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Training Log Archive: j-man

In the 7 days ending Jan 2, 2010:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Run3 2:30:00
  Bike2 2:00:00 39.14(3:04) 62.99(1:54)
  Total5 4:30:00 39.14 62.99

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Saturday Jan 2, 2010 #

Run 30:00 [2]
shoes: Saucony Progrid Ride 11/9/2009

Level 8 hills.

Descartes.

Thursday Dec 31, 2009 #

Note

Watched Alien vs. Predator. What can I say? The movie industry sure is a funny business.

Bike 1:00:00 [2] 20.14 mi (2:59 / mi)

Level 8 hills.

Finished my two Standards, Ethics, and Regulatory (SER) credits for 2009 by listening to "Investors’ Working Group: The Investor’s Perspective on Financial Regulatory Reform." The title might suggest it is really bad, but it really was. In contrast, "Fair Value Accounting: Where Are We and Where Are We Going?" was not bad at all.

I was particularly unimpressed by Bill Donaldson. Such a great reputation, but in this Q&A he just came across as a blustering fuddy-duddy, BSing his way around questions (which seemed to emanate entirely from journalists.)

Wednesday Dec 30, 2009 #

Run 1:00:00 [2]
shoes: Saucony Progrid Ride 11/9/2009

Level 8 hills.

Galileo (which also discusses Kepler and Copernicus and Brahe, to a lesser extent) and Bacon. I think these were given by Alan Kors. I never had the occasion to have him while at Penn, but whoever this guy on these lectures is, he has an excruciating voice (IMHO.)

Tuesday Dec 29, 2009 #

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We went to Avatar tonight. It was great. I'm not sure it met my original expectations, which may have had transmuted into something unreasonable over the years of anticipation. But, as reality sets in, as it inevitably does, and fantasy gives way to reality (or a fantasy reality) my expectations had come into line. And early previews were not encouraging.

However, over recent months and weeks my hopes were rekindled, and much like futures tend to converge to the underlying spot as their maturity approaches, my expectations converged to something close to what this movie delivered.

It has some weaknesses, but the overall product is inspiring.

Bike 1:00:00 [2] 19.0 mi (3:09 / mi)

Level 8 hills. Wanted to run, but too close to dinner.

Instead, tried the Kindle on the bike for the first time. It worked exactly as I had anticipated--quite well. What I couldn't have anticipated was how it snugly fits into the nook on the apparatus, making it even more secure than its center of mass and shape would otherwise.

I made some progress on the Wealth of Nations. And I continue to be so struck by the divergence between the perspicaciousness of this work and the tripe from guys like NNT, Krugman, Levitt, and much lesser lights like Buchanan, etc. While it is not entirely their fault, as the stars shine much brighter far from the city lights, I can't stomach a stew of drivel and haughtiness.

And my one thought for the night--is my life enriched by being able to consume knowledge with such comparative ease compared to my forebears who read by tallow candles and wrote with... whatever? Or similarly, are today's athletes (say Phelps and Woods) so much better than their predecessors, owing to... whatever? I really do have (epicurean) Luddite sensibilities. OK, off to the iPod, which will sync itself to my other Kindle. Bless it.

Monday Dec 28, 2009 #

Run 1:00:00 [2]
shoes: Saucony Progrid Ride 11/9/2009

Level 8 hills.

Finished lectures on Thomas Moore and Erasmus. Given my prevailing sensibilities, I felt a strong affinity for both, but especially the latter.

A bit, but not a lot of training over the past week to back-fill.

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