Its that time of year again, when we at the Pop Zombie Podcast think seriously about getting serious about how we think about our stance on serious thinking. At this year is no different in how differently we think about it. Those of you who have enjoyed coming to 404era.com to read about and listen to Pop Zombie shenanigans will be happy to know there's a wind of change in the air, and it is blowing us.
From today forward, the following domains will not bring you here, but instead will channel you to the new and growing Pop Zombie Network; popzombie.net, popzombie.co, popzombie.info.
The new site will be a home for all things Pop Zombie and will offer a wide range of entertainment for the entire family, except for the children and the elderly. And perhaps some other people. Ok, so if you are between 38 and 42 it will be awesome. The site will house our Podcasts, videos and comics as well as all the comments and posts made by our adoring fan(s). We hope to really make good on the promise to make good (stuff) for you all to enjoy. Let us cull the best news stories from around the globe to feed your Zombie bloodthirst for Pop Culture!
Typing in a URL (an address to a website) into the address bar is an everyday occurrence, but here's a little tip that might save you a few keystrokes and get you to your destination a bit quicker.
We are going to use this website as the example, 404era.com. Now some of you may already know some of these tricks, such as typing just the 'meat' of a name (url) into the address bar, such as the 404era part, will -in most browsers- perform a search with your default search engine. You probably don't want to do this unless you actually don't know exactly where you want to go. But if you do know, here's how you can get there faster;
- Never type in "HTTP://", its understood and all browsers will prepend it to any URL you type in.
- To go to "http://404era.com" simply type in "404era", hold the CONTROL key and press ENTER.
- To go to "http://404era.net" you will do the same, but hold SHIFT and press ENTER.
- To go to "http://404era.org again, same thing only hold CONTROL and SHIFT and press ENTER.
- In tabbed browsers, CONTROL + T will open a new tab, CONTROL + N, a new window
- Firefox's "Awesome Bar" will find your bookmarks by guessing what you type. This is why it offers keyword input when you book mark a site. If the site is called "www.xkcd.com" and you can never remember that, add the keywords "geeky" and "comics" to the bookmark, and the awesome bar will find your bookmark when you type either into the address bar.
There are many, many ways to save time getting to your favorite sites, and even more ways to waste time once you get there. I hope these few tips give you more time on the latter.
*I should note that none of these auto-add the "WWW", but (and here's another big internet secret) a well set-up domain name will resolve (take you to the site) with or without W's. In other words, in 99% of the cases you don't need to type the www either. Try it and see. Occasionally older sights have made an error and neglected to accommodate both pathways, but its increasingly rare these days.
So, exactly how is a Sci-Fi show that was prematurely cancelled going to save my life? If we skip over the countless hours (ok, 71.13 hours if you want to be specific) of initial life affirming splendor that the series occupies in my memory, which covers 4 seasons (88 episodes) and a fan-forced 2 part series finale movie we are left with the infinite re-watchablity of this amazing journey.
Ok, great. If you know the show, you are aware of all these things already, but the headline pulled you in and, damnit, you want to know what mystical powers this series has, right? Read on...
Hopefully you've been following the gripping real life story of how my fellow podcasters and I have embarked on the perilous journey known as "our 40's" - Truthfully, Big Breakfast (a.k.a Quality Jones) has been slipping a bit, he's not EVEN 40 yet...slacker. And our Weight Loss Contest is still in effect.
To recap; we all weighed in on January 3rd, 2011 and will do so each week until April 3rd-ish and whomever is deemed to have lost the most significant weight - factoring BMI, actual pounds and overall health as-result, will be the winner of a cash prize as contributed be each of us in equal amounts.
So far I have created a new strict diet for myself and with few exceptions have stuck to it and the results have been promising. But now its time to bring my A game. That's right, exercise. Barring the occasional kickball team sport or weekend cornholing jag I can't say I normally get much exercise. Unless you count Call of Duty, and I'm guessing you won't. I do hear that screaming like a maniac at the tv and the 10 year-olds on the other side can be known to burn something, if its calories, great. High blood pressure never killed anyone, right? Coming from a background of lethargy, gluttony and complacency you would expect that an extreme change (ie; Ass sitting to P90x for example...) would be a bad choice. I agree. The intention is to ramp up from 'no exercise" to 'some exercise' and eventually 'regular exercise'. To get the ball rolling I have decided to leverage the tools I already have at my disposal, namely THE TREADMILL.
Get to the Point You Bastard!
Ok. Farscape, right. As any of you know the boredom associated with walking/jogging/running is what usually keeps people from doing it. As those of you who actually GO to a gym may have noticed, in many cases there are TV's playing what appears to be either The Andy Griffith Show, Oprah or Jerry Springer. All fine programming, ya know, if you like that sorta thing. Exercising in your own home is tough. There are a lot of things to distract you - It IS your home, after all...where you live...where all your STUFF is. I decided to utilize that disadvantage to solve two problems. Exercising at home AND enjoy my stuff...at the same time!
I did what any good card carrying geek would do. I put a shelf up on the wall (formally blank, beige and boring) in front of the treadmill and filled it up with a 24" LED LCD TV, a Blu Ray player and a set of self-powered speakers. The TV I chose is equipped with a headphone output (3.5mm jack) which feeds the speakers, a necessity due to the roar of the treadmill. I can now watch Cable TV, DVDs or Blu Rays mere inches from my face in glorious 1080p while I run on the treadmill!
While I may have started this trek a little late into the 90 day cycle of the present contest to complete all 88 episodes of Farscape, I will use that as the impetus to continue with my journey from 40 to healthy after the contest is over. I do intend to watch entire Farscape Series from start to finish. One episode at a time. The average length of a network TV show with the commercial breaks removed is 42 minutes. The first episode of Farscape ran 49 minutes. Whether the rest are 42 or 49, I had no issue maintaining my stride, and actually had to increase the speed during the last 10 minutes of the pilot episode just to avoid jogging monotony. I have to assume that as the days progress my average speed will increase as will my stamina. Perhaps I will finish all 88 episodes by April 3rd, if I watch & run for more than one episode on certain days.
What I've done is provided myself with the appropriate motivation. Staring at a beige wall for 40-50 minutes was more of a punishment, and the payoff in terms of health benefits seemed to high of a price to pay. When I bought the Farscape complete series I was so happy to finally have it, until I realized I had no idea when I would find the time to re-watch my favorite show of all time. That's right, I said it - of all time. This collaboration of exercise and private time to enjoy my show is the perfect solution of motivation for me. And it doesn't end there. I have literally hundreds of movies, shows and extras on hundreds of DVDs and Blu Rays that will keep me looking forward to my time on the treadmill and in the room carrying out other exercises as my routine progresses.
So how is Farscape going to 'Save My Life?" By simply giving me a chance to to do one thing I have to do to stay healthy (exercise) and one thing I love to do (watch the show) at the same time. If you're having difficulty getting motivated, find that thing you wish you had more time for and devise a way to make it your reward for doing the difficult part, or if, like my example, do while you exercise. Your body will thank you.