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  1. A new Conan song has come to crush you:
  2. As a personal proof that diet, exercise, and lifestyle alone can make the changes you need without medication, I went for my annual physical last night and my blood pressure was 108/60. Previously, I'd had readings in the 140/90 range and my Doctor was encouraging me to get on meds for it. Instead, I dedicated myself to stress management, nutrition, and balanced exercise. The results speak for themselves, as my cholesterol levels are great too and already he was impressed with my readings. My goals now are to just continue ahead with slowly increasing my exercise gains, putting on some more lean muscle mass, and increasing my flexibility and proprioception/balance. Thinking about taking back up with slacklining, which I did a lot in my 20's. And if I can get my arms strong enough, maybe archery.
  3. Raise your hand if you've never heard of Tubby Hayes. Next time the conversation turns to who was the greatest tenor saxophonist of the 50's and early 60's, remember his take on Tin Tin Deo. Every time I hear it, I stand slack-jawed and befuddled. What an incredible musician!
  4. Just discovered this sick Tunisian tech-death (in the Gorguts/Immolation sense) band, Brood Of Hatred:
  5. Damn, Divine Eve sounds like a perfect triangulation of Entombed, Celtic Frost, and Sodom. Can't believe I never heard of 'em before. Currently ripping up my stereo system is ENT's Damage 361 album with Barney from Napalm sharing vocals:
  6. For me personally, I always misunderstood and misapplied the sequence necessary to get and be fit. Most people start with exercise and maybe make a few lifestyle and diet modifications but it really has to be the other way around: diet and lifestyle first then exercise. Failure rates are high because people bite off more than they can chew physically and also aren't eating appropriately enough to consolidate any gains made. Clean up your diet, modify your lifestyle to include more recovery and stress-management, and then start a gradual and consistent build-up to physical fitness through exercise. Once I did that, rather than the other way around, I made consistent gains and maintained them.
  7. The easiest way to ditch your love handles and align your body's metabolism towards consistent fat-burning and muscle building is to eat paleo-ish. You don't have to go all in but you have to clean out the junk and reduce your sugar/carb intake to 100-150 grams per day while consistently eating healthy fats and protein while exercising/remaining active. The easiest path to follow is Dr. Cate Shanahan's Food Rules: CSC is on the right path, though I don't recommend taking weekends off. I guess it depends on a person's sensible level of control and overall health issues. For me personally, one or two slip ups in a row has me spiraling out of control. As well, the longer I eat this way, the less I want to eat otherwise (if that makes sense).
  8. Finally getting excited about Marvel Now as Punisher #1 was excellent and the new Moon Knight and Iron Fist titles look awesome as well.
  9. Saw that Twelfth Night again, and it really was incredible. Got tickets to see the same cast do Richard III, which has my favorite speech ever in it, Clarence's dream: O, I have pass'd a miserable night, So full of ugly sights, of ghastly dreams, That, as I am a Christian faithful man, I would not spend another such a night, Though 'twere to buy a world of happy days, So full of dismal terror was the time! Methought that I had broken from the Tower, And was embark'd to cross to Burgundy; And, in my company, my brother Gloucester; Who from my cabin tempted me to walk Upon the hatches: thence we looked toward England, And conjured up a thousand heavy times, During the wars of York and Lancaster That had befall'n us. As we paced along Upon the giddy footing of the hatches, Methought that Gloucester stumbled; and, in falling, Struck me, that thought to stay him, overboard, Into the tumbling billows of the main. Lord, Lord! methought, what pain it was to drown! What dreadful noise of waters in mine ears! What ugly sights of death within mine eyes! Methought I saw a thousand fearful wrecks; Ten thousand men that fishes gnaw'd upon; Wedges of gold, great anchors, heaps of pearl, Inestimable stones, unvalued jewels, All scatter'd in the bottom of the sea: Some lay in dead men's skulls; and, in those holes Where eyes did once inhabit, there were crept, As 'twere in scorn of eyes, reflecting gems, Which woo'd the slimy bottom of the deep, And mock'd the dead bones that lay scatter'd by. And often did I strive To yield the ghost: but still the envious flood Kept in my soul, and would not let it forth To seek the empty, vast and wandering air; But smother'd it within my panting bulk, Which almost burst to belch it in the sea. O, then began the tempest to my soul, Who pass'd, methought, the melancholy flood, With that grim ferryman which poets write of, Unto the kingdom of perpetual night. The first that there did greet my stranger soul, Was my great father-in-law, renowned Warwick; Who cried aloud, 'What scourge for perjury Can this dark monarchy afford false Clarence?' And so he vanish'd: then came wandering by A shadow like an angel, with bright hair Dabbled in blood; and he squeak'd out aloud, 'Clarence is come; false, fleeting, perjured Clarence, That stabb'd me in the field by Tewksbury Seize on him, Furies, take him to your torments!' With that, methoughts, a legion of foul fiends Environ'd me about, and howled in mine ears Such hideous cries, that with the very noise I trembling waked, and for a season after Could not believe but that I was in hell, Such terrible impression made the dream.
  10. Late to this thread but health and fitness has been my priority this past year. Turning 35, I realized I was midway between 20 and 50. At 20, I was in terrible health: out-of-shape, eating poorly, regularly plagued with nuisance health issues, and constantly stressed and anxious, etc. Between 30-35, I turned a serious corner in terms of eating, exercising, and mental health but still had some serious roadblocks. I'm 6'1, 140lbs and my goals are to gain muscle, gain flexibility, and kick my sugar cravings. Here is my current regimen: 150min/wk of exercise, including swimming, yoga, tai chi, and free weights; 10-15min/day of mindfulness meditation; dietary overhaul to incorporate more pasture raised meat on the bone, bone broths, fermented food, fresh veggies, etc. while placing a massive downgrade on sugars, carbs, fried foods, etc. Things that help are keeping a diet and fitness journal. I use Google Drive and share it with my wife, which helps keep me accountable. Another thing that helps massive is learning how to cook simple, nutrient dense meals with enough leftovers for lunch the next day. Cutting out lunches out has helped my diet and my wallet. I use the savings for acupuncture and massage, two things I felt I couldn't afford before. Two of the best health books I've ever read are Deep Nutrition by Dr. Cate Shanahan and Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers by Robert M. Sapolsky. They'll blow your mind.
  11. Friday metal marathon (reliving my adolescence): http://youtu.be/kNQzK2s-ywI http://youtu.be/Hv-4PBC4BK0 http://youtu.be/B7rxg7AlB9w
  12. Sonny Stitt never gets enough love. A killer cut from one of his later records: http://youtu.be/HnvddAyJGlI
  13. Dug out this old Blue Mitchell album, which smokes like crazy. Did some reading up on it and apparently it sat in the can for over two decades before being released, which seems crazy to me.
  14. The Hollow Crown is a good mini -- Richard II is incredible all around and Tom Hiddleston gives a good performance as Hal/Henry V in the other two. Highly recommended!
  15. Now that Bolt Thrower are no longer recording, I think Audio Kollaps (of all the BT worshiping bands out there) are the closest to assuming their mantle. Well, them and Hail Of Bullets. Speaking of them, they were part of my usual Friday metal blow-out: http://youtu.be/9YXX3NBnWCA http://youtu.be/t6fpBpeei0Q
  16. Just saw a "traditional practices" version of Twelfth Night with Mark Rylance, Samuel Barnett, and Stephen Fry. It was magnificent, staged as if it were still the Elizabethan era and the all-males cast milks the gender dynamics for all they are worth. Truly great, one of the best ensemble performances I have ever seen!
  17. One of the reasons I love Friday is that the guy I share my office with is gone and I can blast metal all day! Friday metal marathon: http://youtu.be/TJcayFqGxto
  18. Speaking of Louis Armstrong, he made my list of all-time favorite trumpeters: http://bopandbeyond.wordpress.com/
  19. Oh yeah, Pentacle is sick! They're back together now too. I also really dig the S/T Asphyx, probably because it sounds so different from their other material. Ditto God Cries, an album that gets a lot of derision but I think is actually pretty dope: http://youtu.be/UNwEd1Q7Pus Lately, I've been on a big Karnarium kick. They're Swedish but manage to actually sound a bit more fresh and different from the usual horde of Entombed clones:
  20. Sometimes I forget that some of the albums Asphyx released without Van Drunen are actually pretty awesome: And then there was that whole Soulburn detour, which is basically just a pseudonym for more Asphyx:
  21. All things GRAVE: http://youtu.be/FAwP_LQwTQs
  22. I went and ranked my all-time favorite tenor sax players: http://bopandbeyond.wordpress.com
  23. Been on a big Joe Henderson/Kenny Dorham kick: Kenny Dorham (trumpet), Joe Henderson (tenor sax), Tommy Flanagan (piano), Richard Davis (bass), Albert Heath (drums) Joe Henderson (tenor sax,) Kenny Dorham (trumpet), Andrew Hill (piano), Eddie Khan (bass), Pete La Roca (drums) http://youtu.be/rz7fFx0kH0w Kenny Dorham (trumpet), Joe Henderson (tenor sax), Ronnie Mathews (piano), Steve Davis (bass), J.C. Moses (drums)
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