Author Archives: Jacques Chester

Anatomy Without a Scalpel

Anatomy Without a Scalpel by Lon Kilgore can’t escape the simple fact that anatomy is, in no small part, mind-numbing. It does give a good try. Kilgore is probably known to many readers as the coauthor, with iconic strength coach … Continue reading

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Optimizing Strength Training: Designing Nonlinear Periodization Workouts

The title alone will have driven off everyone from my non-weights circle of friends. Optimizing Strength Training is a book by William J. Kraemer and Steven J. Fleck. Quite aside from the American fondness for initialling their names in print, … Continue reading

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3 Weightlifting Books

I bought a bunch of weightlifting-related books recently, some from IronMind and some from Today I’ll briefly review three of them. Olympic-Style Weightlifting for the Beginner and Intermediate Lifter by Jim Schmitz. Bought from IronMind. This is not really … Continue reading

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Expert Political Judgement: How Good Is It? How Can We Know?

One of the unsung benefits of stable employment in a place with a relatively rigid union contract is that you are expected and required to take your full lunch break. No subtle hints are dropped that we could really use … Continue reading

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The two faces of

Amazon is a marvel of the modern age. Cheap books, shipped worldwide at ever-cheaper rates. Very cheap indeed if you bought a Kindle (I have a DX. I love it). There’s one problem: sometimes you don’t actually buy the book … Continue reading

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A not-so-brief aside on reigning in chaos

Everything that humans touch eventually becomes complex, whether we like it or not. (Blog posts too. This one started out as a comparison of three competing software system alternatives and subsequently bloated into a discussion of chaos in computer systems.) … Continue reading

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Micropayments claims another victim

So it appears that one of the companies I’d have been competing with, Readability, have thrown in the towel. Robojar (my effort) has a similar but distinguishable model. And others have tried and failed in this space with similar-but-distinguishable models. … Continue reading

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Fat and Simple

In my trade we commonly mention the truism that “if all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail”. I bring this up because I’m about to do what every smart person likes to do: drastically simplify a … Continue reading

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War and Peace and War

Grand theories of history never quite go out of fashion. The impossible complexity of human society so cheerfully refutes our understanding that we have to fall back on intuitive pattern-matching to make sense of it (after a while, this becomes … Continue reading

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How I am training currently

My main hobby is Olympic-style weightlifting. Normally this means I focus on the two competition lifts, with work on the side to improve technique and to increase strength. A few months ago I partially tore the meniscus of my left … Continue reading

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