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April 28th, 2008

"Jamerica the Beautiful"

People of a very religious disposition have been known to see the face of Jesus in a slice of burnt toast, or the Virgin Mary’s silhouette in a tree. Map-nuts similarly observe simulacra of states and continents in everyday objects.

“I’ve seen photos of clouds resembling maps, pancake surface patterns,” writes Bjørn Bojesen. “But never a blob of jam.”  And then: “I was just making a sandwich, and there it was – America on the chopping board!”

The rest of the write-up can be found at strangemaps. (I love comment #2 posted after the write-up.)



Mundane things I took care of today:

  1. Checked my checking account balance to make sure there was enough money in it for my Mastercard Bill draft happening tomorrow. (There wasn't, as both my check to the "United States Treasury" for my 2007 federal income taxes and a check for $500 for a donation had cleared.)

  2. Transferred $1000 from savings to checking.

  3. Ordered a refill of my lisinopril prescription.

  4. Left a message with my doctor's office requesting an e-mail copy of my blood work done on April 16th.

  5. Called Replacements, Ltd. to be removed from their quote mailing list.



We have a social networking application called Beehive at work, and one of the features is called Hive5, where you list 5 things about any topic you want to. I created this Hive5 today.

Five Things I Hate About Cruises
I'm just back from my third cruise, and I've come to the conclusion that they're not really for me—at least the ones on large cruise lines. I've done a Renaissance (renamed to Oceana), a Norwegian, and now a Carnival.

  1. 2000+ people, herd mentality, and a scarcity thinking paradigm do not make for a good combination.

  2. There's only so much sunning real estate—especially lots in the "no children allowed" subdivisions. It's not like you can just keep walking down the beach until you find an available spot.

  3. The ports that require tender boat transportation are tedious. (See item #1)

  4. I hate shopping, and 95% (if not more) of the buzz around the port is, "Sir, come in here. Special for you. Just look around. Sir? Sir! In here, please; a nice necklace for your wife!" Uh, news alert. I'm gay. There's no "wife" involved.

  5. I hate dressing up (in any fashion—especially one that precludes wearing shorts) to eat in the main dining rooms, and I get tired of the ship photographers thinking that even breathing is a photo op. Okay, technically, that last clause makes number six.



It wasn't a bad work day considering it was the first day back after vacation.

I didn't get any editing done, but I got through my e-mail and did a few tasks associated with the Tivoli Editing Council, which involved upgrading a tool, and sending out a few communiqués to the writers for whom I edit.



I took my neighbor, Kathryn, to the gym with me to join using the "Bring-a-friend" special I received in the mail a couple of weeks ago. She did 40 minutes of cardio on the elliptical machine.

Today was upper body day for me, and I followed it with an aggressive 40 minutes of elliptical cardio, listening to my Retro Remix, and with an eye on Dancing with the Stars on the TV above me.

Today's workout statistics:
Exercise Type
Minute
Duration
Calories Burned
or Area Worked

Resistance

45

Upper Body

Cardio
(Elliptical)

40

855

Total
85
 



I stepped next door to the Harris Teeter right after my workout, where I bought a bunch of fruit, some cheese, and some jumbo-sized eggs since I'm throwing out the yolk after hard-boiling them now. I knew the yolks weren't good for you, but I had no idea the numbers were this dramatic:

Nutrient Content of a Large Egg

Nutrient (unit)  Whole EggEgg White  Egg Yolk
 Calories (kcal) 75 17 55
 Protein (g) 6.29 3.60 2.70
 Carbohydrate (g) 0.39 0.21 .061
 Total fat (g) 4.97 0.06 4.51
 Polyunsaturated fat (g) 0.682 0 0.715
 Monounsaturated fat (g) 1.905 0 1.995
 Saturated fat (g) 1.55 0 1.624
 Cholesterol (mg) 212 0 210
 Calcium (mg) 26 2 22
 Sodium (mg) 70 55 8
 Potassium (mg) 67 54 19
Source: USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference

I can't quite grasp how the value of the Egg White + the value of the Egg Yolkthe value of the Whole Egg. [What am I missing? Is there a chemical reaction that happens when they're mixed together? They look quite separate in a hard-boiled egg.]



I was going to do a little more IBM work when I got home, but instead just chilled. Yay!

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