Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Training.

3/13 - PT I - giant set/20 reps each - pushup, deep breathing, dt pull down, dt pull apart, dt push across, bench dips, situps, leg raise, Atlas squat, trunk bends/twists, dt bi/tri, neck mobility/dt, calf raise, bw rows, band dislocates/facepull/pullaparts, glute bridge, hyperx

PT II - 30m ground mobility/grappling/stretching

3/12 - PT I - weighted chins 40 x9/5/5/4/1, glute bridge x25, db dl 180 x7/5/6/6/1, med ball 10 hyperx x25, kb swing 36 2x25

PT II - PruFit - core circuit x3 - sledgehammer/tire, med ball situp, swiss ball pike, plank, tire dl

Inspiring/KickAss - Annie Sakamoto, 2011 Crossfit Spirit of the Games Award Winner.



Meanwhile, at the headquarters of the Very Big Corporation of America...


Chairman: [of the Very Big Corporation of America]... which brings us once again to the urgent realisation of just how much there is still left to own. Item 6 on the Agenda, the Meaning of Life... Now Harry, you've had some thoughts on this... 

Harry: That's right, yeah. I've had a team working on this over the past few weeks, and what we've come up with can be reduced to two fundamental concepts... One... people are not wearing enough hats. Two... matter is energy; in the Universe there are many energy fields which we cannot normally perceive. Some energies have a spiritual source which act upon a person's soul. However, this soul does not exist *ab initio*, as orthodox Christianity teaches; it has to be brought into existence by a process of guided self-observation. However, this is rarely achieved owing to man's unique ability to be distracted from spiritual matters by everyday trivia. 

Max: What was that about hats again? 

Harry: Er... people aren't wearing enough. 

Chairman: Is this true? 

Edmund: Certainly. Hat sales have increased, but not *pari passu*... as our research - 

Bert: When you say 'enough', enough for what purpose...? 

Gunther: Can I ask with reference to your second point, when you say souls don't develop because people become distracted... has anyone noticed that building there before?


"This is a song about anal sex and God."

Tim Minchin FTW.

"Iran Wants War."


The Redemption of Fred Ettish.

Never too old.  Never too late.  Never give up.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Cooking/Food Log.


M - coffee w/milk & Splenda, protein shake, multivitamin, omega efa, coffee w/cream & Splenda, protein shake, egg salad, chicken, water
T - coffee w/cream & Splenda x2, protein shake, multivitamin, omega efa, water, hardboiled eggs, burgers & cheese
W - coffee w/cream & Splenda x3, protein shake, multi, omega, water, eggs and bacon
T - coffee w/cream & Splenda, water, protein shake, multi, omega, deviled eggs, bacon wrapped dates, protein shake, eggs w/cheese & salsa, salami
F - coffee w/cream & Splenda, water, protein shake, multi, omega, burgers w/cheese & mayo, peanut butter & icing
S - coffee w/cream & Splenda x2, water, eggs w/cheese, salsa & avocado, Mounds/Almond Joy, Dr Pepper, beer x3, shrimp & guacamole, BLT & french fries, 1/2 turkey club
S - coffee w/cream & Splenda x3, water, steak, protein shake, multi, omega, salami, cheese, diet Cokes

The proper use of philosophy.

"How many commandments are there?"


"If you want to achieve greatness..."


Training.

3/11 - Back: Low pulley pull (1 x 12) / lat pull-down (1 x 12) / two dumbbell bench rows (1 x 12) Triceps: Close-grip dip (1 x 12) / rope pull-down (1 x 12) / kickbacks (1 x 12) Forearms: Barbell wrist curl (1 x 12) / reverse barbell curl (1 x 12) / zottman curls (1 x 12) 13m moderate cardio

3/10 - MMA/Conditioning - Challenge Circuit 60/15 max [pushups, chins, situps, tri dips] - pad work [focus mitts/thai pads] x4 rounds, chins/pulls x2

3/9 - PT I - dl 3x15, calf raises 3x20, 13m moderate cardio
PT II - 60m ground mobility/grappling

3/8 - PT I - Chest: Wide-grip dips (1 x 12) / wide-grip neck press (1 x 12) / incline dumbbell press (1 x 12) / wide push-ups (1 x failure) Shoulders: Side swings (1 x 8 each side) / shoulder row (1 x 12) / side laterals (1 x 12) / bent over dumbbell laterals (1 x 12) Biceps: Preacher curl (1 x 12) / drag curl (1 x 12) / incline curls (1 x 12) / seated dumbbell curls (1 x 12) 13m moderate cardio
PT II - repeat PT I
PT III - PruFit - plate circuit x2 - ovr squat, goblet squat, rdl, crunch, pushup, curl, tri x, press - chins/pulls x2

3/7 - PT I - goblet squats 3x15, calf raises 3x20, 13m moderate cardio
PT II - MMA Conditioning - pad work/3 rounds, medicine ball ab work, chins/pulls x2

3/6 - PT I - Back: Low pulley pull (1 x 12) / lat pull-down (1 x 12) / two dumbbell bench rows (1 x 12) Triceps: Close-grip dip (1 x 12) / rope pull-down (1 x 12) / kickbacks (1 x 12) Forearms: Barbell wrist curl (1 x 12) / reverse barbell curl (1 x 12) / zottman curls (1 x 12) 13m rebounder
PT II - 60m stretching/grappling mobility work

Bodybuilding.com - Body Transformation: Fit For The Golden Age:
Bodybuilding.com - Body Transformation: Packing Fitness Onto A Full Plate:

"The American narrative holds that the United States is a light to the world... the World Narrative holds the US to be an endlessly aggressive military power that is out of control, hypocritically speaking of democracy and freedom while supporting dictators and overthrowing elected governments."

Fred On Everything:
"The American narrative holds that the United States is a light to the world, the freest, richest, most productive country the world has ever seen, the greatest military power, the most prolific producer of technlogy and of Nobel laureates. America is a force for freedom and democracy, a champion of human rights, a land of universal opportunity with liberty and justice for all...  This narrative, the belief that America is special among nations, favored by God, pervades the culture.

...Quite different is what might be called the World Narrative, held around the globe with differing intensities and emphases. It holds the US to be an endlessly aggressive military power that is out of control, hypocritically speaking of democracy and freedom while supporting dictators and overthrowing elected governments. America is arrogant, crassly materialistic, crime-ridden, vulgar, racially unjust, the world's only avowed practicioner of torture, economically exploitative, imperialistic and intolerant of other cultures.

...The World Narrative is closer to the truth. It is easy to compile a long list of dictatorships supported by the US, and anyone who has covered wars knows that atrocities are what militaries do. America supports Saudi Arabia and Israel, both with horrible records on human rights. It would also be easy to show that many countries that accuse the US of misbehavior commit or have committed similar crimes. This doesn't occur to these countries. Peoples see everybody's warts but their own.

The peculiar isolation in which Americans typically live shelters the national narrative. Americans are geographically isolated in that they can go nowhere without passports, which few have; linguistically isolated in that almost none speak a second language; and temporally isolated since few have even a rudimentary grasp of history. Add an odd lack of curiosity, apparenly based on a belief that the superiority of America is such that other places are not worthy of study. The result is a closed system.

This might be of minor interest if it did not affect American policy. But it does. The US operates in a world that doesn't quite exist...

Consider the war to take over Afghanistan—which is what it is... Note that in Afghanistan, as in Iraq, as in Pakistan, as in Viet Nam, the national armies supposedly on America's side are never ready. Despite billions of dollars spent in training them, somehow they are always years away from being able to take over. They desert, coƶperate with the enemy, sometimes murder GIs. By contrast, the enemy fights tenaciously.

The Americans are baffled and outraged. “We are here to help these people, to protect them against the evil (communists, Al Qaida, Iranians, or whatever). Where is their gratitude? Why don't they do their share?”

When you recruit citizens of a country to kill their own people in the name of a widely hated puppet government, their enthusiasm is likely to be exiguous. But since the American Narrative insists that the US seeks only to end the dominion of Evil, opposition to America becomes inexplicable.

In war after war, those attacked fail to act as the US expects. The Iraqis should have welcomed the American soldiers who were bringing them democracy and defeating an evil dictator. This fits the Narrative. That people don't like being invaded, having their cities devastated, their fathers, husbands, sons, and brothers in the army killed—this does not fit the Narative of unalloyed American virtue. It merely determines events."