24-Hour Treadmill Workout Pledge

37 Responses

  1. GOOD LUCK! 30 seconds here.

  2. S says:

    1 minute and 30 seconds from California!!11

  3. Coryad says:

    Here’s my comment for 30 seconds and I’ve posted this on my facebook page! 3:30 my friend!

  4. Kevin says:

    Go Tyler! 30 seconds here plus 3 minutes for the link on my blog http://justkev.in. You can do it!

  5. noonespecial says:

    30 SECONDS!

  6. bossymommy says:

    Ok, sweet cheeks. I already subscribe to your RSS feed, but I just added 3:30 to your suffering. Not only did I post your link on my FB page, but I told everyone to post it on theirs, too, and then come here and tell you they did so that THEY, TOO can contribute to your torture. You’re welcome. (p.s. I wouldn’t worry too much if I were you. You know I only have 4 friends)

  7. bossymommy says:

    p.s. I hate birds.

  8. Nick says:

    Swift goes to great lengths to support his argument, including a list of possible preparation styles for the children, and calculations showing the financial benefits of his suggestion. He uses common methods of argument throughout his essay, such as appealing to the authority of “a very knowing American of my acquaintance in London” and “the famous Psalmanazar, a native of the island Formosa” (who had already confessed to not being from Formosa in 1706). Swift couches his arguments in then-current events, exploiting common prejudice against Catholics (misnomed Papists) and suggesting that it is the absence of “so many good Protestants” (i.e., English landlords) that allows them to hope to surrender the kingdom to the Pretender. After enumerating the benefits of his proposal, Swift addresses possible objections including the depopulation of Ireland and a litany of other solutions which he dismisses as impractical.

    This essay is widely held to be one of the greatest examples of sustained irony in the history of the English language. Much of its shock value derives from the fact that the first portion of the essay describes the plight of starving beggars in Ireland, so that the reader is unprepared for the surprise of Swift’s solution when he states, “A young healthy child well nursed, is, at a year old, a most delicious nourishing and wholesome food, whether stewed, roasted, baked, or boiled; and I make no doubt that it will equally serve in a fricassee, or a ragout.”

    Readers unacquainted with its reputation as a satirical work often do not immediately realize that Swift was not seriously proposing cannibalism and infanticide, nor would readers unfamiliar with the satires of Horace and Juvenal recognize that Swift’s essay follows the rules and structure of ancient Roman satires.

    The satirical element of the pamphlet is often only understood after the reader notes the allusions made by Swift to the attitudes of absentee (often English) landlords, such as the following: “I grant this food may be somewhat dear, and therefore very proper for Landlords, who as they have already devoured most of the Parents, seem to have the best Title to the Children.” Swift extends the metaphor to further his critique of England’s mistreatment of Ireland, noting that “For this kind of commodity will not bear exportation, and flesh being of too tender a consistence, to admit a long continuance in salt, although perhaps I could name a country, which would be glad to eat up our whole nation without it.”

  9. Mike says:

    Go Tyler Go! Retweeted too mike_kw

  10. Tyler says:

    Thanks guys. And thanks for that, Nick.

  11. Joe says:

    Here’s a comment and I’ll plop a link on my facebook page in a little bit. Actually, once I get my iPhone, I think I should be able to use it to subscribe to your RSS feed again :o).

  12. Laona says:

    Thirty seconds from me–Go for it.

  13. Nick R says:

    Here’s 30 seconds, I think that Nick above is a spam bot … it wasn’t me, at least. :)

  14. Nick R says:

    Woops, I didn’t read the entire post …

  15. Britty says:

    Damn, I work for CliffsNotes and we don’t even have that title. Great. Well, here’s a link to the other site I work for, so, um, go there! http://www.frommers.com/destinations/caribbean/ and GO TYLER!

  16. suzanne says:

    30 seconds for commenting and 1 minute for adding you to my RSS feed

  17. Chris says:

    I posted a link a few weeks ago when I started my own (much slower) program. That’s since the last time you called for links but I don’t know if it’s recent enough to count for 3 minutes. I miss my dog. (That comment will be clear from the context.)


  18. Amy A says:

    4:15 added! :) I am following you on tweet and check out my blog for a pingback!

  19. Tyler says:

    This weekend is going to be rough.

  20. Andrew C says:

    Run, run, as fast as you can….

  21. Andrew says:

    You asked for it, so I feel obligated to help you out at least a little bit. add 30 seconds from me.
    Keep it going!

  22. Nick says:

    BossyMommy: It’s the plot synopsis of A Modest Proposal, as requested by Tyler. Reference to the source is in my name. :)

  23. Will says:

    Run, run, run! And then run some more!

  24. Trimble says:

    “Take care of your knees. You’ll miss them when they’re gone”

  25. leslie says:

    You can do ittttttttt!

    I already follow you on twitter and subscribe to your feed so that’s 2 minutes and 15 seconds from me here!

  26. Laura says:

    GO! GO Run… fast as you can… I also added you on my facebook! 3:30

  27. Jane says:

    Er hi!
    don’t post normally but you totally inspire me to go to gym even when i’m tired and just want to go home.
    Thank you!

    (oh and i claim my 30 seconds :) )

  28. ASD says:

    good luck Tyler!

  29. Tyler says:

    Thanks guys! ROCK ON!

  30. Chris Clarke says:

    Soon you’ll be running, 4+1 isn’t going to cut it for you for long. Just you wait! Have fun this weekend!

  31. Be safe with this…

  32. Tyler says:

    Blog was down for a while (host problems), but it’s back up!

  33. Manda says:

    Aren’t you a lucky man…you don’t even know me and I think you are already going to hate me 😉

    -Linked you on Twitter.
    -Following you on Twitter (however, you aren’t following me, so how are you going to know that I did?)
    -Commenting here
    -And subscribed via Google Reader

    Tack on 5 minutes 15 seconds! :)

  34. MJ from PA says:

    I guess I missed the window of opportunity to make you work harder because I couldn’t figure out how to post to your blog. But now that I know……BTW, bossymommy sent me. bwahahah!

  35. MJ from PA says:

    Oh, I forgot to mention that I linked your blog to my facebook with PLENTY of time to make the challenge so drop and give me twenty!

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