Jeliza Patterson

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Why lift?


There are perhaps eleventy billion posts on this here Internet telling people that they should lift weights. Some of these posts are even aimed towards women.

The vast majority of these posts rub me exactly the wrong way. The main reason for this is that they spend more time talking about how lifting will make you look rather than how it will make you feel. They present lifting as a path to fuckability rather than a way to get healthy, strong, etc. (And I mean healthy, not “healthy” as a code word for skinny/fuckable.)

My main aim in lifting is not to look good naked or drop my body fat to the point where I lose my period (because ABZ)*. So here, in no particular order, are ten reasons why I lift that have nothing to do with my looks, weight, measurements or body fat percentage.

1. I love being strong.

Being strong is the best feeling. There’s nothing quite like shocking your friends by picking up a table by yourself.

2. My body craves it.

Sometimes I’ll be walking along and feeling my leg muscles move and I get a sudden urge to get under a heavy barbell and squat the hell out of it.

3. It has all but cured my joint pain.

A couple of years ago, I suffered from recurring repetitive stress injuries in both my wrists and elbows. There were times when all I could do was sit on the couch and watch TV because doing anything with my hands/arms was too painful to bear. Since I started lifting, my pain is all but gone. (I still have the occasional bad day, but nowhere near as bad as it used to be.) I have to be sensible about it, of course, and I started slow to build up my surrounding muscles. If you have similar problems, talk to your doc before you start any workout program, but for me, it’s been a lifesaver.

4. It makes me feel sexy.

Not to other people, mind. To myself. Lifting makes you more aware of your body, and for me, that’s also translated to being more in tune with my sexuality.

5. It makes me feel more confident.

After a good lifting session, I feel like there’s nothing I can’t do. When I come against an obstacle in my personal or professional life, I often stop and think, “Dina, you can pick your body weight up off the floor like it’s no big thing. You can crush this!”

6. It improves my sporting performance.

Lifting makes me a better runner and a faster swimmer. What’s not to love?

7. It dovetails nicely with my feminist feels.

I believe that women are strong and can do anything they can put their minds to. I think you see where this is going.

8. I enjoy surprising people.

I’ve had people look at the weight I’ve just put on the bar and look at me with incredulity. Then I pick it up and they’re shocked. I’m just a wee little thing, so I’m used to people underestimating me. I love proving them wrong.

9. I enjoy surprising myself.

I am, of course, my biggest critic. I used to tell everyone that I was going to lift “tiny tiny weights” when I went to the gym after work. Then I decided that talking like that wasn’t doing me any favors, and I stopped.

10. It helps me be the best person I can be.

All the exercise I do helps me keep down my anxiety and depression levels. I feel much more focused and present when I am lifting weights regularly. It makes me a better person. For reals!

So there are my 10 reasons. What are yours?

*Note that I don’t think having these goals makes you a HORRIBLE TERRIBLE NO GOOD VERY BAD person. Your body is your own, so you rock it however it makes sense to you. I won’t pretend I don’t love the effects lifting has had on how my body looks, because I do, but it can’t be the primary focus for me for reasons that might be a blog post someday if I can find the words to articulate it.

I *love* this.

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Jason Garcia

Clay Art

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From the artist’s bio:
"In his finished work—most often clay tiles that are created in the traditional Pueblo way with hand-gathered clay, native clay slips and outdoor firings — he transforms materials closely connected to the earth into a visually rich mix of Pueblo history and culture, comic book super heroes, video game characters, religious icons and all things pop culture."

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Jason Garcia - Tails of Suspense

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Brooklyn-based Korean sculptor Seung Mo Park ongoing work, utilizes Park’s keen eye for shapes and shadows to form his monochromatic works. His multilayered lattice structures use their network of crossing wires to create deeper shades in areas of concentration and, alternatively, a sense of light in areas where Park clips the wires down.

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Photomicrographs of ASCORBIC ACID
by Brian Johnston (Canada)


The slides photographed in this article were prepared using pure ascorbic acid rather than Vitamin C capsules or tablets intended for human consumption.  The crystals formed are thus not contaminated by any other compounds.  

Crystal formation on a microscope slide: solutions which are left to evaporate provide an almost limitless supply of interesting shapes and patterns of crystals to be photographed. 

In general, low concentrations of the acid work best.  High concentrations result in a glassy looking coating on the slide that may never form crystals. Success may still be achieved in this circumstance by providing sites for crystal growth.  Drawing a needle that has touched ascorbic acid crystals over the uncrystallized coating may do the trick, as may placing your thumb print on the coating!

For info on individual images and how they got to look like they do, read more

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Art by Felipe Andrade.  Now this is an image I really, really love.  It’s not the clean modeled art that you usually see, but a wonderfully psychotic, kinetic piece that captures a lot of what I love about the cyberpunk/future noir genres.  Those colors and lights, man.  Badass.


Art by Felipe Andrade.  Now this is an image I really, really love.  It’s not the clean modeled art that you usually see, but a wonderfully psychotic, kinetic piece that captures a lot of what I love about the cyberpunk/future noir genres.  Those colors and lights, man.  Badass.

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