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Stride: Duh

So, yesterday, I was all ready to hit the Y when I realized I forgot to bring my combination lock.

Today, I brought the combination lock but had to work at another site across the city this afternoon. I brought all my stuff except my running shoes. They're still under my desk.


We can now fix certain forms of heart disease using CRSPR to edit genes in an embryo. OMG, cue the outrage and pretentious moralizing from the "christians" for experimenting on human embryos.

The full Nature paper is out.

Don't make that face. A paper a day will put hair on your chest.

I know what you're thinking. Gattaca. Ehhhh, probably not in our lifetime.

But if we could have a Gattaca program, you can bet Donald Trump would use it to screen out unwanted applicants from the immigration process. His new proposal will do nothing to help the careers of STEM workers who are already legal residents and American citizens. So, um, thanks for nothing.

Speaking of nothing, Trump's poll numbers are sliding. It looks like he's losing his base.

That's not really a surprise. His voters wanted a winner.

He's not.

Gerrymandering is crucial for GOP maintaining control of the house. It's probably not going to change in 2018 until voters have a solid understanding of what this actually means and by the time you bring up the topic of conversation, they're already experiencing MEGO*.

*My Eyes Glaze Over.


5 Responses

  1. omg, not one comment for your Bread post?? Thank you, and good luck at the Y….I found a gym, just have to pull the trigger. I’m sure I will have days of forgetting this and that so I “can’t” go. And Bread, all the way!

    • I love Bread. Can post more if there are more fans.

      Comments are cyclical. It slows down during the summer in any case and you never know what kind of Post will get attention. Sometimes, I’ll spend days on a series of related posts, like the ones I did on Karen Ho’s book, Liquidated. No one paid any attention.
      Another day I’ll rant and swear like a sailor. That gets a lot of comments. I could feel equally passionate about both types but the readers respond to their own zeitgeist. Foe what it’s worth, I’m not in it for popularity. Quite the opposite actually. This is a place where you can feel safe to resist consensus reality. That means it sometimes grates our allies.
      Even so, there have been almost 13 million unique page hits since I started this blog, not that I’m going to get all Donald Trump about it. But it does mean that at times, left leaning people have found it necessary to resist their own side and to disagree. And that’s fine.

    • And yes, I lost a lot of weight. I’ve gone from a size 10 (tight) to a size 6 (loose). I’m 5’9″ so even at my biggest, I could kind of pull off the extra weight. But I feel much better since I shed it.

      The secret to weight loss for me was counting every calorie. I hate to say it works because I resisted it all my life. But that’s what it took. And the way I do it is by portion control and front loading my calories earlier in the day. One other thing I noticed is that exercise got a LOT easier once I lost some weight. It’s a little counterintuitive. You’ve got to lose some weight before exercise becomes doable at all. Even then, I don’t expect exercise to help me lose weight. It’s only for fitness and toning. I’ve never been able to lose weight by exercise. That being said, if I go over my calories, I try to burn it off as soon as possible. That helps.

  2. One other thing I noticed is that exercise got a LOT easier once I lost some weight.

    Lugging those extra pounds while exercising before losing them is not so easy. An anecdote in that regard was the first time I visited Point Reyes lighthouse, I was sprinting down the steps and had to come back up to buy something at the store on top and go back down, all done effortlessly. Fast forward to a decade later, and lugging 20 pounds extra, not so easy to go down and up even once.

    {On a side note, I wish more people come out of their hiding and participate in the comment section. Most of the time it is just me, sometimes IBW, feels lonely}.

    • As I said, comments really drop off during the summer. People go on vacation. They only check their phones occasionally.
      It happens.

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