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It’s a Party!  A party for the Grandmom, more affectionately referred to as Mom Mom by the many people who love and are loved by her.  She is a generous woman, quick to offer help.  A knowledge person, who takes time to think about how the world should be.  Most important this is a woman who has cared and supported me for the entirety of my 29 year life span on Earth, so I’m going to throw her a special Christmas Party.  Why is this special?  Because I will be with her and not in Colorado by myself.

 

The year is 2016, the month December and the time Christmas!  I haven’t been home for any family holiday events that weren’t centered more or less around me.  But its Christmas and I no longer live 1,500 miles away, only 400.  So a quick hop in the car and I’m in Grandma’s driveway seven hours later.

The whole fam is present as well as Aimee and Liv’s boy Sam.  Cynthia and Mom have prepared all the normal fixins and it’s fixing to be a jolly good time.  I can only hope for snow, but it is the East Coast after all, and all I need is family.

 

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Queen and Quantum Mechanic

This video does an excellent job of describing the fundamentals, or as fundamentally simple as one could go describing string theory in six minutes.  And then gives some background on theorist and the history.  Wrapping up with fairly difficult to understand concepts and diagrams, but in the most impressive way.  Check it out!  Then check out Why? Science.  Excellent site!

Source: Queen and Quantum Mechanics

 

 

Work Out of the Day

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Today is a beautiful day in southwest Colorado.  In the sun, a warm 58, and in the shade a cool 48.   The sun is powerful at 6,500′ above sea level.  Above you’ll see the stunning, snow-capped La Plata Mountains.  After I stretch and do some quick core this morning, I’ll go for a nice hike or a short run up some hills all the while watching these mountains and thinking of deep powder turns in a few (hopefully not too many) months.

If you haven’t noticed, my fitness say will not be so much of a cross fit entry, but more of a coaches corner.  I understand why crossfit is successful, and I certainly condone any method of fitness if you enjoy it, but I’ll be writing more from a motivation and meaningfulness of fitness perspective.  I’ll put together some musings and try to attach my workouts, which should start to accelerate as winter approaches and I acclimatize from 70′ to 10,000′ (also, I’m seriously out of shape).

So like I said I’ll start with some stretching and moving before some core.  I’m just getting back into it so I’ll have a strong focus on proper technique and less so on speed or quantity.  Today is a recovery run from two straight days of activity (3 mi, 1000′ run and 2.5 mi 1000′ hike) and will only be a mile or two at an easy pace to loosen up.

Stretch hammies, back, back, core/back, some yoga poses.  Just roll around til you feel looser.   Dynamic stretches help to most effectively loosen you up, but I don’t have that kind of space.

After I fell limber, I’ll take a roller and press out any soreness I have built up in my calves, quads, and hips.

Finally onto core…

50 Row Boat sit ups

10 perfect, slow push ups

40 Russian Twists (Both sides = 1 rep)

10 perfect push ups

30 Slow or V-Position Bicycles (Opposite knee to opposite elbow = 1 rep)

10 perfect push ups

20 Reverse Crunches (If I’m feeling spunky I generally through in 20 straight leg extensions here to get my lower body going)

10 perfect push ups

10 V Sits

10 perfect push ups

Go outside and run for 15-25 mins at a recovery pace.

Have fun!

Remember having a goal is the key to personal fitness success.

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The Politician with bad hair

We might as well call this man He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Given-Attention.  I refuse to click on links and in this brief rant I will not use his name.   I don’t think it’s prudent to serve the man with terrible hair any attention as I believe this is his only means of popularity or even exposure at all.

The man with bad hair “speaks how it is,”  according to every ignorant, under-educated, racists, or blatantly insane individual that somehow thinks this man is the answer.  This man is actually not saying anything, especially if you expect him to say something a candidate for the Presidency of the United States of America might say.  In fact this man is saying that we should close our borders, cut funding for social programs, and pay the rich for being rich.

To clarify the man with bad hair was given the equivalent of 8 billion dollars from his father and is only worth 4 billion dollars currently.  I mean, we’re about to elect, or nominate some guy who blew 4 billion dollars of inheritance?  He is not a good businessman.  He is a man who can afford better lawyers than everyone else and has somehow through the grace of IRS loop holes and corporate litigation retained wealth.  This is not what America should look like, dumb rich people staying rich.  It should be the social mobilization that is the Land of the Brave.

But anyway, this man seeks to further this gap, not that he has any idea how he would even screw things up, he’s that clueless.  He states, “If I’m elected I will be brought up to speed within 24 hours.”  Hold the fuck up.  You want to be president and don’t even know the gig?  And I can’t get a job working as a carpenter apprentice because I have no real experience?  Damn, bro, where’d we go wrong?

When did wealth become more important than the future?  When did the social contract get bought out?  When did we become such scared children that we thought a wall is a solution to keep poor, non-English speaking individuals from stealing our cushy desk jobs?  That’s not brave, that’s idiocracy.  And as much as it pains me to source a movie, too many of us are drinking Brawndo: The Thirst Mutilator.

You want to fix America?  Educate these kids coming in.  And the poor populations that consist of so much talent.  Shit educate everyone.  Give America the chance for America to keep up in the this fast paced 21st century world.  Let’s give the future the tools they need to prevail.  And not just the individuals who are lucky enough to go to great schools, but every citizen of the United States.  Why wouldn’t we give America the best chance possible to succeed and find an American Dream.

In case you are unaware of the lack of greatness that I refer to in the current day USA here are some statistics about the US:

The high Ranks

1st in incarcerated citizens

17th (of 175) in Political Curruption

The Low Ranks

14th in education

31 of 74 in mathematics

23 of 74 in science

17 of 74 in reading

44th in Health Care

15th in Economy

94th in Global Peace

So let’s not try making America great again through the use of fear, ignorance, and oligarchy.  Instead how about we invest in our future through education, health care, infrastructure and utilize the amount of positive resources that we have with our population to their fullest potential.  I don’t know who has this magical wonderfication wand to make America great again, but I’m sure it’s not the guy with the bad hair.  So please don’t pay any mind to those you know do not deserve to be in the spotlight of the Presidency of the United States

Gear Review: Osprey Atmos 65 AG

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Osprey really knocks it outta the park (baseball euphemism) with this pack.  Detractors may call it small, but stop carrying a tent, grab a warmer bag, and fill the voids with beer and you’re good to go.

Easy access rear mesh is expandable and the water bottle mesh is compatible for a Nalgene holster.  Two large front pockets, two pocket on the hip belt, as well as two pockets in the brain will keep all of your essential gear organized and accessible.  The main compartment is roomy and has an easily removable sleeping bag divider.  Blah Blah blah.

The reason this pack holds up to the rigors of back country adventuring is two fold.  First Osprey has a 100% guarantee.  That’s a good deal.  Second, The Anti-Gravity or AG – I’m not overly found of this misrepresentation of science – system makes any load manageable.   Cushioned straps and a hefty Velcro adjustable hip belt evenly place the weight right a top your tush (if it’s not, go see you local gear shop to be fitted).  Then the pack has an open mesh backing with creates the most lovely of moisture-wicking drafts as you struggle up the mountain.  Comfort on all fronts.

Also, the brain comes off for a smaller day pack, but don’t expect to use the brain as a day pack.  It won’t work.   Comes with a rain cover and hydration port.  All and all this is a functional, reliable pack that will give you some comfort and organization along your favorite wanderings.  Here are some gear head specs.

Atmos/Ariel AG™ 65

$260
Backpacking
65 Litres / ~ 4,000 Cubic Inches

Load Range 30-50lbs

FABRIC
MAIN  
100D x 630D Nylon Dobby
ACCENT   210D High Tenacity Nylon
BOTTOM  420HD Nylon Packcloth

Bear Haikus

Haiku’s – Bears

Lions and tigers

And holy shit! Fucking Bears?!

Get me outta here!

You prepared for Bears?

Hope you are carr’ing bear spray.

They are just waking up.

Latin Grizzly Bear:

Ursus Arctos Horrib’lis

Not Ricky Martin.

Latin: Grizzly Bear

Ursus Arctos Horrib’lis

Does that frighten you?

Hey Bear!  Hey Black Bear!

Do you have any cubbies?

Don’t be mad at me.