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81  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The 2012 Health Improvement Thread on: March 25, 2012, 11:19:01 AM
Gratch, it's worth it for you to do some free weights even if it isn't til failure. Doing dumb-bell presses to a point short of failure will still make all of the stabilizing muscles work hard and get stronger, which is really where the benefits lie. Don't think of it as being a pec exercise when you do it. That might help smile
82  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Help me pick my new mobile phone on: March 21, 2012, 04:21:38 PM
Lee, how much is Apple paying you for your posting? biggrin

You're absolutely wrong on battery, for example. The iphone does better than most android phones in battery - absolutely. However there are android models that it does not do better than. The Razr Maxxx is an obvious example that leaps to mind. Sometimes it's a little easy to get caught up in comparisons, but let's remember that Apple essentially has ONE MODEL. It's not perfect at anything. It is a well-designed, reliable piece of equipment + software. To act like it's better than everything else everyone puts out at everything is just ridiculous. "Android" is a very big blanket at this point. There are multiple manufacturers each individually with significantly more models than Apple has. Each of these models has its strengths (granted sometimes that strength is simple price point, but for the high end devices that is absolutely not the case).

Everything has a trade-off. Apple makes tradeoffs, the various phone manufacturers building for android make tradeoffs. A lot of people are very happy with the balance Apple found with their single device. Other people prefer the balance other manufacturers found. Personally I've found android to be very stable, and problem free. I don't have any difficulty finding apps to do what I want. I've fiddled with iphones some of my friends have - it is a good device. Just not quite for me as it doesn't fit my needs.
83  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 80s Music on: March 20, 2012, 05:10:57 PM
No 80's listing is complete without Dexy's Midnight Runners and "Come On Eilleen". The quintessential 80's one-hit-wonder.
84  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Publisher pulls plug on FHM Magazine on: March 18, 2012, 08:33:26 PM
It and Maxim were virtually the exact same magazine. Never could figure out how they both stayed in business.
85  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The 2012 Health Improvement Thread on: March 14, 2012, 12:02:35 PM

Quote from: kratz on March 13, 2012, 03:40:40 PM

So... Some questions:

Cheese is ok? Dairy is ok?

Are roasted/otherwise cooked nuts bad?  I have a mild but irritating allergic reaction to raw nuts...

Is eating a large breakfast (I'm clocking your breakfast in at 550 - 600 calories - guessing on how much meat you put in there - so it's not that huge) and a single ingredient lunch (like how many nuts are we talking here, measurement wise?) something that these plans advocate?

Seems really low on fruit/vegetables - is that typical?

I also avoid hfcs, because why bother either way, and we try to eat almost entire 'whole' foods, e.g. no processed or prepared stuff.  Do you differentiate between saturated and unsaturated fats, and sources of fat from oils, etc.?

I also do a protein supplement post workout (I use myoplex... that was just what I started with and I haven't tried anything else out of laziness/liking the ease of use.)


In unrelated news - I saw an article where they did a study where  spicy foods, such as curries (like we made last night) result in 'a decrease of triglycerides by about one-third' in the bloodstream.  So bring on the spice!

http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2012/03/12/148304942/to-cut-the-risk-of-a-high-fat-meal-add-spice



I don't want to put words in Purge's mouth, but I can probably answer some of these concerns from a paleo perspective.

Roasted/cooked nuts are fine.

Cheese/dairy I don't know about Purge's setup. In paleo they aren't, but I do small amounts of cheese occasionally. Cheese is an inflammation causer, not a huge glycemic impact food.

The huge breakfast/single food lunch is a personal choice - the plans advocate not having huge glycemic impact meals. Whether those meals are made out of single ingredient foods or absurd variety is up to you. I eat a huge protein breakfast (bacon and eggs w/ the eggs cooked in bacon fat) every morning. But then lunch if also big and varied. Chicken with vegetables is a typical lunch for me.

It shouldn't be low on fruit/vegetables, just low on certain fruits and vegetables. In truth you have licence to eat as much non-starchy vegetables as you want. Broccoli, eat your heart out. Squash, eat your heart out. Potatoes not so much. Same thing with fruit. Apples are a great low-GI snack. Bananas have a significantly higher GI impact.

Fats are important, especially your Omega-3 to Omega-6 ratios. Hit up Mark's Dailly Apple for more info on that ratio.
86  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New game - Describe a movie in 2 sentences or less. Snark encouraged. on: March 07, 2012, 12:55:54 PM
Bourne Identity: Man forgets who is he is, remembers how to kill people.

Bourne Supremacy/Ultimatum: Man kills people. Director forgets to read book movie is named after.
87  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New game - Describe a movie in 2 sentences or less. Snark encouraged. on: March 07, 2012, 12:53:23 PM
Hook - Grumpy exec has mental breakdown. Hugs kids.
88  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: DC universe Reboot/Relaunch on: March 06, 2012, 01:19:51 PM
Enjoying what I've read so far, which has been Batman, Batgirl, Batwoman, Detective Comics, and Catwoman. Supergirl too, which has been an interesting one. I like the artwork in all of them, and the stories have been pretty good. Lots of tie-ins as well.
89  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Motorola Droid on: March 04, 2012, 02:50:39 PM
How are you liking the Droid 4, ATB? I'm very torn on which direction to go with my next phone, so any feedback would be great.
90  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / LF: MW3 for PS3 on: March 04, 2012, 02:16:24 PM
Hit me up if you're interested in selling or trading it!
91  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The 2012 Health Improvement Thread on: March 02, 2012, 03:32:47 PM

Quote from: Gratch on March 02, 2012, 02:58:37 PM

Sounds cool Ron, good luck!

At the urging of both Pete and Trent Steel, I did actual squats for the first time in 20+ years this morning.  I've been avoiding them because my lower back is such a mess, but I'm actually feeling pretty good afterwards.  I didn't do much weight (one set at 135 and two at 145), but it didn't put as much strain as I remember on my back.  Felt strange to go back to a lift I haven't done since college.

If you haven't squatted for 20 years, I would strongly recommend starting at well below those weights and going through the range of motion for a week or two, focusing on core stability and balance. Then slowly build the weight up. I am a HUGE fan of squats as an exercise, but if you have a history of back problems, jumping into squatting an adult female isn't probably the best way to get back into it.
92  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The 2012 Health Improvement Thread on: February 27, 2012, 01:39:45 PM
Dude, 4 lbs a week is huge. That's one of the biggest sustained weight loss rates I've ever heard of without surgery biggrin Great job!
93  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The 2012 Health Improvement Thread on: February 20, 2012, 01:55:26 PM
Most of your "core exercises" shouldn't involve any movement. In truth your core is mostly intended for stabilization. Planks should make up the majority of any work you do with your core. Front planks, reverse planks, side planks. Hold them for increasing amounts of time as your strength improves. Situps mostly work your hip flexors, which are important, but are not your abdominal muscles slywink
94  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Who is Apple going after this week? on: February 17, 2012, 02:49:29 AM

Quote from: leo8877 on February 16, 2012, 07:42:30 PM

I found another one:



This is exactly to someone's point earlier. Some of the tablets above had most or all of the ipad's functionality. Apple didn't make something light-years ahead of the rest in terms of what it could do. They made something that had a superior form-factor. It looked purty.
95  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 17-Year-Old Drops After Eating Only Chicken Nuggets Since Age 2. on: February 14, 2012, 04:13:03 PM
My step-dad is an MD who specializes in hormonal stuff. A few years ago he had to treat a 19 year old male who had grown breasts from the estrogen in fast food chicken. Of course, this guy really did eat McDonald's chicken nuggets for lunch and dinner 7 days a week.
96  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: R.I.P. Whitney Houston on: February 13, 2012, 03:31:25 PM

Quote from: hepcat on February 13, 2012, 03:26:41 PM

In Australia, plumbers perform onstage to sold out audiences and have movies made about them?  Christ, you people are boring.   Tongue

Nope. In Australia we've developed some of the same, weird obsession with 'celebrity'.
97  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: R.I.P. Whitney Houston on: February 13, 2012, 03:11:54 PM

Quote from: rshetts2 on February 13, 2012, 12:59:55 PM

The interesting thing is that Crux mocks those who mourn Whitney, defending his point based on one bad aspect of her life.  So hes accusing those mourning of focusing on her singing ability, while he derides her based on her drug addiction.  I think Crux is the one we should mourn, his must be a dark, sad life if he can only acknowledge what is bad in a person.  Based on that we should mourn no one.  People all have their good and bad attributes.  We are the sum total of that.

Dude, you clearly didn't get my point. I'm not really judging Whitney for her drug addictions. Terrible waste of talent, terrible waste of opportunity. I was deriding the double standards of our society. It's ok to be an addict if you have some artistic talent - then you're a "tortured artist". But if you're a plumber with a drug addiction then you're a loser, a waste to society. I'm not knocking Whitney per se - I don't approve of the choices she made, but my approval doesn't matter in the slightest - it was her choices to make, and her life to do with as she chose. She chose, and her life is over tragically early as a result of those choices. I am judging a society that holds the ability to sing or throw a football above that of the ability to perform a complex heart surgery, or rush into a burning building to save a life.

I'm not trying to be 'superior' as someone put it earlier in the thread. I'm sharing my thoughts and opinions on an internet message board. I don't pretend to know with absolute certainty that I am right and any of you disagreeing or arguing with me are wrong. I do know however with absolute certainty that this is my opinion and I'm entitled to it. I like being a part of a community where we share these opinions in a polite and respectful manner.

I live a happy, fulfilling life. Don't weep or mourn for me - it'd be a terrible waste of your time and emotional energy.
98  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: R.I.P. Whitney Houston on: February 12, 2012, 09:32:04 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on February 12, 2012, 08:36:08 PM

So it's a messed up society that celebrates a person for their talent?

It's the type of talents our society idolizes people for that makes our society messed up. She sang songs. She had a beautiful voice. Our society makes her and people like her a point of obsession.

Quote
So, in your opinion, what was the most important thing about her?

You know, I don't know.. because I don't know her. I'd sure hope it wasn't her voice. She was born with a fantastic set of vocal chords. If that is what defines her a person rather than the choices she made in her life then she wasn't much of a person. I'd care far more about what sort of friend/mother/sister/person she was to the people around her and that she met in life than her winning the genetic singing lottery. She didn't choose the latter, but the former is the choices that define who she really was. And that's why she should be mourned or not mourned. You people are sad over the loss of a voice, not a person.
99  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: R.I.P. Whitney Houston on: February 12, 2012, 07:35:32 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on February 12, 2012, 06:02:42 PM


But you throw away probably the most important thing about her as though it wasn't important.

It's like saying if Sherlock Holmes wasn't good at solving crimes, people would just consider him a coke head, so we should ignore him.

I wanted a more real life example, but there you go.

Maybe if people hadn't looked at her and said "The most important thing about her is her voice" then she wouldn't have turned into a crackhead. Who knows? But I would say that her voice wasn't the most important thing about her at all. It just happens to be the only thing most people cared about. That's why I weep for our society.
100  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: R.I.P. Whitney Houston on: February 12, 2012, 05:15:54 PM

Quote from: The Grue on February 12, 2012, 04:11:00 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on February 12, 2012, 03:51:15 PM

Quote from: Crux on February 12, 2012, 01:27:24 PM

The world only noticed her because she could sing. The world will only miss her because she could sing. I don't weep for Whitney Houston. I weep for a society that weeps for her.

Wow.

I weep for you.

I'm fairly indifferent to Whitney, personally, but if you've never been moved by an artist to the point where you'd write something ridiculous like that, I don't think there's much hope for you.

Isn't he normally the one with the cross for an avatar?

Lol no. My avatar is normally a constellation, Crux Australis, which is above my homeland of Australia slywink

I'm moved by artists all of the time. I love music, and it is a huge part of my life. My point is this: If Whitney Houston couldn't sign, society would consider her a crackhead. Normal people would cross the street to avoid her walking down the street. But because she can sing, people who have never met her will mourn simply because she has a good voice. The very fact you think I'm "lost" because of this is exactly the thing I'm talking about. There are people far more worthy of our society's tears that a crack addict who happened to be a good singer.
101  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: R.I.P. Whitney Houston on: February 12, 2012, 01:27:24 PM
The world only noticed her because she could sing. The world will only miss her because she could sing. I don't weep for Whitney Houston. I weep for a society that weeps for her.
102  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Favorite WebOS Game? on: February 08, 2012, 02:52:42 PM
Any touchpad people out there have favorite gaming apps they want to share?
103  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: samsung galaxy nexus on: February 06, 2012, 05:21:09 PM
It really depends what you are looking for. I have an original droid. I've run it unrooted, with Pete's Bugless Beast, and with Cyanogenmod. To me, Pete's Bugless Beast is the best. It is fast, stable, and clean. Cyanogenmod adds some really cool features, like locked-screen gestures. But, my droid just doesn't have the horsepower to really handle it. I noticed a huge slowdown for me with Cyanogenmod vs PBB, so I went back to the latest of PBB and am happy as a clam (really just biding time now til I have a compelling reason to buy a new phone...the droid Razr Maxx is tempting me!).
104  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The 2012 Health Improvement Thread on: February 04, 2012, 11:25:27 PM
I'm back to being paleo + some cheese and it just amazes me the differences compared to when I was just eating what is normally considered 'healthy'. I spent 3 weeks overseas where I was surfing, paddling in surf skis, doing pullups, pushups, running and swimming every day (I'd typically get 3 of those done in a day, sometimes more). I ate decently well, but didn't try to avoid any types of foods. Ate when I was hungry, stopped mostly when I was full. I put on some muscle mass, and along with it body fat.

I came back and have been paleo for 1 month after being non-paleo for about 6 months or so. In one month my body fat has dropped, my energy levels have improved, I am sleeping better, I am less tired... the list goes on and on. Now I just need to get time to seriously lift weights again. I typically weigh in around 160-165. At my peak I was deadlifting a little over 300, and did a single set of 20 squats at 215lbs. Sets of 15-20 pullups weren't a big drama for me. I'm a long ways off that right now, but my back and shoulders are very strong thanks to the swimming and pullups.

The key is finding something that works for you, that you can keep doing long-term. I've realized for me that is a grain-free diet, with a little cheese here and there. The exercise is an important factor for overall health. Strength training is a must for any person. I personally am a huge fan of Mark's Daily Apple and his workout philosophy which boils down to this:

Twice a week, lift heavy things.
Four times a week, move slowly/play (low level aerobic activity)
Once a week, sprint (all-out effort).

The lift heavy things can be done in four exercises. Pushups. Pullups. Squats. Planks. You can branch beyond that if you want, and I would encourage it, but not really necessary. Feel free to do with it what you want, but it might be helpful to some of you.
5 times a week do a low intensity workout (like walking).
105  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Desperately need Cisco, UC, UCS engineers (Central US) on: February 03, 2012, 01:13:04 PM

Quote from: TK-421 on February 02, 2012, 07:19:23 PM

That depends, what is your Holiday Inn Express to Super 8 sleepover ratio?

I have never stayed at a Super 8, but have stayed at Holiday Inn Expresses, so it is technically INFINITY!
106  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Desperately need Cisco, UC, UCS engineers (Central US) on: February 02, 2012, 07:12:27 PM
I am not a CISCO engineer. But I am an engineer and I bought a TV at a COSTCO. Is that close enough?
107  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: National Popular Vote: Good or Bad Idea? on: January 13, 2012, 02:47:38 PM

Quote from: Razgon on January 13, 2012, 08:35:51 AM

If a large enough percentage of your population votes for the Crazy Party, shouldn't they be represented, no matter what you think about them? Isn't that the basis for Democracy?

Let's say that only 5% of your population does. In the situation I'm listing above, that party representing 5% of the population actually has a HUGE impact - their legislative impact can in fact significantly outweigh that of a party that wins 20 or 30% of the vote. That's the problem with political coalitions.

For the record, I despise the two-party system.
108  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: National Popular Vote: Good or Bad Idea? on: January 12, 2012, 11:25:14 PM

Quote from: TiLT on January 09, 2012, 08:13:53 AM

I believe the best thing that could happen for the US, politically, would be for every vote to count individually, regardless of state (I guess that's what national popular vote means?) and to get rid of the winner-takes-all mentality. I say this as someone who lives in a country where both these things are in effect already, and it works very well. It's rare for a single party to get a majority vote, so they have to cooperate with other parties. These could even be some of the smallest parties as long as it gets them the majority, which means that even fringe opinions could end up having a certain degree of power.

The problem is this could mean fringe opinions garner huge amounts of power. Party A gets almost the number required to run the show. Party J is a crazy left-wing environmental group who is the only ones willing to broker a deal with Party A, and puts them into control. Party J now holds Party A hostage frequently, getting crazy legislature passed so that Party A also gets what it wants. How is this healthy?
109  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / samsung galaxy nexus on: January 09, 2012, 08:29:15 PM
Does anyone around here have 1 of these bad boys? My droid is dying by the minute and I am in the market for a new phone. Reviews seem positive but I would like some impressions from a person who actually lives with it
110  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GT Community: Pick your favorite PC game of 2011 on: December 25, 2011, 02:24:39 AM
Battlefield 3.
111  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Identical Twin Boys, Become Brother and Sister on: December 19, 2011, 03:24:39 AM
One of the big problems with our society is that there is such a thing as 'girls toys' vs 'boys toys'. They are toys. Boys and girls shouldn't be pressured into playing with certain types of toys by society based on their genders.
112  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Post your holiday loot... on: December 12, 2011, 07:32:40 PM
My loot: 2 days in Vegas, 2 weeks in Australia and 1 week in Fiji. Who needs stuff? biggrin
113  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How fast can you type? (Typing test) on: December 10, 2011, 03:26:00 AM
Adjusted between 75 and 80, 0-3 errors. I find quotations slow me down in a huge way.
114  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I passed! I'm now a 4th Dan on: November 30, 2011, 03:34:40 PM

Quote from: USMC Kato on November 30, 2011, 06:40:47 AM

So is it true that when the Crane Kick is done correctly, there is no defense?

Hehe. I actually teach jump front kick to my white belts as a way to help get them working hard and developing their balance and coordination.
115  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I passed! I'm now a 4th Dan on: November 22, 2011, 01:42:13 AM
Congrats Ron. I started martial arts with Tang Soo Do, and it holds a special place in my heart. You should be both proud and humble regarding your accomplishment!
116  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: EU bans claim that water can prevent dehydration on: November 20, 2011, 08:36:57 PM

Quote from: Rumpy on November 20, 2011, 08:34:28 PM

Way for the EU to go against scientific fact.

Way to not read any of the follow-up discussion or further information about the ruling slywink
117  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: WTB: Wii Games! on: November 11, 2011, 12:49:17 PM
Great. Thanks!
118  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / WTB: Wii Games! on: November 10, 2011, 11:31:47 PM
Hit me up if you're interested in selling any of yours. I'm unfamiliar with titles at the moment, so don't be shy! Hit me up either in PM or here.
119  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [College Football] Joe Paterno Retiring - scratch that, Fired! on: November 10, 2011, 09:06:18 PM

Quote from: gellar on November 10, 2011, 07:22:53 PM

Let's go over what happened:

Some had called for him to resign immediately because of his response to allegations brought to him in 2002 by a graduate assistant, who said he had seen retired defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky, now 67, sexually assaulting a young boy in a shower at the campus football complex.

Paterno reported the allegations to his boss.


That certainly puts a different spin on things, and is far more specific than what I originally heard (which was just that someone had reported a vague wrong-doing on the part of Sandusky to Joepa). With that, I would say the only out Joe really gets is if his AD comes to him and says "We spoke to all parties concerned, nobody says anything happened and nobody wants to press charges of any kind." Even then though I wonder what police procedure is with regards to allegations of child abuse. Do they need a complaint from the victim in order to investigate?

Understand I'm not trying to make excuses for Joe. It appears the information I gave my initial reaction from was incomplete, and I'm very wary of jumping on lynching bandwagons when there's large room for error. The room for error certainly appears to be decreasing somewhat. I still don't know that he should have been fired 100% right now given that we don't have the full story, but perhaps the board of trustees knows more than we do.
120  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [College Football] Joe Paterno Retiring - scratch that, Fired! on: November 10, 2011, 06:58:05 PM
Quote from: Crux
But the question is, did he know of raping kids?... if he knew and did nothing then he's a scumbag who pretends to live to higher ideals.

Quote from: gellar
See that's where you and I differ on opinion.  If someone says 'hey, I'm pretty sure Steve on your team is raping some kids', my first response would be to go to my VP and tell him, sure.  But if my VP does fuck all, my next move isnt 'OH WELL, DID MY PART.'  My next move is calling the cops.

Can you explain to me the part where we differ exactly? To me the big unknowns are exactly what he was told originally. What he passed on to the AD. And then if there was ever ANY sort of closure given to him regarding the matter. Eg did the AD come to him later and say "Joe, we looked into it through all the proper channels and it turns out it was a false alarm". Or did the whole thing just disappear into a black hole of everyone pretending nothing happened?

Those are two very different things. Don't act like I'm defending the guy for what he's done. I'm not. I'm simply saying we don't know exactly what he's done yet, so throwing the rope over the tree limb might be a bit premature. That's all.
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