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Matt Groening’s Artwork for Apple

Title says it all no?

Matt Groening's Artwork for Apple is well worth the time it takes to look it over.

Weight Loss

Chuq:

Now having successfully buried the lede, it turns out that a decade ago I weighed 367. Today I weighed in at 398.4. That means over the last decade I’ve gained a net 31.4 pounds, which translates do 3.14 pounds a year (Mmmm…. Pi!), or a mere 1/4 of a pound a month (sorry about that pi joke. No, I honestly did not set up the numbers for that). If you take a simplistic view that a pound of body fat is about 3500 calories, that means my net “excess” is about 900 calories a month, or about one burger and fries at In-n-out. Or to break it down even further, about 30 calories a day. Remember that a standard can of sugared Coke is about 140 calories. That is, depending on how you want to play with the numbers, about ten minutes of walking a day.

In other words, even if you decrease your portion size by 10% or occasionally skip having ice cream late at night and do nothing else, you can lose weight. Or at least stop gaining it so quickly.

A Good Apple Piece

I'm not as "involved" in the Mac scene anymore, but I still stay up on everything pretty well. This is a good piece from the Macalope.

ICE in iOS 7

It's not going to happen, most likely, but Chuq has a good bit on how Apple could enable ICE in addition to "dial 911" when your iPhone is locked.

I'd do this. I have RoadIDs and things when I'm running, but when I'm just out I've only got my wallet on it, and it may or may not be accessible (and does not have my wife's name and contact info in it).

Which makes me think: maybe I should make an ICE card and put it in my wallet.

Good Michael Jordan Article

OTL: Michael Jordan Has Not Left The Building. He has, however, turned 50.

Invisible Motion in Video

That's nifty. I like the eye example more than the pulse stuff, but the pulse stuff might be the best application thus far.

New Eyeglasses

For years I've worn a pair of rimless Silhouette eyeglasses. They were lightweight, flexible, and worked well. I got a pair of sunglasses and a new pair in the same model four years ago, but it was time for a change.

I ended up going with the Oakley Clubface frames. I didn't even know what they were called - I simply liked that they had a little bit of a rim along the top and the color seems to work. I don't do well with very square frames or lenses, so these are round enough to work.

Oakley Clubface

I didn't notice until well afterwards that they were named "Clubface." Perfect for a golf instructor, right? The Oakley site says:

We marveled at the smooth contours of high-end golf sticks when we designed CLUBFACE, a work of C-5™ alloy that hits the sweet spot on original style. All that dimensional curvature creates a fresh look from every angle. UNOBTAINIUM® earsocks maintain a comfortably secure fit, and spring hinges bring precise mechanics to a frame that puts dimension in personality.

You have to get your hands on CLUBFACE to appreciate the art of 3-D thinking. Five metal compounds gave us an alloy that flows into curves and contours without adding excess weight, so you'll have the comfort you deserve and the durability you need. From the dimensional nose bridge to the subtly concave earsocks, we worked every angle to give the active look a new definition.

Uhm, yeah. They're just eyeglasses frames, people.

App.net Free Service

App.net's new direction.

I still don't see the appeal of app.net. Twitter's been fine, and nobody I want to hear from is exclusively on app.net.

Tiger’s Quest for 18 Majors

He needs one this year.

And yes, I'm filling space. 🙂

What’s Wrong with SI?

From 2007: What's wrong with Sports Illustrated?

Apparently SI is losing money and is in danger of going away very soon.

The last time I seriously looked at an issue of SI1 was in high school.

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Reliving the Early 1990s Pittsburgh Pirates

Now I can!

MLB Opens Its Vault to Destroy Your Productivity

What Months?

What months have 28 days?

All of them! 🙂

Monetizing Planes and Conveyor Belts

If I could monetize planes and conveyor belts I'd be rich!

That page is still getting traffic. Maybe that proves that there IS an idiot born every minute. 😛

A Peculiar Test Drive

I really hope to be able to afford a Tesla (i.e. I hope they become less expensive) some day, but these three posts tell an interesting tale of media bias. Why a journalist would be biased against electric cars I have no idea, but… there you have it.

Brooks PureDrift Shoe Review

The takeaway:

In conclusion, Brooks has a shoe with a great deal of potential in the PureDrift. The first incarnation has some shortcomings that I was able to remedy with an insole swap, but I think only some minor tweaks would be required to take this shoe to another level in future incarnations. I’d redesign the integrated footbed to remove seams along the margins, soften the sole just a tad, or include a slightly beefier insole (like the current PureCadence 2 insole). With the tweak I made, I foresee this shoe remaining on my active rack for quite awhile!

The rest of the review is here.