Saturday, January 8, 2011

Slow Carb Diet

I'm trying a diet with a few coworkers.  It's called a "slow carb diet," and slow refers to how fast the body turns the carbs into glucose.  Slow carbs have a low glycemic index.

The diet is outlined in the book, Four Hour Body, and in this blog post by the author, Timothy Ferris.  One of the other things he recommends is to keep track of what you eat by using photos (instead of calorie counting or a journal.)  To that end, I've started a diet blog.  It's called My Slow Carb Diet.

Sharing the photos is easy.  In blogger, you can enable blog updates by email or text message.  After I've taken a picture with my phone, it offers to send it someplace.  I choose to send it to my blog via email.  It's simple and quick.  If you're an iPhone user, has an app that makes it even easier.

If you are doing or will do the same thing, share your blog in the comments, and I'll follow it.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Never Let Me Go (2010)

Based on a book of the same name (I haven't read,) it takes place in an alternate universe Britain in the 90s.  The acting was very good, and the story was somewhat slow; but interesting throughout.  It's a meditative thought experiment set in a slightly science fiction setting.

I enjoyed it; though, I found the premise implausible.  It's one of those that I can't expound on without ruining the experience.

I would recommend it if you are into more "artsy" sci-fi.  It's in the same vein as Gattaca; but not as spectacular.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Engagement photos for my niece

Rachel and Steve at the Dallas Arboretum
We spent last Sunday taking pictures. The weather was really pleasant, and it was a great time. Special thanks to my other niece, Rianna, for assisting.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Weekend Project: Hanger on laundry sorter

We've had a laundry sorter with a hanger on our wish list for a while now. I recently did some shopping for one, and the closest to what we wanted was over a hundred dollars. The thing is, we already have a laundry sorter that we like. We just wish there was a hanger on it.

What to do? Why, put on on there myself.

I spent a few hours this weekend and produced this:

I used a couple of 10' PVC pipes. They were 1 inch, high pressure pipes for sturdiness. To mount the hanger on the cart, I cut the 'T' fittings into half circles and fastened them to the cart handles with band clamps. The handles are not round which gives unexpected stability once the band clamps where tightened. I thought I might have to put cross members on it to keep it from lurching; but it is very solid.

Total cost: about 4 hours of time (including shopping and cleanup) + $27 in material.