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went to see Michelle Obama speak today. She's a really interesting speaker and charmed the audience. I was one of only a few men there...

watched Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri tonight. Fascinating movie that blew my mind.

This morning I am entering the Danger Zone. My wife leaves for a visit with family gone Friday until Monday evening. This means I am way more willing to stay up late, eat too much at night and meals, and not stretch.

My plan: get my son into my stretching routine. The do yoga at daycare. Then I can do it with him instead of using “taking care of him” as an excuse not to do it. Eat small meals during the day. I know I'm going to snack after he goes t\ o bed while I watch a dude movie, so keep the eating under control during the day and don't go nuts with my snacks. Staying up late: going to watch movies at my desk, not on the couch. I am way more likely to go to bed if I do this (des\ k is less comfortable) and I might do creative stuff instead of just staring at an OK movie because I “can watch whatever”. I also want to get some PS4 time in.

Update 23:30 – going to bed. I didn't go nuts tonight, at least. I made pizzas for my son and I and probably ate too much at dinner but I wasn't uncomfortably full or anything. I normally would have a massive snack by now. Instead I had\ a couple of crackers with butter. Not health food but better than “another pizza” or worse.

https://www.nasa.gov/feature/this-is-a-test-asteroid-tracking-network-observes-oct-12-close-approach

Rather than traveling out to find these, why aren't we staying closer to home and nudging them into decaying orbits around them moon when they show up? We could then mine them on the Moon's surface.

We are currently looking after a small dog for relatives who are getting married and needed to go away for a bit (honeymoon, etc). It's three weeks.

Pros:

  • I get out for more walks. His little legs need to be exercised or his aging body ends up peeing in the house.
  • My son is helping to get him into and out of his kennel and it is one of his first “chores”. He loves it.
  • The dog is gentle with people and is often good company for our full time dog.
  • Can be hilarious. He has giant eyes and lays down with his legs splayed out behind him.

Cons:

  • Gassy. So very, very gassy. It is probably his food but we can't change it for such a short time. There will be the sound of an air brake or compressed air tool and then, bam, it hits you. I can't describe the smell.
  • Noisy. Eating? Obsessively licking his paws? Sleeping? Walking around? He breathes like he has a constant nasal obstruction. It is pretty gross sounding.
  • Annoying. Our dog is constantly being molested by this dog from about 6pm until 8pm. The rest of the time it is fine. But those 2 hours? Chaos. Running around the house, jumping on furniture, shifting rugs, barking outside, chaos.
  • Extra work. As a poop machine, his job is to poop several times a day and my job is to clean it. As an indoor peeing machine, his job is to try to not pee outside and my job is to take him on multiple walks each day presenting various objects that are so tempting to pee on that he can't help himself. This takes place right before or after things where I would rather not be outside right away (bed, arriving home from errands, eating lunch, etc).

Anyway, we're over halfway through and I like the little guy despite all this. He's noisily licking his paws under my desk right now (where he spends most of the day) and I'm waiting for the next wave of stench to emerge.

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So in, 2017 the fastest way for me to get a large sum from my bank account to another bank account is to drive to the bank, get a bank draft, drive to the other bank, show them a void cheque, and have them deposit it. Sure, ok.

This is the technique I used to make the best ribs yet on our Big Steel Keg:

  • Light charcoal and burn it until it is well lit.
  • Vents wide open and let it burn until thermometer reads 400+
  • Close vents down to a little under 2 (top and bottom)
  • Put the ribs on directly on grill (top position)
  • Get the grill temp down to 250.
  • Leave for an hour and a half.
  • Turn, leave for an hour or so
  • Turn, dress with BBQ sauce every 30 minutes until done

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As part of our move to a new city we have reached the following point:

Items have appeared in our new rental home where my spouse is at this time. She arrived on the same day as the movers and I am sure she was completely exhausted by the time she got to sleep last night.

Our little one, the dog, and I are living with my parents for 10 days while I completely empty and clean the house and get it ready for our next open house. I am amazed at how simple it was to sit down at my mother's chromebox and just start working with my todo list, email, etc. It is one thing to have “the web” aspect of the Chrome/Google eco-system but the devices themselves take it to the next level. It is hard to explain this feeling.

“The factory of the future will have only two employees, a man and a dog. The man will be there to feed the dog. The dog will be there to keep the man from touching the equipment.“ Warren G. Bennis, University of Southern California professor of business administration; adviser to Ronald Reagan and John F. Kennedy

... I have seen enough AI to know it will be a while before we are relying on them for everything and I know enough about dogs to know a person who really wanted to could touch the equipment any time they want if they are in charge of the dog's food supply. So not worried about Skynet so far.

What I expected: rapid and continuous weight loss What happened: rapid weight loss up to a point, then more normal weight loss I also experienced a lot of pain in my hips and sciatic nerve. However, my overall arthritic pain dropped to almost nothing. This is a poor trade because the hip pain is pretty bad.

So I did some research. Looks like this is common with people who have AS. There are anecdotal reports about bumping carbs up to around 50 – 75g giving some relief. I haven't figured out how that works yet but I'll give it a try.

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