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
Posted December 16th, 2014 @ 06:23pm by Erik J. Barzeski
Posted December 15th, 2014 @ 05:21pm by Erik J. Barzeski
Posted December 14th, 2014 @ 05:20pm by Erik J. Barzeski
I email things to myself as a reminder to do something about them later. I used to iMessage myself, but this is even faster and easier. And I'm more likely to see an unread email.
Posted December 13th, 2014 @ 04:45pm by Erik J. Barzeski
Posted December 12th, 2014 @ 04:39pm by Erik J. Barzeski
Posted December 11th, 2014 @ 04:04pm by Erik J. Barzeski
The second half is better.
Posted December 10th, 2014 @ 09:00am by Erik J. Barzeski
Well, it turns out I did remember.
Happy 12th birthday, blog.
Posted December 9th, 2014 @ 03:58pm by Erik J. Barzeski
We got one.
I honestly didn't think it needed to be plugged in to a power source. I figured it either used its own little battery or got power from the HDMI port or something.
That severely limits its usefulness.
Posted December 8th, 2014 @ 02:34pm by Erik J. Barzeski
Meh. It had its moments, but it was not particularly well done.
Posted December 7th, 2014 @ 02:17pm by Erik J. Barzeski
Two things for now:
- The window moves around so easily. I click to bring it to the front, move my mouse somewhere, and the window - for some reason - follows along. STOP THAT!
- Also, please stop pasting links as linked text. Nobody getting my iMessage on a phone is going to be able to click it. It doesn't work. Send "https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kySNQe7oHPw" not "5 Simple Keys® Key #4, SweetSpot Path - Where from? Where to?"
Posted December 6th, 2014 @ 02:07pm by Erik J. Barzeski
Posted December 5th, 2014 @ 01:59pm by Erik J. Barzeski
I knew how aperture worked (pinhole cameras), but I didn't think to make my own eyesight better by looking through a hole formed by my fingers!