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Monday, August 31. 2015
Isn't almost everything an illusion?
Posted by Bird Dog in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 16:14 | Comments (9) | Trackbacks (0)
Humans love stories. "Mom, read me/tell me a story." Fiction is/was written for entertainment. Before movies, there was mostly music, theater and fiction. There are well-told stories and poorly-told. There are revelatory stories, life-contaminating stories, and everything in between. There are stories which vary in their demands on the reader.
I'll do an informal series on some interesting exercises for functional (as opposed to body-building) improvement. I think we basically covered serious cardio a week or two ago, and we covered The Planks too.
No need to cover the big, essential resistance ones: Dead lift, bench press, dumbell press, barbell squat, pull-ups, push-ups.
I categorize exercises in three rough categories: Resistance, Cardio, and Mixed Cardio/Resistance. My favorite group is the latter of those 3. Fitness Crossfit does lots of those too.
The Farmer's Walk is a full-body resistance exercise which is highly-functional. I do 2 sets maybe twice weekly. Head up, chest out, shoulders back, quick walk. Often grip and forearm strength is the weak link.
Posted by Bird Dog in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 13:46 | Comment (1) | Trackbacks (0)
Sunday, August 30. 2015
TE Lawrence's 7 Pillars would be on my list. It's sort-of a novel.
The twenty greatest English-language novels
Posted by The Barrister in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 13:43 | Comments (29) | Trackbacks (0)
Reposted from a recent March
Cabo is famous for the fishing, but we were out for meat as much as for sport and, as I mentioned, we are not really into hassling the big fish from the big boats anymore. Leave them fish alone!
We set out early with Carlos in his super-ponga to find "Sierra" - Sierra Mackeral (similar to the Atlantic Spanish Mackeral, but larger) - for dinner for ten invitees. We needed the meat but good sport is always the bonus.
I always say, "Huntin' and fishin' ain't shopping." It's a risk to invite people before catching the fish, but it's never failed for me. The Lord provideth the tortillas and the fishes. We caught 8 but really only needed 6, so had leftovers for breakfast. (We Yankees believe in fish for breakfast.)
Being lazy and on vacation, we brought our 8 cleaned and skinned mackeral over to Solomon's Landing on the marina to prepare it for us all for dinner six hours later. Since we supplied the fish, it wasn't a big expense except for the cocktails.
It was a good dinner party. Margueritas the size of bathtubs. Here was the result at 7 pm that evening -
First course: Sierra Ceviche - the best ceviche I have ever had in my life. Sierra is said to be the best fish in the world for ceviche, and I cannot dispute that. I could live on Sierra Ceviche and Margueritas:
After the dynamite ceviche, they brought platters of our Sierras cooked three ways - chef's choice: Fried with coconut, baked with capers, olives and peppers, and baked Rockefeller style (like Oysters Rockefeller) - all wonderful Mexican cooking:
Story and pics below the fold -
Continue reading "Catching dinner for ten on the Sea of Cortez, with a pesky fish-stealing Sea Lion"
Pompeii was not an important town but was an important port, a typical port town.
Saturday, August 29. 2015
Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35 - Itzhak Perlman. A somewhat confusing masterpiece.
Trial Lawyers Get Rich, Plaintiffs Get Coupons
I once got a check for $1.64 from one of those
A vivid character is why. Obama was a vivid character too. Trump is like Teddy Roosevelt.
Indian sisters told they will be repeatedly gang-raped as punishment for their brother's crime
Your daily challenge to test your multicultural sensitivity and tolerance
Gloucester update: Libertarians and Heroin
I love Uber. It's the limo service for regular people.
Ode on the Death of a Favorite Cat Drowned in a Tub of Goldfishes
'Twas on a lofty vase's side,
Friday, August 28. 2015
More reason to worry? Here are some higher ed students, and I wonder how they were ever accepted anywhere other than the need for warm butts to fill empty seats:
It is expected to be a model regulatory system for the whole country: In the nation’s capital, a new business to regulate: D.C.’s personal trainers
Like so many regulations (manicurists? barbers?), I understand that part of the impetus comes from protection of existing guilds, but why can't government just leave people alone to pursue their honest trades?
Lind is a reasonable guy, but my three questions to people he terms "left-liberals" are these: "What is the end-point of the Progressive, big government project?"; "Whence your faith and trust in governmental enterprises anyway?" and "How much does individual freedom enter into your political thinking?"
I have never heard satisfactory answers to those three questions.
Friends have just returned from a week in Ravello, While there, the whole family (all 5 of them) took a full-day cooking class with Mama Agata. Despite their other holiday pleasures, they all agreed that was the high point of their trip. Mamma Agata (click on cooking classes - reservations required).
They stayed at Hotel Villa Cimbrone, which they recommend.
Study finds women turn to lesbians due to lack of boyfriends
Liberals can try to ruin anything… even the E Street Band
Many scientific studies can’t be replicated. That’s a problem.
Ten years after Katrina: let’s learn from those predictions of more & bigger hurricanes
Ten years later, extent of Katrina fraud still unknown
Texas Top Destination for Migrating Taxpayers in 2013, New York Biggest Loser
A Nation Divided - Northeast Happiest In 8 Years As MidWest Comfort Collapses
Uber and the Great Taxicab Collapse - Should taxpayers bailout bankrupt medallion owners?
"You black people, my black people, you are the fucking most violent mother*****rs I have ever seen in my life.”
Charlie Daniels to Congress (in essence) 'Fuck you spineless maggots.'
The havoc that Trump wreaks — on his own party
President Obama Is Rebuked By a Better Man
Confirmation Bias - NH Primary Version
Hillary Clinton Compares Republican Candidates to Terrorists
Hillary Clinton’s laughable email defenses — a compendium
Jeb: Hey let’s do “free tuition” and pay back students who don’t graduate in four years
Europe's immigration drama has nothing to do with Donald Trump: Glenn Reynolds
America’s Dangerous Bargain With Turkey
The Alfred E. Neumann "What, Me Worry?" School of Nuclear Deterrence
Retired generals and admirals urge Congress to reject Iran nuclear deal
What he got:
Thursday, August 27. 2015
I enjoyed this subtle satire on the self-centered Western obsession with identity, self-realization, and self-actualization: How to Be Yourself When You Don't Know Who You Are - with JP Sears
Yes, it is as dangerous, or more dangerous, than drunk driving
How to Stay Awake on the Road: Tips to Combat Drowsy Driving. Those are some reasonable ideas, especially the quick nap in the car or a stop with a little walk. If it's a frequent problem that you have, and you need to drive long distances often, you might persuade your doc to prescribe some low-dose amphetamine or adderal for the purpose. That's what truck drivers do. Call it "Driving Narcolepsy."
It is odd, isn't it, that when you arrive at destination you can feel just fine?
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