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Saturday, August 27. 2016
Thanks to readers for comments on the exercise diet and weight gain issue. I am digesting, as it were, the idea that I need to eat more. That will have to mean 5-6 small meals/snacks per day because I am rarely hungry despite my weigh training plus my cardio and calisthenics on "off" days.
My goals with all this, as I have mentioned, are to improve and maintain strength, agility, endurance, and energy in the face of Father Time and the dread apoptosis. While some muscle hypertrophy is inevitable and amusing, wiry strength is more what I want to pursue.
With increasing resistance, you might be able to barely gain, at most, one lb. of muscle mass per month. Doubtful, because even that is a lot unless you live in the gym or in jail. Strength, however, can be increased without much measurable muscle mass.
Cardio and calisthenics, as we have explained, build strength minimally if at all but seem good for agility, endurance, and general athleticism. In other words, worth doing as part of the triad of Resistance, Cardio, and Calisthenics.
With the help of my nutritionally-knowledgeable trainer, we have worked out a nutrition plan for the next 3 months, with the goal of gaining 2 useful lbs per month (possibly - but doubtful - 1 of muscle, and 1 of fat - can't gain one without the other unless you are already overweight) while upping my carb intake to speed exercise recovery and to increase energy. To be a good client, I will do my best with something like the below, but I will take a several weeks to work up to this much daily volume ( the "/" means "or"):
- After morning work-out, a 20- gm protein 200 cal. shake or 2 scrambled eggs with tomato and cheese
We'll see whether this experiment works to gain 5-6 lbs of red meat by November. I am skeptical. If I gain in the waist, it's a no-go because my trousers fit fine now.
It's one of the least healthy but most delightful snacks I've had. If you've never seen or had it, I would best describe it as an ice cream cone, but it's softer, there's a hole in the bottom, and it's served warm (even hot) - so while ice cream works in it, you'd better eat it fast.
The lines at Prague's Tredlnik stands were always long, particularly after 11pm when the drinking crowd started showing up in force. Lines often included young men on their bachelor party, forced to wear dresses, and often being held up by their buddies. When I woke up early to visit the Charles Bridge (you really do have to wake up early if you want pictures of it without crowds), I was stunned to see the same women I'd seen the night before around midnight, firing up their Tredlnik fires and making the dough. I wasn't sure if they were just finishing up from the night before and about to be replaced by the next shift, or if they were really hardcore workers.
The case against privatizing national parks
Federal control of western land: two perspectives
Have More Kids. It's Good For the Planet
The Word On The Waltons: Then, Now, And Crazy Facts About The Show
Once again the only country of any size that, as far as I can see, emerges from the Olympic Games with any credit is India
NYT: We Messed Up In Our Louisiana Disaster Coverage (Maybe It's Because Bush Isn't President?)
This brilliant response to Obama’s ‘don’t discriminate’ warning to Louisiana is pure American gold
The Worst Union in America - How the California Teachers Association betrayed the schools and crippled the state
Sally Kohn Doubles Down on Her Defense of Sharia as 'Progressive'
Robot wars: Russian Armored Car Is Now Remote-Controllable
This Princeton health economist thinks Obamacare’s marketplaces are doomed
Does it matter?
The Clinton Foundation Is Not a Scandal. It’s a Phenomenal, Life-Saving Success.
Clinton's new strategy: I may be a crook, but he is a racist
Hillary’s Race War - Disgusting lies, smears and hate.
Hillary's Email Server Was Wiped Clean With Something Called 'BleachBit'
Was this done after they were requested?
Russian “New Generation” Warfare: Theory, Practice, and Lessons for U.S. Strategists
How Israel Became a Role Model in Fighting Terrorism
For sale, cheap: You Can Own Michelangelo's Tuscan Estate - Nestled in the hills near Castellina di Chianti, it comes with 200 olive trees and the original olive oil mill.
You know in your heart you always wanted to run a B&B in Tuscany.
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Friday, August 26. 2016
Upon arrival, we were told to take the CAT (City Airport Train) into Wien Mitte station, and grab a cab. Not knowing the city, this was our solution, and it paid off. Cabs are expensive, but our cab driver gave us great information about using public transport, and helped us figure out what parts of the city to see. A wonderful fellow, he was a graduate of U of Cal Santa Barbara and spoke perfect English. Gave us insight on how cabs operate, what to be careful of so we didn't get ripped off, etc. It's amazing how much information can be shared in a 15 minute cab ride. I didn't think a picture of the subway was enticing, so I'm opting for a view of the city from the high swing at the Prater (I wanted to ride the ferris wheel from The Third Man, but that took too long, so we hopped on the swing):
Continue reading "Vienna and Subways"
Killer mosquitoes. Be very, very afraid. The government is creating them.
Will they have GMO labels? At least, in Vermont? Sounds like Jurassic Park to me. I think these skeeters will be 3 ft. long in giant deadly swarms.
Why is that approach in error?
Because there is no evidence that education dollars correlate with schools' success. Rich schools are not the "best" schools, but kids in schools in more prosperous districts tend to perform best because kids perform best in areas where the parents tend to have their act together.
It's the kids that make a school look "good", not the school itself. Teachers want to teach but not all kids are interested in this project. For example, in my state student performance correlates almost exactly to the average town income, regardless of per pupil expenditures (which tend to be highest in "low-performing" urban schools). Thus the "best schools" are in solidly middle-to-upper-middle class, homogeneous towns with no new immigrants, no out of wedlock kids, and minimal social dysfunction.
Schools do not "perform." Kids perform, or not.
Education does not cost too much. Just ask any home-schooler, or any Charter School.
They come in many different color morphs, sometimes rings and sometimes splotches so they can be confusing.
They seem to like forest edges and will hang out in old barns, garages, and buildings. The last two I've seen in Massachusetts had been hiding under old piles of boards outside the barn abd the garage. They are mainly nocturnal hunters.
I always wonder how snakes find their mates in the Spring.
Did this teen pregnancy prevention program have the opposite effect?
Playing with dolls can make girls want real babies? Gee, who knew?
Only 29% of Families on Track to Reach Their College Savings Goal
29% sounds pretty good to me
What about when the self-doubt makes sense?
No Proof That People Are Born Gay or Transgender
So what? Many people are confused about themselves, and about others too.
Doctors Sue Obama Administration for Forcing Them to Perform Gender Transition Procedures
Most surgeons are good at saying "No"
For most people, following emotion will lead to ruin.
World's first self-driving taxis debut in Singapore
Organic Farms Yield 20% Fewer Crops than Conventional Farms
Mission Focus Can Put Pay Squeeze on Nonprofit Employees
The North Atlantic: Ground Zero of Global Cooling
We would appreciate it if Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum would
When Did Bill Nye ‘the Science Guy’ Become So Insufferable?
University of Chicago to freshmen: We don’t do ‘safe spaces’
They just try to ban expressions of dislike. Many forms of expression of love, too. Love creates many more problems in ordinary life than hate does.
Taxpayer-Funded University Grants Students Just 2 Hours of Free Speech Per Week
That's your weekly Two Hours of Hate, I guess
The Burden on Business: 600 Major Regulations and Counting
She is correct
Scarborough to Hillary spox: “Go back to middle school”
For sale, the most brazen president money can buy
Brazen is the word
Every four years the GOP nominee is literally
America’s Allies Deserve to be Disturbed
Western Leaders Want Islamic Terror to Seem ‘Normal’
Ray Mabus’ Social Experiment Navy is Steaming Ahead to Disaster
The real ‘intersectionality’ – European and Arab oppression and persecution of Jews and Africans
Gull Pond, Wellfleet, at the spillway to Higgin's Pond
Thursday, August 25. 2016
From the Everything is Racist Department, Ole Miss Marching Band Ordered to Stop Playing ‘Dixie’ at Games - The history eraser is getting bigger and bigger.
Originally a black minstrel tune, it was one of Abe Lincoln's favorites.
A fellow turtle-lover send me this discouraging article about the overharvesting of wild turtles in Asia.
Controlled harvesting of eastern America's Diamondback Terrapin continues today. It's a wonder to me, because I know nobody who eats them. This handsome turtle of salt marshes and brackish estuaries lives from MA to Texas, but is endangered in some states.
They eat snails, small mollusks, and crustaceans like crabs and fiddler crabs that they crush with their beaks. Fish, if they can catch 'em. They only leave the water to lay eggs. They sometimes get ensnared in crab pots and drown.
Whenever we went to Chinatown when I was young, I would always bring a box and some money to buy as many of the terrapins that I could afford from the big crates full of them on the sidewalk. I think they were $5 apiece. I would release them in a couple of good salt marshes in CT. My Dad would chip in a bit for the cause.
Some good folks are farming them to restore populations from which they had been harvested to extinction. That is a wonderful mission.
Readers know we love our turtles at Maggie's, except we do not love Snapping Turtles. I once stepped on the back of one in a marsh, thinking it was a mossy rock. Big surprise when it moved and a long neck with an open, hissing mouth shot out. It's time I did a post on them, though, unloveable as they are.
Terrapins in Massachusetts
When It Comes to Sex, Baby Boomers Aren’t Normal
World's largest pearl
Our moral and intellectual superiors. Lefty Ivy-leaguers and their kin, bred to rule.
Obamacare Website No Longer Addresses 'You Can Keep Your Doctor'
Court rules California can trim current public employees' retirement
The police state of the US dept. of Agriculture
University To Students: You’re a Criminal If You Don’t Use Transgender Approved Language
Students can call me "Sir."
AP statement on Clinton Foundation donors
Wow. AP doing journalism
Perpetuation and Moderation: Trump’s Lincolnian Rhetoric
How to Save the Clinton Foundation
But why? It's a family slush fund, with 10% to charity
Hillary Clinton may just be running out the clock
Finland is smaller in population than NYC
To deter refugees, Norway readies fence on ex-Cold War border
My iphone pic of a Q Class last evening on Long Island Sound. This is Q #10, "Nor'easter".
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Wednesday, August 24. 2016
From Heather MacDonald
Mr. Lind's faith in government is like a religious faith. It worries me that some people think that way given a life's experience of how governments function. Governments do not do charity.
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From the article, "The vast majority of people are teleiophilic—that is, preferring sexually mature but pre-middle-age adults."
A short essay by a patient: The Thing About Mental Illness.
Her main point is that it makes life boring and sad. She is not asking for pity, but just explaining her experience.
Millennials aren’t buying homes. Good for them.
Twitter Is in Yahoo-Level Trouble
With Crocodiles in Custody, Police in Humpty Doo, Australia, Seek Human Accomplices
Quake in Norcia.
We love Norcia. Norcia is for foodies. Also, home of St. Benedict.
The Surprising Reason Why More Americans Aren’t Going To Church
Robbing the New (Uber) to Subsidize the Old (Taxis)
Accused of being Eurocentric, Roger Williams U. hires social justice expert to help lead campus
"Readers of this blog take steps to make sure their
Virginia governor restoring felons' voting rights one by one after court rejects order
I tend to agree with that. Everybody is a felon.
What a creep
Our World: Soros’s campaign of global chaos
Carville: Attack the Clinton Foundation and you’re risking your very soul, or something
Trump is a vanity project run amok
Thoughts on Trump – When Life Gives You Lemons…
No other couple in American politics can offer what the Clintons have to sell.
Annals of Clinton corruption
Hamas, Palestinian Authority Target Journalists Ahead of Election
Who should rule Syria? Nobody
A juvenile topic, isn't it? So be it.
- For starters, the view from our deck (photo above)
- Our pup, despite age, is still able to fully enjoy exploring the salt marshes and Cape Cod woods. Half-blind and deaf, but nose still works well. For the first time, we would not let him swim with us. His arthritis is terrible and his athletic endurance is limited. He would probably drown.
- While hiking on the Audubon land, we were lucky to come across the hatching of a nest of Diamondback Terrapins. 12 tiny ones pushing up through the sand at the same time. A first, for me. They emerge from the sand, blink a few times, then scamper for cover as if their life depended on it. Which it does. I took photos, but my camera died before I could download them. A dead Lumix with quite a few good pics in its memory. Maybe I can get them from the memory card.
- Wild highbush blueberries. Blueberries are native to North America. There are two wild forms, the lowbush types of the far north and the highbush of more temperate climates. Wild highbush berries are less than half the size of commercial berries, and darker, sometimes almost black. Somebody is farming wild highbush. Expensive. Taste brings me back to my youth of berry-picking in the woods. Mom tied strings through holes in metal coffee cans, painted our names on them, put the strings over our necks and sent us out to fill the cans. We had to let the little sibs climb on our backs to reach the high berries.
- Outdoor calisthenics in salty air and piney woods. About one hour, every morning at 630 or 7. Best way to begin a day of physical activity.
- A car. Friends visited with their older Audi S4 with a V8. Now I want one. Makes a fine sound.
- Blueberry pancakes at The Lighthouse, and dozens of Wellfleet Oysters everywhere we ate. At least 6 dozen, probably more. And the Steamers and Lobster festive supper I made for Mrs. BD's birthday party. Always good to have so much family around. Always buy large lobsters.
- With ocean temps pushing the high 60s, you could body surf until fatigued. Nothing better. Some Great Whites around, but the lifeguards let you know when they spot them. Heck, they would probably grab a little kid out there before they would grab you...
Tuesday, August 23. 2016
This is a rattler of the central US, ranging from Ontario to Mexico and generally preferring grasslands and marshes. I have never seen one, but I have never searched for snakes in the central US. However, I once came across a DeKay's Snake in central Ohio on a hike. Took a photo. The field biologist said they had never been recorded in central Ohio so I guess I made history in a small way.
Have you ever seen a Massasauga? This guy is well-camouflaged in the grasses. It is good not to be a mouse.
This pattern goes back to the selling of the Lincoln bedroom. Friends, this is abnormal. I think it is racketeering at the least. Unsurprisingly, the MSM has played no role in exposing Clinton corruption.
This is not an argument for Donald Trump. As I have said before, I think Clintonian morals are already baked in the cake. It would be newsworthy if they did something honest and unselfish.
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