Monday, December 30, 2013

Song of the Day #46

I was in HMV earlier this year and came across an album called "Secondhand Rapture" by MS MR (pronounced Miz Mister).  They are a duo from New York City with "Secondhand Rapture" being their debut full length album.  I never heard of them until I seen their album.  So I listened to it and some of the songs are pretty good.  But this song I picked I instantly liked.  The lyrical content of the song is big reason why I like it.  I can relate.

"Think of You" by MS MR
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Sunday, December 29, 2013

Random Fact #11: French Toast

Yesterday, we were deciding on what to make for breakfast today.  My mom suggested French toast.  I thought that was good.  My mom wanted to know the origins of French toast.  So I went on a search of the origins.

French toast was not invented in France.  In fact, it was invented long before France was a country.  The exact origins are unknown.  With people not wanting to waste food, putting stale bread in a milk and egg mixture was a way to use up the bread.  The earliest known reference to doing this dates back to 4th century Rome.  It was in a cookbook and attributed to Apicius.  The style of French toast was callec Pan Dulcis.  Today, many countries make it this way.

Throughout the middle ages, it became a common practice.  They used primarily stale bread.  The term French toast means "pain perdu" meaning "lost bread."  It is called this in various places around the world.  Before the French called it pain perdu, they called it "pain ala Romaine" meanining Roman bread.

One myth about French toast is that it came from America.  The story told is that in 1724, chef Joseph French first made it.  French was never good at grammar and when named it, he simply forgot the apostrophe.  It ended up being Frenchs rather than French's.

There are many cookbooks from the middle ages in Europe that give the classical French toast recipe.  The name French pre-dates the 18th century.  The earliest known references is in the mid-17th century which is well before the story of Joseph French.  Before that time it was called German bread, Spanish bread, and various other names.  Only some had anything to do with countries.

So there you have it, a history of French toast.

Source: Today I Found Out

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Skinny vs. Overweight: A Never Ending Debate

On Facebook, a page I like posted a link.  The title on the link said, "Why being fat is good for you..."  A debate was ensuing in the comments.  It's like people would rather see being thin as negative.  Sometimes you can't help be thin.  It's genetics that you are thin.  If yo want to be thin by choice and achieve it in negative ways, than that's  different.  They were trying to say that being overweight was better than being thin or skinny.  Why is there this battle between skinny, thin, or the word I like to use in slim vs. overweight, obese, etc..

After seeing this link, I went on to the good ol' Google and did a search.  I found an article by the Daily Mail and in the article it talked about how U.S. reasearchers said that being overweight can be good for you.  How being overweight helps you longer, eliminate some diseases, etc..  That seems all well and good, but it also stats you will have other problems.  Basically, they've contradicted themselves.  Either way you chalk it up, being overweight is not good for you.  Cancer Research UK has stated that 6,000 cases of cancer in older women are linked to being fat.  Sure it's not a big percentage of the population, but still that's not something ignore.

Being overweight point blank is not healthy.  Sure you can make the arguement that you can be a healthy overweight person.  But doesn't that scream irony and oxymoronic?  Have you ever met a healthy overweight person?  I haven't.  But according to LiveScience.com, you apparently can be overweight and healthy.  In this article, they said that it's all about where you store your fat.  The bad fat is around your belly and not just under your skin.  Those healthy overweight people are metobolically more healthy.  From what I got from the article is that it has to do with your metabolism.  They also say in the article that just because you are metobalically healthy doesn't mean you shouldn't exercise and try to improve youself that way.  I agree.

You can find studies which they link in the article stating otherwise.  But it's a no-brainer, if even if you don't care, exercise and whatnot improves your health.  I know it and have been working at it slowly.  Very slowly...  Don't just take that article as black and white.  Even they state in the article that there is a grey area.  Talking about this with a friend, his stepdad said that doctors have come out and said that it's not true.

Let's switch to the otherside.  Let's look at the skiny, thin, or slim people.  I've been of the  notion that just because you are thin doesn't always make you healthy.  Just because you have the look of health doesn't mean you are.  But there are people out there that strongly believe that if you are thin than you are healthy.  That couldn't be further from the truth.

MSN Healthy Living, has a great article about thin people who are actually "fat."  It's not that they are fat on the outside, it's that they are fat on the inside.  If you don't do something about it, according to the article, you can have health problems later on in life.  What percentage of the world's population actually know that?  One thing they say, which is crazy, is that someone can have as much fat as an obese person on the inside.  Take a moment to think about that.  Mind has been blown, right?  Don't think because you have no signs or are not feeling any effects that you are fine.  For all you know you could have normal-weight obesity.  All that terms means is that you have high levels of body fat despite having body mass of 24.9 or lower and have normal weight.

You can't judge yourself based on how you look if you are "thin."  It's what's on the inside that you should be looking at.  According to Jimmy Bell, Ph.D., a professor of molecular imaging at the Imperial College at the University of London, skinny people—even supermodel types—can be superfat: “Everyone expects an overweight person to have lots of fat, but it can be a shock when a thin person has as much internal body fat as an obese, or even morbidly obese person.”

I wonder what percentage of the people in this world actually know they are fat on the inside.  They may not exhibit any signs of it, but later in life they will according to what I've been reading.  Don't let being thin fool you.  You could have more problems than you think.  You may not see them early on in life, but later in life you will.  So take care of yourself.  That's a common thing I've read.  Well, I'm paraphrasing.

The more I look into this, the more I find articles that are saying that you can be overweight and even slightly obese and live longer.  But there are also articles that refute this as well.  As I said, that doesn't mean you should be thinking you have nothing to worry about.  There are still other health risks you have to worry about.  What I'm getting out of this is that you have to find that balance.  It's hard to know which is correct in terms of fit and fat/overweight and living longer vs. fat is not fit/overweight won't help live longer.  I haven't see any articles refuting that you can't be both thin and fat on the inside.

There is so much to learn about this and you don't know who is right and who is wrong.  Certain people say their research is correct or people who refute it say their research is correct.  One thing I found while researching and looking into all of this is an article by myHealth on CTVNews.ca, they said that the American Medical Association declared obesity a disease in June of 2013.  There are people out there who are offended.  I don't blame them.  It is a cop out to call something that can be avoided a disease.  It is like giving people who don't care to do anything about it a way out.  Diseases have the potential to kill you.  Sure you will die from being overweight and obese, but you change that so you live longer or help yourself live longer.  But you can't always be sure you will live longer because you could fit and healthy, yet you could drop dead of a heart attack tomorrow.  That can do with genetics.  It is up to you to try and change that so future generations in your family don't have to worry about stuff like that.  Than again, I'm no expert.

Don't worry about what society tells you or shows you.  If you have half a brain and a mind of your own, than you'll be able to make your own decisions.  Don't let them influence how you think you should look physically.  You are smart enough to determine that.  Sure I find a little extra meat on women's bones to be very attractive.  I'm not into those ultra thin chicks that look like they should munch on a burger or two and put a little fat on their ass.  I get that some people are thin because of a variety of factors.  But each to their own.

At the end of this post, I'm just at the start of this all.  But looking at both sides, I can honestly tell you that neither side is better.  Even the sides within a side there is no one right answer.  This debate will be unending.  Regardless of that, people will think their point of view is right no what research refutes it.  No matter what, there is no right or wrong answer in this debate and in my lifetime there very well might not be.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Hoops and Yoyo

You might be thinking, "what the heck is Hoops and Yoyo?"  I've never heard of them before till today.  My stepdad had some audio clips of them on their phone he was playing.  So my mom started telling me about them.  She went on YouTube and showed me a video of theirs.  They quite funny.  Here is the first one I watched which is hilarious.

"Bring Me a Brat!"
YouTube link



They have lots of other short videos for you to enjoy.  Take a little bit of time to watch a few of their videos and have a laugh.  During the Christmas season when we are all rushing around doing a Christmas things, we all know we can use one.

Monday, December 23, 2013

Winter Songs Only Sung at Christmas Time

There are many songs associated with Christmas whether they are secular or religious.  But there are songs that have nothing to do with Christmas, yet they are only sung during Christmas time.  Songs such as "Winter Wonderland," "Let it Snow," "Jingle Bells," and "Frosty the Snowman" to name oh but a handful of songs have been woven into the fabric of Christmas music.  The fact is that they have absolutely nothing to do with Christmas.  These songs don't even allude to Christmas or make any references to this great holiday season.

I'm not saying they are bad songs or anything like that.  The point of it is, that they should be sung during WINTER and not just Christmas.  Growing up, I found it odd to sing "Jingle Bells" when it wasn't Christmas as I always thought it was a Christmas song.  I've come to realize that that isn't the case at all.  Just because something like "Jingle Bells" has long been associated with Christmas does not and I mean DOES NOT have anything to do with Christmas.

I am not trying to be a Grinch.  Far from it.  I'm not saying you can't sing those winter songs during Christmas.  Besides, who am I tell you you can't?  It's more so the point that these are are not Christmas songs and shouldn't be relegated to be one.  Whoever wrote them wrote them as a winter song.  If the writer wanted to be a Christmas song, than he or she would have done so.  Sure traditionally snow has a lot to do with Christmas, but snow isn't strictly relegated to Christmas.  If you live in parts of the world that get winter and snow, you know that winter can last six months or more.

Let me ask you this: Why relegate winter songs to just Christmas time?  As stated, there are no references to Christmas in them.  Keeping on with my example and using "Jingle Bells," it was written as a Thanksgiving song by James Lord Pierpont according to mental_floss Magazine.  You can read that even though it has nothing to do with Thanksgiving, that's what it was written for.  Yet people altered the lyrics and made it Christmas friendly and it has become the most performed and known non-Christmas Christmas songs.

If people bothered to know a song's background and lyrical content, than they wouldn't be so quick to lump it in with a specific holiday season.  That's just lazy on whoever's part it was to do that.  If it's a winter song, than sing it all winter long.  People like to complain about Christmas music, but if you sing a winter song all winter long, than they can't complain about it in the realm of Christmas music because it's not.  We need to get out of that mindset that songs with lyrical content about winter is for Christ time.  I doubt people will, but nevertheless, we need too.  Simple as that.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Blogging - Is it Worth Keeping up With It?

I started this little old blog of mine on because I wanted to become apart of the blogosphere.  I seen other people blogging away putting what they had to say or share in a post.  So on February 23, 2005 this blog was born.

At first I had short posts.  They were one maybe two paragraphs long.  Some. Of those posts were nothing special.  It was place to post whatever.  It still a place to do that mind you.  But looking back, I can't stand to read them as I find they suck.  I kept up with it. I kept blogging away.  I kept at it and oas time went on, my writing and posts got better.

When I saw one of my cousins this past summer at our other cousin's wedding, he said that he has checked out this little ol' blog of mine.  I thought that was cool.  He complimented me by that he can tell that I am a pretty good writer by what he reads of my statuses and whatnot on Faceook.  This affirmation from my cousin is appreciated as I find that the dedication and improvements I've made to this blog in a number of ways has been worth it.

Now, a lot friends, family, and people I know either do blog or have blogged. Some blog for awhile and some for a short period of time.  In the case of my good friend Mark, he would blog for a time, than he would stop.  Than he would get the itch to blog again.  This has been a trend for him over the years.  It's a love/hate relationship with him when it comes to blogging about certain topics.  I get it, but you have to be willing to put yourself out there when blogging in some way.  Even thought blogging can be a very good thing, Mark said that "it can easily become narcissistic and enable unhealthy ways of thinking and living."  That is true as well.  I wanted to know if he feels vulnerable when blogging. He said, "Well, writing is a vulnerable thing.  Assuming you aren't being deceptive, you are showing yourself to another person."

Vulnerability can be one of things that prevent people from doing something like blogging or blogging on certain topics.  I hope that some people can find a way to overcome this vulnerability and blog without worrying about whether or not it's too personal or it's too this or too that.  I certainly hope that for Mark.

I can empathize with not blogging all the time.  This year has the least amount of posts I ever had.  I am sort of kicking myself for not doing more blogging because there were lots of things I could have blogged about, but was lazy in doing so.

I wonder if the other people who I know that blogged stopped because of either laziness or having nothing to say?  Sometimes it can be combination of the two.

This brings me to the question that is in the title of this post.  It is worth keeping up with it?  Speaking for myself, I think it is worth it because whenever I check out people's blogs, I like to read about what they have to say about things.  It's unfortunate that someone such as Phil Loseth doesn't blog anymore.  He was one who I liked to read whenever I went to his blog.  Maybe a comeback is in order, eh Phil?

Now, Marc Vandersulys celebrated ten years of blogging on December 12.  I appreciated the honesty in that post.  He noted that he wants to take his blog into some direction, but isn't sure which direction.  I can understand.  Carving out what your blog should look like and what content it should have can be hard.  He also noted that he wants blogging to be fun again.  That I can also understand.  His noted declining number of posts over the second half of the ten years could be an indication that he needs to have it fun again and not just post to post.

You should never see a blog as something you have to do.  More as something you want to do.  Don't make a blog something you do begrudgingly.  If you go into it with the mindset that you do it for fun and the enjoyment of it, than keep it that way.  Don't loathe doing it and never do it again.  I get that you fall out of doing it for various reasons, just don't use the reason you hate doing it.  If you hated doing it, than you wouldn't have started blogging in the first place.  With that mindset, you show that it's not worth keeping up.  If you have a positive mind frame about the whole blogging process and things surrounding blogging, you show that it's worth keeping up.

I am not trying persuade anybody into continuing to blog.  But it that happens, than that's awesome.  If not, that's cool too.  I am just saying from my personal point of view that it is worth it keeping it up because you never who reads your blog, shares your posts, comments, etc..  Make it worth it.  Make it something you are proud of.  Start somewhere and go from there.  That's what I did and I've improved greatly in my nearly nine years of blogging.

I feel like a nearly nine years, or however long, of improving my blogging and writing in general would be wasted if I didn't keep up with it.  There are more good benefits than bad to keeping up with blogging.  You should see it as a joy and something fun rather than a chore.  Here is to hoping you keep up your blog and make it the best it can be.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Saskatchewan Needs a Women's Wrestling Scene

This history of professional wrestling in Saskatchewan is one that is up and down.  We've had promotions, but they've always fallen by the wayside.  One of the longest running in the country has been High Impact Wrestling.  They been around for over 10 years.  I'm proud to say that I support them.

Today on Facebook, High Impact Wrestling star, Brett Evans said, "Saskatchewan needs a female wrestling scene. C'mon ladies, step up."  I've been saying this for sometime.  High Impact Wrestling needs a women's division.  But there needs to be a scene in Saskatchewan period.

Women's wrestling is a niche.  But if it's done right ala Shimmer, Women's Superstars Uncensored, SHINE, joshi puroresu in Japan, and various other promotions; it can be really good.  Saskatchewan just needs a foundation to start a great promotion and become an amazing place for women to want to work.  Show that we have great female talent within Saskatchewan.  We need to put our mark on the wrestling map with not just men's wrestling but women's wrestling too.

In the past, High Impact Wrestling has booked the odd women's match, but they need to help be the trail blazer for women's wrestling in this province.  They could help be a forerunner for women's professional wrestling, not only in Saskatchewan, not only the prairies, but in Western Canada.  We need something to get the women's wrestling scene in Saskatchewan going.  Make it competitive that women would actually want to wrestle here.  Make it worth having them come in.  We need something.

An all women's promotion under the HIW Canada banner would be pretty sweet.  You called it High Impact Women or something.  It doesn't have to be under the HIW Canada banner, but just a women's promotion all together.  We nee something done.  We need to add some diversity to professional wrestling in this province.  Like I said, we need something to put Saskatchewan on the map in professional wrestling so people will take a step back and take notice.  Women's wrestling is one of those ways.

I hope the women's scene will start and thrive as the future wears on.  It would be awesome if they helped lead Saskatchewan in a bright future for professional wrestling.  These are a few things that one wrestling fan can hope for in this province.  Now they just need to become reality.

Merry Christmas - Should it Be Eliminated?

In the early to mid 4th Century AD, the Western Churches had placed Christmas on December 25 as the date of Jesus' birth is disputed and not actually known..  This was later adopted by the East.  This is the foundation of what is Christmas.

Jesus, peace on Earth, good will to men, family, friends, food, Christmas carols, and tons of other things are associated with this time of the year.  There are many words and phrases associated with Christmas as well.  Merry Christmas is one that has been associated with this holiday season since 1565.  Well that's the year of the first known greeting.  According what I've searched, "Merry", derived from the Old English myrige, originally meant merely "pleasant, agreeable" rather than joyous or jolly.

The greeting Merry Christmas is slowly being phased out as a greeting. That's what some are trying to do anyways.  They want all greetings to become secular and politically correct.  Some atheists, non-religious, and non-Christians want Christmas to conform to their beliefs.  But the basis of Christmas is Christian.  Jesus is a big part of Christianity.  His birth the central event of this holiday season.  If you take Merry Christmas out of this holiday than all the atheists, non-religious, and non-Christians who celebrate this holiday would not have a holiday to begin with.

The big debate currently is about removing the term "Merry Christmas."  The City of Saskatoon has had this debate.  Certain groups want "Merry Christmas" taken off their buses and replaced with the more politically correct and secular "happy holidays."  I appreciate that the City of Saskatoon basically told this one guy to screw off and that "Merry Christmas" would remain on the city buses. Essentially his complaint was denied.  The guy is known to be a shit disturber.  It's like we have to conform to what he believes.  The good thing that Saskatoon might do is add diverse holiday greetings on their buses.

People are so offended because others want to keep Christ in Christmas.  But did these people forget that it's CHRISTmas?  You cannot get rid of Merry Christmas because you rid a big part of Christmas.  A well known SECULAR Christmas carol "We Wish You a Merry Christmas" has Merry Christmas in the freaking title.  I wonder if they realize they are singing it. It shows you can't totally eliminate the term "Merry Christmas" from the secular Christmas realm. Is it any skin off your ass if people say "Merry Christmas?"  Is it going to effect your ability to live and breathe because someone says "Merry Christmas."  NO!

This isn't about getting everybody to say it.  This is about not eliminating it.  It is about people needing to get over it because they want everyone to become secular like themselves.  It's not all about them.  In fact the corporations, for years, have been eliminating or have eliminated "Merry Christmas" in their advertising and literature.  They say either "Happy Holidays" or "Seasons Greetings."  That's all fine and well, I guess.  But they need to appeal to all their customers.

People can try to have it eliminated all they want.  But wouldn't eliminating it be infringing on the beliefs of the people who want to say it?  Oh the hypocrisy of it all.  I bet the secularists, athethists, and non-Christians who celebrate Christmas didn't think about.  It's not all about them.  Unfortunately, we can't be politically correct all the time either.  I will say that I do appreciate those who say Merry Christmas if they are non-Christian, etc..

You can wish me "Happy Holidays" or "Seasons Greetings."  I appreciate you sending me best wishes for the Christmas season.  But I for one will say Merry Christmas to you and yours.  This guy will not have "Merry Christmas" eliminated from Christmas.  If you don't like it, than that's too damn bad.

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Short Sleeve Sampson - Legend, Class Act, Uber Professional

On December 5th,  High Impact Wrestling rolled through Saskatoon again as part of their Christmas Rampage Tour.  They also brought back Short Sleeve Sampson.  He was the first wrestler I met at a wrestling event ever.  The memories of that night still remains.  He was a class act on that day in 2012.

Fast forward over a year and a half later.  Sampson announced his retirement from professional wrestling after a 15 year career.  He also announced that he is going to embark on a farewell tour of about 40 dates.  Upon finding this out, I instantly post on the HIW Facebook group saying that they should bring him back.  Low and behold when they announced their Christmas Rampage Tour, they announced they were bringing him back for their three date tour.  I was so stoked.  But when December 5 arrived, I was truly excited for the event.  Thank you to Dice Steele for saving a V.I.P. ticket for me.  So I got a picture in the ring with Sampson.

Next night in Regina, I went down to King's Challenge IV.  I wouldn't miss King's Challenge IV, but I also wouldn't miss Sampson's last Saskatchewan date ever.  It great to see such a true professional in back-to-back nights.  It's too bad that he won't be back in a wrestling capacity.  I told time on Facebook the next day that it be awesome if he came back for a Q&A and an autograph session.  He seemed down for the idea.  Maybe King Kash would be up for the idea.

If you get the chance to meet Sampson, don't pass it up.  You'll regret it if you pass up the opportunity.  He is a class act.  He is one of the nicest and most chill guys you'll meet in the wrestling business.  It was great to see him again.  The Sampsonites are going to miss him around these parts.

Here is the quick story Shaw TV did on the event.  It is features Short Sleeve Sampson and Dice Steele.



Here's to wishing Sampson a great rest of his farewell tour and a happy retirement.  I truly hope our paths cross again one day.  Sampson, if you read this, like I said, if you do take a trip out this way, please don't hesitate to let me know.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Black Friday Emits the Scent of Greed

Black Friday and Black Friday sales is a tradition around Thanksgiving in the United States.  It's busiest day for shopping in the United States.  This tradition has made it's way into Canada.  A big reason that it happens in Canada is so consumers stay in Canada to shop and not cross the border.

Now with that being said, the deals are great and you can save some money.  But the problem with Black Friday is what you'll see in the following video.



This is a common occurrence in the United States.  People will claw, scratch, kick, bit, punch, push/shove, and fight (as seen in the video) to get the item they want.  In fact, a person died from being trampled.  They don't care that they cause physical harm to another person.  They just want that item that's on sale.  What's sad about this video is that these two chicks have to be restrained by the police because they are fighting over a 24 inch TV.

What is the point of such shitty behavior?  With the terrible shape that the United States is in, they spend money like they have it.  Their greedy attitude will not stimulate the economy.  One day of greedy over spending is just their materialistic self-centeredness shining through.  It's good to want such items, but do we truly need them?  When the United States is in debt, shouldn't they have their priorities in order?  You'd think so, but judging by this video as one of many cases, that is not the case.

This one day of overspending on items they don't need won't stimulate the economy like some may think.  If they want to stimulate the economy, than they need to do it the right.  This isn't going to do it.

Our North American society needs a dose of reality.  Especially the United States.  When they don't have any money to pay their bills because they frivolously spent on items they DIDN'T need, than it sets a bad example for future generations.  But I guess they will never learn.  What's sad is that this video had a millions views on the day it was posted.  I guess people like watching a cat fight over something stupid.  That's pretty sad.