The 9th Soul

So many contradictions, so little time…

Posted in Uncategorized by Fated Blue on May 29, 2014

Post it Notes from my Idiot Boss


Just one more example of why I consider drinking to be a discretionary necessity…

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Kettlebell Burpees: A Pretty Cool Workout When You Want Something Different

Posted in health, life, youtube shows by Fated Blue on May 25, 2014

I’ve been experimenting with a whole roster of movements for my kettlebell workouts and it wasn’t until my recent detour from kettlebell training did I realize that I forgot one workout that I found very, very good for fat burning and a pretty sweet cardio. I’ve performed this type of workout before, using lighter kettlebells, and I’ve used them as part of a very long complex. It’s called the kettlebell burpee.

Now you may simply do a Google search and you’ll find a whole bunch of other videos of which you might mistake as the kettlebell burpee but not really. Although this is just me sticking to what a burpee should look like with kettlebells.


One Week Of No Kettlebells Due To Hand Injury

Posted in health, life by Fated Blue on May 18, 2014

I just got back from a week of workout without kettlebells. If you’ve been reading me for some time, you must know how much I love my kettlebells. The reason is due to me drying my hands and kettlebells too much which caused my grip to harden and the friction of the workout (double swinging a pair of 32s) to cause some of my calluses to explode. Like, skin flaying and blood and all that messed up image in your head right now.

I wanted to take a picture but I’m not one to boast of my stupidity unless I feel like it and knowing I wouldn’t be able to use my equipment for a set period of time didn’t make me feel posting anything about it at all.

I got the injury last Sunday evening. I had an early morning workout but I felt like I can do 100 double swings before I finally call it a day. The temperature in the city rose up to 36.5 C or 97.7 F and my palms were sweaty before I even started. For the common swinger, sweaty palms may cause accidents when double swinging since you can literally let go of the kettlebell/s due to a loose grip and destroy anything it might hit or worse injure an innocent bystander. I used a bunch of tissue paper on my hands and wiped my kettlebells after 10 swings (10 x 10 workout). At the 6th set, though, I felt my hands were too dry and the handles on the kettlebells becoming warmer. I figured this was natural since I’m holding it and the swings definitely produce heat. What I neglected, and I swear I’d hit my past self on the head if I can go back in time, was that swinging kettlebells involve having a little loose grip at its apex (which is at about stomach to chest height; the crossfit swing doesn’t count) to allow the bells to swing efficiently without damaging your hands. I simply lost that simple thought after years of training and before I knew it, both my hands had some skin flapping in the air as I waved it around. And oh, it had some serious blood spurting out too.


Book Review: The Ocean At The End Of The Lane by Neil Gaiman

Posted in entertainment by Fated Blue on May 16, 2014

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I enjoyed reading Neil’s American Gods so much that I wanted another book from him. I’m not a real huge fan of fantasies but Neil’s got me hooked and this book was no different.

What intrigued me first was the cover and how beautiful it was. It was calming and soothing and the “sinking” girl attracted my attention. The synopsis was also very convincingly good. Again, I’m not a fan of stories like these but there was something about the way Neil writes his work and the way his stories revolve around the reality of our world thru his fantasies that made me want to read his books more.

While I’m not exactly the type that would buy every book he has, I might well be caught glimpsing at the covers, looking at the synopsis, and maybe read a page or two to see if I can get hooked.


Book Review: Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld

Posted in entertainment, politics, technology by Fated Blue on May 4, 2014

Click to enlarge. I have this version of the book and I want the succeeding ones related to the cover but I’m not sure they still exist.

I’ve been looking for a cheap version of this book for, perhaps, six years now. It was only by rough chance, and a good deal of sorting through a bunch of old piled books, that I found this lying underneath the rubble. It was in very mint condition given that it still has the plastic cover protecting the whole book itself from aging. It’s original price was at 719.00 php but I got it as 200 instead. Sweet deal, right? I’ve been looking for the rest of the series but luck has yet to smile on my search.

Let me give you a quick review since I’m a bit pressed for time. This book is meant for young adults but I’m 24 and I still enjoyed it. In fact, I enjoyed it so much I was willing to purchase all the series on day 3 of this book.  Perhaps Scott knows how to fish because his book got me hook, line, and sinker.