Look! I am updating my Live Journal!

I still love this thing, but I update it so very, very rarely these days. Everyone went to Facebook about six years ago, and now people are even leaving Facebook for Vine or whatever. And of course a lot of LJ bled off to Dreamwidth.

But I'm still here and still posting!

Namely, I got a tenure-track job! I am an assistant professor! After close to five years of entries on going up for a job, interviewing for a job, not getting the job and so on ad infinitum, it's finally happened.

I have a tenure-track job!


Getting Swoll

So yesterday was my visit to the gym for chest, biceps, and shoulders. To my surprise, even though this week is the week to up my weight, I was strong enough on that workout that I'm going to kick my weight up another notch again next week. By next week, I'll be bench pressing 180 pounds and curling 45s (with a weight of 80 or 90 pounds on preacher curls). Legs are still lagging. I'm still pretty weak on squats: I'm only squatting around 110 pounds, which is incredibly light, but them, I'm also running a lot, which might just mean that I'm never quite giving my muscles adequate time to recover.

My resting heart rate is now at about 54 beats a minute, which could be better, but is not bad at all for a slightly doughy, pale, desk-bound academic.

I'd eventually like to push my bench press up to 220 pounds, i.e., about forty pounds heavier than I'm benching now. Why 220? Well, that's the weight of the bar plus two forty-fives on each side. The level of ego boost from that would be very nice indeed.

The only thing that might stop me is that crap in my life can often come up that gets me behind in my schedule of lifting or makes me miss more than two weeks, which often causes me to go right back to a lower weight. If I can actually keep up my schedule, and increase weight every three weeks or so, I could conceivably be at my goal of two plates on each end by the end of next fall. And that, my friends, would be awesome.

Since this is a post that does reveal me as vain, but doesn't really compromise any personal information, I'll even do it without the friends' lock.

Things that Embarrass me

Back when I was 18, I read Lucifer's Hammer, by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle. That doesn't embarrass me.

What embarrasses me is that I saw nothing at all objectionable about the fact that the villains of the story are an army of black cannibals (with hippies serving as the brains of the outfit). How did I not realize that was awful at several different levels?

Why it actually does feel like 2010

We have an International Space Station high above the earth.

Down below, the United States of America has an army of flying robot assassins and one working laser cannon.

Not quite as science fictional, but odd (and mildly disquieting) is the fact that the White House has a presidential kill list drawn up--and our president is a liberal Democrat. Welcome to the future!

More Laser Cannons

So somehow I missed this. It appears that back in February, the United States Missile Defense Agency successfully shot down a missile in mid-flight in a successful test of the Airborne Laser.

The United States of America has a working prototype of a laser cannon. Holy. Crap.

This has got to be the greatest thing ever.

My countryment disturb me

So I wanted to find a YouTube video of Obama's speech in which he announced an increase of troop strength to Afghanistan. So I naively entered "Obama call to arms" in the search. The results, oh, holy crap, the results were terrifying. They were *not* Obama's call to arms... Holy crap, these guys are nuts. I hope the Secret Service is doing similar YouTube searches.

Safe Family

My brother has safely finished his deployment to Afghanistan! So after one seven-month deployment to al Anbar and another to Helmand, he is, hopefully, done with war zones for the time being.