The Root of Insurance Problems

The Root of Insurance Problems

I've recently come across ads for a new car insurance company called Root, that promises to lower your rates by measuring how you actually drive, so that your risk, and thus premiums, is assessed by your actual choices and performance. And yes, they actually tell you that your rates are lower because you're not paying the insurance for crappy drivers. It's not quite a silicon valley darling, but predictably enough, the crowd that laments how it sucked to have insurance that charged you more for "pre-existing conditions" was bad, and paying for other people's health care problems is good, is…

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One Step At a Time

One Step At a Time

One of my personal weaknesses is that I tend to get into obsessive ruts - take on a project that interests me, deeply immerse myself in it until I'm satisfied with my level of knowledge and skill, if not polish, then drop it for the next shiny thing that attracts my attention. Daily habit is relatively lacking, and things with slow progress curves requiring months, years of work are also difficult. I also have a tendency to make the perfect the enemy of the good. Knowing this is literally the reason I reformed my excercise plan a while back, and…

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Personal Workouts

Personal Workouts

The Didact reflects a bit on his own personal workout, so I figured it was worth expanding on what I wrote in the comments. Now, don't come to me for weight loss advice. I know the theory, but haven't applied it well. That said, my weight has been stable for the last several years, and while I could afford to lose 50 lbs to get to 15% BF, that would still put me at 210-215 lbs. I started with the 5x5 "Stronglifts" variant of the starting strength program, with not even a 45lb bar but a set of…

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Seth McFarlane, Computer Updates, and Iron

Seth McFarlane, Computer Updates, and Iron

In no particular order… First, over at the reach, the Didact talks weightlifting, and fitness, and how it helps out in life. We endure the pain and soreness, the exhaustion, the nagging injuries caused by past poor form, the commitment of time and effort, because the iron has repaid our initial investment in it a thousandfold. It has transformed us physically, mentally, and spiritually. There is a calmness and a peace to be found in the steel. The barbell takes away our inner pain and exorcises our demons, and replaces these negative things with the feeling of bestial triumph that…

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Lifting Technique

Lifting Technique

I’m far from the world’s greatest lifter, but over the last few years have come across a few things that seem to make sense. While “Art of Manliness” is a hit or miss site for me, they certainly have provided a few useful insights in the past. Here’s a series of vids they did with lifter and coach Mark Rippetoe.…

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