Get strong and flexible with ballet?

Get strong and flexible with ballet?

Training to me has always been about performance. Getting more athletic, and being capable to push myself and to adapt to a variety of situations. I was basically doing Crossfit, before Crossfit became the Starbucks of fitness.

Right now, I’m interested in barre, and style of fitness that is inspired by ballet. A workout that women online claim to tone you like a dancer, and burn body fat off of your physique. I don’t know about all that, but deciding to check my penis at the door, I’ve been engaging in my own N=1 experiment to see what benefits I can derive.

I’m not trying to become a ballet dancer, I have #respect for the sport though, I can see there being potential benefits to doing barre style workouts as an addition to my  testosterone fueled endeavors like lifting weights, running Spartan races, and trying to be baddest motherfucker I can be.

I don’t live anywhere that offers barre classes, so my experience has been limited to Youtube videos, and articles posted on women fitness sites. My experience so far is that the workouts are pretty hard. Continue reading “Get strong and flexible with ballet?”

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A Conversation with Myself: Fox News

A Conversation with Myself: Fox News

I’ve long maintained the idea that Fox News is a poor excuse for a news agency. That at times seems to lack self-awareness, or if it is self-aware decides to shamelessly exploit the fears of its viewers.

It tries to bill itself outside the mainstream, but historically, has been the most watched news agency in the country. Which of course makes it anything but.

Recently, I’ve been thinking about the Socratic Method, and my inability at times to use it. Mainly, I sometimes struggle to articulate a point, and if I do I act as a bulldozer hitting people over the head with facts, figures, and a total lack of empathy for someone else’s position.

This got me thinking about an article. How about instead of me just callously saying Fox News is #FakeNews, or belittle the people who watch it, I figure out why I think those things.

I want to examine my own feelings about the network, and find out of if I’m justified in my beliefs . Can I apply the Socratic Method to determine whether Fox News is actually as bad as I believe it is?

My goal, is to minimize my own confirmation bias. Although, I consider myself “liberal enough,” I want to make sure those leanings aren’t unfairly shaping my opinion of the network. Continue reading “A Conversation with Myself: Fox News”

Thanks Donald: North and South Korea

Thanks Donald: North and South Korea

Somehow President Donald Trump seems to be knocking it out of the park in regards to North Korea. I have to admit, I was a bit terrified a few months ago when our president was calling Kim Jong-un a little rocket man.

I wasn’t old enough to remember when Kim Il-sung was alive, so I can’t speak to his own sanity, but the two leaders after Kim Jong-il and Kim Jong-un have always seemed terrifying.

How events have been playing out is really fascinating to see, and when the announcement came out that peace talks were starting between the North and South, I jokingly tweeted that Trump would look to take credit. Continue reading “Thanks Donald: North and South Korea”

Bad Idea: Oliver North Named President of NRA

Bad Idea: Oliver North Named President of NRA

Let’s not pretend that the nomination of Oliver North as president of the NRA was a good idea. It is anything but that, and as an organization there is only one reason why they would have hired this guy. To troll liberals.

Despite anything he might have done that was noble in the past, his history will forever be tainted by the role he played in the Iran-Contra Affair. A true life conspiracy committed by the U.S. government that is well documented to be true.

The NRA as an organization at times tries to portray itself as apolitical, merely representing the rights of the people who enjoy firearms. There is nothing inherently wrong with that, but as history would show, and if you follow the money they are anything but . Continue reading “Bad Idea: Oliver North Named President of NRA”

Thanos: Not Deep Enough

Thanos: Not Deep Enough

[Warning] Spoilers ahead for Avengers: Infinity War

It is so strange to me that the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) is celebrating its 10th anniversary. I am 30-years-old, meaning my age was somewhere around 20 or 21 when Iron Man came out.

I am surprised the movies have made it as far as they did. When Iron Man came out, there had already been a string of disastrous superhero films, most of which were based off of Marvel properties.

With the exception of Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man and Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins. Most of these movies were pretty crappy. Some were delightfully so, in particular the Ghost Rider franchise. But most were painful.

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The spirit of vengeance in all his glory

Somehow Marvel made what looked to be just a passing fad in cinema into something more. Now, a gajillion dollars later, Marvel stands as the most powerful force in film making. Continue reading “Thanos: Not Deep Enough”

The Redemption of Tony Stark

The Redemption of Tony Stark

This article includes spoilers for The Avengers: Infinity War

Marvel Studios has been on point the last year or so with their films. Most of the ones that have come out also rank right up there as some of my favorites.

Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2, Spider-man: Homecoming, Thor: Ragnarok, Black Panther and now Avenger’s Infinity War.

These movie’s easily make it into my top 10 list for the Marvel films. Most of which come in somewhere near the top five. I still have a special place though for Captain America: Winter Soldier, although after an epic year and a half of Marvel movies, it will be tough to rank Winter Soldier, and may require a re-viewing.

For once, Tony Stark wasn’t an agent of chaos. I’ve long held the theory that Tony Stark is the true villain of the entire MCU. In most movies, he is tangentially connected to the plot, and usually not in a good way. Continue reading “The Redemption of Tony Stark”

Mark Zuckerberg: Hung Out to Dry

Mark Zuckerberg: Hung Out to Dry

Today I am reading about Mark Zuckerberg and his current legal troubles. To summarize, he is testifying in front of Congress about information that was obtained from user profiles by a company called Cambridge Analytica.

Reading through The Washington Posts article on the matter makes the whole thing sound farcical. Perhaps, I don’t understand the full extent of what he is being accused of, but it would appear Zuckerberg is being burned at the stake for Donald Trump being elected president. Continue reading “Mark Zuckerberg: Hung Out to Dry”