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Brain Train.

Have you ever felt stupid? Seriously, in any given situation, you jst feel like you’re a complete moron. We all have, unless of course pride gets in the way. What about pride? Do you have enough pride to warrant self-denial? Probably not if that’s true. However, these are, in fact very common. Everyone of us experiences things like this on a daily basis. Yes, even you.

It’s all about brain cells. Until about 10 or so years ago, researchers didn’t actually know the brain created new neurons all the time – this is true, and you can encourage it. The usual “exercise and eat well” blah blah advice is included, but it’s only a portion of the training you can start doing to, literally, get smarter.

Ask yourself this: “If I could see my brain right now, would it have any holes in it?” If you sit down and think about the fact that it is possible, it’s a pretty scary thought. I’m sure we’ve all heard or seen the “this is your brain on drugs” ad campaign of old, where the young woman smashes an egg with a frying pan. Well it hit the nail right on the head.

This is your brain due to various events that may affect or have affected your life:

http://amenclinics.com/bp/atlas/

Doctor Daniel Amen is one of the most experienced and knowledgeable brain doctors today. With 25 years of experience and a passion to informing people on how to heal their brain, rest assured this stuff is solid gold.

I stumbled upon his research when a family member told me about his program on Public Television. I watched the latter hour of his 1 1/2 hour speaking session, and it was brilliant.

To summarize what I saw, I’ll tell you a little about the parts of the brain he talked about.

First in his talk was the prefrontal cortex. This part of the brain deals with things like, judgment, social behavior, personality, reasoning; general emotional type activity. If you’re an awkward or angry person, there’s a chance, not 100%, but still a chance that this part of the brain isn’t getting enough exercise.

Yes. Exercise can heal your brain. It increases blood flow, and we all know how blood is needed throughout the body, so why not boost the travel of it? Attention problems, people with ADD and like issues could have a damaged prefrontal cortex – that has been proven to be taken to a more mild level just with a 15 minute job per day. Procrastination is another related thing to the prefrontal cortex.

Another very interesting thing he mentioned was he mentioned research that flat out showed the advantages of exercise over Zoloft. Not only that, but fish oil, or Omega-3 fatty acids found in salmon and a supplement called Coromega (I take this, I highly recommend it – it’s not gross at all!) does wonders to brain healing. Everyone should definitely be taking Coromega (NOTE: talk to your doctor first).

Second, what is called the cingulate area of the brain, has influence on things like opposition without reason and error detection. Error detection, meaning when someone starts to see all of the negative things in someone or life in general, or they pick out everything that’s wrong. One thing he said is if you know someone like that and you want to get back at them for something, just move something on their desk, they’ll freak out. Of course he was joking about doing that, but it was worth the laugh. Reverse psychology is something that works very well on people with low cingulate activity. He suggested telling the person the opposite of what you want them to do, of course not in an obvious way. Be tactful about it.

Seratonin levels was something he emphasized when talking about the cingulate functions. If you recall my article on sleep when I joined The Underground, I talked about seratonin. When it gets dark, seratonin is released in our brains, causing us to get tired. If you force yourself to stay up, there’s a good chance you’re dealing damage to your cingulate. That is to say, you don’t necessarily have to go to bed when it gets dark out. Also, exercise majorly boosts seratonin levels. Work hard and rest well!

What about food and diet? Absolutely important! He listed 10 things that you can fit very easily into your diet, none of this crazy stuff from special markets and organic food stores – every day regular stuff. I didn’t catch the whole list, but I got most of it. Number one in my opinion was the green tea. While he said caffeine actually is not good for your brain, he said to drink green tea – obviously caffeine free is better than the caffeinated, though both are very good for you. It provides you with energy, and relaxation of focus, so he said it’s like a perfect supplement! Which I agree. My suggestion is, carry a few sticks of honey with you to give it some flavor.

Also on the list were oranges, avocados, spinach, red bell peppers and of course fish oil, found in salmon especially. Most of us probably eat something from this list quite often – though you shouldn’t over do it either. “Everything in moderation.” Balance is vital. He said that red bell peppers actually have a significant amount of vitamin C over oranges, if I recall correctly, and are much healthier for you than green peppers, which is sometimes more common in restaurants and fast food.

He also talked about another area of the brain, but I missed that section. I plan to re-watch it sometime and pick up what I didn’t see, but until then keep this information dear to you, because if you do feel you suffer from any thing like depression, bad attention span, personality issues like anger or awkwardness, you should definitely implement some of these steps. Of course, make sure that you talk to your doctor before taking or eating things you haven’t taken before. I’m personally allergic to avocados, even though I love guacamole.

Finally, it’s very important that you note:

THIS IS ALL FOR GENERAL INFORMATION PURPOSES ONLY. Get a medical exam if you feel something needs to be done. Also:

SUFFERING FROM THE MENTIONED ISSUES DOES NOT MEAN YOU HAVE BRAIN DAMAGE. It certainly can’t hurt to take at least some of these steps to improve your brain health though.

Either way, don’t do drugs, get good sleep, get exercise, but most importantly:

Take care.

[ Source: http://amenclinics.com/ ]

P.S.: My apologies for all the head and brain cliche, I seemed to let them get aHEAD of me…..

God speed, and Best wishes.

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[GG] GN’s Gutbuster Thursday. Volume 3.

Well ladies and gentlemen, it’s the first of May. GTA IV has hit the shelves, spring is screwed up and it’s time for GN’s Gutbuster Thursday!

I would like to set a pseudo-theme for this edition. Classic memes. Yes, you’ve seen them, you’ve pooped your precious trolling pants, and it’s time to revisit it. There are millions, if not billions and trillions of memes out there, and every single one is considered to be ranked at the top, so, I give you a collection of those revered by myself, and those around me. Let’s start with some classic pictures.

Watch out!:

No, there will be no Rolling of Ricks in this post. However:

This next one is a shout out to a special someone; I totally remember them being THIS cool:

The longest joke in the world – read it all, DON’T skip ahead!

http://longestjokeintheworld.com/

How about YTMND! (make sure you open in Internet Explorer and refresh if no sound)

http://vadercoaster.ytmnd.com/

Finally, I give you a classic meme in internet history. Watch out for an R Kelly reference at 1:28!

http://www.omgvids.com/indian.php

God speed, and Best wishes.

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Listening to the rain while falling asleep.

Good evening everyone. Well, it’s the third Thursday of the month which is the day I set aside for RFID, however I’ve been drifting from the life articles I came to write, so for now RFID Thursdays is on hold.

For this week in Life with GN, I wanted to really get deeply back into gear, try something somewhat fresh. But most importantly, and what this research was aimed at doing, was show each of you the things you can truly appreciate in your life.

I’m not exactly sure where the inspiration has come from, although there are a few sources I can be sure of contributing…however, the last couple of days have been very reconstructive for who I am, and compared to the last 2 or so years, I feel like I have myself back, and it truly is the best I’ve felt my entire life. Of course, it might be tied with one or two other things. ; – ) I really want to pass some of that on to you. We live in a busy, stressful world, and taking the little things that are good in our life for granted is second nature to us.

So, I conducted a research survey among several people I know, some who aren’t very close to me, more of acquaintances, some that are really great friends and love dearly, and one that I’ve gotten really close to. The results were incredible. I wrote up and asked a series of 5 questions, which through feedback I learned were quite more challenging than I had expected. Nonetheless, everyone enjoyed answering them (to the best of my knowledge) and I hope they take what they shared as a deep refreshment to heart.

These were the 5 questions:
1. what are your top 3 best moments in life while in the comfort of your own privacy?
2. what are your top 3 best moments in life while in the company of your friends
3. what are your top 3 best moments in life work or school related?
4. what are your top 3 best memories in life?
5. <ask what their main hobby is> what are your top 3 favorite moments in life related to <main hobby here>?
The answers I received were all across the board. Some specific, some general. I’ll give you a few different responses for each question.

1. “When I’m walking around downtown in on of the city parks and listening to music in my room while reading.”

“Playing a series of notes on guitar accidentally, that I didn’t know I could.”

“Sitting on the roof, sometimes at night watching the stars behind the city lights.”

2. “Sitting on the roof on the Fourth of July during a torrental downpour with close friends, singing koombaya.”

“Riding home on the school bus with all of my friends.”

“Going on vacation, sky diving, surfing, etc.”

3. “Getting accepted into college, while being in high school.”

“Going to the opera with my Creative Writing class.”

“Receiving a scholarship for high school.”

4. “Ah it’s horrible, but funny! When at a ski resort, I was tobbogan racing with my sister. I was getting ahead of her when I noticed she flipped up and out of her sled! The first aid guy helped her out, and she was crying and laughing at the same time!”

“Finding the final pieces of who I am, after them having been scattered for almost 2 years.”

“When I found out I was going to England.”

5. “Three Weeks before a costume convention, our group got in costume and took pictures on my front lawn. People were walking and driving past staring at us, but it didn’t matter.”

“When I finished a manga series. It’s such a sad, beautiful piece and I was sad for it to be over, but glad too.”

“Building my first computer for myself, and it not exploding, and loading up correctly when I first turned it on.”

Finally, one of the best and most heart warming experiences I’ve heard to this day:

“I had spine surgery for scoliosis when I was younger. After I woke up, my dad stayed with me for the whole week. I remember the first time they made me walk, I was bawling, but my dad managed to keep his cool and cradled me in his arms to calm me down and lifted me off the stretcher, and helped me walk for the first time. I’ll never forget his gentleness.”

Feel free to answer these questions yourself as well. I then challenge you, send them to a close friend, or post them in a community you can trust, one that will provide constructive feedback, or keep them with you on paper or on your PDA and take them out when you need your spirit lifted. Share these questions with your friends, take them to work, school (you may be able to get some extra credit or kudos, perhaps use them for an assignment or two) get creative! Spread the joy.

[ Source: Inspiration from the wonderful people I know! ]

God speed, and Best wishes.

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[GG] GN’s Gutbuster Thursday. Volume 2.

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April Fool’s is just a couple days behind us, and I hope you all had a fantastic time pranking your friends or being pranked. I know I did! I’m sure many of you enjoyed being Rick Rolled.

As you know, it’s the first Thursday of the month, so this week’s Life post from GN will be themed for humor, and quite an appropriate week at that!

To mix in some tech, I give you a list of the latest virus definitions:

  1. The George Bush Virus – Causes your computer to keep looking for viruses of mass destruction.
  2. The John Kerry Virus – Reverses every position in your computer, each time you turn it on.
  3. The Ronald Reagan Virus – Saves your data, but forgets where it is stored.
  4. The George Bush Virus – Causes your computer to keep looking for viruses of mass destruction.
  5. The John Kerry Virus – Reverses every position in your computer, each time you turn it on.
  6. The Ronald Reagan Virus – Saves your data, but forgets where it is stored.
  7. The Clinton Virus – Gives you a permanent Hard Drive with NO memory.
  8. The Al Gore Virus – Causes your computer to just keep counting and re-counting.
  9. The Bob Dole (a.k.a. Viagra) Virus – Makes a new hard drive out of an old floppy.
  10. The Lewinsky Virus – Sucks all the memory out of your computer, then e-mails everyone about what it did.
  11. The Michael Jackson Virus – Attacks only minor files.
  12. The Arnold Schwarzenegger Virus – Terminates some files, leaves… but will be back!
  13. The Mike Tyson Virus – Quits after two bytes.
  14. The Oprah Winfrey Virus – Your 200 GB hard drive shrinks to 100 GB, then slowly expands to re-stabilize around 150 GB. The Ellen Degeneres Virus – Disks can no longer be inserted.
  15. The Prozac Virus – Totally screws up your RAM, but your processor doesn’t care.
  16. The Clinton Virus – Gives you a permanent Hard Drive with NO memory.
  17. The Al Gore Virus – Causes your computer to just keep counting and re-counting.
  18. The Bob Dole (a.k.a. Viagra) Virus – Makes a new hard drive out of an old floppy.
  19. The Lewinsky Virus – Sucks all the memory out of your computer, then e-mails everyone about what it did.
  20. The Michael Jackson Virus – Attacks only minor files.
  21. The Arnold Schwarzenegger Virus – Terminates some files, leaves… but will be back!
  22. The Mike Tyson Virus – Quits after two bytes.
  23. The Oprah Winfrey Virus – Your 200 GB hard drive shrinks to 100 GB, then slowly expands to re-stabilize around 150 GB. The Ellen Degeneres Virus – Disks can no longer be inserted.
  24. The Prozac Virus – Totally screws up your RAM, but your processor doesn’t care.

[ Source: The Manbottle Library, found by Crystal ]
I’ve recently began learning Visual Basic, a programming language that’s, well, basic! Thus, I have adapted some programmer mentalities. I hope this draws some of the wonderful programmers out there to our blog. 🙂

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[ Source: Props to http://www.xkcd.com for maintaining a hilarious web comic ]

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[ Source: Osnews.com Comics (they have plenty of other great comics!) ]

You can find more here: Osnews.com Comics Page 1

And here: Osnews.com Comics Page 2

Here is a business plan that absolutely, cannot fail. I’m seriously thinking about trying it : – )

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[ Source: CollegeHumor.com
Last, but most definitely not least, this one is a REAL gut buster. However, it requires that you finish all of your work and close all of your internet stuff, because only your undivided focus shall allow this mind blowing comedy get through. Have you closed everything but this tab? Finished your work? Remember – don’t worry, it won’t hurt.:

[[ The most famous comedic incident in the world ]]

Well loyal and casual readers of The Underground, thank you for joining me on another That’s GN humor post, and happy late April Fool’s day!

God speed, and Best wishes.

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Download Music without a Program, Free.

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Well, that’s not entirely true. You will need Notepad and an internet browser.

Open your browser, and navigate to http://www.projectplaylist.com

Project Playlist is a wonderful site where individuals upload songs they own for the sole purpose of use that does not infringe copyright laws, such as posting the song in a playlist provided by Project Playlist that you can embed to your MySpace, Facebook or website/blog in general.

Search for your favorite song, one at a time. For this tutorial we’ll use a personal favorite of mine: the man with the machine gun – typed right in the search. In this case it will be the second song in the search as of this date. You can preview the entire track to make sure it’s error free and the right song. Find the version you’re looking for, and click (visit site) to the right of the title. You will see a green URL in the top frame with some other Project Playlist graphics and text. Make sure your URL ends in .mp3 or .mp4 anything that you know you can play. Next, open Notepad and copy/type in this small HTML code:

<a href=”http://www.public.iastate.edu/~froboy/Ryan/The Black Mages – The Skies Above/07 – The Man with the Machine Gun (Final Fantasy VIII).mp3″>The Man with the Machine Gun</a>

or:

<a href=”URL HERE”>NAME HERE</a>

File > Save As… and click the drop down box to “All Files” and type something like man.html so the file becomes an HTML file that will open in your default browser. The alternative to this is just saving it as a regular .txt file, however you need to enable file extensions so you can see it on the file and edit the full name to name.html instead of name.txt which can be done through Folder Options in Control Panel and the View tab under “Hide extensions for known file types” remove the check mark.

Now open your new .html file and you should see a regular link (possibly blue) which you can right click and hit “Save Target As…” or something similar. Save the file to your hard drive, and within a short amount of time you should have your file! You may also left click the link and it will stream within your browser or within your default media player, depending on your setup. Enjoy : – )

God speed, and Best wishes.

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[DIY] RFID Part 2 – DartMail

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This month’s That’s GN: RFID edition will be one week early. Why? Because I have ants in my pants. This stuff is old, about 5 years, but it’s too good to wait for.

Just think of it – one of the fastest means of physical short distance transportation of a single object combined communication.

There isn’t much I can say, you have to see it to believe it. It’s not shocking, it’s not revolutionary, but it does pose some incredible theories if this is implemented “outside of the box.”

Here is a video showing what exactly DartMail is and does: [ DartMail ]

Unfortunately it’s not a how to, however there is plenty of information here: [ Phidgets ] on how to make and/or buy the materials necessary for this project.

Enjoy, I’ll be shooting people pictures myself quite soon!

God speed, and Best wishes.

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[GG] GN’s Gutbuster Thursday

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My apologies for the delay in today’s article, we’ve been having some technical difficulties which seem to be cleared up for now.

It’s that time of the month, no not that one! The first Thursday of the month means GN’s Gutbuster Thursday. To start off, I will share a list of the 10 dumbest questions in song lyric history.

#10: What you gon’ do with all that junk?/All that junk inside your trunk?

We may all know this one – Black Eyed Peas – “My Humps”

#9: He was a boy/She was a girl/Can I make it any more obvious?

Avril Lavigne – “Sk8r Boi”

#8: Saying “we eat pieces of shit like you for breakfast”/ Huh? Yall eat pieces of shit? What’s the basis?

Kanye West – “Jesus Walks”

#7: Baby I’m confused/Well, wasn’t that you in my bed? When love finally said good-bye/Where was I?

David Hasselhoff – “Where Was I?”

#6: Are you Johnnie Ray … Are you Fay Wray … Are you Stingray … Are you Jimmy Ray/Who wants to know?/Who wants to know about me?

Jimmy Ray – “Who Wants To Know?”

#5: Do you know what it feels like to be the last one to know the lock on the door has changed?

Enrique Iglesias – “Do You Know?”

#4: Why you sleepin’ with ya eyes closed?

Destiny’s Child (featuring Timbaland) – “Get On the Bus”

#3: Hey is that the truth or are you talking trash? Is your game M.V.P. like Steve Nash?

Nelly Furtado (featuring Timbaland) – “Promiscuous”

#2: Should I stay or should I go now?

The Clash – “Should I Stay Or Should I Go?”

#1: Why don’t we do it in the road?

The Beatles – “Why Don’t We Do It In The Road?”

[ Source: [[Thanks to CRKD SkitZo]] – http://www.cracked.com/article_15647_10-dumbest-questions-in-song-lyric-history.html ; http://images.ucomics.com/comics/tas/2008/tas080227.gif ]

If anyone knows what this guy is talking about:

http://youtube.com/watch?v=ETSnFbmVJsY

God speed, and Best wishes.

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Stapling a photocopy of your butt to your boss’ head is wrong.

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While most of us have thought of it or something similar, it’s not always best course of action. Instead, today in That’s GN, learn methods of venting your boss blunders and ways of deciding whether or not you’re at the right job.

Do you find yourself picking up other people’s slack? Constant sexual harassment, poor work environment, witnessing crimes taking place, etc.? What about when the only place to go is the boss, supervisor or manager, and they deal back to you the same thing?

Well, take a few short minutes to looks over these great articles as well as the linked articles on things like violence in the workplace. You’ll find possibilities you would never think of, for example your boss being totally oblivious to his craziness. In the meantime, I leave you with some professional energy venting tools:

Five Minutes

Seven Ways

[ Sources : Dealing with a Bad Boss @ About.com ; Do you hate your boss? @ careers iafrica ]

God speed, and Best wishes.

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[GG] GN’s Gutbuster Thursday.

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Welcome to a new addition to GN’s weekly column! Humor is a healthy, extremely important part of life, so starting today every first Thursday of the month I will be posting some sort of humor oriented material.

This week, we have church bloopers. These are real lines from church/religious ads, postings or signs. Where they are from remains a mystery.

1. The Scouts are saving aluminum cans, bottles and other items to be recycled. Proceeds will be used to cripple children.
2. The pastor would appreciate it if the ladies of the congregation would lend him their electric girdles for the pancake breakfast next Sunday morning.
3. Low Self Esteem Support Group will meet Thursday at 7 PM. Please: use the back door.
4. The pastor will preach his farewell message, after which the choir will sing, “Break Forth Into Joy.”
5. A songfest was hell at the Methodist church Wednesday.
6. Remember in prayer the many who are sick of our church and community.
7. The eighth-graders will be presenting Shakespeare’s Hamlet in the Church basement Friday at 7 PM. The Congregation is invited to attend this tragedy.
8. Thursday night Potluck Supper. Prayer and medication to follow.
9. The rosebud on the altar this morning is to announce the birth of David, the sin of Reverend and Mrs. Adams.
10. A bean supper will be held on Tuesday evening in the church hall. Music will follow.

Bean supper followed by music. Music ladies and gentlemen.

Other classifieds:

1. 3-year-old teacher needed for preschool. Experience preferred.
2. Wanted. Man to take care of cow that does not smoke or drink.
3. Vacation special: Have your house exterminated.
4. Dinner Specials: Turkey $3.25 Chicken or Beef $2.75 Children $2.00.
5. Illiterate? Write today for free help.
6. Auto Repair Service. Free pick-up and delivery.
7. Try us once, you’ll never go anywhere again.
8. Dog for sale: eats anything and is fond of children.
9. Our experienced Mom will care for your child. Fenced yard, meals, and smacks included.
10. Stock up and save. Limit: one.
11. Man wanted to work in dynamite factory. Must be willing to travel.
12. Semi-Annual after Christmas Sale.
13. For sale: antique desk suitable for lady with thick legs and large drawers.
14. Now is your chance to have your ears pierced and get an extra pair to take home, too.
15. We do not tear your clothing with machinery. We do it carefully by hand.
16. Used Cars: Why go elsewhere to be cheated. Come here first.

Finally, I will leave off with a single, coma inducing picture. Enjoy!

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[ Source : personal e-mail ]

God Speed and Best wishes.

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Throw your problems out. Literally.

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I hope everyone’s week has been enjoyable so far. The crazy weather recently, at the very least in our neck of the woods, has contributed to many unfortunate accidents. This being part reason for the slightly new sort of post this week in Life, I want to share something with you that has personally worked for me. There are some barriers people get to when using this method, but all I can offer to those of you in that situation is please, do your best to complete it. : ) I guarantee some sort of results.

So first of all, choose a simple, minor or major but absolutely realistic task that you know you are completely committed to completing, write it down, put it on the mirror in the bathroom, the fridge, TV, computer monitor, wherever you first go in the morning. The next morning, you’ll be able to feel fresh and ready to complete this task. Do this for every day you need to do the following and remember, it can be cleaning the couch, organizing a drawer, brushing your teeth, or winning the Super Bowl.

Next, list your current issues. Your problems, your pain, everything. Keep each item to a phrase or short sentence. Something short. Give a good amount of space in between each one. If they’re more of the moment or things that are more daily stresses instead of more serious ones, at every 7 minutes after the hour, rip one off and just throw it out.

If its a bigger issue, every day after you complete that one single thing you wrote down for the day, major or super minor, tear that big issue off and throw it out as you are going to bed. Don’t miss the trash bin!

There’s one more thing I would like you to do. Now that you’re in the habit of writing a goal to accomplish for each day, make it 2 goals. Make it regular, and make them more realistic and practical each day. You’ll find yourself having more free time with more things done. This particular tip I received from a professional, and it’s worked great for me and the people around me.

So let me know how this works for you. theweeklygn@hotmail.com or please leave a comment to this article. Your e-mail and e-mail address will be completely confidential.

[ Source : GN ]

God speed and Best wishes.

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