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Low energy…

Grading, etc. I will have things to say…later. But right now…tests are graded and recorded…enter the semester grades tomorrow, when I am fresh and in a good mood.

Workout notes:
This morning, easy 4 mile hill walk
yesterday; routine weights (lost track of sets of pull ups, so either did 4 sets of 10, 2 of 5, or 5 sets of 10, 2 of 5, bench: 10 x 135, 7 x 170, incline: 10 x 135, decline: 7 x 165, military: 10 x 50 standing, 10 x 45 standing, 10 x 180 machine, 3 sets of machine rows, plank…then 2 mile run (19:20; last 9 minutes at 6.7-7.1), 2 mile walk.
Day before: easy 4 mile run outside.

Weight: 192-194 (193 seems right).

Gads, I am boring. I do have a few things to say…later

December 14, 2018 Posted by | running, walking, weight training | Leave a comment

Sweet! Bears take down the Rams 15-6 in a great defensive effort

As far as the game itself, this graphic really tells the story:

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Total domination by the #MonstersOfTheMidway. 😤

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And of the 6 points; 3 of those were set up with an early interception that set up the Rams at the Bears 15 (opening series). The other 3 was a 50 yard field goal off of a short drive to tie it at 6.

The Bears offense sputtered though and the quarterback threw 2 ugly interceptions ..each of which set the Rams up in scoring position, though the Bears defense got one of their interceptions on the next play.

I thought that the Rams had momentum in the second quarter after a Bears interception, which put the Bears at first and goal at the Rams 5 yard line, lead to only a field goal.

That lead to a wild exchange in the final 2 minutes of the half which saw the Bears force a punt, throw a pick and then get the pick right back, only to stall, punt, and have the Rams fail on a “Hail Mary” before the half.

But the second half: opening kick off pinned the Rams at their own 5 (after penalties) and lead to a “sack/safety”…that put the Bears up 8-6…then an 81 yard drive finished the Rams off.

Yes, 15-6 was not an insurmountable lead but..a Rams drive ended with a missed field goal; and the Bears stout defense did the rest.

Great defensive ball game!

Our experience: I splurged for United Club seats (got them early, when few suspected this would be a battle of division leaders)

It WAS cold (mid 20’s to the teens) BUT there was little wind..and people in the stadium made it less cold than an Illinois game.

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Jump around! Bears D holds!

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Though we were on the top (3 rows from the top) of the 300 United Club level, they were great seats.

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Rams threatening

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To make matters better; going to and from Chicago was easy as it ever was…very, very easy.

I am glad that we went.

Commentary
Though I go to a lot of games, being an Illinois, Bradley (basketball) and Chiefs (A) fan, I rarely see games of national importance. This game WAS..national audience, two good teams.

Last year’s Ohio State vs. Iowa upset was a bit like that. I saw an Colts vs. Bengals playoff game a few years ago…a Lakers vs. Spurs playoff game in 1988 (Magic Johnson, Kareem Jabbar championship team) and a couple of big Cotton Bowl matchups (Notre Dame vs. Texas A&M, Miami vs. Texas). But these sort of games are rare for me…

December 11, 2018 Posted by | football, NFL, travel | | Leave a comment

Quick catch up

Walked 4 miles yesterday. Did a 4 mile “run” this morning; shoulder feels much better. But I’ve been diligent with the rotator cuff exercises.

Final exam grading; 2/3 of my final exams graded. More to do, but 3 full days to do it.

December 11, 2018 Posted by | running, walking | Leave a comment

Not much but

Yes, the left shoulder is dinged; have to tread carefully. I think that I know how I might have strained it. We will see tomorrow.

I did a walk on a course that included a new bridge.

It took 2:55 to do or so. Chilly then ok. Weight: curiously it was 196 on the house scale but only 191.5 on the Riverplex scale (took a pitstop there).

December 9, 2018 Posted by | walking | Leave a comment

Don’t slack on your PT exercises

Last night, shoulder pain kept me awake for a bit. Now this does happen from time to time, but I realized that over the past few weeks, I retreated from 3 times a week with weights to twice a week, and that is when I do my rotator cuff exercises. That isn’t enough. So I have to add these back; morning and evening? I need at least 3 times a week “steady state” else I feel it.

Yesterday: untimed easy run..went out at 10 am to get some sunshine. 5 miles (Cornstalk hill course).

Baby its Cold Outside There has been a mild uproar about some “woke” people not liking this song (“sexist”, date rape, blah blah blah)

Here is the clip (from a movie, I believe). And note at 2:30, the scene switches from the man singing to the woman (to persuade her to stay) to a woman singing to a man to persuade HIM to stay. It is simply about love, wanting your love interest to accept you, dating, etc. Note that neither the woman (in the first 2:30) nor the man (in the second 2:30) seem threatened, intimidated, fearful, etc.

It has gotten to the point where I just tune out the “woke” crowd; I view them like I view the religious nutters.

December 8, 2018 Posted by | social/political, weight training | , | Leave a comment

Judging too hastily

I am getting ready to kick myself out of the door to get in an easy 3-5 miles of “running”. It is 19 F outside so I’ll need a swift kick. And I am limiting myself because..and it is painful to admit this, but if I go too hard or too long, I won’t have as much energy left to get my duties done. It wasn’t always that way but it is that way now.

I had a few internet exchanges and was reading some. And yes, interactions on Facebook and Twitter can be very misleading; when one says something, the context can be lost as well as prior assumptions.

Sometimes, I’ll retweet a point made by someone and add some information as a preemptive attack to anticipated objections. And original tweeter might think that I am critiquing the observation when that wasn’t my intention.

In other cases, I watched two people that I know argue and see them make wildly inaccurate claims about the other person’s character based on the comments that they’ve read.

People often emphasize different things and one person’s defending free speech for a Nazi might be interpreted by someone else as defending the Nazi. Someone might speak out against a policy because of unintended consequences and be accused of disagreeing the intended goals of the policy.

And when people discuss things, they might have different things in mind. When it comes to safety nets, someone might have their habitually mooching relative in mind, whereas someone else (say, a blue collar worker) might have their insulin dependent kids in mind (and that stuff is scandalously expensive).

And so it goes…and we all get angrier.

As for me, I am just “read, then scroll past” more and more. I do most of my commenting on the threads of public personalities or on those who I know very, very well, or in an “interest community” (sports, academics, math).

workout notes: just weights yesterday: pull ups, my final sets were 5- 5 (usual 4 sets of 10 first), bench was 2 sets of 10 x 70 dumbbells, 10 x 135 incline, 7 x 165 decline, military was 15 x 50 seated, 10 x 50 standing, 10 x 180 machine, rows, planks, blah blah.

December 7, 2018 Posted by | social/political, weight training | | Leave a comment

I see why many liked Michele Bachmann, twitter and package deals

Yes, she hasn’t even been seated yet, but she has been attacked by the right wing and lionized by many on the left. Of course I am talking about the soon to be seated Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D, NY-14) who became a sensation when she pulled off a huge upset in the Democratic primary, taking down a well funded, seemingly entrenched member of the Democratic establishment.

And for now, she is a bit of a sensation. And, well, she frequently gets facts wrong when she speaks in public. Here is a nice list. Here is another one.

She really strikes me as a bonehead, though some with high standards grade her on a curve:

Krugman is a bit harder on Republicans who say stupid things.

And yes, there are plenty of Republicans who say stupid things. And to my knowledge, AOC isn’t planning to bring a snowball onto the floor, nor will she claim that an island is in danger of tipping over if loads put on the island are unevenly distributed.

Members of Congress do not strike me as especially bright; in fact, in her book Living History, Hillary Clinton says that some that she talked to really didn’t know the difference between Medicare and Medicaid!

So, AOC seems to be in good company.

But here is why I can’t seem to just ignore her: she pops up on my feed all of the time and, well, I actually LIKE the direction of some of her big ideas: a “moon shot” level commitment to green energy, and her goal of universal health care (and her noting that, as of right now, health insurance companies are the true “death panels”).

And, to be fair, no one has won over the public with white papers and spreadsheets.

So, whatchagonnado???

She is a bit like Twitter I guess: there are several people I follow because either I find value in *most* of what they post, or find that they post a gem every so often (but mostly post duds). The rest is “scroll past” stuff.

Workout notes: 5 mile treadmill walk in 1:00:10. I weight 194 on my home scare before walking, but 189.2 on the gym scale prior to lunch? Oh well..probably variability in scales (gym scale is higher end) and in what is in my belly.

December 5, 2018 Posted by | Democrats, political/social, politics, politics/social, walking, WTF | Leave a comment

I was going to go on and on

But it is 9:50 pm and so I am going to go to bed instead after I catch up on workouts:

Sunday: 10 mile plus walk in slight drizzle/gloomy skies
Monday: weights; usual, blah, blah blah (bench highlight was 3 x 185, 6 x 150 incline, 9 x 165 decline; got 10 x 50 military, 10 x 45, and 10 x 110 machine)
Tuesday: routine untimed 5 mile Cornstalk hill run; felt good. But icy tonight; better lay out some salt.

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Courtside! Bradley leading Western Illinois early

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Courtside! Bradley leading Western Illinois early

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The women beat Western Illinois 82-68; they moved out steadily and lead 60-46 at the end of 3. But then Western rallied and cut the lead to 5 points with 6 minutes to go, but BU pulled away at the end.

December 5, 2018 Posted by | basketball, running, walking, weight training | | Leave a comment

Kicking myself out of the door

It is crunch time at my university; finals start next week AND we’ve had MANY long meetings for this and that.

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That time in the semester.

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And so I didn’t want to do much…weather has been gray but this time, not cold..just a ton of rain last night and chilly drizzle this morning.

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Not cold, but sort of gloomy.

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Still, I weighed in at 187.8 yesterday before running, and ran in lane 2 of the university track: 10:27, 9:50, 9:50, 9:40 (29:40), 13:30 walk/jog cool down (53:37 for 5, 40:07 for 4).

Yesterday I did catch some Bradley Basketball: The women defeated Oakland 73-64 in a game where they build up a nice lead and let them back into it. It wasn’t pretty and the competition wasn’t the best. But BU is 5-0.

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Stood up again! 😢😭

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Oakland at Bradley. Close early.

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Strong thunderstorms turned the gutters into small streams but I went to the Bradley vs. New Mexico men’s basketball. Frankly BU was outclassed by a taller, faster Lobo team that used the press effectively. They forced turnovers and forced the Braves into taking quick shots. BU stared 11-0 but trailed 41-32 at the half and the lead grew to 76-61 and ended 85-75.

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New Mexico and Bradley in a lively one so far.

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Though the men have 3 losses and the women have none, the men have played tougher competition, up to now.

I see the men finishing somewhere between 3-5 in the conference and the women, perhaps 1 or 2 spots lower. But we shall see.
What I can say is that the games are more interesting than they were 3-4 years ago.

BUT…as far as the game…do they have to put some sort of promotion in EVERY dead ball situation? What about some dead time so fans can discuss…you know…the actual game?

December 2, 2018 Posted by | basketball, running, walking | , | Leave a comment

Welcome aboard: liberals vs. conservatives

This :

A new study suggests that the words you use may depend on whether the club secretary’s name is Emily (“a stereotypically White name,” as the study says) or Lakisha (“a stereotypically Black name”). If you’re a white liberal writing to Emily, you might use words like “melancholy” or “euphoric” to describe the mood of the book, whereas you might trade these terms out for the simpler “sad” or “happy” if you’re corresponding with Lakisha.

But if you’re a white conservative, your diction won’t depend on the presumed race of your interlocutor.

This racial and political disparity is among the discoveries made by a pair of social psychologists in a paper forthcoming in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, a peer-reviewed scientific journal published by the American Psychological Association. Cydney Dupree, an assistant professor of organizational behavior at the Yale School of Management, and Susan Fiske, a professor of psychology and public affairs at Princeton, documented what they call a “competence downshift” exhibited by white liberals in interactions with racial minorities, and with black people in particular.

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White liberals may unwittingly draw on negative stereotypes, dumbing themselves down in a likely well-meaning, ‘folksy,’ but ultimately patronizing, attempt to connect with the outgroup,” argues the paper, titled “Self-Presentation in Interracial Settings: The Competence Downshift by White Liberals.”

The findings could provide a new arrow in the quiver of those who decry identity politics practiced by liberals, and yet the paper hardly applauds conservatives for their approach, reasoning that they are simply “less motivated to affiliate with racial minorities.” In other words, the paper states, white conservatives “would not bother.”

“It’s somewhat counterintuitive,” said Dupree, who is the lead author and whose research was supported by the National Science Foundation as well as by Princeton’s Joint Degree Program in Social Policy. “The idea that people who are most well intentioned toward racial minorities, the people actually showing up and wanting to forge these connections, they’re the ones who seem to be drawing on stereotypes to do so.”

And so…this article is based on a study; what follows is my interpretation of my (limited) experience.

When one welcomes someone news into a group, what happens if this person is different is some way than others in the group? It appears to me that liberals tend to want to change the norms of the group so as to be more welcoming.

Example: if your workplace was mostly male and you now bring in females, you’ll have to take into account differences (e. g. women get pregnant. Or, in the military, often black people got exempt from daily shaving requirements due to the tendency of short black facial hair to curl in to the skin, thereby causing skin condition.

But the potential problem is that one, in an effort to be too welcoming, one might end up diluting the purpose of the group or even lowering standards…or possibly implying..albeit unintentionally, that the person from a new group isn’t up to the challenge. You see that some in academia.

As an undergraduate, I was expected to just scrape by…which is ironic since I often helped others with their math homework.

On the other hand, conservatives are more likely to say “welcome aboard…now get cracking.”

Making excuses for someone in advance may well degrade that person’s confidence.

Workout notes: weights, then a walk (2 miles). Weights: pull ups (5 sets of 10), bench: 10 x 135, 3 x 185, 7 x 170, decline: 8 x 165. military: 15 x 55 seated, supported, 10 x 50 standing, 10 x 85 barbell. rows: 3 sets of 10 x 50 each arm, plank, side plank, headstand.

December 1, 2018 Posted by | political/social, social/political, walking, weight training | Leave a comment