Friday, March 22, 2013

Today's Internets - Imagine.

Pretty Powerful.



Let Them Eat Fat: In Praise of Fatty Foods - WSJ.com: "Eating fatty foods has become the culinary version of "Breaking Bad": a dangerous walk on the wild side for the otherwise timid consumers of tasteless butter substitutes and Lean Cuisine. Soon the fear-of-food crowd will leave us with nothing but watery prison gruel (whole grain, of course) and the nine daily servings of kale, collards, spinach and other pesticide-laced and e-coli-menaced greens and fruits on the agribusiness-promoted "food pyramid.""


Let Them Eat Fat: In Praise of Fatty Foods - WSJ.com: "Still worse is the ninth circle of food hell to which the fat-phobic ninnies have consigned us: egg-white omelets. Is life worth prolonging for a few (alleged) extra months if said life has been spent enduring the repellent slabs of gluey, pasty albumen that so many self-congratulatory "health conscious" types consider to be a sign of their sanity? They want to purge themselves of dietary sin. I just want to purge."


Let Them Eat Fat: In Praise of Fatty Foods - WSJ.com: "In fact, some new developments have undermined antifat absolutism. Consider the recent New England Journal of Medicine report on a study of the olive-oil-heavy "Mediterranean diet," a study that included this fairly sensational revelation (as summarized by the Atlantic Online): "After five years of watching trends in heart disease and strokes among people at high risk, the researchers could not in good conscience continue to recommend a 'low-fat diet' to anyone." Hear that, you fat-shamers? You're killing your credulous low-fat followers. Condemning high-risk people to a life that is not only dangerous but terminally boring—a terrifyingly tedious life of austere cuisine. Doctors had to intervene to save lives from your low-fat junk science!"


How I Dealt with Beard HateThe Hunt | The Hunt: "The first words out of her mouth when I walked onto the unit were about my beard. I played it back to her a little, and then asked if I could speak to her privately for a moment. She all of a sudden needed to leave quickly, had things to do. Right… I tried to be professional. I tried to do the right thing, let no one say that I didn’t. Instead this had to happen (with spectators): Me: Do you want to fuck? Cunty Nurse: What??? Me: (Raises eyebrow questioningly) CRN: Are you ser– What? Me: The only women whose opinions that I would care about when it comes to my personal grooming habits are those that I’m fucking. Are you looking to earn an opinion? CRN: People? How many are you fucking? Me: That, like my beard, is none of your damn business."


There Is No Such Thing As A “Calorie” (To Your Body) - GNOLLS.ORG: "...our bodies are not steam engines! They do not burn the food we eat in a fire and convert the heat into mechanical work. Thus: There is no biochemical system in our bodies whose input is a “calorie”."


There Is No Such Thing As A “Calorie” (To Your Body) - GNOLLS.ORG: "Takeaways There is no biochemical system in our bodies whose input is a “calorie”. The food we eat has many possible fates, only one of which approximates the definition of a dietary “calorie”. The fate of a “calorie” of food depends completely on its specific molecular composition, the composition of the foods accompanying it, and how those molecules interact with our current metabolic and nutritional state—our satiety. Therefore, the concept of the “calorie”, as applied to nutrition, is an oversimplification so extreme as to be untrue in practice. Therefore, the concept of “calories in, calories out”, or CICO, is also unhelpful in practice."


There Is No Such Thing As A “Calorie” (To Your Body) - GNOLLS.ORG: "The health-supporting fates of food involve being used as raw materials to build and repair tissues; to build enzymes, cofactors, and hormones; to build bile, mucus, and other necessary secretions; to support “good” gut bacteria, while discouraging “bad” bacteria; and, once all those needs are taken care of, providing energy sufficient to perform those tasks (but no more). Therefore, we should eat foods which are made of the raw materials we need to perform and support the above functions. Biochemical individuality means that the optimum diet for different people will differ—as will their tolerance for suboptimal diets. However, eating like a predator—a diet based on meat, fish, shellfish, vegetables and fruit in season, and just enough starch to support your level of physical activity—is an excellent starting point."

Boom.

Women be judging.  Jealousy is an ugly thing.


The Veronica Mars movie is a thing that is happening.  So much awesome.
Has 'Veronica Mars' Kickstarter Campaign Ushered in a New Era of Movie Development?: "Three days into its campaign, The CW drama-turned-movie has shattered several crowd-funding records: fastest Kickstarter project to hit $1 million (4 hours, 24 minutes). Highest goal ever set in the 4-year-old website’s history. And 10 hours after its launch on Wednesday morning, the proposed Veronica Mars movie became the fastest project to hit that $2 million mark. As of Thursday night, it had received more than $3.2 million in pledges, with 28 days to go."

You should watch this.  Because it is made of greatness.
"57,911 backers 
$3,775,826 pledged of $2,000,000 goal 
21 days to go"

"A long time ago, we used to be friends, but I..."


Grow Up | delicioustacos: "“You better grow up” sounds like “you better be miserable.”  It sounds like “why are you not doing something that sucks right now.”  Why aren’t you home with your kids, swabbing shit out of the crack of their ass with a woefully inadequate hand-e-wipe.  Why aren’t you rich.  Why don’t you have a mortgage.  Why don’t you own your own home and if you do why aren’t you on the phone with the contractor right now improving it in a manner that will increase its value so you can flip it.  Why didn’t you get your cholesterol tested.  Why is your credit rating below eight hundred.  Why don’t you have kids yet and if you do why aren’t they enrolled in the finest schools.  Why don’t you have a complete cable and internet package with a million channels you will never have time to watch."


Evidence Based Medicine: Fraud, Double Standards and Ignorance: "Ok, as a caveat up front, I am NOT saying there is no credible Evidence Based Medicine (EBM). I am not Anti-Science. I know a few nut-swingers will say this. If you fall into this trap you clearly have poor reading comprehension and your mama dresses you funny. What I AM, is skeptical of the skeptics, the folks who live and die by what is (or is not) in PubMed. Mainstream medicine got itself into a bit of a pickle a few years ago when holding “complimentary and alternative medicine” to some pretty high standards of research validation."


Evidence Based Medicine: Fraud, Double Standards and Ignorance: "I forget the exact number, but 70-80% of what is practiced in your standard hospital or medical office has NO randomized controlled trial (RCT) establishing efficacy. I cannot tell you how many people I’ve run across who will dismiss things like Ancestral Health or gluten free eating due to a paucity of RCT’s , the “gold standard” in medicine… (although even these frequently have huge methodological problems like not keeping people in a metabolic ward for the duration of the study…). These same people think nothing of using methodology which lacks RCT backing (most of standard medical care), yet shoot down new therapy using the same criteria. What they are relying on is, GASP! Observation! That dirty, dirty word to the EBM crowd, yet the very thing which forms a remarkable chunk of the foundation of their practice."


How Cops Became Soldiers: An Interview with Police Militarization Expert Radley Balko | Motherboard: "In 2007, journalist Radley Balko told a House subcommittee that one criminologist detected a 1,500% increase in the use of SWAT teams over the last two decades. That's reflective of a larger trend, fueled by the wars on drugs and terror, of police forces becoming heavily militarized. Balko, an investigative reporter for the Huffington Post and author of the definitive report on paramilitary policing in the United States, has a forthcoming book on the topic, Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America's Police Forces. He was kind enough to answer some questions about how our police turned into soldiers as well as the challenges of large-scale reform."


The TL; DR Generation: "Avoid mass media as much as possible. Following the news is a colossal waste of time and 95% of television is soul-destroying garbage."


'Sherlock' Star Benedict Cumberbatch Confirms Fourth Season: "Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman have signed on for a fourth season of the BBC1/PBS Masterpiece drama Sherlock, which started its Season 3 table read yesterday ahead of shooting next week."



Training.

3/22 - P90X2 D33 Base + Back

I miss my free weights that are in storage.
HEALTHYLICIOUS LIVING | “The deadlift is more functional in that it’s very...: "The deadlift is more functional in that it’s very hard to imagine a more useful application of strength than picking heavy shit up off the ground."


Thursday, March 21, 2013

Today's Internets - The Return of the Product...

...of the Environment.

"When push comes to shove, shove comes to fists, you either show and prove or get dissed."


Fred On Everything: "The United States is the most hated country in the world, followed closely by Israel, and then by nobody. Why? Why not Ecuador? China? Russia? East Timor? The hostility puzzles many Americans, who genuinely believe their country to be a force for good, a pillar of democracy, a defender of human rights.

To the rest of the world, none of this is even close.

 If you have lived abroad, as so very few Americans have, the explanation for the hatred is obvious: Meddling. Relentless, prideful, uncomprehending meddling, frequently military, often with horrendous death tolls. Americans, adroitly managed by a controlled press, historically illiterate, incurious, decreasingly educated, either have never heard of the American behavior that angers others, or believe it to have been inspired by virtuous motives. Nobody else thinks so. Add to unfamiliarity with the wider world the constantly inculcated assertion that America is the greatest, most wonderful nation ever to exist, a light to the world, a shining city on a hill, and you get a dangerously delusional state. Especially now. In the past, American economic and military supremacy were such that the US didn’t have to care what others thought. The times, they are a-changing."


Fred On Everything: "It might be wise to compare briefly the view through American and foreign eyes. Consider Iraq. To most of the world, the war on Iraq was brutal, unprovoked, and murderous. More than a few, looking at the ruins of Fallujah, thought of Guernica—of which few in the States have ever heard. Many Americans do not believe that we destroyed Iraq for oil, empire, and the Israel lobby, as was in fact the case. No. We wanted to topple an evil dictator and dispense the precious gift of democracy. It was a question of goodness. Many apparently still believe that Iraq had something to do with the attacks on New York. Again, controlled press, poor schooling, little curiosity."


Fred On Everything: "Similarly, Americans tend to see the war on Afghanistan as having to do with ending Terror or sprouting democracy—not as the Great Game (“Hanh?”) redux, or the quest for the TAPI pipeline (“Say whuh?”) or Caspian hydrocarbons. (“Caspian? You mean the Friendly Ghost?”) To most of the world, Afghanistan is just another sorry spectacle of American fighter-bombers killing peasants, of gutted children and drone attacks on half-identified targets. This, the merciless use of overwhelming firepower against lightly armed campesinos, is what the world sees, over and over. Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Yemen, Somalia, Pakistan. It isn’t pretty."


Fred On Everything: "Nobody beyond the borders buys our song about spreading freedom and human rights.  America has supported countless sordid dictators ruling by army and torture chamber (the Saudis being a current example). We have put many dictators on their thrones, such as Pinochet (“That little wooden guy, his nose got long when he told a lie, right?”) in Chile. (“Isn’t that Texmex soup with beans in it?”)"


Fred On Everything: "This is why they hate us—meddling, bombing, invading, droning, telling them how to run their countries. No, George, it is not because of our freedoms."


"Those who love the Institution of the Roman Catholic church just love the Pope and all the drama surrounding the change from one old fuck to a slightly less old fuck. They overlook the fact that a huge part of the Popes' and exalted next-in-line Cardinals' job, now, is to control the bimbo eruptions. Yea, "bimbo," as in: altar boys and candle-lighters and helpers in general and whatnot who trustred that you & ilk said the Church was good.
And they wanted to be good. Their innocent, salutary virtue got them fucked in the ass, literally. In payment for their trust in you & ilk—as you continued to overlok the evil of rape that you heard about in whispers over decades—they got bent over forcibly, or seduced by an authority of your own propped-up making."





Training.

3/21 - P90X2 D32 Shoulders + Arms & X2 Ab Ripper -- Russian Pullup Program 18/16/14/12/12 -- glute bridge 3x30

"Your physical stature is a direct result of the food your parents fed you growing up and your level of physical activity.  That's called nurture, motherfuckers, not nature.  If you suck, it's because your parents trained you to do so and you decided to continue on the path they chose for you. 

...greatness is earned by a will to power; a will to surpass one's humanity; a will to become the ├╝bermensch.  No fancy program is necessary, no incremental progression will lead to greatness, and no amount of conversation about it will do a motherfucking thing.   Stop talking and start doing.  Will yourself to power."

Inspiring/Ridiculous/Awesome Conditioning.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Training.

3/20 - Russian Pullup Program 18/16/14/12/10 -- 3x10 dips, 1L glute bridge, pike pushup, elevated split squat -- P90X2 D31 Recovery + Mobility

3/19 - P90X2 D30 Plyocide

3/12 through 3/18 - Vacation.  Tried to turn it into a P90X2 Recovery Week but only managed to pull off the X2 Yoga routine 2x plus an old school bodybuilding workout one evening with a buddy [3-4 sets, 8-10 reps, upper body, supersets].  So last week was a wash, as far as P90X2 goes, and I hit the cosmic reset button from the 19th, and pick it up from last Monday.

3/11 - P90X2 D29 Chest + Back + Balance & X2 Ab Ripper





Five Days In Japan.

Food Log.


Eight days of international travel and unhealthily indulgent food choices.  

In other words, vacation.  

Tried to keep track at the beginning, but quickly lost the plot somewhere between ramen, beer and Pocky sticks.  Above, a small sampling of the past week.

Back to eating healthy/healthier riiiiiiiiiiiight...  now.