Netflix releases first prime movie August 2015

In the 1950’s, grand movie theaters encountered a vast technological threat with the dawn of television programming and televisions replacing radios. Movie production sought 3D effects, wide-screens, and use of independent color techniques to compete with home television. By the 1960’s, television programmers began producing 90-minute movies of their own. Netflix, the king of PC to TV streaming will be releasing its first produced movie, a sequel to Ang Lee’s Crouching Tiger.

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend will be Netflix first entry of an original film that was coproduced with the largely independent Weinstein Company. While most of the principle characters are returning, director Ang Lee will not be returning to film the sequel, currently shooting in New Zealand.

As a high-powered value on the stock exchange, Netflix boasts over 50 million paid subscribers, in more than 40 countries. The potential exposure in the first week could dwarf virtually any movie-theater produced film. Many major network television shows might reach less than 10 million viewers at a showing. This Netflix movie move will flex lots of muscle power with potentials of 5 times as many viewers.

Netflix sequel to the popular Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon may also be shown on Imax in movie theaters. Netflix garnered serious competitive power by winning Emmy Awards in 2013 for its self-produced TV shows. Netflix TV shows have accumulated over 30 Emmy nominations, though had a poor award return in 2014. Netflix association with the Weinstein Company may allow Netflix an opportunity to be entered in the Academy “Oscar” awards, a first for a streamed film.

Of course, sequels tend not to be as critically accepted or as hot-sellers as original film releases but Netflix is offering the movie to its paid subscribers. Only a small portion will likely need to buy tickets to movie theaters. Netflix must then overcome the hurdles of producing original theme movies.

As more television screens develop higher resolution capabilities, streaming companies like Netflix have an easier path toward streaming programming to optimize the new 4K and 8K TV standards. This is especially tantalizing for Samsung, Sony and other leading international home television screen manufacturers. It also opens berths as new OLED, thin and curved screen technologies begin expanding reach into homes.

While Netflix remains valuable to its stockholders, other Internet and streaming companies aren’t going to take this news idly. Netflix has suffered some setbacks in the US, and is engaged in a battle with internet service providers such as Verizon over who should pay for the increasing strain that streaming video puts on download speeds. If it is gong to be you, the user, there’s an expectation that subscription fees may rise over the years.

Internet standards, primarily as a result for greater streaming demands, seeking wider, economical bandwidths will further promote more fiber networks to deliver speeds and values. The lead of Verizon is being challenged by Google Gigabit, and Optimum Online services from Cablevision.

Depending on the popularity results of Netflix and Weinstein’s collaboration in producing Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend for release on Netflix in August 2015, 2016 may be the beginning of new ways to release movies without requiring theaters.

The possibilities are endless as celebrity filled plays, musicals, operas, concerts, begin premiering on stream. Will it replace concert halls and theaters? I don’t think so. On New York’s Broadway, Phantom of the Opera, Chicago, and Les Miserables continue to play to (almost) packed houses. Yet, for floundering classical music venues, getting high quality productions, co-sponsored by Netflix and Public Broadcasting, may open new channels of appreciation via technologically advanced production and viewing. While there may be no substitute for Live Performances, streamed performances are the next best thing.

The century old tradition of running to the theater to see a movie will encounter challenges. The newest theater craze is 4D movies where visual sensations are combined with physical sensations. The success of 4D and the higher ticket prices may keep movie theaters strong, as long as people can afford it.

Netflix may be the first streamer to produce its own movie. Cable TV channels have been doing very well. Even commercial TV does very good jobs. Media providers and broadcasters have been merging to develop creative opportunities and profits with some degrees of success. Adding streamers into the mix opens breadths of viewers and subscribers. Will Netflix continue to dominate? There are many opportunities not yet surfaced. Netflix is breaking new ground. It is a pioneer in this fledgling industry. Acceptance and praise of this new Netflix produce movie may reap some big rewards. If it flops, is it worth trying again? Yes, it is. At least it was exposed to 50-million viewers!

Audio and video streaming have almost destroyed the use of disc media. Your content now can be stored on large hard-drives or on clouds for access virtually anywhere. It’s an environmentally saner solution to plastic wraps and cardboard. There is, at least among older generations, a wistful loss of innocence. Eventually, children born today may never conceive that content was stored on discs. Technology creates relics through passing time.

It has been 75 years since television slashed the glory of movie theaters for the senior generations. Present and future generations have many mobile and home viewing opportunities through digital streaming. Netflix is making a bold move into the movie production business. It certainly opens new possibilities to expand and extend pseudo-reality to screens. Only the soldiers, the poor and the disconnected will have to deal with reality. Netflix is the dawn as it shapes new realities for streamed dreams.

Don’t Drag your feet get your toes off

Street observations often show that quite a few people of all ages seem to drag their feet, gliding slowly on pavement. Some walk slowly, taking small steps, careful not to trip or fall. Are these people tired, weak, in pain or depressed? Sometimes all of these are in play. Emotion disorders for some may loosely involve motion disorders. This mode of walking is called Foot Drop. It is where the ankle does not elevate your foot to stride comfortably. The key to a normal and smooth gait is placed on what is called a dorsal muscle that, basically, works to get your toes off the ground. In some cases, a Toe-Off orthosis might help lift your toes off for better walking.

The ankle of each foot lies at the base of each leg as it meets the foot. It is often vulnerable to sports injuries or falls. How many kids complain about sprained ankles? How many game players have to sit through a season because of an ankle problem? Usually, these wounds heal. For others, there are diseases that chronically affect the foot. This makes walking difficult and painful. This makes walking alongside friends annoying. Most people adapt to it while others use orthotics, canes, walkers, and wheelchairs. These are entirely different perspectives than those that normally walk.

The joint at which the leg meets the foot is called a dorsal joint. This connecting joint consists of bone, ligaments, and muscles. There are four muscles involved – Tibialis anterior, extensor hallucis-longus, extensor digitorum longus and fibularis tertius. The largest and most evident of these muscles is the tibialis anterior, which can be seen superficially in the front of the lower leg. Dorsiflexion involves these muscles for just a couple functions, primarily lowering and lifting the foot for walking. It also aids left/right motion for smoothness and capability of coping with hills. Dorsiflexion helps establish the toes off and toes on movements that are necessary. When dorsiflexion doesn’t function, the foot remains in a dropped position. Getting your toes off for a normal gait is virtually impossible.

There are other muscles that help the dorsal muscles function. Nearby, Plantar flexion involves lifting the whole body. These go together because the world does not exist as a straight plane and body’s weight creates all sorts of subtle adaptations to the differences of weight, angles, and voluntary movement. Because the ground constantly has variables, human feet need to adapt to smoothly interface with it swiftly on contact. In normal function and anatomical position, the ankle joint has flexion (dorsiflexion) and extension (plantar flexion). Foot draggers have a lot to do to get their toes off the ground.

For many foot draggers, a trip to a physiatrist might help deal with the problem. Some may require physical therapy to help break old habits. Others may need a prescription orthosis. The latter occurs when certain diseases chronically influence the dysfunction of the dorsal muscles. One particular orthosis for helping people get their toes off the ground is a bracing device called Toe-Off.

Toe-Off is part of a group of products, called an Ankle Foot Orthosis (AFO), that help replace the action of the dorsal muscles, when the muscle group has been compromised. This is common in muscular dystrophies, myopathies that can waste these muscles to the point that your foot can longer raise on its own. Toe-OFF is a new generation AFO, covered by several patents. While most AFO get your toes off and up to facilitate a more natural walking gait, and share some similarities, Toe-Off is lighter and easier.

Toe-Off is known as a dynamic AFO. It is made of a lightweight moldable carbon fiber composite material and works with various shoe types. It employs a high activity design that enables freedom of motion and allows for simulated walking that functions and appears as if you aren’t using any form of brace, with the exception of a few chronic cases. Whether custom of off-the-rack, a dynamic AFO encourages range of motion, allowing children to learn movement by moving and providing minimal support, only where the patient needs it. Scientific research on dynamic AFO devices show improved performance, though studies must be further explored.

Many AFO allow use of your own shoes. You remove the insole of the shoe, slide Toe-Off inside and then replace the insole. Most shoes aren’t adequately sized to hold your foot and an AFO. Sometimes you may find greater comfort by shifting to a wider shoe. New Balance and Dr. Comfort are recommended brands. Do not anticipate normally long wear from your shoes. Typical daily wear might be around 6 months and leather shoes should be changed every 6 weeks or so to keep it supportive (as leather stretches).

Toe-Off uses a Swedish technology that uses a carbon fiber for support or action. When worn, it does take your toes off the ground. Your walking gait is more normal.

Toe-Off resembles an over-the-calf shin guard, set in place by adjustable Velcro straps. Shoes are ties normally. It provides leg support and foot support as it aids that toes off process.

To say that use of Toe-Off will let you run marathons or play basketball is a rare exception. It helps a foot dragger with foot drop walk virtually normal. That is remarkable.

The feel of the Toe-Off is like standing on a suspended rocking chair. It rocks your foot into the appropriate position. Depending on your condition, getting up from a chair or using stairs may be a little difficult. Toe-Off primarily focuses on replacing the simple dorsal inaction that results in foot drop. Maneuvering other than walking may still be difficult or impossible. For someone who can’t walk normally, Toe-Off is a necessary option for those who want mobility without resorting to a scooter or wheelchair device.

Because even smoothly paved roads have variable surface changes, use of a cane is helpful in those cases. Many times you may not need it or use it lightly. When the walkway has cracks, embedded rocks, or other surface irregularities, that cane could be the difference from walking to falling.

A physiatrist or sports physician usually must prescribe an AFO and Toe-Off requires a prescription. It’s an expensive technological tool but is covered by many health insurances. Usually, your doctor sends you to an orthosis specialist. Prothotic Labs is a New York based progressive Prosthetic and Orthotic facility. David Zwicker is one of their specialists. He is particularly attentive to patient’s comforts in using any of these devices. While Toe-Off, for example, is an excellent product, it may need to be fitted for comfort for individualized use, Zwicker specializes in this. Developing a cordial relationship with your orthosis specialist is necessary. Finding one is crucial. An AFO is a walking mobility device that replaces poor natural muscle control. You and it must act comfortably as one.

As for support, there are 3 Toe-Off models that cover children, moderately affected adults, and severely affected adults. Due to Myotonic dystrophy (one of the muscular dystrophies) I use the Toe-Off BlueRocker pair – their offering for severe cases. It is designed for helping Footdrop from disorders such as stroke, MS, post-polio, Myelomeningocele, Cerebral Palsy, Muscular dystrophy, CMT, and forms of Neuropathy. This is my second Toe-Off AFO and I find it to be very supportive. It does require the Comfort Link accessory for extra padding around the leg.

Braces have changed a lot since the days of President Franklin Roosevelt. They help easily mobilize the otherwise immobile. Getting your toes off the ground as a means of alleviating foot drop means you have many choices to explore from exercise to using an orthosis. A dynamic AFO, like the Toe-Off family of products, may just be a possible answer. So don’t drag your feet when walking. Get your toes off and seek professional help. Treatment is often easier than you might think.

Toe-Off is not a miraculous cure for the causes of dorsiflexion. You may or may not be comfortable using it, and may not restore your walking range before your ankle disorder. Depending on the severity of your condition, Toe-Off helps provide a sense of dignity at the challenges of achieving upright mobility when walking. Many people do regress to needing scooters. It’s an acquired, adaptive taste and a quiet idea of walking using your own two feet, albeit with an AFO brace like Toe-Off. A dynamic AFO, under advisement from your physician, may help you cope with walking challenges a little differently (at least for a while). Isn’t it time to get your toes off and walking?

Normal to age and get fat with sarcopenia

Believe it or not, if you’re over 50 and are disconcerted with that tire growing around your waist, it is normal to age and get fat. There are things you can do.

There’s a crisis at getting fat as you age. Suddenly fat begins showing where it never appeared before. Sizes rise and appearance seems to enlarge in all the wrong places. The human body is made up of fat, lean tissue (muscles and organs), bones, and water. After age 30, people tend to lose lean tissue. Your muscles, liver, kidney, and other organs may lose some of their cells. This process of muscle loss is called atrophy. These changes result in changes in function and in appearance. It is normal to age and get fat but it’s very difficult or impossible to prevent. Diets may only help marginally. Atrophy has an enemy. It is activity. All those cell losses reduce your energy levels as your body gets fat.

The bulk of the population have a common disease where it is normal to age and get fat. It is called Sarcopenia and is a condition that is virtually impossible to cure. Sarcopenia affects millions of people who gradually become weak and frail as they age due to loss of muscle mass.

While not everyone has Sarcopenia, research does show that it is closely associated with the process that is normal to age and get fat. In Sarcopenia, it is the severity.

Starting and following through with an exercise program might help control the progression of fat and Sarcopenia but it won’t cure it. Sarcopenia develops rapidly with a lack of physical activity, especially the lack of overload to the muscle, as in resistance exercise. The amount of physical activity generally declines with age. Physically inactive adults will see a faster and greater loss of muscle mass than physically active adults. The problem is that the loss of muscle mass reduces the metabolic production of energy. The results include developed intolerance of exercise that is all too real. It is not fear. It is a form of myopathy.

In most myopathies, weakness occurs primarily in the muscles of the shoulders, upper arms, thighs, and pelvis (proximal muscles). The symptoms are capped by general fatigue because muscles and energy production efficiency are closely associated. Other symptoms may include aching, cramping, stiffness, tenderness, tightness, and pain.

Sarcopenia and myopathies ARE NOT always present as people get fat with age. It is normal to age and get fat and Sarcopenia or myopathy may be fundamentally associated with symptoms. That is why exercise is extremely important over age 30 for those who not have chronic diseases. such as muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis, and myasthenia gravis, among others.

There are other subtle conditions associated with weight gain. These include an underactive thyroid gland (which can also cause weight gain despite eating less, intolerance to cold, constipation and dry skin) and diabetes (other symptoms include needing to pass water more often, feeling thirsty and recurrent minor infections like boils and thrush). Several medications can also lead to tiredness – beta-blocker tablets for heart conditions and antidepressant tablets are top of the average doctor’s list. Stress often leads to tiredness, but so too can symptoms of depression. Believe it or not, among aging individuals, weight gain is a cause for depression. Depressing generally reduces activity.

In the case of coping with the symptoms of normal muscle loss, changing habits from inactive to active is extremely difficult. For most, walking can help a lot. As you get older, your metabolic rate – the rate at which your body burns energy – will probably slow. Adjust your meal size and make a resolution to do a brisk daily walk of 20-30 minutes – just a 10% loss in weight will reduce the fat inside your tummy up to 30%! That means, if you are 200 pounds, you will lose about 30% of belly fat if you reach 180. If you’re 150, you may lose 30% belly fat when you reach 135 pounds. Doing so, however, requires a persistent, gradual habits that may be contrary to your known lifestyle.

Once you get over the “work effort” associated with exercise, you will find that you feel better because the body releases endorphins that help pick you up. For most normal people, exercise makes you feel better, perform physical tasks better and reduce the risk of disability due to arthritis. It now appears that exercise – specifically, resistance training – actually rejuvenates muscle tissue in healthy senior citizens. Resistance training doesn’t necessarily mean joining a gym and hoisting weights. There are rubber stretch bands. They are normally called Therabands and are used by many physical therapists. Like walking, these exercises must be approached in graduated steps.

As you evolve, Yoga and Seniors is a gaining partnership for overall conditioning and stretching. There are many community centers that offer free classes. It is recommended that you work towards 3 classes per week.

Of course, the process that is normal to age and get fat leaves muscles tense, stiff, and painful. Senior citizens should seek out massage therapy from a certified therapist or acupuncture. None near you? Try to find a nearby school that teaches massage and acupuncture.

According to WebMD, People who are physically inactive can lose as much as 3% to 5% of their muscle mass per decade after age 30. Even if you are active, you will still experience some muscle loss. If you are 60, you may have lost about 15% of lean muscle because it is normal to age and get fat. The lean muscle you lost helped make you look trim because muscle fibers kept your fat from showing.

If you are aging and reminisce about times when you were thin and strong, remember how normal it is to age and get fat. Lifestyle changes help but it’s all in the routine. That’s the most difficult thing. The hardest part is starting. After a few repetitions, it does get easier and your body will be trimmer. Just give it time. It took years to grow.

No No The power of saying no

Does No mean No? It depends on many factors and variables. “No” is almost always instinctive, wiser than Yes, and very powerful. Knowing and realizing the power to say No is a potent tool in any free society.

Dog’s got to bark, a mule’s got to bray.
Soldiers must fight and preachers must pray.
And children, I guess, must get their own way
The minute that you say no.
Why did the kids put beans in their ears?
No one can hear with beans in their ears.
After a while the reason appears.
They did it cause we said no.
from Fantasticks

Saying “No” is a child’s most obvious way of asserting autonomy. Adults also say “No” and, as a word in the English language, “No” is extremely powerful. “No” can be very positive in many ways. Understanding how and when to say “No” is one of the keys to health and growth. Yet, “No” must always be calibrated with “Yes”. Learning to say no can earn you respect from yourself as well those around you. Knowing when and how to say no can help avoid lots of boulders in life’s path. Having the power to say “No” and using it inappropriately also has consequences and punishments. In a word, the power of saying “No” is a life changer for better or worse. Learn to know “No”.

In management, any form of management, the manager makes the decisions and has the power of saying Yes or No to any person in his/her workgroup – no matter how large or small. The manager succeeds by initiating obedience. Protests confound performance as the manager see it. If a worker says “No” to a manager, depending on the organization, enduring consequences and punitive measures may be lodged. In some cases, employment termination may occur. Workgroup unionization removes the one-to-one relationship in deciding consequences because each worker has a large union for support. Yet, that “No” leaves a pock mark that can restrain possible promotions and raises.

People can use filters for saying No. There are euphemisms like “Let me think about it” or “I’ll get back to you.” The number of euphemisms rise as your link elevates in the management change. Novices simply can’t say “no”, especially if on probation. A good manager, however, can take a no answer and follow-through toward getting a better explanation. That “No” may be a resource to a possible suggestion to aid the work situation. Sometimes that “No” reflects on the worker’s effectiveness to communicate. Further processing may be beneficial.

Parents often are surprised and frustrated when a toddler says No. At age 2, brain development helps a toddler develop a greater sense of self. Though part of a gradual process, the child begins to say “No” to virtually anything you might ask. The ability to say no is an inherent part of growth development. It’s a phase that leads to the even more frustrating “why” phase. In the development of a normal child, “No” is normal. One hopes that it neutralizes as adulthood emerges. This can be a very critical period as a parent tries to manage her toddler. Using “No” helps assert independence, even in a very dependent situation. No is a healthy indicator to a point that it isn’t problematic. Sometimes these No’s become the roots of psychological problems later in life. Responsible parents must learn how to manage it.

That the use of No seems to be wired into human development, one might surmise that the power of No was integral to group survival. Historically, the word No may have been inscribed into rules of some of the earliest human groups. Disobedience may have meant being cast to the wilderness. In the famed Biblical 10 Commandments, the No commandments outweigh the Yes.

In all early civilizations, the conquered or the “outsiders” were often turned to slaves. Slaves had to bear the burdens and the tasks. They were often beaten and tortured. If a slave said No, the penalty would likely be death and not an easy death to set as an example to others. The Romans dealt harshly with those that said no. The Jewish revolts were crushed with great historic consequences. One of the first major Slave results, purportedly led by Spartacus, was fought and conquered. About 6000 slaves were crucified as a warning to other slaves who were considering saying no to slavery.

Indeed, where No Violence seems to be a current universal ideal, violence persists in streets of cities and countries throughout the world. The word No is often unheeded, virtually ignored.

The British said No to the USA Declaration of Independence in 1776. As a result, Britain went to war against those colonialists. If not for the help from other British enemies, such as France and Spain, we might still have been part of the British Empire and only watched BBC. In this case, No was definitely advantageous to USA development. The 1791 USA Bill of Rights is one of the world’s first documents that emphasized Yes over No. In its tenure of validity, more rights have been added. It is one of the largest documents of Yes you can over No you can’t. Yet even Yes breeds No as an opposing force.

For all its power, “No” is often ignored. There are signs that say No Parking, No Smoking, No Cars, No speeding, and No Texting. These and more are often viewed lightly and remain a source of revenue for many areas. People are kind of funny when it comes to obeying No. It’s a confusing word that can be an affirmation and a refusal in terms.

Those that have insisted on No, often at major risk, have been the discoverers and inventors that launched progress beyond the status quo. Those have been the artists, writers, philosophers, and the performers. In a sense No is risky business. In retrospect, No has demonstrated many new concepts and ideas. Many circled and circumvented No to convert No to Yes. Sometimes thinkers join in teams and unequivocally stat that No is No and will always be No.

The power of no is sometimes used in behavioral psychology as negative reinforcement to create positive behavior conditioning. Sometimes saying no may get someone to do something he normally wouldn’t.

My son was once afraid to swim.
The water made him wince.
Until I said he mustn’t swim:
So he has been swimming ever since!

Of course, this doesn’t always work!

I am amazed that “No” this two letter word is such a driving force in relationships, business, science, faith, and many thousands of things. “No,” is an honorable response. If you decide that “No,” is the answer that you prefer to give, then it is authentic and honest for you to say, “No.” If you say, “Yes,” when you want to say, “No,” you will feel resentful throughout whatever you agreed to do. This costs you energy and discomfort and is not necessary if you just say, “No” when you need to. The power of No needs to be heavily weighed and shouldn’t be treated lightly.

Then there are higher wisdoms that transcend the powers of yes and no. Some say the powers of silence are appropriate. Situational speaking, they might be right. Silence is a form of deeper reasoning and thought. Sometimes the sounds of silence speak louder than words.

The problem is that the human species is so diverse and so involved in personal channels that silence often is an afterthought. That is why the simple little words of No and Yes retain the power to make conflicts and resolve them. Their meanings, however, are indeed sophisticated. Know when to say “No”. Be happy that you live in a society that allows “No” as an appropriate node of expression. Freedom and liberty are often associated with No as a power.

There’s no such saying that, “No is no.” Knowing how and when to say “No”, and being able to back it up, might be as conducive as a Yes. It is all dialog and debate in any democracy. Anywhere else, No leads to many consequences. Those places are where silence may be more precious. Yet silence is no partner to progress. No, inevitably, is. Right or wrong, No is a prime power concept in humanity and, knowing when and how to use it, is great privilege and strength for survival.

Apple iPhone Watch Samsung Galaxy Gear Wearables

A wearable smartphone watch is an inviting piece of technology. Though there are tweaks to be figured, the thought of a wearable smartphone smart-watch gets the neurons sparking. Samsung did a good showing with their Samsung Gear wearable line in 2013. Now Apple Watch wants its turn at slicing the pie. Is it a marketable venture that will pay off? For now, it’s a small pie, more like an apple turnover. In a diet-conscious, struggling economic world, is there ample room to bring smart watches back to young people’s wrists? Will these be the smart cuffs of tomorrow? Wearable smartphone accessories offer a vast range of opportunities. Against other wrist devices, or going bare, do Apple iPhone Watch and Samsung Galaxy Gear have a solid place in your life?

Portable timepieces came about in the 16th-century using a mechanical power of a mainspring. Winding the mainspring kept the mechanism going. The clock became wearable and activated new concepts in fashion and life. The elite enjoyed the concept of knowing the (then) precise time of day. Time zones, however, didn’t happen until the 1800’s when train schedules required elements of standardization. Until then, time was subjective to the region your were in.

Most of these early portable clocks needed practical places for carrying. Technology always initiates new technologies to make revolutionary inventions practical. In the 16th-century, virtually no clothing had pockets. Instead you wore bags, often around your waist. Pockets needed to be invented and interior pockets for pocket watches started to emerge nearly 100 years later.

The wristwatch was made popular around World War I and pretty much became a common part of everyday wear for nearly everyone.

By the beginning of the 21st-century, pocket cell phones and smartphones all displayed the time and the habit of using wristwatches began to disappear among those born in the late 1980’s. The smartphone brought its own truths in fashions as earphones replaced earrings and bracelets replaced watches as body ornamentations.

In the quest to expand smartphone penetration, wearable phones seem like a nice idea. About 2 years ago, Samsung Gear was introduced as a wristwatch accessory to their Galaxy smartphones. It would allow you to see texts, dictate texts, scan e-mails, use as a heart rate monitor, make and receive calls, and also read time and weather. What a concept! A smartphone wearable extension seemed like a spectacular idea. Indeed, the wearable smartphone concept was a moneymaker worldwide as about 2-million of these were sold. Most of the turf was controlled by Samsung, the Android smartphone producer.

So the folks at Apple were perplexed since Steve Jobs death and wanted a larger market share of iPhone sales. Last year’s 5s and 5c sales were nice but Apple was still in a stalemate with Samsung. The iPhone-5-series still used a 3.5″ screen, a measly comparison to Android 4.5″ and larger screens that attract customers seeking size.

Along with the iPhone-6 4.7″ and iPhone-6 Plus 5.5″ iPhone models, Tim Cook announced that Apple is entering the wearable market. Sleek jewelry, the Apple iPhone Watch is an ambitious way to extend Apple’s marketing reach as jewelry and technology. It also moves against Samsung and other international smartphone manufacturers that market wearable tech products.

Compared to 1-Billion smartphone sales in 2013, 2-million wearable smart extensions seems almost insignificant. I think that Apple executives believe that the Apple-brand watch will have a heavier impact on sales, when it hits the market sometime in 2015.

Apple returns to iPod with a round crown that makes feature access easier. As a wearable timepiece, it uses multiple technologies in conjunction with your iPhone to keep time within 50 milliseconds of the definitive global time standard. Apple claims that you’ll feel a gentle tap when you receive an incoming message. Apple Watch also allows you to connect with your favorite people in some new, spontaneous ways not possible with any other wearable smartphone device. Apple also plans distinctive dress and casual watch bands.

One might think that Apple is going into an attack mode of the Rolex type watches with this iPhone wearable accessory. This is a gamble. The watch is about as thick as a smartphone and adds weight at the wrist. Like Samsung, it’s a partner to a smartphone so both need to be with you. It’s a pocket and wearable combination to carry with you. Some of the more expensive luxury wristwatches are reaching paper-thin thicknesses, thinner than a USA dime.

Perhaps, as with anything wearable, water and weather resistance are key factors. Apple claims the iPhone Watch is water resistant so you can expose it safely to fog or very light rain. It is not waterproof so don’t swim or shower with it. Many wristwatches are waterproof.

Samsung and Apple are betting that significant numbers of people will be attracted to the 500-year tradition of wearable watches as cultivation for wearable convenience. It’s a nice idea. A problem might be that these smart watches will sell for generally above $300 US. For many that’s a hefty decision. Of course, I often give people more credit for practical wisdom than reality suggests. The pay-off will be should I compromise on food and health so I can afford a smart watch partner for my smartphone.

Freud suggests 2 key defense mechanisms protecting yourself and they are projection and displacement. From fashion to fun, billions of dollars are spent on enhancing or hiding our egos behind personas that may not be representative of your self. Among the averages aspiring to greatness, a wearable Samsung Gear and Apple iPhone watch might prove successful as peer-pressure drives sales beyond need.

Then again, as third-party manufacturers slide in to offer less expensive, compatible wearable smart watches, popularity will result from affordability. Because Android is public domain, Android may have an advantage over Apple in the wearable market.

Investing for long-term financial gain is still very speculative for the wearable smart watches but as Dick Tracy might have thought, it’s a nice thing to have available.

You are the apple of my i iPhone 6 and Plus

You can no longer say that Apple is an original innovator. Their new iPhone 6 follows rthe directions that Android phone makers like Samsung, LG, Motorola and others have been marketing for years. For a generation, Apple is a social phenomenon. What other company, including religion, can stop the world with the introduction of a new line of products? Technology from Apple may be a new type of holiness needed in a less holy world.

Each year Apple fans wait for the great god, Tim Cook, to announce the new line of the “I” series. Thousands speculate for a year as to what it might be. Some years Apple has surprised all the theorists. This year, speculations were close.

The iPhone-6 pits itself squarely in competition with the Androids. At (from) $199 the iPhone 6 is thin and has a 4.7″ screen. The iPhone-6-Plus sports a 5.5″ screen. The Retina HD display hasn’t topped the 1080p resolution. The iPhone-6 sports a 1334×750 and the 6-Plus offers 1920×1080. No topper aiming for UHD or Ultra High Definition.

The iPhone-6 series iPhone 6 uses an A8 chip built on second-generation 64-bit desktop-class architecture. Its incredible power is enhanced by an M8 motion coprocessor for excellent motion.

The camera is interesting. They remained at 8 megapixel resolution. Frankly Apple iPhones have delivered nice pictures even though Androids delivered more megapixels. They have added additional pixel sensors that provide more information to deliver even better pictures. Focus Pixels are enabled by the new Apple-designed image signal processor. They provide the sensor with more information about your image, giving you better and faster autofocus. Apple has realized that taking pictures with smartphones has all but replaced cameras, at least bon-SLR cameras. Apple iPhone-6 series adds auto and optical image stabilization to help deliver steadier images. How does it work? iPhone-6 Plus adds optical image stabilization that works with the A8 chip, gyroscope, and M8 motion coprocessor to measure motion data and provide precise lens movement to compensate for hand shake. These are features that were found on cameras but never made it to smartphones and tablets.

Fingertip security is there and faster Wi-Fi speeds are there and help keep up-to-date with security and speed.

Of course, a new iPhone-6 requires a new iOS operating system. Say hello to iOS 8.
It’s not just a bigger version of iOS 6, it adds features and nuances. Apple claims iOS 8 has new capabilities and functions that let you do things you could only imagine before, like using voice-activated Siri to control the devices in your home or using your health and fitness apps to communicate with your doctor. iOS 8 gives you power to access and use over 1 million apps.

Apple seems to have wised up over the past year by introducing the iPhone-6 series. Android and iOS almost equally share the smartphone market in a near 50/50 tango. But Apple controls their 50 exclusively. Android has dozens of companies around the world. While Samsung slices a big chunk, other manufacturers are getting diminutive slices of that pie, possibly only breadcrumbs. It appears that Apple’s iPhone-6 is aiming at those companies. The iPhone-6 series screens offer Apple lovers that have strayed for larger screens an opportunity to return to Apple. That is strategy.

Yet in the perspective of smartphones, much like the strengths of religions and philosophies, opinions differ and Android could well come up with technologies that will counter Apple.

Does size matter? We will finally find out if it does. The base Samsung Galaxy 5 introduced a few months ago offers a dustproof and water-resistant body for active users and use, a 5.1-inch Full HD Super AMOLED (organic LED display for thin-ness and super brightness, a 16-megapixel camera, and for fitness fans a built-in heart rate monitor is nice.

The stakes are high. The Android vs iOS war is escalating. Amidst global strife, wars, hunger, disease, divisiveness and drowning economies, it’s so wonderful that Apple wants their iPhone-6 to shine above us all. Consumers seeking new smartphones now have choices that are very close. Blessed are those consumers who will choose and decide.

Someone once said, Do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Let the day’s own trouble be sufficient for the day. For now, Apple brings the iPhone-6 to help quell your anxieties as to whether your next smartphone will be Apple. Are Apple rebels ready to convert back to iOS? Do not let your hearts be troubled because iOS and Android will be working hard forever to appeal to your needs.

Ebola may one day strike the United States

Some are waiting to see election outcomes for the Senate and Congress. Nearly everyone is anxiously waiting to see what Apple is going to introduce. In spite of explosive world affairs, life seems ominously normal. Yet, an unidentified virus is making kids sick in the Midwest just weeks after an international scare stemming from Ebola virus. How possible is it that Ebola may one day strike the United States?

Researchers rushing progress and testing of a possible Ebola vaccine realize that Ebola may not just be indigenous to several countries in Africa. Apart from international travel and using quarantines to contain possible patients, the key threat is that Ebola is a virus. Viruses attack millions of people in the United States biologically, psychologically, and technologically. It is understandable that countries like the USA are taking vigilant approaches towards safeguard against th3e inception and spread of Ebola.

Biological viruses are relatively common. They are often the cause of common colds and the dreaded flu. To this day, effective medicine against a common cold has been thwarted despite aggressive efforts. Autumn and winter highlight an oft mistaken severe cold called influenza or the flu. Everyone is urged to receive a flu vaccine each year. Flu vaccines change from year to year as viruses mutate to form new subtleties in catching the disease, even if you’ve been immunized earlier.

Some researchers claim that viruses may be a culprit behind psychological diseases such as schizophrenia and Alzheimer’s. Although contrasting research results indicate no relationship, the studies on either side are relatively small. Some professionals feel that a enough of a possibility exists to warrant further study. For now, schizophrenia and Alzheimer’s have no finite cures. Treatments are more symptomatic than curative.

We all know that our computers and mobile devices are subject to viruses as well. One of the great ways that hackers invade the internet and outside networks is by planting viruses. This is why Computer Security and related anti-virus software are so significant. These, like flu vaccines, need routine updating to keep fresh and current.

Computer viruses are technologically created. Biological viruses have naturally occurring in the world’s ecosystem for millions of years and may have been one of the first forms of life. Humans only discovered the existence of viruses around 160 years ago.

These tiny microbes do not need mates to reproduce but virus reproduction is more complex than other microbes, such as bacteria. Just like human environmental concerns are essential in carving our future, environment can impact these microscopic viruses. But how can Ebola viruses land in the USA all those thousands of miles from Africa?

A mysterious disease is claiming children’s lives in Midwest United States. Ii may be an unidentified virus or class of viruses.

Viruses can be found in the air we breathe, the food we eat, the water we drink, and the things we touch. Intimacy, as innocent as a kiss, may spread herpes as a virus. The major killer HIV/AIDS is a result of a virus. Some claim it may have arisen in Africa, where there was a major epidemic two decades ago.

While tourists, immigration seem like obvious sources of Ebola carriers, there are other ways viruses may travel. Can they fly? Not rally. Many viruses are carried by wind and suspended in our atmosphere. While Ebola may be caught by touching blood or vomit from qa patient, it may be possible that some mutants make it into the air.

Each second, the world spins on its axis. Viruses are less weighed by gravity. They can sweep over water and land masses through the air or water. Mutations can attach themselves to imports and exports, even money. With globalization, local incidents of infection may easily spread throughout the globe. Like many computer viruses, biological viruses may lay dormant for years. When conditions are right, it may rise.

Inasmuch as we know about viruses, more research is justified as considerations on impacting life on our planet. Might Ebola one day strike the United States? It may not be impossible. Vigilant quests to produce inexpensive and efficient vaccines and medications soon are matters of life or death. In those worst case, far-fetched science-fiction scenarios, Ebola may one day strike the United States or some neighboring country. In those cases, which party wins the Congress or what new mobile device Apple is offering is less impacting than being treated for Ebola. When it comes to virus invasion, sicknesses like Ebola are a global concern!

Bicycling magazine tops NYC as bicycle haven

Next to walking, bicycling is one of the best regarded exercises for cardiovascular fitness. A city, whose urban planners designed for cars, has now topped 50 cities as best for bicycle riders. It is New York City!

Over the past few years, New York City has added over 350 miles of bicycle lanes in the 5 boroughs. While a bane for car and pedestrian traffic, a leading bicycle magazine has elevated New York’s standing from being in a top-10 ranking in previous years to number 1 in 2014 on their list of 50 best places for bicycles in the United States. As a top ranker, it’s a flag-wave for NY bicycle riders but adds rancor to pedestrians and motor traffic.

The top-10 city rankings for 2014 are:
1. New York (#7 in 2012)
2. Chicago (#5 in 2012)
3. Minneapolis (#2 in 2012)
4. Portland (#1 in 2012)
5. Washington, D.C. (#4 in 2012)
6. Boulder, Colo. (#3 in ’12)
7. San Francisco (#8 in ’12):
8. Seattle (#10 in ’12)
9. Fort Collins, Colo. (#11 in ’12)
10. Cambridge, Mass. (NR in ’12)

With the complex set-up and size of New York City as a commercial, residential, and crowded urban network, it’s no small feat to be resting atop smaller, less-active cities.

Many New York City parks have long been friendly to bicycle riders. Large public parks like Central Park in Manhattan and Prospect Park in Brooklyn have long bike friendly reputations, with designated car-free hours throughout the week. In recent years, Greenways were constructed and maintained along the perimeters of selected boroughs, particularly Manhattan and along the Belt Parkway in Brooklyn near Shore Road Park in Bay Ridge, toward the majestic Verrazano Bridge, near New York’s grand waterways. In addition, many bicycle lanes have been constructed in major and minor streets and avenues in all boroughs.

One would probably credit New York’s Citi Bike bicycle renting and sharing system as a leading expansion of bicycle friendly networks. It currently has nearly 100,000 subscribers. It is a favorite among young city dwellers and tourists alike.

Subsequently, more bicycle stores have opened and offer rental bikes that, for the most part, offer superior and simpler riding features. What these store rentals lack are easy docking stations for go and stop use. That has become a significant feature with the Citi Bike program. Instead of carrying bulky locks, the Citi Bike docks or stations are available throughout the city, and offer convenience and security. A downloadable app lets mobile device users locate the stations nearby as well as those that may be near destinations along their way.

Considered with mixed feelings, Robert Moses was the master builder of New York City from the 1930’s through the 1960’s. He found the elevated trains and other transportation means as counter-productive. He redesigned New York for cars and even his estimates for traffic have been proven too conservative for today’s standards. The bicycle was not even regarded for 5transportation. It was purely recreational and, mostly, a kid’s toy.

As bicycle technology introduced lighter frames, better gearshifts, and designs that mimic European racers, more people, at older ages, became attracted to urban bicycle riding. Strikes of the New York City Transit system in 1966 and 2005 helped bicycle owners seek and use their bicycles as means of commuting to work and shopping. The seed was planted. The bicycle was elevated above a mere toy as an alternative transit vehicle.

Lobby groups for safer bicycle use. such as Transit Alternatives, emerged as promoters of bicycles and better bicycle routes throughout New York City. Of course, seeing a toy move to the rank of a serious human-powered vehicle was a steep uphill battle. Many automobile drivers saw these bikes as nuisances and, in some cases, drove offensively to thwart paths and cause accidents. Perhaps Robert Moses might have been pleased but, with younger health-conscious riders, bicycle transportation was building political clout. As a result bicycle lanes were introduced once and failed. Fifteen years later, under Mayor Bloomberg, initiatives were developed to create bicycle- and pedestrian- specific routes in New York City.

Of course, this has meant recarving New York City streets by removing and separating lanes from already crowded avenues. These make store deliveries more difficult and add to street noise. But bicycles can move freely in designated lanes. Drivers and pedestrians also observe that some of these lanes are rarely used. In a city originally designed for cars and trucks, with active flows of commerce at stressed, hectic schedules, many have mixed to negative feelings about these lanes.

As a number one ranked USA city for bicycles, New York City is facing an equilibrium of balancing rights and privileges to a multitude of vehicles, people, and bikes. With rising numbers in the flow and rhythms that help make New York hum, bicycles and bicycle riders will soon have to face consequences and reg8ulations to enforce responsible behavior.

Bicycle riders, as with all people, have potential to behave irresponsibly like jerks. The Department of Transportation offers rules and guidelines for bicycle riding in New York City. As a driver would for a car, each bicycle rider in New York should be acquainted with these New York City guidelines. On a random study, I found that few New Yorkers were aware of these very specific guidelines. Five of the 40 people who responded did not wear helmets and do not believe they are necessary.

Where there are rules and guidelines, and when they are ignored, bicycle riders like car drivers should be subject to penalties. I also believe that private bicycles should be registered and licensed. They must also follow street traffic signs and lights.

I am delighted that New York City has another #1 rating that helps validate what a great city it was, is, and is becoming. Bicycling must be respectful to all the other mobile devices on the road, including wheelchairs and handicapped scooters. For those that are physically challenged, New York City is better than other cities but still poses many challenges.

Asking for respect and getting it are two different things. As a bicycle friendly city and the friendliest bike city in the USA, New York must realize that rules need to be enforced. As bicycles flow in New York traffic through designated and undesignated areas, NYC bicycle riders want to enjoy being at the top of the list. Bicycles have redefined transportation in New York for 40 years. NYC bicycle riders must continue to demonstrate that bicycles deserve a trusted spot on roadways as a conscientious alternative transportation vehicle. Even if New York traffic enforcers need to spank a few in shape.

Bicycling magazine tops NYC as bicycle haven. The next step is recognizing New York as a bicycle heaven. Even when you’re the top, there’s room for improvement.

Obesity Surgery improves brain functioning

Some people call it excessively fat. Others call it overweight. Doctors may call it obese. For politicians and statisticians, obesity is a broad problem, though perhaps, too broad. In the past 40 years, weight-loss surgeries have greatly expanded as a medical specialization to help reduce obesity. They are costly interventions and very profitable. It is surprising that research has been published demonstrating that Obesity Surgery improves brain functioning. Some of the researchers were bariatric surgeons. In a culture where obesity and diseases are threatening longevity, is surgery a viable quick-fix solution?

Is being overweight a result of age, genetics, or lifestyle? Studies show some life-threatening diseases are associated with being overweight. According to the Center for Disease Control, a USA government agency, degrees of being overweight and obesity is more pervasive. Obesity is definitely not merely age related. Invasive surgical techniques (bariatric) are being advertised as treatments. Insurances cover procedures for certain obese levels. Obesity has been linked as possible causes for many diseases. On August 26 2014, a new study examining bariatric surgery was published inferring that obesity Surgery improves brain functioning. It may reduce the likelihood of Alzheimer Disease symptoms. Many of the diseases, purportedly tied to weight and obesity, may be sourced from other origins.

Obesity has been associated to diabetes and circulatory diseases. A new endocrinology study shows Changes in Neuropsychological Tests and Brain Metabolism After Bariatric Surgery may reduce brain circulation problems that associate with heart, organ, and brain conditions, including Alzheimer Disease symptoms.

There may be over 78 million people classified as obese or very overweight in the USA, according to a report in the Journal of the American Medical Association. That’s near one-third of the country’s population.

The most common way to find out whether you’re overweight or obese is to figure out your body mass index (BMI). BMI is an estimate of body fat, and it’s a good gauge of your risk for diseases that occur with more body fat. Few physicians rely on BMI but use weight on scales to diagnose obesity and the BMI debate seems to question the diagnosis. BMI may not be accurate as a reliable diagnostic tool.

One mode of measurement has been gaining popularity to determine obesity is waist circumference measurements. Men with a waist circumference of more than 40 inches and women with a circumference of more than 35 inches are at a higher risk for developing obesity-related conditions like type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.

I often comment about how many men use pants with sizes less than 40″ beneath their belly, that might actually be substantially over 40 inches. The maximum waist size of most standard pants sold is up to 42 inches. Beyond that, men must buy “big-size” pants from a specialty source. Women must resort to Plus-size clothing for sizes beyond extra-large parameters. Many squeeze into standard sizes resulting in pain and (possibly) organic problems.

Measuring obesity in women may also require waist and hip sizes but, often, Waist Hip Ratio (WHR) may be a poor obesity marker. Unlike waist circumference, WHR is not necessarily a measure of absolute abdominal fat mass. It is, however, a measure of abdominal fat relative to lower body mass. As such, a relatively lean individual could theoretically have the same WHR as an obese individual.

Two imaging techniques are now considered to be the most accurate methods for measuring tissue, organ, and whole-body fat mass as well as lean muscle mass and bone mass. These help indicate how obesity is affecting your body. While obesity is impacting radiology departments throughout the country, many overweight peopl3e do not fit into these machines.

Yet statisticians set the standards for obesity and how many people are actually very fat. When it comes to overweight, the numbers are staggering high.

Exercise, diet, and lifestyle changes are being weighed to discuss obesity control. A surgical procedure called Bariatric Surgery is becoming more popular for those people who are very obese. It is an invasive surgery geared for people who have tried other ways of losing weight and size to help move out of the clinical obesity ranges. Few studies have examined long-term efficiency of surgical methods and obesity. Yet, the large initial weight loss is associated with reducing risks on related diseases. The researchers of the recent obesity study and brain association are affiliated with a bariatric surgery group. More people are electing bariatric surgery as a means of weight control and image improvement. Does it work?

Weight loss surgery is not even close to the solution for obesity. Whether it is liposuction that vacuums the fat from certain areas, or bariatric surgery that reduces the capacity to eat, neither guarantees permanent weight loss. Many regain any weight lost and several still are threatened with diabetes and circulatory diseases. Obesity, however, is not always linked to high blood levels of cholesterol that may contribute to plaque in arteries and veins that might cause heart and brain diseases. As for incidence of neurocognitive conditions like Alzheimer’s Disease, there’s very little conclusive evidence that directly relate obesity to the incidence of memory disorders. Basically, weight loss surgery is a tool but not a clear solution to solving obesity.

Bariatric surgery can help a 300 pound person become 200 pounds. Prospective patients should not anticipate moving from a size 26 to a size 8 for social and psychological reasons. Those that do, are far from average. They are highly motivated at maintaining long-term lifestyle changes post-surgically. Most do not experience radical differences in appearance. It may be those changes that help improve certain fat-related conditions. Bariatric surgery may help by reducing food storage capacity. Sticking to strict diets will help prevent and reduce problems like vomiting and nausea by exceeding capacity.

Typically, Bariatric Surgery costs are around $20,000 to $30,000. This may not include hospital and anesthesia fees. Many health insurance companies will pay some costs if obesity is directly linked to heart disease, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, and a few others. In a world where loss of memory is a great fear, it is obvious that bariatric surgeons research and conclude that results may dramatically reduce incidence of memory loss. That, too, may be insurable.

Numerous conditions, diseases, and ailments may lead to weight gain and, possibly, obesity. Aging means loss of lean muscle and gain of fat, as a natural progression. Some say longevity may be related to fat among older people. Also, hypothyroidism, Cushing Syndrome, and mood disorders may be medical reasons for obesity. Common arthritis and fibromyalgia may result in obesity due to experiential pain with movement. Any disorder affecting mobility may add pounds.

Statistics also don’t take consideration of varieties of height, bone sizes, and muscular width as possible reasons that define obesity. A man at 77 inches tall may naturally have a 40″ waist and not be obese. Standards for men show 40″ waist as borderline obese.

Barring disease, natural size variations, and statistical errors, lifestyles following conscient9ious diets and active lifestyles may, over years, help people stay trimmer.

TV is part of a sedentary activity that thwarts any diet. Children eat more snacks when watching TV. Watching action shows may promote mindless snacking. A small study at Cornell University binds TV content with snacking. Streams of Binge watching TV may also promote snacking appetites. Long terms of TV watching may be one leading cause of weight gain.

Sitting in offices or working on computers for extended lengths may increase weight and hip sizes. The condition is Sitting Disease and it may contribute to larger hip sizes throughout years of seated work. This may contribute to an obese appearance. The cure is more standing, walking, and stretching throughout the day.

A common misconception among those people in normally acceptable weight ranges is that weight gain is quick. It isn’t. It’s a gradual process where aging, genetics, and lifestyles form a complex network. Other than laundry shrinkage, your clothes are getting tighter because muscles are becoming less lean with age. It is referred as Sarcopenia but is relatively normal and effects vary among individuals. According to an article in WebMD:

People who are physically inactive can lose as much as 3% to 5% of their muscle mass per decade after age 30. Even if you are active, you will still experience some muscle loss.

The causes of Sarcopenia process are varied and some research points to calibrations in homeostasis that are normal in the aging body. More research is targeting this area. Yet small studies among seniors demonstrate that lean muscle may be gained with routine daily activity.

Weight gain is a normal aging process and vigilant activity may slow it down. No activity over decades beyond age 30 could lead to obesity and all those partner symptoms that reduce longevity. Ironically, at some ages, weight loss at older ages can contribute to higher mortality rates.

Obesity has existed throughout history. In art, many images from centuries ago depict fatter people. There are few remnants to predict or trace their longevity. Fat is normal. Obesity was common.

Of all the wisdom and variances, moderate diet and moderate activity (walking at brisk pace 30 minutes per day) is likely to stave off obesity among people over 45. Whether it improves brain function or longevity is in need of further examination.

For the majority of the population, more sedentary times and availability/marketing of snack foods help accelerate the fat accumulation associated with Sarcopenia and poor habits. Fighting obesity within a normal population is a painfully slow process. There are no quick-fix solutions. Bariatric surgeries and plastic surgeries are valuable but only tools. Reversing the habits we’ve acquired in the modern and digital ages is as difficult and impossible as smokers and alcoholics succeed in fighting their addictions. Successes are very small.

Barring medical reasons, the growth rates associated with obesity is the end-product of 70 years of snacking and technology that are integral parts of living. Learning to add exercise and food management routines early in life may likely curb obesity levels. Whether one can follow through these skills and habits throughout life’s stresses, adversities, and progressions is a big question mark. We may never look like fashion models. Obesity rates are natural and (theoretically) can be controlled easily. For most, however, starting and following-through may be a Herculean task in a society that stresses snacks and seated activities as a comforting lifestyle.

It takes very little effort each day to battle obesity and possibly suppress any life-threatening conditions that obesity may be linked with. There is no quick fix. Barring genetics, there is no turning back the clock of age. As a long term goal, balancing obesity and health is a habit to target at ages when most don’t think about it.

Gaining weight is as natural as gravity. Gravity is a constant. As we seek to conquer gravity, the perpetual efforts to battle the influences of obesity and weight gain are within the grasp of most people at any age. In this case, memory and remembering are important factors. Weight loss surgeries don’t necessarily help in the long run.