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Recycling

by wil — Nov 10, 2011

Hmm…do you think it might be time to empty the paper recycling bin?

Kinda freaky

by wil — Mar 25, 2011

One of the light bulbs in my bathroom fixture burnt out the other day, so I went to the store and bought some “daylight” bulbs, because I figured daylight’s good. But when I popped the new bulb into the fixture, I realized it didn’t match the other bulbs…at all. Not even close. Actually, there’s no way it could match both bulbs, because they don’t match either, but they’re at least in the same family. So…now I have three mismatched bulbs. The one on the left is sort of a warm, butter-yellow cream. The new middle bulb is a strong, cool blue-white — something you might see in a laboratory setting. And the one on the right is kind of a warm, pink-tinged peach. So now, when I look at my face in the mirror, one half is usually sort of blue-white and the other half is either pinky-peach or butter-cream. It’s a bit disconcerting.

Of course, I could put in all new matching bulbs and reuse the older bulbs in different fixtures, but part of me wants to tough it out and see what happens if I continue this odd-lighting psych experiment.

Waaaazzup with Wil (Vol. 3)

by wil — Mar 10, 2011

Lately I’ve had the recurring sense that anything’s possible — that good things can and will happen. A really nice feeling.

I’m loving Neutral Milk Hotel. I respect a band that can jam on the bagpipes and belt out: “I love you Jesus Chriiiiiiiiiiiiiiist, Jesus Christ I love you, yes I do.”

My wife and made up a new game using the foam and wooden dice we bought in Denver at The Wizard’s Chest. It’s basically Rat’s Ass with twelve dice instead of six — massively high scores! Woohoo!

That’s all.

Ouch

by wil — Feb 24, 2011

My lower back started bothering me in late-December after the igloo incident, but a visit to the TCM acupuncturist put me on the road to recovery. Then in late-January, after an out-of-town trip, my back started bothering me again. At that point I stumbled across 8 Steps to a Pain-Free Back, Esther Gokhale’s anthropological, posture-based program (somewhat akin to the Alexander technique), and started working on my posture. But that didn’t seem like an instant cure (I’m pretty sure it’s not meant to be — it’s more of a long-term therapy), so I added in Trigger Point Therapy for Lower Back Pain, which is basically compression + stretching, and is helpful, but also not an instant cure. Then I added in yet another practice: Viniyoga Therapy for the Low Back, Sacrum & Hips.

My wife’s tried to get me to do yoga for years, and I’ve done a little here and there, but it’s always seemed kind of soft/“girly” to me. So I’m a bit surprised at how much I’m actually enjoying the Viniyoga.

I’d say my back is currently at 83% — a vast improvement over two weeks ago — but I’d like to get it to 100% by the end of the month. I went to see the TCM acupuncturist for a follow-up appointment yesterday, and I solemnly vow here in front of all the Internet to continue to work on my posture, do daily stretching/yoga, take walks regularly, and make a concerted effort not to sit too long without taking a break.

Southwest Acupuncture College, koi pond:

Southwest Acupuncture College, origami:

Waaaazzup with Wil

by wil — Dec 19, 2010

Welcome to the 2nd installment of Waaaazzup with Wil (the Holiday 2010 edition).

A few things I’ve been into lately:

  • Orion — I’m always pleased to see this constellation (including the stars Rigel, Betelgeuse, and Bellatrix) return to the crisp, winter sky
  • Fallout: New Vegas — a sweet follow-up to Fallout 3, my favorite post-apocalyptic computer game
  • MI-5 (a.k.a., Spooks) — streamin’ BBC via Netflix, woohoo!
  • Sahale Valdosta, candied pecans + cranberries = yummy, but I have to laugh at the description: “evokes the classic taste of the American South”. Pecans, yes, but cranberries? Not exactly a classic Southern food.
  • The Terror, (recommended by Stefanie) — an engrossing, atmospheric winter read — the 1845 Franklin Expedition searches for the Northwest Passage, freezes in, encounters a mysterious Esquimaux couple, and fights against a preternatural “Terror”
  • Eef Barzeley & Clem Snide’s Suburban Field Recordings III — recently re-released ’90s alt-country (current favorites: “For Lydia” and the Lou Reed/Velvet Underground cover: “Pale Blue Eyes”). Check it out…

I’m getting chunky & other random statistics

by wil — Nov 19, 2010

I had to renew my driver’s license recently, and the MVD employee asked me if I still weighed 160 lbs. — 160?!? — I was kind of shocked. I thought my weight was pretty stable, but no, I don’t still weigh 160, I weigh 176. That’s a gain of 2 lbs/year over the past eight years. And while I’d like to say it’s been solid muscle growth, that wouldn’t really be the complete truth (hmm…maybe it’s bone growth, perhaps I should cut back on my calcium). If this trend continues, in 12 years I’ll weigh 200. I don’t want to weigh 200 (not that there’s anything wrong with weighing 200, it’s just not for me), so I’m going to cut back on the sweets a bit and make sure I get daily exercise.

Other random statistics I’ve stumbled across recently:

Half the world’s population lives in just six countries.
Half the world's population

US internet usage (src):

  • 74% of American adults (ages 18 and older) use the internet at least occasionally
  • In my age group (30-49), 81% use the internet at least occasionally.
  • In the 18-29 age group, 93% use the internet at least occasionally.

One in 7 US households (14.7%) were hit by hunger issues in 2009 (src)

One in five (20%) Americans experienced a diagnosable mental, behavioral, or emotional disorder last year (src)

Religion (src):

  • In 2008, 76% of America’s adult population self-described as “Christian” (in 1990, the number was 86%)
  • In 2008, .5% self-described as “Buddhist” and .5% self-described as “Wiccan”, “Pagan”, or “Spiritualist” (in 1990, the numbers were .2% and .0045%)

By Odin’s beard, if these growth trends continue, it looks like we’ll all soon be self-describing as Wiccan, Pagan, or Spiritualist.