Sunday, December 19, 2010

I wonder where the time goes. One moment you're an innocent, careless 7 year old child, and the next moment the cold, daunting prospect of adulthood looms over you ominously, threatening to swallow you whole without mercy. Moment after moment, you are transported. You travel through time, you cover great distances thoughtlessly. And in the next blink of an eye over a decade passes and you wonder where you are. You realize... nothing is certain. Nothing is permanent. Nothing is set in stone. There is no now. Another moment passes. Then another. Another. There. Another. Time never pauses; it never stops for a single man. 

So let it all go. Let your ego go. Let your insecurities go. Let your anger go. Let your fear go. Let your worry go. Clear your mind, organize your thoughts. You are the sole creator of your own destiny, make no mistake. You control yourself, you control your thoughts and actions, which will lead to good or bad things in your life. It's all in your hands. Let the past go. Don't worry about the future. Embrace the everlasting present. 
It's all pointless so relax.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Monday, December 13, 2010

Quote of the Day

"The best way to escape from a problem is to solve it."
- Alan Saporta

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Never give up hope. No matter how hard your life becomes -- no matter how impossible your dreams and goals may seem -- just know, it's possible. Say to yourself, even amid a depressed and hopeless mood, "It's possible." "It's possible if I believe in myself." "It's possible if I just work a little harder." "It's possible if I'm just a little more patient." Never let go of your dreams and goals because that is what defines you as a person; that is what gives you reason and motivation to continue living -- and by living I don't mean just "existing" -- I mean living each day meaningfully and productively.

Just know, the process to true success and happiness is never easy, is never quick. There are countless obstacles and distractions that threaten to bring you down and keep you down. But you don't have to succumb to them. Keep the big picture always at least in the back of your mind. No matter what happens, always try to remain calm and objective and focused -- focused on the right thoughts and the right actions that will one day lead to the success and happiness you've always envisioned and desperately wanted. 

Life is never easy for anyone. And the quest to the fulfillment of our goals and dreams is even less easy. But never give up hope. Never stop trying. It is possible. In fact, with the right attitude and work ethic, it's just a matter of time, it's just right around the corner. 

Sunday, December 5, 2010


Tuesday, November 30, 2010

A new day begins. A new day like always. Time never stops. Time never pauses, even for a second. Life is constantly moving. We continue to grow older and older, whether we like it or not. The days and nights are so fleeting, so impermanent. Just as quickly as the day starts, just as blindingly fast the bright day slips into dim evening and into the dark night. Night... the night is the only time I can find some bare peace. When I sit back and soak in the cool, empty blackness... When I lie on my bed and slip into unconsciousness... But it's only for a few hours until I have to start it all over again. I don't know what I'm doing anymore. I don't know where I'm going. Something has to change... Something MUST change...

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Quote of the Day

"For every pain there is a pleasure. For every pleasure there is a pain."
- Unknown 

Thursday, November 18, 2010

The Best Exercises For Biceps

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Quote of the Day

"Never give up, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn."
- Harriet Beecher Stowe

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Quote of the Day

"A year from now you'll wish you would have started today."
- Unknown

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Quote of the Day

"Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned."
- Buddha

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Quote of the Day

"Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future -- concentrate the mind on the present moment."
- Buddha 
I like oatmeal.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Some Quotes to Motivate and Inspire

"With ordinary talent and extraordinary perseverance all things are attainable." - Thomas Fowell Buxton 

"The greatest oak was once a little nut that held its ground." - Author Unknown

"He conquers who endures." - Persius

"When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you could not hold on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn." - Harriet Beecher Stowe

"Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration." - Thomas Edison

"The diamond cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials." - Chinese Proverb

"I'm a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it." - Thomas Jefferson

"Press on! A better fate awaits thee." - Victor Hugo

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Monday, October 11, 2010

Ever Wonder...

Why the sun lightens our hair, but darkens our skin?

Why women can't put on mascara with their mouth closed?

Why you don't ever see the headline "Psychic Wins Lottery"?

Why "abbreviated" is such a long word?

Why doctors call what they do "practice"?

Why lemon juice is made with artificial flavor, while dishwashing liquid is made with real lemons?

Why the man who invests all your money is called a broker?

Why there isn't mouse-flavored cat food?

Why they sterilize the needle for lethal injections? 

Why they don't make the whole plane out of the material used for the indestructible black box ?

Why sheep don't shrink when it rains?

Why they are called apartments when they are all stuck together? 

If con is the opposite of pro, is Congress the opposite of progress?

Why they call the airport "the terminal" if flying is so safe?

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

My Current At Home Workout Routine

I used to go to a public gym but for the past year or so I've just been working out at home. You can still get a decent workout at home; you just need a couple pieces of very basic, relatively cheap equipment and some creativity. To get a solid workout from home, you should at least own a pair of moderately heavy dumbbells and a pull up bar you can use on a door frame -- in my case, the Iron Gym. I used to follow a split training routine where I trained about 5-6 times a week and train one body part per day of the week but training at home has made a full body workout routine done 2-3 times a week more practical and realistic. Here is my current full body workout routine I do at home about 2 times a week.

I start at the top of body and work my way down. So, first comes the traps. I do 3-4 sets of DB shrugs using my moderately heavy dumbbells for about 15-20 reps.

Next come the shoulders. I start with the front delts. I usually do DB presses for 3-4 sets, 12-15 reps.

Now the side delts. I do DB lateral raises, 3-4 sets, 12-15 reps.

The rear delts. DB rear delt raises, 3-4 sets, 12-15 reps.

Now before I do my chest or back I do arms. I start with biceps, usually do alternating DB curls mixed with hammer curls, 3-4 sets, 10-12 reps.

Triceps I do one arm DB overhead extensions mixed with partial dips (on the kitchen counter top for example where the two edges come together and form a right angle where I can slip in between and do dips), 3-4 sets, 10-12 reps.

Now chest. I do dips and/or push ups. 3-4 sets to near failure -- dips that's usually about 20-25 reps and push ups that's usually about 30-40 reps.

Back. I do pull ups on a door frame with the Iron Gym. I do 3 sets to failure, usually about 10-12 reps per set.

I'll be honest; I rarely train legs nowadays but when I do every now and then I do bodyweight squats holding the dumbbells and stiff legged deadlifts with the dumbbells. For calves I do bodyweight calve raises holding the dumbbells and sometimes high rep jumping jacks.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Quote of the Day

"Seek freedom and become captive of your desires. Seek discipline and find your liberty."
- Frank Herbert

When you first read this quote you may be a bit confused; it may sound contradictory. How can a person, when seeking freedom, become a captive, and how can a person, when seeking discipline, find liberty? But make no mistake, it's exactly true. Consider the following example. Say an obese woman wants to lose weight. What would she have to do? Obviously eat clean and exercise. The absolute wrong approach to achieving her dream slim body would be what she has always done: eating whatever she wants and whatever in sight (especially sugary and fatty foods) and never getting any real exercise. In order to reach her goal, this person who loves food and has attached so much physical and emotional pleasure to the act of eating must deny herself the instant gratification she has always sought.

So say she decides to go on a strict diet and exercise regimen. She vows to start eating healthy and to exercise intensely at least 4 times a week. Ice cream and potato chips will be replaced with lean fish and vegetables, and lying around all day watching TV and surfing the internet will be replaced with running on the treadmill and weight training for at least an hour a day. She hypes herself up and gets really excited and actually sticks to her diet and exercise regimen, but only for a couple days before she starts losing motivation and determination and starts reverting back to her old ways. And once she "fails" and ends up binging and being inactive all day again she does this for a few days and then finds new motivation and determination to start over again. This time, she promises she will start over for good and never cheat again. But she always finds herself, sooner or later, losing juice and giving in to her old lifestyle.

She honestly wants a great body and wants to be healthy, but she also loves eating a lot and the taste of junk food so much that she believes she just cannot let it go. The more she tries to "seek freedom" -- in other words, seek junk food and hedonism, the more she becomes a "captive" to her desires, a captive to her greed and attachment. On the flip side, the more she tries to "seek discipline" -- in other words, seek a genuine desire and effort to eat healthy and exercise regularly, the more she will find "liberty" -- the more she will be freed from the chains of junk food and indolence that have held her prisoner for so long.
I wear ear plugs when I go to sleep. I now wear ear plugs even during the day. I can't stand the sound of people or cars, even my family. Ear plugs gives me a lot more peace during the day.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Quote of the Day

"Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races after another."

- Walter Elliott

What does this quote mean, exactly? Here's an example. Consider bodybuilding. Say a skinny guy wants to bulk up and add lots of muscle mass to his body. What would he have to do? Obviously weight train regularly, eat properly, and get enough rest. But, of course, his transformation would not be an overnight event. It would take months -- even years -- of consistent intense weight training, proper nutrition, and sufficient rest to achieve his goal body. He couldn't do one really long exercise session in the gym and one long day of perfect eating and rest and expect to add 20 lbs of muscle to his body by tomorrow. He would have to do that every single day, day in and day out, for months and years to see a real change in the mirror. Perseverance is not one long race; it is many short races after another. Perseverance is about constantly getting up each time you fall down; it's about never giving up no matter how difficult the process is or how hopeless you may feel. Each new day is the next short race that should be treated sacredly and spent productively. Over time, all the perfectly spent days -- all the "short races" -- will add up to the completion of one "long race", and you will have reached your goals and improved yourself drastically.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

It's easy to get lost in the routine of everyday life. For me, the past year has whizzed by like nothing. The entire year seemed like just a passing month. Months felt like weeks. Weeks felt like days. Days felt like just a few hours. And it continues to be that way. A new day has started for me and it's still in the morning where I live, but I know in the next blink of an eye it will be time for me to sleep again and start it all over. I don't know why everything feels like it's going so fast. I go to sleep early and wake up early. The day is long and I have it all to myself to do whatever I want, but it still goes by so fast -- too fast. I feel like I have no control over myself anymore. My life is being rushed for me, while I continue to stagnate and even go backwards. Something's gotta change.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Fact of the Day

Every time you sneeze some of your brain cells die.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Chess is like Life

You can't control the outcome but you can change the possibilities. Each new move you make on the board is like a new day in everyday life. Every action you perform in life either takes you a step forward towards your goals or a step backwards -- like how the right move in chess can take you a step closer to checkmating your opponent and winning or the wrong move in chess can get you a step closer to losing.

One day you're unbeatable and winning in chess and the next day your opponent is schooling you and teaching you a lesson. Just as in life, one day you're the lion and the next day you're the fleeing zebra. One day you're the car windshield and the next day you're the smashed mosquito.

The number of possible moves and combinations in chess are nearly limitless, as is the possibilities and sheer randomness of life. You can't win em all, and just as easily as you reached the top, just as carelessly you can trip and fall and lose everything you worked for.

Chess and life mirror one another, and to win at life requires the same principles to winning a game of chess: careful planning, methodical action, lack of complacence even when doing well, and a calm, objective mindset even when losing.

As in life as in chess, you should never give up even if you're losing terribly and feeling hopeless. Play it out till the end no matter what. Don't let your opponent win so easily by resigning. Don't let life bring you down so easily when things don't go your way. Wait it out and be patient. Your opponent could make a mistake and allow you to regain ground. The mistake you made previously could have been a blessing in disguise, opening up a new combination that checkmates your opponent had you not seen otherwise.

Everything happens for a reason in life. We may make foolish mistakes, but if we can overcome the regret and learn from them, we can only become better and stronger.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

My Favorite Chess Openings

I like to play chess. In fact, I love to play chess. I'm addicted. Yes, I know, I'm a nerd. But hey, playing chess makes you smarter, right? Anyway, here are my favorite chess openings when playing white and black.

When I play white 95% of the time I will start with the king or queen's pawn -- e4 or d4. It depends on what black plays to really determine the opening but if they play accordingly my favorite openings for white are the King's Gambit and the Italian Game. The King's Gambit because it allows white to develop its pieces quickly and set up a solid attack and the Italian Game for the same reason (although I don't think it's as effective as the King's Gambit).

When I play black what I play is determined by what white plays. Most times white plays e4 or d4. So my favorite openings for black are the Scandinavian Defense and the Alekhine Defense. The Scandinavian Defense because it's straight to the point and a brave counterattack against white's e4 and the Alekhine Defense because it's an interesting defense against white's e4 that can throw off the other opponent, not to mention completely destroy their pawn structure if they get too aggressive. 

Other openings I play for white but don't necessarily consider my "favorites" are the Reti Opening, the Queen's Gambit, and the English Opening. Other openings I play for black but don't necessarily consider my "favorites" are the Sicilian Defense, the French Defense, the Caro Kann Defense, and the King's Indian Defense.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Fact of the Day

Putting your tongue against the roof of your mouth can get rid of brain freeze.

Listen to this song and relax...

Great song to get high to

Here is what I dreamed of last night:

I am at the gym standing at the front desk. I am trying to sign up for a membership. A guy next me to has to pay 50 dollars a day to use the gym -- a double fee because he is paying out of pocket and not from his bank account. I ask the person at the front desk why it's so expensive -- she says that if you were to pay out of your bank account it would only be 20 dollars a month. I marvel at this huge difference. I then realize that a big black guy that was standing behind me is trying to steal my bag. I then, in mid-air, repeatedly kick his face and try to get my bag back. However, the kicks are not fazing him at all and he continues to maintain this evil looking grin. I wake up.

Monday, August 30, 2010

K, serious posts from now on.
Serious blog will be serious.
August 30, 2010, Monday. Wake up at 5:30 AM. Shower. Don't have school thank God. Shower. Eat. Go on computer. Here I am.

Fact of the Day

In 2004, a lab at a university in Texas received a $6 million federal grant to breed radioactive armadillos for possible use in warfare.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Is it possible to herp so hard...

... that you derp?

Chess phags

Stop starting off with e4 when you play whyte every single phucking tiem!!!11

Pissing me off

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I am having the following for lunch:

A big bowl of brown mixed with 11 egg whites, 3 slices of cheese, and spicy cabbage slices. Tastes good man (even though it sounds weird/gross).

Suppressing a Sneeze

I read somewhere before that putting your tongue against the roof of your mouth will suppress a sneeze.

Don't buy it, it's bullsh*t.

I've tried it 3 times already and every single time it's failed.

Getting Massive Arms

Step 1: Train them 2 times a week like a madman

Step 2: Eat like you haven't eaten in 2 weeks

Step 3: Take a lot of steroids

Step 4: ???

Step 5: Profit

Chess - come at me

I need Xanax


My Favorite Exercises

If I could only do a few select exercises for the rest of my life they would be:

- Dips
- Pull Ups
- DB Lateral Raises
- DB Concentration Curls
- Squats
- Calve Raises

Training at home > Public gym

I used to train at 24 Hour Fitness all the time. Now I say f*ck it. I only train at home now. I got me an Iron Gym and a set of moderately heavy dumbbells and that's all I need to do my full body workout routines. I don't have to pay a monthly fee, I don't have to deal with crowded gyms or difficult people, I can blast whatever music I want. I can grunt as much I want. I can sweat as much as I want, and food and a shower is just a few steps away.

However, I do miss training a lot heavier and certain machines, so I'll probably start going back to 24 this winter or next spring.

We'll see.

Anyone up for a game of chess?
It's already August 29th. The last year has whizzed by like nothing. Every day goes by lightning fast. I feel like I'm on fast forward. I feel rushed but I feel like I'm moving backwards, making no real progress.
Another day...
Another morning...
Nothing special.
The same old routine.

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