Neurogenesis
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August 19, 2007
Phys Ed
Lobes of Steel
By GRETCHEN REYNOLDS
The Morris water maze is the rodent equivalent of an I.Q. test: mice are placed in a tank filled with water dyed an opaque color. Beneath a small area of the surface is a platform, which the mice can’t see. Despite what you’ve heard about rodents and sinking ships, mice hate water; those that blunder upon the platform climb onto it immediately. Scientists have long agreed that a mouse’s spatial memory can be inferred by how quickly the animal finds its way in subsequent dunkings. A “smart” mouse remembers the platform and swims right to it.

In the late 1990s, one group of mice at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, near San Diego, blew away the others in the Morris maze. The difference between the smart mice and those that floundered? Exercise. The brainy mice had running wheels in their cages, and the others didn’t.

Scientists have suspected for decades that exercise, particularly regular aerobic exercise, can affect the brain. But they could only speculate as to how. Now an expanding body of research shows that exercise can improve the performance of the brain by boosting memory and cognitive processing speed. Exercise can, in fact, create a stronger, faster brain.
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Eddie en la casa
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Eddie en la casa
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He's been popping up more on my porch (Crazy Tuna Man has apparently moved on), occasionally even placing a paw inside the doorway. Such a tease. On Tuesday he came all the way into the kitchen and ate Super Fluff's dinner.
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I just spent too long drooling over Yohji Yamamoto's website. When I grow up, I want to wear Yohji Yamamoto. I'll even settle for ready to wear.

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For the first time in our 5 years of friendship, Thomas observed one of my drunken, period-induced brownie sundae cravings.

I made him go to the Edgewood Kroger, carry for me two pints of Ben & Jerry's AND a bad of two-bite brownies. He said he was "horrified by [my] behavior." Then he came home and ate a brownie sundae with me. I love Thomas. He's the best guy friend a girl like me could have.

Oy, I feel bloated.

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we have a new one, and she looks like wednesday. i am predisposed to like her.

Huancayo
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So the bus took us out of Lima through its worst slums. Its slums are basically like our slums, minus building codes and any infrastructure whatsoever. Paved roads? Nah.. Water? Not likely. Power lines? Hah! Crumbling building after crumbling building. The ritzy ones had crumbling walls around them with broken bottles on top to keep out the riff raff. I mean, it was amazing. Made me feel really damn lucky to have been born here in the USA.

Once we got out of the city, the countryside was so beautiful. It's pretty arid, so there's not a whole lot of vegetation and you're just left staring that these enormous mountains that make our Rockies look cute. All along the road to Huancayo there were these teeny tiny towns that looked pretty darn depressed, but they were surrounded by such beauty... little boys were playing soccer and little girls would dig in the dirt. Most of the towns had a restaurant, but I couldn't figure out who was supposed to eat there. There were pigs and chickens just sort of wandering around and plots of corn planted haphazardly between buildings. Occasionally we would pass a person just sitting high on a hill, waiting.

There's a presidential election there next year, and instead of having billboards and the like, they paint political murals on town walls and sides of buildings. They were everywhere. If someone strongly disagreed with one, they would paint an X over it.

We arrived in Huancayo around 6:30 and rushed off to the hotel, where we met everyone (most everyone took a charter flight to get there) and made our way to the church for the rehearsal. Keven and his new wife are evangelicals, so they got married in one of those storefront churches. Actually, it was more like a warehouse. They had wrapped the inside all in white and pink cloth, like a Christo installation or something. Pretty amazing. Everything took a long time, since they were doing a bilingual ceremony for us gringos' benefit. After, we went to the rehearsal dinner, which went from around 8:30 to 1:30 a.m. SO TIRED after that! I went back to the hotel- pretty nice- hot water but no heat- and Chris stayed out with some of the guys until 3:30. When he got in, he said he missed me. Awwww.
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So we flew into Lima and landed around 1130 pm.  Chris's friend, Keven, arranged to meet us and about 15 other folks at the airport with a bus to take us to our hotel in Miraflores, a suburb of Lima.  Thank god he met us there.  The airport itself is very sleek, modern, easy to navigate.  As soon as you walk out of baggage claim, there are throngs of taxi drivers shouting at you and trying to get you to go with them.  Everything is haggled over there.  It's chaotic, overwhelming and exhausting. 

We pushed our way through the crowd to our bus- very rustic, the floor was doused with a liquid that smelled like gasoline- and drove to our hotel.  Miraflores is the ritzy part of Lima.  That means that the streets are all paved and there aren't children begging on every corner and you can walk around after dark and still feel relatively safe.  Early the next morning, Chris and I walked down to the market.  A juice vendor was washing out his glasses in a bucket of gray water.  There were buckets of animal parts in the doorways of a couple of small restaurants.  Then I (wearing flipflops of course) stepped in a puddle of nasty water next to a bag that was leaking what looked like blood.  Time to go back to the hotel and disinfect.

Back at the hotel, we met Antonio, the bride's bro in law.  He was sweet enough to accompany C and I on our bus ride to Huancayo, where the wedding would be.  We got to the bus station a little early.  The bus got there about 1 1/2 hours late.  Different time scale there.  STill, Antonio was great.  He spoke a little less English than I do Spanish, but we managed talked about family, 9/11 and GW.

Bus finally came and we stared the 7 hour ride through the mountains to Huancayo.

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The livejournal site here is all in Spanish. Go figure.

Having a wonderful wonderful whirlwind of a time. We just got back from Chris´s friend´s wedding- 2 hrs of ceremony and 5 hours of reception. They´re really into celebrating here. The rehearsal dinner last night lasted until 130 in the monring. God, was <I tired. Anyway, everyone here is sooo nice. Very warm, loving people. Ericka (rthe bride) has an amazing family. Most people speak less English than I speak Spanish, so we use a lot of hand gestures, smiles and si´`s and claro`s. Tomorrow morning Chris and I will go shopping at the huge Sunday market and then we´`ll take the bus back to Lima tomorrow. Pretty cool ride. Takes 7 hours, and it passes a high altitude point of 17000 feet. Will write more when I´m at a computer with a nomral keyboard. :)
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Slept through boot camp this morning. Woke up at 6:08, cursed myself, and went for a run.

63% dark?
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the Wit

(60% dark, 17% spontaneous, 16% vulgar)

your humor style:
CLEAN | COMPLEX | DARK


You like things edgy, subtle, and smart. I guess that means you're probably an intellectual, but don't take that to mean you're pretentious. You realize 'dumb' can be witty--after all isn't that the Simpsons' philosophy?--but rudeness for its own sake, 'gross-out' humor and most other things found in a fraternity leave you totally flat.

I guess you just have a more cerebral approach than most. You have the perfect mindset for a joke writer or staff writer. Your sense of humor takes the most effort to appreciate, but it's also the best, in my opinion.

Also, you probably loved the Office. If you don't know what I'm talking about, check it out here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/comedy/theoffice/.

PEOPLE LIKE YOU: Jon Stewart - Woody Allen - Ricky Gervais




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