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Comic geek purity  
05:26pm 19/09/2008
 
 
CaoimhinP
Ok... I'm pedantic. Very. I know this. If you find the practice of purely pleasant pedantry possibly paltry in practice you might desire to skip this one. And don't worry, I'm done with the alliteration. It's just happens sometimes.

I hate incongruous events. Yes, to be clear, I'm going to talk about events that took place in a fictional world with an extremely tenuous connection to any surmisable reality. I do not find that problematic. Again, if you do, there is most likely a really nice web ad just to the right of here that is begging to be clicked on.

As background, in the Marvel universe there is a war happening on Earth. We're being attacked by Skrulls - shape changing aliens that have found a way to mimic superheroes and their powers. So it's like Earth fighting all of our superheroes.

That's cool. Great story. Until...
they involved Asgard. Now, it's one thing for Thor to be fallible. Thor (as a Marvel universe entity) is not omnipotent. Hell, even as a Norse god he wasn't omnipotent. But the entirety of Asgard, by all accounts, should be able to lay waste to anything not from a peer pantheon. No questions. So Zeus versus Odin - ooh, horrible war there. Odin versus the Celestials, nothing good can come of that. But some random race of aliens should not even cause Asgard to stop making breakfast.

And I won't even get started on some single alien whipping up on Beta Ray Bill and then Thor showing up and thinking that he was going to save the day. Beta Ray Bill beat the snot out of Thor. That being the whole reason he has a hammer too.


Anyway, this was my rant using this particular comic to illustrate that authors should remember that fans have very long memories even for things they aren't that interested in (I've never been a huge Thor fan). And our logic glands are fully functional. Consistency in the universe is very important - particularly when your audience is comprised of non-stupid people (this set usually demonstrates a great union with the set commonly referred to as "geeks"). Movies violate this a lot. I sometimes forgive them. It is less forgiving in limitless mediums such as writing. You can write whatever you want. No budget. No special effects team saying, "oh, but that'll cost ya." So it shouldn't be so hard to keep to a particular set of rules you've drawn up for yourself - like deciding to use gods as characters.

I mean, gods...

Or should I coin the phrase, "Oh, my fucking skrull!!!"

Just sayin'.

(you guys are so wishing you'd clicked on the web ad...)

mood: weirdweird
 
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When you can't crawl anymore...  
09:15pm 15/09/2008
 
 
CaoimhinP
I love that episode.


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So ... I feel better about myself  
01:24pm 12/09/2008
 
 
CaoimhinP
"I don't understand, fully, the math involved in the string theories," confessed Robert Cousins, a UCLA physics professor working at CERN on the Compact Muon Solenoid experiment.

Now I can go on with my life. I was just about to start taking more math courses because I just couldn't properly follow the conversations. But if you can work on the Compact Muon Solenoid experiment and not fully follow it I guess I'm ok.

Phew!

I guess I can start on learning Mandarin well enough to read and debate ancient philosophy.

...

watch the Compact Muon Solenoid webcam here:
http://www.cyriak.co.uk/lhc/lhc-webcams.html
 
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Humbling  
08:15pm 10/09/2008
 
 
CaoimhinP
If you ever want to fully realize the effects of eating appropriately eat horribly - I mean horribly - for a week. If you pass a bakery, eat a cake. Did I say slice? I said cake. If you smell smoke that's a sign you need some ribs. And any and everything is another reason for a shot of bourbon... and a beer. Mmmm... they go so great together.

Now, I'm big on transitional events. Events that mark the transition from one period to another, like losing your eye teeth. Well, I had done pretty well diet-wise while at D*C. I was saving calories for bourbon - and money too. Who could afford food at $17 per shot of Woodford?

Well, I came back and my motivation was lacking my work outs were blah so I decided to bing - heavy. I ate crap and lots of it. That was my transitional event. I gained 7 lbs in a week. Mostly from food retention I'm sure. But still, 7 lbs is 7 lbs. I didn't work out. I was pure sloth.

Today I did the wod for the first time in a week. And what a wod it was. 5 rounds of the following (no time limit): body weight (195lbs) bench press, max reps - max pullups - body weight (that is, using body weight, not air squats) back squats, max reps. That took me a long time. It's amazing how close to puking one can get and not be winded.

Yes, boys and girls. Andrew was very right.

"Nothing tastes as good as being fit feels."
 
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Being vain...  
02:40pm 09/09/2008
 
 
CaoimhinP
I like this pic a lot...



It was found here:
http://lethaltalons.zenfolio.com/p64542341/?photo=h138639E0#327563744

Brandon pointed it out to me.

This guy takes some really nice shots.


 
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thoughts in London  
08:04am 16/05/2008
 
 
CaoimhinP
Ok, so maybe one shouldn't read authors native to the city of which you are foreign but visiting. It lends a strange perspective - especially when they are writing about armageddon.

Excerpt to follow:

"...the first of their three great publishing disasters.
The book was commonly known as the Buggre Alle This Bible. The lengthy compositor's error, if such it may be called, occurs in the book of Ezekiel, chapter 48, verse five.

2. And bye the border of Dan, fromme the east side to the west side, a portion for Afher.
3. And bye the border of Afher, fromme the east side even untoe the west side, a portion for Naphtali.
4. And bye the border of Naphtali, from the east side untoe the west side, a portion for Manaffeh.
5. Buggre Alle this for a Larke. I amme sick to mye Hart of typefettinge. Master Biltonn if no Gentelmann, and Master Scagges noe more than tighte fisted Southwarke Knobbefticke. I telle you, onne a daye laike this Ennywone with half an oz. of Sense shoulde bee oute in the Sunneshain, ane nott Stucke here alle the liuelong daie inn thif mowldey olde By-Our-Lady Workefoppe, @*"AE@;!"

And at that I'm going to stop writing, go workout, and then begin drinking heavily.

All that aside, yes, I have pictures coming. And, yes, I really like it here. Really.
mood: bouncybouncy
 
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oh the humanity...  
02:07pm 26/11/2007
 
 
CaoimhinP
Ok... I have bought myself some early Xmas presents. And I am now horribly addicted to two new things.
I am playing way too much frisbee golf - but it's fun and keeps me outdoors (plus I like developing new skills).
Secondly, I bought an Xbox 360 - only for the business networking!
Some people play golf with their boss. I play Halo 3.

So I have that going for me.

Now I need to get an EVDO router so I can get online with it (I only have a Sprint EVDO card for connectivity).

... and no one give me shit about not posting or disappearing. I do that, ok.
 
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Pain pain pain  
11:23am 12/10/2007
 
 
CaoimhinP
I am so hurting from yesterday's wod.

"Linda"

10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 reps of the triplet:

Deadlift: 1 1/2 body weight (275 lbs for me)
Bench press: body weight (185 lbs for me)
Clean: 3/4 body weight (135 lbs for me)

Set up three bars and storm through for time. (time was like 45 minutes - the longest of the xfit wods)


Today is:

"Murph"

For time:
1 mile Run
100 Pull-ups
200 Push-ups
300 Squats
1 mile Run

Partition the pull-ups, push-ups, and squats as needed. Start and finish with a mile run. If you've got a twenty pound vest or body armor, wear it.


I'm still trying to figure out how to work out wearing 20 lbs.

My bike chain might weight 20 lbs....

 

mood: hurthurt
 
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Training  
10:17am 01/10/2007
 
 
CaoimhinP
Ok. I had a landmark week for myself. I had a lifetime personal best with 37 pullups and I did one free standing handstand pushup.


So, after climbing with 8bitnintendo and ratseal I've been contemplating training effects and such.

Here's my issue:
I'm strong. More strong than necessary for my level of climbing.
I can trad lead some 5.9s - confidence needs work.
I can toprope or follow 5.10a - b confidently and flail through 5.10c - 5.11a.

So how do I get better?
Confidence at high grades is the major factor and repertoire of moves. Balance is another factor.
So I've decided upon a simple solution.

I do not need to work strength. I need to repeat routes.

Bouldering routine:
Go out and do three to four routes I know I can do to warm up and ingrain confidence.
Then choose one route I haven't done before that I think I can do. Do these.
Then pick a non-dangerous hard route and work that until exhaustion.
This will work my strength and technique.
Outdoors is hard to do structured training as nothing is structured. But it is a great place to work focus, route finding, and variations.

Gym routine:
Do two to three easy routes to warm up.
Then work every 5.10 I can find.
On the next trip to the gym I will continue to do the 5.10s. I will do the 5.10s until I feel smooth on them.
After that I will do the 5.11s. If the routes change during this time I will do the new 5.10s and then start on the 5.11s for that session.
In this way I hope to increase my move / technique exposure and also my confidence.

This is all based upon my tight schedule and desire to have fun too.

Some suggestions for the less strong.
Warm up and find something hard and work it. I wouldn't focus on targeted strength exercises so much because:
1) it's not as fun as just climbing,
2) you can over work muscles and, particularly, tendons. Tendons get rather stressed in climbing and if you muscles get stronger than your tendons you tend to rip things - some of you have to worry about this, others don't.
3) you build strength in proportion to the techniques you are also learning.

Technique practice is primary for beginners. Climbing and working technique will quickly build strength.  Therefore my suggestion to find something hard and work it. Figure out why you're failing and work that. Work the mentality of actually doing things versus "trying" to do things. With a closed fist, think of trying to uncurl your fingers. Now uncurl them. One of those thoughts opens your fist. The other one is a baffling moment of trying to understand what happens mentally when you ask your body to do something. Just stand the fuck up.

So again, beginners, warmup and then find some hard crap and work it. It should be possible but may take multiple falls to complete.
Once you are past all of the easy stuff follow a routine similar to mine.
 
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Hate and Discontent to Wired Magazine  
10:54pm 25/09/2007
 
 
CaoimhinP
Ok.. so i'm reading through the new Wired (as any geek should).
This month comes with a Geekipedia (i subscribe. Don't you?)

Well, i get to the entry for cosplay. First off, they attribute only to anime and manga fans. Secondly, they say that the largest venue in the world hosting cosplay is Comicon in San Diego. Being an SD resident and a frequent attendee of Comicon I have to call bullshit. Comicon may be an extremely large event and it may be the largest event in the world where cosplay takes place! But it is not the largest cosplay event in the world. We all know that distinctly probably belongs to a little known event in the ATL.

I just had to spew.
mood: annoyedannoyed
 
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