Celebrate your travel triumphs by grabbing a large rock and hoist that bad boy! You’ll feel the blood rush right to your primal soul, which coincides nicely with a pump in your deltoids, core, and triceps.  Now share it with other like-minded travel savages on our Twitter page @rockhoist

It feels good, doesn’t it? It should, it’s based on a proud history of human rockhoisting. 4,500 years ago, thousands of Egyptians were lured to the exotic site of the first pyramids by a free beer tasting. After a few rounds of suds, happy citizens were naturally compelled to hoist rocks, next thing you know…BAM! 1st wonder of the ancient world, thank you very much.

Wherever your wanderlust takes you, be sure to leave your mark. Grab hold of a rock and thrust it triumphantly skyward. Damn it feels good to be a rockhoister. Also that might be the only time in eons that noble rock got a birds-eye view of its own neighborhood. Nice work. You’re a sweaty, rockhoisting, vagabond, bohemian, genius, pirate! Pass it along, brothers and sisters! Hell, who knows what we can build with some rocks and a kindred spirit … - Get amongst it.



Things have been pretty quiet in these parts lately: Dave is deep in the Amazon somewhere, I’ve been working on my ability to choke people by way of Jiu Jitsu training, and Doug’s been touring Google offices.

Between training  and work, I’ve somehow found time to whip up an application which I have personally found very useful in MMA training. The name isn’t concrete, but for now, I’m calling it “openmat”.

The primary goal of openmat is to allow people training in combat sports to track their progress and capture information learned in training sessions.

UPDATE 2/10/2014:

Follow this link for a preview of the openmat web application in pre-beta.

Here’s a short preview of openmat’s early features:


The moves area allows you to capture any information relating to an individual movement: anything from berimbolos to a jab.



Now this is the part which I am really excited about: plans allow you to chain move sequences together to map out your preferred game plan.

Tag your moves appropriately, e.g., “submission”, “sweep”, “punch”, etc., and the plan visualizer will group move types using nice icons and colors.



Keep track of training drills,  seminars, competitions, gradings, etc., or simply take general notes on training sessions (I like to detail my superfights here, or interesting sparring bouts).



The profile area allows you to recognize your developments in training by adding achievements and milestones.


More to come soon!

Pegleg out! *disappears back into code den*