“I want to file a patent on filing lawsuits claiming patent infringement. That way, anytime someone wants to file a lawsuit claiming patent infringement, they’ll have automatically violated my patent and I can sue them. Apple alone will make me a billionaire!”
Such was my thought after hearing some recent news stories on the ongoing patent kerfuffle between Apple and Samsung (see here and here), which reminded me of this hilarious essay, a bit of satirical prognosticating by the late, great Michael Crichton.
Funny that just about every mundane thing conceivable in science can now be patented, which throws future medical and technological innovation into jeopardy, but a discrete sequence of yoga postures performed in a certain environment cannot be copyrighted, which threatens to throw future profit for the entire fitness industry into jeopardy.
I’ve attended 12 Bikram Yoga classes so far this year. Bikram is the original “hot yoga” style where students work on a set series of 26 poses in a room heated to 105 degrees and 40% humidity for 90 minutes. I got a two-month membership at Bikram Yoga Summerlin through Groupon. Below are some random reviews of BYS and hot yoga.
I love the teachers. I’ve had classes with four different instructors, and they each have their own personality that clearly shows, and they’re all very good (remember, I say this as a professional teacher myself). Bikram yoga sometimes gets criticized for having a set script for teachers to follow, but they always still pause to help people who need encouragement or correction to their form. They usually have a decent sense of humor, too. In my most recent class, a new student felt she had to leave the room—the teacher let her rest, then invited her back in. When she returned, we all applauded. Things like that happen in these classes. It was great.
Others criticize hot yoga for promoting injury, but I don’t see it. Yes, the script and teachers push people, but good for them—in general, we’re all capable of far more than we give in life. The teachers try to be sensitive to the needs of individuals, but ultimately the responsibility for not overdoing it lies with each of us ourselves. I hurt myself twice in those twelve classes, and both times it was my own fault. Nobody at BYS will harass you if you need to sit down and rest.
The facility at BYS is terrific. Continue reading
My favorite yoga workout over time has been Yoga Zone’s “Power Yoga for Strength and Endurance.” It’s easy enough that I can get into most of it no matter what shape I’m in, but challenging enough that I always get something out of it: I’ve done this off and on for ten years, and it’s never been too easy.
It runs nearly an hour, but if I don’t have that much time (or energy), the first half stands by itself pretty naturally.
I also like the variety in this routine–I’ve done a lot of different yoga tapes, and this one makes about the best use of the time, with the most interesting formula of poses.
Speaking of this yoga tape, my decade-old tape started wearing out recently. Lo and behold, this very program is now streaming on Hulu–available free any time!
After yoga, I try to pack in some healthy protein, in the form of yogurt. Lots of people like to add sliced fruit to yogurt, and so do I (frozen blueberries make just about everything better–snacks, meals, motor oil), but I find that yogurt’s an easy cover for another healthy item–granola. I get big tubs of generic yogurt from Wal Mart, and these bags of granola. This brand isn’t too dry to start with, but mixing it into the yogurt really makes it go down sweetly.
Banana or strawberry yogurt with some of this Bear Naked vanilla almond granola, after a Yoga Zone video, strikes me as time pretty well spent.
So, in case nobody noticed, blogging was a wee bit light this summer. Actually, chances are that nobody did notice, as the light blogging has dropped my daily hit count down to some of its lowest levels ever. There’s a chance that nobody will ever read this!
So, what gives? Well, my summer was eaten up by a few things: I put a ton of time into the autobiography of President Monson that I posted a few days ago, I took 18 credits of classes for my job (I wrote a few dozen essays and research papers this summer when I much rather would have been scribbling away here), and, alas, more than a little time and energy was expended in the management of a stressful matter.
But I also devoted a lot of my summer to the work of self improvement. After a pretty successful Spring, I started out this three month block with an ambitious list of twelve items to work on. I finished seven. Two others were very close–in fact, one of those that carried over to Fall has been finished already and another should be done within a week–two more were in process, and one was just a dumb idea.
Here’s a report on the seven things I accomplished, in the order they were done:
1. Complete five more New York Times Sunday crossword puzzles. Check.
2. See five more movies on the AFI list of 100 best American movies. I saw: