Pour One Out for Odwalla


Not that I'd drink juice made by anyone these days, but being that I remember when Odwalla was just a Santa Cruz thing (being from there), it does bring back some fond memories. And yeah, Coca-Cola ruined the brand.

The Spirit of Radio gets a video...40 years later


"In memory of Neil Peart" it says at the end.

I have only recently discovered Rush, but that man was talented and worked his ass off to get and stay that way. They don't make drummers like that anymore.

Governor Jay Inslee Press Conference 23 June 2020


Basically, it's require masks or keep businesses closed. The governor says so right here.

Vera Lynn, singer who buoyed Britain’s troops during World War II, dies at 103


Does anybody here remember Vera Lynn? Remember how she said that we would meet again some sunny day?

Ep82 Chris Knobbe MD The Scientific Truth behind Vegetable Oils: Are They Like Poison? — The Fat Emperor


The way I describe seed/vegetable oils to people is "toxic waste they figured out how to make edible." You wouldn't eat toxic waste, right? Well, you probably are.

Yes, I'm Jogging in Sandals

For the last week and a half, I've been doing my daily jog(s) in these:


Specifically, they are Cloud Barefoot Sandals from Xero Shoes. They are fairly thin-soled sandals that are about as close as you want to be to jogging barefoot. Several of you asked me: why?

Honestly, there’s someone I know from a particular Facebook group who lives nearby who occasionally posts pictures of his runs in sandals. It appealed to my inner hippie. Also, the thought of being able to pack something for running that took up less space than a conventional pair of shoes appealed to me. You know, for when I can travel again, whenever that is.

It turned out to have a couple of other important benefits also. First, these sandals (or really any sandals designed for running) are generally a LOT less forgiving of bad form. Land on your feet wrong and it’ll hurt. I got blisters on my heels the first couple days because that’s where I landed. It also explains the wear patterns on my running shoes.

Naturally that led to the next benefit: slowing down. I generally try to keep my heart rate in Zone 2, which is where fat-burning happens. Having to effectively re-learn how to jog meant slowing down.

It also turns out: jogging in sandals is a bit harder on your legs. My calves are getting a much better workout now. And it also led me to something I need to be better about: allowing my body to recover. I was doing two jogs a day there for a few weeks. My jogs usually aren’t short, either.

A few days ago, I was finally getting the hang of it, I was getting into a groove, the music was right, and I broke into a sprint: While it wasn’t the fastest mile I’ve done, it was quite a bit faster than I usually manage:


The day after that, when I completed my jog, I was exhausted in a way I hadn’t been in quite some time. I didn’t do a second jog that day and I haven’t since to give my body some time to get more used to this and recover.

In any case, I’m going to continue running with sandals for the time being. I can always go back to traditional running shoes if I change my mind. Or maybe get some sandals that are more geared for trails, which I occasionally run on.

Two Whole Feet, a Non-Scale Victory

In the journey to better health, there's often a lot of focus on what you weigh. And while it's always great to see the scale move in the right direction, it's not the only thing that changes. Sometimes, it's those other things that will change before the number on the scale does.

I'm quite happy with the progress I've made on my weight, going from 300 pounds (150kg) to 185 pounds (84kg). However, I've been tracking other measures as well.

While I've long gotten rid of most of the clothes I had from when I was at my largest, I kept a belt. This belt was for a 54 inch waist and even the last belt hole was a tight fit. As I started losing weight and the belt became too big, I bought a leather hole punch from Amazon and used the belt as a way to track my progress.


Tonight, I punched two more holes in the belt and realized I passed a milestone. I'm now 24 inches (61 cm) less around the waist. Two whole feet.

When the scale isn't showing progress, check your waist. It can show progress sometimes when the scale does not.


The Apocryphal Twain: "Politicians are like diapers." - Center for Mark Twain Studies


While I'm sure Mark Twain would appreciate one of my favorite quotes ever, he never said it.

Testing Is Key to Beating Coronavirus, Right? Japan Has Other Ideas


If Coronavirus had a high fatality rate, widespread testing for it makes a lot of sense. But when the fatality rate is around 0.02%…I’m with Japan on this.

Inslee announces Safe Start — Washington’s Phased Reopening by County


Finally, some light at the end of the tunnel. That said, not happy that the ultimate decision as to whether a county can open ultimately rests in the hands of some bureaucrat in Olympia.