Calories Extreme!

Someone mentioned that they went to the Cheesecake Factory the other day.


They said they bought a slice of cheesecake. 


I asked: “Was it the Oreo Cheesecake?”


They said, “yeah!”


But they went on, “It was too much for one person to eat.”


Uh, you think?  


Check out how many calories are in one piece of this “Oreo Dream Extreme Cheesecake” –>>1,630!


Yes, that’s one slice, not the whole cake!!!


And over 50% is from fat!


Take all this in context: 
The calories for an average female and male is just 1,900 and 2,500, respectively, if your moderately active. 


So one slice of cheesecake like this Oreo flavor is around 86% or 65% of the total recommended calorie intake for a women or man for the entire day!


What the heck do they put into this cheesecake–butter, cream cheese, sugar by the truckload!


I know it must be good, but does it also have to be this deadly! 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

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Beautiful Virus, Huh?

So this is an image of the Tobacco Mosaic Virus.


Yeah, I never heard of it either. 


It is a virus that attacks and destroys tobacco and other plants. 


Viruses are ugly and evil in that they hurt and kill other living things


Yet in looking at this molecular image, I seriously hate to say it, but it is also beautiful in a way. 


The shape, color, complexity–the design and wisdom embedded in it–what can I say, but even this too is a miracle. 


Sure, it would be better in a mortal sense if there were no viruses to make us suffer and literally eat away at us. 


Yet, surely G-d has a plan even for these nasty virus molecules.  


Do they help us gain immunity to even worse diseases?


Do they help us to use ingenuity to discover, fight, and evolve to withstand their attacks and progress our society in larger ways?


Do they help us learn however horribly to turn to G-d, strengthen ourselves, and somehow try to cope with suffering and loss in life and death.


All sickness is unbelievably horrible and the suffering it causes is truly impossible to understand, and G-d should please, please have mercy on us. 


Yet, looking at this molecular image of even this virus, there is something comforting in the supreme intelligent design and creation of it all.  😉


(Source Andy’s photo of image by Visual Molecular Dynamics)

The Essence of Time Management

So here are some quickies on the essence of time management.


1. Urgency vs Importance:


Don’t sacrifice the important items for the urgent ones!


– Focus on the items that are important on the right side of the matrix–if they are urgent (upper-right), you need to do now; if they aren’t urgent, but they are important (lower-right), you need to make time for them. 


– Deemphasize the items that aren’t important on the left side of the matrix–if they are urgent and not important (upper-left), limit them or delegate them; if they aren’t urgent or important (lower-left), delete them. 


There are two potential areas of dissonance that can cause you tension, stress, and anxiety.


– When the urgent top row items and the lower-left life necessities get in the way of your focusing on the quality life items that are of long-term importance to you (the lower-left).  For example, work and errands can crowd out your personal, family, community, and spiritual time. 


– When you have too many items in the lower-right quality time area and these are in competition with each other for your time and attention, and you don’t know how to prioritize them and get it all done.  It’s like there is never enough time. For example, we ignore our spouse, the kids, or closeness with G-d, because we just can’t get to it all.


This is where our personal values and conscience come into play to drive what we do and how we spend our precious time in this world. 


We all only have 24 hours in a day, so our actions need to be purposeful and driven by our values!


2. Tasks vs Relationships


Imagine another matrix with focus on tasks on the vertical access and focus on relationships on the horizontal access. 


Again here, we want to ensure a healthy balance of focus on both task and relationships (upper-right corner). 


If we focus on tasks at the expense of relationships or relationships at the expense of tasks, we are going to have a problem.  Moreover, it makes no sense to focus on items that are neither task- nor relationship-focused (lower-left).  


We need to collaborate with others to accomplish great, complex tasks (we can only accomplish so much alone). 


Again, dissonance (tension, stress, anxiety) is caused when we are pulled off-balance to focus on work or people to the exclusion of the other.  


As they say,


“Mission first, people always!”


We’ve got to build meaningful relationships and work together to get the mission done and the mission can be helping people and building a better society in a variety of ways. 


In a sense, it’s people helping people. Love thy neighbor to help thy neighbor.  


Time is of the essence–we have so little of it–it is precious–we can’t get it back–it goes so fast–we need to manage it like gold. 😉


(Source Graphic: Andy Blumenthal)

Space-Age Mouse

Just wanted to share my new futuristic ergonomic computer mouse. 


Thumb sits on the left.


Rest of the hand sits fully supported and swoops down towards the right. 


No wrist movement up and down. 


Left and right clicks buttons are at the top.


No bending of the fingers and no reaching.


Mouse helps protect against repetitive movement disorders like carpal tunnel syndrome. 


The HandShoe Mouse fits like a glove. 


It’s made by Hippus in the Netherlands. 


Comes in wireless or wired. 


Choose right- or left-hand model. 


And make sure you order the right size: small, medium, or large. 


Until we have full voice recognition or gesture control like in Minority Report, I like this space-age mouse. 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal) 

Haleli @Mimouna with Magen David Synagogue

Praise be our G-d, the Master of the Universe.


May he bless us with an abundance of good for the New Year after the Passover commemoration of our exodus from slavery to His redemption and the Holy Land of Israel.


Blessings, Peace, Health, Prosperity, and Joy!


What a lovely event with the community of Magen David Synagogue in Maryland.


My heart is uplifted by the song, dance, friendship, and faith in the Almighty. 😉


(Source Video: Andy Blumenthal)

Ergonomics Ah!

So today I went for an ergonomic training and assessment. 


Never did this before. 


It was pretty awesome. 


The person had 4 degrees in ergonomics and really seemed to know what they were talking about. 


They got me set up in a special ergonomic chair with a footrest, bio-design mouse, and task lighting.


I tell you that I never sat so straight, perfectly contoured, and completely comfortable. 


They almost had to pry my butt out of that chair after I test drove it for over an hour in training. 


OMG, there is a difference. 


Don’t need carpal tunnel.


Don’t need sciatica. 


Don’t need neck, shoulder, and back pain. 


I even learned that the standing desks can be BAD for you–they put undue stress on your musculature and may actually result in a notable DECREASE in concentration and productivity. 


Anyway, from the stupid chairs that I’ve seen most people have–and the lousy posture they sit with–I’d recommend seeing the ergonomist. 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Breaking The Cycle Of Trauma

Thought these are some beautiful sentiments about breaking the cycle of trauma in our lives: 

“Hurt people hurt people.

That’s how pain patterns get passed on, generation after generation after generation.

Break the chain today.

Meet anger with sympathy, contempt with compassion, cruelty with kindness. 

Greet grimaces with smiles.

Forgive and forget about finding fault.

Love is the weapon of the future.”

– Yehuda Berg, The Kabbalah Center

This is powerful–it should only be that we can have a complete healing, betterment, and a renewal of peace for all. 


One other thing that I heard that was so plain and simple, yet so smart was that:

Our job in this world is to do the most good that we can do!

Thank you to Minna Blumenthal for sharing all this.

(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)