Monday, May 02, 2011

Shedding body fat with minimum muscle loss: a better goal

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Losing weight can actually be a bad thing, especially if you are doing it at the expense of lean tissue like muscle.

Your body’s total weight: includes body fat; lean tissue like muscle; your internal organs like the heart, lungs, and liver; the food and liquid currently passing through your digestive tract; water retained by body tissue; and skeletal material like bones and their connective tissue. In a healthy female of average weight, bones make up 12 percent of total body weight, muscle/lean tissue about 35 percent and body fat about 27 percent. The remaining body weight is skin, connective tissue, tendons, blood, organs and so forth. For health, a good percentage of body fat is around 15 to 20% for females. It's been determined a healthy body fat percentage between 17% - 24% for women is normal.

ncreasing your ratio of muscle to fat can make you look more in-shape, even though the scale may say you are heavier, as both vary in appearance. Muscle makes you appear leaner, while fat just makes you look fat. Extreme calorie restriction can leave you with little muscle mass, which translates into a flat, boney appearance.

Women often complain gain in weight with increase in age irrespective of a consistent dietary intake. The reason here is, as we age there is a natural tendency to lose muscle and we also are less vigorous in our physical activity, which results in further muscle loss. This loss of muscle tissue results in a decreasing metabolic rate. Lose 5 pounds of muscle and your calories burned per 24 hours decreases by about 250 calories. While this may not sound like much, it adds up. If you continue to eat like you did when you were younger, you will gain a pound of fat in about 14 days. Over a 20 week period you will gain 10 pounds. The key to getting rid of accumulated body fat is to get back your youthful metabolism by getting back your muscle. With a proper exercise stimulus that dormant muscle can be reclaimed.

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10 cool add-ins for Office 2007 and 2010 | TechRepublic

Microsoft Office Excel 2007Image via Wikipedia10 cool add-ins for Office 2007 and 2010 | TechRepublic: "10 cool add-ins for Office 2007 and 2010"

1: Everything

Although Office 2007 and 2010 have improved search capabilities, you still might want to take a look at Everything, by VoidTools.

2: E-mail Follow-up

E-mail Follow-up goes a step further. It lets you set a response time when you create the email; if the recipient hasn’t responded by the allotted response time, this nifty little add-in reminds you that you’re still waiting on a response.

3: More Add-in

More Add-in lets you quickly and easily hide Word text by creating collapsible sections. Anyone who creates long documents comprising the same blocks of text will find this add-in useful.

4: FreeFileViewer

FreeFileViewer lets you view a number of formats so you need only one viewer. Using FreeFileViewer, you can read a PDF, a Word document, an Excel spreadsheet, and more. You can even play music files.

5: ASAP Utilities

This Excel add-in is probably one of the most popular — and it has endured. ASAP Utilities is the turn-to application for both frequent and infrequent users

6: Proposal Pack Wizard

Using merge technology, Proposal Pack Wizard lets you quickly assemble documents. It comes with more than 800 templates and 1,300 pages of sample text.

7: VisualBee

VisualBee is a bit different. It lets you enhance an existing presentation. When you run VisualBee, it analyses the presentation’s text and structure and tries to improve what you’ve done on your own. It doesn’t get everything right, but it’ll generate a few keepers — and you can easily discard what you don’t like. The bank of images alone is worth the download.

8: iSpring Pro

iSpring Pro converts a PowerPoint presentation into an online Flash presentation (.swf files). For the most part, it converts everything in a presentation: animation, transitions, videos, audio, the works.

9: Pop-up Excel Calendar

Pop-up Excel Calendar lets you insert and configure a datepicker control without writing code. Simply click the Pop-up Calendar tab, which is added to the Ribbon, insert the calendar, check a few settings, and you’re done.

10: Fuzzy Duplicate Finder for Microsoft Excel

I’m often asked for easy ways to clean up Excel data, and I’ve finally found something I can recommend. Fuzzy Duplicate Finder works with Excel versions 2000 through 2007. It helps you find all those fuzzy duplicates — those mistakes that don’t always show up as mistakes.

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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Teen Boys Sent To Masculinity Camp In Malaysia


“Malaysian authorities have sent 66 Muslim schoolboys identified by teachers as effeminate to a four-day camp where they will receive counseling on masculine behavior to discourage them from being gay, an official said Tuesday.

Gay rights advocates decried the measure as a symptom of widespread homophobia in this Muslim-majority country where gay sex is illegal.

The boys between 13 and 17 years old reported Monday for what is officially being called a "self-development course" after their schoolteachers in Terengganu state identified them as students who displayed effeminate mannerisms, said Razali Daud, the state's education director.

They will undergo religious and motivational classes and physical guidance, Razali said. He declined to give further details.

The camp is meant "to guide them back to the right path in life before they reach a point of no return," Razali told The Associated Press. "Such effeminate behavior is unnatural and will affect their studies and their future."

It is the first such program in Terengganu, a conservative state. Over the years, Terengganu's officials have held programs aimed at promoting Muslim morality, such as offering free honeymoons to save the marriages of couples considering divorce.”


Friday, April 22, 2011

Well Chosen Keywords For Resume

Keywords are specific words or phrases used to describe an applicant’s skills or experience. They are often specific buzz-words that are used in a particular industry. Most companies use applicant tracking software, which scans resumes for keywords relating to experience, job titles, skills, training, and degrees. Resumes WILL NOT show up in a search unless they contain the exact words or phrases that the employer is searching for. Most Fortune 1000 companies and many smaller companies now use these technologies.

How to Use Resume Keywords

Identify resume keywords. You can find buzz words that appear in job postings from newspapers, job boards, trade publications and employment ads with similar job description. Visit the web sites of professional associations in your field to look for current keywords. Talk to recruiters and human resources professionals. They are looking for resumes that match the key words contained in the job description and most likely the person who posted the job online is the one reviewing resumes for the position.
Add your keywords to the resume. Use your keywords and phrases throughout your resume to stand out in a database search for someone with your experience, skills, background, certifications, location and accomplishments. Focus on such areas as: skills, responsibilities, achievements, degrees, certifications, job-specific phrases, products and services. List your key words near the top so they would be quickly reviewed when looking for a match. Recruiters need to see those key words in first few seconds or you’ll be eliminated from consideration.
Use keywords in your cover letters too. Some employers include them in resume databases.
Keep updating your resume on a regular basis with new keywords. Looking at employment ads will help you get new ideas on what keywords you can add to get your resume even more attention.

Resume Key Words To Avoid:

The words like supported, contributed, and assisted are not very effective. They say that you helped, but do not say how. If you decided to use them follow these words with a more complete description of your role.
Successfully is another key word you should avoid in your resume. It is better to give a specific example of your accomplishments that prove your success at your past jobs.
Responsible for is another unnecessary phrase. It will look much better if you list your accomplishments rather than enumerate your responsibilities.

Few popular keywords: 

Achievement keywords: achieved, completed, increased, improved, accomplished, performed, expanded;
Problem solving keywords: reduced, corrected, evaluated, utilized, simplified, analyzed, investigated;
Leadership keywords: developed, managed, inspired, organized, guided, directed, revitalized;
Initiative keywords: designed, launched, created, established, initiated, started, formulated;
Some popular phrases: oral and written communications, strategic planning, project management, performance and productivity improvement, business development, product positioning, team-building.
Resume keywords take an average resume and turn it into a power-packed marketing piece that cannot be ignored.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Syntax Highlighter

A kind word is like a Spring day.~ Russian ProverbImage by ZedZaP Syntax Highlighter by Alex Gorbatchev’s

Code in between the source code tags will automatically be encoded for display, you don’t need to worry about HTML entities or anything.

Configuration Parameters

The shortcodes also accept a variety of configuration parameters that you may use to customize the output. All are completely optional.
  • autolinks (true/false) — Makes all URLs in your posted code clickable. Defaults to true.
  • collapse (true/false) — If true, the code box will be collapsed when the page loads, requiring the visitor to click to expand it. Good for large code posts. Defaults to false.
  • firstline (number) — Use this to change what number the line numbering starts at. It defaults to 1.
  • gutter (true/false) — If false, the line numbering on the left side will be hidden. Defaults to true.
  • highlight (comma-seperated list of numbers) — You can list the line numbers you want to be highlighted. For example “4,7,19″.
  • htmlscript (true/false) — If true, any HTML/XML in your code will be highlighted. This is useful when you are mixing code into HTML, such as PHP inside of HTML. Defaults to false and will only work with certain code languages.
  • light (true/false) — If true, the gutter (line numbering) and toolbar (see below) will be hidden. This is helpful when posting only one or two lines of code. Defaults to false.
  • padlinenumbers (true/false/integer) — Allows you to control the line number padding. true will result in automatic padding, false will result in no padding, and entering a number will force a specific amount of padding.
  • toolbar (true/false) — If false, the toolbar containing the helpful buttons that appears when you hover over the code will not be shown. Defaults to true.
  • wraplines (true/false) — If true, line line wrapping will be disabled. This will cause a horizontal scrollbar to appear for long lines of code.
Here’s some examples of the above parameters in action:

[sourcecode language="sql"]
SQL> shutdown abort
ORA-01031: insufficient privileges
1SQL> shutdown abort
2ORA-01031: insufficient privileges
Below code would start the line number from 10 and highligh line number 14 and 15
[sourcecode language="sql" firstline=10 highlight = 14,15] C:\Users\ACE>sqlplusSQL*Plus: Release Production on Sat Mar 5 19:52:01 2011 Enter user-name: sys as sysdba Enter password: Connected. SQL> shutdown immediate ORA-24324: service handle not initialized ORA-24323: value not allowed ORA-01090: shutdown in progress - connection is not permitted [/sourcecode]


11SQL*Plus: Release Production on Sat Mar 5 19:52:01 2011
14Enter user-name: sys as sysdba
15Enter password:
17SQL>  shutdown immediate
18ORA-24324: service handle not initialized
19ORA-24323:  value not allowed
20ORA-01090: shutdown in progress - connection is not  permitted
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