There’s a New Blog in Town

Recently, I started working on a new blog – Venkohled. It’s only in Czech and the name is a new word which can be translated as something like ‚Outside or outdoor view‘. Venkohled is a blog about my mainly outdoor activities. I’m writing about cycling, hiking, boxing, travelling, cave exploring, family vacations, outdoor activities with small kids, running, cross-country skiing, rock climbing, yachting, canoeing, mountain hiking and even more. I’m also adding some book reviews, film reviews and outdoor gear testing reports. Venkohled is focusing on a microadventures (thanks, Alastair) for people who work from 9 am to 5 pm, five days a week. It won’t cover journeys to the Highest Himalaya, but rather tips for exploring interesting hidden places in our local area.

My goal is to create one article per week and at least one of two articles has to be gained directly from my personal outdoor experience. Venkohled is powered by WordPress, styled on Clean Retina free theme.

Feel free to check it out, leave constructive feedback and share it with your friends, I appreciate it very highly!

How to get through seventy books a year

„I’m a slow reader, but I usually get through seventy or eighty books a year, mostly fiction.“

Stephen King: On Writing, A Memoir of the Craft

Seventy or eighty books a year! What a magnificent number! But wait a minute. Let’s do some basic math.

Stephen King gets through seventy or eighty books a year. Some of them are audio books, so let’s count with seventy books a year. The average book has 64.500 words. That’s approximately 191 pages. Seventy books with 191 pages, that’s … wait a minute … 13.370 pages a year. It looks like pretty big stack of papers. But with 365 days a year, it’s only 37 pages per day.

I’m also a slow reader. One page usually takes me approximately one minute, sometimes even more. Steven King probably gets through at least seventy books a year with only 45 minutes reading a day. Well, now it looks much easier. What about 15 minutes of reading just after getting back from work and then 30 minutes of reading (with a glass of wine) before going to sleep? That seems to be quite comfortable and pleasant way of reading. I think I’ll make it.

Are You In Good Shape? Let’s Try US NAVY SEALs Physical Screening Test

Do you think you’re in good shape? Well, let’s try one of the best known army physical performance standards.

Here’s US NAVY SEALs Physical Screening Test:

 

500 yard swim (the side-stroke or the breaststroke) in less than 12:30

10 minute rest

At least 50 push-ups in 2 minutes

2 minute rest

At least 50 curl-ups in 2 minutes

2 minute rest

At least 10 pull-ups in 2 minutes

10 minute rest

1.5 mile run in less than 10:30

 

For proper preparation you can use Naval Special Warfare Physical Training Guide (can be downloaded directly from official website http://www.sealswcc.com/). This guide offers 26-week training program (twice a day). Are you up to it?

A Few Words About Arthrosis

I’ve been diagnosed with arthrosis at 2013 at the age of 35. I suffered from fingers joint pain and X-rays showed first and second stages of arthrosis. My general practitioner offered me only pain killers, which I refused.

Luckily, this degenerative joint disease had only a small progress during the last year. I regularly feel tingling in the fingers, cause by pressure on nerves, bearable pain and also numbness, which can be easily loosen up. Luckily, fingers feel and motion skills stay unaffected.

Prognosis isn’t good. Half of patients diagnosed with the arthrosis are fully disabled in the 15 years. So how long have I got? Well, we’ll see.

One year with Amazon Kindle

I’m a book lover, enthusiastic reader. About one year ago I’ve bought a Kindle – e-book reader designed by Amazon. It’s a handy, lightweight and easy to use piece of hardware. I appreciate almost unlimited free access to books (especially on file sharing servers, of course).

Last year I’ve red dozens of e-books. Some of them were great and I decided to buy hardcover (for example The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak or And Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini). But most of the books were just average and uninspired.

I usually alternate reading e-books with paper books, one after the other. And now, when I’m looking back at last year, I remember paper books better. I remember their covers, fonts and even their old yellowed pages.

Books are not only about their content. I don’t want to underestimate power of a great story. Good writing is by far the most important part of a book. But feeling of good old fashioned book in your hands is still irreplaceable.

Nabízím knihy – za odnos, za poděkování, za sušenku, za cokoli

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Po nedávném úklidu nám zůstala hromada starších knížek, které už se do knihovny nevejdou. Jedná se hlavně o klukovské tituly, které moje dcery stejně nikdy číst nebudou. A protože je mi líto házet knihy do kontejneru a nemám chuť s nimi obíhat antikvariáty, nabízím je zde. Pokud máte o jakoukoli knihu (nebo dokonce o celý komplet) zájem, ozvěte se. Za odnos, za poděkování, za sušenku, za cokoli, nechám to na vás. Určitě se domluvíme.

 

Jiří Horák: Český Honza, 1940, vázaná

Bohumil Schweigstill: Páni kluci, 1940, vázaná

Bohumila Sílová: Slavnost úplňku, 1943, vázaná

Frederick Marryat: Kormidelník Vlnovský, 1945, vázaná

Michail Iljin: Sto tisíc proč, 1949, vázaná

Jan Drda: Němá barikáda, 1950, vázaná

Jack London: Bílý den, 1967, vázaná

Reiner Zimmik: Tygr Řvaldemar, 1968, vázaná

Pierre SOuvestre, Marcel Allain: 3x Fantomas, 1971, vázaná

Atlas světa, 1971, vázaná

Olga Perovská: Tygřík Vaska, 1972, vázaná

Josef Štefan Kubín: Kniha pohádek, 1972, vázaná

Johann David Wyss, Bohumír Polách: Švýcarský Robinzon, 1973, vázaná

Jiří Hronek: Stříbrná maska, 1974, vázaná

Marie M. Kadlecová: Muž a pes, 1974, vázaná (edice KOD)

František Langer: Bratrstvo Bílého klíče, 1975, vázaná

Jim Kjelgaard: Lovec kuguárů, 1975, vázaná (edice KOD)

Ernest Thompson Seton: Dva divoši, 1976, vázaná (edice KOD)

Mirko Pašek: Nesmrtelný kovboj, 1976, vázaná (edice KOD)

  1. A. Elstner: Motorové opojení, 1976, vázaná (poškozená vazba)

Václav Švarz: Na vlnách moří a oceánů, 1977, vázaná

Michel Tournier: Pátek aneb vítězství divočiny, 1977, vázaná

Jaroslav Pecháček: Ostrov tisíce vůní, 1978, vázaná (edice KOD)

Hervé Bazin: Ohněm proti ohni, 1982, vázaná

Sofja Prokofjevová: Kouzelníkův učeň, 1986, vázaná

Robert Leeson: Pomsta Honzy Silvera, 1987, sešit

František Flos: Lovci kožešin, 1987, brožovaná

Vojtěch Steklač: Pekelná třída, 1988, vázaná

Alexandre Dumas: Robin Hood, 1989, brožovaná

  1. B. Vodák: Příběhy sedmi moří, 1990, vázaná

Zane Grey: Hřmící stádo, 1990, vázaná

James Fenimore Cooper: Rudý pirát, 1990, brožovaná