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Tuesday, May 23. 2017
They didn't mention that the youth can no longer spell "idle."
Posted by The Barrister in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 19:22 | Comment (1) | Trackbacks (0)
The familiar Rondo from Mozart's Horn Concerto No. 4
If you did something like this 4-5X/wk, with nothing else, your cardio fitness and physique would definitely improve after 6 months, but your strength and muscle only slightly.
At 6 am, the class was packed (about 40 people) with about half men, half women. Quite a few grey hairs in there, at least a quarter but it's hard to tell with the women because no women seem to go grey around here - it must be the water. I'd say ages 30-75. They say "All levels welcome." My trainer thinks those classes are BS, but I thought it seemed like an excellent and varied workout, high intensity with no lowering of heart rate and blood pressure and only light hand weights. The only rests I saw were on a 15 second count, or planks.
There were many sorts of body shapes in there (but no serious fatties, and no muscle-heads) and many levels of fitness but all did their damndest to keep up the pace set by the trainer. Here's what I saw from my jump-roping view:
They began with about 5 minutes of stretches, and warm-ups with things like sumos and slow jogging in place.
Then most of the routines were about 30 seconds each and some were repeated in a circuit: Air squats, jumping jacks, straight-arm planks, push-ups, high-knee jogging in place, step-ups, calf-raises, mountain climbers, jumping burpees, air squats with overhead press hand weights, sit-ups, supermans, air squats with forward hand weights, heavy ball floor slams, heavy ball throw and catch, fast standing twists with heavy ball, wall sits, lunges with hand weights, kettlebell swings, kettlebell walks and kettlebell shrugs.
I thought it was a fine, pretty intense hour of cardio-calis and I think I will find a way to fit that into my schedule, altho 6 am is late for me, because mixing cardio and calis is time-efficient and the group is motivating. Plus the classes are free for gym members. Yes, you could do it all on your own - but probably wouldn't.
Nobody walked out of that gym room with a sprightly step - all beaten up good. That's a good sign. If it were easy, that would be bad. I would have been dripping and dragging too. Well, I was anyway after doing my own routine. Good way to begin the day with a good head and a peaceful soul.
“When bankers get together for dinner, they discuss art. When artists get together for dinner, they discuss money.”
Oscar Wilde, via Art Collecting Today
5 Tips On Learning To Carry Your Grief
Birth Rates are at Historic Lows and Here's a Major Reason
Not to mention birth control
Whole Foods Would Look a Lot Different If It Were Science-Based
Dumb article, slightly correct
The median grade at Harvard College is an A-, and the most frequently awarded mark is an A.
PRINCETON CHOSE MINORITY STUDENTS BASED ON AMOUNT OF "CULTURAL FLAVOR"
GOOD NEWS: Arctic Doom Pushed Off Till 2040
I can wait, but then it will be pushed off to the year 2100 and I do not have that much patience
Coyote: Your labor regulation of the day
Farm Handouts Are Out of Control. Here Are 5 Reasons to Target Them in the Budget.
California’s single-payer plan costs $400 billion — twice the state’s entire budget
A reader asked Arnold Kling: In light of everything that has happened in the last few years, have you changed your mind on anything?
Elizabeth Warren Challenged By Real Indians To Prove She Has Indian Ancestry
Challenged by both Dot and Feather Indians
Appeals Ct to Consider Fate of Elizabeth Warren’s Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
Codevilla's The Cold Civil War:
It's called "freedom"
The Media Spreads Fake News About Ivanka Trump
MSM Began To Mention Trump’s Impeachment During His First Week In Office
Monday, May 22. 2017
Humans are bio-psycho-social critters, too complicated for labs.
Va Pensiero, from Verdi's Nabucco. The singers are Hebrew slaves in Babylon. Lyrics (Italian and English) here.
Toon above via Powerline
SHEER LUNACY ON CAMPUS - When kindergarten meets totalitarianism.
Against Free Speech: Merkel, May (and Macron)
Interracial marriages: Study Finds Massive Shift in US Marriages
Crushing on Crushers - Why do intellectuals fall in love with dictators and totalitarians?
Unemployment Claims At Lowest Level In 28 Years
The Underreported Success of the Trump Presidency
President Trump gives masterful speech
Leaking of Trump’s slip made it worse
Trump aides had ‘intervention’ to curb his tweeting: report
Harvard agrees: Trump press coverage sets ‘new standard for negativity’
A Coup Attempt, Not a Constitutional Crisis
Ruddy to ABC's Stephanopoulos: Trump Suffers from Media 'Barrage'
Dems are gunning for Trump — here’s how he can survive
Sunday, May 21. 2017
In New England, with our relatively brief growing season, it is difficult to have a crop of tropical and subtropical fruits like tomatoes for more than several weeks - mainly August-mid-September. Unless you are on the coast, it is hardly worth bothering to grow tomatoes (other than cherry tomatoes which ripen quickly) from mid- Massachusetts, north.
Some people, with more drive than I have, construct polyurethane tents, like greenhouses, to give their tomatoes a head start on the season. It is of minimal effectiveness. Why?
Because tomato plants do not like to grow until nighttime temperatures are consistently above 60 degrees F. They might make an effort, but without vigor. Raise the night temperature and they grow like weeds.
That's why putting them in early doesn't make sense unless it's your only chance to get them in at all. Experienced gardeners around here aim for putting them in around Memorial Day and their crops are generally more productive than those who try to jump the season.
The domestic tomato was bred, probably by Aztecs in Central America, into a useful food (as they did with the tomatillo). A brief History of Tomatoes. The wild version of tomato seems to be the Currant Tomato, a perennial vine with berry-like green fruit. By now, that plant has so widely cross-bred with man-made tomato that the wild type may be extinct. All of the modern colors, including bright red, are relatively recent genetic inventions. Every tomato today (including "heritage") is a testament to GMO - the slow kind achieved by the Aztecs up through the 20th century.
Piaget, Jung, and the dominance hierarchy
It's a mystery to me why, since I began a serious exercise program almost exactly two years ago, grey hairs are growing out brown, and my hair is thicker. So testifies my Sicilian barber of 20 years. My body has changed in many desirable ways - less fat, more muscle, cut abdomen (somewhat), better posture, tougher all over - but I do not exercise my hair at all and use no Rogaine, no hair dye.
Could it just be diet? I have tried to up my protein intake and go very easy on carbs except maybe in restaurants. I love mashed taters. Or potato chips which I also love. I tend to avoid vegetables unless in a Thai concoction, or unless cooked in garlic and oil. Or in bacon. Tomato is not a vegetable. I also tend to avoid fruit unless in a banana or strawberry protein smoothie because I do not like sweet things very much and, when I want some, it is never satisfying and makes me feel uncomfortable. I have always preferred savory to sweet. Generally-speaking, my program has lowered my appetite quite a bit so I focus on protein because I am told to. I do like a steak sandwich.
One case is just an anecdote, so it means nothing. I do wonder, though. Hair is mostly genetic but this change is odd.
17:22 Then Paul stood in front of the Areopagus and said, "Athenians, I see how extremely religious you are in every way.
17:23 For as I went through the city and looked carefully at the objects of your worship, I found among them an altar with the inscription, 'To an unknown god.' What therefore you worship as unknown, this I proclaim to you.
17:24 The God who made the world and everything in it, he who is Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in shrines made by human hands,
17:25 nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mortals life and breath and all things.
17:26 From one ancestor he made all nations to inhabit the whole earth, and he allotted the times of their existence and the boundaries of the places where they would live,
17:27 so that they would search for God and perhaps grope for him and find him--though indeed he is not far from each one of us.
17:28 For 'In him we live and move and have our being'; as even some of your own poets have said, 'For we too are his offspring.'
17:29 Since we are God's offspring, we ought not to think that the deity is like gold, or silver, or stone, an image formed by the art and imagination of mortals.
17:30 While God has overlooked the times of human ignorance, now he commands all people everywhere to repent,
17:31 because he has fixed a day on which he will have the world judged in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed, and of this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead."
She emailed a pic from his garden
Posted by Bird Dog in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 05:13 | Comments (6) | Trackbacks (0)
Saturday, May 20. 2017
Mr. Vanderleun found this excellent recording of the haunting anthem Not Dark Yet from Dylan's 1997 Time Out of Mind album. Was it that long ago? Sheesh, the time is runnin' away.
A commenter on Youtube:
There is only one French salad dressing - mustard vinaigrette with shallots. This guy learned how to make it. No reason to ever use anything else other than laziness (I can be lazy and I like to put Ken's Steak House salad dressing from Costco on tomato slices).
The only French variation is to add tarragon or to use tarragon vinegar. I don't care much for tarragon flavor although it grows vigorously in my garden. Tarragon Chicken is a classic, but I don't care for it.
Isn't it strange that commercial "French Dressing" and "Russian Dressing" are American inventions? So is commercial "Italian dressing." Well, they all taste ok. Russian is great on a roast beef sammich.
What is a genuine Italian salad dressing? Salt, olive oil, vinegar (3 parts oil to one part vinegar). Toss it extensively - 30 times seems to be an Italian standard. You can add a few drops of Balsamic to that if you want, or use lemon juice (very Sicilian) instead of vinegar. Without salt, salad is not edible. It's barely edible anyway because it is rodent food and minimally-digestible by humans. I figure if you want to eat greens, eat a herbivore instead because they have the tools to break down and digest cellulose and thus the contents of greens. We do not.
Hoax Science Paper Says Penis Is A Social Construct That Worsens Climate Change. It was accepted by a science journal. Here's the paper: The conceptual penis as a social construct
Whether news or science, nobody can tell real from fake anymore. Everything seems to be from The Onion. Is there anything we can take at face value, or is everything fake?
Related, not from The Onion: Store Selling 'Boys Will Be Boys' Shirt Under Attack, Accused of Breeding 'Rape Culture'
A new shade of blue
More on that dinosaur fossil
What Changed The Green Sahara Into A Desert?
Graphic Novels Are Trending in English Departments
"Graphic novels" is an academic term for comic books. Next, coloring books. Re "graphic novels," I did read Maus. I recommend it, but not as literature. Same with Ros Chast's Can't We Talk about Something More Pleasant?: A Memoir
Swallow a single balloon, lose 34 pounds
Tampons in Men’s Rooms? It’s Just a Small Part of ‘Menstrual Equity’
Not cool. I mean like totally uncool. Sheesh. Condoms might make sense.
Hava Nagila’s Long, Strange Trip - The unlikely history of a Hasidic melody.
UK Government Moves Aggressively To Censor & Control The Internet
Extremely creepy. 1984.
Connecticut, the wealthiest U.S. state, may be tapped out on taxing the rich
Chanel's $1,325 boomerang condemned as 'cultural appropriation'
I am completely in favor of cultural appropriation - including boomerangs. Also, hot peppers (stolen from Mexico)
The NYT: LOOMING FLOODS, THREATENED CITIES
Scared yet? If so, stop driving and stop heating your house.
California Governor Brown imposing massive regulations for meaningless climate goals
Authoritarian Moonbattery in Action: Cuomo’s Closing of Indian Point
"Evil Eyes" Cuomo destroying his state one step at a time
Harvard Study Reveals Huge Extent of Anti-Trump Media Bias
Trump Officials: ‘He Looks More and More Like a Complete Moron’
McArdle: Trump unfit for office
As Leaks Pile Up, It’s Evident Trump Is Under Attack From His Own Staff
From Legal Insurrection:
Friday, May 19. 2017
A friend emailed pics from a performance of the Paris Opera Ballet this week:
Then I noticed Francis Menton, who begins:
A book by John Hawkins: 101 Things All Young Adults Should Know
Large volcanic eruption may have caused the first mass extinction
Crossing the Congo Is Truly a Journey Across Hell on Earth
Single women are out-earning men
Lone Star Lilliput - Complacent Texas taxpayers have become captives of their rent-seeking civil servants.
Student 'teach-in' claims food industry is 'built on racism'
Is it time for us all to admit what a steaming pile of hypocrisy our entire conversation on race has become?
Even Math Is Made to Serve Moonbattery
Social-Justice Math Class: ‘Math Has Been Used as a Dehumanizing Tool’ - ‘Teaching Social Justice Through Secondary Mathematics’ was developed by Teach for America.
Yale Dean’s Nasty Yelp Reviews Expose Underbelly of Ivy League Elitism - The racial overtones of June Chu’s posts have garnered the most attention. Less attention has been paid to the sneering elitism.
She was just having snotty fun. I don't see what the big deal is. Campus is becoming a field of landmines and profs are right to be scared.
National Student Group Seeks To Bolster Campus Free Speech
Free speech is oppression
Daryl Bem Proved ESP Is Real - Which means science is broken.
OK, but worse probably in the social sciences. Generally, it is very easy to cheat in science. Biggest problem might be that negative results are almost never published.
Warmists Using Fossil Fuels Is Totally Not Hypocrisy Or Something
From von Mises: Why Businessmen Fail at Government
Dallas County Whistleblower Tapes Democrat Campaign Worker Describing Voter Fraud Schemes
Normal urban politics
David Plouffe: “Trump Must Be Destroyed”…
Commenter at Althouse:
All This Impeachment Talk Is Pure Trump Derangement Syndrome - That man in the White House is vulgar, disrespectful, self-involved, maybe even dangerous. So?
All US 50 governors sign anti-BDS statement
Venezuelan dictator: ‘We are the new Jews of the 21st century’
Intel Trump gave Russians came from Jordan, not Israel
Who cares? Trump was right to share the threat info
The President Goes to Israel
Thursday, May 18. 2017
"Net neutrality", a confusing concept, appears to have been a stalking horse for a government take-over of the internet. FCC Votes to Begin Net Neutrality Repeal
This is just one more good thing to come out of the new administration. Many good things are happening, but we aren't hearing about them.
There are (at least) two kinds of tantrums: irrational volcanic explosions and manipulative tantrums. Spanking does not work for the former, but works for the latter. The problem is that the kids know to mainly have the latter in public places, like in supermarkets. They know what they are doing.
What works best for older kids, like college students with tantrums?
Read it all. Of course the press wants to take Trump down. It is just a partisan thing, the sport called scalp-hunting, because Trump isn't even a conservative.
Legalized marijuana turns Colorado resort town into homeless magnet
Behold the voluntarily homeless, aka drifters
GLOBAL GREENING: Scientists Find ‘Lost’ Forests The Size Of Seven Texases
A Tiny Increase In Global Temperatures Is Making People Crazy!
Lots of good reading at Woodpile
The Outsiders Who Were Behind the Booing of Betsy DeVos at Bethune-Cookman
Jerry Brown Calls California Taxpayers ‘Freeloaders’
John Lewis pines for the 1960s
VDH: Far too many government officials never pay the price for their crimes and misdeeds: Clinton, Rice, Napolitano, Lerner … Comey is the exception.
Trump Officials on Comey Memo: ‘Don’t See How Trump Isn’t Completely F*cked’
GOP fears Trump will take the Republican Party down with him
Examiner: Trump's dangerous blundering
Greenfield: THE ANONYMOUS SOURCES OF WASHINGTON POST AND CNN FAKE NEWS - How fake news gets made.
FBI Director James Comey Testified Under Oath May 3rd That The Trump Administration Doesn’t Obstruct Investigations
Scott Adams: The Slow-Motion Assassination of President Trump
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