The 04May issue of Science Daily ran an article explaining that researchers
at the Technical University of Munich have figured out how to generate 3D
holograms of the contents of rooms where wireless signals (e.g., Wi-Fi,
cellular, FM radio, etc.) are present. Using Wi-Fi or cellular, the accuracy
is down to the centimeter.|
Obviously, you can't block these signals. They are already present.
But worse, a van parked outside your home could broadcast higher frequency signals through the walls to allow someone to see down to the millimeter.
What can you do about this? There's not a feasible technical solution. Nor is there, in the USA, a legal solution (the 4th and 5th Amendments have been rendered moot by a large body of Supreme Court decisions).
The solution lies mainly in "social engineering." Some tips:
And rather than shut down your own sources of Wi-Fi or cellular, find a radio frequency consultant who can use them to botch up the signal pattern. Contact the IEEE for sources of these people.
If you see an unfamiliar vehicle parked outside your residence, what should you do?
One person was sure he was being spied upon, because every day there was a van with some logo or another parked either in front of his house or just a couple of doors down. After this went on for over a week, he snuck out behind the latest vehicle. He put a roofing nail just in front of one rear tire and pushed a potato into the exhaust pipe. Then he snuck back into his house.
The procession of vans did not continue after that. But maybe he attacked a van that was legitimate or maybe all of the vans were actually spying on someone else legitimately. So I would not advise taking matters into your own hands; I'm just pointing out what one person did.
You could just knock on the driver's window and ask what he's doing there. Or you could listen through the walls of the van (there are spy devices for doing this, but use a paper cup if you have nothing else). The risk, of course, is a confrontation could mean that you disappear.
And it's not true that if you are innocent you have nothing to worry about. Your privacy is being invaded, and that should truly worry you.
My advice is to look up the address of an attorney who may specialize in privacy suits. Take down that information. Then drive to the police station and ask that an officer be sent to check it out. This way, you aren't notifying the people in the van by phoning (if they are tapping your phone). Then go to the attorney's office, and explain why you showed up without an appointment. If they will represent you, ask them to contact the police for a report about that van.
It could be you are under investigation for bogus reasons, so you really do want to get to the bottom of this. Or, it could be some private party is up to no good. In which case, they've now had a visit from the police.
On back and biceps training day, I begin my workout with alternating sets of
chin-ups (palms facing me) and pull-ups (palms facing away).
This is an excellent pair of exercises for all of the muscles of the back (see my second photo in this article). Plus it also works the:
In the December 2010 issue of the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, an article showed the following average muscle contraction values:
Of course, to get the benefits you must use good form and eliminate momentum from your reps. This means slowly lowering yourself to the bottom of the range of motion and slowly raising yourself to the top.
It's not about how many you can pump out. It's about how well you do each one. I try to make these very hard, so I squeeze hard during each rep. Consequently, a typical set is only 3 to 5 reps.
That doesn't mean I'm a pull-up weakling. In contests, where form isn't a factor and the goal is to crank out more than the other guy(s), I can do sets of 20 several times.
Surprisingly (to me, anyhow), the typical male cannot do a single chin-up or pull-up even when cheating. I have seen 18 year old boys fail to complete even one. I have seen 18 year old girls crank out several in a row, in good form.
If you're unable to get started on this exercise, use the lat pulldown machine (there are lat pulldown attachments for Olympic weight benches, too) to simulate this exercise somewhat. Also do bent-over rows. If you can get to a gym that has a chinning machine, that machine will help you complete reps at the strength you have. But be sure to wean yourself off this as soon as possible.
What you don't want to do is cheat on the movement "temporarily" until you are strong enough to do it correctly. That only trains you to do it incorrectly and it risks injury. So no kicking your feet or going really fast. Work your back, rather than mindlessly crank out reps.
Now, I have been told by some people that this exercise is a poor one
because "you're using only your body weight." I have also noticed that
nobody with a well-developed back has ever told me that.|
So if you hear such nonsense, ignore it. In fact, if you get any unsolicited training advice from someone who has little to show from their own training then take that into consideration. Same thing when the "adviser" is training in ways that are likely to produce injury.
The September 1995 issue of Muscle and Fitness had a great article called "Arnold Gets Wide with Chins." I leave it to you, dear reader, to guess which 6-time Mr. Olympia named Arnold was featured in that article. Not only did Arnold talk about how important this highly productive exercise was to him, the article featured photos of Arnold's doing it.
Beyond just enhancing your musculature, the act of chinning (when done properly) performs a spinal alignment. Well, a partial one anyhow. Sometimes when I awake with a kink or two somewhere in my mid or upper back, I just do a set of chins. After some popping and cracking, everything is back in place. This is effectively a form of traction for the spine. If your job involves much sitting, you might want to do a set of pull-ups after work (or even mid-day) to undo the postural damage done by that.
If you're not chinning, get started. Make chinning a permanent part of your back training and maintenance.
www.supplecity.com, you'll find plenty of informative, authoritative
articles on maintaining a lean, strong physique. It has nothing to
do with long workouts or impossible to maintain diets. In fact:|
Not one member of Congress has ever been able to identify a single useful purpose fulfilled by the IRS.
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