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Archive for April 27th, 2011

What’s wrong with the Army?

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Extremely interesting article in the NY Times Sunday Magazine.

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27 April 2011 at 8:07 pm

William Pfaff: Interesting site and writings

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Take a look.

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27 April 2011 at 5:03 pm

Posted in Government

Interesting: Netflix enjoyed unfair advantage from USPS

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The Washington Times, I’m surprised to see, is running much better news stories—actual journalism is being committed. This story on how Netflix was (in effect) partially subsidized by a USPS contribution in kind is an example.

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27 April 2011 at 3:33 pm

Posted in Business, Government

The GOP reveals its vision, and its constituency reject it angrily

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It’s a long road that has no turning. What’s interesting is how angry the GOP rank and file seem to be—well, they’ve been angry for quite a while, and their leaders have stoked and directed that anger, but now the anger seems to be turn on the leaders who were manipulating the voters. Once the realization hit the GOP constituency, they reacted as people usually react when they’ve been lied to and taken to the cleaners.

UPDATE: More about the revolt of the rank and file in this report in the NY Times: House G.O.P. Members Face Voter Anger Over Budget

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27 April 2011 at 9:07 am

Posted in GOP

Vim: Interesting-sounding text editor

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Vim was featured on Cool Tools and sounds like something that could be useful to many.

For working on lengthy manuscripts, though—long enough to have sections that you work on separately—I highly recommend Scrivener (Windows and Mac, 30-day free trial—the Windows link is to their public beta, which seems pretty solid to me). I use Scrivener on both my MacBook and my Windows Dell, and I keep the files I’m working on in DropBox on both computers so that each computer has the most recent versions.

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27 April 2011 at 8:55 am

OMG: Look at these—and at how to make them

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What they are: Maple mousse in an edible container. Bacon allowed.

How to make them: A simple matter, really.

Full disclosure: Korena is The Wife’s niece.

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27 April 2011 at 8:46 am

Posted in Daily life, Food, Recipes

Progress resumed

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I got down to 180.9 shortly after reaching the end of my contract with Healthy Way, when I was on my maintenance. Then I started keeping my food log in my mind, instead of writing it down. Five days after 180.9, I was at 184.6. Four days after that, 183.2. Then, on successive days: 184.7, 186.4, 188.2. This got my attention, you can be sure. I knew that rapid gains usually can be offset by rapid losses, provided I was eating right—and I thought I was. But the scale doesn’t lie.

I started using FatSecret, one of many on-line weight-loss sites—as I noted, they all seem to use the USDA Nutrition Database, so the differences are in the interface, and FatSecret’s is rather nice. My weight since starting, beginning the day after the 188.2 morning weigh-in: 186.7, 184.7, and (this morning) 184.1.

Obviously, I have to record my food intake. If I rely on body cues and eating what I feel like, I pack on the pounds quickly. But by recording my foods, I’m losing just as quickly. The quick loss will undoubtedly slow as I get closer to the 180 I was at before—indeed, it has already slowed. But by keeping track, I stay on track.

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27 April 2011 at 8:27 am

An orange shave

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A beautiful sunning morning, Megs basking in the sunlight as she leisurely bathes herself, so I decided, in honor of el sol, to use an orange theme. I have used the Tres Claveles horsehair brush for a while, but it did a good job with Prairie Creations’ fine shaving soap: very nice lather, though thin at the end (which is probably why I don’t use the brush that much). The Progress did its usual bang-up job: three easy passes to perfect smoothness, then a splash of Royall Mandarin. And now, to complete the theme, enjoy:

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27 April 2011 at 8:09 am

Posted in Jazz, Shaving, Video

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