The Official Introduction of Beer Time!!

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So I went out boozing last night. Yeah it’s not the best thing to do if you want to maintain a healthy lifestyle, but in life you have to keep a balance and so I go out from time to time. I don’t really understand the point of drinking yourself silly, so I try not to overdo it, however alcohol has its effects, especially as you get older. Today I woke up around 12pm, but still feeling sleepy though. I don’t really have a hangover, but feel like the best thing to do would be to go back to bed. The bad things that come out of doing things like this is that you get your body out of a rhythm, as your body is used to going to sleep at a certain time and then waking up at a certain time, and this just gets it out of whack. Not only will you get a bad sleep this night, but many nights after as well. Sleeping is very important in the recovery process and if you don’t sleep enough, you rob your body of the chance to recover and grow.

Another bad thing that comes out of drinking beer (and any alcohol actually) is that what you are getting is a lot of calories, but these are empty calories (especially empty carbs) . You might say: “great”, if you are trying to gain weight, however empty calories does not mean muscle, but instead it just means more fat. So you will get calories that will go straight into being turned into fat in your body. So what you will end up looking like is skinny-fat, not the most sexy look of them all. 🙂

At this point I would like to officially unveil the concept of “beer time” (patent pending 🙂 ). This means every time you are drinking beer, in order to keep yourself in check, you will start counting beer time. I already mentioned the concept in a previous post, but here I make it an official term and my contribution to the betterment of humanity. It’s a very simple concept really. An average beer is around 150 calories. A while back, I was on one of those elliptical machine that tries to pretend it’s a cross-country skiing machine, and noticed that I burned around 150 calories every 15 minutes. I was joking with a friend of what this means for our beer drinking habits and this is where I came up with the concept of beer time. So when you are out and drinking that glass of beer, remember that that is 15 minutes on the elliptical machine. When you take another glass of beer, that is 30 minutes on that elliptical machine. That’s the amount of time it will take you to burn all those empty calories you got from drinking beer. So think about that the next time you are drinking beer, and hopefully it will keep you in check. Unfortunately many people rack up weeks worth of beer time in just one night of going out. 🙂
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Honor, Morality And Selfishness: What The Game Of Thrones Teaches Us About The Real World

The Game of Thrones has been one of the most watched series of the last few years. I am a late comer onto the GoT bandwagon, having only started to watch the show midway into the second season, but I got hooked. The series has an engaging storyline and beautiful landscapes. It is set in the mythical lands of Westeros and Essos and follows the lives of multiple characters as they struggle to survive in this treacherous world. The story is fantasy and contains elements of magic, but it does explore many themes very relevant to our own world and lives. If you have not watched the series, then read no further, as a spoiler alert is in effect! 🙂

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The classic fantasy series (or any type of series actually) has the basic storyline of the main character (usually a hunky hero, but sometimes a loveable loser) battling many enemies and facing many pitfalls, but managing to overcome all the obstacles thrown at him to come out victorious. The bad guys are vanquished and everyone lives happily ever after. The Game of Thrones is not this type of story. Instead it explores much darker themes and has a much more sinister outlook on life. This makes it a much more realistic story and a very powerful commentary on human relations and things like honor, morality, selfishness and what it takes to succeed in this world. The different unexpected twists and turns of the storyline make us reflect on the nature of the world around us and its reality.

The story starts off by introducing Lord Eddard Stark, the Lord of the North. He is the head of the Stark family, who have ruled the lands named as “the North” for millennia. He is a strong warrior, a wise ruler and an honorable man. He does what is honorable and also what is his duty. This sense of honor and duty is what drives him and oftentimes the series portrays it as being old-school even for those times, as it is a code followed by fewer and fewer people. It seems that Eddard Stark or his family will be the heroes of the story, the righteous vanquishing the evil. Lord Stark has 5 legitimate children and one illegitimate son. Robb Stark is his oldest legitimate son and the heir to the lordship of the North. He tries to follow in his father’s footsteps and learn from his example. There are also other members of the Stark family, for example his wife Catelyn Stark and their other sons and daughters. He does have an illegitimate son as well. However that is a source of shame for him, as he considers adultery a bad thing. Yet he did succumb to the temptation, but deeply regrets it. A son was born of this and Eddard manned up to his mistake and raised the boy with his other children.

The story continues by King Robert Baratheon travelling to the capital city of the North, Winterfell, to try to persuade Eddard to become the Hand of the King, the king’s most senior adviser and basically the second most powerful position in the entire Kingdom. This is after the sudden and mysterious death of the previous Hand of the King, Jon Arryn, Eddard’s brother in law. Robert Baratheon and Eddard Stark are old comrades and friends, who fought together to depose the evil king, Aerys II Targaryen. The Targaryen’s were the old ruling dynasty of Westeros. Their ancestor, King Aegon I, originally from the lands of Valyria in the east, came over to Westeros and with the aid of 3 dragons and a strong army, managed to conquer the entire continent and unite it under his rule and to become the first king to sit on the Iron Throne. The Iron Throne is central to the plot of the entire series, as the entire series is centered on the battles of several families to capture it and to become rulers of Westeros.

Aerys II Targaryen went mad and enacted a rule of terror over the lands of Westeros. Many nobles, led by Robert Baratheon and Eddard Stark, rose up to try to depose him. They finally succeeded in killing him and deposing his family from the Iron Throne. Robert Baratheon took over the throne himself to rule as King Robert of House Baratheon.

In the opening of the series we are also introduced to Cercei, who is Robert’s wife and mother of their children. She is originally from the Lannister family, who are from the western part of Westeros and who are also the continent’s richest family. Her father is Tywin Lannister and the other major characters from her family are her brothers: Jaime and Tyrion. Jaime is a knight in the King’s Guard, while Tyrion is a small dwarf. Unknown to all, Cercei is actually carrying on an incestuous relationship with her brother Jaime and it is him who is the real father of the Baratheon children (the eldest of which, Joffrey, is the heir to the Iron Throne). This secret will prove to be one of the central points of the entire story.
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Your Lifestyle Will Influence Whether You Get Fat

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Your lifestyle has a lot of influence on the way you are. Whether you are fat or fit largely depends on how you live. This might be a controversial statement for some, but I stand by it. Some people are fat because of a medical condition, but that is a small minority. Most people are fat, because they choose to be fat, or rather don’t do anything not to be fat. There is a movement that tries to promote “fat is beautiful” or loving your body the way it is. I call BS on that. Sure, being a little overweight (keyword: LITTLE) will not damage your health too much and for example for people living in extremely cold climates, like Eskimos, having a layer of fat prevents them from freezing to death. However in today’s society, most people don’t live in extreme Arctic conditions. They don’t need that extra layer of fat to save themselves from freezing. They can also get food whenever they want and so do not need that extra storage of energy. Instead, being fat causes them a lot of bad health conditions.

So campaigns like this fat acceptance, are just a form of laziness. People don’t want to change and are lazy, and so instead of accepting the fact that the state they are in is bad and something needs to be done about it, they come up with BS like fat acceptance. If you are fat, you can lose all that weight (and if you are skinny you can gain it), you just have to accept the fact that it will take a little work. Actually, most likely it will take a lot of hard work and dedication, but the results of all that effort will be worth it. Trust me! 🙂

I believe it is your lifestyle that determines what your body looks like. Carbohydrates are now becoming the new bogeyman, the reason for all the health problems in the world today, just like fats (as in nutrient type) were before them. That’s why you had the low fat craze back in the day and now the craze is all about low carb diets. Yes, carbohydrates can lead to people becoming fat, however the reason is not because of carbohydrates themselves, but instead it is because of the way people live. Carbohydrates are the main source of energy for the body. If they are not used up by the body for energy straight away, a part of them gets stored in the body as glycogen. However glycogen storage in the body is limited and so once that is filled up, then the rest of the carbohydrates get stored as fat. So this fact is taken by some influential commentators to explain the obesity epidemic. Since they are influential, they start a trend and this explanation is accepted by the mainstream and most people in society. They are behind the tipping point for this and have a huge influence on what the average person does. Then you have an explosion in all kinds of diets and other “solutions” in order to fix the problem based on this explanation.
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Were Prehistoric Men Stronger And Faster Than Us?

Every year, records in all types of sports are broken. Men are running faster, jumping higher and enduring more. This generation is taller than their parents generation, which was taller than the previous generation. If we were to look at it, it would seem as if the current generation is the most gifted physically and has the largest brainpower. There is no way that the previous generations could have achieved the same accomplishments as the men of today. Yet this view is most likely very wrong. In ancient times and even more so in the prehistoric times beyond, men were achieving similarly (if not more so) impressive feats.
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