Category Archives: innnteresting

Bottled Water Infographic

About a year ago, I posted this video on the bottled water industry. Although it was effective in its own right in getting the message across, I’ve now found another way information and data can be shared effectively on the internet: infographics. Below is an excellent example of an infographic.

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Luna Sandals

A couple months ago, a friend e-mailed me a link to Luna Sandals, with the subject line: The next big thing.

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It wasn’t until I finished reading Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Super Athletes, and the Greatest Race the World has Never Seen by Christopher McDougall, that I realized what I was actually looking at. The sandals above are called The Leadville, named after The Leadville Trail 100-Mile Run where sandals in similar construction were first run in the US (by the Tarahumara Indians from Mexico). Secondly, the name Luna comes from the Tarahumara Indian, named Manuel Luna, who taught Barefoot Ted how to make his own sandal to run in. Barefoot Ted is the co-founder of Luna Sandals and ran with the Tarahumara, Christopher McDougall, and others in the race that is depicted in Born to Run.

It was like a mini revelation all coming together in my head at once. The running world has such a close-nit community that not many people know about. I’m ready to keep spreading the word!

As for the sandals, I’m not sure I’ll be trying them for myself any time soon, but I love the idea. Perhaps someday it will be the next big thing.

Chi Running

It was only a matter of time before I devoted a post to chi running. I was first intrigued by it because it builds on the barefoot running style by endorsing a better form. This would inherently reduce injury and increase efficiency. I just couldn’t quite grasp the entire idea of it yet, so I put it off. I shall take a stab at it now.

When you Google “chi running” the first thing that pops up is www.chirunning.com. The problem with this website is that it tries to tell you too much all at once. There is SO MUCH text to digest and so many tabs to navigate; I needed some more quick and straightforward information. My wishes came true when an active.com article came out earlier this week describing the five basic elements of chi running:

  • Run tall
  • Lean forward
  • Land on the Mid-foot
  • Run from Your Core
  • Relax, Relax, Relax

Read about the 5 elements [here].

I found it odd that there are certified chi running instructors, classes, training programs, etc offered. They say that this is a natural form of running, but there sure are a lot of learning they say you have to do. I’m not against it, I just find it peculiar.

Another interesting thing I noticed is that they have this whole line of Chi products to promote chi in your running. For example: Correct Toes. “Correct Toes are podiastrist-designed to place each toe in the correct anatomical position in relationship to each other and to the ground. The width can be customized with the use of shims in the first and fourth interspaces.”

There’s also a Chi Running book written by the co-founder of Chi Running; and this is what they claim:

Chi Running combines the inner focus and flow of T’ai Chi with  running to create a ground-breaking running technique that takes the pain and potential injury out of the sport of running. Increase mental focus and clarity.

Lastly, but certainly not least, are the shoes the co-founder recommends for chi running. MINIMALIST BABY!

  • Adidas Adizero Rocket
  • Brooks Mach II Spikeless
  • INOV-8 Talon 212 or Rocklite 295
  • Mizuno Wave Ronin 2
  • New Balance MT100
  • Newton Isaacs
  • Nike Free 3.0
  • Puma Cabana Racer II
  • Vibram Five Fingers KSO or Trek
  • VivoBarefoot EVO

What can I say? I’m a running shoe GEEK. No shame here! So I might as well try this out on one of my runs sometime; I’ve already got one of the five basic concepts down pat anyway! Please stay tuned for an update!

FB Password Change Glitch

Quick post.

Had to reset all my passwords today for reasons I shall disclose in a follow-up post. After changing my FB pw, the app on my iPhone was constantly logging me out. I knew it was particular to my account since logging in with a different username revealed no issues.

Enter the power of Google and the internet:

I searched “Facebook app logging out” and it led me to this Facebook thread: Constant Logging Out!

The solution didn’t make sense, but it worked and it was so simple. I reset my pw again and voila! no more random disconnections. The end.

Black Coffee

For over 20 years, I never considered myself a coffee drinker; I often chastised my sister for being addicted to it.  She’s one of the people who’d get headaches from caffeine withdrawal after going 24 hours without it.  When I started working full-time, I limited myself to 1 cup per week to practice discipline and refrain from become addicted myself.  That was when I worked close to home and had flexible hours.  Now I have an hour long commute (at least) everyday and an 8-hour workday with meetings that usually last between 2 and 3 hours.  I knew I wouldn’t be able to survive without caffeine and knowing that I would have to drink it 4-5 days a week, I had to make some changes.

The first thing I did was remove sugar.  I was easing myself into becoming a black coffee drinker because first and foremost, I needed the caffeine, not the sugar.  Plus, most creamers had some sugar in them already.  After about 2 weeks of coffee with cream, I was ready to transition to taking it black.  It actually wasn’t that bad and I actually enjoy it.  I now can tell when a coffee is good or bad.

Here are some health benefits of drinking black coffee [Source: http://hubpages.com/hub/coffeehealthbenefits]

  • Great source of antioxidants
  • Promotes digestion – coffee is a diuretic
  • Increases athletic endurance – very similar function to caffeinated GU gels

The key here is to understand the difference between drinking a Venti Caramel Latte from Starbucks and a cup of black coffee.  Simply one’s good for you, and the other isn’t.  I never thought I could be a black coffee drinker one day, let alone a coffee drinker, but now I am.  In fact, I recommend it.

50

For a long time, my sister and I held this theory that Asian women aged incredibly well.  That is, until they hit 50 when it all goes downhill.  Our theory was developed after watching our parents and their friends age and was solidified after a visit to the Temple last week.  So why 50?  The answer hit us last week after seeing all these women who we used to think appeared young for their age. and suddenly no longer did.  Menopause.

Today, PV showed me that we were not the only ones with this theory as Reddit recently posted the same exact idea here: http://www.reddit.com/r/comics/comments/f6kzj, original post here: http://iamemiko.blogspot.com/2010/09/how-asians-age.html

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Fun stuff, people! Think I can defy the odds?

‘A Right to Care’

Some background before I get to the bulk of this post:

I recently started a new job at the Primary Care Coalition of Montgomery County for which I’m coordinating a project on breast healthcare improvement for the medically under-served population in the region.  This region includes Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties in Maryland, DC, and five health districts in Northern Virginia.  In Prince George’s County, the safety net health system is primarily run by Greater Baden Medical Services.  Last week the Director of Program Management invited my coworkers and I to a special event they were hosting.  I am still in so much amazement in what I saw that I feel I must share it here and everywhere!

Sarah Joneshttp://sarahjonesonline.com/

I could probably write a lot about Sarah Jones and all the work she’s done, but it’s best that you just see for yourself.  Her TED Talk:

That was merely a glimpse of the performance she gave at the event I attended.  She performed ‘A Right to Care,’ a piece she wrote for a W.K. Kellogg Foundation event in 2005 to help raise awareness on ethnic and racial health disparities in the US.  Click on the following link to watch part of that original performance: http://bit.ly/bQaft6.

I love my job.