Steve Jobs

Steve_Jobs_by_Walter_Isaacson

I finished reading the biography by Walter Isaacson, which I started about a month ago during my trip to Bulgaria. I really enjoyed the book.

As shown throughout the pages, he wasn’t always easy to work for, live with, or be around, and you definitely didn’t want to piss him off. We’ll never understand what he was really like by reading stories in a book, but it does help to explain a side of Jobs we wouldn’t know existed since most of us only ever saw him during Apple events.

You can’t have a biography about Steve Jobs without a major focus being on Apple and the products he brought to market. It was neat to read how many of these devices got started, were developed, and eventually launched.

Steve Jobs was a genius and a visionary who changed our world. He is the definition of Think Different, which was later adapted in a tribute about him…

Link Dump – 2017/06/17

Warwick Hills Hole #14

Warwick Hills Country Club hosted the Buick Open from 1958 to 1969 and from 1979 until 2009, when GM ended its sponsorship of the tournament. I attended 4 or 5 times and always had a lot of fun. When my buddy Alex texted me yesterday, inviting me to go play, I jumped at the chance and took today off work.

It was a great day for golf and the course was in just as good of shape as I remember from walking it when it was set up for the pros to play. The greens were some of the fastest I’ve ever played, especially if you were above the hole.

Whenever we attended the tournament I liked to walk to the back corner of the course because the crowds were smaller and you could get a lot closer to the players. The 14th hole was always one of my favorites to watch. It’s a short par 4 where the long hitters would try to drive the green.

For us, playing from the white tees, the hole was listed at 302 yards. I had to go for it. I hit it far enough, but pushed it right of the cart path as you can see below. There was a big bunker left of the tree, so I had to play to the right. Of course I bounced it off the cart path and all the way across the green. After a shitty chip shot I was left with about 15-20 feet. Drained the put for par and enjoyed my own moment on the 14th.

Review: My Golf Locker

I decided to try out a new service, My Golf Locker, which sends you golf clothing and accessories matching a schedule and budget you select in your account. It looked neat.

It was not.

Their terrible web site should have tipped me off. Whenever you log in or visit your account page, you get a popup informing you of your successful log in, even if you were already logged in! Click out to another page, then click to access your account… “You’ve successfully logged in!” Talk about annoying.

The service lets you browse items on the site and select something if you want it included in your next shipment. Problem was, another piece of the service, would email you each day reminding you of an item you liked. It did this even after a box, which included the item they were relentlessly reminding me about, had been shipped.

When I looked at the contents of that first box, it included the rain pants I had selected and only 1 other item. A Nike golf shirt for $110! I don’t know who pays that much for a shirt, but definitely not me! If it was guaranteed to take 10 strokes off my score I might consider it.

I ended up finding a similar pair of rain pants at the Under Armor outlet in Birch Run for much cheaper so I returned the entire box. When the refund showed up on my credit card, I closed my account.

Don’t waste your time or money on My Golf Locker.

CrossFit Programing: Are We Doing Too Much?

Following up on my post about Online CrossFit Programming, I wanted to write some thoughts about how affiliates program classes for the general population, like you or I.

CrossFit is meant to be a conditioning-biased exercise program. Look to this pyramind illustrating a theoretical hierarchy for the development of an athlete. It comes from Greg Glassman’s “What is Fitness”, which was published 15 years ago in the CrossFit Journal.

crossfit-heirarchy-of-development

Nutrition is the most important and then it’s conditioning. Somewhere about 5 years ago CrossFit affiliates started to shift the importance and focus of their programming to be strength-biased. This probably had something to do with the rise in popularity of the CrossFit Games; people wanted to train like the elite Games athletes.

Since day 1 and still today, the WOD posted on CrossFit.com is only one workout. They doesn’t suggest performing a strength piece, a skill piece, and a conditioning piece every day like you see in almost every CrossFit affiliate around the world. If you attend a Level 1 seminar, during the programming lecture they don’t teach you how to jam pack an hour with as much exercising as you can. Sure some of the Main Site WODs are strength focused, as they should be, but the majority of days the workout is a conditioning based one. Are we causing ourselves to get injured more and limiting our potential as human beings by doing too much?

Here’s a great podcast episode with Ben Bergeron, who is one of the top coaches in the sport. He explains a lot on the topic and makes a lot of great points for conditioning-biased programming.

What do you think?

Once I finish up this Push Only program I’m following (about 4 more weeks), I might experiment with some conditioning-biased programming like CrossFit teaches us.