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Low-Carb Diet Trumps Low-Fat Diet In Major New Study

I'm New Around Here Re:What they don't tell you (131 comments)

Don't forget the various metals. Why our bodies need metal, I don't know. Other than iron that is. Of course we need iron. What biological entity doesn't use iron?

2 minutes ago
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Low-Carb Diet Trumps Low-Fat Diet In Major New Study

I'm New Around Here Re:My weight loss diet last January (131 comments)

Yes, of course the weight loss isn't unexpected with a 1000-calorie diet. But, as for muscle mass, I don't think it happened. As I said, I still did the same activity I always do, with no loss of strength. Also, it was only for one month; a longer time would have eventually led to loss of muscle. This certainly isn't a lifestyle choice.

In my followup post back in June, I also explained that I had a doctor appointment the next month, and the checkup was good. My blood test showed how much fat I was burning, and the doctor wasn't worried.

As for the mirror, my fat is mostly placed at my belly. It started to look like I was expecting twins. With 30 pounds less belly, I definitely looked better.

7 minutes ago
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Finland's Nuclear Plant Start Delayed Again

I'm New Around Here Re:Nuclear is dead on Earth (79 comments)

Wait a sec. Finland isn't aligned with either NATO/US/Western Europe, or with Russia?

That means Finland is a Third World Country.

This must be fixed. Someone think of the children.

49 minutes ago
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Low-Carb Diet Trumps Low-Fat Diet In Major New Study

I'm New Around Here My weight loss diet last January (131 comments)

A couple months ago, I posted a detail of the diet I was on during January. I'll repost it here. It isn't the best argument that a high-fat diet causes weight loss, because of how radical it was. And it was short-term only. But it did work.

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Let me tell you the long version of my one month diet. The short version is I lost 30 pounds in 31 days, and never felt any different.

On January 1st, I started a month-long diet plan. I had scrambled eggs in the morning, with mushrooms, onions, red bell peppers, and breakfast sausage mixed in them. I sauted the vegetables first in butter, added the sausage, and then the eggs, with some salt and seasoning. I made four days worth at a time, using eight eggs and half a package of sausage. So on average I had two eggs and two ounces of sausage. The calorie count was about 600 calories.

For dinner I had a salad. For a good salad, start with a big bowl. The ones I used hold a quart or more. Shred four leaves of iceberg lettuce, add a couple leaves of romaine, throw out the stalk part (or eat a couple as I'm making the salad). Add half a large tomato, diced, handful of chopped onion, sliced hard-boiled egg, shredded cheese, halved black olives, a few croutons, and small amount of ranch dressing. I prefer Thousand Island, but would have used too much, so went with Ranch, which I don't actually like. If the wife had made chicken the previous night, add a piece of chicken, sliced or pulled. Calories without the egg or chicken was about 100 calories, and is what I had half the time. With an egg add another 80, and with chicken add 300.

So for a month, Jan 1st to 31st, with only a couple exceptions, I had 1000 calories or less a day. The biggest exception was because I was out of town with my wife for a doctor visit one day. I ate a healthy dinner, but a few more calories than a salad. The other exception was a salad at Wendy's for lunch, also out of town, and a salad for dinner at home. Also, for a snack during the day, I would have eight to ten black olives, or a banana. I ate a banana on five or six days, and the black olives on fifteen to twenty days. The other days, I had nothing more than scrambled eggs and a salad.

To round that out, I drank at the most, a quart of water a day. One glass in the morning after breakfast, small sips during the day when my mouth was dry, and one glass after dinner. Again, the two exception days, I had diet soda or tea with the meals. With the salad of course, I got some more liquid, but the water my body used was simply provided by breaking down the fat cells. And I broke down a lot of fat cells. When I got up in the morning and used the toilet, my urine was a very dark orange. That was from the debris, solids and liquids, of unneeded cells.

During that month, I never felt tired, worn out, or light headed. I went from 230 pounds to 200 pounds. I did the same work I do all the time, fixing computers, crawling under desks, carrying them out to the car and back, installing network printers, etc. I didn't go to the gym at my apartment complex, or do any other workout.

As for hunger, I am always hungry anyway. I usually snack whenever I have the chance between jobs, tv shows, slashdot flamewars, and am still always hungry. So going a month being slightly more hungry wasn't really noticeable. Really, it's more boredom than hunger to begin with anyways.

Of course in the five months since I went off the diet, I regained some of the weight. Eight pounds in the first two weeks, as the depleted-but-surviving fat cells refilled with water. But that means I managed to destroy twenty-two pounds of them in one month. I want to go back on the diet, and get well below 200 pounds, but just haven't yet. Maybe now that my daughter's finished school, I can plan my life a bit more again.
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Radioactive Wild Boars Still Roaming the Forests of Germany

I'm New Around Here Re:Reall problem: German radiation phobia (175 comments)

Wouldn't the trichinosis already be irradiated anyway? Just think of the radiation as a 'very-slow-roasting' system. The meat is practically falling off the bone before the animal is even dead.

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For the humor-impaired, this is a joke.

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XKCD Author's Unpublished Book Remains a Best-Seller For 5 Months

I'm New Around Here Re:Ummm.... (163 comments)

Fair enough. But the first question in my post was more general. And in all honesty, I think several people here would love to know what you do find funny or amusing online. It doesn't have to be a continuous site like XKCD; maybe it's a youtube video or random lolcat image.

Please, just give us two links to things you think are funny.

yesterday
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XKCD Author's Unpublished Book Remains a Best-Seller For 5 Months

I'm New Around Here Re:Ummm.... (163 comments)

Went back and read a few more of the SMBC comics. For some reason half of the recent ones focused on sex, but much fewer before that. I still don't find most of them funny, or even amusing. But I wanted to clear up this perspective on them.

yesterday
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Study: Antarctic Sea-Level Rising Faster Than Global Rate

I'm New Around Here Re:unfair policy (236 comments)

Actually, penguins are "white and black", so bi-racial.

yesterday
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XKCD Author's Unpublished Book Remains a Best-Seller For 5 Months

I'm New Around Here Re:Ummm.... (163 comments)

If narcc truly has no sense of humor, that would be quite sad.

Maybe he isn't simply a troll, but an old curmudgeon that truly hates everything around him.

yesterday
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XKCD Author's Unpublished Book Remains a Best-Seller For 5 Months

I'm New Around Here Re:XKCD (163 comments)

Hey, I care, and I'm not an OTTer. Not officially anyway. Can anonymous lurkers be OTTers? I guess not. :(

yesterday
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XKCD Author's Unpublished Book Remains a Best-Seller For 5 Months

I'm New Around Here Re:Munroe is a cunt (163 comments)

No, even Asperger's couldn't explain it. Someone with Asperger's would simply figure he "doesn't get it", and read another one later. To completely stop reading the comic because of one comic about search engine results, is just infantile learned-response behavior.

"That lamp was hot. Never touch lamps again."
"Strained peas taste bad, never eat green mush again."
"XKCD made fun [pet peeve], never read XKCD again."

yesterday
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XKCD Author's Unpublished Book Remains a Best-Seller For 5 Months

I'm New Around Here Re:Ummm.... (163 comments)

Some people find it funny, and not because of familiarity. Therefor, it must be funny to them because of some other factor as yet unnamed.

yesterday
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XKCD Author's Unpublished Book Remains a Best-Seller For 5 Months

I'm New Around Here Re:Ummm.... (163 comments)

Never heard of SMBC, so googled it and read the last several comics. Boring, and fixated on sex. I could watch reruns of Frasier and Two and a Half Men for that.

As for the 'critique' of XKCD, I don't recognize the assertion that is made.

We hold science in high regard, yet all we can do is make nerdy inside jokes. In a snide manner, at that. We are nothing more than that, when we are supposed to be making the world a better place, through pure science.

Makes it seem like Randall personally shut down NASA, Bell Labs, HP, Xerox PARC, and the LHC, just to put more resources into the server that hosts xkcd.com, and free up thousands of real scientists so they can research Star Trek references and new mathematical applications of stick figures.

The parody doesn't seem to realize that XKCD is simply a comic, written by a math geek, and some people enjoy it. Nothing more complicated or sinister than that.

For that matter, the comic that won the Hugo Award wasn't funny. It was a months-long story that had clues to itself based on history, astronomy, geography, linguistics, and a few other areas of science. Hundreds of people who had knowledge in those fields, whether at the professional or amateur level, worked together to figure out the clues. A community formed online, which in the words of that inapt parody, meant they decided to "take part in this culture of inclusion".

yesterday
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XKCD Author's Unpublished Book Remains a Best-Seller For 5 Months

I'm New Around Here Re:Ummm.... (163 comments)

I haven't found one.

You haven't found a single thing online that is humorous? I'll let the amateur psychologists here analyze that, but it sounds quite sad to me.

What makes you laugh at things merely because you recognize them?

Who ever said that? I laugh at things I find funny or amusing. Whether it's something I recognize, or just something that only exists inside a comic, I laugh if it is funny to me.

yesterday
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XKCD Author's Unpublished Book Remains a Best-Seller For 5 Months

I'm New Around Here Re:Ummm.... (163 comments)

Please enlighten us.

What online resources do you find funny? What is the funniest geeky/techy/sciencey thing you follow?

yesterday
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Google Introduces HTML 5.1 Tag To Chrome

I'm New Around Here Re: nail in W3C coffin (89 comments)

Many /.ers don't know what the word "rhetorical" means.

They only have heard it in the phrase, "It was a rhetorical question." So they think its definition is "something you don't agree with".

2 days ago
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Astronomers Find What May Be the Closest Exoplanet So Far

I'm New Around Here Re:Time to travel 11 light years (88 comments)

Compared to the amount of chemical fuel needed to get large spacecraft out of earth orbit, that is peanuts.

Remember, nothing says the ship must be built on and launch from Earth. Build it out by the asteroid belt, mine them for material, start the ship moving and time it to slingshot around Jupiter or Saturn, and use your engine of choice for the journey.

3 days ago
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Astronomers Find What May Be the Closest Exoplanet So Far

I'm New Around Here Re:OK Another one (88 comments)

He would come from an egg, of course.

3 days ago

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