March 19, 2012

Relationships

Wanted to save this, supposedly excerpted/summarized from His Needs, Her Needs.


For women:
1. The first thing she can’t do without — Affection.
2. She needs him to talk to her — Conversation.
3. She needs to trust him totally — Honesty and Openness.
4. She needs enough money to live comfortably — Financial Support.
5. She needs him to be a good father — Family Commitment.
For men:
1. The first thing he can’t do without — Sexual Fulfillment.
2. He needs her to be his playmate — Recreational Companionship.
3. He needs a good looking wife — An Attractive Spouse.
4. He needs peace and quiet — Domestic Support.
5. He needs her to be proud of him — Admiration.

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December 30, 2011

I resolve...

To be a good husband to my wife, son to my parents, and brother to my sister.
To be a good steward to my land.

And if I manage that:
To read a book every two weeks.
To stay strong.
To get leaner.
To eat even less poison this coming year than this year.
To go a full 30 days -- sequentially -- without milk and cheese.

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December 23, 2011

Programmatics

I'm not really a novice lifter any more, at least not in the sense that I can reliably add 5lb to a lift every workout, or even every week. I'd hoped to get further before I was forced to consider myself intermediate, but there it is.

Time to consider new programs, so here are my candidates:
The Texas Method
Reverse Pyramid with the Big 3
Madcow's 5x5

If I go with the Big 3, I may just drop bench press and do the standing press exclusively for awhile.  Benching at any kind of real volume seems to tweak my golfer's elbow, and re-injury would utterly suck.

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November 11, 2011

denser, stronger muscles... for mice and flat worms

Mus musculus is once again made way more muscular.  Combine this with myostatin inhibition and the "marathon mouse" enzymatic mutation, and you've got Lance Armstrong, Andy Bolton, and Usain Bolt in one package.

Worth noting is that you'd have to work out if you had either of the muscle strength enhancements, just to improve your bone density and maintain the strength of you soft tissues and tendons.  Of course, if you're the sort of person that wants these, that shouldn't be a problem.  How badass would it be to walk into your typical globo-gym and bust out 900 lb squats or 400 lb benches?  With the high-density change alone, you likely wouldn't even look strong enough to do it, which would add to the fun.

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November 27, 2010

Hey Leon, could you put up a chart of your weight loss?

Graphical tracking of a little over a year.

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About 40 lb. since I had my moment o' clarity last October.

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November 05, 2010

Deflation!

According to WRIF's Drew and Mike, breast implant prices are now down to the same as they were in 1990.

Deflation, in breast implants.

Meanwhile, sugar's up 58% in the last 3 months.  As I'm a consumer of neither sugar nor aftermarket bewbs, deflation hasn't helped me and I'm still in the clear on this whole quantitative easing thing.  For now.

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January 12, 2010

Free online language learning

Can be found here, courtesy of the US FedGov. If you've paid US taxes, you paid to make it, may as well use it.

H/T to Freeman Hunt.

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April 03, 2009

Tooth Decay

Deideldorfer linked me this article on reversing tooth decay with changes in diet. It's an excellent article, and I think my long stint with the Neanderthin diet (book's out of print now, sadly) is part of why my teeth aren't a lot worse than they are. On the other hand, for about 20 years now, we've had what amounts to a vaccine for caries (cavities). The process works by replacing the streptococcus mutans in your mouth (everyone has their own indigenous strain) with a genetically modified strain that excretes alcohol as a byproduct rather than acid. Before you get too excited, it's not enough to get you drunk, or even enough to taste, but it is enough to keep your teeth clean pretty much all the time.

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April 01, 2009

Not welcome in the tent

Every month or so, I take a quick look around the netiverse to see if any new (to me, anyhow) content or sites about human enhancement have popped up. Once again, I was disappointed to see that nothing new had appeared, at least to my casual surfing. Further, I'm once again furious to see that the face of the transhumanist movement continues to be a bunch of Obama-worshipping, Anthropogenic Global Warming-believing, rabid atheists. It's enough to make a Classic Liberal (i.e. modern conservative/libertarian) that knows Al Gore is a hoaxster and Obama is a sure disaster feel positively unwelcome in the transhumanist tent, let alone cool stuff like Lifeboat.

I'm not saying all transhumanists are like this, but the face of the movement continues to be. There are a few bright spots, however. Al Fin, reason, and Brian Wang all touch on human enhancement and strong, freedom-based improvements to the human condition, and all three manage to do so without alienating readers (well, maybe not Al, but I'm biased, he only tries to alienate idiots, global warmenists, and O-tards, but I repeat myself). Brian is fantastic on keeping up with a whole spectrum of tech advances, but pays admirable attention to things like strength enhancement, tissue regeneration, and enhancement drugs. Reason is the first, best source for all things longevity science, and while he never writes politically, it's obvious that he favors a capitalist approach to enhancement and life extension.

Anyhow, part of the reason I started this blog to track what I called "upgrades", human enhancements. There's not a lot of that in the explicit dextrosphere, and I think it's a real shame. Freedom to enhance oneself follows logically from the core principles of conservativism: my body (and just my body, no burgeoning offspring), my property, my freedom. There's also a real danger that the early adopters of enhancement technologies may become yet another trend that the conservatives just plain miss out on (real libertarians won't, I expect).

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February 11, 2009

This always makes me want to pull up stakes and move to TX


No one will ever write, sing, or produce any song about Michigan that refers to it as Heaven in the present tense.  Even Kid Rock is talking about the past, and he had to steal borrow a melody from a song about Alabama to do it.

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July 13, 2008

I want what this mouse has, and I want it last Thursday

It's sorta old now, but there's a story here about a particularly cool genetically altered mouse.

They bred a colony of mice lacking the gene that causes lactic acid buildup in skeletal muscles. From the article:

The mouse can run up to six kilometres (3.7 miles) at a speed of 20 metres per minute for five hours or more without stopping. Scientists said that this was equivalent of a man cycling at speed up an Alpine mountain without a break. Although it eats up to 60 per cent more food than an ordinary mouse, the modified mouse does not put on weight. It also lives longer and enjoys an active sex life well into old age – being capable of breeding at three times the normal maximum age.


Side effects? Increases in appetite and aggression. I'll cope.
So yeah, last Thursday.

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