Muscular Retraining for Pain-Free Living | micro review: book

Muscular Retraining for Pain-Free Living Muscular Retraining for Pain-Free Living by Craig Williamson

My review

rating: 5 of 5 stars

A transformative book!

I learned more about the workings of our muscle system from 10 pages of this book than all my school days combined. An amazingly lucid book about muscle pain and what causes some of us to get stuck in a pattern. Headaches, neck aches, back aches…

The basic premise is this: Muscle pain can be caused by two things.

  1. Injury. Know how to treat and heal and injury.
  2. Patterning, or reflexive muscular tightness. This can be caused by an accident or injury, but often long after the injury is healed, or should be healed, the pain lingers on.

I have been struggling with a shoulder injury (oops from shoulder PAIN) for over a year now. I know exactly how and when it started. I have seen Chiropractors, AMA docs, massage therapists all in an attempt to alleviate the pain. But for a year, I have had limited success.

Cause: I began playing competitive tennis a year ago, after a number of years off.

Pain: After playing a couple of sets I retire and recline on ice packs for 45 minutes or so. Otherwise, I will be unable to sleep during the night from the pain and night sweats associated with the pain.

Solution: I am still working on this one. But I can say, that last week, I had little or no disorienting pain. Several things going for me. I have not played tennis for 3 weeks. I am seeing a chiropractor/accupunturist/sports injury specialist who is working me pretty hard. And I have been doing some of the exercises in this book.

More results later. All I can say, is I had to resist buying 5 copies of this book and passing them out. It’s a users manual for our muscle/nervous system.


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GTD by TXT (Getting Things Done as described by Merlin Mann)


Merlin Mann of 43 Folders uses this format for his todo items:

## Title of List

  * _file_: NAME.txt   * _purpose_: what this does

### Guts

### Done

### Dumps (incoming via Quicksilver)

As I have taken recently to enclosing posted comments and emails in HTML-like tags, this format to reminds me of the simple nature of the process. And again how connected some of us are to the programmatic side of the process, the tools and the thinking.

A moment last night in winding down I made a conscious, not easy, choice to go with bits instead of bites. I walked past my shiny new computer several times and admired the flat black screen. And as a result a small universe of bits, two magazines and one newspaper clipping, found their way the the recycle bin by the bed. And the pace of the evening never entered the hyper gotta-do-more-gotta-be-more feeling that I get on the web.

So a focus for the next few weeks.

Gotta do less online, gotta do more in the physical world. (That includes playing an open mic on Sunday at BB Rovers, in answer to a challenge by my good friend Tracy. Thanks T!)

So Merlin’s formatting above is an inflection point for me on this subject. The have an effective GTD process you certainly don’t need a computer. (But a lot of us use computers to keep our lists.) And I find that my thoughts are often more fluid when writing by hand. It is easier for me to jump into whiteboard/visualization mode and start drawing and putting things in shapes and grids and arrows and triangles. It’s more how my brain works with visual and lingual processing.

To blend the online and the offline so tightly is a common issue in my family. It is often hard to get off the computer to attend to simple things like yoga, dinner, kids off to camp in the morning. I am glad we have the summer to slow things down a bit. When school starts again, in a few weeks, it’s gonna be back to the 5:45 rize, 7:30 out the door routine. So the moment of pause it quite nice.

For my next notes, written in my journal [that’s the handwritten kind], I’m gonna do some hand coding on the page. <‘s and #’s. And I’ll be certain to leave the space inside the brackets to keep the XHTML bots happy. < /end post>

[the original article from Merlin Mann of 43 Folders]


The Cloud the View and the App (a fable)

Update: 4-29-12: Today we are closer to this idealized app. Chrome is the browser. And Google has been working to put many of the pieces online to create the RULE THEM ALL interface. We are not there. But Google is working on it.

(This is one of my earliest posts on how “the cloud” and “the app” could produce “the view.” Highly abstract and theoretical.)

The challenge: define the killer app, the uber-browser, the perfect system for managing our internet lives.

Started as a conversation (me commenting) on another person’s blog.

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The Social Mesh (part 1) – Refining my LinkedIN Connections

“You cannot build a LinkedIN network in a week.”

[Here’s an interesting social phenomenon I am recently aware of in my process. In trying to define the Social Mesh I am observing my own networking habits and patterns.]

As I grow into new services, check out many, abandon many and stick with a few I intend to document what I find. I am asking the same information of my colleagues. In fact, that is what the Global Social Media Conversations room on Friendfeed is supposed to be about: define, refine and collaborate over the social mesh.

As I bounce all over the place trying to find spirit and inspiration on the web, I am patient and persistent at working my linkedIN network. And that is one of the nice facts of social media and the idea of reputation management or building. You cannot build a LinkedIN network in a week. You cannot post 9 months of blog articles in a month, trying to beef up your perceived “participation” in your network. You can only build your social network by using it, by actually networking.

And here is the new observation of my participation in social media.

Several months ago I was sent a LinkedIN invite from someone i worked with 12+ years ago.  The invite was the generic auto-filled email, “connect me to your linkedIN… blah blah blah.”

This was a guy I almost had to fire!

[And I am tired of the generic LinkedIN invites… if you don’t have any time to type in a personal PING then I don’t really have time to hit the “sure” button. Why would I?]

Well, of course I did not accept my “friend’s” invitation. And I would not really count him as a friend. I also did not reply and tell him why I didn’t think our alliance was valid. If asked for a job reference on this person I would not be able to give a thumbs up. Not even halfway up.

I was trying describe the social media work I am doing to a different, and real, friend, and one of the social sites I had in common with them was LinkedIN. My friend totally understood LinkedIN. The other stuff, didn’t compute in their minds.

“I use LinkedIN as my professional resume and contact database,” I said. The friend nodded agreement. “And all those other sites, I’m not sure what purpose they will play in business, but I enjoy noodling around on them to understand what they are about.” More nodding.

“Okay,” my friend said, “but why would I want to let everyone look at my rolodex? I am really struggling with the idea of sharing all of my contacts. And probably some of my contacts would not want their contact information shared so broadly.”

“Sure,” I agreed, “Mr. Trump doesn’t want to have his personal cellphone number passed around the social mesh. I can understand your concern. But, it is something you are going to have to get over if you want to participate in the social experiment.”

“So I need to turn on my sharing?”


“And what about Mr. Trump?”

I grinned at my friend’s witty repartee. “If Mr. Trump has a LinkedIN profile, it is up to him what information he wants to put on the net.”

[Sorry, I think I got in story telling mode for a second… what I was meandering towards was this.]

My current LinkedIN updating consists of deleting contacts that I would not enthusiastically endorse. If I can’t write a kudos for that person, I don’t really need them in my rolodex. I am sometimes amazed by the LinkedIN superstars, with 500+ contacts. And that guy is someone I want to make sure I keep in my network. But at some point LinkedIN is like the generic invite email, “Hi my name is… blah blah blah.” And sometimes the reflexive invites of former colleagues feels a lot like “friend” gathering on Facebook or Myspace.

So for me LinkedIN will continue to serve as an important widget on my social dashboard. And it serves as a good virtual ice breaker for folks that we’d like to meet.

BUT, the goal is not quantity, but quality!  If I’ve got Guy Kawasaki in my LinkedIN contacts it is up to him to monitor how he wants to be contacted and how he wants to share his information. And if Guy Kawasaki writes and endoresment for me on LinkedIN that’s another level of connection and validation of how near to the illuminati I am. And lastly, if I have Guy Kawasaki in my LinkedIN network, and he is not sharing his contacts, my first reaction is, “Hey Guy, WTH?” [That’s Heck for those of you watching your p’s and q’s or mine.]

Okay okay, here’s the riddle.

If I’ve got Guy Kawasaki and Steve Jobs as part of my linked in network, and I invite the retired Mr. Gates to connect with me, what happens?

[pause a beat, please fill in your own punchline.]

The answer is I don’t know. NOW, here’s another scenario. I’ve got Guy Kawasaki and Steve Jobs (the real one) on my Facebook circle of friends and I invite the retired Mr. Gates, what happens?

[Another pause, for you to formulate your own answers.]

And here is what I think (IMHO), nothing. Absolutely nothing happens.

BTW: I am still trying to get that endorsement from Steve Jobs, but he’s busy with the iPhone and mobile-mini-me and stuff. And I am trying to get Guy Kawasaki to join my LinkedIN network, but I can’t figure out how I would write an endorsement of him. As for the retired Mr. Gates. I’d love to hear from him, but if he uses that generic LinkedIN email invite. I’m gonna deny. And with Mr. Gates I would probably tell him why.