Daily Archives: June 25, 2008

Funny, Not Funny, Good, Not Good

I don’t know why exactly that this is in Scientific American, but it is pretty funny.
Summarized Cinema: Science Movies Explained in a Sentence.
My favorite:

Starship Troopers
Valiant insects try to repel totalitarian invaders.

Exercise Reduces Hunger In Lean Women But Not Obese Women:

During one experiment they did not exercise.

In the other two experiments the women exercised on a treadmill in the morning and the afternoon. They burned 500 calories each time, for a total of 1,000 calories a day. These two experiments differed by exercise intensity. One involved walking at high intensity, or 80 percent of maximal effort, for 7.5 minutes, with 10-minute rest periods between 10 walking sessions. The other experiment was half as intense (40 percent of peak effort) and involved walking for 15 minutes and resting for 5 minutes.

While I wouldn’t consider myself lean, I am in fair shape (if you don’t count my joints). FitDay calculates that for a 33 year old, 120 lb female (i.e. me) to burn off 500 calories in 75 minutes of walking I would have to walk at 5 mph. Eric will attest to the fact that I am a fairly fast walker, even at a stroll. I’ve measured how fast I walk when going from here to the mall. I barely hit 4.5 mph when hurrying. By this study’s count, 5 mph would be 80% maximal effort?

Anecdotally, I’m generally starving after intense exercise.  Today after disc, for example, though I hadn’t eaten much before.  I wonder what the results would be for women who were once obese, but had lost weight.  Does the leptin system correct itself, or is the woman permanently at a disadvantage?  I’m voting for the latter.


Disc was good today. I had the power of female hormones driving my cuts and helping me snag errant throws.  I don’t recall handling much though I had a score to Ned’s Nate.  Unlike last week, my achy body didn’t suck the fun out of Wednesday disc, though it will keep me from going to the women’s clinic tonight and practice tomorrow.  Today it’s my feet (and to a lesser extent my hands and knees) bugging me.  Achy feet are easier to ignore while playing than a stiff back, but I think I’d rather not push myself into a full blown flare-up.  I’ve already had a lot of ibuprofen.

Book #10 – Beowulf: The Script Book by Roger Avery and Neil Gaiman

As I put it before:

It’s like a car accident: I just can’t look away. As much as I loath Beowulf screen adaptations, I am compelled to investigate them.

This script book includes the first draft of the script as well as the shooting draft. I was struck by how cliche things are in the first draft. Characters do and say exactly what you would expect them to.  I was also surprised, in both versions, how much the ideas  of fame and expectation of followers is *not* investigated.  It seems that the those where the plot bits added (especially in the first draft), but were never followed through.  The thing that annoys me the most though is how much effort was put into this project, but I don’t believe it does justice to the source.  It post-modernizes the source material, adding unreliable narrators and heroes that aren’t heroic.  It makes it all very 21st century.  Granted, the final script does do a good job of making it a rounded, if not very good, narrative, but with *so* many changes, why not call it something else

Can’t resist a book meme…

According to The Big Read, the average adult has only read 6 of the top 100 books on their list.

1) Look at the list and bold those you have read.
2) Italicise those you intend to read.
3) Underline the books you LOVE.
4) Reprint this list in your own LJ so we can try and track down these people who’ve read 6 and force books upon them 😉

1. Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen (Honestly, I can never remember which couple of Jane Austen I’ve read…)
2. The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien
3. Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
4. Harry Potter series – JK Rowling (The whole series?  Isn’t that cheating to put on a list of top 100 books?)
5. To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
6. The Bible (I’ve endured about 75% of the Bible.  But I’ve read the apocrypha.  Does that count?)
7. Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
8. Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell
9. His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman
10. Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
11. Little Women – Louisa M Alcott
12. Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy
13. Catch 22 – Joseph Heller
14. Complete Works of Shakespeare (Again, isn’t this cheating?)
15. Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier
16. The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien
17. Birdsong – Sebastian Faulks
18. Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger
19. The Time Traveller’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger
20. Middlemarch – George Eliot
21. Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell
22. The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald
23. Bleak House – Charles Dickens
24. War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy
25. The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
26. Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh
27. Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28. Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
29. Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
30. The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame
31. Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
32. David Copperfield – Charles Dickens
33. Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis (The whole series?  Or…?)
34. Emma – Jane Austen
35. Persuasion – Jane Austen
36. The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe – CS Lewis (Didn’t we already have Chronicles of Narnia on this list?)
37. The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
38. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis De Bernieres
39. Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden
40. Winnie the Pooh – AA Milne
41. Animal Farm – George Orwell
42. The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown
43. One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44. A Prayer for Owen Meaney – John Irving
45. The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins
46. Anne of Green Gables – LM Montgomery
47. Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy
48. The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
49. Lord of the Flies – William Golding
50. Atonement – Ian McEwan
51. Life of Pi – Yann Martel
52. Dune – Frank Herbert
53. Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons
54. Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen
55. A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth
56. The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57. A Tale Of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
58. Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
59. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – Mark Haddon
60. Love In The Time Of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61. Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
62. Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov
63. The Secret History – Donna Tartt
64. The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold
65. Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
66. On The Road – Jack Kerouac
67. Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy
68. Bridget Jones’ Diary – Helen Fielding
69. Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie
70. Moby Dick – Herman Melville
71. Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens
72. Dracula – Bram Stoker
73. The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett
74. Notes From A Small Island – Bill Bryson
75. Ulysses – James Joyce
76. The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath
77. Swallows and Amazons – Arthur Ransome
78. Germinal – Emile Zola
79. Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray
80. Possession – AS Byatt
81. A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens
82. Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell
83. The Color Purple – Alice Walker
84. The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro
85. Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert
86. A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry
87. Charlotte’s Web – EB White
88. The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Albom
89. Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90. The Faraway Tree Collection – Enid Blyton
91. Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
92. The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint-Exupery
93. The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks
94. Watership Down – Richard Adams
95. A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole
96. A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute
97. The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas
98. Hamlet – William Shakespeare (So, if you’d read the complete works of Shakespeare, did you have to read Hamlet twice?)
99. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl
100. Les Miserables – Victor Hugo