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Thursday, December 23, 2010

Happy Holidays




HAPPY HOLIDAYS! AND A WONDERFUL NEW YEAR!!!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Nike: Invest in Your Health

May 25, 2010 by Coach Jay


This series of tips focuses on common mistakes experienced runners make in their training. Beginning runners can also learn from these tips, since most running errors — whether committed by beginners or experienced runners — are simple to correct once you understand the problem.

Running is simple. Get a pair of shoes, a watch, a pair of shorts, and a shirt. That's it. No balls, clubs, skis, boats, ropes, bikes, etc. necessary; you can enjoy the sport anywhere, even when traveling. For the experienced runner the equipment list may grow a bit, for example several pairs of shoes (one pair for easy days, another for harder workouts, and a pair for racing), but for the most part the gear is the same for the novice as for the experienced runner.

But experienced runners run more miles faster and more often, which takes a different toll on the body than the novice runner's routine. Because experienced runners often have something bothering them every day — an IT band, a sore hamstring, a tight Achilles — I highly recommend that they budget time each month for "body maintenance" work. Chiropractors, massage therapists, acupuncturists, and physical therapists can all be of great benefit to runners who want to run high mileage and race seriously. Is it easy to find the right professional to keep your body symmetrical, as well as help you deal with small knocks before they become debilitating injuries? No, but it's worth the monetary investment to go to several people before your find the person that's best for you. Plus, you may find that one specialist can help you maintain while you go to another practitioner for the nagging Achilles or IT-band issue.

The bottom line is that serious runners need to make a serious investment in their training and racing by seeing health practitioners who can help them stay healthy and perform at their best.

*Coach Jay’s advice is provided as general training information. Use at your own risk. Always consult with your own heath care provider for questions relating to your specific training and nutrition.

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Monday, December 13, 2010

NEWS: The Spirit of Giving

A friend posted this video on Facebook and I wanted to share it. We all have so much to give, not just money but our hearts. This holiday season feel the energy you get from giving. It will change your life.



Mission of Akshaya

Committed Care for,
helpless, forsaken, mentally ill,
old, sick, roadside destitute
living and dying in the streets of Madurai -
by providing healthy food, love and
opportunity to rehabilitate,
restoring human dignity.

For more information, his websites are Akshayatrust.org.

Ask yourself, "Can I help my community, my town, my country?" Generosity is one of the six paramitas (generosity, morality, patience, hard work, meditation, wisdom) on the path of a Bodhisattva. Give and you will receive more than you ever dreamed.

Friday, December 3, 2010

MV: Kung Fu Panda

2008 - Kung Fu Panda

It's the story about a lazy, irreverent slacker panda, named Po, who is the biggest fan of Kung Fu around...which doesn't exactly come in handy while working every day in his family's noodle shop. Unexpectedly chosen to fulfill an ancient prophecy, Po's dreams become reality when he joins the world of Kung Fu and studies alongside his idols, the legendary Furious Five -- Tigress, Crane, Mantis, Viper and Monkey -- under the leadership of their guru, Master Shifu. But before they know it, the vengeful and treacherous snow leopard Tai Lung is headed their way, and it's up to Po to defend everyone from the oncoming threat. Can he turn his dreams of becoming a Kung Fu master into reality? Po puts his heart - and his girth - into the task, and the unlikely hero ultimately finds that his greatest weaknesses turn out to be his greatest strengths.


Legend tells of a legendary warrior...
  • legend: an old story about famous people and events in the past, not usually true
He traveled the land in search of worthy foes.
  • worthy: has qualities that make people respect them
  • foes: an enemy
...that his enemies would go blind from overexposure to pure awesomeness.
  • overexposure: a situation in which something such as your eyes is overexposed to light
  • awesomeness: very impressive and sometimes a little frightening
They were no match for his bodacity!
  • bodacity: bodacious = excellent or impressive
We should hang out.
  • hang out: to spend time in a particular place or with particular people
Because when you're facing the 10,000 demons of Demon Mountain,
  • demons: an evil spirit
You are almost ready to be entrusted with the secret ingredient
  • entrusted: to give someone responsibility for an important job or activity
  • ingredient: one of the foods or liquids that you use in making a particular meal
Then you will fulfill your destiny and take over the restaurant!
  • fulfill: to achieve something that you wanted to do, or get something you hoped for
  • take over: to take control of something
...who won it from a friend in mahjong.
  • mahjong: a Chinese game played on a table with small square pieces
We are noodle folk. Broth runs through our veins.
  • broth: soup, especially when it is considered to be good for you
  • veins: one of the tubes in your body that carry blood to your heart
Tigress, you need more ferocity! Monkey, greater speed.
  • ferocity: violence or extreme force
Crane, height. Viper, subtlety. Mantis...
  • subtlety: the quality of being complicated, delicate, or difficult to notice, often in a skillful or attractive way
When it is agitated, it becomes difficult to see.
  • agitated: worried or upset
But if you allow it to settle...
  • settle: falls downward until it reaches the bottom
We'll bring you back a souvenir.
  • souvenir: something that you get to remind you later of being there
Impressive, isn't it?
  • impressive: admire something
Crossbows! At the ready!
  • crossbow: a weapon used for firing pointed sticks called bolts or arrows
What's he gonna do about it? I've got him completely immobilized.
  • immobilized: to make someone unable to move
I think there's been a slight mistake. Everyone seems to think that I'm...
  • slight: small in size, amount, or degree
Do you have a ladder, or a trampoline, or?
  • trampoline: a piece of equipment consisting of a metal frame with a strong material stretched across it that you can jump up and down on for exercise or as a sport
Those are sensitive in the flabby parts.
  • sensitive: reacting quickly or strongly to something
  • flabby: flabby flesh is loose and fat
And this ridiculous belly.
  • ridiculous: silly or unreasonable and deserving to be laughed a
And utter disregard for personal hygiene.
  • utter: often used for emphasizing how bad someone or something is
  • disregard: to not consider something important, or to not pay any attention to it
  • hygiene: the practice of keeping yourself and the things around you clean, in order to prevent illness and disease
Then you know what happens when I flex my pinky.
  • flex: to move or bend a muscle or body part
  • pinky: little / smallest finger
OK, yeah. I mean, I just ate. So I'm still digesting.
  • digesting: stomach changes food into the substances that the body needs
You picking on my friends? Get ready to feel thunder.
  • picking on: to keep treating someone badly or unfairly, especially by criticizing them
Come on. I'm a blur. You've never seen bear style.
  • blur: it becomes difficult to see it clearly because it is moving so fast
I'm feeling a little nauseous!
  • nauseous: feeling as if you want to vomit
Are your biceps sore?
  • biceps: the muscle between your shoulder and elbow on the front of your arm that you use when you pull things toward you
You're stuck.
  • stuck: to attach one thing to another, especially using a sticky substance such as glue
The only souvenirs we collect here are bloody knuckles and broken bones.
  • knuckles: one of the parts where your fingers can bend or where they join your hand
Your next opponent will be me.
  • opponent: someone who is competing against you
I accidentally tweaked his facial nerve.
  • tweaked: to pull or twist a part of someone’s body
  • facial: pat of the face
To nurture it.
  • nurture: to help someone or something to develop
you may be the scariest bandit in Haijin Province...
  • bandit: a thief who attacks travelers, usually with other thieves
...but you're a lousy tipper."
  • lousy: bad, or unpleasant
  • tipper: person who tips after a service such as in a restaurant
I know you're trying to be all mystical and kung fuey...
  • mystical: relating to or involving mysterious religious or spiritual powers
I vowed to train you, and you have been trained. You are free to eat.
  • vowed: a serious promise
Evacuate the valley. You must protect the villagers from Tai Lung's rage.
  • evacuate: to leave a building or other place because it is not safe
  • rage: a very strong feeling of anger
Wow. It is as Oogway foretold.
  • foretold: to say what will happen in the future


2008 - Kung Fu Panda - PDF download

Friday, November 26, 2010

MV: Letters to Juliet

2010 - Letters to Juliet

An American girl on vacation in Italy finds an unanswered "letter to Juliet" -- one of thousands of missives left at the fictional lover's Verona courtyard, which are typically answered by a the "secretaries of Juliet" -- and she goes on a quest to find the lovers referenced in the letter.


This is Sophie Hall from The New Yorker.
  • The New Yorker = magazine in New York
It is a bit like being a detective, yes.
  • detective = a police officer whose job is to try to discover information about a crime so that the criminal can be caught
Can you confirm where you were when you found out World War II was over?
  • confirm = to prove that something is true
The kiss, was it spontaneous or was it staged?
  • spontaneous = happening in a natural way without being planned or thought about
  • staged = deliberately arranged for effect
...said that the nurse was the bee's knees
  • bee's knees = {old slang} the absolute best, perfect, the greatest
Speaking of which, I understand that you're headed off to Verona
  • to head off = to leave
...we're gonna get a little tipsy,
  • tipsy = slightly drunk
-And they dig these exquisite truffles...
  • exquisite = extremely beautiful and delicate
  • truffles = a fungus that grows under the ground and is very expensive to buy because people consider it a special food
Yeah, the lovers' quarrels, the breakups, the really tangled hearts.
  • quarrels = an argument, especially one about something unimportant between people who know each other well
  • tangled = very complicated and difficult to deal with
Okay, what shall I do? I mean, my hands are tied.
  • my hands are tied = {slang} not able to do anything
and he's invited me to this amazing wine auction that's happening in Livorno.
  • auction = public event where things are sold to people who offer the most money for them
It's super-exclusive.
  • exclusive = limited to a particular person, thing, or group and not shared with others
What, are you some lonely American girl who has to live vicariously through others?
  • to live vicariously through others = to experience life through the actions of other people
My condolences to the groom.
  • condolences = the things that you say to show sympathy when someone has just died
...that can manage to jam, "Oh, my God" and "awesome" into the same sentence.
  • jam = to push someone or something somewhere using a lot of force
...it seems a little churlish not to meet the woman responsible
  • churlish = impolite and unfriendly, especially toward someone who does not deserve to be treated in this way
-Of course, if it's not an intrusion.
  • intrusion = the act of becoming involved in something in a way that is not welcome
Gran, a journalist trying to pry into our private lives.
  • to pry = to be interested in someone’s personal life in a way that is annoying or offensive
Her soul mate was my grandfather. Let's not invalidate my entire existence.
  • soul mate = someone who you have a special relationship with because you share the same feelings, attitudes, and beliefs
  • invalidate = to prove that an argument or opinion is wrong
Both skeptics.
  • skeptics = someone who has doubts about things that other people think are true or right
There's no need to prolong the disappointment.
  • to prolong = to make something last longer
I find things. And through process of elimination
  • process of elimination = a way of finding an answer or solution by first deciding which answers or solutions are not possible
...and caveat emptor, which will require assembling a few more facts,
  • caveat emptor = A Latin phrase meaning “buyer beware.”
-This is utter, complete mad...
  • utter, complete madness = 100% crazy
Charlie, why don't you tell Sophie about your pro bono legal work?
  • pro bono legal work = done without the usual payment that a lawyer charges
I just didn't have you pinned down as the save-humanity type at all.
  • to pin down = to understand or describe something exactly
You wrote that blasted letter.
  • blasted = used for emphasizing that you are annoyed with someone or something
You know, I'm not the buttoned-up, buttock-clenching killjoy you try to make me out as.
  • buttoned-up = {slang} closed minded
  • buttock-clenching = not tolerant of other view points
  • killjoy = enjoys ending the happiness of others
How am I to be sure that I'm being properly portrayed?
  • portrayed = to show or describe someone or something in a particular way
Churchill in a dress.
  • Churchill = Winston Churchill was the prime minister of the UK during WWII
Admirable trait.
  • admirable = deserving to be admired or respected
  • trait = characteristic
Because I guess I'm a perfectionist.
  • perfectionist = person who want's everything perfect
You know that's just another way of saying "I'm a chicken"?
  • "I'm a chicken?" = "I'm frightened?"
You are the Montagues and the Capulets.
  • Montagues and Capulets = waring families
Over the next hill? Or the next? Scour the whole country?
  • scour = to look for with great effort
I think you did more than tag along.
  • tag along = come along with
I never should've kissed you. I was completely out of bounds.
  • out of bounds = not according to rules of politeness
Okay, okay, then don't sugarcoat it, Gran.
  • sugarcoat = make something sound nicer than it is
That you were Romeo. You were throwing pebbles
  • pebbles = small rocks
La mia bella Claire!
  • mia bella = {Italian} my beautiful


2010 - Letters to Juliet - PDF download

Monday, November 22, 2010

Nike: Lacing Shoe Eyelets

originally posted April 02, 2009 by Coach Jay


Hi, Should running shoes be laced all of the way or should I leave the last eyelet at the top open? Thanks, Gary

Hi Gary,
That top-most eyelet is for use at your discretion. Some runners find that they need that added eyelet to achieve a secure heel fit, but in most cases it goes unused, which is entirely okay. It’s all just a matter of what feels and works best for your feet.

Thanks for the great question!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Lyrics: Jewel - Satisfied


Jewel - Satisfied

If you love somebody
You better lead it out
Don’t hold it back
While you’re trying to figure it out
Don’t be timid
Don’t be afraid to hurt
Run toward the flame, run toward the fire
Hold on for all your worth

Cause the only real pain
Your heart can never know
Is the feeling of regret
When you don’t let your feeling’s show
So did you say it
Did you mean it
Did you lay it on the line, did you make it count
Did you look ‘em in the eye & did they feel it
Did you say in time
Did you say out loud
Cause if you did Hun
Then you lived some
And that feeling inside
It’s called satisfied

Busy people walkin’ by
I can’t help but worry some
So many things to do
So little love gets done
Empty hearts everywhere
Drownding the dine(?) of thirst
But if you want love, it’s not that tough
Start by giving it first

Cause the only real pain
Your heart can never know
Is the feeling of regret
When you don’t let your feeling’s show
So did you say it
Did you mean it
Did you lay it on the line, did you make it count
Did you look ‘em in the eye & did they feel it
Did you say in time
Did you say out loud
Cause if you did Hun
Well then you lived some
And that feeling inside
That’s called satisfied

Horses were made to run
And the sun was meant to shine above
And flowers were made to bloom
Then there’s us
We were born
To love
We were born
To love
So did you say it
Did you mean it
Did you lay it on the line, did you make it count
Did you look ‘em in the eye & did they feel it
Did you say in time
Did you say out loud… oh
Cause if you did Hun
Well then you lived some
And that feeling inside
It’s called satisfied

Friday, October 22, 2010

Nike: Young Runners

originally posted March 13, 2009 by Coach Jay

My name is Johnathan and I am the distance coach at a high school in Texas. I have a sophomore girl running a 12:40 3200m and 5:50 1600m. I'm looking for advice on what I can do to help this runner reach her potential. Here is what we are doing during workouts:

Mondays: 6 quarters under 80 secs (3 minute break)
Tuesdays: 4 miles
Wednesdays: Mile intervals (under 7) with negative splits (4 minute rest)
Thursday: 4 miles

She works out with the head coach during athletics a couple days a week. This week coming up I'm going to lower the break between quarters to 2 minutes and hopefully increase her mileage. She has only been running for 2 weeks since basketball so we are a little behind. Our ultimate goal for this year is for her to get the school record in both races. The 3200m is 12:30 and the 1600m is 5:35.

I know the workouts I am giving my kids are making them better runners because their times are improving every week, but how do I get them to fulfill all of their potential? - - Thanks, Johnathan

Johnathan - Thanks for the detailed email. Long term, the three big things that are missing from the young woman's schedule:

  1. A longer, more challenging aerobic workout once a week during the track season and twice a week in the summer and in cross-country.
  2. Lots and lots of general strength work...she can likely handle a great deal of this work.
  3. Some light neuromuscular training: running at 400m-800m pace 1-2 times a week, but with full recovery jogs.

Working backwards from the list above, think of the neuromuscular work as simply "faster than 1,600m pace" work. You simply need to give her some "strides" or 100m-150m repeats at 800m pace 1-2 times a week. Most good coaches assign this after easy days, so you might want to add this at the end of one of the 4 mile days. That said, you only need 4x100m or 4x150m with a SLOW jog between them.

The general strength work is simply adding the routines that are on this site (general strength videos are found on the video wall). You can have her watch the videos, then print the PDFs and have her bring them to practice. Initially, the pedestal routine will be challenging, but eventually she should be able to do that with ease 4-5 times a week. Also, at the beginning of the season you can and should ask her to do 10-15 minute of this of this type of work following her last event of her track meets. Keep the next day easy and then consider giving her a day off two days after the meet (so if the meet was on Friday, she does an easy aerobic run Saturday and takes Sunday off).

Finally, you need to add an aerobic workout once a week during the outdoor track season. You can read through older posts to learn about threshold running and fartlek runs, but either way you need to give her one aerobic workout a week. This could be as long as 5-6 miles for her. She will be better by her senior year if you do this work, though in the short term, your schedule is fine. If you truly want to see her develop and get better every year then you need to give her one workout a week during the track season that is a high level aerobic stimulus.

Good luck Johnathan and thanks for the email.

*Coach Jay’s advice is provided as general training information. Use at your own risk. Always consult with your own heath care provider for questions relating to your specific training and nutrition.

Coach Jay coaches athletes at RunnersCoach.com and blogs at CoachJayJohnson.com. If you have a question for Jay, email him here: coachjay@nike.com.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

USA Traffic & Road Sign Test

Test your knowledge on the meanings of traffic and road signs. This test contains 5 parts, 30 multiple choice questions for each part. Grading is in real time after you submit the results and a detailed answer sheet is provided. Driving is a privilege, you are responsible for knowing what all traffic control signs mean. Did you know there are over 500 traffic signs in use today? Understanding their meanings will make you a safer driver.



Monday, October 11, 2010

MV: Salt

2010 - Salt

Evelyn Salt is a CIA agent and highly respected by all, including her boss, Ted Winter. Out of the blue, a Russian spy walks into their offices and offers a vital piece of information: the President of Russia will be assassinated during his forthcoming visit to New York City to attend the funeral of the recently deceased U.S. Vice President. The name of the assassin: Evelyn Salt. Concerned about the safety of her husband, who she cannot contact, she goes on the run. Winter refuses to accept that she is a mole or a double agent but her actions begin to raise doubts. Just who is Evelyn Salt and what is she planning?


Please, please, I'm not a spy.
  • spy = someone whose job is to find out secret information about a country or organization
I work in the sale of petroleum and gas.
  • petroleum = (crude) oil
You are here to sabotage our nuclear ambition.
  • sabotage = deliberate damage that is done to the property of an enemy or opponent
  • ambition = something that you very much want to do, something that is difficult to achieve
Keep your head down and don't say anything until we make the the swap.
  • swap = exchange
All the rules say to leave me, that one life is not worth blowing operational cover.
  • operational cover / under cover = pretending to be someone else to find secret information
He petitioned the Senate...
  • to petition = to ask someone in authority to do something using a petition
We didn't need the publicity, so I figured we better do something or
  • to figure / to figure out = to be able to understand something or to solve a problem
...he's gonna invade this God damn Republic himself.
  • to invade = to take or send an army into another country in order to get control of it
No, but it is utilitarian and utilitarian is the new sexy.
  • utilitarian = designed to be useful rather than attractive
Ran the trace, first name Usem, last name Utsa.
  • trace = to use electronic equipment to find out where a telephone call was made
Any verifiable hits?
  • verifiable = able to be checked or proved
Matahari here's got a big night tonight.
  • Mata Hari = Mata Hari was the name of the Dutch exotic dancer and prostitute Gertrud Margarete Zelle, who was shot by the French as a spy on 15 October 1917.
I like the ring of that.
  • 'the ring of that' = 'the sound of that'
How did the Oval Office briefing go?
  • Oval Office = office of the US President
Hm... Fingers crossed
  • 'fingers crossed' = good luck
Once you start pushing papers, there's no turning back.
  • 'pushing papers' = office job at a desk
I was homesick.
  • homesick = to miss home
A defector, 10 minutes ago.
  • defector = In politics, a person who gives up allegiance to one state or political entity in exchange for allegiance to another.
Guess he's not buying our cover.
  • 'not buying' = 'not believing'
You get his bona-fides?
  • bona-fides = evidence or proof that someone has sincere feelings or is who they claim to be
He says he's FSB, but won't give us any more.
  • FSB = Federal Security Bureau: Russian internal counterintelligence agency
Come on Salt, no one can sort out a nut job from the real thing faster than you.
  • to sort out = to find out information that allows you to understand something
  • nut job = someone who is crazy
Hey, Ted. We're crashing the party.
  • 'crash the party' = uninvited
Commencing audio and visual recording.
  • to commence = to begin
  • audio = sound
Testing ear piece.
  • ear piece = communication device that fits in the ear
I'm moved.
  • to be moved = to affect someone emotionally by making them feel sad and serious
A defector with cancer. Are you selling secrets for chemo or are you afraid of dying?
  • chemo = short name for chemotherapy where chemicals are given to destroy cancer
Shows up in 1993 in Novosibirsk blast, Siberia.
  • blast = explosion
Prior to '93...
  • prior = before a time period
A master spy who had devised the greatest plan a Russian patriot could ever invent...
  • devise = to invent a method of doing something
  • patriot = someone who has strong feelings of love, respect, and duty toward their country
American named Lee Harvey Oswald.
  • Lee Harvey Oswald = assassinated (killed) President John F. Kennedy in 1963
...he emigrated to Russia.
  • to emigrate = to leave your country in order to live in another country
The spy master was now given the go ahead, to create many more like Alec.
  • 'the go ahead' = official approval to begin
Scores of agents.
  • scores = a large number of people or things
At an abandoned monastery, Chenkov and other boys
  • abandoned = left empty or no longer used
Drilled in idiom, idiosyncrasy.
  • idiom = an expression whose meaning is different from the meaning of the individual words
  • idiosyncrasy = way of behaving that is unusual or strange, and not shared by other people
And ideology.
  • ideology = a system of ideas and principles on which a political or economic theory is based
And by methods of rigorous physical and psychological programming.
  • rigorous = strict, or severe
It's an urban legend.
  • urban legend = A form of modern folk story thought to be true but are often distorted, exaggerated, or sensationalized over time.
Highly trained Russian sleeper agents, inserted into American society to sabotage and assassinate.
  • to insert = to put something into something else, or into a hole or space
You don't believe in moles?
  • mole = someone who joins or works for an organization in order to give secret information about it to other people, especially to its enemies
I believe in moles, alright. Just not the boogyman.
  • 'boogyman' = an imaginary man who frightens children, especially in children’s stories
This guy's selling smoke.
  • 'selling smoke' = telling lies
Wrap it up, Eve.
  • 'wrap it up' = finish
So far, the FMRI has registered truthful on everything he said.
  • FMRI = functional magnetic resonance imaging: to determine the specific location of the brain where a certain function, such as speech or memory, occurs.
  • has registered = to show as a particular measurement on a piece of equipment
'Cause he didn't flutter? I can beat that thing five
  • to flutter = to move up and down or from side to side with short, quick, light movements,
Honey, it's me. Please call me as soon as you get this.
  • Honey = used for talking to someone who you care about
Okay sweetheart? As soon as you get this.
  • Sweetheart = used for talking to someone who you care about
Godspeed, comrade Chenkov.
  • Godspeed = used for wishing someone good luck, especially before a trip
Someone interrogate that piece of shit.

  • to interrogate = to ask a prisoner or criminal, a lot of questions in an angry or threatening way, in order to get information
Give us a sec.
  • sec = short name for 'second', 'a moment'
I know that we're heading into your jurisdiction here, but I'm asking you for just 5 minutes.
  • heading = to go in a particular direction
  • jurisdiction = the right or power to make legal decision
Get me a side-arm.
  • side-arm = a firearm that is held and fired with one hand
He's one of the world's top arachnologists, Eve.
  • arachnologists = studies spiders
We bring her in, or we bring her down.
  • bring down = kill
She's east-bound in the mall.
  • east-bound = going east
Box her in.
  • to box in = to surround
I'm innocent, somebody is setting me up.
  • to set someone up = to arrange a situation so that someone is blamed for doing something
Give yourself up, now!
  • to give up = to quit, to surrender to the police
We gotta bring you in Salt.
  • to bring in = to take to jail
Get a roadblock in place now.
  • roadblock = where police or soldiers stop traffic, especially to make checks
Get off on the shoulder! Get off on the shoulder!
  • shoulder = side of the road
A deluxe room.
  • deluxe room = a very good room
Ms. Hernandez, do you need any help with your luggage?
  • luggage = bags, suitcases
The funeral of Vice-President Maxwell Oates.
  • funeral = a ceremony that takes place after someone dies, usually including a religious ceremony, and the formal process of taking the body to the place where it is buried
He's based legacy may be as architect of the new era of Russian, American relations.
  • architect = designer, builder
What's the security perimeter?
  • perimeter = the outer edge of an enclosed area of ground such as a field or airport
We got two, M.I.A's.
  • M.I.A = missing in action
I'm heading down to the crypt, some kind of trouble down there.
  • crypt = an underground room where bodies of dead people are buried, under a church
I can't feel a pulse.
  • pulse = the regular movement of blood as the heart pumps it around the bod
She had the drop on me, Ted.
  • to have the drop on someone = have the momentary advantage of acting first
Even as the body of slain President Matveyev is on it's way back to Moscow,
  • slain = killed
Responding to a rapid escalating crisis.
  • rapid = fast
  • escalating = becoming larger
We seize control of this country's atomic weapons.
  • to seize = to take something using official power and force
And you...are my attache. Your ID.
  • attache = an official who is in charge of a particular subject or activity at an embassy
The bunker, eight stories below the White House
  • bunker = a room with very strong walls, built underground as a shelter against bomb
Pop the hood and open the trunk.
  • 'pop the hood' = open the car's engine cover
A shrapnel. A Serbian land-mine. They spend more time looking at it than the doctor did.
  • shrapnel = small pieces of metal that fly out of a bomb or bullet when it explodes
I think I saw her in the corridor.
  • corridor = hallway
I could see how moved you were with Mike's little white knight routine.
  • 'white knight' = a man that comes to the rescue of a woman



2010 - Salt - PDF download

Past Movie wordlists:

2010 - Remember Me
2005 - Imagine Me and You
2005 - Mr and Mrs Smith
2008 - Yes Man
1943 - Casablanca
1998 - Shakespeare in Love
2002 - Ice Age
2009 - 17 Again
2009 - Harry Potter & The Half Blood Prince
2009 - The Proposal
2009 - Up

HEALTH: How to Meditate

Meditation has been done by many different religions for thousands of years. Now modern science and medicine have measured the benefits of this age-old tradition and it shows the regular meditation can lower blood pressure, reduce of some pain, and lower stress levels.:

Benefits:
  • Confidence and self control
  • Improved concentration
  • Inner certainty
  • Ability to focus and work efficiently
  • Ability to let go of negative emotions such as anger and paranoia
  • Improved posture
  • Greater enjoyment of the physical
  • Better personal relationships
  • Improved health

Learn the basics of Zen meditation in about five minutes.

This is a simple but very complete step-by-step video on how to meditate, and it was produced at the Hazy Moon Zen Center in Los Angeles. It shows the precise instructions given in their beginner’s class. The video is in English with English subtitles. Now you have everything you need to begin, and to begin again.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Nike: Strengthen Your Back to Help You Run Tall

originally posted October 27, 2008 by Coach Jay


"Running tall" is important for all types of runners, and now with the ancillary videos at your fingertips on the Nike Running blog, you might find it even easier to help you accomplish this. While all of the routines help with core strength, the back routine is especially important because it helps you strengthen your posterior chain, the muscles that make up the posterior or "back" of your body. The back routine is as much for butt and hamstrings as it is for you back muscles; if you can strengthen your posterior chain than it will be easier for you to run tall, which is biomechanically more efficient than leaning forward. Remember to try just 1-2 reps of each exercise in the back routine before adding this to your daily schedule.

Want to check out Jay's back routine video? Find it here.

Coach Jay coaches athletes at RunnersCoach.com and blogs at CoachJayJohnson.com. If you have a question for Jay, email him here: coachjay@nike.com.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Essay Writing lesson

Many English students need to know how to write an essay, especially if they are trying to get into certain universities abroad.

Overview

The essay is the most common kind of writing every student will do while at university. That is why it is good for a student to begin to learn how and be comfortable with this kind of writing. Essays are often assigned both in class—which requires previous planning and practice (and a bit of creativity)—and as homework, which also asks for a certain amount of preparation. Many bad essays have been written because of little preparation and confidence.

What is an Essay?

The purpose of a short essay is to encourage students to develop ideas and concepts in their writing using only their thoughts. Essays give a lot of information clearly and in a few words, and require the purpose and direction be clear.

This handout will include a brief introduction to the following kinds of essay writing:

  • The Expository Essay
  • The Descriptive Essay
  • The Narrative Essay
  • The Argumentative (Persuasive) Essay


What is an Expository Essay?

The expository essay requires the student to look at an idea, judge the facts, talk more about the idea, and give reasons for any view about that idea clearly and with few words. This can be done through comparison and contrast, definition, example, the analysis of cause and effect, etc.

The structure of the expository essay is held together by the following:

  • A clear, concise, and defined 'thesis statement' that is in the first paragraph of the essay.
  • Clear and logical transitions between the introduction, body, and conclusion.
  • Body paragraphs that include facts that support the idea, each limited to one general idea.
  • Be creative.
  • A conclusion doesn't just repeat the thesis, but looks at the statement with the essays ideas.

A Complete Argument

It might be helpful to think of an essay like a conversation with a classmate, with a beginning, middle, and end to the conversation. The expository essay must be complete and logically.

The Five-Paragraph Essay

A common method for writing an expository essay is the five-paragraph approach.
1. - an introductory paragraph
2,3,4. - three evidentiary body paragraphs
5. - a conclusion


What is a Descriptive Essay?

The descriptive essay asks the student to describe an object, person, place, experience, emotion, or situation. This kind of essay helps the student learn how to write a story about a single experience. A descriptive essay gives the writer a lot of freedom to be creative (the goal is to paint a picture using words that is alive and moving in the mind of the reader).

Here are some guidelines for writing a descriptive essay:

  • Take time to brainstorm - Take time to write down some ideas before you start to describe it on paper. For example, if you choose pizza, you might start by writing down a few words: sauce, cheese, crust, pepperoni, sausage, spices, hot, melted. Once you have written down some words, you can begin by making descriptive lists for each one.
  • Use clear and concise language - This means that words are chosen carefully.
  • Choose vivid language - Why Choose words that paint a picture in the mind.
  • Use your senses! - Remember, if you are describing something, you need to explain how the thing smelled, felt, sounded, tasted, or looked.
  • What were you thinking?! - Describe emotions or feelings about your topic.
  • Leave the reader with a clear impression - Your goal is to 'connect' your topic to the reader.
  • Be organized! - You must write an organized and logical description. Don't write too much

What is a Narrative Essay?

A narrative essay is like telling a story. These essays let the student to express themselves in a creative and, quite often, emotional way.

Here are some guidelines for writing a narrative essay:

  • The essay should include all the parts of a story: introduction, plot, characters, setting, climax, and conclusion.
  • The essay should have a purpose, the reason for writing it.
  • The essay should be written from a clear point of view, usually of the writer (not always)
  • Use clear language with few words throughout the essay.
  • It is okay to use 'I’.
  • As always, be organized!
Have a clear introduction that sets the tone for the remainder of the essay. Do not leave the reader guessing about the purpose of your narrative. Remember, you are in control of the essay, so guide it where you desire (just make sure your audience can follow your lead).


What is an Argumentative Essay?

The argumentative essay asks the student to investigate a topic, collect, generate, and evaluate facts, and establish a position (for or against) on the topic using few words.

Argumentative essay homework usually need a lot of research. They may need the kind of research where the student collects data through interviews, surveys, observations, or experiments. Detailed research allows the student to learn about the topic and to understand different points of view of the topic so that they may choose a position and support it with the facts collected. Argumentative essays must have a clear thesis and follow good reasons.

The structure of the argumentative essay is held together by the following:
  • A clear, concise, and defined thesis statement that occurs in the first paragraph of the essay.
    • In the first paragraph students should review the topic in a general way. Next, students need to explain why the topic is important or why readers should care. Lastly, students should present the thesis statement.
  • Clear and logical transitions between the introduction, body, and conclusion.
    • One thought follows another. But the transition between different thoughts should finish one and begin another.
  • Body paragraphs that include facts that support the idea.
    • Each paragraph should be limited to the discussion of one general idea. It is also important to explain how and why the facts supports the thesis.
    • However, argumentative essays should also consider and explain differing points of view regarding the topic.
  • Facts support the thesis.
    • The argumentative essay requires well-researched, accurate, detailed, and current information to support the thesis statement and consider other points of view.
  • A conclusion that does not simply repeat the thesis, but looks at it using the new facts.
    • Do not introduce any new information into the conclusion. Repeat why the topic is important, review the main points, and review your thesis.

A Complete Argument

It might be helpful to think of an essay in terms of a conversation or debate with a classmate.

The Five-Paragraph Essay

A common method for writing an argumentative essay is the five-paragraph approach. But it is not the only way to write essays. The method consists of 1) an introductory paragraph 2) three evidentiary body paragraphs that may include discussion of opposing views and 3) a conclusion.


original content posted on Purdue OWL
and written by Jack Baker & Allen Birzee
http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/685/1/


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English Online France Reading and writing
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Uni Learning Academic Writing Online exercises
How to Write a Five-Paragraph Essay Simple steps
Academic Essay Writing Many, many links
How to Write and Admissions Essay
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How to Write the SAT Essay
How to Write the Opening Line of an Essay
How to Write an Essay Outline
Essay Outline for ESL Students

NEWS: Vatican official criticizes Nobel win for IVF pioneer

originally posted 4 October 2010 @ BBC.co.uk

BREAKING NEWS ENGLISH

The first test tube baby
celebrated her 30th birthday
with Prof Edwards in 2008
A Vatican official has said the awarding of the Nobel Prize for Medicine to British IVF pioneer Robert Edwards is "completely out of order".

Ignacio Carrasco de Paula, head of the Pontifical Academy for Life, said the award ignored the ethical questions raised by the fertility treatment.

He said IVF had led to the destruction of large numbers of human embryos.

Nearly four million babies have been born using IVF fertility treatment since 1978.

Monsignor Carrasco, the Vatican's spokesman on bio-ethics, said in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) had been "a new and important chapter in the field of human reproduction".

But he said the Nobel prize committee's choice of Prof Edwards had been "completely out of order" as without his treatment, there would be no market for human eggs "and there would not be a large number of freezers filled with embryos in the world", he told Italy's Ansa news agency.

"In the best of cases they are transferred into a uterus but most probably they will end up abandoned or dead, which is a problem for which the new Nobel prize winner is responsible."

In his statement, Monsignor Carrasco stressed that he was speaking in a personal capacity.

The Nobel medicine prize committee in Sweden said Prof Edwards' work had brought "joy to infertile people all over the world".

"His achievements have made it possible to treat infertility, a medical condition afflicting a large proportion of humanity, including more than 10% of all couples worldwide," it said.

Prof Edwards efforts in the 1950s, 60s and 70s led to the birth of the world's first "test tube baby", Louise Brown, in July 1978.

Ms Brown said the award was "fantastic news".

"Me and mum are so glad that one of the pioneers of IVF has been given the recognition he deserves," she said.

"We hold Bob in great affection and are delighted to send our personal congratulations to him and his family at this time."

Thursday, September 30, 2010

NEWS: Actress Emma Thompson attacks use of sloppy language

originally posted 28 September 2010 @ BBC.co.uk


Emma Thompson
also rules out ever
having plastic surgery,
saying it is 'dysfunctional'
Actress Emma Thompson has spoken out against the use of sloppy language.

The 51-year-old Oscar winner told the Radio Times that people who did not speak properly made her feel "insane".

She said: "We have to reinvest, I think, in the idea of articulacy as a form of personal human freedom and power."

Ms Thompson added that on a visit to her old school she told pupils not to use slang words such as "likes" and "innit".

"I told them, 'Just don't do it. Because it makes you sound stupid and you're not stupid."'

She said: "There is the necessity to have two languages - one that you use with your mates and the other that you need in any official capacity."

'Street speak'

Responding to her comments, English language specialist Prof Clive Upton, from the University of Leeds, said that "street speak" was not necessarily a problem.

He said: "There are certain places where the sort of street speak which a lot of teenagers go in for just doesn't cut the mustard.

"If they do deploy the sort of language they're using on the streets in formal settings then it could well be a disadvantage to them but at other times it's quite clearly the way they get along, the way that they signal they belong in a group, the way that they fit in.

"And we all do that in our professional lives as well. We've got all our acronyms and our little words that we use that send a signal - I'm one of the club."

Mike Clarke from Bideford in Devon contacted the BBC News website to show his support for Ms Thompson's stance.

He said: "I entirely agree with her comments - I have been a solicitor for over 25 years and have to communicate and engage with people with widely differing verbal ability and understanding. I despise both extremes - dumbing down language, just as much as 'poshing' it up.

"Both are endemic today and both demonstrate the very worst kind of patronising arrogance.

"They stem from a desire to set one's self apart from the other party - it's cultural snobbishness and ironic that it should often emanate from those who would consider themselves to be at opposing ends of the social spectrum."

Ms Thompson, who has written a new version of the musical My Fair Lady, also told the magazine that she was not interested in having plastic surgery.

"It really does seem to me to be quite psychologically dysfunctional and part of this ridiculous culture of perfection."

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

NEWS; Why Are 6 Of Top 7 Fattest Countries English Speaking Ones?

Originally posted 24 September 2010 @ Medical News Today


The countries in the world with the highest obesity rates are (in order) USA, Mexico, New Zealand, Australia, United Kingdom, Canada and Ireland. With the exception of Mexico, all the fattest countries have one thing in common - they are English-speaking nations. In fact, the latest OECD report on obesity rates of 33 countries includes 6 English-speaking ones in the top 7, and none in the rest of the list.

Among the ten slimmest countries in the OECD (Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development) are countries such as Japan, Korea, Switzerland, Italy, Norway, Sweden, and Austria - a good spread of northern and southern European lifestyles as well as two Asian nations.

Several people, including nutritionists, health care professionals and economists are beginning to wonder what it is that bunches all the Anglo-Saxon nations up at the top of the obesity/overweight league.

One theory is that they are all driven by an American lifestyle. Being countries that speak the same language, they are more likely to absorb and embrace features of a major nation more readily and rapidly. So, why Mexico? Historically, Mexico was never an overweight country until recently. However, during the 1990s Mexico joined NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement) and acquired US business practices, and perhaps also other behaviors, such as driving everywhere, living on TV dinners, and embracing fast food outlets. Osmosis is probably a likely factor too; Mexico is next door to the USA.

The United Kingdom is the fattest country in Europe, and obesity/overweight rates are growing apace. While the UK has had the fastest growing rates in Europe over the last ten years, Australia's obesity/overweight rate has been growing faster than any other OECD country's over the past 20 years. The OECD believes that over the next ten years obesity rates in Australia will grow another 15%.

In the USA, UK and Australia the difference in average bodyweight among men is fairly similar across all socioeconomic and academic groups. An American woman with poor education is 1.3 times more likely to be overweight than an educated woman, in the UK and Australia the difference is 1.4 times. The three countries have three similarities among male and female adult bodyweight variations.

In England, almost 1 in 3 children is overweight - in Scotland it is more than 1 in 3. Recently there have been signs of stabilization in childhood obesity rates in England. 40% of American children are overweight, but as in England, there are signs that rates are leveling out. If you look at rates and recent trends among people in English-speaking nations and compare them to other countries', you sometimes get the impression that Anglo-Saxon countries experience the same good and bad things almost in unison.

Historically, England (the main source of recent Anglo-Saxon culture) has had a diet based on butter for cooking, versus the Mediterranean countries which predominantly have used olive oil. But this behavior goes back a long time, while the obesity epidemic is comparatively much more recent.

Only 1 person in every 10 is obese in Sweden, but more than half of adult men and 33% of adult women are overweight. There are larger social disparities regarding bodyweight in Sweden, compared to English-speaking countries. A woman in Sweden with poor education is more than twice as likely to be overweight, compared to more educated women. Although the gap in men is less, it is much greater than in the majority of OECD countries.

Although obesity rates in South Korea are the second lowest in the OECD, after Japan, they have been increasing. Approximately 4% (1 in every 25) of South Korean adults are obese, and about 30% are overweight (including obese). The OECD estimates that overweight rates will go up by 5% during the next ten years. Adult females are five times more likely than more educated women to be overweight, while differences among males hardly vary across socioeconomic or academic groups. Korean researchers found that if at least one parent is obese, boys are about 3 times more likely and girls almost 6 times more likely to be obese too, compared to children with no obese parents in the household.

Although obesity rates in Canada are high when compared to the OECD average, they have not changed much over the last 15 years. 2 in every 3 adult males are overweight, while 1 in every 4 people (both sexes) is obese. Obesity/overweight rates are expected to rise by no more than 5% during the next decade.

Although obesity rates are lower in France than the OECD average, they have been going up steadily. Approximately 1 in every 10 French people is obese, and nearly 40% are overweight. Obesity/overweight rates are expected to go up by another 10% during the next decade.

Compared to other OECD countries, adult obesity rates are slightly higher in Spain than the OECD average, but childhood rates are among the highest. 1 in every 6 people in Spain is obese, and 2 out of every 3 men are overweight. 1 in 3 children aged 13-14 years is overweight in Spain. The adult overweight/obesity rate is expected to grow by about 10% during the next decade.

As is the case in Spain, obesity/overweight rates in Italian children is very high compared to the OECD average - at 1 in 3 children being overweight, it has one of the highest rates in the OECD. Adult rates are low. Approximately 1 in 10 Italians is obese, over 50% of adult males and 1 in 3 adult females are overweight. Over the next decade rates are expected to rise by about 5%.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

NEWS: Commonwealth Games chief rushing to New Delhi

By RAVI NESSMAN, originally posted Sep 22 @ Yahoo News


 A crane lifts debris from a pedestrian
bridge that collapsed Tuesday outside
the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium
NEW DELHI – The Commonwealth Games chief rushed to New Delhi seeking emergency talks with the prime minister over India's chaotic preparations, as two world champion competitors withdrew and England warned that problems with the athletes' village have left the sporting event on a "knife-edge."

No national teams have yet pulled out, but Scotland announced Wednesday it would delay its travel to the Indian capital, where the athletes' village — said to be incomplete and soiled with human excrement — was supposed to open Thursday.

Indian officials insisted that facilities would be ready and immaculate for the Oct. 3 games opening despite wide-ranging concerns about unfinished buildings construction collapses and an outbreak of dengue fever.

The Games, which bring together more than 7,000 athletes from the 71 countries and territories from the former British empire every four years, was supposed to showcase India as an emerging power in the international community. Instead, it has become a major embarrassment.

The city has had seven years to prepare, though very little work was done until 2008. New Delhi has been a frenzy of activity in recent weeks, as it struggles to meet the deadline — only adding to concern that haste could lead to shortcuts in construction of key facilities.

On Tuesday, a 90-meter (yard) pedestrian bridge collapsed at the main stadium, injuring 27 construction workers, five critically. On Wednesday, part of a drop ceiling at the weightlifting venue collapsed, officials said.

Compounding concerns over the readiness of the games facilities are security fears after the Sunday shooting of two tourists outside one of the city's top attractions. An Islamic militant group took responsibility for the shooting.

Commonwealth Games Federation President Mike Fennell is due to arrive in New Delhi on Thursday, and has requested a meeting with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, federation chief executive Mike Hooper told The Associated Press.

Hooper said the problems with the games preparations had prompted Fennell to rush to New Delhi far earlier than planned. His emergency trip "emphasizes that this is an important issue and we obviously need to engage at the highest level to get it fixed," Hooper said.

International sports officials have called the games village unfinished, dirty, hobbled by numerous infrastructure problems and even "unsafe and unfit for human habitation."

"It's just filthy. ... It hasn't been cleaned," said Hooper.

In addition to shoddy conditions inside and outside the buildings, there also are problems with plumbing, wiring, furnishings, Internet access and cell phone coverage. Hooper also confirmed reports of excrement found in the village.

"I've never come across this before," Hooper said of the last-minute preparations. "It's very frustrating to see the delays and the fact that we've had to come right down to the wire."

"We've been complaining about the delivery of the venues for nearly two years, and the constant delays," he said.

Andrew Foster, the chairman of Commonwealth Games England, said Wednesday "the next 24 to 48 hours is the critical time" to determine whether the standards of the athletes' village can be raised.

Foster told the BBC that "the safety of the athletes has to be our primary concern, but equally, we cannot just respond to that alone, we have to evaluate the whole thing together and that is what we are doing."

He said "it's a situation that hangs on a knife-edge."

The Indian media blasted its officials for the turmoil — "C'wealth Games India's Shame," The Times of India newspaper said Tuesday in a page-one headline.

But officials continued to downplay the problems, a position that international sports officials say defies reality.

"We are absolutely prepared," Cabinet Secretary K. M. Chandrasekhar, told CNN-IBN television Wednesday.

Speaking of the state of the athletes' village, Urban Development Minister Jaipal Reddy told CNN-IBN: "Athletes and guests should not bother about such small matters," and insisted it would be immaculate when the events begin.

Referring to the collapsed pedestrian bridge, New Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit told reporters: "The accident is not as big as being made out to be." Dikshit is the equivalent of the city's mayor.

The cost of hosting the games — which the government initially pegged at less than $100 million in 2003 — has skyrocketed, with estimates ranging from $3 billion to more than $10 billion.

Scotland's team, the first batch of which was set to leave Thursday, delayed its departure for the games, saying it wants to give organizers time to prepare accommodation and solve the growing number of problems. Commonwealth Games Scotland chairman Michael Cavanagh said that would be put off for "a few days."

Australian discus world champion Dani Samuels and England's world champion triple jumper Phillips Idowu both withdrew from the games Tuesday.

Idowu said in a Twitter message that: "I can't afford to risk my safety in the slightest. Sorry people, but I have children to think about. My safety is more important to them than a medal."

Australia's 1990 Commonwealth Games gold medalist, Jane Flemming, said Samuels' withdrawal could spark a flood of other athletes to make the same choice.

"It would not surprise me if we now see a whole flux of withdrawals," she told the Australian Broadcasting Corp.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Nike: Too Heavy To Be a Runner?

originally posted January 08, 2010 by Coach Jay


Coach Jay, For the first time in my life I am really enjoying running, but am unsure if I am too big to continue. I decided to try jogging as part of my weight loss regimen in addition to weight training and other cardio.

As of this month I have achieved 30lbs of weight loss and ran 2 continuous miles for the first time in almost 10 years. Once I started running 2 miles a day several times a week, I realized how much I now enjoy running. Unfortunately, I am getting soreness in my shins. I still weigh about 255lbs and other runners at my fitness center have commented that I just don't have a runner's body and probably should not run endurance because of the heavier impact. Four years ago I was pretty lean at 230lbs, so I will be a big guy even when I'm done losing the weight.

I set a personal goal to run a 5k and possibly a 10k this next summer or fall and it has been a tremendous motivational tool for me. I know I could run much longer distances than 2 miles already if only my legs could hold up. For now I have switched to stationary bike as a non-weight bearing cardio source while my legs recover. Also, I'm certain I can't get lighter than 220 without muscle loss.

Am I really too heavy to be a runner now or even when I achieve my weight goal? Are there ways to strengthen my lower legs to prevent soreness and injury? - - -Matt

Matt, First, thanks so much for the candid and detailed email, and I hope my response is useful.

Your first sentence is the key in my mind: for the first time in your life you enjoy running. Not only is that awesome, but it's also the key reason why you need to ignore the other runners at your fitness center. You want to run and you're enjoying it so the question is NOT can you or should you, but how will you.

So how will you? By making your running days your favorite workout days and using other aerobic activities to lose weight. And if you're really motivated, you're a prime candidate to religiously implement the general strength exercises in our video series.

Your first goal is to run more than two miles on your runs, and the way you'll do it is by run-walking; run your NORMAL pace—don't run faster than what you've been running—for 2 minutes and then walk briskly for 2-3 minutes. I don't want you spending any more time running, yet the total workout will be longer. If your normal two mile run is taking you 20 minutes then you get to do 10 sets of that, which will be a 40 minute workout. You should do the Myrtl routine before that run and the Pedestal routine and Back routine after the run.

Now, if you do that 2-3 times a week then you can choose your other activities, although I would argue that swimming should be at the top of the list. You can either swim laps or aqua jog and then after that workout you can do a weight workout per the instructions of a trainer at your fitness center.

The bottom line is a 5k and then a 10k race are totally realistic in 2010, but it's baby steps to get there. Please write back in 2-3 months and I can help you take the "next logical step" in your training at that time. Thanks for the question Matt.

Coach Jay coaches athletes at RunnersCoach.com and blogs at CoachJayJohnson.com. And don't forget, if you have training question for Coach Jay, email him here: coachjay@nike.com.

Interested in Coach Jay's General Strength videos? Click here to check them out.

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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

NEWS: UK children's pocket money falls to 7-year low

originally posted Mon Sep 20, 2010 @ Reuters


(Reuters) - British children's weekly pocket money has fallen to a seven-year low, in a sign parents are still cutting back on non-essential spending even as the country emerges from recession, a survey showed on Monday.

Halifax, part of Lloyds Banking Group, said average pocket money fell to 5.89 pounds ($9.23) a week in 2010 from 6.24 pounds in 2009. The new figure is the lowest weekly sum since 2003 when parents paid an average of 5.79 pounds.

Children's pocket money has fallen despite a small rise in their parents' wages over the past year. Average weekly pay in Britain in the three months to July was 431 pounds excluding bonuses, 1.8 percent more than a year earlier.

Parents paid daughters less pocket money than sons, in a parallel to the gender gap in the earnings of grownups.

Girls received an average 5.70 pounds a month, compared to 6.08 pounds a month for boys, a difference of around 6 percent compared to 12 percent between men and women in full-time work.

Halifax based its data on a survey of 1,204 children aged between 8 and 15 conducted from Aug. 26 to Sept. 2.

Monday, September 20, 2010

MV: Remember Me

2010 - Remember Me

A romantic drama set in New York City during the summer of 2001, where Tyler, a rebellious young man, meets Ally through a twist of fate. Her spirit helps him heal after a family tragedy, though soon the circumstances that brought them together threaten to tear them apart.


You smell like Listerine and beer.
  • Listerene = brand of a mouth wash to freshen breath
-and that's hugely prestigious.
  • prestigious = admired and respected by people
Caroline's perfectly capable of speaking up if she's feeling slighted in any way.
  • slighted = to be rude to someone by ignoring them, not showing them respect
That voluptuous, delightfully oblivious little blonde
  • voluptuous = a voluptuous woman has a large curved body & sexually attractive
  • oblivious = not noticing something, or not knowing about it
Maybe we'd do an infomercial.
  • infomercial = a long advertisement on television that is made like a program
'cause she said that there'd be a "Yuletide homicide."
  • Yuletide = an old word meaning the period of time around Christmas
  • homicide = the crime of killing someone
I think I'd rather be sodomized with a toothbrush than that.
  • sodomized = a sexual act in which a man puts his penis into another person’s anus
The schematic for these particular shelves
  • schematic = showing the basic details of something on paper, like a technical drawing
See, that's why chicks dig you, man.
  • chicks = {old slang} pretty girl/woman
  • dig = {old slang} to like/love
I've had enough of this brooding introvert shit, okay?
  • brooding = looking as if you are thinking and worrying about something
  • introvert = someone who tends to concentrate on their own thoughts instead of communicating with other people
I'm ready to set up an intervention here.
  • intervention = attempt by one, or often many, people (usually family and friends) to get someone to seek professional help with an addiction or some kind of traumatic event or crisis, or other serious problem. ...
You do realize that interventions typically don't involve binge drinking.
  • binge drinking = drinking of large amounts of alcohol in a short period of time to get drunk
Communion.
  • communion = Christian ceremony that usually takes place when very young, about 12.
She's not mad. That's how people act when they're really into you.
  • into you = {slang} someone is interested in someone
-Mojitos!
  • mojito = an alcoholic drink made from rum or vodka and lime juice.
That was great. You did it in unison.
  • unison = together, or at the same time
-Anything in here gonna stab me?
  • stab = to push a sharp object quickly into something
-That scumbag kicked my car!
  • scumbag = {slang} an insulting word for someone who you think is very unpleasant
not matriculating in school.
  • matriculating = to officially become a student at a university
...to keep your complexes and your nihilistic bullshit to yourself!
  • nihilistic = the belief that nothing in life has any importance or value
about the god who banished all his children to the underworld,
  • banished = to make someone go somewhere else and never to return
and how his youngest son, to get even, castrated him with a sickle?
  • castrated = to remove the testicles (=the pair of male sexual organs) of a man or animal
  • sickle = a long curved blade and a handle
I had a horrible threshing accident.
  • threshing = machine that separates the grain from the rest of a crop such as wheat
Ma petite soeurette, une freak of nature.
  • [French] My little sister, a freak (not normal) of nature
Yeah, you should be incarcerated just on general principle.
  • incarcerated = someone in prison
"Hey, doll face, your dad trampled all over my civil liberties.
  • trampled = to put your feet down on someone in a heavy way that causes injury or damage
But I'm convinced that he has an aura that you can actually perceive.
  • perceive = to notice or realize somethin
I don't know. I don't think anybody else here fits the criteria.
  • criteria = characteristics used for judging something or for making a decision
I can feeI it in my bones. I'm gonna be devastated.
  • devastated = feeling very shocked and upset
You want cab fare?
  • cab fare = cost to use a taxi
Embolism bursts, asteroid hits the restaurant.
  • embolism = something (blood clot) that blocks a blood vessel in your body
  • asteroid = a mass of rock that moves around in space such as a meteor.
swear to me on your eternal soul that I make it through my entree,
  • entree = the main part of a meal, especially at a restaurant
I used to do a bit of falconry when I was a kid.
  • falconry = the activity or skill of training falcons to hunt
God, your parents are pretentious as hell.
  • pretentious = behaving to impress other people but seems false or too deliberate
You're relentless.
  • relentless = determined, and never stopping your attempts to achieve something
Now I'm pissed.
  • pissed = {slang} mad, angry
Hey, there are sins of omission and sins of commission.
  • omission = the fact of not including someone or something
I was hoping for some reassurance.
  • reassurance = an explanation or piece of advice that helps someone to feel less worried
-She's gonna be heartbroken.
  • heartbroken = extremely sad and upset
Get your filthy hands off my sister.
  • filthy = very dirty
-Don't worry, I'm not that impressionable.
  • impressionable = easily impressed and influenced by other people, usually young
I mean, I understand if you don't want some random girl there.
  • random = chosen or happening without any particular method, pattern, or purpose
And while we must devote enormous energy to conquering disease,
  • devote = to spend a lot of time or effort doing something
  • enormous = very large in size or quantity
  • conquering = to defeat
It's a metaphor.
  • metaphor = phrase that means one thing & is used for referring to another thing to emphasize their similar qualities
I mean, why aren't you riveted?
  • riveted = to interest someone so much that they pay complete attention
Good God, you toss that word around, but you have no idea what it means!
  • toss = to throw something somewhere in a slightly careless way
That doesn't mean you can just shatter it whenever you feel,
  • shatter = to destroy or seriously damage something
Yeah. She's pretty traumatized.
  • traumatized = very upset, afraid, or shocked because of a bad experience
I have unleashed a raging shit storm of epic proportions
  • unleashed = to allow someone be free when they were previously strictly controlled
  • raging = very serious, painful, or strong
  • epic = an event or activity that lasts a long time and is sometimes difficult or complicated
  • proportions = the relationship between two or more quantities or parts of a whole
that will not abate until those girls seek enrollment elsewhere.
  • abate = to gradually become less serious or extreme
  • seek = to look for
Try not to vandalize any more schools in the meantime.
  • vandalize = to deliberately damage or destroy things, especially public property
Hey, using your little sister is dirty pool.
  • dirty pool = {slang} not playing fair, by the rules
Are you running late, or are you canceling altogether?
  • running = doing things or arriving in places later than planned
Settle down.
  • settle down = to become calm after being upset, nervous, or excited


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2005 - Imagine Me and You
2005 - Mr and Mrs Smith
2008 - Yes Man
1943 - Casablanca
1998 - Shakespeare in Love
2002 - Ice Age
2009 - 17 Again
2009 - Harry Potter & The Half Blood Prince
2009 - The Proposal
2009 - Up

Saturday, September 18, 2010

NEWS: Lennon's killer considered other noted targets

Originally posted September 16, 2010 @ CBC News


Mark David Chapman says he considered killing either Johnny Carson or Elizabeth Taylor, but John Lennon was "top of the list" the day in 1980 he gunned down the former Beatle.

Chapman told his New York parole board earlier this month that he chose those people because they were famous. A transcript of his hearing was released on Thursday after the board turned down his request for release.

Lennon's killer agreed with a parole board member that he did the killing for "instant notoriety."

"I felt that by killing John Lennon, I would become somebody, and instead of that I became a murderer, and murderers are not somebodies," he said.

Lennon was 40 when he was shot several times on Dec. 8, 1980, outside his luxury apartment building on Manhattan's Upper West Side, opposite Central Park.

Chapman said Lennon seemed to be more "accessible" than other celebrity targets, and called the killing "an act of utter selfishness. I thought about me and what I would become."

He called it "a horrible decision."

Chapman told the parole board how he bought a gun from a shop near his home in Honolulu by lying about his past history of mental illness. He flew to New York with $5,000 US borrowed from his wife's family, carrying the gun unloaded in his baggage.

When he got there, he discovered he couldn't buy ammunition under New York law. He had to make a side trip to Atlanta to get bullets.

Chapman said he had flown to New York two months earlier with the intention of killing a famous person, but backed out at that time.

He told the board that prison had changed him and when he got out of prison, he intended to get a job.