Izzy Bizu

Izzy Bizu performs during filming of the Graham Norton Show at The London Studios, south London. (Photo by Isabel Infantes/PA Images via Getty Images)

I really liked Izzy Bizu’s performance on Graham Norton. To me, it seemed to hearken back to earlier times, with musical groups like the Supremes. There was an innocence in the performance that appealed to me more than I would have expected.

Idea board

A white marker board on a wall with the text, "HELLO WORLD!" written in red dry-erase marker. Tape around the sides and a red dry erase marker to the right.
I had originally planned to get a 6′x3′ board, but they only had pre-cut 4′x2′. I regret not buying the double-sided tape I originally planned to hang the board with, but the picture-frame-hanging kit, which I had already, did the job, despite leaving holes in the front of the board. About $10 + supplies I had lying around.

I have the feeling great things will be written here. Mostly, fart jokes, but other stuff too.

Level Up!

A personal goal of 305lb deadlift for 5 reps has finally been reached! After two false starts and a lot of “psyching myself up”, a goal that has been looming since earlier in the year is now a fading memory. Yay, me.

Normally this kind of thing wouldn’t be shared publicly, but given the difficulty faced in passing this milestone compared to earlier weights (namely, a minor shoulder injury, and unrelated sickness causing missed workouts), it seemed worthwhile to share. The most significant barrier to break in this effort was mental, and now 400lbs seems inevitable rather than a daunting challenge. Of course, adding weight workout by workout was necessary, but actually experiencing the results is a big confidence booster.

It’s funny how people can be so sure about their candidate for political office and in the same breath assert that they aren’t qualified to predict how that candidate will perform in that office.

It is worth thinking about what you’re going to say before you say it. I had thought that was obvious.

Zombie is not a fairy tale

I found this silly little poem that I did in high school. It was for a class, and the assignment was to “adapt” Jane Yolen’s poem “Fat is Not a Fairy Tale” to a new subject. Reading my submission again, I kind-of liked it, so here it is (with some edits):

Zombie is Not a Fairy Tale

Mark Watts and Jane Yolen

I am thinking of a fairy tale,
Shuffling Beauty,
Slow Wormy,
Corpse Bride,
Where the princess is not
warm, breathing,
or alive.

I am thinking of a fairy tale,
Hansel and Gravedigger
Alice in Zombieland,
Beauty and the Brains…Brains…BRAINS!
Where the beauty
Has a worm-eaten leg,
and an eye hanging from its socket.

I am thinking of a fairy tale
that is not yet written,
for a teller not yet born,
for a listener not yet conceived,
for a world not yet won,
where everything dead is good:
the corpses, meat, great poets, and the princess.