January 31st, 2007


1/12th over already ...

This year is just going to fly past, I can tell - already about one-twelfth gone !
I didn't make resolutions as such, but in December I decided it was time to get fit(ter) again. After making it to the gym seven times and fencing training three times in Dec, I've slowed down a bit in January - three gym sessions, two sessions of badminton, and fencing training every week. Of course, there was also a competition (did I mention that I won it ?) and the trip to Egypt (lots of walking ... lots and lots of walking).

Still, all that activity seems to be taking effect - one site said that your heart rate should drop 20bpm in the first minute after exercise. I've checked the last couple of times at the gym, and mine drops that much in 30 seconds or so, and 30-40bpm after the full minute. Now we just have to keep up the gym-going momentum for the rest of the year, despite holidays and on-call weeks and early-morning-start weeks and conventions and tournaments and visiting relatives and so on ... (and laziness and procrastination, of course).

I did decide to make one other little change this year, though - I should drink more alcohol. In particular, red wine, since it has repeatedly been shown to have some health benefits (in moderation). Last year, I drank ... hardly ever, really. There were at least a few months where I didn't drink any alcohol, and when I did, it would be only one or two glasses. Of course, it's tricky to keep explaining to people that no, I'm not a teetotaller, I just don't drink habitually or regularly (and I don't like beer). Since I don't drink very often, and not great quantities, it seems wasteful to buy a whole bottle of wine (rwrylsin doesn't like wine, so it'd just be me drinking it most of the time), but local supermarkets have recently started stocking a range of 250ml bottles of wine - just the right size for an occasional drinker like me. If I find I'm starting to prefer a particular style, I may ask the oenophiles out there for recommendations (say, dmw, I seem to recall had a rather nice red at WorldCon - do you remember what it was?).
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The shower time poll ...

Poll #917640 The Shower Poll

How long do you typically shower for ?

0 - 3 minutes
4 - 6 minutes
7 - 9 minutes
10 - 12 minutes
13 - 15 minutes
16+ minutes
I take baths, you insensitive clod !

How often do you shower ?

Never - I bathe !
Once a year, whether I need it or not
Once a week or so
Most days
Every day - in the morning
Every day - at night
Also after exercise/gym/sport
Also when hair needs washing
At whim
Varies by season
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avon - haven't the faintest idea

Old, but interesting ...

Sometimes, I keep tabs in Firefox open, meaning to do something with whatever it is I have in them.
This is one of them, a comment in response to a post in response to some of the fuss around the last change to the Update page.
Quoting rahaeli :
Yeah, but what you identify as a problem isn't the same as what we identify as a problem, honestly. The thing is? Our usability studies scare us. Badly. Our task-flow metrics terrify us. We have a higher task-flow abandonment rate than any other site anyone on the team has ever worked for. The percentage of people who, say, go to post to a community, can't figure it out, and give up and leave LJ (or just drift off, because they can't make the site do what they want it to do) rather than try to figure it out is terrifying.

Now if only they'd include those sorts of explanations in the announcements of the changes ...
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vila - hate to be eaten by something stu

Oops ...

Note to self : Don't stab yourself in the palm of the hand with a screwdriver. It hurts, and it's a really bad idea with a fencing tournament coming up this Sunday.

(I was reaching for gym clothes, got a critical fumble and knocked over my fencing toolbox instead. I gave it a shove to right it - and found the pointy end of a small screwdriver. Surprisingly sharp, it was ...)
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