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The New York Times talks about inervals

Posted in Cardio,Diet and Bodyweight,Rant by Mike on May 3, 2007

I just thought this article was cool. I dugg it but wanted to reinforce it here. Looks like regular intervals will be a part of my new regimen in a couple weeks.

I’ve been considering Alwyn Cosgrove’s Afterburn, has anyone read it?

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  1. Scott said,

    Haven’t read Afterburn, but I like Cosgrove’s other stuff.

  2. Chris D. said,

    Haven’t used Afterburn, but the New Rules of Lifting is kick ass. I think after this round of stuff I’m going to do a round of hypertrophy (6 weeks) perhaps and then get back into some heavy stuff.

  3. Mike said,

    I like his other stuff quite a bit and have become more of a fan ove the last several months. however, it looks like the book runs $50, that’s a fair bit. There is avolume II out now for a combined cost of not quite $100, yeowch. I actually held a copy of the New Rules in my hand last night. I put it back in favor of a book on PHP. I guess I’ll have to grab that on the next go around.

  4. Scott said,

    A PHP book, eh? What’d you get?

  5. Mike said,

    O’Reilly, Learning PHP5. I keep meaning to learn it and trainingsyndicate is putting me in a position that I either have to or scrap it. I won’t have time in six months so I have to now.
    I’m thinkin I can play with/exploit it professionally as well. I long to be a DB admin which includes interfaces and I think webapps have an enormous future.
    I like the O’Reilly books more than most, they have had the “in a nutshell” and “Cookbook” lines for a while, the “learn” line is new to me.

  6. Scott Styles said,

    If you are learning PHP only for professional purposes, you might be better off pursuing a .NET based solution. Microsoft takes care of the developers that use their software. From what I’ve seen in a professional setting, web based apps based on .NET are faster to build and easier to deploy / manage.

    The original version of my company’s software was initially built on a PHP / MySQL combination. When performance problems hit, the decision was made that it would be best to convert to ASP and SQL Server, we’ve since migrated to ASP.NET 1.1 or 2.0, depending on the app.

    Just some food for thought. You don’t hit many Microsoft zealots compared to the open source guys, I think it’s because they’re too busy making money. Granted the biggest installs are usually not Microsoft, but you’ll have a very specialized role in a setting like that, which can make change harder.

  7. Scott Styles said,

    On the Afterburn stuff – I just can’t see a book on fat loss being worth $50, let alone $100. I’ve got two other products promoted by T-nation – Magnificent Mobility and Inside Out. The information is good, but there are other resources out there with similar stuff for 1/2 to 1/4 the price.

  8. Mike said,

    I’m pretty much with you on the aftrerburn stuff. I was surprised when I found out how expensive it was.
    .NET is next on my list but that is a much larger project and a part of certification, I have picked the Microsoft route (as opposed to Oracle). I feel like it will be a bigger market for me, not that I would mind having both some day but who can afford it out of their own pocket.

  9. Scott Styles said,

    I think you’re on a good track then. An individual that knows the Microsoft stuff well and can work with people is never going to have a hard time finding a job. It might not be always be an interesting job, but the demand is always going to be there. Assuming a basic skill set, in my experience the people who have problems getting or staying employed in IT having serious underlying problems with their social skills or work ethic.

    I think individuals from that group make outsourcing out to be a larger risk than it really is. The lower prices you may paying going to an outside country come with hidden costs that ultimately make it just as expensive. Not that there aren’t times when it is valuable to outsource, but it takes a strong manager or team lead to make it effective. Regardless of skill, there is intrinsic value in working with someone that speaks the same language as you, comes from the same culture as you, and is in a similar same time zone as you.

    Choosing the right cert, opposed to just collecting them, is hard. They can be a great tool to round out your skill set and ensure you will participate in regular continuing education and networking events. I think the real value they have is the opportunities that open by filling a glaring resume hole.

    In my case the PMP cert has paid off. Outside of education, it helps to counter the agism I run into as a 25 year old project manager. Managers in their late 40’s and early 50’s don’t always care that I’ve been working for 5 years or that I’ve gone through trial by fire working for a small company. They see a guy running the project that’s the same age as their kids. The PMP gets me that point back. Ironically, I’ve become the most aware of this watching individuals from this same age group present at continuing education events for my PMP.

  10. Mike said,

    Interesting cert, PMP that is. I have thought long and hard about the Oracle v Microsoft thing, I may still think I made the wrong choice it’s impossible to say. Degree then certs.


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