Sunday, April 27, 2014

Simple Fast Healthy Spaghetti & Beverage Recipe

1 Boil Organic Whole Wheat (brown color) spaghetti in water with sea salt and a little organic olive oil.

2 Grill Whole Foods brand or some other quality ground pork, in a pan, without anything else added.

3 Add a spiced hot-flavored olive oil like Leggio's to the ground pork

4 sautee the pork in the hot-flavored olive oil.

5 Add organic pasta sauce to the pork and cook, bring to simmer reduce heat and let sit.

The end result is: spaghetti that smells great; pork that smells and tastes fresh and clean (seems like the Italian hot-flavored spices and herb olive-oil of ancient tradition and the pork were made for each other); an inexpensive meal that provides both carbohydrates/calories and also proteins of the type usually not found in vegetables and fruits and beans.

I find that eating this spaghetti results in a thirst for juices such as grapefruit juice, a thirst which could be a good thing if a person has been lacking appetite for foods and beverages that contain natural Vitamin C. The fruit juice and the spaghetti dinner seem to go together well.

I like to mix Borleans brand Superfruit-Greens Strawberry-Kiwi flavor powder with the fruit juice & I use non-reconstituted fruit-juice. The Borleans is a mix of dozens of fruit & plant powders; it has an amazing fruity sweet taste despite lacking sugar for which it substitutes Stevia; the powder's sweet taste is much stronger than the taste of Stevia itself. A small amount of it provides as much sweetening power as 5x the amount in sugar.

The alternative health foods industry and its subgroup the fruit-powder industry have come a long way over the past 20 years. Evidence, personal experience and logic point in the direction of diversity of fruits vegetables consumed being synergistic & superior. This diversity is difficult to obtain, with out the use of such powders. One should be careful to not overconsume these powders.

In my personal experience I've found that such powders are so powerful that when over-consumed and combined with walking 6 miles a day and exposure to sunlight, they lead to insomnia of the order of ten hours of sleep per week. Such power shows how healthy they can be when consumed at optimal levels.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Minimization of number of Puffs of Tobacco Consumed

I got myself temporarily addicted to smoking organic tobacco. I wanted to understand exactly what discomfort the puffs of tobacco were soothing. I expected that such understanding would translate into ability to minimize number of puffs consumed, without incurring any discomfort due to the minimization.

Closely observing my own body when I felt a strong need to smoke a puff of tobacco, I discovered that exactly speaking, the discomfort that I sought to cure via the puff of tobacco is a tenseness in the mouth, throat, lungs, and upper-chest. This tension, results in a feeling of psychological stress in the brain,  and results in deep-breathing, coughing, and stretching of the body.

Then, as smoke is held in the areas of the body afflicted by tension, tension on those areas of the body subsides, and the mental tension produced by the physical tension disappears.

The contrast between the tension experienced prior to the puff(s) of tobacco, and the lack thereof after the puff(s), gives the smoker the feeling of becoming mildly 'high'. This sense of being 'high' leads to feelings of happiness and  relaxation. Whereas actually the 'high' is merely the release from tension.

The inhalation of the tobacco also results in a depressing feeling of physical fatigue which counteracts the restless feeling that is generated by way of the tension in the mouth, throat, and upper-chest.

The stress produced by being out of bed, leads to the feeling of stress in the mouth-throat upper-chest area; the stress is not experienced lying in bed, but is experienced upon getting out of bed. Being out of bed exacerbates the physical stress in the mouth throat upper-chest area, increases the mental stress  caused by this physical stress, or both.

Other factors that enhance the stress smokers seek to cure via puffs of tobacco: the usual stresses, TV, PC, internet, noise, air-pollution.

By recognizing that puffs of tobacco are only helpful in mitigating stress when an uncomfortably tense feeling has developed in the mouth throat upper- chest area, one's ability to avoid unnecessary puffs of tobacco is greatly enhanced.

Many smokers do not understand when a puff of tobacco is actually going to produce relaxation and relief from stress. As a result, they consume many unnecessary puffs of tobacco. Their confusion stems from a lack of understanding regarding the root cause of the stress, and how puffs of tobacco mitigate the stress. There is a failure to comprehend the negative effects of tobacco in terms of how even a tobacco-addict feels, leading to lack of interest in the minimization of the number of puffs of tobacco consumed.

Seems anything that would relax the throat mouth upper-chest area would mitigate stress of withdrawal from tobacco.

Closely observing the action of organic tobacco in one's own body, one suspects smokers mistakenly believe the primary addictive mechanism is the brain's learned acquired thirst for nicotine. As a result, they consume puffs of tobacco when they do not need to at times when the mouth throat & upper-chest areas of the body are already relaxed.

Medical research has shown that the level of damage caused to the body is closely related to the number of cigarettes consumed per day. This despite the fact that research has shown that actual healing of the lungs commences only when tobacco smoking has completely ceased.

I estimate that by implementing the insights found in this blog-post, smokers could reduce the number of puffs they consume by 90-95% without experiencing discomfort or stress.

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Unable to enter user accounts on restart fix

Recovered from scary scene using Windows XP. On restart, got to light-blue Windows screen where you choose account to enter, and could not enter into the second account I created to surf the web, the PC would just freeze. Also could not get into original account, after typing password, PC would just freeze. Both failures occurred at least twice.

And all I had been doing prior to this happening, was innocent: reading academic articles about causes of brain-component structural changes, using Outlook Express to create pages recording my notes, using Notepad for notes.

I felt sure I was going to have to expend wasted time money and energy, lugging my PC to the local PC shop a couple of miles away, so that the Omniscient boyish Chinese-Americans Sam and Dave could fix it, and lecture me about how the use of Internet Explorer, not porn, is the root of all evil.

I felt persecuted. Microsoft had just announced the end of support for XP. The faces on the omniscient TV looked macho and scary. I had just been in my notes somewhat clashing with big-time Harvard medical experts re pot's impact on brain-component structures. Deep inside I felt as if the inability to get back into the PC, was a cruel trick unleashed upon me by all-knowing all-powerful hacks who were even smarter than the Harvard brain-research scientists.

Then I resorted to attempting a trick I found worked before a few months ago, when I thought the situation was hopeless: disconnection of things connected to the PC followed by restart. This time all I disconnected was the modem, the head-phones, the microphone, and the scanner. Then I restarted the PC, and presto- magico, I was back to normal; and, after I reconnected what I had disconnected, as with the first success, things continued to be back to normal.

I wonder what percent of PC repairs that cost big-bucks, actually constitute something simple as the PC worked as soon as the repairman got it because it had been disconnected from everything but the repairman pretended it was a complex expensive expert laborious fix.

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Sports Participation Rates Estimates

Given the amount of time and energy I've been putting into sports, I felt I needed a clear idea regarding what percent of the various age/gender groups in the US population, have a serious interest in the various sports. I wanted to know, what percent of the age/gender group had an interest in at least one of seven sports I've recently been participating in.

I realized, that I had to process the stats which give how many people participate in a sport, to account for the fact that the total of this stat for all the sports, is 4.1 times larger than the population of active-athletes. This because many people participate in more than one sport. The 4.1 figure indicates that on average the physically active participate in 4 different sports. I wanted to process out, if the participant figures for seven different sports add up to 165 million, then what percent of the population is involved in at least one of those sports?

The number of persons at the gym had begun to seem small to me, the people at the gym, had begun to seem suspiciously un-typical. I was wondering: am I being deceived by all the media hoopla about sports?; could it be, that the actual truth, is that there is a small minority of individuals who each engage in lots of sports, thereby making it seem as if sports is more popular than it actually is?; could it be, that most of the people involved in sports are children and that the normal adult ignores sports?

I started out building a table that (as of now) gives the Participation rates in absolute and percent terms, for seven different sports, for several different age/gender groups. This required combining incomplete information available from the National Sporting Goods Association (the leading source of such info), with Census Data and the art of math:

Sports Participation & Fandom Rates for Various age/gender Groups

The next problem, was figuring out what percent of the 'active' persons, are what I would call 'seriously' active in their sport, active enough to take an interest in literature and coaching in the sport.

In the 2013 PAC Overview Report, I noted on page 8, the  '2012 level of activity':

Active to a Healthy Level and Beyond (151+ times/yr) High Calorie Activity: 32.9%.

Active (51~150 times) High Calorie Activity: 11.2%.

Casual (1~50 times) High Calorie Activity 9.3%.

Low to Medium calorie activities: 18.6%.

None 28.0%.

According to the NSGA's definition, someone is active in a sport if he participates in it more than once a year. Based on these above PAC stats, I concluded that 80% of those who the NSGA rates as active in a sport, have a serious interest in the sport.

The next problem, was, how can I estimate the participation rate for an age-group, if the only stats available are the participation rate in the population at large?

In the 2013 PAC Overview Report , I noted on page 7, the  'Inactivity Levels (by age-group)'. On this basis I estimated that:

Given that ps = the percent of the age 6+ population involved in sports, the percent that is involved in sports age 6-17 would be 1.12(ps); the percent age 18-54 involved in sports would be 1.02(ps), the percent age 55-64 involved in sports would be 0.9(ps), and the percent age 65+ involved in exercise/sports would be 0.85(ps).

I decided to apply these statistical adjustments to each sport on a uniform basis, in determining my estimate for the percent of an age/gender group involved in a given sport. So for example, given that the (extrapolated from NSGA data) reported rate of participation for males 6 years old and older in running was 15%, I estimated that the participation rate for males age 6-17 was 1.12(15%)= 16.8% (this aside from the separate issue of 80% of the active being 'seriously active'.

Combining the adjustment for seriousness of activity, the adjustment for age-groups, and the info I had for percent of population 6+ active in a sport, I came up with estimates for what percent of a gender/age-group is seriously active in a sport:

My Estimates (actual data lacking) of Percent of Persons with Serious Participatory Interest in Certain Sports, and in one of a Group of Sports, for Age/Gender Groups, 2012

The final problem of the evening, was: so I know how many people are involved in running, how many are involved in swimming, how many in weightlifting, how many in basketball, how many in soccer, how many in tennis. From this information, how can I estimate, how many are involved in at least one of the seven sports?

I had the following info: the total of the NSGA participation figures (age 7+) for the 7 sports came to 165 million; the total of the participation stats for all the 45 or so sports tabulated by the NSGA came to (age 7+) 823 million; the total of active persons (age 6+) according to the PAC was 199 million; 823/199 = 4.1; a sports participant by definition participates in at least one sport. I came up with the following formula and math:



0.20 x 3.1 = 0.62.

1+0.62 = 1.62.

Hence I concluded that the total of the various number of participants figures for the 7 sports I was focusing on, should be divided by 1.6, to get an estimate of how many different individual persons participated in at least one of the 7 sports (because some participate in more than one sport).

There are various advantages to making estimates: you have something to work with when data is nonexistent or unavailable; you learn how to make estimates in situations where data is nonexistent or unavailable; you have something to work with if you feel like checking the veracity of some statistic.

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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Tennis Baseball Soccer Personal Restart

This month, I practiced baseball, tennis, and soccer, in addition to the running, weightlifting, swimming, and basketball that I had been doing for a couple of months now. The results of this month's practices are recorded in the following logs:

Baseball stats 2012 David Virgil Hobbs

Tennis Scored Drill History Table for drill T91108

Stationary Soccer Ball Kick Accuracy Results
(records April 12 2014 practice)

Rolling Soccer Ball Kick Accuracy Results

Previous to this month: the last time I practiced baseball was June 2012 1.75 years ago; the last time I practiced tennis was September 2008 5.5 years ago; and the last time I practiced soccer was November 1 2013, 4.5 months ago.

The achievements and rate of improvement in weightlifting, swimming and running that I experienced over the past 7 weeks, alerted me to the importance of the resurrection of the dabbling in baseball, tennis, and soccer.

The pleasure I got out of mixing running swimming weightlifting and basketball: mentally interested me in adding baseball tennis and soccer to the mix; and, got me into a physical-mental state wherein I felt like dabbling in baseball tennis and soccer.

Things I've experienced and read recently led to the idea that I might be able to climb to world-class in a sport by practicing the sport a surprisingly small number of hours per month.

Between the tennis in 2008 and the tennis this month, I had at least one dream in which I reached to the high heights in tennis. Between the baseball in 2012 and the baseball this month, same thing, an optimistic dream. I had dreams about achieving greatness in soccer before the soccer practices of October 2013.

Looking at my current situation, there are now seven fronts: running, swimming, weightlifting, basketball, baseball, tennis, and soccer. On all seven fronts: there is the potential for world-class achievement; or there already has been world-class achievement; there is an fast rate of improvement.

Fast as I was before I started doing the Olympic weightlifting a couple of months ago, the Olympic weightlifting has made me even faster.

For the first time, I am swimming not just 25 yds at world-record pace, but 50 yds at a brisk pace.

In weightlifting I discovered that I have a talent for the 'Snatch'; without any significant previous training I can lift as much in the Snatch as some guy from Minnesota Chad Moenning who ranks #532 or something in the nation in my weight-class in the Snatch.

In baseball pitching I have speed and can make the ball do crazy things. The second 'inning' in practice April 1 this month, half the pitches were strikes, and a 50% strike-rate is average in the major-leagues.

As for tennis- the improvement rate in tennis practice over the course of about five hours during September 2008, was, in retrospect, fantastic. I didnt realize how fantastic the improvement rate was, until I went out this month, and did the same drill done in 2008, and felt how difficult high scores in the drill are to achieve.

In soccer, we've all known for a long time that if I can just get to the point where I don't get tired and don't feel incapacitating pain in the soles of the feet and the calves, I can be world-class, so long as my abilities don't degenerate. The soccer drill score of today shows that  the soccer ability is not degenerating but improving.

The other day, Anthony Perez, who is a law-student at Mass School of Law, suggested to me the idea that I might well be the best soccer player in the world in my age group. It's surprising how people degenerate in terms of athletic acheivement as they age. For sure I've got my age-group badly whipped on all seven fronts. And forgetting about age, seems like high-status can be achieved on all seven fronts even in competition against men in their prime.

I feel like I am on the verge of doing important miracles, while at the same time, I feel like I am on the verge of losing my housing, food, income, car, liberty, money, free-time, personal energy, things I need in order to be able to accomplish the miracles. I find it disorderly, that I should have to suffer the stress of fear of being without things I need to accomplish miracles, when I am on the verge of accomplishing the miracles.