Stuff to Read While You’re Pretending to Work: Are the Oscars Over Yet Edition

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I had every intention of getting up this morning and writing a killer post on rest/pause training, but last night’s telecast of the Oscars kinda put a damper on that.

Not surprisingly, I ended up watching all 17 hours of the show, and needless to say didn’t get to bed until pretty late.

And while I understand that admitting I love to watch the Oscars places me in the stratosphere of ultimate nerdom, at least I don’t play World of Warcraft….;o)

A few candid highlights:

1.  Really glad to see that Silver Linings Playbook didn’t win for Best Picture.  If it had won, I would have likened it to the travesty of when Shakespeare in Love won for Best Picture over Saving Private Ryan.

Yes, that happened over 15 years ago and I’m still bitter about it.

I love quirky, off-kilter movies (Moonrise Kingdom, anyone!), but this one in my opinion was vasty OVERrated and I don’t really get why it has gotten so many accolades.  Sure, hats off to the film makers for making an effort to bring mental illness to the forefront, but when Lisa and I went and saw this back in the fall (before everyone hopped on the bandwagon and it became “cool” to say you went to see it), we were both pretty meh about it.

Lisa almost wanted to walk out.

Anyways, I was happy to see Argo take the award home.  After being snubbed by the academy for a Best Director nod (although the guy who ended up winning, Ang Lee, for Life of Pi, 100% deserved to win), it was great see Ben Affleck get some recognition.

2.  Really happy to see that my boy Tarantino took home the prize for Best Screenplay.

3.  In watching a bit of the pre-show I couldn’t help but wonder:  if we put as much scrutiny into solving our national debt issues as we do into best dressed, we’d probably accomplish something.

For the record, Lisa’s pick for best dressed went current woman George Clooney won’t marry, Stacy Kiebler:

4.  Seth MacFarlane’s opening number “We Saw Your Boobs” was pretty freaking funny.

Note to Self:  Tony, if you haven’t already, make it a point to watch every movie he mentioned.

 5.  I couldn’t help but notice that 90% of the guys who won for behind-the-scenes stuff like Sound Mixing, Cinematography, Editing, etc all had creepy long hair like the villain from Die Hard:

So yeah, I was up late, slept in, and since I’m running short on time this morning I figured I’d start the week with my list of stuff to read:

Intuitive Training for Fitness – Andrew Heffernan

Some days you feel like a rockstar, and on others, the second you wake up you feel like you’ve been run over by a mack truck.

While I can count on one hand the total number of times I’ve skipped a scheduled training session my entire life, for many, they’ll use any excuse possible to get out of going to the gym.

The slightest hint of a headache or a hang-nail, and they’re hightailing it to their couch instead of the squat rack.

While there are certainly cases were heading to the gym if you’re not feeling well is more counterproductive than anything else, I’d argue that you can still get a heckuva training effect if you just tweak a few things here and there.

This article sheds some light on that very notion.

10 Reasons Squats Are a Terrible Exercise – Chris Smith

I’m embarrassed to say that when I was originally sent this article from someone else and read the first few paragraphs, I thought it was serious.

Apparently I forgot to eat my bowl of sarcasm flakes that morning.

This was an absolutely HILARIOUS post by Chris, and while the article itself is very entertaining, the comments section is borderline addicting.  Grab a chair, maybe prepare some popcorn, and enjoy!

Act of Sportsmanship – If This Doesn’t Make You Teary Eyed, You’re the Spawn of Satan

Okay that’s probably a bit drastic, and I didn’t mean to hurt your feelings.  But for all of those people reading (like me) who generally go out of their way to avoid watching the news because of its incessant negativity, this story is quite the contrast.

Just awesome – nuff said.

Did what you just read make your day? Ruin it? Either way, you should share it with your friends and/or comment below.

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  • Barath

    I liked the squat piece. Except for the part where he throws in lunges with leg extensions – that was not cool! And the video didn’t make me teary-eyed at all. In fact, it hardly stirred any emotion. Meh. I am a cyborg from hell.

    • TonyGentilcore

      You probably didn’t cry when Old Yeller did either. Did you? DID YOU!!!???!!??!?!……;o)

  • Jeffrey C.

    Thanks for sharing the last video!

    • TonyGentilcore

      You’re welcome Jeff.

  • Thanks for saving me hours of viewing so I could see that clip by Seth McFarlane!

  • Brent

    instead of CNN they need GNN (Good News Network) and just show videos like that sportsmanship one. There is more of that out there, its just news is synonymous with negativity more often than not.

    • TonyGentilcore

      Now that would be a novel idea. But it’s never going to happen unfortunately.

  • Jake

    The last video definitely stirred up some emotion. Just shows that there is good in people.

    Also, pretty good trolling by Chris Smith. There were a lot of unhappy commenters lol. You were right, I couldn’t stop reading them!

    Jake

    • TonyGentilcore

      Yeah, those comments were pretty entertaining to say the least! Isn’t it disturbing how so many people are willing to take time out of their day JUST to write spiteful and hateful words to someone they don’t even know (let alone to a completely satirical post)?

  • Brad

    Haha, love the comments in the squash article. I’m really hoping that they are all just trolling back. Hard to tell though, haha.

    Also that last video was super inspiring. Definitely made my day, so thanks. Great post!

    • TonyGentilcore

      Even more funny (or better yet, sad) that so many people were willing to write with such venom in their words. You would have thought Chris dropped kicked a kitten in the face.

  • Jen Comas Keck

    The Silver Linings Playbook movie was bad?! Ahh man! I just read the book and the book was fantastic! I’d like to say that I’ll leave it at the book… but Bradley Cooper may lure me in…. 😉

    • Jen Comas Keck

      PS. Commented before watching that vid. Amazing. Goes to show what can happen when we help others “win”, even if we aren’t necessarily on the same team. 😉 Thanks for sharing that!

    • TonyGentilcore

      It wasn’t like it wasn’t a movie worth seeing – it absolutely was. I just don’t quite get why it’s gotten all the accolades that its received. Go watch it and let me know what you think Jen.

  • Mark

    “Note to Self: Tony, if you haven’t already, make it a point to watch every movie he mentioned.

    5. I couldn’t help but notice that 90% of the guys who won for behind-the-scenes stuff like Sound Mixing, Cinematography, Editing, etc all had creepy long hair like the villain from Die Hard.” This was great. I think everyone thought this, both male and female.

    • TonyGentilcore

      Just a facetious observation I made. I certainly didn’t mean to downplay their achievement in the least.

  • Lars Krogstad

    Cried. Like a girl

  • FreakSammy

    Because the video has been removed from YouTube, here is another link: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-18563_162-57570865/act-of-sportsmanship-gives-texas-high-schooler-shot-at-glory/