Saturday, February 18, 2012


2/18 - dl 3x20, wr curls 3x15, MMA - thai pads elbow strikes/tire & sledgehammer - BJJ open guard takedowns/tactical stand up/sit out drill - thai pads jab, cross, roundhouse kicks/tire pull - arm drag/band throws 

44 years old.  No Excuses. - - Body Transformation: The Monday That Mattered

Another 40+ years old [Primal] transformation - I Decided I Had Nothing to Lose | Mark's Daily Apple

Orson Welles on Cold Reading.

The really fascinating bit is towards the end, where he discusses fraudulent mediums who become so adept at quickly processing the hidden behavioral cues in their marks that they start to believe in their own supernatural powers.  The "shut eye."

"Orson Welles discusses the nature of 'cold reading', a type of analysis used by many phony psychics and fortune tellers to trick their customers into thinking they indeed do have special powers, and how some can become so skilled at it that they actually trick themselves into believing they are truly psychic."

Working the "not useful" response.

This seems important.

The Power of Negative Thinking Altucher Confidential:
"...This is the hard part. Stop yourself for just a second in the middle of your mental maze of anguish. Label the thought you were thinking “useful” or “not useful”. If someone shat on my face and now I’m thinking about my mental argument wth him or her. This is “not useful”. If you label enough thoughts “not useful” then “Intense” anger might turn into “Moderate” anger. “Moderate” anger might turn into “Mild” anger. This is how you cultivate non-hate instead of compassion. It works. I do it. I can tell you it works.

You might still have to deal with this person (at work, for instance) but your entire dynamic with the person will begin to change and you will see results. They will feel the dynamic. The world will feel it. Everything will change. Not overnight but over time. Intensity on this major leak of your energy goes down. And this is a MAJOR leak.

The hardest part is stopping yourself long enough to do the labeling. The “not useful”. But if you can do that you’ll find this technique also comes in handy in other parts of life.

Like where you feel greed or envy towards someone (“not useful”) or where you feel delusional (daydreaming about what you’d do with the billion dollars you’re going to make on the sewing machine you’re going to invent – “Not useful”). This also goes for when you are talking to someone else about the person who makes you upset (angry gossip is “not useful”) or when something bad happens to the person and you think that’s just fine (“approval” of bad things is “not useful”).

Most things in life, in fact, aren’t very useful to think about (“The IMF”, “Greece”, “most politics”, “family I don’t like”, “ex-friends/girlfriends”, etc)

What’s the outcome of all of this if you get good at this labeling? Its as if you’ve been in a horrible accident that ruins the body you spent a lifetime creating. Suddenly you’ve been rebuilt. Everything that was ugly and hideous sheds away. You become beautiful."

"There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there always has been..." - Isaac Asimov.

"My brain is only a receiver..." - Nikola Tesla

Friday, February 17, 2012


2/17 - AM- Wide-grip neck press/incline dumbbell press (4×8+4×8) Side laterals/dumbbell side swings (4×8+4×8) Bent over Calf press (3x20) - 4x2m rounds shadowboxing/Bas Rutten MMA Workout/Boxing
PM - repeat AM workout
2/16 - Close-grip dips (6×8) Bent over rows (6×8) Drag curl (6×8) - 3x3m rounds shadowboxing/Bas Rutten MMA Workout/Boxing
2/15 - AM - goblet squats 3x20, rv curls 3x20 - 2x2m rounds shadowboxing, 2x2m rounds heavy bag w/Bas Rutten MMA Workout/Boxing
PM - MMA - thai pad elbow strikes, band rotations, tire flips, jog/lap, pullups x2

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Applying logic to politics & religion.

Generally futile, but occasionally funny in pointing out pathetically ignorant hypocrisy.

Understanding Miracles.

What is versus our understanding of what is.

"Fuck War."


On Whitney Houston.

Applying logic and basic math.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012


2/14 - AM - superset wg neck press/incline press 4x8, superset lateral raises/lateral swings 4x8, bnt over calf press 3x20, 4x2m rounds Bas Rutten MMA Workout/Muay Thai/shadowboxing
PM - repeat AM workout
2/13 - AM - band tricep pulldown 6x8, lat pulldown 6x8, preacher curl 6x8 - 3x3m rounds shadowboxing/Bas Rutten MMA Workout/Boxing
PM - PruFit - strength circuit - pyramid 1 to 10 to 1 - press, pushup, situp, squat - 2x pullups/max
2/12 - rest/off

Monday, February 13, 2012


Valentine's Day - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: "In Ancient Rome, Lupercalia, observed February 13–15, was an archaic rite connected to fertility. Lupercalia was a festival local to the city of Rome..."

Lupercalia - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: "The name Lupercalia was believed in antiquity to evince some connection with the Ancient Greek festival of the Arcadian Lykaia (from Ancient Greek: λύκος — lukos, "wolf", Latin lupus) and the worship of Lycaean Pan, assumed to be a Greek equivalent to Faunus, as instituted by Evander.  In Roman mythology, Lupercus is a god sometimes identified with the Roman god Faunus, who is the Roman equivalent of the Greek god Pan. Lupercus is the god of shepherds. His festival, celebrated on the anniversary of the founding of his temple on February 15, was called the Lupercalia. His priests wore goatskins. The historian Justin mentions an image of "the Lycaean god, whom the Greeks call Pan and the Romans Lupercus," nude save for the girdle of goatskin, which stood in the Lupercal, the cave where Romulus and Remus were suckled by a she-wolf. There, on the Ides of February (in February the ides is the 13th), a goat and a dog were sacrificed, and salt mealcakes prepared by the Vestal Virgins were burnt...

'At this time many of the noble youths and of the magistrates run up and down through the city naked, for sport and laughter striking those they meet with shaggy thongs. And many women of rank also purposely get in their way, and like children at school present their hands to be struck, believing that the pregnant will thus be helped in delivery, and the barren to pregnancy.

The Lupercalia festival was partly in honor of Lupa, the she-wolf who suckled the infant orphans, Romulus and Remus, the founders of Rome, explaining the name of the festival, Lupercalia, or "Wolf Festival." The festival was celebrated near the cave of Lupercal on the Palatine Hill (the central hill where Rome was traditionally founded), to expiate and purify new life in the Spring.

The festival began with the sacrifice by the Luperci (or the flamen dialis) of two male goats and a dog. Next two young patrician Luperci were led to the altar, to be anointed on their foreheads with the sacrificial blood, which was wiped off the bloody knife with wool soaked in milk, after which they were expected to smile and laugh.

The sacrificial feast followed, after which the Luperci cut thongs from the skins of the victims, which were called februa, dressed themselves in the skins of the sacrificed goats, in imitation of Lupercus, and ran round the walls of the old Palatine city, the line of which was marked with stones, with the thongs in their hands in two bands, striking the people who crowded near. Girls and young women would line up on their route to receive lashes from these whips. This was supposed to ensure fertility, prevent sterility in women and ease the pains of childbirth...'"

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Cooking/Food Log.

Illnesses struck the household this week, me early in the week, the Mrs later.  Mine was a still undiagnosed something or another that laid me up for a couple days whereas the wife was hit by what she's fairly certain was a bit of food poisoning later in the week.  So dietary prep was hit and miss and less frequent than the norm.  I didn't track food early in the week, and she didn't eat much the latter half of the week, till the weekend at least.  Anyways, onwards.
Low carb-ish/Paleo.

For my other half.

Weekend carb up.

"Conclusion: There is No Such Thing as a Vegan."

Ideologies generally fail when confronted by reality.