Monthly Archives: April 2013

The local food movement (aka fad)

My brief fling with Michael Pollan is over since his writing smells of leftie fanaticism and faddy ideas, BUT, as I usually try to do, I want to apply skepticism and then moderation to an idea and then suck the … Continue reading

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QuickReaction, Tuesday-4

(Skip to the bottom for possibly the more interesting and definitely more personal part of this post) Trees help with global warming, but not how you think. We’d expect trees to remove CO2 from the atmosphere and sequester it in … Continue reading

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Applied Nate Silver – now what? – 3

I think I can definitely say I’ve “hit bottom” on the rapid weight loss after the rapid gain during vacation. I’m now only 0.1lb above my previous low and ready to resume my steady loss that requires strict attention to … Continue reading

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Tablets are the WonderBread of computers

Don’t get me wrong, I actually like touch devices (all but the iPad which I refuse simply because it is a fad symbol, not a product, but I love my iPod Touch and Kindle Fire, so agnostic between iOS and … Continue reading

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Blaming “Western Diet” is coverup for capitalism

I’m enjoying reading Michael Pollan because I know that I’ll agree with him when he flays the same crowd I do and then disagree with him when he goes off on his leftie nonsense. He loves to mention “elephant in … Continue reading

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Orthorexia Self-Test

This quiz is available at many places but I found this version here. Given the original intent of coining this term (also identifying the condition) it is certain that it doesn’t apply to me, but the interesting thing is, that … Continue reading

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QuickReaction, Thursday-6

Note: Most of these comments were written before I started reading Michael Pollan so I guess I can claim them as my ideas. Converting cellulose: If this discovery holds up (not another cold fusion) this could be huge. Converting cellulose … Continue reading

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Nutritionism, orthorexia, and metabolic syndrome as disease du jour

This is the first of what I hope to have as a series of mini-essays on these related topics. If you’ve been following my posts under the Nate Silver tag I’ve certainly been obsessed with weight loss and eating and … Continue reading

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Applied Nate Silver – now what? – 2

Well, I’ve definitely “hit bottom” on shedding the water weight I gained during vacation, a total of 15.3lbs gone in a week. Yesterday I made some great bread and a great vegetable soup (closer to a stew since I overdid … Continue reading

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New sourdough loaf – hybrid

After quite a few attempts, lots of reading and study, I’m slowly converging on my “ideal” sourdough loaf. So yesterday I tried a hybrid that came out quite well (no picture) and hints at the final recipe all my experiments … Continue reading

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