May 25th, 2003


Gym. Session 28 of 124 (late posting, this refers to Friday)

This was the second "real" session with my new trainer. It started out supposed to be chest, but just a few reps into the first set on the bench press, and my right shoulder started to twinge again.

The rest of the hour was spent exploring that twinge, and then searching for exercises that don't touch my shoulders. Which is hard. Everything, almost, goes through or gets stabilized by the shoulders. Especially exercises that touch the arms, the chest, or upper back. (It's already very hard to exercise the chest, it's impossible to isolate, and the muscles in the shoulders are much smaller, and so give out long before the chest itself is tired.)

On the plus side, the twinge looks and feels like it's "just" a small muscle strain, rather than connective tissue damage. Muscles heal in only a few weeks, while things like tendons and joint cartilage take practically forever to heal.

But still, in the meantime, that still means a whole week, and maybe two, of no heavy loads through my upper body.

(Weird, according to emacs ispell, there were no misspelled words in this post. I'm not so good at spelling, I've almost never been able to spell this many words in a row without screwing up. This means, of course, that instead of a spelling error, there is instead a horrible glaring error of grammar that I will not notice until after I've posted it and y'all have read it.)

The fix isnt much better, this sucks

So a while back my ReplayTV 4160 just died. Five weeks after the warranty expired.

So I called up the tech support number, and arranged a return for a refurb.

And a week or so ago, my "new" refurbed unit arrived, and I plugged it in and set it up.

This sucks!

It keeps "stuttering" on playback, and lots of MPEG artifacts. Plus the responsiveness to the remote has dropped from "instant" to "lags about half a second".

Have they screwed up in the latest software, filling it with bugs? Or do I have another bum unit?

If it had been doing this back when I first bought my first unit new, I would have returned it.


Today was the third day of Folklife. I again spent most of my time hanging out with elfs and omahas and with their daughter, Kouryou-chan. It is just so much fun to wander around, around hundreds of food vendor booths and artisan booths, with buskers and street performers everywhere, have over two dozen theaters, stages, venues, concert halls, and classrooms constantly running, and have grass lawns to lay down on, and several public fountains to play in. All for the reasonable price of... absolutely free! (Five dollar suggested donation.)

The crowds of people are fun to watch too. Lots of all sorts of people, from all over the Pacific Northwest, in a multitude of hues, ages, ethnicities, clothes, and socio-economic strata. And lots of it having very much the "eye candy" property. Yesterday was gray and blustery (enough so that I spent most of the time with my duster fully buttoned shut), but today was clear, warm, and sunny, meaning that much flesh was on display.

Kouryou-chan alternated between happy and cranky, pretty much classic symptoms of over-stimulation. Even so, it's always fun to spend time with her, and help her parents out.

They left for home right around darkfall. As I was making my way back through the Seattle Center to the opposite side, where I had parked (most of the booths and venues were closed and the crowds were thinning out, but not much), I came across a fire dance.

A handsome muscular young man and his two girlfriends, all dressed in silk, sweat, and not much else, were putting on an amazing show, holding a pair of some sort of weighted wad doused with lighter-fluid and lit, burning brightly, on the end of a piece of wire, flipping around and about their bodies, carving circles and arcs of fire in the air. A few people were beating out a rhythm on some drums (drums are everywhere at Folklife), and a huge crowd had gathered to watch and cheer. It ended when an event manager and the Fire Marshal came and politely asked them to stop, but it was a gorgeous thing to behold until then.