The White Whale And Me

Recently I have thought a lot about Moby Dick. The analogy of the “White Whale” is something many of us are fixated on whether we have read the epic piece of classic literature or not. It is a vital idea in modern society. The pursuit that destroys you without ever being completed. The unfinishable task.

For me, that task is likely composing the perfect Tweet. For Herman Melville that task was writing the perfect book, except for some Moby Dick is just that. Of course, a man of ambition is only as good as his next task and topping himself became the feat that Melville would likely never accomplish. It makes you wonder if he was able to take some solace in his own darkly beautiful analogy.

Spoiler alert: Moby Dick follows the attempt of Captain Ahab to defeat a whale that once destroyed his boat and bit off his leg. The book is long and tells an arduous story of adventure and internal drama and yet it all unfolds quickly. In the end, the whole wins, the whale always wins. Nothing worth aiming for is ever accomplished, the journey is it’s own end.

 

Utopia and Dystopia: A Quick Review

Utopian and dystopian classic literature is commonly used for satire and societal critique. Ambiguity and irony are common modes of syntax for novels in this fashion.

This genre was first identified by Sir Thomas More in his 1516 work Utopia. This novel is often described as satirical because the perfections and flaws in the undiscovered land of Utopia parallel that of English society at the time in which it was written.

Since then we’ve had utopian literature and its supposed antithesis, dystopia, though referring to dystopian literature as a direct opposite is inaccurate. Both genres actually share the same purpose: to critique contemporary society. They just use different approaches one form shows the ideal while the other shows the nightmare.

The most recent famous novels to be added to this canon and tradition are The Hunger Games and its sequels. But there is a long list of novels that set the precedent.

Some of the more popular works include Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels, Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World, George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four, Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451, and William Golding’s Lord of the Flies. Many of these feature society in a future setting, showing both the positives and negatives of the history that led to the current condition of the society’s citizens.

It looks as though this genre is prepared for a revival. We have the perfect culture climate to breed these ideas, with the fear of a dying planet and continual war declarations.

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The Vacation Spots You Least Expected

With the state of the economy still pretty topsy-turvy, a lot of people are still eschewing the whole idea of a vacation because they are certain they cannot afford it. However, by going to some unexpected places instead, you will be surprised at what you can afford with more than enough left over for souvenirs!

Yunnan, China, for instance, how many people have thought of going there? But this home of the Tiger Leaping trail is an amazing place to visit, what with its ages-old temples, its quaint towns, and its gorgeous landscapes.

Or what about Languedoc, a charming town in France? Unlike Paris or Lyons, this town is not choked with tourists and gift shops. Instead, the hotels are lovely, the restaurants specializing in authentic fine dining experiences, and it is all in all a little slice of heaven.

Dining In The Dark: A New Trend!

Let’s say that you are planning a trip to San Francisco, LA or even San Diego – or just California in general and you are looking for a place to eat.  Well, I can tell you for sure that one of the hottest trends lately in the way of dining is dining in the dark.

Opaque is the restaurant and I can tell you for sure that being served in the pitch black is sweeping the nation.  Dining in the dark is not just one of the hottest trends out there, but I can tell you for sure that this particular trend is exciting.  First, you are going to arrive at a lighted lounge where you are going to select your desired three-course meal.

Next, you will be guided in a dark dining room where blind and visually-impaired specially trained waiters bring your food to you and provide any needed guidance.  The entire trend is different and you should absolutely dine in Opaque!

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Fast Weight Loss Tips Part 3

Get on a Treadmill

 

There is a reason why 50 million people run for their dear life on treadmills each day. According to a study performed by the VA Medical Center and University of Wisconsin School of Medicine, that on average, people who run on the treadmill burn about 705 to 865. Compared to other exercise machines such as the stair machine, rowing machine, ski machines, and stationary bikes, treadmills had the best results. In fact, the American Medical Association ranked the treadmill as the #1 cardio machine out there.

 

No wonder, I always see scores of treadmills at the gym. Remember, losing weight is all about the balance between intake and output. Your body needs to intake food each day and use it for energy. Some of us don’t use enough of the energy during the day. Simply getting on a treadmill and walking a few miles or running will allow a person to consistently lose weight by the cardio exercise that it provides.

 

  1. 10 Minutes Before Bed

 

If you’re working hard to lose that extra weight, but you’re not looking any thinner, you should set aside 10-20 minutes each night to crack some crunches. You don’t need an hour. You don’t need 30 minutes. You only need a little break each day to do some ab exercises. Do it on your own, buy a machine, or ask a friend to join you. The key isn’t doing 200 sit-ups one day, and skipping it for a week. Remember to keep it consistent. Without consistency, your weight will only fluctuate without producing real results. Don’t push yourselves to do 100 sit-ups every day. Start slow, maybe about 25 every other day. As you feel more comfortable, push up the numbers. You don’t want to be comfortable! When you’re feeling comfortable, it means your muscles have gotten used to the exercise and won’t be pushed to tone itself. Keep it tight and keep it consistent! You’ll be able to see pleasant results within a few months.

You Are The Stair Master

 

So the elevator is one of the coolest (and most ingenious) inventions of mankind. Who could have imagined traveling 50 stories in under 30 seconds? But all that energy cut out from getting to higher places has only added to our belly fat. According to a recent study, people who took the stairs showed a 2% loss in body weight, increased activity by 8%, and decreased overall body pressure and fat content.

Find an Activity You Enjoy

 

If you dread getting on the treadmill for half an hour or you just can’t take another rep of lat-pulls, find an alternative! Don’t waste time, energy, and money on things you hate or don’t enjoy. Participating in an activity you enjoy will help you exercise and do it on a regular basis. Enjoying what you do provides more energy for your body, which helps you work out your body more. It doesn’t have to be a hard-contact sport. If you like shopping, take a break and walk around the mall for half an hour. Invest the time counting every calorie into something that will burn those calories!

Fast Weight Loss Tips Part 2

Eat More!

 

So, who ever heard of eating more to lose weight right? Well, this will rock your world as eating more fruits before heavy meals have been shown to be effective! Natural hygienists have been applauding this method for a while now. The theory behind this diet is to eat more fruits before meals and heavy meals cutting your overall carb and calorie intake by half sometimes even more. By doing so, when you intake fruits, you are eating foods that only contain simple sugars that do not require much digestion. While foods heavy in protein and starches take longer to digest. By taking in fruits before heavy meals, you cut your appetites in half and still supplement your diet with adequate nutrients that your body needs. This way, you are getting foods that will be good for your diet (and your health) while doing so will ensure you feel full so that you do not overeat.

 

Since you take in the most calories and fats when you eat out, a great weight loss tip is to stock up on fruits and eating them before you go out. If you know you’re going to a party where you’re likely to overeat or if you are just wanting to cut your meal size in half, eating healthy before you go to a food filled party can keep you full so that you don’t indulge any cravings that would derail your weight loss goals. So, yes eating more can pay off, if done correctly.

Reward Yourself

 

As you begin to see weight loss results don’t forget to reward your hard work. Your brain actually has a natural reward system that is triggered by chemical dopamines and endorphins which allows your body to feel satisfied.

 

Psychologically many experts have theorized, according to the measurement of brain activity and chemical production, rewarding yourself with treats will either tempt you less to binge or overeat during other times, or be more active throughout the rest of the day.

 

Many dieters often refer to experiences of “hitting a wall” or unable to find motivation because they often are spent after trying so hard to resist temptation. Maintaining balance and emotional stability to dieting is actually pretty important. In fact, you are more likely to stick to your diet and exercise routine if you reap some benefits before you reach your ultimate goal.

 

Whether it’s a snack you’ve been avoiding or a trip to the movies, rewards create extra incentive to maintain your weight loss goals. Set intervals that are appropriate and treat yourself when you reach them. The best part is, with a good carb or fat blocker you can literally prevent the fat, carbs, and even calories from absorbing into your system. The top carb and fat blocker on the market is also one of the best values as well. The proven dosage of 3 powerful ingredients will help you experience more powerful weight loss supplement, even better the prescription weight loss pills without the side effects and high price tag.

Fast Weight Loss Tips Part 1

Morning Hydration

 

Studies have shown that drinking at least 16 ounces of water when you first wake up in the morning can be a big help in weight loss. If you get the amount of sleep that you should, then by the time you wake up, your body has gone for 8+ hours without any hydration. How thirsty would you be if you went for 8 hours during the day without water? This replenishment of H2O jumpstarts your metabolism in the morning and prepares your body to better efficiently deal with breakfast. Studies showed that anything less than 16 ounces did not prove effective, so drink up!

Plan Your Meals & Snacks

 

Meal planning is a great way to make sure that you are eating a well-balanced diet at regular intervals, but forming this habit can be very difficult. If you are anything like me, then you may find planning out a week ahead or even a day ahead even more difficult than going to the gym. Instead, try to pack yourself some healthy snacks to eat. These healthy snacks will eventually turn into a healthy lunch, which will eventually turn into a well-planned week of meals. If you want a bit more of a challenge, start by planning one meal a day. Whether it is breakfast, lunch, or dinner, just plan one. When you’ve gotten used to planning a meal, move up to two. Eventually you’ll be planning your whole week without realizing it. Forming new habits can be a challenge, but once you get the ball rolling, you will find a lot more success in developing healthy long lasting habits.

Savor Each Bite

I have always heard that I should be eating slowly and try to enjoy the flavor of the food instead of throwing down food like a hungry dog. I never knew it would affect my weight loss efforts.

 

The theory behind this weight loss tip is that if you take more time to eat, you will get full a lot faster and naturally decrease your caloric intake, which leads to weight loss. If you savor each bite or chew more per mouthful, you are finding a natural way to suppress appetites and even aid in proper digestion.

 

In fact, it takes the brain 20 minutes to start signaling to the body feelings of satiety or fullness. People who eat fast do not experience this level of fullness until they have already over eaten. So, take your time eating and make sure you are savoring every bite.