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Mindconnection eNL, 2010-09-19


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Brainpower | Finances | Security | Health/Fitness | Factoid | Product Highlight | Thought for the Day

1. Brainpower tip

Give your brain time to work.

A common source of "brain fart syndrome" is the failure to allow enough time to do any real thinking.

Suppose you buy a new gadget. It's not immediately obvious how to use it, and you "don't have time" to read the manual or just sit down and work with the controls until you understand what they do. Nor do you have the 43 seconds it takes to ponder the design strategy and general theory of operation.

But somehow, you come up with the time to get return authorization, package it back up, ship it, and check your credit card statement multiple times regarding the return. Hmm. Would you have saved time by investing ever so little upfront? Yep.

In our sound bite society, people are always in a hurry. They are, unfortunately, in too much of a hurry to do something as "time consuming" as think. This inevitably results in wasted time, and quite often in negative consequences.

Consider the work day of today's typical office worker. It's all about handling interruptions. Any truly productive time is merely accidental. Letting your work day control you like that commoditizes you, makes you easily dispensable, and prevents you from accomplishing the kinds of things that are real resume-builders.

What would happen if you:

  • Simply unplugged your phone for one hour each morning and one hour each afternoon?
  • Turned your personal cell phone off? Not just the ringer. The phone.
  • Set your e-mail client to check e-mail once every 45 minutes instead of constantly?
  • Deliberately scheduled 30-minute slots for problem-solving, new idea pondering, process improvement, and so forth?

You probably know what would happen. Your brain would have time to function in high gear. What about those people who were unable to reach you right away? Well, what gives everyone else the right to just interrupt you at any time, as if nothing you are doing is important? If you said, "Nothing," good for you. So, don't conduct yourself as if nothing you do is important (or you will make that a self-fulfilling prophecy).

Unless you are a first responder, there is no need for anyone to reach you instantly--is there? So modify your accessibility in such a way that you have some time blocked out for using your brain instead of spending your entire day frenetically responding to stimuli.

Yes, people will notice. Some will not like it. Those who matter will like it, because the results they value will be there.

Nobody puts on their resume "Avoided doing anything substantial, but anybody could reach me at any time." Yet, this is actually the reality of most people. That's why the typical resume doesn't quantify the accomplishments--the results would be unimpressive.

At one time, the job situation was one where average/typical was good enough and if you did something outstanding you could parlay that into a better job and/or more money. Today, it is increasingly true that average/typical means long bouts of unemployment/underemployment.

Each day, it seems there is more bad news about Obamageddon. Yet another blow to the economy and employment picture due to this or that insane legislation or some additional financial burden sucking capital out of the economy. It's no longer viable to rely on "business as usual" when the true unemployment number exceeds 25% and the federal govt is working feverishly to increase that.

You must use your single greatest asset: your brain. Give it time to do its job.

2. Finance tip

Recently, I babysat my neighbor's dog. This dog is wonderful, but he has OCD when it comes to walks. He likes them long, and he likes them often. And he likes each of them to be on a different route.

We don't live in one of the "hard hit" areas, but I was still shocked at the number of homes that were for sale, vacant, and/or foreclosed. We also walked past some shuttered businesses and a few homes that looked like multiple families were pooling their resources.

That same weekend, my mom told me that the brother of a close childhood buddy filed bankruptcy (he's in his mid-50s).

The home sale and foreclosure numbers are statistically insignificant, I suppose. A small percentage of the total home market. But that percentage is markedly greater than it used to be. And that's not good.

As we continue our hard slog through Obamageddon, we will continue to see more people suffer because of a senator who had OCD when it comes to spending and who, since becoming President, has acted out that OCD on a scale that leaves both of his big-spending predecessors look thrifty by comparison.

Sucking capital out of the economy is never a good idea during a recession; FDR did this with disastrous consequences for most of America (but with great benefit to a few individuals, hmm).

What can you do to prevent being suddenly facing a foreclosure, yourself? Well, that's not a fair question. Foreclosures do not happen suddenly. Assuming you're not one of those fools who bought far more house than you can afford, however, you could have mortgage (or rent) difficulties start to develop. Those could be through no fault of your own.

For example, your company may need to lay people off due to the business environment (more accurately, the relentless attack of the federal "government" on businesses). And you may be one of those people laid off. Or perhaps your hours/wages get cut back. Whatever.

Or you could just have financial difficulties because of a combination of things that just epitomize Murphy's Law, and find your ability to pay your normal bills is greatly diminished.

Most people respond to a deteriorating financial condition by doing nothing. People without jobs tend to hope things will get better, if they just keep pumping out more resumes (an activity that does NOTHING to get you back to work). They pay what they can, but their payments start to be late. Pretty soon, they are in deep trouble.

If you're still working, great:

  1. Strengthen your finances now, by improving cash flow (pay off your smallest debt, so you no longer have that payment to make, then work on the next one).
  2. Reduce needless outgo. You do not need to retreat into a shell, but just cut back on needless expenses. I'm amazed at how many people have expensive cable or satellite television services but "can't make ends meet." Ditto for cell phone services. Do you really need the full monte?
  3. Sharpen your skills. Even if your company won't pay, attend a seminar or workshop that adds to your skill arsenal. Ask for projects or work that give you valuable experience.
  4. Volunteer. Your boss may be able to get your name removed from the accounting dept's spreadsheet-generated layoff list. Or, your boss can recommend you be on it. How to make your boss your ally? Find out what your boss hates to do, and offer to do it.

    For example, your boss hates to deal with Client X. Don't make a game-changing offer, at first. Just say, "Why not let me handle this issue with the client, keeping you informed of course." Your boss can go for one small thing. If you don't handle it well, it's a small loss. If you do handle it well, you can offer to take increasingly bigger chunks over time.

If you do find yourself jobless or hit with an unexpected bill, don't just hope things will improve. Make them improve. Here's how:

  1. Contact each of your creditors. Explain what happened, and ask them how they can help you ensure you can make your payments. For example, a bank may let you skip one mortgage payment (you pay only the interest, and the missed payment extends the loan by one month).
  2. Keep a log of everything you spend. Everything. Look for things that are unessential, and eliminate them.
  3. Name your game. What is it you love to do, and that you do well? Come up with a good title for this. It is the product you are selling. Think "marketing" not "job searching." That is how you will find the money.
  4. Drum up some freelance work. Contact folks in your industry and let them know you are available for contract work as an X (X being the title you have for what you love to do and do well). This can lead to permanent work, too.
  5. Get active in your professional association. it's not necessary to go all out, but get involved so you are visible. This will attract the right people and build your network.
  6. Look at what you can repair, rather than replace. For example, patch old clothes (and wear those clothes only where old clothes are appropriate).
  7. Dress properly. The sweatpants look is unacceptably slovenly. Grungy dressing in public sends a negative message about the grungy dresser, but also programs the mind of the dresser in a negative way. Dress up, not down, so you feel better about yourself and project a confident, professional image.
  8. Read. This builds your brain, builds your vocabulary, builds your knowledge base, makes you interesting to talk with, and has so many other benefits it amazes me that everybody isn't reading at least one book a month. Why do so many people give this up? Pick a subject area, and keep getting books on it. Your local library is a superb resource for these.

3. Security tip

When we think of security, we tend to think of guarding our property from theft and our bodies from violent attack. But there's another aspect to security, and it has to do with protecting our property from being liquidated and our bodies from being destroyed.

During World War II, government subsidies and military contracts led to the emergence of Big Agra. The focus of Big Agra has been output per acre, with no regard to health consequences, food quality, or environmental integrity. Big Agra has managed to externalize its costs and internalize its profits, to the detriment of the many for the profit of the few.

By renting, leasing, and purchasing legislators and judges, the folks who run Big Agra have managed to bypass acceptable standards of human behavior with no legal repercussions whatsoever. No government agency stands between you and whatever Big Agra chooses to do.

One of those choices has been to flood the world with "cheap" corn and corn products. I put the word "cheap" in quotation marks, for two reasons:

  1. We all pay for corn products, whether we use them or not, due to the reverse Robin Hood action known as "corn subsidies." This is a form of theft.
  2. The health and environmental consequences of this corn are hugely expensive. If you look at just the cost of adult onset diabetes alone, you see that high fructose corn syrup is no bargain at any price and corn subsidies are costly in the extreme. It's not that we get back 20 cents on the dollar; it's that we lose hundreds of dollars for every dollar of corn subsidy.

Do you value your security? Don't eat or drink anything that contains high fructose corn syrup or corn syrup solids. These toxins greatly increase the risk of debilitating diseases that incur extremely expensive medical care. We're not talking about "maybe someday" marginal stuff, but heavy risk that often carries near term and long-term consequences.

What's the difference if your property is stolen by burglars because you leave the door unlocked, or if you must sell your property to pay medical bills because you poison yourself with high fructose corn syrup? At least you may be insured for what the  burglars take. You will not be able to recover the copayments, deductibles, etc., on those medical bills.

This sorry situation exists because the federal "government" does not govern. It is merely the tool of criminals, in this case Big Agra. Think that's overstating reality? Read on....

Your friendly federal government mandated some years ago that any producers of refined wheat flour must add folic acid to the flour. The resulting flour is called "enriched flour." But that's really an oxymoron, because folic acid is highly carcinogenic. In fact, one bowl of cereal (if made with enriched flour, as most are) doubles your risk of prostate cancer (if you are a male).

I don't see anywhere in the US Constitution that the proper role of the federal government includes deliberately giving millions of American men prostate cancer. So, this is illegal.

Folic acid from natural sources isn't a hazard because it's in a form the body is set up to handle. The synthetic form, on the other hand, causes great damage when ingested. The "food" industry makes it synthetically because that's the cheap way to do it. And this synthetic form is what's in breakfast cereals, breads, and most other "foods" made with "enriched flour."

Note to parents: If you've been feeding your kids breakfast cereal made with "enriched" flour, stop. Throw that poison out. The little bit of loss you incur will be made up for many times over through lower medical bills. There are many other breakfast options (see my Amaranth cookie recipe, for example), but if you prefer cereals then get an organic one. Just do not feed your kids rat poison, er, I mean enriched flour.

There's a long list of things that Big Agra does to the American people in the name of profits. This includes:

  • Producing meat from corn fed cattle. Ruminants need grass; feeding them corn completely changes their bacterial balance. Put corn-fed cattle on grass, and within 24 hours 80% of the e-coli disappear. Amazing, huh?
  • Producing meat from feed lot cattle. They stand ankle-deep in their own manure. Draw the obvious conclusions, here.
  • Producing toxic, thin-shelled eggs. The farm fresh eggs I gathered from happy chickens as a kid are like the ones I eat now. High in omega-3, rich in vitamin D, and just plain good for you. And they taste great.

The good news is you can easily get most of your food from safe sources. With a little extra work and diligence, you can get all of your food from sources other than Big Agra. To find out more, start checking out the documentaries at your local library. A good one to start with is Food, Inc.

To protect your life and property, you need to look for food that comes from sources outside Big Agra. If you don't, you'll incur the health and financial penalties those "foods" bring. No sense even locking your doors, if you think those losses don't matter.

4. Health tip/Fitness tips

Some readers have asked me about intensity. This seems to be a difficult concept. Perhaps the following example will help.

Recently, I was on a trip out of town. So, I visited a gym on back and biceps day. I started off with pull downs alternating with chinups. One other person was in the gym, doing bentover rows in poor form.

He commented on what I was doing, saying he wished he could do that. I told him not to give up, and then gave him some pointers about feeling what the muscle is doing. He said he'd recently started working with a trainer, and that's exactly what she said. I told him to keep working with her.

The next day, I came in for chest and triceps. A fellow slightly more than half my age was on the bench press. I asked if I could alternate sets with him. He agreed. He did eight reps, moving the weight quickly.

After his set, I added more weight and did six slow reps.

About 100 days before age 50

I guess that, not to be outdone, he felt he had to add more weight. He was obviously less muscular than I, so there was no rationale to his adding more weight. He did eight fast reps.

I reduced the weight and then did six slow reps. He added weight back on, and did a third fast set of 8.

I did three more sets, each time moving the weight slowly. During all five of my sets, I could feel my pecs burning. During his three reps, I can guarantee this did not happen for him:

  • His shoulders were rotated forward, due to using too much weight. So, he was using a lot of front delt.

  • He wasn't keeping the muscle under load, and he wasn't deeply contracting. If you are not squeezing, you are not doing it right.

  • While most gyms teach people to do 3 sets of 8 reps, our muscles do not agree that this works all that well.

After my bench press, I worked extremely slow dumbbell flyes. I did sets of 2 or 3 reps, max.


When I was done, the veins in my chest were really standing up, and my pecs were swollen well beyond their normal size. In other words, I was pumped. To the max. I then proceeded to work my triceps in a similar fashion, ending with the triceps head swollen and split by deep "cuts."

My former bench press buddy went on to "work" a variety of body parts. He did biceps curls, some lateral shoulder raises, and other exercises that did not build on each other. Outside of burning some calories, his "workout" was a waste of time.

I made sure to see if, perchance, he got any kind of pump. Nope. He just threw a bunch of weights around, and left the gym looking the same way he did when he started.

To get intensity, you must focus. Those slow reps come with a great deal of mental concentration, in addition to the physical concentration. This is what forces the adaptive response that burns fat and provides muscle growth. Because there's only so much energy in your body, the "split routine" is the only way to work out with intensity. If you work your chest and triceps correctly, for example, you are too wiped out to also work your back and biceps properly. Save that for another day.

The split routine also maximizes your recuperative abilities, optimizes your hormonal levels, and helps regulate your appetite. When done correctly, it eliminates the possibility of overtraining (not allowing adequate rest between workouts of any particular muscle group). Circuit training guarantees overtraining, as soon as you get past the novice stage.

The problem with the high intensity split routine is it's such hard work. But then, it also doesn't take long. My chest and triceps workout took me 25 minutes. The fat burning from it lasted well into the next day. I'd rather spend 25 minutes to get good results than spend an hour to get nothing back for my efforts. So, I knuckle down and do that short but brutal workout.


Photo notes

In these photos, I was at 5.1% body fat. I dropped to 5% after the shoot and am still there several weeks later, as I write this. One reason I can be that lean is the way I have these workouts scheduled. This kind of scheduling plays off the cortisol/testosterone responses the body goes through when subjected to the kind of stress that an intense workout puts on it. It may be more accurate to say I schedule my recovery windows so they don't overlap, and thus I maximize the time during which my natural testosterone level is elevated.

Of course, eating six small meals a day and paying attention to what's in those meals is another factor in allowing a 50 year old person to be at 5% bodyfat.


At, 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:

  • The best workouts are short and intense.
  • A good diet contains far more flavors and satisfaction than the typical American diet.


5. Factoid

"Stewardesses" is the longest word typed with only the left hand. The longest word you can type with only your right hand (assuming you are a proper typist) is "lollipop." The two words presumably have no relationship to each other.

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7. Thought for the Day

Think of kindness as being like the peanut butter a little kid makes a sandwich with. The more you spread it around, the more of it you get all over yourself.

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Mark Lamendola
Mindconnection, LLC


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