Kacy Catanzaro: the first woman in history to qualify for Mt. Midoriyama.
I was telling some of my students last night (especially the ones somehow even smaller than I am, including two very badass ladies) to look this performance up cuz it is legit inspiring.
There were like FOUR places where her height required her to JUMP when taller competitors could REACH. So cool.
I just watched this last night, and she is incredible. 5’ tall, 100# flat and she beasts through the course even making it up the ramp in one run. She’s positively epic. Makes me want to look into freerunning clubs around here.
This is mad! The only thing I’d definitely screw up is the shifting the pole pull-up looking bit.
Bone Remodeling in Micro Gravity
Without the pull of Earth’s gravity our bones behave differently in space.
Normally the spongy material that makes up the structure of our inner bones,.(which basically looks like a sponge,.it’s all fractal,..crazy right?) disintegrates and heals properly.
On Earth the process by which our bones are broken down and repaired is generally balanced, in a healthy person.
For some reason not fully understood the balance between the bone breaking down and being repaired is offset. Scientist think perhaps the bones, not having the “mechanical stress” of our Earth gravity makes our bones feel a little more “relaxed”,..and the body’s skeletal structure basically disintegrates, nice.
The same effect also occurs in people with osteoporosis, although in space it’s much faster. We can counter micro gravities effect on our bones by taking more Vitamin D, exercise, and since 2008, using this bad ass looking machine called the AREB, (advanced resistive exercise device).
Space is not only awesome, it’s a learning tool because as we learn to better keep our bones in good health up in space, we’ll use those same techniques to help people on Earth.
That last gif! Deadlift in SPACE!
"We want to send you to the ISS…to deadlift!"
I’d kill for this fucking scifi nasa deadlift machine to be in my gym.
Attack on Titan x Pokemon x nope nope peace out ⊟
These frightening mash-ups come from Beth Emery/Zsparky, who has a gallery you can check out at DeviantArt. That Cubone and Colossal Titan mix is rad, but that Smiling Bulbasaur and its teeth are terrifying.
Mike Rowe: Learning from dirty jobs
It goes like this — we’ve declared war on work, as a society, all of us. It’s a civil war. It’s a cold war, really. We didn’t set out to do it and we didn’t twist our mustache in some Machiavellian way, but we’ve done it. And we’ve waged this war on at least four fronts, certainly in Hollywood. The way we portray working people on TV — it’s laughable. If there’s a plumber, he’s 300 pounds and he’s got a giant butt crack. Admit it. You see him all the time. That’s what plumbers look like, right? We turn them into heroes, or we turn them into punch lines. That’s what TV does. We try hard on “Dirty Jobs” not to do that, which is why I do the work and I don’t cheat.
But, we’ve waged this war on Madison Avenue. I mean, so many of the commercials that come out there — in the way of a message, what’s really being said? Your life would be better if you could work a little less, if you didn’t have to work so hard, if you could get home a little earlier, if you could retire a little faster, if you could punch out a little sooner — it’s all in there, over and over, again and again.
So, we’re thinking — by we, I mean me — that the thing to do is to talk about a PR campaign for work, manual labor, skilled labor. Somebody needs to be out there talking about the forgotten benefits. I’m talking about grandfather stuff, the stuff a lot us probably grew up with but we’ve kind of — you know, kind of lost a little.
Barack wants to create two and a half million jobs. The infrastructure is a huge deal. This war on work, that I suppose exists, has casualties like any other war. The infrastructure’s the first one; declining trade-school enrollments are the second one. Every single year: fewer electricians, fewer carpenters, fewer plumbers, fewer welders, fewer pipefitters, fewer steamfitters. The infrastructure jobs that everybody is talking about creating are those guys — the ones that have been in decline, over and over. Meanwhile, we’ve got two trillion dollars — at a minimum, according to the American Society of Civil Engineers — that we need to expend to even make a dent in the infrastructure, which is currently rated at a D minus.
So, if I were running for anything, and I’m not, I would simply say that the jobs we hope to make and the jobs we hope to create aren’t going to stick unless they’re jobs that people want.
Full talk transcript here.
for those not in the know, night witches were russian lady bombers who bombed the shit out of german lines in WW2. Thing is though, they had the oldest, noisiest, crappest planes in the entire world. The engines used to conk out halfway through their missions, so they had to climb out on the wings mid flight to restart the props. the planes were also so noisy that to stop germans from hearing them combing and starting up their anti aircraft guns, they’d climb up to a certain height, coast down to german positions, drop their bombs, restart their engines in midair, and get the fuck out of dodge.
their leader flew over 200 missions and was never captured.
how the fuck is this not taught in every single history class ever
To all those who don’t think the rape joke was a problem, or rape jokes are a problem.
I get it, you’re a decent guy. I can even believe it. You’ve never raped anybody. You would NEVER rape anybody. You’re upset that all these feminists are trying to accuse you of doing something or connect you to doing something that, as far as you’re concerned, you’ve never done and would never condone.
And they’ve told you about triggers, and PTSD, and how one in six women is a survivor, and you get it. You do. But you can’t let every time someone gets all upset get in the way of you having a good time, right?
So fine. If all those arguments aren’t going anything for you, let me tell you this. And I tell you this because I genuinely believe you mean it when you say you don’t want to hurt anybody, and you don’t see the harm, and that it’s important to you to do your best to be a decent and good person. And I genuinely believe you when you say you would never associate with a rapist and you think rape really is a very bad thing.
Because this is why I refuse to take rape jokes sitting down-
6% of college age men, slightly over 1 in 20, will admit to raping someone in anonymous surveys, as long as the word “rape” isn’t used in the description of the act.
6% of Penny Arcade’s target demographic will admit to actually being rapists when asked.
A lot of people accuse feminists of thinking that all men are rapists. That’s not true. But do you know who think all men are rapists?
They really do. In psychological study, the profiling, the studies, it comes out again and again.
Virtually all rapists genuinely believe that all men rape, and other men just keep it hushed up better. And more, these people who really are rapists are constantly reaffirmed in their belief about the rest of mankind being rapists like them by things like rape jokes, that dismiss and normalize the idea of rape.
If one in twenty guys is a real and true rapist, and you have any amount of social activity with other guys like yourself, really cool guy, then it is almost a statistical certainty that one time hanging out with friends and their friends, playing Halo with a bunch of guys online, in a WoW guild, or elsewhere, you were talking to a rapist. Not your fault. You can’t tell a rapist apart any better than anyone else can. It’s not like they announce themselves.
But, here’s the thing. It’s very likely that in some of these interactions with these guys, at some point or another someone told a rape joke. You, decent guy that you are, understood that they didn’t mean it, and it was just a joke. And so you laughed.
And, decent guy who would never condone rape, who would step in and stop rape if he saw it, who understands that rape is awful and wrong and bad, when you laughed?
That rapist who was in the group with you, that rapist thought that you were on his side. That rapist knew that you were a rapist like him. And he felt validated, and he felt he was among his comrades.
You. The rapist’s comrade.
And if that doesn’t make you feel sick to your stomach, if that doesn’t make you want to throw up, if that doesn’t disturb you or bother you or make you feel like maybe you should at least consider not participating in that kind of humor anymore…
Well, maybe you aren’t as opposed to rapists as you claim.
Why Powerlifting? Insights for the Outside World
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To the average onlooker the sport of powerlifting looks as easy as moving some heavy weights from point A to point B. A simple enough task, they can’t grasp why anyone would ever want to do it at the risk of serious injury. However, as with all things in life there is more than meets the eye and by looking further you’ll find it goes beyond just tossing some slabs of iron around.
“The Iron is the best antidepressant I have ever found. There is no better way to fight weakness than with strength”
Powerlifting is a sport that for many becomes a metaphor for life. A manifestation of their struggles, it provides an outlet to be able to literally overcome them. One in which the weights can come to symbolize just about anything depending on the person and their experiences. In a sense the act of powerlifting can be “therapeutic” because of this, allowing its participants to indulge in a level of unrestrained emotion. For some this is expressive through yelling and cursing but for others throwing the weights around is enough. Either way there is something to be said about the freedom of expression the gym allows in a world that forces people to suppress those emotions.
“The Iron never lies to you. I have found the Iron to be my greatest friend. It never freaks out on me, never runs. Friends may come and go. But two hundred pounds is always two hundred pounds.”
When all other variables in life are constantly changing whether it be school, work, family, or friends; the weights in the gym provide a constant. No matter what happens, a lifter will always know that a number is a number and either they can get stronger or they can get weaker. The simplicity in that fact can make life easy when everything else around may be hard to understand.
“Try to lift what you’re not prepared to and the Iron will teach you a little lesson”
While lifters strive to be successful in all aspects of their training, the truth is that the greatest motivation comes from their failures. It may seem ironic but failure means there’s opportunity for growth and that potential for self improvement is a huge motivator. So when a lifter fails at something and then comes back to demolish it, that number means so much more and the feeling of success becomes quickly addicting.
“Learning about what you’re made of is always time well spent, and I have found no better teacher. The Iron had taught me how to live.”
All in all the sport allows people to grow not only physically strong, but also mentally and emotionally by teaching the values and lessons of life through a literal form. It makes people better human beings because of it and THAT’s why people choose powerlifting. It is not to show off, to boast, or to put others down but its personal growth. The physical you see is but only a translation of the mind.
-Surge New Levels
Took the words right out of my mouth, Sergio.
This is one of the best things I’ve ever read. Could those be tears in my eyes?
Proud to powerlift.