Nov 28, 2006

Ignore me.

Winter profiles have a lot of depth to their coloring and a lot of contrast between their hair color, eye color and skin tone. Winters need hues that are sharp, stark and clear to complement their skin. They look best in intense, rich colors, like black, navy blue, red, and hot pink. For lighter colors, wear bright white or icy pastels, such as cool blues, pinks and yellows. Avoid earthy tones and subdued colors like beige, orange and gold as they will make the skin look unhealthy.

Nov 22, 2006

Since the age of 12, I have weighed less than 180 pounds in only two different periods of my life. The first was when I was wrestling my junior year of high school. I started out around 185 pounds and the intense training brought me down to roughly 160 pounds and probably single digit body fat percentage. I wouldn't say I was in an unhealthy state, but I used unhealthy tactics to drop that much weight. Working out for three hours on an empty stomach is fairly brutal. So, the other time that I weighed less than 180 pounds? Today. As difficult as it is to eat clean, exercise properly and maintain other health parameters, it's completely worth it. I haven't worn a pair of size 31 pants... ever. It's a good thing my current wardrobe isn't expensive because if I keep this up, I'm going to have to replace quite a few things.

Nov 15, 2006

Occasionally, during a bad day at work, I would get a comfort meal at the cafeteria. This meal consisted of a double Swiss cheeseburger and some steak fries. Of course it tasted great, but now that we publish the nutritional information for our cafeterias, I'm not so sure it was a good idea:

  • Hamburger Patty x2 = 640 calories, 54g fat, 34g protein, 2g carbs
  • Swiss cheese x2 = 214 calories, 8g fat, 8g protein, 0 carbs
  • Bun = 270 calories, 5g fat, 8g protein, 48g carbs
  • Fries = 600 calories, 32.4g fat, 3.8g protein, 35g carbs


  • 1724 calories
  • 99.4g fat
  • 53.8g protein
  • 85g carbs

(those numbers don't add up properly since a 67g/50g/50g ratio for the burger should actually be 1003 calories)

That single meal has more calories than I intake in a full day now!

Nov 13, 2006

Random Zune thoughts:

  • Is it a requirement to use the 200x200 JPG album art that is usually 10-12 KB in size? Stretched to 240x240, the quality is poor. If the average song is 3 minutes @ 192 kbps (roughly 4 MB) and the average album is 12 songs, the Zune can hold about 575 albums. Doubling the album art quality would reduce the Zune capacity by a whopping 1.5 songs.
  • Zune Marketplace downloads are 192 kbps WMA files. Even played through $30 headphones, the audio quality over a 128 kbps MP3 is dramatic. I kinda wish I hadn't ripped all my CDs into 128 kbps just to save a little drive space. I'd still use MP3 as support is so ubiquitous.
  • The preloaded content is a blast. Having so many music videos, video clips, pictures and music right out of the box was a great idea. It will also introduce the musically-limited to some great bands.
  • Losing the preloaded content sucks. Don't partner the Zune up to any old computer thinking you'll just re-partner to your media machine later. If you need to change the partnership, all content on the device is removed, including the preloaded stuff. I hadn't even seen/heard all of it yet!

I am down with brown... a brown Zune that is. I took some photos since people were curious how it really looks (product shots aren't always realistic):

Nov 9, 2006

If I'm a little grumpy and/or goofy lately, this is why.