Jerry Pournelle Rip

I was in grad school with hardly enough time to get homework done when I engaged my favorite vice. I walked into a bookstore. In the SF section I didn’t see anything by my favorites, Heinlein, Asimov, Clarke, etc. and looked through titles by guys I’d never heard of. Exiles to Glory. Cool cover. Never heard of the author. I had neither money or time to read recreationally. The blurb was enticing, so I bought the book. »

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It's Just A Thing That I Do

People would look at me and think or say, “How can you walk ten miles every day?” This happened moments after whoever I was talking to would learn that I had lost over 100 pounds. Then people would invariably ask, “How?” It started with a New Years Resolution, but unlike dozens of failed Resolutions, I started a small, easy, achievable first-step. I went to bed earlier to make sure I got over seven hours of sleep per night. »

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The Life Changing Power of Catfood Retirement

I think it started with Marie Kondo’s book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, or maybe it was The Life-Changing Manga of Tidying Up. Someone who groks SEO figured that headlines containing the words “Life Changing” got more clicks. And now I’m seeing lots of blog posts with that phrase. Perhaps that drew you here. Urk. Now I’d better say something profound. OK here goes. Your life may not need changing. »

God and Man at Weight Watchers

If you run with many Bible thumpers (like I have), you’ll note that a lot of the time things that aren’t moral issues get treated as if Moses brought them down from Mount Sinai carved in stone. Most jokes about Baptists are based on their attitudes toward dancing and drinking. I learned a while back that when I’m struggling to do the right thing, and I ask God for help, I get more traction on some things than others. »

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Eating for Awesome

A couple years ago I was obese. Then I began exercising like a madman and I lost a lot of weight. When you lose a lot of weight, you go through distinct phases. In the first phase your body raises twofold objections: hey, dude, I’m out of shape hey, dude, I’m burdened with all this extra fat (I don’t know why my body talks like a surf bum.) »