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Firefly Style: Cabal Fang Martial Arts Training Involution #157

“If you can’t run, you walk.  If you can’t walk, you crawl.  If you can’t crawl, you find someone to carry you.”

This week’s T.I. is about understanding the power of realizing you are not alone.

Yesterday, when I did this week’s T.I., I thought of the above quote from Firefly, one of my favorite TV shows.  This T.I. was so hard that the only way I could make it through was to think about the fact that if we were training together — me, you, and the rest of the Cabal Fang crew — none of us would ever let anybody quit.

So I imagined you were there with me, that you were there encouraging me, helping me, making suggestions on how to modify exercises,  and asking me to dig deep.

Your brothers and sisters in Cabal Fang are right there with you.  Now go get it done.

Firefly Style: Cabal Fang Martial Arts Training Involution #157

  • Warm up for a full 8 minutes.
  • 3 sets of HSPUs to failure.  If you can’t do HSPUs, do Jackknife Push-ups.  If you can’t do them, do Regular Push-ups.
  • 3 sets of Squats. 2 x 5 + 1 set to failure.  Pick a weight that works for you (I used 110 lbs).
  • 10 x 10 yards of Heavy Bear Walks. Select two hex dumbbells.  Go way lighter than you think you need.  I used 10 pounders.  Bear Walk with dumbbells in hand for 10 yards.  Stop and do 10 Push-ups with a Plank Row between, alternating sides.  Repeat 10 more times for a total of 100 yards of Bear Walks, 100 Push-ups and 100 Rows.
  • Unless you are Captain America, you are going to fail at this.  When you do start failing, imagine me and all of the other people in Cabal Fang working right there with you.  If you gas on the Bear Walks, drop the dumbbells and go on without them.  If you gas on the Push-ups or Plank Rows, come up and do them on knees.  Switch to lighter dumbbells halfway through if necessary.  Make whatever changes you have to make and take as many 12-count breaks as you need.  The only rule is don’t give up.
  • Cool down for 3 minutes.
  • Stretch and practice contemplation.
  • Record what you learned in your training journal.

Looky What Came in the Mail


These here are the companion books to the best ruttin’ TV show in the ‘verse.

Well I’ll be a ching-wah tsao duh liou mahng — look what showed up in my mailbox!

I could resist no more.  Had to cave in and buy used copies of the Firefly companion books at Alibris (great site by the way, and a super alternative to the evil Blue Sun/Alliance outlet).

If you haven’t read these books, what they are are copies of the scripts tons of other stuff thrown in — interviews, pictures, war stories, prop details, and all manner of wonders of interest to the dedicated Firefly fan.

Hours and hours of reading and re-reading pleasure await me…

A Very Firefly Father’s Day


My Father’s Day Gifts: Firefly t-shirt, book, and DVD set.

That’s how you know your family loves you — not when they buy you stuff, but they buy you stuff even when they know you’re going to drive them crazy with said stuff.  My family is going to be seeing a lot of that shirt, is going to have to put up with me wanted to monopolize the TV with the DVDs, and is going to have several hours of trouble getting my attention because my nose is stuck in this book.

Firefly Cargo Boxes

wpid-20140526_182743.jpgI’m always working and doing things according to the plan.  Sometimes I’m such a freak about my goals — writing goals, workout goals, fitness goals, personal goals, business goals — that I forget to take a break.  Not this weekend.  I decided to do a fun art project on my extra day off.

I got the idea last week.  Someone at the office was talking about being a massive Dr. Who fan, and about costuming.  I mentioned that, if I was going to fall through the costuming rabbit hole again (which I’m not) I’d be a BrowncoatFirefly is in a dead heat with Star Trek (the original) as my favorite TV show of all time.

Anyway, I had some wine crates sitting around and I decided to make some Firefly-inspired cargo boxes to put next to my favorite chair.  Here’s how I did it.

One of the boxes is supposed to be an Independence ammo box, so  I glued and screwed a strips across the top and bottom to give it that WWII ammo box look.  Then I gave both boxes a coat of mud brown paint inside and out to seal them and hide markings and defects.

While that was drying I started distressing the hardware.  You can’t have shiny new hardware on boxes that are supposed to look used!  I put them in a bath of 50/50 water and bleach and boiled them for about 25 minutes.  If you try this, do it outside, be very careful, and use an old pan or a glass one.

The ammo box got a coat of green paint.  While that was drying, I started making stencils so that I could paint on “CARGO,” some random digits, the blue star, and so forth.  The other box I left brown.

Next  came the painting of the details and the hardware installation.  I used spray paint and masking tape.  I also found some cool decals online (thanks to all of the other Firefly fans who did the graphic design!).  I printed those and put them on with a glue stick.  I didn’t have time yesterday, but next weekend I’m going to use a dirty rag and some sandpaper to add a more distressed look.

These are actually really sturdy boxes — they were meant to hold heavy wine bottles after all — so I figure I’ll probably use them when I need to haul stuff to zinefests and what-not.

Sometimes you have to relax and nerd-out.  It’s good for the soul.  Look, these things were fun, and they add a nice touch to my relaxing spot.



Putting FIRE into the Firefly TV Show

Handy to know that if’n you get pinched on this here fancy rock, somebody’s coverin’ your aft.

Thanks to Chaz for blogging about this story and bringing it to my attention, although I’m amazed I didn’t hear about it when it happened.    A college professor put up a poster of Capt. Mal from Firefly outside his office door, and the University wanted it taken down.  He refused and almost lost his job.  But thanks to an organization known as FIRE (Foundation for Individual Rights in Education), the prof got to keep his poster and his job.

“Later that year, FIRE also produced a short film featuring Neil Gaiman documenting the case, “DontMessWithFirefly! HowScifiFansMadeaCampusSafeforFreeSpeech.” The film went on to winanAnthemAward at FreedomFest this year.”

The title of the article is from one of my favorite quotes from Capt. Mal regarding the oppressive ruling Alliance:  “No more runnin’.  I aim to misbehave.”

Glad we gave the purple-bellies a good blasting.  Fuzzie-wuzzies all around!