Monthly Archives: September 2011

Sad Anniversary

Cliff Burton was killed in a bus accident 25 years ago today.

We’d have better music today if he were still alive.

(Hopefully Metallica won’t sue me for linking to these).

Training: 9/25/11, Bench Press

Bench Press

2×8 @ 45







Everything felt heavy, but did fine on the last set.

Incline close grips

2×5 @ 45

3×5 @ 145

DB Row


3×10 @ 80

Rope pressdown

3×15 @ 100


Training, 9/24/11: Deadlift


2×5 @ 135






Felt great, really strong, could have pulled two more were it not for my conditioning, although that’s clearly improving.

1 leg Press

3×8 @ 110

Pull Thru

3×8 @ 140

Incline Situp


Hammer Strength Shrug (Standing)



2×10 @ 315

20 mins treadmill.


I can’t help but laugh

At amateur hour in the White House.

Can you imagine the uproar if W had done this?


Training: 9/22/11, Press


2×5 @ 45



115×3 (misloaded, should have been 105)





Pulldown (neutral)

4×8 @ 140

Face Pull

4×15 @ 120

Hammer curls

2×12 @ 30

20 mins treadmill

Penn Jillette on Reason.TV

Watch the whole thing; some great stuff at the end.

Why I watch ESPN NFL Countdown

Because Fox Sports just makes shit up.


Training, 9/20/11: Squat

Was supposed to do this yesterday, but yesterday got completely out of hand, worked 7am to 7pm.  So.

A little off today, not the best eating/drinking/rested.  But did OK.


2×5 @ 45







Good Morning


3×3 @ 135

Seated Leg Curl

3×12 @ 100

Incline Situp



Content vs Connections

Google Plus opened to everyone today.  I joined a couple of months ago via invitation.  Thus far, I’m unimpressed, although the video chat feature might be really cool, were I ever to need it.

In one sentence, here’s my take on social media:  Twitter and Google Plus are content driven, Facebook remains contact driven.  I don’t know and have never met most of the people I follow on Twitter; it’s like a random news feed, with some occasional interpersonal (usually local) interaction.  Google Plus, so far, is just a more complex version of Twitter.  Facebook remains my platform of choice to interact with people I actually know.

But what do I know… I remember thinking USENET was awesome.

I already knew they weren’t concerned with people’s rights, but at least now they admit it

Over the weekend, a non violent spray paint artist was arrested(!?) at Baltimore’s Harborplace.  Police claim he was on private property, he claims he was on public land.  I don’t know, and I wasn’t there, so I can’t comment if the arrest was legal.

However, the officer involved did finally admit something we’ve known for quite some time.

A police officer on bicycle patrol wrote in his report that Chase was “performing for money” and had three buckets with the word “Tips” painted on the side. The officer wrote that the buckets were on private property operated by General Growth Properties, which runs Harborplace. But a company spokesman said Chase was on city property.

The report says the officer and Chase argued about his rights before he was arrested, taken to the booking center and given an October trial date.

“It is my constitutional right to be here without prior approval,” Chase said to the officer, according to a video that captured part of his encounter with police.

“Your constitutional rights have nothing to do with the law,” the officer responded.

No kidding.  In Baltimore, that is a true statement. Later, to their credit, they try to backtrack.

Baltimore police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said the officer was trying to explain that he was enforcing a valid law and couldn’t debate constitutional claims more suited for a courtroom than a street corner.

“The courts have a right to weigh in on it,” Guglielmi said. “But as of today … we still have an ordinance we have to enforce.”

This is the problem.  The guys and gals on the street don’t understand (or don’t care) about the rights of the citizens.  The union backs them up.  (See also:  Tshamba shooting).  The only person who can discuss rights and the Constitution in an intelligent manner is the department spokesperson, reading from a script.

We deserve better, and the Baltimore Police Department needs to start taking accountability.

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