Buying Apple Products Is an Exercise in ‘Narcissism’

The experience of using a computer was portrayed as a disembodied one, the mind of the user fusing with the computer to accomplish tasks. In Apples 2002 Window ad, however, the active presence of a user suggests the integration of the self, the body, and the machine a rhetorical move signifying computer and user as an integrated unit. The metaphor suggests that computers are not to be viewed as outside threats, but as intimate and integrated extensions of our own human faculties. In the ad, a man is looking at himself just as much as he is looking at the impish machine. This recalls the Greek Narcissus myth where the young man is transfixed by his own reflection in the pool of water but does not recognize the reflection as himself.
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Exercise Daily to Prevent Painful Flare-ups of Low Back Pain

“We did this study because we wanted to do a really good controlled trial,” she added. For the new study, published in the journal Menopause, the researchers randomly assigned 248 women from three U.S. medical centers to one of two groups. Women in one group exercised three times per week for 12 weeks on a treadmill, elliptical or stationary bicycle. Those in the second group stuck to their usual activity. All of the women were going through or had already gone through menopause and had frequent hot flashes at the start of the study. Participants used daily diaries to track the number and intensity of their hot flashes.
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Exercise may boost mood during pregnancy – but up to 75% of pregnant women are inactive

Daily gentle exercises will stretch and strengthen the muscles that support the lower spine. Stronger and more flexible muscles may be less prone to injury. If the pain traces to a problem in the spine, however, don’t start a new exercise plan without talking to a doctor. Warning signs of a spinal problem are pain that radiates from the back down into the leg and a tingling “pins and needles” sensation. So far, no specific type or level of exercise has been identified that works better than others for preventing low back pain. However, people who exercise regularly, compared with those who do not, tend to have fewer recurrences of back pain over time.
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Vernon Hosting Major Disaster Exercise on Aug. 15

and 1 p.m., on the RHS campus. The drill is entitled “I.M.P.A.C.T. 2013” for “Integrated Municipal Preparedness and Collaborative Training.” Vernon police and emergency management officials said the event will be a “full-scale exercise” that will involve dozens of patients with moulaged injuries and props to make the scene as realistic as possible. The drill will involve a response of more that 100 police officers, fire officials, EMS responders and school officials from across the region, Vernon Police Department Lt. William Meier and Vernon Emergency Management Director Michael Purcaro said.
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Buddha, Nashville’s 31.4-pound cat, to start diet and exercise

I saw him in his little cage and I just thought, ‘You know, that’s not good for him.’ “He was an owner surrender. There had been a death in the family and they weren’t able to continue caring for him.” Adams decided to take Buddha with her to The Cat Shoppe on Bransford Avenue, a pet store that doubles as a retail shop and adoption center, where he will undergo a diet program to put him at a normal weight. “We tried to give him the gastrointestinal food, the metabolic food, but he didn’t like it,” said Chris Achord, owner of The Cat Shoppe. “Whoever owned him before must have been feeding him human food, and that is not good at all for a cat’s health. I’ve been rescuing animals for over 25 years and I’ve never seen anything like this.” Achord contacted Elm Hill Veterinary Clinic about Buddha’s weight and was told to take his weight loss slowly to avoid health problems. “A pound a month is our goal,” she said.
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Exercise no help against hot flashes: study

Related Stories Kim Kardashian resurfaces, shares playful video showing off glowing post-baby complexion For moms-to-be, a new study finds that exercise throughout your pregnancy can improve your mood and boost your energy levels. Researchers from the University of Western Ontario examined whether a four-week intervention of exercise would boost the psychological well-being of 56 previously inactive pregnant women. The subjects were on average 22.5 weeks pregnant, and they exercised for 30 minutes about four times a week. Findings showed “significant improvements” in the moods of the women, as well as reduced levels of fatigue. Exercise was assessed using accelerometers, with the women working out at moderate to vigorous levels. The results, announced Friday, appear online in the journal Psychology & Health.
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