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Wednesday, November 30. 2022
Cardio update, and the Talk Test
I have posted most of these concepts in the past, but it's time to revisit them.
First off, people use the term to refer to different things. Some use it to refer to anything that raises your heart rate at all, such as walking, hiking, or swimming aerobic laps. Anything we do to remain active, if not to reach for better levels of fitness, is worthwhile.
Why is low-intensity activity worthwhile? Because it helps maintain a current level of function. Keep walking 1-3 miles daily, and odds are you will keep doing it until something physical intervenes. That's all that most people want.
However, I think of "cardio" as heart-centered exertion. That means stressing the heart with the goal of improving fitness and conditioning. While my favorite forms of cardio (treadmill, stair machine, rower) keep many muscle groups busy if not stressed, the goal is cardiac muscle power. That is why cardio focus is almost 1/3rd of the Maggie's Fitness for Life program.
How do you stress your heart muscle, rather than just using it a little bit? By making high demands just as you can do with other muscles. That means sprints on your favorite "cardio" forms. That's assuming your doctor tells you that you are fit for intensity.
Regardless of the exercise, it's easy to know when you are sprinting because it's all-out for 30-60 seconds at intervals. That is HIIT. Sprints are anaerobic, not aerobic. People claim that heavy weight-lifting can have the same effect, and that is likely true. Still, I feel a couple of hours/week of HIIT cardio is a good supplement, plus endurance, plus mental health.
Why Exercise Intensity Is Important
Talk Test and Monitoring Exercise Intensity. It's a simpler measure than heart rate.
Posted by Dr. Joy Bliss in Physical Fitness at 14:01 | Comments (4) | Trackbacks (0)
Wednesday morning links
What is the largest squid in the world?
Apple Can’t Ignore Its Giant China Problem
Law-Abiding Americans Had "Strong Appetite" For Guns On Black Friday
France: A man won the legal right to not be 'fun' at work after refusing to embrace 'excessive alcoholism' and 'promiscuity'
Every party needs a pooper
Netherlands seizing, closing thousands of farms to fight climate change
How Christians Became a Minority in the UK
Political Hobbyism Has Entered the Workplace. A new style of activism in the white-collar workplace is reshaping corporate life.
Elon Musk’s Twitter Team Begins Process of Reinstating 62,000 Suspended Accounts
The Bureaucracy’s Democrat Majority Made America A One-Party Government
Election Predictions and Other Mistakes
Posted by Bird Dog in Hot News & Misc. Short Subjects at 07:00 | Comments (21) | Trackbacks (0)
Tuesday, November 29. 2022
Restoring Florence's Duomo
Yes, as with probably most medieval cathedrals, the exterior sculptures had been painted.
Posted by The Barrister in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 16:00 | Comment (1) | Trackbacks (0)
VDH considers Trump
Posted by The News Junkie in Hot News & Misc. Short Subjects at 12:57 | Comments (15) | Trackbacks (0)
Tuesday morning links
Waiting for Thanksgiving dinner at a Bronx orphanage
How was the universe created?
Begun again, the lobster wars have
Is this the last Christmas for Sears?
CNN: Daylight savings time is racist
The Babylon Bee Publishes a Hysterical Spoof of a College English Course Description. Oh, Wait!
Zero Republican professors found across 33 departments at seven universities
New Twitter Sign-Ups Hit All-Time Record Despite Cancel Campaign
This Is CNN: Ex-CIA Wonk Explains the Dangers of Free Speech
New York Times notices 'political violence' and blames...Republicans
Biden was unpopular with voters, but Trump dragged his party down just as much
Trump Demands Kari Lake Be 'Installed' as Ariz. Governor
From the outset of his political career, Donald Trump has compelled observers to continually revisit and thereby complicate their initial reactions to his seemingly straightforward and self-destructive displays.
Millions of Ukrainians are without power as winter bites: Households facing bleak few months without light, water or heat as temperatures plummet
Dutch Government to Shut Down 3,000 Farms to Comply with Global Warming Goals – As Food Prices See Highest Increase in Decades
Posted by Bird Dog in Hot News & Misc. Short Subjects at 08:00 | Comments (6) | Trackbacks (0)
Monday, November 28. 2022
Monday morning links
A new study says time spent with dogs increases brain activity in the prefrontal cortex
Finding peace in the countryside
No, you just find more work
ACLU of Virginia Tweets “You Are On Native Land” For Some Reason
CNN Calls Freedom of Speech 'Nonsense'
‘Living hell’ and the destruction of academic freedom
UNREAL New Images Emerge From Chinese 'Zero COVID' Techno-Hell
China To Double Coal-Fired Power Plant Capacity…Aims to Avoid European, US Blunders
Posted by Bird Dog in Hot News & Misc. Short Subjects at 07:00 | Comments (29) | Trackbacks (0)
Sunday, November 27. 2022
Why Kids Can't Read
A fairly comprehensive report on popular themes in education which have led to depressing results in child reading capabilities.
Posted by Bulldog in Education at 17:14 | Comments (12) | Trackbacks (0)
From today's Lectionary
24:36 "But about that day and hour no one knows, neither the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.
24:37 For as the days of Noah were, so will be the coming of the Son of Man.
24:38 For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day Noah entered the ark,
24:39 and they knew nothing until the flood came and swept them all away, so too will be the coming of the Son of Man.
24:40 Then two will be in the field; one will be taken and one will be left.
24:41 Two women will be grinding meal together; one will be taken and one will be left.
24:42 Keep awake therefore, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming.
24:43 But understand this: if the owner of the house had known in what part of the night the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and would not have let his house be broken into.
24:44 Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an unexpected hour.
Posted by Bird Dog at 07:55 | Comments (6) | Trackbacks (0)
Saturday, November 26. 2022
The Classic Thanksgiving left-over turkey sandwich, plus turkey stock
Turkey Hash is pretty good, and so is turkey soup (for which I am boiling a stock from one of the carcasses right now with water, onions, garlic, celery, parsley, herbs, etc - we fight over the carcasses and bones like jackals), but the main reason people in my family cook so many turkeys at Thanksgivings is for the sandwiches for a few days after.
Here's how I make them:
Squoosh the sides of bread together, and cut in half with a sharp knife. Then eat with a glass of beer. Delicious.
Then take a little nap.
How I make turkey stock:
Throw into a large stock pot a whole or chopped turkey carcass, leg bones, wings, etc. Not a bad idea to break the bones with a cleaver and/or to roast the carcass first so some of the bones brown. Cover with water. Take a bunch of celery, carrots, onions and garlic. Chop very roughly with skins on - do not peel - and sautee in butter or cooking oil until browned. (The skins add color and flavor) Then toss them into the pot. Add some cut-up raw potatoes, skins on. Throw in some salt, whole peppercorns. Then parsley, thyme, a little sage and marjoram. A little sugar. A bottle of white wine in there is optional. Simmer for 5-8 hours, adding water as needed. Then strain. That's a tasty turkey stock. It's man-cooking.
Posted by Bird Dog in Food and Drink at 12:49 | Comments (27) | Trackbacks (0)
Saturday morning links
The Cancer Stories You Never Hear. I'm often asked why I would spend my career focused on the unpredictable, unrelenting misery of cancer. Here's why.
Is obesity imposed on victims by nefarious outside forces?
Reefer Madness: Demand for Illegal Pot Soars in California Due to High Taxes
Paul Watson: In Qatar, they’ll arrest you for promoting LGBT. In western countries, they’ll arrest you for disrespecting LGBT. We’re so much better! – Paul Joseph Watson
Jury awards $645,837 to Auburn professor demoted for criticizing lax degree standards
Kling: I can get annoyed
"A country of zero freedom, low social mobility, social credit scores, and constant government surveillance? Who the heck, even among the revolutionary wokester crowd, is openly calling for a Chinese model for their own countries?"
Posted by Bird Dog in Hot News & Misc. Short Subjects at 08:32 | Comments (18) | Trackbacks (0)
Friday, November 25. 2022
Posted by The News Junkie in Hot News & Misc. Short Subjects at 16:20 | Comments (0) | Trackbacks (0)
Two turkeys as usual. Lots of leftovers. This is the one on the grill, cooked over firewood:
Continue reading "Ages 2-94"
Posted by Bird Dog in Food and Drink at 13:39 | Comments (7) | Trackbacks (0)
Friday morning links
America: "We are a country founded on violence."
Elon Musk Announces ‘General Amnesty’ for Suspended Twitter Accounts and the Left Has Another Meltdown
FAUCI: I’M A BUREAUCRAT, NOT A SCIENTIST
‘We don’t know the motive yet but DeSantis and the right are to blame for gay nightclub shooting’
A Manifesto Has Been Found On The Walmart Shooter’s Phone – You Probably Won’t See Or Hear About This From The Corporate Media
Colorado Club Shooter is Non-Binary, Uses They/Them Pronouns, and Addressed as ‘Mx.’ The left’s narrative is gone…again.
NBC's "disinformation" reporter lives up to his title
Biden: “The Idea We Still Allow Semi-Automatic Weapons To Be Purchased Is Sick”…
Huge Swathes Of Ukraine Without Power & Water After New Russian Strikes
Italians Who Refuse Job Offers Will Have Social Benefits Revoked, Meloni Warns
Posted by Bird Dog in Hot News & Misc. Short Subjects at 08:00 | Comments (41) | Trackback (1)
Thursday, November 24. 2022
Thanksgiving - the one real American holiday, a serious holiday, a Christian holiday that non-Christians can easily appreciate, the best holiday of the year.
For at least one day each year, let's count our blessings and put aside our gripes and disappointments.
Posted by Bird Dog at 08:10 | Comments (35) | Trackbacks (0)
Wednesday, November 23. 2022
Posted by The News Junkie in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 14:13 | Comment (1) | Trackbacks (0)
Wednesday morning links
Is this really the only portrait of William Shakespeare made in his lifetime? Unveiling of an early 17th-century painting has caused a stir—but what does the evidence say?
Looks like him to me
Astrobiologists concerned about imperialistic consequences of galactic exploration
Unraveling Autism's Complex Genetic Roots- A new Columbia study finds sixty genes associated with the condition, including mild forms of ASD.
Canadian Government Literally Proposes State Execution of Living Babies
NBC acknowledges myocarditis link to COVID-19 vaccines
Did young people ever need the vaccine?
Is this like government-controlled credit cards? Or what?
Elon Musk Teaches Leftwing Activists That Actions Have Consequences
Podcast: How Dubious Racism Accusations Brought Down the Guggenheim Museum’s Top Curator
Kings and Queens and Guillotines - Robespierre’s spirit has possessed the “progressive” left. And a civil exorcism is our last best hope for saving the Republic.
" Hunter Biden's Laptop Is Still Real. The Russian disinfo lie “was not the idle speculation of a few ex-spooks. It [justified] in real time… the most chilling episode of state-directed private-sector censorship in U.S. history”"
Posted by Bird Dog in Hot News & Misc. Short Subjects at 07:32 | Comments (58) | Trackbacks (0)
Tuesday, November 22. 2022
Two holiday treats
One Southern and one from New England:
Posted by Bird Dog in Food and Drink at 14:35 | Comments (6) | Trackbacks (0)
Tuesday morning links
The Climate Cons
Biden’s lunatic bid to pay ‘poor nations’ for ‘climate reparations’
Why is America provoking China?
A New Age of American Politics - It’s time to hit ballot harvesting hard or die trying.
Not Even Ron DeSantis Can Stop Donald J. Trump for President. No one is going to stop President Trump when no one could stop candidate Trump.
Posted by Bird Dog in Hot News & Misc. Short Subjects at 09:32 | Comments (15) | Trackbacks (0)
Monday, November 21. 2022
Sad, and Shocking, Eulogy
I saw a eulogy that went viral. I see or hear the thoughts shared regularly because of where I live - not in eulogies, just everyday commentary from time to time. The eulogy itself was quite unfortunate.
My personal view is, at worst, if I had a parent whose views I truly disliked as much as the speaker did, then I just wouldn't go to the funeral or (at least) show and keep my mouth shut. Speaking ill of the dead, of someone incapable of defending themselves, is rather disrespectful. There are moments and situations, rare enough, where it makes sense. I think we can all speak ill of Hitler and few reasonable people will feel bad about it. In general, doing this says more about the person speaking than those they speak about.
I really doubt her father was racist or misogynistic, based on several facts I've learned about this woman since - but I suppose it's enough that he supported Trump for her to apply the broad brush. I know this happens because I didn't support Trump, ever, and often been painted with the same brush. Here's the video so you can have your own POV.
Continue reading "Sad, and Shocking, Eulogy"
Posted by Bulldog in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 17:23 | Comments (24) | Trackbacks (0)
The tradition of Thanksgiving Day has its roots in the 1620 Pilgrim settlement in Plymouth, MA.
Those people had little to be grateful for, by our comfortable standards:
They arrived in November, late in the season, because the Mayflower's companion ship, the Speedwell, had to reverse course to England so the leaky Mayflower accompanied them back.
Imperfect navigation and bad weather had them sighting land on Cape Cod instead of the small Dutch trading post which would later become New Amsterdam, now New York City. They tried twice to head south, but November storms drove them back north.
During the first winter 45 of the 72 passengers on the Mayflower died. Men, women, and children.
A lonely Squanto, who was a Godsend to the Pilgrims (few of whom were farmers, I think) died in 1622. He spoke English, having been sold in slavery in Spain, later taken to England. When he returned to North America, he found his entire tribal group dead from European diseases spread by explorers or Portuguese fishermen. (The large Indian farms were the ones that the Pilgrims took over.)
Their investors got screwed and the Pilgrims were in serious debt. Their London company, the Merchant Adventurers, hoped for good returns from timber, fur, and dried fish. Nope, never happened. Might well have happened had they arrived at the Hudson River. Those investors were unhappy.
Surely those Pilgrims were grateful for food, but for what else? I think gratitude was just bred in their bones. I would not compare them to Job, but it was rough.
Good summary: WHY WAS LIFE SO HARD FOR THE PILGRIMS?
Posted by Bird Dog in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 14:41 | Comments (3) | Trackbacks (0)
Monday morning links
HOW SHUTDOWNS DEVASTATED YOUNG PEOPLE, CONTINUED
Co-Opting Toronto’s Public Education System in the Name of Social Justice Activism - Why Canada’s largest school board is seeking to administer an ideologically skewed census to its students.
All New York Schools Must Ditch Their Native American Mascots by the End of the Academic Year
More than 1,000 professors sign on to ‘Stanford Academic Freedom Declaration’
A sex war is coming. American politics is being shaped by the AWFLs
Female Molotov Cocktail Lawyer Sentenced To Only 15 Months in Jail
Spectator: Not Even Ron DeSantis Can Stop Donald J. Trump for President. No one is going to stop President Trump when no one could stop candidate Trump.
‘Anti-racist’ professor calls Herschel Walker ‘subliterate,’ uses racial slur
Posted by Bird Dog in Hot News & Misc. Short Subjects at 08:00 | Comments (43) | Trackbacks (0)
Sunday, November 20. 2022
What was on the menu at the first Thanksgiving?
It seems Turkey, roasted pumpkin, mussels, eels, cod, roasted or stewed venison, corn meal mush, and maybe lobster were on the menu: First Thanksgiving Meal.
There seem not to have been a lot of oysters nearby (maybe the Indians ate them all), but plenty of Cod. Ever heard of Cape Cod Turkey?
They had to learn to fish and how to plant. They had no milk (no livestock on Mayflower unless you count the 2 dogs), and any sugar or flour on board had been exhausted during the voyage. The Mayflower crew (30 men) returned home on starvation rations in Spring, 1621. Mayflower was an 80-foot leaky old cargo vessel which was barely suited for anything.
Posted by Bird Dog in Food and Drink at 12:24 | Comments (4) | Trackbacks (0)
From today's Lectionary
23:33 When they came to the place that is called The Skull, they crucified Jesus there with the criminals, one on his right and one on his left.
23:34 Then Jesus said, "Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing." And they cast lots to divide his clothing.
23:35 And the people stood by, watching; but the leaders scoffed at him, saying, "He saved others; let him save himself if he is the Messiah of God, his chosen one!"
23:36 The soldiers also mocked him, coming up and offering him sour wine,
23:37 and saying, "If you are the King of the Jews, save yourself!"
23:38 There was also an inscription over him, "This is the King of the Jews."
23:39 One of the criminals who were hanged there kept deriding him and saying, "Are you not the Messiah? Save yourself and us!"
23:40 But the other rebuked him, saying, "Do you not fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation?
23:41 And we indeed have been condemned justly, for we are getting what we deserve for our deeds, but this man has done nothing wrong."
23:42 Then he said, "Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom."
23:43 He replied, "Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in Paradise."
Posted by Bird Dog at 09:13 | Comment (1) | Trackbacks (0)
Saturday, November 19. 2022
Our favorite cranberry relish
It's not just for turkey. I have a friend who will not eat chicken without it. Excellent with pheasant too.
This has a zippy flavor: No-cook cranberry sauce.
Posted by Bird Dog in Food and Drink at 14:59 | Comments (9) | Trackbacks (0)
How Wild Turkeys Took Over New England
You'd be hard-pressed to find a turkey in the Northeast 50 years ago. Now hundreds of thousands roam suburbs where they thrill and bully residents.
Posted by Bird Dog in Natural History and Conservation at 13:02 | Comments (16) | Trackbacks (0)
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