Eric Hepperle - Bodybuilding Pose - Front Double Biceps, 217 lbs (top half) [2021-06-23]
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Bodybuilding Journey 2021: Day 1 – Getting back into shape

Well folks, I think I’m probably around 25 lbs overweight with most of my excess body fat hanging out around my waist. I’m starting a new program today, based largely on advice from Arnold Schwarzenegger’s book “Arnold: The Education of a Bodybuilder”. Holy Spirit gave me a new name for this project: temple building. The Bible […]

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Report: Is Medical Marijuana Effective for Tourette Syndrome Symptoms?

Table of Contents Introduction: About This Report Purpose Disclaimer Definitions & Terminology Quick Facts About Marijuana Use and Possession in Iowa Extrapolating Iowa Marijuana Arrest Data A Note on Missing 2017 Marijuana Arrest Info on FBI UCR and How to Find It Overview of Iowa Penalties for Marijuana Use, Possession, and Distribution For Whom is […]

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Troubleshooting WAMPServer Won’t Start on Windows 10

WAMPServer doesn’t work. I launched the application from the taskbar in Windows 10, but the “W” in system tray doesn’t turn green, it just stays red. There is also an error when I hover over the W: Local server – None of 2 services running SEARCH TERMS I TRIED Here are some search terms and […]

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Answering the Plank Challenge

I love seeing others sharing their fitness challenges and successes. I believe we really can benefit from the inspiration of others and learning about their journey. Here is my video I made in response to a planking exercise challenge I received from my friend Joe Bailey. Please watch it — I’d love your feedback! SHARE […]

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How The Incredible Hulk and Arnold Schwarzenegger Inspired My Bodybuilding Journey

In December of 2008, I was working for Hewlett-Packard (now HPE) on contract through a contracting agency called Synova. I had been a workaholic for three years — literally taking my work home with me. Now, I was trying to have a social life. I had done some online project management training earlier that summer, […]

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John Farmer’s Tales – EP 3: What I Learned from My Encounter with Fire Ants

Recently I was digging a hole to create a fire pit in backyard. I had been digging for about an hour when I decided to rest. But, when I sat down on a “Big Wheels”-style, battery-powered toy SUV to take a break, I suddenly felt pain around the seams of my socks, where fabric meets […]

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John Farmer’s Tales – EP 2: Where does sugar come from? A visit to a local sugarcane farm (Geneva Reaper)

UPDATE: (12/21/19) This article was first published on this blog 12/07/17, and in the Alabama newspaper “The Geneva County Reaper” on 12/13/17. Article Background & Summary My wife Kat and I visited a sugar cane farm and I reported on the experience including how sugarcane syrup is made by boiling it in a large cast […]