June 2011

Australia PWNS Phillip Morris

All I can say is, “Go Australia!” It seems like all kinds of cool things come out of the land down under. I remember being extremely impressed with the way they banned plastic bag use several years ago; now they are slapping Phillip Morris in the face by packaging cigarettes in plain packaging rather than the carefully constructed lure of the packaging the company sends them out with.

Phillip Morris is, of course, threatening to sue the—what, the whole country?—and as laughable as that is, I do worry that they could gain some ground with it, simply because they are Phillip Morris, which translates to “Satan” in sixty languages. They’re known for getting their way, and they’re certainly known for killing their customers with the very product they sell, who knows?

Meaning of Roses

Are you interested in the meaning of rose color and the color meaning of roses? What are the meanings behind color of roses for weddings? Here are their meanings by color to take the mystery out.

Red roses carry many meanings. They can signify sincere love, passion, romantic love and respect; they also implicitly mean ‘I love you’. Dark red and burgund red roses symbolize unconscious beauty in the form of a beautiful flowers. White roses used in wedding ceremonies typically signify happy love and also imply purity, innocence, humility and youthfulness.

Corpse Flower: Not Another Tim Burton Movie

If it were another Tim Burton movie, however, I would totally be excited about it!

Instead, however, the corpse flower is an actual flower that’s rarely grown, and it’s no wonder—the thing is enormous (we’re talking toilets to Buddy the Elf ginormous here) and very, very stinky. The smell is compared to rotting meat, hence its name.

The flower consists of giant, fleshy maroon petals (not unlike the suit that Beetlejuice wears in the Tim Burton film with the same name, actually) and a tall center that resembles the Oogie Boogie character from The Nightmare Before Christmas (yes, I’m completely hinting that he should do a film about weird plants here—and not just the weirdly-shaped kind! Could you imagine?).

Iris Flowers

Iris Flowers are flowers of wisdom, the emblem of France, and are associated with twenty fifth wedding anniversary. Iris Flowers are grown in temperate climates and many folk lores have been written on Iris Flowers. It is believed to this day that "pothos" or passion is the son of "Iris" and "Zephyros". The story unfolds that when the west wind passed through alluring "Iris", it symbolized the vividness of passion. In Greek, "Iris" meant both a flower and rainbow. Iris Flowers are often termed as eyes of heaven.

Saving Your Budget With Wedding Flowers

Ordering Wedding flowers at the right price are one of the easiest ways to save on a wedding. The price of flowers these days, especially when you add the word "wedding" - can go through the roof in a jiffy. At a wedding, wedding flowers are used to decorate the altar, reception area, bathrooms and other standing rooms. Flowers are also given as a wedding gift to make bridal bouquets, corsages and boutonnieres.

Fresh Cut Wholesale Flowers

Sending fresh cut wholesale flowers to everyone for holidays and weddings are perfect reasons to send and order online flowers. And with today's tight budgets, some tips are provided to help you save.

There are different sites on the internet where one can buy bulk flowers. These stores will have fresh wedding flowers that can use for many occasions. These flowers are to be sent to individuals who u care about and friends and family.

Dealing with Runner's Knee

As a recreational runner who recently had to quit running for several months because I experienced “runner’s knee” pain, I personally know how unpleasant the condition can be—not only do you have to experience chronic kneecap pain, but you also have to deal with living without running until the pain goes away.  That’s probably the hardest part!

Runner’s knee (or patellofemoral pain syndrome) is one of the most common overuse injuries a runner can incur, but comparatively few runners are probably aware of how the syndrome develops on a biomechanical level.  The patella (kneecap) is a floating bone that connects to the other leg bones through cartilage and tendons, and it mostly “rests” in a groove between the femur and the lower leg bones.  As you use your leg, the patella moves or “tracks” in this groove, and if it doesn’t track smoothly it can irritate the cartilage and other tissues within the groove causing increasing pain.

When I started experiencing runner’s knee I was running about 20 miles per week and walking an additional 15, as well as working on my feet about 35 hours per week.  While this level of mileage is potentially above average for hobby joggers, it’s certainly quite far away from the mileage logged by competitive runners and professional athletes.  When the pain became more than a slight irritation, I begrudgingly decided to take a few weeks off.  When I returned and the pain hadn’t gone away, I gave up running for the foreseeable future and went to the doctor. 

After a (in my opinion) cursory examination, my GP informed me I had runner’s knee and gave me a fat booklet of physical therapy exercises to do “every day.”  Of course, thinking I knew better than the doctor, I decided the good-old RICE method was all I needed.  When—obviously—a couple months of rest didn’t rid me of my pain, I decided to give the physical therapy a try.  Here are the exercises that worked best for me:

Straight leg lift: Lie on your back, with your uninjured leg bent straight up and its foot on the floor.  Raise your straightened injured leg 10 inches above the floor, hold for two seconds, and slowly lower it back to the ground for about 10 seconds, keeping the toe pointed straight up and the quadriceps engaged.  Do three sets of 10.

Side leg lift: Lie on your uninjured side with both legs straightened.  Lift your injured leg 10-12 inches away from the floor, hold for two seconds and slowly lower it back to your other leg for about 10 seconds, again keeping the quadriceps engaged.  Do three sets of 10.

Clam exercise: Same as the side leg lift, except you bend both knees a little less than 90º and keep your heels touching the entire time: lift your injured knee about 10 inches up, hold for two seconds, and slowly lower it back to the other knee.  Do three sets of 10.

Inner leg lift: Lie on your injured side.  Lift your uninjured leg over the top of your injured leg and place the foot flat on the floor above your injured knee.  Lift your injured leg as high as you can within the space between your uninjured thigh and the floor, hold for 2 seconds and slowly lower to the ground over 10 seconds.  Do three sets of 10. 

After only two weeks of doing these exercises once a day, my lingering pain magically disappeared.  What a surprise!  Since returning to running and gaining back a reasonable level of conditioning, I’ve found that the pain occasionally returns, but that the exercises aid in continually managing the potential for further injury—I can tell that the muscles affecting my knee cap are stronger, which changes the mechanics of my stride but is probably better overall for my form.  If you’re returning from runner’s knee and experience a bit of pain when starting to run again, I recommend you listen to your body—a slow warmup and hamstring stretches mid-run have made a big difference in any recurrence of the pain for me.