October 11th, 2012

Exercise - MLP

Exercise and stupid moods

So this afternoon instead of going home and moping, i said fuck stupid moods and went by the mall. Got some dinner and went by REI to get some gloves to use while using the pull-up machine at the gym. Have i mentioned that my hands are small before? Apparently that is literally true. There were two different types of climbing gloves i was looking at, and for one kind both the medium and the small seemed to fit, and for the other both the medium and the extra-small seemed to fit. 5'10", 175 lbs, little tiny hands.

I ended up going with the small size of the thinner gloves, since both sizes fit but the medium seemed to have a little extra material. So after buying stuff and eating stuff i headed by gym to try out the new gloves. I did about 45 minutes of climbing first, then went and tried out the pull-up machine. The gloves definitely seem to help with the damage to the skin on my palms thing, but it's still kind of hard to keep a grip on the handles. At least now it's the gloves sliding around and not my skin ripping off though =P

I'm slightly annoyed at this point that even though my arms are already a bit larger than i'd really prefer they be, i still can't do a single bloody pull-up on my own without assistance from the machine. (Hmm, i'm making myself out to sound like quite the studly stud in this post aren't i =P) I can do a fair number of pull-ups if i set the machine to minus 100 lbs (assuming i'm reading the weights right) and a practically infinite number if i set the weight to minus 120 lbs, but nothing at all at 0 lbs.

But anyways, after about fifteen minutes of being happy about not losing any skin but not so happy about the gloves continually sliding around, i decided to try out the cross-fit machine. (Actually, i tried to try out the treadmill machine first but that one seemed to be broken.) I was happy to discover that it lets you adjust the resistance on the fly, so i could change it for each song so i could stay mostly in beat and still feel like i was doing a decent amount of work. I spent about 30 minutes on that, and it claimed i burned about 300 calories, yay!

On the way home instead of feeling tired i was actually feeling pretty bouncy and wishing i could go skating or dancing. Then when i got home i started feeling morose again. So i distracted myself with some stupid internet games for a couple hours, and now i should probably be getting to sleep.

Damn it!

Tuesday i got in to work at 6 am. Wednesday i got in at 5:30 am. Today i slept in and didn't get to work till a little after 9:30. I did got woken up be thunder and lightning around 6 or 6:30 from the expected thunderstorm, which was cool.

However i just found out from one of my coworkers who frequently also gets in early that this morning the office was hit by lighting, or at least as close as makes no difference. Reportedly all the windows (on this side of the building at least) lit up with the flash and all the UPSes (Universal Power Supplies) got triggered and started beeping. I am so annoyed that i missed it!
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Buy ALL the books!

It's a special edition of "But ALL the things!" with three book related things.

First: James Alan Garder is one of my favorite authors that no one has ever heard of. He's been nominated for a Hugo twice, but it was in the Novelette category and few people even know everyone who's "only" been nominated in the much more popular Novel category.

As good as his shorter work is i really love his "League of Peoples" series. Before John Scalzi's much more literal interpretation of the idea in "Redshirts", James Alan Gardner wrote "Expendable", in which a space navy has crew members specifically designated to go down to explore new planets and quite possibly never come back. After that there were four "main" sequels and two "side story" novels in the same universe.

Sadly they've been out of print for awhile and even the ebooks disappeared awhile ago due the rights being up for negotiation. Hopefully they'll reappear at some point, but the good news is that they just got added to Audible as audiobooks! So if you're one of the few other people who use Audible you might want to go check them out. It may not be a sale, but they're awesome books!

Here's "Expendable", and from there you can follow the author link to see all the books.

Second: For the next week or so the ebook of "Feed", but Mira Grant (aka Seanan McGuire) is on sale for $2. Supposedly this is across all venders selling the ebook. I verified that Barnes & Nobles has it for $1.99 and decided that was good enough for me :) If you've managed not to hear about it yet, it's a SF book set in a post-zombie apocalypse world. It's fairly hard SF in terms of the mechanics of the zombies which is a nice change. It's also the first book in a trilogy (plus some other short stories/novelettes.) It's also been optioned for film :)

Here's the B&N version, if you want to get it from Amazon, look it up yourself :)

Third: The Humble Indie Bundle people just came out with the "Humble eBook Bundle". Note the lack of the word "Indie" anywhere in that name, because it isn't really. The bundle has Cory Doctorow's "Pirate Cinema", Paolo Bacigalupi's "Pump Six", Mercedes Lackey's "Invasion", Kelly Link's "Stranger Things Happen" and "Magic for Beginners", and Lauren Beukes' "Zoo City". And if you donate over the average you get Scalzi's "Old Man's War" and Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean's "Signal to Noise."

Not exactly a bunch of unknown small timers, but of course there's isn't quite the same distinction between "big publishers" and "indie studios" in the science fiction writers world that there is in the game industry.