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Miscellaneous nonsense.

Throughout the week I keep a file open in BBEdit with a draft of whatever my next entry here will be. I write something almost every day for it. Most of the time I delete whatever it was without posting, on the grounds that it's too boring. Today, I don't delete it! Today you suffer! And then thank me for deleting it all normally.

I almost always think out loud about the week's workouts. Tuesday's training was the "Tabata This" workout. The Crossfit Tabata exercise mode is 20 seconds on, 10 seconds of rest, repeat for 8 sets. Count your reps each time; your score is the sum of the lowest rep count for each exercise. "Tabata This" does this with rowing, squats, pull-ups, push-ups, and sit-ups, one minute of rest after each exercise. Needless to say, I didn't do the full-on official Crossfit exercise. I did jumping pull-ups and kneeling push-ups. My best exercise was the squat. I finished stronger than I started with squats: did 20 in my last set, which meant I should have been pushing harder earlier. The push-ups had the classic sudden drop-off when my chest muscles stopped being able to contract.

There was no letup today. Same muscle groups, hit hard, with a high heart rate for the whole hour. Tomorrow will be more of the same. Then my trainer goes on vacation for a week and I must do something low-intensity on my own.

Phase 2 begins now. Phase 2 is radical diet rejiggering. Diet as in "normal food routine" not diet as in "weird-ass misery-inducing short-term starvation". Not sure what it will involve, exactly, though my current theory is low-carb high-protein caveman eating habits. Must do more reading.

This workout thing is the best thing I've done for myself in the last decade. I feel fantastic. And sore. But mostly fantastic.

I cannot for the life of me remember why I typed this up, but I did. I think it had something to do with somebody on ffrants whinging that it's overly-restrictive to define a drabble as 100 words exactly. But that's the point, dude.

Drabble: 100 words exactly. Variants at small integer multiples of 100.
Ficlet: Anything under 1000 words; flexible.
Short story: 1000 to 17,500 words.
Novella: 17,500 words up to 40,000 words; Hugo awards definition.
Novel: anything longer.

The Hugo awards define a short story as anything less than 7500 words, and invent the category of "novelette" for 7500 - 17,500 word long pieces. The word "novelette" disturbs me, so I ignore it.

Am contemplating cutting back the frequency of giles_watchers posts to Sunday / Wednesday / Friday. The fandom is slowing down, friends. Pardon me while I weep quietly. I'll be here to turn out the lights.

You can find all the Top Gear soundtrack choices identified in this forum. It's interesting to me how electronic dance & ambient music has taken over TV and advertising soundtracks, even in the US where the tattered remains of radio is still playing classic rock 24/7.

Have been seeing scenes from both Reconnection and That Big-Bang Highgate Cemetery story in my head during quiet moments. I think I'm ready to write again.

Random: Tom Lehrer's "The Elements" (sung to a possibly recognizable tune), in Dutch, with Dutch stereotypical mad German scientists. (Why are all mad scientists German?)
Tags: fandom:top gear, life explosion, pushups, random
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