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Mindconnection eNL, 2003-11-11

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In this issue:

  1. Reader Feedback
  2. Product Highlights
  3. Brainpower tip
  4. Time tip
  1. Finance tip
  2. Security tips
  3. Health tip/Fitness tip
  4. Thought for the day

1. Reader Feedback

Each issue brings me valuable feedback on what helps our readers the most and what form this eNL should take. But feedback from the last issue was confusing because some folks said it was about time I said what Mindconnection actually sells while others said I overdid it.

Well, you can't please everybody. So, in this issue I am just going to go back to my normal dictator self and play my own tune. Are you ready?

Note: There is no logical reason why the last three issues have all come out on a date ending in the numeral 1. So, please--no e-mails trying to discern the meaning of that!

-- Mark L.

2. Product Highlights

Language translators make awesome gifts for Christmas, Hanukah, Ramadan, and IRS audits.

There's a reason why Mindconnection passed up Amazon three years ago as the number one online retailer of the Ectaco brand and is pretty much THE place to go for translators in general. See for yourself.

We have these handheld wonders in a wide variety of languages. Pictured at right is the V6, which is extremely popular for folks traveling to Russia. Some of our customers go there each year to seek a bride, and they buy a new one to leave with the woman each time! This particular unit is really a powerful PDA that also has translation abilities and a dictionary of over 1 million words  


There, now wasn't that painless? Stuff these into your stockings this season, and you will be one very popular person.

Update: It's been many years since this issue ran. You would probably like to see the current offerings of pocket language translators.


3. Brainpower tip

Creatine supplementation, according to several articles--including one that appeared in today's Wall Street Journal--boosts brainpower. Vegetarians, you need to be very aware of this, as your diets are creatine-deficient. If you have had a tendency to support pro-crime (aka anti-gun) legislation, now you can cure yourself.
Exactly how does creatine (which you can order by clicking on the image at right--a brand I am currently using) improve brainpower?

Well, it won't boost your IQ by 30 points. There isn't any supplement that does that. But, it will allow you to function more at the top end of your genetic potential.

Creatine causes muscle cells to "volumize," with nutrient-dissolving water. 

ISS Research Creatine, 1000gm#100134

This means these cells can hold more nutrients, rather than having them accumulate around your middle or go out your nether parts. Your brain is composed of cells. If you can't figure out the implications of that, I suggest you buy creatine right away.

4. Time tip

How often do you waste time staring at the hourglass on your computer? A small hardware upgrade can eliminate that wasted time altogether. Simply add more RAM. This machine I am on has 1GB of RAM. It never gets an hourglass. If you sit in front of an hourglass for 5 seconds a dozen times a day, that's a minute lost. After a month, you have half an hour. In a year, you have lost 6 hours. Suppose you went into work and told your boss, "Today I am just going to sit here and stare at the wall for 6 hours." Do you think your boss would approve? If not, why subject yourself to the same insanity at home? You don't have to!

Right now, you can buy 512MB sticks for under $100. For most computers, these simply snap in. If you are running Windows XP, you may have a problem with such an upgrade. So, figure out what XP requires before you start. Print out the instructions for what to do if the computer fails to boot (see the XP Help menu). Particularly, look for instructions on what to do about FailOnAudit--a likely cause of boot failure.

Don't order RAM from the cheapest place. Instead, take your motherboard manual with you to a local computer shop. Let them tell you what RAM you can add. Before you do that, see what RAM you already have in your machine.

Also, if you are running one of the DOS systems (e.g., Win9x or WinMe), a RAM upgrade might not be doable above 512MB.

Why would you need so much RAM? Ah, that gets into technical LaLa Land. But, you can determine your own need just by listening to your computer. If you hear the hard drive(s) doing read-writes all the time even when you are not opening or saving files, you are using your Windows PageFile to make up for insufficient RAM. Well, that is if you are running Windows.


5. Finance tip

Most of us wait until nearly the deadline for filing taxes before assessing our tax situation. Bad mistake. Take a look at your finances, now. Do you think your charitable and other deductions will add up enough to make a difference? What about deductions that must pass a certain percentage of your income? Wouldn't it be a booger if you missed the limit by $10?

Now is the time to take year-end tax deductions and other corrective actions.

Yes, it's true the IRS tends to ignore tax returns in favor of IRS employee-operated scams. But, at least you will have filed the right papers for those morons to look at. Regarding the rumor about the reason why the IRS doesn't want staples in tax returns: While they may act like they wipe their butts with your return, I think that is not the real reason for banning staples (if it is, then I am going to buy a box of 500 today). I think the real reason is the sorting machine.

Remember, it is your patriotic duty to get every deduction you can. The government has no accountability body monitoring how those tax dollars are spent. We taxpayers gave Hillary and Chelsea Clinton a 2 week vacation to Africa and the transportation cost alone was something like $2.3 million. The public got nothing in return for this expensive jaunt. When's the last time you took a vacation that cost that much? We have no way of knowing how many other tax dollars they flushed down the toilet. Because nobody keeps track.

  • Question: What's the difference between what the government does with 90% of your hard-earned tax dollars and burning money?
  • Answer: When you burn money, at least it provides heat.

Get your dollars into the economy, rather than feeding Congress's vote-buying spending sprees and the private vacations of self-serving politicians like Hillary Clinton.

6. Security tip

People are getting phone calls with travel-related offers that sound really good. One small problem:

Many of these calls are nothing more than fishing expeditions. The offers are nothing more than bait. These callers may tell you that you won, the prize costs nothing, and they'll mail it to you. They ask you when you are planning your next trip, and where you are going.

"Oh, Helen and I are going to Hawaii for Christmas!" Guess what? When you and Helen come back, your house will be stripped.

Another scam is the basketball game scam.  If you park your car outside, you are prey to this. Here's how it works. Your car won't start, so you look under the hood. There, you find your battery is gone. There's a note saying something to the effect that the person's car broke down right in front of your house during the night and she or he needed a car battery. So, they took yours. "I feel really bad about this, but I do have these four basketball tickets. They are worth a lot more than your battery. It was an emergency, so I hope you will understand. I did not want to miss this game, but getting my mother to the hospital was more important at the time."

So, you look at the tickets and figure you made out pretty well. After all, that old battery was about shot anyhow. You get a neighbor to drive you to the store, where you get a new battery. You go to the game, and come game night you are not home. Guess what you will find when you get home? Moving van tracks, if there's any snow. 


7. Health tip/Fitness tips

Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA) is a potent fat reduction supplement (I take it and am at 5% body fat), but that's not all it does.

Men and women both need to read this. What I just found out today from a prostate cancer victim (who found out from his urologist) is CLA is also a powerful treatment for prostate cancer.

In addition to killing off the actual tumors, it appears to prevent mestasization. So, his urologist has him taking CLA.

Now, this information came about after double-blind experiments with mice. So, we don't know for sure that it has the same effects in humans. There is a fraction of a fraction of a percent of doubt. That said, you can pretty much take to the bank that it will have the same effect in humans. Here's why.

The highest risk factor for prostate cancer (and for several other cancers) is obesity. It's not the only risk factor, but it is the biggie (no pun intended). For every 10 pounds of extra body fat, the risk of prostate cancer goes up by one order of magnitude. If you are a typical 40-year old American male, you are about 40 pounds overweight. Typical 40-year old men who are 5'10"  tall and 180 pounds often consider their weight normal. And they are wrong. Very wrong.

What they don't realize is they are undermuscled and if they lost their excess fat they would weigh about 140 pounds. Consider that the average American male at the age of 30 has a handgrip of 30 pounds in each hand, while rock climbers have grips four times that much--the undermuscled comment is not hyperbole. Forget machismo, and see reality. Men who may have been lean at 180 pounds at age 20 are likely to be fat at 160 pounds at age 40.

OK, back to how CLA fights prostate cancer. The first mechanism at work here is pure fat loss. But, it goes beyond that. One reason fat is a prostate cancer risk factor is the chemical and hormonal environment it creates in the body. CLA not only cuts fat, but also mitigates the effects of fat.

Compare the cost of taking CLA to the cost of prostate cancer surgery and the side effects (which may make you a permanent user of the Depends brand). CLA is a very cost-effective supplement just on the pure dollars. If you value certain functions of certain body equipment, it's a no-brainer to take this stuff. Just click on the image above to get an excellent price on it.

Well, this may seem like a male-directed message. However, smart women in a relationship with a male won't see it that way. For women who do, creatine supplementation is in order!

8. Thought for the Day

Think back to Star Wars, 1977 (or later, if you watched it on video). In the classic battle between Obi Wan Kenobe (played by Alec Guinness) and Darth Vader (voice by James Earl Jones), Vader said, "Once, I was the apprentice and you were the master. Now, I am the master."

That kind of relationship--master to apprentice--does not exist in the world of mentoring today. Smart people don't rank themselves and others in terms of superior/inferior or master/apprentice. Nor do they rank people in terms of more knowledge/less knowledge. Instead, they look to others for such things as judgment, specific topical knowledge, perspective, and "extra CPU power."

Are you building and tending to your own network of mentors? If not, you are missing out.


Wishing you the best,

Mark Lamendola


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