Photoshop for iPad Live Demo (Eric Reagan/Photography Bay)
Another sign that the iPad is moving closer and closer to replacing many PCs. I assume the small screen size will be a blocker to some actions being simple, but those aren’t mainstream. My guess is most people most of the time will be fine with using the tablet for graphical tasks. Pros will still need a bigger monitor. This is analogous for me with using simple Google spreadsheets for trivial lists but shifting to Excel on a PC when I need to do real crunching. *Photoshop for iPad Live Demo (Eric Reagan/Photography Bay)* TECHMEME | MARCH 31, 2011 http://pulsene.ws/19CCj Eric Reagan / Photography Bay: Photoshop for iPad Live Demo — Here’s the promised live demo of the killer … Read more >
I don’t have much taste in music, it’s a well-established fact. But even I know that listing Pearl Jam as an influential band today is silly. When was their last song that anyone listened to? “Daughter” maybe? I loved Pearl Jam in the 90s, I went to their magnificent concert in Magnuson Park, saw them at the Gorge. But tastemakers and trendsetters they are not.
And the rest of the full list (you need to click through from the meta-article to the article) is worse. Green Day?
Amusingly enough the list at the end which had Mumford & Sons, Fleet Foxes is probably closer to reality. And even that is so incredibly limited as much of the trending music today is DJ driven.
Nice article but the punch is at the end… always ask why not? What if? Why does it need to be that way?
The answers really might be the equivalent of “because” but often when you ask questions you find the answers are squishy or more often there really isn’t an answer. That seems to be the sweet spot, the moment where innovation can happen.
Is there a bubble for social networking sites? Surely. This doesn’t mean there isn’t value or that several will turn into solid bets.
But Groupon? Really, 30 billion? They sell coupons. I don’t know how this works in other locales but I have yet to see a single deal from Groupon that even makes sense. They are frequently for places nowhere near where I live. But even worse for them is that copycat sites are eating into them already. LivingSocial for instance does a much better job in my area in terms of relevant offers. But the key point is neither really is offering something unique and worse there is no network effect, I can switch back and forth without any negative impact. Contrast that to Facebook for example; if I switched to a clone I would lose my network.
I am looking forward to seeing all the IPOs happen though. It’s fun to watch the press gush, gnash their teeth over the new bazillionaires, and then circle like sharks two years later as the company struggles and they can write “we knew it all along”. Good fun for everyone.
Project management software is essentially in the same place it was ten years ago. When pushed most people use an Excel spreadsheet (probably after trying Google Docs and realizing it’s not quite there yet). The world is crying out for something better. Is it Podio?
Many sources recommend taking tape measurements before embarking on a fitness plan. I didn’t do that. I wish I did. I know I lost a belt notch so far, that is nice. Last week was tough physically and I put on some weight and I seem to have plateaud.
So this morning out with the tape measure. Taking my guideline from 4HB I checked around my belly (96cm), my hips (96cm), and both of my arms (33cm on both sides which is odd). My thighs are 60 and 61 cm moving from left to right. My TI (Total Inches) is therefore… Well crap Mr Ferriss, who uses inches and pounds anymore? Really, with all the medico-language and abbreviating concepts (AC) I’d expect a shift to metrics. But I digress… 379cm is my total.
What does this mean? By itself not much. Unlike most people I want my thighs bigger; I know they will grow with the weights and cycling. My arms could be beefier too, not the massive weight-room look but tighter and bigger. The waist and hips though clearly have some room for improvement.
Today I lifted heavy things, one of the 10 rules of the Primal Blueprint. Specifically we did squats, weighted lunges, clean and jerk, and kettleball. I kept it fun, reminding Tom (and thereby myself) to smile. And it worked, I had fun. At the end we played HORSE which I haven’t done for years.
‘Henceforth I ask not good-fortune, I myself am good-fortune.’ ~Walt Whitman
As the sad news continues out of Japan even as cleanup is still going on in New Zealand and I am sure there are other catastrophes I am unaware of I am focused on how lucky I am. I know the universe can shift very quickly so I will enjoy every moment I am able to.
Last week was stressful (but fun) at work. As a result I don’t think I ate very well and I definitely had too much beer for a successful diet. Ouch. So I didnt take many photos, I didn’t post very often. To catch up a little…
I forgot how rainy Seattle is. Really. Other than the past 3.5 years in Europe I’ve lived here all my life. And it just rains a lot. When people from Seattle say that it’s overrated, it isn’t that wet, they are lying. Maybe they even believe it, I once did. But if you spend any time living somewhere else you’ll know. And with the constant rain and gray it’s tough to move around.
I like drinking beer. But sheesh, I feel sluggish the next day. I never noticed that as much as now when I am trying the Primal diet.
I enjoyed lifting weights last week. I forgot how nice a feeling being “good” sore is. Sure, it aches a bit and I move slowly during recovery but I know that I have done something good for my body. I especially enjoyed doing a big pull up set as I am and always have been terrible at pull-ups. Along with Primal I want to be able to lift my own body weight.
My wife is kindly assisting with the Primal diet. She isn’t 100% on this herself but since she tends to eat fruit and veggies anyway it’s not a huge shift. I appreciate the support, it makes it easier. And since she and I cook dinner, the kids are shifting some too.
I splurged on cheat day yesterday and I feel kind of groggy and slow today. I guess that is expected. Today though I am back to primal living. I made eggs and bacon for breakfast this morning along with a small tomato/basil salad. I had two espressos and two Sigg bottles full of water, I think this is roughly 1.5 liters. As I got hungry around 10:30 I ate small piece of leftover New York steak and an apple. I am roughly 30% done with “The Primal Blueprint” now. I have not encountered anything about how much water to drink so I am drinking as much as I want to. Of course the difficulty with water is usually the reverse. During most days I am busy and I forget to drink water. My strategy is to carry my trusty Sigg bottle with me. The bright red Swiss can reminds me to drink water and as a souvenir from living in Switzerland is just makes me happy to have it around.
Interestingly I also needed a nap today. I was napping heavily our last month in France but this is the first time I have felt the need for a midday rest since moving.
The Primal Blueprint doesn’t include a diet cheat day which the 4 Hour Body does. Or if it does I haven’t read that far into the book. But I am continuing with the cheat day concept at least for a while longer. There is some research that shocking the body is good. Our bodies adapt so well to most things that throwing some curveballs keeps it on the toes so to speak. I don’t completely believe this in terms of eating crap food for a day, but for selfish reasons I am willing to suspend some disbelief. I also know that if I have to say no to French fries forever that it won’t stick. Or toast (I am eating dark rye toast with peanut butter right now, mmmm). It’s just too daunting. But if I know there is a safety valve, a release where my willpower doesn’t have to say never, it just needs to say not yet then I can do it. This works for me. When I decided to quit smoking 18 years ago I knew I couldn’t stop if I was having a drink. That was my weak spot. And I wasn’t going to stop going to bars or parties and such; I was 23 years old after all. Bars and parties along with occasionally going to school were the lifestyle. But by telling myself that with a drink I could smoke I was able to *finally* stop smoking the rest of the week. After a few years of that I stopped smoking altogether and it was easy. I just didn’t want to to anymore. The same is true of grains and such now. I don’t often crave this stuff anymore. The thing I miss most is bread but even that is fading. Maybe a donut looks good but I know it won’t taste very good. Beer, well beer is something I miss but really those calories don’t help me at all. But for a while I will keep my safety valve. Maybe I will extend it to every ten days or even two weeks at some point down the road.
I’m a day late getting this post out. But according to Mark’s Daily Apple (MDA, and why do all the diet and exercise sites use an abbreviation for terms which are rarely if ever referenced again) the way to start the Primal lifestyle is with a 30 day trial. So given than March is 31 days then coming in on Mar 2 is perfect, right?
I like a lot of what I read on MDA. Eat real food, exercise, play. These are intuitively good things and resonate with how I like to live my life. There are some things which I am not as confident about. For instance MDA avoids lentils and beans. Why? I’m fairly sure that Grok (Mark’s avatar for the primal man) would have eaten anything at hand. And lentils are “food”. So this bears diving into although let’s face it, after two months of the “4 Hour Body” if I never see a bean again in this lifetime it would be fine.
So the goal for March: 30 days of primal living as directed by Mark’s Primal Blueprint book and his website. My starting point is 91.4 kilos. I have some belly fat and not much lean muscle mass after all the years in Paris. And since we now live in America walking is going to be difficult. So it’s a real challenge to this program. On the other hand my diet has already ditched grains and potatoes, I love eating meat and veggies.
I love eggs. I eat them for breakfast. If a dish on the menu has a poached or fried egg on top at dinner I will order it. I like European pizzas with an egg on top, I think a salad with a poached egg on it is lovely.
But I am done with eggs this morning. I can’t eat another one. I feel like Paul Newman in “Cool Hand Luke”. It just wasn’t happening. And worse I have been craving, really craving yogurt lately. Not sugary, low-fat yogurt. I am thankful that I have never had a sweet tooth. But I love the taste and texture of rich, fatty, unsweetened yogurt*.
At the grocery store last night I bought some lovely whole milk European style yogurt. And this morning I filled a bowl with blueberries and topped it with yogurt. And I prepared to write a mea culpa post about failing on the diet but in reality I felt good, it tasted great, and most importantly, it wasnt an egg. But you know what? I checked out MDA about yogurt and found that it’s on the list of things to eat when you just can’t eat another egg, http://www.marksdailyapple.com/low-carb-breakfast/. And since this is now March and I am leaning more towards the Primal Blueprint diet than the 4 Hour Body diet I’m going to give me a pass on this one.
* for the record, the best yogurt in the world is in Switzerland. Combination of their cows eating grass and the two main stores, Coop and Migros, believing in locally-sourced products. If you’re in that area, eat yogurt.
February was a weird month. We lived in Paris for most of the month and ate out a lot. We spent a short vacation in Iceland and ate out a lot. And now we’re back in the US where the food is, by and large, unhealthy. If it could move it would kill you but since it can’t it just assaults you slowly.
One thing we noticed coming back is the astonishing array of choices. Go to Starbucks for coffee and there is a wall of muffins and treats, none of which are remotely healthy. And that means not healthy even if you followed conventional low-fat diets. And grocery stores have thousands of items but very few you can actually digest.
But that aside, I struggled with the “4 Hour Body” diet this month. The primary reason is the diet is BORING. The author, Tim Ferriss, knows this and even writes this in the book. If you want to lose serious weight goes the claim then a boring diet is okay. And with the weekly diet cheat day you can get the variety then. I’m not 100% sold, I have some misgivings that if you follow this diet and drop a bunch of weight at the end when the inevitable “oh my god, not beans” happens you will fall off the wagon. I am really looking for a long-term lifestyle I can enjoy. Enjoyment for me does mean enjoying eating. I like eating and I like tasting good food. And the “4 Hour Body” diet just doesn’t allow for that.
I can’t claim to have followed the diet correctly. But in fact my resolution in January was “no potatoes” which I extended to no grains and cereals as much as possible. February was “do squats and pushups any non-workout day”. I failed in doing that but I did perhaps 50% of the days and I added in some other fun whole-body workouts.
I think in sum my grade for this month is a C or maybe a C+.