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Fitness Hacks for Geeks

May 24, 2006 at 05:05 AM | categories: Home Computers | View Comments

Not quite sure how I ran across Fitness Hacks for Geeks
but it’s a very nice article about some of the options for making it easier to exercise.

I’m lucky enough to live a few blocks away from Mt. Tabor Park.  It’s notable for being the only extinct volcano within city limits in the US.  It’s a bit silly to call it a mountain, given that the mountain blew up many thousands of years ago.  But the little (I assume) that’s left still makes for a challenging walk or run.

I particulary like the references to Dance Dance Revolution as a way to exercise.  I’ve got an iPod but I can listen to music or do things - not both.  If you can multitask like that, great.

Can’t buy a regular hamburger at McDonald’s anymore?

May 24, 2006 at 05:05 AM | categories: General | View Comments

Super-Sizing Your Meal Costs More Than You Think talks about the hidden costs of super-sizing. “Once on the lips, forever on the hips” or something like that.

I stopped off at McDonald’s to grab lunch for my daughter Charlie and myself as we drove out to Nana Sue’s. To my surprise, the plain hamburger and “fancy” cheeseburger no longer seemed to be available. There was only the double cheeseburger or bacon cheeseburger. And there was now a “Mighty Kid’s meal” that’s the equivalent of super-sizing a Happy Meal.

I’ve read Fast Food Nation. I saw Super Size Me. I eat less and less fast food and there seems to be a virtuous cycle going - the less I eat, the worse it tastes. But it’s just amazing to me that it’s impossible to get a “regular” hamburger any more.

PS: I went through the drive-through. Maybe they have regular hamburgers on the menu inside. They didn’t outside. With a 2-year-old and a not-quite-3-month-old, sometimes you just don’t want to deal with unloading and reloading …

Good summary of what Google Base means to vertical web sites

May 23, 2006 at 05:05 AM | categories: Startups | View Comments

Bill Burnham has a nice summary of what Google Base in general and the real estate section in particular might mean for vertical web sites like

It’s not a lot of fun competing in a section where Google is competing.  I can vouch for that first hand.

Photoshop Manipulation of Models

May 11, 2006 at 05:05 AM | categories: General | View Comments

David Pogue of the New York Times writes about how images are manipulated with Photoshop.

As a dad with 2 young daughters, I find this kind of thing appalling. The images in magazines are what some women (and men) compare themselves to. How in the world can they justify this?

Put me down for requiring a “altered by Photoshop” logo. Or just prohibiting this altogether.