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Sunday, September 23. 2018
Photo is one of the easy sections.
I need to revise anything I said about Mohonk's Labyrinth scramble. It's not doable by the average person. I suspect very few people I know over 40 could handle the challenge. We were the only people we saw attempting it who had some grey hair - the only people over 40 for sure.
In fact, I had a great sense of accomplishment after getting through the Lemon Squeeze up towards the top of Skytop. Proud of myself.
We wondered how they cleaned up the bodies of those who slipped and fell, or got stuck and died of starvation. Must be a special clean-up crew.
Continue reading "Labyrinth Report"
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So many myths it’s hard to know where to start. Useful list of nutritional baloney.
Just pick any one of them and give it a try. I have listed to the one on Walker Percy, on Job, and on Brave New World.
It's a keeper site for me.
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At Quillette, The Preachers of the Great Awokening
James 3:13 - 4:3, 7-8a
3:13 Who is wise and understanding among you? Show by your good life that your works are done with gentleness born of wisdom.
3:14 But if you have bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not be boastful and false to the truth.
3:15 Such wisdom does not come down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, devilish.
3:16 For where there is envy and selfish ambition, there will also be disorder and wickedness of every kind.
3:17 But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without a trace of partiality or hypocrisy.
3:18 And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace for those who make peace.
4:1 Those conflicts and disputes among you, where do they come from? Do they not come from your cravings that are at war within you?
4:2 You want something and do not have it; so you commit murder. And you covet something and cannot obtain it; so you engage in disputes and conflicts. You do not have, because you do not ask.
4:3 You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, in order to spend what you get on your pleasures.
4:7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
4:8 Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you.
Saturday, September 22. 2018
Let's visit Paris
Drying is just evaporation. Curing is a slow chemical process, as with cement.
Related, When do you need a primer coat?
Posted by Bird Dog in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 15:28 | Comments (3) | Trackbacks (0)
I assume the prosecutor was to handcuff Trump. Didn't work, thus far. Honey Badger doesn't give a shit.
Gladiator Diets Were Carb-Heavy, Fattening, and Mostly Vegetarian
Archaeologists Find Spectacular Iron Age Treasure in Denmark
Is there a duty to die at age 75?
Stopping Exercise Increases Depression Symptoms, Study Finds
City Journal: The Future of the Nation - A historical description—and intellectual defense—of nationalism
The Word “Problematic” Declared Problematic
Student Editor Who Retweeted “Women Don’t Have Penises” Story Fired From University Journal
Another Aide To NY Governor Gets Six Years In Prison
GOOGLE EMPLOYEES SOUGHT TO MANIPULATE SEARCH RESULTS TO FIGHT TRUMP’S TRAVEL BAN: REPORT
Schweizer: Stalin, Hitler, Mao 'Would Dream About' Google's Power Over Our Thoughts
Rod Rosenstein, quit!
DEMOCRATS: WE ALREADY KNOW KNOW KAVANAUGH IS GUILTY
Due process, presumption of innocence do not apply to Kavanaugh
He is accused of a violent sexual assault
Only 5% Of MN Democrats “Believe The Woman” When It Comes To Ellison
Someone Who Really Did Paw a 15-Year-Old: Cory Booker
It’s like having an argument with your crazy girlfriend: the latest from Ford
Christine Ford Adviser Told Democrats in July Call About Plot to Take Down Kavanaugh
The Foggy, Foggy Dew (by Anon)
When I was a bachelor I lived all alone
I wooed her in the wintertime
One night she came to my bedside
She wept, she cried, she damn near died,
O I am a bachelor, I live with my son
He reminds me of the wintertime
Friday, September 21. 2018
While cleaning out books, found a fine old Thurber collection. Thurber was a fine New Yorker semi-comedy writer, but his toons were plain charming.
I want to re-read lots of these books before I toss them in the dumpster. Including Master and Margarita.
Posted by Bird Dog in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 23:37 | Comments (9) | Trackbacks (0)
"If you want a friend in Washington, buy a dog." Trump has no friends there. And where is Sessions?
A few simple rules to detect the stench of dubious but published psychological studies
The "Taleb's Grandma" Rule is useful. Example:
Correlation does not indicate causation, but it's something to consider anyway. There are many reasons to pursue physical fitness.
Heather MacDonald: The Hysterical Campus
SCIENCE: THE CULTURAL POLITICS OF GLUTEN
Tech gurus don’t let their kids have smartphones. Here’s why. As suspicions about technology’s dark side increase, the ‘digital detox’ has grown in social status
Announcing Charles Krauthammer's final book.
Kurt Schlichter's new book Militant Normals
Ian Buruma and the age of sexual McCarthyism - The New York Review of Books editor is the latest casualty of the identitarian mob
The Guardian's "resident agony aunt"
WHY CHRISTINE BLASEY FORD’S HIGH SCHOOL YEARBOOKS WERE SCRUBBED: Faculty Approved Racism, Binge Drinking and Promiscuity
University rolls out required diversity training
Google Says It Continues to Allow Apps to Scan Data From Gmail Account
Beto O’Rourke to Black American: Illegal Immigrant Labor Needed for Cotton Gin
Google Emails Show Employees Sought To Leverage Search Results To Harm Trump's Agenda, Report Says
New O'Keefe Video: Federal Employee Does Work for Socialists at Government Job
CONSTITUTIONAL CRISIS? Pelosi, Schumer, Schiff and Warner DEMAND DOJ-FBI Defy Trump Declassification Order
FBI Had "Two Sets Of Records" On Trump Investigation; Comey, McCabe Implicated: Carter
FBI memos detail ‘partisan axes,’ secret conflicts behind the Russia election meddling assessment
Fight on, Trump - you magnificent bastard
´Considerable failure´ Rees-Mogg delivers CRUCIAL point why Brexit date WON´T be delayed
When Britain Stood Up at Bruges - Our Brexit Diarist Remembers the Speech That Summoned Britain to Freedom
Thursday, September 20. 2018
"25 years ago."
That is indeed an oldie. Other wisdom from marathoner Eliud Kipchoge
Posted by The Barrister in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 18:27 | Comments (3) | Trackbacks (0)
It's like a digital Old Testament God. And, it seems, the Chinese don't mind much.
Cultural differences are interesting. Euroland is halfway there, but US citizens (other than those dependent on it) mostly retain an attitude of rebellion against government power. Still, I bet somebody at the NSA would love those Chinese systems.
UK Parliament Endorses E-Cigarettes to Help Smokers Quit
Farm Workers Voted 5-1 to Leave Union -- Regulators withheld results of 2013 election until a federal court order
California Gov. Brown on Trump: 'Something's got to happen to this guy...he's going to undermine America'
Hillary Clinton’s Public Temper Tantrum
GREGG JARRETT: If Rosenstein Defies Trump’s Declassification Order, He Should Be Fired For Rank Insubordination
Trump to GOP: Study 'Democrats Playbook' on Kavanaugh
Brett Kavanaugh is a blend of toxic male privilege and affluenza: A perfect fit for Donald Trump
Divisive Brazil election careens into 'dangerous' polarization
Trump Expected to Advance Religious Liberty at the UN
Wednesday, September 19. 2018
Of all three delights, right now hunting partridge and woodcock in the North Woods of New Hampshire (around Pittsfield) and Maine is my favorite.
You need to be in good shape to do that, and you need a good dog too. I remember one October when we worried that a somewhat overweight cousin would drop dead busting brush in a Maine swamp. Turned pale, could not go on after 7 hours. Forget roads or trails. Wilderness. Hated to let him rest but we figured that to get his corpse out of there we'd have to quarter him like a moose and pack his remains 4 miles out to a dirt road.
He survived, but never re-upped. I love tramping through the swamps and brush and hills of northern Maine. Damn good workout. If you fire three shots in 7 hours, it's good. If you down a bird or two, even better. It's not shopping.
Like Michigan and Minnesota, our North Woods in New England are wonderfully wild.
For fall and winter outdoor fun, first get rid of that fat. It holds you back to a depressing extent. Anybody can easily lose 10 lbs/month by eating rationally and sparingly. If you have excess fat, remember the rule: Whenever you feel hungry, it means that you are beginning to burn fat - not that you need food. Three meals/day is crazy for people with fat. 3 snacks is plenty.
For grouse hunting, mountain hiking, and skiing, you need to work the heck out of your lower body if you want to keep up with the others. Focus on deads and squats, and lower body endurance exercises. Lots of wall-sits for skiers, because that is half of skiing.
We have friends who ski all winter in their 80s. They keep themselves in great shape for it. Working out and eating sparingly year-round. I want to end up like them. Vigorous, wiry, and energetic.
They can not do that. Trump was elected because he was an outsider with big balls.