Archive for September, 2008

Studying Sucks . . . Waiting for NBA Season

September 25, 2008

I’m taking a break from studying right now.  FYI, studying sucks.  FYI, I will say that many more times for the next two years.  It’s getting harder to blog now that classes are at full speed.  We have 1-2 exams every week.  You may think it’s bad, but compared to last semester where we had 2-3 exams each week, its a bit better.

Right now, I’m looking forward to the start of the 2008-2009 NBA season.  If you haven’t noticed, I’m a big NBA fan.  I can name you the starting lineup on most teams and the results of each playoff series.  This season should be intense because of all the possible storylines.  For example.

1.  Will there be a Lakers-Celtics rematch?  With Bynum healthy, will LA get to the finals again and will they be able to beat the Celtics?

2.  The Old West vs the New West Side.  I consider the Spurs, Phoenix, and Dallas as the flags of the elite older teams.  Then you have the young guns in Utah, Hornets, and Lakers.  Who’s gonna take the Western title?

3. Is the East beast or still least?  The Celtics are the defending champs.  The Cavs are good (only with Lebron).  The 76ers are a “watch out” team as they have Elton Brand alongside Andre Igaodala.  This gives Igadala space to shoot or slash.  I’m picking the Heat as the most improved team and probably vying for the number 3 or 4 spot in the Eastern playoffs.  It’s basically Wade, Marion, and Beasley.  That’s not much worse than Wade + Shaq when the Heat won the title.

4.  Will the refereeing be better or at least cleaner?
I have to get back to studying.

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Female Readers, I Need Your Advice

September 17, 2008

Ok, so in my previous post,  I said I was going to say, ““What are you doing after work?  Blah, blah, blah.  Do you want to eat dinner?”  The problem is that she might not know whether I mean friendly dinner or dinner date.

Should I just say “Do you want to go eat dinner?”  or “Do you to go out together and eat?”

The problem with the first is that she might view it as a friend thing and all subsequent hang-outs are friend things.  If I use the latter, she might be think it’s too forward and decline.  What do I do??

Also, what other things should I say to her and how should I act?  Thanks in advance.  I really don’t want to mess this up.

I’m Gonna Go For it. Gonna Ask This Girl.

September 14, 2008

I don’t know where to start.  This girl just makes me feel happy when I see her.  Her eyes are this mesmerizing gray/blue shade and I can’t help but stare and smile when she talks.  Her hair is blond, shoulder-length and kinda wavy.  She is attractive, but it is her amazing personality is what takes me away.  She is ALWAYS smiling.  It’s funny because she works at the tennis center.  I came in one day and asked the current person working what was the for the name of the smiling girl.  I described her physical features and the worker said, “You mean the girl who’s always smiling?”  I said, “Yea.”  Worker said, “I don’t remember her name but I know who you’re talking about.”

The girl works at the tennis center where I play.  I see her every Friday.  In a conversation, I found out shes majoring in chem engineering/life sciences (bonus), works at a pharmaceutical company, (bonus x2), and wants to become a pharmacist (MEGA BONUS).  Yea, she wants to become a pharmacist.  Anyways, she seems so nice.  So nice that I’m a little suspicious about how she is away from the tennis center.  Does she bitch at her family?  Does she cheat on guys? Maybe, I’m just paranoid.

But I can look at her and see she’s a good person.  (I have an uncanny ability to correctly judge people by looking at their faces and eyes).  I’m planning to ask her out this Friday.  Here’s my plan.

Call on Friday afternoon to make sure she’s working there.  Then go play tennis.  Take a water break and  when she’s alone start up some conversation.  Somewhere in there ask her, “What are you doing after work?”  If she says something that doesn’t seem important, I’m going to ask if she wants to eat dinner.  If she’s busy that night, I’ll ask her if she wants to eat tomorrow.

I can almost bet she’s not single.  If she is, then I’ll find out that day.  If she isn’t, well . . .

Random Thoughts

September 7, 2008

Sunday 6:23pm is when a lot of pretty ladies go grocery shopping.  I might set my alarm for that time every Sunday from now on.

Do SUV’s turn women into dangerous drivers or do dangerous female driver’s self-select SUV’s.  The reason I asked is because I was driving today and saw this big SUV behind me.  In the driver’s seat was this woman who was driving while using her cell phone.  So one hand on the steering wheel and one hand on the cell.  I felt like I could be rear-ended any second.

It is 7:53pm right now.   I want to go to the gym now, but I have assignments for skills lab and pharmacotherapy.  What to do?  What to do?

Optimize Caffeine Consumption

September 2, 2008

Caffeine is a great study aid . . . if you use it correctly.  As the most consumed stimulant in the world, you’ll find almost wherever you travel.  Physiological effects include stimulating the central nervous system, stimulating the heart and lungs, inducing urine formation, and increasing blood pressure.  It is widely used in academics for its ability to improve vigilance.

Caffeine extends the total amount of time you stay awake if you’re pulling an all-nighter.  It helps you stay alert during the lull times of the day.  Besides aiding mental tasks, it treats some physical symptoms.  “Caffeine  is used in treating migraine because it constricts the dilated blood vessels and thereby reduces the pain.  It also increases the potency of analgesics . . .” (Encarta).  This is the reason why it is an active ingredient of Excedrin.

Many people binge drink caffeine and don’t get its full effects.  This post will show you the best way to drink caffeine to improve studying.

1. Choose your caffeine source.

My favorites are those Starbucks Double Shot cans.  A close second is No-Doz tablets with fruit juice .  Double shots seem to have this perfect amount of glucose to caffeine ratio.  A few minutes after the first gulp, I can feel more alert but not jittery.  It also tastes great chilled or at room temperature.  Another plus is the portability.  The only thing that prevents me from drinking double shots is the hideous expensiveness.  If I remember correctly, its $2 a pop.  That’s why I can only buy these during midterms/finals.

A cheaper but less effective alternative is No-Doz tablets with fruit juice.  The No-Doz provides the caffeine and the fruit juice provides the glucose.  The reason why I have caffeine with glucose is because together both enhance the effects.  I use this method when doing normal studying and the other Starbucks method for big exams.

2. Take the right amount.

The magic formula seems to be 0.3mg per kg per hour.  To find how many kg you weigh, just divide the amount of pounds you weigh by 2.2.  So if you’re 140 pounds, then you’re 64 kg.  Then multiply that by 0.3.  So for this example 64 kg x 0.3 mg/kg = 19.2 mg of caffeine PER HOUR.

A 6.5 ounce Starbucks Double Shot can contains 120mg of caffeine.  That is 18.5 mg per ounce.  So ideally, you could just drink 1 ounce/hour.  However, I start by drinking about a fourth of the can in a single gulp for my “loading dose” (I learned something in pharmacokinetics).  This way I can get more caffeine in my system quickly.  Then I start drinking the rest of the can ounce by ounce.

**Note: I found my loading dose through trial and error.  I’m sure that’s a formula but I don’t want to dig through my pharmacokinetics notes.

For No-Doz, its a lot harder to dose accurately because of the tablet form.  One tablet is 200 mg, so half a tablet is 100 mg.  The most convenient thing I do is take half a tablet with a glass of juice.  Then a few hours later, take another half tablet with a glass of juice.  I know its not as exact as Starbucks Double Shots . . . oh well.

3. Take it at the right time.

Due to its high lipid solubility, caffeine crosses the blood-brain barrier quickly.  This can be affected by other drugs in your body as well as what you ate/drank with the caffeine.  Usually, from experience and via sources on the web, 20 minutes prior to activity is a good time to start caffeine.  Under normal circumstances, the caffeine levels will peak at 1 hour before starting to clear.  It takes about 3-4 hours to clear.

**Make sure not to take caffeine within 4 hours before you sleep.

Next up, Ritalin and Adderall.