Progress: local, and non-linear

After having a few “I feel great” days, I had a more typical one. It happens. But the old injuries don’t hurt so that is good.

I was amused when I read about someone’s joy about getting stronger in running. Her feat, while not very good (she has done much better in the past), was an improvement from where she had been recently. And I “get” it; I really do.

So, I am someone who enjoys the workout posts, be they good (they uplift me) or bad (hey, I am not the only one who has a bad workout from time to time).

Workout notes: weights plus an easy 2 mile walk outdoors.
weights: usual PT
pull ups: 3 sets of 10, one 5-5, one 10 (not as good as Monday)
bench press: 10 x 135, 5 x 180 (getting there; no pain in the left shoulder but still being oh-so-careful)
incline press: 10 x 140
military (standing, dumbbell) 10 x 50, 15 x 45, 20 x 40
Hammer rows: 10 x 200
usual abs; headstand was easy
The 2:30 plank: I reeeeally wanted to skip this one today. Really.


April 25, 2018 Posted by | walking, weight training | , | Leave a comment

What to read; what to skip

Obviously, one doesn’t have the time to read everything that they see a headline for. And yes, much of what I see written online is absolute garbage; it seems as if people have made up their minds about what they think *must* be true and look for ways to advocate for their point of view rather than to examine all relevant evidence; anything that might diminish their point is deliberately ignored or not even considered.

I wonder if this is a product of modern “education” or just the nature of modern online publications: articles that attempt to look at an issue with any nuance are simply not that popular. Perhaps that people just read to get their viewpoint reinforced.

So, what do I decide to read and what to skip? Well, for one, if the article is from a source that has a high percentage of sloppy, shallow articles, I skip (e. g. Salon, The Nation, Breitbart, Newsmax).

Also the use of commands and buzzwords in a headline puts the article on my “skip” list (e. g. Why we MUST talk about misogyny NOW, Dear White People.., Why we HAVE TO talk about White privilege…This HAS TO

Yeah, I skip right wing stuff as it is almost always awful.

Twitter: yeah, it is dreadful. I read it for the articles (often Washington Post and New York Times articles are good; Vox, while shallow, isn’t that bad, and once in a while Slate is ok). But mostly, it is people ranting insults. I am making a pledge to NOT respond unless I can do so politely.

And I use it to follow is fun to get stats at a game.

April 25, 2018 Posted by | social/political | , | Leave a comment

Up..then down…

Weight: 198.5 before swimming, 196.9 after. The swim: slow; 500 free, 250 of drill/swim, 250 of 25 fist, 25 free (with breaks), 250 of 25 fly drill, 25 fly (fins), 250 of 25 breast, 25 free, 250 of 25 free, 25 back, 250 pull, 4 x 50 free (tried to stay with was useless)

The run: 56:40 for 5 (34:17); did 5.1-5.5 every 5 minutes, then back down to 5.1-5.4, etc. I wanted to quit after 2 miles; not out of breath but bored and uninterested and unwilling to hurt. changing the pace kept me interested. Foot: some ache at 3.5, off and on the rest of the way. It is not 100 percent but still much better.

Touching: I got this from the Bradley Baseball team:

Thanks Bradley Baseball!

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So, I’ll just say it: if you like sports, look beyond the mega crowd things. No, the baseball is NOT professional level, but it still very good and entertaining.
BTW, here is an excellent article about the various levels of minor league ball..and this clears up some questions I had. It also explains why I’ve seen some guys just crush the radar gun at the A level (90-100 mph at times) and yet not be quite ready for major league ball. At the pro level, the guys can hit the blistering fast balls if they know they are coming; the polished pitchers have to keep the batters off guard with a plan, change ups, moving pitches, etc.

BTW, I played at pony level, and I could hit bad high school level pitching. I couldn’t touch the better high school pitchers though.

April 24, 2018 Posted by | baseball, running, swimming | , , | Leave a comment

That’s what it feels like

Short note: doing pull ups felt easier than it has in months. Then I weighed after my weight workout: 195. Ah. Probably artificially low but what the hell.

easy walk afterward in chilly but lovely conditions.

usual pt, pull ups 15-15-10-10, bench: 10 x 135, 5 x 175, 7 x 170 (weak), military: 10 x 50, 10 x 45 standing, 10 x 180 machine, rows: 3 sets of 10 x 200 Hammer.
usual abs; headstand was easier and plank (2:30) was hard. I really didn’t want to do it.

April 23, 2018 Posted by | walking, weight training | , | 3 Comments

Baseball Sunday!

Ok, I did workout (part of it with a friend) and I did some grading (yuck) but I also caught a couple of ball games:

Noon: Bradley won 10-0 over Robert Morris-Springfield. RMU did play a bit better this time; it was 5-0 after 3 and then it settled some; BU needed the bottom of the 7’th to get to 10-0, at which point the game was called by the “mercy” rule.

Robert Morris Springfield at Bradley. Play ball!

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I am saving you a seat!

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Mutual respect: Bradley defeats Robert Morris Springfield.

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The 5 pm game saw the Chiefs finish their second series sweep of Wisconsin 6-3. Initially, the pitchers dominated and the Timberrattlers actually lead 2-1 after the top of the 7’th. But the Chiefs exploded on a relief pitcher in the bottom of the 7’th, going up to 10 hits and getting 5 runs in the inning.

This game also saw a crazy play where, with runners on 2’nd and 3’rd, a ground ball was fielded by the shortstop who threw to second, who threw to first in time for the out..but there was no forceout available at second. One run scored and one runner moved to 3’rd, though this cost the Chiefs only 1 run..and made it 2 outs (and put the lead at 6-3).

As far as Wisconsin: they had a rough 9 days, getting swept by the Chiefs on two weekend series and getting swept by Kane County in the 3 game set they played in Peoria due to their being snowed out at home, but still being in Peoria. They are now 3-13, but only 3-4 away from Peoria.

5 pm Chiefs game. While The Hostage is away, The Goat will play..

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Oh yes, my wife gets home tomorrow. I had 5 baseball games this week, and 7 over the past 8 days. (3 Bradley, 3 Chiefs, 1 Timberrattler “home” game. )

April 23, 2018 Posted by | baseball | , | Leave a comment

not there yet but…

Interesting workout today (by my current standards). I started out with 4 treadmill miles: 2 minute Froggy for 10 minutes (5.1-5.5), then 6.7 to 1.0 miles (11:06), then 6.8-7.1 to 2 miles (19:50), then walk .25 miles, then resume 5.1-5.6 to 42:50 for 4.

Weight: 200.1 before running, 197.4 after..I really did work up a sweat.

Stretch, then walk 4 more miles (most with Ms. Vickie); she got a phone call and so I took off at a marathon walk-ish pace and left her for a bit and it felt very the time. I we rejoined at a social pace (4 total) But afterward..the foot felt the faster paced walking. Running bothers it far less. So I am icing it. And THAT is what will take a long time to come back.

It might be the case that I’ll have to “walk/jog” my 2018 marathon instead of just walking hard.

April 22, 2018 Posted by | running, walking | , | Leave a comment

Every negative stereotype of a liberal arts professor….

Oh boy…when higher education is under fire…and she has to bring attention to herself…

No, she doesn’t have Ph. D. according to this source:

Jarrar studied creative writing at Sarah Lawrence College, receiving a master’s degree in Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Texas at Austin, and a master’s of fine art from the University of Michigan.

But she did have a critically acclaimed book and has written for respectable outlets. I suppose that sometimes people who are “productive in print” are eccentric in other ways.

April 22, 2018 Posted by | education | , , | Leave a comment

Bradley Baseball game cancelled because of dry, non-frigid conditions.

Ok, that is fake news; they played and, well, played very well, winning 17-0 (after 7 innings). Ok, Robert Morris Springfield is a USCAA team (association for small college sports) and has struggled a bit this season. But it was nice to see a game in non-frigid, dry conditions. I look forward to games against stronger opposition (yes, their home games against Illinois and Iowa were cancelled due to weather). But I’ll watch tomorrow’s game as well, and perhaps catch the Chiefs later in the evening too.

Good day for Bradley to host Robert Morris Springfield. #baseball

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More people this time. Better weather.

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Workout notes: lazy. Slept in. Ran 5 miles on the treadmill in 56:30 going up 5.1-5.5 and though I had a lot more “in the tank”, the foot started to ache just a bit at mile 4.5 so I figured a change of motion would help. So I walked 2 more miles outside (pain free). I’ll do some running tomorrow morning prior to a workout date with Ms. Vickie.

Weight: 199…the 5 pounds over the summer is finally off, but now I need to burst past this plateau as well.

April 21, 2018 Posted by | baseball, running, walking | , , | Leave a comment

“You need to shut up and listen to me” rarely works…

I am frequently more critical of liberals because, well, that is who I tend to hang around. I am sure that there is a “shut up and listen to me”, “shut up and read the least the parts I want you to read” ethic among conservatives too but I am in a position in life where it is rarely directed toward me.

But you see it quite a bit in liberal circles: if we see someone as potentially marginalized and not listened to, be they a racial minority, female, gay, non-cis-gendered, and recently..a teenager, we are told to “check our privilege” (whatever that means) and listen to them..often in an uncritical way. And in certain circles (say, in certain circles on certain college campuses), people get used to that.

So when they go outside of their small circles and face, gasp, criticism and critique when they were expecting a captive audience, well, some feeeeeelings can get hurt!

Yes, one could always accomplish something and get to the point where people actually WANT to listen to what you have to say…but that requires hard work and patience and maybe a bit of talent.

2016 election and Hillary Clinton Yeah, I know the election is long over and Trump won because of the way the Electoral College is set up. And yeah, given the Democratic field and Trump, had I to do it over again, I *still* would have voted for Hillary Clinton over Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump. I still think that she was vastly more qualified than either.

But, well, I kept much of this to myself for a long time, but her public persona is just not likable (I’ve heard that she is likable in person).

Yes, I find her intelligent and logical:

Note: this video was posted by right wing idiots who completely missed the point that she was making. Frankly, I found her argument to be correct and on point, but for the morons who made this clip, I suppose it was “TL;DR”. And millions and millions of such morons vote (on both sides). Someone like Barack Obama and Bill Clinton knows how to get at least a few of those votes.

And yes, there things I didn’t like her either. For one: unlike Bill and Barack, she did not get to her political position under her own steam; had she not been married to Bill, she would have certainly been a super successful professional but not a politician. IMHO, that just isn’t her; I could see her as a judge, professor, CEO, or perhaps a cabinet member (she did well as Secretary of State). But a “rallier of the masses” she isn’t.

And, for some reason, her public self critiques appear to be excuse making:

Robby Mook, the drained and deflated campaign manager, told his boss she was going to lose. She didn’t seem all that surprised.

“I knew it. I knew this would happen to me,” she said, now within a couple of inches of Mr. Mook’s ashen face. “They were never going to let me be president.”

Oh, for f**ks sake! Barack Obama won as a black man!!! “THEY”? “LET ME”??? I sure hope this is something that really wasn’t said..but I fear that it was.

And yes, yes, yes, Trump is a disaster…engages in self-pity far, far more, etc. I see no alternate universe in which I support Donald J. Trump.

But at times, HRC makes me want to bang my head against a wall.

April 21, 2018 Posted by | 2016, hillary clinton, political/social, social/political | Leave a comment

One attitude I cannot stand….

I was discussing something with a colleague. I recounted a conversation I had with an engineer; in the past he had written a letter to the editor “correcting” a science article for, well, citing an adaptive change as an example of evolution. He was under the mistaken impression that evolution was speciation.

Yes, evolution is a change in the frequency distribution of alleles in a population over time. But did he bother to check with an expert (e. g., his biology colleagues) before writing a letter to the editor? Of course not.

I let my disgust show, and my colleague replied “hey he KNOWS that “god is on his side” no need to check.

And THAT is an example of an attitude that I have the highest amount of contempt for. Religious nutters have it. And so do the more extreme social justice warriors.

If you KNOW that you have “RIGHT on your side”, then well, who has need for experts in biology, psychology, statistics, genetics, etc.?

I think that has lead to more “blocks” by me on social media than anything else; my record is 3 blocks off of one thread on my Facebook wall. Yes, they were all liberals.

April 21, 2018 Posted by | ranting, social/political | Leave a comment