Math is hard…

Workout notes Weights plus 25 laps of the track (walking; roughly 5K): 38:30 (37:00 for 3 miles): 13:15/12:13/11:30
Weights: rotator cuff, 5 sets of 10 pull ups
Bench: 10 x 135, 4 x 180, 6 x 170, 8 x 160
pull downs/rows/curls: pull downs: 3 sets of 10 x 160, rows: 3 sets of 10 x 65 (dumbbell, single arm), curls: EZ curl bar 10 x 75, 10 x 65, pulley: 10 x 52.5. Note: 10 x 75 was not full motion.
incline: 9 x 135, 6 x 135. military: 2 sets of 15 x 45 lb. dumbbells, 1 machine: 10 x 70 (each arm). Also, abs, back, etc.

(from Fail Blog)

Social From the front lines: here is an example of helicopter parenting:

Thirteen years ago, when I was a relatively new teacher, stumbling around my classroom on wobbly legs, I had to call a students’ mother to inform her that I would be initiating disciplinary proceedings against her daughter for plagiarism, and that furthermore, her daughter would receive a zero for the plagiarized paper.

“You can’t do that. She didn’t do anything wrong,” the mother informed me, enraged.

“But she did. I was able to find entire paragraphs lifted off of web sites,” I stammered.

“No, I mean she didn’t do it. I did. I wrote her paper.”

I don’t remember what I said in response, but I’m fairly confident I had to take a moment to digest what I had just heard. And what would I do, anyway? Suspend the mother? Keep her in for lunch detention and make her write “I will not write my daughter’s papers using articles plagiarized from the Internet” one hundred times on the board? In all fairness, the mother submitted a defense: her daughter had been stressed out, and she did not want her to get sick or overwhelmed.

In the end, my student received a zero and I made sure she re-wrote the paper. Herself. Sure, I didn’t have the authority to discipline the student’s mother, but I have done so many times in my dreams. […]

I haven’t seen comparative data to see how widespread it is; I am surprised when I found that some of my students got help from their parents. My parents NEVER, NEVER helped me with academic work…not once.

Nature Those “cute” kitties are really killing machines, and the feral ones do a great deal of damage to wildlife; more that you might think:

In a report that scaled up local surveys and pilot studies to national dimensions, scientists from the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute and the Fish and Wildlife Service estimated that domestic cats in the United States — both the pet Fluffies that spend part of the day outdoors and the unnamed strays and ferals that never leave it — kill a median of 2.4 billion birds and 12.3 billion mammals a year, most of them native mammals like shrews, chipmunks and voles rather than introduced pests like the Norway rat.

The estimated kill rates are two to four times higher than mortality figures previously bandied about, and position the domestic cat as one of the single greatest human-linked threats to wildlife in the nation. More birds and mammals die at the mouths of cats, the report said, than from automobile strikes, pesticides and poisons, collisions with skyscrapers and windmills and other so-called anthropogenic causes.

Peter Marra of the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute and an author of the report, said the mortality figures that emerge from the new model “are shockingly high.”

“When we ran the model, we didn’t know what to expect,” said Dr. Marra, who performed the analysis with his colleague, Scott R. Loss, and Tom Will of the Fish and Wildlife Service. “We were absolutely stunned by the results.” The study appeared Tuesday in the journal Nature Communications.

I laugh when I see people who either own or work for defense contractors complain about “tax and spend”:


As far as economic ideas: the bad ones tend to become amplified in the “Very Serious People” echo chamber. Keep in mind we are talking about the punditry and not the economists.

January 30, 2013 - Posted by | economy, education, nature, political/social, politics, weight training | , ,


  1. Ollie, the pressure on parents now to help children with their homework is overwhelming. Teachers (at least in the lower grades) expect that parents will make sure their children do their homework and help the child with it if he/she is confused. If you do NOT do this, the teachers castigate you in parent-teacher conference. I find it very difficult to manage the balancing act between helping my children and having them develop responsibility. It’s increasingly challenging to allow children to take the fall for their own failures, but increasingly necessary…

    Comment by Tammy | January 30, 2013 | Reply

    • In all honesty, I was rarely, if ever, confused by grade school homework. Now this is mostly junior high and up: neither of my parents made it out of junior high. So, to be blunt, if it confused me, they would have been completely overwhelmed.

      Comment by blueollie | January 30, 2013 | Reply

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