August 30, 2010 |
I don't have anything against cosmetic surgery. No amount of running or iron pumping was going to do anything about the genetically programmed dark circles under my eyes, so I got those things zapped with a nuclear-powered laser that made me twitch and fidget in the chair like a spider monkey coming off a meth bender. Cosmetic surgery can, quite simply, do things that diet and exercise can't. If you've got something that looks like that mutant from "Total Recall" hanging off your stomach telling you to "start the reactor," and it bothers you more than the sizeable surgery scars will, then getting some work done on this area could be an option.
August 1, 2010 |
The first day on the job for employees at the Palo Alto headquarters of Facebook Inc. unfolds as it does at many other companies. New engineers get a welcome e-mail, a desk and their first of many free gourmet meals in the cafeteria. But the next day, before they can begin cranking out code for the world's most visited website, new recruits — no matter how senior — are thrust into Facebook Bootcamp, a crash course in all things Facebook that includes six weeks in the trenches doing the engineering equivalent of grunt work: fixing software bugs.
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July 26, 2010 |
Sgt. Neil Avant was headed to a meeting with businessmen in Baghdad last year when a man wearing women's clothes with explosives hidden underneath blew himself up. Avant's injuries, including nerve damage to both legs, ended his Army career at 33. Looking for a new vocation, he decided to open a green energy business. Earlier this month he joined 19 other disabled veterans at a eight-day crash course in entrepreneurship. His instructors at UCLA's Anderson School of Management were blunt.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 31, 2010 |
Sweet Cicely wasn't living up to her name this weekend. Standoffish and a little irritated, she tossed her black mane and paid no attention to the petite woman who had entered her metal pen. After several failed attempts to earn Cicely's respect, Sibylle Westbrook again timidly stepped toward the 900-pound mustang. "Get bigger, not closer," instructor Donna Maye West called out gently. "Tell her, 'I need you to give me some space.' She's messing with you." After a few more attempts, Westbrook, 43, managed to persuade Cicely to walk forward and conduct several inside turns.
February 21, 2010 |
It's a good time to be a celebrity in search of a little self-improvement: humbling via reality television has moved past the curious novelty phase into a full-blown component of career reinvention. Liked the actress? You'll love the addict. Nowhere are these reinventors more welcome than VH1, which has cultivated a pair of franchises around the theme: "Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew" (10 p.m. Thursdays) and "Celebrity Fit Club: Boot Camp" (9 p.m. Mondays). Some celebrities probably could have gone either way. Two current "Fit Club" cast members, Bobby Brown and Nicole Eggert, appear to have issues with alcohol, though it's largely discussed with them in terms of empty calories.
February 19, 2010 |
The young college graduate acknowledges that she has a job with pretty demanding hours -- like 3:30 a.m. to 3:30 a.m. Sometimes, to get any shut-eye at all, she shares a bed with a bunch of other trainees. Then there's the minder who rules her every moment, even in the shower, not to mention the marathon drinking sessions to get her in fighting shape. At 23, she's a cub reporter slogging her way through a grueling round-the-clock journalism training program that often plays out more like a college fraternity hazing.
January 4, 2010 |
When the New Year's resolution calls for getting in shape fast, joining a gym and pushing yourself hard every day probably won't happen. What will work? Having someone scream, "Drop and give me 20!" Fitness boot camps may be one of the fastest ways to go from zero to fit. The setup is simple enough: A trainer leads a group of clients through an intense hour of cardio and functional-strength training. The secret lies in the circuit-style workout that toggles between cardio and muscle building.