Sunday, March 31, 2002

Quick tips for a successful workout. (Thanks to Travis)

Tips on building muscle.

1. Before you do any weight lifting, you should warm up with 6-10 minutes of cardio exercises. The purpose of warming up is to get more blood flowing to the entire body, and get your heart rate up. You don't want to expend too much energy on the cardio exercises when warming up. Save that energy when lifting weights.

2. The most important thing is form and posture. It is more important that you are lifting weights with the right form, than to lift the most amount of weight possible.

3. If you are just starting out, start with the machines. Then progress to free weights. Free weights are better than machines because training with free weights will give you more balance and control when utilizing your muscles. What happens if you have a lot of muscle with no control? You do the math.

4. Do 3 sets of 12-10-8 reps.

5. Stretch in between sets.

6. Remember to do full extensions on every rep. When working out, you might have a harder time finishing the last reps with full extensions. This is another reason why it is good for someone to spot you.

Tips on building cardio.

1. Drink lots of water

2. Stretch before cardio exercises to prevent muscle cramps.

3. Remember to cool down (to avoid cramping)

How your body burns fat.

1. Cardio exercises (running, riding the bike, stairmaster, etc.) burns fat while you're doing it. Muscle burns fat even at rest. This is why it is important that you do both to maximize fat burning.

2. Cardio exercises you should do everyday.

3. When lifting weights to build muscle, you should try your best to not work out the same muscle for at least 2 days.

4. You are actually breaking down the muscle when you are muscle building. The muscle grows when you are sleeping. This is why it is important that you give your muscles time to grow. This is the reason why if you work out the same muscle every day, you will negatively effect muscle growth.

5. To maximize your work out, completely seperate your cardio and muscle building exercises. An example of a perfect work out schedule (while doing nightly cardio workouts) would be to do muscle building in the morning that requires you to push one day, then do muscle building the next day that requires you to pull. Rest one day. This will give each muscle the most amount of energy for every work out, and still give it 2 days to recooperate.

Diet, Nutrition, Metabolism, etc.

1. Always drink a lot of water. At least half a gallon of water a day.

2. Always eat breakfast.

3. Always eat when you're hungry.

4. Eat a lot of smaller meals. (A perfect plan would be to eat 8 meals consisting of 300 calories each every 2 hours.)

5. Eat immediately after you work out.
I actually drove the speed limit driving to and back from Irvine. I'm not getting old. Just don't want any more tickets. I'll be looking forward to speeding late August 2003. Coincidently, that's when I turn 25, and I maybe I'll own a much faster car.

Friday, March 29, 2002

"out of sight, out of mind." What a great world we live in where technology makes this more possible than ever.

Thursday, March 28, 2002

Had Phil's BBQ for dinner. Possibly the best BBQ ribs ever. I would recommend a full rib dinner or the broham.

Thought for today. When it comes to drugs who is more guilty? The pusher or the buyer? I'd say they are equally responsible.

Wednesday, March 27, 2002

Quote of the day: "a man that doesn't spend time with his family, can never be a real man." -- Vito Corleone

Today I'll be starting to post daily funny pics.

Tuesday, March 26, 2002

Only in America we have the technology and the know-how to engineer the safest vehicles in the world, yet the #1 selling vehicle this year (Ford F-150) is the most dangerous vehicle ever tested.

More crash test videos at:

If you know anyone that drives this vehicle, let them know they are sitting on a ticking time bomb.

Sunday, March 24, 2002

Life's lesson #65462

You are free to point out the wrong things in life as long as you equally point out the things that are right.
"I love this mansion, though it's too many windows to open half way each morning, to close half way each night." -- Jim Carroll

Personal quote of the day: With honesty and purity, you can make a difference in this world of corruption and deceit.

Saturday, March 23, 2002

Personal quote of the day: Money, the cause of and the solution to all of life's problems.

If you consciously plan and execute a plan to inflict a unrecoverable deadly wound on a person but you are unaware of the fact that he/she has died only few minutes before, is that murder? I don't know what that is. If you want to see the story behind it, go watch the movie "Gosford Park".

Friday, March 22, 2002

well, it looks like the worst case scenario is looking to become a reality more and more everyday. there's a good chance that all my 3 roommates will be moving out of san diego. i'm more bummed about the fact that i won't be able to hang out with them everyday, rather than being bummed out that i'll have to find somewhere to live starting july. that is saying a lot about how much i like my roommates considering my biggest fear as a child was waking up in the morning, and finding out that my mom had abandoned me and 2 of my siblings to survive on our own. i don't have the slightest clue who i can live with next year. if anyone knows of a place opening up on july, i'm all ears.

Thursday, March 21, 2002

Michael's life lesson number #87234

what you take for granted today, may not be here tomorrow.

Wednesday, March 20, 2002

ever have something happen that you just couldn't explain? something just happened in my apartment that just goes way beyond any logical explanation. maybe "the matrix" is real. and these unexplainable events are glitches in the system. and the movie is just a cover. the idea of the matrix is so simple, yet so brilliant. collaborative neuro-networking and interaction. it's very possible.

Tuesday, March 19, 2002

the day i forgot how hard it was to be a student was the very next monday that i had to come to work. i remember how hard it was during finals week, but i don't really enjoy not having finals any more. as a student, i don't ever remember envying graduates who didn't have homework, midterms, projects, finals, etc. either. maybe it is because i see it as, "i did my time, so will every one else. that's just how life is." it's not like i got lucky and won the school lottery. the prize being a ticket to end all schooling for me while every one else is stuck in school till the rest of their lives. i did 4-5 years. so will everyone who wants a degree in something. the only thing i'd say to recent graduates when i was a student was, "congrats. i'm happy for ya." and i really was.

so a lot of people ask me if it is different not being in school anymore. the thing is, i'm in a special situation where i work at the same school i graduated from. and what makes it more different for me than anyone else that has graduated is that i work in the same building and mostly the same department that i worked for when i was in school the majority of the time. i also park in the same parking lot, and eat at the same places, walk the same paths. no, i'm not stuck in some lame-ass boring situation. i don't think its bad at all because i love la jolla, and i've always loved the college scene. just not the classes. so is life different out of college? i dunno. i couldn't tell ya. only thing different is, after work and on the weekends, you can dedicate all your energy in what you want to be doing at that moment. for me at the moment, it's ddr, hanging out with friends, learning to rollerblade, and working on my cardio.

Monday, March 18, 2002

i was up at redondo beach and westwood this weekend. went to noodle planet and boba world. and got to play on the real arcade ddr machine for the first time. it was quite different, and possibly hurt my foot a little.


#1-Measure twice, cut once.

#2-No shirt, no shoes, no service.

#3-Don't do today what you can put off 'til tomorrow.

#434-The boss is never wrong.

#435-When in doubt, see secret #434.

#437-It's hard to fly with the eagles when you're surrounded by turkeys.

#597-Whoomp! There it is!

--Jimmy James (aka James James, the man so nice, they named him twice.)

Saturday, March 16, 2002

today, I was gonna play some ddr with wendy so i didn't play much at all when i got home from work. then it started raining, and boba and ddr got cancelled. so i started to play at ddr at 10:25 (just went straight to 5 feet today), then the neighbors started pounding the walls cause it was after 12. can't go rollerblading cause the ground is too wet. so I put on my jogging shoes to go jog around doyle cause i was still worked up and got a quite of big of energy left. i opened the door and it was still raining. so i just stayed home. so sad. now i'm typing in the dark. it's 1 am now. if the rain lets up, i'm still gonna go jog around doyle.

Friday, March 15, 2002

You know....I think I'll lay off this deep thought thing for a while.

Today, a guy came into our office and he smelled like he took a bath in rotting after he left (and after a good chuckle), we had to light incense in the office. But the thing was, the incense was about 25 years old and it had a stank of it's own. The End.
If it feels so good, why does it hurt so bad?

Yeah. You know what I'm talking about. Thai food.

Can't live with it, can't throw it away.

Just a little jokey joke. Nothing deep to say today.

I didn't even have Thai food today. Just some sushi

at Tadashi. What to do...what to do.... Ah...reflect

on the good things in life............

Endless amount of thanks to those who make

life enjoyable for others. You know who you all are.


Thursday, March 14, 2002

Today, a car ran a light and would have crashed into me for sure at a good 30-40mph while i was making a right turn if it wasn't my roommate who stopped me at the last moment from making a right lane. But if my roommates weren't in the car, would I have even been in that situation to begin with?

Well, I think a near accident is better than never encountering that situation in the first place. Next time I'm at a similar situation, I'll know to be a little extra careful when making a right turn, but more careful when making that turn specifically. Who knows, having gone through this near accident might save my life one day.

You also can't dwell in the "what if's" in life because you can't change what has happened in the past. And you can never tell what's gonna happen in the future. For example: How many people have died driving home after giving a friend a ride to the airport? I'm sure a few. But how many people bought winning lottery tickets on their way back home after doing a friend a favor? I'm sure there have been at least one. There is no way a person could control the random things that happen in life. I'm just thankful that my roommates were there to save me from a possible disasterous situation I could have gotten myself into tonight.

Wednesday, March 13, 2002

Today a friend from LA and his gf swung by for a brief visit. When they asked if I had anything to drink, I had nothing to give except for unrefrigerated water (the only thing I drink at home). Now is that any way to treat your guests? I wasn't even the one to ask first. How embarassing and rude of me. I just went and bought a 6 pack of coke. Can't go wrong with coke. Next time, I'm prepared.

Tuesday, March 12, 2002

A&E temporarily cancels Newsradio to air the Special Olympics! What a friggin' outrage. No offense to those one legged skiiers, but out of all the shows they could have cancelled, why did it have to be Newsradio? The only time I watch A&E is when Newsradio is on! I can't name one other show they air on that channel.

What idiot in charge made this decision? You could hear it now:

Idiot1 at A&E: How do we maximize the amount of viewers for the Special Olympics?

Idiot2 at A&E: What time do we get our maximum amount of viewers turning in to our channel?

Idiot1 at A&E: When Newsradio airs of course by a landslide. At 12:30pm and 6:30pm.

Idiot2 at A&E: Great! We'll air the Special Olympics at that time.

Idiot1 at A&E: Good thinking. That's why you hold a Associate's Degree in Communications. Mine, I just ordered a replica through the Internet.


Monday, March 11, 2002

Who was the idiot that came up with the 8 hour work day? Why not 6? Or better yet, why not 4? Well, 8 wouldn't be so bad if we had more hours in the day. Why should we all come to work in the morning, and go home just when the best part of the day is past? Sure we got weekends. But is this what we work hard to accomplish with our lives? To become a finely tuned working machine? Something is not right when a person can't enjoy the day, everyday.
"Little kids shoot marbles

where branches break the sun

into graceful shafts of light.

I just wanna be pure,

I just wanna be pure."

--Jim Carroll

I'm trying to pick up rollerblading by going to Doyle Park late at night with my roommates. Half of the park is not lit, which lets you see the brilliant stars that you would normally miss. It's very relaxing being out in the open in a dark quiet place. It's something you never get to feel no matter how comfortable you are at home. I would recommend it to everyone. Now I understand why some people run the loop at Doyle Park even at midnight. They are not crazed obsessive compulsive runners I first assumed them to be.

Sunday, March 10, 2002

"In April 1995 Timothy O'Brien committed suicide by shooting himself in the head because his half-share of a five-week ticket on Britain's (then) new National Lottery had expired just before the draw he thought would have made him a multi-millionaire.

The truth is, even if he'd held a valid ticket for his usual numbers, O'Brien wouldn't have won. The numbers that came up would have entitled the ticketholders to a prize of 47 pounds, not the 3.2 million he thought he and his partner had missed out on. And why? Because only four of the six numbers matched those drawn."

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