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not strictly training related but this is so cool:

Paralysis is becoming less permanent — at least for some.

There’s now more evidence that stimulating the spinal cord can restore voluntary movement in paralyzed patients who haven’t recovered after other treatments. After five months of training coupled with targeted stimulation of nerve cells in the spinal cord, three people who had a severe spinal cord injury regained the ability to walk with varying degrees of support, researchers report online October 31 in Nature.

incidentally my mom used to edit that publication, science news, when i was in high school.

Off Topic / grief
« on: January 09, 2018, 10:25:18 pm »
My brother killed himself on Saturday. He had no ID on him so my family didn't find out until today (Tuesday evening east coast time, Wednesday morning my time). He was 26. I don't know what to do.

Sorry to dump that on you all, my mostly anonymous internet friends. But it helps to write it down and share it and I'm not ready to do that on social media yet.

Will probably go for a quite long run today.

Frequent injuries have been a fact of my life since I started playing sports. I'm not talking about traumatic injuries -- I've only had one of those, a separated shoulder, and it was from a fall that would have hurt most people -- but more strains and sprains and aches that just always seem to be there in one part of my body or other. As a person who loves exercising and playing sports, this is incredibly frustrating. There has to be a reason, whether or not I can do anything about it.

My interest in training came out of an interest in physical therapy that itself came out of spraining my ankle six goddamn times. Time to get back into PT mode. This thread will be a repository for things I read about injury-proneness and what to do about it.

MOVIES & ENTERTAINMENT & SHeeT! / penn and teller: fool us
« on: September 16, 2017, 05:26:13 am »
For me, Penn and Teller: Fool Us is the greatest TV show of all time. Simple premise: Magicians try to do tricks that fool Penn and Teller, and the prize is that they get to appear in P&T's act in Vegas. Three reasons I love it:

1. Many of the tricks are incredible in their own right. Even the ones that don't fool the hosts are usually beautiful or amazing or both.
2. Penn and Teller are always kind and positive. The whole atmosphere on the show is one of supporting and sharing love for a weird, niche craft that is ultimately a really hard way to make a living for most of the people doing it professionally. Everybody feels good. It's wonderful. It's similar to the British show QI for that reason: everyone is rooting for each other. Watching people be generous is extremely gratifying.
3. When they get fooled, it's because the magician did something stupefying. Cases in point:

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on a related note, i have become obsessed with david blaine, who is a genius.

I feel like this guy is Moderately fit non-athlete picks a random, hard goal that has minimal extrinsic value but massive intrinsic value. Goes and gets it.

ETA: he did a similar thing, for dunking, a couple years ago:

Politics, News, & SHeeT! / International Women's Day
« on: March 08, 2017, 01:22:21 am »
Happy International Women's Day, brothers. Can't strike today, so here's what I'm doing instead:
1. Donating to the National Organization for Women, Casa Ruby, the Asian/Pacific Islander Domestic Violence Resource Project, and Assata's Daughters
2. Encouraging the woman who reports to me to stay home
3. Finally finishing and sharing for feedback an updated version of my organization's gender equality policy, which has been on the back burner for weeks
4. Getting my boss to organize a meeting with the senior women at our organization to discuss how to celebrate the day. We're a bit late on this, to my embarrassment, but better late than never

Off Topic / david blaine
« on: November 17, 2016, 11:49:38 am »
is amazing. the end.

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Politics, News, & SHeeT! / despair
« on: November 09, 2016, 12:07:36 am »
i can't really think straight right now, so i'm just going to post this quote from paul krugman.

We still don’t know who will win the electoral college, although as I write this it looks — incredibly, horribly — as if the odds now favor Donald J. Trump. What we do know is that people like me, and probably like most readers of The New York Times, truly didn’t understand the country we live in. We thought that our fellow citizens would not, in the end, vote for a candidate so manifestly unqualified for high office, so temperamentally unsound, so scary yet ludicrous.

We thought that the nation, while far from having transcended racial prejudice and misogyny, had become vastly more open and tolerant over time.

We thought that the great majority of Americans valued democratic norms and the rule of law.

It turns out that we were wrong. There turn out to be a huge number of people — white people, living mainly in rural areas — who don’t share at all our idea of what America is about. For them, it is about blood and soil, about traditional patriarchy and racial hierarchy. And there were many other people who might not share those anti-democratic values, but who nonetheless were willing to vote for anyone bearing the Republican label.

I don’t know how we go forward from here. Is America a failed state and society? It looks truly possible. I guess we have to pick ourselves up and try to find a way forward, but this has been a night of terrible revelations, and I don’t think it’s self-indulgent to feel quite a lot of despair.

Sports Discussion / cubs win world series!
« on: November 03, 2016, 12:59:05 am »
Holy shit! First time in 108 years! Somewhere, wherever he lives now, Steve Bartman is weeping just a little bit harder than everyone else around him.

Football / 2016 college football season
« on: August 08, 2016, 05:21:21 pm »
26 days until Michigan's defense rips Hawaii's still-beating heart of its chest and eats it raw. The D was so nasty last year until Glasgow went down. We're going to be even better this year.

I just watched this video and got so hyped at my desk I started breathing audibly.

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CALL EM OUT / Any Romanian members -- what happened to Raptor?
« on: August 06, 2016, 02:53:41 pm »
Serious question for any Romanian members that might still be active or lurking on here: Have any of y'all heard from Raptor? I'm seriously worried about the guy. His last post was the kind of thing that would have caused me to call 911 if I knew how to speak to emergency services in Romania, he deactivated Facebook, and his last activity on here was July 31, the day/time of his last post. He's obviously one of the most active members on the forum so a whole week of silence is weird.

Hope he's okay, but I kind of fear the worst.


Sports Discussion / 2016 Rio Olympics - open thread
« on: August 05, 2016, 06:02:31 pm »
This is a cool series of animated infographics by the NYT on what separates some of of the top US athletes:

Tennis / Wimbledon
« on: July 06, 2016, 04:02:15 pm »
Really pulling for an all-Williams final. Probably the last time we'll ever see it! It's unbelievable how long Venus and Serena have dominated the women's game. Others have come and gone but the Williams sisters -- Serena in particular, the goddess that she is -- remain. They've both been pros for more than 20 years! That's fucking insane!

Also I want Federer to win again.

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