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  • midlifelove 3:45 am on March 26, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: alcoholism, auteur werner, beard, blogger, concert miami, disastrous, german, gwyneth paltrow, hecklers, herzog, , inventing the abbotts, Joaquin Phoenix, late show, letterman, liv tyler, , oscar, paparazzi, rehab, viral marketing, wreckage   

    Joaquin Phoenix’s future look 

    Is Joaquin Phoenix going through mid life crisis? He’ll be 35 in October, and I wonder if he’s already stressing out over 40 looming up with no Oscar in sight. (Unlike his good, sadly now dead, friend Heath Ledger.)
    In his hay day Joaquin Phoenix dated Liv Tyler. They met on the set of Inventing the Abbotts, a 1997 movie with the tagline “When you want it all but can’t have it, there’s only one way to handle life… invent it.” Liv was obviously something Joaquin couldn’t have – their relationship ended in November 1998.

    Things started going downhill for Joaquin Phoenix in 2005. He checked into rehab to be treated for alcoholism in April that year. In early 2006, Phoenix was in a car accident – reportedly caused by brake failure – flipping his car over in Hollywood on a winding canyon road. Shaken and confused, Phoenix heard a tapping on his window and a voice say, “Just relax.” Unable to see the man, Phoenix replied, “I’m fine. I am relaxed.” The man replied, “No, you’re not.” At this point, Phoenix managed to see that the man was famed eccentric German auteur Werner Herzog. After helping Phoenix out of the wreckage, Herzog phoned in an ambulance and vanished.

    He announced his retirement from film to concentrate on “his music career” in October last year – one day before his 34th birthday – is that just coincidence or is Father Time breathing down his neck again?

    However Phoenix showed real signs of mid-life crisis with his February 2009 appearance on The Late Show with Letterman, where he was supposed to promote his film Two Lovers, (with Gwyneth Paltrow). He was largely unresponsive towards Letterman’s questions about the film and his acting career.
    It initially made me think that this is just another stunt by a forgotten actor to ignite interest in him. Just like a train wreck artist’s every move is followed by paparazzi and bloggers. To explain this further, an average dead artist is worth more than an alive mediocre artist, however a half dead mediocre artist is worth 10 times more than a dead or alive run-of-the mill celebrity.
    I was convinced that this is just a stunt by Joaquin Phoenix, something to spur a viral marketing campaign. And soon he will make a spectacular comeback and start inspiring people on how to quit drinking or save the planet by not farting. But now it seems like Joaquin’s comeback will be postponed for a while.  After his disastrous interview with Letterman, Joaquin has gone ahead to pursue his career in hip hop. He is also trying to brush up his martial arts to teach hecklers a lesson in manners. He gave an example of this in a concert in Miami in early 2009.
    Based on what I know of Joaquin Phoenix I have used my psychic powers to predict how he will look in coming years.

    Joaquin Phoenix of 1997

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    Joaquin Phoenix 2078

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    • Joe 6:42 pm on March 29, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Joaquin is a wierdo, but at least he’s succeeding at two things: marketing himself and he’s entertaining people

  • midlifelove 11:49 pm on March 22, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: best medicine, Dr Madan Kataria, fasinating sights, giggles, happy chemistry, laughter clubs, laughter yoga, Mumbai   

    Laughing clubs of Mumbai 

    Mumbai is an exotic city, offering many fascinating sights and sounds. Right up there is the chance to visit one of Mumbai’s laughter clubs and have a good laugh. That’s right – a club to deliberately set you laughing – all for the benefit of your health.

    But if you are not visiting Mumbai, that’s fine too. Started 13 years ago by Dr Madan Kataria, laughter clubs have caught on like a fit of the giggles and are now found all over the world.

    Dr Kataria discovered the benefits of laughter for himself after reading research on its proven benefits on the mind and body. He instantly started a “laughter club” in the local park and for the first two weeks a rapidly growing group took turns telling jokes until the stream of humorous stories dried up – no laughing matter.

    Undeterred, Dr Kataria checked his research again and realised the body could not differentiate between genuine and counterfeit laughter. Real or fake, laughter produced the same “happy chemistry,” with positive health benefits the result.

    He persuaded his park comedians to “act out’ laughter with him for one minute and they made the same discovery – the acted out laughter turned to real laughter for some, and the rest of the group caught the ‘laughter bug’. So Laughter Yoga was born. Inspired by the results, Dr Kataria went on to develop laughter exercises using elements of role-playing and childlike playfulness.

     
  • midlifelove 3:58 am on March 19, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: 88 keys, blue pill, cadillac escalade, Kanye West, mos def, musiq soulchild, rapper, rufus, stay up, the death of adam, , young jeezy 8o8s & heartbreak   

    Kanye West has fun with Viagra 

    Rapper ages 35 years for send-up video

    Rapper and record producer Kanye West has found a novel way to promote best friend 88-Keys’ debut LP The Death of Adam – which he also just happens to be executive producing.

    The two buddies spent a couple of hours in the make up chair to age themselves 35 years, then filmed a You Tube video clip sending up the little blue pill in a track called “Stay Up (Viagra).”

    With prosthetics making them look like senior citizens, they took to the streets of Hollywood with a couple of young beauties on their arms, according to Shaheem Reid, in MTV.com

    Early in the evening, the duo pulled up to the historic Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in a stretch Cadillac Escalade limousine, with a crowd of around 100 tourists waiting for them to emerge. With everyone positioned for photo-ops, the two stepped out of the vehicle with their honeys and walked across the famous cement handprints, with the gaggle of fans clicking away.

    ‘Ye and Keys simply walked up to the front of the theater and back to the limo — the whole scene lasted only a couple of minutes.

    And if you’re wondering what “Stay Up (Viagra)” is about, it’s exactly what you think.

    “What she got is so Niagara,” Kanye raps on the record. “Make a young n—a straight need Viagra/ Make an old n—a give keys to Jaguar/ Just to keep from all the the ‘tee-hees’ and laughter/ Her telling her homegirls that he couldn’t stay up.”

    88-Keys is already well known as a producer (West, Musiq Soulchild, Mos Def), but this is his first venture into his own recording. Kanye will also be in L.A. for the filming of his next video off of 808s & Heartbreak, “Amazing,” with Young Jeezy in a co-starring role.

     
  • midlifelove 2:40 am on March 17, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: adopted children, armoured trucks, bombproof, connor, couch jumping, isabella, katie, , mission impossible, nicole kidman, porsche 911 turbo, self defence, suri,   

    Pimp my ride – Tom Cruise style 

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    Couch jumping celebrity Tom Cruise has had bulletproof glass fitted on all his cars.

    The ‘Mission: Impossible’ star is reportedly so worried about the safety of his wife Katie Holmes and three children he has kitted out his entire collection of vehicles with top-of-range security.

    A source said: “It sounds like Tom has taken a page out of one of his action movies. A-list celebrities know they can’t be too careful. Tom’s vehicles look perfectly normal, but in reality they are more like armoured trucks. He really, really loves his cars and he can afford the best.”

    Tom has also had bombproof features included on his car and has had his drivers trained in self-defence.

    However, the 45-year-old actor – who has a two-year-old daughter Suri with Katie, and two adopted children, Connor and Isabella, with ex-wife Nicole Kidman – prefers to drive his cars himself whenever possible.

    The source added to In Touch Weekly magazine: “Tom is a car nut. He has practical everyday cars, classic collectibles and high-powered sports cars like the Porsche 911 Turbo. Of course he loves every minute behind the wheel, but he’s not stupid and he’s not going to take any chances while he’s driving.

     
  • midlifelove 1:42 am on March 12, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: all natural, free viagra, grumpy old men, , , men over 60, , quality of life, santiago, side effect free formula.   

    Get free Viagra. 

    men_oldEver wondered how you can get free Viagra. You can obtain free Viagra if you live in Mexico or Chile.

    A town just south of Santiago is giving out free Viagra to men 60 and older four times a month to improve their “quality of life.” Whereas in Mexico City  Viagra and other impotence drugs are being handed out to men 70 and older.

    “It’s done responsibly. It’s not just like handing out candy at the corner,” Gonzalo Navarrete, a physician and mayor of the poor town of Lo Prado in Chile told, according to Reuters.
    Mayor Marcelo Ebrard says the Mexico City is implementing the plan because sexuality “has a lot to do with quality of life and our happiness.”

    There are mixed reviews on this free hand out of Viagra to grumpy old men.  Some people think Herbal Alternatives such as Herbal Ignite work much better cause of its all natural side effect free formula.

     
  • midlifelove 9:46 pm on March 9, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: ailments, alternative therapies, balding, grow hair, jon bon jovi, katie agresta, living on a prayer, loosing hair, massage scalp, paranoid, voodoo voice techniques   

    Bon Jovi dreads balding 

    bonjovi-baldingIf you are concerned about your receding hairline then you are not alone. Apparently the 46 year old singer known for his healthy golden hair is paranoid of losing them. He is a fan of alternative therapies and massages his scalp whenever he gets time.

    He said: “Oh, let me tell you, I am so worried. I look at guys like Sting and think, ‘Well, he’s cool about losing his hair,’ but I’m already losing a bit and I’m so aware of it.

    “Someone told me that you have to regularly massage your scalp so I do that all the time. You look like a jerk but it’s got to be worth a shot.”

    Bon Jovi is a fan of alternative therapies.

    His singing coach recently revealed she kills chickens to cure the ‘Livin’ on a Prayer’ star’s vocal problems.

    Katie Agresta – who has worked with Steven Tyler, Cyndi Lauper and Lenny Kravitz – is known for her ‘Voodoo Voice’ techniques which she uses to combat musician’s ailments.

     
  • midlifelove 3:10 am on March 5, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: acidophilus, anal sphincter, beans, bifidobacterium, bowel activity, , cabbage, chewing food, closed buttocks, digestion process, digestive tract of mammals, farting, Flatulence, flatus, mixture of gases, passing gas, probiotics, swallowing air, tempeh, yogurt   

    Why is flatulence more common among elderly? Or is it? 

    You probably haven’t met an 8-year-old boy who doesn’t fall about laughing when someone farts. Whoopee cushions have long been the source of belly laughs for older folk.  But there’s no doubt, when you suffer flatulence in a social situation, it’s embarrassing.  And it appears the problem does worsen as you grow older.

    While flatulence is an important signal of normal bowel activity, and people on average fart 14 times a day, as we age typically our digestion slows.  That gives our intestinal bacteria more time to produce turn dinner into gases like methane and hydrogen.
    So we have more gas as we get older, and also it doesn’t behave as discreetly as it did when we were younger.

    As we age gas tends to build up in the lower colon before making a sometimes rapid and noisy escape, says Karen Hall, MD, PhD, an associate professor of medicine at the University of Michigan who specializes in geriatrics and gastroenterology. “There isn’t necessarily more gas,” she says, “but there’s a higher potential for embarrassment.”

    The noises commonly associated with flatulence are caused by the vibration of the anal sphincter, and occasionally by the closed buttocks as the gas formed as a by-product of the digestive process is expelled from the rectum..

    Diet plays a major role in what causes flatulence. Gas-producing foods such as beans, cabbage, and broccoli are some of the major culprits, but they are healthful, so don’t cut back on them. Instead try chewing your food slowly and thoroughly. Chewing food for longer allows the enzymes in saliva to break the food down before it enters the stomach and digestive tract.

    The more that food is chewed, the more it is broken down for the digestive system. What’s more, swallowed air is a prime cause of flatulence, and careful chewing avoids the swallowing of air that occurs when food is eaten too quickly.

    Also try probiotics, gut-friendly bacteria available in supplements and foods like yogurt, kefir, and tempeh. A 2005 Mayo Clinic study of 48 patients found that taking probiotics containing acidophilus and bifidobacterium bacteria for 4 weeks decreased flatulence and bloating.

    You can also keep excess air out of your system by going easy on carbonated beverages. And get regular exercise, which keeps things moving in your digestive system, giving bacteria in your intestines less time to make gas.

    That way you’ll give those 8- year-olds less cause for mirth.

     
  • midlifelove 2:35 am on March 3, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , canberra, capital, carbon footprint, , housing, married, planet, senate, steve fielding, U.S. report   

    Stay Married and Save the Planet 

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    Staying married used to be considered a social  rather than an environmental issue.

    But according to Aussie Senator Steve Fielding we should all be staying married to help save the planet.  He told a recent Senate hearing in the Australian capital Canberra that divorce only made climate change worse.

    When couples separate they need two houses instead of one, which means they need more electricity and water. Divorce, he says, is one factor that can diminish the efficiency of housing and increase mankind’s carbon footprint.

    Such a “resource-inefficient lifestyle” meant it would be better for the planet if couples stay married, he says. During the hearing, the senator read out quotes from a U.S. report that advocated his stance.

     
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