Monthly Archives: October 2010

Saturday’s Song: Duffy – Syrup & Honey

Not Loving The Way You Lie

image via this website

The first time I heard Love The Way You Lie, I turned it off. It went like that for the 2nd, 3rd and probably 4th time. At first, the song was just annoying. I don’t listen to the radio unless I am in my car and I don’t use my car much.  Anytime I drove somewhere, this song was on . Fine. I’ll listen. And I did listen. I was confused. I felt weird. I didn’t know what or if they were trying to tell me something. 

Here’s what I like about it: The song gives insight into violent and abusive relationships. Awareness. It brings awareness. Kind of. There should be more. At the end of the video there should be a number for a domestic violence hotline. Or a disclaimer: domestic violence is bad! Something. Just something.

I expect this type of song from Eminem, but not from Rihanna. This isn’t because of double standards, but because he has built his career rapping about abuse, murder or harming someone (this still does not make it okay, it’s just a fact).  I know, I know, they were both in abusive relationships. They both have domestic violence street cred. Nonetheless, I expect more from Rihanna because of statements she’s made about her situation with Chris Brown. Quoting her interview with Diane Sawyer:

“When I realized that my selfish decision for love could result into some young girl getting killed, I could not be easy with that part. I couldn’t be responsible … If Chris never hit me again, who’s to say that their boyfriend won’t … kill these girls? These are young girls. I just didn’t realize how much of an impact I had on these girls until that happened. It was a wake-up call for me, big time, especially when I took myself out of the situation,” Rihanna says emotionally. A  synopsis of the interview is here.

I understand she’s in the music business to make money, BUT, given her statements on her specific situation, and the concern she expressed for her female fans, I thought there could have been a positive spin somewhere. I’m not implying that she is forever obligated to be the poster child for anti-domestic violence. However, with the rawness of this song/video, I think there was a missed opportunity. A public service announcement at the end of the video: “Call this number if you or someone you know needs help” would have sufficed for me.

What do you think?

Power Songs: The OOMPH! For Any Workout!

Popeye has spinach, Goku has senzu beans, Kanye West has his ego, and I have power songs! What are they, you ask? Power songs are songs that give the extra oomph! you need to get through your workout.

Fact: Music makes you want to move. Fact: Music makes working out more fun. Fact: Music will distract you from your heavy breathing or any other sign that lets you know you’re heart rate is 160 and your lungs are on fire.

The facts just mentioned may or may not be opinions.

Below, are five power songs and how I like to use them. Enjoy!

Twerk – Basement Jaxx

I like this song more for running or cycling than weightlifting. It’s fun, upbeat and gets the job done.

Cascada – Evacuate the Dance Floor

Love, love, love this song! It’s perfect for everything: cleaning, running, baking, bench pressing. Although this song is one of my favorite workout songs, I do not support evacuating any dance floor. Everyone should dance!

Avril Lavigne – Girlfriend

It doesn’t get more bubblegum pop than this, but the tempo in the song is perfect! This song is great for circuit training!

Disturbed – The Night

This song rocks! Really, it does. I love this song for explosive exercises or circuit training workouts!

Sleigh Bells – Run the Heart
If you’ve never heard of Sleigh Bells, consider yourself unlucky! This song is perfect for less intense exercises. I like it when I’m cycling at a low pace, warming up, stretching or as a song between sets. It’s also great for  one person spontaneous dance parties. I like the siren noise in the beginning because it resembles a fast pulse. When the bass drops, I can’t help but to dance!

Power songs aren’t just for working out. I have power songs for when I’m doing laundry, baking, relaxing, procrastinating, etc.

What are your power songs?

That’s Entertainment (via Hidden Cause, Visible Effects)

I really like the Hidden Cause, Visible Effects blog here at WordPress. I am reposting the site’s article from Saturday.

If you want to see the nature of the right-wing of this country, how it has married the worship of accumulations of vast amounts of money, however obtained, with a virulent hatred of the helpless, the victims and little guy, you can do no better than taking a look at one of their prize “new faces”–entrepreneur Linda McMahon. McMahon, as you know, is running for the Senate from Connecticut under the slogan “A businesswoman, not a politician, for … Read More

via Hidden Cause, Visible Effects

Saturday’s Song: Queen – Bicycle Race

Today’s first ever Saturday’s Song is Bicycle Race by Queen. I’ve yet to hear a song by Queen that I don’t like and this song is no exception. Queen is quite possibly the only band that could make a song about a bike, and make it cool! Enjoy!

Stem Cells Hit The Fan

The field of stem cell research has seen a lot of progress this year. It’s hard to keep up with all the announcements and publications.  Thirty years from now, some more saps are going to have a hard time choosing who gets the Nobel Prize.

On May 4, 2010, University of Georgia introduced the world to 4 pigs (out of 34). Yes, pigs! No, not Babe. Much cooler! They discovered a way to incorporate induced pluripotent stem cells (IPS; capable of becoming any cell type) into embryos that would grow into a pigs. What?!?!?! I smell Nobel Prize. They have some kinks to work out, but all in all a phenomenal progression in the field of stem cell research. Read about their accomplishment here and here.

In September, a research team at National Cheng Kung University, published the results of another amazing study. This research team used stem cell therapy to reduce cardiac muscle cell damage and form new cardiovascular vessels in pigs. Go pigs! The researchers did stress they were unable to regenerate heart tissue. You know what I say to that? “Don’t be so hard on yourselves researchers. It took Harry Potter and friends 7 books to defeat You-Know-Who. You will do it, eventually.” You can read about this here.

 

University of Georgia's Homegrown Pigs. image via onlineathens.com

 

In July, researchers from Russia (collaborating with a team from Harvard) released their findings. This group used a 2 step process in which they first removed the plaque from arteries and then inserted stem cells to promote healing of those arteries. Can you guess the animal model? Yep, pigs! The news article for this group is here.

Three days ago, the Geron Corporatin announced that they had started the first human clinical trial involving embryonic stem cells at the Shepherd Center in Atlanta. HAZAA! Currently, they have enrolled 1 person, but the study will have a total of 10 people with spinal cord injuries.  For the record this is a Phase I Clinical Trail, which means the study is primarily concerned with safety.  If you are so inclined, read about this here and here. USA Today, had a Q&A session with a stem cell expert from Johns Hopkins University. It is very informative and gives information that the news articles do not delve into.

 

President Obama signs the executive order on stem cell policy. image via cnn.com

The last point I will touch on is the repeal of the meta-ban on federal funding for human embryonic stem cell research. So back story: Obama signed an executive order in 2009 overturning Bush’s ban on federal funding for embryonic stem cell research. Scientists rejoiced! Then, in August, US District Judge Royce Lamberth ruled that funding from the federal government should be suspended while the court decides if federal funding is legal. Researchers entered a state of scientific depression. But an appeals court overruled that decision and now funding continues until the court reaches a final decision. Scientists aren’t sure how to feel and are seeking therapy. Read about it!

There was too much progress for one post! I will highlight other achievements in the field of stem cells in a later post.

Happy October 12th Holidays!

October 12th is:

World Arthritis Day,

Farmer’s Day,

Moment of Frustration Day,

Freethought Day,

National Gumbo Day,

and

Cookbook Launch Day!

Who knew? I certainly didn’t!

If you know any freethinking farmers who are beyond frustrated because they weren’t able to launch their cookbook today because their nagging arthritis kept them from cooking and writing, then you should make them some gumbo to cheer them up!

Happy October 12th holidays!