Sep 162015

I’m pretty interested in healthcare reform because it’s a hard problem and, being someone who likes to solve problems, I’m drawn to hard problems. It’s also such a damned divisive issue that it seems like it should be pretty easy to come up with a solution that’s better than what most politicians believe should be done. Some things to note before we get started. First, this is a really complex issue. If anyone came up with an optimal solution, it would be purely by luck. Anyone who claims they have the solution or confidently claims that their solution is better than another is full of shit. In other words, be wary […]

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Jul 252015

I’m not into fashion at all and I prefer to wear t-shirts and shorts as much as possible. However, now that I’ve learned how important fitment is the appearance of dress clothes/suits and started buying accordingly, I actually don’t mind dressing up more often. I’ve learned a lot in the past five years or so, and it comes up often enough that I figure it’s worth putting most of the things I’ve learned in a blog post for easy sharing/access. Main Points Off-the-rack clothing is made to fit people with average proportions. People who lift generally don’t have average proportions. Better fitting clothing will look better than more expensive clothing. […]

Aug 122013

View the introduction/table of contents for this series of posts here. Ingredient-Composition Error In this first post, we’ll be introduced to the article that contains the first set of examples that I’ll pull from. It is Mio Water Flavoring: Another Ploy to Sicken America. Let’s ignore the title of the article itself, which I can use as fodder for another article on Occam’s Razor. No telling when that will happen, so you have plenty of time to ponder the topic. Go ahead and take a moment to read the article. It’s a useful example to start with because it’s fairly short, but provides a great source for some of the most […]

Aug 102013

Table of Contents Introduction Common Reasoning Errors #1: Ingredient-Composition Error Introduction I tend to be quite opinionated, love to argue, and have an insatiable urge to rid the world of bullshit. The end result of all of this that I tend to argue a lot on the Internet. However, I’ve started trying to avoid that, because it ends up being time consuming and not entirely satisfying because of the amazing amount of willpower that most people have when it comes to being, and remaining, wrong. As much as I avoid putting myself in such situations, it still happens regularly, thanks to the very nature of the Internet. One thing I […]

Jun 122012

I got to the gym around 11:15 A.M. today, so it was a bit cooler than Sunday. Still not pleasant. LBS 175 lbs. – 3×5 – 5, 5, 5 Soreness went away pretty quickly, or at least didn’t impact my workout. The weight is easy, breathing in the heat is not. Focused on keeping my lower back extended by keeping my abs tight and not going quite as deep as I had been. (Videos from the last few times I squatted prior to my layoff had me going deeper than necessary.) Bench 145 lbs. – 3×5 – 5, 5, 5 Worked my way up to a weight I felt I […]

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Jun 102012

Alright, so I have been out of the gym since March 27th (don’t go off the fact that I didn’t post the last few workouts on here). I knew that I might be moving at any point, so I figured I’d take a break until I managed to get settled in. Only I haven’t moved and it’s been long enough that I have to get back. When I take a vacation from physical activity, I really take a vacation: the extent of my activity has been playing golf every couple of weeks or hitting balls at the practice range. When you work out at a badass gym, you have to […]

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Mar 152012

LBS 175 lbs. – 3×5 – 5, 5, 5 These are, if anything, getting easier. Definitely getting an appropriate bounce, and it is noticeably less when I don’t set my lower back properly (as would make sense). Started to shorten my rest between sets in a hope to get my conditioning back to acceptable quicker. It’s still coming back quite rapidly, though, as these were easier than the ones at 155 lbs. Press 95 lbs. – 3×5 – 5, 5, 5 Five pound jumps. Ugh. Tire Flips 220 lbs. tire (?) – 2 x 1.5 down and backs. The paint is rubbing off the tire, so I *think* it’s a […]

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Mar 152012

LBS 165 lbs. – 3×5 – 5, 5, 5 Nothing much to report here. Lifted on a squat rack that has fixed safety bars, which were right below proper depth for me, and managed to screw up half of the reps (not getting a proper bounce because I was afraid of hitting the bars). Bench Press 135 lbs. – 3×5 – 5, 5, 5 Decided to go ahead and alternate bench and press instead of pressing exclusively. Was playing with my grip on these, and definitely going to stick with a narrow grip. Feels much better on my shoulders. Also working on keeping my back tight, which in the time […]

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Mar 152012

LBS 155 lbs. – 3×5 – 5, 5, 5 Main goal while the weight is light is trying to develop some muscle memory. During deadlifts the previous workout, I realized I wasn’t doing a very good job setting my lower back, but I got a feel for it once I got that worked out. Goal for squats is to make sure I apply that, since I’m starting to think that I was missing some of the basics before. But again…my conditioning…wow. It’ll improve rapidly, but still. Press 90 lbs. – 3×5 – 5, 5, 5 Such a low weight. So painful to do (psychologically). Farmer’s Walks 95 lbs. x 2 […]

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Mar 082012

Oooooooooook I’m back. I was pretty regular about getting to the gym up until the middle of February, when I stopped completely to pound out the last two weeks of studying for the bar. But now that I’m done with that, I can start again. During that time, I ended up switching back to low bar squats, because my knees were giving me trouble. I did those for a day or two before I stopped going to the gym. Starting with them this time, but low. Also doing a massive reset on my press, which was continuing to give me problems. Today was mostly trying to get back into it […]

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