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What led to this morning’s injured finger overuse…

Dictionary of Victorian London – Victorian History – 19th Century London – Social History
Interesting site of primary sources.

You are what your mother eats: First evidence that mother’s diet influences infant sex | Think Gene
Huh. I am seriously interested in the mechanism behind this, if this study is valid and the data is good. I’m not sure if retrospective reporting is a good idea though.
Full Paper

Now we’ll know… – Half of Me
I usually look up a restaurant’s nutritional info before I go. Which means often I don’t go at all. Kind of depressing. And generally, I won’t go to a place if they don’t provide any info on general principle. Having tabletop guides would be welcome! I also understand that the information is an estimate; that the chef might have gone a little wild with the cheese when making my meal. I’m okay with that. But what really annoys me are restaurants that provide info for only a few items. The “healthy” items. Ya know what? I can probably estimate the calories in your “healthy” dry, veggie-laden chicken sandwich. Too bad that I wanted to know if half of your meatball Parmesan sandwich fit into my diet, huh? My “ordering habits” haven’t changed, but my eating habits have.
But worry not, restaurants of NY:
Restaurants fight NYC calories-on-menu law – USATODAY.com
‘Course, sometimes, rarely, you just gotta say screw it and eat what you want.

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Stuff. Some of it a week old.

Changing Speeds to Go the Distance – New York Times

Ten typographic mistakes everyone makes | Life, Tutorials | Receding Hairline
You have got to be kidding me… Although I actually did recently correct a hyphen/dash situation in a critique. In my opinion, hyphen v. dash does change the reading of a sentence.

Remember we forget – Half of Me

I’ve thought to myself, “Why am I like this now? What happened to the old me who was so good at dieting?”

Then I went back and read some of my blog entries and realized that’s a load of crap.

Inflammation triggers cell fusions that could protect neurons, Stanford research shows | Think Gene

BBC NEWS | Health | Ovary problem ‘may aid athletes’

Hooked from the First Cigarette: Scientific American
Too bad it’s not the full article.
I never realized that the “conventional” wisdom was that cigarette addiction was that it developed over years. Anecdotally, I’ve smoked four cigarettes in my life. After the fourth, I have never smoked again. But there are moments when I *really* want to.

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We lost our game last night.  A heartbreaker tie-break hard-cap loss against the #1 undefeated team.  We kept a four point lead on them until the second half and then they came back strong.  We played well, but they played better.  Personally, I felt really good despite being tired.  I don’t remember touching the disc much, but I did catch a long pass for a score put up by Chris.  It’s always nice going deep.  As always, looking forward to playing tomorrow.  And my body still feels good too.

Today, I had permission to take the day off.  Instead, I worked on getting the Entangled Continua theme together for Word Press.  Didn’t finish, but I made a dent.  I really need to get CSS positioning down pat.  I don’t do enough from scratch often enough to get good at it.

For the rest of tonight, I think I’m going to kick back with something to drink and some literature.  Which reminds me, my issue of TIME didn’t show up this week…

Was noncommunicative yesterday. Played some pretty crappy disc, worked in the morning, then I was tired and played EverQuest in the evening.

Today is going okay. I’m almost caught up on the things I wanted done by last night. Not satisfied with the ending of the Cleansing scene. I kind of chicken out, I guess.

Moles ‘good indicator to ageing’
So, longer telomeres are correlated with more moles, and longer telomeres have been correlated less aging effects. That’s a lot of correlating going on there. And moles go away in middle age? I had never heard this before and dare to hope it’s true.

Well, I’d hoped that if anything Potter would engender some reading habits in the young…so I can eventually sell books to them. That is not necessarily the case. But I was rather pleased to hear the 15 year old they interviewed plays ultimate frisbee. The Boston Globe has a similar story and Paula Guran has a few things to say about it as well. Anecdotally, my experience is complete different from Guran’s. I started to read voraciously at about 12 years old. I went from being an active kid to being an awkward adolescent. Books were a good way to pass my time, and probably fed into my awkwardness at the time. I continued to read in large amounts in college. Not only the texts for classes, but recreationally as well. The decline of my reading fiction coincided with my writing of fiction. In the last two years I’ve pushed myself back to reading fiction , for pleasure, but also to learn from it. I will agree that in high school especially, being in advanced classes, the books were awfully dull. I will also agree that the bestseller list has no bearing on reading choices. Never have. Actually the single thing that made reading an appealing and accepted thing in my mind was that my mother read. She was a book nut, rarely reading *to* me (that was my grandpa’s job), but always having a book around. Reading books was normal in our household growing up. The rest of the world, be damned.

Renaming the monsoon season
Anyone who thinks that “severe thunderstorm season” is descriptive of the AZ monsoons has never lived in an area with severe thunderstorms. Personally, when I first moved here I thought using the term monsoon was a joke. In my mind, monsoons happened in Pacific jungles when it rains for two weeks straight. Here is has to do with dew point, dust storms, and occasional spitting rain. Once in a great while, there is a thunderstorm with actual thunder. It lasts maybe twenty minutes and leaves sticky humidity behind. Color me not impressed. As for the confusion factor, the term “monsoon” is described in the media ten times a year at least. Renaming it won’t keep people out of the flash flood areas or provide any stability for the crappy buildings that get damaged by microbursts.

Watching a little tennis, reading a little web.

NYT takes a look at snack packs.
I don’t do the snack pack thing. I’m cheap. I do okay portioning out snacks on my own, though honestly, those are foods I tend to avoid now-a-days. We don’t do chips too often. It’s nuts instead. The only cookies I eat are Kashi’s Dark Chocolate Chip Oatmeal, which are more like a granola bar than a cookie. (But still, a 130 calorie cookie.) They get repackaged into plastic baggies for freshness. What I’d like to see more of is resealable packaging. If you buy a bag of chips, say, and only eat one portion a day, a week later when you eat that last portion, those chip are not going to be worth eating. Still a large bag with seven portions, only six of which you’ll eat is cheaper than a box of six “snack packs.” And less packaging waste too!

Also fm. NYT:
Physiology and the dive to affiliate
A very interesting article about Williams syndrome, and what it might tell us about why gossip and being social is important.

For we are all gossiped about, constantly evaluated by two criteria: Whether we can contribute, and whether we can be trusted.

Not particularly encouraging for hermits who’d really just like to be judged by their competence, not by all the social niceties.
An interesting passing note in the article:

Williams syndrome was first identified in 1961 by Dr. J. C. P. Williams of New Zealand. Williams, a cardiologist at Greenlane Hospital in Auckland, noticed that a number of the hospital’s young cardiac patients were small in stature, had elfin facial features and seemed friendly but in some ways were mentally slow. His published delineation of this syndrome put Dr. Williams on the map — off which he promptly and mysteriously fell. Twice offered a position at the prestigious Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., he twice failed to show, disappearing the second time, in the late ’60s, from London, his last known location, with the only trace an unclaimed suitcase later found in a luggage office.

How very…odd.

Playlist of the night. And probably for several nights to come. FineTune is interesting.

Working, working. The usual. Schedule is in the evening which will make getting work done and going to see league finals difficult. I’ll manage though. Both games have the potential to be very good.

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Genes Take Charge, and Diets Fall by the Wayside
This article could be depressing.  Or not.

“The results did not mean that people are completely helpless to control their weight, Dr. Stunkard said. But, he said, it did mean that those who tend to be fat will have to constantly battle their genetic inheritance if they want to reach and maintain a significantly lower weight.”

It’s kind of like finally being diagnosed with a nameable  disease after being mysteriously sick.  It’s a relief, knowing what you’re up against.  Realistically, I am not in that category that it going to far afield from my weight range.  I don’t get gawd-awful hungry.  I don’t fantasize about eating what I can’t.  But I will have to watch what I eat (and how much I exercise) for the rest of my life if I want to stay the weight I am now.  For the rest of my life.  About eight years back that was a depressing thought that made me very angry (because I was on a food-limiting diet rather than a calorie-limiting diet).  Now, I realize I can have a dinner roll occasionally.  Or ice cream.  Or even forget my budget and eat out occasionally.  It’s all about finding what you can live with.

The question this article and the research doesn’t address is why are there so many more obese and overweight people now than before.  Are so many really bucking the genetic trend in the opposite direction?

You, an Athlete?

I mostly agree with this article, but I don’t think it’s the term ‘athlete’ is part of the identity of most non-athletes that participate in a recreational sport. 

I am not an athlete.  When I rank myself for league, I put myself down as a 1 (below average athleticism).  I never willingly played a sport before ultimate and I used to make fun of runners.  Why run if you’re not being chased?  Generally, I’d rather be indoors, reading, writing, watching movies.  I am not an athlete.

But I am an ultimate frisbee player.  I’m not the fastest, quickest, or best handler, but I’ll do my damnedest with what I’ve got.  Why did I, a non-athlete, end up playing  a fairly physical game like ultimate?  Tangible victories and improvements.  When I started out, I could throw an okay backhand on the side line and couldn’t run for shit.  But, I could occasionally get open, occasionally get the disc, occasionally manage a catchable throw to a teammate.  All those things are victories when you’re new on the field. 

The problem comes when those small victories stop being enough.  About a year and a half in, I wasn’t too much better of a player.  That’s probably what made me unhappy at that time.  If I would have been more aware, I would have known to start defining goals for improvement.  I kept playing while unhappy, because it was keeping my weight down.   Within my  third or fourth year of playing, I started practicing more.  I worked on making my throws longer, learned to curve the disc.  I set goals like making three solid passes per game, throwing solid inside out forehands on the sidelines.  More little victories made me a much happier disc player.  That’s about when I really put on that mantle of being a frisbee player too.

Currently, I also run (though I don’t consider myself a runner).  I run because it’s good for my back, good for my heart.  It keeps my weight down.  I find it pretty cool that I can slowly run four miles and not die.  Without being chased, mind you.  So far, there’s been continuous improvement, from running one mile to four, from a 10 min/mile to a 9 min/mile.  Eventually, if I don’t strive to improve, I probably will get tired of the activity.  I kind of balk at putting more effort into running, but I do like having it as an activity.  Therefore, I’ll have to put more effort in at some point.  Going along as I am, will only last so long.

Of course the real question is:  Is it the same for writing?  The need for little victories is there, but feedback after improvement is sketchy…  It’s hard to know when you’re doing well.