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Lions Head beer in a glas with a Lion's headFirst, I had no idea that my last post would generate so many replies. I glad that folks like the pictures, though. So I decided to include another picture with this post, shown on the right. It was from last night, when [livejournal.com profile] davinwarter was visiting. I finally managed to find some Lions Head beer, and drank it from a glass that had a lion's head on it. I'm so clever! :-P

Otherwise, my weekend went pretty well. Davin and I bummed around town, I showed him the "blighted" section of Ardmore, I forced him to play Legends of Wrestling after he had a few drinks (it's horrific!), looking through the windows of the Apple Store, and then we watched Shaolin Soccer.

My feet seem to be doing better. I'm still having these cycles of feeling better for a few days and then feeling worse for a few days, but the worse days aren't all that bad. I seem to be on a definite uphill trend. With a little luck, I'll have my orthotics at the end of next week.

Late Friday night, I beat Half Life 2 for the first time. I was rather underwhelmed by the ending, unfortunately. But folks have already suggested that I pick things up in HL2: Episode One, which is said to be much better.

Next weekend is IndyFurCon. While I decided not to attend to my past/ongoing health reasons, I'm still a little stressed out over the convention. Awhile back the convention decided to use the services of The Dorsai Irregulars to provide convention security. One thing led to another, and I wound up as the "Contract Officer (CO)" for that specific contract, meaning that I got to negotiate things with the convention regarding what our responsibilities would be, what the duty posts would be, etc. It's the first time I've done this, so it was a bit of an experience for me.

I had another dream last night that involved wearing a fursuit at a con again. That was a wee bit strange.

Looking at my schedule and my finances, it looks like I missed enough conventions (FCN, Anime Central, and IFC) to save a substantial number of vacation days and money. When my feet and knees improve again, I think I'm going to go on some kind of trip, but where? Right now, the big thing that I'm thinking of is maybe a road trip for a week or more sometime in October. Either I would drive north and visit folks in the New York/Connecticut area, or perhaps drive west as far as Chicago. At this point I'm still kicking around ideas and considering different options. I think it's something I'd like to do though, since I've never done a serious road trip before. (vacation with my parents as a kid does NOT count)
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If you do take a cheetah to the bar, it usually ends poorly, as this video demonstrates:



This video is totally heterosexual, I swear!
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Sad news... Bob Asprin passed away yesterday, at the age of 62. (Source) In addition to being a popular science fiction writer, and well known in the SCA, he was also the man responsible behind the creation of the Dorsai Irregulars. To say that he touched the lives of many would be an understatement.

He was also to be the Guest of Honor here at Marcon this weekend. Oops.

There will be a wake (or something similar to one) starting at around 10 PM this evening in the open filking area at MarCon. If you attend, it might not be a bad idea to bring something with a sharp smell, if you know what I mean.

I bought a bottle of Glenlivet 15 and a flask.

[Edit: While going through emails about Bob, I decided to put on something light. So I set my iPod to shuffle through the Monty Python Instant Record Collection. What's the first song? You guessed it, The Dead Parrot Sketch. And the second song? Bring Out Your Dead. Why does God Dog hate me?]
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Courtesy of co-worker M:



Or maybe they're just trying to increase their revenue. You be the judge!
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I had a fun weekend. [livejournal.com profile] omnibahumut and [livejournal.com profile] whitefeet stopped by and we hung out, drank, and played Nintendo Wii. They played Nintendo Strikers, and I wisely chose NOT to play, after seeing Whitefeet wipe the playing field with Omni.

Anyway, on the way to my apartment, the first thing we stumbled across was this little sign:

WARNING Transcontinental Cable Route

It was sitting in the trash at the train station, so that makes it fair game. I hope that it was in the trash because it was replaced with a newer sign...

Next, I made friends with Balvenie, a fine 12-year single malt scotch:

The Balvenie

It was the first time that I actually made use of the Single Malt Scotch Bible that is in the scotch aisle at the local liquor store. I'll tell you, the liquor stores here in PA may be state controlled, but they've done a good job of increasing the booze selection over recent years.

Finally, on Sunday night, Omni and I hit the local IHOP for some food. While there, I took a picture of this sign:

IHOP Warning

Yes, it really says that. I sorta have this image in my head of someone turning a chair upside down and impaling 4 babies on it. Of course, that would be Just Wrong. Yeah... I see an LJ icon from that pic, though!

In other news, I've spent most of the rest of my evenings and weekends at the gym. Not only am I getting my moneys' worth from my gym membership, but it's a great way to burn off stress in a productive way.

That's all the news in my life for now!
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I've been saying this for a few years now. If you drink an 12 ounce can of coke, that's roughly a cup full of simple sugar. Since processed sugars break down very quickly, your blood sugar spikes, which in turn tells your body to stop burning fat for energy. And since there's no nutrition in a can of coke, all you get are these "empty calories".

Finally, there's an article on CNN which addresses this:

Nutritionists: Soda making Americans drink themselves fat

By Caleb Hellerman

(CNN) -- If you're searching for a villain in America's obesity epidemic, most nutritionists tell you to put one picture on the wanted poster: a cold, bubbly glass of soda pop.

Full of sugar, soda adds calories without making a person feel full, nutritionists say.

"Liquid candy" to detractors, sweetened soft drinks are so ubiquitous that they contribute about 10 percent of the calories in the American diet, according to government data.

In fact, said Dr. David Ludwig, a Harvard endocrinologist whose 2001 paper in the Lancet is widely cited by obesity researchers, sweetened drinks are the only specific food that clinical research has directly linked to weight gain.

"Highly concentrated starches and sugars promote overeating, and the granddaddy of them all is sugar-sweetened beverages," said Ludwig, who runs the Optimal Weight for Life Program at Children's Hospital in Boston.

The rise in soft drink consumption mirrors the national march toward obesity. At the midpoint of the 20th century, Americans drank four times as much milk as soda pop. Today, the ratio is almost completely reversed, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Meanwhile, in the past 30 years the national obesity rate has more than doubled, and among teenagers, more than tripled, reports the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

"Soda pop is a quintessential junk food," said Michael Jacobson, who heads the Center for Science in the Public Interest, which lobbies for government restrictions on foods it considers unhealthy. "It's just pure calories, and no nutrients. It's like a bomb in our diet."

(Read the rest of the article.)


There's a lot more details in the article about the (lack of) effect of soda on appetite, how blood sugar levels plunge after they spike which makes you even hungrier, etc. It's a very interesting read.

If you're a caffeine addict like I am, at least drink black coffee or diet soda. Neither of those have significant amounts of calories in them.

And yes, Coke Zero mixes with Captain Morgan quite nicely. :-)
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Thanks [livejournal.com profile] randomzen!

The real space geeks will notice the Saturn V rocket on the launchpad in the distance.
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Also, how many people knew that Andre the Giant was the world's biggest alcoholic? No, really. Check out the article and look at the quantities the man consumed:

- A case of Budweiser tallboys in 90 minutes

- An entire case of plum wine in 4 hours

I can only try to reach that level of greatness.

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