January 31st, 2009


[links] Link salad don't serve your country, don't serve your king

Campaigners bemoan apostrophe policyA decision by officials in Birmingham, England, to drop possessive apostrophes from road and street signs has drawn the ire of education campaigners. ... John Richards, a retired journalist and founder of the Apostrophe Protection Society, described the policy as "absolute defeatism." Wait up a second there, bucko. "Apostrophe Protection Society"?

Book Design PrimerWe've all seen pages where the designer used a different face for every design element. This aesthetic is called "Junior High Yearbook." I don't agree with everything here, but it's interesting reading. I especially disagree with "You can't judge a book by its cover", since by definition the cover is what prompts someone to pick up the book on the store shelf or convention table. People in those situations don't buy books they haven't picked up and looked at. (Snurched from Scrivener's Error)

One pen to rule them all, one pen to find them... — (Thanks to danjite.)

Underground Particles Forecast Winter Storms — The headline is misleadingly ordinary. They're not talking about soil-based ice crystals or something, they're talking about muons.

New science could help solve climate crisis — Geoengineering, baby. The return of Big Science. (Thanks to lt260.)

?otD: How can we sleep when our beds are burning?

Body movement: 40 minute ride on the stationary bike
This morning's weigh-in: 220.6
Currently reading: The Confidence-Man: His Masquerade by Herman Melville

Originally published at jlake.com.


[personal] A bit more on weight and diet

Been a while since I've commented on this, so I thought I'd mention a couple of observations. My weight has held in a narrow band between 219 and 224 since mid-December. I seem to have reached a setpoint. Once the weather gets a bit better and I'm able to get off the stationary bike and walk more (or at all), I suspect that will drop down a couple of pounds. In general I'm continuing the same habits that got me down this far (from about 285 in January of 2008), though I have noted that my total food intake has been up a little lately. Need to keep an eye on that.

I also have made clear and unsurprising correlation between my morning weigh-in and the lateness and size of the previous night's evening meal. When I don't eat dinner at all, or eat very light, I'll come in on the low end of the setpoint range. Somewhat more interesting to me, at least, is the correlation between carb intake and my morning weigh-in. If I stay away from bread, chips, etc., that also helps me keep low.

I don't generally eat late except for social reasons — convention and business travel are a real challenge on that regard. That's not hard to control. Neither is portion size, really, I just need to be a little more thoughtful and not let my cravings run away with me. Those don't feel like deprivation or discipline to me, just a matter of paying attention.

But ditching carbs is tough. Carbs hit my happy place the way some people respond to ice cream or chocolate. Garlic bread, pizza, french fries, and so forth. I think if I wanted to drop to 210 or lower, going low(er)-carb/carb-free would probably be the ticket.

That and tune down this lemonade/limeade kick, which is putting a lot of sugar into me. But man, talk about a craving — ever since the cancer I've been a monster for citrus fruits, salsa, and lemonade/limeade.

Originally published at jlake.com.


[writing] Progris riport, day 10, The Heart of the Beast

Slightly over two hours' work, again with no net wordcount gain. More work on the handwritten notes (though I am almost done).

The next step, commencing tomorrow, will be to fold the notes, which run to thirty or so pages in a text file, into the outline at the appropriate points. That will be a complex and novel challenge for me. Should be a lot of fun, too.

Writing time was a bit tough today because I spent the morning doing housework and home maintenance, with an assist from tillyjane and the_child That both took a lot of time and wore me out. A bit from now I'm off to thirdworld's birthday party, which pretty much wipes out the evening writing time.

Likewise tomorrow, due to taking the_child to Chinese New Year festivities with various portions of the extended family. Still, I'll find my two hours at least.

No WIP again, since there were no new words to speak of today.

Originally published at jlake.com.