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No Its Becky

Sometimes, you like weird stuff.

The Best Thing I Did in 2014?

Lowest Score Wins. Pick up your copy today.

Of course, Analyzr, 5SK®, Golf Evolution, The Sand Trap, and others continue to do well.

My family is happy and healthy. The kiddo needs a minor attitude adjustment, but overall, I wouldn't trade her for anyone. Most days. 🙂

Here's to good things in 2015.

Beginning Kettle Bell Workouts

I've followed Mike's advice here: Beginning Kettle Bell Workouts?. I spent some money on some kettle bells and got this book (on Kindle).

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.

Basic Table Tennis Stuff

Samson Dubina

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.

Table Tennis Forums

There seem to be only two: OOAK Table Tennis Forum and Alex Table Tennis - MyTableTennis.NET Forum (the home page of which doesn't even look like a forum).

Limnic Explosions – Exploding Lakes

Widespread suffocation from an exploding lake.

Who knew?

Merry Christmas 2014!

Our gift wrapping took exactly 11 minutes today, and that was with everyone going one at a time.


My Christmas Wish? Metric System!

It's time for the US to use the metric system

Underappreciated Movies of 2014

Best Movies Off the Radar 2014 - Rotten Tomatoes

Alan Partridge and Under the Skin looks like about the only ones I'd really want to see…

Illustrated Guide to Mac OS X

An Illustrated History of Mac OS X

I'm still gonna call it Mac OS X, dammit.


Iconic: A Photographic Tribute to Apple Innovation: Jonathan Zufi, Forest McMullin, Lisa Clark, Steve Wozniak, Jim Dalrymple: 9780988581715: Books

Added to the wish list.

Volkswagen’s 300 MPG Car

Volkswagen's New 300 MPG Car Is Not Allowed In America Because It's Too Efficient

They're allowed in Europe, but they're still only making 2,000 of them.

New Mac Minis Worse?

The New Mac mini is Quickly Turning into a Disaster

I'm glad we didn't get one of these to replace the Mac Mini we use at Golf Evolution to run Analyzr.

Falkenberg Drill

I'm getting into table tennis a little bit…

The Falkenberg Drill and Why You Should Be Doing It

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.

  1. 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).
  2. 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.
  3. 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!
  4. 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.
  5. 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.