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Interests include Java, Kafka, JavaScript, REACT, clean code, and micro services.  I’m considering having a technology page that developers might find useful.

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Mountain Bike


Long Island has over 175 miles of sweet single track, most of it maintained by volunteers.  My local trail is Stillwell Woods, a one-way, seven-mile loop with some challenging features.  I get in two laps at least once a week during a long lunch break from work (one of the perks of no longer having to commute to Manhattan).  It’s a great workout.  On the weekends, I hit various trails out east.  My favorites are Overton Preserve, Glacier Ridge, and Rocky Point.

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There’s grilling and then there’s cooking with indirect heat and smoke.  The latter is BBQ.  I had a custom smoker built in Texas and trucked to Long Island about five years ago.  More on my experiences coming soon.

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In what now seems like another lifetime, I used to work as a trainer.  Over the years, the most valuable thing I’ve learned in the gym is not what to do but what not to do.  There are several exercises and training techniques that are still recommended by “certified trainers” today that should be done with extreme caution or never at all.  Most of these defy natural biomechanics.  In other words, involve movements that are unnatural and rarely if ever executed in everyday life.


Triceps Bench Dips


Start by asking yourself, in what real-life situation do you perform this movement?  Unless you’re a contortionist, the answer is probably none.  You could execute some version of it to get up from the floor but there are numerous natural alternatives you’ll instinctively do first.  The movement looks unnatural, feels unnatural, and can lead to injury.  Avoid it.  There are many alternatives that work with your natural biomechanics, like tricep pushdown and seated dumbbell tricep extensions.


Shoulder Press Behind the Neck




The same question applies.  In what real-life situation do you execute this movement?  Just doing the movement without weights feels awkward and unnatural.  Executing it with weights is flirting with injury.  Avoid it.  Do regular barbell and shoulder presses instead.

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