Open Thread, Monday 20 January 2014 – MLK Day



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17 Responses to Open Thread, Monday 20 January 2014 – MLK Day

  1. zmalfoy says:

    I’ve always been heavy, but since the chemo, I’ve had a real struggle with weight. I’m making slow progress toward “fitness”, simply because I hat with a passion the feeling of weakness when I haven’t been working out . . .but I’ve seen a lot of these things around. This was written by a father who was reflecting upon how these might effect his daughter. Good points for the rest of us, too.

    • barnslayer says:

      I can understand his interpretations but I think his reactions don’t reflect the intent. He sounds like someone looking to be upset. Granted, I’ve never had a serious medical condition or life changing injury (Lord I am grateful). But I have had setbacks etc that have put demons in my head regarding my bothering to exercise or even being afraid to do so. We each have certain genetic pluses and minuses. But most of us have no idea what those limits are because we never really test them. Obviously you don’t want an injury but why set a ceiling on how strong or fast you can be? Methodical, intelligent progression on endurance and weight resistance is the only way to go. The biggest problem for many is self-honesty. Even though I’m blessed with a favorable metabolism I have a couple of extra inches on my waist due to me lying to myself about my activity level VS my ability to eat ice cream or Double Stuff Oreos. It’s much more effective to reduce portion size than to try to burn it off on a treadmill. Mrs. Barnslayer got one of those step counters that syncs to the computer (from Spark People). She has a target number of steps everyday which helps her keep track of her activity. But intake is always gonna be the weak link since unlike smoking or alcohol… everyone needs to eat.

    • I used to work with a guy in CA whose “word,” if you could use a single word to describe him, was “asshole.” If you could use 2, they’d be “callous asshole.” We still got along because he was funny as hell and very conservative and didn’t really believe his own crap most of the time. We used to joke about his sister, who was a San Jose District Attorney, and an absolute femi-nazi. She used to complain about how women were the victims of relentless media propaganda that made them feel worthless and inadequate and over-sexualized. We just laughed and laughed. Whatever.

      Then, one day, he brought in some women’s magazine that his sister gave him and he said: “Take a look at this sh*t.” It wasn’t even a slutty Cosmopolitan. It was something else, but the photos were pretty twisted. Keep in mind that he was showing a Marie Claire (or something) mag to guys that were used to bringing hard core porn into the office to joke about. Nothing shocked them, ever. There was some stunned silence as we looked at ads of grotesquely thin, slutty women, usually sucking on lollipops or some stupid thing, where the message was unmistakable, even for neaderthals like us. His only comments were: “Chicks look at this sh*t?” and “My God, my sister is f*cking totally right.”

      As the father of a daughter, I have to agree with this guy that these ads are destructive, especially the ones for women. Even the guy ones have idiotic simplistic messages that push athletes into early knee & shoulder surgery and early death. On the absolute surface, their message is ok. But go any deeper and they violate any measure of good sense.

      Personally, at my age, this is the level of female propaganda that I find most realistic and useful.

      And this is not off the internet. It’s a photo I took a few minutes ago of my wife’s kitchen motivational chalk board that I hijack most of the time.

  2. solaratov says:

    via Knuckledraggin’……

    New screensaver
    Posted on January 19, 2014 by Wirecutter

    If he gets stuck, click him and guide him. You can also bounce him around.
    This was sent in by 5 different readers and every time I get it I waste an hour out of my day laughing and playing.

    πŸ‘Ώ III

  3. texan59 says:

    ICYMI. “Ambassador” Kennedy hard at work offending the Japanese already. πŸ™„

  4. Stolen from Chrissythehyphenated. The blimp & quad-rotor sequence at 4:15 is hilarious.

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