triadruid: Picture of Uni the annoying little unicorn from the D&D television show. (I'm a sheep)
Hello, Dreamwidth/LiveJournal... it's been 34 days since my last confession entry. Actually that seems to be the new pattern, looking back at January and such. Oh well, that means I'm living life, right? Sorta. Life is indeed busy, but some of it is good (really good) and some is really weird/bad.

Thing the First: I'm COVERED in poison-ivy-or-something-like right now, and I'm one of those lucky folks who can transfer minute amounts of urushiol from one part of my body to another, even though that's not supposed to be possible. I'm 99% sure I got it at the annual Blue River Rescue, but it's driving me batty. Topical creams aren't doing crap, so half the time I'm zoned out on Benadryl. I think I've got some in my shoes from several years ago too that keeps giving me foot blisters, and just learned that you can supposedly deactivate it with a hot wash cycle. Worth it even if it trashes my shoes' finish. BATTY I TELL YOU.

Thing the 2nd: Just finished cardiac rehabilitation - by the end I'd ran 5k (on a treadmill), ran a 7:56 mile, and only tried to pass out once. I've got a much better idea of my current cardiac capacity (AND limits!) which is kind of the point... still should get a HR monitor, but finances are tight enough right now to make it a lower priority. Still doing Fitocracy and still find it useful as a motivator, but they've just pushed through an *unfortunate* graphical redesign that is only slowly getting better. The problem with Internet startups is that they can try to Chase All The Things too much and end up doing nothing very well, but the people of the site are fantastic. If you were interested when I announced it before, they are now out of beta and you no longer need an invite to join. I'm 'naybliss' there; I think if you are on FB it will give you an autoprompt for friends you know there.

Thing the 2nd-and-a-half: Having finished cardiac rehab, K and I wanted to join a gym to keep going. One of my rehab nurses mentioned the Bene-Fit gym near us in the Red Bridge Shopping Center; turns out after going there that she's related to the owner! Also one of our neighbors works the front desk, and recognized us by our car. Heh, small world, etc. Anyway, we've gone twice so far and it's a very nice little gym. Decent hours, especially for an independently-run establishment. And the price is right; Bronze membership starts at just $10/month!

Thing the 2nd-and-two-thirds: Speaking of finances, 'bounced' my bank account the other day in a surprising turn of events. We've been dining out more and made a few bigger purchases lately, but that's no excuse for not keeping better track. Was able to transfer things around and avoid any major problems, but meh, embarrassing.

Part E: Boulevard has a Barleywine. A rye barleywine, and it's frickin' amazing. Complex, rich, warm, colorful, fantastic finish, and 11%ABV to boot. Whee? Related: Martin City Brewing Company is pretty awesome for a new restaurant, despite not (yet) having their own brewery license in place. Both the food and the staff are excellent, though the place can be a little loud (uhh, we helped with that problem, actually).

ζ: Mafia Scum suffered a catastrophic, unpredictable server outage that wiped out months of posts due to a suboptimal backup procedure. Many games were recovered via the amazing utilization of Google Cache by some very clever users, but my latest giant game got destroyed. Which is not the tragedy it could have been, as the game was just Too Damn Big and flawed in its core. Still, it's both stunted my desire to run games for a while and (hopefully) rekindled my efforts to work on the back end and site skins. Time will tell...

Seventhly: Finally finished painting the front door yesterday. When it got surprise-replaced last fall, we got the wild-ass idea of painting it copper, but that's not really a practical basecoat color for insurance contractors to implement. So we got a basecoat down in a sort of pumpkin color and then it got too cold to paint the glaze on. I'll try to get a picture posted soon, but it really does look surprisingly like http://www.kpcopper.com/doors/7-DoorPanels-In-1s.jpg

Ochtú: Miss the gaming; we've been SUPERbusy lately and less frivolous (well, sort-of) pursuits have taken precedence. Exercising in particular is becoming addictive in a good way... Games Night still happens, of course, but the RPGs are on the backburner. Ideas continue to flow, which is a step beyond first-world-problems, I'm guessing.

3*3: We'll be missing JordanCon this year, it appears. The massive drive, the expense-per-unit-of-fun (not that it's not fun, but it's really concentrated in one fandom, for the most part) and general burnout on extroverted activities led us to this conclusion. I think we'll end up going out of town somewhere that weekend anyway, just someplace closer and quieter. Going next year AFTER the release of the final book is probably a better use of limited resources. K and I are almost to the end of TFoH in our rereadaloud, with an excellent book coming next. A coworker who also happens to be a total wotfan gifted me the audiobooks in digital format too, so I've put them on the mp3 player and started listening to them in one ear at work. Funny how much of the first book I have near-memorized after 15 rereads...

Lastish: All complaining aside, life is pretty good. There's other stuff going on that is either too small or too private to mention, but if you made it this far, well done.
triadruid: Rat in a skinner box, pressing on the lever. Caption: Do Not Want! (skinner box)
Can anybody debunk/source this? It makes sense in a way, but also sounds a bit like voodoo science... the original poster didn't cite a source, and it's on a private forum so I can't link to the thread, sorry.

It's important to understand that fructose is isocaloric but not isometabolic. This means you can have the same amount of calories from fructose or glucose, fructose and protein, or fructose and fat, but the metabolic effect will be entirely different despite the identical calorie count. This is largely because different nutrients provoke different hormonal responses, and those hormonal responses determine, among other things, how much fat you accumulate. This is why the idea that you can lose weight by counting calories simply doesn't work...

Fructose is metabolized primarily by your liver, whereas glucose is metabolized in every cell of your body.

Every cell in your body, including your brain, utilizes glucose. Therefore, much of it is "burned up" immediately after you consume it. By contrast, fructose is turned into free fatty acids (FFAs), VLDL (the damaging form of cholesterol), and triglycerides, which get stored as fat.

For example, when you eat 120 calories of glucose, less than one calorie is stored as fat. 120 calories of fructose results in 40 calories being stored as fat. Consuming fructose is essentially consuming fat.

Also, glucose suppresses the hunger hormone ghrelin and stimulates leptin, which suppresses your appetite. Fructose has no effect on ghrelin and interferes with your brain's communication with leptin, resulting in overeating.
triadruid: Apollo and the Raven, c. 480 BC , Pistoxenus Painter  (Default)
I feel like I'm No Fun lately. I'm not sure it's true, and I'm not fishing for compliments; just kinda... worn threadbare.

Yesterday was Action!Packed!
Handfastings! )

Flirting! AIDS! Lightning Storms! )

Dinner! Failure! Dinner? Failure! Dinner and a Show, finally )

All's well that ends well? )

Not my best day. On the other hand, I've had a lot worse.
triadruid: Apollo and the Raven, c. 480 BC , Pistoxenus Painter  (Default)
The box is MUCH too small.

Reminders

Feb. 4th, 2008 12:30 pm
triadruid: Apollo and the Raven, c. 480 BC , Pistoxenus Painter  (Default)
1) If you live in Missouri (or are a Democrat in Kansas), tomorrow is voting day. Go vote before work/in the morning/on your lunch hour. Whenever you do it, vote. No bitching for the next 2-8 years if you don't, kids. (Kansas Republicans caucus next Saturday; Kansas Democrats caucus tomorrow night)

2) I say to vote early in the day, because that evening is [livejournal.com profile] kittenpants' birthday shindig. Dinner is at Matsu Japanese Restaurant in Westport (Westport KCMO, not Connecticut) at 6:30 or so, to give us enough time to eat before the Flogging Molly show at the Beaumont Club at 8. Word is that there are still tickets available for Flogging Molly, last I checked: $22 at the box office, $22+exorbitant fees through Ticketmaster.

Of course, if you're not going out with us, you can vote until 7. But vote. Please?

P.S. If you haven't RSVPed to [livejournal.com profile] featherynscale already about dinner, please do so here so we can give Matsu a headcount. They're not a super-large restaurant...
triadruid: Roland Deschain from the Dark Tower novel "The Gunslinger", looking at a raven sitting on a skull on the ground. (hope)
Thought about doing the "26 letters for 26 questions" meme going around, but ran into some roadblocks when it started talking about "Favorite ..." - I don't have a lot of favorite things (singular). [livejournal.com profile] featherynscale and I were talking about this the other day, in the context of anomie or an unhealthy inability to distinguish preferences (sometimes masked as "too cool to find anything cool"). I don't think that's what goes on in my head; more like I have a hard time narrowing down to just one preferred choice (this makes going to a restaurant or going shopping with me particularly frustrating, and it has since I was a kid).

So in avoidance of that habit, here's some Things I Love (in the vein of the Pitch's This Week We Love, maybe):
  • The Studio Restaurant; this place has been my saving ^*$%*#& grace in working downtown the last couple of months. Between a shortened lunch hour and the dearth of non-sandwich-shop options within walking distance from City Hall, it's been an actual restaurant that serves pretty good food at very good prices. Mostly, though, they've got the friendliest wait-staff I've ever met. One lady not only remembered that I like wheat bread when I do get sandwiches, but chatted me up about South Beach and has taken to trying it herself for the new year. The other waitress I usually get there regales me with stories of her dead husband who was also a fantasy/sci-fi aficionado, and her most recent D&D games (the way she broke into that conversation was a story in and of itself). They're also the same place that had the "Don't use this stall. Even if you really have to go. We mean it. There's one around the corner. It's locked for a reason. etc..." page-length sign in their men's bathroom a month or so ago, which I unfortunately failed to get a picture of before they fixed it. If downtown wasn't such a bear to get to, I'd suggest it for Supper Club, as it's also locally owned and operated.
  • Imminent new-computer-ness. My D: drive has begun to crop up some weird errors last week (while doing my data backup, naturally), so this is apparently just in the nick of time, and I'm actually excited about being able to play with Linux again. Maybe this weekend?
  • The Amnesia Campaign has continued to be both entertaining and interesting; most recent events include a Gunslinger-style showdown with an entire village of werewolves (highlight was a player declaring "this is like something out of Stephen King) and charging "thorn dogs" - okay, really a Lesser Battlebriar with elven backup (now that we've finally gotten the players out of civilization, combat became a lot more plausible). Next time...well, they'll just have to wait and see, won't they? Muahah. Haha. Ha.
My brain is still wholly full and my schedule nearly so, but it seemed worth noting a few things that were abolutely "right" in the world at the moment, to keep perspective up.
triadruid: Apollo and the Raven, c. 480 BC , Pistoxenus Painter  (Default)
I present the following without comment: Zombie Food Pyramid.
triadruid: Apollo and the Raven, c. 480 BC , Pistoxenus Painter  (Default)
For now, I gift [livejournal.com profile] saffronhare, [livejournal.com profile] featherynscale, and anyone else who wants it with The Dough-Naughts of Unknown Kadath.
triadruid: Apollo and the Raven, c. 480 BC , Pistoxenus Painter  (Default)
So I guess that's another chalk mark on the "getting old" meter: I went on my first "diet" today. The metabolism of a 16-year-old has become, if not that of an actual 32-year-old, at least that of someone in their mid-20s. Granted, it's the South Beach diet, so it's more about eating healthily than actually limiting portions and whatnot, but it's a bit of a paradigm shift for me to actually be aware of what I eat. I've always taken "omnivore" as a credo, not just an identifier. This will be paired, of course, with an upswing in exercise, time and energy allowing.

On a not-entirely-but-mostly unrelated note, I noticed my C:\ drive is sitting at about 97% of full today. What do most of you use to eliminate unwanted pounds bytes? Obviously temporary internet files are high on the list, as is the 7.whatever GB Spider-Man 3 trailer on my desktop (which I realized shortly after I left the house, and can be deleted as soon as [livejournal.com profile] featherynscale sees it), but only having about 570MB left is a little unsettling to me. Also, that's just my C:\ drive (mostly programs), not D:\ (documents) or M:\ (music, which has its own problems).

Also and, new icon. Whee!
triadruid: Apollo and the Raven, c. 480 BC , Pistoxenus Painter  (Default)
We're baaaaack. Mostly. Provided the technological devices work today. If not, we might be back later (as of last night, the Internets, space heater, and digital camera were all acting up). But the dog, and cat, and the three of us, are all still alive, so that's a good start. Let me sum up...

Yule! )

Key West!! )
Home!!! )
triadruid: Apollo and the Raven, c. 480 BC , Pistoxenus Painter  (Default)
What I did over my October Saturday )

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