Monthly Archives: September 2014

Are you a Facebook hater?

Are you a facebook hater? Do you look down your nose at fb users?

Here are quotes from a few (of many, many,many!) people who enjoy skewering facebook. Maybe you are like one or more of them?


“I want to make a Facebook account and the name will be Nobody so when I see stupid crap people post, I can Like it. And it will say Nobody Likes This.”  ― Jason Hendeles


“Friendship is something to be achieved over years of deep and intimate connection, not by clicking on a small picture and requesting it.” ― Ivo Quartiroli, Facebook Logout – Experiences and Reasons to Leave It


“Can we go back to using Facebook for what it was originally for – looking up exes to see how fat they got?” ― Bill Maher


“Of course you’re not egotistical. I checked, and you look very humble in all 900 of the selfies you posted on facebook.” ― Sienna McQuillen


“It amazes me that we are all on Twitter and Facebook. By “we” I mean adults. We’re adults, right? But emotionally we’re a culture of seven-year-olds. Have you ever had that moment when are you updating your status and you realize that every status update is just a variation on a single request: “Would someone please acknowledge me?”  ― Marc Maron, Attempting Normal


“Facebook gives people an illusory sense of being LIKED.” ― Mokokoma Mokhonoana


I, on the other hand, am an active fb user and aficionado. Perhaps not as active as I used to be, but still there checking fb a couple of times every day (I lie, it’s more).

Mark Zuckerberg does not need my help nor any more users…but I thought I would lay out why I’m a fan.

Ah, what the heck. Let me give Mark Z some more friends even though he doesn’t really need my help with any of this.

It all boils down to this:  I feel amazingly connected.  Correction. I am connected.

To who, you say?

  • To my old school friends (and teachers!) who I had not heard from or about for years and years (I won’t date myself and say for how long)
  • To long lost friends and colleagues that I should not have lost touch with…but life took over
  • To my cousins and other family friends who are spread out around the country and world…how else would I hear about all the wonderful stories of Satya’s little ones who I have yet to meet?!
  • To my current pals who I still see every week
  • To my old pals who have moved away from town
  • To my family members including my mom who lives 10,000 miles away
  • To my kids (but I see only what they choose to show me)

And what’s it all worth to me?

As MasterCard says so well, in these days where time and life seem to be zipping along at an ever increasing pace, those connections (and especially the ease of them) are simply priceless.




“My generation was secretive, brooding, ambitious, show-offy, and this generation is congenial. Totally. I imagine them walking around with GPS chips that notify them when a friend is in the vicinity, and their GPSes guide them to each other in clipped electronic lady voices and they sit down side by side in a coffee shop and text-message each other while checking their e-mail and hopping and skipping around Facebook to see who has posted pictures of their weekend.”  ― Garrison Keillor




Seven Minutes.

To all like-minded people!  By that I mean those who, whenever they think of exercise, think of excuses or pain…

I’m excited, I think I’ve found something new that can overcome your resistance!

For most of my life, I have done well with overcoming resistance to physical exercise. Years of gym memberships, exercise buddies, after work group classes, loving zumba, discovering yoga, obsessing over surya namaskars

Really, when I look back, I have done well [pat on my back].

But. For the past two years, during a time when I needed it  more than ever before, I’ve slacked off. Yes, I restarted a regular 15 minute yoga routine every morning but still, I’ve slacked off in general, and I can feel it.

Between work, travel, and commuting between two homes in two cities every week, time has been at a premium. Yes, I know – what a mundane, overused excuse that is!  But it’s worked for me (or not worked,  depending on how you look at it).  😦

Then, a couple of months ago, I read a NY Times article on the seven minute scientific workout.  My eyes and brain focused and attached themselves to two things:



(The second one was important, but it stuck out to a much lesser extent than the #1 benefit above)

I decided to myself that even I could commit to this.  How can anyone come up with a plausible excuse for giving up seven minutes out of a 24 hour day?  Even I couldn’t get that creative!

Still, it took me a couple of months to do anything about it.  

Of course, there’s an app for it! Actually, there are a bunch of apps.   Just go to your app store and search for “7 minute workout”.   

I found my app through a facebook targeted ad.  Imagine that! I tell you fb is big brother watching over you…how did they know??!  On the other hand, if you are a shareholder of fb, hey, these targeted ads do work! Hold on to that fb stock, this can only get better and more profitable for them over time.

Anyway, the reviews on this particular app were so off the charts, I relented and plonked down a hefty fee of $1.99 for it.  [It’s this one, btw. After my heavy investment, I actually found a free app that had even better reviews].

I’ve now been using it for only just over a week so I am probably not the best one to review it. All I can say is that it is an extreme, hard workout for seven minutes. And it makes me feel great once I’m done.  Like I’ve really accomplished something.  

The theory behind this international hit/fad/workout is as follows.  

It all appears to have started with this research article in the American College of Sports Medicine. [You can click on the picture below to read this paper]. 


Research Article 7 minute workout


Here is the condensed version, quoted from this paper:

Time and access to facility constraints can be a concern when it comes to getting people to exercise. High-intensity circuit training (HICT) seems to deliver numerous health benefits  in less time than more traditional programs that are recommended. Furthermore, body weight can be used as resistance, eliminating the need for specialized facilities or equipment.


Some of the specific benefits of HICT (again, quoted from the paper) are these:

  • HICT can be a fast and efficient way to lose excess body weight and body fat. Research has found that these metabolic benefits can be present for up to 72 hours after a high-intensity exercise bout has been completed.
  • HICT may be an extremely effective and efficient means by which to increase an individual’s V˙O2max, a well-established marker of cardiopulmonary health.
  • HICT can be an efficient approach to decreasing insulin resistance as well — a major factor in developing type 2 diabetes


And finally, also according to the paper with my highlights:

To address the limitations of traditional exercise protocols and provide an effective and efficient program for our clients, one of the exercise strategies we use is high-intensity circuit training (HICT) using body weight as resistance. Our approach combines aerobic and resistance training into a single exercise bout lasting approximately 7 minutes. Participants can repeat the 7-minute bout 2 to 3 times, depending on the amount of time they have. As body weight provides the only form of resistance, the program can be done anywhere.


HICT is not a new concept, but it is growing in popularity because of its efficiency and practicality for a time-constrained society. The combination of aerobic and resistance training in a high-intensity, limited-rest design can deliver numerous health benefits in much less time than traditional programs. When body weight is used as resistance, it eliminates the limiting factors of access to equipment and facilities.


To understand the benefits, methodologies, and supporting research with regard to HICT, I suggest that you read this paper in its entirety (it’s not that long or complicated).


And finally, here are the actual twelve exercises (picture reproduced from the NY Times article on this topic). There are twelve in all, and for those seven minutes, it will be beyond tough. It is tortuous. But worth it, I hope and certainly from what I have read so far.


7 minute workout


Try it out, why don’t you?  Seven minutes. How can you say no?  If I can do it, anyone can.

Let me know how it goes!



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