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Cool Book I Just Finished August 29, 2006

Posted by Mitchell in Home, Science & Technology.
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Zero:  The Biography of a Dangerous Idea  This is a fascinating book and I recommend it highly.  Basically it’s a math history book that focuses on mankind’s highly controversial development of the concept of nothingness and how it’s integrated into all aspects of our understanding of math, science and the universe.  The author Charles Seife writes in a very clear style and he elegantly conveyes complex ideas in very understandable terms.  You don’t have to be a math geek to enjoy it.  Indeed – he explains the basics of Einstien’s Theory of Relativity AND quantum physics in as about a straightforward manner as I’ve ever encountered.  Not only that, but he does it all in a couple hunderd pages or so.  You can pick it up over at Amazon for a little over 10 bucks.

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The Exodus Decoded August 26, 2006

Posted by Mitchell in Home, Science & Technology.
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I just watched a show on the History Channel about the book of Exodus from the Bible.  The guy who made the documentary sought to discover real archeological and geological evidence that supported all the claims made in the story of the Exodus of the Jews from ancient Egypt.  And I do mean ALL of them.  It’s two hours long and it was fascinating.  The guy makes a REAL strong case – I won’t reveal any of the details, set your DVR or whatever to record the next airing on 9/7 10:00 am.  Check out an extended description here: Exodus.

I’m Too Young for Senior Moments August 20, 2006

Posted by Mitchell in Home.
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So I’m at the grocery store today picking up the usual stuff and at some point I realize that I’m pushing around someone else’s shopping cart!  Not only that but I had even added a couple items while pushing it around and the stuff that was in it wasn’t even remotely like my stuff.  Anyway, I grabbed my two things and went looking for my cart – yup several aisles away near the kitty litter.  No, I didn’t return the other cart to its former location, just left it where it wound up.  So, sorry Dude Who Is Getting Stuff for the BBQ.

Bathroom Behavior August 18, 2006

Posted by Mitchell in Home, Strange & Unusual.
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Okay, how many of you out there like to use the tissue toilet cover things in public restrooms?  I don’t know what actual term for those things are but I like “Ass Gasket”.  We’ve got some Assgasketarians over here at the office and one of them did a very rude thing today.  Whoever the fellow was used TWO of those things and didn’t bother to remove them or flush Mr. Hanky even.  I know some people are creeped out by germs & whatnot but come on!  Anyway, that got me to wondering – at what point in life do you decide become a member of Assgasketarianism?  Has the thought of your naked, pristine butt-flesh touching something that some other butt-flesh touched always given you heebie-jeebies?  Is this something that gets taught by parents?  What do Assgasketarians do when they are someplace that doesn’t provide assgaskets?  Do you make your own assgasket out of toilet paper or something?  I betcha that’s what you do.  Well, I would imagine the Assgasketarians worst nightmare is finding yourself in a stall with NO assgaskets and only enough paper to either wipe or create the assgasket – but not both.  What do you do?

What do you do??!!

Getting Better! August 12, 2006

Posted by Mitchell in Home, Shrinking.
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I’ve lost another 5.5 pounds this week!  So that’s about 7 pounds total since I started my quest.  That’s certainly encouraging, but I think I can do better still.  I haven’t been doing my calisthenics like I intended – once I start getting those into the mix I think I’ll really start shedding some pounds.  Overall I’m fairly pleased with the South Beach method.

Do you like mushrooms?  I love mushrooms myself.  I came across a nifty little recipe a couple weeks ago for roasted mushrooms and they go perfect with the SB diet.  Take a bunch of whole cleaned white mushrooms and roll them around in a few tablespoons of olive oil, salt and pepper them, and them pop them into a 425 degree oven for about 25 minutes.  Crazy delicious!  I like them even better than mushrooms sauteed in butter – and it’s easier to boot.  I’ve also used some flavored olive oils like basil and roasted garlic and added some herbs with great results.  Today I’m going to try it with some portabella mushrooms.

Later!

It Seems I May Be Worthy After All August 8, 2006

Posted by Mitchell in Home, Politics.
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Another HOA board meeting last night – a “non-emergency” meeting this time.  Well, well – our representative from the property managment company was present and we got a better idea of how things are around here.  Hmm – some things are better, some are worse.  The board president asked me to hang around after the meeting broke up and asked me if I was still interested in serving on the board.  I said “yeah” and he introduced me to the property managment guy.  He also said that he was selling his house and would be resigning soon.  They REALLY need another person on board ASAP, so I’ll probably be appointed during the next meeting.  Oh, and the board just voted boost the monthly HOA dues by $35 a month in this session – to be ratified my the HOA members in the next meeting too.  Something tells me that I’m volunteering to Live in Interesting Times.

Rocky Start August 5, 2006

Posted by Mitchell in Home, Shrinking.
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According to the scale this morning I lost 1.5 pounds in one week.  😦  That’s not very good, although I must say I didn’t adhere very well to my guidelines in the latter part of the week – so the results weren’t too surprising.  Dave in Texas has highly recommended the South Beach diet.  I already have the book, so I’m going to give it a go.  I’m in the process of going through my kitchen and tossing out what little bread I have left, and crackers ‘n whatnot.  In Phase 1 of SB, sugar and white flour are the evil things that must be banished. Since I already had some bread and other carby things this morning I guess my official South Beach plan will start tomorrow.  I am writing up my grocery list now.  If anyone else is following the no/low carb & sugar thing and you have some good and easy recipes you’d care to share please do so in the comments.  Thanks!

Media Bias? What Media Bias? August 3, 2006

Posted by Mitchell in Home, Politics.
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No Bias Here

Yes, MSN.com want to share a “tale of courage and loss” in Qana.  And show pictures of how innocent children are being hurt by the IDF.

Oh, and there are some deaths and whatnot in Northern Isreal.  No pictures of injured and sad Jewish children of course.  No tales of courage and loss, but hey – they got a bullet-point subheadline!

Yeahup – encapsulates the entire MSM treatment of this whole sad affair eh?

Lifestyle Changes – Shrinking the Anomaly August 1, 2006

Posted by Mitchell in Home, Shrinking.
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Hello!

Yes, sorry about the non-posting again.  Truth be told I’ve been in a rather prolonged Funk and unmotivated to do much of anything.  I am implementing Changes to finally counter the Funk and re-motivate my life.  Simply speaking – I MUST lose weight.  I’ve struggled with this issue almost all my life and sometime in the last year laid in a course to Comic Book Guy stature and have headed there at warp speed.  No, I’m not there yet, but I’m well along the way.  Major course corrections are in order and so this week I’ve started the long, slow turn around.

How Far Is the Journey to Cobol? 149 light years.  Sorry, no – 146 pounds to my ideal weight.  Yeeahup – it’s a ways to go, but I’ll never get there if I don’t get started.

The Plan  Well, diet and exercise of course.  For exercise I’ve started walking and (trying) calisthenics.  Yesterday morning I put 2 miles on the treadmill at the gym and 2.5 on the elliptical tonight.  As for the diet – common sense stuff, for the most part:  cut out the bad fats & sugary stuff, more veggies, smaller portions, etc.  Weight loss isn’t rocket science: calories in < calories out = smaller me. 

Well, time for bed – I get up now at 4:30am to get my workout in before I head to the office.