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Total internal reflection 
9th-Jul-2008 05:14 pm
Well, actually, I don't think it actually is Total Internal Reflection because we can actually see the weird effect of seeing the inside edge of Carrie's glasses repeated. This was taken at the Sciffie gathering on the 4th.

Today my mom goes home from the hospital! Apparently the infection is largely beat, just some swelling and pain remains. So now it's time to stay the course and finish up the antibiotics (that's a pretty word to spell on the phone: 26842468427).

Unfortunately, I need to re-do week 3 day 1 because I couldn't complete it today. If I fail again Friday, I think I'll repeat week 2 at the next highest level before trying 3 again. I knew it would be a problem because my exhaustion test yesterday got me to the lowest qualifying score on the lowest level for this week. What can I say, I have no upper body strength to speak of. But that's the whole point of this exercise, right?

Edit: I have made the photo friends-only at Carrie's request. If you are my friend here on LJ, this will not affect your viewing. If you are not, you will get a broken image. Sorry.
10th-Jul-2008 02:33 am (UTC)
What exactly are you doing to build strength? I thought I remembered reading earlier that you were doing pushups, trying for 100 a day. That will build some strength but mainly it'd build endurance; trust me, all we do for PT is pushups and I surely am not any stronger than I was before I enlisted.

If you find yourself maxing out, you might want to try putting weights (bottles of water, anything) in a backpack while you do them. You'll be pushing more than your body weight, and although your rep count will drastically decrease, if you continue to push long enough you'll find that your total non-weighted pushup count will increase. Either way it'll take a long time, but it's just an idea.

Also, ensure you're resting and eating properly. Breaking down all that muscle isn't going to help if you have nothing in your system to rebuild it. :)
10th-Jul-2008 03:06 am (UTC)
All good tips that I am aware of. But given my starting point of 4 pushups, I'll be glad for the endurance to be able to build the max load. The way I see it, the hundred pushup program will get me to the point where I can start thinking about increasing the load, which I can't even think about right now.

See, you probably started with the ability to do pushups, and that's why you've not seen any gains in anything other than endurance. In general, I have good endurance with everything but my arms (cardio, legs, etc.).
10th-Jul-2008 03:35 pm (UTC)
It's probably additional reflections off the edge of the glass, or else the light reflecting internally a couple times instead of transmitting through. I'd have to see a larger photo to say more conclusively. :)
10th-Jul-2008 05:23 pm (UTC)
You can click the photo to see a slightly larger version on my Scrapbook page. Click it there to see it in its original resolution.
10th-Jul-2008 05:40 pm (UTC)
yeah, it definitely looks to me like I'm seeing multiple images of the edge of the glass, so probably the line of sight goes in the front of the glass, bounces off the back of the glass instead of passing through, and then hits the edge. For the multiple images, it's probably reflecting inside the glass multiple times, so in the front, off the back, off the front, off the back and then hits the edge.
16th-Jul-2008 03:17 am (UTC)
OMG CARRIE!!!! HI!!! /waves
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