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Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Bits and Pieces


The brown hair dye overlay came out less than fully brown. Such is the way of it. Work conversations have been had, so there's no further incentive to tinker with it for 3-4 weeks when I'll see what it looks like with a quarter/half-inch grown out.

Meanwhile, science news has been piling up.

If you want to lose weight, training yourself to eat more slowly may help. I note that my metabolism shifted again last year (especially the second half of the year!) and I now need to trim down again. Harumph. Ten pounds should be doable if I do it now rather than later. Per Josh and Magenta's success, I'm trying MyFitnessPal.com. This week I'm focusing on consciousness - recording my food and exercise habits. Next week I'll start working on cutting back. So far, I'm finding on days when I "eat normally," I'm generally not overeating and eating plenty of healthy food. It's the days that I go out, allow myself a treat, or catch-as-catch-can that account for the overages that have built up over time. I also need to get back to a regular exercise routine. Regular dancing must be found closer to home, or I need to take up another form of exercise. Still, dancing has always worked best for me, and I love the strength and power I feel in my body after a month of Dickens. But, research is pointing to endurance training as a way to preserve your telomeres, so maybe I should be training for a marathon instead?

The big news of the day yesterday was the new Google Nexus. I saw Paul's at Gaskell. It was a very pretty device. HTC has been working on various phones with Google for over a year, and they've finally reached a second-generation type of device. The G1 wasn't enough to rock Apple's boat, but I suspect this one may be the device that pushes Apple to do more. We'll see. As much as I love the idea of speech-to-text field entry, the real news is the change of business model. Google is forcing the issue of separating the hardware purchase from the service provider.

Meanwhile, back in the science news, there's the fascinating article about the breed of hominids that was probably quite a bit smarter than us. I was left wondering if our interpretation of the classic alien is some sort of extant racial memory of this race. Or if it was more like Kilowatt from Space Chimps. Or if they were remembered as gods (Greek, Egyptian, etc.). Or if they just bumped into humans and got killed like a bunch of nerds at a frat party. Anyhoo, it's fodder for a whole bunch of science fiction (reconstruction cloning stories, what if they'd survived stories, etc.).

Speaking of science fiction, remember how River Tam was all messed up because of what they'd done to her amygdala? Yeah, maybe they'd altered it to keep from noticing additional carbon dioxide building up, which allowed her to be the crazy calm assassin she was so good at being. Yeah, well, who knows. Take a deep breath and relax.

Meanwhile, I was reading an article about how we're swayed so easily by those around us, and how much of our judgment is influenced by others. Yet, once again, it's not a bad thing. It's just how we're wired. If we work with it rather than against it, then all is well, and technology races to meet our needs daily (and it always has!). Cory Doctorow puts it elegantly in an article about stupid things you should avoid saying about social media.

Okay, now, with many tabs closed, I go back to work.

2 Comments:

  • When I mentioned that I was doing sit-ups,
    Quinn mentioned to me that aerobic exercise is more suited to reducing an abdomen than situps.

    By Blogger Chrisfs, at 4:03 PM  

  • Smarter hominids probably didn't actually exist.
    http://johnhawks.net/weblog/reviews/brain/paleo/return-amazing-boskops-lynch-granger-2009.html

    By Blogger Chrisfs, at 4:15 PM  

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