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Misconceptions of being healthy

I seem to write a lot of posts that talk about my misconceptions of things, and today is no different. In this article I’d like to talk about my experiences in the last 2 months, as I made the decision to try and drop some weight and generally become fitter and healthier.


Buffalo wings from a Pizza Hut in Portage, MI.
Buffalo wings from a Pizza Hut in Portage, MI. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


This is quite a personal blog post and something I’ve been meaning to write for a couple of weeks. Whether it’s of any interest to anyone else is another thing entirely.


I’ve been over-weight for a while; I think probably it really kicked in when I left school to go to college. I stopped doing the sports I was doing at school, and also entered a college environment where in between lessons you could go to the canteen and grab some food, or nip across the road to Pizza Hut or McDonalds. Going from a very strict school environment to that was exciting, and coupled with doing less activity and really getting into programming and development, I probably ate a load more crap food and did a lot less exercise, without really realising it.


read more-> https://medium.com/lessons-learned/7efc4cc28ee0



Paris Hilton … Get Your Hands Off My Porn!

Paris Hilton is going after a Slovenian porn site that’s illegally profiting off her good name and legendary sex tape.Image

The website — ParisHiltonPornVideos.com — features clips (yes, with a p) of “1 Night in Paris” … in order to attract pervs and drive traffic.

Paris has now taken legal action trying to shut the website down.  She also wants the domain name transferred to her … because if anyone’s gonna make money off of Paris’ naked body it will be her … and Rick Salomon.

Read more: http://www.tmz.com/2013/11/24/paris-hilton-sex-tape-porn-website-lawsuit-slovenia/#ixzz2laJ3dewa

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Are You Only Pretending to Be in the Right Job?

Are You Only Pretending to Be in the Right Job?

Are You Only Pretending to Be in the Right Job?

Every day I come across people who are in the wrong job. You do, too. They are sad, unhelpful and may seem incompetent. It’s tempting to get mad at them, but the more humane response is compassion. No one feels comfortable doing a job for which they are a bad fit.

These experiences are frustrating, which is why it’s so refreshing to come across someone who is in the right job. Glenn O’Neill, for example, is a middle school teacher who has taught social studies to all three of my kids. He is always upbeat, inspiring and insightful; the students love him, and the parents do, too. Most importantly, he seems to love what he does.

In honor of this great teacher, I created The Glenn O’Neill Test. It will help you understand if you are actually a good fit for your current job:

Do people seek you out? If others go out of their way to tap into your expertise, it’s a very good sign you are in the right position. To test this, ask yourself a hard question: do people come to you for help because they have to, or because they want to?

Do “customers” recommend you? Everyone has customers, even if you don’t call them that. Someone depends on you to do your job well. The highest compliment is when these folks praise your skills to others. When people recommend someone, they are putting their personal reputation on the line. Do others respect the job you are doing enough to risk their reputation endorsing you?

Does your job feel “just right?” It’s not too easy, but it’s not too hard, either. You generally don’t get either overwhelmed or bored. This can be a really hard balance to sustain, and it’s quite possible that the job that was perfect for you two years ago is too basic for you today.

Do you have room – and the energy – to grow? Every year should bring fresh challenges. It’s a giant warning sign when your job theoretically leaves you room to grow, but you lack the energy to tackle those “challenges.” Early in my career, I worked in an entry-level position for WGBH/Boston, the public broadcasting station. My supervisor gave me a review that said I still had plenty of room to master my basic responsibilities, but I perceived those tasks were so far below my aspirations as to not be worth my time. Her supervisor agreed, and pulled me out of the department to take on on a much more challenging position.

Are you eager to learn? People who think they know everything there is to know about their job are at risk of getting old, jaded and inflexible. The world is constantly changing, and there are always new skills and insights to learn. If you don’t feel this way, you’re in the wrong job.

Are you comfortable with your compensation? We all could use more money, but it’s critical that you are able to make things work on your current income. Life is not always fair, and sometimes society doesn’t value highly enough the job you were born to do. You may have made other life decisions – such as having four kids – that preclude you from being a good fit for a job you otherwise would love. Few things eat away at your soul like feeling that you are underpaid for the work that you do.

Does your job fit your self-image? Human beings are complicated. We don’t just need money and something worthwhile to do. Many of us need prestige, power, or respect. Some people care more about their influence than their income. Others want to be in the room when big decisions are being made. While your job won’t satisfy all your needs, it should be a good fit with who you really are.

Are you thankful? Gratitude is important. I feel bad for people who don’t know how lucky they are until they lose what they had. If you are actively thankful for your job, the odds are good that others are also thankful you are in your position.

Thanks, Glenn!

(VIA. Bruce Kasanoff – Linkedin – Entrepreneur. Writer. Speaker. Makes business simpler.)


Apple employs 4 of the top 5 highest paid execs in the US

Four of the top five highest paid executives in the U.S. work at Apple, and none of them are the company’s chief executive officer, Tim Cook.


Apple’s Bob Mansfield, Bruce Sewell, Jeff Williams and Peter Oppenheimer were all among the top corporate earners in 2012, according to U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission data cited by Bloomberg on Monday. Most of their pay came from stock-based compensation rather than base salary.

Mansfield was the highest-paid of the group, receiving $85.5 million in 2012. The company’s senior vice president of its Technologies group announced last June that he would retire, but Mansfield was eventually convinced to stay at the company.

Reports last year claimed that Mansfield was given an “exorbitant” payout that convinced him to stay with a new two-year deal. At the time it was claimed that Cook “nearly witnessed an insurrection” after Mansfield announced his retirement and his replacement, Dan Riccio, was announced.

After Mansfield, the next highest paid on Apple’s team was Sewell, the company’s general counsel and senior vice president of Legal and Government Affairs. He earned $69 million in 2012, ranking him third among executives on the S&P 500.

Just behind him with a $68.7 million payday last year was Williams, who serves as the company’s senior vice president of Operations. Williams took that position in 2010 after more than a decade with Apple.

Finally, the fifth-highest-paid S&P 500 executive in 2012 was Oppenheimer, who serves as Apple’s chief financial officer. He took in $68.6 million in total compensation last year.

The top corporate earner was Larry Ellison, CEO of Oracle, who earned $96.2 million. In contrast, Apple’s CEO Cook earned $4.17 million in 2012, following the $378 million restricted stock package he netted in 2011.

(VIA. Apple Insider)

Google signage seen at the company's headquarters in New York

Google rivals may be quizzed on antitrust offer this week

(Reuters) – Google’s rivals could get the chance to ramp up pressure for tougher concessions from the search giant when they are asked, possibly as early as this week, to study its proposals for ending an EU antitrust investigation.

Google signage seen at the company's headquarters in New York

The world’s most popular search engine formally submitted a package of concessions to European regulators last week and three people familiar with the matter said on Monday these could be put to rivals this week in a market test.

The proposals are intended to settle an investigation dating from November 2010 and stave off a fine that could be as high as $5 billion if the company were found to have breached EU rules.

“It is possible the market test could start this week,” said one of the sources, who declined to be identified because of the sensitivity of the matter.

The spokesman for competition policy at the European Commission, Antoine Colombani, declined to comment. Google spokesman Al Verney said the company continued to work cooperatively with the EU antitrust watchdog.

Complainants against Google include Microsoft, online mapping services, smaller rival search engines across Europe, publishers, online travel sites such as TripAdvisor and Expedia, and price comparison sites.

Neither the Commission nor Google have given details of the proposals. But people familiar with the matter have told Reuters these could include Google labeling its own services to differentiate them from rivals’, and also imposing fewer restrictions on advertisers.

Google’s opponents have already indicated labeling will not address their concerns.

“Labeling is a non-starter and may be worse than the existing situation,” said David Wood, a lawyer for online lobbying group ICOMP, whose members include Microsoft and four other complainants.

Any concessions the regulators accept from Google will be valid for five years in Europe and be monitored by a trustee to ensure compliance, one of the sources said.

“Rival services will be shown more prominently in search results, with three links to three different search engines,” this person said.

“Advertising space in Google Shopping will be reserved exclusively for vertical search sites,” the person said, referring to specialty search functions focused on specific topics.

Rivals can also mark out sensitive information such as addresses, telephone numbers, opening hours and reviews which they do not want Google to use.

“This is especially for local search sites and product search sites, such as online travel site TripAdvisor and Nextag,” the person said.

The Financial Times first reported on the details of Google’s offer.

(Editing by Mark Trevelyan)

(VIA. Reuters)


SendHub, A Google Voice Alternative For Enterprise, Arrives On Android

SendHub, the Y Combinator-backed call and messaging solution targeting business users and other organizations, is today extending its platform to include support for Android. The company had previously rolled out support for iPhone almost a year ago, promising that an Android option was on the roadmap.


The company says that demand for Android support was high – they were averaging around 30 requests per day from users who wanted an Android version of SendHub.


Like the iOS version, the new app also includes support for calling and texting over Wi-Fi, 3G, 4G or cellular voice networks, support for group messages, the ability to add auto-responders and contacts, and more. In addition, it includes support for call transfers – a feature which is currently in the Apple App Store review process, expected to launch in a week or so.

The call transfer feature, like many the company has added in recent months, is designed with the needs of businesses in mind.

SendHub, for those unfamiliar, is something like a more feature-rich alternative to something like Google Voice. While previously targeting both individuals and businesses, it went after the business market more directly with the launch of its SendHub Manger at the beginning of the year. From an online platform, organizations using Manager can access a dashboard where they can create, move, or delete lines for their staff, as well as backup and export the company’s text-based communications.

Today, a third of SendHub’s 10,000 paid users are on the business plan, and its overall conversion rate is around 2 percent, the company claims. The startup has also grown to over 100,000 users total up from 60,000 in January. It saw over $35,000 in revenue in March.


“The Manager launch has shown us that businesses – and only businesses – is really where the demand is, and where we’re going to spend our time focusing,” says SendHub co-founder Ash Rust. ”We’ve added call transfer, and other calling features like simul-ring, call forwarding, and we’re about to launch auto attendant as well, so we can really provide that full-featured PBX system in the cloud for our users.”

A conference calling feature is also in the works, and further down the road, the plan is to enable even more collaboration features, including support for files, photos, and videos, through integrations with cloud storage providers like Dropbox, Box, Google Drive and others.

“We’re squarely taking on the big telecom providers – AT&T, Verizon, etc. People are looking for flexible solutions that are optimized for their mobile devices, and frankly, don’t take forever to set up,” adds SendHub’s co-founder Garrett Johnson. “We see people coming to us looking to replace their PBX, looking to replace RingCentral, or the legacy telecom providers,” he says.

The SendHub solution is currently popular among a variety of businesses, including startups like iCracked, as well as mobile workforces – especially those in health care space, as well as some more traditional brick-and-mortars. Given its start as a solution for schools, SendHub is also used heavily in the education sector, where the company has promised a free solution for teachers will always be available.

(VIA. Tech Crunch)

Jarrett Jack fined $25,000

Jarrett Jack fined $25,000

OAKLAND, Calif. — Golden State Warriors guard Jarrett Jack has been fined $25,000 by the NBA for “verbal abuse” of an official.

Jarrett Jack fined $25,000

The league announced the fine Sunday.

The incident occurred at the conclusion of Golden State’s 118-116 loss at the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday night.

Some Warriors players were upset over the officiating late in the game, including the free throw disparity. The Lakers shot 50 free throws, while the Warriors had 16 attempts.

Golden State hosts San Antonio on Monday night before playing at Portland on Wednesday in its regular-season finale. The Warriors already have clinched a playoff berth, their first since 2007 and only the second in 19 years.


Kobe Bryant likely out 6-9 months 00

Kobe Bryant likely out 6-9 months

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant had surgery on Saturday afternoon to repair the torn Achilles tendon in his left leg and is expected to need six to nine months to recover, the team announced.

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“When something like this happens, everybody wants to know why and there’s not always a reason why. If you look at our season, it’s been a nightmare,” longtime trainer Gary Vitti said after Lakers practice Saturday. “We had a player come in with a surgery, which was Dwight Howard. Then we had Steve Nash break his leg. Then we had Steve Blake have an abdominal surgery. Then we had Jordan Hill with a hip surgery. Then we had Metta (World Peace) with a knee surgery. We also had Dwight with a (torn) labrum in his shoulder. Antawn Jamison will have surgery after the season is over on his wrist. So, when you try to look at the whys, it’s bad luck.”

Vitti said Bryant would be immobilized for at least a month after surgery. If Bryant were to recover on the short end of the six-to-nine month timetable the team provided, he might be able to play at the start of the 2013-14 season.

“That’s the plan,” Vitti said.

Bryant told Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak as much.

“Speaking to him this morning, that certainly was his goal,” Kupchak said. “I think it would be aggressive to think he could be ready for training camp … (but for the season opener) I think that’s a goal. I think that’s a realistic goal for him.”

Pau Gasol had full confidence in Bryant’s ability to achieve his goal.

Kobe Bryant likely out 6-9 months

“He’s a guy that when you put something in front of him, he will get it done,” said Gasol, who sent Bryant a text message with his support. “He will do it. He will put everything he’s got on the line for it.”

Bryant’s injury was described as a “complete rupture” by Vitti.

“It’s gone,” Vitti said. “So, it has to be sewn back together.”

Kupchak visited with Bryant at the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic prior to the surgery and said the 34-year-old guard was in great spirits.

“He actually gave a message to me to pass on to the guys on the team, most of which I can’t share with you right here (laughing), but it was a positive message as you might imagine,” Kupchak said. “Very motivational.”

Howard had a message of his own to impart in Bryant’s absence, addressing the team after practice.

“I just told them that they put this team together for a reason and we all know how to play basketball,” Howard said. “We’ve all done special things in our career before and it’s time to do it again. We’ve all been blessed to play with Kobe but we all have talent, too, and we have to show it.”

Bryant posted several photos to his Instagram account as he prepped for the surgery, including one posing next to Lakers minority owner Patrick Soon-Shiong while he was receiving an MRI.

Bryant fell to the floor with 3:08 remaining in the fourth quarter Friday night while being guarded by the Warriors’ Harrison Barnes. Bryant had played every minute of the game up to that point, scoring 32 points — including back-to-back 3-pointers to tie the game with 3:45 remaining.

“I made a move that I make a million times and it just popped,” Bryant said after the game.

Bryant asked Barnes if he had kicked him in the leg. When Barnes said he hadn’t, Bryant said he knew that a major injury had occurred.

“I was just hoping it wasn’t what I knew it was,” Bryant said. “Just trying to walk it off, hoping that the sensation would come back, but no such luck.”

Following a timeout, Bryant went back into the game and hit both of his free throw attempts with the injury to end his night with 34 points, five rebounds and four assists before being subbed out for World Peace and heading to the locker room.

“MRI, surgery and then recovery,” Bryant replied when asked what his next step is. “I was really tired, man. Just tired in the locker room and dejected and thinking about this mountain to overcome. I mean, this is a long process and wasn’t sure I could do it. Then your kids walk in and you’re like, ‘I need to set an example. Daddy is going to be fine.’ I can do it. Work hard and just go from there.”

Recovering from surgery to repair a torn Achilles can take anywhere from three months to a year. The Los Angeles Clippers’ Chauncey Billups recently went through the process. Hall of Famers Charles Barkley’s and Isiah Thomas’ careers came to an end because of it, as did the career of Bryant’s longtime teammate Shaquille O’Neal.

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“I’ve never really had to deal with something like this,” Bryant said. “It’s a new experience for me. Obviously, there’s been a bunch of players that have had the same injury, so all I can do is look at them and what they’ve done and who had more success coming back quicker and healthier and see what they did and see if I can improve upon it.”

Bryant is set to make $30.4 million next season in the last year of his contract. The Lakers have the amnesty clause available to them and must use it during the July 1-9 window provided by the league. Should they decide to exercise it on Bryant, they would save significant luxury tax penalties north of $60 million.

Kupchak, however, said that is not something that the team has considered for Bryant.

“That’s the furthest thing from our mind right now,” Kupchak said.

The GM told ESPNLosAngeles.com that the Lakers are scanning the available pool of free agents and could add a wing player to the roster to add some depth with Bryant out. The San Antonio Spurs released Stephen Jackson on Friday but he would not be playoff-eligible. NBA rules state waived players have to be on a roster by March 1 to be eligible for the postseason.

Bryant, who played an average of 45.7 minutes in his past seven games (including Friday’s) leading up to the injury, was asked if all the playing time could have left him vulnerable.

“Who knows,” Bryant said. “It was all necessary. It’s just a freak situation, I guess.”

Both the Lakers and Bryant’s longtime trainer, Tim Grover, shot down that overuse theory on Saturday, however.

“I’d be shocked if the minutes had anything to do with it,” Grover said. “An Achilles can happen stepping off a sidewalk.

“This is not Kobe’s fault, because he pushed himself. This is not the coaches’ fault. People get hurt. An Achilles is just one of those things that just happens. You can’t blame anyone on this one.”

Kupchak said he did not consider Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni at fault for playing Bryant so many minutes and added that the same scenario could have occurred if Phil Jackson was the coach.

“I don’t think Mike is at blame here for one bit,” Kupchak said. “Even if you take Kobe out of a game, there’s a lot of times where he’ll just get up and put himself back in the game.”

Kupchak and D’Antoni both said they had separate conversations with Bryant about the workload in recent weeks, however.

“I spoke to Kobe about 10 days ago about the 48-minute thing or the playing a lot of minutes and I said, ‘I have concerns,'” Kupchak said. “His message to me was, ‘Mitch, I hear what you’re saying, but we got to get into the playoffs and I’m playing and there’s nothing you can do about it.'”

D’Antoni said Nash (right hamstring) will be a game-time decision Sunday when the Lakers host the Spurs. Jodie Meeks will start in Bryant’s place, but every player’s role will be adjusted.

“It’s everybody’s time,” D’Antoni said. “That’s why it’s a team, but the ball should automatically go to (Howard) more, because somebody has got to take the shots and obviously with Kobe not out there, it’s got to go to somebody. But, it will go through Pau, it will go through Dwight and as long as we’re playing for each other, we should be fine.”

The Lakers were able to hold on to beat the Warriors without Bryant and have a one-game lead over Utah with two games left to play for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

“Last night’s injury is certainly another setback and devastating in its own way, but I’ve got complete confidence that this group can win the next two games and get into the playoffs,” Kupchak said.


LeBron- Can't worry about injuries

LeBron: Can’t worry about injuries

MIAMI — LeBron James’ longest string of missed games in his NBA career was five straight, and that was because of a finger injury more than five years ago.

LeBron- Can't worry about injuries

He knows he’s fortunate in that regard.

So he cannot really relate to what Kobe Bryant is dealing with now that the Los Angeles Lakers star’s season is over with a torn Achilles that required surgery and is expected to keep him sidelined for up to nine months.

But while Bryant’s heavy workload down the stretch of this season remains a talking point as to whether that played a role in the injury, James said he’s among those who think players should simply never think about getting hurt.

“You can’t say, ‘OK, I’m not playing this game because I’m afraid of injury’ or ‘I’m not playing this summer,'” James said Sunday after the Miami Heat beat the Chicago Bulls 105-93. “The opportunity is there. There’s going to be a time when you can’t play the game at all because Father Time has caught up with you. So you’ve got to try to do as much as you can while you can.”

Bryant played 3,018 minutes this season, his most since 2007-08. Entering Sunday, only Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant, Portland’s Damian Lillard and Milwaukee’s Monta Ellis logged more court time this season than Bryant, who has played 17 seasons — two more than Durant, Lillard and Ellis combined.

But James hardly ever wants to miss games, either, even at this point in the season with the Heat already wrapping up home-court advantage throughout the playoffs.

“That’s not who we are,” James said. “We can’t play the game worried about injuries. … If you play your professional life worried about injuries, you’re never going to be able to maximize your potential. You can’t do that. You’ve got to just go out and play.”

Heat coach Erik Spoelstra also weighed in on the Bryant injury Sunday, saying that seeing it made him sick to his stomach.

James said he was sad for Bryant, and reiterated what he wrote in a tweet after the Lakers’ guard got hurt Friday night: he has no doubt the NBA’s No. 4 all-time scorer will one day return.

“I know how much work he puts into the game,” James said.