Monthly Archives: February 2016

The Benefits of Productive Failure

THE GAP by Ira Glass from Daniel Sax on Vimeo.

Lifehacker linked to a great article, Productive Failure: How to Keep Going When You Feel Like Your Work Sucks, which inspired me to write a post.

Every so often I’ll get an e-mail from a reader telling me that they’re thinking about starting their own website and I try to encourage them as much as possible.  Most of the time when I followup with them they don’t follow through and I remember how I felt when I first started my website.… Read More

Cholesterol Update January 2016: How I Bollixed My Experiment

Eraser deleting the word Cholesterol

I had normal cholesterol, went low carb, and then ketogenic, and saw that my cholesterol started to go crazy.  I tried a host of things to bring it down including raising my carbs and taking various supplements to no effect.  I finally saw a lipidologist, did some more research, and came up with a 12 point gameplan which surprisingly worked!

I’m now in the process of peeling away parts of my gameplan to see what changes, if any happen to my cholesterol levels.

This past October I stopped taking bergamot and saw a  bump in my LDL-P.  My next step was to stop taking bionic fiber and in December… and found myself caving into my desire for coffee, and found that my LDL-P dipped back down.… Read More

Stimulating Stem Cells from Supplements?


One of the things the BJJ Cavewife makes fun of me the most about is how gullible I am.  I’m pretty much a marketers dream because I fall for all of their tricks.

For example, when Taco Bell releases a new product (I have a soft spot in my heart for Taco Bell), I immediately want it.  Even though it’s all pretty much the same formula: some sort of hard or soft tortilla with some sort of indeterminate meat product in the middle.  And still, whenever I see their commercials and posters, I think to myself, I NEED THAT IN MY LIFE NOW!… Read More

Supplementation for BJJ Marathon Sessions

Marathon BJJ

The highlight of my week is Friday evening.  Not because I go clubbing or drinking or bar hopping or whatever it is the  kids are doing these days.  It’s because of something special that happens at my Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu gym.

Here’s what the typical Friday evening schedule looks like.

6:00-6:30: Open Mat
6:30-7:30: Fundamentals II
7:30-8:30: Marathon Roll

Marathon Roll is only for blue belts and above.  White belts can participate, but they have to be individually invited by one of the instructors.

It consists of 10 sets of 5 minute rounds with 1 minute rest in between for a total of 60 minutes of pure BJJ happiness.  This is pretty much a super-mega-ultra interval session for 60 minutes straight.  The 1 minute of rest is barely enough to retie your belt, run to the fountain to get a sip of water, and run back to find your next partner.  Catching your breath is a distant dream.… Read More

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