Archive for: May, 2008

Now that's a real sacrifice.

May 14 2008 Published by under "Supporting" the Troops

The following quote is taken verbatim from the transcript of an interview that President Bush did with yesterday. I'm presenting it without any further comment, because there really isn't a hell of a lot than can be said - and we're still stuck with the shallow little twit for the next 251 days:

Q Mr. President, you haven't been golfing in recent years. Is that related to Iraq?

THE PRESIDENT: Yes, it really is. I don't want some mom whose son may have recently died to see the Commander-in-Chief playing golf. I feel I owe it to the families to be as -- to be in solidarity as best as I can with them. And I think playing golf during a war just sends the wrong signal.

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Dieting and Ignorance

May 05 2008 Published by under Public Perception of Science

Since the beginning of March, I've been putting in a lot of time at a part-time job. I needed to get out of the house a lot more than I had been, and a friend needed people for his smoothie cart business. It's not rocket science, but it's not all that bad a way to kill time while making a little bit of money. It's also given me some insights into various aspects of life that I hadn't spent much time thinking about.

One of the insights involves just how many people there are out there who are on diets that they absolutely don't understand.

I've lost count of the number of people who have asked me if the fruit smoothies that I'm selling are "low-carb". When I tell them that the drinks are real fruit smoothies, containing lots of real fruit, a distressingly large percentage of them say something like "OK, I'll take a large strawberry banana."

I do understand that there are a lot of people out there who don't understand that sugars and starches - all sugars and starches - are carbohydrates. I don't think that speaks well for the overall state of science literacy, but it's probably not knowledge that most people are going to need all that often. If you're on a low-carb diet, though, it really might be a good idea to take the time to educate yourself about just what carbs are.

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Sporadic Blogging

May 05 2008 Published by under Personal

You may have noticed a lack of new posts on this blog over the last few weeks. There are a few reasons for this, most of which involve being busy doing other things. I've been working a lot of hours at a part time job that doesn't allow for much online activity. We're also getting ready to relocate (again) - this time to Pensacola, Florida. Both of those factors will pretty much be done with by the middle of June. Until then, though, I'm not going to be able to blog as much as I'd like.

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