February 11, 2008

Step Lightly, yall.


Signs and Portents

February 10, 2008

A bad omen tonight; howling winds and a sickly purple sky. Not sure what that means, but it makes walking difficult.

However, good signs as well! I just finished reading In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan. One of the rules he suggests for healthy eating is to avoid anything with an ingredients list over five items in length.Which seems like just about everything. But wouldn’t you know it? I went to the store tonight and found a version of mini-wheats (one of my favorite cerials) from Kashi that looks good and has, you guessed it, exactly five ingredients.

Since that makes me pretty happy, I’ll take it as a good omen for my blog’s launch tomorrow.

Hells Yes

February 9, 2008


It’s good to know the system still works.


February 9, 2008

So, I picked up a pedometer today, and you know what I’ve learned so far? I walk a LOT. After wearing it for a few hours at my dad’s house, I had already walked (paced?) about 800 steps. The walk back from my car was another 2,000 or so.

Tomorrow somewhat, but especially Monday, I will get to see just how much I walk every day. I always knew it was a lot, but I suspect it was more then I had guessed.

I’ll let you know how things go.


February 8, 2008

Okay, has anyone else every heard this word? Because it is a new one to me. For those similarly in the dark, a teetotaler is one who abstains absolutely from alcohol. Recently, it has come to be used by some to mean all recreational intoxicants. Wikipedia had this to say about the strange etymology:

One anecdote attributes the origin of the word to a meeting of the Preston Temperance Society in 1832 or 1833. This society was founded by Joseph Livesey, who was to become a leader of the temperance movement and the author of The Pledge: “We agree to abstain from all liquors of an intoxicating quality whether ale, porter, wine or ardent spirits, except as medicine.” The story attributes the word to Dicky Turner, a member of the society, who had a stammer, and in a speech said that nothing would do but “tee-tee-total abstinence”.

A more likely explanation is that teetotal is simply a repetition of the ‘T’ in total (T-total). It is said that as early as 1827 in some Temperance Societies signing a ‘T’ after one’s name signified one’s pledge for total abstinence.[1] In England in the 1830s, when the word first entered the lexicon, it was also used in other contexts as an emphasized form of total; in this context, the word is still used, but predominantly in the southern United States.

This strange word comes from In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan, whose book is amazing. I’ll save further discussion for Step Lightly in the coming weeks.

Also, would someone pleaaaase read my previous post and give me some thoughts about fried foods? Thanks!

The Big Weekend

February 7, 2008

This is the last weekend before the launch of Step Lightly. I’m stoked, even though that means there is a good deal of editing in my near future.

I figured out what to Lent (love ya, Moi!): fried foods. Already, of course, there are problems. Or, at least, points of contention. Is Chinese food friend? Fried rice certainly sounds like it is, but wok fried is different then deep frying or pan frying, right? My roommate also swears that orange chicken must have been fried at some point (ie. deep fried and then cooked in the sauce), and he may have a point, which makes me sad. Is pan frying even comparable to deep frying?

I suppose I original was thinking of french fries and chicken tenders, not any food associated with hot oil in any way. Seriously, on campus options are dropping like flies here. Still, if the one is as bad as the other, then they should all get tossed out.

Until March 23rd.

So, if you want my initial thoughts on Lent, here you go: Why do Christians do this!?

Kidding. I’m stoked, even if it’s hard. Later days!

PS: How the hell does this idea allow me to still eat nasty greasy pizza? Phrasing is clearly important.

Also, Lent!

February 6, 2008

So, I was just made aware that today is Ash Wednesday. I guess one of the problems with wanting to participate in Lent while not actually being Christian is the whole not-getting-the-schedule thing.

So the question is: What should I Lent? (And I know Lent is not a verb, deal with it.)

Two BoingBoingish Things

February 6, 2008

First off, a tear free onion. Not only am I deeply saddened at the notion of future generations not experiencing the simple joy of watching another person cry over a vegetable, but I’m pretty sure they’re trading something (taste, nutrition, etc) for this convenience. Honestly, people, just use a sharp knife and it’s not that bad. My main interest in the article, though, is the term “gene jockey.” Is this becoming common parlance for scientists doing genetic modification? Because that would be awesome. I’ll still stick with the heirloom veggies when I can though, thanks.

Second, ongoing reports that a fifth major undersea communications cable has been cut. This story just keeps getting more bizarre. Apparently, at least one was shut down, not cut, but the other four have been severed. I should make this clear: to my knowledge, it’s really hard to sever one (they’re buried and well insulated and such), and they’re also very hard to repair when damaged (since you have to , find, retrieve, patch, and rebury and sensitive fiber optic cable in deep water). Apparently, no one is crying “terrorism!” just yet, which strikes me as really strange for this administration (c’mon, blame Iran!). Officials don’t have any good theory right now though. BoingBoing readers have the answer: giant monster.

Time Marches On

February 6, 2008

You load sixteen tons, and what do you get? Another day older and deeper in debt.


Actually, life is pretty good, when my roommate isn’t being a jerk in my dreams. Thats probably a little… weird.

Anyway, I’m sorry to say I don’t have anything that important to tell you today. I hope you all voted, and that we have good candidates to choose from this fall. It’s certainly an interesting election so far.

On Horror

February 5, 2008

I just read H.P. Lovecraft’s The Call of Cthulhu. Previously, I hadn’t really understood how his horror could be that different then any silly horror movie we see today. I was so wrong. Worth reading for anyone. Go. Do it.

And sleep well.