May 1, 2009

Shotgun's Back!

Shotgun's Back! After an extended hiatus, that stand-by Friday staple which allowed me to post at least once a week without much thought going into it is back! But. For. How. Long?????

Anyhow, here's a smattering of links.

The white noise generator was very helpful when I was trying to study in the office at home. The office is not usually a very quiet place, so to aid in concentration I used sound blocking earplugs They only block some of the sound, though, so I wore headphones over the earplugs and piped white noise through them. Suddenly I was completely isolated. Very peaceful! It made me wonder what an isolation tank is like. I'd love to try one; I hear you can get some pretty cool hallucinations.

Here's a tip on not getting dropped from my Twitter follow list. If you post a link like this, and I click it, there's a good chance I'll stop following you. It recommends adding chiropractic to your flu prevention regimen. Get those subluxations treated before the flu gets you! If there's something I hate, it's quacks taking advantage during an outbreak.

And finally, I need to lose some weight. So I'm going to do what worked last time. I'm going to count calories and post my weight progress here. Once a week, I'll weigh in. My weight today: 187. That's my heaviest weight ever. That's sure do go down without even much trying on my part, so I should have some early encouraging numbers. I'd be happy with a pound/week. Anything more than that is gravy. Mmmmm. Gravy. Damn.

I'm using to track my weight. It's a tool that pulls data from your Twitter stream and graphs that data for you.

Posted by James at May 1, 2009 8:29 AM
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187...if I weighed 187 you'd swear I was wasting away.

Good luck on the weight loss. I've started myself...AGAIN.

I found weighing myself daily never worked. So I strove to weigh myself once a week, the same day, same time of day, same scale. In this case it's my Wii Balance Board.


Posted by: Bull at May 1, 2009 9:05 AM

I'm embarrassed to say that Maggie got me a Wii Fit balance board and I haven't been using it. Part of the problem is that we've got no room to exercise between the TV and the chairs at that end of our great room. And that's where the Wii is.

In any case, daily weighing is inherently "noisy" data, and that can be distracting. Weighing weekly can remove that distraction, but you can also use data analysis techniques to smooth out the data. Moving average is helpful here:

Posted by: James at May 1, 2009 10:01 AM

But... but... I thought you were going to step up your bacon consumption to support pig farmers during the Aporkalypse?

Posted by: mjfrombuffalo at May 1, 2009 12:13 PM

Good list of links. Glad to see the return of the SG. I followed a lot of the list links on the Seagal page on Cracked. There is some funny stuff there. Check out the "Super Powers science has ruined for us" list.

I'm on the weight loss bandwagon again as well. Ditto what Bull said about 187. I'd love to be 187. I'm weighing myself daily as well. I do the daily weigh and moving average.

Posted by: briwei at May 1, 2009 12:29 PM

I'll have to cut something else out so I can still enjoy bacon.

I know, I'll cut out brussels sprouts.

Posted by: James at May 1, 2009 12:51 PM

Also trying to lose weight. I'm not posting my weight here (there, or anywhere), but I'll give you these fun numbers: Tuesday I weighed 6.5 pounds above my last "fat" weight, which is what I weighed when I came home from the hospital with M. That was 4 pounds above my previous "fat" weight, what I weighed after K. That was 5.5 pounds above my previous "fat" weight, when I said, "what the hell, I'll get pregnant, I'm fat anyway." That was 13.5 pounds above what I weighed in high school.

I've lost 2.5 pounds since Tuesday. I'll be happy to get down to 15 lbs more than I weighed in high school, which means I need to lose 11.5 more pounds.

Bear in mind I was 7 pounds above my high school weight for a few years when I was running 30 miles a week and eating a LOT LESS than I've been eating (about six years ago). So I should easily be able to weigh 15 pounds above my high school weight.

I don't get the "milk" reference in the Steven Seagal thing.

Posted by: Maggie at May 1, 2009 5:47 PM

I'm almost positive I saw your last post in one of the GRE practice tests.

Posted by: James at May 1, 2009 10:01 PM

Yeah, except the GRE question ends, "What color were the bus driver's eyes?"

Posted by: Maggie at May 2, 2009 8:03 AM

I am very glad the shotgun is back. I've missed it very much!

Posted by: Patti M. at May 2, 2009 9:44 AM

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