There are few things better than a 2 & a half minute guitar intro!

April 30, 2010
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Good to know FBI Director Robert Mueller has an AOL email account!

April 29, 2010
So I get this email....... The funny part is a few months ago I read an article in the Washington Post detailing how this and/or similar emails were actually fooling people. I say idiots get what they deserve.

ROBERT MUELLER III EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR FBI FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION FBI.WASHINGTON D.C INTERNET ATTENTION: BENEFICIARY, We have been informed through our Global intelligence monitoring network that your over-due contract payment which was fully endorsed in your name by the Central Bank of Nigeria has not been claimed. We also wish to inform you that the contract payment is 100% genuine and you have the lawful right to claim your funds without any further delay. We further advise that you go ahead in dealing with the Governor of the Central Bank office accordingly as we will be monitoring all their services with you as well as your correspondence at all levels. Contact immediately the office of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) via the private email of the governor with the below information accordingly: (Please endeavour to use this code while contacting him --"CODE 777" ) NAME: Sanusi Lamido Sanusi OFFICE ADDRESS: Central Bank of Nigeria, Central Business District, Cadastral Zone, Abuja, Federal Capital Territory, Nigeria. Email: lamido.777@mail.com Phone: +234-802-933-1021 To this effect, you are required to reconfirm and authenticate your given particulars below for certainty and onward processing and release of you funds as we may not be held liable for any wrong payment. FULL NAMES: __________________________________ CITY: _________________________ STATE: __________________________________ ZIP: ______________ COUNTRY________________________________ SEX: _______________ AGE: __________________ TELEPHONE NUMBER: _____________________ EMAIL ADDRESS: _____________________ Ensure you follow all their procedure as may be required by them as that will further help hasten up the whole procedure as regard to the transfer of your fund to you as designated. Thank you very much for your anticipated co-operation in advance as we earnestly await your urgent response to this matter. Best Regards, Robert S. Mueller III Federal Bureau of Investigation J. Edgar Hoover Building 935 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, D.C. Private email : robmull4@aol.com


Apparently Tree Frogs don’t like rain.

April 24, 2010


My Thoughts on Vibram Five Fingers. #VFF

April 23, 2010
Back in February I bought a pair of Vibram Five Fingers (VFF) shoes. If you haven't heard of them, this is them:http://www.vibramfivefingers.com/indexNA.cfm

I first heard about them from strength coach Dan John who mentioned them in an article he had written, extolling their benefits on helping him heal a back ache. Dan is a successful strength coach and entertaining writer who's opinion I generally appreciate, but more or less paid no attention to these funny looking shoes he was talking about. A few weeks later, an author, blogger, and self professed "lifestyle hacker" that I enjoy reading Timothy Ferris mentioned them on his widely read 4hourblog.comhttp://www.fourhourworkweek.com/blog/2009/05/07/vibram-five-fingers-shoes/

No point in letting lightning hit a third time… so I went to their site, it peaked my interest, then in further search realized that these shoes had an insanely zealous cult following. There are people wearing these "foot gloves" for everything. One blog is devoted to a guy wearing them everyday for a year, no other footwear than Virbram Five Fingers for 365 days!

The shoes have found popularity with readers of the book "Born to Run" by Christopher McDougall. In it he discusses the merits of barefoot running based on science, philosophy, anthropology, along with some good story telling. His book has become the Tipping Point for a growing number of barefoot runners. However, many barefoot runners have found that Vibram Five Fingers offer the perfect barefoot alternative. 

The Vibram sole is unique. You may have a pair of work or hiking boots, or even regular sneakers or running shoes with a Vibram sole. Northface, Merrell, and other shoe companies regularly incorporate Vibram soles into their shoe designs. The sole is thin, relatively featureless, yet, even in wet conditions, I have not slipped yet, even in slushy ice and snow. It is felxible, allows you to feel every pebble, but your skin is completely protected.

I part with fellow VFF enthusiasts on their enthusiasm to run in them. I believe running in them is a perfectly acceptable if not preferential alternative to running in traditional running shoes, that frankly have only been around in their present state for just a bit more than the last quarter century. However, for health and cardiovascular benefits there are superior methods than traditional aerobic activities such as running.

I believe the best benefit offered by wearing VFFs is for everyday day activities. There are not many outdoor activities that they aren't well adapted for. However, the activity I was hoping and then pleasantly surprised to find suited VFFs well was lifting weights. It's largely like training barefoot. They allow much more proprioception during movement, and require much more muscular motor unit recruitment of the lower leg and foot. 

Power Lifters for years have dead lifted in socks, ballet slippers, and other thin soled shoes in order to limit the range of motion during competition as much as possible in an attempt to improve their totals in competition. I would recommend these to all Power Lifters specifically to be used for dead lifting in competition.

Eric Cressey, Strength Coach and owner of Cressey Performance in Boston known for his ability to rehab shoulders and hip/pelvic dysfunctions recommends them as a prevention to common hip/pelvic issues such as muscle imbalances, improper length tension relationships, etc. that often start in the hip and pelvic region but manifest themselves in back or knee pain.

Strength Coaches Charles Poliquin of Poliquin Performance and Art McDermott in their excellent book on Strong Man Training, "Applied Strong Man Training for Sport" recommend performing variations of the Farmer's Walk barefoot for hockey, speed skaters, and figure skaters as a way to strengthen the muscles of the lower leg that grow weaker during their respective seasons due to the supportive nature of ice skates. In addition, performing barefoot is useful in strengthening the musculature that acts upon the ankles after injury.

One benefit of training in the VFFs is greater and less restricted range of motion, another is increased proprioceptive demand. Proprioception in a nutshell is where your brain thinks your body is in space. Clumsy and uncoordinated people have poor proprioception.

Most wearers of VFFs noticed increase size and strength in the lower leg after wearing them regardless of activity. Due to the factors mentioned, they force your feet and lower leg musculature to work harder.

I'm not one to give two $#^*! about other's opinion, therefore I'm not particularly self conscious about wearing them, however other than looking a bit odd and not really being made for cold or wet conditions, there are few draw backs to the shoes. They are machine washable, dry quickly, more durable than you will imagine, and provide more support that you may think.

Do a Google search and read some blogs on them and you will find testimonies of back and knee pains being healed, foot problems being fixed, and everything else short of getting one into Heaven. I have read exactly one negative comment on the shoes that wasn't merely a critique of their looks, and it appeared the person just didn't like the idea as his "arguments" against them were pretty weak.

One caution, if you choose to get some there are a few blogs with tips for sizing them, as they must fit "like a glove!" just search VFF Sizing. The first pair I received were too big, but the return was no hassle.

All in all, it's a great product that I highly recommend.


Mississippi Lobster

April 18, 2010


Differences in international regulations regarding border crossings.

April 14, 2010

IF YOU CROSS THE NORTH KOREAN BORDER ILLEGALLY YOU GET 12 YEARS HARD LABOUR.

IF YOU CROSS THE IRANIAN BORDER ILLEGALLY YOU ARE DETAINED INDEFINITELY.

IF YOU CROSS THE AFGHAN BORDER ILLEGALLY, YOU GET SHOT.

IF YOU CROSS THE SAUDI ARABIAN BORDER ILLEGALLY YOU WILL BE JAILED.

IF YOU CROSS THE CHINESE BORDER ILLEGALLY YOU MAY NEVER BE HEARD FROM AGAIN.

IF YOU CROSS THE VENEZUELAN BORDER ILLEGALLY YOU WILL BE BRANDED A SPY AND YOUR FATE WILL BE SEALED.

IF YOU CROSS THE CUBAN BORDER ILLEGALLY YOU WILL BE THROWN INTO POLITICAL PRISON TO ROT.

IF YOU CROSS THE UNITED STATES BORDER ILLEGALLY YOU GET

    * A JOB,
    * A DRIVERS LICENCE,
    * SOCIAL SECURITY CARD,
    * WELFARE,
    * FOOD STAMPS,
    * CREDIT CARDS,
    * SUBSIDISED RENT OR A LOAN TO BUY A    HOUSE,
    * FREE EDUCATION,
    * FREE HEALTH CARE,
    * BILLIONS OF DOLLARS WORTH OF PUBLIC DOCUMENTS PRINTED IN YOUR  LANGUAGE
    * THE RIGHT TO CARRY YOUR COUNTRY'S FLAG WHILE YOU PROTEST THAT YOU DON'T GET ENOUGH RESPECT