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Welcome to Chris Danek's Livejournal [Apr. 22nd, 2010|12:00 am]
Chris Danek
Welcome to my livejournal. I post a wide variety of inane stuff here:

  • Commentary on life.
  • Humorous memes.
  • Personal life events.
  • Poker ramblings.

    As well as a bunch of other crap.

    For various reasons, as of Dec 13th, 2006, this account is now viewable by friends only. If you're really interested in reading any of this silly junk, please simply create a LJ account and comment below (letting me know who you are). Mom, Dad, Kyle, this means you. Andrea already has her shit together.

    Apologies to anyone who reads this in an RSS feed from elsewhere. You'll just have to get an LJ account.
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    P90X: End of Week 7 [May. 17th, 2009|04:26 pm]
    Chris Danek
    P90X still kicks my ass on a pretty much daily basis. It's been harder to find the motivation to really push myself through the entire workout and still eat correctly, but I found a good second wind this week.

    I'd say that I am definitely noticing changes in my general athleticism. I *feel* stronger, and I don't feel so lightheaded when running or doing short bursts of exercise. I don't think I look any different, and don't feel like I've lost any weight, but it's hard to tell. I'm certainly not going to be a success story on p90x infomercials (thank god).

    One more week of Phase 2 (it's a recovery week) then it's on to insanity time. I really am going to dig deep for Phase 3. Five weeks more then, what.. Start it over again? Maybe!
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    P90X: Day ~40 of 90 [May. 7th, 2009|09:14 am]
    Chris Danek

    Still doing the P90X thing, and it's still a bitch, but I have definitely noticed some changes. First, I'm in pretty decent shape. I can now run the length of 30 feet before heaving my lunch. That's easily three times as far as before.

    Second, I can totally envision doing a pullup, whereas before I could only envision doing half a pullup. Envisioning the last half of the pullup is really fatiguing, and I wouldn't recommend this thought exercise for all but the most trained minds.

    In all seriousness, it's coming along. It is an absolutely brutal regiment, though. You are literally sore in almost every part of your body, all the time. It's tolerable, though, because you get used to it. I'm definitely more high energy, too, and I think I simply sleep better (not that I had problems before, but I now fall asleep like a brick and wake up feeling pretty good instead of groggy).

    I played Ultimate [Frisbee] yesterday and was actually able to keep up without feeling like my chest was going to explode. Combine it with making a couple good long distance passes (rare), and yesterday was a dreamgame for me.

    I don't feel like I see any changes, but I took the photos and we'll see how they compare at the end of 90 days.
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    P90X: Day 17 of 90 [Apr. 1st, 2009|04:22 pm]
    Chris Danek

    Well, two weeks down, 11 to go. The first week was terrible - every exercise felt like I was using poor form and struggling to get through it. The second week was also terrible, and although I was able to give it a bit more (let's call it 85%), I was in awful pain every day, and flat out exhausted around the clock.

    I got through yesterday's plyometrics workout and am halfway through week 3. After this week, I have a week of "rest" (cardio and stretching) and then it's on to Phase 2. I have to say, though, today was probably the first day I felt good. I'm sore (as always), but I actually felt good walking around town, with a bit more energy than I typically have. I really do think that exercise makes you feel better (duh) as long as you aren't overdoing it.

    I may also feel good because I wavered a little bit on the diet (even though I'm not supposed to compromise) and overate this weekend (a food event in town followed by friends over cooking burgers).

    So far, so good.
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    Awesome usernames in the "connected words" category. [Mar. 31st, 2009|03:31 pm]
    Chris Danek
    Chippopatamus and Gutshotter
    Slow Rickroll
    Drawful or Drawesome
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    P90X: Day 11 of 90 [Mar. 26th, 2009|10:29 am]
    Chris Danek
    I'm more or less completely broken. I am perpetually tired, sore all over, starving in the evenings (probably my own fault, should spread my meals out further), and just generally beat-up.

    One small glimmer: I am definitely seeing improvement in my core strength, and am able to get through more exercises in the abs workout. I'd say I can do about 4 (of the 11) all the way to completion (25 reps).

    Looking over the schedule for the rest of the term intimidates me: plyometrics every Tuesday aside from 3 times for the whole 13 weeks.

    I can't wait for the weekend.
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    P90X: Day 9 of 90 [Mar. 24th, 2009|04:30 pm]
    Chris Danek
    As I sit in front of my desk, drenched in sweat and slightly shivering from the large amount of ice water I've consumed in the last 15 minutes, I've been thinking about how much mental processes change while working out hard. The kind of thoughts that go through your head while you are pushing yourself to your limits (however small those might be). I suspect that if we were able to someday acquire technology that could print a transcript of these thoughts while working out, we'd realize the insanity of what we think, and the unique ability of our brains to literally forget the pain of something. I've heard it's similar for women going through childbirth, but I can't imagine that being as painful as a plyometrics workout.

    Here's a transcript of my session:

    [5 MINUTES IN]

    Chris: Good warmup, this should be pretty tough. I remember this being hard last week, but I sorta blanked out and can't recall the details. Let's go!

    [15 MINUTES IN]

    Chris: Whew, this workout is definitely tough! But I've got lots of motivation in my tank. I'm gonna crush this workout!

    [30 MINUTES IN]

    Chris: My legs are on fire. I think that tearing off an arm would be about as painful as this. I wonder if I could run away from a cougar if my legs felt like this. Probably not.

    [45 MINUTES IN]

    Chris: What the SHIT was I thinking? This isn't even a workout, this is a karmic jail term in the form of comedy for bugs who are watching me. I am going to murder the next person I see after I wake up from the coma I am about to enter. I can't feel my legs.




    Chris: Hm, that was a good workout. I can't seem to remember most of it, though.
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    P90X: Day 7 of 90 [Mar. 22nd, 2009|10:10 pm]
    Chris Danek

    Stretching. Just what the doctor ordered.

    I think I feel pretty good after one week of this program. Obviously it's too early to tell what kind of results I'll have in the end, but I have a feeling this upcoming week will be half as hard as week 1 was. At a minimum, I'll know what I need to do during the week, and what I have to look forward to (the cardio Kempo on day 6 was just awesome).
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    P90X: Day 6 of 90 [Mar. 21st, 2009|07:26 pm]
    Chris Danek

    Finally, respite. Today was Kempo, a cardio program based on some simple kicks and punches. I was able to crush this workout, from start to finish. I'm sore as hell from yesterday's pullups, though. My lats are on fire.

    Hosting a party tonight so hopefully the eating (drinking) won't go to hell, and I'll still be able to do tomorrow's workout (Yoga).
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    P90X: Day 5 of 90 [Mar. 20th, 2009|02:54 pm]
    Chris Danek

    Legs & Back. Excruciating and awful, and I felt like I had terrible form, even using a chair to spot myself on lunges and chinups (which he considers "back" exercises).

    Also did abs again, and I feel like there's no progress yet. I hope I make it over this hump, because the beginning of this 3 month program makes the rest of it seem absolutely insurmountable.
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    P90X: Day 4 of 90 [Mar. 19th, 2009|07:29 pm]
    Chris Danek

    Yoga today. Yoga is incredibly hard if you have as weak a core as I do. I am incredibly inflexible (I used to be able to reach past my toes 6 inches, now I'm 6 inches shy), so trying to lay on my back and lift my legs straight in the air, perpendicular to the floor, is damn hard. I'm shaking and wobbling from the effort.

    The workout felt good, though. Lots of fun happy thoughts of life and simplicity, the beauty of nature and the sun, and the amazing things that people have done with their bodies over the millenia.

    I'm sticking to the food program pretty well, although I'm a bit hungry in the late evenings.

    This is a huge mountain to climb, and I feel truly like I'm at the bottom, but I enjoy a challenge.
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    P90X: Day 3 of 90 [Mar. 18th, 2009|04:34 pm]
    Chris Danek

    I have some terrible eating habits. I eat late, I eat 1-2 times a day, I overeat. If I didn't have the metabolism I did, I'd be 250 pounds, easily. I've decided to hop on the bandwagon and do the P90X thing, both workouts and eating habits.

    So far, so good. The workouts are really tough, and I can only get through about 50-80% of each exercise, but I'm attributing it to just being so out of shape for the last month or two.

    No "before" photos, though, sorry. If I manage to stay on the program (a pretty big If) for all 90 days, I'll do the photo thing.
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    Serendipity [Mar. 18th, 2009|04:27 pm]
    Chris Danek
    Standing in front of the teller, cashing some checks, I realize I have $200 USD in my pocket that I need to convert to CDN. I ask what the exchange rate is, check my XE.com bookmark on my mobile phone, and find a discrepancy of 3%. Next to me, a man steps up to the teller and asks for $200 in USD. We do the deal on the side and each make five bucks. Also, waiting in line at banks, awesome.
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    I remember when more of my days used to be like this... [Feb. 15th, 2009|11:17 pm]
    Chris Danek
    Tomorrow (Mon, Feb 16)
    All day
    Reading Week - No Classes
    Wake up!
    Jiu Jitsu @ RDC
    Go to bed!
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    Change.gov and Online Poker [Jan. 14th, 2009|10:11 am]
    Chris Danek

    An issue up for debate on change.gov needs your vote. Registration is required if you don't an Obama-account, but is trivially easy and requires no validation. 30 seconds in and out, and probably worth the time if you're a poker player.
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    Sunday Million on Stars: $2.5M Guaranteed [Dec. 28th, 2008|02:40 am]
    Chris Danek
    Typically the 1M gets about 7500 players, Stars ran some 99 seat giveaways (16, to be exact) and some VIP seats-added satellites. I think this will add about 2k players, but not many more will be added from the blitz of advertising and satellites, maybe another 1500. My prediction for tomorrow's field: 12,350.

    Place your guess here, and if you're playing, good luck.
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    Christmas Spirit [Dec. 23rd, 2008|09:36 am]
    Chris Danek
    While waiting for my gift at the jewelry counter to be wrapped (I've been there several minutes), a lady walks up and waits next to me. Another storekeeper comes up, looks at us both and asks "I'm not sure who was first?" The lady, without hesitation, snaps, "Me. Can you help me have a look at ... "

    After leaving the store, while waiting to pull out of an intersection, the car next to me stalls. I clearly see the girl's car jerk and stall, perhaps she's just clumsy with the clutch. Within 2 seconds, 2 separate horns start blaring. This isn't LA or NYC where horns are simply used as alternate forms of communication; the horn in rural Kelowna translates directly to a vulgar imperative.

    In the same car ride, I'm in a rather slow moving line. Facing someone who wants to make a left turn and cut across my lane, I slow down to let him cut across my path. The lady behind me gestures furiously while on the phone. The man who makes his left turn in front of me does not wave.

    Merry Christmas!
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    I had fun doing this.. [Dec. 10th, 2008|02:20 pm]
    Chris Danek
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    The most amazing scam auction site ever.. [Dec. 9th, 2008|02:12 am]
    Chris Danek
    I present http://www.swoopo.com.

    It's what they call an "entertainment bidding" site. This is by far the most amazing scam/idea I've ever heard.

    They place an item up for auction with a FIXED price, say a television for $50 (that retails for $1000). They then set the timer at 5 minutes, and highest bidder wins the right to buy the television for $50. However, the act of placing a bid costs you $0.75 and bumps the timer up a few seconds. Theoretically, you could win the TV for $50.75 (one bid when no one else bids).

    In practice, auctions are generating several times the amount of the price in revenue. A $1200 TV auction I watched for a while quickly generated about $5200 in revenue for the site as people attempted to cherrypick and win a TV for a few bucks.

    The best part is that if you decide not to buy it, they're 100% fine with that. It just goes back up on the auction block. They've essentially sold an item without selling an item!

    This is... awesome.
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    Programming [Dec. 8th, 2008|08:13 am]
    Chris Danek
    In working on http://www.girlswithflags.com (yet another shameless plug, sorry), I've remembered how much fun it actually is to code something. In my years as a consultant, I got that love of programming pithed from me by doing menial tasks of data manipulation.

    After my midterm this morning, I'll have a few weeks off to persue some quality time with myself - I had planned on playing some games and probably some poker as well, but I was interested in programming something as well.

    Maybe an web based RPG or something. Do people still actually play those?
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