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Paralette Pushups

My random workout generator came up with parallette pushups this morning. Parallettes are a gymnastics training tool consisting of a couple of bars about 12 inches off the ground. I made mine out of PVC pipe using directions I found on the Crossfit site. Here is the article.

I made it 10 minutes, with 5 extra reps for 60 total. Once again, I’m seeing how the ladder workouts are easy to start with, and rapidly ramp up to failure.

I also skipped breakfast. I asked myself if I felt hungry, and it turned out that I didn’t, so I’m waiting to feel hungry before I eat. I’m sure the 7 slices of bacon at midnight last night, and a couple of glasses of whole raw milk, contributed to my lack of hunger this morning!

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Slosh Pipe Power Cleans

My first random morning workout… Slosh Pipe Power Cleans!

(To learn more about a slosh pipe, go here.)

Mine only weighs 25lb and is 3 inches in diameter. I got through 10 minutes plus 10 additional reps for a total of 65 reps. Hampered by the fact my right Achilles tendon is sore from the box jumps last night.

Now I’m deciding whether to have breakfast or not. I’m leaning toward eating, because I’m a bit hungry this morning. It will probably be eggs and bacon.

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Some new workout ideas

I have been continuing Crossfit workouts for the past few months, but at a lower intensity after some Achilles tendon soreness and a few weeks of taking strong antibiotics. In the spirit of experimentation, I tried some “ladder” workouts (AKA “Death By X”) workouts. I adapted this from a Crossfit workout known as “Death By Pull-up”:

With a continuously running clock do one pull-up the first minute, two pull-ups the second minute, three pull-ups the third minute… continuing as long as you are able.

Use as many sets each minute as needed.

I have applied this idea to other exercises, including kettlebell swings, ring dips, push-ups, air squats, box jumps, etc. In every case it has turned into a good workout. In some cases I might only get through 6 or 8 minutes (ring dips, pull-ups), but in other cases I get 23 to 25 minutes (box jumps, squats.)So tonight I made a list of 17 exercises that can be chosen randomly. If I roll a D20, there are 3 chances of rest, with 17 chances of a workout. By randomizing it like this, I hope to avoid routine and boredom. I’m going to start doing this in the morning. I have all the equipment I need at home, and if I combine it with a bit of stretching, I’ll see if this is a good way to start the day.

I’m not sure if I’ll start tomorrow, though. I did the box jumps tonight, and at the end of it, I felt a spasm in my right Achilles Tendon. This is the same one that has been bothering me the last 2 times I tried running. I’ll see how painful it is in the morning.

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Crossfit total

It’s been 8 months since I last did a Crossfit Total. Back in November, I scored 985lb total. I took some time to back off and work on technique, especially squat technique. I bought a copy of Starting Strength by Mark Rippletoe, and used it as a guide to some basic technique.

So I finally did another CFT last night. My total was down by 90 lb – I “only” scored 895. (Yes, I’m being a little smug here.) That was a 325-lb squat, 165-lb shoulder press, and 405-lb deadlift. The good news is, on each exercise, I felt like I could have done more. Now I can start working back up to new personal records on the CFT!

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Unix humor

My brain is strange. As evidence, consider the fact of the following. I’m not sure which is worse – that face that I thought to type these, or the fact that I think it’s funny.

$ man god
No manual entry for god.
$ which god
no god in /usr/bin /usr/ucb /etc /usr/local/bin /usr/openwin/bin /usr/sbin . /usr/local/mysql/bin
$

It’s along the same line as this:

$ make love
make: Fatal error: Don’t know how to make target `love’
$

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Theft

$26,591.91.

That’s how much was stolen from me in 2007 by the federal government of the United States, and the government of the state of Georgia. This does not include sales tax and property taxes – this number is simply the amount of withholding for income, Social “Security,” and Medicare.

I’m not even wealthy. I’m fairly well-off because I’m single, I have a decent job, and I try not to overextend myself with debt.I’ll get a refund when I file my tax return, but that doesn’t change the fact that the money was kept from me by force. Maybe I will add up all the taxes I can think of – property, sales, income, etc. – once everything is filed and done.

This will not change as long as people expect the government to do stuff for them. I would be in favor of the Fair Tax, except that it tackles a symptom and doesn’t address the fundamental problem. Our culture is the problem, because most people do not understand individual rights. That’s what needs to change.

I’m ranting. I need to stop before I get myself even more pissed off.

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11 Minutes

That’s how long it took to boot up, log in, and get Outlook started this morning. I work in a corporate environment and whatever our MIS is doing to our computers slows them down so much that it takes 11 minutes of waiting, with hourglass screens, to boot up, log in, run startup scripts, and start Outlook.

They’re probably installing corporate spyware and key-logging programs, so someone might be watching what I’m typing right now. Howdy, MIS! 🙂

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WORD SUCKS!

Grrr….

I want my document writing software to do exactly what I tell it to do.

Don’t mess around with what I paste into it. (I’m trying to paste some images into a document and write notes for each image, but it’s not working because the images keep disappearing. They’re not removed from the document, they just don’t display.)
Don’t automatically correct things unless I have specifically created autocorrection rules.

If I start typing bullets, don’t guess at some weird autoformatting that I then can’t back out of with the backspace button.

If I select a bunch of text and then delete it, delete all of the invisible formatting too.

OK, end of rant.

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Pearl Harbor

66 years ago today.

I don’t really have much to say about it. My uncle Bill was there. I remember him once describing walking up a hill so he could see what was going on. I don’t think he took any part in the battle. He did, however, spend the rest of the war in the Air Force as an engineer in Dayton. I wish I had known him better. Maybe I’ll write down some of the stories my family has that he told them.

One thing about WWII that I am happy about – that we nuked Japan when we could. It ended the war early enough so my father didn’t have to see combat in the Pacific. He had just turned 19 a couple of months before the war was over, and his squadron was scheduled to go to the Pacific when they pulled my dad out and replaced him with a photographer. (My dad was an Aviation Ordnanceman.) If the war had gone longer, maybe he wouldn’t have lived through it, and I wouldn’t be here.

One other thing – the time from Pearl Harbor to the surrender of Japan was less than 4 years. Here we are now, with 9/11 over 6 years ago, and no end in sight for the “War” on Terror. Our culture, and our leaders, need to understand the morality of self defense, and how to fight a war to win. If we don’t re-learn this then we are screwed.

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