Archive for October, 2010

Vegan, Attempt #2

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

Vegan.  Again.  Attempt #1 was about a year ago, and ended on the fifth day with me devouring a filet mignon, medium rare, and a brilliant baked potato with sour cream, butter, cheese, and bacon bits.  Oh, and spinach artichoke dip to start.

What’s changed this time around? ¬†How have I made it 3+ weeks? ¬†Well, for starters, I have a goal: losing weight. ¬†And it’s worked so far. I went from 254 lbs to 239 lbs (that’s 15 lbs for those of you who can’t do basic math). ¬†But the REAL deal is that I’m allowing myself to cheat–one or two meals a week, I’ll have meat/dairy. ¬†I haven’t craved. ¬†This is a good thing. ¬†I’ve also found a lot more substitutes for things, and have done my best to explore new options.

So am I a vegan? ¬†Absolutely not. ¬†I like leather, both as my car seats as well as my shoes and belt. ¬†I still like the occasional burger, steak, or chicken; but I’ve scaled it WAY back.

I’ll keep you posted on how it goes. ¬†As it stands…if I can get to 230 lbs and stay there through 12/31, I’ll be up $300. ¬†Wish me luck!

The Rest

Sunday, October 17th, 2010

A lot of you are upset that I haven’t posted any more online dating stories. ¬†The fact of the matter is: I got a lot better at figuring out who would be psycho and who wouldn’t. ¬†This has distinct advantages and disadvantages; of course I wouldn’t be meeting people whose behavior was unpredictable, but at the same time, I don’t have more stories for you.

Well, I do have stories–but they’re not as entertaining. ¬†They’re just normal “no-chemistry” or “just not quite right” dates.

Here they are:

  • The arrogant attorney–she talked too much, and couldn’t be wrong about anything. ¬†(Yes, that describes me–which is probably why it didn’t work.) ¬†We had a mutual¬†acquaintance¬†who later told me she was crazy. ¬†(Oh–and if you think this is you: it’s not. ¬†Read the rules.)
  • The horrendously boring kids’ therapist from Pasadena. ¬†From within 5 minutes of seeing her, I had to get away, but she somehow didn’t let me. ¬†It took a walk from Le Grande Orange to Old Town for me to¬†surreptitiously¬†text Carlo (that IS his real name) and have him pretend that he direly needed a ride from Glendale. ¬†She bought it, and I escaped.
  • This doesn’t count as a “date”, as we met up for me to practice taking photos of her. ¬†She sent me some pretty old photos… ¬†When she got to where we were going to take the photos, she immediately stripped her top off, and told me to take photos. ¬†Nevermind that she was super overweight. ¬†I have 6 photos of her that my siblings and their friends have seen. ¬†I’m not sure who should be more embarrassed–her for having done that, or me for having a “no-delete” policy.
  • The “OMG, my friend who you don’t know likes you so I can’t go out with you” girl. ¬†What the hell? ¬†You have a friend who likes me but I don’t know her? ¬†That’s not creepy at all…
  • The girl who had me pick her up from her house…which turned out to be a trailer park… ¬†In person, she was 6’0″ and stunningly gorgeous. ¬†Seriously, like model material. ¬†But she smoked. ¬†And spent an hour telling me about every ex-boyfriend she ever had, all her personal problems…then immediately invited me in to have sex. ¬†I know you won’t believe this, but I declined. ¬†Seriously.

My next post about online dating will be a little guide–a hints, or a do and don’ts list for people (aimed at women) for online dating. ¬†Maybe it’ll help someone.

Oh–and all that said–I lifted my online dating hiatus. ¬†eHarmony gave me a super awesome deal I couldn’t turn down. ¬†So I’m back on. ¬†And meeting people. ¬†We’ll see how it goes.

Critical Thinking and the McDonalds Experiment

Friday, October 15th, 2010

A few days ago, I read about another one of those “what happens if we leave McDonalds food out” experiments. ¬†McDonalds apparently read about it, too, and responded. ¬†This is the general gist of the experiments:

Null Hypothesis: McDonalds is bad for you because it does not get worms, moldy, smelly, or show visible decomposition.

I’m not a McDonalds advocate. ¬†In fact, I don’t eat there, unless I’m √ľber hungry and want a sausage McMuffin. ¬†And now that I’m trying to be a vegan (no, I’m not actually a vegan, I just try really hard to be), McDonalds is all but out. ¬†But here’s my complaint: the people who are using the lack of decomposition, etc, as a reason that something is bad for you, are completely full of shit. ¬†I mean, seriously, what kind of argument is that? ¬†I *THINK* they’re trying to draw the conclusion that if something doesn’t decompose, it must be fake, and because it’s fake, it must be bad for you.

They have flawed logic. ¬†And that’s what bothers me about this experiment overall. People are not showing an adequate amount of critical thinking when it comes to Internet stories.

See, in the experiment above, as the Atlantic Wire article points out, the woman put the meal on her coffee table in her apartment or house. ¬†So there really shouldn’t be any worms. ¬†Because that would just speak to her environment, really. ¬†In terms of mold and other decomp, well, dry stuff doesn’t get moldy. ¬†Like a toasted bun. ¬†Or dried out fries. ¬†Or dried out meat. ¬†And salt is a gazillion (yep, it’s a number) year old method for preserving stuff. ¬†And McDonalds is, well, the best at over salting stuff.

Now maybe that information isn’t common knowledge, or maybe people WANT to believe this stuff without thinking about it. ¬†But what I’m predicting is more homemade experiments on everything else “proving” things with flawed methodology. ¬†You’ll see stories (and video) of people claiming that drinking and driving is bad, and proving it by running over a liquor bottle with a car. ¬†In slow-mo.

Pretty please, be critical thinkers.


Friday, October 1st, 2010

Apple TVI bought the new Apple TV with my American Express points. ¬†It’s pretty darn neat; it’s very very small (that’s me holding it right there; it’s smaller than three old-school CD jewel cases stacked up), and it’s quick. ¬†It loads right up, and connects easily to my computer, iPad, iPhone, and the internet. ¬†Very impressive. ¬†My primary goal of buying it was that I’d be able to watch hi-def versions of my favorite TV shows on demand. ¬†The problem? ¬†TV studios apparently didn’t all agree to the pricing model. ¬†Apparently, $0.99 per episode (to rent, not buy) just isn’t enough.

I don’t agree with this sentiment. ¬†While $0.99 per show may not sound like much, it actually is right on par with the competition. ¬†A viewer buys every episode in a season, which adds up to between 20 and 30 episodes. ¬†Let’s assume that’s an average of $25 per season. ¬†What in the world is wrong with that? ¬†That’s a lot of money, and if you add up all the shows someone like I would watch (let’s say it’s around 10 shows), that’s $250 per season of shows. ¬†That’s pretty good, given that that’s $250 they wouldn’t have if I decided to watch the shows on TV or on Hulu. ¬†Advertising? ¬†Give me a break. ¬†I see all kinds of product placement in these shows–and I’m still paying hard cash for the episodes. ¬†And what about companies like Netflix? ¬†I pay less than $10/month, and watch TONS and TONS of old TV shows–in fact, that’s how I watched Dollhouse and 30 Rock (and other shows). ¬†Well over 100 episodes over the course of a couple months; I effectively paid less than $0.25 per episode.

The amount of money an advertiser pays MAY be greater than the aggregate of people purchasing the shows one-off, but the AppleTV, in addition to all the other set-top boxes, offers an amazing avenue into peoples’ living rooms. ¬†Content is king, but not when the pricing is out of reach.

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