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  • Duane Lester 12:41 pm on April 14, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Ready to feel ancient? Watch this… 

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  • Duane Lester 9:11 am on January 30, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Ketogenic Diet Helps Boy with Epilepsy 

    When medications did not work, Dr. Ahmed Abdelmoity did something that stopped the seizures nearly overnight. He told Santiago’s mother to limit the child’s carbohydrates and increase his fat intake.
    She said she was willing to try anything.
    “He doesn’t drink milk but he does drink heavy creams and it’s so high in fat,” she said.
    Within a week, Santiago’s epileptic seizures went away.
    Ketogenic diets have been around for years, but when patients don’t respond to drugs, doctors turn to diet as a solution. Children’s Mercy Hospital said more of their young epileptic patients are responding.
    High proteins and high fats force the body to burn fat stores instead of carbs or glucose for energy.
    “With this diet, we’re removing the fuel that’s being used to fuel a seizure,” Lindsey Thompsen, a clinical nutritionist at Children’s Mercy Hospital said.
    “Tends to make the brain calmer from a seizure standpoint and also a better quality of life and makes patients feel happier and better academic success in school,” Santiago’s pediatric neurologist Dr. Ahmed Abdelmoity said.
    The ketogenic diets are also being used on patients with other neurologic conditions like Alzheimer’s and Multiple Sclerosis.

    Read more: http://www.kshb.com/dpp/news/health/special-diet-changes-young-epilepsy-patients-life#ixzz2rtXcdmWB

    Great story. Ketogenic diets, which is my choice, have been used for decades to help with epilepsy and diabetes.

    But for some reason, the federal government prescribes a diet of low fat, high carb foods.

    There’s a reason Americans are fatter than the rest of the world. It isn’t that we’re a more sedentary culture, but our carb intake is higher.

    There’s a movie on Netflix called “The Perfect Human Diet.” It’s more for paleo diet folks, but it helps explain why certain carbs impact our waistline so much.

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  • Duane Lester 11:50 am on January 26, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    I don’t read enough. In fact, I don’t read much at all anymore.

    That’s changing, starting today. And the first book I picked up had a profound line in the first two pages. Profound enough, I made a graphic out of it:

    bitterness

    Bitter and ignorant. Is there a simpler way to define today’s left?

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  • Duane Lester 1:39 pm on January 6, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Captain Kirk Coming to KC 

    I may have to go to this event:

    When I saw that William Shatner is coming to Planet Comicon 2014, I cursed aloud. Yes, Star Trek’s Captain Kirk himself is coming to Kansas City – but for one day only.

    Shatner will be in KC March 16 for “a limited schedule for photos and autographs,” according to Planet Comicon’s website. And you can bet that his sessions are going to be full.

    shatnertvkirk

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  • Duane Lester 10:42 am on January 4, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Who’s Who at Deadpool’s Wedding 

    Marvel.com has a list of everyone who’s pictured attending Deadpool’s wedding.

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  • Duane Lester 10:32 am on January 4, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Comics Aren't for Kids Anymore 

    Comic book movies, and comic books themselves, aren’t targeting children anymore. Their target market is adults.

    I don’t know when it changed. I think it was in the early 90s. I remember the emphasis switched from the story to the art and people like Todd McFarlane and Jim Lee started becoming famous.

    The art was so important, even crap artists like Rob Liefeld became popular. I mean, the guy who drew this picture of Captain America was considered a good artist.

    But that’s what happened. The market changed. Maybe kids start playing more video games or maybe Marvel going public put more emphasis on profit, pricing kids out of comics. I don’t know exactly.

    But I know comics aren’t for kids anymore. And I wish they were.

    Like The Riddler said, “You look around these days — It’s all different. It’s all changed.”

    3k6WjNG

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    • Jim 11:26 am on January 4, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      I think it changed when the kids who grew up reading comics became the ones creating comics. They created for themselves rather than a target market.

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      • Duane Lester 1:53 pm on January 4, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        Could be. I imagine it's like the Harry Potter books. They got more mature as they went along.

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  • Duane Lester 10:56 pm on January 2, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Turns out, Thomas the train is kind of a jerk:

    http://i.imgur.com/sHJukfR.jpg

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  • Duane Lester 10:50 pm on January 2, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    So…Deadpool’s getting married: http://www.comicbookresources.com/imgsrv/imglib/0/0/1/deadpoolwedding1-7f065.jpg

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    • Duane Lester 10:52 pm on January 2, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Now that I've looked at that photo, I gotta ask: how did Wolverine get an invite?

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      • Webmëister 4:29 pm on January 3, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        And if he were invited, what are the odds that he would bother to show up?

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  • Duane Lester 8:51 pm on January 2, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Things To Do In St. Louis If You Like Comics – Comic Art Exhibit

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  • Duane Lester 5:58 pm on January 2, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Just learned about the viral website for the next Spider-man movie. Looks like The Daily Bugle has a Tumblr: http://thedailybugle.tumblr.com/

    FYI, Thomas Fireheart, the owner of the casino in the top story, is the alter ego for Puma.

    He got better.

    He got better.

    Ned Leeds wrote the story on the Tumblr also. In the comics, Ned Leeds was a reporter. He was also The Hobgoblin.

    This doesn’t mean the movie won’t stick it up like it looks like it’s going to. It just means it has good marketers.

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