I’ve Goat to stop trolling so much (and my workout)

Today: lifting and swimming.

Bodyweight (after lifting, prior to swimming) 178 lbs. via the gym scale.


This is me at last week’s not so good 5K (warm); no, I haven’t gained weight. Yes, it was warm and yes, that can be a problem. But I digress.

Today’s workout:

pull ups (5 sets of 10); hip hikes and Achilles rest.
bench press: 10 x 135, 4 x 180 (strong; kid who spotted me gave me a fist bump), 10 x 160. Rest: rotator cuff.
incline press: 10 x 135, 4 x 150. Rest: rotator cuff
Superset: military (3 sets of 10 x 40 dumbbell, standing), pull down (3 sets; 2 low (110), 1 traditional (150), different machine), rows: 3 sets of 10 (100).

The reason I bring up my body weight: the 4 x 180 on the bench was my best in a while; of course when I was younger I got 11 x body weight (230 in those days). But that was then; this is now. It isn’t 1985 any longer.

Swim: 500 in 9:45, 500 in 9:20, 5 x (50 front kick fins, 50 free), 6 x (25 fist, 25 free), 4 x 100 IM on the 2:30 (fastest: 2:07; that’s pretty bad).
Total: 2200.

Note: I kind of got busted; we have a MILF that sometimes works out in the pool; she wears a bikini which has a bottom which doesn’t quite…cover everything.


She was walking toward her swim lane and therefore walking away from me as I entered the pool area. She looked over her shoulder and smiled at me; my grin was just about splitting my face in two. BUSTED.

Goats: when I was psyching myself up to do the 180 x 4, the first 3 were pretty easy. I decided to try for a 4’th and I told myself: “I GOAT this!” Really. I’ve got to stop. Well, maybe I *should* stop. 🙂

July 31, 2014 Posted by | big butts, bikinis, swimming, weight training | , , | Leave a comment

Post Superbowl

In a way last night’s Super Bowl was like some of the previous ones; an expected close game was a rout.
I didn’t expect a blowout either. Kudos to the Seahawks. It was fun watching that defense dominate ..and the offense was far from shabby too.

What was as much (or more fun) was seeing conservative heads EXPLODING over this commercial:

(for the record: I thought that it was a good commercial, though I didn’t know what it had to do with soda-pop)

The Coca-Cola boards were attacked by outraged right wingers. So we had a little fun with them (and I threw in a “why are they singing it in Ben Ghazi) here and there, and added some misspelled tea party signs and an “English was good enough for Jesus” line)


February 3, 2014 Posted by | football, NFL | , , | Leave a comment

Too much trolling….and too much church

This is the first I’ve gotten to this blog all day….I’ve trolled a bit too much.

Workout: 65 minute 6 mile on my home treadmill (a manual metal monster) followed by a 2 mile walk outside. We have somewhat clear roads now, but more snow is on the way; perhaps 3-6 inches by the end of the week.

On the treadmill: the effort to go harder just wasn’t there. But 8 total miles is better than 0.

Snow in Atlanta
Evidently truck accidents due to untreated roads turned Atlanta into a mess. The notherners are laughing.



But seriously: this demonstrates the value of good government. We usually don’t have such problems where I live because we pay taxes for snow plows and salt trucks. This is NOT a slam at Georgia and Atlanta; this event is a rare one for them, much like a 18-24 inch snowfall for us. The latter shut us down for a couple of days but would have been easily handled by communities in Minnesota and Wisconsin: those sort of events are frequent enough for them to plan ahead and have the necessary resources.

Speaking of trolling: Evidently I am going to have to up my game to meet the real extremist Republicans:

For some Michigan Republicans, their biggest enemies are members of their own party.

In a Facebook post Sunday, the Delta County Republican Party published a list condemning “the Republicans Who Have Blatantly Surrendered to the Homosexual and Stealth Jihad Agenda.” The 18 listed individuals include Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus, Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak, the state attorney general, several U.S. Reps., the state Senate majority leader, party officials, Republican candidates and even one gay Democrat mayor.

The last one might have been a mistake, but all won their spots for perceived condemnation of Dave Agema, the Michigan Republican National Committee member who has received continued criticism for his anti-gay comments, but is apparently still supported by the Delta County Republican Party.

“If you continue to stand behind those who are not committed to your platform and values,” the Facebook post said, “you enable the false notion that they have, which is that the constituency of the GOP will follow them no matter what they do or don’t do.”

The Michigan Republican Party did not immediately return a request for comment.

No, these aren’t exactly high officials, but might be somewhat reasonable proxies for what many committed Republicans are. THIS is why compromise is so tough; the Republicans in Congress represent people like these.

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This doesn’t mean that we don’t have our zealots too; here is an example:

In the summer of 2012, twenty-one feminist bloggers and online activists gathered at Barnard College for a meeting that would soon become infamous. Convened by activists Courtney Martin and Vanessa Valenti, the women came together to talk about ways to leverage institutional and philanthropic support for online feminism. Afterward, Martin and Valenti used the discussion as the basis for a report, “#Femfuture: Online Revolution,” which called on funders to support the largely unpaid work that feminists do on the Internet. “An unfunded online feminist movement isn’t merely a threat to the livelihood of these hard-working activists, but a threat to the larger feminist movement itself,” they wrote.

#Femfuture was earnest and studiously politically correct. An important reason to put resources into online feminism, Martin and Valenti wrote, was to bolster the voices of writers from marginalized communities. “Women of color and other groups are already overlooked for adequate media attention and already struggle disproportionately in this culture of scarcity,” they noted. The pair discussed the way online activism has highlighted the particular injustices suffered by transgender women of color and celebrated the ability of the Internet to hold white feminists accountable for their unwitting displays of racial privilege. “A lot of feminist dialogue online has focused on recognizing the complex ways that privilege shapes our approach to work and community,” they wrote.

The women involved with #Femfuture knew that many would contest at least some of their conclusions. They weren’t prepared, though, for the wave of coruscating anger and contempt that greeted their work. Online, the Barnard group—nine of whom were women of color—was savaged as a cabal of white opportunists. People were upset that the meeting had excluded those who don’t live in New York (Martin and Valenti had no travel budget). There was fury expressed on behalf of everyone—indigenous women, feminist mothers, veterans—whose concerns were not explicitly addressed. Some were outraged that tweets were quoted without the explicit permission of the tweeters. Others were incensed that a report about online feminism left out women who aren’t online. “Where is the space in all of these #femfuture movements for people who don’t have internet access?” tweeted Mikki Kendall, a feminist writer who, months later, would come up with the influential hashtag #solidarityisforwhitewomen.

Martin was floored. She’s long believed that it’s incumbent on feminists to be open to critique—but the response was so vitriolic, so full of bad faith and stubborn misinformation, that it felt like some sort of Maoist hazing.[..]

Liberals are perfectly capable of being as unreasonable and as dogmatic as any foaming at the mouth right winger, and when it comes to their core beliefs, no amount of evidence will change their minds; in fact read what a couple of these types said to me (we were discussing the “rape culture” of football…and I had claimed that I’d seen no evidence of this, though I was aware of some of the major stories and scandals:

Me: ” never asserted that it was more prevalant among football players, ”

Ok. Then where does the football being linked with “rape culture” come from? The onus is on the person making the claim.
Yesterday at 10:45am · Like

Guest 1 It’s not my onus or problem if you don’t understand my repeated assertions of why the two cultures are linked.

later: Guest 2: “Be honest, most women you know know what I am talking about.”

I had provided an articled that showed that NFL players had committed FEWER crimes and sexual crimes (per capita) than males of their age and race; hence no evidence of “rape culture” associated with football.

Their response: “I said this a lot!” and “I think that women just KNOW”….and that was supposed to be convincing.

That leads me to my final point. I posted about revisiting a church that I was once a member of.

Here I am with Barbara, giving a very goofy look.


Yes, many in this church are socially liberal and vote the same way that I do. Many have personal ministries that put my meager volunteer efforts to shame (same can be said for Christian church congregations). And yes, this church has no theological dogma to adhere to. BUT: here the dogma comes in the form of what people in an “oppressed class” say; THAT is what becomes “Gospel” for them.

Note: I am NOT talking about listening to a racial minority or a female describing what life is like for them; I get the “walk a mile in their shoes” bit. I know that I have blind spots. But that doesn’t give someone a pass to have assertions taken seriously when there is scant (or no) evidence to back them up.

Unfortunately, I’ve seen people get such passes in a church, of any stripe. Remember: in a church, belief without evidence (“faith”) is a GOOD thing, and it appears to spill over into their thinking.

For me: The Church. Not. Even. Once. 🙂

January 31, 2014 Posted by | republicans, running, social/political | , , , | Leave a comment

Zonkies, trolls, strings and health insurance

Obamacare: Republicans are willing to trash the government to stop it:

If John Boehner is to be believed — which, admittedly, is a real question — Republicans are once again willing to push America into default and/or shut down the government if they don’t get their way. As Greg Sargent points out, this is amazing — and what’s equally amazing is how this is being treated as normal. Politics ain’t beanbag; but “I’ve got a bomb strapped to my chest, and the whole room gets it if you don’t hand over the money” is not normal tactics, especially if pursued repeatedly.

What adds to the awesomeness of the whole phenomenon is the absence of any halfway plausible rationale. To the extent that there ever was an economic justification for this brinksmanship — the claim that we were on the verge of a debt crisis, the claim that slashing spending would boost the economy — that justification has collapsed in the face of declining debt projections and overwhelming evidence that austerity has large negative impacts in a slump. […]

Well, my guess is that despite being drenched in reality-repellent, Republicans are beginning to suspect an inconvenient truth: Obamacare is not going to be a self-destroying train wreck. Instead, it’s going to work — not perfectly, not as well as it should, but well enough to help far more people than it hurts. And if that’s how it turns out, it will be irreversible. So here comes a last-ditch effort to stop it, at all costs.

But think about that for a moment: the cause for which the GOP is willing to go to the brink, breaking all political norms, threatening the US and world economies with incalculable damage, is the cause of preventing people with preexisting conditions and/or low incomes from getting health insurance. Apparently, the prospect that their fellow citizens might receive this help is so horrifying that nothing else matters.

String Art
When I was young, I went to a summer enrichment program where we made “string art”; in our case we used straight strings to create thing that had the illusion of curves. The article I linked to describes Bezier curves; this is a type of spline described by parametric equations.

Zonkies A zebra can mate with a donkey; male zebra with female donkey. The other way is called a zonkra.


A satire website said that the Zimmerman trial outcome resulted in a record “blocking and unfriending day” on Facebook. People (myself included) were fooled. I shouldn’t have been, given that people tend to “friend” the like minded.

Justice for Trayvon Martin rally
One rally did attract some white supremacists but this lady wasn’t one of them:


I admit that when I saw this, I thought “wow, you can’t judge a book by its cover; she and the lady near her look like they would be on our side.”

It turns out my initial inclination was right; she was being sarcastic.

July 24, 2013 Posted by | health care, mathematics, nature, political/social, racism, republicans, science, social/political | , , , | 2 Comments