Monthly Archives: October 2009

Training, 10/31/2009

Glad I remembered the way to the gym

Bench Press
295×1 (PR)
305×1 (PR)
315 x miss
Dammit. Happy to be back over 300, and just missed the 315.

Close Grips
3×3 @ 225

HS Row
3×8 @ 90/side

2×10 @ 150

Hammer curl
2×12 @ 30

Felt great to get back in, set a new 1rm to use when resetting. Training will be sporadic until around Thanksgiving, going to try to test 1RMs this week, then the next week or two will be as I can (mostly GPP stuff).


Catagorzing ToDo Lists (GTD)

I’m a big fan of David Allen’s GTD, and apply much of the GTD approach to maximizing productivity, time management, and organization. I highly suggest reading both Getting Things Done and Making It All Work.

This post would make more sense if you are familiar with the ideas in these books. (I’m also a big fan of Merlin Mann’s ‘Inbox Zero‘, which is highly related to GTD).

I use Lotus Notes and a Blackberry for work, so I fit the system to those.  Works pretty well.

My To Do Categories

Phone Calls
Waiting For

The system is set up to categorize To Do lists in context, not by priority.  That way, when I’m in the office, I can look at the list of things I have to do while in the office; when I’m at home, I can see the things I can only do at home. The system also gives me the freedom to do things when time and energy are appropriate; it eliminates the stress caused when the next most important task is something I don’t have the energy or am not in the right place to complete.

I’ve recently added additional categories based on an estimated time to complete. I have 15, 30, 45, 60, and 90 minutes, then 2, 4, and 8 hours. That way, I can quickly find things that match up with the amount of time I may have, or the amount of energy and focus I have.

At 4pm on a Friday, I’m probably busting out a couple of 15 minute phone calls, not a 4 hour analysis.

It’s working great, and coupled with keeping my inboxes empty, I’m even more productive.

5 cameras

This one’s funnier than the last, but you won’t get it if you don’t know about the Crossfit Cult

Late Football Review

Better late than never, my take on a devastating Ravens loss, 33-31.

You can’ t blame the kicker when you give up 33 points.

Awesome comeback from 17 points down with 10 minutes to go, this team has heart, it’s got fire, and they will win some of these. Harbs needs to take the D to the woodshed, though. The talent is there, they’ve got to man up. The bye week has to focus on resting up, although there arent’ many injuries, and getting the playmakers on this defense fired up to make some plays. To get in the playoffs, 10-6 is going to be a minimum, and it might take 11-5.

Oh, and don’t trust me to pick games. At all. 6-8 against the spread, and 7-7 just picking winners last week.

Inequality doesn’t equal ‘bad’

As you can see with the NFL, which has higher income inequality than the US population.

They seem to do just fine. Imagine what the inequality would be if there were no cap.

Can Squats Cure Cancer?


Via Dave Tate @ Elite Fitness Systems

Whatever you do, bet the opposite

I simply can not be trusted to pick football games.  7-7 picking winners, and 5-9 against the spread last week.  So I’m 17-11 and 9-19

I suck.

So I’ll do it again.

Texans (+5) @ Bengals

I think the Bengals have played well in some cases and poorly in some cases.  I think the Texans are a good upset pick.

Lions (+13) @ Packers

Packers win, but closer than 13 points

Ravens (-3) @ Vikings

The Vikings could very easily be 3-2, and the Ravens are going to be motivated after stinking it up last week.

Giants (+3) @ Saints

I think this will be a great game, but I give the edge to the Giants to stay undefeated.

Browns @ Steelers (-14)

Browns come off a huge win against the Bills to return to getting blown out.  They scored 6 against the Bills, 6 against the Broncos, and 3 against the Ravens.  Yeah, I’ll give up the points.

Panthers @ Bucs (+3)

Bucs win this one at home.

Chiefs (+7) @ Redskins

Chiefs pick up their first (maybe only) win of the year.

Rams (+10) @ Jaguars

The off beat pick of the week.  Rams win.

Cardinals (+3) @ Seahawks

I think the Cardinals are due to show up for a game.

Eagles @ Raiders (+15)

Eagles beat the Raiders, but not by 15

Titans @ Patriots (-10)

Gosh, I want the Titans to win one; they are a better team than their record indicates… but I don’t see this team going to New England and beating the Pats at home.  I’ll take the Pats and give up the points.

Bills @ Jets (-10)

The Bills couldn’t score more than 3 against the Browns. I’m pretty sure the Jets can beat that team.

Bears @ Falcons (-3)

After the big win last week, I think the Falcons keep the momentum going.

Broncos @ Chargers (-4)

Broncos can’t keep it up.


From MarketWatch, via Karen De Coster

LONDON (MarketWatch) — In a decision as shocking as Friday’s surprise peace prize win, President Obama failed to win the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences Monday.

While few observers think Obama has done anything for world peace in the nearly nine months he’s been in office, the same clearly can’t be said for economics.

The president has worked tirelessly since even before his inauguration to wrest control of the U.S. economy from failed free markets, and the evil CEOs who profit from them, and to turn it over to wise, fair and benevolent bureaucrats.

It’s not his fault the Nobel Peace Prize has become completely irrelevant, but it’s funny he’s taking it seriously, isn’t it?

Other surprise losers include celebrity noneconomist and filmmaker Michael Moore; U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner; and Larry Summers, head of the U.S. national economic council.

It is unclear whether the president will now refuse his peace prize in protest against the obvious slight to his real achievements this year.

Health Care Question, Not Absurd

Can someone please tell me where, in the powers listed below, Congress has the power to create a health care system or ‘public option’, or where is gives Congress the power to require citizens subjects to have health insurance, or where it gives Congress any say over health care, at all?

  1. The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States; but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States;
  2. To borrow money on the credit of the United States;
  3. To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and with the Indian Tribes;
  4. To establish an uniform Rule of Naturalization, and uniform Laws on the subject of Bankruptcies throughout the United States;
  5. To coin Money, regulate the Value thereof, and of foreign Coin, and fix the Standard of Weights and Measures;
  6. To provide for the Punishment of counterfeiting the Securities and current Coin of the United States;
  7. To establish Post Offices and Post Roads;
  8. To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries;
  9. To constitute Tribunals inferior to the supreme Court;
  10. To define and punish Piracies and Felonies committed on the high Seas, and Offenses against the Law of Nations;
  11. To declare War, grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal, and make Rules concerning Captures on Land and Water;
  12. To raise and support Armies, but no Appropriation of Money to that Use shall be for a longer Term than two Years;
  13. To provide and maintain a Navy;
  14. To make Rules for the Government and Regulation of the land and naval Forces;
  15. To provide for calling forth the Militia to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions;
  16. To provide for organizing, arming, and disciplining the Militia, and for governing such Part of them as may be employed in the Service of the United States, reserving to the States respectively, the Appointment of the Officers, and the Authority of training the Militia according to the discipline prescribed by Congress;
  17. To exercise exclusive Legislation in all Cases whatsoever, over such District (not exceeding ten Miles square) as may, by Cession of particular States, and the acceptance of Congress, become the Seat of the Government of the United States, and to exercise like Authority over all Places purchased by the Consent of the Legislature of the State in which the Same shall be, for the Erection of Forts, Magazines, Arsenals, dock-Yards, and other needful Buildings; And
  18. To make all Laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into Execution the foregoing Powers, and all other Powers vested by this Constitution in the Government of the United States, or in any Department or Officer thereof.

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No waiting

Ravens go down 17-14 to the Bengals.

Plain and simple, they got beat. 1 offensive TD. Dominated on both sides of the ball. Only the ability of the defense to come up with big stops kept this from being much worse.

Yes, the officiating was terrible, both calls that were made and some non calls; and how do you spot the ball 5 yards off after watching a replay (which resulted after a bad call on the field). Overall, the officiating has to improve, for the sake of the game.

But the Ravens need to take it out of their hands.

Hopefully, this was the letdown game I expect once a year to the Bengals or the Browns, and they’ll turn it around. But the Vikings are next, in Minnesota. It becomes almost a must win, and that’s not a team you want as a must win game.

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