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by bippy
Tue Dec 23, 2008 3:29 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Question about sample size
Replies: 9
Views: 1354

Re: Question about sample size

My background (and now-ground) is in the hard sciences but I'm pretty sympathetic to what I call "effective soft science" -- that is, I fully acknowledge that careful and smart application of something very close to the scientific method, if not the real thing, can illuminate questions abo...
by bippy
Fri Dec 19, 2008 5:34 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Geeky, sciency hobbies
Replies: 27
Views: 2832

Re: Geeky, sciency hobbies

For myself, I've turned exercise into my scienfitic hobby... widely varied programs that appeal to various principles of biology and anatomy. Quite interesting when you really dig in. Also, you get to experiment on yourself! I make synthetic bone and tooth using viruses and take pictures of them :) ...
by bippy
Wed Dec 17, 2008 8:32 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Is there a limit to temperature?
Replies: 36
Views: 3604

Re: Is there a limit to temperature?

Many moons ago a high school physics teacher asked this question and my answer was as follows: if energy is conserved then it must also be finite, and if temperature is a measure of a specific kind of energy then it must have an upper bound. He told me I was wrong, I had a professor in college tell ...
by bippy
Thu Dec 04, 2008 1:28 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Room temperature superconductor advance
Replies: 35
Views: 3547

Re: Room temperature superconductor advance

It is actually quite well understood for low-temperature superconductors (less than ~30K), what we don't understand is why the high temperature ones superconduct at all. I apologize for being lazy but you can probably answer this very easily. When you say we don't understand high Tc superconductivi...
by bippy
Sat Sep 06, 2008 6:52 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: How many pull ups can you do?
Replies: 100
Views: 11889

Re: How many pull ups can you do?

First of all, I'm a little surprised that you're not a professional climber if, during a dozen or so outings, you've successfully pulled down on a 5.13b or a V8. Most climbers will go their whole lives without successfully climbing a 5.13 or a V8. Second, I don't know any climbers who train their g...
by bippy
Thu Sep 04, 2008 3:33 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: How many pull ups can you do?
Replies: 100
Views: 11889

Re: How many pull ups can you do?

If it seems like I care about what you do, it's probably because my question was a fairly specific one about the benefit of training in a certain rep range and some of the responses were wrong. If I heard someone ask for directions and someone said "turn right" and I knew you should turn l...
by bippy
Mon Sep 01, 2008 9:49 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: How many pull ups can you do?
Replies: 100
Views: 11889

Re: How many pull ups can you do?

Feels good. Shazam. Fantastic magic! You did not, however, conjure a response to my initial objection that training in that rep range being of dubious benefit. Like I said before, I don't care what you do with your time in the gym... it's just that if you had some sort of fitness related goal I was...
by bippy
Sun Aug 31, 2008 12:03 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Music-less workouts
Replies: 24
Views: 2575

Re: Music-less workouts

I listen to NPR while I work out. Nothing like Nastia Luikin discussing her Wheaties box to get me hyped up for squatting.
by bippy
Sat Aug 30, 2008 5:04 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: How many pull ups can you do?
Replies: 100
Views: 11889

Re: How many pull ups can you do?

Just keep in mind maximisation of muscle size using exercise is not everone who lifts aim, you're posts don't seem to realise this. I'm not certain where you get this idea. I have acknowledged several distinct fitness goals: metcon, lactic acid tolerance, improving 'tone', perseverance, anaerobic e...
by bippy
Fri Aug 29, 2008 2:23 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: MMM PROTEIN!
Replies: 19
Views: 2230

Re: MMM PROTEIN!

I got it from Tom Venuto's "Burn The Fat, Feed The Muscle", but when I've tried to find it from other sources, all I get are European medical journals. It does make sense, though, since I've done a lot of research into ketonic diets, both for me when I was on one, and for my son, who migh...
by bippy
Fri Aug 15, 2008 5:28 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: How many pull ups can you do?
Replies: 100
Views: 11889

Re: How many pull ups can you do?

Cross fit regularly has people doing sets of 50. Crossfit has people doing 50 pull-ups for time, with kipping, or in conjunction with other exercises as part of a WOD. This is a vastly different proposition from having a set/rep scheme that calls for 50 pull-ups. Lactic acid tolerance (one aspect o...
by bippy
Wed Aug 13, 2008 7:20 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Working Out Sick?
Replies: 17
Views: 1888

Re: Working Out Sick?

There are a couple of reasons not to work out when you're sick. One of them is that the benefit from working out comes from recovery -- you stress your body and when you recover you're stronger because you're body has adapted to the stress. When your body is already stress, such as from illness, the...
by bippy
Wed Aug 13, 2008 3:23 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: How many pull ups can you do?
Replies: 100
Views: 11889

Re: How many pull ups can you do?

I can do 30 of both pull-up (pronated grip) and chin-ups (supinated grip) in a row from a dead hang, no kipping. When I do pull-ups and chin-ups at the gym it's usually in 4 sets, first at 30, second at 20, third at 15, fourth at 10. So we're talking about 75 in total of each. Why do you do so many...
by bippy
Sat Aug 02, 2008 12:27 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: types of milk - what's best?
Replies: 80
Views: 10345

Re: types of milk - what's best?

I did the GOMAD (gallon of [whole] milk a day) thing when I ran SS and it works like crazy. Everything about it is good. Another thing to note is a recent study demonstrating something like 2.8 times greater muscle synthesis when whole milk is consumed post-workout rather than skim. Not only does it...
by bippy
Sun Jul 27, 2008 8:01 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: MMM PROTEIN!
Replies: 19
Views: 2230

Re: MMM PROTEIN!

Scivation's chocolate whey is better than ON's in my opinion.
by bippy
Sat Jul 26, 2008 3:07 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: MMM PROTEIN!
Replies: 19
Views: 2230

Re: MMM PROTEIN!

One of the strong points of Nutrient Timing (a point which I have seen echoed numerous times) is that when you take your protein (and what you take it with) can be much more important than how much you take. I don't want to start an argument but I think this is wrong and so I will say so, so that o...
by bippy
Fri Jul 25, 2008 4:52 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Personal Records
Replies: 159
Views: 75129

Re: Personal Records

My current working weights for lifts included in the CrossFit total are: Press: 137 (3x5) (I press one over alpha!) Deadlift: 370 (1x5) Squat: 327 (3x5) This is at a bodyweight of 177 as of this morning, coming down from 195 three months ago when I was very focused on getting my numbers up. I've los...
by bippy
Fri Jul 25, 2008 4:26 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: MMM PROTEIN!
Replies: 19
Views: 2230

Re: MMM PROTEIN!

How many of you take protein supplements regularly? How many of you don't believe it works? How many of you actually enjoy drinking it? My human phys teacher swears by the fact that taking in more protein than the size of your first per day won't help unless you're training to be a world class athl...
by bippy
Thu Jul 24, 2008 9:45 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Operation: Get Buff
Replies: 16
Views: 2604

Re: Operation: Get Buff

i'd have to say that is a great example of absolutely terrible technique. you NEVER go past parallel unless you want to either tear your quads or destroy your knees. just lost a bit of respect for you otherwise great advice so far Orange. Whoa, this is absolutely untrue. A past-parallel squat is th...
by bippy
Thu Jul 24, 2008 9:40 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Morning Workouts
Replies: 7
Views: 1355

Re: Morning Workouts

For a while I worked out in the morning (5:30 or so). One of the other logistical issues, aside from what you mention, is that you must pay special attention to the warm-up, especially if you plan on lifting. You can get away with not eating before working out in the morning as long as you eat a ver...
by bippy
Tue Jul 22, 2008 3:07 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: When to eat meat?
Replies: 17
Views: 2102

Re: When to eat meat?

It's really dangerous to have any more than an 800 calorie deficit, because you can go into starvation mode or even develop anorexia. It's more accurate to say that it's dangerous to have a calorie deficit averaging at 800 calories, as there have been some very encouraging animal studies in which t...
by bippy
Sun Jul 20, 2008 4:21 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: DRINKS
Replies: 8
Views: 1330

Re: DRINKS

Milk is a fantastic drink for someone looking to add weight or get in a fast meal. Whole milk, consumed after a workout, builds muscle at 2.8 times the rate that skim milk does and skim milk does a very good job of supplying nutrients. [That figure isn't pulled out of my arse; it comes from a study ...
by bippy
Sat Jul 19, 2008 1:47 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: When to eat meat?
Replies: 17
Views: 2102

Re: When to eat meat?

It's really dangerous to have any more than an 800 calorie deficit, because you can go into starvation mode or even develop anorexia. It's more accurate to say that it's dangerous to have a calorie deficit averaging at 800 calories, as there have been some very encouraging animal studies in which t...
by bippy
Sat Jul 19, 2008 12:53 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Crossfit thread (AKA, Oh balls, i'm sore!)
Replies: 41
Views: 7555

Re: Crossfit thread (AKA, Oh balls, i'm sore!)

Crossfit is fantastic -- one of the most effective training protocols developed in the last century -- but I'm curious how much strength you went in with? It's been recognized by Glassman, Burgener, Rippetoe, etc, that those who do best on CF come in with good levels of strength already developed.
by bippy
Fri Jul 18, 2008 2:21 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Starting a Calisthenics or Lifting Workout
Replies: 5
Views: 825

Re: Starting a Calisthenics or Lifting Workout

If you have the facilities, dips are probably better than push ups for overall strength. Also, this is another great bodyweight exercise you can work on in the comfort of your home. After pushups and dips and whatnot become easier, you should give these a try. I was going to suggest dips as well. T...
by bippy
Wed Jul 16, 2008 1:26 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Aerobics vs Weight Training
Replies: 7
Views: 1222

Re: Aerobics vs Weight Training

This is one of those questions that depends on the level of detail you want to attain. The first, most useless answer, is that it depends on your goal. However, if you are lifting, in almost all cases it is better to run after you lift. Running does tire out your muscles per se -- your triceps, shou...
by bippy
Sat Jul 12, 2008 8:29 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Bicarb and Vinegar - revisited?
Replies: 16
Views: 2852

Re: Bicarb and Vinegar - revisited?

Diluting acids is not good stuff for untrained folks to do, and not smart for anyone to do without proper safety stuff. I mean, do you really want the defining moment of your life to be messing with baking soda in a big vat?
by bippy
Mon Jun 30, 2008 5:04 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Physics careers
Replies: 13
Views: 2216

Re: Physics careers

I know this is slightly tangential to your original question so I will first say that physics qualifies you for a great many careers not only in physics/engineering/math-heavy stuff but also in business where you just deal with numbers and optimization of process and what not. The analytical skills ...
by bippy
Wed Jun 25, 2008 8:37 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: If magic were to exist....
Replies: 56
Views: 7330

Re: If magic were to exist....

Yeah, that's the point. Magic is meaningless. There is slight of hand, which involves real people obeying real physics, and then there is real people obeying real physics with less of an eye at fooling other folks and so moving their fingers slower. I can't even imagine why this is a live controvers...
by bippy
Thu Jun 12, 2008 11:33 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Three non-mixing fluids in a tube?
Replies: 35
Views: 10310

Re: Three non-mixing fluids in a tube?

Not all forms of mercury are equally dangerous. I'm sure you're better off not messing with the stuff altogether but playing around with it is fun. If you have the right kind of mercury and a spill kit to clean it up once you're done you're not going to do any serious damage to yourself. That said, ...
by bippy
Fri May 30, 2008 7:56 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Physics Version 2.1.2
Replies: 44
Views: 6013

Re: Physics Version 2.1.2

Fixed display error preventing massive objects from rendering. So called "dark matter" should now be visible.
by bippy
Wed May 07, 2008 3:26 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Slime mold, really delicious?
Replies: 29
Views: 6809

Re: Slime mold, really delicious?

G Mess wrote:Those things could do anything.

Or, could they?


I bet they can't do double-dutch jump roping. That shit's hard.
by bippy
Fri May 02, 2008 12:33 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Separating Iron and Copper
Replies: 15
Views: 8988

Re: Separating Iron and Copper

quartrmster007 wrote:
BlackSails wrote:Melting point?


Well...our HS doesn't have anything that can come close to the melting points...

:)


You've got a bunsen burner.
by bippy
Sat Apr 26, 2008 8:03 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Black squirrels mutate, develop taste for flesh
Replies: 29
Views: 4923

Re: Black squirrels mutate, develop taste for flesh

We have black squirrels in DC and I haven't heard of them killing dogs. They don't get along with the gray squirrels but then again, I really don't see many gray squirrels getting along with gray squirrels, either.
by bippy
Thu Apr 24, 2008 7:39 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Improving the educational system
Replies: 174
Views: 15279

Re: Improving the educational system

As I see it, the issue of how to teach kids is quite problematic because it involves so damn much of society. The original poster placed a large emphasis on the actual instruction but I'm not too sure that's of primary importance in the areas where the problems are the worst. The problem is there's ...
by bippy
Sun Apr 20, 2008 4:06 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Caloric Intake
Replies: 16
Views: 2507

Re: Caloric Intake

So the issue isn't just about simple in and out, although surely adjustment of hunger plays a role. However, why can't the basal metabolic rate change? BMR in fact DOES change when you lose weight, and the change is not volitional. Your question about why folks who drop serious weight but can't kee...
by bippy
Sun Apr 20, 2008 2:14 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Caloric Intake
Replies: 16
Views: 2507

Re: Caloric Intake

This is a topic where "Good Morning America" wisdom often prevails and I want to state outright that I know what I'm talking about from a standpoint that requires far better knowledge than having read an article in Men's Health once while waiting in my doctor's office: If you eat ~500 kcal...
by bippy
Tue Apr 15, 2008 11:59 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Graduate level stat mech books
Replies: 6
Views: 1392

Re: Graduate level stat mech books

I've got a follow up question here, say I want a stat mech book/review article focusing on conceptual issues, including the concept of information/entropy especially in a quantum mechanical setting (Reif, for example, if I remember correctly, is very classical in this respect). Can anybody recommen...
by bippy
Sun Apr 13, 2008 5:53 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Graduate level stat mech books
Replies: 6
Views: 1392

Re: Graduate level stat mech books

Reif is a great book, too.
by bippy
Wed Apr 09, 2008 6:54 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: The Coffee Vortex
Replies: 19
Views: 2576

Re: The Coffee Vortex

I noticed something similar the other day while I was enjoying a beer in a glass. Take a glass with beer, and swirl it. Then tilt the glass so that you can blow on the surface. Do that, in the direction that most directly opposes the motion. In other words, if it's swirling clockwise you blow on the...

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