Tuesday, September 30, 2008
To see what the game is, go here
watch the leap of faith trailer and the developers walkthrough.
SD means standard definition size, HD means high def size.
Monday, September 29, 2008
I have a "quote of the week" posted outside my office door. Typically, the quote is related to physiology in some manner. For example, last weeks quote reads "The cheetah cubs are outrageously cute, a real treat to watch. And their physiology, a real sleek build." By Peper Long.
I need a quote for this week, but thought that I would send out a request for one of you to provide the quote. You have 1 hour and 52 minutes to send a quote worthy of my board.
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Saturday, September 27, 2008
Thursday, September 25, 2008
THEN, THE JUMP
A VERY SILLY THING, ONE OF THE SILLIEST, PERHAPS,
EVER BROADCAST ON LIVE TV
(BESIDES BUSH'S SPEECHES, OBVIOUSLY)
(OH, AND PERHAPS TOMORROW'S ONE MAN DEBATE)
ALMOST AS IMPRESSIVE AS WHAT THE KIDS DO ON THE SWING SET IN OUR BACKYARD
FINALLY, HIS EXPLANATION THE NEXT DAY
PUT IT ALL TOGETHER.
EVEN WHAT HE HAD PLANNED SOUNDS HOKIE.
BUT IT'S MOSTLY THE EXHUBERANCE OF THE COMMENTATOR'S EXCLAMATIONS.
TOO FUNNY FOR WORDS.
LIKE A KID CAUGHT ON STAGE WITH HIS PANTS DOWN.
I WOULD STICK MY HEAD IN THE SAND.
I JUST CAN'T GET OVER THE WHOLE THING.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Back to the point - For better or for worse, the curse has finally been broken! We are not having 2 consecutive boys; instead, a 3.5 pound baby dragon is residing in Jamie's growing belly. Obviously, we are very excited.
so just suffice it to say:
our family is weird and doesn't always acknowledge things in an even remotely overt manner, let alone indirectly or basically.
and i guess it hasn't been working for me.
i'm not asking for anything. i have to work through this.
if i can't erase the past 3 months, i guess i just need a lot of time. and the opportunity and resources to process in the way i need. which you all cannot provide.
so i'm not asking for anything. and the family stuff can't touch the torture my heart and mind are suffering from everything else right now.
but in grief, things get all mixed up and expanded and compounded.
so don't get yourselves all in a tizzy.
Monday, September 22, 2008
Sunday, September 21, 2008
ASK THE PROFESSOR
Regular exercise may well be the most enjoyable, efficient, and cost-effective method for improving mental health, physical health, and aiding in the prevention of chronic disease. For those who exercise outdoors, experiencing the fresh air and interacting with the natural world are a further benefit in our increasingly indoor-oriented and sedentary society. Simply put, exercise is great.
It seems to me that we are constantly inundated with a barrage of information and “advice” related to exercise, fitness, and health. Unfortunately, this information is often either misleading or incorrect. As a health scientist and exercise physiologist, I am often asked questions related to exercise and health. Just as often, I find myself attempting to dispel the many myths and misleading information related to this area.
So, I have decided to team up with Basement Medicine to write a column devoted to answering questions related to exercise, fitness, and health. For each installment, I will select a question from a member of the Johnson State College community and attempt to provide a helpful answer to the question.
The question for this week’s column comes from a student in one of my classes. She asks, “What is the deal with carbo-loading before exercise? That seems like a baaaaad idea.”
As I read this question, my very first thought was to wonder why this person is under the impression that carbohydrate loading seems like such a bad idea. In fact, carbohydrates provide the major source of energy during most types of exercise; more than fats, and far more than proteins. Carbohydrates can be found in many foods, such as pasta, rice, potatoes, cereal, nuts, fruits, and vegetables. In the body, all types of ingested carbohydrates are eventually broken down and rearranged to form glucose, which is the carbohydrate molecule that we use to produce energy. Glucose that is not immediately used to generate energy is stored as glycogen in the muscles and in the liver. Then, during exercise or in between meals, the glycogen is broken down to glucose and used to generate energy.
The classical paradigm for carbohydrate loading is intended to completely top off the glycogen stores in the muscles and liver before an important exercise competition. When we need energy, such as during exercise, glycogen is broken down to individual glucose units which are then processed to provide energy. According to this paradigm, carbohydrate consumption is purposefully decreased several days prior to an event in order to deplete the body’s glycogen stores. Then, in the one or two days immediately preceding the event, carbohydrate consumption is increased drastically so as to saturate glycogen stores. The idea, and it is a good one, is that since carbohydrates provide the major energy source during exercise, an athlete will be able to exercise faster and longer with greater glycogen stores. This approach has stood the test of time, and it is still practiced successfully by athletes to enhance performance. So, if you are one of those people who prepares for and competes in the occasional competitive event, carbohydrate loading may help you to perform better on competition day. One more important point: this paradigm of carbohydrate depletion followed by carbohydrate loading should only be completed occasionally before big events. The body MUST have adequate glucose to function effectively, so regular exercise – whether it be for general health and fitness or training for an athletic event – should be accompanied by adequate daily carbohydrate consumption.
How about consuming carbohydrates immediately before exercise, or, say, within one hour of exercise. One idea that has been touted in recent years is that ingestion of carbohydrates before exercise will cause a spike in insulin levels and a resulting decrease in blood sugar (i.e., glucose) levels. Insulin is a hormone that is responsible for transporting glucose into the cells from the blood, and yes, insulin levels are increased after eating. It is also true that low blood sugar levels would have a negative impact on exercise capacity for a variety of reasons. However, here are the realities of the situation. First, exercise causes a rapid and significant decrease in insulin levels. Second, our bodies have several methods for maintaining or increasing blood glucose levels during exercise. In fact, since our brains rely exclusively on glucose for energy, it could be argued that maintaining blood glucose levels is the single most important function of our body! Furthermore, since glucose is such a crucial source of energy for exercise, in my opinion it is an excellent idea to purposefully ingest foods containing carbohydrates prior to exercise. From an energy availability standpoint, it makes complete sense to begin exercise with ample levels of glucose in the blood.
I would be remiss if I did not leave you with one final point. Humans are individuals, and no two people will respond to eating or exercise in the exact same way. Therefore, although I believe that consumption of carbohydrates before exercise is beneficial for the vast majority of people, there is a small percentage who are ultra-sensitive to high carbohydrate foods and who might be better off avoiding carbohydrates before exercise. My suggestion is to experiment with eating before exercise, and then decide what works best for you.
If you have a question for the professor, please email him at Hans.Haverkamp@jsc.edu. He is looking forward to hearing from you.
Hans Christian Haverkamp
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Friday, September 19, 2008
*All times based on eastern standard time*
Tuesday, September 16
9pm House - Fox
Thursday, September 18
8pm Smallville - The CW
9pm Supernatural - The CW
Monday, September 22
9pm Heroes - Two-hour premiere - NBC
9pm Boston Legal - ABC
10pm CSI: Miami - CBS
Tuesday, September 23
8pm NCIS - CBS
9pm The Mentalist - CBS
10pm Without a Trace - CBS
10pm Law & Order: SVU - NBC
Wednesday, September 24
8pm Knight Rider - NBC
9pm Criminal Minds - CBS
10pm CSI: NY - CBS
10pm Lipstick Jungle - NBC
Thursday, September 25
8pm Ugly Betty - ABC
9pm Grey's Anatomy - (special two-hour season premiere) - ABC
10pm ER - NBC
Sunday, September 28
9pm Cold Case - CBS
9pm Desperate Housewives - ABC
10pm Brothers & Sisters - ABC
10pm The Unit - CBS
Monday, September 29
8pm Chuck - NBC
10pm My Own Worst Enemy - NBC
Wednesday, October 1
8pm Pushing Daisies - ABC
9pm Private Practice - ABC
10pm Dirty Sexy Money - ABC
Friday, October 3
8pm Ghost Whisperer - CBS
9pm The Ex List - CBS
10pm Numb3rs - CBS
10pm Life - NBC
Thursday, October 9
9pm CSI: Crime Scene Investigation - CBS
10pm Eleventh Hour - CBS
10pm Life on Mars - ABC
10pm The Starter Wife - USA Network
Tuesday, October 14
10pm Eli Stone - ABC
Friday, October 17
9pm Crusoe - Two-hour premiere - NBC
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Monday, September 15, 2008
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
For my Anatomy and Physiology course this fall, there are three written assignments that require some thought and application of some of the concepts discussed in class. Here is one of the questions for the first of these written assignments, which is due this Thursday:
The body of a man was found floating in the salt water of Grand-Pacific Bay, which has a salt concentration that is slightly greater than body fluids. When seen during an autopsy, the cells in his lung tissues were clearly swollen. Which of the following conclusions is the most logical? Why?
a. He probably drowned in the bay
b. He may have been murdered elsewhere
c. He did not drown
Now, here is an email I just recieved from one of my students regarding this question:
This is (name deleted) from your A&P class. I have a question about the second question. When I first thought of an answer for it, I thought I knew what I was talking about but when I just sat down to type it up, I read it over again, and really confused myself. I don't know how much help you can give me, but anything in the way of clarity might help.
So, this guy was found dead in a salt-water bay but his lung tissues were found to be swollen. I came to the conclusion that he couldn't have drowned in the bay because if he had, since salt water is a hypertonic solution, the water in his cells would have rushed out and shrank. So I'm left with he may have been murdered elswhere, or, he did not drown. I am confused now. Since his lung tissue cells were swollen, that must mean that they were exposed to some sort of hypotonic solution, right? Or maybe I'm wrong. I'm trying to think of some way to drown in a hypotonic solution, but can't, so my inclination is to go with he may have been murdered elsewhere. But if I write that down, I'm not really sure how to explain myself.
Maybe these are stupid question, but I'm really confused. I would have talked to you in class today, but like I said, I thought I had it down before I went to actually type it and re-read everything.
Anything that you can offer me (especially clarity) would be great - and if you can't, that's okay too, I'll think of something to write.
Thanks for your help!
Great, eh? I thought this was wicked funny.
By the way, of course somebody can drown in hypotonic water, like, any water from a sink, tub, lake, etc. Not sure where she came up with that thought, probably just confused herself.
Spore came out on Sunday. Long story short, you take bacteria and evolve it through civilization and onward to space where you can travel the galaxies. This site Anti Spore popped up the very next day. About how Spore is evil because it is "E for Everyone" yet teaches children that evolution exist when while this sites creator is convinced otherwise and says the game is a... well, here is a quote.
"I created this blog to find support for and follow my progress in letting Electronic Arts know that their biggest attack on Christian values to date will not be tolerated."
The first post on this website.
Yesterday I found out about a new game called Spore when my son asked me to buy it for him. It looked innocent enough at first and has “E for Everyone” ESRB rating. But don’t be mislead, apparently “everyone” means everyone they want to teach evolution to.
This entire game is propaganda aimed directly at our children to teach them evolution instead of creationism, or “intelligent design” if you go for stupid PC terms.
The object of the game is to evolve from a “spore” into demon-like intelligent space creatures that violently take over the galaxy. Such as this one below.
I decided that Electronic Arts needs to hear from concerned people such as myself that this sort of game is not acceptable, and created this blog to find support and share information and progress with anyone who feels the same as I do.-----------------------------------------------
I would like to note the following. You can beat the entire game without killing a creature. And I'm going to prove it.
It takes a village to raise a child
And 8,500 employees at Electronic Arts to corrupt a child’s mind.
8,500 people all working together and not a single one with enough Jesus to stand up and say what they are doing is wrong.
It makes me sick.-----------------------------------------------
A comment on the site about one of the post made:
"You havent a clue have you?"
Genius. So simple a sentence.
Funny stuff. The internet is easily the fairest news source of all, contradictory to what CNN and Fox would have you believe.
Anything with pastaor rice is good. Rice particularly. And other main course meals that maybe dont revolve around pasta or rice.
Frying is preferred, because I have no idea how to bake anything.
Thanks. I'll check to see what you came up with a few hours.
Monday, September 8, 2008
Saturday, September 6, 2008
• We had a telephone interview scheduled yesterday with Benjamin Fulford which was unexpectedly canceled at the last minute. It appears he's very concerned over the latest turns of events, and would only say that we should be aware of 8 September. We know nothing more than this, other than he stressed that things are constantly changing.
Two weeks previously he publicly stated that he had learned from his own sources that 30 September would be important, being the end of the US Fiscal Year. It was then, he had been told, when US bankruptcy could be announced, with various complex major consequences.
Half Past Human, using its very unusual and creative predictive web bot technology, have identified 7 October as the date for a crucial event - preceded by a plateau of 11 days of tension starting on 27 September. The aftermath of the 7 October event, they say, will last till mid-February. They do not know what this is, save that’s it’s partly economic, partly military. They're confident of their prediction, and note that this situation is totally unique in their experience.
They compare the five months of 'release language' they have identified on the net (in connection with the period of time following the incident) with the far shorter 10 or 11 days following 9/11. This implies the possibility of a far more major and impactful event or situation.
Half Past Human first got our attention at Camelot when they predicted regime change in Pakistan as far back as last February. President Musharraf, facing impeachment, resigned one day later than the exact date they had identified five months earlier.
We interviewed George Green by phone two days ago and have just published this here (see also What's New on our Site, opposite). He believes WW III is on its way and is planning to relocate to Ecuador.
Our source Hawkeye (see below here, here, here, here and here) stated in his last messages to us that the first ten days of October would be highly significant. We have not heard from him in the last several weeks.
There are clear parallels to the events depicted in Timeline 1, variant 83 - although this timeline has been broken and some important details are clearly different.
There is no-one we know, or are aware of, who is saying that we should all relax and that this is all hype.
Our own new site, catering for the needs of what George Green has called The Ground Crew, is very nearly ready for launch. It's focused on the formation of communities and will be a support structure for aware people connecting with one another if they wish to. We will be announcing it here before the end of the coming weekend.
Friday, September 5, 2008
Thursday, September 4, 2008
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
CNN's Report about it
(CNN) – Prominent Republican analysts Peggy Noonan and Mike Murphy became the latest victims of an open microphone Wednesday, caught after a segment on MSNBC trashing John McCain’s pick of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate.
Noonan, a Wall Street Journal columnist and former speechwriter for Ronald Reagan, and Murphy, a campaign strategist and onetime aide to John McCain, can both be heard expressing disbelief with the pick of Palin after they apparently thought they were in a commercial break.
“I come out of the blue swing-state governor world, Engler, Whitman, Thompson, Mitt Romney,” Murphy said during the mishap which has since been posted on YouTube. Murphy later flatly says of the pick, “It’s not going to work.”
Noonan is heard going even further, saying of the presidential race, “It’s over.”
“I think they went for this — excuse me– political bulls–t about narratives,” Noonan also said. “Every time the Republicans do that, because that’s not where they live and it’s not what they’re good at, they blow it.”
Murphy, who was a senior adviser to John McCain’s 2000 presidential bid, also adds, “You know what’s really the worst thing about it? The greatness of McCain is no cynicism, and this is cynical.”
This link has a shot of one of the fish that I reeled in when Justin and I did a fishing expedition a few weeks ago at the Cape. We left from the very tip of the cape at about 4:00am, but unfortunately missed the heavy feeding. There was massive thunderstorms so we couldn't get out by 2:00am, which was the initial plan. My shot is from August 16th. I also caught a really beautiful Blue Fish, but he didn't post that one.