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81  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The 201X Health Improvement Thread on: June 03, 2013, 05:15:13 AM
Nice work!
82  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The 201X Health Improvement Thread on: June 01, 2013, 04:12:19 AM
Not really friends doing it... just people I know... and the main obnoxious thing about it is that they can't talk about anything else. Ever.  And they have all the t shirts with silly slogans, etc.

Agreed that you gotta find what works.  I feel like I need to do some more high intensity things that I think will help my cycling, etc., which is why Crossfit appeals to me... this thing I did yesterday seems like a good intro to that style of a high intensity circuit.  I actually felt it today, which seems weird since it was short and not any exercises I didn't already do... I just did them as fast as I possibly could, so I'll take that as a good sign.  I see a lot of room to mix up the movements and add other ones.  If it ends up being effective to do that for 20 minutes, it'll be a great option on days when I'm really pressed for time.
83  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The 201X Health Improvement Thread on: May 31, 2013, 04:07:52 PM
Yeah, I think one time through would be a fairly intense warmup, though at 8 min/circuit, it's more than twice as long per circuit as what you describe.

I'm used to doing hour long circuits at lower intensity... higher intensity is a different beast.  I keep flirting with the idea of Crossfit, but nearly everyone doing it is so fucking annoying about it and can't talk about anything else... plus I don't really care for gyms.  The workouts seem interesting though.
84  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The 201X Health Improvement Thread on: May 30, 2013, 11:54:45 PM

Quote from: Turtle on May 13, 2013, 08:25:49 PM

Scientific 7 minute workout:

http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/05/09/the-scientific-7-minute-workout/

Basically 30 seconds each exercise, 10 seconds rest between. The amount of strain/discomfort you should feel should be an 8 on a scale of 1 to 10. while doing these exercises, so you really have to push yourself. The order of the exercises matter since it is planned to give each muscle group rest periods.

This uses all the latest data from research into interval training. Apparently doing these consistently at the intensity required is as good as longer workouts.

I think I'll try this for a week.

Just saw this and thought I'd give it a try since it was too windy to cycle tonight.  I made it through two circuits going as hard as I could, and sticking to the schedule... definitely feeling it.  This might be a fun thing to replace some of the strength stuff I've been doing all winter.  I've been feeling slow on the bike, like I've been slipping from last year, so maybe this could help.

I definitely want to be able to do 3 circuits of these... I think on a morning where I'm not this tired I could do it.

And yeah, it's 8 min/circuit.
85  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Recommend me a programming language on: May 30, 2013, 06:49:13 PM
Also, as just alluded to, SQL is really good to know.
86  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Recommend me a programming language on: May 30, 2013, 06:48:07 PM
I would agree with the C# recommendation.
87  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 100 films, 100 Behind the scenes pics on: May 21, 2013, 06:36:45 PM
These are great!
88  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What is the first album you ever purchased? on: May 11, 2013, 03:48:55 PM
I didn't buy Quadrophenia until I was 31.  So many wasted years...
89  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What is the first album you ever purchased? on: May 11, 2013, 02:05:23 PM
1. Master of Reality is an awesome album, Ironrod.

2. My first CD (not first album, as previously noted):
90  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What is the first album you ever purchased? on: May 10, 2013, 09:29:37 PM
91  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I got 11 hours of sleep last night! on: May 10, 2013, 04:33:12 AM
Thanks.  It's a girl, and we're naming her Greta.
92  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I got 11 hours of sleep last night! on: May 09, 2013, 08:40:39 PM
The kid actually, at this point, has very little to do with my lack of sleep. It is mostly my complete lack if skill at sleeping. All this will change in a month with kid #2, I am sure... but at least I will have been in training for it.
93  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I got 11 hours of sleep last night! on: May 08, 2013, 05:59:04 PM
I slept for 11 hours the past two nights.

Total.
94  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My current musical obsession (metal) on: May 03, 2013, 08:23:35 PM
Did you see that crap earlier this year about how King was taking 'Slayer' on the road in Europe this summer... without Lombardo, without Hanneman, and without Tom Araya either?  Pretty sure that's not Slayer.
95  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My current musical obsession (metal) on: May 03, 2013, 04:58:53 AM
Yeah, he's been fucked up from the spider bite for like two years.  Shitty, shitty news.  Guy was the best of that pair by a mile.  Plus he wasn't a huge douche like Kerry King.
96  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NHL 2012-13 season thread. on: April 27, 2013, 02:24:30 PM
Suck it, LUMBUS!
97  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: April 24, 2013, 06:47:49 PM


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98  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What's a good Bluray player? on: April 24, 2013, 02:30:30 PM
I also have a panasonic, but I'm not super impressed with it.  It does okay.  It's really, really pokey when navigating menus for streaming content, either wired or wireless.  I wish it would remember where were were in multiple discs.  I suppose a nicer one would do more.  Also of major annoyance is that it for some reason stopped supporting NHL Gamecenter Live this season, and I have no idea why, so I have to go through the 360 to stream that.

Also, if you don't have internet to your blu ray player, you are doing it wrong!  So much streaming content to get...  most of the new ones are wireless, so that should make things easier.
99  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My current musical obsession (metal) on: April 19, 2013, 10:43:40 PM

Quote from: Gratch on April 18, 2013, 10:55:25 PM

New Black Sabbath is kinda meh.  God is Dead?

Meh indeed.  Some of the heavy parts are ok, but mostly wtf? No.
100  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Remake]Weird Science on: April 19, 2013, 10:31:42 PM
Nooooo!
101  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Something good, something bad, hopefully ending ok on: April 11, 2013, 09:23:45 PM
An unexpected $13K vs. monthly payments is not a small deal, rshetts... it's not like the $40K was due right now.  Suddenly needing to come up with $13K would suck for any of us, I imagine.  Maybe not gellar.

Also, this makes me feel better about the $2K I had to send the feds yesterday.

(And glad your wife is ok.)
102  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Roger Ebert RIP on: April 05, 2013, 03:57:44 AM
I had just read yesterday that he was stepping back from reviewing for a while because the cancer had resurfaced, and that he'd only be doing a few reviews here and there... shocked to see that he died today.

Didn't always agree, but I could always see where he was coming from, and I think he did a better and more thoughtful job than a lot.  Bummer.
103  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Pixar-Finding Dory on: April 03, 2013, 02:03:25 PM
Toy Story 2 and 3 were both amazing.
104  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Tucson gun store owner cancels purchase by Gabrielle Gifford's husband on: April 03, 2013, 04:18:15 AM
So what's the magic number for you to be on board with having better control and restriction of firearms?  Is there a certain body count where you say 'Ok, we need to rein this shit in'?

I don't totally disagree with you, fwiw.  As I said, the cat is out of the bag, and I think that everyone now suddenly being all anti-assault weapon is just reactionary.

I do think that the enforcement of even our already existing gun laws is a goddamned joke.  I do think that assault weapons are pointless, and just feed this macho 'I need to be able to cap some fuckers!' mindset that a lot of assault weapon owners have.  I do think that in terms of actual crime, handguns are clearly far more dangerous.

I live in the state with the highest percentage of gun ownership in the country, but the per capita gun murder rate is super, super low.  I think something like 80% of the guns owned in this state are bolt action hunting rifles.  There is a cultural difference to how firearms are regarded here vs. other places.  I know a lot of responsible gun owners.  I have even been one.  So how do we foster that sort of an attitude elsewhere?  How do we keep guns out of the hands of people who want to use them do do bad shit?

I am willing to see my 'rights' (I put that in quotations, because I think it's a silly thing to be so up in arms about (sic), really) curtailed somewhat in the interest of the greater good.  We do this all the time - we have speed limits, even though that infringes on my right to drive 120mph.  We have a legal drinking age, even though that curtails my son's right to get brain damaged...

I'm not sure what it is about this particular issue that makes people so unwilling to give an inch, though I suspect it has a lot to do with the macho nature of the subject to begin with... and especially with how that macho nature is especially strong in the average guy who feels the need to own an assault rifle.  I take issue with that attitude.

I also sort of get it... they are neat as shit, and I'd love to go shoot one sometime.  I think it would be super fun.  But I don't *need* to, and I certainly don't feel like my life will have been bereft of freedom if I'm denied that chance.

I am probably not explaining this well, because it's sort of an intangible concept in a lot of ways.  Oh well.
105  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] This is the End on: April 03, 2013, 03:52:34 AM
It's not April Fools... there have been previous trailers.
106  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So what would ya say.....ya do here? on: April 02, 2013, 11:01:19 PM
C#/ASP.NET/SQL Server Software Developer for a tiny company that contracts with, primarily, State agencies, primarily in Wyoming, but in some other states as well.
107  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Tucson gun store owner cancels purchase by Gabrielle Gifford's husband on: April 02, 2013, 10:55:07 PM
Yeah, we should control all firearms a lot better than we do, not just assault weapons.  Which we still don't need.  The Russians are not going to invade, the dead are not going to rise from the grave, etc, etc. 
108  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Tucson gun store owner cancels purchase by Gabrielle Gifford's husband on: March 31, 2013, 06:14:04 AM
M1 carbines are hardly hunting rifles.  I'm not an encyclopedia or state by state gun laws, but you certainly couldn't hunt big game with that round in this state.  I imagine that's the case in most, if not all, states.

Comparing European gun violence to US gun violence is silly.  The number of people killed with guns in this country vs. Europe is something like 34 times higher.  I don't think assault rifle bans will solve the gun violence problems we have in this country, I'm not that naive. 

Look, the cat is out of the bag.  To reduce the violence, we have to change attitudes.  I think the attitude that ordinary citizens for some reason need assault weapons, or that their rights are somehow being violated if they don't get to have them is what is scary - not the 'look' of the weapons themselves.  Don't put words in my mouth.  I think there is absolutely a point in, as a society, saying 'hey, we need to reign ourselves in, this is destructive'.
109  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Tucson gun store owner cancels purchase by Gabrielle Gifford's husband on: March 31, 2013, 03:18:53 AM
And for the record, I don't think that banning assault weapons is going to really make a big difference in the damage someone can do in most cases... but it sets a different tone for how view ourselves as a country.
110  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Tucson gun store owner cancels purchase by Gabrielle Gifford's husband on: March 31, 2013, 03:17:15 AM
There is a functional difference between a 5 round top feed magazine and a 30 round removable box magazine.
111  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Tucson gun store owner cancels purchase by Gabrielle Gifford's husband on: March 30, 2013, 01:49:04 PM
Thinking that it is appropriate for the military to have assault weapons and not thinking that it's appropriate for private citizens to have assault weapons does not seem contradictory to me.  In fact, that's my exact view.

Though I guess if all you are saying is that people in the military are less likely to favor gun control, then that is surely true.  Then again, there may have been something in his past that made him think that stricter gun control is a good idea... but how are we to know?
112  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: North Dakota Governor Signs Strict Abortion Law on: March 30, 2013, 01:44:01 PM
The word you actually want is hyperbole.
113  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The 201X Health Improvement Thread on: March 24, 2013, 04:43:20 PM
Cool!
114  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Can you truly cut the cable? Getting away from the cocks at Cox. on: March 20, 2013, 01:38:00 PM
We cut the cable a couple years ago and do netflix, hulu + and NHL Gamecenter Live.  There are some annoyances - I can't watch any Colorado Avalanche games, and and any nationally televised game is blacked out.  The major annoyance is that the playoffs are not available through GCL.  However, we've saved an absolutely *insane* amount of money by not paying the ridiculous cable fees every month.  Overall, it's a plus.  I might try adding an HDTV antennae, which would get me some playoff hockey, I guess, and we would have the option of watching some stuff when it aired.  Dunno though, might keep things as is... we certainly have enough going on that we don't spend much time watching anyway.
115  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My current musical obsession (metal) on: March 02, 2013, 06:05:29 PM
Things bought from that sale:





I bought this a while ago.  It is great:

116  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The 201X Health Improvement Thread on: February 24, 2013, 06:11:18 PM
Nice work.

I actually think that while pushing pace will help some (especially if you do pickups/fartleks) with speeding up, one of the real keys to getting faster and running more comfortably is the long weekend run - try going for a slow, long run one day a week.
117  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So, I just had my worst day at work ever... on: February 21, 2013, 03:57:33 PM
Brutal.  But funny!
118  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Meteorite Shower hits Russia,injures 500 on: February 15, 2013, 02:59:30 PM
Aside from the injuries, it's pretty f'n awesome.
119  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Need a short term paying job? GT needs some work done. on: February 15, 2013, 02:57:07 PM
Based on a short conversation with KD about what he is looking for, I think automating it is going to be nearly impossible.
120  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Need a short term paying job? GT needs some work done. on: February 13, 2013, 09:30:38 PM
What you are describing sounds like something that would be best handled by a little script/program...
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