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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Greatest speeches?

Apparently the online world has been driven into a speech-watching frenzy, possibly brought on by commencement addresses as colleges all over the US send off a new generation of bright-eyed graduates into the world. Here are some of the speeches, new and old, that I've seen others posting. As I've done before, this is just as much a resource for me as it is for you!


Salman Khan's Commencement Address to Rice University's Class of 2012

Andy Samburg's College Class Day Speech at Harvard University

Jim Valvano's "Never Give Up" Speech


Barack Obama's 2004 Democratic National Convention Speech


Oprah Winfrey's Commencement Address to Stanford University's Class of 2008


Winston Churchill's "We Shall Fight Them on the Beaches" Speech (Excerpt)

 
Randy Pausch on Time Management


Ronald Reagan's Address following the Challenger disaster


Atticus Finch's Courtroom Speech from To Kill a Mockingbird


The St. Crispin's Day Speech from Henry V


Randy Pausch's Last Lecture

 

Steve Jobs's Commencement Address to Stanford University's Class of 2005

 


Neil Gaiman's Commencement Address to University of the Arts' Class of 2012

David Foster Wallace's Commencement Address to Kenyon College's Class of 2005
 

 


If you come across a speech that you find insightful, powerful or just plain interesting, feel free to share it in the comments!

Sunday, May 27, 2012

52 Weeks of Fitness: Week 21 Recap

For the year of 2012, I have made a yearlong commitment to better fitness and health that will change my life forever. The way I see it, I've been "talking the talk" for way too long - it's about time I start walking. The plan is to use workouts from The New Rules of Lifting, gradually start eating better, and try out plenty of fun healthy activities along the way. Here's how I fared this week:

Lifting:

This was originally supposed to be a rest week, but I worked out on Friday just for the heck of it. I made it an upper body workout of pullup, dip, cable row, fly, bent-over row, and resistance band curls.

Nutrition:

Nutrition was decent, with only one tiny little binge on calories. Protein intake is severely lacking, though.

That's all for Week 21, just 31 more to go!

Saturday, May 26, 2012

52 Weeks of Fitness: Weels 17-20 Recap

For the year of 2012, I have made a yearlong commitment to better fitness and health that will change my life forever. The way I see it, I've been "talking the talk" for way too long - it's about time I start walking. The plan is to use workouts from The New Rules of Lifting, gradually start eating better, and try out plenty of fun healthy activities along the way. Since I need to play catch-up to recap the end of the school year and get a fresh start on summer, I decided to bundle 4 weeks of recap posts into one. Here's how I've fared since my last check-in:

Lifting:

In Weeks 17-20, I closed out the last 4 weeks of the New Rules' "Hypertrophy B" Phase. The Hypertrophy point is where muscle-building takes center stage, so it's time to pack it on. Gym attendance was, unfortunately, pretty spotty due to end-of-the-year commitments.

- Week 17:

Monday I tried to re-start on the 4th week of Hypertrophy B, and did a mid-point workout of 5 x 6 lifts with longer rest periods. Some decent progress here, not much to report.

Wednesday was a solid endurance-based lower body workout. Good effort and good results.

- Week 18:

Friday was, honestly, one of the roughest workouts of my life. I think I just went into it extremely dehydrated, and soon got pale and light-headed. I stuck with the workout, but unfortunately was unable to push it too hard.

- Week 19 was exams week. I took it off from the gym for some much-needed studying, which REALLY paid off academically.

- Week 20 was the first week of summer!

Monday was a decent workout, for being so de-trained. 5 x 6 lifts with 115 in the Yates row, which is pretty good for me.

Friday was a fun pull-based workout. I was feeling good, and really pushed myself on a lot of lifts.

Nutrition:

- Week 17 had two tiny binges, nothing too harmful.

- Week 18 I only had one big binge - again, not too bad.

- Week 19 (finals week) was rough. Definitely ate my heart out with 3 big binges and one small one.

- Week 20 was all under budget as I tried to reign myself back in.


So where to from here? Well, I need to get my nutrition back in check, and stay consistent in the gym. And now that I really have a lot more free time, I'd like to look into really working on my barefoot running form in my Five Fingers.

Only 32 more weeks to go!

Friday, May 11, 2012

Great video, and quick update

Rory Sutherland is the VP of Ogilvy UK, and is quite a hotshot in the advertising/branding world. A lot of his expertise comes from an innate understanding of human psychology - quite simply, Rory understands what makes people tick. In the video above, he shares some entertaining and thought-provoking insights into psychology, perspective and happiness.

Also, I've just recently managed to surface for some air after finals week. I'll gloat about grades here within the next few days. And yes, I KNOW I'm running behind on the 52fit posts - I'll get on it.