And Zero at the Bone

Occasional blogging

Best of 2018 in Twitter (so far)

Has it already been a half year since I’ve done one of these? Let me get these out in a more timely fashion than waiting till the end of the calendar year. January Two dying memoirists wrote bestsellers about their final days. Then their spouses fell in love. https://t.co/ol63Zsn83i — Emily Guskin (@EmGusk) January 4, 2018 My password generator just spat out a password that starts with <H1> and ends with </H1> and now I’m seriously questioning the RNG.

Before and after

© Anna Vorobyeva ID 8789711 | Dreamstime Stock Photos Here I am on Easter Sunday, the week before the diet began and here again this morning, carrying the equivalent of the shed pounds more or less

The weight

© Braendan Yong ID 5658144 | Dreamstime Stock Photos It took ninety days. Was 190 pounds, now 150 pounds. Was officially over the line between overweight and obese, and now I’m down to dimensions I haven’t sported in maybe twenty-five years. It was becoming clear to me that most of my long-term health issues were linked with diet and fitness, and that that was going to be the only way to avoid worsening quality of life in my remaining years, I was going to have to do something major about it.

Falling Upward

I have been attracted to religion from an early age, though I have lots of friends and acquaintances who have no interest in it or have an active dislike of it. Towards them I bear no ill will, though I understand that this blog post is probably not going to be their kind of thing. For Lent I listened to the audiobook version of Richard Rohr’s book Falling Upward as my assignment and it was an experience of a contrary way of looking and doing things.

I keep my eyes wide open all the time

© publicdomainpictures ID 91785348 | Dreamstime Stock Photos Predictive text parody sites produce a Trump White House exposé and a lifestyle website I haven’t investigated much into how this Amazon money laundering scheme makes sense for whoever is running it, but it seems like a way to generate profit with little effort. Is this really a good name for a shoe brand? Seriously? Data is king. Here are numbers for violent crime incidents in large and small cities around the country.

See something, say something

© creativecommonsstockphotos ID 92160937 | Dreamstime Stock Photos I’ve been keeping an eye on the some items that Something on a little bit of fossilized legal speech you have probably heard at some time. I’m a little late, but I love this little video on the tradition of octopus for Christmas. Watch this video on The Scene. In my past life I did a few years of work on neutrinos, enough to find it that something as small as the Earth could manage to absorb them when conditions are right.

Twitter 2017

© Publicdomainphotos ID 101555379 | Dreamstime Stock Photos These are the most memorable tweets I collected in 2017. January There are only two hard problems in distributed systems: 2. Exactly-once delivery 1. Guaranteed order of messages 2. Exactly-once delivery — Eric Elliott (@_ericelliott) January 4, 2017 And @womensmarchchi embroidered protest sign is hooped and ready! @womensmarch #notmypresident pic.twitter.com/My8AyqRxfq — Shannon “Badass Cross Stitch” Downey (@ShannonDowney) January 19, 2017 100,000 galaxies, including our own, are fleeing a vast cosmic void, the "dipole repeller.

Kind of great

© creativecommonsstockphotos ID 89250373 | Dreamstime Stock Photos Instead of passively consuming the nearly endless stream of content coming my way I thought I’d gather together a few items to share with everyone here. Forty-nine years ago this happened: I particularly like this polyphonic visualization We were moved when we saw the remnants of the Berlin Wall last October, so I was pleased to see the site for the online memorial It’s been over two decades since I was passed over for tenure but the feelings this left behind are still pretty much as fresh as what I see in this account of the experience.

Music at the tail end of the year

© Peter Mautsch / Maranso Gmbh ID 1268669 | Dreamstime Stock Photos One of the things I like best about the end of the year has to do with music, which is one of the main ways I pass the time all year round. Now, I don’t hang around in places featuring non-stop Christmas carols on loop so that is not the kind of thing I’m referring to. I am also not big on the music countdown segments that certain DJs like to put out during the last week of the year.

A cryptocurrency windfall

© Publicdomainphotos ID 102950205 | Dreamstime Stock Photos A couple of years ago I was working for a company that allowed me to sit at a desk in their office in midtown Manhattan in lieu of relocating all the way across the country. It was still a kind of shock to adjust to the New York style of life after so many years working for sedate firms in northern New Jersey, with the commute by bus and the walk across Times Square and the standing in line for lunch at one of the dozens upon dozens of eateries within a short distance of the office, and the tech meetups around town.