Yesterday I recorded the heaviest weight ever when I stepped on the scales. I have not been to the gym in a month so it’s not muscle mass that I’ve put on. Not that I needed to check, I just look down at my belly and shudder.
I am not entirely sure what happened, but over the past year I have really struggled to keep a healthy weight. I thought I had cracked it, after not having exactly the most balanced eating habits in my early twenties, but in the last twelve months I have made a bigger effort to keep the weight down and yet I got the worst results.
My friends are by now familiar with this, and often joke and ask me if this week I am eating out of tins or on the Master Cleanse. So here we go, another fad (perhaps) but this time in line with my everlasting desire to simplify and go to the essential: the Steve Ward Diet aka the Line Diet.
I first read about it on kottke.org, and I loved how simple and straight-forward it is. You enter your weight every day and it tells you if you can eat normally or just broccoli or some other low-calorie food. It can be achieved with graph paper, a spreadsheet, a website or an iPhone application, anything that lets you plot your daily weight on a graph and compare it to where you want to be. Here is what mine looks like:
We shall see if this one works. I am planning to lose 10 pounds in a month. And check back here in a few days, the spreadsheet will update as I progress. Nothing like being accountable to ensure I get results.
I went to return a book at the library and I’d forgotten it was moving today to new premises right next to Westfield.
It all looked very new but the automatic book return machines were not working yet (they are meant to identify the book and accept its return).
It is now even closer to work and I am looking forward to using it more.
Apart from a handful of old favourites, I always release books into the wild once I’m done with them.
What do you do with books you have read?
This morning I missed my bus stop on the way to work and found myself in Sussex Gardens. This is where I stayed when I first arrived in London, unsurprisingly as the street is packed with hotels end to end.It wasn’t my first visit to London but it turned out to be a life-changing experience. Today I got off, had a quick look around, took this photo and realised that I was there in the same time of year (I was about to start uni) and memories of one of the most exciting periods of my life started rushing back. I knew that I had found The Place I wanted to be in, it was a very comforting feeling but at the same time I knew it was going to mess up my plans. Now, 19 years (and two moves in other European countries) later, I have just become a British subject. Yes, my life has not exactly been as linear as I would have wanted it, but I am here now and I could not be happier anywhere else.
One of those Facebook things that are sent around where you get tagged to do something and after you have done it you tag other people to do so.Turns out I’ve read 22 of the BBC top 100 books (marked with an x in the list below). I could not find the original BBC source (the Big Read lists instead the 100 most loved books from a survey) so I have no idea who chose them and with which criteria, but this looks like a sensible list of must-reads. Perhaps aim to read them all? Not sure I’ve got enough time for another 78 books at the speed I read. 1. Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen x
Found this while tidying up and decided to use it. Brings back loads of memories from my trip in Feb/Mar 2008, would love to go back and see more of Australia.
Also, another test with PicPosterous (Posterous iPhone app) – finally learning how to use it after a couple of tries where first I did not name the album (and the post had no title) and then I added to an existing album (and it updated another post by adding this picture to it that I cannot remove without deleting the whole album), thus discovering that the iPhone app does not let you add text to the post. Email upload it is then if it is a post, or iPhone app if just a pic.
It’s nice to see that knives can now be recycled alongside glass, plastic, tins and shoes.
And the second picture, that wallet-type thing? Just a test, trying to upload from PicPosterous iPhone app, selected ‘add to untitled gallery’ and it added to this. Neat – albeit not what I was looking for.
Here are the websites I bookmarked into my del.icio.us account over the past seven days:
Twitter only lets its users retrieve the last 3,200 updates they’ve entered into the system.
Venice residents get free city-wide wi-fi. Tourists need to pay about $7 a day.
The word oxymoron means 'sharply dull' in Greek.
There are 100,000 people buried under Washington Square Park in NYC.
Excessive amounts of alcohol interferes with REM sleep.
I never thought to compare the back of a ten dollar vs a ten pound note. We are greater indeed.
Here are the websites I bookmarked into my del.icio.us account over the past seven days:
Another week, another Twitter app graduates to the home screen on my iPhone. This week’s is iTwitter, which might have been round for a while but I only heard of it yesterday when it was incorrectly heralded as the first Twitter app with push notifications (it turns out that IM+ already does that).
I checked out iTwitter, only to be disappointed when I found out that you only receive push notifications if another iTwitter app user mentions or DMs you. If anyone wants to follow me and play with it, I’m @bitful.
The disappointment did not last long, however, as I discovered that iTwitter is an iPhone application with a very attractive simplicity that fits the way I use Twitter on my iPhone very well. That is, I want to do few things, and I want them to be super easy (and work well).
The first screen you see is the last you were looking at upon quitting the application after the previous use. I tend to leave it in the ‘Home’ screen that shows your friends' timeline and only four options:
If you tap on a tweet, a few options pop up:
Very handy if you have large fingers like me and have trouble tapping on tiny icons or URLs.
You need to go up one menu to select, among other options, to view mentions and direct messages. Here you can also start a search, which can be saved and it will then appear on this menu. This menu also lets you access an address book with everyone you follow, and another with everyone who follows you.
The only way I found to send a DM is by tapping on a name in the Following or Followers address book, which involves too many clicks and is also confusing because as far as I know, you can only DM people who follow you. I haven't tried it yet though.
iTwitter sticks the original tweet (with smaller font and avatar) underneath its reply, which I think is incredibly useful when people reply to you, especially if you tweet a lot and the replies are a simple ‘Ditto’ or ‘LOL’. Unfortunately it only works if you follow the person who sent the original tweet.
You can add more than one account but you will have to move up to the top-level menu to switch between accounts. Again, not something I need.
I like this application and will probably stick to it. For the record, lately I have been using TweetDeck on the iPhone, which has a killer feature of displaying tweets grouped by whatever criteria you want. But I have recently unfollowed 40 accounts and I now get everything I want to read, nothing less, nothing more, so TweetDeck was largely unused.
Another week, another Twitter app graduates to the home screen on my iPhone. This week's is iTwitter, which might have been round for a while but I only heard of it yesterday when it was incorrectly heralded as the first Twitter app with push notifications (it turns out that IM+ already does that).
I have been keeping a blog of some sort since early 2001. Over the last two years I blogged less and less, but used a number of other sites more to post photos, links, short updates, and to develop conversations arous them.
At the same time, I also kept looking for ways to get all this content together in one location. I tried a few WordPress lifestreaming plugins, and connected all my activities at Friendfeed. I also funneled everything through to Facebook, which to date is the location where my content gets most comments. Sometimes I connected sites together so that the content would propagate without me having to do much.
All of this was starting to get a bit too complicated, so when Steve Rubel switched his blog to Posterous I was inspired to do the same. Posterous lets you update many sites at once via email. You tell it which sites to update, and Posterous choses which ones according to the type of content attached to the email.
I am experimenting now; I want to see how Posterous handles multiple sites and have connected everything to it. If you are thinking of doing the same, please continue reading.
I have just emailed the following:
Attachment: a photo (3264×2448)
And Posterous updated:
This is helping me see that it works very well almost everywhere, but I might remove the autoposting to Delicious. Also, I will need to remove all the links between various services and FriendFeed, as it can now ingest everything from Posterous instead.
The big winner for me is the possibility to post from Gmail. If you do, check out the Zemantabookmarklet that provides the usual tagging/linking/image functionalities from within Gmail. Mindblowing.
Right now I'm keeping both my usual WordPress blog at bitful (but updating it purely from Posterous) and my Posterous lifestream (which I have redirected to my own unused domain. Will I dare let go of the last bit of control over my content (my WordPress database) and put everything in the cloud? I'll see how it goes and the I'll tell you. For now, it looks like it is simpler, and I like that very very much.
A rubbish picture to test a new photo posting workflow via Posterous.