What thin people don’t understand about dieting

By A. Janet Tomiyama, Associate Professor, Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles and Traci Mann, Professor of Psychology, University of Minnesota. A plate of fattening food is harder for some people to resist than others. Milan Gordic/Shutterstock.com Diets do not work. The scientific evidence is clear as can be that cutting calories simply doesn’t lead to… Continue reading “What thin people don’t understand about dieting”

NaNoWriMo

For reasons I have yet to fully comprehend, I’ve decided to take a crack at this year’s NaNoWriMo. I don’t actually have a whole story in mind yet, but I keep coming up with various scenarios for a character that stays pretty consistent. I mentioned this on a mailing list I’m on and they suggested that I just start by writing out those scenes and that may help the rest of the story come into focus. That sounds reasonable, and I realized I’ve spent quite a bit of time this year critiquing other’s work so maybe I should see what it’s like on the other side.

So, with prayers to Bragi for inspiration and guidance, a heart full of hope, a stomach full of butterflies and a little voice in my head rolling on the gray matter laughing I’m going to dive in head first. Anyone have any spare life preservers?

Archaeologists Find Lost Ancient Greek Temple

It took more than 100 years of searching but archaeologists have finally found a lost temple to the ancient Greek goddess Artemis. The Greek Ministry of Culture reported that a team has found the remains of the sanctuary near Amarynthos, a coastal town a couple of dozen miles northeast of Athens on the large Greek island… Continue reading “Archaeologists Find Lost Ancient Greek Temple”

Our Pollution May Actually Be Causing Thunderstorms

As a Thorian it’s only natural that I love and am fascinated by thunderstorms. Popular Science magazine recently reported on how humanity is helping create more thunderstorms which – as much as I may love them – isn’t necessarily a good thing.

Our pollution might actually be causing thunderstorms

Ships could seed clouds for lightning. Lightning strikes the water as San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS Anchorage (LPD 23) navigates between storms. The Essex Amphibious Ready Group is currently operating in the 7th Fleet area of responsibility. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Liam Kennedy/Released Lightning tends to trigger in us… Continue reading “Our Pollution May Actually Be Causing Thunderstorms”

Interview with Rush’s Alex Lifeson @ Classic Rock Awards

Alex Lifeson Interview with Music Radar

Turn Your Kid into a Rush Nerd in 5 Easy Steps

Not only is this piece a great introduction to Rush – both for kids of nerdy parents and for nerdy adults (parents or not) who have yet to discover Rush for themselves – it also includes a clip of Alex Lifeson’s acceptance speech from their recent (and obscenely belated) induction into the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame. If you have not seen his speech yet, you must. If you are at all familiar with the band’s history, you will find it has it positively hilarious!

Turn Your Kid into a Rush Nerd in 5 Easy Steps (via www.nerdywithchildren.com)

Progressive rock has always been the domain of the nerd. Since it was first established in the ‘70s by rock musicians looking to inject their songs with a higher level of musicianship and lyricism a bit more challenging than “I love you, baby,”…

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Alex Lifeson Kidney Foundation PSA

I’ve been a major Rush fan most of my life, and like to keep up what the guys from the band are doing in their public lives. About 10 years ago guitarist Alex Lifeson lost his father to kidney disease, and since then he has been quite active in trying to raise aZwareness and money to fight the condition. He has had a number of paintings auctioned off over the years and now has produced a PSA to help that people learn what conditions can put you greater risk for it.

I remember hearing about when his father passed away, and it was clear that it was quite devastating event for Alex. He’s said “A little over [ten] years ago, my father passed away after two very difficult years of failing health. Both his kidneys ceased to operate and he was on dialysis for over two years. Many times, he was nearly lost during his dialysis and it was heartbreaking to watch his demise, and that’s why this is especially important to me.”

Since he went to the trouble of making the spot, I thought I – as a fan – should share with you. 😀