Archive for 2011

From the Ashes of the 2012 GOP Primary

December 6th, 2011

Editors Note: My project to write a post every day is already off to a rocky start, as Saturday’s post went long and I’ve been distracted by other things. Today’s post, which should have been Sunday’s, is going to be shorter and perhaps tomorrow I can play catch up.

The 2012 Presidential Election is headed to America like the proverbial freight train, and the only good thing about it is the Democrats don’t have to go through the pain and agony of selecting a new candidate. Instead we get Barack Obama, for better or worse… but this isn’t a post about Democrats, that’s scheduled for Tuesday. Today we are talking about the other side, the not-so-loyal opposition, the Republican Party nomination process. Here, in short order, are my thoughts on the major candidates, why they are in the race, and what it means for nation. Read more…

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On the Predicted Death of the PC, the Game Console, and Scripting Languages

December 4th, 2011

In 2011 I have heard predicted the death of the PC, of gaming consoles, and scripting languages so often that the claim hardly seems shocking anymore. The cottage industry of making bold predictions has gotten so big that in order to make any true waves you need to predict increasingly more outrageous outcomes and just hope you strike it lucky often enough that no one notices all the times you get it wrong. But the three predictions above strike a little too close to home for me to not take notice. The death of the PC, the gaming console, and scripting languages would essentially mean the death of my knowledge and interest in technology. Read more…

probonogeek Technology

Can Has Opinions!

December 3rd, 2011

Okay folks, the last time I posted was P90X before/after shots back in May, and then before that, a random post about making icons in December. During those 12 months of relative blog silence I have a lot of thoughts I have failed to write down. Part of this is because if you want anything to be read these days, you gotta say it on Facebook or Twitter, but also because I’ve become a bit intellectually lazy. Well, that ends this week. Starting Saturday (it’s still mentally Friday for me) I’m going to post one thing every day until next Saturday with a set topic calendar. Read more…

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P90X: Run One

May 16th, 2011

For Christmas my sister gave me the P90X exercise program to help me continue my fitness journey. I had done the original P90 program years earlier in law school and when I first moved to Santa Cruz. But back then I was never able to actually complete all 90 days before I would either get too busy or injured, leading to getting off schedule and, inevitably, failure. But after working out five days a week for an entire year without missing a day, I figured I finally had the needed mental commitment to see the program through.

Last Sunday I finished my 90th day! I’ll be honest, I am less pleased with my results than I had hoped, but the blame for that lies entirely with myself. Yes, I can lift more weight, I can do more push-ups (including one handed and clap), I can do more pull-ups (lots more), and I’ve seen great improvement in my rock climbing. But my physical appearance just hasn’t changed as much for how hard I worked. Of course, the reason for this failure is that I didn’t do the diet, so while I was certainly building muscle, I wasn’t building as much as I could, and while I was burning fat, I wasn’t burning as much as I should. So, starting this week I’m doing the program over again but this time I’m sticking to the diet.

But, just because the results weren’t amazing doesn’t mean they weren’t something to be proud of, because they are. So, without further ado, here is a collection of photos taken at 30 day intervals. You can click through to see a larger version of any photo. Read more…

probonogeek Personal