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By xth again (Mon Aug 01, 2022 at 12:20:40 PM EST) (all tags)
Daily routine, fasting, feminists, footballers


Back to: daily routine

It was particularly painful getting back to the daily routine from the holidays this time. Being stuck indoors for so long due to the pandemic left its mark. School holidays as well. A full month of having the kids around the house while trying to work. All they want to do is play videogames all day. There aren't enough summer camps to send them off to in this town, they were all booked out months ago. Getting back to work is also not something I cherished. Now that the novelty has worn off and I had time away I could assess the new job. There are a few things I like about being in a fang-sized company. But on the whole I don't. But then I look back at my career (it spans decades by now) and there are a few jobs I really liked. So it's either me who sucks at working or it's working that sucks. I vote (B) . At the weekend kids stayed overnight at friends' which was nice, but now it's back to work. For some reason the holidays completely failed in recharging the battery of anyone in the family. Maybe we travelled too much.

Intermittently: fasting

What I couldn't bring back in relaxation I brought back in flab. To be honest I shouldn't blame the holidays, I had been relapsing for a while. I used to be painfully skinny, but that was then. A couple of years back I had a stomach operation, they pumped gas in my belly to give themselves room to cut up stuff. When I came out of hospital I was two trousers sizes bigger. Panic as I had nothing I could wear. I though it was a side effect of the gas and in time it would go down, but it never did. Have been trying to shed weight since. My target was 20kg
I started with simple calories counting and an app. Boring as fuck, but effective; it helped me change my habits. So I will still have pizza, but when I do I'll skip lunch. Some dishes I had to abandon - like my guilty pleasure of gnocchi with spicy almond and cream sauce. I learned that all those healthy nuts and seeds make salads more caloric than a portion of pasta. I managed to lose about 15kg in half a year that way. Sport was also involved.
Then I went to the hospital for another, unrelated operation for a couple of weeks. That disrupted my calories counting routine. I was never able to get back on it. Calories counting is soooo tedious and disruptive, I never want to do it again. But then the weight started creeping up again.
I started intermittent fasting. I did the variation where you have an 8 hour window in which to eat, and that's it. So if I have breakfast at 8, my last meal would be at 16. What that means in practice, you replace a meal with a snack every day. I skip breakfast and have my first meal at about 13:00, I seem to be able to handle that without problems. Breakfast wasn't a big tradition where I grew up, so I'm used to it.
It kind of works, but it's much more slow acting than calories counting. In 6 months I lost only 4kg. But it's also far less effort. When I have my first meal of the day I set an alarm for 7.5 hours later, with a 30 mins snooze, and that's all I have to do. Another good side effect is that relapses have much less of an effect. If I go out and overeat, within a couple of days I am back to my range. With simple calories counting it'd take me a week. But now I've lost that habit as well. I will need to find a different diet, from experience once you lose it you lose it, no need to flog a dead horse

Seeing the point of: feminists

Posts like "Teen-Friendly Period Products For Your Favorite New Menstruators" caused a bit of a commotion in The Wife's feminist circles. Renaming women "menstruators" to avoid hurting the feelings of the 0.56% of the population who became women by transitioning is a big ask. Considering the much larger percentage of women in menopause who don't seem to care. The feminists are fuming. Trans activists make up yet another acronym for them. It really feels like a manufactured conflict. I remain convinced that a lot of the most extreme online "wokeness" is psyop from alt-right / enemies-of-the-west circles. And useful idiots doing the rest.

Watching women: footballers

England won UEFA Menstruator's Women's Euros! It was quite a big deal when we were over there. All matches on prime time TV and shown in pubs. 90k at the stadium for the final - about four times your average Serie A men's match. I am watching less and less football these days, but this competition was quite fun. I know it's different in the States, but in Europe women football ("soccer") is still seen as a bit of a joke. It's it's nice to see the change. The BBC campaign against sexism that went on in parallel was also excellent. The women game is not as developed as the men's. Some of the leagues are not professional yet, and it showed in the quality. Also they are obviously not as strong and not as fast. That is pretty noticeable in football as opposed to tennis or volleyball. There is so much distance to cover, both for the players and the ball. But it was a fun spectacle. And in the matches I have see there was little to no gamesmanship, faking injuries, aggro. The players just got on with playing. Quite refreshing. Luckily the women's game is quite developed in Germany. I will try to go and watch some matches with The Kids when we are back.
And that is all.
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Teen-Friendly Period Products For Your Favorite New Menstruators | 5 comments (5 topical, 0 hidden)
gnocchi with spicy almond and cream sauce by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #1 Mon Aug 01, 2022 at 03:36:16 PM EST
recipe please?


It's a super easy one by xth again (4.00 / 1) #2 Mon Aug 01, 2022 at 03:57:40 PM EST
While you cook the gnocchi melt some butter, then sautè some chopped chillis (or chilli oil) and chopped almonds (better if bought chopped from the store, so that they are evenly sized) and when the mixture starts changing colour add double cream. Reduce for 3-4 minutes and toss the gnocchi + grated parmesan in it. I never really measured the ingredients but there should be enough cream to easily coat all the gnocchi without them swimming in it. And not too many almonds, around 1/4 of a cup for 1 person

Buon appetito!


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We had a list go out by ucblockhead (2.00 / 0) #3 Tue Aug 02, 2022 at 02:22:42 PM EST
There's a spreadsheet going around my company with a list of words to avoid, with various states of "approval" based on "ongoing discussion".  Some are the usual subjects "master" vs. "main", "denylist" vs. "blacklist".   Others descend into various levels of ridiculousness and etymological ignorance.

It's tempting to get pissy about one of the "approved" ones, as we're no longer supposed to refer to someone as a "hacker" because of "negative connotations".  But for the most part, whatever...not worthy caring about.   Maybe I'll save the list for future amusement.

Not as amusing as the other list I saved, which is apparently considered extremely confidential.   It's a list of all online ids that were banned by the company.   It is both sickly amusing and guaranteed to make you lose complete faith in humanity.   Oddly enough, the two lists have almost no overlap that I can see.
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Lists by xth again (2.00 / 0) #4 Wed Aug 03, 2022 at 03:02:53 PM EST
Oh I have already lost all faith in humanity, no list can possibly make that  worse

Gosh I wasn't expecting "hacker" to be in it, but in this case I guess it's marketing more than political correctness, right?

It's interesting how far the web is from the early adopeters's vision. There is literally zero discourse, only echo chambers, and zero information, only fake news. Oh well, at least we finally got VR and we can play games online


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hacker by ucblockhead (4.00 / 1) #5 Wed Aug 03, 2022 at 10:45:42 PM EST
I am told it is "potentially derogatory", which pisses me off given that everyone I know who uses it self-applies.

If the list weren't massively NDAd to hell and back (to the extent that I had to go on a three week "business justification" campaign just to get access) I'd share.   (I actually did have a justification, funnily enough.
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