18 April 2016

Health kick 2 year update, and defending Ancel Keys

Something occurred to me during my transition to a low sugar diet. If you think about it, it makes no sense that cholesterol in eggs, or saturated fat, would be harmful to humans. Our species has been raising chickens for around 4,000 years, and surviving on fatty meat for tens of thousands of years. Sugar, on the other hand, only became a regular part of most people’s diets between the 17th and 19th Centuries. ... Read more

10 April 2016

Rational self maintenance

People shower a lot. On average, every day. Scientists seem to think that the amount we need to shower is more like once or twice a week. I’m on the scientific end of the spectrum in winter, and more average in summer when it’s disgustingly hot here. My main problem with showers in winter is that eventually you have to get out of them. So apparently daily showers are yet another thing we were convinced to do by advertisers, in order to sell more product. ... Read more

4 April 2016

Me ol’ bamboo

This morning I was digging bamboo. Not in the “Oh wow, bamboo is so groovy” sense, but in the sense of bending the tines of a garden fork trying to dig the damn stuff out of the ground. To hell with everything about bamboo. It doesn’t even taste good. I don’t need bits of stick in my curry, even if it’s authentic. You can hire goats to cut your lawn, is there somewhere I can hire a bunch of pandas? ... Read more

18 March 2016

Methane feedback loop

I’ve posted about this before, but it’s been suspected for over a decade that global warming could trigger the sudden release of methane from permafrost, leading to a methane feedback loop. In the last year, Arctic temperatures suddenly rose much faster than the rest of the world, blowing straight past the 2°C target to a 3°C average. Now here’s NOAA’s latest graph of the growth rate of atmospheric methane: Notice that it’s not even restricted to the north pole. ... Read more

17 March 2016

Mathematics is an elder god

There are quite a few movies which suggest that a mathematically-inclined mind makes you prone to depression. In fact, not that many famous mathematicians suffered crippling mental illness, apart from David Hilbert, Georg Cantor, Kurt Gödel, Alan Turing, Isaac Newton, Carl Gauss, Pierre de Fermat, Alexander Grothendieck, John Nash, Paul Erdös, Henri Poincaré, Bernhard Riemann, Joseph-Louis Lagrange, Évariste Galois, Ludwig Boltzmann, Marius Lie, Emil Post, Charles Babbage, Augustin Cauchy, Pierre-Simon Laplace, and Blaise Pascal…

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