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BBQ eating disorder Wed, Dec 10, 2008
I have to confess that I have a problem when it comes to eating barbecued food (what I would define as "smothered in BBQ sauce"), whether it's ribs or pulled pork or some other barbecued concoction I haven't discovered yet:  I tend to overeat almost until the point of death.  This is a problem.  When it's happening, I know I should stop.  Most humans are smart enough, unlike dogs, to stop eating when they're full.  But when pork is involved, and that pork is covered in BBQ sauce, I seem to lose all will power and self-control.  It feels like what I would imagine a cocaine addict might feel:  It's just so good, I can't stop.  It gets to the point where I'm definitely not hungry and it isn't even enjoyable anymore, but I'll continue shoveling it into my mouth because it feels good.  I know my body can only handle a certain volume of food, but if given the opportunity, I might go past that limit when barbecued pork is involved. #food

Different kinds of shape Wed, Dec 10, 2008
I'm in the best shape of my life.  Well, sort of.  I've been kickboxing a few times a week for over a year now and feel quite confident in my ability to punch, kick, and do pushups and situps.  I'm also quite confident that if Normal Joe (or even In-Shape Joe) came to my kickboxing gym and tried to keep up with me, he would get about 20 minutes in and end up puking all over the mats.  The thing is, my kickboxing workout is very specific, targeting certain major muscle groups while completely ignoring others.  So even when a person thinks they're in shape, they might not be in kickboxing shape.  But the opposite is also true:  Just because I'm in kickboxing shape, doesn't mean I'm in shape for anything else, such as lifting weights or doing pullups (as I discovered last week).  There seems to be an infinite number of definitions for "in shape" and they certainly don't always mean the same thing. #health

Just give me noise Wed, Dec 10, 2008
My office at work used to be too quiet.  I worked in a relatively small room with just a few other people, and I was the loud one.  That should say a lot.  But a few months ago we moved, and now I'm in a big room with lots of people.  It's not constantly noisy or unbearable in any way, but I find it hard to concentrate on things like reading when I can clearly hear a person's conversation in the next aisle.  I have a longstanding problem with listening to music while trying to accomplish anything, so that's out of the question.  And of course the more I try to not hear something, the more clearly I can hear it. 

Enter SimplyNoise.  It's one of several tools available on the internet that performs the very simple task of creating white noise.  It also creates pink and brown/red noise, and though I don't know what the difference is, they all sound like a TV that's not tuned to the right channel.  Of course I don't just blare this at my desk.  I put on headphones and drown myself in the loud sound of nothingness.  It's wonderful. #business