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Snooks Eaglin: "Baby Please"

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And read this excellent obit. (Scroll down at the link—definitely worth reading.)

Written by Leisureguy

21 January 2011 at 9:04 am

Posted in Jazz, Video

Climate change progress

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From the Center for American Progress in an email:

The first decade of the twenty-first century ended with the hottest and wettest year in recorded history, which also saw an extraordinary level of climate disasters like the catastrophic heat wave in Russia and the floods in Pakistan. This young year is already continuing the misery. Record-hot seas, warmed by billions of tons of greenhouse pollution from the burning of fossil fuels, are fueling catastrophic floods and storms around the planet. Global food and energy prices are rising as nations overwhelmed by disasters struggle with production, which threatens our economic recovery. In the United States, the blazing summer of 2010 is being followed by a harsh winter of extremes: record snowfalls, disastrous flooding, and record heat waves. Climate scientists first warned policymakers of the harsh consequences of dependence on the unconstrained abuse of coal and oil in the 1950s and 1960s, forecasting a future which is now our generation’s reality. “The 2010 data confirm the Earth’s significant long-term warming trend,” confirmed the World Meteorological Organization Secretary-General Michel Jarraud. “The ten warmest years on record have all occurred since 1998.” With unabated pollution, climate disasters are poised to reach unimaginable levels of devastation in the coming years. The political climate in Washington, DC is not any brighter, as polluters have taken over of the halls of Congress. Lobbyists for carbon pollution interests have set up shop in the U.S. House of Representatives, and the Republican Party is dominated by politicians who paint global warming as a scientific conspiracy. Some Democrats have joined the Republican assault on President Barack Obama’s efforts to turn back carbon pollution, arguing that the only way to preserve the American dream is to leave the coal and oil industries in control of our nation’s energy destiny.

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Written by Leisureguy

21 January 2011 at 9:00 am

Fitness progress

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I’m still at 199.5 lbs, second day in a row. I suspect that it’s working up to a drop, but in the meantime I just keep eating right, logging my food, and exercising. It will happen.

Today, I’m shopping for a GOPM (glorious one-pot meal) of what Yarnell calls Cioppino, but obviously it’s a one-pot variation. I’ll use WW rotini pasta, and it calls for shrimp and scallops. Yum. Yellow and red bell peppers, and I really like the way the peppers turn out in these meals. I’m going to add some fresh fennel on my own: fennel seems to work well.

Of course, I’ll spice it up some to remove the curse of blandness. Wish I could add some Worcestershire sauce, but that has 3 weeks to go. (Check back in 21 days for a report.)

As a result of the Pilates, I intermittently feel that I’m holding my body in a new way. I suspect that these events will become more frequent as I continue the work. I am now very pleased that The Wife vetoed the large Pilates exercise classes at the Monterey Sports Center: those are good as exercise, but I doubt that they would have the same impact on my posture.

For one thing, they don’t have the machines, and although the mat exercises are “complete”, it still is a great help to novices to use the machines, which specifically exercise, strengthen, and draw attention to the muscle systems that have not been much used.

For another, the instructor has too large a class to provide individual attention. In the beginning, when I do just about everything wrong, it’s quite helpful to have on-going correction.

I noticed for the past couple of weeks that I’ve had a soreness in my back—sort of low and at the sides. Last night I suddenly realized, “Duh! I’ve been exercising those muscles a lot.” I tensed the muscles that we’ve been working on: exactly the places where my back was sore.

So that’s understandable, and the soreness will fade.

Written by Leisureguy

21 January 2011 at 8:56 am

Posted in Daily life, Fitness, Pilates

Tabac Friday

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Lovely shave today, despite those few loose bristles sticking out of the brush. I didn’t notice before, but they’re gone now. The Simpsons Persian Jar 3 Super created a fine lather from the Tabac soap—always a good-lathering soap—and the Eclipse with its Swedish Gillette blade removed lather and stubble equally smoothly and easily. A splash of Tabac, and I’m on my way.

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21 January 2011 at 8:47 am

Posted in Shaving

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