Testosterone helps build muscle mass and strength, build bone density and strength, prevent excess fat gain, maintain a stable emotional state, keep our immune system strong to prevent disease, and maintain mental freshness.
A study came out over 10 years ago from The College of Endocrinology that suggested that current 30 year old males have 20% less testosterone in their bodies than 20 years ago. Look around you, it is apparent there is a lack of testosterone out there.
This study mentions that ‘health or environmental factors could be the root cause of the observed declines’. Could it be the technology? Is it the chemicals in plastic destroying testosterone levels? Whatever it may be, the male image has shifted from the hot headed take charge man to the passive pencil neck dude having trouble growing a beard. We rarely see the modern man spilling his guts out for glory, not just in sports but in general day to day life, superman is dead.
The Impact of Technology
Today young males have trouble rolling their sleeves to have a fist fight after-school in the school yard (something common 30 years ago). Yet they can sit behind a computer to bully others and talk big with words, a frustrated bunch. Young Millennial males lack the self confidence that men had before them, finding comfort texting on their phones and living lonely lives. Where is the energy? Has technology, slowed men down, do they lack that oomph?
To make matters worse, It has been found xenoestrogens (imitates estrogen) are leached from plastic containers and plastic packaging by foods and fluids. This not only poses a serious health risk but also lowers testosterone in the body. Just go to Starbucks and if there is a male barista – 9 times out of 10 he will be the skinny effeminate type. Were fetuses affected? Is the transgender movement actually fueled by lack of testosterone?
Celebration of the Gladiator
The modern day gladiator is missed. We still see them in some sports like mixed martial arts, football, and hockey to name a few. Seeing them bust their guts in front of us for our entertainment is incredible, they are an elite group. We need more of these warriors in our day to day lives. Bring on the Testosterone replacement therapy. The energy, the fight, the chase that our forefathers brought to the world needs to come back.
Back in 1994 I was a 20 year old kid going to engineering school who never touched a computer. In one of my courses I had an old professor who was crazy about computers, he devoted several lectures about why everyone in the class should own a computer. He held up the Microsoft Office student edition software set and said ‘You have to buy this, it’s only $400 at the bookstore’. He convinced me, I needed to do my reports with a ‘word processor’ I needed to buy a computer. I scraped up whatever money I had with the help of some extra student loan money and bought that computer. It was a spanking brand new 486DX2-66 Turbo with 4MB of RAM and 256MB Hard Drive all for $2000!
A few days later I was in the drug store when I stumbled upon a magazine called PC Magazine with the title ‘Make the INTERNET Connection’. I was curious, I barely understood the articles, I had no idea what did what. I even bought a Windows for Dummies book to learn all the computer jargon. It was around then that my 11 yr old kid brother told me to go buy a modem so we can do ‘stuff’. We ended up buying a US Robotics 14.4 baud modem. From the magazine we found an Internet provider by the name of Delphi. It had no browser and was all text based, it was neat, I was on the internet!
Around that time, my brother found out about connecting to a local BBS. It was a BBS using RoboBOARD. The Sysop of the BBS made a request to ‘chat’ with my brother. Then text started to appear on the screen, I was blown away! what he hell? Text was appearing on our screen whoa!!! Remember this was almost 25 years ago, before MSN and AOL messenger, smart phones and texting. We later found local internet providers in our area and were able to go on the web with programs like Netscape and by early 1995 we found mIRC.
Internet Relay Chat (IRC)
mIRC was a new chat program at the time that connected to IRC servers where you could enter chat rooms full of like minded users related to the topic of the room. One of the cool features at the time was Direct Client-to-Client (DCC) which enabled peers to interconnect through IRC in order to exchange files. While chatting with various people from our local BBS, we found out about some chat rooms where you could get full working versions of software for free! Yeah even that $400 Microsoft Office suite my professor was talking about.
My brother and I checked it out, we learned the commands to initiate DCC connections in order to ‘leech’ free software from users offering it in the chat rooms. This was warez, It was like being able to help yourself to all the candy at the candy store for free. We downloaded the latest zero-day warez (copyrighted software that is cracked on the same day it is released) it was cool, our hard-drive was full of software worth thousands of dollars.
I remember downloading classic games like FIFA 95, Doom, NBA Jam and Duke Nukem 3D. Some of these games weren’t even released in the stores yet! It was fun doing warez.
Becoming a Warez Legend
The more my brother got into the warez, the more he got popular in the warez scene. He started to hack ftp sites, using his alias SeEd95 as a directory and storing the latest warez in there. One of his most famous exploits was the ftp site: coil.com pub/users/SeEd95, not only did he upload software he got from mIRC but so did other warez users. At it’s peak this directory had 2TB of warez easily worth $2.5 million dollars at the time. This site was using a fast T1 connection, It didn’t matter that SeEd95 was a 11 year old kid with a 14.4 baud modem. To the thousands of people in the warez community, SeEd95 was a legend. He was also running a BBS using excalibur and in its heyday pulling over $600/month giving elite access to paying members for the latest warez.
By the summer of 1996, the original warez scene slowly began to crack, More people got connected to the Internet to the point that it wasn’t exclusive anymore. BBSs’ started to disappear as people found the World Wide Web. Systems administrators got smarter when it came to ftp security, CD-ROM burners became increasingly popular. The way people did warez completely changed, the fun was over.
Doing warez almost a quarter century ago is way different from how its done now. There are still some sites that help you find warez on IRC but the scene is no where close to how it used to be. Getting warez via FTP is almost non-existent, chatting and forging friendships based solely on warez? Forget it. You’re better off doing the torrent thing, anyone can do it, it’s easy now. You don’t need to search hard and have warez legend help you anymore.
After several years of hard work and going out and applying to several competitions, I finally got a promotion! Not only did I get a promotion, I got it by pure merit, I went through several written exams and multiple face to face interviews.
Jealousy reared its ugly head
Co-workers I had been working for over a decade started acting strange and aloof, instead of being happy for this joyous event in my life, they wanted to piss on it. These were people I went to Christmas dinners and after work drinking binges with. In the end they left me with the feeling that they were not my friends but literally my enemies. We all have been jealous at one point in time but in the end jealousy is non-productive and colossal waste of energy.
What are some of the traits that can help us from becoming jealous?
If you are comfortable with who you are as an individual and know where you are heading in life, then there is no reason to be jealous. You don’t need to feel inadequate to others, you are going on your path and you are totally sure of yourself. Other people can be successful, so what? You can be too.
Don’t compare yourself to others.
While it is important to see how you measure up against others to help measure your performance and determine goals, going overboard is going to consume you. Keeping track of who did what and if you are better is going to tire you out.
Seeking approval from other people
I’ve found that some people have to get a pat on the back, if they don’t get that ‘pat’ their lack of self-worth shows. Their feelings get hurt and they resent you bad, then comes the jealousy, ‘he got an award and I didn’t’. It’s great to get recognition from others, but to want it constantly can be a problem.
Celebrate others’ successes
Celebrating others’ success is healthy, you will be respected for being genuine. When the time comes they may reciprocate and that can only give you good vibes all around.
Associate with right crowd
Surrounding yourself with people who think like you and have integrity will create a good environment. Who wants to have people with crab mentality all around you. Find the right people, size them up and decide ultimately if you want to have them in your life.
If you find yourself getting jealous, take a moment and see why you are feeling like this. Stop yourself from going overboard and focus on yourself and how good you really are, you will realize that jealousy is not worth it.
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