Evil Genius Chronicles Podcast for August 31 2015 – DDOP 28

In this episode, I answer the question of what advice I would recommend for a first-time attendee of Dragon*Con.

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Evil Genius Chronicles Podcast for Aug 30 2015 – The Correct Decision

In this celebratory 400th episode, I play a song from Michelle Malone; I discuss the notion of worry vs concern and accepting of situations; I talk about Derek Colanduno thinking Eat to Live is woo; I reminisce about my days in the ebook startup world and wonder if I am an Amazon apologist and talk a little about life in a world drowning in content.

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Eat to Live Before and After Pictures

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Here is some photographic example of what I’ve been talking about with Eat To Live. The left picture was taken the day I started, the one on the right this week. There is about a 34 pound difference between the two. I note that I don’t look that radically different, but I’m more generally concave in the before and convex in the after. Although “After” is a misnomer because I’m not stopping anytime soon. “Late Middle” might be a better way to refer to it.

Also, I was not deliberately making a miserable face in the first picture. I am actually smiling in every photo I took except the first day. This isn’t some kind of late night commercial thing, where I am trying to make the before as putzlike as possible. It just worked out that way.

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Evil Genius Chronicles Podcast for Aug 29 2015 – DDOP 26

In this episode, I answer the question: what would your advice be to someone who wants to start blogging and podcasting, but can’t ever seem to make it happen?

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Evil Genius Chronicles Podcast for Aug 28 2015 – DDOP 25

In this episode, I answer self-serving questions! Hey, there were asked. Do I have any plans that I need more Patrons to achieve? And what is the future of stuff packages? Are they still purchasable?

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Evil Genius Chronicles Podcast for Aug 27 2015 – DDOP 24

In this episode, I answer the questions: What happened with the song you wrote? Do you have any others in the hopper? What is happening with your book? Do you have any interest in consumer solar panels?

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Two Months on Eat To Live

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I’ve now been on the Eat to Live plan for two months and a day. Total tally: I have lost 33 pounds so far. I started at 211 pounds in late June, I weighed 178 pounds this morning. At the 5 week mark when the plan loosened up and allowed me to eat some meat and other things prohibited in the first part, I weighed 185 pounds. So, I lost 26 pounds the first five weeks, and 7 the next three weeks. I can live with that. One of the questions for me would be whether I would continue to lose weight, stall out or even gain weight when the plan changed. That I am still losing is plenty good for me, whatever rate it is at.

If you look at the chart, it is pretty easy to identify my birthday. For one whole day I allowed myself a bacchanalia. The next morning I weighed 7 pounds more than the previous. That isn’t to say I put on 7 pounds of fat. I pigged out but didn’t eat 20,000 calories that day (nor could my body actually store that much in a single day.) I’m pretty sure most of that weight is the result of allowing myself lots of salty foods that I would normally avoid or eat in moderation. The Crafty Rooster trip with lots of bacon-cheese chips and french fries, beers and burger is not a meal I eat as often as I used to but once in a while is fine.

Right before my birthday, I went in for a routine checkup which included the standard blood work panel for a guy of my age. For every panel of my life, my total cholesterol has been low (usually low outside the normal range.) However, my HDL cholesterol is usually even lower than that, and my ratio is always too high. This time, for the first time ever my ratio was in range. This seems like a wild success to me. My blood pressure is lower than when I started, my weight is back in the range of a 24 year low for me. By all the empirical data I have, everything about this plan has been a rousing success.

Just this week Derek Colanduno of Skepticality posted a link to a blog article refuting Eat to Live. Derek himself called the diet “woo”, and the article by Adele Hite seems to want to “blow the lid” off this plan. In paragraph one she makes a big point that she’s never read the book. Then she rejects the claim that 100 calories of broccoli has more protein than 100 calories of steak. She points out that he cited older sources so using the more up to date references means that broccoli only has 75% as much, not more. OK, fair enough. However, the main point he was making is that eating less meat (no meat for six weeks, modest amounts after) will not mean that you consume catastrophically low amounts of protein.

From there, she goes on about how you can’t get all the amino acids you need just from broccoli. This is a valiant slaying of a straw man, refuting a point exactly no one makes. In the book (the one she has never read) Fuhrman does not advocate eating solely broccoli. He advocates eating a variety of leafy greens, cruciferous vegetables, tomatoes, carrots, mushrooms, beans, raw unsalted nuts, avocados and other foods. This is specifically to make sure you get all the nutrients that your body needs – amino acids, vitamins, minerals, etc. I think if the skeptic community wants to take on this eating regimen as “woo” based on a misunderstanding of the recommendation by people who haven’t read the book, that’s a bad idea. When I watch people I respect with a knee-jerk condemnation of something on a really shaky basis, it weakens the brand and means I am going to be slower to believe the next alarm.

If you think that recommending eating mostly salad and vegetables while limiting the amount of sweets, dairy, grains and meat that you eat is a bizarre fad diet, I don’t know what to tell you. Is there anyone who finds this a controversial weight loss plan? I don’t have a wealth of data points on this, but I don’t know yet of anyone who has bounced off of this plan or had bad results. I know that I am now 7 pounds under what I considered my best case outcome and still losing. I couldn’t be happier.

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Evil Genius Chronicles Podcast for August 26 2015 – DDOP 23

In this episode, I answer two questions: What topic is there that I want to find a podcast about? When do I listen to podcasts vs music?

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Evil Genius Chronicles Podcast for August 25 2015 – DDOP 22

In this episode, I answer two questions: What are my guilty pleasures? and What 70s punk from San Francisco did I like?

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Evil Genius Chronicles Podcast for Aug 24 2015 – DDOP 21

In this episode, I answer the questions: Who is David Letterman talking to in the intro? What were the early occupations you wanted to do as a child? Did your parents have any nicknames for you?

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Punkin Music Insight of the Day

Listening to Olivia Newton John’s “Have You Never Been Mellow” on a sound system.

Me: “This is an old song, so old I know it.”
Punkin: “Is it from the 80s?”
Me: “No, older. It is from the 70s.”
Punkin: “I think it is from the 800s!”
Me: “It might as well be.”

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Evil Genius Chronicles Podcast for Aug 23 2015 – DDOP 20

In this episode, I answer a few questions: Have I ever played role playing games? What does my family think of the podcast? Am I exercising? What is the deal with the Church of the Subgenius?

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Evil Genius Chronicles Podcast for Aug 22 2015 – DDOP 19

In this episode, I answer a question about podcasting vs YouTube and whether it is going to replace other media?

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Thunderstruck

That thunderstorm last night seems to have fried the cable box and TV. Nothing else, just those two items.

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Evil Genius Chronicles Podcast for Aug 21 2015 – DDOP 18

In this episode, I answer the question of whether there will ever be more episodes of the Reality Break Podcast.

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New Low

I just saw a weight under 180 lbs for the first time since I was 24, half my life ago.

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Evil Genius Chronicles Podcast for Aug 20 2015 – 11th Anniversary!

In this episode, I play a song by the Gentle Readers and talk a little about my history with the band; I celebrate the 11th anniversary of this show; I talk about Clinton Alvord and his discussion of a new podcasting article; I riff on the podcasts that give me joy and how that metric gets applied; I talk about some big name podcasts that fail to bring me joy and what I want from the medium. We all go home happy.

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Evil Genius Chronicles Podcast for Aug 19 2015 – DDOP 16

In this episode, in preparation for the 11th anniversary podcast tomorrow I answer a two part question: How do I think today’s podcast landscape is better or worse than the early days? and What is one defunct podcast from those early days that I really miss?

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Evil Genius Chronicles Podcast for Aug 18 2015 – DDOP 15

In this episode, I answer the question: what is currently giving me joy?

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Evil Genius Chronicles Podcast for Aug 17 2015 – DDOP 14

In this episode, I answer a two part question: why do I talk less about money and more about time nowadays, and what advice would I give to my 30-something self?

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