EDIT: I've been to Subway and tried their low-carb wraps. They are really quite good. Five of the eight carbs in the Turkey Bacon Wrap are from the wrap itself. While it's not appropriate for Induction (you're trying to break the carb addiction, after all), it's a nice treat. You can convert any sandwich into a wrap now for an extra $0.50, and from what I understand, in a couple of months Subway is introducing low-carb salads to complement their offerings. Watch this space!
January 1 is often a time of quiet contemplation, reflection, and consideration of times past. Many of us sit down with a sheet of paper, a pencil, and perhaps our partners, and figure out what our goals for this year are going to be. Most often, it really doesn't matter if we achieve these goals (and heck, how many of us actually keep them anyway?) but simply that we set them, and that we aspire to be better than we are.
I ran across an interesting utility in a post on kuro5hin.org. It's called Instant Gratification. What it does is, if you're running a weblog, and someone visits, you get sent an instant message to your IM client! This gives you the opportunity, if it's a logged-in user or someone on a related weblog (like LiveJournal, Blogger, and others share user accounts among thousands of blogs -- but I run Drupal, so it's just among a few hundred and whether the user logs in is totally up to the user to decide, rather than involuntary) to actually send IM's to your visitors to determine whether they liked what they saw, what improvements you could put in, etc.
The problem is, there seems to be somewhere in the annuls of employment, on page 8394, a sentence that reads: "You must be ill to the point that you cannot do your job, and know it hours before".
This double bind is where I am tonight. After leaving work early last night, I struggled with the decision today of whether or not to call in sick. I am not severely or acutely ill at this very moment.. but I was for much of last night, meaning I have had no sleep. I have had bouts with aspects of this illness today (including as recently as an hour before the beginning of my shift), and I had a real fear that going in to work tonight would make me be even sicker for the upcoming week.
Download TightVNC here if you want to remotely administer your computer from somewhere else. I dig it.
This blog is mostly for my father-in-law :)
I recently discovered a very interesting website called blogosphere.us. I discovered them by analyzing my referrer log. Apparently, their program reads some 150,000 blogs to discover what the current "buzz" is, and links to those trends and articles that are causing a stir across the blogging world.
Talk about your grassroots journalism, that's pretty freaking cool.
Today marks the first day I've been simply "overweight" rather than "obese". The Body-Mass Index still says I'm obese (at my height and age, I won't graduate to "overweight" until I go below 224 lbs), but my body fat percentage, according to mybodycomp.com is now 22.54% -- a really nice reduction versus the nearly 30% I was at the start of November. I've also put on, according to them, 7 lbs of lean muscle mass in that time from my exercise program.
I'm consuming around 2,200 calories per day, which with my moderate exercise (3-5 days of light exercise per week) puts my caloric burn somewhere in the neighborhood of 3200 calories per day. If I'm totally sedentary, my burn rate is around 2600 calories/day. It's actually really difficult to reach 2200 calories a day when low-carbing at 25 grams or less of carbs per day. I basically have to eat till I'm full (not stuffed!) six times a day. If I reduce my calories too much below 2040, though (my Basal Metabolic Rate), it could put my body into fat-conservation, a.k.a. "famine" mode where it becomes really, really tough to lose.
Well, my job hunt is still proceeding. I'm getting 20-30 jobs in my inbox every day from dice.com and other job sites I've registered for, and I diligently respond to the ones that match my skills. So far, the returns from my resumes have been very, very rare, and the interviews nonexistent.
The online route has failed to pan out for me. I'm now into the "desparate cold-calling", "lots of networking with people," and "hitting the want ads" phase of the job-search, plus the "look into self-employment options while we still have money in the bank" phase. If you happen to know of an employer looking for a systems administration expert with a specialty in the integration of various operating systems, let me know!
With the demise and/or commercialization of several online music sites (*cough* mp3.com) into near-unusability, what options are available now for the aspiring musician to get feedback on his/her music, and maybe some exposure to producers? I'm serious, where do you go, other than creating your own web site?
Well, the only heavily-populated site I know if is Garageband. Apparently, my little blog on my day-after experiences with GB have ended up tops in Google searches for "Garageband reviews". The high rank of that page (no, I have no idea why Google thinks that should be the top link!) arounsed the ire of an anonymous poster on my board, so the weblog has started seeing some discussion about my derogatory review of what GB is about. I encourage you to check it out and comment, or post comments here about where you think aspiring musicians can go for exposure now that most music sites are making themselves even less accessible to casual listeners.
Note, if you're not logged in, your posts will be as "anonymous" and I'll have to approve them before they can be viewed. Spammer-control is what that is :)
Okay, honestly its not as bad as all that.. or is it?
While vacationing in Florida over the Thanksgiving holiday, I read, on the following Saturday, of a woman who was trampled and seriously injured during a mad rush to get the 30 dollar DVD player at WalMart in the wee hours of Friday morning. This is of course what is rumored to be the busiest shopping day of the year (although I think it is 2nd now), and is known to retail employees as Black Friday.
For the first time ever, I was there, at 5:58 AM in line to enter target, and yes, i too got the 30 dollar DVD player. But to me, the phenomenon was the interesting part. What was so fascinating was the fact that my day started with no Christmas shopping done, and ended with most of it done, and with considerable savings. For my effort, I did see people shoved, items snatched off shelves, arguments, and the like, but it was a madness I kind of got into.
Ran across this article on a newsgroup today, and I thought it would be of interest. It's an AP story, found a link to it on CBS (though, of course, being Associated Press, it's probably carried by several hundred local papers).
Article here: Was Atkins Right After All?