Saturday, December 24, 2011

Cooking/Food Log.

Two weeks worth of indulgence.  First up, the week in London where I basically had anything that caught my eye, with beer, usually.  Ah, vacation...

Then the first week back in Liberia, where despite staying on board with PT, I've felt no rush in getting back to eating in a healthy manner, watching calories, carbs or processed junk.  Far too much chocolate-y goodness lying about, simply mocking me. 
Next week, I think, once the Xmas weekend dissipates, I'll start tightening up things again.

Finally, back to throwing together food for the Mrs.  Nothing fancy, but it's what I do, apparently...

Ho. Ho. Ho.

Feels true.

Friday, December 23, 2011

On understanding religion, life, perspective. Plus comics.

Random things I've come across this week as I get caught back up to the internets.  Certainly a theme to be had here.

"Come home"?  Ha-ha, no.  Fuck.  You.  
[I may still have anger issues.]
They can keep their culture of guilt, shame, fear, punishment, torture and imaginary stories and do something quite anatomically difficult with it.

...and let's finish up on a positive note.

Understanding all the #Occupy - courtesy of Dilbert.

Louis CK makes a million dollars at $5 a pop, selling a DRM-free comedy concert video online and helping change the way things are done...

Media companies can either get on board, of get out of the way.  This is how things work now.

Louis CK: Live at the Beacon Theater:
"So it's been about 12 days since the thing started and yesterday we hit the crazy number. One million dollars. That's a lot of money. Really too much money. I've never had a million dollars all of a sudden. and since we're all sharing this experience and since it's really your money, I wanted to let you know what I'm doing with it. People are paying attention to what's going on with this thing. So I guess I want to set an example of what you can do if you all of a sudden have a million dollars that people just gave to you directly because you told jokes.

So I'm breaking the million into four pieces..."
If unfamiliar with the background, you can click over and read in full, but here's the gist of it:
"The experiment was: if I put out a brand new standup special at a drastically low price ($5) and make it as easy as possible to buy, download and enjoy, free of any restrictions, will everyone just go and steal it? Will they pay for it? And how much money can be made by an individual in this manner?  
...The show went on sale at noon on Saturday, December 10th. 12 hours later, we had over 50,000 purchases and had earned $250,000, breaking even on the cost of production and website. As of Today, we've sold over 110,000 copies for a total of over $500,000. Minus some money for PayPal charges etc, I have a profit around $200,000 (after taxes $75.58). This is less than I would have been paid by a large company to simply perform the show and let them sell it to you, but they would have charged you about $20 for the video. They would have given you an encrypted and regionally restricted video of limited value, and they would have owned your private information for their own use. They would have withheld international availability indefinitely. This way, you only paid $5, you can use the video any way you want, and you can watch it in Dublin, whatever the city is in Belgium, or Dubai. I got paid nice, and I still own the video (as do you). You never have to join anything, and you never have to hear from us again. I really hope people keep buying it a lot, so I can have shitloads of money, but at this point I think we can safely say that the experiment really worked.  
If anybody stole it, it wasn't many of you. Pretty much everybody bought it. And so now we all get to know that about people and stuff. I'm really glad I put this out here this way and I'll certainly do it again. If the trend continues with sales on this video, my goal is that i can reach the point where when I sell anything, be it videos, CDs or tickets to my tours, I'll do it here and I'll continue to follow the model of keeping my price as far down as possible, not overmarketing to you, keeping as few people between you and me as possible in the transaction. (Of course i reserve the right to go back on all of this and sign a massive deal with a company that pays me fat coin and charges you straight up the ass.). (This is you: yes Louie. And we'll all enjoy torrenting that content. You fat sweaty dolt)."
The whole experiment reminded me of nothing so much as this old infographic, showing just how fucked up the current business model.  Remember, corporations, your obsolete models do not equal my problem. 

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Tuesday, December 20, 2011


Didn't blog from London, so lengthy training data post...

12/20 - 5x2m rounds hvy bag, 3x2m rounds shadowboxing - Bas Rutten MMA Workout/Boxing
12/19 - 40lb weighted vest work - dips 10/8/7, chins 6/4/3/3 - bw chins 6/3 - wrist roller 10lbs x2 cycles
12/18 - travel day, pullups/chinups GTG protocol 10x5
12/17 - pushups 40/15/10/10, airsquats 40/15/20, dt pulldown/pullapart 20/20
12/16 - missed PT
12/15 - 5x giant set - pushups x10, airsquat x20, dt pulldown x10, dt pullapart x10, dt lateral raise x10
12/14 - 3x20 giant set - pushups, deep breathing stretch, airsquats, pulldown, pullapart, lateral raise, airsquats
12/13 - pushups/airsquats 10x10, deep breathing stretch/dynamic tension pulldowns & pullaparts x20
12/12 - travel day/100 pushups
12/11 - 15m roadwork, sprints x5
12/10 - 1.5/2.0m[?] jog/run [Duke East Campus jogging path - online sources vary on the length] - 20m stretching
12/9 - 50 [rep total] chinups/pullups - 3 circuits of chins/wide pullups/standard pullups/close grip pullups to completion - 50 hyperextensions in 3 sets [25 bw 15-10 w/12lb med ball] - 20m intervals treadmill

Commitment: "Everyone wants a magic pill or an easy fad diet to follow to get in shape. When their lack of self-discipline bites them in the butt, they blame other people. I hear “you have better genetics than me,” “I have a thyroid problem”, and the most famous excuse of them all “if I took steroids I would look like those guys in the magazines, too.” Bad news America. We are the fattest country in the world for a reason. We are lazy and our country is in constant search for instant gratification without hard work. This type of work ethic will catch up with you in the long run..."

"Mexico is being wrecked in what amounts to an out-sourced American civil war."

Current policies are amazingly stupid, on every level.  We never learn.
Fred On Everything: "...Huge numbers of Americans use drugs, most assuredly including people on Capitol Hill. Moralists and the Feds don't want them to use drugs. Putting many millions of white users in Leavenworth would be politically awkward. So: Export the war to Mexico, which never had a drug problem. This solution is acceptable for white users, who continue to have ample supplies at high convenience and low cost. It is acceptable to the anti-drug industry, the cops and prison guards and so on, who get fat salaries, and to the narcos. It is a splendid situation all around, except for poor blacks and Mexico. About neither of which anyone gives a damn.
Now, it must be obvious to a mentally retarded marmoset that nothing can stop the flow of drugs to the United States. Any drug anyone might want is available at reasonable cost to anyone who wants it. When peasants in the Sierra Madre Occidental can suddenly have high-end pickup trucks and cable televesion by selling drugs, they are going to sell drugs. And why not? After all, if the gringos don't want drugs, they don't have to buy them, do they? When the cartels make $40 billion a year (a common figure, however arrived at) there will always be those wanting to work in the trade. The money is sufficient to buy military-grade weapons from the US, including from the US government, and it is enough to bribe officials in both countries.
Now, American politicians want to send the military to Mexico, and are doing it quietly in the form of retired or “retired” military types, DEA, drones, training, and all the rest of the now-standard camels' noses under other people's tents. These are the politicians, remember, who brought you Korea, Iran shortly, Viet Nam, Cambodia, Laos, Somalia, Iraq, Pakistan, Uganda, Afghanistan, and all the other well-conceived brilliancies of the wildly ill-informed. Add to this a comic-opera military that has never been able to beat bush-world peasants with AKs and a bad attitude toward invasion.
Many, many know this farce for the farce it is. In this I include large numbers of cops who are not fools and actually see what is going on. If they they talk, they lose their jobs, so they don't. But of course no one really has an interest in ending the slaughter except those being slaughtered..."

Funny, also true - "Fat Acceptance Is Unacceptable."

More at the link, obviously.

Fat Acceptance Is Unacceptable « beastmodal domains: "...While there’s not much substance to making fun of the obese, I’m tired of hearing them bitch about fat shit.  “Wahhhh I can’t lose weight.”  “Wahhhh I can’t buy clothes that fit.”  “Wahhhh the McRib is on a limited run.”

What’s the most pitiful statement that defecates from their foodslots?  “You’re so lucky you’re not fat.  You have good genes.”  Hold the fucking mayonnaise, widebody.  Let’s sort this out.  I’m not fat because:

Genes?  Go to an impoverished nation with a food shortage and find the genetic-lottery losers of weight gain in that bunch.  Being fat has little to do with genetics but a lot to do with poor decisions.  Everyone has a bad-idea-filter in their brain.  The bad-idea-filter in the brains of the obese is disconnected from their tongues.  Boom.  That’s the sound of a scientist high-fiving me.

I have no issue with overweight people who are making legitimate attempts to unfuck their situations by changing behavior. They’ve turned their brains back on and deserve encouragement. The slobs who just want to sit around and bitch while mindlessly pushing assbread down their throats will get no acceptance from me.

... It’s simple: use your goddamned brain, or be stupid and fat."