Saturday, December 03, 2011

You know the War on [Some] Drugs [Users] is mostly semantic bullshit, yes?

Mental Health Check-Up | Men's Health News:
"More than 1 in 10 men between the ages of 20 and 44 take some form of prescription antidepressant, antipsychotic, ADHD drug, or anti-anxiety treatment, according to a recent study by the pharmacy benefit manager Medco. Those numbers are up 43 percent from 2001 according to the report, which reviewed the prescription health claims for more than 2 million people..."

Thursday, December 01, 2011

I laughed - "You're a free market conservative?"

A true test of how much you actually buy into what you say.
['Buy into' - you see what I did there?  I'm clever.]


12/1 - GUTS - pushups 36/1m - situps 50/3m - pushups 28/1m - hindu squats 190/12m - pushups 35/1m - situps 50/3m - pushups 20/1m - MILO [bi/tri dynamic tension] 20&15/4m
11/30 - Bas Rutten MMA Workout - shadowboxing - 5x2m rounds thai boxing - 5x2m rounds boxing - 2x2m rounds footwork/defense

Redd Foxx - "I feel sorry for people who don’t drink or do drugs..."

"...Because someday they’re going to be in a hospital bed, dying, and they won’t know why."

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

RIP Alvin Schwartz - writer, comic book creator, philosopher, mystic.

A writer during DC Comics "Golden Age" but I became aware of him more from his latter books, which I really loved - An Unlikely Prophet and the follow up A Gathering of Selves - which explored the intersections of philosophy, Tibetan Buddhism, magic, the power of fiction... and comic books, of course.

In some ways you could say he was Grant Morrison before there was a Grant Morrison, minus the Katmandu hyperdimensional alien abduction experience, maybe.  [Like Morrison he 'kind of-for real-but seriously' talked of a physical encounter with the Man of Steel himself.]

Sequential | Canadian Comics News & Culture:
"In the nearly 20 years he worked in comics he wrote countless Batman and Superman stories (in comic books and in newspaper strips), came up with the idea (and title) for World’s Finest comics, and was behind the remarkably durable villain Bizarro...

Schwartz returned to the world of superheroes in his 80s when he published An Unlikely Prophet; a meta-autobiography that imagined Superman as a tulpa, a mind-created reality or “thoughtform,” a concept adopted from Tibetan Buddhism. The highlight of the book is Schwartz’s claim that he physically encountered Superman in a taxi in New York City.

In 2006, he published a follow-up of sorts titled A Gathering of Selves in which the Superman tulpa character helps Schwartz transcend the realms of personal identity and travel to a realm inhabited by “a multitude of selves, including the dark figure of Batman” to quote the book jacket..."


11/29 - 3x circuit - hindu pushups 25-15-10/hindu squats 50-30-20/bridge 30count x3
band dislocates/chestpulls/tornado - 2x10
band shoulder triset - press/lateral/rear lateral - 3xburnout
bi/tri superset - curl/ovrx - 2xburnout

11/28 - shadowboxing, 10x2m rounds, Bas Rutten MMA Workout/Boxing
10x2m rounds footwork/defense
hyperx/superman - 2x25/2x25
neck nods/rotations - 2x50/2x50 - neck dynamic tension work
band dislocates/chestpulls - 20/20

11/27 - GUTS calisthenics - pushups 35/1m, situps 57/3m, pushups 25/1m, hindu squats 200/12m, pushups 30/1m, situps 45/3m, pushups 20/1m, MILO bi/tri dynamic tension 20-15/4m
45m stretching - glute/hamstring/hip flexor emphasis

11/26 - Airport PT - Dynamic Tension giant set x20 reps - deep breathing, pulldown, pull apart, MILO
Wall squat x75s, calf raises x50, shoulder lateral isometric 5x5

Inspiring work...

Bertrand Russell breaks it down.

"Breaks it down" being the correct and fancy academic philosophy term for it.
Plus, he's just *rockin'* the pipe.
"My own view on religion is that of Lucretius. I regard religion as a disease born of fear and as a source of untold misery to the human race.

I say quite deliberately that the Christian religion, as organized in its churches, has been and still is the principal enemy of moral progress in the world.

The fundamental cause of the trouble is that in the modern world the stupid are cocksure while the intelligent are full of doubt.

I do not think that the real reason why people accept religion has anything to do with argumentation. They accept religion on emotional grounds. One is often told that it is a very wrong thing to attack religion, because religion makes men virtuous. So I am told; I have not noticed it.

Religion is based, I think, primarily and mainly upon fear. It is partly the terror of the unknown and partly, as I have said, the wish to feel that you have a kind of elder brother who will stand by you in all your troubles and disputes.

A good world needs knowledge, kindliness, and courage; it does not need a regretful hankering after the past or a fettering of the free intelligence by the words uttered long ago by ignorant men.

I am as firmly convinced that religions do harm as I am that they are untrue."

You know, one semester of 'Comparative Theology 101' and an open mind would clear this whole thing up.

Summing up the Judeo-Christian-Islamic ethos in one succinct sentence.

Louis C.K. delivers the truth about boredom.

This - "Blogging is not about opinion but it is about viewing the world in a certain way and sharing it with others how you look at things."

Philosophy humor works on many levels.

A Christmas Greeting for the age of Social Media.

Geektastic - "Batman and Bane Square Off in New Dark Knight Rises Images."