13 May 2014

Health Kick: Your mileage may vary

Where I’m coming from I’m mostly vegetarian, and definitely not vegan. (Not that there’s anything wrong with that.) My vegetarianism is mostly a matter of taste preference — I’ve never enjoyed the taste of meat, right from early childhood. I only liked eating meat if it was processed to hide the texture, and put in plenty of sauce to hide the taste. Once I stopped living with my parents I figured I might as well find other things to put in sauce. ... Read more

12 May 2014

Health Kick 2014

Just after Christmas, I went to put on a pair of jeans and discovered that they would no longer fit. I stood on the scale, and discovered that my weight had hit 88kg. My height is 1.84m. That means that according to the minimum risk curve, my optimum weight is 80kg. You might be aware of the fact that some studies suggest being slightly overweight leads to lower mortality. That’s true, but only across the entire male population; if you separate it into smokers and non-smokers, the non-smokers have a minimum mortality at a lower BMI, around 23-24. ... Read more

9 May 2014

FiveFingers of love

So, Vibram have settled a class-action lawsuit accusing them of making health claims that weren’t scientifically justified. Deadspin had a snotty post which linked to a scientific study which summarizes the situation quite nicely: While performance benefits may exist, injury may also occur from the added stress of running without the benefit of cushioning under the foot. […] Conclusion: Runners interested in transitioning to minimalist running shoes, such as Vibram FiveFingers should transition very slowly and gradually in order to avoid potential stress injury in the foot. ... Read more

30 April 2014

Wait, who?

Some quotes from John R. Bolton: 1994: “…there is no United Nations… there is an international community that occasionally can be led by the only real power left in the world, and that´s the United States, when it suits our interests, and when we can get others to go along.” 2001: “Beyond al Qaeda, the most serious concern is Iraq. Iraq’s biological weapons program remains a serious threat to international security. ... Read more

30 April 2014


In the mailbox today: The Oriental Trading “fun&faith” catalog, full of Christian-themed party crafts, toys and gifts for Bible camp. Now, I fully recognize that there’s a need for decorate-your-own cross kits, religious jewelry pieces, Jesus diorama materials and the like, but this catalog has some seriously weird stuff in it. There’s a whole section on the Agents of Truth, a secret undercover spy Bible study school, complete with top secret prayer box, active duty badge, and special agent for god vest (bulletproof? ... Read more

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