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  1. ekw's Avatar


    Way to go!
  2. thewookiee's Avatar
    Way to go Jimbo!!! That is an awesome accomplishment!
  3. jim thornton's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Chicken of the Sea
    just get cremated and buried at sea. That's what I'm doing. Good swimming!
    Actually, with global warming, cremation might be overkill. I'd rather let my remains feed some little creatures (crustaceans, catfish, moray eels, Disney cartoon lions, and the like) so that the circle of life can continue without a hitch.
  4. Chicken of the Sea's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by jim thornton
    Thanks, James! I signed up for the 400 and 200 IMs followed by the 800 free. I am being measured for a casket tomorrow.

    just get cremated and buried at sea. That's what I'm doing. Good swimming!
  5. jim thornton's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by ekw
    Dux femina facti
    A woman is the leader of the deed (used to imply "a woman's in charge").

    I had to look it up.

    Gaudiamus igitur, iuvenes dum summum. (from memory)

    Actual quote: Gaudeamus igitur. Iuvenes dum sumus. (from Internet)

    and

    Morituri te salutamus! (from memory)

    Actual quote, to be spoken on the blocks at the Hudson, Ohio SCM high school pool next Saturday:

    Morituri Te Salutamus (from the Internet again--I was right this time!)
  6. jim thornton's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by jaadams1
    Jim - entertaining as always. I say get those Ind. Medley Top Tens out of the way for sure. THey're the easy one (to get TT in)...not so easy on the racing portion of the event however. My motto (most of the time)...longer is better.
    Thanks, James! I signed up for the 400 and 200 IMs followed by the 800 free. I am being measured for a casket tomorrow.
  7. ekw's Avatar
    Dux femina facti
  8. jaadams1's Avatar
    Jim - entertaining as always. I say get those Ind. Medley Top Tens out of the way for sure. THey're the easy one (to get TT in)...not so easy on the racing portion of the event however. My motto (most of the time)...longer is better.
  9. jim thornton's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Sojerz
    Me too and one of the reasons i let it go. It was a great group of guys though and will forever regret not sticking with it. In 1969 there was so much other sh#t going down it seemed like time to move on and save the world. Glad you stuck with it since then and maybe about the time you're blog earns the cat food, ill be swimming fast again. one can hope.
    You shall get there! Have you noted improvement in the time since you've been back? A balance of distance, middle distance, stroke, and sprint workouts seems to be the key. And you do have to try hard in practice, something I still do, though to noticeably slower results.
  10. Sojerz's Avatar
    I was pretty sick of swimming at that point.
    Me too and one of the reasons i let it go. It was a great group of guys though and will forever regret not sticking with it. In 1969 there was so much other sh#t going down it seemed like time to move on and save the world. Glad you stuck with it since then and maybe about the time you're blog earns the cat food, ill be swimming fast again. one can hope.
  11. jim thornton's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Sojerz
    yep, checked it out, but didn't try to figure out how to sign up for the RSS feed yet - will let you know if it works or not. Noticed in your "about" section quite a bit of similarity in our HS and college swimming experience. [Would have classified myself as a good (but long way from great) HS swimmer and just managed (probably the last one kept) to make the Varsity my sophmore year (stupidly quit one year latter after only getting to swim one 1650 against Central MI as a soph and otherwise warming the bench). NDs swim team wasn't then and is not now MI -- you probably would have made it through if you were about 100 miles further south.]
    I don't know. I was pretty sick of swimming at that point. It wasn't a lot of fun to be at the bottom of the barrel. There was one top swimmer on our team, Larry Day, who was an exceptionally nice guy. But some of the others were a bit hard to stomach, one fellow in particular.
  12. Sojerz's Avatar
    yep, checked it out, but didn't try to figure out how to sign up for the RSS feed yet - will let you know if it works or not. Noticed in your "about" section quite a bit of similarity in our HS and college swimming experience. [Would have classified myself as a good (but long way from great) HS swimmer and just managed (probably the last one kept) to make the Varsity my sophmore year (stupidly quit one year latter after only getting to swim one 1650 against Central MI as a soph and otherwise warming the bench). NDs swim team wasn't then and is not now MI -- you probably would have made it through if you were about 100 miles further south.]
  13. jim thornton's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Sojerz
    It is an ancient Mariner, And he stoppeth one of three. "By thy long grey beard and glittering eye, Now wherefore stopp'st thou me?
    He holds him with his skinny hand, "There was a ship," quoth he. `Hold off! unhand me, grey-beard loon!... He holds him with his glittering eyeThe Mariner hath his will.
    Jim, borrow this and you will only need to apologize to Coleridge, and he's dead.

    FYI - UMPG publishing and EMI are apparently blocking your Leslie video - try clicking on it and you'll see - wondering if they may soon be at your door with warrants
    When my brother first made the Leslie movie, he added a song by the Beach Boys, and evidently Warner et al have subsequently installed creeper software to try to ferret out any unauthorized use of copyrighted songs. Some songs are fine, but they slap an ad on your video. Evidently, the Beach Boys material is owned by a stingier conglomerate.

    Maybe at some point, John can re-edit with the two of us singing the song a capella. No creeper software in the universe will recognize this as actual music!

    By the way, did you click on the new blog and if so, did you have any trouble registering? Lots of people (well, maybe not lots) have said that something is screwy in the technology infrastructure of http://byjimthornton.com/ and sadly my IT manager is currently grounded by his parents for having only a 89.5 in English class.
  14. Sojerz's Avatar
    In the meantime, see if you can help me get a new slogan established for my enterprises. With apologies to Timex,
    It is an ancient Mariner, And he stoppeth one of three. "By thy long grey beard and glittering eye, Now wherefore stopp'st thou me?
    He holds him with his skinny hand, "There was a ship," quoth he. `Hold off! unhand me, grey-beard loon!... He holds him with his glittering eye…The Mariner hath his will.
    Jim, borrow this and you will only need to apologize to Coleridge, and he's dead.

    FYI - UMPG publishing and EMI are apparently blocking your Leslie video - try clicking on it and you'll see - wondering if they may soon be at your door with warrants
  15. jim thornton's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by RustyScupperton
    I should know all about "readers" etc. but also don't. Perhaps you could use your reportorial genius to interview Liam and let us all know about the mysterious world of rss feeds. For instance, Who is rss? What kind of food does he eat?
    I will do my best to get to the bottom of this question, Rusty! Unfortunately, my strategy of creating an infinite Internet loop, wherein readers of my vlog click on links to my blog, only to find links to my vlog, and so forth, has failed thus far to achieve the critical mass necessary to generate the revenue I need to buy catfood in 2017.

    The estimate date of the catfood feast has thus had to be postponed by another few years.

    I will keep you posted.

    In the meantime, see if you can help me get a new slogan established for my enterprises. With apologies to Timex,

    Jim's vlog/blog takes a lickin', but he hopes folks will keep on clickin'.

    Or at least start clickin' one day.

    One great and glorious futuristic day, when all god's children can afford Fancy Feast by the sweat of their bleeding blogging fingertips.
  16. RustyScupperton's Avatar
    I should know all about "readers" etc. but also don't. Perhaps you could use your reportorial genius to interview Liam and let us all know about the mysterious world of rss feeds. For instance, Who is rss? What kind of food does he eat?
  17. jim thornton's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Water Rat
    Jim, do I have to click on the RSS thingy to become a valid eyeball? I don't know what that is and it scares me.
    No, you don't! But if you click on the RSS thing, it will give you the opportunity to periodically check your "reader" for any new updates, thus obviating the need for you to check all the time for new content from me!

    By the way, just in the time it has taken me to post this vlog, I have also posted new content in the blog!

    I invite you to check out this newest entry right now! It's very short!

    http://byjimthornton.com/2012/11/30/solipsism/

    PS I am in horrible shape physically but am swimming the SEWY meet anyhow, but greatly fear the Great Unraveling has begun to hit my swimming. You still up for a possible pilgrimage to Hudson next week? If you don't go, I might just pop up for one day unless my performance at SEWY, as I fear, will make it ridiculous to even try swimming SCM.
  18. Water Rat's Avatar
    Jim, do I have to click on the RSS thingy to become a valid eyeball? I don't know what that is and it scares me.
  19. jim thornton's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Kurt Dickson
    the dots may be your secret...some of my best workouts were after eating a load of (proverbial) sh*t...I get that strange bonky feeling sometimes swimming even when I'm not going that hard and have to stop and kick for 20 minutes...probably a little TIA from break-down products of my hostess donettes...
    SUMMARY - Hypoglycemia during exercise is a common event due
    to an unbalance between training volume, nutrition, and external influences such as chronobiology, temperature or altitude, in subjects characterized by an acute and chronic increase in glucose effectiveness and
    insulin sensitivity. While it is preventable by adequate pre-exercise feeding with carbohydrates, it can also be induced by a prior carbohydrate
    meal with high glycemic index. Adequate training induces resistance to
    hypoglycemia via a shift in the balance of oxidized substrates and marked
    hormonal adaptations, but overtraining, by partially reversing this adaptation, favorizes hypoglycemia. Exercise hypoglycemia is a cause of fatigue or exercise cessation, but also impairs thermoregulatory adaptation and isassumed to fragilize muscles and tendons for traumatic
    events.

    from http://www.alfediam.org/media/pdf/Re...nD&M2-2001.pdf

    Finally, I understand why my muscles are so fragilized!
  20. Kurt Dickson's Avatar
    the dots may be your secret...some of my best workouts were after eating a load of (proverbial) sh*t...I get that strange bonky feeling sometimes swimming even when I'm not going that hard and have to stop and kick for 20 minutes...probably a little TIA from break-down products of my hostess donettes...