Man Doesn’t Need Meat

eatveggiesI have a friend I have known for about 4 years, who’s married with two beautiful daughters. Unfortunately he isn’t the healthy guy I have ever met. He is overweight (probably borderline obese on charts), has diabetes, high blood pressure, most likely high cholesterol (although I have not asked, just know his eating habits) and he is a smoker. As I wrote about him before, he would be a prime candidate for Dr. McDougall’s 12-day program as he reminded me of Sam Waterman, who saw outstanding results in just 12 days eating a plant-based, whole foods diet.

I probably got a bit pushy and preachy at times when it came to the success I was having by following Dr. McDougall and his ideas. Still not sure why it took 41 years to finally figure out where good nutrition begins, but it wasn’t with meat and dairy products as we have been lied to since early childhood. How could I not share the secret to my success when I was in the midst of dropping 44 pounds and improving my total cholesterol to 130? These results equate to nothing short of amazing for me! I am still surprised at how I have gone from poor health with headaches, foot and abdominal pains to where am I now, relying on no medication and the healthiest I have ever been.

It takes that “ah ha moment” when something clicks and you finally comes to that realization. For me, it was a combination of identifying my state of health when I went for a routine check up at the dentist and I could not remember all the medications I was prescribed. Thankfully I have a co-worker who follows a plant-based diet and she recommended the documentary, Forks Over Knives. It was that documentary that got me interested in nutrition and taking control of my health.

Last year my overweight and “sick” friend commented to me during a family barbeque, “man needs meat! as he stood over his grill that was full of chicken and beef. For him, it was seeing the changes I had gone through, losing the weight, improving my blood numbers and cooking foods that are both healthy for you and good to eat. He wasn’t convinced, as he continued his eating habits, which was not governed by portion control. If he continued down this road, early death was a distinct possibility.

About 2 weeks ago he and his wife watched Food Matters and Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead with Joe Cross. Her husband could have easily pass for Phil Staples, the truck drive Joe Cross meets in the documentary. While not as obese as Phil, he needed to make drastic changes in order to take control of his health. These two documentaries have opened his eyes in a way I have never seen. The guy who once subscribed to “man needs meat” has been plant-based for just over 2 weeks and has dropped about 20 pounds! He told me last night over Chef AJ’s Disappearing Lasagna (I also made him a doggy bag for lunch) that he was feeling ribs he had not felt in years! Talk about a positive change, this was such great news!

I see much jubilation and excitement in his step and the way he talks. His wife is quite excited over the changes he has made recently, as she too is now following this way of eating. He currently belongs to the same gym as I and has been going on a regular basis, using some of the machines and walking on the treadmill. This in itself is progress. Who knows, maybe in the coming weeks/months I can get him on my weight lifting routine. It thrills me to see a good friend take control of his health and make such positive changes.

Spies Like SID

Seems I have gotten a bit behind schedule here on “the floor.” I had intended on wrapping up the a Fem Fatale Series, but I received quite a bit of interest from the females on |d’angels| down in Australia and I have not gotten a date yet *pokes f4nt0m45*. So without hesitation I will share one more with you and THEN wrap up the series. Today, check out isajones. She is but one of three in her family who frag in Urban Terror. Also props and an honorably mention to Angel aka death_angel from |d’angels| who e-mailed.

Thanks to ShminkyBoy, he has provided a new light entity pack for The 6th Floor. “It is a light shader pack called realworld_light that give mappers light entities that resemble real world lighting temperatures,” says ShminkyBoy. There are four categories of light source: incandescent, florescent, metal halide, mercury vapor, and sodium, each with several levels of light intensity. So get your new lighting sources in our Files Section. Thanks Shminky!

A quick shout out to INVIS and the gang over at Section 8 Studios. He continues to recruite new talent in order to create some of those kick ass Urban Terror levels you see on S8S. Morphine, Stealth and Leprechaun all now are involved in S8S. As for the level, Point Blank? WTF, you say? It is still in beta, two actually. It is still under development. We will check in with INVIS on the current status as Beta 2.6 draws ever closer. Although I am all wet for ut_airport designed after San Diego Lindbergh Field. This is not a new shot, but check this shot out!

Thought I would give you a quick tour of the “newbie tower” as it was once known during the early days of Urban Terror. This was back before anyone played it. The story goes, there was a tower that reached towards the heavens. If you made it to the tower of that tower, then you saw a sign that read, “If you can read this, you are a newbie!” Why a newbie? Because once you got up there, you usually played the starring role of ‘target’ to someone with a sniper rifle. The tower was knocked over in Beta 2.0 and will make a return in Beta 2.6. You can see the old tower, still lying in the water, which servers as a route back onto land. Enjoy the shots.

And for those who just cannot get enough “smack” when it comes to 2.6 (this mean you, Libben!) you can check out the newly installed Beta 2.6 Cam. Just click on the The SniperCAM link and then the screen shot. You will see two cams. Enjoy the free, early shots of Beta 2.6.

Oswald Rant: Female Gamers: isajones

Given Name: Isabelle
Alias: isajones
Age: 19
Location: Australia
System: Nothing special…AMD Duron 1200, 351 MB RAM, S3 Graphics ProSavage, MS Wheel Optical Mouse, 17″ monitor
Oswald: How do you balance your real world social life with that of your Internet life?

isajones: Well because I’m also studying, I’ve had to make time for friends and relationships. That’s what I use weekends for. It’s working okay so far. I just have to plan a week in advance in case anything comes up. Although it’s tough only seeing my bf once a week, we both play UrT, so it’s not so bad.

I usually play UrT in the evenings, when most of my friends are playing. I also keep up with everyone by chatting online. I think I spend too much time in front of my computer to be honest.

Oswald: When did you start playing games and how were you introduced to it?

isajones: I grew up amongst Macs, and Dad made little programs for me and my brother to play. But growing up, I wasn’t really interested in FPS’s. My brother was, so it eventually rubbed off on me. I’d sit and watch him play Action Quake, but I wasn’t hooked on computers like I am now.

Oswald: What drew you to Internet gaming?

isajones: Well I’ve only been playing online since I moved back home, and I’ve been playing UrT regularly since January I guess. Sitting around watching my dad and brother play got me interested. I started with Quake 3 though, then moved onto UrT. It seemed more of a challenge, and more fun. I loved Rommel. It’s such a great map.

Oswald: What sort of reactions do you receive from your friends when they find out you enjoy computer games?

isajones: They already know I’m not your stereotypical 19 year old, so I don’t think it surprises them the least. When I try to explain it to them, they just smile politely and nod. But I don’t think I’m going to be converting any of them soon.

Oswald: Do you feel a difference in how you are perceived because you are a female gamer?

isajones: At first I was chatted up a lot, and I guess treated like a novelty. But now that I’ve been playing for so long and I’ve formed a lot of friendships, and met a lot of people in person who also play UrT, I’m hoping other gamers don’t see me just as a ‘female gamer’. Also having a female clan, |d’angels|, kinda broke down barriers between sexes and all the misconceptions about girls playing online. But then, when I first started playing, I had no idea rustyTNT was a girl. So I fell into that trap as well.

Oswald: While it might be a misconception, some males are more serious when it comes to online gaming. How serious are you when you sit down in front of you monitor?

isajones: *blushes* Sometimes I get frustrated at my team for various reasons and start yelling at my screen. My computer is in the living room and I share a desk with Dad, so I’m sure he doesn’t like it when I get all wound up over flag caps. But other times I’ll be having fun and not give a stuff coz I’m playing with my friends, and that’s what I have to keep telling myself.

Oswald: In many of the school related shootings, one contributing factor that seems to rear is head is computer gaming. We hear, “He played Doom, that is what drove him to commit this act of violence.” What are you thoughts on violent video games and how they effect kids today?

isajones: I think kids today are smart enough to know the difference between video games and real life violence. People are always looking for something to blame, and violent video games are an easy target. I know no one in my family has thought about going out and gunning people down with M4’s. I mean, seriously.

Oswald: Are you known in the gaming community because you are a skilled gamer or because you are female?

isajones: Tough one there. I’m certainly not skilled in the ‘l33t’ sense, and I sure hope I’m known more for being a fun person to play against than the fact I’ve got boobs. You’ll have to ask around, as I’m not really sure what people think of me. They might mention something about the local forums and spam. *blushes*

Oswald: How does your online persona differ from who you are when you are away from the computer?

isajones: I have to say that I’m more outgoing online than in real life. There is no way I’d tell someone bluntly to STFU. I have more discrete ways of getting the message across. I’m very quiet in real life. But I think I’ve got more confidence than I used to. I’m more cheeky online too, and I especially like that I can get away with more things by hiding behind my screen.

Oswald: Any thoughts, comments or shout outs you have for the community?

isajones: Nothing, except thanks to Dad and my bro for getting me addicted to UrT. Ya buggers… : )

Coming Friday, the conclusion to the Fem Fatale Series

“She pwned me!”

“Girls! Girls! Girls! Long legs and burgundy lips!” Yet these girls are not dancing down the Sunset Strip. They are avid gamers, who have taken an interest in computer gaming. Our series rolls on today, as we check in with “the land down under.” Today’s interview comes from rustyTNT, who I had not actually planned in my Fem Fatale Series. But I received an e-mail from her, after she read Bladekiller’s interview. “I am part of an all female clan…we call ourselves Dark Angels tag, |d’angels|…it’s great to hear of other female gamers, particularly one who is involved in the development of the game itself,” says rustyTNT. I decided to offer her the questions and get her spin on gaming. You can read about rustyTNT in today’s rant.

We also bring back a favorite, at least from what many have said about the screen shots. That being from one time level designer, dotEXE. He was the author behind the level, ut_riyadh, that has made an impact on the community. Known as a “sniper’s paradise” this level is best experienced in a match playing CTF. His newest creation, is actually a remake of an earlier 1.27 level called ut_101. Except, he has changed the look, layout and the name of the level. Here is where Iceland 101 comes into play, spell ‘Rej-a-vik?’ Hahaha…the new level is now called ut_reykjavik, I can see admins going, uh, I can’t spell it, guess it won’t go into the rotation. Just kidding…

Seeing as I cannot find them online, I am going to make the Defcon.5 tree map model available. This map model is nothing new and I am sure you have seen it in levels such as Revolution, Abbey and Casa. This map model includes two sets of four models, a small model (89 polys) and a large model (105 polys). So stop using those nasty looking brushes in GtKRadiant to represent trees. You can get the file, from the Files Section.

Oswald Rant: Female Gamers: rustyTNT

Given Name: Michelle
Alias: rustyTNT
Age: 26
Location: Australia
System: AMD Athlon 700, GeForce II MX (but for the most part I ‘dunno’). The boyfriend sorts it all out for me, I just get on and play and nag at him when things aren’t going smoothly.

Oswald: How do you balance your real world social life with that of your Internet life?

rustyTNT: Mostly I was working too many hours to have much of a social life. Internet was something easy I could do with minimal effort.

Oswald: When did you start playing games and how were you introduced to it?

rustyTNT: A bit of quake three a year ago, and Urban Terror (the mod) since the beginning of 2002. Was introduced to it via my boyfriend (in an attempt to keep me from nagging him about the time he spends gaming lol) If you cant beat ’em girls, join em.

Oswald: What drew you to Internet gaming?

rustyTNT: I had a deprived childhood (joking). Never had exposure to the nintendo’s etc that were around so I’ve always been partial to the computer games. Then I came across the Urban Terror mod, and holy shit.I actually made some kills. Addiction from then on.

Oswald: What sort of reactions do you receive from your friends when they find out you enjoy computer games?

rustyTNT: Um, er…I’m a closet gamer. None of my friends know that I indulge in such things.

Oswald: Do you feel a difference in how you are perceived because you are a female gamer?

rustyTNT: Yes. Most guys are ok with it, but because most of my clan got into this via their partners or male family members we sometimes get accused of having our other half’s sub for us when we start owning.

Oswald: While it might be a misconception, some males are more serious when it comes to online gaming. How serious are you when you sit down in front of you monitor?

rustyTNT: I like to tell myself that I really don’t give a damn, but…I sorta do. It does depend on the crowd I’m playing against though. Sometimes it’s just great fun with a group of great people. Other times its like pressure…

Oswald: In many of the school related shootings, one contributing factor that seems to rear is head is computer gaming. We hear, “He played Doom, that is what drove him to commit this act of violence.” What are you thoughts on violent video games and how they effect kids today?

rustyTNT: I disagree. They are just games. Provided the child has normal social development and respect for others their interactions with other gamers should be amicable and not drive them to any criminal acts. If the child does not have normal background then it’s not the game at fault is it? There were underlying issues to begin with.

Oswald: Are you known in the gaming community because you are a skilled gamer or because you are female?

rustyTNT: Bit of both. Mostly I’m known for whining about the unfairness of the teams lol ie: skill level not evenly distributed to give both sides fighting chance etc. Most of our community know our |d’angels| tag and that we are all chicks.

Oswald: How does your online persona differ from who you are when you are away from the computer?

rustyTNT: Not much difference. in real life I’m a bit standoffish, but with underlying strength and sense of fairness and a temper that I usually bottle up. Online I need not be quite so shy and the temper might come out a bit more but it’s still essentially a reflection of me.

Oswald: Any thoughts, comments or shout outs you have for the community?

rustyTNT: Um, I’d like to get into something really deep and meaningful in answer to this question. But I can’t think of nuffin.. (how embarrassment) lol.