Friday, October 31, 2008


Are you Tennessean's saying that you are seriously not coming to D.C. for Thanksgiving?

I bought Evergreen a plane ticket last night.

Hans out

Thursday, October 30, 2008

evergreen and what 's up?

i think you should all be aware that evergreen may replace all of you,
yes, even seth, with her wit,
and humor,
and her comments, are so well, slap, snap,
hans, you should be watching behind your back,
because she's right behind you every step of the way,

A reminder

Fletcher, do something fun and outside today.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Change of plans for Thanksgiving

I was just chatting with Evergreen on Facebook, and she wants to hit D.C. for Thanksgiving.

I propose that all of these crazy wacko plans on staying in Tennesse be discarded and dismantled, and you all drive the quick 8 hours to D.C.

Sound good?

p.s. Move to Vermont

ahhh... the good ole days, and the new... let the tears flow

Look familiar?

Step into the light...


Do something active and outside today.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

That goes for all y'all
Fletcher, do something active and outside today!

XKCD: Secretary

Part 3 came out, yay.


If this isn't the best webcomic/comic ever, I don't know what is.

Gas Price over the years

Monday, October 27, 2008


Does anyone remember the game Megarace. It is like the first computer game we ever had, followed quickly by that museum dinosaur game and something else too, I just can't remember what.

Ask the Professor, Column the Third

Latest installment of Ask the Professor.

Please let me know if you have any questions.


Have your muscles ever been really sore during the first two-to-four days following an intense exercise session? How about after participation in a type of exercise that you are not accustomed to, even if the exercise was not very intense? For example, you go for a hike in the mountains, and during the next few days it takes all of your gumption to get out of your car or to stand up from your bed in the morning; your quadriceps muscles are extremely sore and weak. If so, you have developed what is known as delayed onset muscle soreness, otherwise known as DOMS. Delayed onset muscle soreness is the muscle pain, tenderness and weakness that develop following an exercise session, with the pain peaking between 24 and 48 hours after the exercise. With this in mind, I would like to answer two questions related to DOMS. First, what causes DOMS. Second, what can be done to alleviate or prevent DOMS?

Time to bust a myth that many of you may have been told or read somewhere: DOMS is NOT due to lactic acid buildup in the muscles or blood. Lactic acid has, for a variety of reasons, been maligned and misunderstood for many years. It is true that lactic acid is produced by the muscles during high-intensity exercise. It is also true that lactic acid accounts in part for the muscular pain and burning sensation in the muscles DURING exercise. However, DOMS develops well after exercise cessation and the pain peaks between two and four days following exercise, during which time lactic acid levels are completely back to normal; in fact, lactic acid returns to resting values within several hours following even the most strenuous exercise. Furthermore, infusion of lactic acid into the body (yes, you read that correctly) does not cause any delayed muscle soreness. When all's said and done, none of the evidence points to lactic acid as having anything whatsoever to do with DOMS.

As it turns out, DOMS is actually due to muscle damage following exercise. Here are the basic elements of how exercise causes DOMS. First, the exercise must be either very strenuous/intense or very novel. If you are a regular runner, for example, and routinely run for 30 minutes several days each week, it is unlikely that your usual 30 minute run will cause muscle soreness. Conversely, if you are a regular runner who runs 30 minutes several days each week and then decide to complete a strenuous 60 minute run on hilly Vermont terrain, it would be likely that you would develop DOMS. Importantly, you must understand that exercise intensity is a relative phenomenon, and is completely dependent on each individual and their previous exercise history. Michael Phelps, for example, could easily swim 20 lengths of a pool and absolutely not develop any DOMS, whereas someone who had only recently begun swimming would likely develop major DOMS following the same 20 lengths.

How about exercise novelty? This concept is a bit more difficult to understand, but stay with me here. In this case, novel exercise refers to a type of exercise that an individual is not accustomed to participating in, and it is essentially unrelated to training status (that is, how “in shape” a person is). So, if an individual had routinely been walking several miles each day for many months, and then he/she began skateboarding the same several miles, this person would very likely develop DOMS. Then, after several days of skateboarding, the exercise would no longer be novel and the soreness would begin to disappear.

The manifestation of DOMS is due to inflammation and edema (swelling) in the muscles that have been damaged during the activity. Essentially, this inflammatory response is the muscle responding to and repairing the massive structural damage that occurred during the super intense or novel exercise. The actual pain is due to the edema and inflammatory chemicals stimulating pain receptors located in the muscles.

Can DOMS be avoided or minimized? Well, a general recommendation for the avoidance of DOMS is to gradually begin a novel exercise routine during the first half dozen or so training sessions. This pattern of slow progression allows the muscles to adapt without any major damage, thus reducing the severity of DOMS.

Keep in mind that other than the muscle soreness and weakness for a few days following novel or strenuous exercise, DOMS is not really a big deal; it will go away! And, it has no long-term ramifications on general health or well-being. In fact, DOMS might be a necessary evil to endure at the beginning of a regular exercise regimen or after having a fun time playing Frisbee on the beach or hiking in the mountains with your friends or family. Think of DOMS as the ultimate evidence that you have worked and stressed your body, which, in my opinion, is a wonderful thing indeed.

If you have a question related to exercise, health, or wellness, please email Dr. Hans Haverkamp at

Larger Pics

Hey, the pictures were too small on that last post. Here they are again, but this time they are larger.

Brains work best at age 39

Just think, for most of us, the best is yet to come!

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Lego Guitar Hero

You are all too gullible

Ok dudes, you all have issues...a week or so ago i sent out a message that I was going down to the Outer Banx to windsurf this past week. However, it was a joke! Recall that i was on break two weeks ago?

On the other hand, I AM going down during Thanksgiving break - like approximately November 22 to the 26th or so. If anybody wants to come with, just let me know.

Moreover, I think that I will drive up to D.C. on Wednesday the 26th to spend Thanksgiving with all of the D.C. area folks. Do any of you know where you D.C. people are doing Thanksgiving this year? I will make some punch and an appetizer. kat, you must make at least two awesome pies, preferably keylime and banana cream. Jamie, will you do the turkey and stuffing? Seth, you can do the mashed potatoes. Thats really all we need: turkey, mashed potatoes, and pie. Tell Echo she is going down.

hans out

Les Miserables: My New Favorite Thing

I just started listening to Les Miserable, who knows why I didn't start earlier. Anyway, "Red and Black" is easily one of my new favorite songs.

Les Miserables - 1985 Original London Cast

Friday, October 24, 2008

this is quite impressive

Lea Salonga Miss Saigon Audition

She was only 17 and this is the first time she sung Sun and Moon.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

The Office: Extra Scenes

I wish there were more scenes like the second one.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Vatican from St. Peters




John McCain Interviewed during his time as a "pow"

Bob Dean Interview

This is another one of those guys who supposedly knows alot about top secret things.
Anyway, the whole thing is interesting.
But more specifically, he talks about what could potentially be Noah's Ark on Mt. Ararat. This is the Ararat Anomaly.

He talks about the Ararat Anomaly about 11 minutes in if you want to skip ahead.

india and the moon

i like this. especially now that the world is going back to a race to the moon.

Heroes: Archetypes

I didn't write this, just found it on a forum. I don't know if I agree with it, but it is interesting.


Sylar: Typical anti-hero presented as the antagonist. Sylar represents the duality of human nature, what Hesse called the Stephenwolfe, that seems to exist in all of us. Sylar will struggle with his inner-nature and at some point in the struggle, will affirm his nature with an act that redeems his moral character, justifying his reason for existence invoking the "everything has a purpose" myth of determinism.

In typical fashion, based on the laws laid out by greek playwrights, this action will lead Sylar to die, and in dying the romantic idea of redemption and catharsis brings about a story arc resolution.

Peter's Mom: The Lilth archetype. She is unrepentant evil and corrupts with female guile. Her plans are her own, she is god-like in her omniscience, and she acts like the fates themselves, pulling the strings. She also has a bit of loki interwoven, in that, she plays the role of an interfering demiurge having secrets built on secrets. There is a joke, and she is the only one in on it.

She will be punished for her role and will remain unrepentant, to the point of not understanding how or why she is/became corrupted, largely because, in the end, she acted consistantly within her own mind for the best of everyone involved.

Peter: Originally had a christlike role. He was the savior of mankind, but now he has taken on the role of a Lucifer or Adam (Clean becoming unclean). His own evolving arrogance has caused him to take on the gods (destiny) in a misguided attempt to craft a future with which he can live with, not one which necessarily must exist. His quest has caused him to become amoral at best.

Peter will likely have to take on himself in a battle that will visually seal the inner struggle of the bad Peter culminating in the good Peter winning and bowing to fate having repented and seen the error of his ways.

Hiro: If Peter was christlike, Hiro is christ. He will remain true to his sense of duty and honour as everything around him is twisted and he loses the things dearest to him. He is Don Quixote, he in on his quest, he is dreaming the impossible a dream - a world where the good guys where white hats. He will be betrayed because of his seeming arrogance because, ultimately, others will fail to live up to or understand what seems plain and basic to Hiro.

Hiro will have to deal with a serious betrayal, he may even end up encouraging it because it is required for destiny to proceed. Hiro is always ready to make whatever sacrifice is required for the sake of destiny.



Funny Pictures

Just Because, here are some funny pictures

A Whole New World: Nick Pitera

Around 75% of the internet has seen this, so I figured you might as well too.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

cats, birds

okay this probably wont be funny to anyone but me, but it made me laugh: i was reading dozens of comments about how many birds free-romaing and feral cats kill, and the debate about letting cats and dogs outside or not, and there were all sorts of opinions and some passionate ones too, and then i read this:

"Your 39 million figure is ridiculous. Who's counting? Do they have an 800 number where people cal every time they see a cat eating a bird? Cats eat birds. That the natural process. Then of course the windmills producing energy kill birds. And birds get killed when they fly into a clean window. And baby birds die when they fall out of the nest. How come we still have so many birds?"

funny stuff.

Monday, October 20, 2008


Cold and rainy at a cool area of high geothermal activity

Area of high geothermal activity. First full day of hiking.

Pretty evening hike along some river to our campsite in south Yellowstone.

The coolest place we went. Beautiful campsite that had a waterfall and hot springs in the exact same location. You can see Bob near the lower righthand corner in a hot spring.

I have hundreds of pics

Look familiar K*?

Southern plains of Yellowstone

Restaurant in the Tetons

Bob and Leila near the beginning of the Cascade Canyon hike (Tetons)...18.5 miles in the snow!

More jealousy

In the rangers office planning our excursions

Hans and Wendy on Day 1

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Pyromaniacs at work

New Website

I made a new better site, but only the homepage and a little contact info page is up so far. later this week i'll add other pages. but it's already a VAST improvement over my last one-page non-wonder.

shenandoah's cutest kids

Drift Wood Sculpture

Saturday, October 18, 2008

watch this

I Have Few Words for This...