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Extinction Point: Exodus-Why you should read this book


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I’m an avid science fiction reader. I grew up reading the works of the great sci-fi masters. I cut my teeth on authors such as Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury and Arthur C Clarke. Am is saying that Paul Antony Jones is as good as the aforementioned? I leave that up to you to determine. What I am saying is that I’ve enjoyed the two books by Paul Antony Jones as much as the Foundation Trilogy or Childhood’s End or any of the plethora of great science fiction books I’ve read in over four decades. Extinction Point and Extinction Point:Exodus are books I and II in the Extinction Point series. Here is why I really enjoyed reading them:

  • Strong female lead character named Emily Baxter (I love strong female lead characters)
  • Methodical character and plot development (I’ve read books where I really did not care what happens to the protagonist. I want Emily to survive the alien Armageddon!)
  • A new and unique angle on the alien invasion theme, a genre that has already been done ad nauseum.
  • Jones’s writing style really reminds me of Stephen King. I’ve read some online “critics” that have implied that Jones’s writing style is too wordy or overly written. My reply is “balls on that“. Jones really takes the time to develop and craft his tale. Every sentence of every paragraph has me believing that I’m side by side with Emily and Thor (her dog sidekick) trying to survive in a world that is being transformed literally from the ground up by an aggressive alien species.

Take the movie “Invasion Of The Body Snatchers”, and combine it with some good old science fiction and Stephen King horror and you have one of the most compelling and unique works of science fiction to come along in years. Kudos to Paul Antony Jones. I hope his fingers are adroitly pecking away on his keyboard hammering out the third book in the series! You can buy the book here. You won’t regret it!

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I want my shot a the title.


 

In MMA there is a definite career path that a fighter follows from his very first fight all the way to the UFC and perhaps to a championship beyond. Fighters typically start in the amateur ranks. A typical  ammy fighter might have between 4-12 amateur fights before moving on to the professional ranks. Before  a fighter is signed to a major promotion like the UFC/Bellator he/she must develop a body of work (fight record) that is worthy of being recognized by the UFC, Bellator or one of the major MMA promotions. I believe that every fighter from day one (their very first ammy fight) should have the goal of one day being the UFC or Bellator Champion. What the hell…if you shoot for the stars and miss you’ll likely land on the moon…so to speak.

Developing  a career path in climbing is very similar to developing a career path in MMA. My ultimate goal is to climb Mt. Everest, but to do so I must establish a body of work before I am accepted on an expedition that is going to climb Mt. Everest. You simply can not call one of the major climbing expedition companies and say “hello…I want to climb Mt. Everest”. I mean you can but the first thing they are going to ask you is about your climbing resume…what mountains have you climbed and what climbing experience do you have?

Mt. Shuksan.

Mt. Shuksan.

My first major climb was Mt. Washington in New Hampshire. Mt. Washington is not a big mountain it’s 6,289 feet tall but it’s known to have some of the most dangerous weather of any mountain in the world. People do die on Mt. Washington. I’ve climbed Mt. Washington three times. Once was a solo ascent attempt in February in absolutely hellacious conditions (click here to watch a short video I filmed after I bailed on my summit attempt). I’m now in the process of raising money for my second climb. I plan on climbing Mt. Shuksan in the Northern Cascades in Washington State. The cascades are sometimes referred to as the American Swiss Alps. Mt. Shuksan is going to be a harder and more expensive climb than Mt. Washington. One can climb Mt. Washington in a single day. Mt. Shuksan is a two day climb and involves sleeping on the mountain the first night.

After Mt. Shuksan I plan on climbing one of the many mountains in Alaska…maybe Mt. Denali (the tallest mountain in North America). After climbing in Alaska I should have the climbing experience and resume to get onto an Everest Expedition. Climbing Mt. Everest is my one shot at the title. So when I say that the “path to Mt. Everest  leads through Mt. Shuksan”, you now know what I mean.

The problem with mountain climbing is the cost involved…it’s not a cheap pastime. To help defray the costs of the Mt. Shuksan climb I’ve set up a climb donation campaign on a crowdfunding website called supportlocalstuff.com The URL for my campaign is http://www.supportlocalstuff.com/mountainclimb#sthash.yPRtv7nR.dpuf. If you know me then you know I’m a pretty nice guy. All I’m asking for is a shot at the title and you can help me by donating to my Mt. Shuksan climb. Perhaps you ask yourself “why should I donate”, if he wants to climb a mountain that’s his business.” Quite frankly sometimes it just feels nice to do something that you don’t have to do…like helping someone. You can donate as little as $5. Hey after all maybe it will bring you some good karma down the road.

Thanks…I’ll see you at the summit!.

Ed Snowden=SPY…plain and simple


The masked avenger of cyberspace?

The masked avenger of cyberspace?

Edward J. Snowden the ex NSA contractor that is being hailed by some as an anti Orwellian hero is in fact a profiteer of classified information. One needs to beg the question, why did Snowden flee to Hong Kong? Did he flee to China for the delicious  Lo Mein  that those Chinese serve with such great facile and acumen? Bullshit. He fled to China because that’s probably part of the deal he brokered with the Chinese in exchange for classified information. He hands over lots and lots of classified information to the Chinese and they give him a proverbial suitcase full of cash and asylum. Sweet deal…to be set up as a landed gentry in some province of China. I’m not so sure that’s such a terrible life…to be a wealthy expatriate living in China. Well at least President Obama is not going to launch a drone strike against Snowden while Snowden is a guest of the Chinese government. I’d wager that in fact it was at the behest of the Chinese government that Snowden broke the PRISIM story to the press. Yes I suspect that Snowden’s  Chinese puppet masters are directing this little play from behind the scenes with great subtlety and subterfuge. The U.S. intelligence community must be in a mad scramble trying to figure out how the Chinese could co-opt and cultivate Snowden into such an effective mole. Unlike the IRS scandal where heads were lopped of publicly, I’m sure some U.S. intelligence officials are quietly falling on their own swords to pay for this little intelligence screw up.

I actually find it humorously ironic that our government has been wringing its hands together whilst whining about China hacking our computers while all the time it seems we’ve been doing the same to them…Whooops! It’s like two neighbors that have been banging each other wives while accusing the other of adultery…gotta love the way this whole thing is playing out.

If Snowden’s motivation was to hustle a buck (no doubt many hundreds of thousands of bucks), well then…you go boy! But don’t hail the guy as the masked avenger of cyberspace. Call him exactly what he his, a purveyor of classified information to a foreign nation for profit….or to put it more succinctly a spy.

Edward Snowden-Surveillance leaker is no hero.


Hero or traitor?

Hero or traitor?

Knowing that our government is collecting lots and lots of our digital data does indeed worry me. The fact that I am being told that it is for my own protection against terrorists makes sense at some level. Our president said that nobody is listening to our phone calls or reading our emails…really? The point is anything is possible. Just because I’m told its so…don’t make it so. So let me see if I can wrap my dull witted mind around this supposition: the government (our government) is collecting the equivalent of tons of digital data…and doing nothing with it? So all of those millions and billions of bits and bytes of data are just sitting on a bunch of servers and that’s that?

That being said, this guy Edward Snowden did NOT have the right to release (leak) the information he came across. Why? Because he had a security clearance  which disallowed  and prevented him from opening his mouth and yapping about anything he was working on or aware of. The simple fact is there are rules…for everyone and you can not choose to follow the ones that you wish to and ignore the ones you don’t want to abide by. Did Snowden leak the information to draw our attention to the Orwellian state that our government is becoming? Or did he leak the information so he could grab his 15 minutes of fame like the dolts we see on the reality T.V. shows that flood our airwaves?


Hero or traitor?

Hero or traitor?

Knowing that our government is collecting lots and lots of our digital data does indeed worry me. The fact that I am being told that it is for my own protection against terrorists makes sense at some level. Our president said that nobody is listening to our phone calls or reading our emails…really? The point is anything is possible. Just because I’m told its so…don’t make it so. So let me see if I can wrap my dull witted mind around this supposition: the government (our government) is collecting the equivalent of tons of digital data…and doing nothing with it? So all of those millions and billions of bits and bytes of data are just sitting on a bunch of servers and that’s that? That being said, this guy Edward Snowden did NOT have the right to release (leak) the information he came across. Why? Because he had a security clearance  which disallowed  and prevented him from opening his mouth and yapping about anything he was working on or aware of. The simple fact is there are rules…for everyone and you can not choose to follow the ones that you wish to and ignore the ones you don’t want to abide by. Did Snowden leak the information to draw our attention to the Orwellian state that our government is becoming? Or did he leak the information so he could grab his 15 minutes of fame like the dolts we see on the reality T.V. shows that flood our airwaves?

Egg white vegetable souffle recipe.


Serves: 6

Cooking time appx. 45 mins.

Ingredients:

  • 2 whole eggs, 4 egg whites
  • 8 slices of Arnolds “Double Protein” bread
  • 1 cup onion slices
  • 2 cups broccoli (steamed before added to the souffle)
  • 1 cup sliced mushrooms
  • 1 cup low fat grated mozzarella cheese
  • 3 cups of skim milk
  • salt, pepper, garlic powder
  • two small sliced thick tomatoes

What to do:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees, coat a square non stick baking pan with pam.
  2. In a large bowl combine the egg whites, eggs, seasonings and skim milk. Pour the liquid into a blender and blend on LOW.
  3. Line bottom of prepared baking pan with four slices of the bread with the crusts removed.
  4. on top of the bread slices add a layer of the steamed broccoli, sliced mushrooms, sliced onion and sliced tomato.
  5. pour about 2/3 ofthe egg/egg white and milk mixture slowly on top of the bread-vegetable base.
  6. add a second layer of bread with the crust removed. Press down firmly on the first layer before adding the second layer. Pour the remaining  egg/egg white and milk mixture on top of the second layer of bread.
  7. Sprinkle the cheese on the top of the top layer of liquid mixture.
  8. Bake

You can obviously change the recipe to suit your own tastes. For instance you can add chicken or ham.

Macronutrient profile: Carbohydrates-35, Protein-24, Fat-7, Sodium-412, Calories 285

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Mt. Shuksan Training Log Entry II


Sunday June 1 Technical Training:Vertical rope work and crevasse self rescue training.

I went to High Rocks Vista at Ralph Stover park and trained on the tallest wall at the park. It’s a single pitch wall between 120′-150′ high. Some sections of the wall are at least 5.9 or above. The weather was sunny and clear the air temperature was in the low 90’s. The sun shines directly on the cliff face making it like a giant frying pan. I set up two ropes, one rope was the backup rope for the crevasse self rescue training. I set the anchors and dropped both ropes and used my rappel rack for the rappel. I rappelled down about 80′ tied off the rack and practiced one set of “knot passing” on the rappel rope. When I got to the bottom of the pitch I set up both ropes for the crevasse self rescue section of the training session. The “climb” rope was set up with two Petzl ascenders. The backup rope was rigged with a grigri II. Normally I do this training session with a static rope for the climb. However in this session I used a dynamic rope. At the bottom of the pitch when I started the climb the “bounce” in the climb rope made the first 30′ of the climb very difficult and my heart rate was jacked. I used no foot aiders in this session as the wall is vertical with no overhangs. Because of the intense heat from the sun shining directly on the face and the bounce in the rope I took my time on the first half of the climb. Once my heart rate stabilized and the rope “tightened up” the ascent became easier. I’d “walk” up the wall several feet, stop and pull the slack thru the Grigri II on the back up rope. It took me about 25 minutes to climb about 120′. I could have climbed the pitch in half that time but because of the heat I took my time. I climb solo so If I had passed out from the heat I would have been hanging there until a hiker or another climber came along and found me. After topping out I took a 10 minute break and repeated the process.

Body Weight at the time of the session: 205 pounds

Pre workout meal: Turkey meatballs (6), Grits 1/2 cup dry, “I can’t believe it’s not butter 1 tbsp

Daily Macronutrient profile: Carbohydrates 280 gms Protein 220 fat 90

Calories burned during the session: Hike in with a 70 pound pack, set up, two rappels and climbs, gear cleanup and hike out 3026.

Monday June 3’rd Strength and Conditioning and Cardio.

Monday morning was spent at the gym. I worked two body parts, chest and shoulders using the following rep-set template. Each body part was trained using three different movements each comprising  3 sets of 8-12 reps. Keep in mind I’m in a “cutting phase” so my goal is to maintain  my current muscle mass while dropping body fat. I’m not attempting to get bigger and stronger. I’m already strong enough for the climb I simply need to improve my power to weight ratio by getting leaner. At the conclusion of the strength and conditioning session I implemented a new cardio protocol called M.O.A.C. What is M.O.A.C? Have you ever done HIIT training? Well it’s like HIIT training on steroids because there is no low exertion level. It’s 15 minutes of balls out high level exertion! I did 15 minutes of flat out as fast as I could sprint on an elliptical walker. The first 2 minutes were absolutely hellish as my quads were on fire! I thought to myself  “there was no way I’ll be able to sustain this speed for 15 straight minutes”. I was in absolute agony and nearly puked at the 12 minute mark. I did the entire 15 minutes without out retching or passing out.

Pre workout meal: Sliced ham, one whole egg, 4 egg whites 1/2 cup of sliced onion. Post workout. Isopure low carb protein powder mixed with two cups of skim milk and one tsb. of glutamine powder. Body weight 205.00

Please click here to donate to my Mt. Shuksan climb.

 

 

More Hate Mail1


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In response to my first installment of my Mt. Shuksan Training Log: A pusillanimous little pipsqueak had this to say:

“Well… good for you, but your intro post is a little silly. You make it sound like this ridiculous objective where nary a human returns. Its a good climb, but its not how you make it out to be. Also, your training regimen could use some work, man. You might want to lift like once a week, but other than that you should be doing cardio, lots and lots of cardio. Go find some stairs, run some wind sprints, do some burpees, etc. Pulling all the iron around is going to do very little for you.”

Well… O.K, is all I can say. Can you imagine ? This nincompoop is sadly indicative of  some of the spineless little curs that skulk and sleaze their way around the internet.

I’m finishing up the second installment of the training log so make sure to check back. I’m sure some colossal glistening jewel of ignorance will have something dopey and doltish to say about it.

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My Hate Mail! The Fire Board Break


Yes...I am in fact 52 years old.

Yes…I am in fact 52 years old.

I can be a polarizing person. Lets face it…not many men my age can do what I do. I’m not afraid to put myself on blast. I’ve blogged extensively about my weight loss transformation from a fat slovenly load into well…essentially the baddest 52 year old on earth. I did not start training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu until I was 42 and within two years won a World Championship in Brazil. I did not start climbing until I was 50 and have climbed Mt. Washington three times. I rock and ice climb as well. I was just promoted to Sixth Degree Black Belt in Kempo Karate after training in the art for over 20 years. I weight train at least 3-4 times weekly and am  in pretty damn good shape for a man of any age.  I get so much hate mail and nasty comments I’ve decided to make a separate category on the blog so you can read them and hopefully enjoy them as much as I do! My reply to my growing legion of haters is a quote from George Bernard Shaw “Hatred is the coward’s revenge for being intimidated.”

Regarding my video of my fire board break on YouTube. The following are from Reddit members (not edited for spelling or proper use of the English language):

now try it without the separators between the boards. Those “special” karate boards are cut so that the grain follows the direction of the hit, it’s not hard to break them. My 11year old sister can do it. this is far more impressive

Even taking out the separation doesn’t do a ton if you make sure the grain on every board is going the same direction.As for “special” karate boards… I mean, they’re just pine. The wood naturally has a grain that runs in one direction through the plank. What helps more is making sure the grain goes the short way along the wood.

Looks cool, but this is basically just breaking three boards. The fire adds a visual effect and an illusion of danger, but at the speed you move to break a board you’re not really in danger of burning yourself – similar to how you can pass your hand through a candle flame.If anything, the fire may even weaken the wood and make it easier to break, but that might be a stretch.

I have the confidence to tear a piece of paper in public place, it doesn’t make any better at being a martial artist

in case you already had trouble breaking a couple of thin pine boards with spacers, we’ve made them even weaker by lighting them on fire. you’re welcome.

I would love to run around to all the McDojo’s and replace the cheap ass wood they break with something like purpleheart.

Wooow. That was silly.

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You can help me realize a dream!


You can help me achieve my dreams by clicking this link to donate to my Mt. Shuksan climb. Thank you for your support. Climb bold, climb hard, climb fast!

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The second step to Mt. Everest...Mt. Shuksan.

The second step to Mt. Everest…Mt. Shuksan.

 

 

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