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Comment Re:Zip tie (Score 1) 220

I was flying home from a martial arts tournament and had all my dirty gis and rash guards in my carry-on because uniforms are not cheap. The TSA guy stopped me after the X-ray and asked if I minded if they searched my bag. I told him to be my guest but described the contents and told them I was on my way home not heading out at which point they thanked me and sent me on my way...

Comment Re:Paris had cars? (Score 1) 405

To be fair, if you take out retirees and tourists then Tampa's transit problems go away. Of course so does 80% of its traffic. The point being that there is not much you can do about the "problem children" of Tampa other than yearly mandatory driving tests after a certain age. Not the same problem as Paris, NYC, Houston, etc...

Comment Re:Fraud is fraud (Score 1) 312

Erwin Rommel would disagree. He once said,"A risk is a chance you take; if it fails you can recover. A gamble is a chance taken; if it fails, recovery is impossible."

If you lose the bet (either player or house) then that money is gone. You can play again, but that is another gamble. The odds of winning on either side have nothing to do with it being a risk or gamble.

Comment Re:Excercise and diet (Score 1) 372

Excellent book. There is also an Android and iPhone app for it that has all of the workouts pre-timed so you don't have to worry about setting timers, looking up exercises, etc... Any exercise plan takes a certian amount of self-control to get on and stay on but the lack of equipment required and the automation of the workouts with the app make this the way to go for someone starting to try to get into/back into shape. For anyone thinking that they are either not fit enough or too fit for a body weight only program the author explains ways to make the exercises easier/harder to fit almost any fitness level.

Comment Re:Is the judge a member of Anon? (Score 5, Insightful) 325

Let me help you guys out here. I am a sales engineer, so I am close enough to marketing to know how to spin this. I can see a Galaxy commerical going like this:

An old judge is his chambers using some sort of app designed for the buggy whip enthusiast on his iPad. He exclaims how "cool" this is.

Now we cut to a hot young chick snow-sking down a mountain in a bikini and using her Galaxy to find the nearest nightclub with Google Maps and posting pictures to Facebook to arrange a "gathering" that evening. She exclaims how "hot" that is.

Comment Re:Ethical questions for the fanbase? (Score 1) 684

MMA is awesomely fun and not as dangerous as you may think. I train 2-3 times a week and while I am too old for competition myself, it is great fun to help the younger students prepare. You get both a physical and mental workout everytime you step on the mat. Every move has counters and you have to think several moves ahead to get yourself into a superior position. If your opponent is younger they will probably be faster but you have that big brain going for you. You can create a better defense and win the positional battle. Pretty soon your opponent is tired and in a bad position and you counter-attack for the win. I have beaten opponents much bigger, faster, and stronger than myself and lost to your typical "98 lb weaklings". You will learn a lot about anatomy, physiology, psychology, physics, and much more.

As far as health benefits go; I lost 50lbs in my first year of training (and gained a lot of muscle), I am totally off my blood pressure medication, and I am about to go off my chloresterol medication. I am more focused which leads to me being able to evaluate situations and react to them faster at work (it makes you a better geek too). If you find yourself a good gym with a trainer that really cares about their students then they will ease you in at a pace that will be challenging, but not dangerous. When I started I would be gassed after a 15 minute warmup. Now I do back to back striking and ground fighting classes and still can stay after and help out new students.

I would highly reccomend you try a free lesson and see what you think. You might just be able to improve your health and your mind at the same time. Just remember in practice you are there to learn techniques and counters not to hurt each other. Take care of your partner and tap fast, if you want to prove how tough you are there is always competition. You do not take many head blows and if anything solid connects (either a strike or a throw) then you are required (at least at my gym) to sit out the rest of the lesson and have a trainer evaluate you to see if you need futher medical help. If this guy can do it, then so can you. The first lesson will leave you sore and tired, but it gets better, after a month you will be looking forward to training sessions and plotting how to take down the guy that submitted you last week.

Comment Re:Error My Ass (Score 1) 1005

A 240 pound man would win a fight against a 160 pound man without even trying. Any contest of strength or fighting is divided into weight classes for that very reason.

I mean, maybe Trayvon Martin had a weapon or was a kung-fu master or suprised him or something. But just the idea of a 6'3" 160lb. er over-powering somebody who weighs 240 lbs. is ridiculous.


Comment Re:Another tax on top of that (Score 1) 312

Tax all kids in school at 1% of their lunch money and use that money to fight bullying in schools.

So you are going to tax them 1% to keep them from losing the other 99% ? That sounds like a protection racket to me.

You realize then, to be fair, you will also have to subsidize the bullies in order to compensate them for their lost income.

Comment Re:as always depends on the person (Score 5, Interesting) 557

It can be a foot in the door (albiet a rather expensive one). We have a pre-sales support engineer from DeVry. He did not have the grades/money to go to GA Tech, so he worked as a test technican while he went to DeVry. He is very good at what he does but I mostly attribute that to his intelligence rather than anything he learned at DeVry.

His degree allowed HR to "check the box" for college education and thus his manager was allowed to interview him and find out that he could be trained as well as tie his own shoes. The customers love him and he often finds very creative solutions to difficult problems. Had he not attended DeVry then he never would have made it past HR or, if he had gotten a job here, it would have been on the production floor.

Morphing Metals 121

aarondubrow writes "Imagine a metal that 'remembers' its original, cold-forged shape, and can return to that shape when exposed to heat or a magnetic pulse. Like magic out of a Harry Potter novel, such a metal could contract on command, or swing back and forth like a pendulum. Believe it or not, such metals already exist. First discovered in 1931, they belong to a class of materials called 'shape memory alloys (SMA),' whose unique atomic make-up allows them to return to their initial form, or alternate between forms through a phase change."

Decrying the Excessive Emulation of Reality In Games 187

An editorial at GameSetWatch makes the case that game developers' relentless drive to make games more real has led to missed opportunities for creating unique fictional universes that are perhaps more interesting than our own. Quoting: "Remember when the norm for a video game was a blue hedgehog that ran fast and collected rings and emeralds? Or a plumber that took mushrooms to become large, and grabbed a flower to throw fireballs? In reality they do none of those things, but in the name of a game, they make sense, inspire wonder, and create a new universe. ... We’ve seen time and time again that the closer you try to emulate reality, the more the 'game' aspects begin to stick out. Invisible walls in Final Fantasy, or grenades spawning at your feet when you go the wrong way in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 are examples of kicking the player out of that illusion of reality, and letting them know that yes, this is a game, and yes, the rules are designed to keep you in the space of this world, not the real world. In reality, as a soldier I could disobey my orders and go exploring around the other side. I could be cowardly and turn back to base. Games shouldn’t have to plan for every eventuality, of course, but it’s not so hard to create universes that are compelling but where the unusual, or even simple backtracking, is not so unfeasible."

Comment Re:second = heartbeat (Score 1) 329

lots of upbeat genres and electronica on random play... and the music varies all over between 130 and 180 beats/min

I would imagine, and this is just a guess, that the variable nature of electronica and dance music has to do with the fact that no-one is actually playing an instrument and that it is computer generated in non-real time. So as long as you keep to a pattern, everything fits. Not that I am knocking that, but when a human is creating the sounds live then I have found they tend to follow their heatbeat in the abscence of anything else to sync on. There is, of course, variance whenever human beings play anything but when you tap it out with a metronome you do see the centers in increments of 15 and typically 30 (sixteenth notes at 15 BPM = eighth notes at 30 BPM = quarter notes at 60 BPM, etc...). 120 BPM is what most drummers lock into when on autopilot.

The reason I noticed this in the first place was analyizing the walls I was hitting in my own playing. My friend explained the heartbeat theory to me and I have found it generally fits with the other musicians that I know. This also only applies when you are playng "naturally". People like jazz guitarists who try to break all the rules will avoid what feels simple or cliche, but they are making a conscious effort to fight against what feels relaxed and expected.

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