Friday, April 18, 2014

Windows 8.1 Preview for Developers impressions.

Okay, its been a few days in, so... keep in mind that this is a developer's
preview, but us weirdo enthusiasts can get in on it too.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

A tribute to Ayn Rand.

"And now I see the face of god, and I raise this god over the earth, this god whom men have sought since men came into being, this god who will grant them joy and peace and pride. This god, this one word: 'I.'"
Ayn Rand

“You shall not make for yourself an idol, or any likeness of what is in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the water under the earth. You shall not worship them or serve them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children, on the third and the fourth generations of those who hate Me,  but showing loving kindness to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments." Exodus 20:4-6

Thanks, Chuck.

"A little leaven leavens the whole lump of dough." Galatians 5:9

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Inexpensive Reball target/catcher

If you play paintball, you know that paint isn’t cheap. It might be inexpensive, but its never cheap. I recently bought 100 GXG reballs so I could practice shooting my marker at home. What is a reball? Basically it’s a rubber paintball – they’re reusable!

But, in order to use them, I needed something to both shoot at and to collect the reballs. So, This was a simple project that only took a few minutes to complete, and was done very inexpensively. My total, pre-tax, was $21.85!

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Iron Kingdoms RPG: pre-review question

I'm planning to do a review of Privateer Press' Iron Kingdoms RPG. So, the question is, "what would you like to hear?" I'll answer as best I can.

I should note that I'm not super mechanically minded. So, amazing math questions and such might go over my head.

Friday, February 7, 2014

DDP Yoga: Week 6 check-in

Huzzah! As of this morning I weighed 212.2lbs. Why is that such a big deal? Because when I started everything and ordered DDP Yoga back in mid-December, I was 223lbs!

Today I've crossed the 10lb mark!

Also, that's 7lbs since I started doing the yoga on January 1st. So ~3lbs was lost by diet alone! I'm quite thrilled with this, obviously.

I've been doing Fat Burner more often in the program, and its definitely challenging again. I can do Energy! with no modifications on a good day, and even do it with my glasses off. Its nice being able to focus on doing instead of "what am I supposed to be doing again?" I'll get there with Fat Burner soon enough.

I'm happy! I'm enjoying it! I'm doing DDP Yoga five times a week after work, as its stress relieving. I generally feel pretty good after, and dinner tastes better when I'm done.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

DPP Yoga: Week 5 add-on

So, done with my Week 5! Today was *hard* - Diamond Dozen and Fat Burner - but it was *great*
The slower pace of the Diamond Dozen gave me time to think about what I was doing, so I made some improvements on my level of engagement. I don't quite know how to explain them (maybe I should draw it later?), but it really helped with Touchdown, Diamond Cutter, and anything involving my arms.
In between DD and FB, I adjusted my heart-rate monitor from Polar's recommended zone settings to DDP Yoga's  (123-143).
Fat Burner was indeed tougher due to the adjustments, but again, it was better for it. I was able to stay in the zone for most of the workout, and actually had to go to Safety Zone at least twice because I exceeded the top end of my zone. My average heart-rate was 119! That's an all time high average for me! Once I get some more practice in with Fat Burner, I'm hoping I can get my average up to 123... that'd be perfect! I wonder if I can do that for Energy...? We'll see.
Loving it! The challenge is great, I'm seeing results, and am enjoying myself. DDP Yoga after work and before dinner is quite satisfying, and I'm hoping this will be a good contributor towards controlling my diabetes :)

Friday, January 31, 2014

DDP Yoga: Week 5 checkin

A little early this week, considering I haven’t done my Friday training. That said, it’s the end of the month, so I want to see how things have progressed. I began on January 1, 2014, today is January 31, so that’s a good time period, right?

  • Weight: 219.2lbs to 214.8lbs (-4.4)
  • Chest: 42” to 41.75” (-.25”)
  • Waist: 43.5” to 40.5” (-3”)
  • Hips: 46” to 45” (-1”)
  • Thighs: 23” to 22” (-1”)

So, 4.4 pounds lighter, and 5.25” thinner! Not bad, eh? I did forget to include my bicep during my initial measurement, so I’ve had to record it as 14.5” in both the beginning and 30-day spots. Hopefully we’ll see progress there, although I’m not sure what things could/should look like.

I’m getting better at doing the routine in Energy. Since I’m not fumbling about trying to keep up, I can work on doing things better. Last night I started tightening up and engaging muscles I hadn’t before, plus consciously not letting go on things as early as before. For some reason I’m having a little harder time than before, but I’m not sure why. Sometimes its balance, sometimes it’s pushing my heart-rate. A friend suggested that it’s a training related – my heart is getting used to the workload.

So far, so good! And I’ve done DDP four times this week (Monday through Thursday), even though I’m not scheduled. I’m enjoying it. Nice thing is it doesn’t leave me dead tired/dragging after I’m done. Rather, I feel pretty darn good after a little time has passed!