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My sweet and wonderful wife is 30 [Jan. 5th, 2009|07:50 am]
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And we no longer have a creepy age difference as per xkcd!

Life with her goes well, work is fine, our kids are great (#3 on the way).

I'd just like for her to feel better, she is really going through a rough patch right now.

I love you.
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A Solstice Carrol [Dec. 20th, 2008|07:00 pm]


Words by the H. P. Lovecraft Historical Society, from "A Very Scary Solstice".

Highly recomended.
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what an essay! [Oct. 18th, 2008|03:43 pm]
The author is hedge fund manager Andrew Lahde, who produced a one-year 866 percent return betting on the subprime mortgage collapse.

Today, he announced he was leaving the hedge fund business with a rather hysterical letter…

Today I write not to gloat. Given the pain that nearly everyone is experiencing, that would be entirely inappropriate. Nor am I writing to make further predictions, as most of my forecasts in previous letters have unfolded or are in the process of unfolding. Instead, I am writing to say goodbye.

he bashes Ivy League schools, unreasonable greed, some thoughts on brainstorming better government, legalize pot, etcCollapse )
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A follow up to yesturdays post [Sep. 2nd, 2008|10:30 pm]
If you are at all interested, read the original, it has more text, charts, and links to studies.

The blogger is a doctoral candidate in neurobiology with many interests. So this is his area of expertise.

The Omega Ratio

The theory advanced by Dr. Lands and Hibbeln is that the ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids in the diet is the crucial factor for mental and physical health, rather than the absolute amount of each. Omega-6 and -3 fats are essential long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids. The number refers to the position of the double bond near the methyl end of the carbon chain.

The ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 (hereafter, n-6 and n-3) in the diet determines the ratio in tissues. Since these molecules have many cellular roles, it doesn't stretch the imagination that they could have an effect on health. Hunter-gatherer and healthy non-industrial cultures typically have a favorable ratio of n-6 to n-3, 2:1 or less. In the US, the ratio is currently about 17:1.

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Now to address the big criticism that was brought up by very astute readers of the last post, namely, that the data were purely correlative. Believe me, I wouldn't even have posted on this topic if I didn't have intervention data to back it up. In addition to the animal data I mentioned above, here are more studies that support a causal role of fatty acid balance in psychiatric problems:
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Corn oil may taste so bad it inspires you to violence, but its insidiousness goes beyond the flavor. [Sep. 1st, 2008|09:52 pm]
Here is an interesting article:

Vegetable Oil and Homicide

"One of the major dietary changes that has accompanied the downward slide of American health is the replacement of animal fats with industrially processed vegetable oils. Soybean oil, corn oil, cottonseed oil and other industrial creations have replaced milk and meat fat in our diet, while total fat consumption has remained relatively constant. The result is that we're eating a lot more polyunsaturated fat than we were just 30 years ago, most of it linoleic acid (omega-6)..."

I've been a fan of taking omega 3 supplements for 10 years (really, you should, very good for your brain), but more recently I've been reading on the evils of polyunsaturated fats, and here is more support for that.
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California Primary Registration [Nov. 20th, 2007|09:58 pm]
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Well, this year the California primary is early enough to matter. I'm not even registered, but I think I will be. The question I have is which one to register for and vote in.

I know the voters went for open primaries, and I hat thought the legislature had mooted that, but I could be wrong.

Now on the republican side you have 7 loons and Ron Paul. I know he's not perfect, but I suspect after 8 years of Bush, he would be the ideal candidate to restore a constitutional government. He might have a shot (if the non insane Republicans realize he is the only one who is anything close to what they claim to believe in, he's a shoe in, not like that is going to happen). Realistically, he might do a good job monkey wrenching them, and spur a crippling independent run.

And he's been against the war and the patriot act from day one.

On the demo side, Hillary is Bush light (love her or hate her, it is hard to deny that she loves secrecy, and that is exactly what we don't need), and she is a politician first and foremost. I don't like her a bit.

I don't really know about the rest of them, but the behavior of the democrat controlled congress does not fill me with hope. Allegedly, the most libertarian person running is the former senator from Alaska, Mike Gravel. We will see how far he gets.

So, any thoughts?

Poll #1092400 California Primary Registration
Open to: All, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 6

How should I register?

View Answers
Democrat
3 (50.0%)
Libertarian
1 (16.7%)
Republican
0 (0.0%)
decline to state
0 (0.0%)
other
2 (33.3%)

Does California REALLY have an open primary?

View Answers
yes
1 (16.7%)
no
2 (33.3%)
pretend only
0 (0.0%)
don't know or care
3 (50.0%)


And of course, put your thoughts in the comments.
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the Archaeological Institute of America gets involved [Nov. 9th, 2007|12:29 am]
Zombie Attack at Hierakonpolis
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Random stuff [Nov. 8th, 2007|11:47 am]
I had a good time at my birthday dinner.

Anthony Bourdain is going to be at Stacy's bookstore in SF this Monday at 12:30pm, I think I will go into work a bit early and see him.

The One Laptop Per Child buy one get one sale is the 12, at 8pm (I think), $400 gets you and a third world kid each one. Only 25,000 though, if you don't get one now, who knows how long you will have to wait. I want one as they will make a good ebook reader (vastly better screen than the Asus Eee), and it is a realy linux box.

Perhaps more later.
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Earthquake! [Oct. 30th, 2007|08:15 pm]
Shook things a bit here on the 6th fl in San Francisco.

Back to work.

http://quake.wr.usgs.gov/recenteqs/Quakes/nc40204628.htm

Version #3: This report supersedes any earlier reports of this event.
This is a computer-generated message. This event has not yet been reviewed by a seismologist.

A moderate earthquake occurred at 8:04:54 PM (PDT) on Tuesday, October 30, 2007.
The magnitude 5.6 event occurred 8 km (5 miles) NNE of Alum Rock, CA.
The hypocentral depth is 9 km ( 6 miles).

Magnitude 5.6 - regional moment magnitude (Mw)
Time Tuesday, October 30, 2007 at 8:04:54 PM (PDT)
Wednesday, October 31, 2007 at 3:04:54 (UTC)
Distance from Alum Rock, CA - 8 km (5 miles) NNE (31 degrees)
Milpitas, CA - 11 km (7 miles) E (91 degrees)
San Jose City Hall, CA - 15 km (9 miles) NE (45 degrees)
Sunol-Midtown, CA - 17 km (10 miles) NE (45 degrees)
Coordinates 37 deg. 25.9 min. N (37.432N), 121 deg. 46.5 min. W (121.776W)
Depth 9.2 km (5.7 miles)
Location Quality Excellent
Location Quality Parameters Nst=250, Nph=250, Dmin=3 km, Rmss=0.07 sec, Erho=0.1 km, Erzz=0.4 km, Gp=32.4 degrees
Event ID# nc40204628
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fructose considered harmful [Jul. 16th, 2007|11:59 am]
This is a nice little transcript of a radio interview with an UCSF pediatric endocrinologist about his research in to just what fructose does in you The obesity epidemic.

For example, it messes up you liver like alcohol, only without the buzz.

Frankly, after reading that, I am going to try and cut the fructose in my diet to near zero, that means zero corn syrup, and as little table sugar as possible.

Given the poorly understood way that artificial sweeteners mess with your appetite (not many studies, but each seems to affect it differently), and that I don't have much of a sweet tooth, I'm just going without. Don't like diet soda, non diet is too scary, mostly given it up anyways, and the acids eat your teeth (diet root beer seems like the only safe choice).
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