Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

Written 7.25.2021 (or there abouts..): This was on our book shelf, an airport purchase, back when business trips were a thing. NOTE: this book is apparently no longer available through Amazon Prime (which is why there's no link — not that anyone USES the links I occasionally provide here… BUT… ), so if you want the book you'll have to find it elsewhere. And I have zero idea if anyone else is still offering the book. And with that "strong" endorsement… my review:

It’s a very crisply written easy to read book, which is hamstrung by its subject matter. Read the rest.

My Loki Prediction

Written 7.13.2021: Apropos of nothing… considering I never read any Marvel comics and am only recently a convert to the MCU… I am going to hazard a guess as to what the ending of Loki (series on Disney+ that could have been a movie) is going to be. (Continues here.)

Was I right? Not entirely, as you can read here.

The Battle Cry of Freedom:

A condensed history of the Civil War

Published July 6, 2021: This is part of my (admittedly sporadic) series of book reviews as I continue to try and increase the amount of offline reading that I do.

I have owned this book since it was published over 20 years ago. Back then, I fancied myself a scholar and great reader, and so joined a book of the month club. This book was one of the books recommended.

Earlier this year, I picked it up after finishing (finally) Volume I of the Shelby Foote (definitely not condensed) history of the Civil War. That series was purchased as a result of Ken Burns' Civil War series, but again I bought it, but didn't read it. However, my thoughts on that book/series will be a separate entry. I picked up the The Battle Cry of Freedom from my bookshelf after so many years because it was mentioned in a piece online that I was reading. It was highly praised, and that jogged my memory that I had the book. So I began reading.
Read the rest.

Let's talk about collagen

4.20.2021: If my Facebook timeline is to be believed, collagen is having a moment. It would appear that the multi-level marketing firm of Isagenix has come out with an "elixir" that has collagen as a primary ingredient. I'm not linking to the company because I think the whole thing is a scam.

Collagen and its effects, however, are not a scam. Collagen is basically pure (animal) protein and is found in bon broths. The paleo diet followers have been touting bone broth as a magical elixir for years. But Isagenix has upped the volume to 11, and is charging roughly $40 for 10 "elixirs" that each contain 5g of fish protein. So, 50g of protein for $40

In contrast, Amazon is selling Great Lakes canisters of beef derived (kosher, gluten free etc) for about $20. Each canister contains 38 servings of 12g of protein, or 456g (1 pound) of protein for $20. Yes, yes, the "elixir" contains fruit juices and other filler, but the point of the exercise is to ingest collagen.

Does the source of the collagen matter? By which I mean is fish protein inherently better than beef derived protein— I'm assuming that both sources adhere to prevailing health and safety standards. Just for the record, you don't get the kosher credo if you don't.

No, there is no meaningful difference between collagen derived from fish or beef. They are both processed, and the end result is the same. Read the rest.

Nothing Intuitive here…

Published 3.20.2021: It's been awhile since I checked in on the “fat-o-sphere.” So long, that I’m pretty sure that’s not the current term for it. Certainly fat blogging has changed over the years. Many blogs are now moribund, and links to them dead. Were I to go back through the archival pieces at this site I might remove all the dead links, but that’s not likely to happen soon.

Quick aside: Google recently changed their ad policies (again). This time the result is that some older posts might have blank spaces rather than ads now. I don't know, and sadly for reasons unclear to me, the previous RapidWeaver file that was this website no longer works. That means to update, I will have to manually change everything… and that's unlikely to happen, perhaps ever. Not that this will be the only outdated site on the web. People abandon websites/blogs etc all the time. End aside.

Anyway, I’m highlighting this link because I noticed that the average size for women is now considered 18, rather than 12. A few years ago the number was 12. Pretty sure that vanity sizing still occurs, so I guess that’s an indication that Americans are still getting fatter every year? Or maybe it suggests that the 12 number was too small. In any event, it caught my attention.

Keep reading.

Move it or lose it

Updated 1.25.2021: This piece was published originally in 2019. My opinions since then have not changed, but a new webpage has been brought to me attention. After visiting it and reading it, I decided to republish this piece (and reformat it, which was kind of a pain) to point to the this new page.

The information on the site is comprehensive, and explains the pluses and minuses of different movement options very well. Well worth a visit if you're looking to decide what type of movement to add to your routine.

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The outrage machine of positivity…

Published 12.27.2020: It’s been awhile since I monitored the Body Positive (BoPo) movement— which I tend to call FaBoPo for Fat Body Positive, because only fat bodies are considered perfect in this moveement and require no alteration.

Gaining weight? That body change is to be celebrated? Losing weight? Well, now you’re a self hating slave to the fat hating patriarchy. So Lizzo (who I have heard on the radio a few times) is (or was) a FaBoPo icon, being as she is (or was) a wonderfully talented fat woman, who happens to be black. But apparently her blackness was less important than her fatness— let alone her talent— for a significant number of her online fans.

Anyhoo, during the Covid 19 nightmare, Lizzo has apparently been using the time to exercise and improve her health. Most recently, this included doing some sort of 10 smoothie a day “cleanse”. This being 2020, people have immediate angry reactions of all the feels, those reactions inspired backlashes, and clickbait nirvana was achieved. Keep reading.
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