Monday, April 28, 2008

Want to Lose Weight?

Want to Lose Weight? by Stew Smith from military.com - To lose weight, there are a few factors that you must consider for any weight loss program to be effective. If you remember the following formulas, you should be able to lose weight in a healthy manner and better yet, KEEP IT OFF!

Wanna stay fit and trim? With only a month till summer it's definitely time to get into bathing suit shape. Unless you're an old cripple in a wheelchair. Doesn't matter what you look like the chicks aren't interested. <sigh>

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Saturday, April 26, 2008

Bill Signed for Military Children

Bill Signed for Military Children - April 25, 2008 Army News Service | by Bill Armstrong - FORT RILEY, Kan. - "The nation's military children are one step closer to smoother school transfers, thanks to the signing of a bill by the governors of Kansas and Kentucky."

I grew up around the military. I had to move and change schools often so I know how difficult this can be on kids. There's always the social and academic hurdles to deal with. The whole administrative red tape complexity can make things very trying on not only the students but the families as well. This legislation is a great step towards making this an easier transition for military families.

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Sunday, April 13, 2008

On Being Oblivious

Everyone who has known me from birth through today has found I have one characteristic that has been quite consent. It is my obliviousness to the world around me. Why I'm like this is beyond me. However it's always been like that. It's more than just not paying attention. Even when I am very attentive and concentrating on the world I still seem to miss a lot of what's happening.

Usually it's just a minor annoyance. But when it comes to people it can be far more significant. See, I don't notice things like body language or vocal inflection. In fact direct conversation has, on occasion, gone right over my head. I've been able to bumble through life this way with no major problems. Well, none that I'm aware of (he said grinning). But just the other day I found out something that I had no clue even existed.

It happened about 17 or 18 years ago and would have been a major event in anyones life, other than mine of course. The event is something I do remember but for me it meant little and carried no implications. Then a couple of days ago I was told that it had a life changing affect on someone very close to me. Not to mention myself.

No, I'm not going to go into details. Let's just say it was something that the vast majority of people would find to be obviously, massively, unequivocally disastrous.

The biggest problem to come out of this, though, is not the fact that it happened (though that was bad enough). It's the fact that I had no idea, no concept that it was more than just a minor occurrence of a of a forgettable happening. My obliviousness is what made it such a massive thing.

One thing I have always tried to get people to understand is that I do not do well with hints and clues. If you want me to notice anything you have to "hit me on the head with a two-by-four." I guess everyone thought I was making a joke or exaggerating for effect. For myself I didn't realize how understated that comment was. It's not a 2x4 I need but a 12 lb brick dropped right on my head.

There's been a lot of attention recently about autism and it's much higher than previously thought occurrences. I wonder if there's a bit of it running around in my synapses. There's no way I would know. At least not from inside my head. But maybe I should get tested if for no other reason than too rule it out.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

The Bataan Death March, Story of a Survivor

I wandered across an interesting blog recently and there was an entry that really caught my eye. It begins like this;
It was December 1941. Eight-year old Romy was in the two-story house where he and his family lived in the US military compound in Fort McKinley (now known as the Fort Bonifacio Global City). He couldn’t go out and play with his four brothers as was natural for little boys. Outside, bombs and firearms were exploding. A few days ago, on December 8, 1941, the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor and ten hours after that, Clark Airfield, in Pampanga, Philippines. World War II had begun and it had come to the shores of the Philippines and the country was under attack by the invading Japanese troops.
My son and I have been interested in WWII for a while now. Shows on the History Channel like Dogfights and Battle 360 are quite fascinating. They bring history alive and let us see things that happened from the perspective of the men and women who were there. This article about the Bataan Death March is one more bit of history that will, hopefully, not be forgotten over time.

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Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Why Multitaskers Fail

Why Multitaskers Fail Overload Apr 8, 2008 | Updated: 10:56 a.m. ET Apr 8, 2008 - "The physiological toll of multitasking and why we may not be making rational decisions even when we think we are."

This is quite an interesting article. Seems we put to much thought into thinking sometimes. Rational decisions are a lot harder than we might think. Some of us aren't rational thinkers, though. It's funny, the conventional wisdom is that people good in math and sciences are good logical thinkers. I've never been a poor logical thinker let alone a good one. I completely suck at puzzles and riddles that only need a simple bit of logic to solve.

However, I might be a good intuitive thinker. I don't know because I don't have a clue what would define one, but it's possible I am anyway. I do know that I tend to find answers by osmosis. You wouldn't believe how many times I've found bugs in programs or been able to fix a computer just by holding my hands over the screen and mumbling. No, really.

Honesty in the heart.

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

China; Tibet; Dalai Lama; Oh my!

I'm sure that everyone and his dog has been hearing about the stuff happening with the the protesters trying to interrupt the Olympic torch run. At this point it's the Tibet sympathizers versus the Chinese media & government. If you've seen or read any of the Chinese news reports you'll find all about how it's the Dalai Lama's fault and how the people of China are angry and upset with him and his violent radicals. Of course, everyone outside of China has a much better grasp on reality. If you're unsure or haven't heard anything about it here are some links of interest. Go ahead and check them out. I'll wait here while you do.Welcome back. Hope you enjoyed the reading.

One thing that's bothering me a little about this is that the focus has now been centered on the Olympic torch and the Olympics rather than the actual problem. We shouldn't be whining and protesting the Games. We should be doing everything possible to keep funds and goods from leaving or entering the country.

History has shown that Communist countries are unable to sustain their economies. The fall of the USSR, East Germany and the other "Eastern Block" countries is all the example one needs. But China was smart. They saw what happened and knew they had to become an economic powerhouse or they'd fall to the same fate. Now the rest of the world is happily consuming their products and exporting goods into the country. It's all about making a buck.

Shouldn't there be some things more important than greed?

Saturday, April 05, 2008

One awesome band!

Holey BLEEP!

I just came from seeing one of the best unknown bands that I've ever heard. They are masterful musicians and can belt out a song like nobodies business. Their name?

NeoComplex

They have a great sound that's a combination of many styles. From their website...
We define ourselves as cross over progressive. We cover a broad spectrum of music spanning the 80s to the current. Don't be surprised if you hear a cool metal tune at our show, or perhaps something entirely unexpected!
Twenty, twenty-five years ago I was playing guitar in a band in Germany. It was fun and we had a great time. But since the mid-nineties I've been unable to play anything due to my disability. This has left me a little bitter sometimes. But watching and listening to these guys made me forget about what I couldn't do and let me just feel the music for the first time in a long time.

If you live local to them I highly recommend seeing them. You won't be disappointed.

Disclaimer: The drummer is my youngest brother but that hasn't colored my opinion.

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Friday, April 04, 2008

The Sad Truth About The Typical American Relationship

I ran across this and found it to be hilarious. I can't say how true it might be as I'm not a girl. But I have known some girls in my time who have had similar plans.

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