Posted December 31st, 2014 @ 08:44pm by Erik J. Barzeski
Posted December 30th, 2014 @ 08:51pm by Erik J. Barzeski
I'm hopeful that I can squeeze this in while I watch Penguins games or whatever. Running has not happened in a loooooong time. If it's not the time, it's the weather, or something else.
Posted December 29th, 2014 @ 08:48pm by Erik J. Barzeski
Posted December 28th, 2014 @ 08:37pm by Erik J. Barzeski
A table tennis player (he won the Erie Table Tennis tournament last year, I guess) has a DVD out: Products | Samson Dubina Table Tennis Academy. It's called "International Table Tennis Skills DVD." It's… okay.
He lives in Akron, OH.
I'm playing when I can Thursdays and Saturdays at Erie Table Tennis Club. It's just in the MIHS gym.
P.S. I also borrowed the older "Steps to Success - Table Tennis" book from the library. Supposedly an update is coming out in 2015.
Posted December 27th, 2014 @ 08:17pm by Erik J. Barzeski
Posted December 26th, 2014 @ 10:10am by Erik J. Barzeski
Widespread suffocation from an exploding lake.
Posted December 25th, 2014 @ 08:16pm by Erik J. Barzeski
Our gift wrapping took exactly 11 minutes today, and that was with everyone going one at a time.
Posted December 24th, 2014 @ 08:13pm by Erik J. Barzeski
Posted December 23rd, 2014 @ 08:12pm by Erik J. Barzeski
Alan Partridge and Under the Skin looks like about the only ones I'd really want to see…
Posted December 22nd, 2014 @ 06:59pm by Erik J. Barzeski
I'm still gonna call it Mac OS X, dammit.
Posted December 21st, 2014 @ 06:53pm by Erik J. Barzeski
Posted December 20th, 2014 @ 06:48pm by Erik J. Barzeski
They're allowed in Europe, but they're still only making 2,000 of them.
Posted December 19th, 2014 @ 06:39pm by Erik J. Barzeski
Posted December 18th, 2014 @ 12:48pm by Erik J. Barzeski
I'm getting into table tennis a little bit…
Why the Falkenberg Drill is Awesome
I love the Falkenberg drill. It's an absolute classic! Here are a few reasons why it's so good and why you should be doing it.
- It has big movements - The Falkenberg drill gets you covering the whole table. Other regular movement drills, such as BH, FH middle, BH, FH wide, can be practiced with only small adjustments of the feet. Falkenberg, on the other hand, has you constantly performing huge movements as you get round the corner (tough) and then move to play a second forehand wide (even tougher).
- It's versatile - The Falkenberg drill is extremely versatile. I'll go into a big more detail in a minute but beginners can play drives, more advanced players can topspin, even more advanced players could get the controller to counter-topspin. You can also change the line of play, start with a serve, play free after the first or second wide forehand. There are so many option available.
- It can be a warm-up - The Falkenberg drill can be toned down and used as a great warm up. Just play drive to drive and work your way through the shots warming up your upper and lower body. You can share the drill with a partner doing one set each and slowly building up the intensity over a few minutes. It'll get you warmed-up and ready to play much better than jogging around the hall!
- It's multiball friendly - As we saw in the video the Falkenberg drill is great for multiball. You can get a coach or feeder to speed up the balls to work on your fitness, agility and quickness. You could also get them to feed backspin balls to the three positions and work on your opening up with movement.
- It'll improve your balance - One of the biggest problems in table tennis is losing your balance. Once you've lost it you wont be able to move to balls, put power into your shots and you may end up just drifting further and further away from the table. The Falknenberg drill is great chance to practice improving your balance. Big movements, a quick feed, and knowing where the ball is going to go makes it perfect for working on keeping your centre of gravity low and central.
Posted December 17th, 2014 @ 06:35pm by Erik J. Barzeski
Turn off the spine-tingling music and forget everything you thought you knew about this solitary, "mindless killing machine". Sharks have individual personalities. They socialise, choose best friends and create social networks of unusual complexity. They can be trained by humans to complete simple tasks, much more quickly than rabbits or cats, for instance, and retain the knowledge for much longer. Sharks also teach each other new tricks: how to find food, identify predators and charm mates. Like sea turtles, some travel huge distances to return to their own birthplace, again and again, to give birth themselves. Most don't need to swim continuously to survive. And rather than being near-blind and reliant on smell, which is the general perception, they in fact have advanced sight. They feel pain. And the boldest sharks face a greater risk of dying before adulthood.
Why does any of this matter? Well, we're killing about 100 million sharks every year, 11,000 an hour