CrossFit WOD (Workout of the Day)

April 30, 2009

1 split jerk right foot forward
1 split jerk left foot forward
1 push jerk
Combine total max weight of three jerks for your score!
You can’t rack the bar between jerks, and three strikes you’re out!!!

I was quite pleased with my workout this morning and even more so in the fact that I kept pushing myself, even when I thought I had hit a wall and ended up going up an additional 10 pounds max from 105 lbs. to 115lbs.

So my total score for 3 x 115 lbs = 345 lbs.


Evolution classes optional under proposed Alberta law

April 30, 2009

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One more reason not to move to Alberta…
– FlashAddict

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Education Minister Dave Hancock supports a new bill that would require schools to notify parents in advance about subject matter that deals 'explicitly with religion, sexuality or sexual orientation.'
Education Minister Dave Hancock supports a new bill that would require schools to notify parents in advance about subject matter that deals ‘explicitly with religion, sexuality or sexual orientation.’
(CBC)

A controversial Alberta bill will enshrine into law the rights of parents to pull their children out of classes discussing the topics of evolution and homosexuality.

The new rules, which would require schools to notify parents in advance of “subject-matter that deals explicitly with religion, sexuality or sexual orientation,” is buried in a bill that extends human rights to homosexuals. Parents can ask for their child to be excluded from the discussion.

“This government supports a very, very fundamental right and that is parental rights with respect to education,” said Premier Ed Stelmach.

Although Stelmach has confirmed the bill will give parents the authority to exclude their kids from classes if the topic of evolution comes up, Education Minister Dave Hancock said it won’t change anything.

“With respect to values, religion and sex education have always been areas of concern for parents, and they’ve always been areas parents have had the right to be notified about and to exempt their students from,” Hancock said.

Debate over Alberta’s international image

Frank Bruseker, the head of the Alberta Teachers’ Association, is meeting with Hancock on Monday to raise his concerns.

“If parents don’t want that kind of education for their children they have a couple of options,” Bruseker said. “One would be home schooling or private school. So for a public school to start excluding based on religious preference, I think is a mistake.”

‘All they’ve done is make Alberta look like Northumberland and sound like Arkansas.’— Brian Mason, Alberta NDP leader

Bruseker said it would be difficult for teachers to avoid the topic of evolution in science or geography classes.

The proposed legislation has touched off a debate about just what kind of image Alberta’s government is trying to create around the world.

NDP Leader Brian Mason likened the bill to Alberta recently using a photo of a British beach in an ad to promote the province.

“This government just spent $25 million of taxpayers money to give Alberta a new image. All they’ve done is make Alberta look like Northumberland and sound like Arkansas,” Mason said.

The new legislation could be passed within a few weeks.

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/calgary/story/2009/04/30/cgy-bill-evolution-law-alberta-classes-teachers.html


CrossFit WOD (Workout of the Day)

April 16, 2009

I committed myself to getting back into working out hard at CrossFit and so I have gone into the gym the past two days and intend to do so again for the next two and then party quite hard at my buddy Spencer’s birthday party on Saturday night!

With that being said, today’s workout focused on strength training and so I worked on maxing weight on the following exercises:

1 rep max front squat
1 rep max push press
1 rep max thruster

total=max front squat+max push press+max thruster

Altogether, I scored the following:

Front Squat = 155 lbs.
Push Press   = 115 lbs.
Thruster       = 105 lbs.

Total Score   = 375 lbs. combined

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Yesterday’s Workout:

Warmup worked on handstands (something I definitely need to work on more), then we went on to the following:

Build up to your 1 rep max box jump, then: # of rounds in 12minutes
300m row
6 mountain climbers
3 Waist high box jumps
6 burpees

Altogether, I completed 3 1/4 rounds of the exercises above in 12 minutes and had a max box jump of 34 inches – not bad considering I am getting back into the swing of things again!


World of Warcraft – Secrets of Ulduar – Patch 3.1 Trailer

April 14, 2009

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Tis that time of year again, when the powers that be (aka Blizzard) releases the newest patch for WoW – Ulduar looks pretty sweet and I am looking forward to raiding this new instance after spending the past 5 months running Naxx every single week!
– FlashAddict

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My Personal Journey

April 9, 2009
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For my Video Art class at Emily Carr, I decided to move forward with the “Personal Journeys” project and so I went ahead and recorded the story of the day my mom died from ovarian cancer in 1994 and the Journey that I and my family went through that day and made a video about it. I published it on YouTube last night and wanted to share it with all of you:
– FlashAddict

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John DeVeaux is a second year Film, Video and Integrated Media student at the Emily Carr University of Art + Design in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Classifying himself as a Digital Artist with future aspirations to work in either the film or video game industry, his work focuses on combining a wide range of media including crowd sourcing, data capture, film/video, installation, storytelling and web based material.

My Personal Journey tells the story of the day John’s mother died from ovarian cancer in 1994 and features the artist providing a solitary monologue over a black screen with white text providing an ongoing narrative, as he describes the mental images that haunt him to this day.

Inspiration for this video comes from Derek Jarman’s film, Blue, which showcases the director looking back on his life as he was losing his sight and dying from AIDS. The film is 79 minutes in length and features a single shot of saturated blue covering the entire frame of the screen.

My Personal Journey is also part of an ongoing digital art project dealing with personal storylines about significant or memorable Journeys in peoples respective lives and can be viewed at:

http://personaljourneys.wordpress.com