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Effects of Alcohol Consumption on HRV and Sleep


Excessive alcohol consumption is not uncommon among high school, collegiate and professional athletes. This typically occurs after competitions during the season and likely with greater frequency throughout the offseason. Today I’d like to share what I’ve learned after reading through the available research pertaining to alcohol and HRV in healthy individuals. In addition I will post up some ithlete data I’ve collected showing the effects that excessive drinking has on HRV.

Bau and colleagues (2011) investigated the effects of 60g of ethanol ingestion on HRV in young men. HRV was measured before and during the following 17 hours after ingestion. Compared to the control group, the ethanol group saw a decrease in all time domain indices of HRV that persisted for 10 hours.

Koskinen et al (1994) tested the effects of ethanol consumption (1g/kg) on HRV in healthy young males (n=12). HRV was measured prior to ethanol ingestion and…

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TagsCool – Tag your photos online

TagsCool – Tag your photos online – Upload your photos, tag them and share!!!

You can also use it to store your school notes!


Our new project is coming!!! 🙂


EasyTag will use cool Metro Style HTML5 template:

It can be easily adjusted to meet requirements of our project. Menu in the left panel, search field, large space for photos.

Also, it has plenty of advanatages:

  • Modern and responsive.
  • Uses HTML5 + CSS3 but works in IE 8.
  • Works perfectly in mobile browsers.

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Derek Reynolds - Brain Dump-O-Matic



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The Past

Don’t hold onto the past because the future it creates may be a big let down.

How to configure HTTPS with SSL certificate in Glassfish.

The JavaDude Weblog

UPDATE 2013-03-22: Please check the updated tutorial with GoDaddy and Glassfish V3.1.2 here.

At some stage developing web applications (operating outside you fix lan-wired, “secure” in-house network), your customer will hit you asking “How secure is my data ? Can I access the system via https and get the golden lock ?”. You will quickly answer “No problem ! We use Glassfish” (just because you remember vaguely seeing some https settings in the GF admin tool). It is indeed not that hard to get started but if you are not an security expert and not joggling certificates around, it might take you a while to get your web application running with the golden lock. I will summarize the steps in this tutorial to setup a Glassfish V3 domain running with https.  Please feel free to comment and feedback, I am not an security expert either (…yet).

Used for…

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A casual friend is probably someone you say hi to and chat with a bit, but otherwise you have nothing to do with them.

An actual friend is someone who you chat with, spend time with, and who listens to you when you have a problem, but can back out

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Wierd Al – White and Nerdy


I used to do …

Tell me what you used to do in your childhood?


Long time ago (on October, 26 to be precise) our teacher asked us to make a short story about ourselves. We have to use ‘used to’ and ‘would’ in order to describe our past habits and actions.

As for me, I don’t like this type of tasks. I have a lot to say about what I used to do when I was a child, but I don’t want to make it as a some kind of essay, in written form. Ask me anything – and I tell you about it. I can speak about myself a lot but I don’t want to write…

I have put off doing my homework for very long, so I ran out of excuses. There is one question before me, and one answer is required. The question is ‘What did I use to in my childhood?’. In this article I’m going to solve my problem…

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Top 10 festivals

I was asked to make a report on festival for my English class… What a dull task! Why should I make a report on something which is not of my interest? Ok. I googled and found some information concerning festivals…. will it be anough to satisfy the teacher an to get a good mark? 🙂

World’s 10 best festivals

Beija Flor Samba School float during Carnival parade at the Sambodrome. The bird-shaped Sambodrome icon determines where the parade ends.

Beija Flor Samba School float during Carnival parade at the Sambodrome. The bird-shaped Sambodrome icon determines where the parade ends.

Lonely Planet mediaMen in costume, Il Palio parade.Parade for Semana Santa (HolyWeek), daily religious procession of people in deep purple robes in remembrance of the Crucifixion - Antigua Guatemala, SacatepequezA young boy with enough marigolds to decorate the neighbourhood, his recent purchase will decorate his own home for the Diwali Festival held in NovemberOverhead of crowd, La Tomatina.Trumpet players, New Orleans Mardi Gras.

Being at festivals is like standing inside the mind of a culture as it dreams. They have the ability to be both extremely intimate and public spectacles at the same time. Here are 10 of the world’s best festivals. Let yourself go.

Mardi Gras, USA

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New Orleans; early January. This famous two-week festival features parades headed by ‘Kings’ and ‘Queens’ leading a flotilla of garish floats manned by ‘krewes’ who throw trinkets to the crowds (who usually beg for it; if they don’t, female krewe members bare their breasts in encouragement). The culmination is the wicked mayhem of Mardi Gras Day (also known as Fat Tuesday), when all inhibitions are let loose. The next day, Ash Wednesday, is the first day of Lent, when abstinence prevails, making Fat Tuesday the ultimate excuse for a piss up, a knees up and a throw up.

Carnaval, Brazil

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Rio de Janeiro; early February. This is sex and samba on a stick, drawing around a million people each year for its throbbing, fourday-long festivities. The centrepiece is the Sambódromo parade, when neighbourhood groups compete against each other for the title of best ‘samba school’; flashy floats and nearly nude women feature prominently. The Masquerade Ball is almost as breathtaking, rammed to the gills with celebrities and mere mortals alike, all bemasked, bewigged and becostumed. Wear a G-string (thong) for best results.

Kanamara Matsuri, Japan

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Kawasaki; 31 March & 1 April. Japan is a study in contradictions. Here’s a society that bans pubic hair from being shown in films, yet holds this absolutely bonkers fertility extravaganza. The ‘Festival of the Steel Phallus’ features transvestites carrying a whopping great pink penis through town while onlookers of all ages suck on phallus-shaped lollipops, kids straddle penile swings, and adults carve radishes into penises. The festival was originally held to ward against a syphilis surge in the 17th century and now raises money for AIDS research.

Semana Santa, Guatemala

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Antigua; Easter. Semana Santa commemorates the Passion, the Crucifixion and the Resurrection in a week of feverish worship. Statues of Jesus are paraded through streets layered with flowers, pines and fruits in various designs – some up to a kilometre (0.6mi) long. Then the sentencing and crucifixion of Christ is re-enacted, complete with Roman centurions and Pilate, while, seemingly, the entire city is draped in black crepe and smelling of incense. Even an atheist’s jaw would drop in awe at the sheer scale and passion of the proceedings.

Il Palio, Italy

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Siena; July & August. This heart-stopping event revolves around a bone-crunching, bareback horse race run around the Piazza del Campo; it lasts 90 seconds although the rest of the day is taken up with major-league carousing. The frequently violent race features jockeys from Siena’s 17 neighbourhoods, all traditional rivals (intermarriage is often forbidden). Expect to see riders thudding to the ground with alarming regularity (this truly is a no-holds-barred event) and don’t be surprised to be offered a baby bottle of wine when it’s all over – for the neighbourhoods, a win means rebirth.

La Tomatina, Spain

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Buñol; last Wednesday in August. Tomato buffs rejoice! For this is your festival. Each year tens of thousands of people descend on Buñol for La Tomatina, the culmination of a week-long celebration of Buñol’s patron saint. An estimated 125,000kg (275,625lb) of tomatoes are used, driven into the town square by a convoy of trucks. Drunken participants dive in, hurtling the fruit at each other until the streets run red like the sickest splatter film, and then it’s all over – within an hour.

Burning Man, USA

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Black Rock City, Nevada; August or September. This week-long spectacle draws 30,000 people, making it Nevada’s third-biggest ‘city’ for that brief period. What exactly is Burning Man? It’s hard to say. The founder reckons it’s a City of Art; the motto is ‘No Spectators’ and you have to contribute something, anything, to that year’s theme. It is forbidden to sell stuff at the festival (the exceptions are the official outlets for coffee and ice) so the friendly bartering of goods between strangers gives the festival a special feel. The entire shebang culminates in thousands of spectators witnessing a giant, burning effigy, possibly inspired by the pagan horror film Wicker Man.

Diwali, India

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October or November. This five-day festival (also known as Deepavaali or Festival of Lights), which unites all creeds and religions, sees homes all over India lit with lamps and candles to ward off the darkness of evil. The homes are then thoroughly spring-cleaned while the people take the opportunity to buy new clothes and set off an armada of firecrackers, which sees noise-pollution levels rise dramatically (actually, it’s enough to perforate eardrums on the other side of the planet). On top of that, sweets are exchanged as hatchets are buried and grudges are forgotten…at least for now.

Día de Muertos, Mexico

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1 & 2 November. Mexico’s ’Day of the Dead’ does not pay homage to filmmaker George Romero – rather, it’s a two-day festival celebrating the reunion of relatives with their dear departed. Expect colourful costumes, loads of food and drink, skeletons on stilts, parties in cemeteries, skull-shaped lollies and mariachi bands performing next to graves. This beautiful, moving spectacle will demystify your fear of crossing over, because – unlike Halloween’s witches and all-round terror – the Day of the Dead smashes the taboos surrounding death, celebrating the continuation of life beyond and the value of interdimensional communion.

Noche de los Rábanos, Mexico

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Oaxaca; 23 December. The ‘Night of the Radishes’ began as a marketing gimmick: when the Spanish first brought radishes to Mexico in the 16th century, they carved them into fanciful shapes to attract buyers (although they didn’t go quite as far as the Japanese; see ‘Kanamara Matsuri’). Today the tradition takes the form of a contest, as local artisans carve tableaux from massive radishes for a cash prize and the respect of lovers of crisp, pungent roots worldwide.

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