Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Friday, November 14, 2008
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Friday, November 07, 2008
Wednesday, November 05, 2008
Monday, November 03, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
I like people like Charles. The world needs more people like him. Watching this video made me think about my grandparents and family elders. Made me think about how many I've lost. Grandma (Anna) and Grandpa (Frank) Copac, Grandma (Ruth) and Grandpa (Victor) Wise, Uncle Jerry, Aunt Rose, and of course Dad. I think about all the knowledge they had that I didn't get the chance to glean from them. I think about what it would be like to be able to hug them and sit with them and talk with them as an adult. Something I either never got the chance to do, or never did enough of with those I was able to. wow..this kinda went on a tangent.
Anyways, I like Charles. He's a good man. I'm happy for him :)
Monday, October 27, 2008
Oh, and while I'm at it, nutritional values should be mandatory on all menus. Go through a fast food drive through, you get a nutritional value sheet in your bag with your Super-sized HeartClogger Combo. If you choose not to read it, so be it. Sit-down restaurant menus would have an extra page in the back that lists the nutritional values of everything contained in the menu. Disclaimers can obviously be included saying that the values are not exact due to variations in product, but it should be within the ballpark at least.
Take ignorance out of the equation. Be open and honest with your nutritional information. I'm wiling to be at least 75% of the general public wouldn't change a thing if these things were put in place, so companies can still profit off of making us sick. But for the 25% of us who are trying to say "No more!" it would be a helping hand.
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Lost: 5.6lbs (1.6% of original weight of 347.2lbs)
So far, so good! First week was very successful. Though I think my numbers might be skewed a little high since I woke up this morning with some "stomach difficulties" (note to self: Might want to stay away from fajitas with peppers and onions for the time being) But weight loss is weight loss at this point. I've stopped the upward crawl, and I'm working my way down. I'm pleased by my results both because I feel like I stayed "good" in terms of my eating, and that I was able to lose this much with only doing 20 minutes of moderate exercise on the exercise bike once this week. I'm going to try to ramp that up this week. I wanted to get more of the diet stuff situated to start with, since once I start to regularly work out, I'm going to be that much hungrier, and at risk to fall back to old habits.
So far, the diet changes haven't been too bad. Breakfast I haven't changed except to actually add some fruit. Lunch has been the biggest change for me. Going out every day is difficult to stay on task (thank god for chicken caesar salads with no dressing) We went to applebee's on monday for lunch and I ordered from the WW portion of the menu. One did the 2 meals and an appetizer for $20 just for himself (he didn't eat the fries for his two meals, just the fried shrimp from both so that makes it 'ok') and I got garlic chicken. I was tested right out of the gate, because everybody else got their food and mine was delayed. Guess people don't order the WW meals that much, but they've always got fries and other fried things ready and waiting :-P Anyways, the WW garlic chicken was nasty. The chicken was acceptable, but was covered in this weird garlic slime. The broccoli I choked down along with the roasted red potatos. Lunches are going to be tough, but I'll find a way through them. For snacks during the day I had apples, grapes, pears, and rice cakes. Never filled me up, but helped keep the wolves at bay, so to speak. Dinner I had the best luck with. Thank god for extra-lean ground beef and ground turkey. I made tacos twice and whole wheat rotini with healthy choice tomato sauce and meat. Those meals helped tell the wolves to step off and find somebody else to howl at. I need to find some more variety for dinner stuff to make. You just work all day and come home and you just don't feel like taking the time to prepare something. I look at single parents and how much stronger they are than me for being able to work, and still put dinner on the table for themselves and their kids.
So, back to the grocery store tomorrow to restock on my lean meats and fruit. I hope to find more variety for dinners, keep up the good choices at lunch, and sneak in some more exercise when I can. Maybe if I get really crazy I'll try more vegetables, but for now, lettuce and spinach leaves will have to suffice. (DEATH TO BABY CARROTS! BLECH!!) If I can keep losing 5 pounds a week I'll be as happy as a clam, but I'll take what I can get :)
Friday, October 24, 2008
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Saturday, October 18, 2008
At first there were only about 5 other people there. But more stragglers came in over time. Not a very lively group, but the group leader Marcie seems like a really nice woman. She lost 65 pounds on the plan. The topic of discussion was discovery, related to columbus day. she had items for each letter of the word discovery for visualizing goals, etc. I'm not sure how much I'll take from the meetings, but I'm going to commit myself to going to them just for the fact that it forces me to weigh in and keeps me honest. After the meeting I stayed for the new member session, there were 5 other people there, but 3 of them had been members before, so there was only myself and an older gentleman who were really "new". We calculated our point allowances, my came out to be 47, but 44 is the maximum on the plan, so 44's my number. the main thing I learned is it's not so much trying to stay as far under your number as you can, but using your number as completely as you can. I need to eat 44 points worth of food. So as a result I've got my work cut out for me trying to find food to eat. I looked at a couple of cookbooks they had for sale, but they didn't really catch my eye. I did, however, buy a fancy digital scale that you can use to weigh items directly into points values, so I'm hoping that that will help me get a handle on those food items that don't match the online points tracker. I'm going to have to really start digging up some new foods to eat, which I knew was going to be the hardest part for me. The geek side of me likes the fact that I've got the digital scale, plus the mobile version of the ww site so I can track points and look things up on the go.
If anybody has any good recipes or cooking sites/recommendations, please send them on to me either in the comments or to my email. Any help I can get with food will be much appreciated.
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Currently, as of this morning, I'm 6'4 and weigh 342 lbs. Last time I was at the doctor's office (last week), I was 345, and he said I needed to lose 100 lbs to start.
I'm medicated for high blood pressure, esophageal reflux disorder (acid reflux), heart rhythm, and sleep apnea (pills and cpap machine). Most, if not all, of these things should get better if I'm capable of losing that much weight.
I know I'm not very physically attractive at this weight. I know that there are women who have been discouraged/bothered by weight when I've met them. Losing the weight should help with my confidence and my physical attractiveness.
My father died from heart related problems. I don't want to die the same way.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Friday, October 03, 2008
Last night, the Annals of Improbable Research held its 18th annual Ig Nobel Prizes. The prizes are awarded for scientific and social achievements "that first make people laugh, then make people think." And this year’s winners include studies on puzzle-solving slime molds, the spermicidal capabilities of Coca-Cola, and the economics of ovulating strippers.
The prizes were awarded in a ceremony at Harvard University’s Sanders Theater in ten areas:
* Nutrition: Massimiliano Zampini and Clark Spence for demonstrating that, when the sound of eating a potato chip is modified, the eater believes the chip is fresher and crisper than it really is.
* Peace: The Swiss Federal Ethics Committee on Non-Human Biotechnology and the citizens of Switzerland for adopting the legal principle that plants have dignity.
* Archeology: Astolfo G. Mello Araujo and Jose Carlos Marcelino for demonstrating how the actions of an armadillo may scramble the contents of an archeological dig site.
* Biology: Marie-Christine Cadiergues, Christel Joubert, and Michel Franc for discovering that fleas on a dog jump higher than fleas on a cat.
* Medicine: Dan Ariely for demonstrating the high-cost placebos are more effective than low-cost placebos.
* Cognitive Science: Toshiyuki Nakagaki, Hiroyasu Yamada, Ryo Kobayashi, Atsushi Tero, Akio Ishiguro, and Agota Toth for discovering that slime molds can solve puzzles.
* Economics: Geoffrey Miller, Joshua Tybur, and Brent Jordan for discovering that a lap dancer’s ovulatory cycle affects the tips she earns.
* Physics: Dorian Raymer and Douglas Smith for mathematically proving that a heap of hair or string will inevitably tangle itself into knots.
* Chemistry: Sharee A. Umpierre, Joseph A. Hill, and Deborah J. Anderson for demonstrating that Coca-Cola is an effective spermicide, and Chuang-Ye Hong, C.C. Shieh, P. Wu, and B.N. Chiang for discovering that Coca-Cola is not an effective spermicide.
* Literature: David Sims for his study "You Bastard: A Narrative Exploration of the Experience of Indignation within Organizations.”
The 2008 Ig Nobel Prize Winners
Thursday, October 02, 2008
UPDATE: Make them prove their claims. if they dispute something the other one says "You voted for" "Obama didn't vote for" PROVE IT! cite your sources!
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
The Ponderosa restaurant shut down last week, after nearly a dozen other locations closed earlier this month. Dozens of North Olmsted employees were left without jobs and paychecks.
Boukzam said he tried to sell some of the restaurants, but the deals fell through last week and he had to close several locations, including North Olmsted and Elyria.The workers held a protest demanding answers and their last paychecks from Boukzam. "I have five children and my husband doesn't have a job. We live on that paycheck, and now nothing," said former employee Chand Heer. "It makes me upset because I have a 5-month-old son and now I don't have a job," said former employee Arrianne Songer. "I had to ask people for money so I could pay my cell phone today," said former employee Peter Weber.
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Monday, September 22, 2008
The Professional - June 2005 - This post is significant to me because of what I wrote in the body. That basically summarizes the relationship I had with Zak. I was also trying to make/keep him happy. I learned alot from my experiences with him, mostly about what kinds of people I do and don't want in my life.
TGIT - June 2005 - The apocalypse was basically somebody at work quitting. At this time, I couldn't handle changes like this. I would be wracked with anxiety. "How would we cope without so-and-so?? There's no way we'll be able to do what they did??" I had no clue what an apocalypse really was :)
life - August 2005 - This would be one of the first real tragedies since I started blogging. I still can to this day visualize myself the night of the fire. Standing in the cul-de-sac of their neighborhood, rain pouring down, firetrucks surrounding me, standing in inches of water, both from the rain and the firehoses, thunder crashing and lightning flashing, watching my sister's home and the majority of their belongings go up in smoke.
My Passion - August 2005 - 3 years later and I still don't have a passion. Not a good trend :)
Update in Four Parts - September 2005 - The significance of this post is the fact that my mom was in the psychiatric ward. This was one of those defining moments when you realize you're not a kid, and your parents aren't going to always be there to protect you from the world. My parents were my core, my rock, my foundation for so long, and this was one of the bigger cracks to that foundation.
Sick Day Post - October 2005 - heh. This is one of those times I really wish I had a time machine and could go back in time and change the past. But then I think that I wouldn't be the person I am today, had I not gone through the experiences with Kendra that I did. It's unfortunate that this was the beginning of the last 3-4 months of my father's life and I spent it getting myself wrapped up in a woman that didn't deserve my attention. C'est la vie. One of the biggest things I learned from Kendra was the fact that my biggest strength is also my biggest weakness. My willingness to make people happy can take on a life of its own if I'm not careful, and can lead me down the path where I put other people's happiness, health, and safety above my own.
Sunday Post - November 2005 - (editor's note: I was going to go through the whole blog in one post, but I've hit so many highlights in one year, that I'll break it up by year) The significance is this one is the work stuff. This was a period of time when I really had a problem with people saying I was wrong, or saying/doing things I thought were "stupid" I still have this problem, but I think I'm doing a little better in recognizing when it's rearing it's ugly head. But working at MIS has definitely given me the experience of working with difficult personalities. A big lesson I've learned that I need to focus more on is the fact that life will rarely go the way it should. Life is going to go the way it is, and we're going to just have to make the best out of it. We can't change people, unless they themselves want to change. And just because we think something's right in our head, doesn't necessarily MAKE us right.
I'm a mess - November 2005 - Man, you'd think I was hopped up on something the way I was acting back then. Love (or a convincing facsimile) can really fuck a guy up ;-)
Been a while - December 2005 - Things get hard with Kendra around here. Had I known what was in store for me the following month, I would've ended things much sooner.
Well, those are the highlights of 2005. Stay tuned for 2006, filled with the biggest tragedy I've suffered so far, plus hopefully a couple positive things mixed in for flavor :)
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Monday, September 15, 2008
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Thursday, September 11, 2008
which explains why I haven't really been all that peaceful or relaxed since I moved out on my own :-P
Thursday, September 04, 2008
me: I just don't understand
g-door: why don't you understand it? LOL
me: how can that be legal??
me: it's so wrong
me: in any number of ways
g-door: have you had one?
me: yet they can advertise it all they want
me: no, thakn god
me: I'd probably have a heart attack
g-door: it's not very good LOL
me: it doesn't look good with the fancy fake meat they use for the cmomercial
me: I can imagine the real "meat" can't look that good
g-door: yeah, it looks really nice in the picture....when you get it....it's all smashed LOL
me: so, cigarette ads have to be regulated, alcohol as well. but digusting horrible for you fast food can be shown any time of day LOL
me: you know, it's like when the whole biggie-size, supersize trend came about
me: and then people got pissed off
me: and then they just changed the names
me: and everybody forgot
g-door: ahuh LOL
me: oh, ok, it's a large size
me: that's fine
me: didn't they have an extra-biggie for a while there too?
me: I think they did
g-door: yeah, I think so
g-door: mmmmmmmmmmm extra biggie lol
me: I remembner the drink was gigundous and I couldn't believe how many fries they gave you
g-door: it was a lot lol
me: it's like those damn mcdonald's commercials during the olympics!
me: I want to be like a random generic supposed olympic athlete! I'll eat a piece of fried chicken on a greasy biscuit for breakfast! like they do!!!
g-door: ok door!!!!!
g-door: what sport do you want to do?
me: at this point I'd be perfect for anything that involves struggling to get out of a chair and ending up winded after taking a shower. oh and anything that involves the destruction of furniture/seating due to excess weight
Friday, August 15, 2008
If you've played it, then you have to watch this plus Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Friday, August 08, 2008
Thursday, August 07, 2008
I'm so amazed by this. The video was done with no cameras or lights. it was all done with a laser radar system that by bouncing the lasers off of their faces or the houses, etc, a 3d point was determined. You can download the data for just Thom singing and using open source software run it on your desktop. They put the data out there so people could make their own visualizations based off of it.