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Water Cooler / Re: Core RECommit
« on: January 17, 2018, 04:20:50 PM »
>I forgot how fast the legs deteriorate

I did squats and deadlifts on Monday after taking a couple weeks off. Had to back off on the weight more than I thought. And I am more sore/tired still today than I thought I would be.

Hardware & Technology / Re: State of the Jabbernet beginning of 2018
« on: January 15, 2018, 02:39:53 PM »
Just saw this tweet: "Amazon Echo owners spent on average approximately $1,700 a year. That is more than Prime members, who spend around $1,300@FastCompany

I have always wanted to go there but I usually forget about it when I am in Vegas. My friends and I used to drive all over town to find the arcades, gas stations, and laundromats with the best pinball games.

I talked with a friend of mine who manages a Sam's Club last night. He said these closures had been in the works for 3 years. Said these stores were about a 10% drag on the total business. So as a company they were up x% but without these 65 closed stores they would have been up 1x%

But Costco is packed every time I go. I think their Kirkland Brand has a lot to do with that. It is the only store brand I trust 100% of the time.

Water Cooler / Re: Core RECommit
« on: January 10, 2018, 05:57:52 PM »
Didn't get any workouts in this past week as I was in Vegas for a conference. But between two rounds of golf and walking everywhere in Vegas I averaged right around 20,000 steps for 5 days straight. Roughly 10 miles per day.

Hitting the gym tonight to get the weights pumping again.

Just got back from Vegas and I saw a TON of Google advertisements on taxis, hotel signs, etc.

I just bought an Amazon Basics travel bag for my golf clubs for $55. Most other bags start at $100 and a good one is $150-200. Very please so far. Seems to be well built and is plenty big enough. Very impressed for the price.

Water Cooler / Re: Our weather
« on: January 02, 2018, 06:38:39 PM »
Looking like we might get some snow/freezing rain/sleet here in Jacksonville early Wednesday morning. I am looking forward to seeing everyone here lose their minds and shutting the city down because of a quarter inch of snow.

>>That's sorta my thought when I see a photo of a 'cool' corporate campus with the atrium-style gathering area, games, bean bag chairs, etc.

A few years back our VP brought us all together to ask what would make this a better place to work. Most of the younger crowd threw out ideas like that, free meals, etc. He listened to all of them and then said "We can spend the money and do all that if you want but I would rather just pay you bigger bonuses".

>>Its a shame, most of the best programmers I've known have been in the 40-60 year range.

They could probably hire someone right out of college to do what I do for less than half of what I make. But the company would lose a lot of money. In most fields experience is very valuable and expensive.

I have bought some of the Amazon branded cargo shorts and some button up shirts. Very happy with them so far, especially for the price.

And their batteries are cheap.

Water Cooler / Re: Core RECommit
« on: December 12, 2017, 02:58:03 PM »
I haven't touched a weight for many, many years but a couple months back my wife and I finally started going to the gym. She had wanted a quick, simple weight lifting program and she settled on this:

It has you start with squats, bench presses and overhead presses, and deadlifts. After a few weeks of that you start working in some other exercise like back extensions, chin ups, etc. and we are just getting into that part now.

But is has been fun to see some good gains so far. Yesterday I was at 215 squats, 145 bench, and 245 deadlifts. Hoping I can add another 10-15 pounds on the squats by the end of the year and another 20 to the bench. Our plans are Monday and Wednesday at the gym together in the evening and then Friday work out separate. Our gym closes at 5 on Fridays (it is primarily a Jewish community center) so getting there after work is challenging sometimes.

After the holidays we will probably try and work in a cardio day and make a better eating plan and start with the weight loss. But with just the lifting we are both noticing differences. Our arms and legs are already noticeably bigger and firmer and we have both started using another notch on our belts. Overall I don't want to lose a ton of weight (maybe 10-15 pounds) and cutting out a bit of the junk from our diets should make that happen without too much pain.

Water Cooler / Re: Core RECommit
« on: December 07, 2017, 03:43:29 PM »
My wife and I have started lifting over the past month. She was looking for a fairly basic program and we settled on this:

Basically it advocates some basic lifts like squats, deadlifts, and bench presses with somewhat heavy weights and somewhat low reps.  After a couple months of that you start working in other lifts. It isn't really a weight loss program of any sort but more a functional strength building program. After a couple months I can definitely feel the difference.

The next steps for us are to mix in some more cardio and stop eating crap.


Monetization / Re: Time is running out for BuzzFeed, Mashable
« on: December 04, 2017, 02:29:58 PM »
More and more sites like this are mixing in more affiliate links in lieu or traditional advertising. Just in the past month we have had 3 HUGE publishers start mixing in our affiliate links into their content. Buzzfeed is one we have been trying to get on board for a while now.

Traditional advertising is drying up a bit but there is pretty much no limit to what they can do through the affiliate channel on a performance based model. There might not be as much up front money but there will always be opportunities for them.

« on: November 27, 2017, 06:36:41 PM » Here is a similar story from here in Jacksonville.

>>Staff are expected to process a package every nine seconds

When I worked at UPS we were expected to move a package every 2 seconds. 1500-1800. One every 9 seconds would be a cakewalk.

This just seems like a story about people not wanting to work hard rather than Amazon doing anything oppressive.

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