -- The Beginning:
"Ron Paul has no alarm clock, but instead wakes every morning to the call of freedom.
Ron Paul doesn't cut taxes. He kills them with his bare hands.
Ron Paul doesn't sleep. He deliberates.
Ron Paul doesn't go the gym. He stays fit by exercising his civil rights.
Ron Paul delivers babies without his hands. He simply reads them the Bill of Rights and they crawl out in anticipation of freedom.
Ron Paul can fly, but doesn't because its unconstitutional.
Ron Paul is 9 feet tall, but the weight of his conscience makes him look shorter."

So. Much. This - "The Blame Game | Mark's Daily Apple"

More at the link, but this resonated. For me personally, and folks I've known.

The Blame Game | Mark's Daily Apple:
"...We all know people who have relegated themselves to living some half-developed life, meanwhile nursing a long-past resentment or irrational choice that continually holds them back... Maybe they blame their upbringing – the habits they feel are too ingrained or what they see as the insurmountable challenge of getting beyond obesity and/or health conditions they’ve accepted over the years. Some people feel they’re too far gone to get up again.
Others blame their uncooperative spouses or their kids and the chaos of family life. Still other people tell themselves progress just isn’t possible given their financial situation, work schedule, or aggregate life demands. They’re already juggling too much and can’t give up any part of the routine. They can’t find it in themselves to simplify their act, so to speak, or just renounce it entirely to search for a better way. In other words, some folks can’t find their way out of the box because they refuse to visualize anything but the enclosure around them.

Maybe it’s unconscious irrationality, as Albert Ellis suggested most of us possess in some regard, or maybe it’s a more intentional, embittered blame. Either way, it’s passing the buck. It’s giving up on your own life, health, and chance at happiness. How is this gratifying?

Blame admittedly allows us to languish in the presumed comfort of bad habits. It allows us to wallow in laziness, to accept inertia for the sake of ongoing bitterness. Yet, blame always betrays us in the end. Behind the resignation is painful longing, the essential, enduring instinct to live fully. Whatever excuses we tell ourselves day after day, the sense of loss – of being locked out of our own lives – is still there. It’s a grief that leaves us hollowed out and estranged from life in general...

In finally giving up the blame game, I think we make peace with the complexity and difficulty of life. We shake off the last of our excuses and let go of the martyr role. The fact is, every one of us works around day-to-day chaos and frustration. We will all face desperation and grief of some sort in our lifetime. No one here promised anything different. It’s the rest of life – the chance to live fully and gratifyingly in our bodies, in our relationships, in our vocations (whether it’s what we get paid for or not), in our explorations within this lifetime – that we get to grab hold of and find joy in – for everything it’s worth..."

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

North Carolina, I am disappoint.

I can't get a medium rare burger from my homestate anymore? What am I, five years old? What utter puerile horseshit.

And if simply think I have the bad grammar, you need to Know Your Meme

This, too.


Leonard Nimoy, in a career defining role.

"Never believe anything until it's been officially denied." - Otto von Bismarck

"A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort." - Herm Albright

The return of the rainy season.

So.  Six months or so of this, coming right up.

Cooking/Food Log.

Prepped for the Mrs.

Proper nutrition & free/cheat meals blend together this week what with two dining over/dinner party type things - must manage better - that includes food not pictured, plus the arrival of copious amounts of duty free liquor.  And something in the pic above contributed to and/or directly caused what we'll refer to as '36 hours of food poisoning related unpleasantness.'

Taking pride in a local farmer's market melon.

That is, alas, still not bigger than her head.

Wife's self-made Japanese curry & stew extravaganza.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Japan, is there nothing you can't do? - 'Beer Hour' The Perfect Beer Can Pour!

Via Beer Can Pouring Perfection | Japan Probe


5/29 - P90X D49 - Yoga - Tony Horton One On One 'Patience Hummingbird' Routine
5/28 - P90X D48 - Legs/Back/Abs
5/27 - P90X D47 - Plyometrics
5/26 - P90X D46 - Back/Biceps/Abs
5/25 - P90X D45 - Kenpo X
5/24 - P90X D44 - Chest/Shoulders/Triceps/Abs
5/23 - P90X D43 - Rest/Free/Off

Inspiring - - Back From The Brink: Shaping Up Saved His Life

Motivating - - Once-Dumpy Elena Aguilar Is Now A Wife, Mother—and Fitness Hottie. Meet Her!

Excellent talk from Tony Horton on Fitness