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By gzt (Wed May 19, 2010 at 02:33:07 PM EST) gzt, rosetta stone, chocolate teapot (all tags)
Whenever I see those stupid ads for the shoes that are supposed to work your glutes more or whatever, I think of these:

Seriously, guys, stupid gimmicks are not the trick to good looks, athleticism, or what-have-you. Shoes are pretty important in the grand scheme of things. If you wear crappy shoes, it will be unpleasant to walk around and impossible to run, and people need to walk around and run sometimes. You should probably have specific shoes for running (whether or not they should be traditional "running shoes" is, perhaps, up for debate), but all of your shoes should let you walk comfortably or you are being foolish. Kids, there are no shortcuts. If you want to look athletic, you need to train like an athlete. Or at least move around a little bit. Stupid shoes won't help. Here's a tip: calves don't respond to anything, glutes and hamstrings respond to heavy deadlifts and squats.

In other news, there are some bloody strong people at my gym. This one guy just barely missed a 705# deadlift in a competition. Intense. He hit the high 600s successfully and should have 700 by the end of the year. That qualifies as legitimate. Other guys in the upper 600s. I'll be in the 500s soon. 600 is probably outside of my potential, or at least my potential given how much I can dedicate to this. 600, to my mind, is like the marker between the men and the boys.

Which sort of makes this claim by Crossfit ludicrous:

We can take you from a 200 pound max deadlift to a 500-750 pound max deadlift in two years while only pulling max singles four or five times a year.
Followed by this clarification later:
It was a hypothesis stated as fact with zero intent to mislead. I still like the number and if I had to pick the upper range today for two years of CF, 750 would be the number.
500 is conceivable as a low end. In two years, a healthy athletic male should be over 405 and 500 is reasonable. 600 would also be a reasonable upper bound to claim. At that point, there could be reasonable debate over whether people typically hit the 500-600 range. Maybe they do, maybe they don't. 750 is ludicrous to include in the range except as deceptive marketing copy.

Crap, why am I going into this? I was talking about shoes and my goals.

Other things that suck: Rosetta Stone. I feel sorry for anybody who purchases that crappy software for "learning" languages. Do not buy. As useful as a chocolate teapot. You might learn some vocabulary. Which is helpful. But light years away from what you actually need to learn the language. Anyway, strong gzt recommendation: do not ever spend money on Rosetta Stone. It does not and cannot work.

I have an appointment with my advisor. I should roll. Well, I have lunch, then that. He has a new office every time I see him.

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stock market by sasquatchan (2.00 / 0) #1 Wed May 19, 2010 at 03:12:21 PM EST
would disagree with you about rosetta stone.

Did you ever get a pair of lifting shoes ?

I've had a pair for quite some time. by gzt (2.00 / 0) #2 Wed May 19, 2010 at 04:00:18 PM EST
It was barooo that didn't. They are one of my favorite possessions.

Stock market disagrees with me because people buy stuff with slick marketing, not stuff that works. If you want to get strong or learn a language, you have to do a lot of hard, boring work. Easier to do a bunch of gimmicky stuff that feels tough but never gets you anywhere. Rosetta Stone is simply ineffective, you cannot learn a language with it.

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WTF is this crap? by ammoniacal (2.00 / 0) #3 Wed May 19, 2010 at 05:19:42 PM EST
Did homey stroll through the mall during lunch today?

"To this day that was the most bullshit caesar salad I have every experienced..." - triggerfinger

It's short skirt weather. by gzt (4.00 / 1) #4 Wed May 19, 2010 at 06:27:24 PM EST
That's all I'm saying.

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What if I get rosetta stone for free? by MillMan (2.00 / 0) #5 Wed May 19, 2010 at 08:03:20 PM EST
The heavy weights remind me of the gym I went to in suburban Boston. It had a lot of really strong and really insecure dudes (and women, for that matter). Half the time I'd be over in the free weight section doing bicep curls with 15 or 20 lb weights while watching a dude with huge pecs trying to bench press 350+ lbs with horrible form (extreme straining, hips coming off the bench, etc) and it was like dude, just get a hooker to tell you how hot you are and how big your wiener is, you're going to destroy your body by age 30.

"Just as there are no atheists in foxholes, there are no libertarians in financial crises." -Krugman

not worth the opportunity cost. by gzt (2.00 / 0) #6 Wed May 19, 2010 at 08:48:29 PM EST
time is money. time should be spent elsewhere if you actually want to learn something.

these guys seem to have fun by going to sanctioned competitions and have little interest in self-destruction.

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yeah by MillMan (2.00 / 0) #7 Wed May 19, 2010 at 10:15:31 PM EST
I'll have to find a community college or something to take classes.

"Just as there are no atheists in foxholes, there are no libertarians in financial crises." -Krugman

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platiquemos is fairly good. by gzt (2.00 / 0) #8 Wed May 19, 2010 at 10:31:39 PM EST
it is a reworking of the FSI courses - which are proven to be very effective if you can stick with them - to be more amenable to self-study with some updates to vocabulary and improvements in audio quality. the creator is, unfortunately, dead. the program also requires considerable commitment to stick to and works best if you have a native speaker to talk to. taking a course helps deal with both of those, hopefully, by providing motivation (or at least external pacing) and a native speaker to work with. It will undoubtedly be more expensive and take far more time, unfortunately.

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I'll check that out by MillMan (2.00 / 0) #9 Thu May 20, 2010 at 12:26:41 AM EST
my best friend at work is a native speaker and I live adjacent to a neighborhood in San Francisco that is half Mexicans (and half hipsters, sadly).

"Just as there are no atheists in foxholes, there are no libertarians in financial crises." -Krugman

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the only caveat: by gzt (2.00 / 0) #10 Thu May 20, 2010 at 07:36:04 AM EST
takes a lot of work. can be mind-numbing. am thinking about doing it myself. already have it. question is whether i'll be able to use the work i put into it right now or not.

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also pimsleur... by gzt (2.00 / 0) #11 Thu May 20, 2010 at 09:46:25 AM EST
...get it from the library and burn it to mp3. look around the forum on to see the best ways to burn it to mp3 using audacity to cut down pauses. your library almost certainly will have it. it's not marvellous and has weaknesses, but it will get you to the point where you can introduce yourself, ask for directions, order a pizza, etc without making a fool of yourself. It's slow, but doesn't take much effort. Infinitely better than Rosetta Stone. May be better than FSI courses for some people's goals in that you are more likely to finish Pimsleur and get something out of it, and if all you want at first is to get around and order pizza, why not go for something tailored to that goal? Take all this advice with a grain of salt, since I haven't done this. I've just seen universal consensus that Rosetta Stone SUCKS and that FSI methods are very effective.

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