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Thursday, March 02, 2006

A few things I've learned over the last year that I was supposed to learn when I was 5

Tying my shoes

I learned this one last year actually, and the previous year has been SO MUCH BETTER because of it.. Basically, until last year, I didn't know how to properly tie my shoes... and odds are, you might not either.

I always thought it was because my shoelaces sucked or something, and I always found myself double knotting. Turns out, I was just tying the knot wrong. There's an easy way to test if you tie your laces wrong.. just shake your shoe a little, and see if the bow orients vertically instead of horizontally across the shoe. If so, you're doing it wrong. To fix it, just reverse the first knot (for example, if you normally go left over right, go right over left instead). It looks like there's already a web page, with pictures, describing this whole thing.. who knew?

Climbing Stairs

All my life, people have remarked that I have well developed calves.. I thought maybe it was just genetic, but I noticed neither of my parents had them. Over the past year, I've lived on a hill where I basically have to climb up about 200 stairs to get home. Today as I was walking home, I somehow noticed that how I climb has changed to a much more efficient method. It turns out that I USED to put my foot only halfway onto the next step, then used my calf muscles to lift my body. Now I (like normal people) lift my knees just a wee bit higher, enough to get my entire foot planted squarely on the next step, and then use my quadriceps (the muscle on the front of your leg, above the knee) to lift my body. Of course this is easier because quads are a lot stronger than calf muscles, since we use them a lot more. I don't think this problem is as common because most people's calves aren't super huge.

Now I have the choice of either climbing the stairs easier, or maintaining my calf definition. At the very least, this explains why I was pretty good in high school at the long jump and triple jump, and why I could touch rim when I was only 5'6"

I hope I just made someone else's life a little bit better. Especially on the shoe tying one. Honest. It'll change your life.

15 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

you did, in more ways then that.

8:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"than" sorry

8:08 PM  
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12:15 AM  
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9:22 AM  
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Anonymous Derrick said...

Hi James,

Thanks for the tips. I did the test and looks like I've been tying my shoes right all this time...yippeee!

Also, I've been trying to contact you and Jim regarding a new game that I developed with the Hot or Not API.

You can see the game at the link on my name and contact me at the email address on the game page.

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I like to think of it as "Hot or Not + Addition = ScoreSum".

Play the game and you'll see what I mean.

Hope to hear from you soon,

Cheers,

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6:46 PM  
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--pyrodice

12:16 PM  
Blogger Rosie (formerly known as Rox) said...

In the past 2 days I've found 2 celebrity pics on Hot or Not, today it was Paul McCartney and yesterday it was Phillip Semore Hoffman. Since I keep up with entertainment news, I think you should trade me a free star membership in exchange for purdging your site of celebrity pics. Well it was a thought. LOL. ~Rosie~ (roxeyrose_2005 on Yahoo.)

3:20 PM  
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6:05 PM  
Blogger hooman said...

wow, those are awesome tips. I came across your blog from the hotornot link. i learned how to tie my shoes! no more double knotting...yes. and the calf tip is great, because i barely have any calf muscle.

cool blog

1:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi James,

This may be a weird spot for an employment opportunity. Let me enhance the HotorNot user interface. I have a fax machine, pen, and paper, and that's it :D

Pay me what you want later on, if you want.

Taylor

2:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you haven't updated in so long~

8:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

this is great, ,i always wondered why after climbing oodles and oodles of stairs my calves would ache and that i too have quite well defined calves that everyone comments on (not so great being a girl and tryign to look feminine in a skirt. I will try to concentrate more on the stair climbing and see if there is any difference. ie. no pain. lol

Take Care xx

2:17 PM  
Anonymous George said...

Go figure I didn't know how to tie my shoes.

4:26 AM  
Anonymous susan said...

HI THERE..OK CALL ME BLONDE..but i think i made a scoreboard for myself on hotornot..i was trying to send it to u guys..so u can make it public..where or what is your e-mail address to send it to..thanks hun..susan gottabesue@aol.com

12:56 PM  

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