Our streets: neighborhood streets are basically compressed snow/ice; the plows merely put the looser snow on the sidewalks. Sidewalks along main street are buried…I mean completely unwalkable. This has to be the least pedestrian friendly city I’ve seen. The university has its walks clear at least.
Workout notes: weights: rotator cuff (full set), hip hikes, Achilles, NO ABS (get them tomorrow)
pull ups: 10+5, 4 sets of 10
dumbbell super set: 3 sets of: 12 x 50 military (supported, seated), 10 x 25 upright row, 10 x 65 bent over row, 10 x 70 bench
superset: curls and pull downs: 10 x 160 pull down (3 sets), dumbbell curl 10 x 30 (2 sets), pulley 10 x 57.5 (one set)
Then swimming (early):
400 warm up (slow)
400 drill/swim (fins), 4 x 25 front, 25 swim, 2 x 25 side kick, 25 swim, 2 x 25 3g, 25 swim
400 in 8 x 50 on the 1:10 (53-55)
100 in 1:52
2 x 100 IM on 3 (2:30 each)
It went fine; I don’t want to hurt my rotator cuff. NO paddles, NO pulling.
Kirk Dillard ran this ad against Bruce Rauner (the front runner)
What do we have here? We have a REPUBLICAN calling another REPUBLICAN “too rich”????? Seriously? Why that is CLASS WARFARE!!!! (ROTFLMAO !!!!!)
short version: weights plus elliptical: elliptical was 30 minutes, much of it on “butt” setting.
weights: did the rotator cuff series and McKenzie set afterward; hip hikes and Achilles during.
pull ups: 5 or 6 sets of 10; lost count.
bench: 10 x 135, 4 x 180, 7 x 170 (more challenging than expected)
military press (dumbbell): 3 x (12 x 50)
upright row (dumbbell): 3 x (10 x 25)
dumbbell curl: 3 x (10 x 30)
pull downs: 3 x (10 x 160)
rows (Hammer): 3 x (10 x 220)
abs: 3 sets of 10: crunch, v. crunch, sit back, twist.
It is still cold (3 F, or -16 C) , and the neighborhood streets are still mostly the type of ice that comes from cars driving over snow. The city plows do just enough to bury the sidewalks in ice but not enough to really plow the streets to pavement. Peoria, IL is a nasty city during wintertime.
But while this is one of the two really bad recent winters, it isn’t out of the ordinary by HISTORICAL standards:
Based on preliminary data, the average temperature statewide is 20.0 degrees. That is 6.3 degrees below average and ranked as the 17th coldest January on record. Of course, if the forecast holds for the rest of January, we would end up colder. Here is a list of the 20 coldest monthly average temperatures in January. The column marked “Temperature” is for the January statewide temperature and the column marked “Departure” is for the departure from the 1981-2010 average of 26.3 degrees.
Surf to the link to see the rest; note that 1994, 2009, 2010 make the list.
And yes, we are hearing “global warming is a hoax”:
(hat tip: Why Evolution is True)
There is a type of shrimp that has eyes with more color receptors (12) than human eyes have (3). But:
It’s tempting to think that with 12 color receptors, mantis shrimp see a rainbow humans can’t even conceive. But Marshall and his colleagues found the opposite. They trained mantis shrimp to associate certain wavelengths of light with food. As the wavelength of light defines its color, this meant that the shrimp saw certain colors as harbingers of treats.
They then showed the shrimp two colored-lights and let them choose the one that would get them treats by grabbing or tapping at it with their claws. By altering the wavelength of the lights, the researchers could figure out how good the shrimp were at telling one hue from another.
As it turned out, the shrimp could differentiate wavelengths that were about 25 nanometers apart, essentially the difference that separates orange and yellow. In comparison, humans can discriminate shades that are as little as 1 nanometer to 4 nanometers apart.
“They’re definitely not seeing the world of color in as much detail as other animals,” Marshall said of the shrimp.
So why keep the 12-receptor system? Marshall and his colleagues aren’t sure how it works yet, but they suspect the shrimps process color very quickly by setting up patterns of receptor excitation that correspond to certain colors. Imagine, for example, that every receptor is an empty bucket. If a couple of buckets on one end of the spectrum appear full, the shrimp knows it’s seeing red. On the other end of the spectrum, the buckets represent blue.
In other words, mantis shrimp might not so much process colors in the brain as recognize them in the eye, a technique that could help the animals quickly pick out colors in their brilliant reef environment.
Note: some internet memes get this wrong. Surprised?
Speaking of coloring: this blog post discusses an aspect of knot theory and, by mathematics standards, is very readable. So if you want a glimpse of what I think about from time to time, surf there.
Now on the opposite end of the intellectual scale
The Republicans had a governor candidates debate last night; it was 90 minutes and I saw about 65 minutes of it.
The line up: treasurer (Rutherford) (won his race when Gov. Quinn got reelected), political novice BUT A BUSINESSMAN (Rauner) (and the leader in the polls ..), the state senator that Gov. Quinn beat last time (Brady, a creationist) and another double chinned state lawmaker (Dillard).
From my point of view, this was the quote of the day:
In one of the few barbs during the debate, Rutherford pledged he wouldn’t have need “training wheels” to start running the state — a veiled shot at Rauner, who has never run for political office.
“I’m a reasonable Republican. I’m not a Republican with a horn and a tail,” Rutherford said.
But Rauner didn’t back down, proudly portraying himself as a government outsider.
“I’m the only one who hasn’t been in Springfield for decades,” he said.
Since Rutherford stressed his reasonableness and openly said that diversity (racial, religious and cultural) is a good thing, and stressed that knowing what one is doing is a good thing, he has no chance in the GOP primary.
Most of the debate: “Chicago sucks, marijuana is bad, we need more educational funding but lower taxes”, etc.
Before too long, this race might devolve into “which candidate will execute more witches”.
If that remark seems too snarky, you might be underestimating how dumb the Republicans in Illinois are.
Susanne Atanus, one of two Republicans taking aim at U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky’s seat representing Illinois’ 9th congressional district covering Chicago’s Far North Side and the North Shore suburbs, spoke out about the incumbent’s liberal reputation during an interview with the Daily Herald this week.
“I am not in favor of abortions, I am not in favor of gay rights,” Atanus, who has staged two previous unsuccessful runs for Congress, said during a videotaped portion of the interview, before going into more detail with the paper.
“God is angry. We are provoking him with abortions and same-sex marriage and civil unions,” she added, blaming natural disasters like tornadoes and diseases including autism and dementia on recent advances in the LGBT movement. “Same-sex activity is going to increase AIDS. If it’s in our military it will weaken our military. We need to respect God.”
David Earl Williams III, Atanus’ primary opponent, can be seen smirking through much of Atanus’ statements in the Herald video and said he was offended by her comments, though he also does not support marriage equality for same-sex couples.
Yes, these remarks have drawn rebukes from some Republican leaders, but they are not that far off what many of the GOP primary voters believe.
I was a bit lazy today, in terms of doing real stuff. I did take care of some mundane personal tasks.
weights: planks, Achilles, rotator cuff, hip hikes, McKenzie back stuff.
pull ups: 5 sets of 10
bench: 10 x 135, 9 x 170
incline: 2 sets of 10 x 140
military (dumbbell): 2 sets of 12 x 50 (seated, supported), 1 set of 10 x 40 (standing…this was easy)
rows: 2 sets of 10 x 65 dumbbell, 1 set of 10 x 230 Hammer
upright row: 2 sets of 10 x 30 (pulley, strict)
pull downs: 3 sets of 10 x 160
curls: 2 sets of 10 x 30 dumbbell, 10 x 70 machine
abs: 3 sets of 10: twist, sit back, crunch, vertical crunch.
running: 3.11 miles (5K) treadmill: 28:57; 3 miles was in 28:06 (10:33, 9:09, 8:24 at 0.5 elevation)
Interesting: I saw Tracy and talked to her. I also saw a student who wanted to talk about his grade; I deferred him to office hours. I wish I could get ALL students to understand that a grade is a reflection of their performance rather than a commodity that they can negotiate.
Oh yeah, we got a bit of snow (maybe an inch or two) and the high was 18 F. I really don’t like winters here:
Yeah, my Minnesota friends would find the above to be hilarious.
Speaking of leaving (how I wish I had a warm weather job): one can find where Americans are leaving from and where they are heading to right here. I highly recommend this interactive graphic.
The kooks with blogs are already going at it, but sooner or later some higher profile minister or priest or politician won’t be able to contain themselves.
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