We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I do not know how many of Lorenzo di Medici's country villas are extant, but he helped design a few of them, one of which was an architectural inspiration for Palladio.
This one, sitting on the hills overlooking Florence, was built by Cosimo for his second grandson Giovanni, and came into Lorenzo's hands after his brother was assassinated by a cabal which included the Pope. It became one of Lorenzo's favorite hangouts with his philosopher, artist, and poet pals (and girlfriends).
(By the way, we recommend staying in Fiesole when visiting Florence, and it's just a 15-minute bus ride down the hill. November and May are good months.)
When your local borough council housing authority has used this facade as a template for their "semi-detached" council houses -- putting 10 of them in a row, a mere 2 Meters from the front pavement, on one of the main bus routes...
Let me just say that I wouldn't have given that house a second look, except for the provenance, garden, and view.
I do wonder if the council tenants know that they are living in a copy of the Fiesole Villa Medici?
Traditional isometric gym exercises lack the isotonic and isokinetic movements essential to the needs of martial-athletes. Safakhoo's solution was to create raw natural fitness by fusing cardio, isotonic, isometric, and isokinetic muscle contractions into a fluid rhythmic regimen. Unlike exercise machines, there are no belts, chains, or machinery standing between the person and the training device. The off-centered handles create a degree of resistance that cannot be mimicked by conventional devices, including free weights. The placement of the custom grips allows for safe maneuverability while preventing the body from retreating to its comfort zone. Consider the long log with its recessed off centered handles: as the person curls the log, no only must he or she work against the weight of the log, as with each motion, one must also resist the rotational force of the log, keeping it from rotating in one’s hands; hence, the practitioner must engage various stabilizing muscles in addition to biceps and forearm muscles. That the devices are not tied to machines makes them, unlike exercise machines, adaptable to any range of motion of which the human body is capable. The only boundaries that limit the applications of Log Training are those imposed by the person; the devices themselves impose no motion restrictions. Safakhoo as developed an extensive vocabulary of movements designed with the aim of capitalizing on the versatility of the logs and engaging the entire body. The exercises do double duty in both building strength and enhancing coordination.