Friday, July 18, 2008

The Dark Knight (no spoilers)

So, work took us all out to see a movie today. Mini spoiler-free review follows:


It felt a bit long in spots, and seriously, seriously creepy. I feel sorry for whoever plays Joker next - Ledger is just incredible. Plays it in a completely different way than Nicholson did; Nicholson wanted to wreak havoc in a funny way, but Ledger wants to show the insanity lurking inside everyone. Just thinking back at some of his actions makes your skin crawl.

Best line: "Wanna see a magic trick?"

And that's all I'll say.

Monday, July 14, 2008

WiiFit routine

We've had the WiiFit for almost two weeks now, and I've developed a bit of a routine now, which boils down to 'start at the top of the list, work down'.

I start off with yoga, doing three poses (6 minutes). Then strength training, usually the three exercises that 'match' the yoga poses I did (4-6 minutes).

Aerobics is where most of my time goes. Basic step, because advanced annoys me (3 minutes), and rhythm boxing - just unlocked expert, which is good for 13 minutes.

At this point, I've got a few minutes left. A balance game or two (finally got through the bubble balance for the first time today), and finish off with Lotus Focus (best time, 91 seconds).

Saturday, July 12, 2008

I hate computers.

So, the old Powerbook that's acting as a media machine has been running off a Firewire drive for a while because the internal drive started acting up.

Now the Firewire drive started having problems as well. Unfortunately, I don't have any spare drives that are large enough to hold all the data on that drive. So, we'll try setting it up to run off a smaller drive (in the same Firewire enclosure) and set up a reduced-size library until we can get things fixed. No problem, right?

Well, the optical drive isn't terribly happy either, so it can't boot the install DVD. Tried to install onto the new Firewire disk from the MacBook Pro, but as an Intel Mac, it can't install to a disk that's bootable on an old PowerPC Mac. Grah.

Ended up installing to a USB drive that was partitioned for Intel booting, doing a drive-clone from there onto the Firewire drive. Then had to swap things around again because the smaller disk I had in the Firewire enclosure started acting up.

Now, about 7 hours after I started, the newly-installed OS is finally at the point of updating to the latest version. And then I need to get the music set up on it as well, and find out if I lost any data on the old drive. Guess I know what I'm doing tomorrow.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Quote of the day

"Lonelier than a straight girl at the Republican convention." -- damien, after hearing about the rumors of the Alabama Attorney General's imminent resignation.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008


So, either WiiFit is having a delayed reaction, or threatening it with Weight Watchers scared my body into compliance, because I'm down over 5 pounds from two days ago, hit my WiiFit goal this morning, and dropped below 242 again.

One-week trend is still upward, though. So I guess unless that starts trending down soon, I'll need to look at WW after all.

(...think it'll work?)

Monday, July 7, 2008

Diet: Get Out The Map

So, the diet trend had been slowing for a while, and the assorted festivities (my birthday, July 4, etc.) over the past week pretty much put a nail in its coffin. The weight box to the right shows the gory remains: weekly trend up 1.25 pounds.

So now I'm trying to figure out what to do next. WiiFit will help, but I need to structure my intake better. The various versions of the Don't Be Stupid Diet have, in general, all run aground due to...well, being stupid.

Not sure what to try next. Yes, watch portion size, watch for stupid sugars and stupid fats, but...what else? Because clearly I like those stupid sugars and fats.

Part of me is wondering if it's time to go back to strict calorie counting, but that's just painful and annoying. (On the other hand, it is the one diet I can point to as actually getting me all the way down under 200 pounds.) Maybe Weight Watchers points or similar. Need to think about it some more.

Thursday, July 3, 2008


Came home from work today to a WiiFit resting on the kitchen island. My mother decided that the family needed a pick-up after the numerous extraneous expenses that have cropped up over the past year - the water heater, the microwave, the tires, the CV joint...

Thanks, Mom!

So now the whole family is going through and getting initial scores. I got a fitness age of 43...not exactly ideal. But we'll work on it.