Friday, March 23, 2012


3/23 - PT II - 90m grappling/ground mobility

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) Shadowboxing (13 minutes) 

Hard Work Always Wins - BodySpace Progress Pictures:

No such thing as "good" or "evil." These are relative and subjective...

...with any number of possible interpretations or valuations.

What is more real, more useful and more practical is that in dealing with others, you can treat people with kindness, or with cruelty.*

In some ways still a false dualism, but much more valuable for living in the world.

Don't seek to "do good."  Try to be kind.  Don't try to avoid "evil."  In the immortal words of the King - "Don't Be Cruel."

*I'm stealing this idea of good/evil vs kindness/cruelty from someone or something I've read recently, but for the life of me can't remember where.  The closest I could track is from this post on Brad Warner's blog on the difficulty of judging what is good and evil in the context of the Buddhist precepts, but there was something else as well.  Ah well, all attribution to the Akashic Records, I guess.

"See You Soon."


Euphemistic, political language makes us all soft headed and weak minded.

Easily one of my favorite Carlin bits.  Filled with Truth.  Made of Victory.

"I don't like words that hide the truth. I don't like words that conceal reality. I don't like euphemisms, or euphemistic language. And American English is loaded with euphemisms. Cause Americans have a lot of trouble dealing with reality. Americans have trouble facing the truth, so they invent the kind of a soft language to protect themselves from it, and it gets worse with every generation. For some reason, it just keeps getting worse. I'll give you an example of that..."

"There's a condition in combat. Most people know about it. It's when a fighting person's nervous system has been stressed to it's absolute peak and maximum. Can't take anymore input. The nervous system has either snapped or is about to snap. In the first world war, that condition was called shell shock. Simple, honest, direct language. Two syllables, shell shock. Almost sounds like the guns themselves.  

That was seventy years ago. Then a whole generation went by and the second world war came along and very same combat condition was called battle fatigue. Four syllables now. Takes a little longer to say. Doesn't seem to hurt as much. Fatigue is a nicer word than shock. Shell shock! Battle fatigue. Then we had the war in Korea, 1950. Madison avenue was riding high by that time, and the very same combat condition was called operational exhaustion. Hey, were up to eight syllables now! And the humanity has been squeezed completely out of the phrase. It's totally sterile now. Operational exhaustion. Sounds like something that might happen to your car.  Then of course, came the war in Viet Nam, which has only been over for about sixteen or seventeen years, and thanks to the lies and deceits surrounding that war, I guess it's no surprise that the very same condition was called post-traumatic stress disorder. Still eight syllables, but we've added a hyphen!

And the pain is completely buried under jargon. Post-traumatic stress disorder.  I'll bet you if we'd of still been calling it shell shock, some of those Vietnam veterans might have gotten the attention they needed at the time. I'll betcha. I'll betcha.

 But. But, it didn't happen, and one of the reasons. One of the reasons is because we were using that soft language. That language that takes the life out of life. And it is a function of time. It does keep getting worse. I'll give you another example. Sometime during my life. Sometime during my life, toilet paper became bathroom tissue. I wasn't notified of this. No one asked me if I agreed with it. It just happened. Toilet paper became bathroom tissue. Sneakers became running shoes. False teeth became dental appliances. Medicine became medication. Information became directory assistance. The dump became the landfill. Car crashes became automobile accidents. Partly cloudy bacame partly sunny. Motels became motor lodges. House trailers became mobile homes. Used cars became previously owned transportation. Room service became guest-room dining. And constipation became occasional irregularity.

When I was a little kid, if I got sick they wanted me to go to the hospital and see a doctor. Now they want me to go to a health maintenance organization... or a wellness center to consult a healthcare delivery professional. Poor people used to live in slums. Now the economically disadvantaged occupy substandard housing in the inner cities. And they're broke! They're broke! They don't have a negative cash-flow position. They're fucking broke! Cause a lot of them were fired. You know, fired - management wanted to curtail redundancies in the human resources area, so many people are no longer viable members of the workforce.

Smug, greedy, well-fed white people have invented a language to conceal their sins. It's as simple as that. 

The CIA doesn't kill anybody anymore, they neutralize people... or they depopulate the area. The government doesn't lie, it engages in disinformation. The pentagon actually measures nuclear radiation in something they call sunshine units. Israeli murderers are called commandos. Arab commandos are called terrorists. Contra killers are called freedom fighters. Well, if crime fighters fight crime and fire fighters fight fire, what do freedom fighters fight? They never mention that part of it to us, do they? Never mention that part of it.

And... and some of this stuff is just silly, we all know that, like on the airlines, they say want to pre- board. Well, what the hell is pre-board, what does that mean? To get on before you get on? They say they're going to pre-board those passengers in need of special assistance. Cripples! Simple honest direct language. There is no shame attached to the word cripple that I can find in any dictionary. No shame attached to it, in fact it's a word used in bible translations. Jesus healed the cripples. Doesn't take seven words to describe that condition. But we don't have any cripples in this country anymore. We have The physically challenged. Is that a grotesque enough evasion for you? How about differently abled. I've heard them called that. Differently abled! You can't even call these people handicapped anymore. They'll say, "Were not handicapped. Were handicapable!"

These poor people have been bullshitted by the system into believing that if you change the name of the condition, somehow you'll change the condition. Well, hey cousin... Doesn't happen. Doesn't happen. We have no more deaf people in this country, hearing impaired. No one is blind anymore, partially sighted or visually impaired. We have no more stupid people. Everyone has a learning disorder... or he's minimally exceptional. How would you like to be told that about your child? "He's minimally exceptional." "Oohh, thank god for that."

Psychologists actually have started calling ugly people, those with severe appearance deficits. It's getting so bad, that any day now I expect to hear a rape victim referred to as an unwilling sperm recipient. And we have no more old people in this country. No more old people. We shipped them all away, and we brought in these senior citizens. Isn't that a typically American twentieth century phrase? Bloodless, lifeless, no pulse in one of them. A senior citizen. But I've accepted that one, I've come to terms with it. I know it's to stay. We'll never get rid of it. That's what they're going to be called, so I'll relax on that, but the one I do resist. The one I keep resisting is when they look at an old guy and they'll say, "Look at him Dan! He's ninety years young." Imagine the fear of aging that reveals. To not even be able to use the word "old" to describe somebody. To have to use an antonym. And fear of aging is natural. It's universal. Isn't it? We all have that. No one wants to get old. No one wants to die, but we do! So we bullshit ourselves.

I started bullshitting myself when I got to my forties. As soon as I got into my forties I'd look in the mirror and I'd say, "well, I... I guess I'm getting...older." Older sounds a little better than old doesn't it? Sounds like it might even last a little longer. Bullshit, I'm getting old! And it's okay, because thanks to our fear of death in this country, I won't have to die... I'll pass away. Or I'll expire like a magazine subscription. If it happens in the hospital, they'll call it a terminal episode. The insurance company will refer to it as negative patient-care outcome. And if it's the result of malpractice, they'll say it was a therapeutic misadventure. I'm telling you, some of this language makes me want to vomit. Well, maybe not vomit. Makes me want to engage in an involuntary personal protein spill..."

Thursday, March 22, 2012


3/22 - PT III - max rep test/dead hang pullups - 21 - new PR - new goal 25 - PruFit - 5 rounds plyo pushups, sandbag clean & press, bw rows, pushups, situps

PT II - repeat PT I

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 – should only be 10 to 25 reps or less due to fatigue) 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) shadowboxing (13 minutes)

Wednesday, March 21, 2012


3/21 - PT I - goblet squats 3x15, calf raise 3x15, 13m shadowboxing/Muay Thai
PT II -  3 rounds on the focus mitts + set of chinups

3/20 - 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) Shadowboxing/Muay Thai (13 minutes)

PT II - 45m grappling/stretching/ground mobility/partner drills

"I wish you well on your pursuit of being."

Doug Stanhope FTW - "He died for your sins... how does one affect the other?"

Understanding Medical Marijuana.

Kony 2012 Meme.


History is Instructive - "Christians Y U NO..."

Via Dedroidify

Monday, March 19, 2012

Sojourn to Sierra Leone.

5 day road trip/vacation through Liberia into Sierra Leone.

You can check out a bunch of pictures from the trip at this link.


3/19 - PT III - new PR: 23 dead hang chins - new goal: 25 - PruFit - circuits x3 - plank, pushup, med ball throw, wall squat, box jumps - bw row, sledgehammer, sandbag lunge, jump rope, v hold, v ups

PT II - same as PT I minus 13m cardio

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) Moderate cardio (13 minutes)

3/18 - circuits - jump rope/bw row, shoulder press/fly, tricep x/bicep curl, squats/rear delt/row, lunges/chest press/ab twist, chins x2

3/17 - pullups pyramid 1 to 6, pushups pyramid 2 to 12 [by two] - rafter pullups x15

3/16 - PruFit - circuit x3 - press, bw row, abs, pushups

3/15 - pushups, situps, hindu squats, knee ups, dynamic tension [bi/tri, pullapart, pulldown]

3/14 - seated press, upright row, lateral raise, dips, flyes, wg pushup

Cooking/Food Log.

M - coffee w/cream & Splenda x2, protein shake, multi, omega, water, eggs w/cheese & salsa, bacon, peanut butter, jerky
T - coffee w/cream & Splenda, protein shake, multi, omega, water, beer x3, Japanese dinner [not pictured - sushi, sashimi, salad, tempura]
W - [begin 5 day vacation/road trip to Sierra Leone] - coffee w/cream & Splenda, water, protein shake, multi, omega, beer x5, salami, cheese, bread, pasta salad, turkey, sauerkraut, tomatoes, fries, Sprite, trail mix, Girl Scout cookies, Reeses PB egg
T - water, pre mixed coffee, protein shake, multi, omega, chocolate coconut bar, chocolate milk, beer x6, jerky, lobster, fries, tomatoes
F - pre mixed coffee, water, protein shake, multi, omega, chocolate bar, Pringles, beer x?, chicken, potatoes, cookies
S - pre mixed coffee, water, hb egg, protein shake, multi, omega, chocolate milk, rice w/chicken & fish stew, beer x1, martini
S - pre mixed coffee, water, chicken dogs, jerky, milkshake, fried chicken, fries, beer x2, Dr Pepper