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I’ve been a big fan of WolframAlpha for several years now. The sheer amount of data in the system, as well as the functions that can be applied to the data, is staggering. Well, Stephen Wolfram and his team have outdone themselves with Wolfram Language. This is real next level, game changing tech.
I can’t wait to try this!
Still not much progress. Last week was a waste – I came down with a cold which lasted all week, resulting in no gym time.
Diet has been OK, but still not tracking daily. What seems to happen is that I start off the day tracking everything, and then by the time I make it home, I eat whatever and don’t go through the effort to enter it on MFP. That needs to stop.
I’ve also noticed that I need a snack at 3:00 every day. Since I don’t have something healthy close at hand, I grab M&Ms from the company’s stash. I need to have something better available.
I also had a few drinks during the week, which is not part of the plan.
What I’ll do (differently) this week:
- I plan to make it to spin class tomorrow AM to kick the week off on the right note, and will work out every day during the week
- Track everything in MFP
- No alcohol during the week
I’m going nowhere fast. After a month of trying to be good, I’m up 0.2 lbs as of this AM.
Here’s the good and the bad:
Gym – I’ve stepped up the exercise in the past week or two. I’m lifting 3x/week, and the boys have been going with me (which helps motivate me to go after a long day at work). I have also started doing spin class 2-3x/week, which kicks my ass.
Lunches – mostly lean chicken breast which I bring in from home, along with avocado or green veggies. If I do buy lunch, it’s high protein/fat and low carb.
Not tracking diet – it has been 9 days since I last updated MFP, and I know I’ve been going over my limits. I just don’t know by how much. Tracking calories and macros makes you much more aware of how much you’re eating/drinking, as well as the contents of the food.
Alcohol – the plan was to not drink M-Th, and I haven’t been sticking to the plan. It may only be a drink or two (or three), but my body processes the alcohol before the fat, which is not good.
Snacking – I’ve been snacking too often, and even worse, I’ve been reaching for the carbs. M&Ms at work, popcorn at home. Not the end of the world, but it’s not helping.
Dinners – my wife is a great cook, and I’ve been eating what she makes for dinner. Problem is it’s not always what I should be eating. This goes along with tracking – I need to ensure that I’m eating the “correct” number of calories, and that it fits my macros.
Time to correct!
ClarusX is a system utility that allows you to change the Mac OS X Mavericks page setup and print dialog icons (aka “boring guy”) to various dogcattle.
Long live Clarus. Moof!
“Mr. Macintosh is a mysterious little man who lives inside each Macintosh computer,” Jobs reportedly said. “He pops up every once and a while, when you least expect it, and then winks at you and disappears again. It will be so quick that you won’t be sure if you saw him or not. We’ll plant references in the manuals to the legend of Mr. Macintosh, and no one will know if he’s real or not.”
Practically trembling with excitement, Steve Jobs continued to imagine all the weird, funny ways in which users would interact with Mr. Macintosh.
“One out of every thousand or two times that you pull down a menu, instead of the normal commands, you’ll get Mr. Macintosh, leaning against the wall of the menu,” Steve exclaimed. “He’ll wave at you, then quickly disappear. You’ll try to get him to come back, but you won’t be able to!”
What Jobs imagined was the digital equivalent of the Lilliputian orchestras that live inside the stereo which imaginative parents tell their children make every radio work. But instead of just joking about it, Jobs actually wanted to make it happen. Inspired by the revolutionary graphic user interface created by Xerox PARC, Apple had spent the last three years building a computer that would change the world, and here Jobs was, talking about programming an 8-bit version of the Teeny Little Super Guy right into the core of the operating system.
Hertzfeld thought it was awesome.
Overall, my first week went well. High points include:
- Weight descended from 183.8 down to 181.8 M-Th
- Abstained from alcohol on all weekdays except one, and limited alcohol to one glass of red wine
- Managed to lift twice, and learned that the gym at the racquet club that I belong to is mostly empty after 7:30 PM. Makes January at the gym easier to deal with
- On a side note, I also talked my 15 year old son to lift with me, and now my 13 year old also wants to go
- Still haven’t figured out how/when to incorporate stretching and body weight exercises into daily routine
- Sunday turned into a mess. I ran 2 miles in the afternoon, fasted until 5:00 PM, but then binged on alcohol and carbs later that night while watching TV
- Weight at week end was back up to 183.2, for a net loss of 0.6 lbs. Definitely not the 1.5 lbs I was shooting for
- Must track diet every day for entirety of plan
- Weekends cannot be a free for all. Must stick to plan as much as possible
- Fasting for too long in the day can often backfire, resulting in binging
- Need to solve the riddle of when to do stretching and bodyweight exercises
- Need to get into ketosis and stay there
Lots of different versions of Kate Bush’s classic 1978 song “Wuthering Heights” on YouTube.
Kate’s original version
Kate’s “red dress” version
New vocals c.1986
Ultra Slow Wuthering Heights (36 minutes!)
Amazing – man sings “Wuthering Heights” in original key (that must have hurt)
Noel Fielding does “Wuthering Heights”
The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain
The Puppini Sisters
Laura Bunting on “The Voice Australia”