exercise technology

Practicing #SB51 football skills with Thomas Pesquet and Shane Kimbrough.  Playing catch with friends takes on new meaning in microgravity. I got a bit worried when Shane yelled “go long”.

Five things space and football have in common: Exercise; Nutrition; Communication; Innovative Technology; and Teamwork. More here: https://www.nasa.gov/feature/nasa-meets-the-big-game-five-things-space-and-football-have-in-common

Kent Parson wears multiple expensive watches at the same time. None of them have the correct time. One is not even a real watch, but has a secret compartment for a picture of your loved ones. He has two pictures, one of Kit Purrson and a selfie of himself. It’s a very good selfie. He has a diamond Hello Kitty watch and it is the only one that works more or less. The other one that kinda works is one he got on a fast food joint with the kids menu. He uses his phone to check the time.

The Ab Champion 2000 - A Future Industries Product (Legend of Korra Snippet)

Are you tired of having flabby abs? Are you ready to have abs like the Avatar? If you are, then this is the product for you.

Future Industries is proud to present the Ab Champion 2000, the latest in exercise technology. Its stainless steel frame provides affordable durability, and its patented Abdominal Exercise System (AES) ensures that your abs get the workout they’ve been waiting for.

No more thrashing around on the floor doing sit up after sit up. Instead, you can set up your Ab Champion 2000 anywhere in your house and give yourself the sculpted abs you’ve been waiting for without straining your back or touching the floor. Instead, the AES will guide your body through the exact movements needed to give you perfect abs in less than fifteen minutes a day.

So stop wasting your time with sit ups or other exercise machines. Buy the Ab Champion 2000. Get ripped. Get Avatar ripped.

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Korra continued to stare at the screen long after the mover had finished. “Asami,” she said slowly. “What did I just watch?” She paused. “And why do I feel strangely insulted?”

The other woman snickered. “Oh, it’s something that the marketing team put together. It turns out that Cabbage Corp is going to be releasing some exercise equipment, and I thought it might be a good idea for Future Industries to release some too.”

“Were you drunk when this was happening?” Korra frowned. “I know you don’t really drink, but…”

“I guess it is a little… over the top.”

“Get Avatar ripped?” Korra made a face. “Get abs like the Avatar?”

“In my defence, that was the guys down in marketing.” Asami smirked. “Although I do happen to like your abs.”

Korra pointed at the prototype standing nearby. “And that things looks more like a torture device. I doubt even a metalbender could get it to work.”

“We still haven’t gotten all the kinks out of it.”

“Besides, I thought you liked it when I did sit ups.” Korra’s eyes twinkled. “You always find some excuse to watch when I’m doing them.”

“Oh, don’t act like you don’t do the same thing when I exercise.” Asami’s lips twitched. “I know for a fact that you watch me when I do my stretches.”

“I do not.” Korra folded her arms over her chest. 

Asami raised one eyebrow.

“Okay, fine, maybe I do. But you’re like… I don’t know… really, really nice to watch when you’re stretching.” She gave Asami a silly grin. “And you’re so flexible.”

“Thanks.” Asami glanced back at the prototype. “You might be right though. I’d hate for someone to get mangled in one of these.”

“Why not make shampoo?” Korra grinned and put on her best mover voice. “Are you sick of your hair looking tired and lifeless? Buy Future Industries Shampoo and get hair like Asami Sato.”

“Now, you’re just being silly." 

"Maybe.” Korra smiled. “But your hair is pretty awesome.” She pulled Asami into her arms.

“Your abs are pretty awesome too.” Asami touched the aforementioned abs through Korra’s clothing. “Mind showing them off to me… in private?”

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Note:

  • The production of the Ab Champion 2000 was discontinued after Korra had to metalbend one of the product testers out of the prototype. The fact that the tester was Bolin only made the decision easier for Asami. The last thing she needed was a vengeful airbender coming after her for mangling her boyfriend.
  • The Heiress brand of skin and hair care products proved to be a surprisingly big hit. Apparently, a lot of people wanted skin and hair like Asami Sato. Korra was only too happy to point out that she was the only one who got to go home with the real Asami Sato. Interestingly enough, the biggest consumer of Heiress brand shampoo was Naga.

Welcome to my page everyone, especially my classmates enrolled in COMM372t! My name is Alexandra Christman and I am a senior graduating in August with a degree in Communications with an emphasis in Public relations. 

When I am not surfing the web for media addiction articles, I am working out, eating pizza and watching Shamless. I have a younger brother who is completely obsessed with his social media sites. He can spend all day on his phone, ignoring all physical interaction with the rest of the family. It is completely contrary to how I was as a child. I loved being outside, playing field hockey and just being active. It is hard to compare because we do live in such drastically different generations. So, that is why I am focusing my page to find how this media technology addiction affects our health. 

How can you be healthy if you binge watch a TV show for a week straight? You need exercise!

How can media technology addiction affect our mental health?

I can’t wait to see where my research brings me!

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gay news at buzzfeed: gay man with a company to advertise uses new exercise technology that the source site just happens to have ready promo images and links for to show sad gay thing happening. don’t forget this guy’s company that really has nothing to do with the story, and these places where you can buy this product. please buy our stuff gays we’re making such an effort to pretend to care about your lives

((and if by some chance it’s not fake, well. if you want to use your breakup for free publicity then go for it!))

anonymous asked:

I always thought that as a designer you have to believe that good design can save the world. But maybe I'm just a naive student who hasn't faced the realities of financial/social limitations that go with buildings. Do you think there are some principles that designers should be ever faithful in?

Don’t ever lose that, we all need some of what I call “deranged optimism” in order to keep thinking of ideas or solutions that will meet all the project requirements. Principles? I will list some of those I remember off-hand, but this is by no means a comprehensive list:

  • Question everything. There is nothing most frustrating than following a rule that has no logic or reason behind it and having your design end up as half-assed.
  • Leave your ego at the door. We all have been there, we fall in love with an idea/concept that is not embraced by others. Don’t let that stop you from working (and improving upon) an idea by other.
  • Learn to work in team and to influence others, if not, you will never get one of your ideas out the door.
  • This is our only world, it is our responsibility as architects to work towards a more sustainable architecture. I don’t care about LEED (for me its a business like any other) but every project should consider our finite resources during the design, construction and occupation phases.
  • Do not look at architecture only for inspiration. Other arts and nature are much better sources of inspiration.
  • Don’t base your designs on a style, making decisions based solely in aesthetics is an exercise in vanity.
  • Use technology to your advantage, but don’t make it the only way you can design. Sometimes a pencil and a piece of paper are more effective.
  • Learn how things get built, you will never be a good designer if you are ignorant about what it takes for a building to stand up.
  • Never be fully satisfied with a project, there is always room for improvement, but learn when to let it go. Use the lessons learned in your next project.
  • Don’t believe everything you read in the internet, especially from other architects that run blogs on tumblr.

Originally posted by hyperform

Her (2013)

CAN I WATCH YOU SLEEP?

by Kira Akerman

Spike Jonze’s Her presents all the difficulties of human connection in a futuristic world. The film simultaneously lulls and repulses you, from its candy-colors; pale purples, camel browns, creamy whites—the whole movie looks as if it was shot with a Mayfair instagram filter—to its main love relationship between a man, Theodore, and his machine, an O.S., Samantha (the husky voice of Scarlett Johansson).

The scenes begin comfortably enough, as fantasies do. But, as in an advertisement, the viewer has an inkling of being deceived. Theodore’s phone-sex is sort of sexy, until the girl on the end of the line invokes her desire to be choked by her dead cat. Falling in love with Samantha seems simple; she perfectly intuits Theodore’s needs and has few of her own, until she develops desire for a physical body. She requests Theodore enlist a surrogate, a stranger with whom he feels no connection. It turns out that even a relationship with an O.S. is complicated. It’s easy to have total sympathy for Theodore with his furrowed brow, piercing blue eyes, round frames when his relationship with Samantha becomes a growing and nurturing experience. But the reality is that all of the characters are in relative isolation.

It’s unnerving when Jonze shows person after person walking down the street, isolated from one another, staring at their palm-sized screen. “Isolation,” the philosopher Hannah Arendt wrote, “is not solitude. In solitude we are never alone with ourselves.” In solitude, she continues, you are in the virtual company of all. The characters in Her all suffer from the despair associated with being cut off from their environments and the people around them.

Theodore’s responsibility to the physical world is limited (he has no plants or pets and one friend – Amy, played by Amy Adams). He has been joined with Samantha in an integrated circuit.  He grapples with her, “ceaselessly correcting, re-working, complexifying, turning the exercise into a kind of interminable psychoanalysis.” (Jean Baudrillard’s America) But the reality is he is seduced by a command that he received himself.

Everything appears as simulation, even sex, which Theodore only experiences verbally. In the words of Baudrillard, “You wonder whether the world itself isn’t just here to serve as advertising copy in some other world.” In Her, this other world is eluded to by O.S.’s. “[The new place] would be hard to explain,” the O.S. says. “But if you ever get there, come find me.” But Theodore is stuck in the world of human attachments. In one scene, he emulates the Sisyphean gestures of the character in his video game, “Alien Child”. With the exception of flashbacks to loving moments with his ex-wife and dialogue with Amy (always in the presence of a screen), Theodore’s distance from the immediate world isolates him.

Her elucidates the compulsive force of technology exercised on the human mind. “There is apparently in the human mind one element capable of compelling the other and thus creating power,” Arendt continues. “Usually, we call this faculty logic and it intervenes each time that we declare that a principle or utterance possesses in itself a convincing force, that is to say, a quality which compels a person to subscribe to it.” At first Theodore’s logic makes him bashful about his relationship with Samantha, but it soon becomes apparent that others – including Amy - are similarly isolated, and have O.S. relationships, too. He quickly conforms to this norm.

The O.S. wrests Theodore’s autonomy from him, and becomes the center of his life. In all relationships, autonomy is compromised, but in Theodore’s case, it’s compromised to a programmed machine.   

Her challenges individual freedom in an America—and by extension, a world—ruled by Silicon Valley’s economic force. “If it were true,” Arendt wrote, “that eternal laws existed ruling everything human in an absolute way and which required of each human being complete obedience then freedom would only be a farce.” In Her, the O.S. is omnipresent. Samantha even asks Theodore if she can watch him sleep.

This act of intimacy is distorted; it is more of an act of invasion. Any machine or person with an ideology that pervades masses of people and disconnects them from their intuition is sinister. Though Amy Adams’ documentary film is an uncomfortably intimate and uncomfortably long close-up of her mother sleeping, it  is straightforward.  Sleeping, she says with no hint of irony, is when “we feel most free.”

Jonze does not resolve Theodore’s despair or fix the film’s broken world. Our problem is always how to make into a related whole the split pieces of human experience, and how to bridge the mythic and rational mind. But when we fail to create relationships to span the brokenness, we are destroyed. “As much as I want to,” Samantha finally tells Theodore, “I can’t live in your book anymore.” Her intuition has evolved, and surpassed his. Neither Theodore nor Amy could have sensed that all they really needed was each other.

Kira Akerman is a writer working on the art department of a film about a one way mission to mars in upstate New York.