Monthly Archives: May 2010

Training, 5/12/10

Keeping it easy, slow and steady bumps. Goal today was to be a little better than last week without going for broke.

Leg press
4×10 @ 4pps

Seated leg curl
3×10 @ 120

Pulldown abs
3×15 @ 120
superset with
45 deg hypers

Shrug (HS, Standing)
3×10 @ 270

Had to get going, so no cardio.


Stuff I’m spinning

Tunes I’ve been spinning this week, mostly at the gym and in the car:

Slayer – World Painted Blood

Type O Negative – Slow, Deep, and Hard

Kyuss – Welcome to Sky Valley

Testament – The Formation of Damnation

Training, 5/8/10

Box Squat
8 sets of 2 @ 225, 60 seconds or less between sets
Felt great once I got in the groove

Felt good

Good Morning
3×5 @ 135

Kettlebell Swing
3×10 @ 20kg
I felt very Russian doing these

Pulldown abs
3×15 @ 110

20 mins treadmill

Quote of the Day, Rippetoe Edition

From this fantastic article

I may be trying to piss up a rope here, but you guys have to get realistic about these things and quit letting the physique magazine/supplement industry make you stupid.

Read it all, please.

The angry inch

You have to admit, this is kinda funny.

A TSA worker in Miami was arrested when he “lost his mind” and attacked a colleague who repeatedly made fun of his small penis after the security screener walked through a high-tech scanner that showed his genitalia, according to Miami-Dade police.

Rolando Negrin, 44, was arrested at Miami International Airport Wednesday morning following an altercation with a fellow screener, Hugh Osorno, Tuesday evening. Negrin is facing assault charges for allegedly beating Osorno with a baton in the airport’s parking lot.

I thought they were only supposed to show ‘shadows’.  Maybe that’s enough reason to ban the stupid things.  Probably not.

Training, 5/6/10

Felt a little heavy, still a little shaky, but it was fast and easy, so that’s good.

DB Incline
4×10 @ 55

Chins 6 sets of 3

3×15 @ 100

Face pull
5×15 @ 100

25 mins treadmill

This is the war on drugs

Take a gander at this post at Reason, and watch the video.

Happy with that?

They will never learn

Mary Pat Clarke thinks that if the city says you must pay a living wage, then it will be so.

Retailers that are part of a chain that grosses more than $10 million annually would be required to pay employees the living wage rate under Clarke’s proposal.

“This would apply to the businesses that can afford to do this, not the mom-and-pop stores on the corner,” Clarke said.

Opponents of a plan to build a Walmart store in Remington, who have formed a group called Bmore Local, have asked that the city require businesses that move into the former site of Anderson Automotive on Howard Street to meet several criteria, including paying workers the state’s designated living wage of $12.25 per hour.

Or, she knows it will keep large retailers (Walmart) from polluting empty car dealerships and providing inexpensive goods to poor people.  Or something.

Mary, you need an Economics lesson.  First, if what you do isn’t worth the “living” wage, you do not make the “living” wage.  You make $0.  Further, the ability of poor people to obtain inexpensive sundries goes away, as companies who sell inexpensive things we all need (the evil Wal Mart) won’t open stores here.

Second, that “they can afford it” isn’t relevant.  I can “afford” a Ferrari (I really could… pay cash for it, too).  But I don’t, because I’d rather retire at 55.  Companies make choices like that all the time about pesky little things like Return on Investment and Profit Margins.  But forcing companies to pay more for labor than the market will bear is exactly like forcing me to buy a Ferrari to keep Italians employed.

I guess it sounds good, so they’ll just ignore the basic Economic facts and keep making it more difficult to do business in Baltimore and more difficult for poor people to get the things they need for low prices.  Or BMore Local has more campaign contribution clout.

Facebook Privacy

An interesting timeline of the privacy policy for Facebook.

I joined Facebook in November of 2007.  Through Facebook I’ve reconnected with old friends and maintained connections with new ones.  It’s replaced my personal email account (which my employer has so thoughtfully blocked from company computers).  I haven’t liked every interface change, but it’s still far more useful a social networking platform than anything else (Myspace?  Really?).

I don’t really have much of a problem with Facebook sharing my information to target ads, given I don’t actually have to pay for Facebook.  I’m pretty sure the goal is to make a little money, and if that’s what it takes, so be it.  I wouldn’t be surprised to see an option in the future that allows users to pay for privacy.  But for now, it doesn’t bother me so much.   I don’t blame anyone who doesn’t like it, though.

Training, 5/3/10

Felt good, easy, taking it slow

Leg press
1pps x 15
2pps x 15
3×12 @ 3pps

Icarian seated leg curl
3×12 @ 100

Pulldown abs
3×20 @ 110

Hammer Strength Shrugs (standing)
4×15 @ 180

20 minutes treadmill

Really liking the new gym.

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