Monthly Archives: November 2009

Training 11/20/09

Deadlift
135×5
185×5
225×3
265×5
305×5
345×5

Step up
2×10

45 degree hyper
2×8

Pull down abs
3×8 @ 80

Calf raise
3×15 @ 200

Stretching.


Training, 11/18/2009

Back to it!

Press
2×5 @ 45
65×5
95×3
115×5
135×5
150×6

Chins
1 set of 6
8 sets of 3

Face Pull
3×15 @ 50

Pressdown
2×10 @ 50

Hammer curls
2×10 @ 30

Took a nice long walk this am, so no cardio.


Ugly wins still count as wins

Lucky for the Ravens, it didn’t matter much which team showed up to play last night. 16-0 over a terrible team is still a win, even if it wasn’t a stellar performance.

The D looked better, but it’s the Browns. The offense looked terrible. I hope it’s a strategy to either try some new things out that didn’t work, or keep some things off film for the next few games. I guess we’ll see. Give some credit to the Browns defense, they played pretty well.

Hauschka is gone – I don’t know if that’s the right move or not, but we do now know that letting Stover go was a mistake. This team is 6-3 if Stover’s on the team, and that one win might be the one they need in January.

If the team that showed up to play last night shows up on Sunday, it’s going to be a rough day. But if the team that beat the Broncos shows, we could have some optimism for another week.

I think they will need to finish 11-5 to make it into the playoffs (I’m afraid 10-6 might not cut it, although they do have a tiebreaker over the Chargers and Broncos), and that’s going to take a win over Indy, a win over Green Bay, and splitting the series with the Steelers.


Reason is awesome

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The Case For Twitter

David Harsanyi at Reason Mag writes:

Twitter’s popularity and usefulness are mysteries to me. Pressed by personal, professional, and cultural forces, I sporadically deploy short missives for fear of becoming one of those cantankerous technophobes who is too dense to recognize the miracle of letting “followers” know he hates raisins or that he loved the finale of Mad Men.

Now not only am I expected to transmit this minutiae mere seconds after I think it but also some 20-year-old in California has decreed that I must do it within the brevity of 140 characters. This need for conciseness, in fact, induces normally articulate friends of mine to write in Prince lyrics—recklessly using “2” and “4” and “U” as words.

To this point, I’ve found Twitter so aggressively worthless that I was forced to research exactly what I am missing. In the process, I stumbled across a useful New York Times tech column penned by David Pogue that clarified all. The headline read, “Twitter? It’s What You Make It.”

In summation, like your beloved pet rock, Twitter is useful only in your imagination.

I would like to suggest Twitter is remarkably useful; by opening up the world to what is essentially a giant cocktail party, there is now a way to access remarkably interesting people with a variety of viewpoints, ideas, and talents.

This week, my wife and I met someone we both follow on Twitter in person. She’s a photographer and marketer from CT who is moving to the Baltimore area. We had breakfast with her at the Blue Moon Diner after an exchange on Twitter between she and my wife about good breakfast in Baltimore.

Our new friend is about our age, remarkably personable, and would easily fit into our circle of friends. I think David misses the entire possibility that you can use Twitter to build real relationships with real, interesting people. People who someday might come to your house for dinner.

There’s a huge value there.


Payback

One of the things about this health care bill that’s most offensive to liberty minded folks is the idea the government can tell an individual they must purchase a good or service or face a penalty; a penalty that includes fines and jail time.

This article in the NY Daily News points out the impact of the mandatory insurance provisions.

A desire to redistribute income is the only thing that can explain a policy of forcing young adults to pay above-market premiums for health insurance. Gruber estimates that one bill before Congress would charge young adults at least 62% more than those low-cost California plans, even if they qualify for government subsidies. Young adults could end up paying hundreds or thousands of dollars more, many of them for a product they didn’t want in the first place.

That would be a curious way for the President to repay some of his biggest supporters.

Given the remarkable blind support (see my irony post for an example of people not understanding they are getting what they asked for), I’m not sure they are smart enough to figure out they are getting screwed. (I’m also not sure it’s all the President’s doing, although there’s every indication he would sign the house version of this legislation)

But if they do…


V-NO

After dinner last night, J and I headed to V-NO for a Thanksgiving wine tasting.

On the tasting itself, it was a pretty typical distributer run tasting, with some winners and some losers. We bought a couple of bottles of a fantastic sparkling rose Pinot.

We had not been to V-NO, and the shop/wine bar is very cool. It’s an intimate space with seating outside, and I can very much see us stopping by on a Saturday afternoon for a plate of cured meats and cheese and a bottle of wine. The shop prices seem resonable; they had a wine I’ve purchased at Beltway for the same price, which is great for a shop in the high rent Fells Point area. The wine selection is a bit limited; we did appreciate the unpretentious catigorization of wines. Most wines are under $30, which certainly will keep me under control.

V-NO won’t be the go to spot for that just right bottle of wine, but for an afternoon snack and sip, there’s nothing else like it. (OK, Chesapeake Wine is similar, but the service isn’t all that great, and the prices reflect the rent).


Meli

Last night, J and I went to Meli for dinner and to V-NO in Fells Point.

We had not been to Meli yet, and were very pleased. Very.

The space is very cool, modern, with music playing at an appropriate level. Service was outstanding (we had an in given we’d met Rachel previously, but everything I saw indicated a very high level of service even if you didn’t know your server.)

The food was excellent. Portions and prices are just right. We started with a fried oyster special served with aioli and balsamic vinegar ‘caviar’. J had Lavender Honey Glazed Salmon, and I had Duo of Duck. The salmon was perfectly cooked, as was the duck, and all the flavors on the plate went well with each other. The food is creative and well executed. And the lavender honey butter… oh my.

Since we were off to a wine tasting, we skipped looking at the wines by the bottle, the wines by the glass are a bit limited, but there’s a good selection.

We skipped dessert (we had to get to the wine tasting), but we’re going back. I promise.


Irony?

So, these folks want the government to take control of their (and your, and my) healthcare. They want to give the government power over the most important and most personal choices.

An then when the government decides to use that power because of political pressure, they get upset.

The inclusion of Rep. Bart Stupak’s restrictive abortion amendment in the bill has prompted well-established abortion-rights groups to oppose the entire House bill, and it is drawing the ire of feminist bloggers and activists. Pro-abortion rights members of Congress are also attempting to derail the final passage of any bill that includes the Stupak amendment. Yet as the Democrats’ reform package teeters between success and failure — with just a few more votes needed to kill the bill — it remains to be seen whether leaders will risk stripping out the amendment, which was added to win over conservative Democrats.

The Stupak amendment passed on the House floor Saturday with the support of 64 Democrats — of whom 62 were men, liberal bloggers have been quick to point out.

The provision would prevent women who receive subsidies to purchase insurance that covers abortion — inside or outside of the proposed national health insurance exchange. It would also explicitly ban abortion coverage from the government-run plan, or “public option.” While it does not explicitly prohibit private plans on the exchange from offering abortion coverage, insurers would have little incentive to offer abortion coverage, since most customers on the exchange would pay with subsidies.

“Abortion is a matter of conscience on both sides of the debate,” said Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.). “This amendment takes away that same freedom of conscience from America’s women. It prohibits them from access to an abortion even if they pay for it with their own money. It invades women’s personal decisions.”

I hate to break this to you, but the entire bill invades women’s personal decisions. Are you really this stupid? Really?

Of course, the row does give some of us hope that nothing will pass.

Reps. Diana DeGette (D-Colo.) and Louise M. Slaughter (D-N.Y.) released the text of a letter today to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that says, “We will not vote for a conference report that contains language that restricts women’s right to choose any further than current law.”

The congresswomen claim to have more than 40 signatures collected for the letter so far, though the signatures have not yet been released.

Meanwhile, abortion-rights groups are stepping up to pressure President Obama and the Senate to keep the measure out of the final health care bill. The National Organization for Women held a rally at the Capitol today in opposition to the amendment and is fundraising to lobby on the issue. The group opposes the entire House health care bill because of the amendment.

“We cannot and will not support a health care bill that strips millions of women of their existing access to abortion,” NOW President Terry O’Neill said in a statement. “NOW calls on the Senate to pass a health care bill that respects women’s constitutionally protected right to abortion and calls on President Obama to refuse to sign any health care bill that restricts women’s access to affordable, quality reproductive health care.”

I guess they are blind to the irony.


Celebrating a great day

20 years ago today, the Berlin wall came down.

Here’s a vid from Reason on the victims of socialism and communism


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