Vote Trump

No joke, I need a “Vote Trump” shirt by Sunday. Where can I find one in Charlotte or Newark?

Baby Boomer Die Off

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I’ve seen some variation of the reaction to a celebrity death with “This is a horrible month/year/decade” probably 50 times in the last week. Buckle up, butter cups. This is barely the beginning, and expect this to accelerate dramatically for the next 20 to 30 years. The first wave of Baby Boomers are hitting 70. The death rate of celebrities and non-celebrities alike will accelerate as the bubble of people of dying age gets larger. All those musicians and actors you paid attention to between 1960 and 2000 are old, and all of them will die sooner or later. Welcome to sooner. This is the new normal.

PS – I still have yet to score a point in the Mad at Dad Musician Deathpool.

Ted Taxonomy

Here for the first time, a complete taxonomy of Ted Talks.

  • Ted Talk: Someone with a wireless headset talking profoundiness gibberish about some heart rending nonsense
  • TedX Talk: No actual penetration
  • TedXXX Talk: Malcolm Gladwell 69s with Madeline Albright

You are welcome, internet.

Stamps.com

Does anyone have experience with Stamps.com? I have a lot of shipping to do for the next 6 weeks and it would make things easier. However, I’m not wild about paying $15/month forever when I’m not using it much. If I use my favorite podcaster’s affiliate code, get the bonus offer and sign up, what is my minimum commitment? If it is a whole year, that extra $150 in monthly fees makes it a far less attractive deal.

More on Eat To Live

I received a question in email asking if I felt energetic over the past 5 weeks. The short answer is yes, I do go the gym — which isn’t necessarily part of the diet. Some versions of this ask you to not exercise while you recalibrate your body’s relationship with food. Exercise makes you hungrier and there is more evidence that while it has many health benefits, you can’t exercise your way out of being overweight without changing what you eat.

I have heard other concerns that maybe eating this way means consuming too few calories to be reasonable, particularly if you start very overweight. This doesn’t seem like a concern to me. The whole point of the plan is to select the subset of food you can eat, and then eat as much of that as you need to not be hungry. The very point is to flood your body with nutrients and never be deprived of them.

I’m not schooled in the biochemistry of it, but it seems like it works because your body is almost certainly taking in fewer calories than you burn (it is difficult to eat 2000 calories worth of kale or spinach or romaine lettuce each day) but also keeping you fed at the nutrient level. Since your body knows it isn’t starving because all nutritional needs are met, fat is released pretty regularly and not hoarded.

Doing some envelope math: If I lost 25 pounds and half was water and half was fat, that means my body released 43,750 calories back into my system. Over the course of 35 days, that would be an average of 1,250 calories a day. So whatever calories I consumed, I had a good chunk of each day’s energy supplied just by the stored fat that was released. I don’t think there is much danger of lethargy on this plan, and there is no deprivation. Any time you feel hungry, you should eat. Hunger isn’t the problem, it really is more about trying to choke down giant salads. I still have the salad I made yesterday, despite eating it for both lunch and dinner.

Batman vs Superman

I saw the Batman Vs Superman trailer before the Avengers. It did an excellent job of dissipating any remaining interest I had in the movie.

Life After Knowledge

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I really enjoyed Knowledge 15 last week. As always, it was a blast meeting customers, partners and coworkers. I always leave excited and exhausted. This is the fourth day since I got home and I am still tired. It’s a challenge getting back into the swing of my normal life and ordinary daily work but I will do my best.

Now I am anxiously waiting on Knowledge 16. It will be at the same place, Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, May 15 – 20, 2016. I will do my best to be involved in pre-conference training because I find that enjoyable and valuable. If I met you this year, be gentle on me next year when I have forgotten your name. I’ve forgotten hundreds of them!

LetterMo 2015

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I just realized with horror that we are already into February. The weekend with two child’s birthday parties – one for my own – left me not thinking too hard about the calendar. That means that if I’m going to do The Month of Letters Challenge I’m already two days behind.

I’ve done it twice and then didn’t do it last year for much the same reason. Somewhere in the middle of February 2014 I noticed that I had never started, and was far enough behind I didn’t pursue it. It is great fun and a great way to connect to friends and family. There is something nice about receiving a nice piece of mail and nice about sending it. Much in the way that I am interested in zines and minicomics because they are somatic and physical, I am interested in LetterMo. So much of my life is digital and on the computer that now and then it is pleasurable to return to the tactile with things like the participant stickers you can affix to your mail.

So, I’m starting at a deficit but I’m doing it anyway. The plan is send mail for 23 days (the shortest month anyway with a mail holiday in the middle.) I’ll do that, and either make up the time on Sundays or go a bit into March. The specifics don’t matter, just doing something does.

I’m in. Who else is with me? A Month of Letters is on Google+ and Facebook, so dive right in.

Storm of … Oh My

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I just got to the 60% point in Storm of Swords. Oh. Oh. Yes, I see what the Game of Thrones TV show watchers were on about. I think I have officially outrun the spoilers now on this 15 year old novel. I can read a little easier now.

But seriously, I am glad I made it this far knowing as little as I did. It was impossible to avoid mentions of The Red Wedding in pop culture but I did not see it coming as it did, even as I was getting upon it and completely primed for it. Well done, George R. R. Martin!

OK No

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I know as a person of certain tribes I am supposed to squee with delight at the idea of OK Go and/or a new song/video from them. But I don’t. I am filled with a giant sense of apathy. I don’t hate what they do, but I just don’t care, not about the music, not about the videos, nothing.

I got to the point in my podcast queue where their most recent appearance on The Nerdist came up. I got through the intro and a couple of minutes into the show and decided that my listening time and attention would better be placed anywhere else. Instead I listened to Mike and Rich of the Flash-back podcast talk in excruciating detail about the first issue of the Flash: Season Zero comic book. I made the right call.

I didn’t delete the file. I’ll give it another shot on a different day and see if that changes my mood. Like all of these things, I don’t feel proud for my apathy. I just feel nothing.

Xmas Songs

I did a good job of avoiding Xmas songs until after Thanksgiving. I’m OK with most of the traditional ones but the modern rock holiday songs are mostly dreadful beyond belief. I would prefer to never hear McCartney’s “Simply Having …” again in my life. The Eagles, etc etc are all terrible. I don’t even like the Springsteen version of “Santa Claus is Coming To Town”.

There are three modern holiday songs that always perk me up and I can listen to in whatever Target or Walgreens I find myself in without freaking out:

1) The Waitressess, “Xmas Wrappping”

2) Run DMC, “Xmas in Hollis”

3) Darlene Love, “Xmas Baby”

Nerdist in Kansas

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In this Nerdist episode where Chris Hardwick talks solo with Robert Patrick, towards the end they talk about driving alone across the country. Patrick is talking about doing it on motorcycles, and Hardwick mentions a drive where he found lots of great little towns like … Hays, Kansas.

This is not news to any of my high school friends, some chunk of whom went to Fort Hays State University. It is a cool little college town. I think of it as a big city, due to the relative size of the small towns I grew up in. When I look up the data, its population in 2010 was around 20,000 people. The town I live in now, which I think of as a small town has a population of 16,000.

Hays is where my mom went back to college to get her teaching degree. In the summer of 1980 my brother and I lived on campus with her, and had a great time of it. We rode bikes all over the campus, we found the stores with the best comic books and went to the summer film series at one of the theaters where we saw Steve Reeves Hercules movies and various Ray Harryhausen swashbuckler films.

The whole reason I know it is 1980 is because I remember watching David Letterman’s morning show in that little married student housing apartment. One of our neighbors was a psychology student and I remember her administering the gifted test multiple times as she tried practiced giving it. I suggest that one reason I always score high on those kinds of tests is regardless of what natural aptitude might be there, I have more experience taking them then most people.

Hays is a nice little town, and western Kansas still holds a warm place in my heart. Also a cold place in my heart, is it is both the hottest and coldest place I’ve ever been. I was glad I went back to Norton for my 25th high school reunion a few years ago. Kansas gets a lot of guff when people talk about driving cross country. True, it is a wide state, most of the width of Texas, and will take a day to get across. If you do drive through, you could do a lot worse then spend some time in Norton or Hays or both.

SNAP Test

I’m not wild about how Jetpack’s Publicize function pushed my test post. So, for fun I am going to try the SNAP plugin and see how it works. Also, here is a picture of a puppy.

puppy by Lisa L Wiedmeier, on Flickr

Evil Genius Chronicles Podcast for July 31, 2014 – “Intro to Dog Days 2014”

Here is the direct MP3 download for the Evil Genius Chronicles podcast on July 31, 2014

In this episode, I talk a little about the Dog Days of Podcasting, why I am doing the challenge and what I hope to get out of it.

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Hosting Issues

I’ve had a raft of hosting issues and two quick migrations over the long holidays. This is what you might call a non-optimal way to spend a vacation. Things seem to have settled down now and back to some stability. Here’s hoping at least.

Evil Genius Chronicles Podcast for August 1, 2013 – “My Life in Fandom: Issue #0”

Here is the direct MP3 download for the Evil Genius Chronicles podcast, August 1 2013. This is my first episode recorded specifically for The Dog Days of Podcasting, and is my introduction to my series within the series about my life and history in fandom – fantoms of comics, science fiction, punk rock, Subgenius and all the other silly things I like.

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