I’ve been doing a lot of driving this summer so I’ve been looking for lots of new podcasts. Cocaine and Rhinestones has turned out to be one of my favorites. The host, Tyler Coe, tells the story of country music made in the 20th century and I find it fascinating. I was a long-time sucker …
Chain squats help you work on speed. At the top of the movement you have all of the weight and then as you squat, the chain collects on the floor making the total weight lighter. We pause at the bottom of the movement on the box to help train correct depth and to learn to …
Southern Nightmare is a podcast that tells the story of the Southside Strangler, a serial killer in Virginia in the in 1980’s. I grew up in Richmond and I can remember hearing this guy’s name on the news a lot but I don’t remember the panic in the town. The case is also historically important because it’s the first capital murder conviction based solely on DNA evidence. Who would have ever guessed that VA would be at the technological cutting edge in evidence use? Does that make it ironic that they exercised the death penalty on him via electric chair?
The podcast is locally produced and recorded here in Richmond and it’s a good listen if you’re into true crime (which I am not, generally). It’s definitely creepy hearing about the killer stalking victims at the mall where we used to hang out in high school.
An absolute wizard. Kim Jung Gi is a Korean illustrator who has gotten pretty popular in the US over the last couple of years. This brief feature gives a nice overview of why he’s regarded as a next-level talent.
Back in June, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever released a gem of a jangle-pop record, “Hope Downs”. For reference, I’d say it’s got some early Tame Impala or maybe some early Soft Pack (if you turn your head just right). The Clean comparisons are obvious and very real, but they’re not just copping the style of those guys. It’s a really good record.
They’re touring the US soon but they closest they come to me is DC on a Monday night. I don’t have it like that anymore.
Hott Minute is a podcast that I heartily recommend. Jamie and Ashley are a couple of funny folks in Nashville and they bring some spicy takes on who (Martin Landau, Meghan Markle) and what (tress, baths) is hott. I should also add a language warning to my recommendation. They def. say “titties” a lot.
Season 1 is complete and Season 2 is probably right around the corner?
I didn’t listen to these episodes as they came out so I constantly had to fight the urge to tweet at them about the stuff they were talking about. I won’t make that mistake for this next season.
(Been a jam-packed couple of weeks, with lots of travel and fun stuff that I’ve been doing instead of posting. And it’s not over, so posts will be a little scattershot through the end of the summer.) Had a great bench test the other week. I’m slowly getting climbing to my goal of 315. I …
I used to hate blue Kool-Aid so much as a kid, I would hide it when my parents would buy it. My brother just sent me this pic. Over 30 years later, they uncovered my hiding spot. 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 A post shared by JJ Johnson (@jamesjjohnson1) on Aug 12, 2018 at 3:10pm PDT
Heavy overhead double. I banged up my shoulder a couple of years ago doing some strongman stuff and it’s been a long trip back to healthy. Counter-intuitively, it has been lots of lifting overhead that has “healed” my shoulder trouble. Last year’s Olympic lifting experiment laid in a solid foundation of shoulder strength that has been a huge benefit to my return to powerlifting.
I should say “to my short-lived return to powerlifting“, because I’m going to go to a strongman contest in September. It’s just a local, level 1 contest so the weights aren’t crazy. I’ve also got a lot of family travel coming up between now and then so there are a bunch of training conflicts. Still, I find it easier to train when I have a contest or meet on the calendar. It’s just more fun.