Friday, May 15, 2015

"And then things just got stranger."

IN.  DC's Legends Of Tomorrow Trailer Is Exhilarating And Incredible: "Rip Hunter is the guy putting everything together, as he revealed he’s a member of the Time Masters, a futuristic organization whose duty to the world is protecting history...  He tells this motley group of heroes and villains that they eventually work together to take on a bigger threat than any of them have ever faced, the immortal and brilliant Vandal Savage..."

Thursday, May 14, 2015


5/14 - bench, chins, pushups - stretch

"There's nothing worse than enablers."

LIFT-RUN-BANG: 8 truths to live (and lift) by: " Be willing to hurt people you care about with honesty. If they care about you, they will forgive you for not bullshitting them. If you care about them, you won't enable their shit behavior by lying to them. There's nothing worse than enablers. These are the friends that never make you reexamine how you behave, how you treat people, and what your "weak points" are. In lifting it's the guy that lets you squat high all the while telling you what a "beast" you are. In life, it's the same friend that knows you're fucking someone over, yet agrees with all of your fucked up rationalizations as to why you're doing it. Don't surround yourself with enablers, and don't be one. If someone values your friendship they will also value your constructive criticism. If you lose a "friendship" because of it, then it wasn't much of a friendship to begin with."

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

"In a republic, who is 'the country'?" "How does the man react... when the country goes a different way?"

"No.  You move."

"Anything we fail to reinforce will eventually dissipate."

This kid is likely to go far.

"The World’s Quickest Advice Column: Hack Your Life."

Worst case scenario, fear-based thinking is ruining everything.

Because Men Are Evil®, of course.  I blame the patriarchy.  A Man Took a Selfie in the Toy Aisle of Target. Obviously, He Must Be a Predator. - Hit & Run : "In an Australian Target store last week, a man stopped to take a selfie with a cardboard Star Wars cut-out. He thought it would be fun to show his kids. Another woman saw him with his camera in the toy department and immediately assumed the he was photographing her children. She snapped his photo, pasted it on Facebook along with what she thought he’d done, and it went viral...

Every day we are groomed by the media to believe the worst of the worst about men anywhere near kids. The Joey Salads video did not create that fear. It just repeated it, like a tired sermon. Salads believes he is warning parents about something they don't know, when in reality all too many parents already believe it with every fiber of their beings. And the media repeats this lie it every day, despite the fact that kids have never been safer.  

Here’s a totally unrelated-yet-related story of a 5-year-old boy who left school without anyone realizing it and walked a mile home on his own. Big deal. This is news? Yes. Because the media figured out how to bend it to tell the same old story: When they boy walked home, even though he wasn’t abducted, he could have been. The reporter tells us there are sex offenders in town. The implication is obvious: It’s just incredible luck that they didn’t spot him out their window, run outside, and lure him to his doom. Over. And over. And over."

"...the writers are merely engaging in the malapropism du jour, wherein words can be "violence" and challenging or uncomfortable thoughts make people "unsafe.""

Oh, FFS.  Classical Mythology Too Triggering for Columbia Students - Hit & Run : "During the week spent on Ovid’s "Metamorphoses," the class was instructed to read the myths of Persephone and Daphne, both of which include vivid depictions of rape and sexual assault. As a survivor of sexual assault, the student described being triggered while reading such detailed accounts of rape throughout the work. However, the student said her professor focused on the beauty of the language and the splendor of the imagery when lecturing on the text. As a result, the student completely disengaged from the class discussion as a means of self-preservation. She did not feel safe in the class. 

Ovid’s "Metamorphoses" is a fixture of Lit Hum, but like so many texts in the Western canon, it contains triggering and offensive material that marginalizes student identities in the classroom. These texts, wrought with histories and narratives of exclusion and oppression, can be difficult to read and discuss as a survivor, a person of color, or a student from a low-income background.

Apparently this discussion of Ovid was so threatening it was a matter of self-preservation to ignore it. If that's really true—if the mere discussion of rape causes this student to feel panicked and physically unsafe—than she needs help treating severe post-traumatic stress disorder, not a fucking trigger warning. I say that with no judgment; being raped can obviously be traumatic enough to produce lingering psychological trauma. But that's what that level of reaction represents: psychological trauma. Which, while something professors should be sensitive to, shouldn't dictate the parameters of acceptable education for all students.

That the student physically stayed in the classroom for the discussion and talked to the professor immediately afterward, however, suggests she wasn't as struck with crippling post-traumatic terror as the op-ed makes it seem. Rather, the writers are merely engaging in the malapropism du jour, wherein words can be "violence" and challenging or uncomfortable thoughts make people "unsafe.""

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Monday, May 11, 2015

Well Played.

"It just is."


5/11 - press/push/btn, chins, dips - stretch/foam roll

My Fitness Journey - Melody Decena Wyatt: "LK @ me in 2009! I know, I know.. I’m just as embarrassed as you are BUT I wanted to show everyone what a complete cardio bunny/party gal’s bod looked like. So get this, I was totally one of those chicks that would run up to 5-7 miles a day and only do body weight exercises, trying to get skinny; THEN I’d go party on the weekends (WHAT was I thinking!?) I even thought I had a bangin body that when I had found out I was prego, I completely flipped thinking, “WAHH, there goes my amazing body!” Pshh, I’m in WAY better shape as a mother than I ever was before my munchkin came… Anyway, I’m so glad I broke away from that “get skinny” mentality because now, I absolutely love being a strong determined woman withambition and drive rather than some wanna-be-skinny party-girl concerned about what outfit I was going to sport at the club that weekend. We are all born with potential; however, it means nothing if you don’t do anything with it. Don’t be pressured into being anything less or hold back from discovering your strength and how amazing you can be."
Why? | 70's Big: "Every time you step under a bar, you’re doing. Instead of talking or watching, you execute. Every time you look at the distance you’ll sprint or the thing you’ll lift with an honest, healthy fear, you are doing. When you look down at your hands and see grit, callus, and blood, it’s the product of work. The product of life. You train for a purpose, do you not? Training is nearly synonymous with suffering, because true training is difficult. At times, it’s a giant pain in the ass. The moment is hard when the doubt or fear sets in. The planning is hard when you pass on adult beverages or place head to pillow one hour earlier. But there is purpose to this suffering. Not only for the end result, but the moment of clarity when you burst through the fear or adversity. It’s the small victory, the success in the moment. It’s re-racking or lowering a weight with quivering muscles, the electricity flowing through your body. At the success in the moment. There is purpose to this suffering. And that’s why we do it."