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cliffelam  ·  35 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Just Joined the Site

Conservative not republican.

With a peppery dash of little-L libertarian.

-XC

thenewgreen  ·  35 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I’m independent with that same peppery dash. Nice to hear from you, old friend.

cliffelam  ·  1470 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Grubski Challenge #2: The New Green

King Arthur white bread flour recipe.

My "secret" is that I use a scale to measure ingredients. A bit less water in the summer, a bit more in the winter. I also let it rise (generally) longer than they say, at lease overnight.

-C

cliffelam  ·  1563 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Whats your result?

I can't even take the quiz, the questions are silly. They lost me on page one with...

"There is now a worrying fusion of information and entertainment." ?now? Myths, legends, holy books, good lord, does anyone thing the 200+ pages of nautical instruction in Moby Dick was an accident?

"Military action that defies international law is sometimes justified." I don't even know what that means, but I suspect that they mean "treaty" or "standard of behavior" rather than law.

So I'm off the chart then, thanks very much.

-XC

cliffelam  ·  1607 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Convoy trucks - not self driving

I think driverless cars will be most active at night, delivering themselves to the humans who ordered them for the morning. Per the comment below, I expect a bunch of "Whoa" lights on each car.

-XC

cliffelam  ·  1607 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Convoy trucks - not self driving

Those are great human factors ideas.

I suspect this will be a big deal at night in square states. And in countries like Oz where the distances are long and the trucks are even longer (five on a tractor).

-XC

cliffelam  ·  1610 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Fitness Crazed

Don't be scared of the dads with guns, be scared of the dad who doesn't need guns....

I do actually always warm up with an empty bar to regularize my form and breathing. After 30+ years of lifting, I have a lot of muscle memory.

-XC

PS - If you meet a dad with a daughter and think: "that guy probably pulled when he was young," then you've met a dad who can see through you.

nowaypablo  ·  1609 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Would you prefer that I went level with you, like man-to-man (with obvious respect, 'sir' etc.) or should I just cower in fear and avoid conversation?

cliffelam  ·  1610 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Fitness Crazed

I'm not a huge fan of barbells for a lot of exercises - you can easily pull small muscles if you have bad form and get off line. I use them for biceps because I have a bad left wrist (old break, badly healed) but otherwise I stick with bars and weights.

I do 6-10 sets of 10 reps on the flat bench, three sets of ten each incline and decline, working to failure on each set. Then I do three sets of back workouts - high row, low row, back extension. That is my chest/back routine.

I do 6-10 sets of 10 reps of alternating seated dumb-bell curls and super-set them with shoulder raises. Then I do 3 sets of ten isolation curls with dumb-bells super-setted with Arnold raises. Then I do three sets of preacher curls with dumb-bells and use a weighted bar to do shoulder pull-ups. That is my arm/shoulder routine.

I usually use a rope on a universal machine to do tricep pull downs/extensions, either three heavy sets of one or two sets of both.

I also run regularly, alternating longish (10K) and hard runs.

My goal is to scare the 16 year old boys that are around my daughter. The smart ones take me seriously. :-)

-XC

nowaypablo  ·  1610 days ago  ·  link  ·  

    I'm not a huge fan of barbells for a lot of exercises - you can easily pull small muscles if you have bad form and get off line.

I just want to add on the topic of form: I've been working out pretty seriously (at least relative to anyone I know) along with varsity wrestling and training for frequent Spartan Races. Having perfect form is truly not that difficult imo, because lifting with perfect form is simply your body's most natural way of lifting something. Try doing the motions without any weights at all, look at yourself in the mirror and then close your eyes and picture your muscle movement. Unless you're doing an "untraditional" or otherwise awkward isolation exercise, you will witness your perfect form. In Kai Greene's Train With Kai videos, you often see him applying pinpoint pressure with his fingers on the muscle that his student is working (2:37). This doesn't help him lift more, it makes him aware of the muscle and allows him to feel the contraction. I've done it a thousand times with all my workout buddies and it perfects your form. It's all awareness.

And as a 16-year-old boy, for the love of god I don't need to be scared of you any more than I already am, please put your gun (and guns!) away.

cliffelam  ·  1610 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Don't be scared of the dads with guns, be scared of the dad who doesn't need guns....

I do actually always warm up with an empty bar to regularize my form and breathing. After 30+ years of lifting, I have a lot of muscle memory.

-XC

PS - If you meet a dad with a daughter and think: "that guy probably pulled when he was young," then you've met a dad who can see through you.

nowaypablo  ·  1609 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Would you prefer that I went level with you, like man-to-man (with obvious respect, 'sir' etc.) or should I just cower in fear and avoid conversation?

cliffelam  ·  1610 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The president we need

Could have been worse - could have been FDR's first 2.5 terms...

cliffelam  ·  1610 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Fitness Crazed

Perzactly.

I've been doing a variation on the same workout in the gym since, I dunno, 1982, when a steroid enhanced gay body builder from PR ("Jes call me Romeo") came rushing over to warn me about hurting my knees by doing squats wrong and showed me his core workout.

The only time I've ever injured myself in the gym was when a newly minted and super attractive trainer talked me into "dynamic patterns." Took me six months to recover from a six week "pattern."

-XC

veen  ·  1610 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I've been going to the gym biweekly now for a couple of months, mostly for fun and to chat and sport with friends. I want to get a bit more serious so I asked someone to help me bench press. I think I'm gonna look into this book, it seems like a simple enough schedule.

Small excerpt from the book:

    The reason that isolated body part training on machines doesn’t work is the same reason that barbells work so well, better than any other tools we can use to gain strength. The human body functions as a complete system –it works that way, and it likes to be trained that way. It doesn’t like to be separated into its constituent components and then have those components exercised separately, since the strength obtained from training will not be utilized in this way. The general pattern of strength acquisition must be the same as that in which the strength will be used.

combined with this:

    Most gym owners, for example, want you to walk in the door on Jan. 2 and think, Hey, this looks easy. I can do this. So they buy stationary cardio and strength machines that anybody can use without hurting themselves

Well shit, I know what I won't be doing anymore. Had a hunch that weights were better for me, but those machines are just so easy (even though I'm often too tall for them).

cliffelam  ·  1610 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I'm not a huge fan of barbells for a lot of exercises - you can easily pull small muscles if you have bad form and get off line. I use them for biceps because I have a bad left wrist (old break, badly healed) but otherwise I stick with bars and weights.

I do 6-10 sets of 10 reps on the flat bench, three sets of ten each incline and decline, working to failure on each set. Then I do three sets of back workouts - high row, low row, back extension. That is my chest/back routine.

I do 6-10 sets of 10 reps of alternating seated dumb-bell curls and super-set them with shoulder raises. Then I do 3 sets of ten isolation curls with dumb-bells super-setted with Arnold raises. Then I do three sets of preacher curls with dumb-bells and use a weighted bar to do shoulder pull-ups. That is my arm/shoulder routine.

I usually use a rope on a universal machine to do tricep pull downs/extensions, either three heavy sets of one or two sets of both.

I also run regularly, alternating longish (10K) and hard runs.

My goal is to scare the 16 year old boys that are around my daughter. The smart ones take me seriously. :-)

-XC

nowaypablo  ·  1610 days ago  ·  link  ·  

    I'm not a huge fan of barbells for a lot of exercises - you can easily pull small muscles if you have bad form and get off line.

I just want to add on the topic of form: I've been working out pretty seriously (at least relative to anyone I know) along with varsity wrestling and training for frequent Spartan Races. Having perfect form is truly not that difficult imo, because lifting with perfect form is simply your body's most natural way of lifting something. Try doing the motions without any weights at all, look at yourself in the mirror and then close your eyes and picture your muscle movement. Unless you're doing an "untraditional" or otherwise awkward isolation exercise, you will witness your perfect form. In Kai Greene's Train With Kai videos, you often see him applying pinpoint pressure with his fingers on the muscle that his student is working (2:37). This doesn't help him lift more, it makes him aware of the muscle and allows him to feel the contraction. I've done it a thousand times with all my workout buddies and it perfects your form. It's all awareness.

And as a 16-year-old boy, for the love of god I don't need to be scared of you any more than I already am, please put your gun (and guns!) away.

cliffelam  ·  1610 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Don't be scared of the dads with guns, be scared of the dad who doesn't need guns....

I do actually always warm up with an empty bar to regularize my form and breathing. After 30+ years of lifting, I have a lot of muscle memory.

-XC

PS - If you meet a dad with a daughter and think: "that guy probably pulled when he was young," then you've met a dad who can see through you.

nowaypablo  ·  1609 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Would you prefer that I went level with you, like man-to-man (with obvious respect, 'sir' etc.) or should I just cower in fear and avoid conversation?

cliffelam  ·  1610 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The president we need

I think the trick is not to find a person who can make the best of a bad situation, but a person who can ameliorate the bad situation.

_XC

cliffelam  ·  1612 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The president we need

Oh, no, we tried to run a quiet guy last time and the Democrat media machine destroyed him. (Plus the ran an unorganized campaign.)

I have no idea who is gonna pop up in 2016. Not sure I care if the right side of the party controls the legislature since I think '16 is gonna be a bad year to run as a Donk.

-XC

cliffelam  ·  1614 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: User generate promo videos for ... a porn site

Did you really just say "wet dream?"

ROTFL.

-XC

cliffelam  ·  1618 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The largest filer of copyright cases isn't Disney, or TWC, or Sony....

I got the impression that they are filing suits for other people as well.

IP is IP, you know?

_XC

cliffelam  ·  1657 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Hubski Meetup in Chapel Hill NC this Saturday the 12th -Who can make it?

Love to but long drive from Naples.....

-XC

cliffelam  ·  1710 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: "It Is Not Hard to Peddle Incoherent Math to Biologists"

I'd go farther: you can peddle bad math to almost any scientist but a mathematician who does other science. Doctors are the worst - they're not scientists but we treat them that way. Based on the krep models behind climate science, maybe they are the worst actual scientists.

-XC

JakobVirgil  ·  1710 days ago  ·  link  ·  

The evil bigot that lives in my heart rolls his devil eyes every time one of the authors of a paper has a MD after his name. I brace for the stupid that always follows.