What I’ve been Reading

Grain Brain

In late December I read Grain Brain and really enjoyed it. It sometimes is criticised for being too positive about the what has been “proven” with clinical research but the underlying ideas are presented fairly and convincingly. The main ideas are:

  • Glucose levels need to be controlled by reducing carbohydrates
  • Gluten sensitivity is real and a lot of people are effected by it that don’t know about it
  • Inflammation is at the heart not only cardiovascular and cancer risk but also brain health

Overall I’d recommend reading this. Both Kabuki and I used it as the basis for a diet experiment this year which has been dramatic to say the least in terms of it’s positive impact to both of us (although our individual experiences have varied).

The Big Fat Surprise

 

I’ve recently read Nina Teicholz’s The Big Fat Surprise … a great way to better understand how the world (with the USA leading it) was misled by the cult of personality with regard to healthy eating and now this gigantic science experiment was kept in place by science, industry and government. If you’re pretty well read on the whole LCHF movement than a lot of this information will already be known in shorthand but Nina’s book is very well organised and goes into greater depth than I’d seen before. Definitely a recommended read and in particular for anyone still doubting that the past 3 decades of conventional wisdom around the heart-health hypothesis could be so wrong.

On the “on-deck circle” are:

The Rise of Superman

 

About getting into a state of “flow” which is a topic I’d like to have more of a view on.

Beyond Training

 

Have been enjoying Ben Greenfield’s podcast recently and his aggressive approach to training seems worth getting to know better. Can’t read his chapter on using electric stimulation, pressure, and ice to induce fast recovery. Sounds cool. :)

 

ken.net moves … nothing happens

Fast

Good news … I’ve moved ken.net off of Network Solutions and onto a much better hosting provider. Better news … you don’t have to do anything different.

The sugar on top? The site is now going to be much faster both because of the new hosting provider but also … hopefully I won’t lose you here … I’m now using a reverse-CDN cache in front of the site.

For those of you who share the language of technology let me just say I was unaware just how easy it is to use CloudFlare and the performance differences are amazing! I was going to use Amazon’s Cloudfront instead but in terms of ease of setup nothing compares to CloudFlare. I will look into using Cloudfront soon though for another few sites which I’m considering moving off of WordPress onto the Ghost platform. More on that when I get there.

Poo Park

There is a park near us informally called “poo-park”. It gets it’s name from the functional school of naming … not I’ve ever had a poo there but people used the park for a quick run about and then a bit of a bathroom break. Convenience over form. Well I can say it’s been getting far nicer for a while now and today I actually felt guilty calling it poo park. There are paved paths, trees lining the major walkways, the grass is nicely manicured and the surrounding terrain while rugged feels “well done” somehow.

Nostalgia effects all of us but at least here I can say with confidence I’ll never look back in envy of good ’ol poo days.

March Madness

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I must say I’m quite shocked that UConn’s Men and Women’s teams have both made the finals of the NCAA tournament. Why shocked? I don’t know, I like to live dramatically I suppose even if that means being overly dramatic. Still it is a pretty impressive achievement.

Now I must admit, I haven’t really been watching the teams this year due to a combination of time zones (aka, the games are brutually late) and being very busy professionally (aka, I’m a workaholic) but I do always read about them. Tonight I’m going to battle with sleep and superstition and stay up to watch the finals.

GO UCONN!!!

Screwed

adaptors

I have recently become an expert on tripod threading standards. Sound exciting? I promise you it isn’t. Well anyway, if it ever comes in handy here’s what I’ve found:

  • Photographic Tripods in the UK use:
    • 1/4″ threading as the standard for consumer grade equipment (with some pro equipment using it too)
    • 3/8″ as the standard for pro equipment (along with the occasional consumer device)

Also worth noting that converting between the two is quite easy with an adaptor that you can get from Amazon or a local retailer. Now, here the “lose some hair” variation:

  • Audio boom microphones seem to have virtually no published standard
  • If you look hard though you’ll find that most of the US models (and some others) use 5/8″ as their standard size.
  • Great, now try and find an adaptor to move from 5/8“ to 3/8” or 1/4″. Finding it in a physical store … almost no chance. You can get them on eBay or Amazon but give yourself a week or two for delivery in most cases.

Legend Day

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Today is a Legend Day in London. Don’t worry if you’re not familiar with the expression as I just made it up. The basis for the name, however, is on Bob Marley’s quintessential compilation album titled Legend and what I mean is it’s the first super nice day of the Spring. The day that everyone decides “I really need to outside”. The windows in cars come down, people are barbecuing, and music is in the air. Literally and figuratively. Quite often the literal sound of music is of non-other than Marley’s classic … still as good today as it was 30 years ago when I first started listening to it.