Monthly Archives: February 2009

Man on wire? Yoga Slackers

posted by ebean

Craziness from the Prana blog:

Ash Wednesday

posted by ebeans

Elvis Perkins “Ash Wednesday”

Recipe: Soup in the vegan lunchbox

posted by ebean

This recipe was inspired by The Vegan Lunchbox’s “Roasted Tomato Basil Soup”.  It is quick, easy, and tasty!

Tomato Soup
Ingredients:
1 can of tomato sauce, or tomato of some form (whatever you have in your cabinet)
1/2 can of pumpkin puree
Olive oil
Salt
Onion
Garlic powder
Cayenne
2 cups fresh basil leaves
Dried thyme

Directions:
Saute onions in olive oil.  Once translucent, add all the other ingredients to taste.  Use hand blender to blend the soup a little.  Bring to boil and the let simmer.  Eat it, yum!

Potheads Make the Best Athletes (Top 10 Pothead Athletes of All Time)

posted by Alcmaeonid

Popular belief would say that marijuana makes its users slothful and ineffective.  Essentially all potheads are lazy and overweight couch potatoes, right? Wrong!  In the wake of the Michael Phelps bong photograph, it is clear that stoners make some of the best athletes.  With this in mind I give you the Top 10 Pothead Athletes of All Time.

Now on the one hand I could rank the athletes based on who are the heaviest smokers, but that is subjective because we cannot really gauge who smoked more than others.  My main criterion here is on-the-field success, while taking into account the fact that the particular athlete regularly smokes marijuana.  Here is my top 10:

10. Carmelo Anthony, Basketball, Denver Nuggets

The small forward for the Denver Nuggets has a long history of marijuana usage dating back to college, where he won a national title with Syracuse.  If nothing else, his nickname, Melo,  should give away his penchant for smoking (i.e. “mellow”).  A few years back, Melo’s car was being driven by a friend in Denver, and he was pulled over.  The officer found a large bag of weed in the car, allegedly belonging to the Nuggets forward. In true pothead fashion, the driver told the officer he was holding it for a friend.

9. Ricky Williams, Football, Miami Dolphins

The veteran running back had a great stint at the University of Texas before being drafted into the NFL by the New Orleans Saints.  Over the years, Williams has been suspended a number of times for marijuana use, and has continually been brought back from suspension. However, a spiritual crisis led to Williams’ departure from the game, and into a Buddhist Temple in South Asia.  A few years and countless joints later, Williams is back in the NFL with the Miami Dolphins.  There is certainly no better place for a recovering drug addict than… Miami!

8. Michael Vick, Football, Atlanta Falcons

Vick transformed the quarterback position  with his athleticism and his style.  He dominated football at his high school in Virginia and in college at Virginia Tech, and had great success in the NFL with the Atlanta Falcons, winning multiple playoff games.  During a routine inspection at an airport, Vick was found hiding marijuana in a thermos.  This is quite surprising because we all know how good Michael Vick is at hiding illegal activities.

7. Randy Moss, Football, New England Patriots

As a wide receiver coming out of high school, Moss was one of the most highly touted prospects ever, for any sport.  His freakish athletic abilities would have sent him to Florida State if not for multiple incidents of marijuana use (he told a reporter he smoked crack too!).  Randy’s love of weed led him to Marshall University, and eventually to the NFL with the Minnesota Vikings.  Moss remains a top player in the NFL, and consistently smokes in the off-season.  Based on his often lackluster effort on the field, one wonders if he only smokes in the off-season…

*From here, the Top 6 athletes are champions at the professional level:

6. Rasheed Wallace, Basketball, Detroit Pistons

As a better shot-blocker and rebounder than most big men, and a better shooter than most small guards, Rasheed Wallace is unparalleled in his athletic ability.  Wallace had great success at the University of North Carolina, and has been an all-star in the NBA. He was drafted by the Portland Trailblazers (obvious enough?) and won an NBA title in 2004 with the Detroit Pistons.  A policeman found weed in his car while he was still with the Blazers, riding with fellow NBA player/pothead Damon Stoudemire.  ‘Sheed remains a top player in the league, although NBA scouts note that he tends to be lazy on the court for some odd reason.

5. Santonio Holmes, Football, Pittsburgh Steelers

Holmes has recently become a big star after his amazing touchdown catch and MVP award from this years Super Bowl.  As a young man in Florida, he admits to having sold marijuana on the streets, and I wonder if he followed Crack Commandment #4? (If you don’t know B.I.G., I feel for you) More recently, Holmes was arrested for marijuana possession in October of 2008.  It’s amazing how quickly we forget such transgressions in favor of Super Bowl highlights, unless you are…

4. Michael Phelps, Swimming

The best swimmer, and perhaps best Olympian of all time, Phelps has brought swimming to the forefront in America. He has become a multi-million dollar empire of t-shirts and autobiographies, and more recently, a notorious pothead.  Phelps is pictured smoking out of a bong at a Carolina college party, and the photo has become widely circulated around the globe.  As a result, Phelps has lost his squeaky-clean image and millions of $ in endorsements.  But the greatest tragedy of all is that by losing his Kellogg’s sponsorship, Phelps has squashed the pothead dream of having a lifetime supply of Frosted Flakes.

3. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Basketball/Actor/Cool Dude

Born Lew Alcindor, Kareem is an icon of civil rights, religious freedom, and athletic greatness.  He dominated the NBA with the Milwaukee Bucks, and later won multiple titles with the “Showtime” L.A. Lakers.  Kareem was famously a student of Bruce Lee (he was in Game of Death, see it!), and regularly appears on film and on television.  In his retirement years, Kareem admitted to smoking marijuana throughout his career to relieve pain and stress.  Does that mean Bruce Lee was a pothead too? Well, that’s another list.

2. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Body-Building/Actor/We got to get to the choppa! Now!

Before he saved John Connor, California, and Christmas (Jingle All the Way, don’t see it!), Arnold was dominating the Mr. Olympia competition.  He won multiple titles alongside fellow thespian Lou Ferrigno through hard work– oops! I meant to say steroids.  In the classic documentary Pumping Iron, Schwarzenegger illustrates how a champion bodybuilder prepares for competition: by smoking a doobie.  That’s right, the governor of California is on film smoking a fatty!  Oh, California…

1. Bill Walton, Basketball/NBA Analyst

Walton is number one because he embodies the main criteria of this list more than any other athlete.  Not only did he win 88 games in a row with the UCLA Bruins, an NCAA title, and multiple NBA titles with the Trailblazers (coincidence?) and Boston Celtics, but Walton is also the biggest hippie ever! I mean come on, UCLA? In the 70’s?  Please.  Not to mention his tendency to ramble incoherently when asked a simple question, or his love of tie-dye shirts.  Not enough you say?  Dude’s got a tee pee in his backyard.  ‘Nuff said.

The Bald and the Beautiful: Shobha Review

posted by ebeans

shobha

I slowly begin to realize that I have horrified Shobha’s Jennifer Pesce with my hair removal techniques which often include Nair.  It’s not the fact that I’m DIYing it, it’s that I’m letting chemicals burn hair off of my face.  At Shobha, where they’ll happily remove every last hair from your body, it’s about a holistic approach.  From the denim (washable) strips that also absorb the shock from each pull, to the strict “Shobha no double-dip policy” that keeps you from the possibility (even if it is tiny) of getting herpes on your eyebrows, to the special sugar that you really can eat (seriously), your principles won’t get removed with your hair.

I’ve validated that tube of Nair out of price and convenience, but after visiting Shobha, no more.  I have to admit that I’ve paid the same, if not more, for lousy bikini waxes (etc.) that have given me blood blisters and left hairs that I had to pluck at home in salons with decor that evoked a suburban MVD on a good day…

While lounging on the huge fluffy bed in the waiting area of the Columbus Circle location I drank delicious honey bush tea (had to stay in theme of course) and munched these crazy little Japanese milk candy things that are super tasty while browsing the retail shelves.  In addition to a plethora of lotions and potions made by friendly outside companies, Shobha offers their own line of prep, hair removal, and aftercare products.  All of which are eco friendly, vegan, and fair trade (of course).  So, even if you can’t afford a treatment in one of their three convenient locations, you can purchase a complete at home sugaring kit for just $30. Not yet brave enough to yank on my own, flexible enough to reach, or ready to give up the Shobha’s salon experience, I brought home the Shobha Exfoliating Cloth.  I love it!

Shobha makes you smarter:

  • Why take the chance?  Baby powder no more.  Make sure your prep powder is talc-free.
  • Double dipping wax sticks is nasty
  • When you get a bikini wax, your specialist should remove those pesky strays, not you with tweezers at home!
  • Don’t hit the bottle to take the edge off
  • Waxing can cause wrinkles — thread instead!

and PS, you can book your appointment online … what’s not to love?

How volunteering can stave off depression

posted by wherehaveyoubean

How volunteering can stave off depression

“Is everybody happy?” Walter Matthau in that wonderful film The Odd Couple yells raucously and rhetorically on re-entering a room that only minutes before he had exited, leaving his flatmate Jack Lemmon chatting up a couple of sure things. But, to his amazement, both the mate and the dates are now in floods of tears as they contemplate the bitter hand that Destiny has dealt them.

That’s what it feels like being a middle-aged broad in the 21st century. Lorraine Kelly is telling us in her minxily reassuring burr that 40 is the new 30; the dirty doctors are sniggering that you’re having the best sex ever; your starter marriages are done and dusted, your debts — of honour and of money — are cleared; and the blessed benediction of infertility is just around the corner. The joint is jumping, you nip out to buy a nice bottle of bubbly — but on bouncing back into the revels, you find your assembled guests in a teary mess. Because, according to the admittedly sketchy-sounding “NHS Information Centre”, a heck of a lot of middle-aged women are suffering from depression or anxiety: 21.5%, up from 19.1% in 1993. read more

New Yoga Studio in NYC

posted by ebean

If you haven’t heard, Sadie Nardini is opening a new yoga studio called The Fierce Club.  In her latest youtube vid, looks like she’s christening the new space…

FML: Cyber Venting – Get It All Out at F*** My Life

posted by freebean

Yes, we all know there are many more constructive ways to deal with daily drama, but sometimes, it just feels good to vent. Join the like-minded folks at F*** My Life. Check out the site to get a new perspective, you might actually leave feeling better about yourself.

Here’s a couple from today:
Today, I went to the Doctors and the nurse asked if I was married, in which I responded “yes.” Then she asked if I was sexually active… “no.” FML

Today, I drove to a job interview. I had to sneeze, but because I was driving on the highway, I didn’t let go of the wheel to cover my mouth. I didn’t know the sneeze was a “productive” one until I was sitting in the interview, looked down at my new blouse and saw the giant lugie sitting there. FML

There, don’t you feel a little bit better about your day?

Welcome to Twin Town (is it in the water?)

posted by ebean

Mystery of the ‘Land of Twins’: Something in the Water? Mengele?
Published: February 23, 2009
Geneticists have no explanation for the 38 pairs of twins living in a one-and-a-half square mile area in Brazil, the “twins capital of the world.”

Excerpt from the NY Times:
Like so many in this farming town, populated almost entirely by German-speaking immigrants, Mr. Grimm, 19, believes that something in the water — a mysterious mineral, perhaps — is responsible for the town’s unusual concentration of twins.

“It can’t all be explained by genetics,” said Mr. Grimm, himself a twin.

Geneticists would like to disagree with him, but even they have no solid explanation for the 38 pairs of twins among about 80 families living in a one-and-a-half-square-mile area.

The mystery has persisted for decades, attracting international attention and inspiring books and investigations by geneticists… read more

it’s the pits

posted be freebean

olive pits
I loooooooooove olives, but the pits I could do without. Just now, after gnawing the meat off some, I got to wondering how pitted olives (which is so confusing to me since they have no pits) get depitted. So I googled…

about.com has a DIY video, you just have to sit through a mini commercial first.
ehow.com offers 3 options, and this cherry pitter which is just plain fascinating.

Other than gnawing, how do you depit?