Why I mostly just s**t post…

Ah, social media. Yes, I still use it and often, people will post interesting, longer articles.

But as far as discussion: sigh. Mostly it breaks down into either “yelling slogans”, typing “#checkyourprivilege ” hashtags, or virtue signaling. And many times, people who comment on what I say have not read what I actually said …rather they comment on what they think that they said or use my tweet/post as a launching pad to show how virtuous they are.

And let’s face it: when it comes to persuasion, the messenger matters. Example: one of my favorite twitter “follows” is a professor from Berkeley. She has done quite well for herself and sometimes takes long vacations in France. She was “calling for a general strike” if Mueller was fired…evidently unaware that 42 percent of Americans either don’t know who he is or no opinion of him and another 29 percent disapprove of him. She has no idea that many get their news in bits between work and, say, getting their kids and many are living paycheck to paycheck. Needless to say, she is not going to convince anyone outside of a very narrow circle.

And I’d guess that most of us are like that in one way or another.

So posting and commenting are often a waste of time.

Workout notes: weights, then a nice 2 mile walk outside. Weights: usual pt, pull ups (5 sets of 10: good), bench: 10 x 135, 7 x 170 (no pain), 10 x 135 incline: military: standing dumbbell 10 x 50, 15 x 45, 10 x 180 machine (90 each side), rows: 3 sets of 10 x 200 hammer (10 x 110 other machine too). usual abs; headstand was a bit easier, plank at 2:30 was a challenge. Weight: 197.6 after weights; I actually felt…good???

April 20, 2018 Posted by | politics/social, social/political, walking, weight training | Leave a comment

Formulas and blank slates

In discussions about human performance, there appears to be some notion among many that talent for every endeavor is spread equally among every population group.

That just is not true; think of Samoans in football (56 times more likely to play in the NFL than the average American), the Kalenjin tribe in Kenya in distance running, or even the Bajau in underwater diving. The frequency distribution of alleles can vary between groups of people.

I thought about the above when I read this article which talks about how African American dominance in football and basketball is NOT a good thing for African Americans.

Yes, it is entirely possible that genetics plays a role; it is possible that there is a higher percentage of genetic outliers for basketball and football among African Americans (as there are among Samoans). Of course, social factors have to play a role too; witness the DECLINE of African Americans in major league baseball(related note: at a college baseball game, I was startled to see that Chicago State’s team was predominately white; CS is a historically black college with 70 percent black students).

But that was a digression from the main thrust of the article in question which was roughly this: when black people look “for a way up” in life, they are apt to see mostly black NFL and NBA teams (as well as top college teams) and think “oh, that is what we do well” and focus on that. But the reality that only a small percentage of people from ANY group will stand a chance of being a D1 scholarship athlete and a very, very tiny percentage stand a chance of a professional sports career.

The reality is that, even for black people, the probability of becoming an engineer, accountant, lawyer, college professor, teacher, computer programmer, business owner, military officer, CEO, (etc.) is several orders of magnitude higher. THAT is the way up for all but a tiny handful of genetic outliers. On that message, the article is right on point!

Workout notes: 2200 swim, then a 5 mile treadmill run..I actually felt good.
swim: 250 free (sluggish), 5 x 50 drill/swim (fins; need to get some new ones), 5 x 100 IM with free instead of fly, then 10 x 100 (pull, free, pull, free, fins, pull, free, pull, free, pull), 100 fly practice with fins, 100 free.

run: 5 minute froggy 5.1-5.8, then final mile 6.2-6.5 (33:10, 43:38, 53:21). I actually felt..good? This wasn’t that hard. My guess: I did a very easy 5K walk after weights the day before instead of a run. The damned formula keeps changing on me as I age! By the time I figure it changes again!

Weight: 198.8 before swimming, 197.4 after.

Pain: weird jaw soreness (left side).

April 20, 2018 Posted by | education, running, science, swimming | , , , | Leave a comment