Blog Archives

Topic Archives

Holger Danske

Holger Danske

This form does not yet contain any fields.

    Samuel Adams Noble Pils

    Samuel Adams Noble Pils

    Samuel Adams Noble Pils

    German Pilsner 5.20% ABV
    Type 23 Beeriodic Table

    Clear and light, like a mountain lake. I was struck by its clarity. Not very hoppy for the style, a good subtle blend of the 5 hops. Not a typical spring beer, more of a summer variety, but I first had this beer on a weekend trip to Phoenix to get warm, so it was more appropriate. I tried it twice, just to make sure I had it down before I rated it.


    Crisp and refreshing, with a slightly bitter finish. This is a good beer for pizza and wings. Light in flavor, good for drinking with friends.

    My other beer reviews


    CrossFit Startup Guide, Part 1

    Over at, there is a guide to starting CrossFit. There is a bit about the idea of CrossFit, and some explanations of the basic movements. 

    More work in less time means higher average power (force x distance / time = power). Higher average power means higher intensity. Higher intensity means better results.

    Fitness is increased work capacity across broad time, modal, and age domains.


    CrossFit 2010-02-25

    Tonight was a training session focusing on the snatch and the clean&jerk and their variants. I worked on the snatch, the hang snatch, the power snatch, and the hang power snatch. I did all the similar variants of the clean as well. After one more personal session, I will join the full CrossFit class. 

    Snatch 25kg

    Clean and jerk 30kg


    Number of Catholic Priests Increasing Worldwide

    I always like it when my intellectual obsessions intersect. Here we have the conjunction of Catholicism and statistics, from Jimmy Akin. The number of priests and seminarians is up worldwide, according to the Annuario Pontifico (Pontifical Yearbook). 

    “What about priests and seminarians?”

    They’re up, too, worldwide. According to the new Annuario there were an additional 4,000 priests worldwide between 2000 and 2008 (the most recent year of the Annuario’s data), for a total of 409,166 priests. And in just one year (2007-2008) the number of seminarians jumped by 1,000 (total: 117,024).

    This tracks with the local experience as well, we have a pretty healthy crop of seminarians in the tube here in the Diocese of Phoenix.


    CrossFit 2010-02-23

    Back to the regularly scheduled program. 

    Fight gone bad. 3 rounds, 15 minutes. Count is total reps for everything.

    • Pushups [last round knee pushups]
    • Situps
    • Squats
    • Box jumps [first round jumps, second and third step-ups]
    • Push press [8# dumbbells]

    432 reps


    CrossFit 2010-02-22

    Tonight I did the CrossFit Summit workout posted on 2010-02-19, The Longest Mile.

    4 rounds


    • 500m row
    • 15 scissor situps
    • 15 pushups
    • 15 kettlebell swings [12 kg]

    Time 26 minutes



    Every Banker Hanged From a Lamp Post


    CrossFit 2010-02-20

    Another Olympic weightlifting day. I tried to practice the clean and jerk, but I was having difficulty with the lift, so I decided to grab an 8# medicine ball and practice the lift only.


    Beer Flow Chart


    State law to determine presence of guns in national parks

    I think my title is more descriptive than the one MSNBC chose, New law allows loaded guns in national parks, but their title is accurate, if incomplete. I rather doubt that this will do much to noticeably change the crime rate in National Parks, for the same reasons I've noted before. In Arizona especially, this primarily affects concealed carry permit holders, who are an exceptionally responsible and law-abiding group of people. There really isn't any other reason to take loaded weapons to Grand Canyon National Park than concealed carry for self-defense, since hunting is not allowed in any National Park.

    Really, this law just allows state law to take precedence. The MSNBC article says that the legal climate shifted abruptly in 2008 with District of Columbia v. Heller, but really this all was a long time coming. The balance of legal opinion in the US seems to favor increasing individual autonomy wherever possible, and despite the more extravagant claims of some, constitutional jurisprudence really does focus on the Constitution. Thus we cannot really consistently limit 2nd Amendment freedoms more than the freedoms guaranteed by the other Amendments. It has always surprised me a bit that there is a cultural divide between the ACLU and the NRA on this issue, because they are really making the same argument.