# blueollie

## Ugh…

Maybe in 2-3 weeks the weather will get better.

It might snow a little tonight; I am planning on NOT running tomorrow’s race. Last year the course was not well measured nor was it run very well anyway.

February 28, 2014

## Snow day….again…fake memes and the CBO ACA report.

Yep, my university canceled classes again…I found out when I made it to the gym..which was open. so I got in my usual 90 minute workout (60 with weights, 30 swimming).

It looked something like this:

rotator cuff (all but one pulley set), hip hikes, Achilles
pull ups: 5 sets of 10
incline press: 10 x 140, 5 x 150, 5 x 150 (weak)
abs: 3 sets of 10: twist, crunch, v. crunch, sit back
pull downs: 3 sets of 10 x 150
dumbbell super sets: 3 x 12 military with 50′s (seated, supported),
3 x 10 with 25 (upright now)
3 x 10 with 65 (bent over row)
2 x 10 with 30 curl, one machine 10 x 70 curl.

Then to the water (crowded; two young women too turns blowing me away:

300 free warm up
8 x 50 on the 1:10 (55 or so)
100 in 1:50
2 x 100 IM on 3 (about 2:30 each)
4 x 50 drill/swim (no fins)

Note: while this wasn’t HARD, it was, well, sort-of work. In my “swim all of the time” days, this would have been a bit of a warm up.

I was done and out of the shower by 7:36; plenty of time.

So, I am headed to the office anyway.

I’ll discuss a couple of issues
The more I think about it, the less difference I see between US conservatives and liberals, at least in terms of intellect and intellectual dishonesty.

Take this, for example:

Of course, this is a fake meme. But it is being passed around as if it is true because some liberals want to believe it. It is a lot like the “ha ha ha ha, Al Gore thinks that he invented the internet” BS that conservatives pass around)

(Rep. Bachmann isn’t very bright; for an honest demonstration of this: (she was referring to the Smoot-Hawley Act signed into law by President Hoover)

Now some issues are a bit nuanced: take for the example, the CBO report about the effect of the Affordable Care Act:

More than 2 million Americans who would otherwise rely on a job for health insurance will quit working, reduce their hours or stop looking for employment because of new health benefits available under the Affordable Care Act, congressional budget analysts said Tuesday.

The findings from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office revived a fierce debate about the impact President Obama’s signature health-care program will have on the U.S. economy. [...]

In its assessment of the law’s impact on the job market, the agency had bad news for both political parties. In an implicit rebuke of GOP talking points, the CBO said that there was little evidence the health-care law is affecting employment and that businesses are not expected to significantly reduce head count or hours as a result of the law.

But now you see the Republicans screaming: WE TOLD YOU THAT OBAMACARE WAS A JOB KILLER!!!!

Uh, no. It does mean that many who hold onto a job solely for its health care benefits might now leave.

## Sunday Training….

Ok, it has been a few days since Friday’s blood donation.

15 minutes on the elliptical trainer
1 hour (just over 5.5 miles) of running on the treadmill (2 minutes 0, 2 minutes 1 )
5 minutes (to get to 6 miles) of running on another treadmill
15 minutes on the elliptical trainer

3 miles of walking outside (slow; I walked for 54 minutes and counted it as 3; there were a few slippery spots (isolated) due to melting snow. Pretty day, but some idiot had a couple of pit bulls off of the leash. I didn’t get near them.

After eating Indian buffet we watched the Bradley Women battle 12-2 (4-0) Wichita State to a 74-72 loss; not a win but much better than the 30+ point humiliation on Friday.

At halftime I walked a couple of stadium laps to keep the legs loose; the right quad it a bit sore.

January 12, 2014

## Tribalism, values, philosophy and what science you accept….

I can say that one of the hardest things to do is to give up a preconceived notion based on new data and science.

So, I am seeing all sorts of “oh, hah, hah, where is your “global warming now” posts and articles.

(side note: here is an interesting article about so called “wind chills”. Yes, 10 F with a strong wind feels worse than 10 F with no wind, but I’ve always thought the wind chill stuff was a bit bogus. Remember that the wind makes it feel colder as this enables heat to be transferred from out of your body; in engineering class you learned that $\frac{dQ}{dt} = k \Delta T \frac{dm}{dt}$ where $\frac{dm}{dt}$ is the mass flow rate of the fluid and the $\Delta T$ is the difference between the ambient temperature and the temperature of the object. You know this if you’ve taken a hot bath: in the tub if you are still, you might be ok, but you feel hotter if you move…..because if you move you are increasing the flow rate of the water around your body.

Well, wind does the same thing.

Back to the main argument:

So, people say “we’ve had record cold; how can the earth possibly be warming up?”

Well, for one, “global warming” is talking about a long time trend of average temperatures:

You can see the upward trend, but there are also ups and downs. For example, the next several years after 1998 were cooler years compared to 1998, mostly because 1998 was so blasted hot.

In fact, I took a similar graph, and started it in 1998 to “show” that the earth is really cooling!

I can easily see this being convincing to some.

Then one has to understand that warming means only small change in temperature per year and that how cold we are in winter largely depends on where the jet stream is, as it holds back that arctic air mass. And even if the arctic air mass is a degree or two “warmer”, it is still brutally cold (by our standards).

So, as you can see, the issue is a bit complicated. And yet, many conservatives deny it, just as they deny evolution.

Part of it is tribalism in action.

But part of it is philosophical; conservatives desperately want to believe that their deity is in charge:

They deny evolution for similar reasons: how can one believe that “every hair on your head is numbered by God” if you are the outcome of a stochastic process? (NOT a purely random process!)

So, one might say that philosophy matters. It certainly does to liberals; just look at the so-called “pro-science” liberals (so they tell you) who foam and the mouth about GMOs though, on the science issue part (whether the GMO foods are safe or not), they are dead wrong (more here)

Question them and once you get past their nonsense (IF that is even possible), you’ll find out that what they are really objecting to is the business practices of companies like Monsanto…and some are bound to an appeal to nature. Hey these mushrooms are natural; maybe we can get these woo-woos and crackpots to eat them?

So my frustration grows. It is ridiculous to resist facts (as currently understood) due to some philosophical point of view…..or is it?

This made me think of my post about Copernicus and the scientific objections to the Copernican theory of heliocentric astronomy.

My first reaction: why in the world would we view the earth as being special or different from the rest of the universe?

Oh oh…that is a PHILOSOPHICAL point of view. That is, the “null hypothesis” should be that the laws of science are basically the same everywhere; there are no “special” areas.

Yes, there is evidence that suggests that this is true, but why should this be the “null hypothesis”??? In fact, there is evidence that an aspect of this might not be true (albeit with tiny variations in our observable horizon)

I suppose that I should rethink my disdain for philosophy and point of view (lens of viewing things, if you will).

Of course, an expression of humility (we only know a little) does NOT open the door to wholesale crackpottery, woo-woo and nonsense.

January 7, 2014

## Student suspended for “casting a spell”? Uh..this appeared in 1998

An Oklahoma high school suspended a

15-year-old student after accusing her of casting a magic spell

that caused a teacher to become sick, lawyers for the student

said on Friday.

The American Civil Liberties Union said it had filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on behalf of student Brandi Blackbear, charging that the assistant principal of Union Intermediate High School in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, suspended her for 15 days last December for supposedly casting a spell.

The suit also charged the Tulsa-area Union Public Schools with repeatedly violating Blackbear’s civil rights by seizing notebooks she used to write horror stories and barring her from drawing or wearing signs of the pagan religion Wicca.

“It’s hard for me to believe that in the year 2000 I am walking into court to defend my daughter against charges of witchcraft brought by her own school,” said Timothy Blackbear, Brandi’s father.

‘Outlandish Accusations’

Joann Bell, executive director of the ACLU’s Oklahoma chapter, said the “outlandish accusations” had made Blackbear’s life at school unbearable.

“I, for one, would like to see the so-called evidence this school has that a 15-year-old girl made a grown man sick by casting a magic spell,” Bell said.

Sounds outrageous, no? But look at the dates: some date back to 1998. This sounds a bit suspect to me.

January 6, 2014

## How to try on spandex workout gear

Great advice is given here. It is a pretty good demonstration too.

Click on the small photo to see the big one at the website.

December 28, 2013

## Merry Christmas from my friends….

December 25, 2013

## Rams whip the Saints 27-16

I am liking this; I had to watch quite a few live Rams games prior to seeing them win. Now they’ve won the last two I’ve seen in person. I could get used to this.

Once again, the Jones Dome staff was very nice; they traded our tickets for wheelchair access tickets. This time, we were basically one row lower than our actual tickets (which were in the first row of the highest deck).

Here is a photo of a Ram touchdown (second quarter); we are seated right above the red arrow (at the rail)

How the game went

It was clear that the Rams wanted to play ball control and keep the potent Saints offense off of the field. After a first down, the Rams had to punt. But on the first play, the defensive line hit Drew Brees while he was throwing and forced an “underthrow” interception.

Then the Rams scored on the first play after, on a screen pass in which the Rams receiver broke one tackle, got some good downfield blocks and tight-roped down the sideline.

The Saints had a nice drive after that, but Brees threw into triple coverage near the goal line which lead to an interception.

The Rams drove it 93 yards, bolstered by a 29 yard run and two different 15 yard “unnecessary roughness” penalties on the Rams (one of them a dumb hit on a sliding quarterback and one was a hit out of bounds).

14-0 Rams!

Then the Rams executed a perfect “in the air” onside kick; I didn’t expect it. More importantly, neither did the Saints.

That lead to a drive and a field goal; 17-0 just after the start of the second quarter!

The Saints came back with a drive for a field goal; it was now 17-3.

An exchange of punts lead to the Rams getting the ball back; then came a drive which was capped by a 40 yard touchdown run. It was now 24-3 and I had a hard time believing what I was seeing.

The Saints marched the ball inside the Rams 10 and, with 15 seconds left, apparently scored on a touchdown pass. BUT a “illegal hands to the face” penalty nullified that (the Ram pass rush bothered Brees all day) and then after an incomplete pass, the Rams blocked the last second field goal!

24-3 at the half!

The Saints got the ball in the second half and were evidently driving the ball well…but a sack/fumble at the St. Louis 37 ended that drive. The Rams did nothing with it, but a good punt pinned the Saints inside their own 10.

That lead to a short field, and the Rams ended up using up a lot of time and kicking another field goal; 27-3 Rams with 2:42 left in the game.

In the 4′th quarter the Saints drove and got a touchdown with 11:20 left in the game, but a 2 point conversion failed.

The Saints defense held after 1 first down and the Saints got the ball back with 8:14 to go at their own 20.

The Rams gave up the middle of the field and the Saints burned a LOT of clock; they scored again but there were only 3:07 left on the clock. It was 27-16.

BUT it got interesting the onside kick was recovered by the Saints.

The Saints drove the ball inside the Ram 10 but the defense held. So on 4′th and goal from the Rams 8, the Saints tried a field goal…AND MISSED! (tipped?)

So the Rams got the ball back and the Saints had but one time out to use. The Rams punted with 15 seconds to go, but the Saints were offside…so the Rams got the first down and took a knee to end the game.

The Saints out gained the Rams 432-302, but had three turn overs (two interceptions and a fumble). They gave up an onside kick and missed two field goals (one blocked…not sure about the second). They also committed key penalties.

For the Rams: it was typical of this season: strong games against good teams (wins over the Bears, Colts, Saints) and they played the Seahawks oh-so-tough….but losses such as last week’s blowout loss to the Cardinals.

The Rams had good balance on offense: 144 rushing, 158 passing. The pass rush was pretty good too; 4 sacks and lots of hurries.

December 16, 2013

## First “winter cold” run of the year….

I got up early as we had some chores to do. Barbara has adjusted to her foot and has found ways to go up stairs (sans a crutch), get in the wheel chair, etc. So the next 8 weeks or so are looking better; hope her foot has healed well enough to use a boot.

I got out there and it was 22 F (-6 C) and moderately windy (10 mph, or 16 km/h) and since I am a bit fatigued, I chose a flatter route to run.

It took me 1:54:36 (11:03 mpm) though I was 41:56 at the end of Heading (past 4 miles, 43:19 at the entrance of Bradley Park, 1:13:17 after the out leg (6.85 miles), 24:52 for the 2.09 loop (1:38:10 at 8.94) and 16:28 for the final 1.42 (huge uphill). Needless to say, the hills slowed me down though I did better than I did last Sunday.

I saw only a couple of other runners out there; one of them is Dave P. He was just a bit ahead of me in 1997 and he is STILL ahead of me. I am going to have to get him to quit training so I can eventually catch up.

Is it a coincidence that he, too, does an “old man shuffle”, like I do?

Ah, this would have been 1:30-1:35 years ago, but IT ISN’T “years ago”.

Data: 1.37 for the Cornstalk plus loop, .72 for the lower loop

November 23, 2013

## Not living in reality

Workout notes: usual; hip hikes, Achilles, rotator cuff, planks, McKenzie, abs (3 sets of 10: twist, sit back, crunch, v. crunch)
pull ups: 5 sets of 10
dumbbell military: 3 sets of 12 with 50 (seated, supported)
dumbbell row: 3 sets of 10 with 65
incline presses: 8 x 145, 2 sets of 10 x 140
curls: 3 sets of 10 with 30 (dumbbell)
pull downs: 3 sets of 10 x 160

Reality
I am teaching two sections of “off semester” calculus; some students are very good (mostly the Freshmen who placed out) and others: well, let’s just say that one has a collection of those who flunked, those who weren’t ready for calculus when they got here, problem students, etc.

Frequently there is a student who has real problems; misses a ton of class and then shows up near the end of the semester think that they can “make it up”. You see, they think that they can learn 4-5 weeks of material in a weekend. Sure, there are some outliers who can (say, those destined to become a Ph. D. in engineering) but those are the rare, rare exception. But everyone thinks that they are the exception.

But is that different from the way I was? In high school, I just “knew” that I was going to be an NFL player (wild laughter here); never mind that I was getting beat by those who did nothing all summer whereas I trained hard.

I think that a belief in a magic of sorts is all too common, for most (if not ALL) of us. Most overestimate themselves.

November 20, 2013