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General Discussion / Fitness Thread
« on: May 13, 2007, 11:57:14 pm »
I know there was a previous thread called "health check" but the forum system advised that I create a new thread instead of replying to that old one.

Now that I'm free for the Summer, I've decided to pick up on my fitness again. Right now I've been doing running and jogging with weight training exercises etc.

My daily routine is usually:
Warm up/ Stretching
3 to 4 laps on track or 2 sets of 10 to 15 minutes running around the park.
Leg and Hamstring stretches.
250 crunches; 8 sets of 25 crosslegged crunches and 2 sets of 25 bicycle crunches. I think I may cut down on the crosslegged crunches though, I can't even laugh without pain these days.
2 sets of stairs

Then I go home and so some weight exercises:
2 sets of 8 those arm exercises that looks like you're flapping wings. I use 5 pounds dumbells on each arm.
20 lunges
Stretch my entire body.
And that's it.

I actually skip a day in between, but on some of the "off-days" I ride my bike. I've also tried to avoid sugar and unnecessary carbs like the plague to compliment my workout plan. *munches double fudge, chocolate chip deluxe cookie* I said "tried".  8)

Hard Choices / The Cha-Cha Slide or The Electric Slide
« on: May 02, 2007, 11:17:41 pm »
It's the Electric Slide all the way for me. Reasons:

1. Dance looks better
2. Song is better
3. Allows more improvision
4. Macia Griffiths > DJ Casper

By the way, I'm talking about both the songs and their respective dances.

Vox Populi / Trouble in Limbo
« on: April 21, 2007, 07:18:11 pm »
Catholic Church buries limbo after centuries By Philip Pullella
Fri Apr 20, 2:21 PM ET

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - The Roman Catholic Church has effectively buried the concept of limbo, the place where centuries of tradition and teaching held that babies who die without baptism went.
In a long-awaited document, the Church's International Theological Commission said limbo reflected an "unduly restrictive view of salvation."

The 41-page document was published on Friday by Origins, the documentary service of the U.S.-based Catholic News Service, which is part of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

       Pope Benedict, himself a top theologian who before his election in 2005 expressed doubts about limbo, authorized the publication of the document, called "The Hope of Salvation for Infants Who Die Without Being Baptised."

The verdict that limbo could now rest in peace had been expected for years. The document was seen as most likely the final word since limbo was never part of Church doctrine, even though it was taught to Catholics well into the 20th century.

Other Comics / Question.
« on: March 02, 2007, 08:54:40 pm »
I know I asked this before, but I'm hoping this way will generate at least one answer.  :)

Has Marvel remove the letters section to add extra story pages/advertisments to their books? Or, is it a new overhaul?

Hard Choices / Spicy or Mild.
« on: January 11, 2007, 05:19:27 pm »
How do you like it?

Personally, I prefer Spicy.

Sports Talk / G-ddamn, this is some scary sh*t right here...
« on: December 19, 2006, 12:37:31 am »
"India's Santhi Soundarajan is likely to be stripped of the 800 metres silver she won at the just-concluded Doha Asian Games after failing a gender test.

The test revealed Santhi did not have the sexual characteristics of a woman, CNN/IBN reported. The problem was detected immediately after she won the medal and it is understood that Indian sports officials were aware of this...'In our days, such tests were never conducted. However, nowadays the prize money is so high that athletes take to shortcuts to win,' said former International Olympic Committee (IOC) member Ashwini Kumar."


Maybe it's because I'm sitting in the dark "studying" for my finals tommorrow and is 43 hours sleep-deprived but I'm scuuured by this person.

Comic Reviews and Spoilers / Preview of BP #23: Now in Technicolor!
« on: November 30, 2006, 09:59:44 pm »

I'm not sure if this was already posted, my bad if it was.

General Discussion / Would You Date Yourself?
« on: November 29, 2006, 07:09:28 pm »
Well would you date a guy or gal whose personality is excactly like yours?

Be honest.  ;)

In The News / O.J., The World is Your Confessional.
« on: November 18, 2006, 03:04:51 pm »
OJ Simpson writes 'confession'

Adam Harvey

November 17, 2006 12:00am

OJ Simpson appears to have confessed to the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman by speculating in a book about how he would have killed them.

In a book and two-hour interview to be broadcast on the US Fox network in two weeks, the former professional footballer details the methods he would have used to kill his wife and the LA waiter -- had he been their killer.
Ms Brown Simpson and Mr Goldman were stabbed to death in July 1994 outside her apartment building. Simpson was acquitted of murder, despite an immense amount of DNA, physical and circumstantial evidence fingering him as the killer.

The interview comes before the release of a hypothetical book called If I Did It, which Simpson apparently wrote without telling his lawyers.,,20770455-663,00.html

Latest Flicks / BORAT: Sacha Baron Cohen is at it again.
« on: November 17, 2006, 04:20:18 pm »
Anyone saw this film? I've heard nothing but praise from a zillion folks on campus. I plan on seeing it next week myself, it looks funny and I doubt I find anything controversial with it.

Black Panther / Reginald Hudlin Talks Civil War.
« on: November 09, 2006, 01:58:33 pm »

General Discussion / World Peace Theory.
« on: October 15, 2006, 01:24:38 pm »
Bangladeshi Economist Wins Nobel Peace Prize

OSLO, Norway (Oct. 13) -- Bangladeshi economist Muhammad Yunus and his Grameen Bank won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for their pioneering use of tiny, seemingly insignificant loans -- microcredit -- to lift millions out of poverty.

Through Yunus's efforts and those of the bank he founded, poor people around the world, especially women, have been able to buy cows, a few chickens or the cell phone they desperately needed to get ahead.

"Lasting peace cannot be achieved unless large population groups find ways in which to break out of poverty," the Nobel Committee said in its citation. "Microcredit is one such means. Development from below also serves to advance democracy and human rights."

Yunus, 65, is the first Noble Prize winner from Bangladesh, a poverty-stricken nation of about 141 million people located on the Bay on Bengal.

"I am so so happy, it's really a great news for the whole nation," Yunus told The Associated Press shortly after the prize was announced. He was reached by telephone at his home in the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka.

Grameen Bank was the first lender to hand out microcredit, giving very small loans to poor Bangladeshis who did not qualify for loans from conventional banks. No collateral is needed and repayment is based on an honor system.

Anyone can qualify for a loan -- the average is about $200 -- but recipients are put in groups of five and once two members of the group have borrowed money, the other three must wait for the funds to be repaid before they get a loan.
Grameen, which means rural in the Bengali language, says the method encourages social responsibility. The results are hard to argue with -- the bank says it has a 99 percent repayment rate.

Since Yunus gave out his first loans in 1974, microcredit schemes have spread throughout the developing world and are now considered a key approach to alleviating poverty and spurring development.

Yunus's told The Associated Press in a 2004 interview that his "eureka moment" came while chatting to a shy woman weaving bamboo stools with calloused fingers.

Sufia Begum was a 21-year-old villager and a mother of three when the economics professor met her in 1974 and asked her how much she earned. She replied that she borrowed about 5 taka (nine cents) from a middleman for the bamboo for each stool.

All but two cents of that went back to the lender.

"I thought to myself, my God, for five takas she has become a slave," Yunus said in the interview.

"I couldn't understand how she could be so poor when she was making such beautiful things," he said.

The following day, he and his students did a survey in the woman's village, Jobra, and discovered that 43 of the villagers owed a total of 856 taka (about $27).

"I couldn't take it anymore. I put the $27 out there and told them they could liberate themselves," he said, and pay him back whenever they could. The idea was to buy their own materials and cut out the middleman.

They all paid him back, day by day, over a year, and his spur-of-the-moment generosity grew into a full-fledged business concept that came to fruition with the founding of Grameen Bank in 1983.

In the years since, the bank says it has lent $5.72 billion to more than six million Bangladeshis.

Worldwide, microcredit financing is estimated to have helped some 17 million people.

"Yunus and Grameen Bank have shown that even the poorest of the poor can work to bring about their own development," the Nobel citation said.

Today the bank claims to have 6.6 million borrowers, 97 percent of whom are women, and provides services in more than 70,000 villages in Bangladesh. Its model of micro-financing has inspired similar efforts around the world.

The success has allowed Grameen Bank to expand its credit to include housing loans, financing for irrigation and fisheries as well as traditional savings accounts.

One of Yunus' aides, Dipal Barua, said the award was an "honor for millions of poor women who have made this possible."

Yunus and the bank will share in the $1.4 million prize as well as a gold medal and diploma.

The peace prize was the sixth and last Nobel prize announced this year. The others, for physics, chemistry, medicine, literature and economics, were announced in Stockholm, Sweden.

Black Panther / BP #24
« on: October 15, 2006, 09:56:01 am »

Penciled by KOI TURNBULL
That’s it -- the honeymoon is officially over. With the Civil War racing toward a senses-shattering conclusion, the Black Panther and Storm pledge their allegiance to the renegade Captain America.
32 PGS./Rated T+ ...$2.99

That's gully.

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