Monday, March 31, 2008

Biorhythms For Superman


According to my biorhythm chart (which, you recall, is pure bunk but interesting in its pseudoscientific disguise), this week should have been the week that I could do no wrong.


That is the cord that plugs into the AC adaptor for my main computer, which I call Toshiba. Lucky, perhaps, for Toshiba, the other end of the cord was not plugged into the computer when I plugged the prong end of this baby into the outlet. When I did, it flashed like a 1940s paparazzi bulb, stinking up the place with the smell of burned rubber and wire.

This from someone whose biorhythms say he can do no wrong. I guess I should have run the biorhythm for the computer and its parts.

Speaking of the computer, it got back from the shop ten days ago and worked fine till two days ago when the wifi started acting up again. Finally it was unable to connect wirelessly, and I had to use the cable. But sometimes the wifi works after I spend a quarter hour redoing the keys and weps and whatnots and restarting a couple of times. Just the thing for someone who needs 26 hours to get through a 24-hour day.

At the computer store, I find out that the adaptors for computers are in the $120 range. I'm a little shocked, but I persevere. "Can't I just buy this part of it?" I ask, holding up the fried cord.

"Oh yes. You can get those for six or seven dollars," the store associate tells me. "They're the same as the cords used on Xboxes or Playstations."

Of course, they didn't have any of those in stock, but luckily I was able to use my Gateway's piece till I find one.

That's not been the only anti-biorhythm event of this week, which was supposed to be my superman week. I tried to make popcorn a couple of nights ago. We've been doing it the old-fashioned way, boiling some oil and throwing in the kernels from a bag. Easier to control the ingredients, that way. My first batch was good, but too small. The second batch was still too small and a little burnt. The third batch was good, except for the quarter bag of kernels that fell onto the floor instead of in the pot.

Lucky for me all that happened, I guess, because when the computer piece blew up, I only cried about it for a second.

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Biorhythms and Chronoterapy


Chronotherapy takes into account how our body’s natural rhythms’ impact our ability to process medications. Patterns like sleeping, menstrual cycles, even our physical response to the changing seasons, are different for everyone. In the old days we called these biorhythms. Today, doctors are finding that understanding a patient’s biorhythms, and coordinating the timing of their medical treatments to these biorhythms, can profoundly affect the outcome of their treatments. This is called “chronotherapy.”

“Every drug has an optimal time when it is least toxic and most effective.” says Keith Block, MD, editor-in-chief of the peer-reviewed journal Integrative Cancer Therapies, and Clinical Professor, Department of Medical Education, at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago (UIC), and at the Department of Pharmacology. For cancer treatment, this is determined by several factors, including the biological uniqueness of the particular drug being given, the time when the specific type of cancer cells divide the most, when the normal healthy cells of the patient generally divide the least, the patient’s circadian clock and individual rest-activity cycles, and even the time zone the person resides in.”

According to Dr. Michael Smolensky, co-author of the book The Body Clock Guide to Better Health, “When cancer medications are given in a chronobiological manner, patients may be able to tolerate higher, more potent doses than would be possible otherwise.”

“This method of administering chemotherapy is revolutionary and has demonstrated in large randomized trials its potential to improve survival,” states Dr. Block. ”We have found that often patients receiving chronotherapy reduce what would have been recurring side effects of nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and fatigue. This is important because the debilitation caused by chemo can cause patients to reduce or even stop treatments that could otherwise help them win their battle with cancer.”

Friday, March 28, 2008

Winners in the NFL Using Biorhythms


Use Biorhythms to Dominate Your Fantasy Football League or If You Bet on Football Games, Maximize Your Winnings Because Harve's Software is 78% Accurate For 2007 In Predicting NFL Winners Based Only On Their Biorhythms

How Do I Use TeamBios To Pick Winners Versus the Spread?

TeamBios Program – Finding Winners You may be wondering what makes our online programs different from the rest of the biorhythm programs on the Internet. Our program is backed by 30 years of research and development where we computed over 60,000 NFL and NBA games. We also collected hundreds of other individual examples of success stories and unusual luck. During the past 30 years we’ve run over one million players and other individuals in all walks of life to find the data that makes our programs so accurate. A key discovery of our research is that we’ve found when athletes have the best potential to play exceptionally well. So, if you know the date of the game, it’s simple to find the point spread winner by using TeamBios.

We also discovered what cycles are most important in each sport. All you have to do is look for the +, H and # in each of the three columns for each player of a team. This signifies optimal performance. My program uses precise biorhythmic values combined with statistical data to compute winners versus the spread at unusually high percentages.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Biorhythms And Music


Researchers in the field of medicine have been conducting research into medical properties of music. While in his or her mother's womb, a baby can develop a reaction to music. Of the five human senses, human's ability to hear is the first one to "be enlightened." Unborn babies in their mothers' wombs can listen to the mothers' heartbeats, breathing, and talking. That's why modern parents give their babies prenatal education, such as exposing pregnant mothers to music. Clinically elegant and relaxing music helps reduce stress levels, ease breathing and nourish the organs.

One American scientist discovered that music is composed of waves of resonance, which can both influence one's feelings and resonate with the human body. Meanwhile, music contains a variety of rhythms, while our body movements tend to follow musical rhythms. In consequence, changes of musical rhythms work to accelerate and regulate our biorhythms. Hence, some capable doctors would carefully select music of various rhythms to cure patients of various symptoms.

Ancient music was classified into Qingyue and Yayue (elegant music), which served the purpose of purifying one's soul and mind. It was believed that good music had a beneficial effect on the human body. This was why ancient music was always of a slow tempo, for the purpose of letting people calm down. After listening to music, one is supposed to achieve spiritual tranquility instead of emotional excitement that seems to drive people out of their mind. Confucius once said that music should in fact be elegant.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Biorhythms In Sport


In the seven years that I've been at this crazy sport, I have learned a lot. I won't bore myself (or you) with a summary of it all, but I will say that one thing that has largely escaped my learning is being able to figure out why some days I have 'good' runs and some days I have 'bad' runs. Of course, there are some factors that I know will contribute to a bad running day. For example, if I eat a lot of sugar and junk the day before, my legs - especially my calves - feel really tight and painful the next day. I don't really know why... I've chalked it up to some form of mild, temporary gout or something like that.... in my mind... all the sugar and junk trickles down to my calves and makes the muscles sticky. Makes sense, right?

But for the most part, I can't figure out why some days I feel great and other days not so much. I haven't found any consistent correlation with sleep, hydration, time of day, etc. Anyway... today was a good day and that is something to be happy about. I was on the treddy this morning and did the first warm-up mile at my usual warm-up pace (8:40), but as I starting increasing the mph's I found that my legs, heart, and lungs were responding really well. I felt great and as a result, kept the pace under 8:10, which for me is a bit faster than usual... and I probably could have even ramped it up beyond that. Cool. Of course, I'm not naive enough to totally trust it... I'm sure it's an anomaly and I'll be back to huffing and puffing to maintain an 8:20 pace sometime soon. But that's fine... it was nice to have a good day today.

In trying to figger out why today, Seebo suggested that perhaps it was related to my biorhythms. I had heard the term before, but was not familiar with what it really meant. Apparently, this was big in the 70s when I was like three. So, of course, I Googled it.... and wouldn't you know.... looks like today is right about at my 'peak' in terms of my physical cycle... which, of course, relates to my "strength, health, and raw physical vitality".

Monday, March 24, 2008

Biorhythms? I Disagree ...


Apparently the theory of biorhythms claims that one’s life is affected by rhythmic biological cycles, and seeks to make predictions regarding these cycles and the personal ease of carrying out tasks related to the cycles. These inherent rhythms are said to control or initiate various biological processes and are classically composed of three cyclic rhythms that are said to govern human behaviour and demonstrate innate periodicity in natural physiological change: the physical, the emotional, and the intellectual (or mental) cycles.

Well… hmm… ok. Obviously I like the sound of rhythm… and the periodical behaviour of these biorhythms relates nicely to my field. Maybe this is some new ground breaking scientific research which would be worth looking into?

From this plot I can see that my intellectual “bio”-whatever… is at an all time low during the coming exams. But on the uphand it looks like all my stars, biorhythms and angels are gonna align around the 19-2-2008. Watch out world…

Captain Biorhythm


Rich was very impressed with the possibility of being able to know which days would be optimal for outrageous performance. He wanted to minimize mistakes, injuries and accidents as much as possible. He bought every book available on biorhythms, and a special biorhythm calculator to research the subject thoroughly.

Slowly Rich regained control, withdrew from the confrontation, walked outside, and punched in the necessary information into the biorhythm computer. Sure enough it was a, unstable day physically with low biorhythms emotionally and intellectually, a perfect day to make a bad decision, the exact same values major mistakes had been made in the past which had caused incredible amounts of great, financial loss, and wasted time.

Rich was uncertain but one night in a dream the answer was revealed. "Captain BioRhythm," a totally centered individual who is the personification of an aware human being, possessing clairvoyance, psychometry, retrocognition and astral projection, precognition, ESP, psychokenisis, total recall, ambidexterity, and incredible athletic ability was the solution. A human being who utilizes 100% of the abilities of the human mind, body, and spirit seemed appropriate.

A trip to the Goodwill Store with a girlfriend resulted in the procurement of a velvet dress, which with some expert alteration, became a Roman toga type outfit and when combined with elbow and knee pads, wrist braces, shoes, and a helmet the personification of Captain BioRhythm was created, BioRhythm awareness and skateboard safety were merged into a cohesive symbol.

The day of the contest arrived. Biorhythms predicted the possibility of an accident or incredible achievement. Rich feared he would crash and burn and suffer severe injury but decided as Captain BioRhythm the cosmic forces would keep everything under control.

Friday, March 21, 2008

Do You Remember Biorhythms Machines?

I remember when I was a kid, and I would go to the mall. At the health food place, they used to have this little biorhythm machine. You would be a few quarters in, answer 2 questions and you would get your biorhythm reading out. I don't see them today, but I got a kick out of them.
Your cyrcadium rhythm basically says that your life goes in cycles. Your physical rhythm is a 28 day cycle, where emotion and intellectual cycles were more at 30 days.
Do you remember those little machines?

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Biorhythms And Another Kinds Of Scams

I always consider things that pretend to know who I am based on my birthday a big scam. Horoscopes? Scam. How can the same thing be happening to a million people all born in may at the same time?“Gemini - you will have trouble dealing with financial issues today. You’ll be surprised by a distant friend. Be cautious with new relationships today and you will build a long lasting bond.”
My friend is born in May - we’re gonna find a new relationship on the same week? What about a guy born on the same day as me? We’ll go broke at the same time, or be lucky financially - all in the same day?
Exactly. Scam. Horoscopes are always so generic that you can either make them fit, or they’re completely neutral. There are tons of numerological scams that fit the same boat. Biorhythms is another one. I tried the biorhythm thing. I never noticed *any* correlations between the sine curves and my intellectual, physical or emotional fluctuations. Sure, if I watched it long enough, maybe I’d get my body to follow that rhythm, but that’s reverse engineering.But somehow I’m compelled to be amused by these scams, and this last one was pretty interesting.It was a scam program on facebook. Click the link, enter your birthdate, it tells you everything you already knew about yourself. Or didn’t know, but now believe because it tells you. Or maybe you just make it fit, so that you *can* believe it.

Watch.Just by entering my birthdate it tells me:
Lucky Color: TangerinePersonality Strengths: Charisma, InnovationPersonality Weakness(es): ObsessionSuccessful Career Path: ManagementSense of Humor Style: In your faceAdjectives to Describe You: strong, industriousAlso born on May 31: Coming soonDescription:Driven and talented - you are a hard and ambitious worker. You are willing to do whatever it takes to be successful - but not at the cost of your equally strong moral and ethics.
Now, I don’t believe in lucky colours of course. But I hate Orange (this includes the fruit, the flavour, and the colour!) so I’ve inadvertently (or advertently?) dodged my lucky colour, hence my disbelief. I mean, if you never FIND your lucky colour, it’s easy to believe you don’t have one. Yet, if you believe you have a lucky colour, it’s easy to tell yourself that you’re lucky around it. I’m so glad it was the first option, and not the second. To think!! I’ve been missing out all this time… Now all I have to do is find a tangerine coloured shirt, and a tangerine coloured car and a tangerine coloured coffee mug. And stuff like that. And it can’t be ‘carrot orange’ - because they’re pretty close! So I’d better be careful. Maybe I can set my blog to tangerine. Coming soon.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Biorhythms Research: New Implementation Of Biorhythms


Unlike astrology and biorhythms, Astro-rhythms are individualized and highly detailed guides that pertain specifically to you. Imagine knowing beforehand what each day holds for you; your potential for creativity, your daily strengths and weaknessses. Astro-Rhythms can help you determine which areas of your life are optimal -- or challenging -- on a day-to-day basis in an easy-to-read graph. Astro-Rhythms combine astronomical and astrological data within a biorhythmic format providing customized charts formulated from your birth data.

Astro-Rhythms compare your Natal Planets -- the planets aligned at your birth -- with the ever-changing cosmos. Astro-Rhythms is the result of years of development tracking heavenly bodies and checking their relationships to each other on a mathematical basis a lot of which was formulated by the group called Brotherhood of Light. Because the universe is constantly in flux and planets have such varying orbits, Astro-Rhythms charts have near-infinite possibilities, yet they are simple to use.

Biorhythms deal with just three biological cycles of humans: Physical, Emotional and Intellectual. Astro-Rhythms deal with TWELVE aspects of your personality, are much richer in detail and show a much wider range of potential, but are just as easy to read as biorhythms.

How can all of those people have the same potential as you each and every day? Most astrology charts are directed towards A LOT of people. Each astrological sign contains an entire month's worth of birthdates. Astro-Rhythms is tailor-made for you. In order to have the same chart as someone else, they would have had to have been born at the same time, place and location as you.

Are Biorhythms Real?

Hmmm? Well let me tell you a little story. Carl left the house this morning at 4:45 to head to work. He made his usual stop at Stell's for a cup of coffee. Then he did something he's never done before. He locked his keys in his car. Inside the car was his briefcase and his cell phone. He had a meeting in LA at 7:30 where 40 people would be waiting for him. So he called me and I drove him into work. He said the "f" word once so I know he was upset. But on the drive he was remarkably calm and in good spirits. At 4:30 pm I picked him up at his office and he got behind the wheel. As we were driving along I-10, he enthusiastically noted the flashing board that said 20 minutes to the 405. "That's a good sign," he said.
He merged into the carpool lane where he was abruptly stopped by the highway patrol for driving in a 3 person carpool lane during the hours of 4-7, a ticket which will cost him approximately $271.00. He waited patiently while the officer explained the violation and we drove him in relative calm, enjoying Little Steven's broadcast on Sirius radio.Now please note the chart above. His physical and intellectual rhythms were at their lowest point. His emotional level was at its peak. Perhaps that explains the unusual turn of events and his ability to handle them so well.
**While I was in LA, I took the opportunity to document the office of an engineer. Enjoy!