October 18, 2012

Essential Fatty Acids

Fats are made up of smaller compounds called fatty acids. Two of these are called essential fatty acids because they cannot be made by the body. The essential fatty acids are linoleic acid and alpha-linolenic acid. Linoleic acid is a member of a group of compounds called omega-6 fatty acids (the term refers to its chemical structure). It is found in vegetable oils and is usually abundant in North American diets.

Alpha-linolenic acid is a member of the group of omega-3 fatty acids. The body can change alpha linolenic acid into other omega-3 fatty acids called DHA and EPA. These are all important nutrients that play vital roles in growth, in the immune system, in proper eyesight, and in cell structure. Alpha linolenic acid is found in certain vegetable oils. DHA and EPA, in addition to being made by the body, are also found in some fatty fish such as salmon, mackerel, tuna, and sardines. Unlike omega-6 fatty acids, omega-3 acids are not usually abundant in North American diets, so it is important to be aware of foods that supply them.

[source: professional cooking sixth edition]

October 17, 2012

Signs (of the times)?

whew, at last!

...be remided

... that's the truth... 

[not being too expressive in words...]

''i'll 'desire'...''

- thanks to Signspotting.com

October 16, 2012



Was it planned?
A move from up above
Destiny perhaps
Here on where I stand
Where art thou my endeared consciousness?
Made my heart drastically plagued
And totally numb
To shout with helplessness

Eventhough, I exerted efforts
But just the same results
I end up being alone
Tired and becoming bored
Don’t you think I still have chance?
Am I still worth after all?
Though I think otherwise
To have at least another dance

Fall all over again
Make somebody special
Like it was before
Wishing it won’t end
Can I be that trustworthy?
All I do is beg the heavens
To allow me please
To be an affection emissary

And that I be blessed bountifully
With laurels that makes me
Arguably commendable of
Once again, to and be loved

October 15, 2012

Seize the day

Seize the day

The past few days were all dedicated to pondering. Was or am I on the right frame of mind amidst the depression, delusions, happy and temporary thoughts? Last week was my birthday, and believe it or not, this thought of having to end everything still haunts me ‘till now.

Ideas framed my vivid mind of...why does everything that begins, ends? Why does it seem that everything is temporary? And if all is to end, why bother start in the first place? Then there will be nothing or everything. Life existence might be probable as there is absolutely nothing that exists.

What’s the sense of it all? Why accept ‘happy birthdays’ when you know that it’s going to be ‘condolences’ in the end? Kinda’ morbid but it is the reality. The best thing to burst this bubble thought is to live happily and freely as if the next day is the end. Seize the day.

Getting ''INKED'' - III - Religious (christian) arguments

A word to the religious: In Leviticus 19:28, it says not to tattoo “I am the Lord” on you (i.e. don’t take the name of the Lord in vain). It does NOT say you can’t mark yourself at all, and it does NOT say there’s anything wrong about piercing. What it DOES say is that it prohibits mutilating yourself for the dead, which was a senseless practice at that time. But for Christians, they are no longer bound by the Law.
Remember that it’s not what you do; it’s what’s in your heart when you do it. The Talmud even mentions that it’s not the tattooing that is wrong, but what the tattoo is of (i.e. if the tattoo is an image of a ‘false god’ as opposed to just a ‘design’).

There are probably many ‘prim & proper’ Christians out there that have had the urge to be tattooed, but have repressed it because they believed it was a sin. Well, if you really believe that it is a sin, then it is. But is getting tattooed really a sin? If it draws you away from Christ or causes someone else to stumble, then yes. But tattooing isn’t any more special than anything else we distract ourselves with. Take things in moderation at your speed. We are to deny ourselves of things if they cause us to lose sight of Jesus (for some, it could be driving a car, getting married, having children, going to work, smoking, abusing drugs & alcohol, disrespect, etc.).

If you have good discernment, you know what distracts you from Christ and what doesn’t. Tattooing isn’t inherently evil; it got it’s ‘evil’ status because GOD-less heathens from places like the South Pacific were tattooed. Do what pleases GOD; and one thing that pleases GOD is to be confident in oneself (not overly prideful, but confidence tempered with discernment, almost bordering on arrogance). Tattooing can bring out that confidence, because to be tattooed requires commitment.

And that’s a conquering power over fear and old ruts. GOD wants mature dynamic individuals that fear him to fellowship with, not people cowering in fear from some rigid set of laws. Note: fear of GOD is totally different from cowering in fear.

Some Christians will claim that drinking any amount of alcohol is sinful, but the medical community is saying that 2-3 drinks a day is good for the heart. Drink responsibly. So, for those that have repressed getting a tattoo because of family or religious upbringing, just do it. If it’s not for you, fine--but don’t ruin it for the others.

Tattooing in no way marks who’s saved and who’s not. If you’ve seen the trilogy “A Distant Thunder,” the Mark of the Beast was tattooed on your right hand or forehead. The tattoo was 666 in binary ‘6’s (i.e. 1 0 11 0 11 0 1 Sort of like a UPC code), but this doesn’t mean that every tattoo is a Mark of the Beast.

People have stated that the credit card and the computer were tools of the Devil. So what? Everybody depends on both today, even if the Anti-Christ is to use the computer to control the population, it doesn’t mean that if you use a computer, you’re a follower of the Devil. I believe that religion, when improperly used, is a dangerous thing. Christianity has wasted a lot of valuable time trying to influence people in believing that unimportant things are evil instead of spreading the word of GOD. Christianity (or those prideful, arrogant, self righteous leaders) has looked down on tattooing far too long.

Beer - brewing

At the simplest level, malting and brewing represent the conversion of the starch of barley into alcohol. Brewers are interested in achieving this with maximum efficiency, in terms of highest possible alcohol yield per unit of starch. At the same time, though, they insist on consistency in all other attributes of their product—foam, clarity, color, and, of course, flavor.

from these....[barley]

to THIS!

When we speak of barley in a brewing context, we are primarily concerned with its grain, the seeds growing on the ear in the field: it is these that are used to make beer. Barley grains are hard and difficult to mill. Try chewing them if you will—but have a good dentist on hand! They also don’t taste particularly pleasant, drying the mouth and leaving a harsh, astringent, and extremely grainy aftertaste. Indeed, beer brewed from raw barley is not only troublesome in processing but also has a definite grainy character.

It must have been pure serendipity when the process of malting was discovered some 100 centuries ago, but out of such happenstance has sprung up a mighty industry responsible for converting this rather unpleasant cereal into a generally satisfying malt.

[Source: Tap Into the Art and Science of Brewing]

October 14, 2012

Again, SMILE!!!

Again, SMILE!!!



Holy Gospel

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Mark 10:17-30. 

As Jesus was setting out on a journey, a man ran up, knelt down before him, and asked him, ''Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?''

Jesus answered him, "Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone.

You know the commandments: 'You shall not kill; you shall not commit adultery; you shall not steal; you shall not bear false witness; you shall not defraud; honor your father and your mother.'" 

He replied and said to him, "Teacher, all of these I have observed from my youth." 

Jesus, looking at him, loved him and said to him, "You are lacking in one thing. Go, sell what you have, and give to (the) poor and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me." 

At that statement his face fell, and he went away sad, for he had many possessions. 

Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, "How hard it is for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God!"

The disciples were amazed at his words. So Jesus again said to them in reply, "Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God! 

It is easier for a camel to pass through (the) eye of (a) needle than for one who is rich to enter the kingdom of God." 

They were exceedingly astonished and said among themselves, "Then who can be saved?" 

Jesus looked at them and said, "For human beings it is impossible, but not for God. All things are possible for God." 

Peter began to say to him, "We have given up everything and followed you." 

Jesus said, "Amen, I say to you, there is no one who has given up house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or lands for my sake and for the sake of the gospel who will not receive a hundred times more now in this present age: houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions, and eternal life in the age to come.