Archive for May, 2008

Losing and gaining weight
May 26, 2008

I’ve lost some kilos recently. I actually heard compliments about my figure twice last week.

This made me think that there’s actually a limit between being fat and being fit, and that the grey area in between is only about one to three kilos. At least for us males.

I think one is the limit where the pecs are further forward than the belly. Another one is when the hip bones become prominent. The first makes the shirts look good, the latter the trousers.

Yet I think I’ve hit some kind of floor and while I weight myself every morning, the result has been virtually the same for about a week. I looked at my previous results (I use a spreadsheet) and I found out every time my weight loss has stalled, it has progressed only after a bump.

So, like Four hour work week teaches us, I decided to eat all I can on Sunday. I went to our summer cottage for a Sunday meal. I consumed amazing amounts of food, and probably more carbohydrates than in the whole last week. I finished with three large slices of mud cake, walked to a sofa and practically passed out.

After I woke up I felt myself a little fat but went out chopping wood and felt fine. When I got home, I found out I had gained two kilos back. This morning I still weighed over a kilo more than usually. A kilo and half, even.

Today I’ve drank a lot of water because some of this weight is only due to large salt intake. I believe I’d get back to my previous weight in one or two days but the real question is if it really helped me to break the floor.

This Thursday I will attend a party where I can eat and drink all I want. That can’t be good. However hearing comments like wow or you look good or even nice ass make it easy to go on dieting.

My watch
May 19, 2008

I’ve written about watches a bit. So here’s my watch, which I’m very attached to. We have a long history together.

By the way, I learned photographing reflecting surfaces is hard.

Sorry about the ugly background.

CIA teaches you how to think
May 19, 2008

Thinking analytically is a skill like carpentry or driving a car. It can be taught, it can be learned, and it can improve with practice. But like many other skills, such as riding a bike, it is not learned by sitting in a classroom and being told how to do it. Analysts learn by doing. Most people achieve at least a minimally acceptable level of analytical performance with little conscious effort beyond completing their education. With much effort and hard work, however, analysts can achieve a level of excellence beyond what comes naturally.

Psychology of Intelligence Analysis

English Prime
May 19, 2008

E-Prime: English without “to-be”. Helps you think clearer.

Paint that love upon a white balloon
May 19, 2008

A friend of mine told me balloon rides are ridiculously expensive but worth it.

I found this very relaxing video while browsing for music by Laurie Spiegel. Two other videos I recommend are

Flashback of a sort
May 19, 2008

Seeing this calculator by Industrial Facility gave me a flashback. I promptly remembered when I was a kid in late 1970’s and my father occasionally took me with him when he visited the office after-hours.

The building was a futuristic office building built in late 60’s. It was two-storied, square shaped with a small courtyard you could see in his office window. The house was covered with bright white wafer shaped precast elements, and it situated in a mostly industrial area. It was demolished in the early 1990’s.

I can recall the long and unlit white-walled corridors with greenish fitted carpets, the bookshelves full of binders and office utensils which all seemed to be either grey or very brightly coloured.

For a six-year-old that was an ultimate adult environment where people wore ties and did important things. Very unlike the kindergarten I had to visit daily and which I found stifling. Being ruled by female teachers and where the things you could do were extremely restricted.

I believe many of my generation share this feeling that when we grew up, the adult world we craved for as kids was gone and what we saw in a sense reminded a lot more of the kindergarten we longed to grow out of.

This, I think, is the reason why Life on Mars is so popular. In a way it is something like a paradise lost for many people of my age.

Dali
May 17, 2008

The largest online Salvador Dali gallery I know of. I believe I’ll spend hours there.

How to be a man
May 17, 2008

How to be a man by Steve Pavlina:

2. Put your relationships second.

A man who claims his #1 commitment in life is his relationship partner (or his family) is either too dishonest or too weak to be trusted.

If and Cadence and Cascade
May 16, 2008

I tried to show my friends the pieces If by Pink Floyd and Cadence and Cascade by King Crimson sound suspiciously similar.

They admitted there are some similarities but differences too. They neither supported nor opposed my claim.

Wikipedia tells If was recorded in August 1970 and the album In the Wake of Poseidon some months earlier.

However, Pink Floyd played If live before the recording, and while King Crimson definitely wins by record date (the album was even released before Floyd’s live act) the question which one was written before seems to stay undecided.

An uneventful Friday
May 16, 2008

I couldn’t write anything worthwhile today because of the hangover and busy day at work.

However, I tried Safari. An Apple browser, now available on Windows too. 

Very cool and I understand the aesthetics of Apple. Yet the fuzzy fonts are a drag. I did a little search on net and found out it is not a bug but a feature. Live and learn.

I still hope the good people of Safari development team will eventually give us a chance to use the old fashioned and uncool Windows like font smoothing.

This is the first posting I wrote on Safari.