Barbarian Book Club: Weightlifting Progress 4June18

As of today, my working weights are as follows:  OHP: 125lbs BP: 165lbs Squat: 245lbs Deadlift: 284lbs Since the beginning of the year I've added the following; OHP: +30lbs BP: +20lbs Squat: +70lbs Deadlift: +100lbs My Bench Press sucks at 165, dunno what the deal is, it's my least favorite lift and the one where …

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Still some of my favorite REH.

via The Horror Stories of Robert E. Howard

Kinugasa Castle Ruins

I decided to go on a mini hike in my backyard and finally found the ruins of Kinugasa castle. All that is left is the foundation stones. It was build in 1063 Heian period and fell during the battle of Kinugasa in 1187. I can't find much info on it. According to Wikipedia "During the …

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The Liveship Traders by Robin Hobb

I don't write a lot of full-length book reviews. I prefer quick updates on what I've read recently, short and to the point, enough to recommend and maybe spur some discussion, but not concise reviews. The only time I write longer pieces is when I come across a book that really captures my imagination, for example, last …

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Barbarian Book Club: May 2018 Operational Report

Updates In preparation for the imminent arrival of my first child, I decided to grow a respectable mustache. It's coming along nicely and I have faith that it will develop further. I've been writing a bit here and there, nowhere as much as I should be, but overall I'm content with my current pace. I …

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Support the Indy Scene.

I know a lot of good independent writers. I know a number of good independent artists, and few really top notch independent editors. I even know several good independent voice actors for recording audiobooks. All of which is great, because it means that new, original fiction is being created and brought to market on a […] …

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Art: Baccante LDS

Baccante LDS by Saturno Butto,  oil on wood I'm a fan of Butto's art, a heavy almost neo-classical mix of Christian Mysticism, S&M, and Paganism. Check out his gallery.  

Barbarian Book Club: The River of Doubt Theodore Roosevelt’s Darkest Journey by Candice Millard

“Tell Osborn I have already lived and enjoyed as much of life as any nine other men I know; I have had my full share, and if it is necessary for me to leave my bones in South America, I am quite ready to do so.” - Theodore Roosevelt   Last week my coworker handed …

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Day trip to Hakone

Yesterday the wife and I took a day trip to Hakone, a small town on the shore of Lake Ashi. Our schedule is completely packed for the foreseeable future, filled with baby events, work obligations, celebrations, and of course culminating with the arrival of the baby. So, it was nice to get to go on …

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The Great Courses – The Early Middle Ages and Audible Lectures.

I've been exceptionally busy these past few weeks. Work is filled with new responsibilities, this is the third year of duty in Japan and I'm finding myself with ever increasing responsibilities. Most importantly the majority of my attention is focused on preparation for the upcoming birth of my daughter. Intellectually I feel ready, but I …

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