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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Friday, September 4. 2015
We are now in the midst of the Hebrew month of Elul. This is the month of extra introspection to recognize the errors of our ways, and to publicly admit them and ask forgiveness from those we may have harmed, and correct our ill ways for the future. Elul leads up to the Jewish High Holidays of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, at which our fate is sealed for the coming year.
This poem, "The Guy In The Glass", by Dale Wimbrow is appropriate.
When you get what you want in your struggle for self,
For it isn't your Father, or Mother, or Wife,
He's the feller to please, never mind all the rest.
You can fool the whole world down the pathway of years,
More full-body fitness exercises for soft-bodied middle-aged male or female schlubs: Tough Calisthenics
(We forgot to include isometrics in our categories. That's more for
An example of a mega-set would be something like this, with no break between exercises:
Rinse and repeat 4X. On the 4th mega-set circuit, do each one until you can't do another without collapsing. At that point, ready to call 911 for the EMS and the gurney.
My current fitness adventure is working very well after 5 months despite various inevitable pains, non-fatal injuries, fatigue, and problems. Mrs. BD approves of my new physique. I do not really recognize my body anymore. With muscles I never had and a deep Cape Cod tan, I may become a narcissist yet except for my Jeb Bush face. I say to Mrs. BD that my goal is to make a handsome corpse with little fat to sizzle on the crematorium.
I think I have more power, endurance, and general fitness than I have had since I was 17. A body will respond to demand, slowly. That is useful and feels alive. I do one day of mostly upper body resistance, one day of mostly back and lower resistance, one day of mostly total-body calisthenic destruction, and 2 or 3 days of intense cardio for just an efficient and exhausting 1/2 hr. I do all of it at 5 am. My trainer is a sadistic Nazi monster Ohio farm boy. A real knowledgeable pro, cheerful and demanding, precise about form and technique.
Here are some tough, fun, medicine ball calisthenics:
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Image to celebrate Labor Day weekend, which seems to begin today
What Is America’s Worst Restaurant Chain?
F*ck Your Rules: Why I’ve Decided I’m Going to Have Fun All The Time (h/t Insty)
MSNBC to Expand Morning Joe One More Hour
Watched the show once, at the gym. Not bad.
Environmental Waste - Tom Steyer’s $1 billion “green-jobs” initiative is a bust.
Ted Cruz talks sense on climate
‘Water Shortages Are Manmade’ Economist Says - The answer to drought: let prices rise.
The Importance of Intellectual Property Protection to the U.S. Economy
Glenn Reynolds: Ordinary Americans lead the way on racial healing
America needs no racial healing. I have never seen or experienced any racial problems in my life, except those ginned up for election seasons.
Poverty Among Whites Demands Philanthropy's Attention - Four in 10 poor Americans are white
Do they want "help"?
How much smokier can a gun get?
A guy with bad hair calls the MSM political reporters to a press conference...
Hillary’s Campaign Has Already Begun to Derail
Hillary May Just Be Dumb
Okamoto condoms: objects of desire for Chinese tourists in Japan
Iran Commander: We’re Getting Prepared to Overthrow Israel
Kafka in Caracas
Netanyahu and AIPAC: Right to Fight
Thursday, September 3. 2015
I can recommend Canshipmeds.com in Vancouver. Just ask for "expedite" and it arrives promptly to the US. Prices far lower than CVS or Costco.
A good magazine: Yankee Magazine
Parents Frivolously Sue School over Nonexistent Wi-Fi Sickness. Why Are Courts Actually Giving Them a Chance?
Judge In California Delivers Uber’s Worst Nightmare
There's Nothing Mysterious About the Market - The mystery is why we keep letting government get in the way.
The insufferable return of radical chic
Obama Prophesies Climate Nightmare: Famine, Floods, Fire, Fumes and Fighting
Bill O’Reilly Tells Jorge Ramos He’s Not a Reporter “You’re an Activist”
Donald Trump and the Weak Man’s Vanity
Obama’s Threats Unlikely To Stop Cyber Attacks
Marx Materializes at the Border - The migrants overwhelming Europe force the socialists to confront the global mess they created.
Continental Drift: Europe at a Crossroads:
What We Owe the Syrian Boy in the Surf
The Truth About Congressional Pro-Israel Theater
Year after year, very little changes in Wellfleet, Massachusetts except the steady erosion from the sea which will eventually eliminate the whole thing. As a glacial moraine, it was never meant to last forever.
One of my life goals is to make sure my kids, and my kid's kids, absorb the salt air, piney fragrance, and cool salt water into their souls as I have done all of my life. A precious inheritance for them.
While we were out there last week, The NYT published this: The Calming Quiet of Outer Cape Cod - A flock of artistic and literary types are finding summer refuge in Wellfleet and Truro.
That is bad: there goes the neighborhood? Or time to buy before you can't because rich jerks may arrive. At present, it's a sort-of secret, unfashionable Subaru-type place. Bernie bumper stickers, and locals with beater pickups with NRA stickers and Grateful Dead stickers. A share of very quiet old Boston families, profs, writers, artists, architects, NY shrinks - and lots of regular people like us. You know what I mean.
Lots of random pics of just some of the things we love. Not mentioning all of the seafood, on which we feed constantly out there,
For example, water lilies in bloom on a Wellfleet/Truro "pond." Pic from my kayak.
Lotsa pics below the fold, with some useful info mixed in...
Continue reading "Our August 2015 Report from Cape Cod"
Wednesday, September 2. 2015
Our hosts in Wellfleet last week provided abundant and elegant breakfasts. Fresh fruits first, of course. I am not a fruit fan, but with a good dollop of Trader Joe's Lemon Curd I can enjoy them.
They provided fruit forks and knives with the beautifully-presented fruit course. Civilized and quite effective tools for all fruits and berries. Yes, old-fashioned. We need some.
With decent cutlery and Lemon Curd, I may yet become fruit-tolerant. Is fruit "healthy"? Not at all. It's really just nature's dessert.
Found that pic of a set on eBay.
Packing for travel is simple. There is no reason to complicate it. Just bring everything.
Image stolen from Moonbattery
How Airbnb actually makes NYC affordable
Government Exercise: See the NIH’s Embarrassing Fitness Recommendations
Colleges' Big Fail: Protecting Feelings, But Not Speech
It's not about feelings - it's about giving in to bullies
Sheep Led To The Slaughter: The Muzzling Of Free Speech In America
Not here on the Farm
Texas Top State Where Americans Move, New York Last - Florida brings in greatest wealth from new residents
NOAA METEOROLOGIST: POLITICS AND MONEY DRIVE GLOBAL WARMING HYSTERIA
59% of Americans Support Trump on Deportation of Illegal Aliens
It's the first major wave of immigration since the US became a Welfare State
THE SOCIALIST DREAM WILL NEVER DIE
WaPo editorial writer about to become very unpopular with #BlackLivesMatter
Thinking about Obamacare while in Cabo
Jindal: Hillary ‘Literally One Email Away From Going to Jail’
Hillary Clinton Repeatedly Originated And Distributed Highly Classified Information
The Middle East Diaspora Descends on Europe
Tuesday, September 1. 2015
Ideas are the force that drives history. If we aren’t willing to fight for what we believe, then we will lose to those who are. And make no mistake, we are not winning this war.
Just back from spiritually-necessary annual pilgrimage to the Cape and Wellfleet, MA. Pics and tips for Wellfleet-lovers when I organize a travelogue post or two.
Besides doing everything else outdoors (swimming in Bay, harbor, several ponds, body-surfing in ocean with seals and sharks, taking a 2 1/2 hour hike which few know about, etc.), we kayaked twice daily - at dawn and before or after supper - thanks to Jack's. Jack will deliver and pick-up, no matter where. Using Youtube instructions, and encountering some tough sledding in southern New England salt waters, and the Hudson River, and last week on Nauset, we have been forced to improve our kayaking technique for a couple of years. "Use your core, not your arms!" God gave us our transverse abdominis for a reason. Having owned lots of boats of many sorts during my life, my craft of choice right now is the body-powered kayak.
Portrait of my handsome feet on Higgin's Pond, 7:30 am this morning. Ospreys overhead, Great Blue Herons all about, trout jumpin'. Water lilies in late bloom. Nice. No person there except me and Mrs. BD.
In the softer "sciences," even more so: An expansive new project is able to replicate results from fewer than half of its psychology experiments in question.
No. And I am a Leo: Could A Lion Live On Veggie Burgers?
Monday, August 31. 2015
Isn't almost everything an illusion?
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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.
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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
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