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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…

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On the Allure of Brackets

March 25th, 2010

For the first time in my life I am participating in a NCAA Championship Bracket “pool”. First, an honest disclosure… I have never once seen a complete NBA, college, or high school basketball game. I think the one basketball game I watched from beginning to end was a community league game with a team from Microsoft way back when I was, like, ten. Basketball has just never been my game, and when you’re not all that into sports to begin with, these things have a way of totally falling off your radar. Yet, since I have joined this bracket thing, I have become obsessed… but I still haven’t watched a single game of basketball. Read more…

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Yes, I Still Have a Blog

March 23rd, 2010

It was mentioned to me yesterday that my blog is tragically stale… and not just that I haven’t posted since November. It’s time to liven things up with some fresh content and, perhaps, some fresh means of communication. I’d like to get my Twitter feed up and my Yelp reviews posted. Something to give the place that lived in feel even when I’m not posting as regularly as I like. But, before the redecoration, let me get to the first important topic of 2010… it is both timely and pressing. Read more…

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Going APE for Indie Comics

October 24th, 2009

Okay, that was an awful pun, but I couldn’t resist. Last weekend Brett and I headed out to APE (Alternative Press Expo) to see what was new in comics beyond the world of Marvel and DC. Turns out the answer to that question is mostly of the horror genre. Zombies, vampires, witches, ghosts, daemons… zombie-vampires… ghost-daemons… and Simpson’s knockoffs. Not exactly my thing. But all was not lost, for among the wasteland of teenage vampire love triangles were a few precious gems. Read more…

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Getting Back into the Swing of Things

October 21st, 2009

The past couple of months have been really crazy, so much so that even when I had topics I wanted to blog about, the very thought of trying to organize it into something meaningful filled me with dread… that and I discovered twitter. But a sort of normalcy has finally taken root in my life and I wish to get back into the swing of things. First, however, as is required under international blogging law, let’s do a quick mind dump on the events since last I posted. Read more…

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The Talented Generation

May 19th, 2009

A few days ago I was reading some post about the state of some poling question when examined in generational groupings. The pollsters have all sorts of clever names for these generations. In fact, there is an entire Wikipedia article about generational names in America (though, it would seem to be a highly debated article). This list includes:

  • Interbellum Generation
  • Greatest Generation
  • Silent Generation
  • Baby Boom Generation
  • Generation Jones
  • Generation X
  • MTV Generation
  • Generation Y
  • Generation Z

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2008 Taxes… Filed!

April 15th, 2009

As is becoming an annual tradition around my house, taxes are finally done and paid just in the nick of time after scraping together the necessary cash at the last minute. I even paid CA “use tax” on the engagement ring I had purchased through Blue Nile which is based out of Washington State (and thus afforded me a temporary reprieve from sales tax). But the tax man… he always gets what’s coming to him eventually.

I was actually a bit worried about waiting until the last minute as I am using H&R Block’s online system and there have been reports in the past of the site going down on tax day. But I had clear sailing the whole way and am now ready to begin my 2009 tax odyssey!

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Sarah’s Big News, or Modern Day Apocalypse

April 9th, 2009

Two big events in the past twenty-four hours and I just can’t decide which one is more blog worthy! So I’m just going to blog about both in the same post and let the reader decide. Read more…

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A Non-Event of the Lawyering Variety

April 6th, 2009

Yesterday marked the passage of April 5, 2009. For those who have visited my humble Santa Cruz apartment, you may remember the letter from the California Bar Association posted on my refrigerator declaring my moral fitness to serve as a lawyer in the State of California… a certification that expired yesterday. Read more…

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