weighty thoughts

This weekend I was proud of myself as my weight hit its lowest level since I started tracking it this time. (since then it’s bounced back up a little, but I’m going to ignore that for now) So I thought it would be a good time to look back at my previous attempts at weight loss to see how well I did.

And I had forgotten that (last very short attempt notwithstanding) I’ve done much better than this in the past. Right after college I was a full 15 pounds lighter than I am now, and even an attempt a few years later I got down to 5 pounds below my current weight. I really can’t decide if this should be encouraging (it is possible for me to weigh less!) or discouraging (I’ve been trying for 2.5 months and only lost 7 pounds!).

On Friday I discovered that GnuCash (which we use to do our finances) stores its data in an XML format! So I wrote a script to generate a report on how much we spend on various categories each month (GnuCash has some builtin facilities to do this, but I couldn’t quite get it to do what I wanted). The report looks pretty but I don’t feel comfortable posting it to the web, so you’ll have to take my word for it.

Related: I found this awesome ColorBrewer which helps you pick a set of colors for maps or graphs or whatever. This is great news since I suck at picking colors!

The British military put some of their troops on LSD to see how it would affect them. The results are amusing but not really surprising.

2 thoughts on “weighty thoughts”

  1. I like that ColorBrewer’s instructions say exactly what will happen if you use the browser’s Back button. Most sites simply say “Don’t use the broswer’s back button!” but without an explanation of why, the user is left wondering.

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  2. 7 pounds in 5-6 weeks is pretty good. I’ve taken about 3 months trying to lose the last 5 pounds and have been bouncing up and down most of the time, with only about a net loss of a pound since January 1.

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