Jan 032011

I saw a lot of people glad to be done with 2010. The general feeling seems to have been that 2010 was a less-than-satisfactory year. For my part, I’m inclined to disagree: in March, I got a new job at an awesome company working with awesome people on an awesome project; in July, my groomsmen took me to Atlantic City; in August, I got married and then went on my very first cruise; in October, Cody and I went as a very convincing Rose and the 10th Doctor for Halloween; in November, my parents finally came down to Maryland for Thanksgiving; December featured one of our best New Year’s Eve parties ever.

So, y’know, go 2010. May 2011 be as good or better.

To that end as is custom this time of year, I have a list of goals that I’m planning to work toward this year. They’re not “resolutions” and they’re not carved in stone; either notion is folly. But they’re things I care about and want to get better at, which I think carries more weight.

  • Devote some time each evening to writing or playing guitar. The main thing here is taking care of my “daily chores” in WoW, and then setting it aside while I spend some time doing either of the above activities. Once I’ve put some good effort in toward either, I’ll allow myself to go back to playing more WoW. I love my WoW hobby, but I can’t continue neglecting my others!
  • Get better about watching my diet again. I’ve slipped a bit since the wedding, which is probably entirely unsurprising to anyone who’s gotten married. I haven’t backslid irrevocably or anything drastic, but it’s noticeable enough to me that I want to do something about it. So, I plan to. Having a Droid will, I hope, make keeping track of my food intake a little easier.
  • Finish unpacking the house. This includes getting some additional furniture (bookshelves) and also tidying up the pantry shelves so that we can actually start making use of the damn thing.
  • Build the vacuform machine I’m always talking about. I intend to for Halloween to be very interesting this year.

That seems like an ambitious-enough list to start with.

Oct 092009

I originally caught this at Lifehacker, which posted from the NYT. I’ve paraphrased the list and condensed it, with explanations below.

  1. Don’t eat egg salad from a vending machine.
    • Or eggs from a carton.
  2. You can’t leave the table until you finish your fruit.
  3. Meals prepared at home, served at the table, are more appreciated and more healthful than food eaten on the run.
  4. Breakfast, you should eat alone. Lunch, you should share with a friend. Dinner, give to your enemy.
    • I don’t understand this rule.
  5. Don’t eat anything that took more energy to ship than to grow.
    • The emphasis here is to buy local, organic foods rather than imported food. It’s usually fresher and has required less chemical processing.
  6. Never eat something that is pretending to be something else.
  7. Don’t yuck someone’s yum.
  8. Make and take your own lunch to work.
  9. If you are not hungry enough to eat an apple, then you are not hungry.
  10. Eat until your are seven-tenths full and save the other three-tenths for hunger.
    • The point is to enjoy what you eat without eating too much.
  11. Eat foods in inverse proportion to how much its lobby spends to push it.
    • Key example: corn byproducts (i.e. high-fructose corn syrup).
  12. Go ho, go shiki, go mi (Japanese for five cooking methods, five colors, five flavors) for each meal.
    • Go ho: Five cooking methods (i.e. steaming, simmering, grilling, sautéing, raw)
    • Go shiki: Five colors
    • Go mi: five flavors (i.e. sweet, sour, salty, bitter, spicy)
  13. Avoid snack foods with the “oh” sound in their names
    • Doritos, Fritos, Cheetos, Tostitos, Hostess Ho Hos
  14. The law of diminishing marginal utility from economics: each additional bite is generally less satisfying than the previous bite
    • 3 bites from 5 plates/dishes is more satisfying than 15 bites from 1 dish
  15. Don’t eat anything you aren’t willing to kill yourself.
    • I suspect this is aimed at we carnivores from vegetarians.
  16. No second helpings, no matter how scrumptious.
  17. When drinking tea, just drink tea.
    • Tea is not a tea bag, water, milk, and sugar. Tea is a tea bag and water.
  18. When eating, don’t talk about other past meals, whether better or worse.
  19. Don’t create arbitrary rules for eating if their only purpose is to help you feel in control
    • If you have to choose between eating ice cream and spending all day obsessing about eating ice cream, eat the damn ice cream.
  20. It’s better to pay the grocer than the doctor.
  21. Emphasis added to the rules I consider most important.

Jan 292009

So, I totally caved last night in my resolve to not consider returning to EVE until I had finished Wec: The Sequel.  I realized how enjoyable chatting about EVE with my friends was and decided that it was time to go back.  Historically, I have gotten bored with EVE because I haven’t been doing things with a group for a cause that yielded measurable results.  As my weight loss post shows, I thrive on measurable results.  If I can see progress being made, it encourages me.  If I can see regress happening, it galvanizes me to action.  If I can’t see it, though, then I get bored and lose investment.  The first time I played EVE, as TX-223, I didn’t really know most of the people in the corp I had joined, so I didn’t feel particularly driven to help them.  The second time, as Kaito, I tried to found and run a corp of friends.  But we were all nascent and getting a corp off the ground is a tough prospect when you don’t have a clear ambition in mind.  Coupled with the fact that Cody wasn’t having any fun playing, this led me to stop again.  

This time, Chris — who was involved in our little mini-corp — found a corp that seems really cool.  I spent some time chatting with them (after re-activating my account) and they seem like good people.  They’re also committed to one another, they have a screening process for new recruits, and in general seem to have good heads about the whole thing.  They own a small chunk of null space and defend it fiercely, which is neat.  Finally, I’ll have a place to learn to PvP and feel like I’m contributing to something!

The major concern from all of this, though, is how it will impact my schedule.  I have a lot of stuff on my plate right now that I’m trying to juggle, and EVE is another large timesink.  I’m going to have to strive to be much more diligent about my use of time, and not sit around idling on things I can deal with later (like reading SDN…).  I’m going to give it my best shot, though.

Losing Weight

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Jan 272009

In March of 2008, I made a commitment to start losing weight.  At that time, I weight 206 pounds (and had already come down from my all-time high of 215, which I only reached through lots of drinking and junk food during college).  My goal was to get down to 175 pounds, which was 5 pounds less than my lowest weight during high school.  Once I achieved that goal, I would evaluate from there.  175 pounds would place my BMI at around 24.4 — the high side of normal and probably closer to “true” normal, given my frame. 

This morning, I weighed 181 pounds.  I still have a little ways to go, but I’ve managed to shed 25 pounds and that seems like it merits some commentary.

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