Your Favorite Album in Your 20’s

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Yup before we all start judging people based on their music, think about where they come from and how old or young they are.

Most people will forever LOVE the music they listened to in their 20’s.

So here is mine!   Weekend Players –  Pursuit of Happiness.  GREAT ALBUM!     Jericho my favorite song ever.  I got attached to it because I drove up to San Francisco for a big time Director job, so I attached myself in this album.  Phantogram may have gotten their inspiration here too.

Weekend Players was an electronic music duo from England. The musicians were vocalist Rachel Foster, who has provided vocals and songwriting on Bent‘s Ariels album, and producer Andy Cato, one half of Groove Armada.[1]

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Written by:  Carlos Platero Jr.

  1. Your musical taste does accurately tell me about you, including your politics.
  2. Your musical taste is influenced by your parents.
  3. You love your favorite song because it’s associated with an intense emotional experience in your life.
  4. The music you enjoyed when you were 20 you will probably lovefor the rest of your life.
  5. And, yes, rockstars really do live fast and die young.

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Bibliotech… First of it’s Kind Library.

 

 

First of it’s kind. I really love the idea of this type of educational resources for our new generations or for any generation for that matter. It may help entice and promote the idea of study, research and the desire for knowledge. I would assume our current technological learners prefer to research off their laptops and phone through Google, than they would be heading down to the library.  BUT even I would be spending a lot more time at the “Bibliotech-ca” (library in spanish) if it looked like this.

Great article from #Kut.org following below of this beautiful Library in San Antonio Texas.  A must read.

Carlos Platero Jr.

Listen to the interview below about the new Library.

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Bibliotech, the first-ever entirely digital library in the United States, will celebrate its first anniversary this month. The Bexar County space, which contains no physical books, still offers readers and researchers the traditional library experience of a quiet environment, or speaking with a librarian in person.

The Texas Standard’s David Brown speaks with head librarian Ashley Eklof about Bibliotech and how it is changing the landscape of public libraries in America.

On the digital library model:

“Libraries are about accessing information. We are still connecting information and making it available to the people in Bexar County. They can take an eReader home… it’s very much like a library in that they are able to take away content for free. It’s just a different model, a very sizable model, a very flexible model.”

On the physical library:

“We aren’t trying to sell anyone anything. We are just assisting them with accessing technology and information and books. So it’s nice to see people use the space and sit around all day and to be working on projects. We have a gentleman who comes and he is working on a screenplay in our space. We have students doing homework. So in that sense, I feel like it is more of a community center.”

On the availability of eBooks versus traditional books:

“We have about 25,000 individual e-books in our collection, and that’s growing. …We have a variety of audiobooks, magazines, movies, and so on. There are very few times that we’ve had someone say, ‘Can you get this book?’ and we can’t.”

“Not every publisher wants to work and provide e-content. That is definitely an issue that, as more people are wanting and buying and borrowing e-content, publishers are realizing that they need to make it more available to people.”

http://kut.org/post/no-more-books-san-antonio-library-went-digital

The Apple Cider Vinegar Fad

Maybe not a fad at all, but sure has been talked about a lot lately.  I personally have been drinking this stuff for a while and I do notice a difference in the overall way I feel. A friend turned me onto it.  Take a look at the following information about Apple Cider Vinegar as it too my catch your eye. I will warn you all that, the taste is very strong, so brace yourselves.

And please, like with most other things in life, MODERATION is the key. Vinegar can and will damage your system if over used beyond the recommended amounts uses.

Carlos Platero Jr.

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6 Proven Benefits on Apple Cider Vinegar from Authority Nutrition:

For centuries, vinegar has been used for various household and cooking purposes.

It is also an ancient folk remedy, claimed to help with all sorts of health problems.

The most popular vinegar in the natural health community is Apple Cider Vinegar.

It is claimed to lead to all sorts of beneficial effects… some of which are supported by science.

This includes weight loss, lower blood sugar levels and improved symptoms of diabetes.

Here are 6 health benefits of apple cider vinegar, that are supported by scientific research.

1. Apple Cider Vinegar is High in Acetic Acid, Which Has Potent Biological Effects

Vinegar is made in a two-step process, related to how alcohol is made (1).

The first step exposes crushed apples (or apple cider) to yeast, which ferment the sugars and turn them into alcohol.

In the second step, bacteria are added to the alcohol solution, which further ferment the alcohol and turn it into acetic acid… the main active compound in vinegar.

In French, the word “vinegar” actually means “sour wine.”

Organic, unfiltered apple cider vinegar (like Bragg’s) also contains “mother,” strands of proteins, enzymes and friendly bacteria that give the product a murky, cobweb-like appearance.

Bottom Line: Apple cider vinegar is made by fermenting the sugars from apples. This turns them into acetic acid, the active ingredient in vinegar.

2. Acetic Acid is a Potent Antimicrobial and Can Kill Some Types of Bacteria

Glass Bottle With Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar

Vinegar can help kill pathogens, including bacteria (2).

It has traditionally been used for cleaning and disinfecting, treating nail fungus, lice, warts and ear infections.

However, many of these applications have currently notbeen confirmed by research.

Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, used vinegar for wound cleaning over two thousand years ago.

Vinegar has been used as a food preservative, and studies show that it inhibits bacteria (like E. coli) from growing in the food and spoiling it (3,456).

If you’re looking for a natural way to preserve your food… then apple cider vinegar could be highly useful.

There have also been anecdotal reports of diluted apple cider vinegar helping with acne when applied on the skin, but I didn’t find any research to confirm this so take it with a grain of salt.

Bottom Line: The main substance in vinegar, acetic acid, can kill bacteria and/or prevent them from multiplying and reaching harmful levels. It has a history of use as a disinfectant and natural preservative.

3. Apple Cider Vinegar May Lower Blood Sugar Levels, Which is Very Useful For Diabetics

By far the most successful application of vinegar to date, is in patients with type 2 diabetes.

Type 2 diabetes is characterized by elevated blood sugars, either in the context of insulin resistance or an inability to produce insulin.

However, elevated blood sugar can also be a problem in people who don’t have diabetes… it is believed to be a major cause of ageing and various chronic diseases.

So, pretty much everyone should benefit from keeping their blood sugar levels stable.

The most effective (and healthiest) way to do that is to avoid refined carbs and sugar, but apple cider vinegar may also have a powerful effect.

Vinegar has been shown to have numerous benefits for insulin function and blood sugar levels:

    • Improves insulin sensitivity during a high-carb meal by 19-34% and significantly lowers blood glucose and insulin responses (7).
    • Reduces blood sugar by 34% when eating 50 grams of white bread (8).
    • 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar before bedtime can reduce fasting blood sugars by 4% (9).
    • Numerous other studies, in both rats and humans, show that vinegar can increase insulin sensitivity and significantly lower blood sugar responses during meals (101112131415).

or these reasons, vinegar can be useful for people with diabetes, pre-diabetes, or those who want to keep their blood sugar levels low to normal for other reasons.

If you’re currently taking blood sugar lowering medications, then check with your doctor before increasing your intake of apple cider vinegar.

Bottom Line: Apple cider vinegar has shown great promise in improving insulin sensitivity and helping to lower blood sugar responses after meals.

4. There Are Some Studies Showing That Apple Cider Vinegar Can Help With Weight Loss

Given that vinegar lowers blood sugar and insulin levels, it makes sense that it could help you lose weight.

Several human studies suggest that vinegar can increase satiety, help you eat fewer calories and even lead to actual pounds lost on the scale.

Vinegar along with high-carb meals can increase feelings of fullness and make people eat 200-275 fewer calories for the rest of the day (1617).

By reducing calorie intake, this should translate to reduced weight over time.

A study in obese individuals showed that daily vinegar consumption led to reduced belly fat, waist circumference, lower blood triglycerides and weight loss (18):

  • 15mL (1 tablespoon): Lost 2.6 pounds, or 1.2 kilograms.
  • 30mL (2 tablespoons): Lost 3.7 pounds, or 1.7 kilograms.

However… keep in mind that this study went on for 12 weeks, so the true effects on body weight seem to be rather modest.

That being said, just adding/subtracting single foods or ingredients rarely has a noticeable effect on weight.

It’s the entire diet/lifestyle that counts… you need to combine several effective methods to see results.

Overall, it seems like apple cider vinegar may be useful as a weight loss aid, mainly by promoting satiety and lowering glucose and insulin levels.

But it won’t work any miracles on its own.

Bottom Line: Studies suggest that vinegar can increase feelings of fullness and help people eat fewer calories, which can lead to weight loss.

5. Apple Cider Vinegar May Have Some Benefits For Heart Health

Cardiovascular disease (heart disease and stroke) is currently the world’s biggest cause of death (19).

It is known that several measurable biological factors are linked to either a decreased or increased risk of cardiovascular disease.

Several of these “risk factors” have been shown to be improved by vinegar consumption… but all of the studies were done in rats.

These rat studies showed that apple cider vinegar can lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels (2021).

Apple cider vinegar may also contain the antioxidant chlorogenic acid, which has been shown to protect LDL cholesterol particles from becoming oxidized, a crucial step in the heart disease process (2223).

There are also some studies showing that vinegar reduces blood pressure (a majorrisk factor) in rats (2425).

Unfortunately, what works in animals doesn’t always work in humans.

The only human evidence is an observational study from Harvard showing that women who ate salad dressings with vinegar had a reduced risk of heart disease (26).

But this type of study can only show an association, it can not prove that the vinegarcaused anything.

Bottom Line: Several animal studies have shown that vinegar can reduce blood triglycerides, cholesterol and blood pressure, but this needs to be confirmed in human studies.

6. Vinegar May be Protective Against Cancer

Cancer is a terrible disease, characterized by uncontrolled growth of cells.

There is a lot of hype online about the anti-cancer effects of apple cider vinegar.

Some studies have shown that vinegar can kill cancer cells and shrink tumors (27282930)

However, all of the studies on this were done in isolated cells in test tubes, or rats, which proves nothing about what happens in a living, breathing human.

Additionally, most of the studies were done on rice vinegar, not apple cider vinegar.

That being said, some observational studies (which don’t prove anything) have shown that vinegar ingestion is linked to decreased esophageal cancer in China, but increased bladder cancer in Serbia (3132).

Overall… it is possible that apple cider vinegar may help to prevent cancer, but it is definitely premature to make any recommendations based on the current research.

Bottom Line: Some studies in test tubes and rats have shown that rice vinegar can slow the growth of cancer cells and shrink tumors.

Side Effects, Dosage and How to Use it

There are a lot of wild claims about apple cider vinegar on the internet.

Some say that it can increase energy levels and have all sorts of beneficial effects on health.

Unfortunately… many of these claims are not supported by science.

Of course, absence of proof isn’t proof that something isn’t happening and anecdote often ends up becoming supported by science down the line.

That being said, I wouldn’t hold my breath waiting for more studies, since research on natural health products like these are both few and far between.

From the little evidence available, I think that apple cider vinegar may be useful and is definitely a good candidate for some self-experimentation if you’re interested in it.

At the very least, apple cider vinegar seems to be safe. There are no side effects noted with normal consumption.

The best way to incorporate it into your diet is to use it in your cooking… for salad dressings, mayonnaise and that sort of thing.

Some people also like to dilute it in water and drink it as a beverage. Common dosages range from 1-2 teaspoons (5-10 mL) to 1-2 tablespoons (15-30 mL) per day.

Definitely don’t go above that, because excess consumption may have harmful effects.

It is also possible to take it in pill/tablet form, but I don’t recommend that because a 2005 study showed that the true vinegar content of these supplements was highly questionable (33).

There is also a report of a woman having an apple cider vinegar tablet stuck in her throat, which led to esophageal burns.

It is recommended to use organic, unfiltered apple cider vinegar with the “mother.”

Bragg’s seems to be the most popular option, which is available on Amazon with tons of interesting testimonials and reviews that are fun to browse through.

Apple cider vinegar also has various other non-health related uses like hair conditioning, skin care, dental care, pet use and as a cleaning agent (to name a few).

These can be highly useful for people who like to keep things as natural and chemical-free as possible.

At the end of the day, apple cider vinegar appears to be very healthy.

It’s not a “miracle” or a “cure-all” like some people seem to believe, but it does clearly have some important health benefits, especially for blood sugar and weight control.

You At Your Desk for 8-12 Hours a Day Like Me? … 8 Tips to lose weight.

I will follow these tips as I sit for about 12 hours a day at my desk.  My goal is be healthier but as well lose weight and get fit!  So I (like you) need to worry about sitting for 8 to 12 hours a day!.   Simple great tips, and trust me it works.

Carlos Platero Jr.

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Social Media is Changing your Brain Right Now. ;-)

My brain is releasing dopamine as I type this out. Here is a cute educational 3 min video for all you social media followers. It’s good to know, type of information.

I don’t think we will be returning to chalk board and text books anytime soon, so lets be aware of our surroundings and what we will be doing to our brains for the rest of our lives.

….. ahhhh really enjoy writing to this out!   Now back to the morning coffee.   (you need to watch the video to understand my comments folks.  LOL

Carlos Platero Jr.

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This is your brain:
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This is your brain on social media:
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Generally speaking, humans are social creatures, but according to AsapSCIENCE, in-person communication doesn’t quite scratch the same itch as online interactions via social media. For its latest video, the popular YouTube channel broke down five ways social media affects the human brain. The clip touches on social media’s addictive properties, as well as how it may actually help us build stronger relationships.

For the most part, the video’s conclusions are in line with other, more in-depth reports on how the Internet in general affects the brain. But fear not; the Internet isn’t completely turning our brains to mush: A 2008 study found searching the Web may actually increase brain function in middle-aged and older adults.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/09/08/social-media-brain-video_n_5784626.html?&ncid=tweetlnkushpmg00000067