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Monthly Archives: May 2016

 

X-Cruciating

May 29th, 2016

In 1995, I saw The Usual Suspects in Denver. I was 20, a callow young punk, not even old enough to drink legally. Like most people that age, I was dumb as hell, not even smart enough to know how little I knew. However, walking out of The Usual Suspects, there were two things I knew for sure. It was an instantly iconic film and the guy who made it was one to watch. That guy was Bryan Singer, and for a while there, he made some genuinely interesting stuff. The Nazi-in-suburbia thriller Apt Pupil. Tom Cruise as a heroic German in Valkyrie. The Man of Steel as a creepy stalker in Superman... Read More

Is Colorado Really A Healthy Place to Live?

May 25th, 2016

Recently, the American College of Sports Medicine released their 2016 Fitness Index, a scientific snapshot of the state of health and fitness by metropolitan area. The report looks at the 50 largest metropolitan areas in the United States, as defined by census data. Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs) were chosen as the unit of measurement because they represent the group of counties comprising the larger urban areas where residents live, work and access community resources. The Denver metro area ranked 3rd in the nation on this index, largely because over 80% of us are physically active and... Read More

Knights In Tarnished Armor

May 22nd, 2016

Okay, guys, time for another thought experiment. Imagine something you’re good at, whether it’s a job or a hobby. Turns out you’ve got a knack for it, even though you’ve sweated blood honing your craft. You’re trying to break into your chosen profession, and at the tender age of 25, you do so. Big time. For the next several years, you have a string of successes and a couple of not-quite-successes. But at the end of your run, the people in your profession turn on you. Why? Is it because you make your work look easy, even though it’s incredibly difficult? Is... Read More

Is It Time To Give Your Sneakers The Boot?

May 18th, 2016

  Is it hard for you to stay active because of pain or injuries? Whether your fitness program is just beginning or you’ve been at it for years, the last thing you need is to be sidelined by pain or injury. Selecting the right shoe can go a long way toward helping you stay active.  It’s important to know as much as you can about how your body moves to help you get the correct shoe for your fitness activity. There are three common situations that occur when your foot strikes the ground during walking or running. 1) Your feet naturally roll inward, or pronate; 2)  you may under-pronate,... Read More

1999 Called, They Want Their Movie Back

May 15th, 2016

Good movies possess fearsome power. They can inspire you or piss you off, provide you with the motivation to get up and do something. Even in our age of disposable media, what else has that kind of influence? Consider this. Brokeback Mountain punched through decades of homophobia and, with an aching love story, helped to “normalize” the LGBT experience. Coming at a time of renewed racial tensions, Selma dropped viewers into the midst of the civil rights movement and reminded us that we’re truly doomed to repeat history unless we have the moral strength to overcome it. The... Read More

Eat Well by Eating Low

May 12th, 2016

Ever heard of the glycemic index?  It refers to a carbohydrate’s ability to raise blood sugar to a particular level within a given period of time. Some starchy foods have a high glycemic index that may cause high blood sugar levels after meals. Most non-starchy vegetables, fruits, and legumes have a low glycemic index. The glycemic index of a food can change depending on the variety of the food (for example, red potato or white potato), its ripeness, how it is prepared (for example, juiced, mashed, or ground), how it is cooked, how long it is stored, and the foods eaten with it. Foods on... Read More

It Always Ends In A Fight

May 8th, 2016

With a few exceptions, nobody sets out to make a bad movie. Whether the filmmakers are confident or delusional, they start out with good intentions. But here’s where it gets tricky. In order to make a good movie, you need a compelling story, interesting characters, and a way to bring the two together organically. Sounds easy, right? It gets even harder when we move into the world of blockbuster filmmaking. You have to factor in massive budgets, the desire of nervous executives stifling risk in order to maximize profits, and inexperienced directors getting swallowed up by their project.*... Read More

Tracking Down a Weight Loss Plan

May 1st, 2016

Did you know that people who track their physical activity are more successful at losing weight?? A fitness device like FitBit, Jawbone, or FuelBand could be exactly what you need to support your weight loss goals. Some wearable devices are trackers on steroids — monitoring your workouts, counting calories, evaluating your sleep, and tracking your progress as you slim down. You can use your device to see how close you get to your target goal each day, or if you crushed it! Or, set a smaller, shorter-term goal so you’ll feel successful right away. Doing so will help you to stay focused.... Read More

White Light, White Heat, White Trash

May 1st, 2016

Every time I see a movie, it’s a little like going on a date. Some dates are fine. You have a perfectly nice time, but you know there’s no future. Others are less fine, and you wonder how your date was able to leave the house without accidentally killing others or themselves. But once in a while, you go out with someone, and everything is right. You click with them. You can’t imagine them not being in your life. Every time I see a movie, I chase that. It’s not like being an addict, where I’m looking to recreate a certain sensation. It’s more about engaging... Read More