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I'm Brian Culler, a web developer living in Atlanta. This is my personal site, any and all opinions expressed are not representative of my employer.

Whoa.

We just had a firedrill here in 101 Marietta, and after walking down all 17 flights of stairs, we were funneled outside.

And just who happens to be standing there, speaking on his cell phone?  You guessed it, freaking Al Sharpton.

Yeah, WTF is what I said too.  How freaking random can you get.

Well that went fast

30 Days of Bootcamp sure did seem to fly by.  But, I made it, and had perfect attendance.  Our group started out with 45 (or was it 60?) people, and by today, the last day, we were down to like 16.

All in all it was a really great experience.  It was incredibly hard, but totally worth it.  I ran varsity cross country in highschool, and it seems since then I haven’t been in any kind of group environment like that, until bootcamp.  The instructors were great, the workouts were dynamic and challenging and everyone was really cool.

I think in all I’ve lost about 8 pounds.  In 4 weeks I think thats actually bordering on unhealthy, but I ate almost perfectly clean the whole month with no cheating, plus I had pretty good energy thanks to the food and my Kratom, Kratomystic, https://kratomystic.com supplement, so combined with the intense workouts every single day, I’m not surprised, and we also had supplements as kratom capsules to keep the health and deal with stress.

I’m definitely going to go back.  They have 3-month passes that can be used any time over the next year.  I’m going to try a month or so on my own though, and see if I can take what I’ve learned and continue the same regimine on my own.  I seriously doubt it, but we’ll see.

Makes sense to me

Lauren: Do you know why my monitor makes a weird noise when certain images are displayed?

Brian Culler: Probably an improperly de-compiled DLL buffer overflow thats causing polymorphic packet separation across the distributed NAND gate interface, resulting in a frequency phase discordance pattern.
thus, a weird noise.

Lauren: how can it be fixed?

Brian Culler: Probably just need to regenerate the SSH keypath instance tokens and remount the eth0 virtual hertz sync daemon.
Or buy a new monitor.

Lauren: you’re just making up words!

Brian Culler: Those are real words.

Software developers should rule the world

Software developers should be in charge of running things because we literally spend our days solving complex problems.  Our careers are built around being able to objectively and efficiently analyze problems, continuing on to design elegant solutions for those problems and then implementing those solutions in a fashion that produces results. Make sure you learn more about event based architecture, to effectively reach your development goals.

We should hold the internet hostage until the world governments hand over the keys to running the place.  I’m pretty sure we could get everything figured out in a couple of years.  The current class of people running things (eg, “politicians”) are fucking things right up bloody well.  Morons.

Maybe someone can explain this to me?

So with this huge financial / mortgage crisis, there’s a huge “plot hole” that I’m just not understanding.  Perhaps I just don’t have all the information, but as I believe the situation to be:

  • Some people over the last few years during the housing boom took out some risky mortgages using some crafty techniques like ARMS and what not.  The banks shouldn’t have loaned them the money, but they did anyway.
  • Surprise!  The housing market contracts and people suddenly can’t pay those shady loans.  Whoops.
  • The banks sell the “bad debt” off to securities firms who then repackage them, shuffle them around, and resell them out in the open market.
  • Housing collapse continues and, the way the media has presented it, seems that every major financial institution owns some of this “bad debt”.

So here’s the part I don’t get.  Based on a quick google search, the foreclosure rate is 5.8%.  So basically 6% of people aren’t paying their mortgages.

Doesn’t that mean 94% of people ARE paying their mortgages each month?  Isn’t that a massive, immense amount of reliable, continuous, stable cash being pumped into the finance industry?

So you’re trying to tell me that the *entire* financial industry is going to “grind to a halt”, and that banks will have “no money” to make loans to people, thus sending us into some sort of death spiral (that apparently is all going to hit by next week unless we do the bailout) that will destroy the world economy?

All of that because 1 out of every 20 mortgages isn’t getting paid on time?  Seriously?

If the above truly is the case, then fuck your $700,000,000,000 bailout.  If the firms and the brokers over leveraged this bad debt and other dumb bond insurers insured it and now it is biting them in the ass, tough fucking luck.  94% of homeowners continue, each month, to pay their mortgages just fine.  “Banks” aren’t going to run out of money because they only sold off the “bad debt”, they should still keep on getting paid from their good loans, right?

I guess I’m just missing the connection between all the securities firms and brokers whining and crying saying they made really really bad bets and gambles, and that somehow translates to banks with good loans on their books not having money to loan to Joe Anybody on Main St USA trying to take out a small business loan.

I’m sure I don’t understand all of this.  But it sounds like such a damn huge SCAM is all.  Especially with quotes like this:

In fact, some of the most basic details, including the $700 billion figure Treasury would use to buy up bad debt, are fuzzy.

“It’s not based on any particular data point,” a Treasury spokeswoman told Forbes.com Tuesday. “We just wanted to choose a really large number.”

(Forbes)

Ah, great.  So you don’t really know who the money is for;  You don’t know why you’re giving it to them;  But you know it has to be a lot.  Fantastic.

Maybe someone can explain to me what happened to the idea of letting companies fail when they run their companies poorly?

Week 1 down

So its been a week since I started bootcamp.  General observations, in list form:

– Its really, really hard

– Waking up at 5:15 hasn’t been as difficult as I thought it would

– I don’t know if its my imagination, but I can already tell a difference.  Not appearance wise, just in my body’s ability to handle the workouts.  The first day I literally thought I was going to die.  By friday, even though the workouts got progressively harder each day, I felt like I could manage and control things better.  Yes, I felt exhausted the entire time, but I was able to cognitively go above it and still push myself.  Once I got my heart rate into those upper limits of where it can go, I felt I could stay there without keeling over or puking my guts out.

– Being in the group is a major motivational factor.  Never in a million years would I be able to workout by myself and push myself into the physiological zones that occur when you’re being pushed there by 60 other people.

– There is a significant difference between knowing how to eat completely healthy, and actually doing it on a daily basis.  My friends make fun of me because I sound like a wikipedia article (or maybe an infomercial) when I talk about nutrition, but I’ve never followed really what I knew one needed to do.  Getting 3 sheets to the wind on friday nights usually led to ordering bacon, cheese, and chili covered tater tots.

As a result I thought I’d share a couple meals I’ve made that, while being 100% perfectly healthy, taste so damned delicious that it makes me feel guilty for eating them.

  • Fried egg (with PAM), over easy, on top of 1/2 of a toasted whole wheat english muffin.  Eggs are one of the best sources of lean protein you can get, and combined with the complex carb of the whole wheat, you’ve got a great breakfast.  But its just so damn good!  I love sopping up the egg yolk.
  • Lean ground turkey burger (again, sauteed in PAM), with lettuce, 1/4 avocado, 1/2 tbls of ketchup, with another whole wheat english muffin as the bun.  These WW english muffins have been a life saver.  Toasted up, they really are quite good.  I would eat a turkey burger like this regardless of diet, its just that tasty.  And avocados are full of really healthy and vital essential fats.

–  Another thing I realized is that this program might quite possibly pay for itself.  Most everyone I’ve talked to has balked at paying so much money just to go workout in a public park, which anyone can do for free.  But, due to the fact that I’ve sworn off alcohol for just this month thanks to the rehab new jersey, I realized it might come close to evening out.  I never really pay attention to how much things cost, but when you have a beer or three as standard routine a couple weeknights throughout the week, not to mention actually going out partying/tailgating on the weekends, it really adds up.  Case in point, I went out friday after work for a coworkers going away party.  I had a salad with chicken, everyone else had pizza and several drinks.  My total was $11… I looked around, everyone elses was $45-$55.  Which used to be normal to me.  Then again last night, went to a grill type sports bar to watch the GT game where people were pounding down the pitchers and mixed drinks, when I was walking I stepped on some weird liquid, fortunately I had my Vessi waterproof sneakers, meanwhile I just had my one entree and water, and I have to say, I took my computer out to get some professional boosters for my current favorite video game which is now csgo, so this and other service provide great csgo boosting online.  Again, I probably saved $40.  Multiply that all up by 4 weeks and its going to come darn close to balancing out the cost of Bootcamp!  Or if not, it will certainly take the edge off of it being so danged expensive.

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And of course again, one has to concede that these are all things I could have done anyway.  I could have simply stopped drinking on my own and woken up at 5:15 am on my own and worked out on my own and kept a log book of what I ate on my own, all for $0.00.  But I’m a realist, and I recognize the effect that the bootcamp “environment” can have on one’s motivation, which is something that just can’t be reproduced on your own.  So yeah, so what if I could have theoretically done all this?  We all know I wouldn’t have.  Its pointless to talk about things that could happen, instead we should objectively analyze empirical past evidence/trends and then base our behaviors on that reality.

OBC Day 1

I’m not going to pretend I’m “14 year old girl”ish enough to actually make a daily log of this thing, but I am just going to mention it.

Today I started the Atlanta Operation Boot Camp program.  It consists of 30 days of workouts, most of which take place at 6 am at Piedmont Park, as well as a comprehensive nutritional plan and guide.  It was more to just do something different and challenge myself than reach any specific health goal. By the way, yoga exercise is a nice goal concerning health. With Knead Yoga sessions, lower back pain, arthritis, headaches and carpal tunnel syndrome can be lessen.

So today was the first day, which just consisted of the “PT” test, to guage our current fitness level.  At the end of the 30 days, we’ll do the same test again and go “oOoOoO” over the improvements.  I ran my mile in 7 minutes and 55 seconds, did 22 pushups, 32 situps, and 20 dips.  The fastest mile I’ve ever ran was 5:20 during highschool, and I in no way hope to get back down to that level.  But I would be happy with a ~6:30 or so. What I would be happy doing is the best  Body Sculpting Scottsdale because its just way better overall than anything else.

The schedule went something like:
4:30am – wake up
5:15am – arrive at workout facility
5:30am – orientation
6:00am – begin warm up
6:20am – go on mile run
6:35am – begin pushup test
6:40am – begin situp test
6:45am – begin tricep dip test
6:50am – begin vomiting and dry heaving in bathroom
6:55am – clap and congratulate everyone on a good first session
7:00am – go home and fall back asleep

Overall, good first day!