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English: BenchPress ex

English: BenchPress ex (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The last few months have seen me using the exercises in Iron Man Magazine nearly exclusively. In particular, those found within the Training & Research Center’s articles, using the ideals of HIT and 4x. Steve Holman’s articles have lead to very good results and since the body needs to be confused from time to time, it is now that there will be some change.

For June and July, I am going to go with heavier workouts, though the reps will not be forced to drop much. Research is starting to show that decline chest exercises are more effective and stimulating the pectoral muscles. All the standing cable flyes will be replaced, as with the flat press. I’ve also knocked out some of the supersets and lowered the overall number of exercises. I want more bang for my time. The resulting chest, back and ab workout will now look like this:

  • Declined flyes   3×10
  • Declined dumbbell bench press   3×10
  • Super set:
    • Flat flyes   3×10
    • Wide-grip bench dips  3×10
  • Smith machine flat bench (negative)  1×9
  • Super set:
    • Pulldowns   3×10
    • Undergrip pulldowns   3×10
  • Upright barbell rows   3×12
  • Super set:
    • Dumbbell shrugs   3×12
    • Laterals   3×10
  • Knee Ups   4×12

The idea is to do this workout at least through June and then perhaps tweak it a bit for July. This is done once a week, usually on Monday, with a followup workout on Fridays that is more TORQ oriented. The latter workout will remain from the Iron Man articles and will be adjusted once the July issue of the magazine has arrived.

Changes for the leg work are still being finalized and will be posted as soon as they are ready.

Happy lifting.

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The Reality of a WIP

Reality. It is all around us. It is what we see. It is us. It is also a plugin. Yes, a plugin.

Reality was created by Paolo Ciccone for DAZ Studio. It is a bridge between Studio and LuxRender, a free physical light non-biased rendering engine. When first introduced on the DAZ forums, it created a storm like no other product. When it finally came out, rendering threads would fill up in days. It freed the artist to work on lights like the real world. Light bounced. Caustics were real.

Enough about Reality. Join Paolo in his forums for more.

It is time to return to rendering. Now it is time for a Work In Progress (WIP). The latest scene features Victoria 4 with the Jamie 2 textures. It is time to move lights around and create a simple scene. It is time to learn how to render realistic looking skin.

Join me on this journey.

w00t!

I Want To Be On Top Gear

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English: The BBC Top Gear presenting team of , and . (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I’m not British. I’m not English. I’m not famous. I’m not the mayor of London. I do have Scot-Irish ancestry mixed with German. I live in America and not England. No matter. I want to drive the car on Top Gear. I want to be on Top Gear.

Oh no, not that American crap. The real Top Gear. The one on the BBC. The Top Gear with Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Hamster. I mean Richard Hammond. I want to drive the Kia. I want to sit on the Green bench seat and talk to Jeremy. Heck, I want to talk to them all. I want to help them with a film about getting lost.

Oh yeah. I do want to be on Top Gear. Think of it. A home brewing, photography loving, Autobahn trained American guest on a British television show. I want to talk torques and horse powers (why do they make plurals of those words) with Jeremy. I want to talk over pints of beer with James May. I want to do better doughnuts better than Hamster. I mean Richard Hammond.

So, BBC, come one. Give a bloody Yank a break. I’ll even come early and make beer for the audience.

I want to be on Top Gear.

 

The Storm of the Century

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united states currency eye- IMG_7364_web (Photo credit: kevindean)

Hurricane Sandy, the MegaStorm! The storm that made Van Jones display how much of a moron he really is. The storm that made Governor Christy cry. The storm this. The storm that.

Ok, it was a storm. It was nowhere near the size of Typhoon Tip. It was a Cat 1. It rained. It flooded. Oh no!

It isn’t the storm of the century.

The coming Financial storm in America will make Sandy look weak and timid. For a hundred years, the Progressives in America has been buying votes today with money from tomorrow. They have never intended to pay it back. Their goal is a two class system, with them on the top. They have been struggling to make the rest of us dependent on them, and only them.

The typical reactions to life’s storms are a prime example. Instead of looking to one another. Instead of coming together. Instead of lifting one another up. Too many, far too many, look to Washington with the hands out. The Progressives are far to eager to fill it. But all this comes at a price.

The damage caused by the storm of the century is your Liberty. The binding idea during the American Revolution. Too many Americans now trade their Liberty for a few trinkets. It is worth far more than that.

Now America is again in election season. Again the two candidates have no plan and no intention of returning Liberty. There is still bread. There is still Circus. The people cheer. Their Liberty dies.

Pretty good. I like Indian food so it's odd th...

Pretty good. I like Indian food so it’s odd that I eat it so rarely. There’s even a restaurant within walking distance. Hmm… (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I met up with a marketing friend of mine the other day. She was discouraged by the lack of results from their marketing. She is writing articles everyday about marketing and how to do things better. All are in an effort to attract readers who would become customers for their business opportunity.

“I hate the results I am getting,” she said. “I am thinking of some drastic measures and keywords to attract customers.”

“Oh,” I responded. “What kind of keywords? After all, you have an online business opportunity. I’m intrigued as to what keywords you want to use.”

She looked at her shoes, a bit embarrassed and shy. It took her a few times to start.

“I thinking of keywords that get lots of searches. Something like ‘the best anal sex’ or ‘the webs best kinky’ or something like that. I’ve used the Google search tools and sex sells. Even on the Internet!”

I was taken aback a bit. My friend was not the type to talk about sex in public, especially anal. I felt my cheeks go flush a bit. Now I looked at my shoes.

“Well,” I said a bit sheepishly. “Why do you think keywords about anal sex will work?”

“Because of the traffic they generate! I mean, it will bring in scores of hits.”

“Yes, and what will people find will they arrive at your site? Will they find discussions about anal sex or toys or how to videos? I thought you had a marketing education business opportunity?”

“I do. That’s what is at my site. But the traffic! I mean, all the hits!”

“And what do you think people will do when they find out your site has nothing to do with sex? How quickly will they leave?”

“Probably almost immediately.”

“How will that drive sales?”

We walked in silence for a few more blocks. My friends excitement waned a bit. She knew her idea was not a good one. Yes, she needs more traffic, but she needs the right traffic.

“The business you have is good,” I said as I broke the silence. “But you are experiencing the problem with copying the pros. They made their sales and have the deep pockets to get their articles on hundreds of sites. That is why they rank higher than you will. On your site, is every article about marketing?”

“Just about. Every once in awhile I find something else to write about, but it is rare.”

I knew my friend had more interests than making money. She loves to cook and is very good at it. I made an attempt to steer the conversation that direction.

“Tell me about your hobbies.”

“You know I love to cook, especially Indian recipes.”

“Do you ever share this love? Perhaps give tips on making butter chicken or share your favorite recipes, complete with tweaks?”

“No, why would I?”

“Because that is your niche. That is what you know. That is how you can be different. Imagine attracting readers with recipe and restaurant reviews. Image readers responding to cooking tips. Imagine those readers going to places you recommend and telling the waiter that they came because of you. That will make your site unique in the huge world of the Internet. Then you would have a chance to get those business owners to ask you about marketing. Now you have the customer traffic you really need. Not some gimmick like trying to work the phrase ‘have hot anal sex’ into an article. Real traffic, real results.”

My friend stopped and looked at me. A smile had come to her face. I could see the epiphany in her eyes. The only thing missing was the light bulb over her head.

“Of course. My story. My life. Who I am. You are so right. Sure, Gregg Davision’s story is about being an incredible salesman as that is who he is. Andrew Cass, Michael Force…all those guys. Sales is what they did before and what they do now. I’m not a saleswoman. I’m a cook! And a damn good one too!”

She slapped my arm and walked on, talking to herself about all the ideas for articles she suddenly had. My friend is well on her way to a new life.

Crap in your sandwich

Holy crap man! What is this? Post once a month and expect people to subscribe to your blog? What are you? Stupid? I mean, WordPress is a great

Sexy girl

Sexy girl (Photo credit: doom_sellers)

thing, but only if you write. Otherwise, it is just another dead subsite handing off of the WordPress domain hoping and praying someone stumbles across it and they buy something. I mean, Holy crap man! What are you?

At the other end are the sites that have 15 postings a day, all about the same product and how great it is. It will make your penis bigger! It will whiten your teeth! It will make women want to rip your clothes off and do it all night long! Oh wait! I can only sell a few in your area. After all, if all the women are sore from all the sex, who will want them?? So hurry, act now!

Boo! Hiss! What a scam! Who are you Michael Parness? Dani? That crazy nut on CNBC hocking stocks?!?!?  Cramer!?!?! Dude! Bite me.

No, this is about truth. Barack Obama isn’t an American. He isn’t his own person. He is a shill for George Soros. Obama supposedly came from a poor family, yet went to the most prestigious schools in the country and received mediocre grades. Dave Icke is right! The reptile Overlords are in Control! Run for your life!

When does my dick get bigger?

Don’t worry dude. Keep rubbing.

Free sex all night at the best clubs in town. My free formula will show you how to get the ladies wet and wanting. Send $200 postage and handling and even you can have sex like Bill Clinton. The babes love him and they will love you too. Get it today!

Yeah. Obama is a tool and his supporters are idiots.

Where Are We Going?

We are on the last full day at being at the beach at Emerald Isle, North Carolina and tonight is taco night. Last week, we drove from

English: Split, gymnastics Deutsch: Spagat

English: Split, gymnastics Deutsch: Spagat (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Cincinnati, Ohio to Mechanicsville, Virginia. We still don’t know if we are driving home to Cincinnati on Saturday or Sunday. Yeah, it is a bit late to be discussing such maneuvers, but such goes vacation.

The greatest lessons learned during this whole trip is one easily forgotten: be flexible. When things don’t go as planned, change the plans or perish. Too many people get completed stuck in the schedule and fail to see when it is time to change. They ignore the signs and complain. They get angry and point to the schedule. They will not relax.

Some things do require a tight schedule. Open heart surgery being one. The patient will not live for too long if left open. Very few things in life, however, require such a tight schedule. Failing to plan is as dangerous, so plan, go and be flexible.

Who knows where we are going tomorrow. We may drive to the in-laws and head home on Sunday. We may drive about half-way and stay overnight and then drive the rest tomorrow. Doesn’t really matter. When the decision is finally made, that is the direction will will go, until the signs say to move differently.

Be flexible and succeed.