Links! September 13th

Some good reading:

"3-Sweep" Software Can Extract 3D Objects Out of a Single Photo | Popular Photography
This is incredible.
Tone policing: a tool for protecting male power | Geek Feminism Blog
"If you still need evidence that there’s a double standard, there it is. I think what’s happening here is that whatever men do gets defined as being effective, by definition, because they are men. It’s a little bit like how women frequently get describe as “emotional”, but this (often pejorative) label is rarely applied to men who are raging out, because apparently anger isn’t an emotion."
Programming Comedy – Wat – YouTube
This is how a colleague of mine came up with his StarCraft 2 name.
Ice, Ice Baby | Whole9 | Let us change your life.
"This next tip is really important, especially for the men. For the love of Peter (and your Pauls), keep your underwear on." My freezer wouldn't hold enough store-bought bags of ice to do this twice a week, but I could maybe try to collect the bins of icemaker ice over the week and use those. Could be a fun experiment.

A picture a day: Iceland

Since I’m apparently being pretty slow about posting some serious meat about Iceland (post-travel slump), here’s a photo:

Some rockiness near the Blue Lagoon
A mound/hill/rise just outside of the Blue Lagoon in Iceland. A tiny bit of the landscape.

All of the landscape is this kind of volcanic rock, and while there are some grasses, most is mossy like this.

A Hellacious Tabata

A tabata is a particular kind of high intensity interval training, in which you work a pair of exercises for 20 seconds at a time, with a 10 second rest between them, for a total of 4 minutes.

One slice of a tabata workout might look like:

  • 00:00 – 00:20: Pushups
  • 00:20 – 00:30: Rest
  • 00:30 – 00:50: Squats
  • 00:50 – 01:00: Rest

You’d repeat that four times, for a total of 8 units of hard work. If you can get the intensity right (which is difficult), it’s one hell of a workout.

The way I’ve done them as part of SexyShred has been three sets of the 4 minute workout, with different pairs of exercises in each set. You’d rest 1 minute between sets. A complete 15 minute workout would look something like:

  1. pushups/squats for 4 minutes
  2. jump rope/bicep curls for 4 minutes
  3. tricep kickbacks/lunges for 4 minutes

In this final week of SexyShred, I’m tasked with designing my own tabata workout. It’s a doozy.

  1. (Assisted) Glute-ham raises; sissy squats
  2. Good mornings; squats
  3. Teasers; hyperextensions
  4. Plank to pushups (includes actual pushup); tricep dips
  5. Flyes; dumbbell rows
  6. Overhead triceps extensions; dumbbell military press

This is a half-hour total, but I’m still working through the ordering of the sets.

Smanging It

Honestly, I wouldn’t normally give some random internet video an entire blog post, but this… I’m… I’m still laughing at this. It’s brought such joy to me.

Every time I watch it, I see something new. First, it was the fact that the main singer is reminiscent of Pootie Tang, and that they surely pulled in Charlie Murphy for the other guy.

Then it was the ridiculous bodyrolls.

Then it was the words.

Then (thanks to Greg), it was the main singer’s stare. o_o

And so I invite you to get on the “Lemme Smang It” bandwagon.

SexyShred Cleanup: Watermelon Sorbet

One of my SexyShred food challenges is to take a recipe I might crave, and rework it in a Clean Eating way.

I’m not really up for diving into my old comfort foods. A lot of that is garbage on more levels than just the ingredients, so I struggled to come up with something to convert.

Cranberry sorbet was my first impulse, but not only did I not have cranberries, I’m sick of grocery shopping (been doing it a lot as part of SexyShred) and I knew the honey/water syrup would be pretty hard to get right. Hell, I hadn’t perfected it with sugar in a way that didn’t require almost a full cup of sugar. Which is gross.

Protip: Splenda is also gross in cranberry sorbet. Sugar/splenda mix, too. I’ve tried all sorts of mess.

Clean Watermelon SorbetSo I went with watermelon sorbet. It came out alright, although my rendition was too sweet. The recipe below cuts the honey from the 1/2 cup I used.


  • 1 cup water
  • 1/3 cup raw honey
  • 4-5 cups of watermelon, cut into chunks and seeds removed
  • 2-3 tablespoons of lemon juice
  • Ice cream maker (I don’t like icy sorbets!)


  1. Gently boil the water and honey in a saucepan for about 5 minutes. The honey should be well distributed into the water.
  2. Blitz the watermelon in a blender until it’s smooth, then strain out 2 cups of juice.
  3. Mix the watermelon juice into the syrup, and (if the mixture is still warmer than room temperature) refrigerate for maybe an hour. It doesn’t need to start cold, but you don’t want to defrost the ice cream maker too quickly. Room temp is fine.
  4. Prep your ice cream maker, then follow its directions for the standard process of freezing cold drinks or ice creams.

Et voila. Simple, refreshing watermelon sorbet.

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