Sunday, September 1, 2013

My Favorite Exercise

Stand, feet shoulder width, dumbbell in each hand, neutral position.

Squat, pause, return. Curl dumbbells. Raise to press. Lower press, lower curl.

That's one rep.

When I want a quick 'daily exercise', I do 5 sets of 10 reps, with a 1-3 minute rest between sets.

The weight depends on what you have available, and are comfortable lifting. When I'm "out of shape", I'll do 2 sets w/ 15 pound dumbbells, 2 with 20, and 1 with 25. In shape, 1 x 20, 2 x 25, 2 x 35.

Proper form is critical. Keep your back straight. Pause at the end of each movement. You will detect fatigue via form failures. The last set should be difficult. If it isn't, the weight should be increased.

Every time I do this, I feel it the next day. That's a good thing.

Saturday, August 31, 2013

How Improved Camera Phone Technology Buried me ...

I am geek enuf to know what I'm doing. But I managed to screw myself over with new toys. Here's the how to for that.

Start with a new phone, cause my Droid Inc was old. HTC One was my choice, because of the camera and apps that drive it. Zoe takes a series of shots - like 20 -, and stitches them together into an mp4. Sweet toy.

Add in the new and improved Google + "autobackup" from Android device!! Sweet!! I get in range of a working wiFi, and all my images are sucked into the photo part of G+. G+ is not the most outwardly facing sharing service. Facebook being a mortal enemy and all ...

Next up, Dropbox, my favorite files in the Cloud thing. It not only copies the images and videos from my camera, it renames the files !! Awesome.

And, of course, since Zoe doesn't delete the 20 files it snap shoots, I now get 21 files backed up into my two cloud services. And all the files are still on my phone.

Windows has this cool file handling thing called "Move", which takes a file from one file system location, copies it to another file system location, and deletes the original. Great way to empty out the phone onto my desktop machines, off into my photo/video keeping systems, backup, all that.

Except that using Move against my USB tethered HTC One locks up my phone after 5 or so files. Doesn't do anything good to Windows File Explorer either.

I shoot a lot of stuff using my phone. Which needs to be off loaded every once in a while. So, don't do that, for a Long Time, then try to fight thru the stuff above, and, I find myself swamped. What to do?

First, I'm learning what works / doesn't between my phone and desktop machines. Copy works, Move doesn't. Dunno about Delete yet, but ...

Second, I've got ES File Manager on my phone, which is quite happy to delete files.

So, I can get files onto my desktop, and then off my phone. Bit of work, but I'm OK. That's what Saturday and Sunday mornings are partly for.

Now, I've got the problems of getting all those files off of the auto backups that Dropbox and G+ provide.

And, no, I won't "turn them off and on", because I like what they do. Just don't care for the cleanup part.

Oh well ...

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Songs about rain ...

Artist Album Title The Cult Rare Cult [1] (Here Comes the) Rain Checkfield Distant Thunder After the Rain Rainbow The Very Best Of Rainbow All Night Long Queensryche Empire Another Rainy Night (Without You) The Cult Ceremony Bangkok Rain Steve Vai The 7th Song Boston Rain Melody Steve Vai Alive In An Ultra World (CD 1) Burning Rain (Japan) Rainbow The Very Best Of Rainbow Can't Happen Here Rainbow The Very Best Of Rainbow Can't Let You Go Rainbow The Very Best Of Rainbow Catch the Rainbow Gov't Mule Deep End Vol 2 Bonus CD Drivin Rain Chris Duarte and Bluestone Co. HoB Backporch Electric Rainbow Led Zeppelin In Through The Out Door Fool In The Rain Rainbow The Very Best Of Rainbow Gates of Babylon Pink I'm Not Dead I Have Seen The Rain (Featuring James T. Moore) Rainbow The Very Best Of Rainbow I Surrender Supertramp Classics, Vol. 9 It's Raining Again Rainbow The Very Best Of Rainbow Jealous Lover Rainbow The Very Best Of Rainbow Kill the King Rainbow The Very Best Of Rainbow Long Live Rock 'N' Roll Tal Bachman Tal Bachman Looks Like Rain Grateful Dead Without a Net (Disc 2) Looks Like Rain Rainbow The Very Best Of Rainbow Man on the Silver Mountain Red Hot Chili Peppers Blood Sugar Sex Magik Naked In The Rain Blind Melon Blind Melon No Rain Guns N' Roses Use Your Illusion November Rain Garbage Garbage Only Happy When It Rains Rainbow The Very Best Of Rainbow Power Eric Johnson Alien Love Child - Live and Beyond Rain Audiovent Dirty Sexy Knights In Paris Rain The Cult - Love (Remastered) Love (Remastered) Rain Concrete Blonde Mexican Moon Rain Breaking Benjamin We are not Alone Rain Lynch Mob Wicked Sensation Rain Breaking Benjamin We are not Alone Rain (2005 Version) Counting Crows August And Everything After Rain King Mudvayne Lost And Found Rain. Sun. Gone. Smashing Pumpkins MACHINA ! The Machines of God Raindrops + Sunshowers Counting Crows August And Everything After Raining In Baltimore Guster Lost And Gone Forever Rainy Day Porcupine Tree Stars Die: The Delerium Years '91-97 Rainy Taxi The White Stripes Get Behind Me Satan Red Rain Grant McLennan Fireboy Riddle In The Rain Collective Soul Collective Soul She Gathers Rain Rainbow The Very Best Of Rainbow Since You Been Gone Jeff Beck Emotion & Commotion Somewhere Over The Rainbow Rainbow The Very Best Of Rainbow Stargazer Dream Theater Black Clouds & Silver Linings-Special ed Stargazer [*] Rainbow The Very Best Of Rainbow Starstruck Rainbow The Very Best Of Rainbow Stone Cold Rainbow The Very Best Of Rainbow Street of Dreams King's X Dogman Sunshine Rain Joe Satriani The Extremist Tears In The Rain Led Zeppelin Houses Of The Holy The Rain Song

Thursday, February 17, 2011

More oil, or peak oil?

Don't ask me. I don't know.

There's hope, for a change.


Coffee with ground cinnamon

Once upon a time, I saw the idea that allowed Really Good Coffee to be brewed from reasonable beans, by adding ground cinnamon to the grounds. Since I like Really Good Coffee, and I drink a pot of it every day, this struck home as a thing to do.

The hardware: A standard Mr. Coffee drip pot. Someday, maybe, I'll write about all the coffee pots and brewing methods I've tried. For now, for me, I've settled on a $20 maker from WalMart. It uses the 10000 for a dollar filters. Along with the coffee pot story, I'll write about filters too. Maybe, but not now.

There's also a grinder for the beans, a Mr. Coffee coffee grinder, stock off the shelf from Target. There are at least 4 of them associated with my life / friends / family, and it just works.

The coffee: Sam's Club sells whole beans in multi-pound bags. My choice is Columbian Supremo, a medium roast, dark, rather oily bean. I've tried a lot of coffee beans too, and probably my favorite is from Kona, at only 5x the cost of these. Other 2x and 3x variants are available locally, but I just can't see spending up.

The cinnamon: My favorite place to buy spices is The Spice House. My favorite cinnamons are 'Saigon' and Indonesian. Highly, highly recommended. I have used retail ground cinnamon (just, don't. Take my word for it), and Sam's Club Cinnamon Sticks, which actually cost more than the stuff from The Spice House (!!) and are nowhere close to as good. Not in the same Universe.

The process: Clean and prep the coffee pot. Put cinnamon pieces in the bottom of the filter. Put cinnamon pieces and coffee beans in the grinder. Grind. Dump grind into filter, put water ito the system, hit the happy button and wait. Coffee happens. Pour into my big cappuccino cup, add Fresh Heavy Cream, and it's just magic.

The things I do wrong: Put too many beans in the grinder, and some won't grind. Wasted beans. Put too many grounds in the pot, and the filter will overflow, putting solids in your brew, and an interesting cleaning problem in your future. Carelessly put stick cinnamon in the grinder, and it will jam the blade. Do that enough, and you'll need a new grinder. Put too much cinnamon into the filter, or into the grinder, and you'll have coffee flavored cinnamon tea. Which is interesting, but not what I have in mind.

My favorite uncontrolled variable is how finely the cinnamon grinds with the beans. Believe me, it varies. If it grinds finely enough, it will plug the paper filter, causing the overflow above.

But, most times it works just perfectly. The results are incredible. Stop over, I'll pour you a cup.


Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Turduckin has nothing on this

stolen shamelessly from The Belmont Club comments ...

the answer is traditional ME foods like the Bedouin wedding feasts:

The largest item on any menu in the world is probably the roast camel, sometimes served at Bedouin wedding feasts. The camel is stuffed with a sheep’s carcass, which is stuffed with chickens, which are stuffed with fish, which are stuffed with eggs.

Sure it’s not Colonel Sanders but it is THEIR food…..don’t believe it..look it up.

Camel sheep chicken fish eggs