Friday, July 29, 2011

The Avenging Whedon

I'm inclined toward zero interest in the upcoming Avengers movie. I mean, big team-up films never seem to work, and most of the characters are left without anything important to do. Shoot, that was a problem with many of the Star Trek films, and those weren't even team-ups, except for Generations. Only one thing has me excited about this film, but that one thing has me very excited. That thing is Joss Whedon. This recent interview reminded me why he has me eager to see this film.

Monday, July 25, 2011

PR: Grace

In addition to the C&J PR I just posted, I also set a personal record for the workout called Grace (30 clean and jerks at 135 lb for minimum time) today. My new time of 8:48 is almost 7 minutes faster than my previous record. That time difference suggests an enormous improvement in technique or fitness, but I believe the speeding up was due to a different factor. The last time I performed Grace, I did so with steel plates in our second-floor apartment. That meant that I set the bar down carefully between reps. This time, I did the WOD at CrossFit Diesel with bumper plates, and I dropped the bar, with some guidance, between reps. That one change could easily have saved me the six-and-change minutes I took off my time today.

It was a good day at the gym.

PR: Clean and Jerk

Today I set a new personal record for the clean and jerk: 177.5 lb. That's only 2.5 lb more than my previous best, but a PR is a PR. I've cleaned 185 in the recent past, so I think that, with a little technique work, I should be able to reach that weight on the clean and jerk.

Friday, July 22, 2011

The Cabin Comes Out of the Woods

Whodonites in the readership may recall that Joss Whedon's "horror movie to end all horror movies," The Cabin in the Woods, was scheduled to be realeased late in 2009. Then it was rescheduled for early in 2011, so that it could be converted to 3D. Then, it's studio, MGM, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, and the film was put on hold. Well, now Lionsgate has acquired the distribution rights, and, once again, TCITW has a release date: April 13, 2012. We'll have to wait almost a year to see if the film actually gets released then.

Saturday, July 09, 2011

The Face: Another Couple

Although any kind of mental, emotional, or physical exertion can produce The Face, cameras are usually only present to record it at CrossFit Diesel. Here are a couple more photos demonstrating this expression:

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

PR: Run and Swing

A week ago, I set a new PR for this workout. My new time of 15:04 was an improvement of 1:41 over my previous (and only) best.

The Knights of Badassdom

It appears that LARPers are getting their own movie, courtesy of Summer Glau.