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.
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Monday, December 31. 2018
Those all-white canvases pretty much were the dead end. Or maybe Pop Art. However, thousands of people still make compelling and appealing pictures that people want to decorate their homes. Besides that, painting itself remains a highly-popular hobby because it is difficult, semi-relaxing, you have total control for once in your life, and there is always room for improvement.
What about the modernist abstractionists like Pollock? Decorative to some people, definitely investments and status symbols. Could I tell a real Pollock from a Rockwell Pollock? Nope. I think Rockwell did a fine Pollock.
It's a typical time of year for people to change up their fitness program. The daily exercisers I know shift their programs around about every 3-4 months just to keep their bodies off balance. If it isn't stress, it ain't exercise.
For example, I've spent the past 3 months emphasizing my cardio endurance (while doing heavy wts only twice a week). I've seen some improvement in my running and stair machine work, but far from enough to reach my goals. Darn it, I get tired! I'd like my 25 year-old body back...
Anyway, time for a change so I will add a third weights day to replace one of my calisthenics/athleticism classes. I hate to do that because the classes are great fun and damn stressful, but I can switch back in 3 or 4 months.
What do I mean by "weights days"? Barbell or goblet squats, deads, dumbell rows or seated rows, bench. I can't do overhead presses due to a bum shoulder (which needs replacement but I don't want to go through the down time). Also, I do accessory efforts like curls, press-downs, pullups, dips, kettlebell lunges.
Because of time constraints (1 hr/day usually) I tend to do 3 sets of the accessories, and 5 sets of the basics. I usually do 50 jump ropes between sets as part of 90-second recovery. Don't ask me why.
For those who want to spend a few months emphasizing strength and power-building, a 5X5 program is known to be effective.
Anyway, for a few months my program will be 3 days of weights, 1 calis/cardio class, 1 day higher intensity and HIIT cardio, one day with 1/2 hr calis and 1/2 hr HIIT cardio, and one day "endurance" long slower cardio (just jogging as long as I can) as a "recovery" day.
Doing the same things all the time is not the most effective plan. How do our readers keep their fitness programs changing?
Amos Oz, ‘Israel’s greatest writer,’ advocate for peace, dies at 79
William Baumol, whose famous economic theory explains the modern world, has died
The man who got justice for the girl in the red coat
Social Worker Led Frugal Life To Leave Nearly $11 Million To Children's Charities
Association of Cannabis With Cognitive Functioning in Adolescents and Young Adults
If You’re Over 50, Chances Are the Decision to Leave a Job Won’t be Yours
Practically Pernicious in Every Way - The Disney reboot of a classic story about parenting inverts and betrays the message of the original.
Walter Williams: Disparities Galore
THE CURE FOR SOCIALISM: BETTER BUREAUCRATS!
The Conservative Purge Continues: Christian Leader Franklin Graham Suspended from Facebook Over 2016 Post
REPORT! Top Email Service Providers Tossed GOP Candidates’ Emails Into Spam Folder During Election
Immigration: America as an 'attractive nuisance'
FBI: A Record High of 8 Million Illegal Immigrants Tried to Buy Guns in 2018
XHALE City Vape Shop FIRES Racist Trump-Hating Liberal After SCREECHING MELTDOWN CAUGHT ON VIDEO
Gen. Anthony Tata: Trump Doctrine brings foreign policy success
SYRIA WAS NEVER A JUST WAR - The West should fight wars based on the principles of Augustine, not Mohammed.
Newly formed Putin Airways to undertake a round the world non-stop commercial flight
Sunday, December 30. 2018
Williamson, from an excellent brief interview:
2:41 Now every year his parents went to Jerusalem for the festival of the Passover.
2:42 And when he was twelve years old, they went up as usual for the festival.
2:43 When the festival was ended and they started to return, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but his parents did not know it.
2:44 Assuming that he was in the group of travelers, they went a day's journey. Then they started to look for him among their relatives and friends.
2:45 When they did not find him, they returned to Jerusalem to search for him.
2:46 After three days they found him in the temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions.
2:47 And all who heard him were amazed at his understanding and his answers.
2:48 When his parents saw him they were astonished; and his mother said to him, "Child, why have you treated us like this? Look, your father and I have been searching for you in great anxiety."
2:49 He said to them, "Why were you searching for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father's house?
2:50 But they did not understand what he said to them.
2:51 Then he went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was obedient to them. His mother treasured all these things in her heart.
2:52 And Jesus increased in wisdom and in years, and in divine and human favor.
Saturday, December 29. 2018
A short film about three antique, wood, triple-cockpit speedboats running together on Lake St. Clair, Michigan. Features a Chris-Craft, a Gar Wood and a Hacker Craft.
Photo via Salt Water New England: When there's no snow or ice, Christmas week is a good time for a hunt in Yankeeland
'They shall not grow old' a box office blowout - for good reason
Meet Bai Shaofeng, a Beijing bachelor looking for love. Shaofeng’s problem — one faced by millions of his countrymen — is a product of cultural preferences, government decree and modern medical technology. In China, there are simply too many men.
A few insane academic SJWs
The Other Intersectionality: Victims of Islamism
Greatest Female Tennis Player in History Martina Navratilova Says That It's Not Fair for Men to Compete Against Women; Trans Activists Attack Her Until She Deletes the Tweet and Apologizes
Furious trans woman tells shopkeeper "Let's take it outside"
Who are Seattle's homeless
Mostly addicts, hobos, and the mentally-ill
Postcards From San Francisco
This Insane Battle To Block a New Apartment Building Explains Why San Francisco and Other Cities Are So Expensive
Proposition 13 is no longer off-limits in California
Latest Russia bombshell is fake news
Another, bigger migrant caravan is set to leave from Honduras next month
NY Times Warmist: Forget The Carbon Tax Now (Till We Can Ram It Through)
THE NY TIMES WAS SILENT WHEN THE DCNF ASKED IF IT WOULD SUPPORT BANNING PRIVATE JETS. WHY?
Maurice Strong, Climate Crook
Democrats Hate the Wall because Trump Loves It
Could Venezuela's Socialist Disaster Get Any Worse? Just Ask Its Oil Company
Bashar Al-Assad Has Won The Syrian Civil War
Friday, December 28. 2018
Interesting, but immigration is a politico-socio-economic issue more than a moral one, isn't it? An issue for the people to decide.
Sears was the original Amazon, but it's been dead for years. If I could envision the next Amazon, I'd pursue the idea.
Many examples of Creative destruction
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Governance is too important to be left to the people. Government has the guns, so shut up.
Photo: Christmas Eve moon over the Maggie's HQ after church and a late Christmas Eve party
Interesting. He's right that people always loved Mariano
6 Unexpected Ways Depression Can Impact Your Social Life & How To Spot The Signs
Mizzou Official Claims Tall Men Asking Out Short Women Could Constitute Sexual Misconduct
What about tall women going after small men?
WRONG AGAIN: Obama and Gore Said Global Warming Would Cause More Severe Tornadoes – 2018 Was First EVER with NO VIOLENT TORNADOES
ARE YOU NOW OR HAVE YOU EVER BEEN A MEMBER OF THE KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS?
John Kerry's Family Fights to Keep Peasants Away from Ancestral French Villa, Claiming Terror Threat
The cost of the wall is nothing compared to the yearly cost of illegal immigration
Steyn considers concept of lone wolves
Michael Walsh: Sweet Shutdown, Roll On
Williamson: Does the U.S. government do more harm than good?
The FBI and DOJ Were Working to Protect Hillary Clinton a Lot Longer Than Generally Discussed…
Byron York: When Democrats embraced the 'Southern Border Fencing Strategy'
Tom Friedman is having a bad old time 'getting' Trump
Althouse is no Trumper, but this:
For better or worse, Trump is now Trumpier than ever
After 60 years of revolution in Cuba, cracks in leadership emerge
Beijing continues its South China Sea imperialism and ups the military ante.
Commies are always imperialists
Clever technique. China knew they'd never be able to pay the loan
Ecuador fell into the same trap
Taiwan’s growing role
Thursday, December 27. 2018
It's a crazy subject. Higher ed tests were introduced to foster a meritocracy in admissions. As it happens (with the SAT, for example) the test is essentially an IQ test.
IQ is one measure of a person's intellectual potential, but is it "merit"? Would a college want a very high IQ lazy guy or gal with lousy grades? Yes, they might - and might guess right. And what about people showing great promise in one area, but no interest or energy in others? Elite schools used to want the "well-rounded" kid (academically solid if not brilliant, athletic, good social skills, etc).
Anyway, nowadays there are so many colleges desperate for paying butts on seats that there is opportunity for everybody to show what they bring to the table.
I am continually seeing words which are difficult to define. Merit is one, happiness is another. There are more on my list...
Jerash (Gerasa) was an important city during Jesus' time. A tour:
Jonathan Haidt: How Overparenting Backfired On Americans
Heather: Back to Discipline - Disparate impact reflects disparate reality.
Is journalism "story-telling"?
Dennis Quaid to sing in new documentary about political censorship: 'Our whole culture has become intolerant'
Not Reported by Liberal Media: Border Patrol Agents Rescue Several Illegal Aliens – Arrest MS-13 Gang Leader at Border
Record 24,000 Migrant Children Caught at Border in December–In Just First Three Weeks
GUATEMALAN MIGRANT FATHER DECLINED MEDICAL TREATMENT FOR SICK CHILD BEFORE DEATH
MSNBC Panelist Attacks Trump For Visiting Troops In Iraq
Video Montage: The Worst of MSNBC In 2018…
Kissinger and I Were Once at Odds, But Let Him Speak
Wednesday, December 26. 2018
Is weight training to muscle failure a good idea? It depends.
With smaller muscle groups, we all commonly train to failure, or close to it, but more often just to the point of excess pain. I'm thinking of examples like curls, forearm exercises, pushups, pullups, cable pull downs and push downs, rows. In fact, many gym machines (which I rarely use) isolate smaller muscle groups in ways that lend themselves to high-rep muscle endurance work (ie 15-20 reps).
With the powerlifts, we do not recommend lifting to failure very often. Just occasionally, to beat the heck out of yourself, and with a spotter. Rule of thumb with powerlifts is mostly to do the number of reps you can manage to accomplish 4-8 times in a row. If you can, for example, deadlift a weight 12 times, raise the weight right away to get down to 6-8 reps for each set.
More Babies Are Conceived Over the Holiday Season Than Other Times of Year
It was Christmas Eve 1967, and we had just returned from a four-day operation that took us into the rugged hills of Vietnam's Khe Sanh Plateau.
50 Years After 'Earthrise,' a Christmas Eve Message from Its Photographer
Ruling that blocked grizzly bear hunts appealed by US
End of Snow (Again): “under a high emissions scenario, skiing could be very limited … by the end of this century”
Morals are not products of reason
Can Intelligence Buy You Happiness?
These endless Happiness Studies bother me. What is happiness anyway? A warm gun? Seems to me that not feeling depressed or overly-anxious is worth feeling grateful for.
The Virtue Signalers Won’t Change the World - Third-wave antiracism makes sense, and fits into the longer struggle, but it’s a dead end.
Revising trauma downward
Fewer NYC High School Students Identify As Heterosexual Than Ever Before
Hetero isn't cool
Why Doesn’t the FBI Videotape Interviews?
College: CHECKING THE RACIAL BOX
Ticking Time Bombs in the Church
On The Continuing, Pervasive Hatred of Short-Sellers
Sorry, Lefties And Never-Trumpers, But Mattis Quitting Isn't A Crisis
Trump Derangement Goes International
Trump seeks peace not war
He could end up ending or getting the US out of several wars in four years - Yemen, Korea, Syria, Afghanistan, wars against Israel. Not bad.
They’re Not Sending Their Best: Democrat Leaders Pelosi and Schumer Post Same Exact Trump-Hating Tweet on Christmas Eve
TRUMP BESTS THE GENIUSES IN SYRIA - All those foreign policy wizards who got us into this mess are now screaming. No wonder.
In the Middle East, Christians are under grave threat - let us show them they are not forgotten
The Vanishing - The plight of Christians in an age of intolerance
Iraqi Christians Celebrate Hopeful Christmas After Defeat Of ISIS
Tuesday, December 25. 2018
He made a real study of the city. He was impressed by the vitality, appalled by the squalor. But what angered him was the lack of international copyright. It figures. Writing was not a hobby for him. He wrote to get rich.
He did not want to end up like his father. A brief bio of Dickens.
There are still many of us Dickens fans in the Anglosphere. That he tossed off a novelette about Christmas which captured the meaning of Christmas - the joyful spiritual rebirth - is the least of his achievements. He was just fascinated by human behavior.
We find much of the joy at Christmastime in all of the parties and festive get-togethers. Connecting and re-connecting with people in a festive and cheery atmosphere, from neighborhood pot-lucks to fancy and formal. There is a magic to it all. Dickens got that.
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