Monday, April 30, 2012

Happy Monday sa Starbucks!

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Hanksy Nails It Again With “Pie Hard” Street Art

The mysterious celebrity-related street art parodist Hanksy has struck again, this time bringing us a piece of street art that’s even more elaborate than it is entirely necessary:

Yippie PIE-Yay, MotherPIESer!

Discussion topic: Should all art be required to involve pies and/or Die Hard? I say yes, but I am willing to listen to and reject arguments to the contrary.

NASA Photo Proves Aliens Trying To Steal The Sun, Just Like I’ve Been Telling You People

Well, this is embarrassing…for you.  Looks like a photo taken by NASA’s Solar and Heliospheric Observatory this week pretty much confirms everything I’ve been saying: extraterrestrials are using a giant heat-resistant robot arm to steal the sun right out from under our noses. Right, Nathan Rich of the Naval Research Laboratory? What? “The streaks in question are consistent with energetic particle (proton) impacts on the CCD, something which is apparent in just about every image”? Oh, don’t listen to him! As far as I’m concerned, all you people on this subway car have a loooooot of egg on your face right now. Eggs produced by giant mutant fowl created on secret government farms! I’m calling it now!

Friday, April 27, 2012

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Witembangbangkels nga kasi..

Sa True! Bilang Afraid.. Charlot! 

Swiss Woman Living Entirely On Sunlight Dies Somehow

A woman in Switzerland has died after
attempting to live on a “sunlight diet,” possibly because she didn’t get enough sunlight:
Swiss newspaper Tages-Anzeiger reports that a woman starved to death after embarking on a spiritual diet that required her to stop eating or drinking and live off sunlight alone.
The Zurich newspaper reported Wednesday that the unnamed Swiss woman in her fifties decided to follow the radical fast in 2010 after viewing an Austrian documentary about an Indian guru who claims to have lived this way for 70 years.
Tages-Anzeiger says there have been similar cases of self-starvation in Germany, Britain and Australia.
Man, I wonder how she died? Was she hit by a car in the middle of this diet that required giving up food and water and trying to live on sunlight? Or was it some unrelated medical condition, like a tumor or something, that developed while she happened to be in the middle of this diet that required giving up food and water and trying to live on sunlight? Truly mysterious.

I’m only taking a particular interest in this story because I too happen to be on a spiritual diet that consists of me eating and drinking constantly, usually way too much, as well as sleeping (spiritual connection to your dreams) and breathing (taking in the earth’s essence one tiny “spirit breath” at a time). It’s a great way to stay connected to one’s place in the universe by emphasizing necessary biological functions, and also I am eating popcorn while typing this.

The Avengers Assemble on Facebook

LOL! Superlike!!!

The Avengers Assemble on Facebook

The Best New Exercises You’re Not Doing

There's a popular saying among fitness experts: "The best exercise is the one you're not doing." The take-home message? To achieve the best results, you need to regularly challenge your body in new ways. So while classic movements like the pushup, lunge, and squat are the staples of any good workout plan, varying the way you perform these exercises every 4 weeks can help you avoid plateaus, beat boredom, and speed fat loss. 

You can start today, with this list of the best new exercises for every part of a woman's body. 


ABS: Mountain Climber with Hands on Swiss Ball

The benefit:
It's one of the simplest yet most effective ways to tighten your tummy. In fact, you'll barely have to move a muscle.

How to do it:
Assume a pushup position with your arms completely straight, but place your hands on a Swiss ball instead of the floor. Your body should form a straight line from your head to your ankles. Tighten your core and hold it that way for the duration of the exercise [A]. Lift one foot off the floor and slowly raise your knee as close to your chest as you can without changing your lower-back posture. Then repeat with your other leg. Alternate back and forth for 30 seconds. If that's too hard, place your hands on the floor or a bench, instead of a Swiss ball.

HAMSTRINGS: Single-Leg Dumbbell Straight-Leg Deadlift

The benefit:
Besides targeting your hamstrings, this exercise works your glutes and core. It also helps eliminate muscle imbalances between your legs, reducing your risk of injury. And as a bonus, it can even improve the flexibility of your hamstrings.

How to do it:
Grab a pair of dumbbells with an overhand grip, and hold them at arm's length in front your thighs. Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and knees slightly bent. Now raise one leg off the floor [A]. Without changing the bend in your knee, bend at your hips (keep your lower back arched), and lower your torso until it's almost parallel to the floor [B]. Pause, then squeeze your glutes, thrust your hips forward, and raise your torso back to the start. Do all your reps, then repeat with your other leg.

CALVES: Single-Leg Donkey Calf Raise

The benefit:
This simple exercise helps shape your calves in the comfort of your living room.

How to do it:
Place the ball of one foot on a step, block, or 25-pound weight plate. Cross your other foot behind your ankle. Grasp a sturdy object for support. Then keeping your back naturally arched, bend at your hips and lower your torso until your upper body is almost parallel to the floor [A]. Lift your heel as high as you can [B]. Pause, lower your heel, and repeat. Complete as many reps as you can--or for a duration of 60 seconds--then switch legs.


CHEST :Single-Arm Dumbbell Bench Press

The benefit:
This exercise works your glutes and abs as hard as it works your chest and triceps. So you'll tighten your hips and core as you tone your upper body.

How to do it:
Grab a dumbbell in your left hand and lie on your back on a flat bench, holding the dumbbell over your chest with your arm straight. Your palm should be facing out, but turned slightly inward. Place your right hand on your abs [B]. Lower the dumbbell to the side of your chest. Pause, then press the weight back to the start. Want an even greater challenge? Slide over so that only your right butt cheek and right shoulder blade are on the bench. (Don't let your hips sag; you'll have to place your left foot wider to maintain your balance.) Do all your repetitions, then repeat on your right side.  
SHOULDERS :Scaption and Shrug

The benefit:
When you raise the dumbbells to start this exercise, you target the front of your shoulders as well as your rotator cuff. Then comes the shrug. This part of the move helps better balance the muscles that rotate your shoulder blades. The end result: Great-looking shoulders and better posture.

How to do it:
Stand holding a pair of dumbbells with your feet shoulder-width apart. Let the dumbbells hang at arm's length next to your sides, your palms facing each other [A]. Without changing the bend in your elbows, raise your arms until they're parallel to the floor, keeping them at a 30-degree angle to your body (so that they form a "Y") [B]. At the top of the movement, shrug your shoulders upward [C]. Pause, then reverse the movement to return to the start, and repeat.

TRICEPS :Swiss-Ball Lying Triceps Extension

The benefit:
Lying on a Swiss ball forces your core to work harder to keep you stable. So you work your abs as you shape the backs of your arms.

How to do it:
Grab a pair of dumbbells and lie on your back on a Swiss ball so that your middle and upper back are firmly on the ball. Raise your hips so that your body forms a straight line from your knees to your shoulders. Hold the dumbbells over your forehead, with your arms straight and your palms facing each other [A]. Without moving your upper arms, bend your elbows to lower the dumbbells until your forearms are beyond parallel to the floor [B]. Pause, then lift the weights back to the start by straightening your arms.
BICEPS :Split Stance Dumbbell Curl

The benefit:
Placing one foot in front of you on a bench forces your hip and core muscles to work harder in order to keep your body stable. That way, you engage more muscles and burn more calories than you would if you did the exercise in a regular standing position.

How to do it:
Grab a pair of dumbbells and place one foot in front of you on a bench or step that's just higher than knee level. Let the dumbbells hang at arm's length next to your sides, your palms facing forward [B]. Without moving your upper arms, bend your elbows and curl the dumbbells as close to your shoulders as you can [B]. Pause, then slowly lower the weights back to the starting position. Each set, switch the foot that you place on the bench.

FOREARMS :Plate Pinch Curl

The benefit:
Strengthens the muscles of your forearms, hands, fingers, and thumbs, while also shaping your biceps. Bonus: Makes you better at opening jars, too.

How to do it:
Grab a pair of light weight plates in your right hand. Hold the two plates together with your fingers and thumb by pinching the smooth side of the plates. Let the plates hang at arm's length next to your side [A]. Without moving your upper arm, bend your elbow and curl the weights as close to your shoulder as you can [B]. Slowly lower the weights back to the starting position and repeat.


UPPER BACK :Swiss-Ball L Raise

The benefit:
This exercise targets your upper back. By working these key muscles, you'll improve your posture, shape the back of your shoulders, and look great in a backless dress.

How to do it:
Lie facedown on top of a Swiss ball so that your back is flat and your chest is off the ball. Let your arms hang straight down from your shoulders, your palms facing behind you [A]. Keeping your elbows flared out, lift your upper arms as high as you can by bending your elbows and squeezing your shoulder blades together. Your upper arms should be perpendicular to your torso [B]. Without changing your elbow position, rotate your forearms up and back as far as you can [C]. Pause, then reverse the movement. If you can do more than 12 repetitions, use dumbbells.

LATS : Band-Assisted Chinup

The benefit:
This exercise allows you to do full chinups, even if you've never managed a single one. Plus, it more accurately mimics the movement than lat pulldowns or the assisted chinup machine. All you need is a chinup bar and a large rubber band called a SuperBand.

How to do it:
Loop one end of a SuperBand around a chinup bar and then pull it through the through the other end of the band, cinching it tightly to the bar. (The thicker the band you buy, the more assistance it will provide.) Grab the bar with a shoulder-width, underhand grip, and place your knees in the loop of the band. Hang at arm's length [A]. Perform a chinup by pulling the top of your chest to the bar [B]. Pause, then slowly lower your body back to the starting position.

LOWER BACK : McGill Curlup

The benefit:
This exercise works your entire abdominal muscle complex while keeping your lower back in its naturally arched position. So it minimizes stress on your spine while increasing the endurance of the muscles, which helps prevent lower-back pain.

How to do it:
Lie on your back on the floor with your right leg straight and flat on the floor. Your left knee should be bent and your left foot flat. Place your hands palms down on the floor underneath the natural arch in your lower back [A]. Slowly raise your head and shoulders off the floor without bending your lower back or spine, and hold this position for 7 to 8 seconds, breathing deeply the entire time [B]. That's 1 rep. Do 4 to 5 reps, then switch legs and repeat. To make it even harder, raise your elbows off the floor as you curl up.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Mental Health Minute: Why Talking to Yourself Boosts Brainpower

Be honest: 

When you're alone in your house, or your car, do you ever talk to yourself? If the answer is yes, good news for you (and no snickering, now!)...


Good news for people who like to talk to themselves on occasion: The quirky habit may make you smarter, say researchers at the University of Wisconsin. Study participants who gabbed, out-loud, to themselves, were more likely to retain information later, say the researchers.
"The idea is that saying words out loud helps to activate properties more actively in the brain and efficiently configures your brain to help temporarily process the information,” said one of the study authors. 

In other words, if you say something aloud, you're more likely to remember it later. As weird as it sounds, when I'm driving to an event where I have to give a presentation, I always practice what I'm going to say, aloud, in the car on the way over. I plug in my headset for my phone so I at least look like I'm talking on my cell (to save face to other drivers!).

Hugh Grant meets Meow The 39-Pound Cat On The Today Show..

A Story In Three Photos:

“Hello, actor Hugh Grant, would you like to pet Meow, the world’s fattest cat?”

“Why, ye-yes, yes yes I would, please, thank you, very much, quite, yes, it is quite the fat kitty.”

“I can’t believe I just met Hugh Grant. OH WOW THAT REMINDS ME: I want some lasagna.”


Tuesday, April 24, 2012

This made my day :) Haha

This restaurant is prepared for any and all contingencies in regards to parking. They even have space for cars just passing through! 

 Amazeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeng! :D

Do This Super-Simple Move to Burn an Extra 200 Calories a Day

You do this move already, I'll bet--during yoga, in the shower, on the phone--but you probably don't realize you're doing it. Your challenge now? To do it more often. The move I'm talking about, of course, is...


...holding a flower pot in the air. 

No, not really. Silly! The real move: stand on one leg. When it comes to calories, standing burns more than sitting--about 30 to 50 more per hour. Standing on one leg ("unipedal standing," if you're fancy) ups the ante, burning another 20 to 30 more calories on top of that--while also engaging your core muscles and improving your balance.

Just lifting one foot a few inches off the ground causes the rest of your body to work to center itself. If you want to work your body a little harder, try this: raise your foot and pull up your knee, Karate Kid-style, so it looks like you're about to climb a huge step. Do it while doing things like brushing your teeth, putting on makeup, washing the dishes, pouring a bowl of cereal, and switch legs with every new task. 

If you want to challenge yourself even more, slowly straighten your leg in front of you, then swivel it to the back. Standing on one leg in 10 to 12 five-minute increments can add up to an extra 200 calories per day--not bad at all!

3 Cool Ways to Bring At-the-Gym Workouts to YOU

I love learning about the newest ways of working out--whether the methods are crazy-good or just plain crazy. Do you? But there are days I'd just as rather stay home from the gym.

There are obviously tons of creative ways you can work out at home--DVDs, running around your house, standing on one leg. Here are a few others to add to the list:

1: Trampolining
I've wanted to try a trampolining class for just about ever. The problem? No classes near me, boo. Besides the insane fun that comes with boinging around for an hour, it's also an amazing workout choice: a study in the Journal of Applied Psychology has shown that just 10 minutes of trampoline jumping is equal to the health benefits of running for than 30 minutes. Also, trampolining is also supposed to be low-impact and gentler on your knees. Experts say that you can get a great workout at home on your own, performing simple muscle-strengthening moves like jumping jacks or tucks, where you pull your legs into your chest during the jump.

2: ElliptiGO
Is it an elliptical trainer? Is it a bike? It's both, kind of! If the at-gym ellipticals have one big fault, it's that they don't actually go anywhere. This little machine does--while seriously engaging your core muscles (which you have to do to keep from falling over), burning calories, and going easy on your joints at the same time. 

3: Juggling
It's not exactly a standard-issue class at every gym, but JuggleFit is a real workout that's all about--you guessed it--juggling. Why? Well, check out these health benefits: it helps improve coordination, strengthens your core, aids in warding off stress, and a study in Nature magazine even found that learning how to juggle could help build brain matter. Oh, and it also burns 280 calories an hour. Neat.

What's your favorite at-home workout? Is there a class at your gym that you'd like to replicate--in some fashion--at home?

Google on ZIPPER mode today.. I like!