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Jay Lake
Date: 2012-12-18 05:24
Subject: [links] Link salad goes back to work
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Why you should probably stop eating wheat — Unfortunately for me, soft white carbs is about all I can tolerate during much of the chemo sequence.

Swamp Pop — Because we all need new music every now and then. (Via Daily Idioms, Annotated.)

Life Up Close: The Year’s Best Microscope Views of Biology — Cool stuff!

Overview — A brief documentary on the psychological and emotional experience of seeing the Earth from space. (Via David Goldman.)

By Hiring Kurzweil, Google Just Killed the Singularity — Hmmm.

“It’s a big bad scary world out there!” Are you sure North America? — Another foreign take on the USAnian culture of fear, violence and guns. (Via [info]goulo.)

NRA goes silent after Connecticut school shooting — This is very strange. Normally the NRA is all about lecturing us regarding theoretical defense of essential liberties, home defense, and watering the tree of liberty with the blood of tyrants and children. I find it literally inconceivable they have discovered a conscience after all these years, so I wonder what's up.

?otD: Work today, or something else?




12/18/2012
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 11.5 hours (9.5 hours fitful, 2.0 hours napping)
Body movement: 0.5 hours (30 minutes on the stationary bike)
Weight: 214.4
Number of FEMA troops on my block confiscating firearms and shutting down the Internet: 0
Currently reading: The Hydrogen Sonata by Iain M. Banks

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a_cubed
User: a_cubed
Date: 2012-12-18 13:46 (UTC)
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"Why you should probably stop eating wheat — Unfortunately for me, soft white carbs is about all I can tolerate during much of the chemo sequence."
Can you get more rice-based carbs? I'm not sure if rice-bread is available locally to you. I'm not sure it's wheat-free but it's certainly a lot lower than most white bread.
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Feòrag NicBhrìde
User: feorag
Date: 2012-12-18 13:48 (UTC)
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Chinese Buddhist monks, known for their wheat gluten based cookery, are not known for short lives.
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joycemocha
User: joycemocha
Date: 2012-12-18 14:14 (UTC)
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I suspect there's a USian component here. I didn't try eating wheat when we spent a week in Paris, but I did notice that other foods not only tasted different (better!) but I had much fewer gut upsets.
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Feòrag NicBhrìde
User: feorag
Date: 2012-12-18 14:18 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I find my guts, which complain at the slightest thing, calm down in Japan. I've come to the conclusion it's the sheer amount of cold, bottled green tea I get through.
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Dave O'Neill
User: daveon
Date: 2012-12-18 16:38 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I suspect that might have something to do with the source of the wheat. I'll admit that I love bread, but find most bread in the US completely inedible. OTOH it is, along with their nasty cheese, utterly pervasive.
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joycemocha
User: joycemocha
Date: 2012-12-18 14:12 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Soft white carbs that aren't wheat--yep, they do exist. Rice bread is much improved over what it used to be (but I still prefer spelt). The ubiquitous vacuum-sealed hamburger buns almost substitute for white dinner rolls. Almost. And the typical gluten-free pizza crust available at places that provide it is actually pretty tasty.

And as for the NRA, they're doing stealth talking points and their big thing right now is that teachers should be carrying gunz. Besides Dennis Richardson, I've been slammed by at least two people (that I know of) who have either accused me of being afraid of using gunz or who say they don't want me teaching their children because I don't want teachers carrying gunz. As far as I'm concerned, willingness to carry (the stalking horse the apparently more reasonable POV that teachers who want to carry should be allowed to carry) doesn't cancel out the situation I postulated in my post.

Heck, even the kids mostly agree. My 8th grade US History class talked about it yesterday. Some of the macho boys were fantasizing about teachers shooting down the hallway, but most accepted my statement that I saw my job as securing the classroom and keeping them safe. But many of them are also well aware of the security holes at our school. Some also raised the point that then they'd have to worry about the teachers not being safe. It was a pretty decent discussion, overall (and progress toward my goal of getting this crowd of kids to be able to participate in classroom discussion without putting down other participants or shouting over each other).

Edited at 2012-12-18 02:13 pm (UTC)
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jordan179
User: jordan179
Date: 2012-12-18 14:34 (UTC)
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Regarding

“It’s a big bad scary world out there!” Are you sure North America? — Another foreign take on the USAnian culture of fear, violence and guns. (Via goulo.)

I would like to point out that the two specific locations to which he referred in regard to fear of mugging, and the possession of guns by lunatics, were New York and San Francisco, both cities in which I have resided (I spent most of my life in the first and a year in the second).

Both are cities in which there is very strict gun control, at least as strict as in most of Europe. Why didn't this strict gun control make him feel safer?
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mevennen
User: mevennen
Date: 2012-12-18 17:44 (UTC)
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I have visited both lovely cities and did in fact feel pretty safe, although I generally do feel a bit on the nervy side in the States (my partner, years ago, on visiting the US for the first time, had just got to the other side of Atlanta airport car park when there was a shootout between the police and someone else. It doesn't seem to have put him off, however).

It's not the gun toting that worries me so much, as the dept of Homeland Security - single scariest government organisation I've ever come across, and I've been questioned by the descendents of the KGB.
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Dave O'Neill
User: daveon
Date: 2012-12-18 18:08 (UTC)
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There are parts of SF where the obviously mentally ill on the streets can be a little disquieting. I was waiting for a bus there on Friday and it was pretty shocking.

I did walk to an ATM in a rougher part of Atlanta which did involve passing a homeless shelter and that was a little nerve wracking but I've been in worse places.

I didn't feel I needed a gun mind you.

The most nervous I've been was overtaking a truck in Bakersfield and noticing the driver was 'playing' with a 9mm while driving.
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alumiere
User: alumiere
Date: 2012-12-18 18:41 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I am really skeptical about the i09 wheat article... there's not a lot of agreement in the scientific community on no wheat being adventagous for non-celiacs. And yes, some groups of peoplehave problems digesting wheat properly (a more mild problem than celiac), but it seems that others don't have problems with it.

For me personally, gluten free didn't work, I lost energy and gained weight in spite of exercise. In time we did an elimination diet and it is all forms and amounts of soy that are bad. Which sucks as soy/lecithin/soybean oil are so prevalent in prepared foods.

If wheat/gluten doesn't bother you, cutting it out probably isn't the answer. Some of us (see Italians for example) are quite healthy eating wheat, so don't stress it.
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martianmooncrab
User: martianmooncrab
Date: 2012-12-19 06:06 (UTC)
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soft white carbs is about all I can tolerate during much of the chemo sequence.

there are several breads not made with enriched flour.. I found my so called wheat problem went away when I avoided anything enriched. New Seasons has a nice line of bread products that are very tasty.
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