Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Only In America...

The image above is from Reddit.com.


There's a problem when a homeless man gets a year in jail for every $6.66 dollars he stole, but a suit only gets 4 years in jail for an amount 5000000 [5 million] times greater.

What the hell...
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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Back to the Books

Today was my 2nd full day of Spring 2009 classes.

Here's what I'm taking this semester:

Accounting 101
Astronomy 002
Tap I (That's tap dancing, FYI)
Urban Studies 153: Neighborhoods (Think Sociology, but in a smaller scope)

So far, only one of my professors is a bore. I have yet to meet my Urban Studies professor, but her reviews over at RateMyProfessors show promise.


"Fit By The Fifth" Update

I'm gaining muscle. A lot of muscle. For example, my bicep muscles have gone up 1" over the last few weeks. That, in my opinion, is impressive. I can also do 61 push-ups in 5 sets (12.2 average per set) and 148 crunches in 5 sets (29.6 average per set).

My fat loss may have halted. After hitting an approximate of 33.5 pounds, it has clawed its way up to 33.8. Sure, a .2 pound fat gain in 2 weeks doesn't seem bad at all, but in my book, its a failure.

I want my fat weight under 30 pounds (3.8 pounds to go) and my muscle mass over 140 pounds (4.8 pounds ahead of my goal), at the very least.

Two weigh-ins to go...
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Monday, January 19, 2009

Merry Change-mas?

The "Eve of Change", "Change Is Less Than 24 Hours Away", and "Change Is Coming To America".

I've heard those three phrases in the past day, more than I hear about that damn Husdon River Plane Crash. It's very annoying, even to me!

Let me break it down the way the mainstream media seems to NOT put it:

Obama is not God. He is not the Messiah. He is not a black man with a halo sent from the heavens to rid the United States of the last 8 years of bullshit we've had to endure. When he's sworn in, choirs will not sing, hate will not leave this country or this planet, the "War" will not magically end, shiites and sunnis won't be joining hands in harmony, the Dow Jones will not shoot up two thousand points in the next week, CEOs will not have an uncontrollable urge to donate their golden parachutes to the needy families who lost it all in the last few months, unemployment will not return from an almost 16-year high, and Hell, most certainly, will not freeze over. Well, maybe Hell, Michigan.

Obama, NAY, the US GOVERNMENT, has a lot of work ahead. While the word "change" does in fact carry some weight to it, that is, with a democratic president backed by a democratic majority in all the branches of government (unlike the last 8 years, where the Dems barely had a majority, especially in the Senate), I'm sure some sort of "change" will come. Hopefully, it's a change of policies: foreign, domestic, financial, etc. that benefit ALL US citizens of ALL creeds, political parties, ethnic backgrounds, and so on and so forth.

I do believe, however, that Barack Obama will have a very positive influence on how this country performs overall in the next 4 years and beyond. If he fails to do so, I will be the first to admit it.

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Thursday, January 15, 2009

Immortality

All men's souls are immortal, but the souls of the righteous are immortal and divine. - Socrates

So I was bored one day and got to thinking. Just thinking. An interesting thought crossed my mind and it dawned on me: Humans are immortal.

I believe the death of a human. The complete cessation of a human is when the soul is destroyed. The body may die, but the soul lives on, correct? If you believe in an afterlife, then would that mean the soul continues once the body has rotted away? Since the soul of the human is still intact, then the human is technically immortal. That is, if the definition of "immortal" allows this.

It does.

immortal (a.)
1 : exempt from death

The human soul is exempt from death if there is an afterlife.

THEREFORE, if there is a life after death, then humans are immortal. We may considered mortal in this reality, but that does not mean we are mortal in some other reality: the afterlife.
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Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Prednisone Pain (Those Darn Leg Cramps)

Imagine you're sleeping soundly without a care in the world. Then suddenly, someone stabs you in the calf muscle with a knife.

That has been the last few mornings in a nutshell for me. Leg cramps ("charley horse") are once again a highlight of my day. It's the prednisone that's causing it. Luckily, I think my doctor may start lowering my dosage. I'll find out today when I go see him. I'll also know if the medicine is doing anything for my FSGS.

A piece of advice: If your doctor ever needs you to go on prednisone, be ready for the side effects. There is a long list of them and I'm sure not everyone gets the same set. Weight the pros and cons before diving head-first like I did. You'll be happy you did.

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Friday, January 9, 2009

Something Winter This Way Comes

The real winter weather starts tomorrow (my birthday).

3 to 6 inches of snow (with a little ice) is expected for NYC. Then, it gets cold. I'm talking single digit cold. The arctic express will be pulling into the Northeast next week.

Bundle up.


URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE UPTON NY
312 PM EST FRI JAN 9 2009

...WINTER WEATHER EXPECTED OVER THE WEEKEND...

.LOW PRESSURE WILL TRACK UP THE OHIO RIVER VALLEY THROUGH
SATURDAY...THEN PASS JUST SOUTH OF LONG ISLAND SATURDAY
NIGHT...AND THEN MOVE WELL EAST OF THE AREA ON SUNDAY. THIS
SYSTEM WILL PRODUCE HEAVY SNOWFALL OVER THE AREA FROM SATURDAY
AFTERNOON THROUGH SUNDAY MORNING...MIXING WITH SLEET AT TIMES
SATURDAY NIGHT ACROSS SOUTHERN LONG ISLAND AND NEW YORK CITY.

CTZ005-009-NJZ002>006-011-NYZ067>073-076>078-100415-
/O.UPG.KOKX.WS.A.0002.090110T1600Z-090111T1600Z/
/O.NEW.KOKX.WS.W.0002.090110T1600Z-090111T1300Z/
NORTHERN FAIRFIELD-SOUTHERN FAIRFIELD-WESTERN PASSAIC-BERGEN-
EASTERN PASSAIC-ESSEX-HUDSON-UNION-ORANGE-PUTNAM-ROCKLAND-
NORTHERN WESTCHESTER-SOUTHERN WESTCHESTER-NEW YORK (MANHATTAN)-
BRONX-QUEENS-NASSAU-NORTHWESTERN SUFFOLK-
312 PM EST FRI JAN 9 2009

...WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 11 AM SATURDAY TO 8 AM EST
SUNDAY...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN UPTON HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM
WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 11 AM SATURDAY TO 8
AM EST SUNDAY.

SNOW IS EXPECTED TO DEVELOP OVER NORTHEAST NEW JERSEY AND WESTERN
PORTIONS OF THE LOWER HUDSON VALLEY AROUND MIDDAY BEFORE
SPREADING FROM WEST TO EAST THROUGHOUT THE DAY. SNOW WILL THEN
CONTINUE TO FALL THROUGH SATURDAY NIGHT AND BECOME HEAVY AT
TIMES. THE SNOW WILL TAPER OFF SHORTLY AFTER SUNRISE ON SUNDAY.

THE LOW WILL PASS CLOSE ENOUGH TO LONG ISLAND THAT THE SNOW WILL
MIX WITH SLEET AND POSSIBLY FREEZING RAIN LATE SATURDAY
NIGHT ACROSS NEW YORK CITY AND LONG ISLAND LOCATIONS...HELPING TO
LIMIT SNOW ACCUMULATIONS IN THESE AREAS.

TOTAL SNOW ACCUMULATIONS FROM THIS SYSTEM WILL RANGE FROM 6 TO
9 INCHES ACROSS THE LOWER HUDSON VALLEY AND INTERIOR
CONNECTICUT...AND FROM 5 TO 7 INCHES ACROSS NORTHERN NEW YORK
CITY...NASSAU AND NORTHERN SUFFOLK COUNTY...AND COASTAL PORTIONS
OF NORTHEAST NEW JERSEY.

A WINTER STORM WARNING MEANS SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF SNOW...
SLEET...AND ICE ARE EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. STRONG WINDS ARE ALSO
POSSIBLE. THIS WILL MAKE TRAVEL VERY HAZARDOUS OR IMPOSSIBLE.

STAY TUNED TO NOAA ALL HAZARDS WEATHER RADIO OR VISIT OUR WEB
SITE AT WEATHER.GOV/NYC FOR FURTHER DETAILS AND UPDATES.

Happy birthday to me.


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Sunday, January 4, 2009

Fit by the Fifth

I've been on Prednisone for a few weeks now. Only recently have the side effects begun to appear. Acne, and lots of it, and water retention along with rapid weight gain. I'm also fighting my first bout of chest congestion since I was 13 (maybe earlier). Prednisone makes you more susceptible to illness.

The acne isn't too bad. However, it's showing up in places, like my back and chest, that have never seen a single blemish. Interestingly enough, they vanish just as fast as they show themselves.

In addition to the acne and illness, I've gained 6 pounds in 2 weeks, mathematically wiping away any and all progress that was made over the past 2 months.

This brings me to my newest scheme in my fight against body fat.

I've just started a new workout routine today. It is as follows:

  • Jog in place for 10 minutes (this is to get my heart rate up; exercises my legs)
  • Preacher Curls (Targets my forearm and biceps)
  • Triceps Extensions (Targets the triceps, of course)
  • Side Deltoid Raise (Targets my deltoids, specifically the weakest area of them)
  • Push-ups (Targets my pectorals)
  • Crunches (Targets my abdominals)
The push-ups and crunches are done Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Everything else is once a day.

My goal is to be back to 174 pounds by February 5th. It'll be tough with the prednisone in my system, but a 6 pound gain of water/fat is unacceptable. It's time to take my body back.
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