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    The thing I hate about sports is that the commentators tend to hold themselves above the sport, they tend to be illiterate idiots that butcher the language in a mass media setting, and the teams and players seem to live in another little world.

    I've heard of all sorts of assaults, drugs and drunken dubauchery being undertaken by these athletes without anything happening to them.

    As for the particles, I'd have to check the article as I can't remember off hand. I just had a supervisor meeting where I had to lay my entire project out for my supervisor that has been on 13months maternity leave in an impromptu setting. So my brain is frazzled!


     



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    Haha...summerize your entire body of work for the past year and a half. Ready...and...go! Sucks bud.


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    ^^ Well I managed to impress them that I could draw the key figures from memory, was able to give a pretty detailed overview, all without notes, or any backups. Every now and again I suprise people with my knowledge and intelligence, mainly those who see the lazy, weightlifting exterior.

    And the particles were Higgs Boson's. They are part of the supersymmetry model of the atom, which posits that a heavy counterpart for every particle in the standard model exist, each with a different mass. They may have discovered the lightest one, while using a particle accelorator to measure energy levels of muons and antimuons.

    Man there is so much I didn't even know I didn't know!!


     


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    Quote Originally Posted by tim290280
    Man there is so much I didn't even know I didn't know!!
    Yeah, seriously. I haven't kept up on what they've been learning at the sub-atomic level I'll take a look; sounds interesting.


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    Enough of the theoretic physics! Its time for some practical stuff.

    Yesterday I was cleaning up the house a bit so that we can move house to my new job. I packed up my two oldest guitars to take them off to sell them. It was a hard choice, to part with my first two guitars was like chopping 12 years of friendship off cold for no reason. I need to sell them quickly so I took them to a Cash Converters store (a national chain of pawn brockers), hoping to get a few hundred dollars to eventually help pay for a new electric guitar (thinking a Gibson Les Paul Studio).

    What happened next was insulting to both my intelligence, integrity, and experience as a guitarist.

    First I pulled out my old acoustic. The clerk proceeded to do the guitar store clerk noodle on it, before declaring it was a cheap, old guitar (duh! it was my first guitar!) that was worth about $10-20, about ten since it had plastic tuning pegs. I was about to point out so do high end Gibsons and Taylors, but let it slide because I knew that it wasn't worth much. Then my electric which I thought I'd get around $400-500 for. He looked it over and said $200, which I was not happy with but he wouldn't budge. He explained they would want to sell it for around $450 to $500, just like the acoustic they would want to sell for $90. I wasn't impressed but I didn't want the hassle of moving these to a new house were they would sit in a shed until the next move.

    But then he did it. He lied and tried to bluff me!

    After the offer he took the electric into the backroom to plug it into an amp. He then returned to say "Ok there's a problem." He pointed out the broken bridge tuner (cosmetic stuff that would cost a couple of $$ to fix) that he would have already noticed when he made the offer, so I knew the bullshit was coming. Then he said "I've just plugged it in to three amps and couldn't get it to work, the electrics need resoldering." What a load of fucking bullshit!!!!! A guitar that I'd played not 3 days ago when deciding whether to sell it or not has suddenly lost the ability to make sound?!?!?

    Now if he had said that the sound was scratchy, or overly noisy I may have believed him, as the pickup selector needs toggling to get the sound right. But to outright lie in order to just knock a few more bucks off the sale so they could resell the guitar for a bigger profit, well I told him to "Don't fucking lie to me. Its in perfect working order." Then he tried to pull the "I've been playing for 8 years....." So I just told him he was full of shit and took my guitars home.

    Needless to say the deadlifts felt light. The weight sailed off the floor, the frustrations with these pathetic low-lifes fueled a steely resolve that could have shouldered another 10kg (on top of the extra 5kg since last week). The superset with pullups had the same easy feeling.

    I finished with rack lockouts and bulgarian squats. The steam was subsiding, and the rage was going from a green beast to a wringing of hands. I was now toying with the idea of upgrading the old electric with some new pickups and interesting configurations. Yes I desperately needed that dose of big iron!

    Cash Converters are a sham company.


     


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    Keep the guitars, man! It's always nice to have an extra one.

    Gibson Les Paul Studio

    That's such bull! Even if it did need resoldering, the guts of an electric only cost a few bucks apiece, and it takes maybe an hour for anyone with any experience to completely tear a guitar apart and put it back together. An hour of labor and 12 bucks worth of gear...that'll be another $100

    It is very nice to go into a workout angry, though. More focus, energy, and by the time you finish usually you feel much better. If someone has to piss you off, it might as well be on squat day!


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    ^^ Exactly!!

    I was going to start a bit of a campaign against Cash Converters, as they have a huge advertising thing going on. But after that workout I think "Fuck it".


     


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    we have cash converters here they rip you off a treat they do a buy back option and my mate got £20 for a £250 gold chain obviously he bought it back but its a piss take, your better off keeping those guitars or selling them to someone whos not a asshole


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    ^^ And they try to act like they are doing you a favour! If they are reselling at 10x the cost to them you seriously have to question the value of anything they have in stock.

    Suppose drug users and burglars keep them in business.

    I plan to hang onto them until I can sell them privately. I still want a better electric guitar, and I can't really justify having 5 guitars laying around unless I was a pro musician.


     


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    yeh I think thats what keps them going addicts and thieves im surprised they are allowed to open the amount of probably stolen electrical equipment they have for sale, you done the right thing keeping hold of them


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    Just to update: I've managed to strain either a muscle or tendon in my hand that is causing some pain, especially in exercises where the palm supports the load (pressing). So I've decided this week will be a backoff before leading into a new program of upper/lower. I was only a week or so away from the backoff anyway, and the program change will be at a tough time now, rather than coinciding with my house moving.

    So last night I did hill sprints for 6.5mins.

    At some stage I am going to have to measure how many I do, how far I'm going, etc so that I know that I'm getting fitter and quicker.


     


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    hope it gets better soon mate, wise to have a week off dont want to really damage it, 6.5mins hill sprints I bet thats pretty taxing


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    I hope you get better, by the way I like those hill sprints, when i do those i get a crazy pump


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    Quote Originally Posted by tim290280
    At some stage I am going to have to measure how many I do, how far I'm going, etc so that I know that I'm getting fitter and quicker.
    You'll know. The mirror won't lie, and you'll definitely feel it becoming easier the more you do it. That said, I'm still interested in the actual numbers

    When you do your hill sprints, do you walk back to the bottom or jog or...what?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Glex
    That said, I'm still interested in the actual numbers


    Hope your hand gets better soon champ


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    FF: Thanks. Its going to be a messed up next few weeks anyway, so don't want to do anything to damage the hand. And yes six and a half minutes feels like a half hour of running.

    Natureboy: Thanks. I don't tend to get a huge pump out of them, probably due to a crap fitness level.....

    Glex: I tend to walk down, and also try to catch my breath the longer it goes on. Although you never really catch your breath. Hence the need to measure the number of times up the hill. The hill itself is probably 15-20m on about a 45-50 degree angle.

    Tunen: Thanks, I'm hoping it will be able to start active use/rehab again next week, then back to normal in 2-3. Though this might mean no more weightlifting for a couple of weeks. Yeh I know hard to measure progress without measuring things. Guess I only really do these to maintain some sembalance of cardio fitness.


     


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    Well the hand is shitty, and isn't getting better in a hurry, so it's likely to be tendon or ligament damage (4 weeks). Upon this discovery I decided to do a full body day and see what exercises I could do. Turns out that as long as I'm not grabbing the bar (I.e. use a hook grip, or rest it in the palm) I can lift.

    Now I'm not keen on this, especially in benching, as it really invites the bar to slip and fall. But its either rely on the safety bars or not train for 4-6 weeks.

    So yesterday I did my first day of a traditional split. It looks like this:
    Day 1 Chest and tris
    Day 2 Quads and calves
    Day 3 rest
    Day 4 Back and bis
    Day 5 Hammys and delts
    I've decided to use slightly higher reps, so as to allow better adjustment to the holding of the bar. So most of the previous 5 rep sets are now 8. This is really hard on squats, as I don't usually go over 6 reps.

    First thing I notice with the first day is the pump. Full body just doesn't get the lactic acid pump, especially not localised. The second was that straight sets really blow, but give a great pump. Finally that a good workout is done in about half an hour...... I barely raised a sweat.


     


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    Welcome to the traditional splits Tim I'm sorry to hear about your hand though. I had a brief scare with something of a similar nature in the past; I hope you heal up well.


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