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By gzt (Mon Feb 15, 2010 at 02:00:15 PM EST) gzt, being me, front squat, google buzz, bodyweight, statistics (all tags)
Here's a horse.


I've been listening to Crud Bump's Nasty Jams, like, non-stop.

Apparently everybody sucked on the second homework. According to the site, the mean and median was 5.5/100. Seriously? I, apparently, got an 84 despite not knowing what I was doing. I, after all, don't have the pre-reqs. She's giving people a chance to re-do parts of the homework that they didn't do well. I'll take it, of course, because more points are always good. I'm missing class this week, so I'm missing a quiz, so it's a good idea to get whatever points I can get wherever I might get them. I mean, this is like 1 point off the top of my grade and you have to get 90 to get an A (actually, 93, since 90-92 is an A-, and that may be acceptable). Of course, I may zombie-stomp the midterm and final, making this discussion moot. I should do this right, since I want to learn this for reasons other than merely checking off a box on a checklist.

Hey, it's the first week of Lent now for me. Woo. A friend, Catholic, is getting married on Saturday in Texas, so we're going to that, but besides that, we're pretty lenten. I'm not quitting sites like this because I am only writing here in spare moments at work.

I did front squats yesterday to protect my elbow. I wasn't sure what weight to do, so I ramped up to triples with a little more than bodyweight (260#). I had plenty left in the tank, since I wasn't taking much rest, but leg strength isn't the limiting factor in my front squats: it's maintaining thoracic position. I forgot to take my cross off, so I scraped off the enamel (it was a St Olga's cross with blue enamel). Oops. Some people might try to argue that the loss of thoracic position comes from shooting my hips back and trying to recruit my hamstrings into the movement, but, no, my upper back is just collapsing at the bottom bounce. The belt really helps with these and that's part of why I'm doing triples instead of fives: it's easier to hold the breath in and stay tight for a shorter set. One thing, though: front squats feel rougher on my knees.

St. Valentine's Day: I celebrated by picking up heavy things and putting them down. And going to church. Twice.

Google Buzz: Not really interesting yet. Don't think it will be interesting.

Kludge: I'm going for a kludgey solution to this thing that's been bugging me for the last couple weeks because I have a deadline coming up and I'm out of here on Thursday and Friday. I'll get a good version done sometime to deal with this in the next couple months. But, kludge away!

I like being me.

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your wife's church by garlic (2.00 / 0) #1 Mon Feb 15, 2010 at 05:46:20 PM EST
was she already a member of your church, or did she join?

Are your lenten restrictions self-imposed or church imposed, or some other combination?


met her there. by gzt (2.00 / 0) #2 Mon Feb 15, 2010 at 06:03:37 PM EST
She moved into town from the suburbs, started going to my church, I thought she was cute, so we got married.

Pretty much imposed by the church. They basically say, "Here's the ideal of what you're supposed to do for Lent. Basically, you're a vegan now. Do what you can." Some try to do the whole vegan thing, others leave it at no meat, others do what they can.

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Is yeast an animal or vegetable? by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #3 Mon Feb 15, 2010 at 07:14:48 PM EST
RC wise, heavy brew works for Lent.


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anything without a backbone... by gzt (2.00 / 0) #4 Mon Feb 15, 2010 at 09:19:33 PM EST
...is a vegetable. traditionally, beer is allowed. the prohibition is only on wine and stronger drinks. but many people argue that's silly and teetotal.

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what version of orthodox? by garlic (2.00 / 0) #5 Mon Feb 15, 2010 at 09:36:18 PM EST
my cubemate from Armenian Orthodox didn't know what I was talking about when I asked about no meat, no dairy restrictions.


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American. by gzt (2.00 / 0) #6 Tue Feb 16, 2010 at 11:10:04 AM EST
Russian, mostly. The Armenians ostensibly have the same guidelines. But a lot of modern people just don't get taught.

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I'll let him know by garlic (2.00 / 0) #7 Wed Feb 17, 2010 at 12:04:00 PM EST
that the internet says he's a terrible person.


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tell him he should whip himself. by gzt (2.00 / 0) #8 Wed Feb 17, 2010 at 12:06:22 PM EST
Not for any religious reason, it'd just be hot.

A lot of people just haven't heard this stuff or were never taught it for a variety of complex reasons. But Lent->fasting, for any variety of traditional Christianity.

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