Workout notes: yoga in the morning, weights over lunch:
squats, Smith machine: 10 x 45, 10 x 135, 10 x 165, 5 x 185, 10 x 135. The depth was ok at 165; perhaps a bit shallow at 185.
curls: 3 sets of 15 with 20 lb. dumbbells
incline press: 10 x 115, 10 x 125, 1 x 135, 9 x 120 (vertigo was slight)
pull downs: 3 sets of 10 x 120
rows: 3 sets of 10 x 200
sit ups (4 x 25, 1, 2, 3, 4 incline)
ball; hamstring exercises: 3 sets of 15.
This took about 1 hour.
Vertigo: reduced, but still there at times. The ears are not quite as full. We are closing in on day 3; I do feel better but I am not well.
Science/technology The geometry of nuclear fuel plays a role in forming the chain reactions. There is some fear that blobs of fuel may have started up chain reactions:
But on 25 March, Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), which runs the Fukushima Daiichi plant, reported that chlorine-38 had been found among several radioactive isotopes in water taken from the turbine building of reactor number 1. Chlorine-38 can form when neutrons hit atoms of naturally occurring chlorine-37 in seawater.
Some chlorine-38 is to be expected because seawater was used to cool reactor number 1, and fuel rods continue to emit neutrons even after a reactor is shut down. But according to calculations by Dalnoki-Veress, a dead reactor core would not produce enough neutrons to account for the amount of chlorine-38 measured – 1.6 million becquerels per millilitre.
Despite the presence of the control rods, he says, partial or total melting of the fuel rods could rearrange the fuel in ways that would allow chain reactions to occur. Such reactions would probably be short-lived, he says, as the heat they would generate would tend to push apart the chunks or molten globs of fuel involved, reducing their ability to react further. But continued melting and rearrangement could cause repeated bursts of chain reactions.
Others are skeptical as it would be difficult to achieve a small “critical” lump by pure accident, though it would be theoretically possible.
Warmer weather is on the way; this means running races and other outdoor activities:
I had better shake off this ear infection so I can get back out there and race!
Sleep last night was weird… very sound at times and very fitful at others.
I woke up and found this article:
Surge in Satanism sparks rise in demand for exorcists, says Catholic Church […]
The web has made it easier than ever before to access information on Devil-worshipping and the occult, experts said.
Exorcism is the subject of a six-day conference being held this week at the Regina Apostolorum Pontifical University in Rome, which is under the Vatican’s authority.
“The internet makes it much easier than in the past to find information about Satanism,” said Carlo Climati, a member of the university who specialises in the dangers posed to young people by Satanism.
“In just a few minutes you can contact Satanist groups and research occultism. The conference is not about how to become an exorcist. It’s to share information about exorcism, Satanism and sects. It’s to give help to families and priests. There is a particular risk for young people who are in difficulties or who are emotionally fragile,” said Mr Climati.
The object of seminars was to scrutinise the phenomenon of Satanism with “seriousness and scientific rigour”, avoiding a “superficial or sensational approach”, he said. [….]
But Vatican officials said three years ago that parish priests should call in professional exorcists if they suspect one of their parishioners needs purging of evil.
An exorcist should be called when “the moral certainty has been reached that the person is possessed”, said Father Nanni, a member of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Causes of Saints.
You can’t make this stuff up. How do these clowns expect to be taken seriously?
From the beginning to the modern Republican. 🙂
Last night I slept from about 6:30 to 5 am; those Meclizine pills just knocked me out….cold. So I got a late start on my run and it took 44 minutes to finish my hilly 4.2 mile course. Yes, darkness slowed me, but my body still has that “all gummed up” feeling.
I have to remember that my body is fighting an ear infection and that is where my resources must go; hence my workouts shouldn’t be much more that glorified warm-ups. I have to keep the effort to the “any faster than that won’t feel good” level.
Then came the after-the-workout-peel-off-50 pounds-of-sweaty-gear time; yes, it is still cold here (32 F, or 0 C).
Will it ever get warmer? Will I ever feel good again (during a workout?). Ok, the answer to the first question is yes (with probability of, say, 1 – 10^(-5). and the latter: probably.
Increasing entropy sucks. 🙂
The worst part: two spandex ladies came running past my house just as I started, and I had zero chance of catching them. 😦
Workout 5.2-5.3 mile run in 52:56; this was my West Peoria course that I did in 53:36 3 weeks earlier. My legs felt fine but I was just slow. Afterward I did my rotator cuff exercises.
I might just have an excuse…
Vertigo notes It was a good thing that I went to the doctor; evidently I have an inner ear infection; she said that it was “full blown” in my left ear and that she was surprised that I wasn’t in pain. I did feel “full” and felt a sensation…kind of a clogging.
So now I have some nice drugs and should be feeling much better in 2-3 days.
I still feel good enough to make my yoga class tomorrow and do a short walk with Lynn.
One other note: every time I get an infection or a virus, my old or “just healed” injuries hurt. It is strange.
I finished some grading this afternoon. So I treated myself to a weight workout.
But perhaps that was a mistake; I was bothered by vertigo during it. It wasn’t a major deal; I just waited until the spinning went away to do a set and I played it safe with what I did.
Squats: Smith machine: 10 x 135, 10 x 155, 6 x 175, 5 x 185
curls: 3 sets of 15 x 20 lb. dumbbells, 1 set of 4 with a barbell (2 10’s on each side)
incline press: 10 x 115, 4 x 135, 4 x 135 (vertigo limited), 9 x 120
rows: 3 sets of 10 with 200
pull down: 3 sets of 10 with 120, shoulder friendly grip
sit ups: 4 sets of 25, different inclines
rotator cuff exercises.
Physically, I felt strong, but at times, between sets, it felt as if I were lifting weights on a ship at sea.
Again, I played it safe.
I see the doctor tomorrow (I “haz” appointment)
Amusing vertigo note: I read for a bit on my bed. When I got up, the room started to spin, so I turned my head to the right and looked at something on the wall. What I ended up looking at was a line drawing on the wall over my nightstand. Yes, it is a “nude” of a female….from behind….I won’t tell you who it is a drawing of, but I will tell you it was given to me as a present by a woman that I dated 16 years ago and that my wife doesn’t mind my having this on the wall. So for once, I can say that I was looking at a woman’s butt for medicinal purposes…and say so honestly. 🙂
Via St. Augustine:
“The good Christian should beware the mathematician and all those who make empty prophecies. The danger already exists that the mathematicians have made a covenant with the devil to darken the spirit and to confine man in the bonds of hell.”
“One does not read in the Gospel that the Lord said: “I will send you the Paraclete who will teach you about the course of the sun and moon.” For He willed to make them Christians, not mathematicians.”
Yes, I know……if you want to know the context, google it. Of course, the shouting matches between those who hold competing superstitions amuse me; it reminds me a bit of Zeus vs. Thor.
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