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Meet Scooby in Amsterdam, 4th of July

Meet me in Amsterdam on the 4th of July, 13:00 at the entrance of the Van Gogh Museum! So many people think I am German because I speak German and lived in Germany for 2 years but I actually have no German blood but rather am Dutch, 3/4 Dutch - Van Gimert and Van Weelden respectively.  I am very excited about returning to the Netherlands.  Back in 1998 I did a biking tour thru the Netherlands looking for my forefathers tombstones but did not have any luck.  In any case, I am very excited about return to my homeland! My...

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Men’s Physique Competitions

So having done my men's physique competition, it was fun to go and watch the NPC San Jose Men's Physique competition today (June 27, 2015).  I have to say, I am VERY glad I did my show but I was even happier to be in the audience this time.   I feel I am in a somewhat unique position to comment on the relative new sport of "Men's Physique" given my fitness experience and having competed myself now. I have been lifting weights five days a week for over 30 years, have done numerous triathlons and double centuries, and love to play...

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Gay Marriage In America – A Personal History

To me, the amazing thing is how fast recognition of gay marriage has occurred in America. In 1989 I worked for IBM and I worked with a group of about 15 gay and lesbian folks to try and get domestic partner benefits (aka health insurance). Back then only four companies in all of America had domestic partner benefits, not sure all of them but I know one was Apple Computer. Anyway, our pitch to management failed to convince them. That was the era when if there was any show with a gay character in it, he was dying of AIDS...

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How much exercise is too much? OTS, Hematuria

People often ask how much exercise is too much?  What I have found is that the people asking this question have nothing at all to be worried about because they are no where near the limits.  An hour or two of cardio a day is no where near the limits for healthy individuals and it wont affect their ability to gain muscle.  The people likely to push to the point of doing serious damage to their bodies are not the ones wondering how much is too much.  If you are someone who things that you can get stronger and faster...

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Malware popup ads on your wordpress website – delete “sweetcapcha” plugin

If your website has started giving users obnoxious malware popup ads when they navigate to a new page, remove your wordpress plugin "sweetcapcha". Its one of those plugins that is supposed to enhance security but seems to be using it as a trojan horse to deliver those ads we all hate. The "Call Tech Support NOW, you have a Virus" kind of ads. Worse yet, I brought it to SweetCapcha's attention giving them the full technical details, which five other users confirmed, and they have done nothing about it. This makes me actually wonder if perhaps they were not hacked...

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Workout and Nutrition Tips for Ramadan

June 17 marks the first day of the holy month of Ramadan, and if you are a bodybuilder or athlete, it requires some changes in strategy.  I got my first tiny taste of what it must be like to fast for a month in the final 7 days before my men's physique competition.    I know what I did was laughably easy compared to what is required during Ramadan but it does help me relate to the stresses put on the body and how to cope with them. Please read my full article on Ramadan and Bodybuilding, where I cover nutritional strategies, workout...

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Caitlyn – Move Over Madonna!

Move over Madonna! Yes you can sing but the hottest middle aged woman in town is an olympic gold medal winner .. and used to be a GUY! If Caitlyn (formerly Bruce Jenner) is truly happy then I am happy for her, thats what it boils down to.  And kudos to her for bringing this important issue into the spotlight.

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