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    BYCU
    May 10, 2019

    A new beer mile world record. I would vomit after 200 meters.

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    May 9, 2019

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    Wednesday
    May 8, 2019

    Midweek Rambling

    I started dieting on January 1st. I dropped from 200 to 190 pounds within weeks. After that, it got hard. Very hard. I was Auschwitzing myself but couldn’t drop below 190. After two months of zero progress, I went Bobby Sands for three weeks and dropped to 185. I figured, once I pushed myself off the 190 mark (my “equilibrium weight” or “set point,” I assumed), I’d start to shed pounds quickly. But no: I’m still stuck at 185, despite a strict diet (not Bobby Sands, but very strict). It looks like I’ll have to battle for every pound until I get to my goal (lose 30 pounds or shed five inches on my waist; whichever comes first).

    Wow, the far left knows no bounds . . . and this guy is an elected official: Dem state lawmaker records himself harassing pro-life woman outside Planned Parenthood. Right and Left both have their nuts and their haters, but it seems obvious that only the Left has so many nuts and haters in positions of power or respect. Of course, if you define “Anyone who likes Trump” or “Every serious Christian” as a “nut and hater,” then the Right has many such people, but that would be disingenuous. I’m defining “nutty hater” in the sense of the bastard in the video, not every person who is pro-choice or who voted for Hillary.

    Finally: Civil appeals court dismisses legal challenge, says Sheen’s body can go to Peoria. This passage humored me: “Both the Diocese of Peoria and the Archdiocese of New York have repeatedly voiced prayers that the beatification cause may move forward in a timely manner.” It’s my understanding that this whole court battle wouldn’t have erupted, if New York had just done its job and moved forward with canonization, but it dragged its heels for years, until Sheen’s closest relative lost patience. The article says the Vatican has told Peoria it could move forward with canonization even if it doesn’t have the body, but I don’t think that was the case when the whole fiasco started. If I have my facts straight, shame on New York.

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    Tuesday
    May 7, 2019

    misc-rambling-picMiscellaneous Rambling

    I’m a sucker for Michigan in May. The past two days have been simply gorgeous. I’ve spent a lot of time in the garden, taken walks, played frisbee golf with my two youngest sons, practiced tennis with Max twice, watched part of Tess’ tennis match. The weather is going to turn a bit sour now, but that’s alright. I’m really grateful for these past two days.

    misc-rambling-picI knew the National League started in 1876, and I knew the Cincinnati Red were the first team in the league. I didn’t realize this year marks their sesquicentennial. This article offers a concise history of the early years.

    misc-rambling-picRelated: “Not Quite Logging in 150 Years,” or: “The Curious Rise and Spectacular Crash of the Alliance of American Football.” I never watched a single down, but my circle of friends said it was pretty good ball.

    As word of the crash came down on April 2, players scrambled to book their own flights home. Others, some of whom had literally crammed their kids’ cribs into hotel rooms, searched for places to stay. In the mayhem, one Hotshots player texted a friend on the Memphis Express to ask if he was O.K. The reply: “This feels like the Fyre Festival.”

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    Monday
    May 6, 2019

    Miscellaneous Rambling

    New TWE episode posted: Noise, Max Picard, George Gissing, and Cardinal Sarah.

    Noise. Our culture is too tolerant when it comes to noise. I explore it.

    Noise Part II: Silence and Russell Kirk, Max Picard, and Cardinal Sarah.

    Lightning Segments: I address some listener feedback, treating hangovers, movie critic John Senior.

    The New Pantagruel: My article, The Eighth Capital Sin, appeared in the defunct magazine New Pantagruel with Caleb Stegall. I discuss it here.

    Ceiling. TrastevereAnother commentator weighs in on the west coast homeless problem: Wealthy Elitists Freak Out As Hordes Of Homeless People Take Over Their Neighborhoods All Over The West Coast.

    The streets of San Francisco are littered with thousands upon thousands of used syringes, and the number of official complaints about human feces in the streets is going up with each passing year.

    But instead of changing course, it looks like San Francisco officials will probably extend their free syringe program…

    Ceiling. TrastevereI had no idea this war was raging. It makes me glad I just use the front of my pants: Hand dryers v paper towels: the surprisingly dirty fight for the right to dry your hands.

    The chief battleground for this duel is public hygiene. Science has tried and failed to come to a consensus about the hygienic superiority of one product over the other. Even so, the paper towel industry has funded or promoted a rash of studies claiming that hand dryers turn bathrooms into mosh pits of pathogens. These results almost always make news. Any sort of health scare is a gift to a journalist – an opportunity to write viral headlines such as “Hand dryers are blowing bacteria all over your hands” or “Hand dryers are germ-flinging bullshit”.

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    May 5, 2019

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    Friday
    May 3, 2019

    BYCU

    I got my weight down to 185. I started the year at 200 (freakin’ 200 pounds). I have rewarded myself by wading back into hard liquor. Specifically, the gin and tonic . . . just in time for warm weather.

    Gin and tonic is good for weight loss, as pointed out in this article, which says the G&T has only 120 calories.

    But I “one up” it. I use Fever Tree Refreshingly Light tonic, which has only 30 calories. And I use only 2/3rds of the bottle per shot of Bombay Sapphire gin, so I’m only taking in 79 calories per drink. And each drink is fairly strong: Sapphire is 94 proof. After three drinks, I’m feeling pretty good, even though I’ve only absorbed 237 calories.

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    Worth knowing: “For the third consecutive year, Pennsylvania produced more craft beer than any other state in the nation, Brewers Association chief economist Bart Watson shared during the Brewers of Pennsylvania’s annual Meeting of the Malts gathering in Hershey, Pennsylvania.” Link.

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    7-Eleven Launches Beer Delivery in 18 Cities. Link.

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    Twitter Thursday
    May 2, 2019

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    Reddit Stuff
    May 1, 2019

    Life is going to have me in a headlock for the next six weeks. Daughter Meg has 14 functions over the course of 28 days, starting this Saturday. Daughter Tess has her parochial school graduation and a few tennis matches. And, oh yeah, daughter Abbie is getting married in early June. I’m buckling up. Expect a lot of abbreviated posts like this one for awhile.

    TIL there was a comic book series chronicling an alternate Superman timeline where he lands in the Soviet Union instead of the United States.

    Optimism is lowest in people’s twenties, rises steadily into people’s thirties and forties, peaks in people’s fifties, and gradually declines after that, suggests new research (n=1,169) that charts the trajectory of optimism over the lifespan, which found people experienced peak optimism at age 55.

    This three-way chess set I found in my basement. from r/mildlyinteresting

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    April 29, 2019

    Miscellaneous Rambling

    The new podcast is up: Episode 32: LGBTs in the Work Force, Easter, and College Loan Forgiveness.

    Show notes:

    LGBT at Work: The Supreme Court has taken three LGBT discrimination cases. It’s evidence that Derrida has won: text with no context can be twisted however you want.

    Easter: The Resurrection is an historical fact. Shocking claim? Hear me out. Also: Discussion about the Shroud of Turin.

    Lightning Segments: Low calorie gin and tonics, Game of Porns, Staring at a Naked Woman, Staring down NOW at the Masters (Note: I don’t say “hundreds of thousands” when referring to the men’s counter-protest at the Masters . . . I say “hundreds or thousands”).

    Loan Forgiveness: Elizabeth Warren’s proposal to eliminate student debt is a moral outrage. Her plan to throw even more money at the schools further compounds the problem.

    Ceiling. TrastevereInteresting: Sex Pistol Johnny Rotten rails against homeless anarchy in LA. He lives in Venice Beach, which is where we really noticed the homeless problem (there, and on the opposite side of the metropolis, in Pasadena . . . it’s a problem all over SoCal).

    The thing is, these aren’t mentally ill people. Well, many of them are, but based on what I saw, you could break down the homeless demographic as follows:

    20%: Mentally ill
    30%: Winos
    50%: Flat out bums, young people under age 40 who simply want to live on the street

    It’s a major problem, but the Left protects the bums, characterizing them all as mentally ill and, therefore, deserving of compassion. The shiftless young, meanwhile, enjoy using the mentally ill as a foil.

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