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Introduction. FOAAS (Fuck Off As A Service) provides a modern, RESTful, scalable solution to the common problem of telling people to fuck off. What's New in 0.1.6. 622 Response Code Replaces inadequate HTTP 404. API. Content Negotiation. FOAAS will respond to the following 'Accept:' values with ...
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Personal Fitness Goals

These are just a few quantifiable targets I'd like to hit by the end of the year. Some are more intense than others, but they take into account my current level of fitness and desired physique.

Crunches: 500/day
Push-ups: 30/set
Tricep Dip: 50/set
Plank: 4 minutes
Kickbacks: 500/day
Bridge: 250/day
Floor Jacks: 200/day
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Why reps? Why sets?

The body is efficient and will use the minimal resources to perform a certain task. Muscles are comprised of fibers. Each movement requires the use of specific muscle groups. The fewest number of fibers in the relevant muscle groups are activated to complete a task, while the others remain inactive.

When performing reps, you are tiring the activated fibers. Once these fibers have been exhausted, you will be unable to continue repetitions. By taking a short break (e.g., 60 seconds), you are allowing your muscles to reset.

Upon beginning another set, different muscle fibers in the same muscle groups are activated. This allows you to work different muscle fibers to energy depletion, maximizing your training session. Performing three or four sets at x reps should completely work the muscle groups you are targeting.

Whether lifting or using resistance, you'll want to slightly decrease the effort required to perform the task so as to maintain proper form and ensure the completion of the set. Do not work the same muscle groups on consecutive days to provide enough time for muscle repair and refilling of glycogen stores.
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MORE COWBELL - not sure why this skit slays me so much, but it does - a total classic.
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"I mean, really, explore the space."

"I gotta have more cowbell, baby."

"Guess what. I gotta fever, and the only prescription is more cowbell."
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The Valley’s premier historian looks back to the past to envision its bright future — with an assist from Steve Jobs.
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 “I was interested in them because they were punks and they were against society.”—Kazuhiro Hazuki, Narushino Specter gang   Back in the 1970s the term bōsōzoku (or “speed tribes”) was first used to describe Japanese biker gangs that routinely fought in the streets with rival gangs and the police. Often dressed like Kamikaze pilots, the bōsōzoku wreaked havoc speeding through the streets on their illegally modified bikes, blowing through red lig...
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A few days ago, I wrote about the next health & fitness challenge I will be undertaking beginning June to extend through the end of 2015. Until then, I am performing research to build a good diet and workout plan, along with setting goals and projections to quickly chart progress.

Why am I doing this challenge?

Apart from the overall experiment of testing alternative methods to improve health & fitness through a more relaxed approach, while taking into account medical conditions that can limit mobility, my personal reason is to treat this as a second phase to my first challenge, finishing what I started, but with a different focus.

During the first phase, I had intended to continue into the next shortly following, but did take about a year off and gained back some of the weight in that time period, which I don't think is something I should punish myself over as I was very conscious of eating unhealthy foods and discontinuing my physical activity. At any time, I could have decided to eliminate these habits and refocus my energy on maintaining a low weight, but I wasn't ready until now.

So why now?

For my first challenge, the primary motivator was my poor health that needed immediate attention, which I've addressed and have corrected, so I didn't have that reason to encourage me anymore. It took an injury and spending several weeks with impaired mobility to realize that this is exactly what I needed to motivate me to action.

Having weight loss and fitness goals, for me, isn't about sex appeal or showing off my body by wearing form-fitting attire. I think those who use sexiness as their motivator usually cannot sustain a weight loss regimen because it is fueled by depression and low self-esteem, which has you going in with negativity, pushing yourself by visualizing how great your life will be once you accomplish these goals, but this also causes you to focus on how much you dislike your life at that very moment, deepening the depression. And negative feelings, while trying to lose weight, counteract your efforts by increasing stress hormone production. This also slows recovery time, which means your body will ache more, and with the aches, we often want to give up if the depression hasn't already pushed us to that point.

I love experimentation. In order for me to begin these challenges, I need a good reason that I know will push me through to the end, and learning is one of my greatest joys; researching and charting fits well into my life. I found something I wanted to test, something that is outside of convention, and the novelty and exploration during the process feeds into the desire to get to the end and review my results. Through experimentation and application, I am learning so that I can educate others in how they can do this for themselves.

What are my goals?

This time, I want to focus on both weight loss and body sculpting. Traditionally, these cannot be accomplished side-by-side, requiring separate bulking and cutting phases, but doing both at once is an objective of the experiment, too. I'm not looking for bulk, but I will be working on light muscle building and toning at home, utilizing low impact methods.

Here is a quick summary of what has been jotted down so far for specific goals:

Duration: 7 months
Weight goal: 120 lbs
Weight loss: 45 lbs
Targeting: abs, glutes, legs, arms
Methods: isometric & static contractions (abs, legs), concentric & eccentric contractions (legs, arms), dynamic & active isolated stretching (full-body)
Daily activity burn: 400-600 calories
Body fat percentage: 12-16%
Mental: anxiety-reduction (personal goal)

How am I putting together a workout plan?

First, decide on a body shape. When body sculpting, you can model your body into a form you find most pleasing. Now, there are a few limitations, like for females, a reduction in breast size is natural while burning fat and muscle building, but just about any other area you'd like to mold is attainable.

So, you'll want to find a picture of someone who has the body shape (figure) that resembles what you wish yours to look like for a clear visual representation to then analyze the shape in blocks, noting which areas are stronger and leaner or slender in comparison. Some women desire to keep a soft cushion of fat over certain areas, which can present as a challenge in itself because fat is burned evenly throughout the body as you cannot spot-reduce, but you can build muscle under the areas you'd like to keep soft to increase volume and acquire the shape you desire. There is nothing wrong with a little softness, just like there is nothing wrong with a hardbody. It's all about preferences.

Personally, I'd like a narrow waist with some light abdominal definition, slender & shapely legs, slim & toned arms, and a firm, lifted derriere, very similar to a dancer's figure, which would be an amazing accomplishment as I cannot dance my way to this goal.

Describing the areas of the body helps with identifying the exercise methods to utilize. Once you've analyzed your desired physique, it's just a matter of scanning resources for exercises that fit within your parameters and figuring out which muscles are specifically targeted in the move. Then, decide on the number of reps, how much weight/resistance (if any) to use, and the speed at which the move is performed or duration of time and number of sets. Never work the same muscle groups on adjacent days and keep strength-training sessions below 90 minutes, but fatigue the muscles in that time.

More to come later.
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In the United States, 2 in 3 adults are overweight. Half of those who are overweight can be classified as obese. More than 50% of black women are obese. 3 in 4 men in the U.S. are overweight (or obese). Obesity accounts for 1 in 5 deaths of American adults aged 40 and older. 

1 in 3 children are overweight, while 1 in 5 are obese. With childhood obesity on the rise, this is the first time in history we're encountering a situation where parents are expected to outlive their children. The unhealthy habits of this nation's adults are carrying over to the next generation through an increasingly sedentary lifestyle and poor dietary choices, which have us consuming at least 3x the recommended daily allowance of sugar.

Sugar addiction is real and a very serious matter that has been likened to cocaine addiction. It's also the primary catalyst for rapid weight gain, a straight shot to obesity. Pair sugar with the consumption of high-fat, heavily processed foods and you're welcoming an array of health complications.

Globally, 1 in 3 adults are overweight, which includes the figures presented above. Mexico recently unseated the U.S. as the fattest (large-population) country in the world. Obesity has surpassed hunger as the world's biggest health crisis. Epidemic seems like a dramatic word, but that's what we are facing. Obesity is costing us billions of dollars each year, and this number is escalating.

Although the majority of Americans boast a large waistline, obesity is most often regarded with disgust and blame, rather than an understanding. We are a fat nation with contempt for fat, which only causes the problem to intensify. Instead of viewing the world through the lens of the media, we should view ourselves and others on a real-world plane and help fight the disease that is crippling our country.
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I think a lot of obesity, too, has to do with sleep deprivation/lack of good sleep...
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A few weeks ago, I injured my foot while out walking; I'm still on crutches, but formulating a rehabilitation program. The healing process will take up to 6 months, but there will be increased likelihood of repeated injury as the architecture of the foot has been compromised; because of this, extra care will be required in which exercises are performed as well as duration, but I think this is a great challenge.

Somewhat recently, I lost weight solely through regular walking and a conscious diet, but what if you can't walk for weight loss? What then? So many are in this very position. Walking sounds like an easy path to weight loss until you can't do it. I took running and jumping for granted before gaining weight, only afterward realizing it's one of those tricks performed by the fit elite. That others were unable to execute sit ups with ease, when it always seemed to come naturally, confounded me through my school years. I've since gained perspective.

This seems like the perfect time to revisit my fitness mission with a different approach and objective. The next two weeks will be spent strategizing, and June 1st will mark the official start of this experiment with one month devoted to easing into a new workout routine and diet. Following June, six months will be dedicated to accomplishing my new goal while documenting progress. This experiment will terminate on the 1st of January, 2016.
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The first challenge undertaken was an experiment to lose a mass of weight in a relatively short period of time through only the integration of walking as a calorie burning activity, rather than rigorous exercise, which is often touted as the only sustainable method for effective weight loss.

However, if we had active lives, would we be overweight in the first place? Telling a fat person to exercise shows a lack of understanding for the underlying issue. This is like telling a chain smoker to stop smoking. Over the course of a few months, my theory that only minimal exertion is necessary to accomplish healthy and rapid weight loss was proven.

With the next challenge, I will take this idea one step further by setting out to prove that both weight loss and a complete transformation of body composition can be accomplished while remaining seated.

This doesn't mean I won't be on my feet at any time, just that exercises will be carefully selected to take into account what many Americans face once obese, problems with their joints, particularly those in their legs as our lower half bears the load of our weight and force of our step.

Currently, at the age of 32, I've had degenerative arthritis for over 20 years. Last year, I suffered trauma to my left knee, which resulted in permanent damage and a load-bearing impairment in my range of motion past 90 degrees, and most recently, I am feeling the effects of old age on my tendons, primarily those in my feet, but also my shoulders, with arthritis as an aggravator.

I could ignore these problems and follow a typical weight loss and strength-training plan, which promotes high-impact alongside high-intensity, but by doing so, I would be increasing my risk of suffering a more serious injury, which could lead to permanent disability.

This challenge is to show what can be done without heightening the threat of injury—going against the popular recommendations we are given to accomplish a decrease in pounds on the scale by those who are already healthy and fit, many of whom do not have the personal experience of what it is like to be overweight, let alone obese, and the toll it takes on both the body and mind.
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Rie Alkemade. Abstract: This research explores a lesser-known aspect of the infamous yakuza subculture: the wives. Implementing a triangulation of methods and embracing a cultural criminological perspective, this thesis aims to discover the roles, influences, and positions of these women in this ...
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Women's roles in the Yakuza: 
http://tencolors.com/yakuza-women/
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