Print Story Don't like the look of this old town, what goes up must come down
By lm (Sun May 20, 2018 at 03:38:35 PM EST) (all tags)
... Character is lost and found, on unfamiliar playing ground

Or, to mix the streams,

When you're down, it's a long way up.
When you're up, it's a long way down.

It’s all the same thing.

Completely irrelevant, I’m typing this in a text editor open next to a window that has a timeline that mentions the Maccabean Revolt and the Bar Kochba Rebellion. Neither has anything to do with this diary.

Last weekend I did the Kinetic Long Course triathlon (read: half Ironman distance). I did a whole lot better than I expected. I didn’t start to fall apart until mile 8 of the run and even with that I managed to stick to running 9 minutes and walking 1 minute out of every ten up until the last mile. I walked two minutes the last mile before running the last half mile to the finish line.

This was the first triathlon I’ve done in almost two years. My struggles with pneumonia, pulmonary embolisms, and a broken rib in late fall of of 2016 put a damper in my training cycle and I took a year off of racing.

Looks like I'm fully recovered after my year off of racing last year.

Eagleman 2016 times
Swim: 00:44:05
Bike: 02:46:54
Run: 03:15:19
Total: 07:04:36

Yesterday's Kinetic half:
Swim: 40:43
Bike: 2:45:54
Run: 2:48:15
Total: 6:23:23

Over all, I dropped forty minutes despite Kinetic being a hilly course for the bike and run.

If I can get down to running 10 minute miles consistently, I can probably take another 40 minutes off of my long course time.

Official race results for the curious:

I'm bib #51.

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I was looking forward to taking things easy for a week or so and then getting into a training groove for Savageman this fall combined with a couple of swim races and maybe an Olympic distance race. But then on Wednesday, I had a bad spill on my bike on my way to work.

Roads were slippery, coming off of a wooden bridge onto pavement, my rear wheel slid out from under me and I went down on my left side hard. It took me a couple of minutes to catch my breath. But I didn’t seem too worse for the wear and rode the rest of the way to work. Other than road rash and a sore hip I seemed okay.

But I did feel a bit shaken up so I asked my daughter’s fiancee to come and pick me up once quitting time rolled around so that I didn’t have to ride my bike back. Sitting in the back of the van, I started to get a touch of vertigo, nausea, and blurred vision. It cleared up after a few minutes.

Once we were home, I stood up to go relieve myself, blacked out and hit my head on the tub and then again on the ceramic tile of the washing room floor. My daughter called 911 and they took me to the hospital.

After far more too many tests (cat scans, X-rays, blood work, etc.) the general consensus of the trauma team was that I was suffering from blood loss. My left thigh was swelled up to twice its normal size. The trauma doc told me a fact that I had not known - the human thigh can hold up to a liter and a half of blood.

They put some stitches in my head, kept me overnight, ran some more tests in the morning and sent me home.

Fun times.

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A couple of different friends on the book of faces shared Josh Barro’s Why does Trump get away with corruption? Because Bill and Hillary Clinton normalized it and it caught my attention because a couple of pundits that are frequently in my audio stream of news have mentioned the core issue - in many ways defenders of the Clinton administration laid the groundwork for after the fact justification of the Trump administration’s corruption.

There are a couple of things that should be drawn out here.

One is that key to Barro’s piece is the claim of “normalization”. The charge isn’t that the Clinton administration was corrupt and, as a consequence, people turned a blind eye to Trump’s corruption. The charge is that defenders of the Clinton administration argued “hey, everybody does it, it’s how things work” to justify the administration’s corruption and by making that argument they set the stage for corruption being a “normal” thing.

The other thing is the question of extent. While it’s true that someone who murders one person and someone who murders 100 people are both murderers, that doesn’t mean that the single murderer and the mass murderer are morally equivalent.

I think there is probably at least one other thing floating around in there related to Harry Frankfort’s observation that the liar has at least some respect for the truth in that the liar seeks to cover over the truth while the bullshit artist simply does not care what the truth is.

But I’m too lazy to delve too far into that right now.

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Google News fed me an article that eventually ended with me on Calfee Design’s Bamboo Bike Frames. They do a custom build of carbon reinforced bamboo. The next time I have 5k USD to drop on a bike frame, I’ll check them out a lot more closely. Those are some beautiful frames.

(They also sell $200 DIY kits of untreated bamboo if you just want a bamboo bike and are willing to put the entire thing together yourself.)

But that’ll be a long way off. Riding the Kinetic long course reminded how much I love the Bride of Frankenbike. She’s fast. She’s light. She only needs to be fitted.

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I’ve been doing a project that involves random data. For some reason I thought it would be a good idea to just download a dictionary, turn it into a table and pull random words to make the data.

Reviewing the first data pull and stumbling across a company entitled “Queef, Inc.” convinced me of the error of my ways.

So I’ve been expurgating the list of words. I found a couple of lists of words that should go down the black hole but new ones keep popping up.

Fortunately, the first project doesn’t have any end user facing data so there’s time to sort things out.


I can’t think of anything to put here. So this is the end.

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Don't like the look of this old town, what goes up must come down | 3 comments (3 topical, 0 hidden)
Did they drain by sasquatchan (2.00 / 0) #1 Mon May 21, 2018 at 10:18:48 AM EST
the leg ?

The doctor thought it would reabsorb by lm (2.00 / 0) #3 Tue May 22, 2018 at 07:01:51 AM EST
I'm going to get a second opinion tomorrow. There's a lot of fluid moving around in there.

There is no more degenerate kind of state than that in which the richest are supposed to be the best.
Cicero, The Republic
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Queef, Inc by debacle (2.00 / 0) #2 Mon May 21, 2018 at 03:23:12 PM EST
An innovative new CO2 sequestration project. Go green ladies.


Don't like the look of this old town, what goes up must come down | 3 comments (3 topical, 0 hidden)