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Big Ed’s next jump: Texas showman aims to soar in the footsteps of Evel Knievel

BRIDGEPORT, TEXAS — In 1973, Big Ed Beckley made his first motorcycle jump, soaring over five cars in the small town of Dighton, Kan.

Then 23, Beckley earned $350 for the feat during the heyday of famed motorcycle jumper Evel Knievel.

Beckley was hooked.

“The coolest thing was I got paid more in that one night than I did in a week at the truck stop,” said Beckley, who lived in Scott City, Kan., at the time. “I was like, ‘Whoa, no wonder Evel is doing this.’ His lifestyle looked really cool, and that’s what I wanted to do.”

The next year, Beckley watched with fascination as Knievel tried to fly over Idaho’s Snake River Canyon in a steam-powered rocket. That attempt, which drew worldwide attention, failed when the parachute opened prematurely, sending Knievel down into the canyon, where he landed near the river’s edge. He had only minor injuries.

Beckley never forgot the stunt.

With the 40th anniversary arriving next September, Beckley, now 63, plans to star in the sequel to Knievel’s jump.

On Sept. 27, he bid a whopping $943,000 in an Idaho state auction to lease the landing site on one side of the canyon.

“I’ve never done anything like this before,” Beckley said with a laugh. “I’ve got a lot to learn how to fly this thing so I don’t smash into the north rim of that canyon wall.”

The first order of business for Beckley – who calls himself the “world’s largest motorcycle jumper” – is to lose weight. He’s already dropped about 100 pounds, down from a peak of 389.

Then, riding a rocket-assisted motorcycle that has yet to be built, he plans to soar across the canyon on Sept. 7, 2014, the day before the 40th anniversary of Knievel’s jump.

Beckley insists that he will have a better outcome than Knievel.

“He got himself a big bottle rocket,” Beckley said. “He actually made it to the north rim, but the parachute opened early and blew back into the canyon. My deal is completely different.”

Weight loss isn’t the only challenge facing Beckley.

He will have to reach speeds above 300 mph, then fly his rocket-powered motorcycle 1,600 feet across the canyon, then slow down enough to land safely on the other side with the help of parachutes. While he has made numerous jumps, his longest has been 156 feet, a fraction of the canyon’s span.

“The only problem is you’ve got to be doing over 300-something mph through the top of this deal and about 400-something feet in the air,” Beckley said. “This canyon is not some other motorcycle jump. This canyon is 460 feet deep and about 1,600 feet across.”

While he plans, Beckley has one more event scheduled locally. On Oct. 19, he will jump over 10 cars at a festival in Boyd, Texas.

But the Snake River jump is taking up most of his time.

At his office behind his home in Bridgeport, Texas, which is filled with photographs and posters of previous jumps, as well as several motorcycles, Beckley has been swamped with calls from around the country since he won the auction.

A promoter best known for his monster truck and motocross shows, he relishes the possible financial windfall from jumping the canyon.

With two other main investors, Beckley believes he can sell the television rights for a multimillion-dollar sum.

“There’s only three principal investors, including Ed Beckley,” he said. “And I’m the one that stands to reap the most benefits.”

If this one succeeds, Beckley – in true Evel Knievel fashion – boasts that he will do jumps across the Mississippi River in St. Louis and the Nile River in Egypt.

Beckley moved to Texas in 1974 and regularly did motorcycle jumps at a track in Odessa. He was badly injured that year when the handlebar of his motorcycle impaled his leg in a crash.

He wouldn’t jump for four years as he recovered.

When he returned in 1978, motorcycle jumps were at the height of their popularity, and he crisscrossed the country appearing at drag strips and raceways.

At one point, he came up with the idea of trying to jump from one World Trade Center tower to another. In his office, Beckley has a framed photo of himself standing in front of the towers. He says the stunt was called off when New York Mayor Ed Koch was voted out of office and replaced by David Dinkins.

During the 1980s, Beckley jumped at places like Reunion Arena, Madison Square Garden and the Silverdome outside Detroit. In the Madison Square Garden jump, he said, he propped his bike up against a security guard’s toilet so he would have enough takeoff distance.

In 1994, he stopped jumping and became more focused on his son’s motorcycle racing career.

He would start jumping again in 2012 but was injured in a test jump at an event in Salt Lake City. He spent days in intensive care, then recovered from his injuries and jumped 10 cars in Billings, Mont., in June 2012.

His website, bigedbeckley.net, details his recent jumps and the plans for his Snake River adventure.

“I just kind of got off into his life, and now I’m getting back into mine and I’m having a lot more fun,” Beckley said.

Even though Beckley has committed nearly $1 million to the Snake River jump, it isn’t guaranteed to take place. He still must win over a number of officials in the Twin Falls area.

“We’ll certainly be looking forward to the opportunity to capitalize on the anniversary of the Evel Knievel jump,” said Shawn Barigar, president and chief executive officer of the Twin Falls Chamber of Commerce. “But I’ll be honest: There are a lot of unknowns right now.”

Other state and local agencies must also sign off, Barigar said.

“The process that happened with the state only dealt with the landing side of this jump,” said Barigar, who also serves on the Twin Falls City Council. “There will still be an application and permitting process for our side of the canyon.”

The hesitancy stems not only from ensuring the safety of the jump but also from making sure that Twin Falls doesn’t take a financial hit.

During the Evel Knievel jump, some vendors were left with unpaid bills.

“Some of it is fact and some of it is folklore,” Barigar said. “It’s hard to know what happened 40 years later.”

But Barigar said there is support for the jump if it is done correctly. Forty years later, the jump site is still a tourist attraction.

“I think there is cautious optimism,” Barigar said. “… People back then didn’t understand the scope and impact, but this time people are certainly thinking about the possibilities.”

Beckley began wooing Twin Falls officials more than a year ago. He understands the doubts, but he believes he can address those concerns and bring a lot of attention to the city.

“I want to be elected mayor, not burned at the stake when I’m done,” Beckley said.

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Source: Fresnobe (Hanna, 10/16)

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Dama – Davide Biondi Kawasaki W650

DAvide Bondi is an Italian artist based in Abbruzo. He loves motorcycles. And had time and passion and motivation to spend 2 years to build his dreams motorcycle.
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Lions Den Customs Cub 002

Lion's Den CubTwo 1 THUMBEveryone remembers their first time, especially a young man. That slightly stale yet sweet smell of leather, the wood, the noise and that sense of being pinned back in your seat. Classic cars, they really get under your skin and once you’ve experienced the raw thrill from a purer time it’s hard to be anything other than obsessed, or at the very least transfixed by their beauty.
Jack’s dad had an Austin Healey 3000S, painted in American racing colours and he remembers it fondly so when it came time for him to experience classic machinery for himself, inspiration was simple. Dan from Lion’s Den Customs was only too happy to sit down and go through the spec and design options over a coffee, as he too had HVD, Historic Vehicle Disease. Together Jack and Dan hatched a plan for a nostalgic looking Yamaha XS650, a donor they agreed could offer aesthetic similarity with one of the most iconic British sports cars from the late 1950s and early sixties.
Lion's Den CubTwo 2 With a brief signed off, this 1974 model was stripped right back to the frame. In order to bear resemblance to a Healey, there would be a stack of polishing and plating to be done so the guys from I Cleenz Macheenz in South London were given the heads up to expect a full load. In addition to the chroming Dan wanted to ensure a mirror finish on the aluminium parts, including the engine cases and fork legs. We hope he had some good tunes on the iPod as this lot looks like it took a fair while.
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Those of you familiar with the Healey will no doubt recognise the fuel tank bulge on the Cub 002, reminiscent of the bonnet duct that helped direct cool air to the triple SU carbs. Dan spent ages trialling different shapes with card and went through five metal prototypes before committing and welding the hand-rolled scoop, the filler cap was then repositioned forward and to the right. The paint scheme is just as Jack remembers from his father’s car and looks resplendent against all that polished metal. Accents of are picked up in the fenders and even the handlebar mounts. Black Shuck Kustom took care of the paint, the blue being from the Peugeot colour chart and the cream is a freestyle mix.
Lion's Den CubTwo 4 Wire wheels were a must so the polished hubs were sent off to Essex Wheels & Engineering for lacing to stainless rims and classic patterned Dunlop T100s complete the job. The side panels are a combination of an aluminium frame with stainless steel mesh, inspired by the Healey’s radiator grille, just showing off the new battery box behind, highly polished of course.
Lion's Den CubTwo 5 Motogaget speedos might be fitted to nearly every build these days and one wouldn’t have looked out of place here, but the Smiths Digital Chronometric gauge adds that final 1% and is spot-on. Even the movement is similar to those jerky needles from half a century ago, but now with a digital tacho and idiot lights. Triumph T140 bars are wide with a decent sweep, again, perfect for the overall stance and left clean of cumbersome switchgear thanks to mini-toggle switches.
Lion's Den CubTwo 6 To achieve a neater, flatter line the subframe was removed and a new one fabricated, complete with repositioned shock mounts to take a pair of period looking Hagons. There had been talk of nickel plating the frame but Greg from Black Shuck insisted that the latest chrome powdercoat would provide a durable finish and look just as good. From here you can’t tell the difference and both Dan and Jack are delighted with the effect.
With all that shiny stuff going on, the engine could have ended up being somewhat lost so Dan squared-off the fins on the barrel before spraying black, he then spent what felt like an eternity polishing each fin edge by hand to match the sheen of the side cases. Whilst at it the rocker adjustment caps were buffed, the overall effect demonstrating that the big-bore XS engines really are one of the most handsome power plants ever made.
Lion's Den CubTwo 7Proper black cow hide was used to upholster the seat, piped in cream, just like the figure-hugging bucket seats of old. Brit-style silencers add a bit of visual weight to the rear-end along with a sonorous soundtrack.
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Dan is thoroughly pleased with how the Cub 002 rides and will now be fitting T140 bars to more builds in the future. Perhaps more important though is that newly qualified rider Jack is thrilled with his bike and needs to be prized off the thing, testament to the hard graft, long hours and weapons grade caffeine that went into this build. No rest for Dan though, Cub 003 is already well underway.
If you like what you see here, Cub 001 is for sale in the Bike Shed Custom Classifieds here and currently on display at Bolt London, and you can keep an eye on progress of future projects on Facebook and Instagram.

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IS IT TIME TO QUIT EXERCISE?

IS IT TIME TO QUIT EXERCISE?

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Increasing activity levels won’t stop obesity, according to a BJSM article. We checked the facts

You sweat. You gasp. You even make it to those early-morning park workouts when your bed seems so much more inviting. But is all that hard work actuallydoing anything? Not as much as you might think, according to an articlepublished in the British Journal of Sports Medicine by a trio of public health experts – Drs Aseem Malhotra, Tim Noakes and Stephen D Finney – which argues that exercise is firing blanks in the war on weight.
But is that really true? In the economics of energy expenditure, you know that a session on the treadmill or supersets in the squat rack shifts your calorie count into the black. So long as you can hold off on that Big Mac on your way home, your body dips into your fat stores to make up the difference. The result? A looser waist band.
After a particularly arduous session surely you can even enjoy an extra helping at dinner. Maybe even a mid-afternoon something sugary as a reward for a lunch break spent groaning under a barbell. So long as you ensure that calories in doesn’t equal calories out, your scales will shift the right way.
But it’s this mind-set, the article claims, that’s undermining efforts to slim our increasingly blubbery society. “Members of the public are drowned by an unhelpful message about maintaining a ‘healthy weight’ through calorie counting,” the authors write, “and many still wrongly believe that obesity is entirely due to lack of exercise. This perception is rooted in the Food Industry’s Public Relations machinery, which uses tactics chillingly similar to those of Big Tobacco.”
As the article explains, junk food manufacturers spend billions every year to link themselves with healthy activities. More than 10% of London 2012 sponsors –including Coca Cola, McDonald’s and Cadbury’s – manufactured products associated with obesity. Half as many were associated with health and fitness.
“[Coca Cola] associates their products with sport, suggesting it is OK to consume their drinks as long as you exercise,” the article points out. “However, science tells us this is misleading and wrong. It is where the calories come from that is crucial. Sugar calories promote fat storage and hunger. Fat calories induce fullness and satiation.” As we’ve explained before,a calorie is not a calorie.
Thermodynamically, there’s no doubting food’s outgunning of exercise in its impact on your waistline. An hour of jogging sees off a comparatively paltry 400-odd calories. That’s less than a Pret BLT sandwich. It’s far more effective to focus your efforts on limiting what goes in, rather than raising what goes out. Particularly since the harder you work in the gym, the more tempting that high-calorie gunk looks when you’ve left.
So should you tear up your gym membership and steer that money you’re saving into kale? Not exactly. Despite what headlines would have you believe, the BJSM article isn’t suggesting exercise has no firepower in the war on fat. Just that it’s the weaker of your weapons. Getting to your 10,000 steps doesn’t buy you a Krispy Kreme reward.
That doesn’t mean exercise is impotent in building a newer, slimmer, healthier you. Firstly, shed weight with diet alone and you’ll soon stall. “You see programmes like The Biggest Loser work phenomenally at first,” says Dr Scott Harding, a lecturer in King’s College’s diabetes and nutritional science division. “They’ll lose a stone in a couple of days. But towards the end, you get people who are still huge and they can’t lose any more than a pound over the course of the week. It’s because the body’s resisting the weight loss.”
As intake drops, so does your metabolism, your body protecting itself from what it sees as starvation by dropping energy expenditure and making efforts to store the scant resources you’re offering it. Exercise is how you kickstart it again; how you conserve energy-hungry muscle rather than letting your body burn it up as fuel; how you get through weight loss plateaus you’d otherwise have to breach by cutting out yet more calories – and making your life miserable.
Secondly, exercise offers a host of health benefits independent of your weight. As little as half-an-hour of moderate activity every day slashes your risk of cardiovascular disease, type-2 diabetes, dementia and cancers by up to a third. It’s an effect offered even if you’re not moving up holes on your belt.
So no, this isn’t your excuse to stop hitting the gym if you want to shed that spare tyre. Rather, it’s a wake up call that you can’t rely on sweat to make up for your predilection for sweets. As Malhotra and his colleagues so succinctly put it: “You cannot outrun a bad diet.”
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Das Motorrad: VW designer builds a street tracker

Limited production Ducati street tracker motorcycle by VW designer Alex Earle.

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Alex Earle is the Design Program Manager for Volkswagen of America. But he’s passionate about bikes as well as cars—and in particular, street trackers. Road-legal customs with a go fast, turn left vibe are getting more popular by the day. And Earle’s sleek Ducati Monster-based flyer is one of the best we’ve seen.

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The concept is simple: A lightweight, modern-day tracker with cutting edge carbon fiber construction. “It’s the perfect convergence of my personal interests,” says Earle. “Excellent Ducati drivetrain, oversized wheels shod with aggressive rubber, tall seat height, and pure flat track proportion and graphics.”

Limited production Ducati street tracker motorcycle by VW designer Alex Earle.

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The stance is perfect, probably because Earle has used the same prototyping process as you’d find in an automotive studio. He made a 1:5 scale model from sketches, and then 3D scanned it. The data from the scan then went into a milling machine, which produced a mold for the bodywork.

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The result is a stunningly well-proportioned machine, and the dynamics match the aesthetics. Earle knows his stuff, and knows where to get that stuff made. “The beauty of working in Los Angeles is that there’s a small but fanatical group of fabricators who can realize just about anything you can dream up,” he says. “Guys have 3D scanners, big 5-axis mills and 3D printers. And most importantly, a deep well of experience with carbon, engineering, engines and exhaust dynamics.”

Limited production Ducati street tracker motorcycle by VW designer Alex Earle.

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The first goal was to save weight: the Earle Motors Tracker tips the scales at just 345 pounds without fuel. That’s 157 kilos, or about the same as Honda’s superlight CBR300R. Earle has specc’d everything with weight saving in mind, from the LED lights to the 19-inch wheels, which are machined from billet.

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The seat is closer to ADV than sportbike territory though, with a commanding height of 34 inches. Vortex flat track bars, wide and swept-back, put the rider into an upright position—perfect for charging the canyons, supermoto style. The monocoque bodywork is carbon fiber, with hints of a late 70s Montesa Cota. But the seat is resolutely modern: it’s upholstered with Niroxx, a lightweight and grippy suede-type material that’s also waterproof.

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For engines, Earle uses Ducati’s 900cc air cooled, carbureted motors from the late 90s—as found in the Monster M900. Each motor is hooked up to an exhaust system tuned for maximum horsepower and constructed from stainless steel, with water jet-cut collars.

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If you prefer more of a ‘retro superbike’ vibe, you can order the Tracker with 17-inch three-spoke wheels, and handlebars with reduced pullback. You’ll get what Earle calls a ‘road course bike’ with a much lower stand-over height. Earle has plans to build five bikes in this style. If you like what you see, drop him a line via the Earle Motors website.
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Specification
Custom, carbon fiber number plate with integrated LED headlamp
Vortex J Murph flat track bars
Custom bar clamp risers
Carbon fiber fork protectors
Brembo radial brake / clutch levers
K&N air filters (airbox eliminated)
Custom LED taillights incorporating turn indicators
Carbon fiber, illuminated number plate holder
Custom 19” wheels milled by RSD
Maxxis DTR-1 track tires with custom sidewall graphics
Ducati Performance rearsets
Full custom, tuned exhaust
Simple 4-bolt body removal
Carbon fiber body support
Carbon fiber battery tray, rear fender inner
Motogadget cycle computer
Bonded aircraft fuel cap (no mechanical fasteners)
Highly reworked frame
Ducati 900cc air cooled, carbureted engine 1994-1999

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It’s Not Just You™ – Battle.Net Issues with Logging In Today [Notification]

Just a quick post to let others know that if you are having logging in to Battle.Net today (August 1st) that lots of people have been having problems as of this morning. Blizzard has addressed this with a quick note via their twitter, seen at:

https://twitter.com/BlizzardCS/status/760100687111938048

Retry or Go Back To Bed? Hmmm….

For those playing Blizzard/Battle.Net games this weekend, hopefully it will be up soon – just letting you know, It’s Not Just You™ !

What Are the Benefits of Avocado Oil?

What Are the Benefits of Avocado Oil?

By Tracey Roizman, D.C.
What Are the Benefits of Avocado Oil?
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Avocado oil, derived from the avocado fruit, boasts some unusual and uniquely healthy properties. Avocado oil is high in vitamin E and unsaturated fats and contains more protein than any other fruit and more potassium than a banana. Avocado oil offers a variety of purported nutritional and medicinal benefits, some of which have been confirmed through scientific research.

Nutrient Absorption

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Avocado oil boosts absorption of carotenoids in your food, according to a study published in the March 2005 issue of the “Journal of Nutrition.” Fat-soluble carotenoids rely on dietary fats, but most foods that are high in carotenoids are low in fat. Enter the avocado. This fruit contains high quantities of unsaturated fatty acids as well as generous amounts of carotenoids. In the study, both high and low doses of avocado oil enhanced alpha-carotene, beta-carotene and lutein absorption from a salad by as much as 15 times compared to a salad without avocado oil.

Blood Pressure

What Are the Benefits of Avocado Oil?
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Avocado oil lowers blood pressure, according to a study published in the April 2005 “Journal of Ethnopharmacology.” In the study on laboratory animals, a diet rich in avocado oil altered levels of essential fatty acids in kidneys, resulting in changes in the way the kidneys respond to hormones that regulate blood pressure. Avocado oil also influenced fatty acid composition in the heart, leading the researchers to conclude from this preliminary animal study that a diet that includes generous amounts of avocado oil may improve blood pressure.

Arthritis

What Are the Benefits of Avocado Oil?
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A combination of avocado and soybean oil extracts has received prescription drug status in France and is marketed in Denmark as a food supplement for its anti-inflammatory effects and its ability to stimulate cartilage growth and repair. The authors cite four high-quality research trials that indicate the oil combination has been used successfully to treat symptoms of knee and hip osteoarthritis. They note, however, that while arthritis symptoms improved, no structural improvements were observed. The study was published in the August 2005 issue of the journal “Ugeschrift for laeger.”

Periodontal Disease

What Are the Benefits of Avocado Oil?
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The “Journal of Periodontal Disease” reported in its July 2006 issue that avocado and soybean oils may be useful in the treatment of periodontal disease. In the tissue culture study of human periodontal ligament and bone cells, avocado and soybean oil reduced inflammation by inhibiting pro-inflammatory cytokine molecules. The researchers concluded that avocado and soybean oil exert anti-inflammatory effects that may be helpful in preventing bone erosion associated with periodontal disease.

Psoriasis

What Are the Benefits of Avocado Oil?
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Psoriasis responds well to avocado oil and vitamin B12, according to a study published in the 2001 issue of the journal “Dermatology.” Psoriasis patients used the vitamin and avocado oil cream for 12 weeks and showed consistent improvement throughout the study period. By contrast, a group that used a vitamin E cream showed benefits for the first four weeks, after which the effects subsided. The researchers concluded that avocado oil with vitamin B12 may be a useful long-term topical treatment for psoriasis.
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The 5 Fat-Blasting Foods You Need in Your Diet

The 5 Fat-Blasting Foods You Need in Your Diet

by Heather Dale
The 5 Fat-Blasting Foods You Need in Your Diet
There are exercises that target your abs to help you get the rock-hard stomach you’ve always dreamed of. But if you really want to double-team belly bulge, then you’ll need to eliminate sugar and processed carbs while also incorporating fat-burning foods into your diet. Keep reading to see which foods can help trim inches from your waistline.
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Bay Leaf Benefits For Health

BAY LEAF BENEFITS FOR HEALTH

Bay Leaf Benefits For Health – Benefits of Bay Leaf Very Friendly For Healthy, bay leaves often used for cooking that delicious eaten food so much. Apparently, behind it, there are benefits that are friendly to our health. Various benefits are unfortunately often overlooked by most people. In fact, with these benefits can be an intermediary for the healing of disease we are suffering.
Usefulness bay leaves can help cure some diseases below. Of course this is good news especially for the anti with too many chemical drugs. But of course not all diseases can be eradicated with bay leaves. Therefore, we need to watch and observe what any kind of disease that could use the leaves as a healing medium. Here below are some diseases that can benefit the bay leaves and keeping aids healing of this disease:
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Efficacy And Benefit Bay Leaf
1) Lowering cholesterol and cure
Who is not afraid of the cholesterol that is guaranteed to make a variety of diseases aftershocks dating and undermine our health? Bay leaf turns effective to help lower cholesterol, you know. Bay leaves can be used by boiling. Water boiled using 3 cups of boiled water up to 1 cup water alone. The number of leaves that are used between 10 to 15 sheets. Drink decoction of leaves is 2 times a day. Undoubtedly cholesterol disease would run out of our lives.
2) Benefits leaves for Preventing diabetes
Diabetes is a disease of the opening of diabetes. Or it could be a new diabete. Diseases due to sugar intake could have turned out to be muted with bay leaves. The trick is to drink a decoction of bay leaves regularly.
3) Treat sore eyes
The eye is the lamp of life. Many people are very careful with the subject’s eyes. Various diseases of the eye can be very disturbing to us. One of them is an eye sore. For those of us who already diseased eye pain, could try to cure him by way of greeting leaf decoction rubbed into our eyes. Continue to do this until the eye back to normal alias recovered.
4) Lowering of uric acid
Gout is a disease which is so painful. In addition to taste the pain, the disease can also disrupt our daily work because of the pain. How to reduce it is to lower uric acid levels in our bodies. It can be easily turned out with bay leaves. Dried bay leaves quite a number of 10 pieces boiled with 10 cups of water. Boil some water until reduced to seven glasses and drank regularly only 2 times a day.
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5) Relieves acute ulcer
Bags of rice alias ulcer disease can be very tolerable nuisance. Acute gastritis can disrupt daily activities and even hospitalization can wait us! How powerful enough to ease it is to boil 15-20 bay leaves to 1/2 liter of water. Wait until the water is reduced, then add the palm sugar. The addition of palm sugar does not reduce the efficacy of bay leaves. So, fortunately there is sweetness in the stew is made. Then, decoction of leaves ready to be drunk. Potation regularly. Gradually, acute ulcer will subside.
6) Cure indigestion
Digestion is very important to the process of obtaining energy in our daily life. Indigestion mean disruption of cider absorption of nutrients. It could be that the error comes from the food itself. Indigestion include: constipation and diarrhea. Both are very excruciating. But not when drinking the decoction of leaves. Decoction of leaves that have been given a bit of salt shrinkage. Afterwards, drink during diarrhea or constipation attacking our digestion. Undoubtedly digestion will be better and the disease gradually disappear as well.
7) Benefits of bay leaf for Lowering high blood pressure (hypertension)
High blood pressure (hypertension) is a dangerous disease because of diet, activity, and also the emotions must be strictly maintained.
Unfortunately, all that just care for daily life alone, but nothing could be significant. As a result, many people turn to drinking diverse chemical concoctions that are not necessarily good for health in the long term. The use of bay leaves can be applied. The trick is to drink a decoction of bay leaves. Bay leaf decoction is used by mixing 7 to 10 bay leaves with 3 cups of water. Shrink water to 1 cup only. Then, drink 1/2 cup at a time. Perform 2 times daily routines in this drinking boiled leaves.
Use of leaves above average by boiling and drinking boiled water after the cooking water is quite cold. Another way is by rubbing the cooking water. How this way is very natural and easy to apply. How? Many are also the benefits of bay leaves for our health. It’s all unfortunately many do not know and ignore it.
Most people only focus using the benefits of bay leaves for cooking only. This is certainly not wrong. But if with a little knowledge and understanding, bay leaves can be effectively replaces the traditional medicine against drug dependence
chemical. Can also be used as a kind of combo to crush all, some, or one out of seven of the above diseases. Bay leaf prices are also relatively very cheap. Detailed seasoning in the market was ready to give some bay leaves.
Thus articles about Bay Leaf Benefits For Health. Hopefully this article about Bay Leaf Benefits For Health that we share today can be beneficial for you. Thank You.

Accurate Description – Kawasaki Vulcan Cafe Racer



The Vulcan S ABS Café is Kawasaki’s “learner approved” cruiser. It’s styling is typical of all cruisers that follow in Harley’s footsteps with its laid back riding position, wide handlebars and over inflated bodywork (in my humble opinion). However, at it’s heart is an engine that uses the same configuration as some of the first motorcycles to ever be used for Cafe Racer conversions, a parallel twin. Granted the liquid cooled, Kawasaki 650 may not have the same aesthetic appeal as a pre-unit Bonneville, but to a romanticist the Vulcan engine is, in a roundabout way, a hommage to the legend. At least that’s how Mário of MRS Oficina felt about it when he was given the opportunity to customise one himself.



The project began when Mário was approached by Kawasaki France to undertake a commissioned project in 2015. They had recently released the ‘Vulcan S ABS Café’ and wanted to see what Mário could make of it. Knowing that Kawasaki’s claim to have been influenced by cafe racer styling when designing the Vulcan S was a bit of a stretch, he decided to follow their lead and build a bike worthy of the cafe racer moniker.



Despite being the lightest of the bunch in Kawasaki’s cruiser range, the Vulcan S is no feather weight tipping the scales at a hefty 498 pounds (226kg). Mário was going to have to shed some serious pounds from the Kwaka if it was ever going to perform to his expectations. The weight reduction regime began by discarding the bikes fuel tank, seat and fenders. This was followed by the removal of the rear half of the frame, the cast wheels and any components that complimented the cruiser configuration such as the handlebars and forward control footpegs.



Stance was the next challenge to overcome. The Vulcan needed a less slouched, more aggressive posture if it was to have the geometry of a cafe racer. This required raising the rear significantly using a single, custom made shock absorber from Ohlins and modifying the swingarm to suit. The triple trees were then slid 20mm lower on the fork tubes and stiffer springs installed for optimum handling. A set of classically styled, laced rims with slick rubber donated by Pirelli were then bolted in place.


Mário wasted no time discarding the Vulcan’s highly adjustable riding system, which Kawasaki had no doubt spent millions developing. In it’s place he installed a single piece tank and tail that floats above the rear wheel and mounted the quintessential cafe racer control configuration of clip on bars and rear set footpegs. To continue to enhance the cafe styling the triangle headlight was also replaced with a yellow lensed Bates style unit, colour matched to the new bodywork and Ohlins shock reservoir. A slimmer custom front fender was also bolted in place for everyday riding practicality.



Reverse megaphone mufflers were the obvious choice for the exhaust system, mounting 2 of them using a custom made pair of stainless steel headers. Finishing touches were then mounted such as the cross stitched leather seat, the matching white faced Motogadget dials, Beringer brake reservoir assembly, Monza style filler cap and frame mounted, custom made indicators. 



Being a Kawasaki the obvious colour choice was always going to be green and Mário has smashed it out of the ballpark with a two toned, metallic scheme. Amazingly this entire build was packed into 4 short months leading up to the 2015 ‘Salon de la Moto Paris’ where punters were lining up to place their deposits. Alas, much like Kawasaki Italy’s 40th anniversary Z1000 from 2013, this bike will remain a one off, but here’s hoping this won’t be the last time we see the green team commission a build of this calibre.



MRS Oficina
Photography by Antoine Sayn

first read on returnofthecaferacers.com/


Coolest story you’ll read all week… a hard working guy, and single parent, was gifted a car after his co-workers discovered he’d been walking 11 miles to work each day.

the co-workers at a UPS facility in Little Rock, Arkansas, found out the secret of this single dad. And they decided to make things right.

https://www.cnn.com/2018/02/13/health/iyw-single-dad-car-surprise-trnd/index.html

via http://tywkiwdbi.blogspot.com

Why Beans Make a Big Difference in Weight Loss

Why Beans Make a Big Difference in Weight Lossby Jenny Sugar



Beans may be known mostly for their unpleasant odiferous side effect when eaten, but beans are actually nutritious little gems. If you follow these tips, you can eat beans without the bloat, which means you can reap these weight-loss benefits. Here are three reasons to plate-up with beans.

Hello, Fiber!

While the fiber content of beans helps keep things moving, it also gives you that “I’m full” feeling. Satiating your hunger is the key to preventing overeating and consuming too many calories for the day. But you don’t just need to eat a plate of plain beans; in fact, you canadd beans to smoothies — you won’t be able to taste them at all. Or throw them in your scrambled eggs, add them to soups, pasta dishes, or as a topping on homemade pizza.

Protein Punch

Beans aren’t just for vegetarians. Omnivores can soak up bean protein as well. High-protein beans help keep energy and blood-sugar levels stable, which helps prevent cravings for sugary pick-me-ups that tend to be high in calories and void of nutrition. Since a couple hours between meals tends to be common crash times, including beans for breakfast and lunch will keep you peppy until your next meal. Whip up a sweet potato, chickpea, and quinoa veggie burger, a plate of polenta with beans, or a satisfying bowl ofslow cooker chickpea coconut curry.

Smart Snacking

When trying to beat the scale, you need to make sure that you’re eating quality foods low in calories and high in nutrition. Beans make perfect snacks too, so look beyond the typical carrot sticks and hummus pick-me-up and try pairing your fruit with this chocolate hummus. You can snack on honey-roasted cinnamon chickpeas, veggies with creamy white-bean dip, or these delicious edamame pear crostinis. You can also enjoy a low-cal dessert with fortified with beans, like these peanut butter oatmeal raisin cookies or black bean brownies.

Image Source: Jenny Sugar
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Game Tip – Minecraft: Seed with Village at Spawn II

Just a quick tip for Minecraft I’ve found: another seed that generated a helpful Village near the Spawn Point! I think I typed in “bobvilla” lol but I’m not 100% sure so here is the seed number: 1643249337 and it is in the screenshot below. Beware, as (perhaps fittingly) it is a ‘fixer-upper’… Also, for those that don’t know yet, you can’t quickly see the Seed for games by just hitting F3 anymore, you need to hit / and type seed, to make it say /seed and then hit Enter
Have fun and See You In The Games!

This view is from just above the Spawn Point. The Village/Town can be seen poking out from behind the trees on the right side of the screen. Beware, it’s a ‘fixer-upper’… Enjoy! Click to see Full Size

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Paperless Mission #9: Setting Up Your Class with Evernote

This is the ninth installment in my Go Paperless! Challenge Series. You can check out the other entries in the series here. Also be sure to link up with my Paperless Challenge Linky!

Mission #9: Set Up Your Class with Evernote

Today’s mission assumes that your class has easy access to technology. I teach in a 1:1 iPad setting, but I realize how blessed I am to have this and how few people — especially at the elementary level — get to do this. For those of you who have less access to classroom technology, I’m including modifications that you’ll be able to use at the end of the article.

It’s been a couple months since I started drinking the Evernote Kool-Aid, and I’m still loving it. I don’t have to worry about losing papers or information, and it has become my repository for just about everything. For the first time in my professional live, I feel like I’m getting a handle on organization. But then I see this:

And I’m reminded that just because I’m organized, doesn’t mean that my students are. In fact, all year long my fourth graders have been struggling with keeping track of class notes, transporting work between home and school, and remembering what materials to use to study for tests and quizzes. Part of that unquestionably comes with the age and maturity levels of 10-year-olds, but given how awesome technology has become, I knew there had to be a better way.

Enter student Evernote accounts. My students used Evernote on their iPads for the last 6 weeks of school, and I’ve been very pleased with the results. Here’s how we set it up.

Step #1: Register for new Evernote accounts.

This step can be done on either a computer or an iPad. (My pics will show the iPad view.) Students will need to have an email address in order to complete registration, but this can be tricky with students who are under the age of 13 since many of the students don’t have email yet. One work around that we found was to set up a class email address on Gmail (ex: [email protected]). Then, you can add the “+”symbol to the end of the username along with a string of letters and/or numbers before the “@gmail.com” ending. Evernote thinks all of these are different addresses, but Gmail doesn’t pay attention to anything after the “+” symbol, so everything will go back to the “fakeeberopolis” account. This lets students register without ever giving them an email address.

I had students put their lunch account numbers after the plus symbol, but names or other number combinations would work too. You just have to have the info after the “+” symbol be unique to each student so Evernote doesn’t think they’ve already registered. 

I let the students choose their own usernames and passwords, and I had them record those in a safe place so they could share them with parents. Next year, I’m likely to collect the information as well so I can easily help the students recover it. They don’t sign in and out of Evernote usually — they just stay logged in, so many of them forget.

Step #2: Build Notebooks for the Subject Areas

My students created notebooks for Reading, Writing, Word Study, Math, Science, and Social Studies. They later added notebooks for their Spanish and Music classes. During the set-up phase, we talked about the differences between notebooks and notes and how to move notes from one notebook to another. Next year, when I start this from the beginning of the year, we’ll also talk a lot about tagging notes to make them easier to find.
 

Why Student Evernote Notebooks Rock

1. More instructional time because transitions are so easy. Transitions between subjects used to take us forever because students would forget to grab a notebook or not have all the materials ready on time. Now transitions are just a quick stretch or brain break. They have all of their notes right in front of them already. We’re abandoning the cluttered bins and drawers.

2. Students are more accountable and prepared. We don’t have to worry about forgetting work at home or getting lost between home and school. It’s all in one place. In addition, students are able to create more comprehensive class notes. If we read an article using GoodReader, students can save it to their Evernote notebook. If we develop an anchor chart as a class, students can take a picture of it and add it to their notes to refer back to long after it’s gone from the classroom display. If they make a model of different types of triangles using toothpicks, they can photograph their work and add in captions later. More learning gets archived than we’d ever accomplish with a paper model.

3. Everything is portable between home and school. Students don’t get to take their iPads home, but as long as they save their work in Evernote, they can access it from any computer or mobile device. It also means that students aren’t leaving important readings or materials at school when they need to study for a test. I’ve had many frustrated parents complain that their child wasn’t bringing home the right materials to review for tests this year — especially because we don’t use traditional textbooks at my school — and this remedies all of that.

Another portability example is that I’ve also had students use Evernote as a word processor when they’re working on longer writing assignments because they can pick up their work between home and school. (In the future, I’d like to use Google Drive as their word processor, but until we get there as a school, this is an acceptable alternative.) Once students are ready to turn in a finished piece of writing, they copy and paste it into Pages, clean up the formatting, and turn it in through Edmodo. It has worked brilliantly this term, and I’m seeing much longer, more developed pieces of writing at all stages of the writing process now. I really think the ease of this process has played a role.

Now that we’re using Evernote regularly in the classroom, I can’t imagine ever going back. While I will miss the massive influx of office supplies (composition books, notebooks, etc) at the start of the next school year, I’m falling in love with the fact that the only things I take home with me each night are my laptop and iPad. Going paperless has been a glorious thing.

What are some ways you could use Evernote with your students? I’d love to hear about it in the comments section!

Fallout 4 – “Starting Out: On Settlements, Building, Crafting, Materials And More” – A Beginner’s Guide of Tips and Concepts to Settlement Building and Development [UNDER CONSTRUCTION]

Update: Added images for Main Concepts sections (Food, Defense, etc)
Update: Added steps for How To Assign a Settler to a Work Station/Shop/etc
Update: Added how to Give Yourself Any Building Components, or Food, with Commands (Cheats Section)
Update: Added how to Build past the Size Limit in Settlements (Not a Cheat, Doable on Console as well as PC)

[Note.: This post is ‘LIVE’ and ‘UNDER CONSTRUCTION’, as I continue to add more data and Tips and Example Screenshots to it… I decided to make it available now however, to assist those playing Fallout 4; especially those just starting out – seeing as there is a Steam Sale on now (go get it! heh). I will be adding more Text and Tips and Screenshots and More and this post cannot be considered ‘finalized’ until after I add a ‘Final Footer Image’ to the posting (see some of my other posts for examples of this type of ‘end image’ I put in my posts). Please excuse changes as they occur and temporary mistakes and spelling errors, which may show up should you return to this article while it is under development. Enjoy, however – I hope you find something helpful to you – and have fun in Fallout 4!]




I have been having a ton of fun playing Fallout 4 lately… and while I am taking forever to finish up a ‘First Impressions’ of the game [I keep playing and building up my Settlements instead of writing!], I wanted to share some Tips on handling Settlements; some concepts and ideas that might help new users to the game, players that may not have developed their Settlements very much yet, or players that are looking for ways to possibly improve or increase their Settlements and their Production and associated benefits (Bottlecaps income from Stores, Settlers roaming around and finding/providing you with Supplies, Clinics for healing and removing Radiation, and more).

Screenshot showing the Workshop Area of The Sunshine Tidings Cooperative, Decorated (Work In Progress).
(High Resolution Texture Pack enabled [not 100% sure, sorry, but I think it was at this time]
The Automatron DLC Robot Workbench can be seen, center background. Minuteman Flag seen, left wall, foreground)
Click to see Full Size

[Settlements and their development and growth is one of my favourite aspects of the game, not only because it supplies you with Junk/Scrap/Materials to build with and Money as well, but also because of the ‘life it breathes into the game’… every Settlement becomes ‘alive’ with people coming and going, working and resting, asking for help or talking amongst themselves around you. After getting a few Settlements set up and running smoothly, they become a place to restock, sell and collect, modify and improve gear, rest and maybe enjoy some scenery, taking a break from the action by building and re-working, improving and creating a place of solitude and pride, in each little ‘town’ in The Commonwealth…]

Example of the Workshop Mode interface bar, normally seen at the top of the screen in Workshop Mode (Building mode)
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Here then, are some main ideas to start off with or to keep in mind  – hopefully helpful to fellow gamers who are either starting out in Fallout 4 [from the latest Steam Sale], or are looking for ways to improve their currently-undeveloped Settlements (colour-coded somewhat-by-importance to help separate them for easier reference):

1.  In the very beginning, build Food and Water and Beds, as much as you can.  

These three things (Beds, Water, Food) are the main limiting factors to how many people will come to live in a Settlement. 

 [The maximum amount of people that can ‘live in your town’ is supposed to be your Charisma+10 (so if you have 5 Charisma, that would be 15 people); Provisioners who run Supply Lines (more on them later on down further) don’t seem to count towards this calcuated total (by my experience so far). Also, this limitation is stated in many places online – however, I have Settlements that are much higher than this number (over 30!) so I have not finalized the concept of Settlement Limitation Amount, at this time] 

Don’t worry about Guard Posts and Turrets, at least, as much as you might think at the start – because although they do help with the overall safety of your Settlement; reducing the amount of Raids that occur, reducing the amount of Damage that will be sustained in the Raids, and setting a higher Security rating (which seems to affect Happiness, but not Immigration rate – more on Happiness later on…) – you can actually put the responsibility on yourself to take care of Raids at first [and get the bonus experience and loot that comes with it!] by Fast Travelling to the Settlements as soon as you see the ‘Help Defend’ tasks come up – or making ’rounds’ between your Settlements as they are starting up, as Raiders sometimes attack while you are there and you can then help clear them out – and get all the Loot they drop, too! 

[The game leads you towards building Turrets at your Settlements near the beginning, too – in the form of a ‘tutorial’ of sorts, somewhat-early on]


2.  Plant any Food (Corn, Tatos, Mutfruit, Gourds, Watermelon and Razorgrain) you find, at first.

Starting out, you want to maximize your growth, so re-planting food you pick up not only increases how much food a Settlement can produce/feed for the Settlers, it also multiplies how much you can harvest!

You can harvest any plants by ‘picking them’ (hitting the Action key while close to them). You can then immediately re-plant the food you just picked, by entering Workshop Mode and going to the Resources>Food section.

A while later, you can start to Cook with your Food – not only do the meals you prepare have special bonuses (they are all different!) but boiling up some VEGETABLE STARCH, made from all materials that you can gather at any Settlement, is a great way to create your own Adhesive building material. Used for almost everything, Adhesive is a very important material to have!



Vegetable Starch, a source of Adhesive, you can create yourself by cooking together Corn (3), Mutfruit (3), Tatos (3) and using Purified Water (1). Purified Water, you can either find as you travel, cook yourself [3 Dirty Water can be boiled up to make 1 Purified Water], or use Water leftover from your Water Sources in your Settlement – as any extra Water that is not used by your Settlers will be ‘kept by the Settlers in the Workshop inventory’ [in the Workshop Bench]. You need Adhesive for Modifications to Weapons and Armor and even for Building – it is used for almost everything and is therefore very important to keep stocked!




3. Tied for the third most important thing/things to start thinking about, are these two concepts:

    • As you can, increase your Turrets and Guard Posts, to increase the Security of the Settlements, and as stated above, reducing the amount of Raids that occur, reducing the amount of Damage that will be sustained in Raids, and keeping your Settlers ‘feeling secure and more relaxed’ (Happier), too. 

    Although the Security Rating of a Settlement (“Defense”) does not effect the speed at which Settlers will immigrate to your little town, the Defense Rating of a Settlement affects the Happiness Rating – which affects how ‘Productive’ the Settlers are in that Settlement (speed of gathering resources, amount of Caps earned, etc) – more on Happiness later on…

    If you have more Guard Posts than you have assigned Guards, they will ‘patrol’ around the Settlement, going between them, back and forth. If you have the same amount of Guard Posts to Guards, they will each stay at one, standing ‘on guard’, most of the time.

    [I personally like to have a couple extra Guard Posts created in my Settlements just to have the Guards move around more… It creates more movement in the Settlements overall and makes them ‘feel more alive’ – something I really like in my Settlements!]

    • Build extra Scavenging Stations as your Settlement grows, as your Junk/Materials allow you to, so as the Settlers keep flowing in, you can assign them to the empty Stations – concentrating more on Scavenging over time will get your Settlers working and searching around, bringing you any Junk Items they find, “automatically” for you to then use!

    Scavenging Stations are assigned to Settlers, who then start wandering the Settlement randomly, picking up Scrap and Junk items they find and placing them in the Workshop over time – they will even ‘break down’ the items at the Scavenging Station – and you can watch them do it! 

    [If you have the Automatron DLC/Expansion, you will find that robots Assigned to Scavenging Stations will simply stand next to the Station with no animations occurring (sadly)]

    ‘How do you Assign Settlers to Scavenging Stations?’
    Further down, there are Steps with Screenshots for each,
    in the Section “How To Assign Settlers To Work Stations”


    After a while, with more Settlers coming in (sometimes they will migrate to your Settlements quite fast, seeing a solid place to find food, water, beds and have some security/safety), you’ll start to see Junk/Scrap/Materials pile up slowly, even Bottlecaps flowing in, sitting there waiting for you in the Workshops of your Settlements. 

     [If you have extra Food/Plants/farming and Guarding that needs to be done, Settlers seem to assign themselves to those first, if you haven’t been by to visit in a while to ‘tell people what to do’ – I have returned to Settlements to find New Immigrants that have started Farming or standing at Guard Posts on their own – but I have yet to see Settlers that Assign themselves to Scavenging Stations]

    Don’t forget to ‘make your rounds’ and periodically travel around to check all of the Workshops, grabbing these extra ‘Caps and ‘Mats, snatching-up the extra Purified Water you’ll see in them, to sell for even more Bottlecaps (especially if you are more desperate for money sometime). Purified Water is created by extra Water production of the Settlement; water that the Settlers aren’t using from the Sources you have set up. This extra Water gets placed in the Workshop for general use and Supply Line provisioning to other Settlements – but since it sells for a decent price and ‘piles up for free’, grab it and Sell it, if you really need ‘Caps!



    4.  As you find more Settlements, start up Supply Lines between them all…

    Supply Lines are ways to ‘share’ the resources of the Workshops between Settlements. You assign a Settler to create a Supply Line between two Settlements, and they then become a “Provisioner”, leading a Caravan between the two Settlements, taking supplies between them so that you can effectively ‘use the Junk/Scrap/Materials/Components of both of them’, no matter which one you are in!

    Supply Lines are started by entering Workshop Mode, then going up to a Settler (one that is Unassigned with no ‘job to do’, or one that you want to make run a Supply Line instead of the job they are currently assigned to) and choosing Supply Line from the bottom menu bar.

    That townsperson will then become a Provisioner, leading a caravan and a wacky Brahmin through the wilds of The Commonwealth… between the Settlement that they originated in and the one that you assigned them to make a Supply Line to.
    Between these two Settlements then, you can utilize any* Junk/Scrap/Components between them, in their Workshops.

    *Note that it appears you cannot share any Weapons or Apparel that you put in [I have not tested Miscellaneous items yet]; you can only share Junk [as of the time of this posting, this may change in a future Update/Patch in the game, of course].

    Requirement: Supply Lines require the Local Leader Perk to be able to ‘organize the people’, which requires a Charisma of 6 – but it has no Level requirement, so you can get it at the start of the game if your Character has a Charisma of 6. If your Character does not have a Charisma of 6, you can also put Perk Points into Charisma as you Level – you get one Perk Point every time you gain a Level – thereby slowly increasing your Charisma to 6, eventually. You can also put on Gear and Clothes that ‘accentuate your Charisma rating’ [eg. Apparel that says “CHR 1”], to get your Charisma up to 6 ‘instantly’!

    [With places like Tenpines Bluff, a Settlement you find somewhat-early on, that has barely any resources at all and barely anything to Scrap for Building Materials – the game seems to even be encouraging you to think about Supply Lines… at least, this is my interpretation..]

    Pick Up Everything! Loot Every Body And Clear Out Every Location You Find!


    Workshops will create Scrap building materials (Components) for you ‘automatically’ from any Junk Items you store in them – just ‘keep building’ and if you have the Junk that can be broken down into the Components you need, it will do it for you!



    What I mean by the above Tip is, if you put in a bunch of Forks and Knives you have found (for example), and you want to build something in your Settlement that requires Steel to build with, just go ahead and start Building – your Workshop will ‘smelt/breakdown the Junk items (in this example, the Forks and Knives) into Steel’ automatically, so you can essentially ‘use the Fork and Knife to build with’ – you do not need to “drop the items on the ground and then go into Workshop Mode and Scrap the items one by one” to get the Materials from your Junk items to Build; just select your part to Build and it will let you build it – if there is enough “components from junk parts” to do so!

    [I’m not sure if this changed from an early Patch or something, but I see a bunch of people asking in forums, even recently, if there is an easier way to get Scrap (building materials) from Junk items besides manually ‘Scrapping them one-by-one on the ground in Workshop Mode’ – there should have been a better Tutorial for this, in a way, in the game itself; but I hope this information above clears it up and helps people out]

    Remember: 
    Junk Items = Scrap Components = 
    Building Materials!


    Pick Up Everything! Loot Every Body And Clear Out Every Location You Find!
    • Repeated, Scavenging Station concept from above, as a Reminder:

      Build extra Scavenging Stations as your Settlement grows, as your Junk/Materials allow you to, so as the Settlers keep flowing in, you can assign them to the empty Stations – concentrating more on Scavenging over time will get your Settlers working and searching around, bringing you any Junk Items they find, ‘automatically’ for you!

    Scavenging Stations are assigned to Settlers, who then start wandering the Settlement randomly, picking up Scrap and Junk items they find and placing them in the Workshop over time.

     [If you have extra Food/Plants/farming and Guarding that needs to be done, Settlers seem to assign themselves to those first, if you haven’t been by to visit in a while to ‘tell people what to do’ – I have returned to Settlements to find New Immigrants that have started Farming or standing at Guard Posts on their own – but I have yet to see Settlers that Assign themselves to Scavenging Stations]

    [If you have the Automatron DLC/Expansion, you will find that robots assigned to Scavenging Stations will simply stand next to the Station with no animations occurring (sadly)]

    How To Assign Settlers To Work Stations (To Get Them To Perform Jobs In Your Settlement, Such As Running Shops/Stores Or Gathering Items For You To Use)

    Below, are the five simple steps to Assigning a Settler to any Work Station, getting them to utilize it and start contributing to the income of Supplies/Income of the Settlement. In this example, we are going to Assign a Settler to a Scavenging Station:

    1. When you first build/place a Station or Store/Shop or other useable buildings in your Settlement, it will show up as “Unassigned”, in the Workshop Mode interface. All buildings that are Assignable in a Settlement will show a ‘person icon’, in Red, to show that the building has a Requirement that needs to be fulfilled, for it to begin functioning.

    2. Find a Settler that you want to Assign to the Station. This can be a Settler that is already “Assigned” to something (so you can change their Job they are Performing in your Settlement), or a Settler who is “Unassigned” (doing nothing specific). Highlight the Settler by looking directly at them, then press the ACTION button to begin to ‘COMMAND them to do something’…

    Settlers who are Unassigned still gather Junk Items they find while walking around and put them in the Workshop Inventory for use by everyone. However, this happens slower than if they were Assigned to a Scavenging Station (which gives them ‘access to tools’). “Unassigned Settlers” contribute to ‘making people feel uneasy’ in the Settlement – which negatively affects the overall Happiness of that Settlement (resulting in lowered Production for that Settlement). Assign all Settlers to Tasks, or Relocate them to another Settlement (“Move” them), if there are no Jobs/Tasks for them to do.

    3. Go back to the Station/Shop/Building that you want to Assign the Settler to, and highlight it by looking directly at it. Then click the ACTION button to ASSIGN the Settler you just started COMMANDing, to ‘utilize this Station’ (in this example, the Scavenging Station, shown below).

    4. After clicking ASSIGN on a Station/Shop/Building, the ‘person icon’ should change from Red to Green, to show that a person is now assigned to the Station/Shop/Building (for example, the ‘Requirement for the Station to function’ is fulfilled). You should also see a message in the upper-left saying, “This resource is now assigned.” – that’s it! In this example, you have now Assigned a Settler to the Scavenging Station.

    5. If you go back to the Settler, you can check to make sure they are properly Assigned, by looking at them directly in Workshop Mode. They should now show the Task they are Assigned to (in this example, the Settler now shows a “Scavenging Station Icon” (a Buzzard, ‘the scavenger bird’)).

    Perform the above steps whenever you want to Assign a Settler to any Work Station, Guard Post, Shop or Store – the steps are the same, no matter what you need to have Assigned.

    Pick Up Everything! Loot Every Body And Clear Out Every Location You Find!

    Example of a Crafting Station, which allows you to create or modify items in the game. This is a Weapons Workbench (from Sanctuary), used to Modify found Weapons, adding higher capacity, faster firing rates, more powerful scopes, and more.
    (Click to see Full Size)


    Starting out with Weapons (Similar Concept to Armor, Below)

    In the beginning, other than the best Weapons you can save for yourself to use (or share with your Companion), SCRAP the rest for Materials…

    Don’t worry about building up a ‘Collection to Sell’ [at the start], you will run into so many enemies that you will have lots of spare Weapons to Sell for Caps later on. Scrapping for Materials not only lets you have Mats to Modify other Weapons you find and improve them as you Unlock Perks with your Points (using the Blacksmith skill) – it will also let you find other parts/materials as you ‘break down’ the Weapons you find into typical weapon-type-materials like Steel, Wood, Plastic and Screws – sadly, you cannot break down Weapons to gain the ever-important Adhesive, it seems [it is ‘already used’, I guess!].

    Example of a Crafting Station, that allows you to create or modify items in the game. This is an Armor Workbench (from Sanctuary, seen in the rain), used to Modify found Armor, adding bonuses like more defense (adding more material to armor), or putting pockets in it (to allow you carry more weight), and more.
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    Starting out with Armor (Similar Concept to Weapons, Above)

    In the beginning, other than the best Armor you can save for yourself to use, (or share with your Companion), SCRAP the rest for Materials…

    Don’t worry about building up a ‘Collection to Sell’ [at the start], you will run into so many enemies that you will have lots of spare Armor to Sell for Caps later on. Scrapping for Materials not only lets you have Mats to Modify other Armor you find and improve them as you Unlock Perks with your Points (using the Armorer skill) – it will also let you find other parts/materials, as you ‘break down’ the Armor you find into typical armor-type-materials like Rubber, Cloth, Leather and Steel – sadly, you cannot break down Weapons to gain the ever-important Adhesive, it seems [it is ‘already used’, I guess!].

    Short Story/Example About Armor: Because I could Modify and Customize Raider Arm armor near the beginning, I gave up the higher-protection “DC Guard Left/Right Arm” armor pieces that I picked off of a poor dead DC Guard, [because it does not seem to Modify-able in the game and] because I ‘knew how to Modify’ the Raider Armor to be POCKETED for higher Inventory/Carry space [you need to ‘learn how’, by putting Perk Points (‘skill points earned every Level’) into Armorer, a Strength 3 skill]. I put the DC Guard Armor in a Dresser at the beginning for the time being, using the ‘Pocketed Raider Arms’ I could Modify, then – a higher Carry Weight Limit is a valuable commodity – especially at the beginning!


    Pick Up Everything! Loot Every Body And Clear Out Every Location You Find!

    Did someone say CHEATS?

    Sick of trudging around The Commonwealth like a Brahmin with two heads cut off, looking for junk to break down into materials to ‘just build’ with? Tired of picking up every piece of Junk you find, trekking in and out of town constantly and thinking “I just want to build up my base…” or “can’t there be an easy way of getting junk” or “there’s gotta be a faster way to get junk”..?


    Then wonder/wander no more – there is a way to instantly get all the materials you want!

    In Fallout 4 [and most Bethesda games], you can type the item you want and how many you want, of any item in the game, into the Command Console. However, you need to know the item’s Unique Identification Number, first (known as the “Base ID” of the item, in Bethesda games). 

    One way to find the Base ID of any item or object in Fallout 4, is to open the Console (by hitting the Tilde key, “~”, usually found next to the Number 1, in the line of numbers across the top of QWERTY keyboards), and clicking on the item or object in the game. It will then show the BaseID of the object at the top/center of the Command Console area.
    For an example; if you wanted to find out the Base ID of that Deathclaw running at you (and since we are in the ‘Cheat Section’ of this article, say… you want to kill it instantly), then you would find out the ID for it by opening the Console (“~”) and clicking once on the Deathclaw (it should be ‘frozen’ by opening the Console), which would show the BaseID of it just below, at the top of the Console area. Now, for this example of ‘killing it instantly’; you just have to type in “kill”, then a space, then type in the BaseID you see on the screen, and hit Enter. BOOM. That Deathclaw that was running at you (and you were unprepared for, full of inventory and unable to run, no doubt)? It’s dead. “First Crack At The Gear!” 

    [Note1: If you try ‘clicking on the enemy, then typing KILL, then just hitting ENTER’ right away; it may not work as desired. You may end up killing yourself… Although those steps do work, they do not seem to work 100% of the time [in my testing], therefore, the Suggestion of doing the steps from just a bit above (“clicking to get the ID, but typing in KILL and the ID number”), is recommended – to save from accidentally killing yourself and having to LOAD…]

    [Note2: The BaseID seems to change [in my testing], as in, when a Deathclaw (from our example above) ‘spawns’ (comes out of the ground), it will have one ID (and it seems to be ‘unkillable’ for a short time), and then when it starts to come at you and attack, it will change to another ID – which can then be used in the Command Console to ‘kill’ it. Also, Base Identifiers may be ‘Procedurally Generated’, which is, automatically and repeatedly created and changed, as a game goes on. Although this does not seem to happen for items like Food and Materials, it does seem to happen with Enemies and Gear (Weapons/Armor) – so be sure to take the steps above when trying to manipulate objects around you (eg. ‘kill’-ing an enemy), finding the BaseID each time, to be sure that there will not be a mistake or missed opportunity, to utilize the BaseID in the Console.]

    Want nearly-infinite food?
    Want nearly-infinite materials to build with?
    Want to ‘just build and not worry about going around collecting Junk (to build with)’? 

    Then wonder/wander no more – here is a way to instantly get all the building materials you want!


    [WARNING/Suggestion: Although getting all of the items you could ever want, whenever you want, to ‘Just Build’ – effectively turning the game into “Fallout 4: The Sims Apocalypse” where you just Build and Decorate and work on keeping your Settlers at bases Happy (not that that’s a bad thing) – it can potentially contribute to making the game ‘less exciting’, as it takes away much of the need to go anywhere or do anything (other than keep your Settlers’ Happiness maintained). This isn’t a bad thing necessarily (I have one Character I created just to play around and learn the Build Mechanics with and have fun just building and decorating..). I only mention this because I would like to Suggest to create a separate Character to do this with, or remember that when the game ‘gets kind of boring’, to create a Character where you ‘don’t cheat at all’, to create suspense/tension within the game. No matter how you prefer to play though, I hope you enjoy Fallout 4 as much as I have – and still do… Have fun!]

    I have some Batch Files for Fallout 4 below, which will allow you to ‘type in to the Console what you want’ [Materials to build with, or Food (so you won’t have to worry about Farming or feeding your Settlers)] and you will instantly have a ton of those items on your character.
    With the Items in them listed in Alphabetical Order, I have one file that is for getting Materials (Scrap/Junk to Build with), one file that is for getting Food (to Eat/Cook with) and one that is for getting huge amounts of both in one shot…

    To use these Batch Files in Fallout 4, simply download the Text file(s) and place them into the Fallout 4 game directory/folder, where the game data/files are.
    [Don’t worry, they are just Text Files, but I give directions on how to make your own further down, if you ‘don’t like to download things unknown very much’.]


    To quickly find the Fallout 4 game files location [in Steam, on PC]:

    Go to the Library section in Steam and Right-Click on the “Fallout 4” listing, choosing ‘Properties’.

    In the Properties window that comes up, click on the ‘Local Files’ tab.

    It shows you what Drive the game is on; but to quickly get to the game files themselves, click on the ‘Browse Local Files’ button, which will open a new File Explorer window (Windows).

    This location is where you want to Save the Text Files to (the ‘Batch Files for Fallout 4’), usually it will have a Path like “SteamLibrarysteamappscommonFallout 4” on whatever Drive/Partition you installed the game to.

    In that folder, Download/Save (or ‘Paste’, if you ‘Copied’ the files from another location) the .TXT files, to be able to call them up from the Command Console in-game. 

    Example of how the ‘Batch Files’ (Text Files) look, after being placed in the Fallout 4 Game Folder
    (Click to see Full Size)
    Here are the steps to use the .TXT-format ‘Batch Files’ once they are in the game directory (shown for the file for getting Food, the file for getting Building Materials, and then the file for getting Huge Amounts Of Everything To ‘Just Build’ if you want...):

    1A. To use the file that gives you 1000 of all types of Food (so you don’t have to worry about Farming or Feeding your Settlers for a long time); type in

     bat allbasefood

     in the Command Console and hit Enter. That’s it!  

    1B. You can now close the Console and you’ll find you have 1000 of every type of Food in the game, on your person.

    1C. Go to a Workshop to Store the Food there (otherwise you will be ‘overburdened’ with all of that Food in your pockets) – you will find the Food items under the AID section in your Pip-Boy, as shown below:

    2A. To use the file that gives you 1000 of all types of Materials to build with (all of the Crafting Components, so you don’t have to worry about going out and looking for and collecting Junk items to Scrap for a long time and can ‘Just Build’, if you want to play that way for a while); type in

    bat allbasematerials

     in the Command Console and hit Enter. That’s it! 

    2B. You can now close the Console and you’ll find you have 1000 of every type of Building and Crafting Material in the game, on your person.

    2C. Go to a Workshop to Store the Materials in the Workshop Inventory (otherwise you will be ‘overburdened’ with all of those Crafting Components in your pockets) – you can just hit the STORE ALL JUNK button, to do it in one step.

    For the last one, which gives 9001 of every single type of Food AND Crafting Component in the game [maybe I should have named it “IJUSTWANTTOBUILD.txt”], use the steps below:

    3A. To use the file that gives you 9001 Of All Types Of Everything To ‘Just Build’ With (all of the Crafting Components in the game, so you don’t have to worry about going out and looking for and collecting Food OR Junk items to Scrap, for a long time and can ‘Just Build’); type in

     bat allyourbase9k

    in the Command Console and hit Enter. That’s it! 

    3B. You can now close the Console and you’ll find you have 9001 of every type of Building and Crafting Material in the game, on your person.

    3C. Go to a Workshop to Store the Junk Items (Materials) and the Food (from the AID section in the Pip-Boy), in the Workshop Inventory (otherwise you will be ‘overburdened’ with all of those Every Frelling Thing In The Game For Settlement Building in your pockets).  

    Here is where to Download the Text Files to place into the Fallout 4 directory/folder (the ‘Batch Files’ to use), from the GoogleDrive for The Blog:

    allbasefood.txt file
    allbasematerials.txt file
    allyourbase9k.txt file

    If you don’t like to normally Download things ‘from unknown places/people’ [aren’t we just ‘Friends That Haven’t Met Yet, though, my dear reader?], here is what the Google Drive link looks like when you click on it:

    Still, feel free to Scan the files with your installed Anti-Virus Program(s), or online through something like Virustotal.com (this is actually a good idea to do with anything Downloaded..).

    If you you rather create your own Text Files, to place into your Fallout 4 directory/folder, to run as ‘Batch Files’, to give yourself an amount of these items, instead of fully Downloading the Text Files offered above – then here are the steps to create your own files:

    Is There A Way To Build More, Past The Limit?

    Sadly, there is a limit to how much you can Build in a Settlement – indicated by the SIZE bar in the Upper-Right corner of the screen in Workshop Mode. While this limitation is there to stop us from building so much that it makes the game go down to 1fps in that area, the SIZE limit is pretty conservative [in my opinion] and I found out that there is an easy way to ‘Build More’ – getting past that Build Size Limitation….

    When you see the message, “Nothing More Can Be Built.”, you can just press your lips together and blow, making that weird trumpet sound, after reading the steps below. No Limitations for you! Just follow these steps and you can continue to Build in that Settlement:

    (Note that this is not a Cheat, it does not affect Achievements and it is doable on Console as well as PC)

    • Get some Weapons together on your Character (specifically Guns, as this specific technique does not appear to work with Melee or Thrown in my testing). Apparel and Junk does not work for this either.
    • Bring up the Pip-Boy and Drop the Guns on the ground
    • Close the Pip-Boy and enter Workshop Mode (by Activating the Workshop Bench or holding ‘V’ (on PC) to open Workshop Mode)
    • Look down at the Guns on the ground and STORE them in the Workshop Inventory (careful not to SCRAP them, that is not what we are doing here at the moment!)
    • You should now see your SIZE bar going in reverse and it will even change from Red to Yellow to Green. BOOM. More Room To Bloom. 

    That’s it! You can now build more in that Settlement. Enjoy! If you want to retrieve your Weapons, you can just go into the Workshop Inventory (“Transfer”) and get them back – which means you can repeat these steps over and over, as needed! (Don’t forget to Share your Screenshots on Steam or elsewhere – other people want to see what you can do – and it gives them new ideas, too)

    Although it is possible to get past the Build Limit by simply dropping ‘any item’ and Scrapping it [I recently learned this on the Steam Forum for Fallout 4], this is still not what I was trying to do, with the Steps above. My intention was to STORE the Guns, so that they can still be utilized later – selling them for Bottlecaps, or ‘Breaking Them Down’ and taking their Modifications off to use on other Weapons, or just using them as Weapons in the game on the Character (or given to Settlers to help them fight off Raids/Attackers) –  that is why the Steps above utilize my method. Storing the Guns allows you to continue to use them (as opposed to Scrapping them into Components to Build/Craft with).



    [……I am going to add to this post, as I remember things that I already have forgotten and can’t seem to bring back up at the moment to throw in here; but I still hope someone finds these concepts and Tips helpful, for either starting out in the game or improving your Settlements (there are more advanced concepts to come….. Have fun with Fallout 4!]

    Health Benefits of Guava for Health and Beauty

    Health Benefits of Guava for Health and Beauty

    Health Benefits of Guava for Health and BeautyGuava has a Latin name Psidium guajava is also often described as guava and guava. The origin of the fruit is reportedly from a country where the sport of football was born, namely Brazil, and managed to get in Indonesia through trade channels in Thailand.
    Guava and Guava has a sweet taste, and not infrequently there is still sour. Round shape leaves with green skin and flesh have two color variants of white and red are where there is little seed seeds can also be consumed.
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    The Nutritional Content of Guava
    There are dozens of nutrients stored in guavas and in each of these nutrients plays an important role in terms of health shore up the human body and diligent person to consume.
    Here are some nutrients that are embedded in Guava :
    • The Water Content Is Not Small
    • Contains Fiber
    • Calories
    • Containing Protein
    • Fats
    • Contain Carbohydrates
    • Contain Iron
    • Abu
    • Containing Calcium
    • Containing Phosphorus
    • Contains Vitamin A (Carotene)
    • Contains Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acis)
    • Contains Thiamin (Vitamin B1)
    • Contains Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin)
    • Contains Niacin (Vitamin B3)
    With the presence of a number of nutrients above the guava fruit can be said as the fruit is also rich in nutrients. Because of them that many people who want to cultivate the fruit is sweet, while it was for her own use is not only edible but also processed into drugs.
    Benefits of Guava
    Many diseases are able to be deflected slowly by this fruit, some of which are as follows.
    1. Can Fight Cancer
    Get used to a healthy lifestyle on a daily basis in order to avoid serious diseases such as cancer that have reported more patients to death. You can prevent cancer in a way that is diligent guava consumption. There is an antioxidant that is able to do this. Lycopene in guava is known it is easier to be absorbed in the body than the tomatoes because the difference in cell structure.
    2. as Diarrhea Drug
    Diarrhea should be quick to take medication. The medicine is not to be made in the factory, you can use a method that is more secure and healthy as a drink with guava juice three times a day. Guava plant also has antibacterial properties, these properties that you can use to stop diarrhea and dysentery. The antibacterial properties either be created because of the content of karetinoid, vitamin C and potassium in it.
    3. Can Lower Blood Pressure
    For People with hypertension are often recommended by doctors to familiarize the consumption of foods and beverages derived from guava and mangosteen peel. Why? because the fruit contains potassium, which is said by the results of the study were able to treat hypertension and lowers LDL cholesterol excess.
    4. Cough and Flu
    Highly vulnerable to extreme weather conditions to make your baby have a cold with a cough. The mother must take action, by giving red guava juice that also contained vitamin C and iron which can inhibit the influenza virus infection.
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    5. Can Overcome Constipation
    Constipation or constipation is the most frequently encountered problems. If you suffer from the same thing you do not immediately take medicine, try to eat a medium-sized guava fruit which also included a 36 percent fiber needs that doctors recommend.
    6. Make More Stomach Satiety
    Guava is the food you choose as a booster stomach, because the content of fiber, protein and some vitamins in it is suitable to withstand hunger. If you are running the program for the diet, the fruit seems appropriate to provide chances of success of your endeavors.
    7. as Drug Thrush
    Thrush occurs because a deficiency of vitamin C as well as drinking water. You can meet the daily requirement of vitamin C by eating guava, besides that because the vitamin content can be overcome thrush was moved at this fruit.
    8. Diabetes Mellitus
    Drink a concoction of guava which has been boiled and filtered water is believed to be able to treat the disease diabetes mellitus.
    9. Younger
    Antioxidants are cooperating also with vitamin A, C and potassium in guava able to treat your skin to keep it tight so avoid premature aging.

    It is remarkable not properties of guava fruit that previously may not know fully. From now make guava as a table fruit that is ready to wash the mouth after every meal. Hopefully article Health Benefits of Guava for Health and Beauty we share today can be beneficial for you. Thank You.

    Battlefield 4: A Double XP Boost Is Currently Active ! [Notification]

    Just a quick notification to those interested in Battlefield 4 that a Double XP Boost is Currently On!
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    See You In The Game!

    [Update: As of 2016-07-26, the Double XP Boost appears to be over… slash-sadface]

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    How Much Protein Do You Need Each Day?

    One of the most controversial and confusing aspects of nutrition is how much protein people should consume each day.    There are several factors to take into account to get a good answer to this question, and there are potential problems with eating too much protein.   There are also definitely problems with not eating enough protein.  It is also important to consider what type of protein is being consumed.
    Height, weight, age, sex and activity level all factor into your protein needs.   Obviously the larger you are the more protein you need to take in to support structural proteins throughout the tissues of the body including the muscles, bone, skin and organs.  In the same way the more active you are the more protein you need to consume.  In addition, protein is used to create enzymes, and enzymes are critically important for all cellular function.
    Protein is made up of amino acids and there are essential and non-essential amino acids.    Essential amino acids MUST be consumed because they cannot be made by the body.    Complete proteins contain all the amino acids and come from meats, poultry, fish, eggs and dairy.   While vegetarian proteins are not complete it is not hard to combine different plant protein sources to obtain all the protein the body needs to function.
    Other factors which influence how much protein is required is overall caloric/energy status.     If you are eating enough calories to maintain bodyweight or gain bodyweight you require less protein as a percentage of overall calorie intake while those people in caloric deficit require a higher percentage of their overall calorie intake to maintain lean tissue mass (losing lean mass like muscle is usually NOT a good idea so this is important).
    How much is too much?

    In large amounts and for certain populations (such as those with compromised Kidney Function) excess protein can cause problems.    That being said, for the normal healthy individual, the body can easily and safely process and use a lot of protein.    A portion of the protein you eat is frequently converted to glucose (blood sugar) and if your overall calorie intake is too high you will convert excess protein into fat like ALL unused excess calories.
    Another potential problem with too much protein is that high protein intake stimulates the release of mTOR which stands for Mammalian Target of Rapamycin.    mTOR is a key regulatory protein that signals for cell growth through the creation of new proteins. Consider protein building similar to a race car. The larger the engine, the greater potential for speed. Similarly, the more mTOR present in any given cell, the greater potential for more protein construction. And just like the gas pedal fuels the engine, mTOR is a signaling protein, and can be various levels of active (like a pedal’s ability to regulate speed). If a number of different processes all signal for ‘Go’, then the cell builds as much protein as it can, as quickly as it can. So just as a souped-up car takes off rapidly, a muscle cell can signal for tremendous muscle growth very quickly, given the right conditions.   n
    For this reason, mTOR is a good thing when you are looking for muscle-building!  However, there is a potential dark-side to mTOR.   Cancerous tumors are designed to grow as fast as possible, and they rely on mTOR signaling to build proteins just like healthy cells.   So too much mTOR could theoretically put people at a higher risk of developing rapid and serious cancers.  In fact, a lot of cancer research is based around slowing down and minimizing mTOR activity in tumor cells (the exact opposite goal of muscle research).
     
    This doesn’t necessarily mean that eating more protein for muscle building is going to cause cancer. Numerous other proteins and factors come into play, and some may respond differently in muscle cells than in cancerous cells.
    Safe and Adequate Protein Intake

    The Institute of Medicine’s protein RDAs are calculated using 0.8 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight. This means an adult who weighs 68 kilograms needs at least 54 grams of protein each day. The RDA for pregnant and nursing women is 71 grams of protein per day.  Keep in mind the RDA is a MINIMUM and does not mean this is ideal!   This also assumes you are sedentary!   So, if you are exercising and trying to build muscle or older and trying to prevent muscle loss higher protein intake is better.  To determine your minimum daily intake, divide your body weight by 2.2 to determine your weight in Kilograms and then multiply by .8 to get your minimum daily protein intake.  
    The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics states that although athletes only need about 1 gram of protein per kilogram of bodyweight to maintain muscle mass, they require 1.4 to 1.8 grams of protein per kilogram to build muscle mass; this is equivalent to about 0.64 to 0.82 grams of protein per pound of body weight each day.

    Honda Motorcycle Supercross Arlington Texas – Barcia Scores a Podium Finish in Texas

    Nearly 54,500 fans filled AT&T Stadium—home of the Dallas Cowboys—Saturday night in Arlington, TX to watch not only the seventh round of the Supercross series, but also the opening round of the Eastern Regional 250SX class. It was an exciting night for Team Honda Muscle Milk’s Justin Barcia who landed on the podium with a solid third-place finish.

    450 Class

    Barcia had a strong showing all day, finishing fourth overall in timed qualifying practice and battling his way to a second-place finish in his heat race. In the main event, Barcia didn’t get the greatest jump off the line but was able to slip to the inside of the first turn and come out in the top five. By the conclusion of the opening lap, Barcia had moved into third. At one point in the 20-lap race he was briefly passed, but countered back to reclaim third position.

    “It was a good night of racing. Obviously I always want to win but third is great for me, especially since I haven’t had the best results so far,” explained Barcia. “Mentally this season has been a challenge so it feels really awesome to be back up on the podium. I wish I rode in the main how I did in the heat race. I felt really solid and think I could have caught James [Stewart] if there were a few more laps, but in the main I got pretty tight towards the end and was just trying not to make any mistakes. I am really looking forward to next weekend. I love Atlanta. It’s kind of like a home race for me, so I have a lot of friends and family coming, which is exciting. Hopefully I can get on the podium again.”

    Team Manager Dan Betley said, “Tonight was a good night for the team. Justin rode strong all day and was up front and competitive in the main event, which is where he belongs. I think this gives us a lot of momentum heading into next week, so hopefully we can build off it and get another podium.”

    After hurting his hand two weeks ago in Anaheim, it was uncertain if Muscle Milk-backed GEICO Honda’s Wil Hahn would even be able to compete this weekend. The Texas native proved otherwise by putting in an impressive effort, duplicating his best finish of the season in Oakland with another eighth-place.

    “It’s been two weeks off the bike for me, which is a long time in the middle of a season,” said Hahn. “I took last week off because my hand just wasn’t ready and I wasn’t even sure if I could ride tonight. Two weeks without riding a dirt bike and then come in here and have the same finish I had in Oakland was pretty good considering the cards I’ve been dealt.”

    Teammate Eli Tomac missed transferring to the main event by one position in his heat race, forcing him to the semi-qualifying round. Following a fifth in the semi, he moved to the main event where he finished 11th.

    250 Class

    This weekend also showcased round one of the Eastern Regional 250 Supercross class with Muscle Milk sponsored-GEICO Honda’s Blake Wharton, Justin Bogle and Matt Bisceglia taking the stage.

    It was a tough start to the night for Bogle, who was forced to transfer into the main event via the Last Chance Qualifier. In the main, he put together a noteworthy ride to finish fifth. “My heat race was horrible, probably one of the worst races I have ever had,” said Bogle.”I just rode so much better in the LCQ, got that win, and that lifted me up mentally. I ended up kind of having another bad start in the main, but I knew the lines I wanted to ride and I ended up in the top five, which was my goal at the start of the race.”

    Wharton struggled in the main event, going down in the slippery first turn and again in a corner later in the race. He was able to remount his CRF250R and finish seventh. Bisceglia looked strong throughout practice but like his teammates, he too had some troubles during the evening. Despite going down in his heat race, Bisceglia was able to recover and still score a transfer spot into the main event. Unfortunately he lost his rear brake on the opening lap and had to ride the entire main event without it.

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    Happy 412 day! Didn’t expect this, did you?!?! You’re getting your moneys worth over here at JACG. Nobody else is celebrating 4-12 day with a Ferrari 412… I guarantee it.

    Dean Martins Ferrari 412P   http://justacarguy.blogspot.com/2010/05/dean-martins-cars-quite-variety.html

    and the lesser known ordinary 412

    Kaempferia Galanga Plant Benefits For Health

    KAEMPFERIA GALANGA PLANT BENEFITS FOR HEALTH

    Kaempferia GalangaPlant Benefits For Health – Coughing often makes your activities disrupted, but it also would make other people around us will also feel comfortable around us. There are several types of cough, which most often is a dry cough and cough with phlegm. Coughing up phlegm is sometimes more torturous than dry cough, throat full of mucus because who wants removed.
    Now this many drug manufacturers are already providing various types of cough medicines, ranging from syrup to tablet. Besides the chemical drugs, you can also wear traditional homemade cough medicine with natural ingredients that are easily found on the kitchen, which is Kaempferia Galanga and salt.
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    Prescription cough simple and traditional ingredients that have long proven to thin the mucus, making breathing until you feel more relieved and able to relieve cough with phlegm. At the moment we are taking this medicine traditional productive cough, a sense of warmth will make the body as well as the respiratory tract would be more relieved.
    ·      Powder, How to make it quite easy. Take Kaempferia Galanga, wash clean, and peeled and grated Kaempferia Galanga and squeeze and take the water, add a little water, put a little salt and stir well, Drink the potion after breakfast and before bedtime.
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    ·      Ginger can also warm the body and treat cough with phlegm. You are experiencing a productive cough is highly recommended to drink warm ginger juice in at least once a day. How to make even very easily by slicing ginger and Kaempferia Galanga, then boiled and taken water juice. Water juice that will be taken.
    ·      Orange juice, have been many people who have felt that Lime is already mixed with soy sauce efficacious to treat cough with phlegm. If you do not like soy sauce, can mix with Honey Lime. Drink Lemon juice with soy sauce and honey as much as 2 to 3 times a day
    Easy is not it? good luck and hopefully this traditional herb cough you get well soon. Hopefully article about Kaempferia Galanga Plant Benefits For Health we share this day can be beneficial to readers. Thank You.

    Workout Anytime in Citizen Tribune

    Workout Anytime in Citizen Tribune

    WORKOUT ANYTIME was recently featured in the Citizen Tribune. The article explains the newest WORKOUT ANYTIME location coming to Morristown, Tennessee this October. It gives background on Steve James and Scott Elliot and how they came about the WORKOUT ANYTIME brand. The article also goes into further detail on the services at the gym and the owners planned community outreach.
    You can view the full article here. 

    Aloe Vera Benefits For Health And Beauty

    ALOE VERA BENEFITS FOR HEALTH AND BEAUTY

    Aloe Vera Benefits For Health And Beauty – Aloe vera always been known as a medicinal plant efficacious. Although commonly grown in pots as an ornamental plant, but aloe vera is often used for material beauty treatments, ranging nourish hair to get rid of acne.
    Aloe Vera for Health, Beauty Face and Hair
    Aloe vera always been known as a medicinal plant efficacious. Although commonly grown in pots as an ornamental plant, but aloe vera is often used for material beauty treatments, ranging nourish hair to get rid of acne.
    Aloe vera contains a wide variety of biologically active compounds, such as mannans acetate, polymannans, anthraquinone, various lectins and saponins and anthraquinone compounds. Anthraquinone compounds contained in aloe vera is a substance that can ward off bacteria.
    Aloe vera is worth mentioning as herbal plants because it contains about 75 kinds of substances beneficial and approximately 200 other compounds are highly efficacious.
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    Benefits of Aloe Vera for Beauty:
    ·         Eliminate Acne
    The trick is very simple and can be done at home without having to go out of the house. Just take aloe vera, then sides, then take the sap or mucus contained therein. Apply on the face acne affected once a day for about 10-15 minutes then rinse with warm water.
    ·         Eliminate Black Spots
    For those of you who have black spots spots on the face because of the influence of cosmetic or acne scars is forgiveness methods to eliminate them in a natural way.
    The trick: after face cleared, grab the tongue jelly crocodile, then cleaned of mucus mucus and prepare to face each morning as well evening. Let stand for 30 minutes. After that wash with clean water and dry. Do at least 2x a day respectively. Guaranteed, your face will be smooth and free from black flex. Despite this time consuming, but if done regularly, the result would be the maximum.
    ·         Healthy Eyelashes
    For those of you who are diligent use mascara, of course, will have an effect on the health of your lashes. Among them: the lashes dry and quickly fall. But you do not worry because there is a special recipe that uses aloe vera jelly can strengthen the roots of the lashes and nourish your lashes and your lashes will be heavy. The trick: each will sleep, or even when you relax, wash your lashes be free of chemicals like mascara. Then take Aloe Vera jelly, and rub gently and slowly on your lashes. Leave for 30 minutes then rinse with plain water until clean. When regularly used it, you will be guaranteed lashes strong, not easily fall out and thick.
    ·         Fertilize Eyebrows
    Aloe vera jelly can also be used to thicken your eyebrows. The way each bed is applied to your eyebrows, then the next day washed. The more you diligently go it, then the result will be the maximum.
    ·         Hair Care
    In terms of hair care that has been done, the use of aloe vera can accelerate hair growth, reducing the appearance of dandruff, and also can replace the function of the conditioner in the hair soften. Take 2 midrib aloe vera that has been washed, then rub it on the scalp that had been washed (done in the afternoon). Then wrapped with cloth and rinse hair the next day, try this treatment every day to get maximum results.
    ·         Skin Care 
    No matter what skin type you have, aloe vera is said is suitable for all skin types because she provides supply oxygen to cells that can evoke strength and nourish the skin. Take a piece of aloe vera gel and set aside part only. Remember, this does not include sticky liquid that stuck to her skin. Destroy this gel and apply before you sleep. In addition to acne disappear, the skin will be soft, shiny and say “goodbye” to the skin wrinkles.
    ·         Shave Gel
    If you want to shave with a comfortable and safe, you do not need to use shaving cream. Quite apply the gel found in aloe vera then you will make it easier to shave and prevents irritation. Aloe vera will keep your skin cool and comfortable without sting.
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    ·         Cleansing Makeup
    You may try aloe vera gel to clean your makeup. Direct taking natural gel, then he will clean up makeup gently without leaving irritation.
    ·         Moisturize
    Not to be confused look for a moisturizer that is natural and safe for sensitive skin. You just find made from aloe vera so skin becomes cool. He also safe for sensitive skin, acne prone skin. Even the aloe vera will help cure acne and acne scars. Benefits of Aloe Vera for Health.
    ·         Overcoming Diabetes
    Consumption of aloe vera in a certain way will be able to assist you in lowering your blood sugar levels for diabetes. You do this by boiling aloe discarded prickly with water 3 cups boiling water and leave until half. This herb can be taken three times per day each half a glass.
    ·         Treating Wounds
    In dealing with injuries minor injuries, aloe vera has many functions. You can use it to treat burns, relieve the pain due to sunburn (sunburn), reducing the color of bruises due to bruises, relieve the pain because of blisters, and reduce cell damage caused by frostbite.
    ·         Treating Hemorrhoids
    Prepare half of the stem of aloe along with two tablespoons of honey and half a cup of boiled water. How to make it easy enough scar aloe vera, then add honey and half a cup of boiled water on a grater earlier. Stir until smooth and strain later this herb. Drink this mixture three times a day.
    ·         Digestion
    A healthy digestion is the key to a healthy body causes poor digestion can lead to various diseases. Well, aloe vera has long been known as a medicinal plant that helps digestion and keep digestion in order to remain healthy.
    ·         Remove toxins from the body
    Just like seaweed, aloe vera is a plant that contains gelatin. The gelatin serves to absorb the toxins that are in the intestine and remove it along with the dirt. The detoxification process is clearly very beneficial for your body.

    Given the many benefits of aloe vera, it helps if you start planting aloe vera in a pot and the home page. Hopefully this article Aloe Vera Benefits For Health And Beauty can be useful to readers. Thank You.

    ‘Fast N’ Loud’ and ‘The Devil’s Ride’ start new seasons Monday

    Weekly dose of reality: The Discovery Channel hits the road tonight with the second-season premieres of its two fast-and-loud reality shows, “Fast N’ Loud” and “The Devil’s Ride.” The motto behind these blood, sweat and gears offerings is “restore the roar.” Like that’s a problem in the noisy universe known as reality television.

    First up at 9 tonight is the second season premiere of the aptly named “Fast ‘N Loud.” This is the domain of car fanatics Richard Rawlings and Aaron Kaufman. Motor mastermind Richard and mechanical prodigy Aaron scour the junkyards of Texas in search of buried automobile treasures. The plan is to unearth forgotten and neglected vintage cars, then restore them at their Gas Monkey Garage in Dallas, Tex.

    This season, the “Fast ‘N Loud” duo are searching for one of the rarest of all finds, the Ferrari F-40. The goal is to take one from rust bucket to gold mine.

    The next stop is the 10 p.m. season opener for “The Devil’s Ride,” Discovery’s look into the world of motorcycle clubs. This season promises to take viewers to the San Diego front lines of a brewing biker war between the Laffing Devils, once the city’s fastest-growing motorcycle club, and the Sinister Mob Syndicate (Sin Mob, for short).

    When the engines get revving on the second season, the leadership of the Laffing Devils is in a complete uproar. Founding member Danny Boy is butting heads with Sandman, and Billy hte Kid is missing. To make matters worse, Sin Mob’s president is an ousted founding member of the Laffing Devils.
    You’re thinking subtle and refined? I’m thinking you’ve got the wrong night on the Discovery Channel.

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    Source: Cleveland (Dawidziak, 2/18)

    Sacrilège: A Kawasaki Z1000ST Of Biblical Proportions


    Enigmatic French builder Ed Turner reworks the Kawasaki Z1000ST, with outrageous results.

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    Ed Turner is one of Europe’s most extreme custom workshops. Owner Karl Renoult has a very clear and unapologetic vision: he builds each bike with “the sole purpose of giving it character and attitude.”This is Karl’s most outré creation yet, a Kawasaki Z1000ST heavy on biblical references and christened Ezechiel 21, ‘The Sword.’

    Enigmatic French builder Ed Turner reworks the Kawasaki Z1000ST, with outrageous results.

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    The Z1000ST is interesting enough in its own right—35 years ago, it was Kawasaki’s first shaft-drive motorcycle, and pumped out a solid 93 horses. But it was also a little staid. And that’s like a red rag to a bull for Karl.The project was commissioned by Grégoire, a man counting his blessings after surviving the November 2015 attacks in Paris.

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    “He decided that his dreams had to be achieved in his lifetime,” says Karl. “After two or three phone calls, we had the outline of the project.”Grégoire wanted a machine with a powerful-looking frame, a springer front end, and beautiful finishes. The Z1000ST was chosen, largely for its powerful engine—this allowed Karl to devote most of the budget (“not crazy, but comfortable”) to the design.

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    The chassis took shape rapidly, with a sleeker profile at the back. But Karl resisted the temptation to mess too much with the stock wheels: “I find them pretty cool when polished and adapted to the CBR forks.”The Honda forks have been ‘emptied and springerized’ using custom dampers built by Shaft Racing. It’s a most unusual setup; the suspension duties have been moved from the fork springs to the shock nestling between the yokes.

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    “For this step, I admit I used some sketches—and even some math,” says Karl. “Not my habit!”“But as usual, surrounded by my mates Joe, Mikael and Gael, we tinkered with this thing and it works pretty well.”

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    Other cues come from the American vintage drag scene. Notably the proportions of the tires: an Avon 5.25/5.50 17-inch car tire at the rear, and a 3.25 18-inch Speedmaster Mk II rib tire at the front.Everything else is kept to the minimum—specifically, a tank that does not exceed five liters in capacity, and a microscopic brake light and flashers under the custom saddle, masterfully crafted by Red’s Leather.

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    “Restricted by the wallet, we were unable to satisfy all our pretensions for the preparation of the engine,” Karl says. “We had to play another card…”It was time for divine intervention, so Karl chose a few lines of Ezekiel 21 from the Old Testament to decorate the tank. “A rather creepy passage which speaks of a sword sharpened and polished—and a God who, for once, seems really pissed off and ready to fight.”

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    To complete The Sword, Karl called in extra manpower from the Breton artisans at Stick Your Cycles. They helped fabricated the bars and the stainless steel exhaust, and refinished the engine cases in green.After several months of work, the Kawasaki was finally ready to hit the autoroute.

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    Karl handed it over with a message to his client: “Greg, you run faster than bullets. Now let’s see what you can do behind the handlebars.”Amen to that.
    Ed Turner | Facebook | Instagram | Photos by Francois Richer

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    First read on bikeexif.com/

    MMI Grad builds motorcycle shop from ground up

    When Bret Sealy set off from his small Central Texas hometown for Motorcycle Mechanics Institute (MMI) Orlando, he had little more than his Harley, a toolbox and the goal of owning a motorcycle business. Since then, Bret has worked hard as a student struggling to make ends meet, a machinist serving the U.S. Army and National Guard, and a one-man construction company to earn his most prized possession – his own motorcycle repair shop.

    Today, he’s back in Richland Springs, Texas, pursuing his passion for motorcycles as president and owner of San Saba Ironhorse, Inc. But achieving this childhood dream hasn’t come easy.

    “From the time I watched a friend ride his dirt bike around our neighborhood, I knew I wanted to be in this industry,” explained Bret. “Whether I was working odd jobs or serving on Army convoy missions, I never lost sight of that goal.”

    Though his jobs have varied along the long road to entrepreneurship, Bret’s work ethic has remained strong. While studying at MMI, he earned $100 a day tiling pools. After graduating in 2007, he briefly worked as a technician for a Harley-Davidson dealership, but he couldn’t ignore the desire to be his own boss. To help save enough for startup costs, he joined the Army and trained to be a machinist.

    “Besides the chance to serve my country in Iraq and Kuwait, the Army prepared me for the motorcycle business,” said Bret. “When I got back to Texas, I expanded my skills by making wheels and axles for rail cars at machine shops, and fitting pipes for oil and natural gas drilling. Between working as a machinist and my training at MMI and in the military, I feel like I can make just about anything.”

    Despite his growing mechanical expertise, Bret still needed to boost his savings to start the business. He joined the National Guard for the weekend drill pay and slowly began laying the foundation for his new motorcycle repair shop … literally. He dug trenches for plumbing, poured the building’s concrete foundation, erected its steel structure, wired electrical systems and painted it inside and out. Until the shop really got off the ground in 2012, his do-it-yourself approach raised more than a few eyebrows around Richland Springs.

    “It’s a small town – there were just 16 in my graduating class,” said Bret. “I’ve known lots of people who talk about their dreams, but never do anything about them. I knew I wanted to be different.”

    At 27, Bret has developed San Saba Ironhorse into a burgeoning business. Specializing in Harley-Davidson and Yamaha motorcycles, the shop also services other bike brands and ATVs used by hunters who visit the area. He’s boosted profits by fixing wrecked motorcycles he buys from insurance companies and selling them online. MMI’s entrepreneurial training has come in handy as the business has evolved, too.

    “Right now, I’m still just a one-man show. But Ironhorse is growing and I hope to hire a team someday,” he said. “If you want to build your own business, you have to understand it’s not going to happen overnight.” Brett would like to express a http://www.sansabanews.com/news/110717/special thanks to his friends and family who helped along the way to make everything possible.

    “People had all kinds of negative things to say when I told them about my goal for this shop,” he added. “But if people tell you that you’re just dreaming or being unrealistic, they’re wrong. Don’t let other people’s opinions get in the way of what you want to achieve. It’s all up to you.”

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    Source: San Saba News (AP, 9/7)

    10 Things Every Motorcycle Owner Needs to Know About Insurance

    Texas is a highway haven for motorcyclists. From hugging the Gulf Coast through salty Galveston, where the Port Bolivar ferry puts bikers at the head of the line for a fast de-boarding, to the gut wrenching twisties outside of Lajitas along the Rio Grande, and from a Hill Country jaunt after a Bandera breakfast to an afternoon cruise among the wind-blown arroyos past Amarillo. Life is good on a motorcycle taking on a Texas road. Even better when you’ve got effective insurance coverage at an affordable price.

    Before you saddle up for your next Texas tour, make sure you’ve reviewed these nine motorcycle insurance tips.

    Choose your coverage carefully

    Just as with your automobile insurance, you’ll find differing levels of motorcycle coverage. Depending on how valuable your ride is, you may opt for plain-vanilla basic coverage or full-coverage, including comprehensive and liability insurance for bodily injury and property damage. Which is ironic when you realize that most damage occurs to you and your bike — not what you hit. But most states require at least a minimal amount of liability insurance.

    The more you ride, the more you save

    Experienced riders earn lower rates with some insurance companies, so the longer you ride, the lower your premium will be.

    Remember the upgrades

    Most motorcycle insurance will cover the basics, but if you’ve bolted on some extensive and expensive options, be sure to price additional accessory coverage.

    Consider a mileage cap

    In many cases, the fewer miles you ride in a year, the lower your premium will be. Kelley Blue Book, the vehicle appraisal service, estimates annual mileage is about 3,000 miles for sportbikes between 600-900 c.c., while touring bikes accrue an average of about twice that: 5,000 to 6,000 miles a year. Your insurance agent may grant a lower premium for a mileage cap on coverage.

    Consider paying annual premiums

    You can save a few bucks by paying your premium annually, rather than semi-annually, quarterly or monthly.

    Garage your bike

    Keeping your motorcycle locked up and in a secure garage can lower your insurance costs, too.

    Consider a cruiser rather than a crotch rocket

    Riding a twistie-gripping sportsbike rather than a laid-back cruiser will hike your insurance rates. Sure, on a cruiser you sacrifice some style and performance but you are likely to pay less for insurance – as well as for speeding tickets.

    Join a riding club

    Believe it or not, some insurance companies will give you a premium discount simply for being a member of an approved riding club. Manufacturers often sponsor riders groups and can be a good source for insurance discounts, too.

    Advanced riding courses earn discounts

    Taking a safety course, such as those offered by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation, can earn you a break on your insurance. A clickable map on the MSF website lists locations of nearby learning events, but if you don’t see one available in your area you can sponsor one of your own. Anyone can order the materials and teach the course.

    Let’s ride!

    Owning a home can also reduce your cycle coverage cost. And, like automobile insurance, the higher your deductible, the lower your premium. Plus, most providers will offer you additional discounts for insuring your home, car, bike and boat with them.

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    Source: Neighbors Go, Plano (01/16)

    And More: Deals and Sales – 75% Off Total War Series Games Through Monday at GameFly

    For those who don’t know yet, a great sale is going on at GameFly this weekend, through Monday, where all Total War games are a whopping 75% Off:

    (This banner will take you to the GameFly purchase page for this sale)

    That means that you can pick up the classic Medieval II: Total War for only $3.75, or get the Total War Master Collection (which includes Medieval II: Total War, Rome: Total War, Empire: Total War, Napoleon: Total War, Total War: Shogun 2, Total War: Shogun 2 – Fall of the Samurai, Total War Battles: Shogun and Viking: Battle for Asgard) – all eight items for only $22.49! (Regular Price: $89.99)

    Enjoy!

    STEAMPUNK’D: URBAN MOTOR’S JAWA SPRINT MOTORCYCLE


    Glemseck 101 is just around the corner. Set in southern German town of Leonberg, it’s a two-wheeled celebration of gasoline and good taste.
    It also attracts some of the most outrageous customs on the planet. We’ve seen everything from turbocharged boxers to fire-breathing Yamaha XJRs. But a 350cc Jawa with a steampunk vibe? Now das ist different.

    This is what Berlin-based Urban Motor have built for their entry into Glemseck’s inaugural Essenza sprint.
    Sixteen teams will compete—a mixed bag of manufacturers and custom builders. The bikes are limited to two cylinders and a 1200cc maximum.

    But it’s as much about style as it is about speed. A panel of judges—and a public vote—will determine the best-designed bike, to be crowned alongside the fastest.
    No prizes for guessing which category Urban Motor are gunning for. With a whopping 18 horsepower on tap, this little 1964 Jawa 350 will be racing against 21st century machinery like the BMW R nineT and Triumph Thruxton R.

    Shop boss Peter Dannenberg’s hardly fazed: “Those who sprint slowly are seen longer!”
    We love the elegant minimalism at play here, which belies the inordinate amount of work that went into the build. Everything wrapped around the Jawa’s two-stroke mill is—quite obviously—completely custom-made.

    “If essence is the key, then we want to do it right,” says Peter. “We want to make a statement.”
    Urban Motor tossed all but the engine, before building a whole new chassis from steel tubing. The design of the alloy bodywork was a collaboration with Marven Diehl of KRT Framework, who fashioned the metal himself.


    Marven was also responsible for the Jawa’s quirky front suspension design, with its integrated handlebars. And no, we don’t know how it works.
    Everything’s book-ended by two skinny, 23” alloy SM Pro rims. A solitary drum brake (at the back) handles the stopping duties.

    On the engine side, Urban Motor have installed a Jikov carb, and fabricated a pair of short, graceful exhausts. With no need for lights or turn signals, the wiring’s been stripped down to the bare essentials.
    The Jawa now weighs a svelte 90kg, with finishes as tasteful as its silhouette. Sven van den Brandt handled the only paint on the project: a touch of matte gold on the forks and swingarm.

    The grips are wrapped in leather from Red Wing, and the seat was made to spec by C. Benda. There are some smaller details to digest too: from the exposed throttle assembly, to the direct-mount rear sets.
    Urban Motor have given their build an appropriately quirky name: ‘EASY (…like Sunday morning).’


    “We are not dogmatic about competitions and rules,” explains Peter. “We like to see the big picture and enjoy divergence with humor, fun and the winking of an eye.”

    Will it win the races? Probably not, but you can bet it’ll win hearts.
    Urban Motor | Facebook | Instagram | Images by Tim Adler | Essenza [In German]
     first published by www.bikeexif.com

    Kaatsu aka Blood Flow Restriction Training

    Kaatsu training was developed in Japan five decades ago.  Ka means “additional” and atsu means “pressure.” An English layman’s term for the practice is “blood flow restriction training,” and involves performing strength training exercises while restricting blood flow to the extremity being worked.

    A significant benefit of the method is that you can use just 30 to 50 percent of the weight you’d normally use while still reaping maximum benefits of resistance training. You use less weight but do more — up to 20 or 30 repetitions versus 8 or 12 in most traditional strength training programs.
    Cuffs or bands are used that are just tight enough to allow arterial blood flow but not venous flow. This causes lactic acid and other waste products to build up, giving you the same benefit as heavy lifting without the dangers associated with heavy weights. For this reason, it’s a great strategy for the elderly and those who are recuperating from an injury.

    Scientists believe that restricting venous blood return can dramatically boost growth hormone secretion, reducing myostatin and inducing cell swelling.    Even better there is less overall tissue damage compared to traditional high intensity resistance training.

    History of Blood Flow Restriction Training

    The history of this type of training was detailed in an Outdoors Online Article (https://www.outsideonline.com/2023016/you-should-probably-try-japanese-blood-flow-routine):

    “Kaatsu came about in 1966 when 18-year-old [Dr.] Yoshiaki Sato, now a doctor, noticed the intense ache in his calves after having assumed the traditional Japanese sitting position during a typically long Buddhist ceremony. It was an ache much like the one he experienced after lifting weights — an ache he realized had to do [with] the occultation of blood circulation.
    Eureka! Using himself as a test subject, Sato spent the next several years perfecting a system of blood-flow moderation using bicycle tubes, ropes and straps. He later replaced the tubes with thin computer-controlled pneumatic bands. The idea was to apply pressure around the arms and legs while lifting a light load, safely impeding the flow of blood to exercising muscles.
    Slowing this flow engorges the limbs with blood, expanding capillaries, engaging muscle fibers and raising lactic acid concentration. But — and here’s part of what makes Kaatsu unique — it fools the brain into thinking it’s being put through a vigorous workout.”

    Kaatsu training can stimulate muscle growth and strength in about half the time, using about one-third of the weight, compared to regular resistance training.

    How does Kaatsu Work?

    The concept idea behind blood flow restriction training is to restrict blood flow in an exercising muscle/s using a band around the upper portion of the arm or leg being worked. This creates a metabolic disturbance that has local and systemic effects:

    1. A reduction in the partial pressure of oxygen and increase in the acidity of the muscle tissue stimulates protein synthesis through an adaptive response to the stressor.

    2. The central nervous system also senses the challenge and compensates by increasing sympathetic tone, heart rate, ventilation and sweating.   There is also an accentuated hormonal response as mentioned previously.

    Kaatsu also stimulates mTOR signaling and lowers myostatin (myostation stops muscle growth!)
    Unexpectedly muscle growth occurs both sides of the cuff even though blood flow is only restricted on the side farthest away from the heart.    The systemic increase in Growth Hormone also drives overall muscle growth.

    How much Pressure?

    It is important not to restrict blood flow too much, as this could lead to injury and fainting.
    The good news is that research shows that if you use common sense the risk of using too much pressure is easy to minimize.  Your limb should not be tingling, turning red, blue or purple, and you should not lose feeling and should be able to feel your pulse in the limb.
    For a great quick start guide to Kaatsu click here:  https://www.kaatsu-global.com/quick-start-guide-001/
    Kaatsu Training Protocol

    A typical training session uses three sets 0f 20 – 30 repetitions per set. use half or less of the weight you’d normally use. Rest between sets is short with typical rest time being 30 seconds.

    Could Kaatsu Cause Injury such as Deep Vein Thrombosis?

    Kaatsu is NOT the same as putting a tourniquet on and if you follow proper precautions is quite safe.    The key is that Kaatsu does NOT alter arterial blood flow as described previously.    It is important to use cuff’s designed specifically for this process.
    Contraindications for Kaatsu

    • Women who have had a mastectomy with or without radiation and/or an axillary node dissection should not use blood flow restriction training.
    • People in hemodialysis who have arterial venous fistulas. Avoid doing blood flow restriction on the affected limb
    • Pregnant women should not use Kaatsu training.

    2013 Honda CB 1100 Motorcycle Review

    It’s easy to label the new 2013 Honda CB1100 motorcycle as “retro,” but to younger riders, which also can mean “for old guys,” that must be a bit off-putting. So let’s put that image aside for now and look at the CB1100 for what it actually is: a great street bike in its own right that doesn’t need to lean on past glories to be appealing.

    Physically, the 2013 Honda CB1100 is quite a large motorcycle, so it looks and feels substantial to sit on – like you’ve got some real value for money. The bars are a little high rise for my taste, so I’d put slightly flatter (read: sportier) bars on. Otherwise, the rubber covered footpegs are nicely positioned and the overall riding position is upright, but slightly leaned forward – just right in other words. The clocks are large and easy to read, and everything works as every Honda always does.

    The CB1100 is noticeably unencumbered by acres of plastic wrapped around it, so the powerful-looking 1140cc air- and oil-cooled DOHC motor is fully on display. The engine itself also looks substantial, and as the centerpiece it gives the bike a very appealing, muscular look. 

Feel is as beautifully smooth as you would expect from a Honda inline four, and although it don’t put out superbike numbers on the dyno, the 2013 CB1100 feels sporty and with a strong mid-range – exactly what’s needed on the street.

    The motor pulls well from low-down, and it never feels buzzy. If you thrash it to the redline, then it produces very acceptable thrust; it feels like it is punching way above its weight limit. When an insider hinted to me that the CB1100’s horsepower is in the 80s, I was very surprised, as the feel of the bike isn’t lacking at all. The 5-speed gearbox is smooth and seamless; the lever throw isn’t particularly short, but clutchless upshifts are an easy no-brainer.

    Suspension for the Honda CB1100 is handled by standard forks at the front and twin shocks at the rear, with spring preload being the only available adjustment. The ride is supple and quite sporting, but the suspension is also very compliant and handles the real-world surface with aplomb. Handling is well balanced, neutral on turn-in, and stable; even fast sweepers couldn’t upset the chassis, it felt that planted.

    Brakes are twin discs up front and, although they’re not the latest radial set-up, they handle stopping adequately. As an owner of a 2013 Honda CB1100, I’d probably experiment with different pad grades to get a little more bite for fast riding.

    I’ve refrained from using the word “nice” in this brief ride review, but I can hold off no longer. The CB1100 is a very nice bike; it does everything it should and looks great while doing it. Younger guys looking to trade up to a big, muscular bike, and who don’t want an uncompromising supersport machine, should look hard at the CB1100.

    The $9999 price tag is very appealing, and passengers will dig the accommodations – for the rider, this bike will do it all and in style. Yes, it’s retro and hearkens back to the old days when one bike did everything – and that’s no bad thing – but I’m excited to see Honda bring a good-looking, strong performer, at a reasonable price to the US. 

The 2013 Honda CB1100 is a great alternative to the racetrack refugee machines that don’t fit a lot of people’s needs and new owners will not be disappointed.

    

2013 Honda CB1100 Specs:

    • Model: CB1100
    • Engine Type: 1140cc air- and oil-cooled inline four-cylinder
    • Bore and Stroke: 73.5mm x 67.2mm
    • Compression ratio: 9.5:1
    • Valve Train: DOHC; four valves per cylinder
    • Induction: PGM-FI with automatic enrichment circuit, 32mm throttle bodies
    • Ignition: Digital transistorized with electronic advance
    • Transmission: Five-speed
    • Final Drive: #530 O-ring-sealed chain
    • Suspension Front: 41mm fork with spring preload adjustability; 4.7 inches travel
    • Suspension Rear: Dual shocks with spring preload adjustability; 3.5 inches travel
    • Brakes Front: Dual four-piston calipers with full-floating 296mm discs
    • Brakes Rear: Single-caliper 256mm disc
    • Brakes: Optional Honda ABS
    • Tire Front: 110/80-18
    • Tire Rear: 140/70-18
    • Wheelbase: 58.7 inches
    • Rake (Caster angle): 27.0°
    • Trail: 114mm (4.5 inches)
    • Seat Height: 31.3 inches
    • Fuel Capacity: 3.9 gallons, including 0.9-gallon reserve
    • Estimated Fuel Economy**: TBD
    • Color: Candy Red
    • Curb Weight*: 540 pounds

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    Source: The Ultimate Motorcycling (Coldwells, 11/12)

    6 Ways Coconut Oil Helps You Lose Weight

    6 Ways Coconut Oil Helps You Lose Weight
    6 Ways Coconut Oil Helps You Lose Weight

    When it comes to ‘super foods’ that can help you lose weight, coconut oil is by far one of the best.  Organic virgin coconut oil offers several benefits which directly affect the bodies ability to shed extra pounds, most of which have been proven by scientific research, not to mention a long history of use by tropical cultures around the world.  From higher metabolism to hormone and thyroid health, this list highlights the top 6 ways that coconut oil can help you lose weight.
    Need a jar of coconut oil in your life? You can purchase Nutiva Organic Virgin Coconut Oil from this page on Amazon.

    1. Coconut Oil Increases Your Energy Levels

    Coconut oil is comprised mainly of the medium-chain triglyceride (MCT) lauric acid.  This essential fatty acid metabolizes very differently when compared to other saturated fats such as those contained in most meat and dairy products.  The human body does not store digested MCTs as fat, but instead transports them directly to the liver where MCTs are quickly converted into energy.  What does this mean for your weight loss efforts?
    Add two to three tablespoons of coconut oil to your daily dietary regimen.  When consumed in the morning, coconut oil can boost your energy levels by an average of 5% for a full twenty-four hour period!

    Check out this phenomenal resource for cooking with coconut oil!

    2. Coconut Oil Decreases Hunger and Curbs Cravings

    We’ve already mentioned that medium-chain triglycerides go straight to the liver during digestion.  Not only does this give the body an extended energy boost, the processing of MCTs also forms keytone bodies which have the added benefit of reducing hunger and cravings.  It’s easy to see how this can help you lose weight faster.

    Enjoy two to three servings of coconut oil each day to feel fuller faster and kick the habit of snacking on heavy foods between meals.

    3. Coconut Oil Burns Fat Faster

    If you’re looking to reduce your daily caloric intake and lose weight faster without compromising your health, you’re in the right place.  Coconut oil enhances the bodies ability to digest food and absorb nutrients so you can eat less without feeling weak or tired all the time.  Also, because it is a natural mood elevator, daily intake of coconut oil can help you to feel less stressed and more motivated to partake in healthy cardiovascular activities which help you to burn off persistent fat stores even faster.

    Regular consumption of coconut oil has the power to ramp up your fat-burning potential – especially for losing stubborn belly fat – improving digestion, regulating appetite, and just making you feel good!

    4. Coconut Oil Helps To Balance Your Hormones

    Without the proper building blocks – usually fatty acids or derivatives thereof – your body can’t properly synthesize the hormones needed to regulate such things as mood, thyroid function, digestion, sex drive, and metabolism.  The medium-chain triglycerides in coconut oil assist the body in the conversion of cholesterol in the blood stream into the sterone pregnenolone.  This endogenous bio-chemical is one of the main precursors for the human body’s production of hormones.  What does this mean in a (coco)nutshell?
    Coconut oil promotes the production of healthy hormones which improve digestion, reduce stress and anxiety, increase energy, and help you burn away stubborn fat stores such as those around the waist, buttocks, and thighs.

    5. Coconut Oil Helps The Body Absorb Nutrients More Efficiently

    As previously mentioned, coconut oil has the power to improve digestion.  More importantly, daily consumption of coconut oil actually helps your digestive tract to absorb fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, E, and K) more efficiently.  These vitamins are responsible for such things as cellular regeneration, healthy skin and bones, improved mood, and brain function.  Vitamin D further aids digestion by promoting the uptake of vital minerals such as calcium, iron, magnesium, and zinc.  How can this help you to lose weight faster?
    When your body has all of the vitamins and minerals that it needs, you’ll fell better all over.  This means less stress, reduced hunger, and higher motivation to reach your goals.  Enjoy a tablespoon or two of coconut oil every day to keep your body running smoothly – like a well-oiled machine!

    6. Coconut Oil Helps To Stabilize Your Blood-Sugar

    Because coconut oil absorbs easily without the need for digestive enzymes, the pancreas is less stressed and able to produce insulin more efficiently.  Also, as a saturated fat, coconut oil makes it easier for cells to bind with insulin during digestion.  When your body has the required amounts of insulin, your cells receive the glucose (blood-sugar) they need to fuel your daily activities.  How does this translate into weight loss?
    A daily serving or two of coconut oil can actually help your body to maintain stable blood-sugar levels by promoting the efficient production and use of insulin, thus providing more glucose to give you energy and help you lose weight.
    Remember: All things in moderation!  Coconut oil is high in calories.  Limit your intake to one or two tablespoons per day so as not to unwittingly sabotage your weight-loss efforts
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    Loan Officers: 1099 or W-2

    QUESTION
    I want to hire a mortgage loan officer. I’ve been told it may be to my benefit to classify the loan officer as a 1099 independent contractor versus a W-2 employee. Am I able to do that? What are the benefits?
    ANSWER
    I am answering this question strictly from the human resources point of view. As the subject more broadly relates to whether a loan officer – based on being an 1099 independent contractor or a W-2 employee – meets specific guidelines set forth by the Fair Labor Standards Act and the issuances of the Department of Labor with respect to classifying mortgage loan originators or the GSEs, various federal agencies, and Department of Housing and Urban Development guidelines for the purposes of originating certain types of loan products, such as FHA loans, I suggest you contact us for a consultation or speak to your compliance department for more details.
    It may seem a benefit to the employer to classify a loan officer as a 1099 independent contractor because the employer does not pay employee benefits or certain payroll taxes. However, the question is not whether it is to the employer’s benefit, but rather, does the person’s position and work qualify as an independent contractor under IRS rules? The IRS has specific guidelines regarding whether a person can be classified as a contractor (1099). The IRS can levy significant penalties to employers who misclassify employees. 
    Generally, an employee with a W-2 is paid on an hourly or salaried basis, while a 1099 independent contractor is paid based on a contract that has a defined end, although the duration of employment can last anywhere from several weeks to years. Typically, a 1099 independent contractor is hired to work on a specific project or to provide support during a W-2 employee’s leave of absence.
    The IRS guidelines basically say, “If you have the right to control or direct not only what is to be done, but also how it is to be done, then your workers are most likely employees.” The IRS focuses on three main areas when determining employment status:
    • How much control the employer has over the worker’s behavior and work results. (Who controls training, where and when the person works, what equipment they use?)
    • How much control does the employer have on finances? (Does the employer have primary control over the person’s profit or loss?)
    • What is the relationship between parties? (Does the worker receive benefits and is it a long-term relationship?)

    Here is the 20-point checklist from the IRS, which may be used as guidelines in determining if a worker can be legally paid as a contractor:
    1. Must the individual take instructions from your management staff regarding when, where, and how work is to be done?
    2. Does the individual receive training from your company?
    3. Is the success or continuation of your business somewhat dependent on the type of service provided by the individual?
    4. Must the individual personally perform the contracted services?
    5. Have you hired, supervised, or paid individuals to assist the worker in completing the project stated in the contract?
    6. Is there a continuing relationship between your company and the individual?
    7. Must the individual work set hours?
    8. Is the individual required to work full time at your company?
    9. Is the work performed on company premises?
    10. Is the individual required to follow a set sequence or routine in the performance of his work?
    11. Must the individual give you reports regarding his/her work?
    12. Is the individual paid by the hour, week, or month?
    13. Do you reimburse the individual for business/travel expenses? 
    14. Do you supply the individual with needed tools or materials?
    15. Have you made a significant investment in facilities used by the individual to perform services?
    16. Is the individual free from suffering a loss or realizing a profit based on his work?
    17. Does the individual only perform services for your company?
    18. Does the individual limit the availability of his services to the general public?
    19. Do you have the right to discharge the individual?
    20. May the individual terminate his services at any time?

    No one question determines the worker’s status. Agencies and courts typically look at the totality of the employment circumstances when determining whether a worker qualifies as an independent contractor. 

    Kimberly Braman
    Director/Human Resources Compliance 
    Lenders Compliance Group

    Sacrilège: A Kawasaki Z1000ST Of Biblical Proportions


    Enigmatic French builder Ed Turner reworks the Kawasaki Z1000ST, with outrageous results.

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    Ed Turner is one of Europe’s most extreme custom workshops. Owner Karl Renoult has a very clear and unapologetic vision: he builds each bike with “the sole purpose of giving it character and attitude.”This is Karl’s most outré creation yet, a Kawasaki Z1000ST heavy on biblical references and christened Ezechiel 21, ‘The Sword.’

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    The Z1000ST is interesting enough in its own right—35 years ago, it was Kawasaki’s first shaft-drive motorcycle, and pumped out a solid 93 horses. But it was also a little staid. And that’s like a red rag to a bull for Karl.The project was commissioned by Grégoire, a man counting his blessings after surviving the November 2015 attacks in Paris.

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    “He decided that his dreams had to be achieved in his lifetime,” says Karl. “After two or three phone calls, we had the outline of the project.”Grégoire wanted a machine with a powerful-looking frame, a springer front end, and beautiful finishes. The Z1000ST was chosen, largely for its powerful engine—this allowed Karl to devote most of the budget (“not crazy, but comfortable”) to the design.

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    The chassis took shape rapidly, with a sleeker profile at the back. But Karl resisted the temptation to mess too much with the stock wheels: “I find them pretty cool when polished and adapted to the CBR forks.”The Honda forks have been ‘emptied and springerized’ using custom dampers built by Shaft Racing. It’s a most unusual setup; the suspension duties have been moved from the fork springs to the shock nestling between the yokes.

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    “For this step, I admit I used some sketches—and even some math,” says Karl. “Not my habit!”“But as usual, surrounded by my mates Joe, Mikael and Gael, we tinkered with this thing and it works pretty well.”

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    Other cues come from the American vintage drag scene. Notably the proportions of the tires: an Avon 5.25/5.50 17-inch car tire at the rear, and a 3.25 18-inch Speedmaster Mk II rib tire at the front.Everything else is kept to the minimum—specifically, a tank that does not exceed five liters in capacity, and a microscopic brake light and flashers under the custom saddle, masterfully crafted by Red’s Leather.

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    “Restricted by the wallet, we were unable to satisfy all our pretensions for the preparation of the engine,” Karl says. “We had to play another card…”It was time for divine intervention, so Karl chose a few lines of Ezekiel 21 from the Old Testament to decorate the tank. “A rather creepy passage which speaks of a sword sharpened and polished—and a God who, for once, seems really pissed off and ready to fight.”

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    To complete The Sword, Karl called in extra manpower from the Breton artisans at Stick Your Cycles. They helped fabricated the bars and the stainless steel exhaust, and refinished the engine cases in green.After several months of work, the Kawasaki was finally ready to hit the autoroute.

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    Karl handed it over with a message to his client: “Greg, you run faster than bullets. Now let’s see what you can do behind the handlebars.”Amen to that.
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    Slow Burn: A BMW R90/6 from Icon 1000

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    Customizing motorcycles is a very serious business. It absorbs time, money, and garage space. It also requires high levels of mechanical skill, and usually the patience of a spouse.
    Not surprisingly, most customizers take themselves very seriously. But one man who doesn’t is Kurt Walter, Design Director for the Icon 1000 apparel brand.

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    Walter doesn’t just design the gear: he also leads the team that builds Icon’s off-the-wall concept bikes. They’re vastly different machines tied together by a common thread of irreverence.
    This is Icon’s latest build, a mid-70s BMW R90/6 with a subtle military vibe.

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    “The donor bike was the last of the cheap BMW airhead buys in the Portland metro area,” Walter tells us. “Like a swarm of bearded locusts, hipster nation had already devoured every Honda CB within a thousand miles.”

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    The BMW was quickly dubbed Slow Burn, in reference to her “well-used jugs.”
    Walter never does things by halves, so we’ve got a heavily modified frame, with a heightened subframe for clearance and a reworked backbone for rigidity.

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    The gas tank is stock, but has a neatly frenched gas cap and reworked mounts to keep it low and level.
    The R90/6 offers pleasing amounts of grunt straight from the factory, so it’s just been treated to a custom exhaust. It’s a 2-into-1-into 2 setup, snaking high out of harm’s way, and terminated with shorty silencers from a Honda CRF450. A quilted seat from Ginger at New Church Moto cushions the ride.

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    The rear suspension is now a mono shock—courtesy of Progressive—and fitted to a Dakar-style braced swingarm. The rear cargo rack is almost as neat: it’s actually a modified subframe from a Ninja 300. “Large enough to hold a bespoke shaving kit and antique silver flask,” Walter deadpans.

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    A front fender from a Ducati 860GT keeps the salt spray at bay, and the rubber is equally practical—it’s Continental’s Twinduro TKC80, the quintessential dual sport tire. A rally lamp from the iconic German brand Hella (est. 1899) lights the way.

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    Icon is known for its entertaining short films, and there’s one to celebrate the launch of Slow Burn. “We procured a military surplus Zodiac boat, an open stretch of Pacific coastline, and a rubber clad Russian model,” says Walter.
    Sounds like the perfect weekend trip to us. Enjoy.
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    9 Evidence-Based Health Benefits of Almonds

    9 Evidence-Based Health Benefits of Almonds

    By Joe Leech

    Almonds are an incredibly popular tree nut.
    Despite being high in fat, they are highly nutritious and extremely healthy.
    Here are 9 evidence-based health benefits of almonds.

    1. Almonds Deliver a Massive Amount of Nutrients

    The almond is the edible seed that grows on the tree Prunus dulcis, more commonly called the almond tree.
    Almonds are native to the Middle East, but the United States is now the world’s largest producer.
    The almonds we buy at the store have usually had the shell removed, revealing the edible nut inside.
    They are sold either raw (often referred to as “natural”) or roasted.
    This is what almonds look like:
    Almonds in a Bowl on Wooden Table
    Almonds boast an incredibly impressive nutrient profile.
    A 1 ounce (28 grams, or small handful) serving of almonds contains (1):
    • Fiber: 3.5 grams.
    • Protein: 6 grams.
    • Fat: 14 grams (9 of which are monounsaturated).
    • Vitamin E: 37% of the RDA.
    • Manganese: 32% of the RDA.
    • Magnesium: 20% of the RDA.
    • They also contain a decent amount of copper, vitamin B2 (riboflavin) and phosphorus.
    This is all from a small handful, which supplies only 161 calories and 2.5 grams of digestible carbohydrates.
    It is also important to note that 10-15% of an almond’s calories are not absorbed by the body, because the fat is too difficult to access and break down (2, 3).
    Almonds are also high in phytic acid, a substance that binds certain minerals and prevents them from being absorbed. This means that the amount of iron, zinc and calcium you get from the almonds will be reduced somewhat.
    Bottom Line: The almond is a very popular tree nut. Almonds are high in healthy monounsaturated fats, fiber, protein and various important nutrients.

    2. Almonds Are Loaded With Antioxidants

    Almonds With and Without Skin

    Almonds are a fantastic source of antioxidants.
    Antioxidants help to protect against oxidative stress, which can damage molecules in cells and contribute to aging and diseases like cancer (4, 5).
    The powerful antioxidants in almonds are largely concentrated in the brown layer of the skin (6, 7, 8).
    For this reason, blanched almonds (skin removed) are not the best choice from a health perspective.
    A clinical trial of 60 male smokers found that 84 grams (about 3 ounces) of almonds per day reduced oxidative stress biomarkers by 23-34%, over a 4 week period (9).
    These findings support those of another study, which found that eating almonds with main meals reduced some markers of oxidative damage (10).
    Bottom Line: Almonds are high in antioxidants that can protect your cells from oxidative damage, a major contributor to ageing and disease.

    3. Almonds Are High in Vitamin E, Which Protects Your Cell Membranes From Damage

    Three Stacked Almonds

    Vitamin E is the name for a group of fat soluble antioxidants.
    These antioxidants tend to build up in cell membranes in the body, protecting the cells from oxidative damage.
    Almonds are among the world’s best sources of vitamin E, with just one ounce providing 37% of the recommended daily intake (1).
    Several studies have linked higher vitamin E intake with lower rates of heart disease, cancer and Alzheimer’s disease (11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16).
    Bottom Line: Almonds are among the world’s best sources of vitamin E. Getting plenty of vitamin E from foods is linked to numerous health benefits.

    4. Almonds Can Assist With Blood Sugar Control

    Almonds

    Nuts are low in carbs, but high in healthy fats, protein andfiber.
    This makes them a perfect choice for diabetics.
    However, another thing that sets almonds apart, is their remarkably high amount of magnesium.
    Magnesium is a mineral involved in more than 300 bodily processes, including blood sugar control (17).
    The current recommended intake for magnesium is 310-420 mg. Two ounces of almonds provide almost half of that, with 150 mg of this important mineral (1).
    It turns out that 25-38% of type 2 diabetics are deficient in magnesium, and correcting the deficiency significantly lowers blood sugar levels and improves the function of insulin (18, 19, 20).
    Interestingly, people without diabetes also see major reductions in insulin resistance when supplementing with magnesium (21, 22).
    This indicates that high magnesium foods (like almonds) may be beneficial for prevention of metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes, both of which are massivehealth problems today.
    Bottom Line: Almonds are extremely high in magnesium, a mineral that most people don’t get enough of. High magnesium intake may have major benefits for metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes.

    5. Magnesium Also Has Benefits For Blood Pressure Levels

    The magnesium in almonds may also help to lower blood pressure levels.
    Housewife Holding Jar of Almonds
    High blood pressure (hypertension) is one of the leading drivers of heart attacks, strokes and kidney failure.
    A deficiency in magnesium is strongly linked to blood pressure problems, regardless of whether you are overweight or not (23, 24, 25).
    Studies have shown that correcting a magnesium deficiency can lead to major reductions in blood pressure (26, 27).
    Given that the majority of US adults do not meet the dietary recommendations for magnesium, the addition of almonds to the diet could have a huge impact.
    Bottom Line: Low magnesium levels are strongly linked to high blood pressure, indicating that almonds can be beneficial for blood pressure control.

    6. Almonds Can Lower Cholesterol Levels

    Cracked Almonds

    Having high levels of LDL lipoproteins (the “bad” cholesterol) in the blood is a well-known risk factor for heart disease.
    What you eat can have major effects on LDL levels, and some studies have shown almonds to be effective.
    A 16-week study in 65 pre-diabetic subjects found that a diet with 20% of calories from almonds lowered LDL cholesterol levels by an average of 12.4 mg/dL (28).
    Another study found that 1.5 ounces (42 grams) of almonds per day lowered LDL cholesterol by 5.3 mg/dL, while maintaining the “good” HDL cholesterol. The almond group also lost belly fat (29).
    Bottom Line: Eating 1-2 handfuls of almonds per day can lead to mild reductions in LDL cholesterol levels.

    7. Almonds Prevent Harmful Oxidation of LDL Cholesterol

    A Single Almond

    Almonds do more than just lower LDL levels in the blood.
    They also protect the LDL from oxidation, which is a crucial step in the heart disease process.
    The skin of almonds is rich in polyphenol antioxidants, which have been shown to prevent oxidation of cholesterol in test tubes and animal studies (30, 31).
    The effect may be even stronger when combined with other antioxidants, like vitamin E.
    In one human study, snacking on almonds for one month lowered oxidized LDL cholesterol levels by 14% (32).
    This should lead to a reduced risk of heart disease over time.
    Bottom Line: LDL cholesterol can become oxidized, which is a crucial step in the heart disease process. Snacking on almonds has been shown to significantly reduce oxidized LDL.

    8. Eating Almonds Reduces Hunger, Lowering Your Overall Calorie Intake

    Almonds are low in carbs, and high in both protein and fiber.
    Holding a Glass Bowl Full of Almonds
    Both protein and fiber are known to increase satiety. They help people feel more full, so they end up eating fewer calories (33, 34).
    In a 4-week study with 137 participants, a daily 1.5 ounce (43 grams) serving of almonds significantly reduced hunger and desire to eat (35).
    Numerous other studies support the hunger-fighting effects of nuts (36, 37).
    Bottom Line: Nuts like almonds are low in carbs, but high in protein and fiber. Studies show that eating almonds (and other nuts) can increase satiety and help you eat fewer calories.

    9. Almonds Are Incredibly Effective For Weight Loss

    Asian Woman With Bowl Full of Almonds

    Nuts contain several nutrients that are hard for the body to break down and digest.
    About 10-15% of the calories in nuts aren’t absorbed, and there is some evidence that eating nuts can boost metabolism slightly (38).
    Combined with the hunger-fighting properties, it makes sense that nuts are a great addition to an effective weight loss diet.
    Interestingly, there are some quality human studies that support this.
    In one of them, a low-calorie diet with 3 ounces (84 grams) of almonds increased weight loss by 62% compared to a diet enriched with complex carbohydrates (39).
    Another study in 100 overweight women found that those consuming almonds lost more weight than those in the nut-free group. They also had improvements in waist circumference and other health markers (40).
    So, despite being high in fat, almonds are most definitely a weight loss friendly food.
    However, almonds may cause problems for people who are prone to binge eating, as they can be quite “more-ish.”
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    Hitman: Absolution – First Impressions and Screenshots

    I finally picked up the latest iteration of the Hitman Series, Hitman: Absolution, starring Agent 47 as the main anti-hero, id est killing the bad guys but never quite [arguably] becoming one of them. Differing from the last couple of Hitman publications, Absolution has an overarching story, connections being made in a chronological manner throughout the various stages and settings. Characters are introduced and developed via cutscenes, as the plot is pushed further by your completing the next mission for a feeling of engagement in the storyline.

    I personally liked this approach, as opposed to the last couple of Hitman games, which seemed like mostly ‘replays’ of old missions from previous games (which in and of itself, isn’t a bad thing). While there were similar settings, such as a Chinese Market Square, they were sufficiently changed enough – especially with the graphical improvements and new gameplay interface – to seem varied enough to be enjoyable. There were even updated versions of [personal] ‘old favorites’ that I waited excitedly for (such as a ‘Hotel’ stage). Slightly more varied than the old versions, if you include the new “Instinct” game mechanic, these levels felt ‘fresh’, even if they weren’t new.

    The “Instinct” game mechanic seems like an effort to simplify the game, making it easier for newcomers and those who had trouble with the complexity and scope of the previous Hitman games. Indeed, I remember reading a lot over the years of people saying the Hitman games were “too big” or “too complex” and that it didn’t help the player much at all, as far as where to go and what to do. It “plopped you down in a large area with just a map”, they felt. Of course, that was the draw for all of the other people, the complexity and seeming openness of the game was enjoyed, where you had to figure out everything yourself. You could decide what to skip and what to do and could decide for yourself how to do it. The new “Instinct” mechanic of Absolution doesn’t take too much away from this (you can turn it ‘off’ if desired) and it actually adds to the cinematic feel of the game by taking the ‘player out of playing’, so to speak, which results in more of a feeling that you are ‘playing Agent 47’, guiding him (and using his innate abilities) through the game, as opposed to ‘actually being Agent 47’ and figuring everything out yourself heavy-handedly. I suspect this more objective approach has already been a point of contention since the game was released.

    An example of Hitman: Absolution’s new ‘Hitman Instinct’ game mechanic, showing how Agent47 can ‘sense’ enemies in and around the nearby area and estimates where they may be heading.

    When utilizing Agent 47’s ‘Instinct’, the game shows where 47 ‘senses’ there are enemies and where they are and shows you on the screen with outlined shapes. It even shows where 47 ‘calculates’ enemies will be moving to, showing you their intended path with a line of flame and where they will stand still with a larger lick of fire. This is where the adrenalin-dipped decision making and primal ‘danger’ awareness kicks in during the game, as a player can choose to set up an engagement with an enemy, or stealthily avoid these paths and points.

    For those who do not like or want the new game mechanic at all, it can be turned off, mainly by choosing a higher difficulty level. There are five to choose from and higher difficulties result in more ‘sensitive’ or ‘aware’ enemies, tougher enemies (wearing more body armor one assumes) and more of them. For those who are new to the game or having trouble with it, the difficulty can be lowered as well, with less enemies, enemies with less skill (not as good at aiming) and less awareness (having a bit more ‘tunnel-vision’) allowing you to sneak around them easier. The option to have this game mechanic off or on, at the players choice, is nice and was no doubt included to appease those who would not like it’s hints and guidance. New players (those talking about the games’ difficulty in the past) can have it on and still enjoy the action and storyline as well. It feels like an ‘attempt to please everybody’ – and I assume it will work well in that regard. (I haven’t read any Reviews of the game (to avoid exposure to the material within) before I purchased it, but I assume that once I indulge in others’ opinions, I will see much disagreement on that last sentence).

    View of a hotel cleaning supply room from an air ventilation shaft. Click to see Full Size

    The game itself felt atmospheric and cinematic. The music changed as action waxed and waned. Enemies ignored or chased you around winding levels that you had to discover and remember. The graphics were spectacular, with detailed textures, dark and gritty lighting and shading. The core Hitman gameplay was there – even if it wasn’t there for very long. This game felt very short to me. Perhaps it was the somewhat simple Television Movie Special plot, perhaps it was the number of missions (although they were split up into sections). Perhaps it was merely enjoying it so much that I wanted more, but just during the course of writing this article off and on, I have completed the game in it’s storyline entirety (not counting Challenges and Item Collection) in just over 20 hours. That doesn’t seem very long, but I suppose it is to be expected in a game that is more like “Max Payne” and less like “Skyrim” (more Action and less RPG). You could keep playing after finishing the main story, select past levels and retry them, doing them ‘cleaner’ for a better score or achievement, or look around and discover new weapons and pathways, or just redo any level you wanted to for fun.

    An example of how the levels are split up into sections and how you can select past levels to replay them.
    An example of the updated game engine, with higher-detailed character models, textures and environments.
    Click to see Full Size

    Other than the copy-pasted ‘general population’ mannequin-people utilized in larger crowds (used understandably to keep memory/resource usage of the game down of course – all of the ‘main’ NPCs have good detail to them), I personally liked the attention  paid to smaller details, such as the amount of debris scattered around the levels – things like cups, papers and garbage, all part of the gritty ‘lived-in-ness’ of the environment, adding to the realism. It’s nice to see games that pay more attention to the surroundings/settings these days, as opposed to the stark, clean-floor environments in games of yesteryear.

    Overall, Hitman: Absolution was very enjoyable. It was great fun to figure out steps and schemes for the various areas and carry them out with cold calculation. I laughed out loud a few times and grit my teeth in anger at the more difficult parts, playing them over and over again, trying to figure out new ways to accomplish the objectives and complete the contracts. Despite feeling shorter (perhaps just because it was so enjoyable) and despite some changes that others might not entirely like, I still suggest trying it (especially if you are a fan of the previous games in the Hitman series). I personally had a lot of fun with the game – and isn’t that the most important thing?

    Have fun with Absolution and See You In The Games!

    And More: It’s Not Just You™ – Windows Desktop Icons Sometimes Loading Small Versions Of Themselves For No Reason At All

    [Windows Related] Although not really anything ‘new’ – this is something I have been experiencing off and on in Windows for years now – I wanted to mention something here (just in case it might help others too) that today is, for some strange reason, the first time I am submitting Windows Feedback on an aging issue: where the Desktop Icon images sometimes (for unknown reasons) load as wee-little versions of themselves – intermittently showing smaller images of the ‘normally-256×256-or-higher’ resolution images – and if you are experiencing this too, It’s Not Just You™…

    For the last few versions of Windows, I have been seeing, at random times, Desktop Icons loading – not their nice, large representations of their games, both alluring and alluding to the fun to be had in the games ‘behind-the-mask’ – but loading wee-little teeny-tiny versions of themselves, squishing the pixels in merciless transgression, giving my normally-full-of-icons Desktop scattered pimples of picturesque perturbation. One example of one of these perpetrators, is below:

    As you can see, the [lower] Warhammer 40k Icon I created/assigned, has loaded ‘full size’ (Windows Large Preset Size), whereas the Vindictus Icon [on top] has loaded a ‘smaller size’ of its’ normally larger self today – for no stated reason at all. No message, no little exclamation mark on the corner of the image, to indicate “something went wrong”, leading me to troubleshoot what might be the issue. Indeed, I can do nothing, but try to ignore my pimple-popping urge to fix these intermittent occurrences to my Desktop (temporarily, by replacing the Icon image with something else – the only repeatable ‘workaround’ I have come across so far).

    And so, after many years of finger-in-the-dam work on bypassing this little problem [pun not intended], I have finally mentioned it to Microsoft, via their Official Windows Feedback Hub, found in Windows 10…

    The Official Windows Feedback Hub personally thanking me for submitting my feedback about icons loading smaller sizes of themselves, randomly, for no reason whatsoever other than to make me notice that game that I haven’t played in years but still have installed, taking up space on my drives, which is already at a premium due to my screenshot and clip hoarding tendencies

    As many of you already know, MS has been trying very hard to really listen to Users these last few generations of Windows, implementing Suggestions and continually collecting Feedback on a myriad of topics that have to do with Windows, from how it operates, to how it simply looks. Today, I finally got around to telling them about this little virtual thorn of mine. Perhaps someday, they will find out why this happens randomly [to different icons each time!] and I may one day feel relief in my virtual lion’s paw… Good Luck, Microsoft – I think you’ll need it; and if you, dear reader, are experiencing this too, remember – It’s Not Just You™…

    Addendum:
    Just a quick note that I have been creating/editing my own Windows Desktop Shortcut Icons for some time now, from multi-layered compositions (with added sun flare!) to simple crops from game boxes or ads (like the one shown above, for Warhammer) – someday, I plan on sharing these Icons with you, my dear readers, here at The Blog. I have no idea when, but it’s safe to say that I will be able to collect them up, polish them down and pack them in a Zipped-up File and share them sometime around 2025… Soon™

    Traffic in the Honolulu metropolitan area is the second worst in the country, second only to Los Angeles

    WORKOUT ANYTIME on FOX 56 Lexington

    WORKOUT ANYTIME on FOX 56 Lexington

    Head Trainer Carl Flotka of WORKOUT ANYTIME Lexington was recently featured on FOX 56 Lexington. In the segment Carl talks about how to portion control during the holiday season and highlights a few exercises that viewers can do to stay active.
    View the full segment here.

    Helpful Motorcycle Tips

    Texas Rider motorcycle care tips

    Texas Rider has some motorcycle care tips for you to keep it  rolling down the road and enjoying your ride. Some of the most simplest things you can do to make your bike last longer, give you better performance and keep you on the road and off the shoulder. Some of the things that we’ve gathered over the years range from the Oh Duh!! to the Oh Cool!! We’ve learned a few things along the way and wanted to share them with you.

    Okay, the first maintenance tip is real simple, Yeah an Oh Duh! It’s “change the oil regularly” But seriously, what’s regularly? For those that travel 10,000 to 15,000 miles a year you may already know the drill, but for those who own a garage kept bike and have 5,000 miles on it in 5 years, what’s regular? For those who travel less, my suggestion would be to use thinner oils and every once in a while, put a teaspoon of oil in the cylinders as if you’re storing the bike. The last thing you want is to go and crank up a bike with dry cylinders.

    Now the flip side of that. Most serious touring enthusiasts seem to like using synthetic oils. Heck with the formulas now, you can go 15,000 miles between oil changes! Well GREAT!! I just have one thing for you to think about, the oil filter. Yeah I run synthetics but the way the bike is set up, the oil must be drained in order to change the filter. And since I’m not one to reuse the oil I remove (I highly recommend NOT doing that), I change my oil about every 5,000 miles since I don’t like running too long on the filters.

    Pre ride inspections are boring I admit. The “T Clock” inspection is used by most organizations and is a great way to check over a bike, but frankly when it comes to riding we all want to get on and go!! Yep, just ride and show off our nice shiny, clean bikes. As a matter of fact, most people clean and shine their bikes more then they maintain them. Yeah me too! Okay so that’s not a real motorcycle tip.

    But….Oh Duh!! What a concept!! Perform T Clock type inspections while you clean! When you are getting all the nooks and crannies free of dirt and debris, check things over. Keep your eyes out for leaks and loose hardware. Make sure everything is good and tight (Thanks to Henkel Technologies for LocTite) I think that Judy and I have found and fixed more issues while cleaning than at any other time. Fluid levels can be checked. Hmmm, see that ring of fresh fluid around the fork? It’s almost nothing to change out a fork seal, but a pain when your bike is covered with oil from a blown fork seal and you are hours away from a repair shop on a holiday weekend. Yeah I’ve been there! Not fun.

    Electrical problems can always be a pain in the you know what! From tracing the problem, to fixing it. First thing’s first, CHECK THE FUSE BOX. I don’t know how many times I have tried to solve a problem just to find out it was a fuse. Now, once you have the fuse changed, check it again to make sure you don’t have an open short and just the act of putting in the fuse blows it. Also by locating a main fuse, you can tell what system is causing the problems. For example, the lighting system, accessories, etc.

    Now you have the problem found, how do you fix it? Can you bypass it and isolate it from the system? If it’s something that you can do without then isolate it. Now here is a great maintenance tip to help with that. Cut the wires to isolate the offending part and strip back the wires to reconnect. Slip some shrink tube onto one of the wires, then twist the wires together. Now just fold the twisted wire back and lay it flat. Slide the shrink wrap over the bare wires and heat slowly with a match or lighter to shrink it tight and seal it. Trust me this is next to a permanent fix. I have all my “extra” lights installed in this manner and it helps a ton when one of them burns out.

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    Source: Motorcycle Touring Made Easy

    1972 Honda CB450 Raffle Bike




    Raffle Bike by GT Moto – Honda CB450 1972



    Powertrain


    Fully rebuilt CB450 engine
    Dyna Tech Electronic Ignition
    GT-Moto’s Custom Exhaust: Stainless Steel and Ceramic Coated Inside and Out.


    Suspension & Brakes

    Continental ContiClassicAttack Tires
    18” Excel Wheels Front and Rear
    CB550 Rear Swing Arm
    GT-Moto’s Custom Mono Shock Suspension
    Hagon Rear Shock
    ’69 Fork Legs and outer springs, ’77 Triple Tree, Billet Aftermarket Black Anodized Aluminum Top Clamp, ’72 hubs, and GT-Moto’s Custom Aluminum For Cups
    Stock Rear Drum Brake




    Electrical & Lighting


    Harley 5in. Head Light using an LED with Integrated Front Turn Signals
    Rear Turn Signals are Integrated in the Tail Section Under The Frame Seat Loop

    Chassis & Paint

    GT-Moto’s Custom Aluminum and Black Anodized Knurled Ride Hight Adjusted and Foot Pegs
    Hand Built Custom Aluminum Tank
    Hand Built Custom Aluminum Seat with brass overlay
    Brazed Welds
    Frame is Raw Metal with Clear Powder Coat and Clear Coat Paint to Prevent Yellowing
    Paint is a Pearl, Arctic White with Black Pin Stripe
    Reflective Pinstripe Around the Front and Rear Wheels




    First read on http://rocket-garage.blogspot.co.uk

    Eating Clean 12 Days of Christmas — Sugar Body Scrub

    Like I’ve mentioned before, I want to start exploring all-natural body products, so along with the lip balm, I made homemade sugar body scrub. The scrub was super easy…if you can stir two ingredients together you can make sugar scrub 🙂 Not only does the scrub work just as well as expensive store-bought brands, it was significantly less expensive. Here’s what I spent…

    Kroger brand Turbinado sugar $3.50
    Kroger brand baby oil $1.99
    Essential oil $4 (but I only used 1/3 of the bottle so $1.33 worth approx.)
    Jars $6

    Total spent…$12.82 which made 6 jars, so $2.13/jar 
    I could have probably made them even cheaper, but I went with the nicer glass jars since I was giving them as gifts. 

    Here’s the recipe I adapted from Martha Stewart
    Homemade Body Scrub
    Body oil (I used baby oil, but you could use any kind of oil you want)
    Epsom salt, sea salt, or organic cane sugar (I wanted a sugar scrub, so I used turbinado sugar)
    12 oz. jar with cap
    Lemon zest or 9-10 drops of your favorite flavor of essential oil

    Combine 1 cup of body oil with 2 cups of Epsom or sea salts or organic cane sugar (depending on how fine a grain you like). Add lemon zest or essential oils for color and fragrance. Package in jars.

    And More: justin.tv Is Now Shut Down [Note]

    justin.tv’s final message to everyone
    Just a quick note and Moment Of Silence for justin.tv – for those of you who were streaming your gameplay, personal life and/or finger puppet theatre there – it has now shut down forever…. If you were utilizing justin.tv, there is a lot that is unfortunately not being carried over automagically, such as Followers, Facebook Accounts and more. You can still request to have your account transferred to Twitch until September 5th, 2014 though. For more information, visit the justin.tv and twitch.tv websites. If you wish to continue to share your gameplay/life experiences with the world, don’t worry, there are still many websites out there that offer Live Streaming and Video Hosting, such as [Justin’s Bigger Brother] Twitch, Livestream, Vaughnlive (gamers are directed to Instagib.tv)YouTube and many more.
    RIP justin.tv

    Cheap Auto Insurance Quotes In Arizona- How To Pay Less Premium

    Looking for  cheap auto insurance quotes in Arizona?
    Paying a high auto premium?
    How to pay less premium?
    How to find the cheapest car insurance rates in Arizona?

    After reading this post you will find the answers to these questions and you will be able to find cheap auto insurance in Arizona with lower price. Getting cheap auto insurance is a dream to many car drivers, but you will be surprised to know that there are yet many auto insurance companies USA which offer cheaper car insurance than others in the state of Arizona.

    Basic liability policy is must get auto insurance policy that you have to pay the least amount to insure. This basic liability policy that is termed as 15/30/10 liability and according to the law of Arizona, you have to pay this premium. Under this policy, the individual injured in an accident with your car will be given by the liability policy at maximum $15,000 as medical bill’s coverage and the people who is injured in the other car during the accident will be given the maximum $30,000 by the policy as medical coverage. The policy will  also pay $10,000 as property damage because of your vehicle during the accident.

    Basic liability policy is cheaper than other car insurance and more or less safe to drive that the police won’t stop you and if the police stop, you can show your insurance policy as proof. But having this type of policy there are few risks involve with this insurance. This policy won’t pay anything for the repair of your vehicle after the accident and for the passengers in your vehicle injured the accident. If the medical bills are far greater than your policy, you have to pay the difference from your pocket.

    How To Reduce Auto Insurance Premium In Arizona Because Of The Profession
    Many car drivers may not know that their auto insurance may be the subject of discount because of their professions. If you do not follow these auto insurance companies which have scope of discount on the basis of professions, you will lose money and will be getting higher Arizona auto insurance.

    Arizona auto insurance can be cheaper for the people who have stress free professions, because lower stress has enormous impact on the car accident which we all know. Professionals have the knowledge about minimum safety training because these are the part of success and they follow the safety features even in the transport because of corporate habits. Following these crucial factors lower the chance of accidents and even a person who is not involved with any profession may have the chance to get cheap auto insurance quotes if he or she adopt with these rules.Simply what the Arizona auto insurance companies check is that you have a lower chance of accident and you have the enough knowledge about driving safety features.

    Simply what the Arizona auto insurance companies check is that you have a lower chance of accident and you have the enough knowledge about driving safety features.

    How To Find The Best Auto Insurance Companies In Arizona
    To find the cheapest auto insurance companies in Arizona you will have to request as many car insurance rates as possible from auto insurance companies available in Arizona. Remember that the top auto insurance companies in the USA may not provide insurance services in all states, so better check what are auto insurance companies are available and active in Arizona. You have to provide few personal information about you and your vehicle and after receiving details companies will give auto insurance quotes within few minutes. Compare all the auto insurance companies and their rates and choose the lower one which also cover your requirements.

    Now on Instagram!

    I’ve joined in the Instagram love! You can now find me at Eberopolis on Instagram.


    I started using it on Wednesday, so I’m still new, but I’m making it a goal to post something (usually) classroom-related every day. Be sure to follow me so I can find all of my teacher-friends who are already there!

    Have a great weekend!

    How to U-Turn a Motorcycle

    It may look easy, but a smoothly executed u-turn on a motorcycle is more challenging than you might guess.

    How do you perform a u-turn that looks effortless? Consider these tips and practice them in the safety of an empty parking lot, and you’ll find yourself more easily turning your bike around on the street:

    It’s All in the Eyes

    The old adage “You’ll go where you’re looking” holds especially true when it comes to u-turns. That said, don’t look down, and keep your line of vision going through the turn, constantly focusing your eyes ahead, where you want to go, rather than towards the pavement below.

    Ride Within the Friction Zone

    The friction zone is the area where your clutch is slipping enough to transmit some, but not all power from the engine to the rear wheel. Don’t try to u-turn in neutral, and don’t do with a gear fully engaged, either; riding within the friction zone will give you more control over the bike through the throttle, which helps modulate the motorcycles’s lean angle through subtle adjustments.

    Drag the Rear Brake

    Avoid using the front brakes during u-turns, as the forks are more sensitive to diving at low speeds. Gentle dragging of the rear brake creates stability, enabling better control while you’re maneuvering your bike through the turn.

    Keep Your Weight Mass Centralized

    There’s a natural tendency to stick your leg out when you turn (making it ready to break a fall), but your motorcycle will be more manageable when peripheral mass (ie, you!) is closer to the bike. Keep your feet on the pegs; if necessary, you might be helped by putting some weight on the outside peg, in a similar but more subtle way than you would while riding offroad.

    Practice Turning Both Ways

    For whatever reason, most people find it much easier to make tight left turns than right turns. To develop a more balanced u-turn skill set, practice doing figure 8s in an empty parking lot. The drill will build your muscle memory for both sides of your body. Similarly, try riding in a wide circle and narrowing your path so you’re forming an ever-narrowing spiral; once you can’t turn any more tightly, exit and try it again the other way. Remember to keep looking where you want to go, especially when you’re changing directions.

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    Source: About (Wasef, 1/19)

    To change your weight, first change your mind

    To change your weight, first change your mindBy Lyndel Costain BSc RD

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    Getting Your Head Straight

    You no doubt know how to lose weight – eat fewer calories and exercise more and you will see results. You may also have a list of things to change, such as eating more fruit and veg, going for a daily walk or buying low fat options.
    If, like many people, you have difficulty losing weight and keeping it off – despite your best intentions, what do you think could be getting in the way?
    First, reality-check your mindset with the want to lose weight quiz.
    Next, answer the How are You Feeling about Losing Weight questions.

    To change your weight, first change your mind

    Research shows that one of the most important factors that influences weight loss success is your attitude – whether or not you believe (and keep on believing) that you can make the changes you need to make to lose weight, and that they are worth doing. This is because what you think, affects how you feel, and in turn the actions you take.
    The best way I can describe this positive mindset is ‘getting your head straight’ about food and weight. It’s not something I can easily put into words – but you will know when it happens. From all my years of working with people with weight and eating problems, and from my own personal experience, I truly believe that it is they key to success.

    Three Key Strategies for Taking Control

    1. Understand Why You Eat
    When I ask people what prompts them to eat, hunger usually comes down near the bottom of their lists. Some people struggle to remember or appreciate what true hunger feels like. We are lucky that we have plenty of food to eat in our society. But its constant presence makes it harder to control what we eat, especially if it brings us comfort or joy.
    If you ever find yourself in the fridge, even though you’ve recently eaten, then you know hunger isn’t the reason. More than likely some negative emotion – feeling angry, lonely, sad, stressed, anxious, bored – has triggered a habit of using food to feel better.
    The urge to eat can be so automatic that you feel you lack willpower or are out of control. But it is in fact a learned or conditioned response. A bit like Pavlov’s dogs. He rang a bell every time he fed them, and from then on, whenever they heard the bell ring they were ‘conditioned’ to salivate in anticipation of food.
    Because this ‘non-hungry’ eating is learned, you can reprogramme your response to the situations or feelings that trigger it.
    How To Do It
    The first step is to identify when these urges strike. When you find yourself at the fridge when you aren’t hungry, ask yourself ‘why do I want to eat? What am I feeling?’
    If you aren’t sure think back to what was happening before you felt the urge. Then ask yourself if there is another way you can feel better without food. Or you could chat to your urge to eat, telling it that you aren’t actually hungry and it’s merely a learned response. Whatever strategy you choose, the more often you break the ‘eating when you’re not hungry’ habit, the weaker its hold becomes.
    2. Practise Positive Self-Talk
    When you look in the mirror do you talk to yourself more like A or B?
    A ‘I’ll never be slim. I’ve only lost a measly half a stone in four weeks. And I broke my diet last night. I may as well just give up.’
    B ‘This is going well, that half a stone has really made a difference. I enjoyed a treat last night, now I’m really looking forward to watching the next half a stone disappear.’
    Both of these are examples of ‘self-talk’ – automatic thoughts, or statements all of us constantly make to ourselves – which influence how we feel and act. Self-talk may be positive and constructive (like your guardian angel) or negative and irrational (like having a destructive devil on your shoulder).
    If you’ve had on-off battles with your weight over the years, it’s highly likely that the ‘devil’ is there more often.
    Self-talk that says ‘you’re hopeless’, can make you feel like a failure which, can then trigger you into the action of overeating and/or totally giving up trying to lose weight.
    One of the most powerful things about self-talk is that the last thoughts we have are what stays in our mind. So if we think ‘I still look fat’ or ‘I will never be slim’, these feelings stay with us.
    How to Do It
    The trick is to first listen out for your self-talk and recognise it’s happening. Keeping a food and feelings diary really helps; you can try the diary in WLR free for 24 hours.
    Then turn negative talk into a positive version of the same events – as in the A and B examples above – where the resulting action was to feel good and stay on track.
    Reshaping negative self-talk helps you to change your self-definition, from someone who can’t ‘lose weight’ or ‘achieve this or that’, to someone ‘who can’. And when you believe you can… you can.
    3. Really Choose What You Want to Eat
    This strategy is like your personal brake. It also helps you manage ‘non-hungry’ eating and weaken its hold. It legalises food and stops you feeling deprived. It helps you to regularly remind yourself why you are making changes to your eating habits, which keeps your motivation to lose weight high. But it doesn’t just happen. Like all skills it requires practise. Sometimes it will work well for you, other times it won’t – but overall it will help.
    How To Do It
    Basically, ask yourself if you really want to eat that food in front of you. This becomes the prompt for you to make a conscious choice, weighing up the pros and cons of making that choice, and feeling free to have it, reject it or just eat some. Remembering all the while that you can eat this food another time if you want to. Paul’s story is a good example.
    Paul is having a business lunch at a restaurant he visits regularly. His favourite dish is steak bernaise and fries then crème caramel.
    But at his last medical his doctor advised him to lose weight for his heart’s sake. He has taken this seriously and thought a lot about changing his lifestyle. But he can’t avoid business lunches.
    Faced with the menu his automatic response is the steak. But then he stops and thinks.
    • How hungry is he?
    • How will he feel after he eats it?
    • What would be a better and still tasty choice?
    After all he comes here quite a bit, so can order the steak another time.
    He opts for a spicy chicken fillet with new potatoes and vegetables. He really enjoys the spicy flavour, and feels comfortably satisfied, rather than stuffed and guilty.
    Having a dessert would just ruin the nice taste and feeling he has, so he easily decides against it. His confidence is boosted as he now knows he can enjoy other things.

    Step by Step

    These are just a few of the skills that can help you take control. Learning new habits and ways of thinking about things takes time. Think back to when you learned to ride a bike. No-one expected you to do it first time. You no doubt fell off a lot and needed picking up. Step by step, and with the right support, you took control of that bike and learned how to keep it on course. Just like you can with your weight.

    How Sue Did It

    Sue’s story is a good example of how using these strategies works. For 10 years she had been trying different diets in an attempt to lose weight quickly – and was still 3 stone overweight.
    All this ‘failure’ had pushed her self-esteem and confidence in her ability to lose weight to rock bottom. If she ate one ‘bad’ food she felt so guilty she binged. This ‘all or nothing’ thinking signalled the end of the current diet and the start of more negative feelings – and overeating.
    Sue read one of my articles about how the right mental approach can help people break free from this destructive cycle, and we met. Her big aim was to spend time learning more about her eating habits and the thoughts or situations that triggered overeating.
    She stopped ‘dieting’, kept a food and feelings diary and was finally very honest with herself. This gave her a huge sense of relief. And by stepping back she was able to view things differently.
    Unrealistic expectations and guilt around food were her biggest problems. And by no longer viewing food (and herself) as ‘good’ or ‘bad’ she was able to develop a healthy relationship with it. Sue also spent time planning ahead so she had the right foods to hand for regular, nutritious meals and snacks. She took up her beloved tennis again too.
    Sue was now taking care of herself in a much more positive way – and she was loving it. But this change didn’t happen overnight. After the initial enlightenment it took Sue two years to practise and get used her new habits – with plenty of ups and downs along the way. But over that time she lost that 3 stone and felt in control. Eating well – not perfectly – became her way of life.
    Like Sue, achieving the right mindset can feel like a switch being turned on in your head. Something just clicks and this weight loss business starts to makes sense.
    Mental blocks ebb away.
    • Motivations become clear and powerful.
    • Your self-worth and belief in abilities grow.
    • You realise that healthy meals, regular exercise, and tools such as those offered by Weight Loss Resources will help, but they aren’t the answer in themselves.
    • You accept responsibility for what you eat and how active you are, and feel empowered to make the changes you choose to make.
    • You take control by making real choices – knowing and accepting the consequences – and no longer feeling deprived.
    • You move from someone who can’t lose weight long term to someone who can.
    Now I should clarify that there is no magic here! Keeping your head straight requires time, skills, practise, a realistic attitude and good support. This might sound like a tough call. But you will know from your own experience that just going on a diet isn’t the answer. In fact, managing your weight is like a good marriage – it takes work and a daily investment of care and thought. And the results are worth it!
    Source

    1923 Stanley model 740, seven passenger sedan

    and the fuel tank under the spare tire across the back of the car had two filler caps, one for gasolene, the other for kerosene. I’ve never come across that before

    Happy Landings: Clockwork’s CB750 custom

    A bobber-influenced Honda CB750 custom from Canada's Clockwork Motorcycles.

    Samuel Guertin used to spend his days wrenching on choppers—the kind that fly. But after a decade working as a helicopter mechanic, he decided that customizing cars and bikes was more fulfilling.
    So he changed his flight path and Clockwork Motorcycles was born, with a base in the countryside half an hour east of Montréal, Canada.
    A bobber-influenced Honda CB750 custom from Canada's Clockwork Motorcycles.
    This CB750 custom is called Fury, and it’s Clockwork’s fourth build. “When I found the donor—a 1971 model—it was pretty funny to look at,” explains Samuel. “It was a weird, failed attempt at a gothic bobber-slash-chopper. It deserved better fortune.”

    Samuel decided to make the CB750 a little more chunky and curvaceous. It was time for a well-judged series of subtle nips and tucks.
    A bobber-influenced Honda CB750 custom from Canada's Clockwork Motorcycles.
    That meant shortening the frame at the rear to a more bobber-esque length, while the swing arm was extended by two inches and hooked up to a pair of Progressive Suspension rear shocks.

    The extra visual bulk required more meat up front, so Samuel has installed a set of Suzuki GSX-R600 forks. They’re non-inverted units for a more period correct feel, and fitted via a custom-made aluminum triple tree and front hub. The GSX-R also donated its front brakes—now fed by a Nissin master cylinder via braided stainless steel hose.
    The modified oil tank (below) is an especially neat touch, appearing at first glance to be a stock side cover. There’s custom fabricated panel on the lefthand side to match.
    A bobber-influenced Honda CB750 custom from Canada's Clockwork Motorcycles.
    The wheels are 16-inch Harley-Davidson items, laced with stainless steel spokes and nipples, and wrapped in Firestone Deluxe Champion rubber. (Samuel knows he’ll get flack from some quarters for his tire selection, but that’s okay).

    For the seat, he settled on a shape that would complement the bike’s beefy new demeanor. Ginger at New Church Moto was responsible for the upholstery: a classy mix of leather and suede.
    A bobber-influenced Honda CB750 custom from Canada's Clockwork Motorcycles.
    Clockwork’s mods are more than just cosmetic though. The engine has been completely stripped down and rebuilt, fitted with CNC-cut valve seats and bored out to 836cc with a Wiseco kit. A stunning set of Keihin CR29 race carbs handle the fueling, with a four-into-one stainless exhaust system providing the soundtrack.

    A bobber-influenced Honda CB750 custom from Canada's Clockwork Motorcycles.
    Samuel has thoroughly reworked the wiring too, with a full Motogadget installation that includes the m-Unit control unit, a Motoscope Tiny speedo, m-Switch handlebar switches and an m-Lock keyless ignition. It’s all powered by a small Lithium-ion battery stashed in a hand-built electronics box.

    The cockpit is equally tidy, with custom-bent clip-ons, leather-wrapped grips and a small headlight. Bullet turn signals were installed, and the quirky taillight is from Prism Motorcycles.
    A bobber-influenced Honda CB750 custom from Canada's Clockwork Motorcycles.
    When it came to the CB750’s final paint scheme, Samuel had little interest in bright colors or complex designs. “I didn’t want anything flashy or shiny to steal the show,” he says. “It’s all about lines, shapes and curves—so all the colors are muted tones.”

    The final color scheme is sublime, flattering the Honda’s brawny new lines just as intended. Monsieur Guertin has certainly found his calling, and thankfully it’s nothing to do with choppers.
     Images by Photos by Cimon B Photography
    First published in www.bikeexif.com

    A bobber-influenced Honda CB750 custom from Canada's Clockwork Motorcycles.

    Battlefield Hardline: A Double XP Boost is Currently Active! [Notification]

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    Eating Clean 12 Days of Christmas — Cutout Cookies

    Don’t forget…I’m working on moving my blog over to WordPress and getting my own domain name (woohoo!!). I’ll continue to publish here for 2 more days, but please change your bookmarks to http://www.eatingcleanandsavinggreen.com
     

    These are your typical Christmas cutout cookies but clean and all-natural. Bonus, this basic recipe also makes 5 other types of recipes. That’s my type of baking…make one dough get six different cookies. Efficiency at it’s best 🙂


    Christmas Cutout Cookies
    Adapted from Canadian Family
     

    1. Preheat oven to 350°F. 
    2. Using a half portion of chilled dough, roll out on a lightly floured surface to ¼” thickness.
    3. Using a floured cookie cutter, cut out shapes. Transfer to parchment-covered sheet pan.
    4. Bake for 8–10 minutes or until lightly golden.
    5. Transfer to a wire rack to cool until ready to decorate with sprinkles, icing and candy.

    Dough
    This recipe makes enough for two batches of cookies, so we suggest that you always divide the dough in half and wrap each separately.

    • 2 cups flour
    • ½ tsp baking powder
    • ¼ tsp salt
    • pinch ground nutmeg
    • 1 cup butter
    • 1 cup packed brown sugar
    • 1 egg
    • 1 tsp vanilla

    1. Combine first four ingredients in a bowl.
    2. Cream together butter and sugar. Beat in egg and vanilla.
    3. Mix in half the dry ingredients, then add what is remaining.
    4. Divide dough in half and wrap with plastic wrap until ready to use.

    For the icing…
    Start with 2 Tablespoons butter and 2 Tablespoons milk in your mixer. Slowly add in powdered sugar and more milk until you reach a frosting consistency. 

    Texas native Ray returns to site of first Pro Stock Motorcycle victory

    When Michael Ray returns to Texas Motorplex this weekend for round two of the Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship, NHRA’s playoffs, he will enter his home track as a defending event winner.

    That’s a great feeling for Ray, a native of New Braunfels, Texas, who defeated Karen Stoffer in the final last year to score his first victory in his first full season in Pro Stock Motorcycle. Ray’s family and friends were able to witness the event at a track just two hours from his home.

    “For my mom and dad and everybody being there and all the sacrifices my parents made throughout their entire life, to see me be successful, it was awesome,” Ray said. “My dad busted his butt for one of those Wallys and never got one, and standing there with my father in victory lane and seeing the tears in his eyes and excitement was just like, ‘This is awesome.’ That is what I’ll never forget.”

    Ray and all of the racers in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series return to Texas Motorplex for the AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals Sept. 19-22, the second of six races in the Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship. Antron Brown (Top Fuel), Bob Tasca III (Funny Car), and Allen Johnson (Pro Stock) join Ray as defending winners of the race that will be televised on ESPN2HD.

    Ray has amassed two wins and two No. 1 qualifying positions in his first season with the Sovereign/Star Racing Buell team. He is fourth in the Countdown to the Championship, 48 points behind leader Hector Arana Jr., but he isn’t letting the pressure get to him during the stretch run.

    “I think so much of our team’s success is the character we all bring to the table and the fun that we have,” Ray continued. “I have a sticker on my dashboard that says, ‘Just add fun.’ That is all we do. We joke about it, and some people say, ‘You just don’t seem to be taking this very seriously,’ but there’s not another team that has a bigger fire lit under its butt than this one. But you have to have a lot of fun out here or this sport will eat you alive.”

    Leading Ray, Scotty Pollacheck, and the Sovereign/Star Racing team is George Bryce, who is one of the most renowned crew chiefs in the Pro Stock Motorcycle category. As a rider, he raced to four consecutive titles in the National Motorcycle Racing Association from 1981 to 1984. As a crew chief, he amassed 71 victories and earned six championships with John Myers and Angelle Sampey. His guidance and skills have put Ray in a position to succeed each time he climbs on his Buell.

    “When you look back at the history he has at being a great crew chief, he is a magician on the track producing results,” Ray continued. “Those things for me being a young driver, I’m 29 and in my second full-time season, for me that is worth its weight in gold. It is like being a rookie quarterback and having a 20-year veteran back there being your mentor. He does such a good job.”

    Following the AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals, only four races remain in the Countdown to the Championship. Ray and his team realize that to make a run for the championship crown in the two-wheel category, they must go rounds at each event.

    “You can literally count how many rounds of racing there are left,” Ray concluded. “Right now, the first race coming off Charlotte coming into Dallas, I did a little comparison to last year, and I went in seventh in points, and I came out fourth. You can have one really great race and set yourself up.”

    For Ray to recapture glory at Texas Motorplex, he will have to outlast a tough field of competitors. Series leader Arana heads the class with four wins aboard his Lucas Oil Buell, and Matt Smith, Hall, defending world champ Eddie Krawiec, and Hector Arana Sr. will be contenders.

    As always, every ticket purchased for the AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals is a pit pass, which offers an extraordinary look behind the scenes in the world of the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. This unique opportunity in motorsports gives fans direct access to the teams, allowing them to see firsthand the highly skilled mechanics service their high-horsepower machines between rounds and enjoy cherished face time with their favorite NHRA drivers.

    Fans will also want to check out NHRA Nitro Alley and the popular NHRA Manufacturers Midway, where manufacturers and sponsors create a carnival atmosphere with interactive displays, simulated competitions, merchandise, food, and freebies. Fans will also want to take advantage of Championship Sunday for the fun fan zone, featuring driver introductions and a special Track Walk at 9:30 a.m. It’s free to all Sunday ticket holders.

    AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals qualifying opens Friday, Sept. 20, with sessions at 2:15 and 5:15 p.m. The final two qualifying sessions will take place Saturday, Sept. 21, at 11:15 a.m. and 2:15 p.m. Final eliminations are scheduled for 11 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 22.

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    Source: NHRA (AP, 09/19)

    Buell M2 Cherry-Salt

    The Buell M2 Cherry-Salt is the ultimate go-fast machine, built to race on the 1/8 mile at the 2015 Glemseck 101.  Here all the work in progress. As with previous years the event of 2015, which has been hailed as one of the biggest custom and classic motorcycle gatherings in Europe, was on September 4th, 5th and 6th in Leonberg, Germany and was huge. This years 1/8th mile ‘Sprint’ race competitors started to surface around the web and although it’s not quite complete, I couldn’t wait any longer to feature this beast of a bike from Italian workshop Plan B Motorcycles. Inspired by the Lucky Cat Garage Sprintbeemer and determined to give them a run for their money this is the Buell M2 “Cherry Salt”.


    Cherry Salt started out life as a ’99 Buell M2 Cyclone that had undergone a few performance “tweaks” during it’s lifetime. Although the Buell’s frame and engine set up didn’t offer up the easiest base for a build of this kind, Plan B owner Christian Moretti saw the bikes potential and was prepared to invest the time and effort to achieve the desired result. “I was deeply in love with the Lucky Cat’s SprintBeemer, so I started wondering if it would be possible to build something good enough to race against it.”

    With the Lucky Cat Sprintbeemer sucking down nitrous oxide Christian needed to look at ways of getting the most out of the Buells 1203cc, 93bhp (stock) engine. Reducing weight was the top priority so Aluminium was used to fabricate the bikes custom fuel tank. Sitting low on the frame the tank has a 12 litre capacity and features a large top recess and a narrow profile to allow its rider to tuck in around it to reduce wind resistance.

    Hidden beneath the fairing you’ll find a set of Suzuki GSX-R forks wearing 4 pot radial calipers with ample twin 320mm floating discs. It’s almost too much braking power for a straight line racer, but there’s a valid reason for it. As Christian explained “The quite unusual inverted Buell monoshock setup left me enough room to add a trick suspension system that’s quite elaborate, but easy at the same time. An electric actuator changes the position of the monoshock letting you decide, with the flick of a switch, the overall height of the bike. This changes the center of mass, the rake angle and the trail at the front. So you can have it slammed down for racing on the straight, or rise it up for some corners on the road.” As for cornering that’s not really this bikes main concern, it’s grip that’s a priority. To limit traction loss Christian has fit a “big fat slick” tire from drag greats Hoosier on the back wheel adding plenty of additional grip and loads of visual attitude.

    So what does it take to race against a lucky cat? How about an angry dog?

    “Fitting a “universal” dustbin style fairing to the Buell was the huge challenge. I started working on the fiberglass fairing by cutting, stretching and slimming it down. I then redesigned the front upper section from scratch shaping it to resemble a Bull Terriers head…yes, it will be a true cats vs dogs race!”

    Desert Flower: möto Dubai’s Royal Enfield Bullet

    Desert Flower: möto Dubai's Custom Royal Enfield Bullet 500

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    You’re more likely to spot an exotic sports car in Dubai than a classic custom motorcycle. Still, the bustling desert oasis hosts an eclectic blend of people—and a blossoming custom scene.It’s also the home of möto Dubai: a relatively young outfit that recently took top honours in the recent Bikers Cafe build-off, with this unconventional Royal Enfield.

    Desert Flower: möto Dubai's Custom Royal Enfield Bullet 500

    möto came together when South African Antonie Robertson and German Marco Möller connected over a Honda CB350, that the former had been working on in his apartment.“I remember Antonie showing up at my house early one day with the frame,” says Marco, “and we set about cutting off the tabs and cleaning the welds up in my front yard. I think it was a week day, and I ended up being late for work. It was total fun.”

    Desert Flower: möto Dubai's Custom Royal Enfield Bullet 500

    When Bikers Cafe Dubai and Royal Enfield UAE donated three Royal Enfield Bullet 500s for a build-off, the guys were invited to compete. At the same time, Marco and fellow German Frank Ortmann were in the process of setting up ‘möto space’ (a workshop and general moto-enthusiast hub), but it was far from ready.So, for three months, möto worked their day jobs and spent nights in a dusty, half-finished workshop. “It was a tough stretch,” says Marco. “Work the day job, wrench till late, sleep a couple of hours, rinse, repeat!”

    Desert Flower: möto Dubai's Custom Royal Enfield Bullet 500

    möto achieved a lot in those three months, reworking every aspect of the Bullet from the ground up. The bike was stripped down and the frame detabbed and redesigned. The backbone was extended, and an exquisite subframe built that now houses a recessed tail light, number plate light and turn signals.The frame was also tweaked to take the new fuel tank—a “new old stock” 70s Honda unit, sourced from the US. A panel was fabricated on top of it to house a Motogadget Motoscope Mini speedo, along with the “idiot lights.”

    Desert Flower: möto Dubai's Custom Royal Enfield Bullet 500

    The guys also ditched the Enfield’s EFI system and installed a Hitchcocks Motorcycles Amal carb conversion kit—allowing them to tidy up the wiring significantly. The new TCI was tucked into a custom-made housing between the swingarm and engine, and the battery moved to a new hand-made battery box. The stock, bulky ignition switch was retained though—just to keep the original Enfield-branded key in use.The engine’s exterior received a significant refresh too, with the fins being hand filed to a perfect edge, painted and polished again. The unsightly starter motor was hidden behind a hand-shaped cover, before Marco spent the better part of sixty hours engraving various bits. A stunning, stainless-steel exhaust was welded up to top it off.

    Desert Flower: möto Dubai's Custom Royal Enfield Bullet 500

    A Royal Enfield Electra front-end was fitted to give the bike a more scrambler feel, while keeping things brand-focussed. It’s matched to a set of new rear shocks from Dime City Cycles. The wheels are new too: they’re a pair of 18” Excel rims, laced up with stainless spokes by Buchanan’s in California and wrapped in Shinko rubber. möto polished up the hubs before sending them over, then polished the rims afterwards for a mixed, gloss-and-matte finish.Up front, the original, boxy rear license plate mount was re-purposed to house the headlight and front turn signals. The cockpit’s finished off with refurbished Honda CB350 controls, internal wiring, Biltwell grips and a Nissin master cylinder with a Goodridge braided brake line.

    Desert Flower: möto Dubai's Custom Royal Enfield Bullet 500

    When it came to the last few parts, Marco and Antonie’s attention to detail began bordering on obsessive. The rear wheel hugger is a completely custom affair, the foot controls consist of off-road parts welded to the stock mounts, and there’s even a hand-made bash guard, mounted on extended engine mount brackets.And if you look really closely, you’ll notice various bolts, caps and bushes—each machined from either aluminum or stainless steel, and each serving a specific purpose. The final piece of the puzzle is the one-off seat—upholstered in locally-sourced camel leather.

    Desert Flower: möto Dubai's Custom Royal Enfield Bullet 500

    It’s no surprise that möto took first place in the build-off, but Antonie and Marco’s pride in their project runs deeper than just a trophy. On the left hand side of the engine, the Royal Enfield now carries the initials “NSK”—a tribute to Nelson Suresh Kumar.“Nelson was the Godfather of the UAE Royal Enfield scene,” explains Antonie, “and sadly passed away unexpectedly two years ago. He was a close friend to the growing alternative motorcycling scene in Dubai, and is widely missed by all who knew him.”

    Desert Flower: möto Dubai's Custom Royal Enfield Bullet 500

    möto’s ‘NSK’ is fitting homage, and a worthy winner. Pat yourselves on the back, gentlemen.Antonie and Marco would like to extend their thanks to the Dubai community who supported them, particularly Djalal from Gecko Motorcycles and Frank Ortman.
    Follow möto Dubai on Facebook | Instagram | Photos by Antonie Robertson

    Desert Flower: möto Dubai's Custom Royal Enfield Bullet 500

    First published on bikeexif.com

    STEAMPUNK’D: URBAN MOTOR’S JAWA SPRINT MOTORCYCLE


    Glemseck 101 is just around the corner. Set in southern German town of Leonberg, it’s a two-wheeled celebration of gasoline and good taste.
    It also attracts some of the most outrageous customs on the planet. We’ve seen everything from turbocharged boxers to fire-breathing Yamaha XJRs. But a 350cc Jawa with a steampunk vibe? Now das ist different.

    This is what Berlin-based Urban Motor have built for their entry into Glemseck’s inaugural Essenza sprint.
    Sixteen teams will compete—a mixed bag of manufacturers and custom builders. The bikes are limited to two cylinders and a 1200cc maximum.

    But it’s as much about style as it is about speed. A panel of judges—and a public vote—will determine the best-designed bike, to be crowned alongside the fastest.
    No prizes for guessing which category Urban Motor are gunning for. With a whopping 18 horsepower on tap, this little 1964 Jawa 350 will be racing against 21st century machinery like the BMW R nineT and Triumph Thruxton R.

    Shop boss Peter Dannenberg’s hardly fazed: “Those who sprint slowly are seen longer!”
    We love the elegant minimalism at play here, which belies the inordinate amount of work that went into the build. Everything wrapped around the Jawa’s two-stroke mill is—quite obviously—completely custom-made.

    “If essence is the key, then we want to do it right,” says Peter. “We want to make a statement.”
    Urban Motor tossed all but the engine, before building a whole new chassis from steel tubing. The design of the alloy bodywork was a collaboration with Marven Diehl of KRT Framework, who fashioned the metal himself.


    Marven was also responsible for the Jawa’s quirky front suspension design, with its integrated handlebars. And no, we don’t know how it works.
    Everything’s book-ended by two skinny, 23” alloy SM Pro rims. A solitary drum brake (at the back) handles the stopping duties.

    On the engine side, Urban Motor have installed a Jikov carb, and fabricated a pair of short, graceful exhausts. With no need for lights or turn signals, the wiring’s been stripped down to the bare essentials.
    The Jawa now weighs a svelte 90kg, with finishes as tasteful as its silhouette. Sven van den Brandt handled the only paint on the project: a touch of matte gold on the forks and swingarm.

    The grips are wrapped in leather from Red Wing, and the seat was made to spec by C. Benda. There are some smaller details to digest too: from the exposed throttle assembly, to the direct-mount rear sets.
    Urban Motor have given their build an appropriately quirky name: ‘EASY (…like Sunday morning).’


    “We are not dogmatic about competitions and rules,” explains Peter. “We like to see the big picture and enjoy divergence with humor, fun and the winking of an eye.”

    Will it win the races? Probably not, but you can bet it’ll win hearts.
    Urban Motor | Facebook | Instagram | Images by Tim Adler | Essenza [In German]
     first published by www.bikeexif.com

    And More: Revue – Fantastic Four (2015) [Spoiler-Free Review, Text-Only]

    I love movies – who doesn’t? I like reading Reviews of them sometimes (not all of the time) – who doesn’t (sometimes)? Now, while this is more of a game-centered blog [well, supposed to be haha] I wanted to start sharing some Reviews of movies I write, here. Not often maybe – and don’t worry, they won’t be ‘long’ [my personal illness along with ADHD takes care of that]. Maybe I’ll call them a movie ‘revue’ – borrowing from the term for ‘review’ in the sense of smaller summaries, jokes and plays that were based on larger works. Yeah, that’s it: The Game Tips And More Blog Presents… fadeawayto…REVUE…fadeawayto…insert-movie-name-here… [Heh. Hmm, kind of cheesy, but not too bad..].

    Note: 
    All “Revue” articles will be SPOILER FREE (and to help with that, also image-free, other than a Title Screen / Header image) and Safe-To-Read even before viewing [I personally don’t like to read Reviews before movies, but I know many do – please let me know if any of my Revues are ‘too spoiler-y’ and I will adjust them]. Enjoy!



    Revue #1 – Fantastic Four (2015)

    What an oddly finished product to make an opinion on… I just watched this on Netflix, and while it’s not just that the movie feels disappointing, it also left me feeling ’empty’ or even ‘sad’ somehow. Like the movie was a small animal that someone found, took in to care for, then forgot it out on the street again later on… That odd mixture of disappointment and sadness is what I came away from this movie with. 
    Without getting into the ‘technical’ or ‘background’ details of it (how they handled the Origin Story is what most people did not like, for example), the first two-thirds of the movie is actually not bad, if a little slow-paced. It develops their backgrounds slightly and places them together, trying to get you to have empathy for the characters somewhat. It does in fact feel like a caring hand was hanging over it all, keeping it ‘realistic’ and the work put into that made me ignore the slow pace of the development. The cast themselves by the way, seem like they could become decent actors, but they all feel ‘held back’ and are almost stoic here. 
    Then, after about three-quarters of the movie has gone by, they throw everything out the window and ‘chop together’ a 1980’s-quality “battle-with-the-bad-guy” that has none of the feeling of care and pace of the first majority of the movie. Now, I know production houses, crews and casts all have time limitations that put chains on a movie – turning into whips at times, urging completion; but this last section of movie feels like someone forgot about the animal they found out in the wild that they cared for so well up to now and left it out in the elements again… In my opinion, they could have even eliminated the ‘final battle’ and just finalized the development of the Origin of the characters – maybe with some ‘competition’ or other plot point, to end on; at least then, this could be an Origin Only movie and you would be left with some feelings for them after it was all over, not minding ‘the wait’ until the expected Sequel with ‘real action’ could come along. 
    While the 2005 Fantastic Four is a bit ‘campier’, it still is in my opinion a better movie than this, because of its’ overall polish and the mistakes of this one. In the end, I gave this movie, not a Zero like many, but a 2 out of 5 because of the effort that was put in ..at times

    Review submitted and published on Netflix

    [Personal Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with Netflix in any way, pay my own account with them, and have not received any compensation, in any form, for mentioning them here. I am merely an enthusiastic user of their service; but have also utilized other, similar services as well, such as Amazon’s PrimeVideo and Sony’s Crackle and other online streaming services. All opinions herein are my own personal opinions and do not reflect in any way, any opinions or influences of the companies, production houses, peoples or persons involved with the projects mentioned (movies). These articles which are “Revue” posts are my own personal ideas/opinions/predictions and are not open to 100% re-posting or re-distribution (please try to stay ~50% re-posting of the text involved). Some Rights Reserved.]

    Deals And Sales – ‘Things Goin’ On This Weekend’ (Weekend of August 11th, 2017) [Notification]

    Just a quick Notification of some things going on… Once in a while, I try to post about Sales going on somewhere – especially the ‘big’ ones, like Summer’s End or Christmas Sales. This weekend, there are a few ‘Free Weekends’ and Sales going on (that I saw so far) and thought I wanted to share them, just in case there were others interested in these games, heh. Here’s what I saw is Goin’ On This Weekend:


    Guild Wars 2 Expansion (Path Of Fire) is Free To Try all weekend:

    https://www.guildwars2.com/en/news/get-ready-for-the-guild-wars-2-path-of-fire-preview-weekend/

    GOG.com (formerly Good Old Games) is having a couple of Sales on games which include series like Master Of Orion, Warhammer 40K, Painkiller, Delta Force, Red Faction and at the same time having a sale on Strategy Games like Codename Panzers, Men of War, Hybrid Wars, Total Annihilation, Empire Earth, and more:

    https://www.gog.com/promo/20170807_weekly_sale
    and
    https://www.gog.com/promo/20170811_special_promo_strategy_sale

    Some other games, which are Free To Try all weekend via Steam, are:

    For Honor, the medieval swordplay/battle game is Free To Try all weekend and selling for half-price
    (for those that remember Die By The Sword, it looks like it may be similar to that, but in an ‘arena’ setting [sorry, but I haven’t been able to try it yet]):

    http://store.steampowered.com/app/304390/FOR_HONOR/

    Saints Row IV, from the crazy “each game is increasingly like GTA-on-drugs” open-world/action
    series, is Free To Try all weekend and selling at a reduced price
    [I haven’t tried it yet, but I am still playing the wacky Saints Row III once in a while and still getting a kick out of it]:

    http://store.steampowered.com/app/206420/Saints_Row_IV/

    Sorry I didn’t get to finishing this sooner, but the weekend isn’t over yet! Get out there and try these games out or grab something you want on sale – and maybe See You In The Game!

    Edit:

    I completely forgot one more I was going to post in here! 

    GamersGate also has some games on Sale right now, including Borderlands (for five bucks!), the Mafia series, Bioshock series, Xcom series, and more:

    https://www.gamersgate.com/offers

    [Note: I am not affiliated with these game sites, nor do I receive any compensation for mentioning them here (the Links do not have any ‘affiliate tags’ or similar additions to them) – I am merely an enthusiastic gamer and like to share deals and other goings-on with other gamers like me. Enjoy!]

    1st I’ve seen or heard of a GM supercharger on a 1958 Corvette

    Low flyer: Yamaha XS650 by Clutch Custom

    Low flyer: a cafe-styled XS650 from Clutch Customs of Paris.


    We’ve probably used every superlative in the book to describe the Clutch Custom style by now. Propriétaire Willie Knoll builds bikes that we just can’t tear our eyes away from.

    As we’ve come to expect from the Paris-based builder, this XS650 is low-key and refined. But it’s stacked with hand-made bits and pieces—details that M. Knoll prides himself on, but claims won’t be noticed at first glance.
    Low flyer: a cafe-styled XS650 from Clutch Customs of Paris.


    For starters, the XS650 now packs an extra wallop thanks to an engine rebuild with a 750cc big-bore kit. Helping the extra cubic centimeters do their job are a pair of Dell’Orto carbs, K&N filters and classy Spark mufflers.

    The front-end has been thoroughly re-engineered too, with a set of Yamaha SR500 forks mated to custom-made triple trees.
    Low flyer: a cafe-styled XS650 from Clutch Customs of Paris.


    The front drum brake is also from an SR500. Like the stock XS650 rear hub, it’s laced to a new 18” rim, wrapped in Avon Roadrider rubber.

    To clean things up visually, Willie’s cut the wiring right down. (Since the XS650 has a kick starter, he’s also eliminated the battery.) The stock fuel tank has been re-tunnelled to accommodate the remaining electrical components.
    Low flyer: a cafe-styled XS650 from Clutch Customs of Paris.


    The café-esque seat unit and cowl are hand-made, perched on top of a re-worked subframe.

    Other one-off bits include new clip-ons, foot pegs, exhaust and headlight brackets and a very neat gas cap. Minimalist lighting rounds off the package.
    Low flyer: a cafe-styled XS650 from Clutch Customs of Paris.


    Willie has kept the finishes on the XS650 raw and industrial—with just a splash of color on the fuel tank and headlight lens.

    We applaud Monsieur Knoll for his impeccable taste. And we’re intrigued to hear that what started out as a personal project is now for sale.
    Would it fit in your garage?
    First appeared in www.bikeexif.com
    Low flyer: a cafe-styled XS650 from Clutch Customs of Paris.

    92′ BMW R100GS Sidecar ‘Avventura’ – OCGarage


    Written by Martin Hodgson.
    Head south-east out of Italy’s motorcycle capital of Bologna on the E45 towards the Adriatic Sea and eventually you arrive in Ravenna where you are transported back in time and you haven’t even had to reach 88mph. This was the capital of the Western Roman Empire, it’s where Julius Caesar gathered his forces before crossing the Rubicon and you don’t have to look far to see a Basilica decorated with the world’s most incredible mosaics. But Ravenna is also home to a small workshop that takes you back to a time when great craftsman and artists worked from their small studios to create pieces that would remain on the lips of admirers for centuries to come; this is the home of Oscar Tasso’s OCGarage. It is here that he has created his latest masterpiece, from the very best materials in the world, a 1992 BMW R100GS with sidecar, it’s the incredible AVVENTURA!

    Even in his teenage years Oscar had one definitive goal, to make his passion his career; he worked on engines and then started with cars but his ultimate aim was to build one off custom motorcycles. With an unrelenting passion and tireless work ethic he progressed further in the motorcycle industry, building race bikes and becoming a deft hand at suspension tuning. Now for the last two decades, all the motorcycles Oscar creates have a name and story to tell. “They are the emotion of a moment in life made tangible, moulded in beauty and filled with essence.” Once each is completed they will never be replicated, what is left over is destroyed and their beating heart comes alive “it is right at this moment that technology stops being cold, carries the soul, changes name and becomes ART.” Every OCGarage motorcycle is special, but it’s hard to imagine anything as good as this chariot fit for a King.

    When the 1992 GS came to market it couldn’t have looked more like a Paris-Dakar machine for the road, so it’s fair to say Oscar had his work cut out in crafting one into a suitable steed for the project. Stripped of all its plastics, absolutely every part that was to be reused has been rebuilt, overhauled and brought back to brand new condition. The engine has been treated to a complete rebuild, new seals, bearings and gaskets were thrown at it and with the engines renowned reliability it’s fair to say it won’t need doing again for decades. To give it a more vintage look the valve covers have been replaced with items from an early R series and the entire engine casing refurbished. To extract some more power a pair of modified carbs from an R100rs were fitted and a NOS airbox installed. Then the exhaust manifolds and Y pipe were made out of stainless that run all the way back to a “German origin E2 approved muffler specifically for the R100GS”

    But that engine would spend a great deal of time on the bench in a corner of the small workshop while the GS was overhauled to become a three-wheeled machine. The frame was stripped of absolutely everything, ground smooth and given a new subframe to compliment the look Oscar was going for. New mounts were added that swing the custom rear fender that was lovingly sculpted by hand to follow the contours of the rear and provide a more vintage look. Bolted to each side is a motocross number plate that while somewhat hidden in body matching paint is a subtle nod to the bikes racing pedigree. While atop the new fender Oscar fabricated custom baggage wracks as well as a simple numberplate holder and brackets for the lighting assembly. The fuel tank is the standard ’92 unit that has been body worked beyond belief, there is no filler or bondo here and Oscar has replaced the badges with his own company’s logo in timber and a one off fuel cap.
    But the timber work really gets serious over on the sidecar, “The surfaces are covered with sheets of precious mahogany” that gives the sides the look of an oversized Stradivarius. The aluminium bodywork that compliments the wood is just as impressive with each sheet arrow straight and forming the most perfect lines; which were not drawn up, simply envisioned and then created. The framing is designed to match that of the BMW’s and sweeps around the side and with an unbroken line comes up past the body that it supports to create a grab handle in front of the passenger. They ride in style being protected from the wind with a small shield that is affixed to the body with marine grade bracketry. The same high end brackets are used throughout, along with fixtures and fittings you would normally find on a yacht valued in the millions. More Mahogany is used to create the rear hatch that provides ample room for a gentleman to store more than enough for a picnic fit for a Queen.
    Her Majesty steps into her carriage on a beautiful timber piece that sits in front of the sidecars wheel and waiting to cushion her body is more incredible craftsmanship. The throne, ok I’ll call it a seat, is generously padded before Oscar laid the finest premium grade leather over the top featuring a double stitched diamond pattern in a non-degrading marine material. The sides also feature Mahogany panelling while on the floor and stretching up under the body work is Jaguar X-Type carpet for the most plush of finishes. Should the lady need to write while on the move or use an old map to navigate the door features a tailored leather cover with three pockets for a pen, pencil and sextant. Of course with the GS capable of traversing all sorts of roads a large mudguard was fabricated that provides generous coverage to the sidecars tyre and features a matching leather mudflap. That leather was also used on the beautifully upholstered seat on the bike itself with the same material used to create the small rear luggage and there is a sailing rope thrown in for good measure.
    To ensure all this comfort could be enjoyed Oscar spent a huge amount of time getting the suspension just right, but it starts with the wheel and tyre combination. All three wheel hubs are constructed from 6082 aircraft grade aviation alloy that result in hidden spokes and the ability to run modern tubeless rubber, in this case from Dunlop. The bikes rear suspension has been upgraded with a fully adjustable Ohlins mono-shock mounted to a revised position on the swingarm with the adjuster mounted to the side of the bike. The front of course is not at all how the BMW left the factory, now sporting a Ural like leading link combination. Twin coil-over shocks provide the dampening and are also adjustable with a steering dampener affixed to the main chassis also joining the party and proving pretty handy in a cross wind. The front brake is a combination of a single drilled rotor and lever arm supported caliper, while up on the front fender is a yachting cleat and rope for docking.
    The buggy itself is also sprung for a plush ride and is attached with rose-mounts that allow for fine tuning of the overall combination. Should a night time ride be required the lighting has been well appointed while remaining unobtrusive to the styling. A classic round headlight sits at the front of the BMW and a second item in the forward step of the side car. There are taillights on both bike and buggy, as well as a full array of indicators all-round, with a bullet shaped item neatly hugging the sidecars fender. The final task before everything was reassembled for the final time was to have all the bodywork sprayed in an aluminium effect paint job that gives an incredibly realistic impression of the alloy without the worry of corrosion or discolouration. Words cannot describe the finished result, simply feast with your own eyes, and for Oscar “It was an intense creative process, where many lives and many passions have crossed. It was a pleasure to design and then build AVVENTURA…. now let’s move on!” Because while his client now has an incredible piece of motorcycle art to call his own, Oscar has more creative passion to unleash!

    First published by www.pipeburn.com

    Cellulite Breakdown and Essential Detoxification part 1

    Waist Disposal

    `Excess fat is nothing less than a poison depot in an over-acid organism.’ These words were uttered half a century ago by Danish physician Kristine Nolfi — an expert in healing the body through diet. They lie at the core of the cellulite phenomenon. One of your body’s most effective ecological mechanisms for protecting itself from excessive poisons taken in through food, air and water or produced from within as a by-product of metabolism is to lock these toxic materials into fat cells. In the case of cellulite this natural protective mechanism goes one stage further — encasing these wastes in the interstitial fluids and ground substance by binding them within hardened connective tissue. There they sit year after year producing jodhpur thighs.

    Diet Start

    Personal Energy Crisis

    This whole self-protective process is perfectly normal and, all in all, functions rather well, except for two things. First, in the presence of a high level of female hormones it tends to turn intocellulite. Second, it tends to deplete your energy — not only on a cellular level so metabolic processes don’t function in an optimal way but overall so you are prone to fatigue and need stimulants such as coffee to get you going and to keep you going. For in any body which has a high level of waste stored in its cells, much of the available energy is channelled into trying to cope with these wastes instead of being used to keep metabolic processes functioning at a high level of efficiency. In broad terms you sense a lack of overall vitality and over the years develop a tendency to become chronically tired — sometimes so much so that it can even become very difficult to make the effort to help yourself. To shed cellulite you need first to help your body detoxify itself and eliminate the pockets of static tissues where, like stagnant ponds in a meadow, toxicity has been allowed to accumulate.

    A lot has been written in recent years about detoxification. Some of it can sound quite mystifying. But the whole process is really quite simple. The reason you have built up these pockets of wastes is simply that your body is continually having to cope with more poisons than it can eliminate in the normal day- to-day course of events. Remove some of the burden of what is creating this excess toxicity in your system by laying aside coffee, alcohol and over-processed foods complete with chemical additives for a time, and you are halfway there. Add to that a very simple and temporary regime designed to trigger rapid detoxification, some movement and some external help, and quite naturally you trigger your body’s own mechanisms for clearing out the junk. This is the first step in the Cellulite Revolution. There are lots of ways you can do it but the simplest of all to begin with is to go on a two-or-three-day applefast.

    Applemagic

    The apple has long been valued as health tonic, medicine, cosmetic and bowel-regulator all in one. Apples are low in acidity to help balance stored bodily wastes which tend to be acidic. They stimulate the flow of saliva in the mouth and clear away debris from the teeth. Eating raw fresh apples stimulates circulation in the gums too. In folk medicine the apple was traditionally used for eliminating obesity (in part no doubt because of its detoxifying ability) as well as for the treatment of skin problems, bladder inflammation, anaemia, insomnia, intestinal parasites and even bad breath. In recent years we have come to appreciate the kind of fibre apples contain. In addition to cellulose (the most common variety of fibre such as that in bran which binds water and increases faecal bulk), apples are also rich in pectin — a special form of fibre with exceptional detoxification properties. Unlike cellulose, pectin does not bind water. It is water-soluble. Pectin has no influence on faecal bulking, but it can be an excellent substance to help lower cholesterol and for eliminating bile acids from the intestines. Also, and in many ways most important of all for keeping cellulite away, pectin is a natural chelating agent for binding dangerous heavy metals in the body such as aluminium, cadmium, mercury and lead, and eliminating them.

    Emotional Resistance and How to Help Overcome it!

    “The past is gone: the present is full of confusion; and the future scares the hell out of me!”  – David L. Stein
    Emotional resistance is anything that causes someone to stay in their comfort zone – rather than taking action towards making a change.    It is unquestionably the elephant in the room for personal trainers and anyone who coaches people to make healthy lifestyle changes.
    A person can want to change but at the same time be emotionally resistant to change.   In fact, this common.     The person knows they want to change, but their level of motivation is not as strong as their level of emotional resistance, so they stay stuck.
    There are many reasons a person can be resistant to change including:
                    Fear of change – staying in their comfort zone is a lot less scary than trying something new!
                    They fall into the bad habit rut – change is hard, and habits must be replaced with other habits!
                    They lack confidence so are afraid they will fail
                    They chose short-term comfort vs long-term benefit
    So what is a good coach to do?
    It is all about asking the right questions and allowing a client to think without interruption.    Questions like:
                    Why is your goal important to you now?
                    What makes you think you need to make this change?
                    What will it take for you to change?
                    How can I help you get past some of the challenges you are facing?
                    Imagine you have reached your goal – how would your life be different?
                    If you do not change and stay where you are or get worse how will that be?
                    On a 1 – 10 scale how important is it for you to make this change now?
                                    If it is less than a 10 ask “what would it take for you to go up at least 1 level?”
    The key is to be empathetic and focus on the client coming up with solutions for changing their lives instead of telling them what to do all the time!

    Gwent – Playable By All Now As It Enters Public Beta Phase [Notification]

    Update: Added Bugs Personally Found – 20170525, Ongoing
    Update: Added Example of Patch Notes – 20170526
    Update: Embedded The Gwent Cinematic Trailer ‘jussferfun’ – 20170527


    Just a quick notification that Gwent, the Free-To-Play online card game based on The Witcher series, is now playable by all, as it enters the Public Beta phase (Open Beta).


    Stress-Test the servers!
    Find bugs and improve the game!
    Have fun!

    https://www.playgwent.com/


    From the GOG.com Store Page:

    “GWENT: The Witcher Card Game is currently in public beta. The game requires an online connection to play and offers optional in-game purchases. Single player campaign will be added at a later date.”





     Example of Changes, Patch Notes by CDprojektRED:

    Example of the informative Patch Notes, Updated Regularly by CDprojektRED
    (Click to see Full Size)


    Here is the Gwent Cinematic Trailer by CDprojektRED:


    A First Impressions post on it… Soon™



    Possible Bugs I Personally Found/Experienced So Far:

    – There is no explanation of the ‘red eye icon with the silver arrows above and below it’ on some cards (it was not mentioned in the Tutorial and does not have a pop-up information panel for it)
    – Some cards do not have an image (Loading Screens, not sure if this is per-screen basis (card assigned to that screen) or the image just does not show/process at random times)
    – PASSING once results in continuous PASSING forever (resulting in the loss of the round) [This is Intended perhaps, OnePassToPassThemAll]
    – Sometimes, the AI will play a card that is supposed to DEPLOY other cards (as an ability of the card), but the ‘other cards’ will not show up. Then, later in the same game, it will play those ‘other cards’ as single cards. (Not sure if this is my misunderstanding of the mechanic, but I have seen the special DEPLOY cards work and DEPLOY the ‘other cards’ all at one time, which is how it appears that it is intended to work)
    – Cannot seem to play Multiplayer with a Friend (Friends List in GOG Galaxy, the client GOG is attaching to the game), clicking on FRIEND MATCH just results in the game ‘freezing’ for a bit, unable to click on anything
    – There seems to be a possible Exploit that is potentially occurring concerning Desynchronization issues (opponents will be losing and cause ‘lag spikes’ or other communication interference, resulting in the game seeing a difference of information on their Servers and ending the game as a defense mechanism, which causes you to end up “Defeated” automatically)

    Bugs/Feedback submitted – enjoying the game otherwise [Single Player is fun, there’s tons to learn and look at, the Art is awesome, the Music is awesome, so far this game is GREAT]!


    [Note: Trying it out myself, it looks like it needs a GOG.com (formerly Good Old Games) Account to play… I already had an account with them, but wanted to add that I am not affiliated with GOG.com or CDprojektRED in any way and am not receiving any compensation of any kind to mention them here (look at the link above, it does not have any ‘affiliate tags’ or extra information in it). I am merely a Customer of GOG.com (sometimes they have good deals on their DRM-free catalog) and GOG.com merely seems to be affiliated with CDprojektRED and the release of Gwent.]

    Steve McQueen’s Indian Sport Scout

    Steve McQueen owned an extraordinary array of vehicles including a 1931 Pitcairn PA-8 biplane, a Ferrari 250 GT Lusso, a Jaguar XKSS, a Ford GT40 and a number of motorcycles – including the 1934 Indian Sport Scout you see here.
    Although he’s perhaps more famous for his association with Triumph and Husqvarna, McQueen’s love of American motorcycles was never in doubt. His first bike was a Harley-Davidson that was so oily and smoky that it cost him the affection of the girl he had been dating, he also owned a number of Indians including an old custom chopper, a Chief and of course, a Sport Scout.
    Steve McQueen's Indian Sport Scout 6In some respects, the Indian Sport Scout was a return to the roots of the Scout model line. The first two generations of the model had been very popular and favoured for their ability on race tracks, at hill climbs and in endurance events.
    In 1932 Indian introduced the third generation Scout, it had been developed with cost cutting in mind – and as is often the case when the bean counters get involved, it resulted in a lot of disappointment. The plan was to develop a single frame design and then use it as the base of the Scout, the Chief, and the Four. The issue was that the frame was heavy and cumbersome. This was a major drawback for a nimble, sporting motorcycle like the Scout.
    Steve McQueen's Indian Sport Scout 5The public reaction to the new Scout was almost entirely unfavourable and Indian set about trying to rectify the situation as quickly as possible. Two years later they released the new Sport Scout, it had a lighter frame, girder forks, improved carburation and alloy cylinder heads – it addressed the concerns that the pubic had raised with the third generation model and it returned the Scout to its winning ways on the race tracks of North America. A modified Indian Sport Scout would go on to win the first Daytona 200 in 1937, as well as hundreds of less famous races across the continent.
    The history of the 1934 Sport Scout wouldn’t have been lost on McQueen, he was an avid motorcycle racer who funded his early acting career by winning local races and living on the prize purses. This Indian was sold from his collection in 2006 to a buyer in London who rode it sparingly and displayed it in his office. It’s now being offered for sale with an estimated value of between £55,000 and £65,000, if you’d like to read more or register to bid you can click here.

    Steve McQueen's Indian Sport Scout 7



    Steve McQueen's Indian Sport Scout 4

    Steve McQueen's Indian Sport Scout 3

    Steve McQueen's Indian Sport Scout 2

    Steve McQueen's Indian Sport Scout 1 
    Firts published by silodrome.com

    Solving the Weight Loss Puzzle Part 3

    If you have not read parts 1 and 2 please do so first!  So now that we understand that the most important factor in controlling bodyweight is to manage the energy you use daily with the energy you take in from food and beverages the next step is understanding the crucial difference between losing fat and losing weight.  

    In the beginning of any new diet there is typically a significant loss of water weight, and while comforting this is a temporary phenomenon and not permanent!    Also it is important to understand that real goal should be reducing levels of bodyfat while maintaining or actually increasing muscle mass.     

    The reason is that muscle and fat are not the same when it comes to how you look and feel. Fat is nothing more than stored energy and fat tissue takes up much more space than muscle or other lean tissue mass.  Take a look at the picture below to get a sense of how different 5lbs of muscle looks compared to 5lbs of fat.


    As you can see muscle is much denser and firmer material than fat.  The practical implication is that if you were to lose 5lbs of fat and gain 5lbs of muscle although the scale would not change at all – you (and everyone you know) would notice a big improvement in your appearance.   You would actually look smaller and tighter.  In addition because muscle burns significantly more calories than fat while at rest your resting metabolic rate would be increased meaning you are burning more calories ALL the time — not just during exercise.

    So the next question becomes “how do I lose fat and build or maintain muscle mass at the same time?”   There are three keys:
    Regular resistance training aka weight lifting – which stimulates your body to maintain or build muscle and bone tissue.

    High Intensity Interval Training – which maximizes calorie burn both during AND after the workout
    Managing food and beverage intake – to insure your calorie intake is slightly below your total calorie output – to insure your body has a reason to use fat (stored energy).

    While each of these components can be effective by themselves — when they are combined there is much greater short and long term response.  Take any of the three components out and you will limit your results.
    Put another way reducing calorie intake will initially result in greater fat loss than exercise for people who are beginning to exercise, BUT overtime your body will ALWAYS slow-down in response to any sustained drop in calorie intake.   
    Exercise on the other hand is just the opposite — initially for an unfit person exercise makes a very small contribution to any weight loss because the person’s exercise capacity is low.  However, over time a person’s exercise capacity will improve.    So all forms of diet become less effective over time while exercise becomes more effective.
    The key is addressing diet and exercise out of the gate and focusing on HIIT and Resistance Training in your exercise programming while watching your food and beverage intake!
    Stay tuned for the final part of this article next week!

    Biker Churches Lead Outlaws to God

    TEXARKANA, Texas – Members of outlaw motorcycle gangs are coming together throughout the Bible Belt where bikers who once thrived on sex, drugs, rock ‘n’ roll and even a life of crime are now looking for calmness of Bible study and prayer meetings.

    “Churches like this gather misfits,” Matthew Butler, who became the church’s pastor in 2010 after working in its music ministry, told Aljazeera America on Sunday, December 1.

    “Without a church like this, there would be hundreds of people with nowhere else to go. We are literally reaching into the darkness.”

    Dressed in jeans, leather jackets, biker boots and T-shirts, men and women scene in the churches’ pews was unfamiliar.

    Being part of outlaw motorcycle gangs, which make up about 1 percent of motorcycle riders in the United States, those bikers used to have clubs with names like the Hells Angels and Banditos.

    They are not recognized by the 235,000-member American Motorcycle Association because of their criminal activities.

    Yet, in the Bible Belt, and across the US, the Biker-Friendly Church Network lists nearly 100 churches where helmets are welcomed on Sunday mornings.

    Unlike traditional churches, they aren’t recognized within religious denominations, but rather focus on evangelism and discipleship – witnessing and training in the Bible.

    Recently, several groups with names like the Iron Apostles, Soldiers for Jesus and Hallelujah Riders gathered in Kilgore, Texas, for fellowship and prayer at Living Word Church, whose pastor donated the space to bikers.

    Motorcycles with Jesus stickers lined the churchyard, and tales from the road were shared in between preaching and barbecue.

    “This is just a place where we wouldn’t be judged and looked down on,” said Russell Stewart, a deacon of a church at Texarkana, a town that straddles the Arkansas-Texas state line, and one of its founding members.

    “At other churches, the way we dress, we would be judged. We are all just here to worship the Lord.”

    New Life

    The new churches offered a new hope of life for bikers, who were outlaws one day.

    “All the men in my life were teaching me how to rob, steal, do dope and sell dope,” said David Vanbuskirk, a preacher for Bikers for Christ, adding he is the last person anyone expected to spread the Gospel.

    “They had a lack of concern for life. I didn’t want my sons to be raised like that, and I don’t Leading a criminal life for years, he started preaching to change lives.

    “I don’t have an education, and I’m rough around the edges,” Vanbuskirk said.

    “But I preach with conviction around my heart. The Lord speaks to you in the hum of the motor.”

    Keith Cannon, who attends Kilgore church, has also found a new life after abandoning crime.

    Nearly nine years ago, Cannon was living in a homeless shelter.

    He was arrested in 2004 for possession of drugs, and a year later arrested again on a drug and weapons charge “We were some twisted people before we got saved,” said Cannon, whose father was a missionary.

    “You can ride your bike the same, but now you love Jesus.”

    The United States is home to a Muslim minority of between six to eight million.

    Muslims believe in Jesus as one of the great Prophets of God and that he is the son of Mary but not the Son of God. He was conceived and born miraculously.

    In the Noble Qur’an, Jesus is called “Isa”. He is also known as Al-Masih (the Christ) and Ibn Maryam (Son of Mary).

    As for his crucifixion, Muslims believe that Jesus was not crucified but was lifted up to heaven.

    Muslims believe that Jesus will come back to earth before the end of time to restore peace and order, fight the Anti-Christ (Al-Masih Al-Dajjal) and bring victory for truth and righteousness.

    The true followers of Jesus will prevail over those who deny him, misrepresent him and reject him.

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    Source: Onislam (AP, 12/02)

    Quality Test – H.264/AVC Game Recording with the x264 AVC Codec, with the goal of Quality (with “2K” HD Video Samples from Four Games)

    In an earlier post about game recording with H.264/AVC (MPEG-4 Part 10) here, I went somewhat in-depth about concepts and considerations for the various settings and why you might want to use them or leave them as they are. With plans to make a “short version” of why you might want to use some settings over others (and setting recommendations geared more towards Speed of recording, reducing lag/choppiness) in the near future, for now, enjoy this short sampling of some game recordings done with H.264/AVC – this time with the goal of increased Quality in mind as well – showcased using four different games and presented in 2K Resolution (2048x1152p):

    Clicking the Gear icon in YouTube’s player and choosing ‘Original’/1440p, while still Youtube-recompressed, is the closest to the original upload in viewing quality (You may need to click on the YT logo and watch it at YT to enable the Quality Setting)

    Recorded games:

    Battlefield 3 (Grand Bazaar), Planetside 2 (48+ Players Per Side in a BioLab territory, Night), Hitman: Absolution (‘Run For Your Life, Shangri-La’), Grand Theft Auto 4 (Broker area, Night)

    These games were selected because I felt they created a good ‘obstacle course’ for this codec Test, with light and dark areas, large panning/movement areas and hard edges to deal with, either from on-screen text or finely detailed textures [all Texture Filtering was turned Off in the Videocard Control Panel settings] (they were also all relatively demanding games, showing then, the low performance hit of this codec, with these settings)

    Recording codec:

    H.264/AVC configured with the x264 Video For Windows Unofficial (Black Logo) interface (the XiWave GNU GPL MPEG-4 Codec)

    Recording settings:

    CRF18, NoPartitions, Fast P-Skip, 1 Reference Frame, Diamond ME, ME Range 4, Subpixel ME 1, GOP 1 (for editing with Vegas/Premiere), NoWeightedP-Frames, No B Frames, Deblocking Filter (Strength 1), Non-Interlaced, No CABAC, DCT Decimation, No Trellis, Deadzone (11,21), Flat Matrix, MaxBitrate 50000k (Buffer 5000k), Threads 4, all other settings left as Default/Off

    Recording compression:

    Originally recorded @ 50000kbps, H.264/AVC format @ HD Resolution (1920x1080p)
    Compressed @ 25000kbps for smaller upload to YouTube, WMV format @ 2k Resolution (2048x1152p), in attempt to keep detail/compensate for YT recompression

    [The ‘analog pause’ effect wasn’t added to accentuate any specific action going on at the time, it was more to showcase the detail maintained at that time/frame, when recording with the h.264/AVC codec] 

    At a max bitrate of 50000k (a high quality Blu-Ray movie bitrate), the original recorded output takes up about 375MB per minute of recording. For an hour of gameplay, that’s less than 25GB (including uncompressed audio (uncompressed to be more compatible with video editing apps and use less CPU resources while recording)). Maintaining good quality – although quality is relative, mind you – that is still about one-tenth the filesize of a FRAPS1 codec recording or a YUV or Lagarith codec recording. Chalk it all up to a powerful codec that has the ability to not only compress more where it can (without over-compression in dark/flat or low-motion areas), but also compensates for its’ own compression via Deblocking and other built-in techniques.
    Doing a quick test without the self-compensation capabilities found within the codec (turning off Deblocking, CABAC, etc), the output has macroblocking and other artifacts occurring, as can be seen in this screenshot:

    An example of the internal filtering/compression-compensation found within the h.264/AVC codec, two frames taken directly from two h264/avc recordings, done one after another in the same area in the same online game
    (Rift, recorded @ 1080p).
    Click to see Full Size (cropped and zoomed source)

    The two frames above are from videos shot close together in time, at the same bitrate, resolution, everything… The only difference between the two is that the left side has all filtering/compensation for compression that the codec can perform ‘OFF’ and the right side has CABAC, Deblocking and other compression/correction techniques ‘ON’ (Deblocking within the codec was set at only +2+0, as higher Deblocking settings have the effect of excessive smoothing.. [but if you don’t mind that or you like the look of it, you can turn up the Deblocking to a maximum setting of +6+6, with a small hit to recording performance]).

    These powerful compensators for compression come at a tradeoff however, as the more that you turn on, the longer the codec will take to scrutinize the frames and the slower the compression/output will be. This results in ‘lag’ both in the game and in the output video, as the resources of the system are directed more towards analysis and compression of the recording, where doing the calculations on the frames, then writing them to disk, can cause the recording to fall behind what is actually occurring on the screen. Also, turning up too many compensators/filters within the codec can result in a ‘washed-out’ (or at least excessively-smoothed out) video, meaning higher loss of detail.

    So, are you stuck with only either crappy looking video or too-smoothed-out video output? Not at all. There are two main directions you can go with your h264/avc game recording (which one you decide on is limited somewhat by your system capabilities):

    • On the one hand, you can have small filesizes, allowing you to record longer and more video. You can turn up the analysis and compensation techniques within the codec (Deblocking, Motion Estimation, CABAC calculations, Partition Analysis, etc) – as much as your system can handle, but not too much or you risk excessive smoothing, lag and other effects – and still end up with good quality game recordings.
    • On the other hand, you will have larger filesizes, but if your system cannot handle the extra analysis and calculations of the codec, you can turn off these compression/compensation techniques and also gain more speed/performance [less ‘lag’ during gameplay and in the video output – this may also result in more detail being kept from the original source]. All you have to do is allow more Bitrate (setting a lower CQP or lower CRF, if you are using those) to more accurately represent what is occurring on-the-screen/in-the-frames, so that you don’t get compression artifacts (as in the left portion of the screenshot above) – and still end up with good quality game recordings.

    What settings to use, then? I will present the settings I settled on, after much testing; but again, these were done on my system, with the limitations that includes for me. You may have a more powerful or lesser so system, but all it will take is a few tests, changing a few settings each time, to see what kind of quality you can arrive at, with the balance/tradeoff of performance hit you are willing to tolerate.

    Although JPG-compressed for posting, it can still be seen in this frame extracted directly from the H.264/AVC game recording (Hitman: Absolution @ 1080p), that decent quality can be maintained, despite the ability to record in smaller filesizes, with this codec and these suggested settings for the x264 interface.
    Click to see Full size

    There was only a light performance hit for my system with these upcoming settings, usually only a couple frames per second (averaging about 5fps loss, depending on the game/area being played); but it may depend on the ‘overhead space’ that you have running a game already. What I mean is, if a game is already chugging along for you, you may not be able to use or turn many things on with this codec (it can be much more demanding, as the different processing options get turned on). Along that same line of thought however, if you are able to run a game you want to record smoothly already, you should have no problem trying out this codec (esp. with my suggested settings). Since that was the case with many of the games I was playing with at the time [although games like GTAIV are always choppy haha], I will list the basic system specs that were used during the time of this Test:

    AMD FX-6100 CPU @ 4.0GHz
    AMD/ATi Radeon HD 6870 GPU (1GB VRAM) @ 950MHz
    16GB Patriot “Gamer” RAM
    all on a Gigabyte 990FXA Chipset Mainboard
    running Windows7 64-bit
    recording to two SATA III harddrives set up in RAID 0 (~233MB/s throughput, according to Dxtory)

    I also managed to perform these couple of quick tests, as a comparison of the performance hit to be expected when recording with this codec and these settings on some other systems (CPU/GPU combinations listed):

    Unigine Heaven Benchmark
    6-core CPU / HD 6870 GPU ~1-3fps
    4-core CPU / GTX 560 Ti GPU ~3-5fps
    2-core CPU / GTS 250 GPU ~5fps

    Rift (Online MMORPG)
    6-core CPU / HD 6870 GPU ~1-3fps
    4-core CPU / GTX 560 Ti GPU ~ 5fps
    2-core CPU / GTS 250 GPU ~5fps

    Not bad, in my opinion. These settings seem to work well, no matter what combination of hardware there was. Hopefully this will be the same for you, dear reader.

    So then, just below are the settings I normally use when recording with the H.264/AVC codec. I might change things a bit for certain games that look vastly different, such as, if I wanted to keep the grain in the Left4Dead series of games or if I was recording a solid-coloured/static-area looking game like Minecraft or Web Browser games. For the most part however I use these settings, both for maintaining good quality and keeping disk space usage relatively low (at least, far lower than using the FRAPS1 codec, Lagarith, or a YUV codec).

    [Note that I have chosen to use a GOP (Group of Pictures (Frames) (called “keyint” in the bottom example)) of “1”. This is for editing compatibility with Vegas/Premiere and is optional if you are not using these video editing applications. Feel free to change the “1” in this setting to the Codec Default of “250”, or as desired. For more information on this, especially if you plan to edit the recordings with Sony’s Vegas or Adobe’s Premiere lines of products, see this post earlier, here]

    When using the ‘Unofficial’ (Black Logo) x264 Video For Windows interface to configure settings:

    When using the ‘Official’ (Red Logo) x264 Video For Windows interface to configure settings:
    For the official/redlogo interface, choosing the Ultrafast Preset configures many settings that are the same as the above prior three screen captures, seen using the unofficial/blacklogo interface. The command line area (box at the bottom) where things are typed in, change the remainder of the settings so that they end up the same as the other interface settings in the prior three screen captures above.

    As you can see, these settings can be configured using the x264 interface for the codec, so no matter what game recording program you use* – be it Dxtory, Bandicam, MSI’s Afterburner, etc – you will be able to choose these settings, adjusting for your own tastes as you prefer (or adjusting to be within your hardware limitations). 

    [*The game recording application must be able to use ‘external/third-party codecs’, i.e. other codecs not included with the program itself, that you have installed on your system, in order to utilize the x264 interface for the h264/avc codec]

    For more detailed coverage of the settings used when recording with h.264/AVC [in an article that focuses more on speed of recording, reducing ‘lag’/choppiness], where to download the codec/interface and how to start using it in Dxtory, Bandicam and MSI’s Afterburner, see this earlier post here at the blog:
    http://gametipsandmore.blogspot.ca/2013/05/game-recording-with-mpeg-4-using.html

    Please note dear reader, that I am not saying “This codec is the best one to record with” or “use this one only”.
    I am merely showing that it is possible, or how to tweak it for quality or file size, as to your own personal preference.
    There are many codecs out there to choose from when game recording and although some are more apt for certain types of games than others, overall it is your own choice to use whichever one you prefer. Do some short tests and see which one works best for you and your current system – and try to have fun with it



    Have Fun Recording with H.264/AVC and See You In The Games!

    Honda CB550 – Old Empire Motorcycles

    The ever-useful Wikipedia notes that the ‘Ripon’, or ‘Blackburn T.5 Ripon’ to use its correct name, was a ‘British carrier-based torpedo bomber and reconnaissance biplane which first flew in 1926.’ Naming their creations after Britain’s rich aviation history has become quite the thing with Norfolk’s Old Empire Motorcycles, as has creating bloody amazing custom bikes, and drinking cups of tea. And rest assured, this one is no exception to the rule. You may know it as a Honda CB550, but they know it by another name…
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    Alec Sharp, one half of OEM’s dream team, fills us in on the details. “The Ripon build started when we were approached by a customer who had seen some of our previous work and decided that our take on a 4 cylinder café-brat was the order of the day. A large capacity engine was not needed and the opportunity came up to purchase a ’79 CB550 which was promptly stripped and the surgery began.”
    In terms of fabrication, Alec notes that it was a complex build. The engine-mounted parts of the frame stayed pretty much stock, however the entire rear subsection was removed and spliced into a bespoke frame and cowling, inside of which they then integrated the necessary LED lights an wiring.
    “We had to break out the set square and protractor set for the suspension, as we ended up removing the rear shocks entirely. It was decided that there was plenty of room under the engine for a pull-type shock, so we duly obtained a second-hand Buell unit, created a jig on the bench and began extending the frame. Various other modifications were made to the front end of the frame and the swingarm to accommodate the new shock and damper unit. After many trials and tweaks, we got it bang on and couldn’t be more chuffed with the overall classic, uncluttered look it now possesses.”
    In the tinware department, the tank was shimmied forward and knee scallops were added to stay in keeping with the classic ‘Empire Style’ the boys have become renown for. The front cowling was hand rolled from sheet steel and tidily integrates the headlight with the clocks and ignition barrel.
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    “As always, we started with the running gear, as this can greatly affect or even define the rest of the build. The front and rear wheels were replaced with 19’’ aluminium rims and fully rebuilt with stainless spokes, vapour blasted hubs and wrapped with some classic Coker rubber.”
    At the sharp end you’ll find a stock set of forks that have been fully rebuilt and lowered right down with a rework of the internals to house a custom set of super stiff shocks from Hagon, along with a heavy-weight fork oil. They also decided to upgrade the braking system by opting for a twin disc set up rather than the standard single. “A note of caution to others,” says Alec. “We thought it was a simple case of just bolting on another caliper and disc; it most definitely wasn’t.”
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    “Our own aluminium clip-ons were fabricated, vapour blasted and rebuilt alongside the control units and levers and then finished with our laser-cut leather grips. We wanted a ‘cockpit’ looking dash, so we opted for twin Koso units and remounted a simple ignition barrel between them. LED indicators were mounted discreetly front and back and tied into our one-off loom that featured all upgraded or renewed components tied into the new Shorai battery which sits in a tidy leather satchel along with the starter relay.”
    The engine had previously had the barrels honed and new rings installed, so they went about upgrading the usual weakest links in the chain; namely new seals, gaskets, a rewound generator and electronic ignition. The old lump was then soda blasted, repainted, the cases were vapour blasted and the fins polished to get what seems to be a fantastic-looking little engine.
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    “The exhausts, although simple, took quite some time to figure out. Initially we wanted high-level pipes, but in reality it would be a choice between high pipes or calf muscles so we installed them low, tucked neatly along the sides. They are just long enough to make it run nicely but short enough to give it some real bark.”
    They matched the leather grips at the front with their “universal adjustable leather foot controls” which were made as rear-sets and mounted on two curved struts that have been carefully integrated into the stock frame. Everything was then connected up with stainless linkages and rose joints.
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    “Eventually we replaced the standard Buell shock for a completely custom-made unit from AST suspension, which has fully adjustable dampening and preload settings – meaning we could fine-tune the ride perfectly.”
    “Finishing-wise, we enlisted the help of our specialist painter Greg from Black Shuck Kustoms to work alongside side us in creating the look we wanted. Safe to say the deep, smokey blue with gold highlights isperfect in every way. Everything else was powder coated black, vapour blasted or plated to get things looking suitably distinguished.”
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    Four pipes, and a bespoke suspension setup. Jolly good
    Leather seems to be quite an important finish to all the OEM builds, and clearly that trend continues here. They’ve tied the grips and pegs in nicely with the leather battery satchel and the diamond stitched brown leather seat. All reports from the nether regions of the lads confirm our suspicions – it’s comfy as.
    “After assembly, we were a little apprehensive to see if the shock would work as we intended it to, but we are proud to say that it functions flawlessly. It’s such a satisfying thing to see working and it keeps the whole bike super clean at the back and really ‘chunks’ up the main body of the bike giving it a vastly more aggressive stance.”
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    Rafe takes the Ripon out for a quick afternoon torpedo run
    And there we have it. Another great build by the proud boys from Norfolk. We’re scared to think just how many cups of tea were downed in the making of this beast. So if you like what you see, and you like tea, make sure and check out their YouTube channel. It’s not half bad. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to put the kettle on.
    [Photos by Vaughan Treyvellan]
    First published by pipeburn.com

    What Does it Really Mean When Food is Labeled as ‘Organic’?

    What Does it Really Mean When Food is Labeled as ‘Organic’?
    BY KATIE MACDONALD 
    ILLUSTRATIONS BY VALERIO PELLEGRINI

    We often blindly trust food that’s been USDA-certified organic, but what’s actually involved in earning that seal?

    Cross-eyed in the produce section? It’s not your fault. USDA standards for organic labeling differ when comparing apples to, er, chicken—which can create consumer confusion, says Peter Laufer, Ph.D., the author of Organic: A Journalist’s Quest to Discover the Truth Behind Food Labeling.
    (Food and beverage makers often employ buzzwords to cash in on nutrition trends, but they’re not always telling you the whole story. Find out how to recognize When Nutrition Labels Lie.)
    This chart shows the standards that must be met within an industry to earn the seal. Understand the differences and start seeing clearly.
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    Franchisee Profile: Duane Brown

    Franchisee Profile: Duane Brown

    Situated where the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains give way to the Tennessee Valley, Sevierville will be the home of Workout Anytime’s newest facilities, spearheaded by entrepreneur and real estate broker/contractor, Duane Brown.
    Brown, 46, is a Maynardville, TN native whose hobbies span martial arts (he’s a black belt) to police work to house restoration. Prior to opening his first roofing company in 2000, Brown worked mostly in construction and as a fitness instructor from 1998-2000. He continued his work in the housing market by receiving his real estate license and becoming a broker. He then elevated his resume to include residential contractor in 2001, which included building houses, investing in real estate and renovating buildings.
    Brown’s journey in real estate proved to be a difficult road due to the housing market decline in the 2000s. He struggled keeping the real estate he had purchased, and had seven mortgages under his name. Through strategic planning, and a lot of luck, Brown was able to sell four of his properties and will continue wrapping up his involvement in real estate by selling the rest of his homes and moving to Sevierville to focus on maintaining his Workout Anytime.
    Brown was first introduced to Workout Anytime by his bookkeeper while still working as a contractor.  Intrigued, Brown decided to check it out for himself. He drove to Powell, TN and upon entering the center, Brown immediately knew this was the opportunity he was looking for. Ringing up Greg Parker, he signed with the brand and a year and a half later, will be opening his doors this May.
    Why did you choose an opportunity with Workout Anytime?
    I had thought about franchises in the past but nothing stood out. I used to work at National Fitness and I’ve visited Anytime Fitness, but Workout Anytime blew their facilities out of the water. They both exist in the Sevierville market, but I believe Workout Anytime will appeal to the public here.
    What challenges have you overcome to get to where you are now?
    The road to business ownership was challenging and stressful. I changed the course of my life at 46 and chose to pursue something else for the rest of my life. I’m currently tying up loose ends that exist within my contracting business and trying to transition my family to a new town, all while opening a business. It’s been a tough road but I’m excited to open and pursue this business.  
    Do you have any development/extension plans? Add units? Timeframe?
    Ideally I’d like to open two more locations in Sevierville in the next two years. 

    Training Biceps and Triceps with Fat Circular Bands

    If you want to take your guns to the next level consider adding in band training.    Those flat circular bands you see in the MX4 Area of the club are serious training tools!    These bands provide the advantage of increasing resistance throughout the range of motion to challenge your muscles in a different, yet complimentary way to free weights or machines.

    There are a number of ways to trains biceps with bands from the most simple which is just standing on the band with feet spread and holding the upper loop of the band on both or one and handing and curling up and down.      You can also stand  with one or two feet in the center of a band and grap the two looped ends and curl the end/ends up to pump up those biceps.       Another option is to attach band handles to the band to allow you to use even more resistance.     Standing on one foot in the enter of the band will give less resistance than standing with two feet spread apart.

    You can also attach a band to an immovable object like a post or even a door using a door holder (see www.resistancebandtraining.com to purchase one of these.  Another option to create more length is to attach a band low and behind you and then loop another band through this band and attach handles to the band on both ends.      With your back to the anchor grasp the handles and step forward to create some level of tension in the band keep your fee in a split stance and head-up.   Do a bicep curl  with the handles and as you fatigue take small steps back to do drop sets.   This exercise emphasizes the stretched position of the bicep comapred with the single band bicep curl described above.

    You can also get an incredible tricep workout using bands using the set-up described above with handles attached to the bands.    In this case turn your back to the anchor grasping the handles with elbows held high by the sides of your heads.   Brace the core while in a split stance and keep the elbows high and motionless then extend your elbows – wow does that create a pump and burn!

    To see exactly how to set-up and perform these incredible bicep and tricep exercises using flat circular bands and handles check out this video from resistancebandtraining.com:  https://youtu.be/mF-FbNSPF2Q

    Norton Atlas – Machine Shed

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    Written by Martin Hodgson.
    The custom motorcycle business has a hierarchy that is more organic than most; it’s not about money or ego but sheer ability. At its most pure form it is simply about the quality, creativity and workmanship of the bikes you build. Australia’s Matt Machine is one of the builders at the top. Living an idyllic life in the bush, his creations are as real and honest as the environment around him and this Norton custom was deemed so good it won “Best British” at the Born Free 7 show.
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    But this Norton didn’t come together like most builds, it wasn’t a customer order or a bike planned out and built from predetermined parts but a culmination of more than a decade of Matt’s life and evolution as a builder. “I went to a clearance sale of an old motorcycle workshop around the early 2000s and I picked up a late 30s Norton rigid frame and girder front end by chance” says the man who also happens to be an architect by trade.
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    At the same time Matt was stilling living in the city, Newtown, Sydney and on the living room floor of his small terrace home was screwing together a ’66 Norton Atlas motor. With two lots of classic British machinery in his possession one night he had an idea, a little bit of fun, “measure up the crankcase mount holes and the frame cradle holes to see how close a match they were and there it was, the motor fit straight into the frame and sat in the cradle.”
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    From there the Norton was slowly pieced together over the space of a year, it was featured in a magazine, ridden by Matt to a number of shows and moved with him to the country where it got a good flogging up and down the dirt roads. For years to follow it would sit in his shed, collecting the dust that is swept in when the winds blow or a car comes up the driveway and Matt focussed on other projects.
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    Then as he was considering a full refurb Mike and Grant the men behind Born Free in the US suggested he stick it on a plane and take it over for BF7. That honour was all the motivation that was needed and the bike that is now pictured before you started its final journey. The frame is a 1937 Norton ES2 rigid with the exquisite girder front end from the same year. It not only looks the business but the triangular design provides impressive strength for its light weight and the anti-dive nature of a girder fork provides great feel even under hard braking.
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    The paint work comes courtesy of the exceptionally talented Victorian painter Karl of KDS Designs who laid down the black enamel with the tank getting a hand-lettered Norton logo in an old English white that works beautifully with the less is more design of the entire build. The black paint work extends to pieces like the new rear fender that sits over the back tyre perfectly following its contours and finishing in a flip-up duck bill.
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    The new oil tank is one of many of Matt’s creations, originally he felt the bike ran hotter than it should and the increased capacity has solved that problem. But it’s the craftsmanship combined with the function that makes it such a work of art. Sculpted from steel it sits perfectly in the frame, the filler neck cut from exhaust pipe and the feed pipes curves not distracting from the bikes flowing lines.
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    That Atlas 750 motor is a 1966 unit that’ll shake, rattle and roll you all the way down the road and in a lightweight ‘30s frame it is a sheer brute! The top end breathes easy thanks to a well ported head and the addition of a high lift cam. Tipping in the air/fuel mixture is a beautiful old Italian, a single Dell’Orto PHF 32 A carb for which Matt fabricated a new inlet to support the change. Those stunning exhaust pipes are handcrafted by Matt from stainless steel, internally baffled, multiple diameters were tried and tried again until Matt had the exact form and function he was after. Shifting through a Norton 4 speed box with an open primary it gives you a distinctly mechanical visual look to match the thunderous roar of the engine.
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    Sending that barking mad power to the ground, or trying to anyway, is an Avon MkII tyre that provides the vintage look and is fitted to a 16 inch rim in a satin nickel finish. The hub and brake are Triumph items that have been stripped and overhauled with black enamel to finish. The front is a Norton hub and brake, Triumph conical brake plate and the massive 21 inch rim also receives the nickel treatment and is wrapped in another Avon product the popular Speedmaster. Steering the Norton was once left to a set of flat bars but for the trip to the US it now features a more bobber like pair mounted to the risers, with black grips and just the levers and throttle assembly for the ultimate in minimalism.
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    Then there are the little items that you appreciate the more you look over the bike, the handcrafted engine plates, BCM taillight, the alloy pegs from Throwback Cycle Parts and the Magneto with total loss battery system. But perhaps my favourite part of the build is Matt’s variation on a chopper seat, yes it is sprung like a unit you’d see on a bobber, but both the base and foam extend over the tank and to the rear over the fender. With the ultimate Australian finishing touch a Kangaroo skin cover sourced from the nation’s capital just a short drive from Matt’s farm.
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    Just writing about Matt Machine’s creations is an intimidating process; I spent hours looking over his Instagram account getting a feel for what inspires him and analysing the progress pictures of the build to see how he works. A world-class builder, architect, fabricator and show winner; he also happens to be a hell of a nice guy from the Australian bush who is not even close to done when it comes to taking on the challenges that await. Just be sure to follow the ride.

    First published by pipeburn.com/

    Benefits and Efficacy Chayote for Health

    BENEFITS AND EFFICACY CHAYOTE TO HEALTH

    Benefits and Efficacy Chayote for Health – Chayote is very popular with a sweet name. The fruit that comes from the type of plant that vine with tendrils tenacious hold on the media has indeed been popular in Indonesia. These plants require a growing medium such as soil is wet and humid, can grow very quickly. Chayote plant has been ready for harvest in the period of 30 days after pollination of flowers. In one type of vegetable harvest is able to produce 150 pieces in one season. Chayote has a very thin skin and pale green, he also has a vertical groove which is located on the surface of the skin. Many other types of chayote surface air filled with thorns are quite pointy. The meat inside has a white color.
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    Nutritional Content and Benefits of Chayote
    Vegetables are also often in a variety of ways though was very favored by mothers, the price is also relatively inexpensive, lightweight, and fresh. It turns out there is also another one, it contains various kinds of nutrients is very important and useful for health. Chayote has a content of nutrients and vitamins. At one-half cup there are 17% of vitamin C, which also contain many vitamins such as vitamin B complex, folic up to 61 mcg, and ribolavin, niacin, thiamin, pantothenic acid up. The content of the others as contained in the mineral manganese, iron, zinc, and phosphorus. For many compounds that are in squash, no wonder she has a variety of benefits.
    Guard Cholesterol
    Chayote indeed have characteristics similar to the various types of other types of squash. This type of vegetables is quite low in calories. In fact, it has only 100 calories per gram, and contains no cholesterol. If your cholesterol is often the case up and down, it would not hurt if you try to consume chayote. Many experts also recommend chayote is for people who want to diet to keep cholesterol levels.
    Lowering High Blood Pressure
    Besides also nourishes, it chayote can also provide a variety of benefits and health benefits, such as the research conducted by universities abroad if tea chayote able to lower high blood pressure, to dissolve kidney stones. Tea which contains pork also is a mild diuretic, which is useful for treating pain bloating.
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    Anti Cancer
    Squash have antioxidant substances such as luteolin, and apigenin. Compounds contained in it is very helpful as well as the binding of free radicals that are also very harmful to the body. These compounds contribute to the formation of cancer. He is also one very good source of antioxidants about 7.7 mg per 100 grams or approximately 13% of the daily requirement.
    When you want to cultivate squash, there are some things you should consider. Chayote contains latex or sap that quite a lot. The content of this latex can cause numbness and tingling in the hand if you get hit. Sticky liquid that one is able to cause a reaction to anesthesia that is contact for a while. You can minimize this effect by wearing gloves at the time of stripping.
    Avoid Storing at Room Temperature
    You can save chayote in a paper bag after it put it in a refrigerator. Generally chayote can be planted between 2 to 3 weeks. If you choose fruit that is old and large, it would tend to quickly grow so for the better as soon as possible to do the processing. As the selection chayote, try to choose chayote is still fresh, and without wrinkles.

    Hopefully article Benefits and Efficacy Chayote for Health can we share today can be beneficial for you. Do not forget to always visit the website abouthealthbenefits.xyz to seek other health articles. Thank You.

    Benefits of Kiwi Fruit for Women’s Health

    BENEFITS OF KIWI FRUIT FOR WOMEN’S HEALTH

    Benefits of Kiwi Fruit for Women’s Health – Pregnant women should always maintain their health so that her fetus is healthy and was always healthy. One of the natural fruit is good for consumption by pregnant women and pregnant women is kiwi fruit. Kiwi fruit in general did have health benefits outstanding.
    However, the benefits of kiwi fruit for pregnant women is because the content of vitamins and minerals in kiwi fruit great for keeping the fetus in the womb in order to remain healthy. There are several possibilities such as Alzheimer’s disease can also reduce the risk by consuming kiwifruit. Alzheimer’s is a dangerous disease that attacks the nervous system and the brain is potentially occur in pregnant women. To minimize this risk, pregnant women can consume kiwi fruit many vitamins and minerals prevention of Alzheimer’s.
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    Kiwi fruit benefits to a woman’s fertility
    For women who want to get pregnant and want fertile then with kiwi fruit consumption could also be an alternative to eating mango is beneficial for women’s health as well. For women who want to get married or have been married but have not been blessed with the baby, it is better you should try to consume two kinds of this fruit is kiwi fruit and mango.
    After pregnancy up to you, you should still have to consume kiwi fruit regularly, so that the infant nutrition remain to be fulfilled in addition to continue to consume more healthy foods.
    Kiwi fruit tasted a bit sour and tasty and give a lot of fluid in the body, so it is also good for consumption by pregnant women were dominant in desperate need of a lot of body fluids.
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    Kiwi fruit benefits for pregnant women
    Kiwi fruit consumption should also be continued during pregnancy. Because the nutritional content of kiwi fruit is needed by the fetus. In order to obtain the benefits of kiwi fruityou simply consume as much as 3 times in one week. Given that kiwi fruit has a fairly expensive price. Kiwi fruit is a fruit commonly cultivated in Australia and America, so Indonesia including the importing of fruit is nutritious health. So by eating three times a week we have been able to get the benefits.
    One of the benefits of kiwi fruitremarkable is able to keep the baby’s brain development in a healthy and normal and can prevent neural defects in the baby’s brain, because it is none other than vitamins and minerals in this hairy green fruit.
    Then, kiwi fruit consumption can also generate benefits in the form of unavoidable eye defects in the fetus, because the kiwi fruit also contains a substance called folic acid. So, if the fruit is there and you get an easy, soon to consume for the sake of your health as well as the fetus you are carrying.
    Beside that also, there are a number of other benefits of consuming kiwi fruit. So in this short article we suggest that the fruit became one of the family’s favorite fruit. Hopefully this article Benefits of Kiwi Fruit for Women’s Healththat we share today can be beneficial for you. Thank You.

    2007 HARLEY SPORTSTER ‘ONE PUNCH’ – ZADIG – THE BIKE SHED


    ‘One Punch’ straight to the chin; a  knock out. Zadig Motorcycles delivers a decisive blow to the custom motorcycle world with this Harley Sportster, named after one of my favorite film characters of all time, Mickey, from Guy Ritchie’s turn of the millennium dark comedy, Snatch. Like a bare knuckle boxer, it is tough, gritty, no frills, and I bet it has quite a bit of growl coming out of those pipes that are taped up like a couple of beat-up fists. Details and cohesiveness of design are what bring custom motorcycles to life, and ‘One Punch’ has a lot to notice. Stand out features are the intricate detailed tank and gas cap, as well as the woven seat. More importantly though, is the unique overall design that captures the spirit of a quirky bare-knuckled boxing gypsy. Add in the fact that the bike was built for charity, and you’ve got the winning combination that is our Bike of the Month for December 2014.








    first read on wind-blown.com

    HOW TO DECOR A SMALL BATHROOMS

    SMALL BATHROOMS DESIGN IDEAS

    SMALL BATHROOMS DESIGN

    Small bathrooms are a great challenge to use and decorate. Some bathrooms have the ability to feel bigger, while others may require small renovation projects to improve the square footage. Depending on your particular bathroom, the choices can be easy. Decide what your budget, then follow these design ideas for great little bathroom.

    Vanity area: Your sink and how much space can be avoided, is crucial in the use of your bathroom. Determine your specific needs of their sink. If you are someone who has lots of toiletries, accessories and much need storage? Use a small vanity that has cabinet doors under the counter, and add shelves and drawers inside the cabinet organization. Do not have a lot of storage needs, but want it to look decorative? Consider using a pedestal sink, sink or under a decorative wall shelves. If you do not have room for one or the other, are also wells that fit the corner of two walls. This well has a record of 90 degrees and the heat sink is tucked away between the walls to give maximum space.

    TOILET: Most people enjoy a lot of space around the toilet, although this is not always a realistic option for small bathrooms today. If you can get out of the toilet, come from a smaller size, occupying less space, and give more space around them. If you can not change the toilet, to minimize the elements of the floor, such as ladders, garbage cans, and a laundry hamper in the bathroom. The more space you can see and use, the better it feels.

    Bath / shower: In most small bathrooms or you have a bathtub with shower inside, or you only have a shower. If your budget allows, losing the shower curtain and add a glass door cabinet. Glass will create the illusion of a large bathroom, and when you use the shower, it feels too. Consider using shower curtains or light a lighter color if you install a glass door is not an option. If you have high ceilings, installing shower curtain with a height over the head to extend the feeling of space.

    LIGHT: Dark colors make the room feel smaller and lighter color makes the room feel larger. If you have the luxury of natural light to pour a bath, it feels much larger. Mimic natural feeling of neutral tones and sunny feel warm and inviting. Replace light bulbs and those which emit a warmer light. Incandescent lamps have an important role in how you see yourself in the mirror. I hate you to the bathroom, if you hate how you look in the mirror!

    Even if your bathroom is small, you can still love his potential. Use these design ideas and love your new bathroom.

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    SMALL BATHROOMS DESIGN

    SMALL BATHROOMS DESIGN IDEAS

    SMALL BATHROOMS DESIGN IDEAS

    The Truth behind 5 Food Myths

    The Truth behind 5 Food MythsBY ALAN ARAGON

    IMAGE FROM THINKSTOCK

    It goes like this: A client looking to lead a healthier life hires me, a nutritionist, to help him improve his diet. I analyze what he’s been eating, factor in his food preferences, and together we create an eating plan that fits his lifestyle and goals.
    Soon after, he’s noticeably leaner and more energetic—a happy customer.
    That’s when the trouble starts. After a coworker asks him for the details of his diet, my client suddenly finds himself in a heated interrogation. Doesn’t your nutritionist know red meat causes cancer? And that potatoes cause diabetes? Shouldn’t he tell you to eat less salt, to prevent high blood pressure?
    The upshot: Myths just made my job a lot harder.
    That’s because nutrition misinformation fools men into being confused and frustrated in their quest to eat healthily, even if they’re already achieving great results.
    Thankfully, you’re about to be enlightened by science. Here are five food fallacies you can forget about for good.
    High Protein is Harmful
    Myth #1: “High protein intake is harmful to your kidneys.”
    The origin: Back in 1983, researchers first discovered that eating more protein increases your “glomerular filtration rate,” or GFR. Think of GFR as the amount of blood your kidneys are filtering per minute.
    From this finding, many scientists made the leap that a higher GFR places your kidneys under greater stress. 
    What science really shows: Nearly 2 decades ago, Dutch researchers found that while a protein-rich meal did boost GFR, it didn’t have an adverse effect on overall kidney function.
    In fact, there’s zero published research showing that downing hefty amounts of protein—specifically, up to 1.27 grams per pound of body weight a day—damages healthy kidneys.
    The bottom line: As a rule of thumb, shoot to eat your target body weight in grams of protein daily.
    For example, if you’re a chubby 200 pounds and want to be a lean 180, then have 180 grams of protein a day. Likewise if you’re a skinny 150 pounds but want to be a muscular 180.
    Go here for more on The Truth About Protein.
    Sweet Potatoes are Better
    Myth #2: “Sweet potatoes are better for you than white potatoes.”
    The origin: Because most Americans eat the highly processed version of the white potato—for instance, french fries and potato chips—consumption of this root vegetable has been linked to obesity and an increased diabetes risk.
    Meanwhile, sweet potatoes, which are typically eaten whole, have been celebrated for being rich in nutrients and also having a lower glycemic index than their white brethren.
    What science really shows: White potatoes and sweet potatoes have complementary nutritional differences; one isn’t necessarily better than the other.
    For instance, sweet potatoes have more fiber and vitamin A, but white potatoes are higher in essential minerals, such as iron, magnesium, and potassium.
    As for the glycemic index, sweet potatoes are lower on the scale, but baked white potatoes typically aren’t eaten without cheese, sour cream, or butter. These toppings all contain fat, which lowers the glycemic index of a meal.
    The bottom line: The form in which you consume a potato—for instance, a whole baked potato versus a processed potato that’s used to make chips—is more important than the type of spud.
    Red Meat Causes Cancer
    Myth #3: “Red meat causes cancer.”
    The origin: In a 1986 study, Japanese researchers discovered cancer developing in rats that were fed “heterocyclic amines,” compounds that are generated from overcooking meat under high heat. And since then, some studies of large populations have suggested a potential link between meat and cancer.
    What science really shows: No study has ever found a direct cause-and-effect relationship between red-meat consumption and cancer.
    As for the population studies, they’re far from conclusive. That’s because they rely on broad surveys of people’s eating habits and health afflictions, and those numbers are simply crunched to find trends, not causes.
    The bottom line: Don’t stop grilling. Meat lovers who are worried about the supposed risks of grilled meat don’t need to avoid burgers and steak; rather, they should just trim off the burned or overcooked sections of the meat before eating.
    HFCS is Fattening
    Myth #4: “High-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is more fattening than regular sugar is.”
    The origin: In a 1968 study, rats that were fed large amounts of fructose developed high levels of fat in their bloodstreams.
    Then, in 2002, University of California at Davis researchers published a well-publicized paper noting that Americans’ increasing consumption of fructose, including that in HFCS, paralleled our skyrocketing rates of obesity.
    What science really shows: Both HFCS and sucrose—better known as table sugar—contain similar amounts of fructose. For instance, the two most commonly used types of HFCS are HFCS-42 and HFCS-55, which are 42 and 55 percent fructose, respectively.
    Sucrose is almost chemically identical, containing 50 percent fructose. This is why the University of California at Davis scientists determined fructose intakes from both HFCS and sucrose.
    The truth is, there’s no evidence to show any differences in these two types of sugar. Both will cause weight gain when consumed in excess.
    The bottom line: HFCS and regular sugar are empty-calorie carbohydrates that should be consumed in limited amounts. How? By keeping soft drinks, sweetened fruit juices, and prepackaged desserts to a minimum.
    (You may be shocked at the sweet stuff hiding in some of your favorite foods and drinks. Get The Truth About Sugar.)
    Salt Causes High Blood Pressure
    Myth #5: “Salt causes high blood pressure and should be avoided.”
    The origin: In the 1940s, a Duke University researcher named Walter Kempner, M.D., became famous for using salt restriction to treat people with high blood pressure. Later, studies confirmed that reducing salt could help reduce hypertension.
    What science really shows: Large-scale scientific reviews have determined there’s no reason for people with normal blood pressure to restrict their sodium intake.
    Now, if you already have high blood pressure, you may be “salt sensitive.” As a result, reducing the amount of salt you eat could be helpful.
    However, it’s been known for the past 20 years that people with high blood pressure who don’t want to lower their salt intake can simply consume more potassium-containing foods.
    Why? Because it’s really the balance of the two minerals that matters.
    In fact, Dutch researchers determined that a low potassium intake has the same impact on your blood pressure as high salt consumption does. And it turns out, the average guy consumes 3,100 milligrams (mg) of potassium a day—1,600 mg less than recommended.
    The bottom line: Strive for a potassium-rich diet, which you can achieve by eating a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, and legumes.
    For instance, spinach, broccoli, bananas, white potatoes, and most types of beans each contain more than 400 mg potassium per serving.
    Source

    Condor: the other boxer motorcycle

    The rare Swiss-made Condor motorcycle, influenced by BMW and designed for the military.

    Unless you’re a military enthusiast or a Swiss army conscript, you probably haven’t heard of Condor-Werke AG.
    It’s one of Europe’s sleeper marques, and started building motorcycles for the Swiss military in 1893. (Yes, that’s a year before Hildebrand & Wolfmüller launched the first true production motorcycle.)
    The rare Swiss-made Condor motorcycle, influenced by BMW and designed for the military.

    The machine captured here by photographer Marc Schneider is a Condor A580 that rolled off the production line in 1953 in Courfaivre, a small town in the watchmaking canton of Jura. It’s owned by a collector who wishes to remain anonymous, but is happy to share images and a little history.
    The similarities between the Condor and contemporary BMWs are obvious. The Condor is not a direct copy, but it’s a bulletproof, well-engineered air-cooled boxer with shaft drive.
    The rare Swiss-made Condor motorcycle, influenced by BMW and designed for the military.

    The Schweizer Armee coveted the BMWs used by German troops during World War II, so Condor got the job of designing a Swiss equivalent. Blueprinted in 1944, the A580 has telescopic forks, plunger-style rear suspension, hydraulic self-adjusting valve lifters and aluminum cylinder heads. It’s clearly inspired by German flathead boxer models—such as the BMW R71, R6 or R12, and the Zündapp KS600.
    The bike we’re looking at here spent a decade in service before being auctioned off. When the 1970s arrived it was locked away, and forgotten till the 21st century.
    The rare Swiss-made Condor motorcycle, influenced by BMW and designed for the military.

    It’s now been treated to a classy restoration job, but retains some of the battle scars it earned during military service—including a few broken cooling fins on the cylinder heads. The tires are a period-correct Metzeler Block C pattern—hard to come by nowadays, but a neat finishing touch for the restoration.
    The subdued military paint is gone, replaced by a red color that Condor used for its civilian models, which sold for twice the price of contemporary BMWs. But the unusual gear ratio reduction lever (below) remains, mounted on the right side of the transmission.
    This lever gives the Condor eight gears—four for the street and four for hard terrain, which reduces top speed from around 110 to 50 kph (31 mph).
    The rare Swiss-made Condor motorcycle, influenced by BMW and designed for the military.

    The Condor may not be the most exotic of classic motorcycles, but it’s virtually indestructible. And who doesn’t like the idea of an older bike that won’t break down every five minutes, and is simple to maintain?
    Maybe it’s time to start trawling the classifieds in Zürich and Geneva.
    With thanks to Marc Schneider.
    The rare Swiss-made Condor motorcycle, influenced by BMW and designed for the military.
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    Zadig MC R60/6 Johnny Cash

    Zadig Motorcycles walks the line with another fabulous custom build. ‘Johnny Cash’ is the latest bike to roll around the bend out of the Zadig garage. They seem to be getting rhythm instead of the blues, as this is their second Bike of the Month in a row here on Wind-blown. For those of you unfamiliar, Zadig is a custom shop that produces bikes based on pop-culture icons, and then sells them for charity. Their previous build, ‘One Punch’, was based on a character from the movie, Snatch. This BMW is based on none other than the man in black himself. Like the artist that inspiration was drawn from the bike has a somber tone, is a little rough around the edges, and of course, is dressed in black. I’d only have to assume that this Beemer was built one piece at a time, but I can be certain that Zadig’s customs have got me falling into a burning ring of fire.

    Published first on thebikeshed.cc

    WORKOUT ANYTIME in the Daily News

    WORKOUT ANYTIME in the Daily News

    Dale Chaffin of WORKOUT ANYTIME Bowling Green was recently featured in the Daily News. Dale was interviewed for the story and a photographer was assigned to take his photo for a story about the WORKOUT ANYTIME location in Bowling Green where he is the GM and how he has lost 80 pounds since 2012 with help of personal trainer Chris Talley. The story focused on how working at a gym has helped Dale with his fitness goals. 
    View the full article here. 

    Benefits Eggplant Netherlands For Healthy Body

    BENEFITS EGGPLANT NETHERLANDS FOR HEALTHY BODY

    Benefits Eggplant Netherlands For Healthy Body – Dutch aubergine often enjoyed lately for fresh juices and also delicious. Indeed, the benefits to the health of the eggplant is not so pronounced when you took it only once, but for who frequently consume Dutch eggplant you will feel the enormity of the health benefits of eggplant. Dutch eggplant can be grown in tropical regions namely in the area with a temperature of about 20 to 27 degrees Celsius. Growing at an altitude of 500 to 1000 meters above sea level.
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    The benefits of eggplant Netherlands is not separated from the womb, such as vitamin A is good for eye health. Contains vitamin C to increase the body’s immunity, Dutch eggplant also contains fiber which is high enough place to constipation as well as create a healthy digestive tract will always be, the benefits provided are also almost the same as the benefits of eggplant purple in general.
    Benefit from Dutch eggplant to health can be obtained by juiced as the drink is fresh, not to be eaten immediately because it tastes sour. Young eggplant can be eaten as pickles, and also made syrups and ice cream toppings. etc
    Recipes juicing Dutch eggplant

    Benefits Eggplant Netherlands For Healthy Body - Juice
    Raw material is :
    1) 100 grams of eggplant Netherlands
    2) 100 grams of red wine
    3) 100 grams of yogurt
    4) sweetened condensed milk, syrup and honey
    5) Shaved ice
    How to make :
    1) Take all the ingredients and fill the blender, then puree. Leave some red wine as a decoration to drink juice.
    2) Enter in the glass dish. Then her glass garnished with grapes, honey, sweetened condensed milk, and syrup.
    That is the way to make Dutch eggplant juice. Are you interested to try it. Please just because we This recipe will make you hooked and can enjoy the pleasure of Dutch aubergine. Good luck to make juice from Dutch eggplant that has many health benefits for the body.
    Hopefully Articles Benefits Eggplant Netherlands For Healthy Body we share today can be beneficial for you.

    Glory Road’s CB750K

    A stunning custom Honda CB750K from Glory Road Motorcycles of Adelaide, Australia.

    Glory Road Motorcycles is a small retail space that’s just opened in the heart of Adelaide, Australia. Step inside and you’ll find apparel, riding accessories—and some fine motorcycles, like this Honda CB750K.
    The shop is new, but owner Tom Harrison has been turning wrenches since the age of 17—when he left school to work at a garage specializing in Minis. For the last couple of years, he’s been building bikes under a tiny carport in the ‘burbs.
    A stunning custom Honda CB750K from Glory Road Motorcycles of Adelaide, Australia.
    Tom’s acquired enough skills over the years to handle all the fabrication himself, outsourcing only the paint and trim. Which explains why this sleek, boat-tailed ’73 CB has a look that sits somewhere between handcrafted and factory.

    Originally bought as a wreck, the CB750K was one of the first builds on Tom’s bench—but it took a back seat to more pressing projects. Now, much to our delight, he’s finally finished it.
    A stunning custom Honda CB750K from Glory Road Motorcycles of Adelaide, Australia.
    The fuel tank is stock but the beautiful tail unit is new, shaped from sheet metal. Tom started by trimming and reinforcing the rear of the frame, and making a new seat pan. The seat is neatly covered in tan waterproof leather.

    Underneath it, the stock side covers, oil tank and air box have all been binned. The space is now shared between a new battery box and an elegant, handcrafted oil tank.
    A stunning custom Honda CB750K from Glory Road Motorcycles of Adelaide, Australia.
    Just ahead is a row of Keihin CR carbs, fed by K&N filters. Tom’s stripped and rebuilt the engine itself, fitting an 830cc piston kit and a new cam for extra oomph. The cases have been water-blasted clean.

    The highlight of the build is undoubtedly the stunning, four-into-two exhaust system. Tom’s bent the stainless steel headers to trace the shape of the frame, and then hand-rolled the mufflers himself—TIG welding everything. We’re sure it sounds just as good as it looks.
    A stunning custom Honda CB750K from Glory Road Motorcycles of Adelaide, Australia.
    Up front, the forks have been lowered slightly, held in place by CNC milled aluminum triple clamps. Steering is via a pair of clip-ons, matched to rear-set pegs mounted on CNC milled brackets.

    Rounding off the cockpit is small speedo, and a chrome headlight held by custom mounts. A small taillight’s been fitted at the back on a side-mounted license plate bracket.
    A stunning custom Honda CB750K from Glory Road Motorcycles of Adelaide, Australia.
    The wheels have been rebuilt with new stainless steel spokes, and the hubs and rims powder-coated satin black. Critics rejoice: the Firestone Deluxe Champion tires that are currently fitted will soon be replaced by Avons.

    Finishing the build off is a paint scheme as classy as the mods themselves: black, with OEM decals and badges. Could you think of a better livery to drive home the Honda’s vintage vibe?
    Glory Road Motorcycles, Shop 3, 249 Wright Street, Adelaide | Website | Facebook

    First published on bikeexif.com and ratherberiding
    A stunning custom Honda CB750K from Glory Road Motorcycles of Adelaide, Australia.

    Paperless Mission #6: Setting Up GoodReader (iPad)

    This is the sixth post in my Go Paperless! Challenge Series. If you haven’t completed the previous missions, be sure to complete those first.

    • Mission #1: Gather Your Tools
    • Mission #2: Build Evernote Notebooks
    • Mission #3: Email Notes to Notebooks
    • Mission #4: Create Checklists in Evernote
    • Mission #5: Organize Your Files in DropBox

    Also be sure to link up at the Go Paperless! Linky. 

    Mission #6: Setting Up GoodReader (iPad)

    As I’ve mentioned before, I work off a lot of devices. I’m in a 1:1 iPad classroom, but even before my students had access, I had an iPad of my own that I used constantly. I liked having it handy for anything that I was working on, and once I learned about GoodReader, my love for the iPad grew tremendously. I’ve shared some love for GoodReader before, but GoodReader is the ultimate document reader for the iPad. It allows you to read any type of document and annotate over .pdf files. It also syncs with a variety of other apps, allowing you to pull and read all of your important documents into one place.

    Once you have your important documents organized on Dropbox, open up the GoodReader app on your iPad. Here, you’ll be able to connect GoodReader to your Dropbox account. To do this,

    My documents list already has some items and folders listed, but yours will likely be empty. The left column shows all of the folders and documents you have saved in GoodReader (and could therefore access without an internet connection). The right column has all of the utilities for GoodReader. Today, we’re going to focus on the one towards the bottom — “Connect to Servers.” 
    When you click on the “Add” button, you’ll be able to see the many, many connections GoodReader can make. Here are a few highlights:
    • Popular Mail Servers (GMail, Hotmail, etc.) – this connection doesn’t grab all of your emails, but it will allow you to see any messages that have an attachment. This is great for when you’re at a meeting and somebody sends out some documents you need.
    • Dropbox – you can read all of the files that you’ve saved there.
    • Google Drive – view any type of Google Drive file that you have — from spreadsheets to presentations to documents.
    The connection set-ups are fairly intuitive. You will need to name each set up (On some screens that shows up as “Readable Title;” I named mine based on what I was connecting to), but then you simply enter your username. You can also enter your password, in which case it will be saved to the device and you won’t have to enter it again, or you can log-in each time you want to access a document.
    As you can see from my left column, there are a few folders that I’ve downloaded straight to GoodReader so they’ll always be available to me. These are folders that I’m constantly using and want easy access to. I also have it set up so that they’ll automatically download updates to those folders whenever I add more documents to my Dropbox account. 
    Once the folders are set up in GoodReader, you can read the documents, but you can also annotate over .pdf files. I use that feature a lot on my curriculum documents, and I’ve also started doing all of my running records and reading assessments on my iPad. Here’s an example that shows you the annotation tools in the document viewing pane:
    I keep my annotating toolbar pinned on the right side, and there you can see a variety of annotation options that are available — typewriting text, creating “sticky notes,” highlighting, underlining, drawing boxes, arrows, etc., and the last option is the freehand tool. I use this for running records with a stylus.
    One of the best things about GoodReader is that it works well with other apps. Once I finish annotating a document, I can send it to other apps such as Evernote or Dropbox  from the original “My Documents” screen.

    How I Use It

    This is one of my must-have apps because of the broad range of ways it can be used:

    • Turn your iPad into a second computer monitor — When I’m using lots of curriculum documents to write unit plans, I can leave it open in GoodReader with all of my notes and highlights while I work on my laptop or computer. No more switching between screens on my computer. (Am I the only one who finds that annoying sometimes???)
    • Highlight standards that you’re focusing on each term without having to print out (or lose) new documents all the time.
    • Annotate rubrics, running records, and other types of student work
    • Use with students to create paperless assignments

    I’ll be posting more in-depth tutorials about how to do all of these in future installations of this series, but for now, your challenge is to begin exploring GoodReader. Then, in the comment section, share a bit about how you think this app could be useful.

    Spring break starts next week for me, and I can’t wait! I will try to get another installment posted this week, but I make no promises. It’s the end of the term, and that’s always a super-busy time with report cards and grading. I must say, however, that I’m more organized than ever going into this given how much less paper I’m using!

    Have a great week!

    Venier’s ‘Tractor 03′: a Moto Guzzi V7 Scrambler

    Venier Customs' Moto Guzzi 'Tractor 03'
    We wonder if Stefano Venier knew what a hit his ‘Tractor V75‘ would be when he created it. Based on a 90s-model NTX 750, it struck a balance between looks and usability—and has since kicked off a series of builds.

    This is ‘Tractor 03,’ and it’s been built using a more modern donor—the 2011 Moto Guzzi V7. Just like its predecessors, it’s been given a hefty dose of scrambler style. And, in typical Venier Customs fashion, it looks absolutely factory fresh.

    Venier Customs' Moto Guzzi 'Tractor 03'

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    Part of the Guzzi’s charm is a subtle aesthetic that Stefano prides himself on. “I have a few extreme builds I’m currently working on,” he says, “but most of my builds have to look like motorcycles—not customs.”
    Stefano’s Italian—but he lives in New York. On this project, he roped in local builder Lou Neziri to handle some of the fabrication, assembly and paint duties.
    The first part to get swapped out was the V7’s tank—in its place is Venier Customs’ signature aluminum scrambler unit. Lou then hand-made a set of aluminum side panels and fenders (to Stefano’s spec) to complete the bodywork.

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    Unlike most customs, the seat’s been designed for two people—and the subframe’s gone untouched. “We’re trying to keep the two-seater setup,” says Stefano, “and all the comforts that an everyday motorcycle should have.”
    In keeping with that philosophy, the V7’s also retained its original switchgear—but the handlebars have been swapped out for a set of Renthals. The lights and turn signals have also given way to more svelte items.

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    The cockpit’s been cleaned up further with a neat GPS speedo. (Look closely, and you’ll spot the Venier Customs logo on its face.)
    Since Stefano was working on a modern, reliable motorcycle, he left the engine alone—save for a set of vintage-looking “small block” cylinder head covers. A new set of mufflers were supplied by partners Mass Moto, developed especially for the ‘Tractor’ series.
    Suspension specialists Ikon also came on-board, hooking Stefano up with a new set of shocks. The wheels are stock, but they’ve been stripped, powder-coated and reassembled. Continental’s popular TKC80 tires round off the package.

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    The V7’s new livery is as sublime as we’ve come to expect from the Venier stable. A dark matte green dominates the bike—broken by a black stripe, with a gold logo and pinstripes.
    Venier Customs’ Tractor series is good enough to make you wish that Moto Guzzi would start taking notice. Customers certainly are: 04 and 05 are already in the queue.
    Venier Customs website | Photos by Alex Logiaski

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     First published on bikeexif.com

    The Nordic Hamstring Curl: Best Hamstring Exercise You are Not Doing!

    There are many different hamstring exercises including variations of leg curls (seated, prone, and standing) along with several different hip hinge exercises that target the hamstrings (RDL, Single Leg RDL, etc).     These are all great exercises, but none of them can touch the Nordic Hamstring Curl for building eccentric strength and preventing hamstring injury in sprints and sport!
    This is a tough exercise so warming up the hamstrings is essential.  Using other hamstring exercises first such as bodyweight hip hinges and light leg curls on a machine prior to this exercise do the trick nicely.   It is also a good idea to do some static stretches for anterior hips and hip flexors to shut them off which helps to allow for maximum hamstring activation.
    To perform the Nordic Hamstring Curl you need to find a place to hook your heels under when you are in a double leg tall kneeling position so you will also need padding under your knees.     If you have a workout partner you can have them kneel behind you and hold onto both your legs right above the ankles keeping their arm straight so they can use their bodyweight to apply load as you let your body fall forward like this:   http://willlevy.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/Nordic-Curl.jpg.     You can also find something to hook your ankles under like the horizontal bar from a weight machine or barbell like this:   https://i.ytimg.com/vi/f_GdZKdwovA/maxresdefault.jpg or  this:   https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/originals/29/04/34/290434956cdd220cc8d6e0b18948cf3c.jpgor this:  https://www.t-nation.com/img/photos/2013/13-775-04/Nordic-Start.jpg
    Keeping your hips flat (straight line from knees through hips and shoulders) – you lower your body down slowly until you can no longer hold your weight then catch yourself in push-up position and push back up:  https://simplifaster.com/articles/wp-content/uploads/sites/5/2017/03/GHR.jpg.       You can also use a band during the exercise which provides progressively more assistance as you go lower towards floor to allow you to potentially perform the full range of the motion and come back up with the assistance of the band.    Then over time you gradually decrease the assistance of the band by user smaller and lighter bands.      This provides a good video of how you can do this by attaching a band overhead and behind you:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LQm9rdzZlRk
    There are also numerous machines designed for this exercise including:
    http://www.roguefitness.com/floor-glute?prod_id=15905&gclid=Cj0KEQjwnazLBRDxrdGMx-Km4oQBEiQAQJ1q68P3rah0ZwofpsxOA-xSYl5_v9mtTSxSmuG5zIW1KUYaAvPW8P8HAQ
    http://www.speedbottraining.com/glute-ham-machine/
    http://www.gluteforce.com/
    Here is a 6 week progression:
    Week                   Sessions/Week                  Sets                       Reps                     Rest
    1                                           1                            2                            5                            2 min.
    2                                           2                            3                            5                            2 min.
    3                                           2                            3                            6                            2 min.
    4                                           2                            3                            7                            2 min.
    5                                           3                            3                            8                            2 min.
    6                                           2                            3                            9                            2 min.

    Multicity motorcycle ride across Texas kickoff event

    Yesterday, October 22 marked the Kick-off Celebration of the first ever Kiehl’s Texas Run for TWOxTWO; An extension of Kiehl’s LifeRide for amfAR, a charitable Motorcycle Ride. On their fourth operable year the charity has raised over $500,000 for amfAR, the Foundation for AIDS Research.

    The Kiehl’s Texas Run is a Four-stop, five-day charity motorcycle ride across Texas led by Kiehl’s President Chris Salgardo, accompanied by Kevin Robert Frost, the CEO of amfAR, and other riders who have committed their time to raising HIV/AIDS awareness. This year Tim Lopez of the Plain White Tees is joining the multi-day ride.

    “We’ll be stopping for hand lotion breaks and small concerts,” he said.

    The charity ride started in Austin, and will make a few stops in Houston, Longview, and Dallas from october 22-26.

    Men’s Body Click Diet part 1

    In the summer the men had to cope with constant daylight, so they were missing the normal cues to go to bed. ‘When it’s daylight, even though it’s midnight or one o’clock in the morning, you don’t think of it as being the time to go to sleep,’ says Dave. ‘Your mind just says, hey, there’s work to be done. I may be tired but I’m not recognizing the need for sleep because it’s daylight.’

    Already lacking the strong time-giving effects of light, the men could not set their body clocks by what they were eating, either. ‘We had four meals a day. Two of them occurred at noon and midnight, the other two at six in the morning and six in the evening,’ continues Dave. ‘One of the difficulties in telling what time it was, was that the 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. meals were powdered scrambled eggs and the other two meals were stew. So if you woke up at six o’clock and went into the galley for a meal and you had powdered scrambled eggs, you didn’t know whether you were having breakfast or dinner.’

    Despite losing the signals that are normally provided by the cycle of light and dark, the timing of activity, intake of food, reasonable work shifts or even simple obedience to the clock, most of the men managed toget through without becoming acutely sick or injured. But some of them developed a condition they called Big Eye, in which they became stuck in a sleepless state. Almost everyone had duties that required exhausting physical labor, but even so, the men with Big Eye failed to sleep for days.

    Diet Start

    The men with Big Eye demonstrated that the body’s flexibility is a double-edged sword. The loss of essential time givers easily disrupted their circadian rhythms, probably setting them up for health problems if they continued down that path. On the other hand, proper application of some fairly simple rules for circadian health could have rescued them. And the same rules can rescue you from a potentially perilous state of disorganization.

    The Body Clock Prescription reinforces strong circadian rhythms; produces better sleep, enhanced moods, alertness and energy; and reduces the risk for reproductive cancers for everyone. In addition to these overall improvements in health and well-being, there are specific aspects of the diet that have a favorable impact on prostate health, a subject that provokes anxiety for many men.

    Prostate Ailments: The ‘Male Problem

    There is certainly cause for concern. Prostate ailments are an almost universal threat to men in Europe and North America. Among men in the United States, prostate cancer is the most common cancer; it is also the second leading cause of cancer death.’ In addition, countless men suffer from other prostate problems. This phenomenon represents a kind of `male problem‘ corresponding roughly to what used to be called ‘female problems’, a much less specific collection of gynecological woes that were lumped under this heading in the mid-1900s. The notion of female problems embraced excessive menstruation, infertility, irregular periods,cramps, vaginal discharge and other kinds of medical mischief that women endure.

    The male problem is more localized in the prostate gland, the part of the male reproductive system that secretes fluids that help transport sperm. Nevertheless, it is a fairly complicated picture, which includes inflammations of the prostate, a common condition known as benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH) and prostate cancer.

    What’s more, prostate problems may lead you to needing a cystoscopy, where a narrow flashlight is inserted into the hole from which you pee until it arrives in your bladder. On the way, it passes through your prostate gland. Cystoscopy is a procedure that causes ‘big eyes’ in the bravest of men.

    Besides cystoscopy, the other method often used to examine men with prostate complaints is digital rectal examination, in which the examiner can feel the profile of your prostate gland. (Digital refers to the doctor’s finger, not his computer.) Both give much less information than you would expect to get from such relatively invasive procedures. Opening your mouth and saying Ah’ discloses much more about your teeth, gums, tongue and throat than any rectal exam reveals about your prostate, unless you have a huge lump. Ultrasound, magnetic resonance imaging (MRIs) and computerized axial tomography (CAT) scans are necessary to get a good picture of what’s happening to this gland, whose actual location on the floor of your pelvis seems mysterious to anyone who has not studied anatomy.

    Diet and Prostate Health

    If you look around you, especially as you get older and start hearing stories from men who have prostate trouble, you may wonder if there’s something simple you can do to avoid it. I’m not talking about early detection, which is mentioned frequently these days. (Of course, most men’s idea of early detection is that early next year or the year after would be just fine.) Nor am I saying that a good history, physical exam, measurements of prostate-specific antigen (PSA), a common blood test used to screen for prostate cancer and other indicators of your underlying health, prostate or otherwise, are not a good idea.

    But you’re misplacing your priorities if you go through those procedures without making some modest changes in your diet now to prevent troubles in the future. Most men who have a reasonably healthy personal and family medical history and who don’t abuse themselves with excesses of drugs, tobacco and alcohol, other risky activities or excessive inactivity can probably remain free of obvious symptoms even if they don’t implement all the points of the Body Clock Prescription. Some of these pointsare aimed at people who are trying to get out of serious medical trouble or who have risk factors that call on them to follow the diet very strictly.

    Naturally, the more closely you follow the Body Clock Prescriptionthe better, but if you do nothing else, I urge you to consume soy protein and flaxseed powder daily to prevent prostate problems. By making these simple dietary changes and keeping your mind open to the possibility that fungal infection, intestinal overgrowth or allergy might have a hand in any prostate inflammation that is not otherwise easily diagnosed by a physician, you can go a long way toward avoiding the possibility of getting prostate cancer, as well as the other problems that frequently lead men to undergo cystoscopy.

    Curing the carb on a vegetarian diet

    Adapting the Fast Track, No Backtracking and Keep on Tracking plans for vegetarians raises all sorts of issues. It certainly isn’t impossible, but your level of choice will be somewhat restricted in the initial phases of the plan — especially if you are a bona fide vegetarian who doesn’t eat fish or eggs, as well as meat. A balanced healthy diet is the ultimate aim of these plans.

    Many people adopt a vegetarian diet for reasons of health rather than ethics, but unless you are careful about menu-planning, the average vegetarian diet isn’t necessarily any healthier or less fattening than that of a non- vegetarian. There is often a tendency to combine too many complex carbohydrates with high levels of saturated fats — think pizza, jacket potato and cheese, fries with manufactured mayonnaise or sugar—ridden ketchup. In fact the chances are your diet could be less healthy. This is because vegetarians need to eat a variety of plant-based foods to provide all the essential amino acids that are readily available in animal protein. If just one of the essential amino acids is low or missing then protein synthesis will fall to a very low level or stop altogether.

    Diet Start

    Complimentary proteins

    The key to ensuring that you recive the full compliment of essential amino acids on a vegetarian diet is to combine beans and grains. If you always choose a protein and a grain from the two lists below then your protein intake should be balanced.

    The risks of a diet too low in protein

    If you arenot careful then you may not have enough protein in your diet. Protein deficiencies in adults may result in lack of vigour and stamina, mental depression, weakness and poor resistance to infection. Antibodies will not function as well as they could — a condition that impairs the healing of wounds and recovery from disease. If you have been through a period of ill health then a higher intake of protein is vital in order to rebuild or replace tissues that are no longer functioning properly.

    Good nutrition

    In addition to making sure that you eat enough protein, a vegetarian diet may also be lacking in iron, zinc, calcium and vitamin B12 and D — all of which are normally found in animal products. However, these vitamins and minerals can all be found in alternative animal-free sources, and these foods should be staple foods on a vegetarian diet.

    Low-carb plans for vegetarians

    You may think that it is impossible to follow the Fast Track, No Backtracking and Keep on Tracking plans if you are vegetarian, but you would be wrong. If you want to create vegetarian versions of these plans then there are a number of simple rules that you will find it helpful to follow:

    • Eradicate all processed and refined carbohydrates from your diet.
    • Follow all the general guidelines for the individual diet plans, such as drinking lots of water and eating the bulk of your fruits and vegetables raw.
    • Use the individual plans as a starting point and adapt the recipes to suit your diet.
    • Use tofu, whey protein drinks, certain cheeses, eggs and nuts to provide adequate levels of protein and help you to balance your blood sugar levels.
    • Always carry snacks such as nuts, protein drinks or hard-boiled eggs with you as it may sometimes be difficult to stick to your diet when you are eating out.
    • Try to avoid situations where it would be very easy to break your resolve, such as when you are hungry and the only lunch option available is a sandwich.
    • If a book exists called A million and one things to do with tofu — buy it.
    • Make food as interesting as possible by experimenting with fresh herbs, spices and oils rich in omega-3 fatty acids such as flaxseed oil.
    • Boost the nutritional value of your food by adding fresh sprouts, such as alfalfa, to your salads, soups and smoothies.
    • If you start to feel tired and lacking in energy, add small amounts of brown rice or other wholegrains to your meals.

    Accurate Description – Kawasaki Vulcan Cafe Racer



    The Vulcan S ABS Café is Kawasaki’s “learner approved” cruiser. It’s styling is typical of all cruisers that follow in Harley’s footsteps with its laid back riding position, wide handlebars and over inflated bodywork (in my humble opinion). However, at it’s heart is an engine that uses the same configuration as some of the first motorcycles to ever be used for Cafe Racer conversions, a parallel twin. Granted the liquid cooled, Kawasaki 650 may not have the same aesthetic appeal as a pre-unit Bonneville, but to a romanticist the Vulcan engine is, in a roundabout way, a hommage to the legend. At least that’s how Mário of MRS Oficina felt about it when he was given the opportunity to customise one himself.



    The project began when Mário was approached by Kawasaki France to undertake a commissioned project in 2015. They had recently released the ‘Vulcan S ABS Café’ and wanted to see what Mário could make of it. Knowing that Kawasaki’s claim to have been influenced by cafe racer styling when designing the Vulcan S was a bit of a stretch, he decided to follow their lead and build a bike worthy of the cafe racer moniker.



    Despite being the lightest of the bunch in Kawasaki’s cruiser range, the Vulcan S is no feather weight tipping the scales at a hefty 498 pounds (226kg). Mário was going to have to shed some serious pounds from the Kwaka if it was ever going to perform to his expectations. The weight reduction regime began by discarding the bikes fuel tank, seat and fenders. This was followed by the removal of the rear half of the frame, the cast wheels and any components that complimented the cruiser configuration such as the handlebars and forward control footpegs.



    Stance was the next challenge to overcome. The Vulcan needed a less slouched, more aggressive posture if it was to have the geometry of a cafe racer. This required raising the rear significantly using a single, custom made shock absorber from Ohlins and modifying the swingarm to suit. The triple trees were then slid 20mm lower on the fork tubes and stiffer springs installed for optimum handling. A set of classically styled, laced rims with slick rubber donated by Pirelli were then bolted in place.


    Mário wasted no time discarding the Vulcan’s highly adjustable riding system, which Kawasaki had no doubt spent millions developing. In it’s place he installed a single piece tank and tail that floats above the rear wheel and mounted the quintessential cafe racer control configuration of clip on bars and rear set footpegs. To continue to enhance the cafe styling the triangle headlight was also replaced with a yellow lensed Bates style unit, colour matched to the new bodywork and Ohlins shock reservoir. A slimmer custom front fender was also bolted in place for everyday riding practicality.



    Reverse megaphone mufflers were the obvious choice for the exhaust system, mounting 2 of them using a custom made pair of stainless steel headers. Finishing touches were then mounted such as the cross stitched leather seat, the matching white faced Motogadget dials, Beringer brake reservoir assembly, Monza style filler cap and frame mounted, custom made indicators. 



    Being a Kawasaki the obvious colour choice was always going to be green and Mário has smashed it out of the ballpark with a two toned, metallic scheme. Amazingly this entire build was packed into 4 short months leading up to the 2015 ‘Salon de la Moto Paris’ where punters were lining up to place their deposits. Alas, much like Kawasaki Italy’s 40th anniversary Z1000 from 2013, this bike will remain a one off, but here’s hoping this won’t be the last time we see the green team commission a build of this calibre.



    MRS Oficina
    Photography by Antoine Sayn

    first read on returnofthecaferacers.com/


    Digestion Resistant Starch: All Starch is NOT created equal!

    Digestion Resistant Starch (resistant starch for short) is not fully digested and absorbed, but instead ferments in the large intestine and is turned into short-chain fatty acids (SCFA’s) by bacteria.    So it is a prebiotic and feeds beneficial bacteria in the colon.
    Where does Resistant Starch come from?
    All starches come from two polysaccharides: amylose and amylopectin.  A polysaccharide is just multiple units of sugar hooked together, and MOST of the time a starch is digested to glucose. 
    Amylopectin has a large surface area that allows it to be broken down quickly resulting in larger and quicker spikes of glucose (blood sugar) along with corresponding increases in insulin which is where the dark side of starch intake can show up.
    Amylose has much less surface area so is much more resistant to digestion.  Amylose is what makes resistant starch resistant! These starches produce much lower glucose and insulin spikes.

    Resistant starch is similar to fiber, but nutrition labels rarely mention resistant starch content.

    Digestive Tract Benefits of Resistant Starch
    As mentioned above when resistant starch is fermented by bacteria in the large intestine short chain fatty acids (SCFA) such as acetate, butyrate, and propionate, along with gases are produced. SCFAs can be absorbed into the body from the colon or stay put and be used by bacteria for energy.

    Evidence suggests that SCFAs may benefit us in many ways. For instance, they:
    • ·       Stimulate blood flow to large intestine (colon)
    • ·       Increase nutrient absorption
    • ·       Inhibit the growth of pathogenic bacteria
    • ·       Reduce absorption of toxins  

    Metabolic Benefits of Resistant Starch
    Lower Calorie Intake – we only absorb 2 calories per gram of resistance starch (versus about 4 calories per gram from other starches).   This is a really big deal because although you take in less calories from resistant starch it is VERY effective at satisfying hunger and produces high satiety levels! 
    Reduced Hunger – the SCFA’s produced from resistant starch cause the release of hormones that reduce hunger!    This takes time so the longer that you consistently eat resistant starch the more the body adapts to produce more SCFA and the more pronounced the hunger lowering benefits become.
    Improved Lipid Levels and Fat Metabolism
    Resistant starch can help lower blood cholesterol and fats. It has also been shown to reduce the production of new fat cells. The SCFAs produced from resistant starch also reduce the release of carbohydrates by the liver thereby increasing the amount of fat we burn.
    Improved Insulin Sensitivity

    The reduced insulin response to resistant starch is very significant.   Constant high levels of insulin in response to high levels of sugar and other non-fiber carbohydrate intake reduces the cells insulin sensitivity and overtime this can result in Type 2 Diabetes!    This has big ramifications for the treatment of this form of diabetes which is sky-rocketing.
    The effect on glucose and insulin metabolism is very impressive. Some studies have found a 33-50% improvement in insulin sensitivity after 4 weeks of consuming 15-30 grams per day.
    Decreased Digestive Issues

    Resistant starch may help prevent and reduce existing irritable bowel syndrome, diverticulitis, constipation, and ulcerative colitis.
    Immune System Enhancement
    Resistant starch can help balance immune response in the gut by balancing the production of immune cells and inflammatory chemicals.
    Sources of Resistant Starch
    Resistant starch is found in starchy foods such as:
    Beans and Legumes
    Whole grains
    Starchy Fruit and Vegetables
    There are four types of resistant starch:
    Type 1 – is in whole unprocessed foods like legumes, whole and partially milled grains, and seeds.   The starch resists digestion because it is bound within fibrous cell walls.
    Type 2 – is found within some starchy foods like raw potatoes and green unripe bananas.  The more raw and uncooked these foods are the more resistant starch they tend to contain since heat can turn resistant starch into regular digestible starch.
    Type 3 – is formed when certain starch foods, including potatoes and rice are cooked and then cooled.   Cooling turns some of the starch into resistant starch through a process called retrogradation.
    Type 4 – is man-made and formed through a chemical process.    An example is “Hi-Maize Resistant Starch” made from corn.
     Getting More Resistant Starch
    There are three ways to get more resistant starch: either get them from foods, supplement them or do a little of both.   

    Some common popular food items that are easy to find include raw potatoes, cooked and then cooled potatoes or rice, green bananas, cashews and raw oats.
    If you are eating a low carb diet and want to make sure you keep your sugar and digestible starch intake very low focus on raw potatoes or green bananas which both have almost no digestible carb.  

    Or you can use raw potato starch powder (Bob’s Red Mill Raw Potato Starch) which is easy to sprinkle into foods and shakes.  This supplement has very little taste.    Benefits will likely max out at 32 grams of resistant starch per day and start slowly and gradually increase to let your digestive system adjust.

    It will take 2 – 4 weeks for the production of short chain fatty acids to increase and to notice all the benefits!

    Coaching Proper Running form and Mechanics

    Many people chose running as their favorite or only form of conditioning, and 85% of runners say they have been injured while running. Running injuries can be prevented, and “barefoot” running is often presented as a solution to running injuires.  The fact is that proper running is first and foremost NOT just about wearing shoes or not wearing shoes, and simply changing shoes will not correct running mechanics!  
    The good news is that there is a highly evolved, easy to understand, and comprehensive approach to understanding, analyzing and coaching proper running that anyone can learn known as the Pose Method.    This system is based on the scientific inquiries of Dr. Nicholas Romanov.   Interestingly despite being the person who developed this approach, which was the impetus for the entire “barefoot running movement”, Dr. Romanov and the Pose Method are not as well-known as some of his followers such as Chris McDougal who wrote the incredibly popular “Born to Run”.  
    Dr. Romanov developed the Pose Method based on the painstaking frame by frame video analysis of thousands of runners, and from this analysis he was able to separate running mechanics into two discrete elements:  variable and non-variable.    Non-variable elements are elements that we see EVERY runner use, and in fact there is no running without these elements!   Variable elements are seen in many runners that are not necessary.
    Variable elements are not only unnecessary they are the root of the three challenges all runners seek to overcome:   injury, inefficiency (lack of running endurance), and slow running speed (inability to run as fast as you would like).      So one of the keys to proper running is eliminating all the variable elements and improving perception and control of each of the three non-variable elements of running!
    The three non-variable elements of running are:  Pose, Fall, and Pull.   When done properly they will prevent injury, helpf people run longer, and help them run faster!  


    Pose refers to the stance that occurs while you are supporting yourself on one leg right before you fall from support as your center of gravity moves forward ahead of your base of support.      As stated EVERYONE moves through the Pose stance when they run – the only real question is how they get there?

    Heel strikers (about 75 percent of all runners!) land on the heel which is ahead of the center of gravity of the body then have to roll forward to get to the ball of the foot to get to the Pose stance.   This creates several issues including the fact that the natural muscle-tendon elasticity cannot be used to absorb forces so there are 3 times the impact forces travelling through the ankle, knee, hip and back and this is the key reason for the vast majority of running injures!    In addition, heel striking involves braking with every step taken so you are literally fighting your momentum and slowing yourself down with each step by having to overcome this braking action!  
    “Fall” is exactly what it sounds like falling forward by shifting your center of gravity forward ahead of your stance leg to the point that you fall forward and must catch yourself by dropping the other foot to the ground.      Falling properly is the basis of all human movement including running, and the angle of your fall is the accelerator and brake for running speed!   The fastest athletes in the world are capable of maintaining the highest fall angle of up to 21.5 degrees for runners like Usain Bolt.
    Proper falling is a full-body lean.  Many runners reach/bend their upper body forward ahead of their waist – which is unproductive because it forces the legs to play “catch-up” instead of being synchronized with their Center of Mass/Gravity Movement.   Learning to precisely feel and control body lean is the definitive skill in refining running technique! 
    “Pull” refers to pulling your foot from the ground by pulling your heel directly under your hips as you fall forward and let the other foot drop to support.
    The timing of this motion within the running cycle is crucial – too late and you postpone your next “fall” from support.   The goal is to minimize the amount of time the foot stays in contact with the ground.   This view of running clarifies two common concerns in running: stride length and cadence.   Both of these concepts are rooted in the notion that running is a leg driven activity involving “pushing” into the ground.  But, in fact, neither determines how fast you run – cadence and stride length are both by-products of how fast you are going which is controlled by your fall angle!

    One of the keys to coaching running is to understand that the focus should not be on the act of landing, but on the act of removing the foot from the ground.   Landing is going to happen automatically requiring no focus – you just let the foot drop to the ground after the pull.   The pull is a very simple movement – the hamstrings contract and pulls the foot straight up under the hips, positioning it to drop directly under the center of mass/gravity.  There is no forward movement, no reaching, no driving into the ground.   Done properly there is almost zero vertical oscillation – the head, shoulders and waist should be travelling in a straight line parallel to the ground, not bobbing up and down!
     
    Although having an understanding of the mechanics of running is helpful – it will do little to improve actual running.   The key to improving running form is increasing perception of the Pose, Fall, and Pull, and perception is heightened by doing specific drills for each element.      Also the coach and runner need to have an objective system for evaluating each element over time to insure and document progress.
    This is where the Pose Method can be so powerful because it provides a complete system for ongoing evaluation along with drills to refine perception and performance of each phase of running to insure success!  In addition there is a body of research supporting the fact that the Pose Method can and does improve running by increasing running speed, running efficiency, running endurance and most importantly preventing injuries!
    Using treadmill can actually exacerbate running problems.   If you take the time to watch people run on treadmills you will find that treadmill runners almost always do three things:   stand fully upright with zero forward lean; land on the heel; land with the heel in front of the body rather than under the hips.    This occurs because the belt moves at the person so to avoid having their feet swept from under them they stand upright and land on heel in front of the body to slow down the movement of the belt.  So we are teaching people to run with improper mechanics proven to create injuries and decrease running performance!
    Bottom line: find a Pose Certified Coach to work with you on your running form and spend time focusing on form which is NOT the same thing as just running!   Also an occasional treadmill run is no big deal, but if you want to learn to run you have to run outside or in a space large enough to allow you to Pose, Fall, and Pull!
      

    5 Benefits Of Garlic For Health And Beauty

    5 BENEFITS OF GARLIC FOR HEALTH AND BEAUTY

    5 Benefits Of Garlic For Health And BeautyThe benefits of garlic. Do you not like the smell of garlic? Although garlic has an unpleasant smell, but garlic has various health benefits. Garlic including spices are widely used by the people of Indonesia, India, and other countries. Food is considered incomplete if it is not written with garlic in it. Garlic gives a different flavor to the food. Besides being used as a cooking ingredient, garlic has many other benefits.
    Garlic is rich in compounds such as allicin, sulfur, zinc, and calcium have a variety of health benefits, beauty as well as antibiotic and antifungal properties. Garlic is also a rich source of minerals known as selenium. Selenium is known to fight cancer and works with vitamin E in the body to increase antioxidant power. Garlic also acts as a blood thinner because of its salicylate content. This can increase blood flow and improve circulatory health. Here are the benefits of garlic.
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    1. Treating Asthma
    Garlic can be helpful for treating asthma. The trick to mix 10 drops of garlic juice with 2 tablespoons of honey in a glass of water. Drink every day to control asthma attacks.
    2. Treat Sore Throat
    You do this by mixing the garlic juice with hot water and gargle for treating sore throat.
    3. Treating Cough
    Add 20 drops of garlic juice to a glass of pomegranate juice. This can help to cure all types of cough.
    4. Overcoming Acne
    Garlic juice can be used to cure acne. Dab garlic juice to the acne on face for 5 minutes. Do not apply garlic juice to the acne in the long term as applied at bedtime and allowed to wake up, 5 minutes is enough.
    5. Treat Baldness
    Garlic can be used as a natural remedy to treat baldness. Dab garlic juice to the points of the hair. Do it twice a day and do not get exposed to the eye.

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    That 5 benefits of garlic for health and beauty. It would be nice, to know in advance if you have a skin that is how. If you have sensitive skin, it is not recommended to use garlic as a base for skin and hair mask. Hopefully article 5 Benefits Of Garlic For Health And Beauty we share today can be beneficial for you. Thank You.

    MODERN ROOM DESIGN APARTMENT IN THE HEART OF STOCKHOLM

    Here is a mesmerizing seeks two-bedroom apartment with contemporary charm of events celebrating the beautiful Scandinavian style. The trough has two bedrooms and a kitchen year covers an area of ​​74 square meters. According Alvhem open plan living, social nucleus in apartments with high ceilings, walls painted in immaculate white, the beautiful oak floors and large windows. Splashes of color brighten the interior and seats with the elements that seem inviting visitors screaming. The kitchen island of brass with a thick sandstone table creates a social atmosphere that is sure to make any cook happy. The table has a sink sub-pasted from Blanco, who is both stylish and practical. From the terrace one has a spectacular view of the beautiful area and a perfect place for relaxation. What an inspiring use of space for a modern two-bedroom apartment!

    MODERN TWO-ROOM DESIGN APARTMENT IN THE HEART OF STOCKHOLM

    MODERN TWO-ROOM DESIGN APARTMENT IN THE HEART OF STOCKHOLM

    MODERN TWO-ROOM DESIGN APARTMENT IN THE HEART OF STOCKHOLM

    MODERN TWO-ROOM DESIGN APARTMENT IN THE HEART OF STOCKHOLM

    MODERN TWO-ROOM DESIGN APARTMENT IN THE HEART OF STOCKHOLM

    MODERN TWO-ROOM DESIGN APARTMENT IN THE HEART OF STOCKHOLM

    MODERN TWO-ROOM DESIGN APARTMENT IN THE HEART OF STOCKHOLM

    MODERN TWO-ROOM DESIGN APARTMENT IN THE HEART OF STOCKHOLM

    MODERN TWO-ROOM DESIGN APARTMENT IN THE HEART OF STOCKHOLM

    MODERN TWO-ROOM DESIGN APARTMENT IN THE HEART OF STOCKHOLM

    MODERN TWO-ROOM DESIGN APARTMENT IN THE HEART OF STOCKHOLM

    MODERN TWO-ROOM DESIGN APARTMENT IN THE HEART OF STOCKHOLM

    It’s Not Just You™ – Fallout 4 Crashing with NVIDIA’s SHARE Game Recorder (Possibly Relating To The High Resolution Texture Pack) [Notification, Text-Only]

    Updated 2017-06-19: I found one cause of the crashes with SHARE and Fallout 4 (for me) – The HRTP

    Just a quick post to say that, if you are experiencing Fallout 4 CTDs (Crashes To Desktop, where FO4 closes without any messages or anything and you are left staring at your Desktop in Windows), I want to let you know It’s Not Just You™ – as I am finding I am experiencing this as well, lately…

    I haven’t looked into Forums specifically for this, but perusing Forii off and on over the past year or so, where many are talking about Fallout 4 and Crashing, it seems to happen a lot to people anyway, for just about any reason, unfortunately. I myself wasn’t experiencing this very much though (gladly), until just recently when playing FO4 again [and spending way too much time building up Settlements instead of getting Quests done], I was testing out different Game Recording Programs and started seeing this happen.

    I’m happily playing Fallout 4, getting frustrated at the Building mechanics or shooting some Raiders attacking my Settlement, when all of a sudden, BOOM – desktop image and icons. No message, nothing. Fallout 4 has closed itself instantly. I of course start it up again and begin to see where I last hit QuickSave or the game automatically Saved for me – but this has happened a few times in a row now where BOOM – the desktop greets me and icons appear. No message, nothing.

    So, I tried to pay attention to what I was doing or what was running as Background Tasks – and the one thing I found, that when I changed it, the crashes stopped happening?.. I was recording with SHARE, NVIDIA’s new version of ShadowPlay, their game recorder that is included with their Graphics Driver. Interesting. I have up ’till now had no issues with SHARE, enjoyed testing it out, taking Screenshots with it and testing out the various Quality settings and forgetting about all of those tests and never writing about it. It seems to have great performance (very small performance ‘hit’/effect) and has a decent amount of options/features.

    I then tried some other game recording programs I have purchased over the years, Playclaw, Bandicam, Mirillis’ ACTION, and none of them had any Crashing occur while I was using them (although Fallout 4 didn’t seem to like to start up with Bandicam running sometimes [but when I started the game first then Bandicam, it recorded fine]). Hmph. That’s too bad, I was liking SHARE. There could of course be a myriad of things that could be causing this (I have sometimes run into the game not starting up, with a black screen then shutting itself down again/closing, no matter what game recorder I am using – and again, there are people with high-end Intel CPUs and NVIDIA 1080’s with CTDs…); but for me, it seems to be SHARE, at this time. I might go and mention this in the Official NVIDIA Forum, if noone else has recently. Perhaps this is just a temporary issue in this game and their Drivers, in this version.

    I am running NVIDIA GPU Driver Version 382.53 in Windows 10 64-bit, on a GTX 1060 3GB GPU, as of the date of this post.

    I know this was a Text-Only post, but I took this screenie of the Driver
    Version (so I would remember it) and didn’t want to waste it

    I mention all of this because, I was not really experiencing any Crashes-To-Desktop with Fallout 4 prior to thinking of testing out SHARE for a while, just a bit ago. I am Level 42 in the game, after ‘starting out a second time’ and enjoying playing again, taking notes and screenshots for some future posts on it, while I slowly build and shoot my way through The Commonwealth… Where was I? Oh yeah, the crashes. It’s sad, but I want others to not feel alone (you’re not, really, go look up “Fallout 4 crash desktop”..). If you are experiencing Fallout 4 closing without any error messages recently, just letting you know – It’s Not Just You™…


    Update 2017-06-19:
    For my personal battle with this, I did some more testing and found that I was able to use NVIDIA’s SHARE to record with, for quite a long time (hours), when I disabled/uninstalled the High Resolution Texture Pack DLC…
    I am not sure if this is the only related aspect to it (as CTDs happen for even GTX 1080 users and higher capability systems than mine and it happens to those not using the HRTP or SHARE at all), but for now, it seems that this issue may be directly related to that [for me] as it crashes far more often than without running the HRTP – and I have no crashes when recording with other Game Recorders and The High Resolution Texture Pack…

    Is it that the HRTP is ‘too much’ for my little 1060 with only 3GB of VRAM and SHARE together? 
    Is it related to how the game then uses more RAM (I have 16GB of RAM installed) with the HRTP and possibly a symptom of some RAM issues, perhaps?
    I’m not sure of a solution yet, so I cannot say – but if you are experiencing this problem of ‘Crashing while recording Fallout 4 with SHARE’, try disabling the High Resolution Texture Pack for FO4 – it worked for me, just now. (Alternatively, use a different Game Recorder for the time being..). HTH

    Brandon Miller attempts to set electric motorcycle speed record

    The Electric Cowboy and Foxy Cleopatra

    A few days ago, Brandon Miller, a.k.a the Electric Cowboy, set out to Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah to attempt to set both world and national records for partially streamed and non-faired electric motorcycle under 150 kg. Yes it may seem a bit geeky, but it’s also exciting because it is very new motorcycle technology, and so it sounds like science fiction.

    His attempt is going to be performed with two electric motorcycles: the Zero S Zf6, and his famous “Foxy Cleopatra,” Zero S ZF9 model that anyone can buy in any store. Foxy has had a few modifications done by Hollywood Electrics, such as the single bar end mirror and the tail chop; a change made for a more effective and faster speed, even though it is somewhat unnecessary, since it’s already super light and fast. For the Zero ZF6, he will tweak the race setting and have custom made race upgrades and hardware modifications, since the original speed for the Zero S Zf6 goes up to 88mph. By making the modifications the bike can go up to 100mph.

    The Electric Cowboy and Foxy CleopatraFor the first few runs, Brandon plans to attempt setting both records using the bike’s default settings. If he fails during the first attempt, he will make some “modifications to the software and hardware settings on both bikes” to determine the power and speed they give out.

    Some of the records he has achieved are: being first person to get their racing license on an electric motorcycle, and being the first rider with any no-gas experience. After his record setting attempts, whether he succeeds or not, he plans next year to set a FIM (Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme) world speed record.

    As of Sunday, via an update to his fund-raising website, Miller claims he has set a new speed record for electric motorcycles with a speed of 98.87mph. But that’s not good enough for the Electric Cowboy, in his own words “I wanna break 100 so bad I can taste it! Or maybe that’s just the salt on my lips…”

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    Source: Gas2 ( 9/17)

    How to Enjoy Alcoholic Beverages Without Getting Fat During the Holidays!

    The holidays are a time of celebration, and assuming you do NOT have a problem with alcohol and can drink responsibly, it is okay to imbibe!    The key to not getting fat from alcohol is to understand the calorie and carb content of alcoholic beverages and plan your intake ahead of time in terms of exactly what you chose to drink and how much you have.   

    All alcoholic beverages tend to drive insulin production so they are a big no, no for diabetics and other people taking certain medications.   ALWAYS check for drug and alcohol interactions before drinking any alcoholic beverage.
    It is also important to understand that in addition to the alcohol content itself alcoholic beverages are often full of sugar which further drives insulin and fat production.    The good news is that there ARE alcoholic beverages that are much lower in sugar/carb and calories.
    Champagne
    One of the best deals for a low carb holiday beverage is champagne!   Champagnes have the lowest carb and calorie content of any wine so are a great choice – particularly dryer champagnes.   A 4-ounce serving contains just 1.6 grams of carb and only 84 calories making Champagne the best choice for holiday cheer!
    Common White Wines
    After Champagnes the next best choice is white wines (NOT including ANY dessert wines!)
    Per 5 Ounce Serving Size:
    Chardonnay –   120 calories and 3.43 grams of carb
    Sauvignon Blanc – 120 calories and 3 grams of carb
    Reisling – 120 calories and 5.54 grams of carb
    Pinot Grigio – 122 calories and 3 grams of carb
    Common Red Wines
    Merlot – 118 calories and   grams of carb
    Cabernet Sauvignon – 130 calories and 3.82 grams of carb
    Burgundy – 122 calories and 5.46 grams of carb
    Pinot Noir – 116 calories and 4 grams of carb
    Shiraz – 116 calories and 3.79 grams of carb
     Low Carb Beers
    Bud Select 55 – 55 calories with only 1.9 grams of carb
    Miller64 – 64 calories with 2.4 grams of carb
    Michelob Ultra – 95 calories with 2.62 grams of carb
    Becks Premier Light – 64 Calories with 3.2 grams of carb
    Miller Light – 96 calories with 3.2 grams of carb
    Amstel Light – 95 calories with 5 grams of carb
    Coors Light – 102 calories with 5 grams of carb
    Bud Light – 110 calories with 6.6 grams of carb
    Mixed Drinks
    Liquor such as gin, vodka, scotch and rum, but are full of calories and to some extent act as a “super” carb driving insulin and hunger.    That being said they do not contain any carb whatsoever so as long as you mix them with no sugar/calorie mixers you can keep your carb and calorie intake somewhat under control.
    One of the best choices is Vodka and Soda Water with Lime or Lemon coming in with zero carbs and about 100 calories!   Other examples are whiskey and diet coke, Seagrams 7 and Diet 7-up, Rum and diet cola, or Spiced Rum and Diet Ginger Ale.
    What to avoid!
    Watch those mixers when it comes to mixed drinks – most standard mixers such as all sodas, fruit juices, and tonic are full of sugar unless you use the diet versions.    All your Caribbean and Tropical drinks such as Pina Coladas, Daquireis, Mai Tai’s, and Margaritas, etc are chock full of sugar and calories.
    Set a Budget for Your Intake!
    Set a budget on your intake of alcoholic beverages and actually keep track as you drink them making a point of knowing how much you have had each hour.     Remember each beer, glass of wine, and mixed drink takes one hour to process for the average male (and longer for females) so anything above 1 per hour is getting you inebriated at some level.   
    In addition to budgeting your intake drink a glass of non-alcoholic, no calorie beverage such as water or club soda for each drink/beer/glass of wine you have to slow yourself down and stay hydrated.
    If you want to catch a buzz drink your limit and switch to all non-alcoholic beverages for 2 – 4 hours before driving.     

    Even better – get a designated driver or use Uber or Lyft for travel to and from Holiday Parties!

    15 Painless Ways to Crush Sugar Cravings

    15 Painless Ways to Crush Sugar Cravings

    By Debra Goldstein
    Tips to cure your sugar addiction
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    These research-backed tips will suppress your sweet tooth for good

    A mouth full of fudgy frosting on your birthday, a fork full of toasty pecan pie at Thanksgiving, a cold bowl full of cookies ‘n cream on a hot August afternoon: These time-honored treats are among life’s sweetest pleasures, meant to be savored and enjoyed.
    Problem is, for many of us, sugar has become an overwhelming daily temptation that we feel powerless to resist. Instead of occasionally indulging in special-occasion desserts, many of us are straight up hooked on sweets, needing a daily (sometimes hourly!) fix to satisfy our sugar addiction. If you’ve ever found yourself in a sugar-trance, locked onto a doughnut like a heat-seeking missile, you know how potent sugar cravings can be.
    But no matter how severely you’re strung out on the sweet stuff, there’s hope! In her new book The Sugar Smart DietPrevention Editor-in-Chief Anne Alexander argues that the key to reclaiming sugar’s simple, sweet pleasure is to take back control by first breaking the powerful hold it has on your body and mind. Breaking your addiction leads to what Alexander calls “sugar freedom,” a state in which you call the shots—not your cravings. Not Krispy Kreme. You.
    Ready to adopt a take-it-or-leave-it attitude toward the cookie tray? Try these Sugar Smart tips to crush your sugar cravings faster than you can scarf down a Snickers:
    1. Eat a protein-packed breakfast. Research shows that protein in the a.m. makes it difficult for sugar cravings to take hold later on. Lean protein options like Greek yogurt, peanut butter, eggs, and low-fat cheese produce less of the hunger-stimulating hormone ghrelin and more PPY, a hormone that signals fullness. MRI scans of high-protein breakfast eaters in a University of Missouri study showed reduced activity in areas of the brain associated with cravings. Can’t stomach food too early in the morning? No problem. Eat it by 10 a.m. and you’ll still help quell that late-day sugar yen.
    2. Never go hungry. Meal skipping is a guaranteed way to fire up sugar cravings. Skipping meals lowers blood sugar levels and causes you to overeat the rest of the day to make up for missed calories. Keep things steady by eating five times a day – three meals and two snacks of nourishing and delicious whole foods such as whole grains, beans, lean meats/poultry/fish, nuts, unsweetened low-fat dairy, eggs, and veggies. They’ll fill you up and give you the ideal balance of lean protein, energizing carbohydrates, and healthy fats to steady your blood sugar and insulin levels and extinguish cravings for sugar.
    3. Suss out secret sugars. True to their name, secret sugars lurk in foods you don’t even think of as sweet: Everything from ketchup to crackers, salad dressings to pasta sauce. The problem with these secret sugars isn’t just that they put you on sugar overload (which they do; the average American takes in a whopping 22 teaspoons of added sugar each day—the ideal is 6). It’s that added sugars stoke appetite and beget more cravings, trapping you in a vicious cycle of wanting more, more, more. Search your fridge and pantry and read every label. Find the foods with sugar listed in the first few ingredients and seek out low-sugar alternatives to dial down your sugar intake.
    4. Pump up the flavor. Sugar may be sweet, but there are plenty of other fabulous tastes out there that you may be missing out on. If you’ve ever seeded a fragrant vanilla bean for a special dish or topped a sliced tomato with fresh basil leaves, you know how much flavor herbs and spices can add. Experiment liberally with spices of all kinds (added bonus: warm spices like cinnamon and ginger can quell a sweet tooth). And don’t forget other flavor boosters like balsamic vinegar, extra-virgin olive oil, lemon and orange zest, and hot sauce to perk up your taste buds. Stir your coffee with a stick of cinnamon…toss plain, air-popped popcorn with smoked paprika…the more adventuresome you are, the more you’ll grow to appreciate flavor, and put sugar in its rightful place in the process.
    5. Sleep more, crave less. The key to stopping sugar cravings in their tracks is balancing the hormones ghrelin (an appetite trigger) and leptin (which signals satiety), along with insulin. Get these hormones working in harmony and you’ll experience fewer cravings—and less fat storage. But if you get less than the recommended 7 to 9 hours of sack time, you may be undercutting this goal. In a University of Chicago study, a few sleepless nights were enough to drop levels of leptin by 18 percent and boost levels of ghrelin by about 30 percent. Those two changes alone caused cravings for sugary foods to jump 45 percent. Sleep deprivation not only makes sugary foods more appealing, it may also lower your ability to resist them. The parts of your brain that usually put the brakes on cravings aren’t as active when you’re tired, research conducted at the University of California, Berkley found. The upshot? Get your zzz’s to strike the all-important hormonal balance and boost your craving-crushing stamina.
    6. Rev up your movement to dial down your cravings. If you’re plagued by strong sugar cravings, getting your body moving may help deactivate them. According to a study published in Applied Psychology, Nutrition, and Metabolism, the more you sit, the greater your appetite – even if your body doesn’t need the calories. Moderate exercise also helps keep muscle cells sensitive to insulin. Strength training builds stronger muscles, which in turn use up more glucose. Any physical activity that you enjoy will help get sugar off your brain—and belly.
    7. Soothe what’s really bothering you. The link between emotional comfort and sweets is primal – and persistent. Rewarded with candy when growing up? You may still treat yourself to dessert for a job well done. Did you push back the confusion and loneliness of adolescence with candy bars? You may still be doing that as an adult. To break the cycle of reaching for sugar when you are emotionally cued to, you have to have something that will short-circuit your reflex response. The first step toward breaking the emotional connection between emotions and food is to become aware of the feelings that drive you to crave sweets. Not after the fact – the very moment you reach for sugar. To get a split second of clarity as your fingers close in on your co-worker’s candy dish: Why am I reaching for this? In those moments, remember this simple but powerful catchphrase: “Stop. Slow down. Think.” That will enable you to determine whether you really want the sweet or whether you are just feeding your emotions.
    8. Pinpoint your sugar pitfalls. Do the doughnuts in the coffee room at work every morning call out to you? Think through your day and identify where and when you are most susceptible to sugar’s lure, and ask yourself why you “need” sugar in those moments. Is it because you’re starving when you get to work and the doughnuts are just too tempting to resist? Empower yourself with new, positive alternatives you can use to meet that need. Perhaps it’s making sure you eat a healthy breakfast and bypassing the doughnuts on your way to your desk. Fill your need in healthier ways and sugar loses its power over you.
    9. Find healthier rewards. Instead of treating yourself to sweets, treat yourself to pleasure! Often we reach for sugar when we’re stressed, lonely, or bored. But there are far better ways to turn around a bad mood or energy lull. Make your own personal “rewards card”—a list of nourishing activities that you can whip out any time you find yourself reaching for sweets. Your rewards should be things that elicit the same pleasure you feel when you indulge in a favorite dessert. Think of things you can do instantly and that last for the 15 to 20 minutes you otherwise might spend lost in a sugar episode. For instance: listen to music, dance like crazy, call a friend, paint your toenails, go for a bike ride, pet the cat, watch junky TV, plan a dream vacation, or just lay down and look at the sky. This strategy of pleasure-focused redirection will work like a charm to keep you focused on nonfood sources of happiness.
    10. Supplement with calcium and vitamin D. Are you taking a daily multivitamin and mineral supplement? Good! Several studies suggest that multivitamins that contain vitamin D and calcium can potentially lower cravings and promote weight loss. Extra body fat holds on to vitamin D so that the body can’t use it, and this perceived deficiency interferes with the action of leptin (the hormone that signals your brain that you’re full). If you’re deficient in calcium, your body can experience up to a fivefold increase in the fatty acid synthase, an enzyme that converts calories into fat. While a multivitamin can’t replace a healthy diet, this bit of extra nutrition “insurance” can’t hurt—and you might just find your cravings lessen while your weight loss speeds up.
    11. Snap out of temptation with a photo. Research shows that people who keep a food diary lose more weight. But that doesn’t have to be limited to just writing down what you eat. In a study published in theInternational Journal of Consumer Studies, volunteers recorded what they ate on paper and in photos. They all reported that the act of taking the photos—and the photos themselves—raised their awareness of what they were eating. By taking pictures of your food before you eat it, you give yourself that crucial split-second pause that enables you to reconsider your selection. Seeing that softball-ball size cinnamon bun in a photo before you down it may jolt you into making a healthier choice.
    12. Relax with a cup of tea and a novel. We all know that stress powers sugar cravings. And there’s nothing new about advice to carve out “me time” to combat stress. What is new is a study from England’s University of Sussex that found reading can slash stress by a stunning 68 percent! Other methods the study tested that also work are listening to music (61 percent) or sipping a cup of tea (54 percent). It’s a great way to divert yourself when you get that urge to munch. Pick a quiet spot where you won’t be interrupted and brew a cup of calming tea, such as chamomile, to sip while you turn the pages.
    13. Stay hydrated. If your sweet tooth is on overdrive, turn on the tap and drink up. Dehydration can spike cravings for sugar and junk food dramatically – and may take a toll on your mood. Recent studies have linked mild dehydration to fatigue, anxiety, poor concentration, and even your cranky midday slump that can send you lunging for the vending machine. The latest guidelines from the Institute of Medicine recommend that women get 91 ounces of water a day, but you’ll be happy to know that not all of it has to come from the tap. At least 20 percent can come from food. So eat lots of fruits and veggies to make a hefty dent in your water needs.
    14. Soothe with scent. Self-soothing techniques help you tolerate strong or overwhelming emotions, so you can manage them in a positive way, rather than reflexively reaching for a sugary treat. Inhaling a pleasant scent is a helpful reminder to enter the present and literally bring you to your senses when you’re in a cravings spiral. Try this exercise: Add 2 drops of eucalyptus oil to 1 cup of water in a bowl and stir. Soak a washcloth in the scented water. Squeeze out the excess water, then roll it up neatly and place it in a plastic bag in your fridge. The next time a craving hits, retrieve your scented washcloth and drape it gently over your face. Focus your full attention on the sensations—the texture of the cloth, its coolness, its scent—as you inhale the calm, and exhale the powerful emotions.
    15. Savor life as much as sugar. Take a moment to think about your schedule. Does include an activity that really does it for you? That puts a curl in your toes, a little flutter of anticipation in your gut? We’re not talking downtime in front of the tube. We’re talking pleasure. The more you indulge in it in healthy ways, the less you’ll look for it in sugar. And the more pleasure, joy, and laughter you add to your life, the less you feel the need to derive pleasure from food. Savoring an experience—whether it’s a walk in the woods or a movie marathon with your best friend—means to enjoy it thoroughly, wringing every drop of pleasure from it. And while cookies may taste momentarily sweet, they can’t provide true and lasting satisfaction.
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    Cashew Nuts Benefits for Health

    CASHEW NUTS BENEFITS FOR HEALTH

    Cashew Nuts Benefits for Health – Cashew nuts are the type of food grains are very beneficial for the body. Cashew nuts contains two types of healthy fats that are beneficial to health. Ie monounsaturated fats and polyunsaturated fats. Both types of fat is included in healthy fats and fat is not harmful for the growth of body cells.
    Benefits and efficacy of cashews for health also could not be separated from the content of various substances that belongs to her as tryptophan, phosphorus, and magnesium, copper. And also coupled with various kinds of beneficial minerals such as vitamin B, potassium, and folic acid. While the content of calcium and iron also exist in cashews, only two substances was less than the other substances.
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    Cashew Nuts Health Benefits for the Body
    1. As food for dieting and weight loss
    Losing weight is too excessive due to accumulation of lipids in the body little by little it would damage the systems of the body. Therefore early obese people should be tried in order to lose weight. Cashew nuts are the food was good for this business. Cashew nuts also contain unsaturated fats are good in losing weight and scrape the fat on the body. In addition to the fiber content of these beans will make the body will take longer maintain a sense of satiety to the appetite will decrease by itself.
    2. Can be heart healthy
    Cashew nuts helpful in maintaining the health of the heart. The content of monounsaturated fats and monounsaturated fats in cashews will drive out the bad cholesterol that can impede blood circulation from the heart or the heart. and dispel the bad cholesterol in the body.
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    3. Can Strengthen your mind
    Taking note with cashew nuts also can strengthen the mind and way of thinking because the content of monounsaturated fats and polyunsaturated cashews can be launched oxygen to the brain, as it also has a relationship with the development in other brain cells.
    4. Can Reduce the risk of cancer
    Cashew nuts also contain vitamin C which also serves as an anti-oxidant in the body, anti-oxidants would also reduce the development of cancer as found in citrus fruits.
    5. Can Strengthens bones
    The content of the cashew nut magnesium will make bones grow and develop properly, and helps the formation of the bone structure and bone density.
    Here’s a little on the benefits and efficacy of cashew nuts for a healthy body. But Thus, consuming cashews also be restricted. Eating something in the mid enough alone, and not too much and not too little.

    Hopefully this article I share today can provide knowledge to the readers and add your insight. And articles about the cashew nuts benefits for health, can provide knowledge about health by consuming cashews. Hopefully article Cashew Nuts Benefits for Health can we share today can be beneficial for you. Do not forget to always visit the website abouthealthbenefits.xyz to seek other health articles. Thank You.

    Overwhelmed, you say? How to Cope

    Despite being on the planet for 30+ years, I still don’t seem to have the concept of time worked out. I came to this realization last night as I compared my summer to do list against my calendar. Yikes! Honestly, the number of lesson plans I’d intended to write, TpT products I’d hoped to create, and professional books I planned to read were more than I could probably accomplish in a year much less a summer break.

    Here are some tips I try to remind myself when I get into these stressful predicaments.

    1. Delegate and negotiate 
    There are some things that I have to do because no one else can do them for me (e.g., write my blog, research for my doctoral program, etc.), but there are plenty of items on my perpetual to do list that could be delegated or outsourced. For example, my husband and I hate to do yard work — especially during the hot and humid Georgia summers. We could suck it up and commit the time, or we could pay someone to do it for us. We opt for the latter because the free time we gain is more valuable than the money we spend. When I get going with my doctoral program this fall, we’ll likely hire a maid service for the same reason. The trick is to go through the to do list and determine how much of it has to be done by me and how much of the list could be done — even partially — by others. Using TpT for lesson plan assistance is another great example of delegating.

    I also negotiate for free time on the weekends. I have an amazing daughter who’s almost 2. I love hanging out and playing with her, but she’s also at an age where she’s a lot of work. When I have an overwhelming to do list, I try to negotiate free time with my husband where he’ll take Syd for a couple of hours so I can work distraction-free, and then I’ll reciprocate later in the day. Often he’ll take her out of the house to run errands or get groceries so I can really get a lot done. It’s been incredibly helpful to chunk out time like that and know that I’ll have it.

    2. Consider worst-case scenarios
    Often the stress we feel is self-imposed, and it helps to gain a bit of perspective. What’s the worst-case scenario if I don’t finish making all of the TpT items I want to create this summer? Certainly nothing catastrophic. Often it’s the same case with the stack of papers waiting to be graded during the school year. Looking at my to do list through this lens helps me see what’s really important. It’s not a blank check to delay work indefinitely, but it’s helpful when there’s a lot going on and too many balls to juggle at once.

    3. Prioritize and minimize
    Sometimes the sheer sight of my to do list can cause me to tense up and feel overwhelmed. One strategy I use to combat that is to rate the items on my list using a scale that reflects the urgency and the importance. Then I make smaller to do lists with the 3-5 items I want to accomplish in a day. This helps me stay calm and feel productive while avoiding the pressure of my long-term, substantially larger to do list.

    Another helpful tip that I picked up somewhere was the two-minute rule. If something comes to me that I can take care of in 2 minutes or less (e.g., an email), I try to do it right then and not put it off. Otherwise, my inbox becomes cluttered and that’s one more thing stressing me out. Filing or scanning papers is a similar example.

    4. Focus on one thing at a time
    One of the biggest time sucks that happens to me is that I try to do too many things at once, and I forget that “multi-tasking” isn’t always more efficient. It helps me if I chunk like activities together and really get focused. For example, I try to spend a lot of time working on my blog on Mondays so that I can get posts written and scheduled for the rest of the week. I rarely finish all of my posts, but I’ll at least know what I’m going to write about and have a skeleton draft done so that it will take less time the rest of the week. I dedicate another day to all of my cleaning and errand-running, a day to focus on reading/lesson planning, etc. I also try to have a day with nothing scheduled so I can relax and hang out with my family. During the school year, that’s usually a Saturday or Sunday, and even if I can’t clear out the whole day, I’ll set a rule that I’ll stop working by noon or only work after my daughter has gone to bed. It helps.

    5. Shut down the distractions
    This is the hardest thing for me because I often have email, Facebook, and Twitter open while I work, and then there’s Feedly and Pinterest which can become huge time sucks, too. Lately, I’ve found it helpful to close out of those tabs and use a timer app. For example, I’ll work on something for an hour, and then as my reward for being productive, I’ll allow myself 15 minutes on Pinterest. The timer helps me avoid slipping down the rabbit hole of lost time.

    What are some strategies you use to help you when you’re feeling overwhelmed or overcommitted? I’d love to hear more ideas in the comments. 

    And as a side note, have you checked out the Teacher Toolbox Trio lately? The giveaway is over, but I decided to keep the linky going for a while because there were still teachers who wanted to share. And honestly, how I could possibly resist the opportunity to see what other teachers love and add to my own wish list? If you haven’t linked up yet, I’d love to have you join the fun!


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    My trip to Hanoi, Vietnam

    I returned to Vietnam to facilitate a 2 day planning workshop for the 6 organizations that I did the capacity assessments in January. It felt good to meet everyone and catch up. The workshop went smoothly and I had very positive feedback from the participants.

    I was happy to see people genuinely interested and participating / contributing towards the workshop. This ensured a high quality of the results and the buy in by the participating organizations. I put the success of the workshop down to the following:

    1. The CEO / Executive director (ultimate boss) of the organization participated
    2. They had read the organization capacity assessment report and were familiar with the contents.
    3. They were guaranteed of a tangible workable plan at the end of 2 days.
    4. Being open and willing to learn

    There is a chance that I may be requested to do some more work for them in the near future; however it seems that this is the end of this phase and the client is happy with the results.


    The view from the roof top restaurant near Hoan Kiem Lake.

    I stayed at the Trang An hotel; It’s in the center of Hanoi, near Hoan Kiem Lake, so quite convinient for walking around, shopping, finding nice restaurant, etc… Had a good time too.

    Ben’s CX500

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    Ben Pilatti from Collie, a small mining town in the corner of Western Australia has never met David Mucci from Chicago, Illinois but he certainly catches his drift. People in far flung corners of the globe being inspired by those on completely separate continents who share but one thing in common, a passion for motorcycles. It is certainly heartwarming stuff for the January of a New Year. It was David’s CX500 that proved the key source of inspiration when Ben embarked on his first bike build nearly 11000 miles away and no doubt David would be pleased to see this lovely CX his original encouraged.
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    Last year Ben completed his design degree (majoring in architecture) and currently works in Perth in the IT sales industry, but motorcycles, more specifically transverse twin motorcycles, are in his blood.
    “What inspired me was my brother getting a Moto Guzzi V7 Racer back in 2012. We have a couple of Guzzis in the family so I guess that’s where the transverse v-twin fixation came from!”
    Eager to get cracking on his first bike Ben sourced a ’78 Honda CX500 from a guy named Mario a little north of Perth. The bike belonged to Mario’s father-in-law from new and they had brought the bike to Perth when they moved over from South Africa. Ben in effect became the 37 year old bikes second owner from new. It had relatively low kms for its age and was in stunning condition due to its life spent basking in the sun.
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    Ben is an amateur when it comes to mechanics but he tackled most of the work himself in his uncle’s shed.
    “In terms of upgrades all I really needed to do was replace the original CDI with a kick-ass aftermarket Ignitech unit. From there I replaced the bars, indicators, gauges, tail light, mirrors, headlight unit, front and rear guards, rear shock absorbers, exhaust and muffler.”
    Ben got the majority of the parts from Modern Motorcycle Company in Melbourne. Hellbound Cycle Supply and Custom Bike Electrics, two local Perth suppliers, sorted him with the rest of the bits.
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    “Challenges wise, replacing the water pump seal in the back of the engine in situ was a very difficult task. That, along with the constant cleaning and fine tuning of the carburettors. The inside of the tank was all flaky and rusty (as I discovered after a few awkward breakdowns…) so I had to hit it with a POR15 Tank Re-sealer kit. The first time I saw clean petrol flowing through the filter was a damn good day!”
    With the inside of the tank sorted Ben opted to leave the metal on the outside bare. It requires polishing every fortnight or so to keep the oxidisation at bay, but Ben finds the process therapeutic.
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    66 Motorcycles in O’Connor helped out with chopping the frame and making up the seat pan. The seat was then upholstered by another local Perth professional who according to Ben did an amazing job. The wheels were powder coated in satin black before being fitted with Shinko tyres.
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    Ben uses the bike every day to get to work and to carry out errands, in the short amount of time he has had it completed the trusty CX has clocked up quite a significant amount of kilometres.
    “A unique feature of the bike wold have to be the sound. I work in the Perth CBD so when I roll up into my parking spot and the sound is bouncing off the high walls of King Street, it makes me smile every time..”
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    “How does it ride? It’s quite good! I’m quite happy with the bike. The brakes are a little spongy and the front end is waaay too soft but other than that I love it. Especially with the new clubman bars! So next on the list is probably a nice set of progressive springs up front. I also have a twin-disk front end from a later model CX500 in my garage that I will get ready to put on soon.”
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    When he has finished fine tuning his CX, rather inevitably, Ben intends to get his hands on a Guzzi. Either an older Le Mans or a new V7 – “Something usable on the streets of Perth but also able to go on long runs down south to Collie and Margaret River on a whim.” We look forward to seeing that Ben, and who knows where around the globe lies the next budding amateur that Guzzi may inspire?

    Published first on http://thebikeshed.cc

    SCHUBERTH COMMUNICATION SYSTEM FOR S2 HELMET

     S2 customers have been eagerly awaiting the SRC-System™, Schuberth’s in-helmet Bluetooth® communication system which is based on the Cardo Scala platform.

    The S2 full face is the only motorcycle helmet in the world with built-in FM and Bluetooth® antennas which plug directly into the SRC-System and enhance the communication distance between paired helmets as well as the FM radio reception.

    The SRC-System™ allows up to three riders to communicate wirelessly with each other simultaneously and supports Bluetooth®-enabled peripheral devices such as cell phones, GPS units and MP3 players. The most important functions can also be operated by voice commands.

    The system is integrated into a replacement neck collar that is a ‘snap’ to install and fits into the helmet perfectly.

    The S2 SRC-System™ and S2 helmet are available now from authorized Schuberth dealers.

    SRC-System(TM) for S2:

    – USD $429

    S2 Full Face Helmet:

    – Solid Colors: $699

    – Hi-Viz: $729

    – Graphics: $749

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    Source: Cycle World (11/21)

    The 20 Secrets That Will Get You Flat Abs

    The 20 Secrets That Will Get You Flat Abs

    by Leta Shy
    The 20 Secrets That Will Get You Flat Abs

    It may not be a secret that the best way to a six-pack is a healthy diet (even if it’s no diet at all) and regular exercise, but there’s a right way and a wrong way to a flat belly. Read on for the ultimate guide to getting flat abs.

    Source: Thinkstock / yurok

    And More: Deals and Sales – 2014 Summer Super Sales

    Just to let more people know, in case some didn’t already, there are a lot of great Summer Sales going on right now at various game distribution/retailer websites [think of them as ‘Winter Wonder Sales’ if you are in the Southern Hemisphere]. Here are a couple samples:

    Good Old Games, now called GOG.com, have both ongoing sales and Time Limited Deals, with games such as The Hitman Series, Simcity2000, the Baldur’s Gate and Icewind Dale series, the Might & Magic series, the Wing Commander series, Quest For Glory and King’s Quest series, the Rollercoaster Tycoon series, and much more
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    Steam is having it’s Summer Sale, that also has some ongoing deals with some Time Limited Sales, with games such as The Witcher series, Euro Truck Simulator series, the Left 4 Dead series, the Total War series of games, Red Alert 3, Civilization 5, and much more
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    Some of these are Time Limited Deals, meaning that they are only ‘on’ for a few hours, or change after a few hours – so check back there once in a while and see if any games you have been waiting for are on sale – most of these are 80% or 90% off!
    [For the most part, they seem to ‘stay’ on sale/remain on sale, but at a slightly higher sale price than within the ‘time limit’ (but are still available at less than regular price)]
    I hope you find something you like and See You In The Games!

    Rodsmith Kawasaki KZ750 Cafe Racer

    Kawasaki KZ750 Cafe Racer
    The art of coachbuilding and metal shaping is a dying artform. Finding skilled individuals who can take a flat piece of metal and fashion it into a fuel tank or custom fender is getting more and more difficult. Thankfully the demand for such work is on the rise thanks to the popularity of the custom motorcycle scene and people like Craig Rodsmith are leading the way. Craig’s an Aussie living in Illinois and he’s been manipulating metal for hot rods and custom motorcycles for the past 25 years. One of his latest 2 wheeled creations is this ’79 KZ750 Kawasaki Cafe Racer and I had the opportunity to speak to Craig about its creation.



    “I was born and grew up in Melbourne, Australia.” Craig explained “I spent a lot of time amongst the Elizabeth Street motorcycle scene and was a member of the Hartwell Motorcycle Club. I did a lot of road racing, on TZs and RDs, at Winton Raceway, Calder, and other regional tracks.”



    “I bought this motorcycle as an almost stock Kawasaki KZ750 twin from a guy in Wisconsin and decided to turn a mundane bike into something interesting. When I took off the stock fuel tank I liked the shape of the top of the bikes frame so, going outside the box, I decided to make a tank that accentuated that line.”



    The KZ was a neglected relic that had been sitting unloved in a garage for over a decade. Thanks to Craig’s handy work it would soon have a new lease on life. “I like the challenge of giving a bike another chance by restyling it. Like most of my bikes, I like to bridge the gap between traditional styles and something unique and unusual. With this particular build I wanted the exhaust to be a part of the bike and not just an add-on, which is why I snuck it into the frame to hug the engine.”



    Every builder approaches their projects differently and Craig’s is defined by his skill set. “When I approach a build I plan the entire bike in my head straight away, then I build it accordingly. I make minimal changes to my idea along the way depending on what the bike requires. I do every aspect of each build myself from disassembly, to design, fabrication, engine building, electrical, metal forming, welding, polishing, painting and tuning. This means I don’t need to do sketches or delegate the build requirements. I can just get on with it.”



    “With the body work on the Kawasaki I used traditional tools (many of which I made), such as hammers and dollies and, obviously, an English wheel. I usually do a mockup with cardboard outlines before I form the metal. Every piece of aluminum on the KZ started as flat stock.  I like to make as many pieces myself as practical, on this bike that includes the rear sets, brackets, exhaust and air cleaners.  I designed and constructed the seat to have a simple, clean look and kept the sewing at a minimum (Yes, I can sew as well). The tailpiece houses an EarthX lithium battery and the electronics.

    I used an early model driving guide light and made the fairing screen to match. I like the contrast of the polished aluminum with the raw cast look so used a mix of these finishes on the bikes alloy parts. As with a lot of my builds, I like everything simple and clean so every piece of this bike has a purpose.I also have my own electroplating setup so I nickel plated the spokes and all of the bikes engine brackets.”

    When I asked Craig which part of the build was the most challenging he replied ” The fairing was a pain in the ass! I wanted it to look seamless, while flowing aesthetically with the rest of the bike.  The shape was a major challenge because I very rarely use forms or bucks to shape the metal.” Regardless of the stress it put him under the fairing remains Craig’s favourite part of the KZ. “I was struggling with whether or not I should even build it. I couldn’t imagine the bike without it and it ended up being the finishing touch.” and we’d have to agree.

    RODSMITH CUSTOMS

    Kawasaki KZ750 Cafe Racer

    First published by returnofthecaferacers.com

    Tickets For 2014 Red Bull Grand Prix Of The Americas Go On Sale December 5

    Tickets for 2014 Red Bull Grand Prix of The Americas on sale Thursday, Dec. 5 New in 2014: Free motorcycle parking for early birds, single-day tickets available, reduced parking prices, kids 12 and under receive free general admission to MotoGP

    AUSTIN, Texas  – Looking for the perfect holiday gift for the motorcycle enthusiast in your life? Circuit of The Americas™ (COTA) has the answer, as tickets for the 2014 Red Bull Grand Prix of The Americas at COTA go on sale Thursday, Dec. 5, at 10 a.m. CT online at www.circuitoftheamericas.com/and at www.ticketmaster.com. COTA will host the first of only two MotoGP contests in the United States next year and welcome the best motorcycle riders in the world to Austin April 11-13.

    COTA’s 2014 MotoGP event features many new fan-friendly options, including FREE motorcycle parking for fans that purchase their tickets by Dec. 31, 2013; Three-day weekend passes and single-day ticket options for fans; A new dry camping option for fans who want to stay close to the circuit all weekend; and Kids 12 and under receive FREE general admission with a ticketed adult.

    GET YOUR TICKETS NOW!

    Single-day general admission tickets start at $39 for Friday’s practice sessions, and single-day reserved seats start at $59. Three-day weekend passes start at $89 for general admission or $139 for reserved seats. Three-day dry camping passes are available for $150 per space.

    MotoGP Ticket and Parking Prices – Circuit of The Americas – April 11-13, 2014

    Seating Type, Single-day Ticket/Person, Three-day Weekend Pass/Person

    General Admission, $39 to $59, $89

    Reserved Seat, $59 to $109, $139 to $199

    Kids 12 and under, FREE GA with ticketed adult, FREE GA with ticketed adult

    Dry Camping Space (20’x20’), N/A, $150/camping space

    Parking Type, Single-day Parking/Vehicle, Three-day Weekend Parking/Vehicle

    Cars, $20, $45

    Motorcycles*, $10, $20

    *NOTE: Motorcycle parking is free for fans that purchased their MotoGP tickets by Dec. 31, 2013.

    MotoGP, the pinnacle of all motorcycle World Championships, consists of 19 races in 14 countries on five continents with pan-global television coverage. The world’s most skilled riders, including current U.S. riders Colin Edwards of Texas, 2006 MotoGP World Champion Nicky Hayden from Kentucky and reigning World Champion and winner of the 2013 Red Bull Grand Prix of The Americas Marc Marquez, compete with cutting-edge, prototype motorcycle technology produced by Ducati, Yamaha and Honda, as well manufacturers supporting the new Open class. The series traditionally holds three races, including Moto2 and Moto3 competitions, during each event for various classes of motorcycles based on engine size. Fans watched MotoGP’s new phenom, Marc Marquez, sweep the three U.S. races in 2013, including COTA’s inaugural event, and will be eager to see if he returns to the winners’ podium in Texas next year.

    “The on-track action at this year’s MotoGP Championship race at COTA was incredible, and our mission for 2014 is to elevate the fan experience at the track and in downtown Austin,” COTA Chief Marketing and Revenue Officer Geoff Moore said. “Our team will be throwing an even bigger party at the track next year, with a larger entertainment portfolio of live music, interactive displays, games and fan activities. We’re also planning a downtown Fan Zone that will give visitors and residents lots to see and do throughout the weekend.”

    “Making our MotoGP race one of the must-attend sports and entertainment events of the season is a priority, and we’ve enhanced our customer offerings to ensure that happens,” COTA President and Chief Executive Officer Jason Dial noted. “We’ve added single-day tickets to the mix for 2014, giving fans greater flexibility, and we’ve reduced on-site parking prices to enhance the value and make it easier for fans to access the circuit. In addition, we’re offering free general admission to kids ages 12 and under to make it more affordable for families to attend the races.

    “With the holidays just around the corner, tickets to the Red Bull Grand Prix of The Americas make a great gift for the motorsports fans in your household, and next year’s event will be the perfect opportunity for an entire family to spend a weekend at Circuit of The Americas.”

    For individuals, groups and companies looking to experience the MotoGP race weekend in a special way, Circuit of The Americas™ Official program, Circuit of The Americas Experiences , is offering racing enthusiasts a turn-key elevated race weekend experience to the Circuit’s 2014 MotoGP event.

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    Source: RoadRacingWorld (AP,11/26)

    How to Eat Healthy While Travelling Over the Holidays

    ‘Tis the season again – we are entering that infamous Thanksgiving through New Years stretch where the average American will gain 8 – 12lbs!    One of the main reasons for this is that we get out of our normal routines for both exercise and diet.   It is even more challenging if you are travelling during this season because you are out of your home and have less control over your exercise and eating habits.

    However, where there is a will there is a way!  Here are some key tips to prevent weight gain during travel:
    1       Plan your meals and your exercise.    This is probably the most important tip because with a little planning you CAN eat healthy and get in your exercise.
    2      Start by looking at your travel schedule and planning your meals during travel.   We all know how lousy the food is on an airline so instead of being subjected to the lousy and unhealthy food bring your own.    
          In many airports today, there are plenty of healthy options that you can purchase and carry on the plane.     Great options include:
    a.       Nuts – see below
    b.       Ready to drink shakes like Muscle Milk (even starting to see this in an organic option in airports!).
    c.       Nutrition bars – see below
    d.       Hard boiled eggs
    e.       Salads with chicken
    3      Even better buy non-perishable food before you leave home.      Excellent choices for meals and snacks that are easy to travel with include:
    a.       Nuts – come in cans and pouches with smaller packages being ideal because while nuts are healthy they are high in fats and even healthy fats have lots of calories!    No honey glazed and if you need to be concerned about salt stick with unsalted, roasted nuts.    Best choices include pecans and walnuts and brazil nuts followed by almonds, then peanuts and cashews in terms of sugar content.
    b.      Nutrition bars – there are a ton of healthier bar choices now, and they have actually figured out how to make a healthy bar that tastes pretty darned good without a ton of sugar that have high levels of fiber, healthy fats, and protein.      Several variety of Kind Bars fit this bill including Dark Chocolate and Sea Salt; Caramel Almond and Sea Salt; and Dark Chocolate Cinnamon Pecan.    These bars taste great and will satisfy you and travel well.
    c.      Ready to mix shakes – there are many great options for shakes that are low in sugar and high in protein that taste great and come in packets that are easy to mix in a plastic shake bottle after you add water.   Gone are the days where these options must be blended in a blender.   Experiment a bit and you can find shakes that come in single serve packets that mix quite well in a plastic shaker bottle.
    d.      If you are driving, consider bringing some pre-made meals in a cooler that are either ready to eat cold or can easily be microwave or baked when you arrive.   When you bring some of your own food and healthy desserts you know you will have good options!
    4      Focus on a great breakfast because you can get eggs in every town in America both at restaurants and in people’s homes.   Eggs are fantastic nutrition that really satisfies, and they can be prepared in many different ways.  Starting the day off with 2 – 3 whole eggs along with some sautéed vegetables, some cheese and some berries will keep your hunger at bay and provide a healthy meal that is easy to come by!
    5    Get your exercise in!  Plan before you leave – worst case you can use resistance bands and get a great workout in a very small physical space such as a hotel room.  You can also do highly effective body weight workouts while on the go and another fantastic choice for travel exercise is a suspension trainer like TRX or Core Flytes –  https://www.amazon.com/Core-Flyte-Pro-Performance-Rock-Solid/dp/B00K6MKM00  For resistance bands and workouts with them check out www.resistancebandtraining.comFor a great bodyweight workout try this one: https://workoutanytime.blogspot.com/2016/03/the-three-best-bodyweight-exercise.html
    6    Go for a walk and check out the neighborhood or go see some nearby sites.   Sitting on your butt all day while food is being prepared all around you is asking for trouble!   Get up and get out and active for part of the day or offer to do some shopping for the group or pitch in with some of the physical chores if you are staying at someone’s home.
          So while it is easy to gain weight during travel over the holidays – with a little planning you can come through with little to no weight gain or even lose a pounds or two over the holidays!

    How Much Exercise Does It Take To Burn Off These 15 Foods?

    How Much Exercise Does It Take To Burn Off These 15 Foods?

    18 oz Chocolate MilkshakeIt would take 65 minutes on the treadmill running at 6 mph to burn off the 780 calorie shake. As delicious as it is, is it worth running for an hour?ONE M&MJust to burn off a single M&M you’d need to walk about the length of a football field. It may not seem like much, since an M&M is only about 3 calories, but nobody in history has ever eaten just one M&M.Small Buttered PopcornGoing to the movies may be a time to splurge on treats, but just a small bag of buttered popcorn will call for over two hours on the elliptical. Just imagine the exercise costs of adding drinks and candy.Grande Caffe MochaNot just 87 crunches, but 87 MINUTES of crunches. You may have to consider that the next time you’re craving Starbucks.Slice of Pepperoni PizzaOh, the dreaded gym class exercise used to torture poor students. Just one slice of pepperoni pizza will call for nearly 300 of the awful burpees we all hate.1 Cup GranolaAlthough granola may be healthier in terms of nutrients, it does have a high calorie content. It would take an hour and a half of vigorous boxing to burn off the nearly 600 calories.Glazed DonutLike the crunches, it’s not simply 53 lunges but 53 minutes of lunges to burn off a single donut. Your quads will be burning but your taste buds will be happy.12 oz Can of CokeMany of us will indulge in a can or two of soda a day, but those calories can come back to bite us. Just one can of Coke will require a brisk jog for 17 minutes to burn off its 140 calories.12 oz MargaritaOn the topic of drinks, a margarita is even worse calorie-wise than soft drinks. The whopping 540 calories in a 12 oz margarita would require a full hour of basketball to burn off.Chocolate CupcakeCupcakes look so small and innocent, but they can pack a calorie punch. You’ll need to play beach volleyball for nearly a half an hour to burn off a single cupcake’s 240 calories.2 Small PancakesOn lazy Sunday afternoons it’s so tempting to lie in bed with a stack of pancakes for brunch, but it’s dangerously easy to overeat them. Just 2 six inch pancakes with 2 tablespoons of maple syrup will have you vigorously swimming for close to an hour.5 oz Glass of WineIt’s nice sometimes to come home from a long day of work and relax with a glass of wine, but those extra calories come at a cost. To burn off the 125 calories in a 5 oz glass of red wine you’ll need to jump rope for over 10 minutes straight.Medium French FriesAlthough french fries are well-known for being unhealthy, most people probably don’t think of them as being an-hour-on-the-stairmaster level of unhealthy.CinnabonCinnabon cinnamon rolls are heaven to the taste buds, and it’s easy to forget about the 730 calories while you’re indulging. But nearly an hour and a half spent cycling will definitely remind you.Cobb SaladProbably the most upsetting item on this list, the cobb salad has one of the highest calorie contents (more than the cinnamon roll and almost as much as a chocolate shake), despite looking so healthy. If you add two tablespoons of ranch dressing to your salad, you’ll need to do aerobics for two hours to burn off its 760 calories.Source

    White Radish Benefits For Health Body

    WHITE RADISH BENEFITS FOR HEALTH BODY

    White Radish Benefits For Health Body – Benefits of White radish is a lot, especially for health and beauty. That was certainly evidenced by the many nutrients contained in vegetables this one. Nutrition have finally made all the organs of the body run more normal and even make your body fitter without their disease.

    Radish is one shaped tuber vegetables such as carrots. Radishes are very commonly processed into pickles, vegetable broth, soup mix and the rest of them. As for the common benefit, vegetable radish believed to overcome renal impairment and also experienced fever-lowering drugs. In addition, the ability of rapeseed to produce mucus in the throat is very helpful in preventing and treating coughs in herbal.
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    Regarding the characteristics and descriptions radishes, perhaps with a snapshot image below my friend was able to recognize. Therefore, to save time, it would be nice if we just continue the discussions on the efficacy of white radish for health and beauty.
    Before going on the topic, there are some nutrients that support the functions of horseradish for health. The content of the form: Radishes are rich in fiber, Oxalic Acid, Essential oils, Phosphorus, Beta Carotene, Folic Acid, Calcium, Manganese, choline, niacin, iron, Vitamin A, B1, B2, C, and Vitamin E.

    White Radish Health Benefits For :
    Ø  Good for the Immune System
    This is because vitamin C is very high on a white radish. By doing so, Vitamin C serves as an antioxidant that is able to ward off free radicals and strengthens the immune system. So that the disease can be minimized.
    Ø  Maintain Circulation And Blood Pressure
    Supported by the iron, the blood circulation in the body can be smooth. By doing so, high blood pressure (hypertension) can be avoided. So that the blood in the body into stable and running normally.
    Ø  Characteristically as an antimicrobial
    In this case, white radish is very effective to ward off viruses, bacteria and fungi that may enter the body. Closely related to the antioxidant capability is primarily counteract free radicals.
    Ø  Maintain Healthy Kidney
    Buddy is definitely out with a very common disease that attacks the organs have kidney stones. Because it is a diuretic (launched urinary tract), white radish is also used to destroy kidney stones. Meanwhile, to maximize the benefits of this, my friend can consume as white radish juice.
    Ø  Troubleshooting Liver (Liver)
    Well liver always having problems especially jaundice. With the help of the content of the white radish, disease will be solved. Because these substances will restore the performance of the liver and bile becomes more normal. As well as rejuvenates damaged cells.
    Ø  Characteristically anticancer
    The disease is highly once feared because it can cause death. With the ability as an anti-free radical in white radish, all of these concerns can be alleviated. Because anticancer properties can prevent and overcome the development of cancer cells and tumors in the body.
    Ø  Effective To Lose Fever
    In addition to all the benefits already mentioned above, white radish gave the impression of cold in people who consume them. So as to lower the body temperature or fever.
    Ø  As a natural antidote
    This relates to the benefits of the liver that serves to keep the body from toxins evil. Radishes are able to maintain healthy liver and also offers toxins in the food we eat.
    Ø  Troubleshooting Breathing and Cough
    Although capable of producing mucus in the throat to prevent coughing, but it is also effective to prevent dirt entering the respiratory system. So that the associated diseases such as asthma, sore throat and lung problems can be avoided.
    Ø  Characteristically as anti-inflammatory
    This problem is usually associated with insect bites that can cause fever, swelling and pain. But all of that can be overcome if my friend regularly consume white radish.
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    Ø  Prevent Dehydration / lack of body fluids.
    The water content in horseradish is high. And it serves to keep the body hydrated. So that effects such as fatigue, dizziness, and pale inevitable.
    Ø  Maintaining Healthy Bones and Teeth
    Efficacy was supported by phosphorus and calcium in white radish. If taken summarize briefly, the two teeth is useful to prevent bone loss (osteoporosis) and maintain growth of teeth in children in infancy.
    Ø  Smooth digestive system
    Buddy must have been very common to experience constipation, heartburn, abdominal pain and rest of them. And in this case, white radish can keep the digestive system and helps in the absorption of nutrients more quickly. Related benefits are also useful to prevent the buildup of toxins in the body that could lead to obesity (fattening / overweight).
    Ø  Prevent Hemorrhoids / Piles
    Still dealing with the digestive tract, hemorrhoids often experienced for my friend who lack of fiber and too much sitting. And because the content of the white radish, maybe hemorrhoids experienced friend can be overcome. While either for consumption, can be consumed as a vegetable or juice.
    Ø  Smooth Flow Sweat
    Apart from being anti-dehydration, white radish is also capable as a facilitator sweat. So that the pores can open and dirt on the skin will be discharged with the sweat that comes out.

    White Radish Benefits for Beauty :
    1) Prevent Dry Skin
    Efficacy was there because a lot of water content effective to keep moisture on the skin pal. So that the skin is broken, scaly and peeling can be quickly resolved. And efficacy related very well to restore the health of the skin by lifting the dirt on the skin.
    2) Lose Weight
    If my friend is running a program of diet, maybe white radish can assist in minimizing the distended stomach and accelerate weight loss. Because by taking radish juice, the stomach will feel full longer so as to reduce the intake of foods that trigger obesity.
    3) Reduce Acne On Face
    This is supported by vitamin C and Vitamin B complex is very useful for skin problems. As well as other nutrients such as Vitamin E that keep the face remains clean and shining.
    4) Eliminate Dandruff
    How to use simply by smoothing the white radish then apply on the scalp area and the entire hair evenly. Let stand for a while before rinsing.

    Thus the article on White Radish Benefits For Health Body. Hopefully this article today I share can help you in finding the source of the food benefits on vegetables and fruits.

    Long Bean Benefits For Health

    LONG BEANS BENEFITS FOR HEALTH

    Long Beans Benefits For Health Long Beans are vegetables that very often we encounter in everyday dishes. Whether it’s for home cooking and restaurant cooking. There are also cook it in a way sauteed, but some are making to raw vegetables.
    But despite the long beans so popular for the food, I’m sure not everyone knows about the nutritional value as well as the nutrients found in these vegetables. In fact, long beans have vitamins and minerals also are quite high which is also beneficial to health.
    Long Bean Benefits For Health
    So, to increase your knowledge about health, here we present an overview of the nutritional content of beans as well as health benefits.
    Nutrient Long Bean
    Long beans contain a variety of essential nutrients for your body, including:
    As a Source of Protein
    With a protein content that is at least 8.3 grams per 100 grams chickpea stew, the bean vegetable vegetables long become a source of vegetable protein in our body needs protein for every day.
    Vitamin B Complex
    In every 100 grams of beans boiled which contains 146 mcg of folate (37% requirement), 0.2 mg of thiamin (14% requirement); 0.1 mg vitamin B6 (5% requirement); and 0.1 mg of riboflavin (4% needs); 0.4 mg of pantothenic acid (4% requirement); serta0,6 mg niacin (3% requirement). Various vitamin B complex contained in the long bean is an essential nutrient for our bodies.
    In general, vitamin B complex plays an important role in energy production and nerve function in our body, so vitamin B deficiency is usually characterized by fatigue and lack of energy.
    Contain High Fiber
    Long beans are vegetables that are rich in fiber. In every 100 grams of beans boiled, no fiber content up to 4 grams and meet 15% of our daily fiber needs. Fibers on long beans are available in the form of pectin, which is a soluble fiber, to very good in helping keep blood sugar at normal levels, as well as for normal fat metabolism.
    Mineral content of Long Bean
    Long Beans are also rich in various minerals, among others :
    Containing Calcium
    In Every 100 grams of beans boiled which contains 42 mg of calcium (4% requirement). Calcium is an essential mineral for the formation of bones and teeth healthy and strong as well, also for nerve and muscle function optimally.
    Containing Iron
    In Every 100 grams of beans boiled which contains 2.6 mg of iron (15% requirement). Iron is an essential component for the formation of enzymes for a variety of chemical reactions in the body, and forming the main component of red blood cells and cells
    muscle.
    Contains Magnesium
    In Every 100 grams of beans boiled which contains 98 mg of magnesium (25% requirement), where the mineral content is very important for healthy bones and teeth, muscle and nerve function, as well as the activity of enzymes in the body.
    Long Bean Benefits For Health
    Containing Manganese
    In Every 100 grams of boiled string beans also contain 0.5 mg of manganese (24% requirement). Manganese is essential for enzyme activity, and also for the metabolism of carbohydrates and joint health.
    Containing Phosphorus
    In Every 100 grams of beans boiled which contains 181 mg of phosphorus (18% requirement), which is also important in energy production and the formation of bones and teeth.
    Containing Copper
    In Every 100 grams of beans boiled which contains 0.2 mg of copper (11%). Copper is important for skin health, it also increases the body’s resistance to stress and disease.
    Containing Potassium
    In Every 100 grams of beans boiled which contains 315 mg of potassium (9% requirement), which is important for nerve function and also our muscles.
    Containing Zinc
    In Every 100 grams of boiled string beans also contain 1.1 mg of zinc and zinc (7% requirement). Zinc is a component of enzymes involved in the formation of red blood cells and bone.
    Containing Selenium
    In Every 100 grams of boiled string beans also contain 2.8 mcg selenium (4% requirement), where selenium is an essential mineral in the synthesis of the enzyme, which also acts as an antioxidant against free radicals in our bodies.

    Well, that’s what some of the vitamins and minerals contained in the beans. For you who like to consume either in the form of beans and vegetables stir fry, continue the positive trend.

    Happy Almost S.R.V. Day!

    Stevie Ray Vaughan Remembrance Ride and Concert, Oct. 7

    October 3 is considered Stevie Ray Vaughan Day, so what better thing to do than to come celebrate the life and music of Texas’ one and only Stevie Ray Vaughan with the 18th annual S.T.V. Remembrance Ride and Concert, October 7. It will be held in the world’s largest Hooters 11:15 sharp in the heart of West End Dallas.

    The Stevie Ray Vaughan Remembrance Ride & Concert was started in the early 90’s as a way of honoring the life and music of Stevie, who passed away in a tragic helicopter accident during the late 80’s. All the proceeds from the concert will be going to the S.R.V. Memorial Scholarship Fund.

    There will be various parties being held before and after the Remembrance ride and concert . A day before the big day there will be a pre-party held at Rick Fairless’ Strokers Dallas and the day of the parade and concert, which will be held in the Cowboys Dance Hall in Arlington from 12-6:30pm, there will be an after party at All Star Diamond Jim’s Saloon from 7pm to 2am.

    Concert will showcase both famous and local talent blues bands like the Ian Moore Band, Kayla Reeves, Van Wilks, and the Harles Brothers, just to name a few. Pre-ordered tickets cost $20 and $25 at the door. All tickets are general admission and all seats are considered great seats. Parking is free.

    So join in on the fun and the endless hours of music this October 7!

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    Source: Stevie Ray Vaughan Remembrance Ride and Concert

    Reading in the Wild – Chapter 1

    I absolutely loved Donalyn Miller’s book The Book Whisperer: Awakening the Inner Reader in Every Child, so I was very excited to see that she released a new book – Reading in the Wild: The Book Whisperer’s Keys to Cultivating Lifelong Reading Habits AND that Catherine over at The Brown Bag Teacher has organized a summer book study of it.

    Chapter 1 – Wild Readers Dedicate Time to Read

    Already, this book has lots of ideas that I can integrate into my classroom. In fact, I suspect that I will re-read each chapter just to make sure I’m recording all of the ideas so I remember them in August. (And I may go back and re-read The Book Whisperer, too!) But one thing that I really want to emphasize this year is building a community of readers. I like the idea of students sharing the books they’re reading and making recommendations to each other. Personally, I use GoodReads to track that information for myself (I’ve blogged about that before here). I’ve also had my students blog about their reading (see here). But what I’d really like is something more like GoodReads – a social networking site – but appropriate for fourth graders. 
    I recently stumbled across the site Reading Rewards through a Twitter Chat, and this might be the answer I’m looking for. 

    This site allows you to set up your class into a reading community where they can create libraries of the books they’ve read, write book reviews, get and make recommendations, and make a wishlist of books they want to read. There is also a reading log component and a reward system that allows you and parents to create rewards based on achieving individualized reading goals. I haven’t had a chance to try this out with students yet, but based on my exploration of the site, it looks very promising.

    Do you have any experience with the Reading Rewards website? Have you come across any other sites you’d recommend for building a community of readers? I’d love to hear about it in the comments.

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    Pinterest Professional Learning

    I love Pinterest. I love professional learning. Put them together, and I’m as happy as can be! That’s why I was thrilled to see that Jivey’s Workshop Wednesday is all about favorite pins (and she used my Assess Yourself posters as an example)!

    So without further adieu, I’d like to share some of my favorite pins!

    Back to School Organizing

    I’m planning to replace my table-top caddies this year because they’ve really taken a beating. One thing that’s contributed to that is that they’ve been really disorganized, so kids dig through them looking for supplies. Even though they have cups in the caddy to hold supplies, the kids don’t remember where to put their materials in the caddie, and it becomes a huge mess. Having labels on the outside could eliminate the guess work (and the excuses) so they can stay organized. I’ll probably do something super cutesy with them, though, because Pinterest inspires that.

    Teaching Writing

    Before becoming a teacher, I coached a college debate team, and I was a high school and college debater before that. People often think that means that I like to argue, but that’s not the case at all — I hate arguing with people. I’m really anti-confrontation. But if I’m in an argument, you better believe that I’m going to have examples and evidence to back up what I’m saying, and chances are, I’ll also know what I’m going to say to respond to your counterarguments. My husband, who has a similar debate background, often jokes that even though he was a great debater himself, he knows he’ll lose any argument that I initiate with him because I’ll go into battle ready. Fortunately, we hardly ever argue.

    Understanding how to use evidence and reasoning and how to respond to counterarguments are important skills for advocacy, and I think they’re some of the most valuable skills we can teach to students. So as the Common Core moves away from persuasive writing toward argumentative writing, I think it’s really important that we emphasize the differences. I love these exemplars for demonstrating what argumentative writing looks like. And in my mind, well-written argumentative essays are far more persuasive than one-sided appeals on a topic.

    Off my soap box now. 

    Teaching Science

    While I’m going to be almost completely paperless in my classroom next year, I still intend to use science notebooks (albeit electronic ones). I like this anchor chart for showing students some of the important characteristics of science writing.

    If you haven’t linked up with Ideas By Jivey’s Pinterest Professional Learning, be sure to do so. And of course, I’d love for you to follow me on Pinterest as well. The vast majority of my pins are teaching-related (and the rest tend to be recipes and home organizing stuff…nothing too crazy).

    Happy Pinning!

    5 FAT-BURNING FOODS TO BOOST YOUR METABOLISM

    5 FAT-BURNING FOODS TO BOOST YOUR METABOLISM
    BY MERCEDES CARHUAYO


    Genetics, schmanetics! Yes, it may be true that your genetics contribute to your metabolism’s performance, but you can give your metabolism a boost by simply eating the right foods! Here’s the scoop on which foods you should include in your daily diet to get your fat-burning gears in motion. Stay on track and you’ll have your six-pack abs peaking through in no time.

    Brown rice is a whole grain rice; whole grains take more effort to break down than processed grains and therefore help your body burn more fat. Brown rice, unlike white rice, maintains the hull and bran, which provide “natural wholeness” to the grain. It’s also rich in proteins, thiamine, calcium, magnesium, fiber, and potassium.
    Egg whites are high in protein, low in calories, and have no cholesterol or fat. Egg whites are rich in branched-chain amino acids which keeps your metabolism stoked. They also provide riboflavin — also known as vitamin B-2 — which can help metabolize carbohydrates, fats and protein.
    Chicken is a lean meat; lean meats are full of iron. Eating about three to four servings of iron-filled foods will help avoid an iron deficiency, which can cause your metabolism to slow down. Chicken has little fat and a lot of protein. If you are trying to add bulk to your muscles, grilled chicken can help! Stressed? Eat chicken! Chicken contains vitamin B5, which has a calming effect on the nerves. 
    Pepper Steak Recipe
    “Chili peppers contain capsaicin, a chemical compound that can kick metabolism into higher gear,” says Scott Isaacs MD, clinical instructor of medicine at the Emory University School of Medicine. Capsaicin also helps minimize blood glucose and cholesterol levels, lowers high blood pressure, and triggers the release of endorphins and serotonin, brain chemicals that counteract depression and mood swings. If that wasn’t enough, peppers can also aid in curbing your appetite, reduce your unhealthy cravings, and even enhance your sexual performance. To reap the aforementioned mentioned benefits, Dr. Isaacs suggests adding a tablespoon of chopped chili peppers to a meal once a day.

    Lastly, don’t forget to remain hydrated! A study published by the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism showed that the consumption of water (about 17 oz.) can increase the metabolic rate by 30 percent in healthy men and women. Drinking a healthy amount of water helps the body’s fluid balance, which in turn can aid in digestion and the transportation of nutrients in the body. Further, drinking water can help you finish that last rep. When you sweat at the gym, you lose water. When your muscles don’t have enough water, they get tired. Hydrate your muscles properly, and you’ll have extra energy to complete your workout. 

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    Hidden Benefits of Mineral Water for Beauty

    HIDDEN BENEFITS OF MINERAL WATER FOR BEAUTY

    Hidden Benefits of Mineral Water for Beauty – Water is so large role in the life, because certainly as a human being could never survive without water. Water is the most important element as the effective function in the body, because almost 70% of our body fluids. One effect of the lack of drinking is dehydration.
    Dehydration or lack of fluid can adversely affect the health of the body and skin. Body when dehydrated then the metabolic system may be inhibited resulting in a buildup of fat and calories in the body. Whereas for dehydrated skin can cause dry skin, dull due to loss of natural moisture.
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    Benefits of Mineral Water for Beauty Skin and Hair
    Lack of fluid in the body can damage or inhibit the function of organs. Another function of water is to remove toxins and wastes that are in the body. Water plays an important role as a means to process all the nutrients derived from food consumption by carrying nutrients throughout the cells through the lymphatic system.
    Now for more details, let us see the benefits of water for life (skin and hair)
    1. The Benefits of Water to the Skin
    As we explained above that the water has a very important role for healthy skin, what are they?
    2. Maintain Skin Moisture
    Skin moisture will always awake naturally when skin is adequate nutrients from within. Skin that locks moisture will provide essential nutrients to the cells and tissues while increasing skin elasticity. So that it is able to prevent the signs of aging (dark spots, wrinkles and fine lines).
    3. as Natural AntiAging
    We often forget the functions of water and had to use expensive anti-aging treatments for the skin. In fact the water contains active compounds that play an important role in treatment as anti-aging. The water can prevent dehydration which can cause problems on the skin, so the skin is always sunny all day.
    4. Skin problems (psoriasis, wrinkles and eczema)
    Water works to smooth and increase metabolism and digestion to get rid of toxins, so that it impacts the skin healthy and glowing throughout the day.
    5. Reduce Stress
    Try to soak in cold water for long enough it goes without time 2 to 3 minutes, it is useful as a skin rejuvenation. In addition, cold water bath can soothe nerve cells and reduce stress. But remember spending long hours in the water is also not good, because it can damage or eliminate moisture.
    6. Skin Care
    Overcoming skin redness, impurities or residual make-up (first use warm water and repeat the washing with cold water). Warm water serves to open the pores of the skin, while cold water serves to close the pores. Water is able to provide firmer skin texture and refreshing, put a face on the water vapor and then splash cold water on the face about 15 times.
    Use cold water to rinse or clean the hair and scalp. Cold temperatures serve to constrict the hair cuticle, so as to make hair smoother and stronger. Water serves also as a support vitamin absorption that will be helping with healthy hair growth. Always keep the hair moisture will contribute to healthy skin and hair, because the hair will be spared from the name of dehydration.
    Water plays an important role in providing energy to the nerve endings that serves to enhance the skin’s natural vitality and hair roots. Now therefore, highly recommended to always meet the needs of water at least 2 liters or 8 glasses per day.

    Thus a simple article that discussed the benefits of water for skin care and hair. Hopefully the article Hidden Benefits of Mineral Water for Beauty we share today can be beneficial for you. Thank You.

    Health Benefits of Raw Sapodilla Fruit

    HEALTH BENEFITS OF RAW SAPODILLA FRUIT

    Health Benefits of Raw Sapodilla Fruit – Sapodilla fruit ripe has frequently we eat and has a sweet and tasty on the tongue, but have you ever you feel the sapodilla fruit still raw and half cooked. Raw sapodilla fruit flavors have mingled bitter sweet and would make for the consume gummy mouth.
    But so, sapodilla fruit raw to have efficacy as well as the benefits for the health of the body, because the content of vitamins and anti-oxidants in raw amber is very much beneficial for the body to be away from the body of free radicals that often affects the skin of the body.
    For those of you who do not want to consume Raw sapodilla fruit, here we will provide information on the benefits Raw sapodilla fruit for health, hope to be an inspiration and encouragement for you to consume the sapodilla fruit.
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    Benefits of Raw Fruits for Health
    1. Can Overcome Diarrhea Naturally
    Benefits of sapodilla fruit raw to health is a drug, diarrhea or loose stools are very powerful. High fiber content in the raw sapodilla fruit is very good in addressing the problem of diarrhea.
    How to apply the sapodilla fruit for diarrhea medicine there are two kinds :
    Method 1: Take a Raw sapodilla fruit is still fresh and peeled skin, and scar the flesh as well as brewed with warm water to one cup, let stand for 10 minutes and drink the water until they run out, do this way for 2 times a day.
    Method 2: Take the sapodilla fruit, half-cooked or Raw, and remove the skin, remove seeds also give a little warm water and also give 2 tablespoons of honey. Drinking Raw sapodilla juice twice a day.
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    2. Can Treat Dysentery
    Benefits of sapodilla fruit raw to the next health is to treat dysentery. Dysentery can be cured by eating raw sapodilla fruit. Take some sapodilla fruit peeled raw and coolies, chew the flesh as he added a little salt on the fruit, eat little by little until the end of sapodilla fruit. Apply 2 times a day until you disappear dysentery and cured.
    3. Can Treating Inflammation of the Mouth
    Benefits of sapodilla fruit raw to health can also be a natural cure inflammation of the mouth. The trick is to take the sapodilla fruit and splitting it into several parts (after peeling).and sapodilla fruit that has been cut is boiled with 1 cup of water until the water changes color. Wear this sapodilla fruit boiled water to rinse. Do it until the water runs out, do it twice a day until the inflammation of the mouth healed.
    Thus some of the benefits of raw sapodilla fruit for a healthy body. Hopefully with this short article can add to our knowledge of traditional medicine wear natural fabrics such as sapodilla fruit. Hopefully this article Health Benefits of Raw Sapodilla Fruit that we share today can be beneficial for you. Thank You.

    Arizona Auto Insurance Companies

    There are many auto insurance companies those provide services in Arizona, but not all of them are cheap and good for you. Car drivers may want to find auto insurance companies for two reasons; either they have bought new cars or want to switch to another car insurance company. Those who have just bought new cars may have little information about auto insurance and have to select carefully the best auto insurance company for them. Car drivers who have bought insurance policy have to search extra benefits and facilities the auto insurance companies in Arizona State provide for. In Arizona like other states has some auto insurance laws and insurance holders have to follow them.

    Why You Need To Search Auto Insurance Companies In Arizona?
    To find the cheapest car insurance quotes in Arizona you have to search the available auto insurance companies in your state. If you go to one insurance company and buy an auto insurance policy from them, there is little chance your policy would be the cheapest one. Suppose you have 10 car insurance companies available in Arizona and to get the cheaper one you have to collect auto insurance quotes from all of them and compare auto insurance companies.

    What Are The Auto Insurance Companies Available In Arizona State?
    There are almost more than 20 auto insurance companies in Arizona State. Among them the top Arizona auto insurance companies are SafeAuto, Titan Insurance, Nationwide, GEICO, AmicaCoverage, Phoenix, StateFarm, Allstate, Infinity, Arizona auto insurance, Farmer’s insurance and American Family Mutual insurance.

    Which Arizona Auto Insurance Companies Have The Highest Market Share?
    Auto insurance industry in Arizona is very competitive and among the above auto insurance companies available in Arizona State, there are 3 car insurance companies which cover highest percentage of market share. These companies are:

    1. State Farm
    2. American Family Mutual Insurance Company
    3. Farmer’s Insurance

    What Factors You Should Consider Before Rating Car Insurance Companies In Arizona?
    Having a large market share with reputation doesn’t mean this auto insurance company is best. There are several factors by which you can justify which one is top rated and will be best for you. The first factor is which company offers enough and perfect coverage because unnecessary coverage just costs you extra money. The second factor is which auto insurance company has the highest customer satisfaction and the third factor is which auto insurance company is cheaper and offering lower premiums.

    In order to find auto insurance quote Arizona, you have to search car insurance companies available in Arizona State, request auto insurance rates and compare the car insurance companies to get the best auto insurance company in Arizona.

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    To change your weight, first change your mind

    To change your weight, first change your mindBy Lyndel Costain BSc RD

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    Getting Your Head Straight

    You no doubt know how to lose weight – eat fewer calories and exercise more and you will see results. You may also have a list of things to change, such as eating more fruit and veg, going for a daily walk or buying low fat options.
    If, like many people, you have difficulty losing weight and keeping it off – despite your best intentions, what do you think could be getting in the way?
    First, reality-check your mindset with the want to lose weight quiz.
    Next, answer the How are You Feeling about Losing Weight questions.

    To change your weight, first change your mind

    Research shows that one of the most important factors that influences weight loss success is your attitude – whether or not you believe (and keep on believing) that you can make the changes you need to make to lose weight, and that they are worth doing. This is because what you think, affects how you feel, and in turn the actions you take.
    The best way I can describe this positive mindset is ‘getting your head straight’ about food and weight. It’s not something I can easily put into words – but you will know when it happens. From all my years of working with people with weight and eating problems, and from my own personal experience, I truly believe that it is they key to success.

    Three Key Strategies for Taking Control

    1. Understand Why You Eat
    When I ask people what prompts them to eat, hunger usually comes down near the bottom of their lists. Some people struggle to remember or appreciate what true hunger feels like. We are lucky that we have plenty of food to eat in our society. But its constant presence makes it harder to control what we eat, especially if it brings us comfort or joy.
    If you ever find yourself in the fridge, even though you’ve recently eaten, then you know hunger isn’t the reason. More than likely some negative emotion – feeling angry, lonely, sad, stressed, anxious, bored – has triggered a habit of using food to feel better.
    The urge to eat can be so automatic that you feel you lack willpower or are out of control. But it is in fact a learned or conditioned response. A bit like Pavlov’s dogs. He rang a bell every time he fed them, and from then on, whenever they heard the bell ring they were ‘conditioned’ to salivate in anticipation of food.
    Because this ‘non-hungry’ eating is learned, you can reprogramme your response to the situations or feelings that trigger it.
    How To Do It
    The first step is to identify when these urges strike. When you find yourself at the fridge when you aren’t hungry, ask yourself ‘why do I want to eat? What am I feeling?’
    If you aren’t sure think back to what was happening before you felt the urge. Then ask yourself if there is another way you can feel better without food. Or you could chat to your urge to eat, telling it that you aren’t actually hungry and it’s merely a learned response. Whatever strategy you choose, the more often you break the ‘eating when you’re not hungry’ habit, the weaker its hold becomes.
    2. Practise Positive Self-Talk
    When you look in the mirror do you talk to yourself more like A or B?
    A ‘I’ll never be slim. I’ve only lost a measly half a stone in four weeks. And I broke my diet last night. I may as well just give up.’
    B ‘This is going well, that half a stone has really made a difference. I enjoyed a treat last night, now I’m really looking forward to watching the next half a stone disappear.’
    Both of these are examples of ‘self-talk’ – automatic thoughts, or statements all of us constantly make to ourselves – which influence how we feel and act. Self-talk may be positive and constructive (like your guardian angel) or negative and irrational (like having a destructive devil on your shoulder).
    If you’ve had on-off battles with your weight over the years, it’s highly likely that the ‘devil’ is there more often.
    Self-talk that says ‘you’re hopeless’, can make you feel like a failure which, can then trigger you into the action of overeating and/or totally giving up trying to lose weight.
    One of the most powerful things about self-talk is that the last thoughts we have are what stays in our mind. So if we think ‘I still look fat’ or ‘I will never be slim’, these feelings stay with us.
    How to Do It
    The trick is to first listen out for your self-talk and recognise it’s happening. Keeping a food and feelings diary really helps; you can try the diary in WLR free for 24 hours.
    Then turn negative talk into a positive version of the same events – as in the A and B examples above – where the resulting action was to feel good and stay on track.
    Reshaping negative self-talk helps you to change your self-definition, from someone who can’t ‘lose weight’ or ‘achieve this or that’, to someone ‘who can’. And when you believe you can… you can.
    3. Really Choose What You Want to Eat
    This strategy is like your personal brake. It also helps you manage ‘non-hungry’ eating and weaken its hold. It legalises food and stops you feeling deprived. It helps you to regularly remind yourself why you are making changes to your eating habits, which keeps your motivation to lose weight high. But it doesn’t just happen. Like all skills it requires practise. Sometimes it will work well for you, other times it won’t – but overall it will help.
    How To Do It
    Basically, ask yourself if you really want to eat that food in front of you. This becomes the prompt for you to make a conscious choice, weighing up the pros and cons of making that choice, and feeling free to have it, reject it or just eat some. Remembering all the while that you can eat this food another time if you want to. Paul’s story is a good example.
    Paul is having a business lunch at a restaurant he visits regularly. His favourite dish is steak bernaise and fries then crème caramel.
    But at his last medical his doctor advised him to lose weight for his heart’s sake. He has taken this seriously and thought a lot about changing his lifestyle. But he can’t avoid business lunches.
    Faced with the menu his automatic response is the steak. But then he stops and thinks.
    • How hungry is he?
    • How will he feel after he eats it?
    • What would be a better and still tasty choice?
    After all he comes here quite a bit, so can order the steak another time.
    He opts for a spicy chicken fillet with new potatoes and vegetables. He really enjoys the spicy flavour, and feels comfortably satisfied, rather than stuffed and guilty.
    Having a dessert would just ruin the nice taste and feeling he has, so he easily decides against it. His confidence is boosted as he now knows he can enjoy other things.

    Step by Step

    These are just a few of the skills that can help you take control. Learning new habits and ways of thinking about things takes time. Think back to when you learned to ride a bike. No-one expected you to do it first time. You no doubt fell off a lot and needed picking up. Step by step, and with the right support, you took control of that bike and learned how to keep it on course. Just like you can with your weight.

    How Sue Did It

    Sue’s story is a good example of how using these strategies works. For 10 years she had been trying different diets in an attempt to lose weight quickly – and was still 3 stone overweight.
    All this ‘failure’ had pushed her self-esteem and confidence in her ability to lose weight to rock bottom. If she ate one ‘bad’ food she felt so guilty she binged. This ‘all or nothing’ thinking signalled the end of the current diet and the start of more negative feelings – and overeating.
    Sue read one of my articles about how the right mental approach can help people break free from this destructive cycle, and we met. Her big aim was to spend time learning more about her eating habits and the thoughts or situations that triggered overeating.
    She stopped ‘dieting’, kept a food and feelings diary and was finally very honest with herself. This gave her a huge sense of relief. And by stepping back she was able to view things differently.
    Unrealistic expectations and guilt around food were her biggest problems. And by no longer viewing food (and herself) as ‘good’ or ‘bad’ she was able to develop a healthy relationship with it. Sue also spent time planning ahead so she had the right foods to hand for regular, nutritious meals and snacks. She took up her beloved tennis again too.
    Sue was now taking care of herself in a much more positive way – and she was loving it. But this change didn’t happen overnight. After the initial enlightenment it took Sue two years to practise and get used her new habits – with plenty of ups and downs along the way. But over that time she lost that 3 stone and felt in control. Eating well – not perfectly – became her way of life.
    Like Sue, achieving the right mindset can feel like a switch being turned on in your head. Something just clicks and this weight loss business starts to makes sense.
    Mental blocks ebb away.
    • Motivations become clear and powerful.
    • Your self-worth and belief in abilities grow.
    • You realise that healthy meals, regular exercise, and tools such as those offered by Weight Loss Resources will help, but they aren’t the answer in themselves.
    • You accept responsibility for what you eat and how active you are, and feel empowered to make the changes you choose to make.
    • You take control by making real choices – knowing and accepting the consequences – and no longer feeling deprived.
    • You move from someone who can’t lose weight long term to someone who can.
    Now I should clarify that there is no magic here! Keeping your head straight requires time, skills, practise, a realistic attitude and good support. This might sound like a tough call. But you will know from your own experience that just going on a diet isn’t the answer. In fact, managing your weight is like a good marriage – it takes work and a daily investment of care and thought. And the results are worth it!
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    Knoxville News Sentinel featuring Kurt and April Nitzsche

    Knoxville News Sentinel featured WORKOUT ANYTIME owners Kurt and April Nitzsche.
    The online article includes a great picture of April showing one of her clients, how to use one of many exercise machines at the Maryville location. The story also ran in the print edition on the front page of the business section with a large two picture spread of Kurt and April.
    April Nitzsche explains to Robert Ridenour how to use one of many exercise machines at the Workout Anytime in Maryville on Thursday, January 16, 2014. April and her husband Kurt Nitzsche are the franchise owners of the Workout Anytime in Bearden and are now expanding into Maryville with their second location.         (SAUL YOUNG/NEWS SENTINEL)
    You can view the online article here. 

    Sprintbeemer by Lucky Cat Garage

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    The inspiration for a bike build can come from the most unlikely of sources. In the case of this most unusual BMW sprint bike, it was a vintage M&H Racemaster drag tire.

    The tire belonged to the amiable Séb Lorentz of the Lucky Cat Garage, a familiar face on the European custom show circuit. While Séb was figuring out what to do with the slick, his family provided the answer: they bought him an Airtech dustbin fairing as a present. All Séb needed now was a frame, two wheels and an engine.

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    Séb is not only an accomplished builder, but also works for BMW Motorrad France. And so the Sprintbeemer was born—a bike focused on speed and acceleration, with a hefty dash of style. “It has to look fast to frighten competitors,” he laughs. The goal was audacious: to win the Starr Wars sprint race at the huge Glemseck 101 festival in Germany.

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    Sprintbeemer is a cocktail of parts from the 50s to the 90s, with an S 1000 RR superbike battery hiding in there somewhere. The modified chassis was an R50/2 in a previous life, and the shortened fork and front stoppers have been swiped from a R75/5. Séb added an air scoop and vent holes to the drum brake, and machined the wheel hub to save weight.

    The swingarm is from a BMW R100/7 and the rear end is suspended by adjustable billet aluminum struts, hidden inside vintage shock covers. Power goes through a short-ratio R60/6 transmission. The drag slick that started it all has been mounted onto an 18” Morad wheel, with an Avon Speedmaster wrapped round the 19” Excel front rim.

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    Séb is not sure what the tank is, though. It’s an unbranded barn find, maybe from a 1950s French or Italian sport moped. It’s been treated to a high-flow petcock, an aluminum cap and an engine temperature meter.

    Just ahead are a Scitsu tachometer and Menani clip-ons—wearing black glitter Amal-style grips—and a Domino GP throttle. The aluminum seat pan is handmade, and the silver bottle just head of the rear wheel is an oil catch can—a modified emergency tank from Mooneyes in Japan.

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    The star of the show is the engine, though. It’s an R 100 RS motor treated to big valves, breathing through Dell’Orto PHM 40 carbs. A 336-spec cam and lightened flywheel help the motor spin up fast, and Vattier race headers hooked up to race megaphones complete the package. The clutch is essentially stock, but beefed up with an HPN ceramic plate, and the R 100 R gearbox has inverted gears for faster and easier shifting.

    But just as the bike was coming together, luck ran out: Séb broke his leg badly in a BMX crash and ended up in a wheelchair. Friends rallied round to help, and Sprintbeemer was finished—the night before the journey over the border to Glemseck.

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    Sylvain Berneron—aka Holographic Hammer—drove Séb and his bike to Glemseck in a truck. Sylvain then donned leathers and a helmet and sent Sprintbeemer screaming down the track to victory, adding to the trophy he won on his own Suzuki at Wheels & Waves.

    As winter approaches in France, Séb is rolling the BMW back into his workshop. But keep an eye out for it in the spring. With a new, shorter-ratio transmission due to be installed, Sprintbeemer promises to be even faster next year.
    Images by Daniel Beres. Follow the adventures of Séb via the Lucky Cat Garage website and Facebook.

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    FHA and VA Loans – Charging Notary Fees

    QUESTION
    We need some assistance regarding our ability as a lender to charge the borrower notary fees on FHA and VA loans when it is an employee of the lender who is acting as the notary. Can you please provide some guidance?
    ANSWER
    With respect to a VA loan, the lender may not charge the borrower a separate itemized notary fee, regardless if the notary is an employee or not. All such fees are intended to be covered by the 1% flat fee charge. 
    [VA Lender’s Handbook Ch. 8.2-d]
    With respect to an FHA loan, the current handbook provides that the lender may charge the borrower “reasonable and customary fees that do not exceed the actual cost of the service provided”. 
    [HUD Handbook 4000.1.II.A.6.a.x(A)] 

    The italicized section of the previous sentence implies that a lender may not charge for services provided by its employees as the lender did not incur any costs, as the employee’s salary is part of the lender’s overhead.
    A prior version of the HUD handbook specifically delineated allowable fees which included a notary fee if notarization is required by the state and the notarization is performed by a notary who is not employed by the lender.  
    [HUD 4000.2 Rev-3 Ch. 5-2(O)]  

    HUD Handbook 4000.2 Rev-3 was superseded by Handbook 4155.2 which did away with the specific categories but stated that the cost for any item charged must not exceed the cost paid by the lender or charged to the lender by the service provider, thus making it impermissible to charge for services provided by the lender’s employees. Handbook 4155.2 has been superseded by Handbook 4000.1 discussed above.
    Pertinent sections of the Handbooks cited above are set forth below.  
    HUD Handbook 4000.1.II.A.6.a.x(A)
    x. Closing Costs and Fees
    The Mortgagee must ensure that all fees charged to the Borrower comply with all applicable federal, state and local laws and disclosure requirements.
    The Mortgagee is not permitted to use closing costs to help the Borrower meet the Minimum Required Investment (MRI).
    (A) Collecting Customary and Reasonable Fees. The Mortgagee may charge the Borrower reasonable and customary fees that do not exceed the actual cost of the service provided. The Mortgagee must ensure that the aggregate charges do not violate FHA’s Tiered Pricing rules.
    HUD Handbook 4155.2 6.A.3.a Collecting Customary and Reasonable Fees

    The lender may only collect fair, reasonable, and customary fees and charges from the borrower for all origination services. FHA will monitor to ensure that borrowers are not overcharged. Furthermore, the FHA Commissioner retains the authority to set limits on the amount of any fees that a lender may charge a borrower(s) for obtaining an FHA loan.
    Aggregate charges may not violate FHA’s tiered pricing rules, per ML 94-16.
    Additionally, FHA does not allow “mark-ups.” The cost for any item charged to the borrower must not exceed the cost paid by the lender, or charged to the lender by the service provider.
    Only the actual cost for the service may be charged to the borrower.
    HUD Handbook 4000.2 Rev-3 Ch. 5-2(O)
    CLOSING COSTS AND OTHER FEES (05/04)
    Listed below are the customary and reasonable fees and charges that may be collected from the borrower by the lender and used to meet the minimum investment requirement for purchases and added to the existing indebtedness for refinances. The cost for any item charged to the borrower must not exceed the cost paid by the lender or charged to the lender by the service provider.
    * * *
    O. Courier/Wire/Notary Fees. Courier fees and wire fees may be charged only on refinances and only for delivery of the mortgage payoff statement to the lien holder and for closing documents to the settlement agent. The borrower must agree in writing to pay for the courier and wire fees, prior to loan closing. Notary fees may be charged if notarization is required by state law and is performed by a notary who is not employed by the lender.
    VA Lender’s Handbook Ch. 8, 2-d: Lender’s One Percent Flat Charge (11/08/12)

    In addition to the “itemized fees and charges,” the lender may charge the veteran a flat charge not to exceed one percent of the loan amount.
    Calculate the one percent on the principal amount after adding the funding fee to the loan, if the funding fee is paid from loan proceeds (except Interest Rate Reduction Refinancing Loans (IRRRLs).
    Note: For IRRRLs, use VA Form 26-8923, IRRRL Worksheet, for the calculation.
    The lender’s flat charge is intended to cover all of the lender’s costs and services which are not reimbursable as “itemized fees and charges.”
    The following list provides examples of items that cannot be charged to the veteran as “itemized fees and charges.” Instead, the lender must cover any cost of these items out of its flat fee:

    • notary fees

    Joyce Wilkins Pollison
    Director/Legal & Regulatory Compliance
    Lenders Compliance Group

    Game Recording with MPEG-4: using H.264/AVC in Programs such as Dxtory, Bandicam and MSI’s Afterburner (Text-Only, Long Version)


    This article is a Text-Only version, showing how to use a few programs (one of them completely free) to utilize this efficient codec in game recording, using steps and settings that I personally found optimized performance and showing which ones slowed things down when recording. 
    For a video example of how to set the x264/AVC codec recordings to be editable in
    Sony’s Vegas or Adobe’s Premiere video editing applications, see my post about it here:
    http://gametipsandmore.blogspot.ca/2013/06/and-more-how-to-record-with.html

    The MPEG-4 video codec has been around for over a decade now. I remember recording TV shows to watch later on, on a system with an ATI All-In-Wonder videocard (back when videocards had only 8MB of VRAM!) and the joy of the changes I was seeing, going from compressing the shows in MPEG-2 format to MPEG-4 using either Quicktime or DivX (or it’s open-source competitor, XviD). Smaller file sizes and still decent quality? Awesome. Those were MPEG-4 Part 2 or ASP (Advanced Simple Profile) iterations of MPEG-4. Today, we are up to MPEG-4 Part 10 or AVC (Advanced Video Coding) and great times are to be had by all who record their video game adventures, as modern hardware and capturing apps allow not only for h.264/AVC to be used for video compression and archiving – it can also be used for small filesize ‘live’ game recordings and great retainment of detail, if desired.

    Dxtory, Bandicam and MSI Afterburner all provide the ability to utilize the various codecs installed on your system to record with (others do as well, I am merely choosing these more popular game recording apps as examples). To record with MPEG-4/h.264/AVC, it is simply a matter of installing that codec on your computer [if it isn’t already], then choosing it inside of whichever game recording app you prefer. The codec’s interface (GUI, Graphical User Interface) will allow you to change whatever settings you wish – but these settings will be quite different from what you may be used to, if you have done any h.264/AVC video compression in the past. Why?

    Because we are going to be balancing the settings – not just for retaining quality at a small file size (as you would like to when archiving a movie to keep on your computer) – but now also for recording speed. For instance, if we try to set things for high compression and attempt to keep detail at the same time (as we would for archiving a movie), it simply takes too long to process and compress the changes between frames ‘on-the-fly’ and save them into a file, when attempting to record game output. This would result in the game ‘lagging’ and dropping frames to try and keep up, as it falls behind dealing with analyzing and compressing and then writing the data, resulting in a video with ‘choppy’ playback as well. So, when recording our gameplay ‘live’, we must now consider the various settings and their affect on how fast we can put through the processing of frames and writing it to a file at the same time.

    I will be addressing most of the settings in the h.264/AVC codec, but not all of them. I will be concerned mainly with the ones that will slow down processing, so that things do not take too long and fall behind and cause ‘lag’, both in the game and the resulting video file itself. This differs from compressing for archiving our own movies, because instead of being only concerned with Quality (setting everything on ‘high’ and letting it take as long as it needs), we must now balance Speed of the compression as well, being now more concerned with each of these settings and how they can possibly slow things down when recording the ‘live’ game rendering. As is the nature of live recording, we want it to easily and quickly process the frames and save them to a file. I will explain how to do all of this.

    Recording with H.264/AVC

    “x.264” is a free/open-source utilization of the h.264/AVC codec (the XiWave GNU GPL MPEG-4 Codec). It is normally a command-line driven executable [when you run it, you type things in, to get it to do things], so what we want for game recording with these programs, is a version with an ‘interface’ so that we can just tell our apps what to do with the mouse and buttons/sliders and it translates it into commands for the codec. All we would have to do is choose a few settings and checkboxes (what most people are used to – a nice, easy, graphical user interface).


    Doing a search for ‘x264+windows’, there are a few places you can get the installer/setup program for x264 and Windows, here are the main ones:

    This is the “Official” Open-Source Video For Windows version of the x264 codec (Red Logo) at the time of this writing:
    http://sourceforge.net/projects/x264vfw/

    This official codec is what is covered in the “Easymode” sections of this article


    This is an “Unofficial” x264 Video For Windows Codec (Black Logo), at the time of this post, that allows for far more settings to be edited via checkboxes and pulldown menubars, but is more difficult to use (these two links are both the same thing):
    http://www.digital-digest.com/software/x264_VFW_Codec.html
    http://komisar.gin.by/index.html

    This unofficial codec is what is covered in the “Hardmode” sections of this article


    Basically, you can see that what we want is a “Video For Windows” version, which (thanks to all those great people that have worked on it over time!) has a nice, easy-to-use interface for picking the settings you want to use, without typing in a long line of commands every time. After installing the codec/interface into Windows, it’s just a matter of opening whatever game recording program you prefer and selecting it to use it.

    Here’s how to select it for usage in these three game recording programs:

    Recording with x264 and Bandicam

    • Once the codec is installed, run Bandicam and go to the Video tab and click on the Settings button
    • In here, under the Video category, next to Codec, click on the pull-down menu bar (with a little triangle at the end) and choose External Codec, which allows you to use other codecs installed in your system
    • Then, click on the three ellipsis (““) button and it will let you “Select external video codec”
    • Select the “x264vfw” H.264/MPEG-4 AVC codec from the list and click on the Configure button
    • This is the x264vfw configuration interface and in here are all the settings we will talk about next…

    Recording with x264 and Dxtory

    • Once everything is installed (Dxtory requires dotNET 4.0, a download link is on their main Download page), run Dxtory and click on the Movie settings button (which shows a little handy-cam with it’s lcd screen hanging out the side)
    • Under the Video Codec category, next to the word Codec, click the pull-down menu bar (with a little triangle at the end) and choose “x264vfw” H.264/MPEG-4 AVC Codec from the list and click on the little pen icon/button to the right, which opens the Configuration dialog box of the codec
    • This is the x264vfw configuration interface and in here are all the settings we will talk about next…

    Recording with x264 and MSI Afterburner

    • Once the codec is installed, run MSI Afterburner and click on the Settings button at the bottom 
    • In here, go to the Video Capture tab and under the Video Capture Properties category, click on the pull-down menu bar (with a little triangle at the end) and choose “VFW compression”, which allows you to use the other codecs installed in your system
    • Then, click on the three ellipsis (““) button and under Compressor, click on the pull-down menu bar (with the little black triangle at the end) and choose “x264vfw” H.264/AVC codec from the list and then click on the Configure button to the right
    • This is the x264vfw configuration interface and in here are all the settings we will talk about next…
    » Note:  To record with x264/h264/AVC and have it easily-importable and recognized properly in NLE’s (Non-Linear video Editing applications, such as Sony’s Vegas and Adobe’s Premiere lines of products [for example]) without having glitches or corruption or other problems, one setting for MPEG-4 codecs must be changed from the Default Setting right from the start. I created a video example of how to change this setting in Bandicam, Dxtory and MSI’s Afterburner and the post with that video can be found here at this blog:
    http://gametipsandmore.blogspot.ca/2013/06/and-more-how-to-record-with.html
    To understand some of the concepts and settings utilized by this codec (and helpful information to know for game recording and video compression in general), a quick word on Bitrate:

    [This section is highlighted in green headings for navigation, to assist you whether you are re-reading this article or you feel you know a lot about bitrate in video editing and wish to skip it]

    Bitrate (in Layman’s Terms)  /start

    When talking about game recording, bitrate is an expression of the amount of data we are using to create the recorded file [literally, how many bits of information we are using]. It is usually expressed as how much information per second we are telling the codec to use, to represent the frames that are getting pushed through, and save them to our output video file.
    The main thing to remember is that More Bitrate = Bigger Filesize

    For example, if we record using a 1MB per second (1MB/s) setting, then after 2 minutes of recording (120s), our recorded file size will be 120MB. At that bitrate, if we recorded for one hour straight (3600 seconds), our recorded file size will be 3600MB (3.6GB).
    If we record using a larger amount, let’s say 2MB per second (2MB/s), then after 2 minutes of recording (120s), our recorded file size will be 240MB. At that bitrate, if we recorded for one hour straight (3600 seconds), our recorded file size will be 7200MB (7.2GB).
    It’s that simple. The more bitrate we use, the bigger the recorded file will be. 

    For those used to video compression and editing, or even general users of multimedia, you may be more familiar with data rates in the realm of:

    MP3 (MPEG-3 audio) song bitrates such as: 128kbps, 192kbps, 320kbps
    PSP (PlayStation Portable) video bitrates such as: 768kbps, 1500kbps
    DVD (MPEG-2) bitrates such as: 8000kbps, 9800kbps
    Blu-Ray/HD bitrates such as: 16000kbps, 25000kbps, 50000kbps

    All of these are usually expressed as Megabits/Kilobits/bits over time (in seconds), hence the “ps” at the end.
    eg. 16 Mbps = 16,000 kbps = 16,000,000 bps (bits per second)

    ~bits (lower-case ‘b’) and Bytes (upper-case ‘B’) are different~

    There are 8 bits (lower-case ‘b’) in 1 Byte (upper-case ‘B’)
    8 bits in 1 Byte
    8000 bits = 8 kilobits (‘kilo’, which is 1000 Bytes) = 1 KiloByte
    8000 kilobits = 8 megabits (‘mega’, which is 1000 KiloBytes) = 1 MegaByte 

    For example, if you were rendering out a movie to upload to YouTube and you chose an output bitrate of “8000 kbps” in your editing/compression application, that is 8 Mbps (bits, lower-case ‘b’), which means 8 Megabits per second. Converting that into Bytes (upper-case ‘B’), means that video will be running at 1 MBps, which is 1 MegaByte per second (upper-case ‘b’). 

    At that bitrate (1MB/s), it is the same bitrate as our example above [just under where it says “More Bitrate = Bigger Filesize”] and it will take up roughly 60MB of space on your hard drive every minute of recording. Thus is the interaction between Bitrate and File Size and how to convert between the two. The higher the bitrate setting used, the bigger the output file size will be (the recording). 

    There is one other formula to remember: More Bitrate = Better Quality. This formula applies to almost everything digital: video (DVD/BluRay), audio (MP3/MP4), pictures (PNG/JPG), any multimedia that is digital. If you allow/use more bitrate, the picture/music/video is represented better [or to be more precise, closer to the original input] because there are literally more bits used to create the picture/sound/etc.

    Quick example – think of a square that is divided up into 9 sections. Now pretend it is trying to ‘represent’ a painting, any painting you can think of. With only 9 blocks of data available (each one can only be a certain color), then it would look like nothing but some colored blocks and barely look like the painting at all. Now, imagine a square divided up into 80 sections. Pretend it is trying to represent the same painting. Even though it will be ‘blocky’ still, if each section can be only one color, it will still look ‘more like the original’ than the 9-sectioned block, right? 

    That’s the interaction of bitrate and quality.

    Which means, for digital compression, it is essentially a ‘balancing act’ between Quality and File Size, with Bitrate being the tool to measure with. Do you want a high-quality output? Then turn up the bitrate and you’ll end up with a large file size. Do you want a small file size? Then lower the bitrate and you’ll get lower quality as well. That’s the essence of bitrate, in a nutshell.

    Bitrate (in Layman’s Terms)  /end



    The x264 Interface and Configuration in “Easymode”
    (The Official interface with red x264 logo)

    With the official version of the interface for using the x264 codec (“x264vfw”), there is only one screen, with pulldown bars to adjust most settings.
    The Basic Section

    To start with, under the Basic category, there is a Preset setting. This is a very handy setting, which makes many of the more obscure/hidden choices within this codec (there are dozens, behind the scenes) easy to configure. By clicking on the question mark near the bottom right corner (“?”), you can see the intimate details of the different Profiles and Presets that can be selected in these pull-down menu bars within this first “Basic” section of the interface.

    For game recording, we are more concerned with speed. We don’t want the codec to break out it’s magnifying glass and scrutinize each frame coming through in strict detail, because that would cause it to slow down, which will cause it to ‘lag’ behind, not only in the game, but in the recorded file itself as well (“choppy-ness”). 
    So, the first thing to do, when using this codec for ‘live’ game recording, is to change the Preset setting from it’s original default of Medium to “Ultrafast“. This is the fastest option for this setting.
    The other options, such as Superfast, can also be used, but be aware that the more you go down the selections available, the more options are being ‘turned on’ behind-the-scenes with this codec, and while some of them do help apparent quality of the video, they are geared more towards a slow, steady, long-term compression session (like when you might archive a video/movie) with high-quality settings and slow, scrutinizing analysis of the frames. While not a bad thing, for game recording, we don’t want that. We want it to save what we are seeing on the screen fast, to a file. We want speed. Feel free to take a look and learn about the various options the other Presets turn on [many of them are covered in this article further down], but for optimal speed, Ultrafast is the setting to use.
    The next pull-down set of options to choose from is Tuning. These are also a set of pre-selected options that, depending on which one you choose here, will enable or disable certain functions in the codec. These choices are helpful is easily fine-tuning the codec to compress a movie/video/clip of each certain type, as it enables options in the background that will help with efficient, detail-oriented compression of that certain type of material. 
    For game recording, again we are more concerned with speed. These options, while helpful in a slow, ‘leave-it-overnight’ compression session of clips or movies of ours we want to save; for live game recording we want to leave it at it’s default setting of “None“, so that the codec keeps it’s magnifying glass put away and doesn’t spend any extra time analyzing the frames coming through.
    There are two checkboxes below these first two pull-down menus and they are titled “Fast Decode” and “Zero Latency“:
    Fast Decode turns off a few options [behind the scenes] that help by reducing the processing ‘load’ of the video stream, such as CABAC and Deblocking [these are explained in more detail further within this article]. These are options that help keep some quality (especially at lower bitrates), but as the name proclaims [“Fast”], for optimal speed of recording we want this option “Checked“, to enable it (which will turn off these extra options for now).
    Zero Latency also turns off a few options behind the scenes, ones that increase compression time, such as B-frames [explained later in this post] and how far to ‘look ahead’ at frames coming in, for analysis. Since we want speed for recording our game footage and less analysis [remember, more analysis slows things down], we want this option “Checked” to turn off the extra options that are ‘behind-the-scenes’ with this setting.

    The rest of the settings in this Basic section of the interface need not be adjusted for game recording, but a good Wikipedia page, talking about the various Profiles and Levels and their capabilities can be found here:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H.264/MPEG-4_AVC

    The Rate Control Section

    All of the below paragraphs between these red lines of text is the same for both the Official and the Unofficial versions of the x264vfw interface and is only duplicated for ease of reading their respective sections

    The main thing in here (and really the only thing to adjust for game recording in this tab) is the longest bar right in the middle, the main datarate control and compression decision to make, is all in that one bar. I cannot even make a suggestion on what to use [ok, I can actually], since it will partially depend on what type of game you are recording, your hardware, what kind of compression you are looking for and many other factors. I will attempt to simplify it however and give a suggestion at the end. (More importantly for game recording, there is one choice that is slightly faster than all the others).

    To begin, since we are going to be using x264 for game recording, we cannot use the Leeloo Dallas Multipass Options. Multiple passes (usually 2 or 3) when compressing/archiving video can greatly increase quality, but that means 2-3 times the analysis, double-checking and then further compression by the codec. Literally processing every frame twice (for 2-passes for example). That’s great when we want to keep a movie in a small, ‘as-good/high-as-we-can-get’ quality, forever. When recording games however, we want [one guess] speed. We can only accept “Single pass” as our option, because we just want the codec to see what frames are coming in, take a quick glance, and compress them into our output video file. One pass.
    Starting with ABR (Average BitRate), the “bitrate-based” setting, this setting allows you to punch in the average bitrate you want to record at and it attempts to stick with it (it will go lower, but try to never go higher than what you set here). This setting basically tells the codec, “Keep within this bitrate, I don’t care if the quality goes down”, because as the bitrate ceiling is reached, it will quickly degrade in quality, as more/high movement occurs on the screen/frame. It is good for keeping within a certain file size, if that is your desire, but it also causes a bit of ‘lag’ and is not seemingly optimized for ‘live’ capturing.
    CQP (Constant Quantizer Parameter) is a setting where you are basically telling the codec, “Keep this level of Quality”, and it will do it’s best to keep that level of quality for all frames/scenes. However, it will spend more time (and bitrate) on fast-motion/high-action scenes. This is good if you want to keep a movie visible clearly when a lot of things are going on, but it will also result in the higher usage of bitrate, which means larger file sizes. This may sound like a good thing for game recording (and for quality, it is), but the time spent analyzing the faster-motion scenes means that it is actually slowing down (in terms of the codec breaking out it’s magnifying glass and scrutinizing the frames that are passing by), which results in ‘lag’, both in the game and in the recorded video file itself (“choppiness” on playback).
    Lossless should attempt to lose no quality, processing only very little and passing all of that nice detail directly to the recorded video output. While sounding good in theory, in practice the utilization of ‘lossless’ in x264 must be geared towards slow, analyzed video compression and not ‘as fast as we can get to avoid lag’ “live” game recording, because the result of this setting [at this time] is actually a lossy, compressed (it does not seem to go far beyond 100,000kbps), low bitrate (compared to ‘true loss-less compression’ which is much higher) capture. It does look decent, but it is also very demanding on the system and causes a large framerate drop for the level of detail that should be coming out of it [and doesn’t]. This codec does not seem to be optimized for lossless recording at this time and I do not suggest using the Lossless setting here.
    CRF (Constant Rate Factor) is sort of a combination of ABR and CQP. At any given rate factor, a certain bitrate is maintained, and when the motion on the screen goes very high and the bitrate gets too high to represent what is occurring in the frame (or hits the ‘ceiling’ bitrate that it is restricted to, which can be set), then the quality begins to suffer, as the codec ramps quality down and compresses the fast-moving (“not as easy for the human eye to see”) material, until things settle down on the screen and there is slower motion (such as a person walking). Then the quality ramps back up (the bitrate staying with the specified parameters) to keep the apparent quality high to the human eye. This is how CRF is supposed to work, and it seems to do a good job of that. 
    Game recording with CRF isn’t as cut-and-dry as slow, long-term video compression/archiving with CRF, where it has time to figure out how to compress the fast/blurry scenes and make the slower/clearer scenes look better and change the bitrate/quantization respectively. Quantization can be thought of as ‘apparent spoilage’ of the material, where a certain amount isn’t even noticeable to most humans, and in some fast-m