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calisthenics posted: Sun 2011-10-02 14:47:48 tags: fitness
Remember that scene in Karate Kid ... ok, I just made myself feel old... Anyway, where Daniel-san is balancing on the fencepost or pier tie or whatever that is, practicing his crane no-can-defense kick? That inspired me to try a variation on calf raises. Standing away from a wall so you're forced to balance entirely by muscle action, bend slightly at the knee and lean forward just enough to center your weight in the ball of the "active" foot. Holding that balance there, raise the other foot, and bend that ... (...more)
mileage posted: Fri 2011-09-30 20:10:25 tags: fitness, what I'm eating
Session #21: 3.3mi / ~46m30s. My first burst was 2 full laps, that is, a half-mile, at 5.4mph. My second and third were at least a full lap, 3rd might have been 1.5 laps. My final burst was 7.0mph. That's a pretty hard running pace, forces me to kick up my heels a bit, but not a full-out sprint. It was sustainable for a half-lap. Less than 2 months ago, a 4.7mph jog was my best half-lap pace. I had been toying for a few weeks with a 4.1mph power-walk phase following my speed phases. After last session,... (...more)
The title kind of says it all - following a virus signature library update, Microsoft Security Essentials popped up a warning that my lappy was infected with "Win32.Zbot", and when I told it yes, go ahead and clean the system, it closed Chrome, dissociated it as the system URL handler and disabled the executable. No, Microsoft, that's not suspicious at all. A mistake anyone could have made, really. Here's the kicker though - after the requested reboot, I had no problem opening Chrome again. No idea how ... (...more)
mileage posted: Wed 2011-09-28 20:59:44 tags: fitness
Session #20 (if you count the Towson U. 5K as session #19): (per Twitter) 3.3mi / 45m58s. I've got my sights set on 3.3mi/45m, which demands a 4.4mph average pace. I don't really know how I'm going to manage that; it doesn't afford me much recovery-pace time and a 4.2mph power-walk pace is not a recovery pace. So I might need to back off from the intermediate power-walk pace and slow down as low as 3.5-3.7mph for a full recovery lap between jogs. A little wheezy due to allergies and/or my immune system ... (...more)
task minders posted: Wed 2011-09-28 20:40:35 tags: organization
For the past couple years I've been using Phatsoft TMR, a little Windows utility that leverages the Windows Task Scheduler to pop up notifications at a specified time. It does what it does very neatly, and by dicking with tasks at the Task Scheduler level I can create notifications that fire daily but which can be postponed to re-remind me if I can't do whatever daily thing right that moment. The only thing I could ask for more, is if it also had some sort of interface to show a complete list of pending no... (...more)