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Smash fear, learn anything

9 Apr

We Stopped Dreaming.

21 Mar

The following video left me feeling inspired and wanting to find a way to help promote their noble cause. The main intention of this project is to stress the importance of advancing the space frontier, and is focused on igniting scientific curiosity in the general public. Within the video there are some pretty astonishing facts. If most of the stated facts are accurate then I am surprised that the NASA budget ran dry. Outside of HSR, I would love for the government to once again allocate funds towards NASA. With enough support and backing we can build brick and mortar space-stations, excavate minerals on the moon, and place humans on Mars.

The question is How much would you pay for the universe?



For all of those on twitter, please tweet about their cause and use the hashtag: #Penny4NASA

Get Motivated!

24 Jan

Here are 14 quick strategies to get and keep yourself motivated:

1. Condition your mind. Train yourself to think positive thoughts while avoiding negative thoughts.

2. Condition your body. It takes physical energy to take action.  Get your food and exercise budget in place and follow it like a business plan.

3. Avoid negative people. They drain your energy and waste your time, so hanging with them is like shooting yourself in the foot.

4. Seek out the similarly motivated. Their positive energy will rub off on you and you can imitate their success strategies.

5. Have goals–but remain flexible. No plan should be cast in concrete, lest it become more important than achieving the goal.

6. Act with a higher purpose.  Any activity or action that doesn’t serve your higher goal is wasted effort–and should be avoided.

7. Take responsibility for your own results. If you blame (or credit) luck, fate or divine intervention, you’ll always have an excuse.

8. Stretch past your limits on a daily basis. Walking the old, familiar paths is how you grow old. Stretching makes you grow and evolve.

9. Don’t wait for perfection; do it now! Perfectionists are the losers in the game of life.  Strive for excellence rather than the unachievable.

10. Celebrate your failures. Your most important lessons in life will come from what you don’t achieve. Take time to understand where you fell short.

11. Don’t take success too seriously. Success can breed tomorrow’s failure if you use it as an excuse to become complacent.

12. Avoid weak goals.  Goals are the soul of achievement, so never begin them with “I’ll try …”  Always start with “I will” or “I must.”

13. Treat inaction as the only real failure.  If you don’t take action, you fail by default and can’t even learn from the experience.

14. Think before you speak.  Keep silent rather than express something that doesn’t serve your purpose.


Thanks to Inc. for post topic and info.

Rules of a Gentleman

30 Dec

1. A Gentleman is always presentable.

2. Live a passionate life, with a compassionate nature, and a dispassionate judgment.

3. Talent is God-given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful.

4. Opening a door for a lady is not optional.

5. A Gentleman is one who puts more into the world than he takes out.

6. Nothing beats a good hat, so lon as it is removed when indoors.

7. Anything worth having, is worth working hard for.

8. A Gentleman will never instigate a fight, but he is permitted to end one.

9. A Gentleman reads and reflects.

10. The best suits are tailored (ties should never be a focal point).

11. A Gentleman means what he says, and says what he means.

12. Be gracious in manner, humble in tone, and thankful for what is given.

13. A Gentleman lives beyond his zone of comfort.

14. The line between confidence and arrogance is very thin, and a Gentleman is aware of it.

15. Drinks are not meant to be mixed.

16. A Gentleman can drive stick-shift.

17. A Gentleman can jump if need be.

18. Know the differences between courage and stupidity.

19. A Gentleman is observant, and takes action without delay.

20. To a lady, a Gentleman will readily offer both his coat and his hand.

Courtesy of The Gentlemen’s Society

The 7 Chakras for Beginners

9 Dec

The 7 Chakras are the energy centers in our body in which energy flows through. Blocked energy in our 7 Chakras can often lead to illness so it’s important to understand what each Chakra represents and what we can do to keep this energy flowing freely. Here’s a quick summary of the 7 Chakras:

1. Root Chakra – Represents our foundation and feeling of being grounded.
Location: Base of spine in tailbone area.
Emotional issues: Survival issues such as financial independence, money, and food.

2. Sacral Chakra – Our connection and ability to accept others and new experiences.
Location: Lower abdomen, about 2 inches below the navel and 2 inches in.
Emotional issues: Sense of abundance, well-being, pleasure, sexuality.

3. Solar Plexus Chakra – Our ability to be confident and in-control of our lives.
Location: Upper abdomen in the stomach area.
Emotional issues: Self-worth, self-confidence, self-esteem.


4. Heart Chakra – Our ability to love.
Location: Center of chest just above heart.
Emotional issues: Love, joy, inner peace.


5. Throat Chakra – Our ability to communicate.
Location: Throat.
Emotional issues: Communication, self-expression of feelings, the truth.


6. Third Eye Chakra – Our ability to focus on and see the big picture.
Location: Forehead between the eyes. (Also called the Brow Chakra)
Emotional issues: Intuition, imagination, wisdom, ability to think and make decisions.


7. Crown Chakra – The highest Chakra represents our ability to be fully connected spiritually.
Location: The very top of the head.
Emotional issues: Inner and outer beauty, our connection to spirituality, pure bliss.

If this sounds interesting and you have a few minutes, take this quick test to see which of your chakras could use some realignment!

Doctor of Osteopathy: Bone Doctor? Witch Doctor? Can you prescribe meds?

20 Mar

Osteopathic medicine seems to be quite a confusing topic for a lot of people these days. So allow me to clear it up… I am a second year medical student at Edward Via Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine (a mouthful right?). Before applying to D.O. schools I did extensive research on what Osteopathic medicine really was so that I would be able to explain it when people asked if I was a witch doctor or a bone doctor, which unfortunately both actually happened.

            Lets start with a brief history of Osteopathic medicine. Andrew Taylor Still MD, DO coined the phrase of osteopathy and the practice of osteopathic medicine started around 1874. When asked where the name Osteopathy came from Dr. Still said this:

“I reasoned that the bone, ‘osteon,’ was the starting point from which I was to ascertain the cause of pathological conditions, and I combined the ‘osteo’ with ‘pathy.’”

In the osteopathic practice A.T. Still promoted is a “whole body approach”. For example, when a patient complains of shoulder pain an osteopath will examine the shoulder but also the heart because cardiac pain can be referred to the shoulder.

            So what is the difference between Osteopaths/D.O.’s and Allopaths/M.D.’s? There is no difference… D.O.’s can do everything a M.D.’s can do and we have the same opportunities. Osteopaths take the COMLEX (D.O. boards) but can also take the USMLE boards (M.D. boards), in order to apply to M.D. residencies. Each medical student must take Board exam(s) which encompass all the medical knowledge the student has learned in the first two years of medical school. D.O.’s follow the same curriculum as any M.D. school, however osteopaths have an intense focus on anatomy in order to be successful in Osteopathic Medical Treatment.

            Another difference is that osteopaths learn Osteopathic Medical Treatment/Management (OMT or OMM). This is a complete skill set only D.O.’s learn. OMT is a set of manual manipulations of the musculoskeletal system which correct somatic dysfunctions and promote homeostasis. In other words, with OMT osteopaths learn to manipulate the tissues, muscle, and bones of the patient in order to re-align the portions that were dysfunctional. The principles of osteopathy:

In general, there are four principles of osteopathic philosophy: (1) a person is comprised of body, mind and spirit; (2) the body is capable of self-regulation, self-healing and health maintenance; (3) the structure and function of the body are reciprocally related; and (4) rational medical treatment is based upon an understanding and integration of these three principles along with the use of evidence-based medicine.

These principles are for osteopathic practice in general but tie into everything osteopaths do in OMT also.


“It is the object of a physician to find health, anyone can find disease.”

Andrew Taylor Still M.D., D.O.

            I want to leave you with one thing- You have probably been treated or seen by an osteopathic physician and did not even know the difference.

And yes we can prescribe any and all medications….

My name is Chaz Richardson from Hattiesburg, MS. I attended Samford University and graduated in May 2007, then studied at the University of Mississippi Medical Center to receive a Master’s of Biomedical Sciences. I am now in medical school at Edward Via Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine and plan to graduate in May 2013.


Cleaning your Sperry Top-Siders

12 Feb

With winter coming to a close, it is once again that time of year. Time for spring cleaning. This weekend I treated my favorite pair of shoes to a good scrubbing. For me and most of my friends, Sperry Top-Siders are a go to shoe almost daily. What’s great about these show is how versatile they are: dress them up with a sport coat or dress them down with jeans or shorts. And they fit comfortably everywhere from the country club to the boardroom, dockside to barside. But what happens when they have bourbon and Budweiser stains all over them and begin to smell? Follow these steps and reclaim your Sperrys!

1. Brush all large pieces of dirt and grime off.

2. Untie the leather laces and remove insoles (if possible) and give them a good scrubbing using warm water and dish soap.

3. Submerge your Sperrys in warm water. (Yes, submerge them. The shoes were meant to be worn on boats, therefore they were meant to get wet.)

4. Use a scrub brush and some dish soap then proceed to scrub them down. If there are certain stained areas that need more a little more attention, use a cotton ball and nail polish remover to “spot” clean them.

5. Squeeze and shake out all the excess water. Fill from the toe to midsole with newspaper and gently shape the leather to your liking. Set them out to dry in a cool place. Remove the newspaper on day two of drying, replace insoles when both are dry, and set in sun to warm the leather back up.

6. Enjoy your reclaimed Sperrys.

Canal de Isabel II

23 Dec

Canal de Isabel II is the public company that manages the water supplies for Madrid, Spain. . It is owned by the Autonomous Community of Madrid. The following video explains the process and cycle water goes through in La Comunidad de Madrid, from the collection through the purification of the water. It’s quite interesting. Enjoy!

Hajj….A Journey of Purity

8 Dec

The Hajj is the annual pilgrimmage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia. It is one of the largest annual pilgrimages in the world, and is the fifth pillar of Islam, a religious duty that must be carried out at least once in their lifetime by every able-bodied Muslim who can afford to do so. The Hajj is a demonstration of the solidarity of the Muslim people, and their submission to God. The Hajj is associated with the life of Islamic prophet Muhammad from the 7th century, but the ritual of pilgrimage to Mecca is considered by Muslims to stretch back thousands of years to the time of Abraham (Ibrahim). Pilgrims join processions of hundreds of thousands of people, who simultaneously converge on Mecca for the week of the Hajj, and perform a series of rituals: Each person walks counter-clockwise seven times around the Kaaba, the cube-shaped building which acts as the Muslimdirection of prayer, runs back and forth between the hills of Al-Safa and Al-Marwah, drinks from the Zamzam Well, goes to the plains of Mount Arafat to stand in vigil, and throws stones in a ritual Stoning of the Devil. The pilgrims then shave their heads, perform a ritual of animal sacrifice, and celebrate the three day global festival of Eid al-Adha. As of 2010, about three million pilgrims participate in this annual pilgrimage. The following video was created by KDM-ART over five days at Hajj 2010 using a Canon 5d ii.

Flowering Tea

24 Nov

Flowering tea, commonly referred to as blooming tea, is a small bundle of dried tea leaves and flowers bound together with cotton thread into a ball. When steeped, the bundle expands and unfurls in a process that emulates a blooming flower. Typically they are sourced from the Yunnan province of China. Flowers commonly used in flowering teas include globe amaranth, chrysanthemum, jasmine, lily, hibiscus, and osmanthus.It remains uncertain whether flowering tea was developed in the 1980s or was a much older invention. Flowering tea is generally served in containers made of glass so that the flowering effect can be seen. Also, the bundles can usually be reused two to three times without the tea becoming bitter. Check out an assortment of the teas in action in the below video.

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