Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Respec again.

 "He who would learn to fly one day must first learn to stand and walk and run and climb and dance; one cannot fly into flying."
He who would learn to fly one day must first learn to stand and walk and run and climb and dance; one cannot fly into flying.
He who would learn to fly one day must first learn to stand and walk and run and climb and dance; one cannot fly into flying.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Wikipedia understands.

Grinding is a term used in video gaming to describe the process of engaging in repetitive and/or boring tasks not pertaining to the story line of the game.[1][2] The most common usage is in the context of MMORPGs like Final Fantasy XIWorld of WarcraftTibia, or Lineage [3] in which it is often necessary for a character to repeatedly kill AI-controlledmonsters, using basically the same strategy over again to advance their character level to be able to access newer content. MUDs, generally sharing much of the same gameplay as MMORPGs, encounter the same problem. Grinding may be required by some games to unlock additional features.
Synonyms for grinding include the figurative terms treadmilling[citation needed] (a comparison with exercise treadmills) and pushing the bar (it can be a reference to a weightlifter "pushing the bar" on a bench press, over and over to get muscle gains, or a reference to Skinner boxes in which animals, having learned that pushing a button will sometimes produce a treat, will devote time to pushing the bar over and over again, or also can be a graphical reference to push the character's experience bar to higher values). Related terms include farming (in which the repetition is undertaken in order to obtain items, relating the activity to tending a farm field), and catassing, which refers to extended or obsessive play sessions. Used as a noun, a grind (or treadmill) is a designed in-game aspect which requires the player to engage in grinding.
The most common form of level treadmill seen is the practice of killing monsters for experience points. In this way, the player progresses towards the next level to defeat more powerful monsters.
Grinding is a controversial subject among players. Many do not enjoy it, and disparage it as a symptom of poor or uninspired game design. Others embrace it, claiming that all games feature grinding to some extent, or claim to enjoy the practice of regular grinding. Some games allow players to bypass grinding by paying additional fees.

Why players grind

Several answers have been suggested for the question of why players grind. A major motivating factor is the players' desire to pursue what appears to be the game's ultimate goal, which for many games is to reach the highest level.[1] There is usually little or no incentive for players to continually seek new challenges. Once they have found a means to reach their goal they will be averse to tackling new risks and instead repeatedly play through familiar content.[1] Sometimes players might actually enjoy repetitive tasks as a way of relaxing, especially if performing the task has a persistent, positive result.[4]
One reason that is less influenced by player choice is a lack of game content or to be able to battle stronger enemies.[2] If the player experiences all interesting content at the current level before reaching the next objective, the only alternative might be for the player to grind to the next level.[1] "Interesting content" is key here since the player might have been given "new content" that is too similar to previous content to be considered interesting by the player. [note 1][5]
Additionally, the players may grind for the enjoyment of being better at the game. Putting in the time to grind leads the player to gain experience and level up. Increases in level come with additional statistics boosts and abilities, which in turn allow the player to defeat stronger enemies. The gamer knows that time invested in grinding is directly related to strength or ability in the game. This relationship is encouraging to players, consistently rewarding their grinding effort.[2]


...You and those like you have received special advantages; you have all of you had the opportunity for mental training; many of you have had leisure; most of you have had a chance for enjoyment of life far greater than comes to the majority of your fellows. To you and your kind much has been given, and from you much should be expected...

...Shame on the man of cultivated taste who permits refinement to develop into fastidiousness that unfits him for doing the rough work of a workaday world...

...There is need of a sound body, and even more of a sound mind. But above mind and above body stands character - the sum of those qualities which we mean when we speak of a man's force and courage, of his good faith and sense of honor. I believe in exercise for the body, always provided that we keep in mind that physical development is a means and not an end. I believe, of course, in giving to all the people a good education. But the education must contain much besides book-learning in order to be really good. We must ever remember that no keenness and subtleness of intellect, no polish, no cleverness, in any way make up for the lack of the great solid qualities. Self restraint, self mastery, common sense, the power of accepting individual responsibility and yet of acting in conjunction with others, courage and resolution - these are the qualities which mark a masterful people. Without them no people can control itself, or save itself from being controlled from the outside...

...The truth is that, after a certain measure of tangible material success or reward has been achieved, the question of increasing it becomes of constantly less importance compared to the other things that can be done in life. It is a bad thing for a nation to raise and to admire a false standard of success; and their can be no falser standard than that set by the deification of material well-being in and for itself. But the man who, having far surpassed the limits of providing for the wants; both of the body and mind, of himself and of those depending upon him, then piles up a great fortune, for the acquisition or retention of which he returns no corresponding benefit to the nation as a whole, should himself be made to feel that, so far from being desirable, he is an unworthy, citizen of the community: that he is to be neither admired nor envied; that his right-thinking fellow countrymen put him low in the scale of citizenship, and leave him to be consoled by the admiration of those whose level of purpose is even lower than his own...

...Mendacity, slander, sensationalism, inanity, vapid triviality, all are potent factors for the debauchery of the public mind and conscience. The excuse advanced for vicious writing, that the public demands it and that demand must be supplied, can no more be admitted than if it were advanced by purveyors of food who sell poisonous adulterations...

...Courage, intellect, all the masterful qualities, serve but to make a man more evil if they are merely used for that man's own advancement, with brutal indifference to the rights of others. It speaks ill for the community if the community worships these qualities and treats their possessors as heroes regardless of whether the qualities are used rightly or wrongly...

...Moreover, the preacher of ideals must remember how sorry and contemptible is the figure which he will cut, how great the damage that he will do, if he does not himself, in his own life, strive measurably to realize the ideals that he preaches for others...

...We ought to go with any man in the effort to bring about justice and the equality of opportunity, to turn the tool-user more and more into the tool-owner, to shift burdens so that they can be more equitably borne...

...The good citizen will demand liberty for himself, and as a matter of pride he will see to it that others receive liberty which he thus claims as his own. Probably the best test of true love of liberty in any country in the way in which minorities are treated in that country. Not only should there be complete liberty in matters of religion and opinion, but complete liberty for each man to lead his life as he desires, provided only that in so he does not wrong his neighbor...

Friday, November 4, 2011

Ideal Conditions

We are about halfway through our first 30 days of Glory. Things have not been ideal, which is what should really be expected. If you wait for everything to be ideal before you make your move, it's probably never going to happen. You have to do the best you can with what you have, and not let little slip-ups throw you off your game. The plan is to keep the plan the plan.

Bench 202.5x5-5-10
DB Curl +30x16s-16s
Neck Harness 50x 50-50-50-50
Dips 12-12-12
Squat 275x 5-5-12

Maintain the commitment to CANI!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

30 Days of Glory

We are running a 30 day focused "challenge" here at Chattanooga Strength which we have decided to call the "30 Days of Glory." Not the 30 Days to Glory, because this is not about an end date. It is not about finishing. This is about living every day gloriously! It is about doing all the things that you know you should be doing. It means: doing your burpees, not eating junk, getting your protein, and not missing any training sessions.

Measurements and before photos have been taken. Prepare for Glory!

Bench 195x 5-5-11
DB Curls +30 14-12
Neck Harness 45x 50-50-25-25
Squat 250x5-5-12

Press 130x5-5-10
Chins +35x 10-9
Neck Harness 45x 50-50-50-50
Deadlift 285x12

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Hard work work

Been getting my regular lift on, despite some sort of satanic throat/sinus problem. All the usual lifts are on their way back up, and I am even breaking some rep records with about 20 pounds less bodyweight which feels pretty good.

Still working a lot (Rick Ross Et al).

The music streamed by whatever company at my new job is mostly pop stuff, and luckily not elevator muzak, but I have to listen to Rick Astley almost every day. I can feel it in my bones that someone gets a sick pleasure from adding that in to the mix.

Press 127.5x 5-5-11
Chins 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1
Neck Raises 45x 50-50
Deadlift 280x12

Monday, September 26, 2011

I work tree jobs!

Bench 175x5-5-12
EZ Curl 85x13-12
Squat 230x5-5-14

Weights are lighter that I would like (although that is pretty normal), but I made a couple rep records.

My work schedule is pretty Bulgarian right now. Although when you are talking about jobs Jamaican is probably the preferred nomenclature.

“Things may come to those who wait…but only the things left by those who hustle.” - Abraham Lincoln
"Every day I'm hustlin." - Rick Ross