The only winning move is not to play.

Users of WhatsApp were informed this week that starting very soon they would be sharing their phone number and other details with the Facebook mother ship.

If you aren’t paying for a product then you are the product.

I don’t have a Facebook account. Deleted it some time around 2007 or so when they opened it up to everybody and their mother. I saw the writing on the wall.

Facebook exists for the sole purpose of amassing as much information about its members so it can then in-turn use that information to package up and sell.

Does this sound like something any sane individual would want to take part in?

I have unsuccessfully tried to convince friends and family to cancel their Facebook accounts. There are a lot of other alternatives, but it’s literally become a fucking cult no different than Scientology. So I’ve given up.

Besides, everybody that I actually do want to communicate with already has either my Email address (george@ellenburg.net) or my phone number. I don’t need Facebook to help expand my “circle of friends”.

Fussy Eaters

Yesterday I stumbled across a funny George Carlin clip about stupid people, dumb fucks, and people that are full of shit.

God I miss George Carlin. That man was the sage of our generation (and some of our parents’ generation too).

So since I’m trying to lose some weight because what I’m carrying around now is killing my back and my knees and giving me no stamina, I thought I’d play a Carlin clip on fussy eating:

I used to be a fussy eater when I was a kid. Now as an adult with 40 some odd years of experience and hindsight later I now know why I was a fussy eater, and if you have kids that are fussy eaters then perhaps this might help you.

  • Taste is inextricably tied to smell. That’s right. If food doesn’t smell good (or pleasing) then it’s guaranteed not to taste good. My dad was a terrible cook and used to love to “doctor” his greens and nearly burn his veggies and meats. Shit did not smell good at… all.
  • We’re visual creatures. If something doesn’t look good we’ve already prejudged that it’s probably not going to taste good, and chances are we’re right!This is a huge problem in school cafeterias who have to serve slop that is nutritionally balanced. Have you seen the shit they’re serving our kids? Holy crap that shit looks disgusting. No wonder our kids don’t want to eat school food.

It actually doesn’t matter what food tastes like to a kid. If (s)he doesn’t like the way it looks or the way it smells then odds are they’re not going to like it. Period. Trying to force your kid to eat something that looks and smells bad is forcing that kid to fight back hundreds of thousands of years of evolution.

Food that smells bad probably is bad. How many of us smell the contents of the open milk carton in the refrigerator before we drink it?

Why?

Because we know that if the milk smells bad it probably is bad.

Keep that in mind the next time you’re struggling with getting your kid to eat his or her dinner.

Or maybe, instead of serving them a complex meal you keep it simple. A half-cup to a cup of simple steamed vegetables (cooked carrots are nasty by the way!), a couple of ounces of protein, and a small biscuit, roll, or bun, or bread.

Let your kids get their carbs from what they’re drinking, and preferably that’s juice and not soda.

Your kids will be much more healthier for it. Now if only I was around 40 years ago to give my own parents this same advice.

Soylent 2.0

IMG_0275 The box of Soylent 2.0 arrived earlier this week. Picked it up on Friday.

Twelve bottles. $34. Not cheap by any stretch of the imagination. $2.83 per bottle.

Each bottle 400 kcal. 5 bottles for a full 2000 kcal diet.

Five bottles times $2.83 = $14.15.

$14.15 for the whole day.

About what I’d spend on lunch or dinner alone.

So maybe $2.83 per bottle isn’t that expensive after all.

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I put the bottles in my fridge and let them chill overnight. I’ve read enough blog posts from other people who have drank Soylent that it tastes much better chilled.

Agreed.

I also ended up adding 3 drops of vanilla extract and 2 packets of Splenda (shaken, not stirred) this morning too.

It was… delicious. Tasted — and felt! — like a vanilla milkshake going down.

I drink a small sample before the vanilla and Splenda and my first impressions were that this was not a bad taste. It already had a slight vanilla flavor to it already (which is what prompted me to add more).

But really the real reason I added the vanilla and Splenda was that I could tell it was soy and that was starting to gross me out a little bit.

So we’ll see.

I weighed 281.1 lbs yesterday. I’m not going to weigh myself again until I’ve finished these 12 bottles. So… Monday morning.

My experience at BestBuy

Monday last week (August 1) I stopped-in at the BestBuy on Cobb Parkway in Smyrna to speak with the GeekSquad auto technician there. Walli had impressed me when I had him install a BlackVue DR650GW-2CH DashCam several months ago both with his work and with the entire experience. Walli is — hands down — a genuine asset to BestBuy. Can’t recommend the guy enough.

AVIC-8200NEXI had settled on a Pioneer AVIC-8200NEX head unit to replace the stock Clarion head unit that came with my Subaru. Walli had an opening for the following weekend and I ordered the head unit and some accessories from BestBuy online right there in the bay.

The first transaction was flagged by Discover as fraudulent which I cleared up within 2 minutes and re-submitted the order. But for some inexplicable reason BestBuy ran an authorization against my card for three separate transactions totally almost $5,000. Continue reading “My experience at BestBuy”

A change I can believe in.

IMG_0230There comes a time in one’s life sometimes where one has to take a step back and re-evaluate things.

I’m 44 years old.

I weigh – as of this morning – 284.2 lbs. Down from a high of 289.4 lbs. around Memorial Day, but 2½ years ago I weighed 262 lbs.

Now that I’ve finally gotten my blood pressure in order (120/62!) I need to take a serious look at my weight or I’m not going to make it to 50.

That and the fact I’m starting to have some serious complications from all this extra weight has brought me to this:

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I ordered 12 bottles ($34!) if I like the taste I’ll order some more. Soylent is supposed to provide you with all the vitamins, minerals, and calories that your body needs.

Something’s got to give. I can’t continue going on the way I’ve been going.

Let’s take this journey together shall we?

Will keep you updated.