I got a flu shot last night; no big deal but it did make my left upper arm sore.
Today’s workout: weights only. I’ll list what I did in order:
Set one: pull ups (5 sets of 10): in between I did hip hikes, Achilles exercises and rotator cuff exercises (dumbbells)
Set two: super set of dumbbell military presses (3 sets of 12 x 50, seated, supported), dumbbell rows (3 sets of 10 x 65, each arm), rotator cuff (pulley)
Set three: super set of abs (3 sets of 10: crunch, twist, sit back, vertical crunch), 2 sets of bench (10 x 135, 8 x 160), 2 sets of incline (10 x 135, 10 x 135)
Here: my upper arm hurt just a bit on the 8 x 160 so I stopped prior to 10 reps. Not sure if it was the flu shot or the recent injury; better safe than sorry.
Set four: super set: 3 sets of 10 x 160 pull downs (shoulder friendly grip) and 3 sets of 10 curls; 2 with the EZ curl bar (65), one with the machine (70).
McKenzie, back raises, yoga bridge, yoga leg lift, forward plank (90 seconds), side plank (stacked ankles, 30 seconds)
The whole thing took about 75 minutes.
This is an example of a “projection map” in action.
From here: this is a composite of several photos. If you adjust your viewing angle, you can see the colors. Click the image to see the photo on Bad Astronomy’s Flickr feed.
100 very cool photos. Yes, these are really, really good. Here are two to lure you to the site socialphy which has these photos:
(by: Mike Jones (mrjones131 on Flickr))
Hat tip: Jerry Coyne.
10 cool facts about space: just surf and enjoy.
Woo and yoga
Someone asked me how I could like yoga and be down on “alternative (quack) medicine”. Well, there have been some rigorous studies done on yoga and it CAN be recommended for physical therapy purposes (e. g. back aches). Via our National Institute of Health.
This Tiger Frog from Ghana is a cutie:
Movies: I want to see this one:
Note: my beef with religion, at least as practiced in the west, is that too many of them require people to accept “miracles” (resurrections, parting seas, virgin births, etc.) on “faith” (sans evidence). So once you “accept” that the laws of science (naturalism) can be suspended at set times, then, well, why trust science with anything? Seriously: if there is, say, water on your basement floor and a pipe joint above that with green on the joint…well…if you didn’t SEE it drip, then maybe the water and the green just appeared because of the work of some devil or pixie? Why not…if suspensions of naturalism are allowed?
My beef is NOT with religions that don’t require acceptance of miracles.
It is my opinion that a deity/spirit/whatever that is interested in humans and human affairs makes no sense, but that is the realm of opinion.
The eye of a super-hurricane at Saturn’s north pole looks like a peaceful red rose in a fresh bouquet of pictures from NASA’s Cassini orbiter. But don’t be fooled: That rosy appearance is merely due to the false colors ascribed to infrared wavelengths.
This storm’s eye measures 1,250 miles (2,000 kilometers) in diameter, about 20 times wider than the average hurricane’s eye on Earth. The outer clouds at the hurricane’s edge are traveling at 330 mph (530 kilometers per hour), which would be off the scale on our planet. The vortex whirls inside Saturn’s mysterious hexagonal cloud pattern, and it’s not going anywhere.
How do you like this image of the moon taking from space near the earth?
Here is a picture of a solar eclipse via Scientific American:
Miloslav Druckmüller, a mathematician at the Brno University of Technology in the Czech Republic, and his colleagues were on Enewetak as the eclipse’s shadow raced toward them from the northwest at more than twice the speed of sound. This composite of 31 images from the eclipse shows the solar corona, the wispy “atmosphere” of the sun peeking out from behind the moon as well as the cratered, rayed surface of the moon itself.
Back on Earth Again
This species of fish, commonly found in China, Russia and Korea, has been found in New York. It is an invasive species.
Even more interestingly, it can actually breathe outside of water for a short period of time (days) and even hunt.
Today’s workout: back and piriformis PT, then 2650 yards (1.5 miles) of swimming.
The swim was fine; 500 of fist/free, 5 x (50 side, 50 free) on the 2:05 (first one was on the 2:15), 500 of 25 free, 25 back, 50 free on the 2 (mostly 1:52-55), 500 of 25 fly, 75 free on the 2 (1:51-53), 500 in 9:08, 150 cool down.
But I did feel the side of the hip (old bike crash injury from 2006…also piriformis). That part of me has not been right since “the crash” in November 2006:
But mostly it is manageable.
I am still going to try a different chairs as I sit for too long.
Do you want to see the relative size of things from the tiny (sub microscopic) to the astronomical?
Check out this application; it is the coolest one I’ve seen.
This is a much, much updated version of this old classic:
I slept in; I’ll jog about 3-4 miles and stretch. That will be it.
Not much to say today, though three photos struck me:
This is an unremarkable photo, right? This could have been me (save the hard muscles) after a workout 22 years ago…or perhaps some of the guys that I used to see in the university gym back in 2003-2004.
But this is a top ranked heavyweight boxer (Eddie Champers; number 4 in the IBF list; 35-2 record with losses to Wladimir Klitschko (who holds all of the belts that Vitali Klitschko doesn’t hold) and to currently undefeated Alexander Povetkin.
He looks…well…so “normal”. I’ve been following this facebook and twitter feeds and, even the successful athletes have to deal with much of the same issues that the rest of us have to.
Anyway, he has a big fight with Tomasz Adamek coming up (June 16, in New Jersey…on NBC sports TV)
with the winner probably getting a rematch with one of the Klitschkos….though I am not so sure I WANT to see that. Pity there isn’t, say, a 220 pound weight class for these guys.
This is the asteroid Ida with her moon Dactyl (shoot in a fly by on the way to Jupiter). Ida is irregularly shaped; her long axis is about 53 km (33 miles) long and her moon is about 1 mile (1.6 km) in diameter. Even an asteroid can acquire a moon.
Via NASA, this is a photo of Moscow from space (from a satellite; see here)
Nasa video from the International Space Station shows the northern lights above Earth’s northernmost and southernmost regions, the light displays associated with the solar wind
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