Monthly Archives: July 2011

Nutty!Most of you have already heard me mention the reboot about the Spiderman franchise,

Nutty!

Most of you have already heard me mention the reboot about the Spiderman franchise, but I just found (and yes, I realize it is a bit late) the trailer that was launched at ComiCon. After the three Spiderman movies starring Toby Maguire, Marvel really needed to revamp the stigma associated with the older Marvel movies, especially given the new hype and success associated with movies such as Ironman, Thor and Captain America. Not to mention the highly gossiped and highly anticipated Avengers movie on the rise for 2012.

In this new rendition of the Spiderman franchise, we have Andrew Garfield playing Peter Parker/Spiderman, highly recognized for his role as the business partner Eduardo Saverin in the Social Network. No successful comic book superhero movie becomes a hit without an attractive female lead; we have Emma Stone starring as Gwen Stacy in the new Amazing Spiderman. No, Emma Stone may not be the most conventionally attractive rising actress. But she’s funny. I mean really funny. Like, the Sarah Silverman of our generation funny. Therefore, she’s hot.

Other big names in this movie include Martin Sheen and Sally Field playing Uncle Ben Parker and Aunt May Parker, respectively. Also, word on the street is that Rhys Ifans (who played the crazy but very loved, father to Luna Lovegood, Xenophilius Lovegood in the Harry Potter saga) will be playing the villain of the movie, Lizard.

My understanding and rough estimation of this movie is that it will be much like the first Spiderman movie with Toby Maguire where the audience is introduced to the nerdy character of Peter Parker and his unexpected transformation into the crime-fighting hero of Spiderman. The only difference being that this version will probably be a lot darker and a lot more serious and we won’t have to look at Toby Maguire’s goofy face whenever Mary-Jane Watson (Kirsten Dunst) walks into the scene.

To say the least, I am pretty excited for this movie; not to mention all the other upcoming Marvel/Disney has coming in the next few years to come. Although I am still hesitant about Mark Ruffalo being the new Bruce Banner/the Hulk in the Avengers movie for 2012. In my opinion, Edward Norton was the best that ever happened to the Hulk franchise and Marvel/Disney made a huge mistake dropping him from the label. But hey, that’s a-whole-nother blogpost. Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoy!

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July 31, 2011 · 09:10

Link: How to Replace the “Glee” Kids.

Forget the Glee Project (as much as I’m addicted to that show as well). GQ totally has it all figured out. Respect.

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July 27, 2011 · 22:29

Morning swim session. Not a bad way to start the day

Morning swim session. Not a bad way to start the day.

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July 22, 2011 · 10:48

Ok. So usually, I absolutely detest cats because of my allergies. I quite possibly have the most

Ok. So usually, I absolutely detest cats because of my allergies. I quite possibly have the most severe stage of allergies to cats (prior to anaphylaxis) known to man. I house-sat for my cousin who owns a cat and refused to play with the cat the entire time I was house-sitting for her. That’s how bad my allergies are (or at least my paranoia about my allergies). She now claims and holds me responsible for traumatizing her cat last summer through my excessive neglect. Anyhow, after watching this video, this is quite possibly the only cat I have ever wanted, want and ever will want to be my pet. That is all. Goodnight.

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July 22, 2011 · 00:52

Look what I found outside my bedroom window this afternoon. Too cute.

Look what I found outside my bedroom window this afternoon. Too cute.

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July 22, 2011 · 00:22

Training to compete.

Yesterday was a brutal training day. Typically, Saturday mornings with Victoria Masters is a sprint session; unfortunately, for lanes 3 & 4, we had Coach Keith and sprint isn’t in his vocabulary. 

As it was, I barely woke up for practice Saturday morning, having been super drained from the day before. As I dragged my sorry ass into the pool on Saturday morning I saw the other swimmers chatting away and doing some basic stretching on the pool deck. And I look over and see Danielle (Head/Sprint Coach) over my lanes 1 & 2 while Keith was by our lanes. I already knew this workout was going to kill me. This was Saturday’s AM workout:

400m choice W/U

3x100m IM on 2:15 pace

6x50m sprints (descend on 2, 4 & 6) on 1:00

4x100m on 1:50 pace

2x200m on 3:40 pace

400m on 7:00 pace

2x200m on 3:40 pace

4x100m on 1:50 pace

Cool down: 200m choice

Saturday’s total mileage: 3700m

I nearly fell over when I finished reading the workout. Coach Keith is a great coach and he cracks us up. He really focuses on the technical aspects of our strokes while pushing us to clock in more mileage in the pool. Anyone from the club can vouch for me that Coach Keith, reams most of us out on our distance freestyle stroke because we don’t anchor down our arms early enough to start our catch earlier. I don’t think I’ve been to a single workout where Coach Keith hasn’t mentioned that to at least one person (usually me). Apparently when I get tired (usually halfway through any of Keith’s workouts) I drop my elbow on my breathing arm and it causes me to miss about a foot or more of water in my catch. Also, it has come to my attention that I don’t activate my lats enough during my freestyle pull and I’m primarily relying my subscaps for the internal rotation at my shoulder during my freestyle pull. NOT Good. Since my goal for the summer is primarily clocking in lots of mileage focusing on enhancing both my technique and my aerobic base, the fact that I don’t use enough of my lats is really bad. This would explain why my shoulders have been so tight and sore lately. Now, I feel like a failure…oh dear. 

As I mentioned before, Saturday’s morning workout was exceptionally tough, not only because it was a Coach Keith workout. Friday I had the bright idea of swimming twice with: (1) an AM aerobic set that was a lot of volume with a low-moderate intensity and (2) a PM session that was primarily anaerobic capacity/technique, not a whole lot of distance but swimming until failure. On Friday alone, between the two sets I clocked in 5600m. To say the least, I was exhausted by the time I watched Harry Potter that night.

I’ll spare you the details of the workouts from friday morning and friday afternoon, mostly because I no longer remember what I did (but it was hard). If I want to continue with my summer goal of clocking in mileage to better my technique and aerobic base, I’ll need to find a way of surviving through all these practices. Not to mention, still working towards that BC record for next year. I really need to focus on my post exercise routine and recovery methods. That means focusing on: stretching, rolling, contrast baths, post-exercise nutrition (which is exceptionally terrible for a Kinesiology student) and sleep. As most of you know, I average about 5-6 hours of sleep a night. I definitely need more if I’m going to swim this much for the rest of the summer. 

If any of you have any advice whatsoever, feel free to send them my way. Or, better yet, if anyone wants to make a schedule for me, I would not oppose one bit. Anyways, thanks for wasting your time by reading my post. I’m sure you’ll hear from me soon.

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July 17, 2011 · 22:28

Hahaha. So true.

Hahaha. So true.

gq:

GQ’s Harry Potter Commencement Speech

When the final Harry Potter film gets released at midnight, a bevy of barely legal wizards will descend into the real world. GQ’s Lindy West sends off our Hogwarts grads with a straight-shooting commencement speech:

Dear Graduates,

So the day has finally come. You’re no longer the tiny English wizards we fell in love with back in 2001. You started out cute, became awkward, and ended up slightly less awkward. One of you attended college (for a minute). One of you showed your penis on Broadway (for months). Several of you probably lost your virginity (high five!). But now you must face the greatest wizards’ duel of all: the “real world.” A warning: It sucks out here. First, magic isn’t real, and even if you were legally allowed to have a pet owl, it wouldn’t love you, because owls are dicks. Plus, everyone you meet is going to tease you for the rest of your life. People you have sex with are going to say, “Accio condoms!” and then laugh hysterically as your tumescence fades. But take heart! Each of you has something we don’t: eleventy bagrillion dollars. So what if you never act again? You could eat gold-plated zebra for every meal. You could literally buy Portugal and turn it into a bouncy-castle. So go forth and do what all the other child stars do: buy happiness. We are already counting the days until your “hilarious” cameos in the Harry Potter reboot of 2017.

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July 14, 2011 · 18:18