BOPPY_'s SparkPeople Blog BOPPY_'s Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Whew. Caught up on the week's tracking. Saturday PM, had to catch up on my tracking at SP. <BR> <BR> As I've mentioned, I record my food on little slips of scrap paper, and then enter them at the end of the day. Starting at the beginning of this year. I staple them together and dump them in a little box, next to my computer. The exercises I record on forms that help me plan and track my workouts. <BR> <BR> Saturday I had Tuesday through Saturday to enter. <BR> <BR> Here's my food chits since January 8th of this year. <BR> <img ... Sun, 19 Apr 2015 01:04:47 EST Relativism: Don't Leave Home Without It! Or, more to the point, if you leave 'home', it will become obvious. <BR> <BR> My maternal grandmother, who was an immigrant, put it in a more personal, direct, and pessimistic way: <BR> <BR> "Things are never so bad, they can't be worse!" <BR> <BR> You'll have to forgive her; she and her family were victims of the pogroms in Russia. <link> </link> <BR> <BR> My earlier post was on how the weather is finally warming up in Merrimack, NH, USA. <BR> <BR> I fou... Thu, 16 Apr 2015 18:41:59 EST Looks Like Spring May Have Finally Formed a Beachhead! ;-) <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Lee <em>213</em> Mon, 13 Apr 2015 01:55:55 EST Smart Watches Revisited Earlier, I had done a review of smart watches, and I had expressed concern that Fitbit probably would not be able to stay competitive. <BR> <BR> I've change my mind. <BR> <BR> The reason I've changed my mind is that I have come to understand that there is an overriding factor that Fitbit excels in. Specifically, it's life of the battery. Many of the new smart fitness watches require recharging daily, if not more often. Fitbit has figured out how to make the battery charge last. Specifically... Sat, 11 Apr 2015 02:27:32 EST Hey, The new SP Free App: * It's actually useful. <BR> * It's free. <BR> * It now includes Favorites and Recent <BR> <BR> Lee <em>213</em> Thu, 9 Apr 2015 01:22:02 EST Interesting Sights? And, Mixed Emotions? I start my walks, outside, by going out through the garage. As I exited the garage I immediately noticed two things. The first was that most of the snow on the sides of the driveway had melted. (It'll be at least another two or three weeks before the plow-built snow piles at the end of the driveway melts.) The second thing that "caught my interest" was two or three lone snow flakes. <BR> <BR> My first reaction to the snow was depression, but then I realized that a snow that killed off early ... Wed, 8 Apr 2015 17:47:45 EST Old Man OF the Mountain <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Some have expressed Interest in what was, and happened to New Hampshire's Old Man of the Mountain. <BR> <BR> Rather than waste time and words, I point you at the following excellent resources: <BR> <BR> *YouTube Video: <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> * Wikipedia Article <BR> <BR> <link><BR>_Mountain </link> <BR> <BR> Lee <em>... Sun, 5 Apr 2015 20:12:24 EST My Diet Revisited My diet is not a diet, it is my lifestyle dietary regime. I've covered this before, but the following is a more detailed delination from my post on one of the message boards. <BR> <BR> My entire diet is predicated on a subjective calorie to satisfaction ratio, with some special, general exceptions: <BR> <BR> The general exceptions: <BR> <BR> 1. Always favor produce over fats or carbs, and discount the calories for produce, slightly, by downsizing the size (weight) of fruit, and fresh veggi... Sat, 4 Apr 2015 17:14:27 EST Some Thoughts on Using Religion to Discriminate Losing My Religion for Equality, by Jimmy Carter <BR> ****************** <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Lee <em>213</em> <BR> Thu, 2 Apr 2015 18:44:03 EST Curse of the Old Man On the Mountain? Prolonged winter due to the demise of the Old Man On the Mountain? <BR> <BR> Talk about having your nose out of joint ... <BR> <BR> Lee <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Wed, 1 Apr 2015 00:38:31 EST That's why they call it "Whether"! March 30th -- about .01 inches of snow. <BR> March 31st -- 33 degrees at 6:11 AM. <BR> <BR> I suppose it could be worse, <BR> <BR> Lee <em>40</em> Tue, 31 Mar 2015 06:12:23 EST Followup to yesterday's blog on the Insanity in Indiana Discrimination is not tolerance. <BR> <BR> Discrimination is bigotry. <BR> <BR> While all religion claims peace and acceptance, most often religion gets used for some kind of discrimination, OR worse. And too, the tax code enforces this insanity. <BR> <BR> Recently, in the US we've seen the rise of the 'god wants you to be a militant a$$' form of religion. I for one cannot stand idly by, while this occurs. <BR> <BR> You're free to express your allegedly unbiased views in your own blogs. T... Sat, 28 Mar 2015 12:55:28 EST Give Indiana the Attention It Deserves <link><BR>g-ten-football-championship-out-of-ind<BR>ianapolis </link> Fri, 27 Mar 2015 15:02:57 EST Motivation II Yerkes-Dodson Law <BR> ---------- <BR> <BR> There are only a few things in scientific understanding of psychology that may be classified as a law. One of these involves the relationship between motivation and performance. This relationship is generally referred to as the Yerkes-Dodson Law -- <link><BR>3Dodson_law </link> . <BR> <BR> The following graph well shows that relationship. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Wed, 25 Mar 2015 17:50:49 EST Sampling Opinion. Motivation I. I've noticed that both my brother and I are very active in soliciting a variety of opinions on "things". While there is this consistency, there is also a vast difference in terms of what, how and from whom we solicit opinions. <BR> <BR> In my own case, there are two separate domains in which I solicit opinions. There are technical domains such as science and engineering, in which I've developed skills in finding *how to find* who and what to ask. <BR> <BR> In less technical domains, I find ... Sun, 22 Mar 2015 04:53:44 EST Winner & Losers American society, especially as it is portrayed in pop culture and sports is all about winning and losing. I think, if you're trying to change your behavior, that a more subtle and functional view will be more helpful. <BR> <BR> First, this is one of the few places, where "losers" are "winners"! <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> More seriously, language can be used in many ways. I've found that thought and language, when used to promote self-improvement, or reach any other goals is best used in ser... Sat, 21 Mar 2015 04:01:19 EST Spring & the Future; On My Mind, Today <link><BR>sts/U2Pe6SbG9rB </link> <BR> <BR> Lee <em>213</em> Fri, 20 Mar 2015 17:33:19 EST Oranges, V Took an orange from the fridge, today. Was the size of a small grapefruit, but was very dense, so I weighed it. 445 grams. 9 grams shy of a pound! <BR> <BR> It was also VERY tasty. <BR> <BR> Now, the packaged and fast food suppliers are clearly a major factor in US obesity. But you also can't completely discount farmers. They keep breeding ever better, tastier, more caloric foods. You really have to stay on top of this "stuff"! <BR> <BR> Found this after posting the above: <BR> <BR> <img... Mon, 16 Mar 2015 02:38:00 EST Walks, or Tools III Warmer, yesterday. Made the walk more pleasant. <BR> <BR> Another tool on smart phones for walking is the camera for stills and videos. <BR> <BR> It was too ugly out yesterday to take any pics, and I have to walk on the street -- because of the snow (S. NH), and my back/leg issues. Almost no sidewalks, here, and the street snow is dirty/ugly. <BR> <BR> The "other lesson" in yesterday's walk was to remember to download all the tech podcasts I want to listen to before I go out since Verizo... Sat, 14 Mar 2015 14:52:56 EST Clear, Yesterday, Streets Dry But, cold. <BR> <BR> I'll try to get out earlier tomorrow. <BR> <BR> No dog. <BR> <BR> Just me. But a dog is another walking tool. ;-| <BR> <BR> Arf, <BR> <BR> Lee <em>213</em> Fri, 13 Mar 2015 02:48:28 EST Another Walkable Day. Bye, <BR> <BR> Lee <em>213</em> Thu, 12 Mar 2015 16:34:22 EST Tools for Walking A tool is something that helps you do a task. <BR> <BR> So, if you can walk, okay, why would you need a tool? <BR> <BR> Perhaps, you're reticent to walk, i.e., you don't walk consistently. Or, you don't walk consistently because of pain. Ankle pain? Knee pain? back pain? Hip pain? <BR> <BR> Am I going to give you a cure for osteoarthritis? <BR> Am I going to inspire you to overcome lifelong tendencies to not walk? <BR> <BR> Nope. <BR> <BR> But, I am going to offer some tips, and techniqu... Wed, 11 Mar 2015 18:37:06 EST Tummy Troubles? A number of people have mentioned tummy trouble and have indicated that they can't eat this or that. <BR> <BR> At 306 pounds, I had trouble with all of the following foods: <BR> <BR> * Coffee/decaf <BR> * Citrus including grapefruit, oranges, orange juice <BR> * Red wines <BR> * Tomato sauce <BR> * Greasy foods <BR> <BR> Once I lost about 100 pounds, I had none of these problems, although I no longer drink wine, nor eat greasy foods (for other reasons -- calories!). <BR> <BR> <BR> Lee ... Sun, 8 Mar 2015 15:17:49 EST Daily Orange Report: Triumphs and Tribulations ;-) Beth bought the Sequoia oranges at a local store -- Market Basket. They came in a sealed plastic bag with the MB name & logo. <BR> <BR> I meant to go back to the store and buy some more, but I just didn't have time -- as I had to herd cats all week -- the most annoying, fruitless, and time-consuming kinds of cats -- vendors who don't deliver the service you have paid for. That, plus finding parts for light fixtures in the kitchen that need repair and upgrading. We've owned three houses, and ... Fri, 6 Mar 2015 01:00:59 EST Oranges, III Googled Cara Cara Cushman Honeybell Oranges. <BR> <BR> The ones we have are definitely not Cara Caras. Neither the segments nor the peels are red -- just deep orange. <BR> <BR> They are also not Honeybells's Ours look like navel oranges not like mineolas. <BR> <BR> BTW, we've received a lot of gift-boxed fruit over the years, and a lot of it has been very good -- but none of it comes close to these oranges. <BR> <BR> The stickers on the oranges, say "Sequoia". <BR> <BR> Lee <em>213</em... Mon, 2 Mar 2015 02:18:07 EST More Oranges, Please For your -children, grand- or otherwise: <BR> <BR> You: Knock, knock! <BR> <BR> They: Who's there? <BR> <BR> You: Apples <BR> <BR> They: Apples Who? <BR> <BR> You: Knock, knock! <BR> <BR> They: Who's there? <BR> <BR> You: Apples <BR> <BR> They: Apples Who? <BR> <BR> You: Knock, knock! <BR> <BR> They: Who's there? <BR> <BR> You: Apples <BR> <BR> They: Apples Who? <BR> <BR> You: Knock, knock! <BR> <BR> They: Who's there? <BR> <BR> You: Orange <BR> <BR> They: Orange Who? <BR> <B... Sun, 1 Mar 2015 22:08:46 EST From Stephen Sondheim on Opera, to Boppy_ on Oranges From Stephen Sondheim on Opera, to Boppy_ on Oranges <BR> <BR> I once heard a Terry Gross interview of Stephen Sondheim. I found quite a few memorable elements in the interview, even though I am not much of a fan of musicals. Sondheim, in turn, is not much of a fan of opera, because 'it's all about the voices and not so much about the lyrics and music.' Second, most operas are written in Italian, which Sondheim considered to be tantamount to 'cheating' since Italian words all (?) end in vowe... Sat, 28 Feb 2015 23:35:17 EST Bermuda vs Caribbean <link><BR>0000ad.htm </link> <BR> <BR> Why are there two B's in Caribbean, and only one R? <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> No, I've never been to Bermuda. You? <BR> <BR> Lee <em>213</em> <BR> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 02:12:34 EST Just saw an SP article: How to Make Anything in a Slow Cooker! <BR> <BR> Okay, bub, how do I make enough to buy a home in Bermuda and live there for my remaining days? <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Lee <em>213</em> Thu, 26 Feb 2015 03:26:30 EST Oh What a Beautiful Morning? Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin' <BR> <BR> Music by Richard Rodgers(, lyrics by Boppy_, I) <BR> <BR> There's a bright white light from the ground, <BR> Icicles from the eaves that are round <BR> The snow is as high as an mammoth's eye, <BR> An' it looks like its climbin' clear up to the sky. <BR> <BR> Chorus: <BR> <BR> Oh what a beautiful morning? <BR> Oh what a beautiful day? <BR> I've got a very sick feeling, <BR> Another frickin' storm's our way. <BR> <BR> Repeat chorus <BR> <BR> All the... Tue, 24 Feb 2015 15:56:06 EST Oh What a Beautiful Morning? Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin' <BR> <BR> Music by Richard Rodgers, lyric by Boppy_I <BR> <BR> There's a bright white light from the ground, <BR> Icicles from the eaves that are round <BR> The snow is as high as an elephant's (mammoth's?) eye, <BR> An' it looks like its climbin' clear up to the sky. <BR> <BR> Chorus: <BR> <BR> Oh what a beautiful morning? <BR> Oh what a beautiful day? <BR> I've got a very sick feeling, <BR> Another frickin' storm's our way. <BR> <BR> Repeat chorus <BR> <BR... Tue, 24 Feb 2015 15:56:02 EST Selfies of Metamorphosis/Transmogrification? ;-) <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> (Editors update: <BR> <BR> * No, these are not bees -- they are wasps. Referencing the earlier posts by me. <BR> * No, these are not pictures of me -- they were downloaded via a Google image search. Try Google image; you'll like it. <BR> * No, wasps are not ... Mon, 23 Feb 2015 15:51:31 EST It's Icy, Now But, so far, not as bad as expected. <BR> <BR> Lee <em>213</em> Sun, 22 Feb 2015 16:37:20 EST Intro to Me -- Written for Nerds & Geeks Team Why I'm a Nerd <BR> ----------------- <BR> <BR> I've been using and programming computers since 1970. I've written programs for and with such exotica: <BR> <BR> * PDP-8 <BR> * PDP-11 <BR> * Linc-8 <BR> * PDP-12 <BR> * Burroughs B5500 <BR> * HP21MX <BR> * PDP-10/Tenex <BR> * Decsystem20/Topps20 <BR> * SAIL <BR> * FORTRAN <BR> * ALGOL <BR> * SNOBOL <BR> * eLisp <BR> * Assembler <BR> * IBM 1130 <BR> * Xerox Sigma-9 <BR> * Calcomp Plotters <BR> * Versatec Matrix Printer/Plotters <BR> * IBM 360 ... Fri, 20 Feb 2015 15:52:31 EST I Do So Love It When My Beneficence Is Appreciated ;-) <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Lee <em>213</em> Thu, 19 Feb 2015 18:13:03 EST Errand Day, Again Didn't Get Them All Done. <BR> <BR> ... <BR> <BR> Note: The "wasp pole" is also good for knocking icicles off the eaves. <BR> <BR> Lee <em>213</em> Wed, 18 Feb 2015 03:31:57 EST Tomorrow Is Errand Day, No Matter What! I'm warning you, Snow! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <em>198</em> <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> Lee <em>213</em> Tue, 17 Feb 2015 01:18:03 EST My First Day in Months (Years?) with no veggies, but lots of fruit. <BR> <BR> And, within calories. <BR> <BR> Normally, I have in excess of 2 lbs. of veggies a day. <BR> <BR> Hmmmm! <BR> <BR> Lee <em>213</em> Mon, 16 Feb 2015 23:37:47 EST Online Lexicon of Acronyms, Terms, and Text Emoticons Online & SparkPeople Lexicon Text, including Acronyms & Emoticons <BR> <BR> 2013-05-13 (Last Updated 2014-12-14, 08:36:45, v16.01) <BR> <BR> Apparently, there are folks who have read blogs or other posts <BR> and are confused by TLAs and emoticons. Ergo (;-)): <BR> <BR> != -- unequal(s). logical inequality. The '!' "reads" NOT. <BR> (_x_) -- kiss my "butter" <BR> 10Q -- thank you <BR> 10Qgg -- thank you very much (replace each 'g' with a <BR> . ... Sat, 14 Feb 2015 00:04:19 EST Comparison?: Good, or Bad?: For your program? Comparison, Inevitable <BR> --------------------- <BR> <BR> There's lots of alleged wisdom in culture (pop-, or otherwise), about whether comparison is good, or bad. <BR> <BR> But, the truth is, comparison is inevitable! It is built into the lowest "layers" of our senses and cognition. This is what makes humans so capable and adaptive. For example, with "normal" hearing, we can detect and process both loud and soft tones, and signals (e.g., speech), as well as both high and low frequencies... Wed, 11 Feb 2015 15:24:38 EST Kudos to “Readers”, III Kudos to “Readers”, III <BR> <BR> Morticia Addams response to my showcasing her prior comment: <BR> <BR> <BR> “I loved the movie "Cocoon"!! It should give every old codger a dose of hope, even if it is just some other old codger's figment of his imagination. <BR> <BR> Not that you are a codger and no offense intended, but you fought your way back from the dead. I'm sure you are kind of enhanced now with lots of bolts, nuts, rods, and screws. Hubby and I just want a little upgrade too, san... Tue, 10 Feb 2015 01:41:28 EST Tip of the Cap 2 ;-) Apparently, my wasp blog opened up a seam on the Mother Lode: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Cocoon, Revisited: The Militants? <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</... Mon, 9 Feb 2015 04:43:24 EST Tip of the Cap ;-) <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Dude, if only you'd told me sooner. The levitating boots would have solved the wasps and a host of other problems! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <em>211</em> <em>100</em> <em>224</em> <em>104</em> <em>20</em> <em>30</em> <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Lee <em>213</em> Sun, 8 Feb 2015 02:24:36 EST The Wasps Saga The Wasps Saga, Chapter k of N <em>20</em> <BR> ------------------------ <BR> (Chapters k+1 thru N, have yet to materialize. <em>334</em> ) <BR> <BR> As I mentioned in my status, several times, we have been plagued by paper wasps at several places on our lot; and coming in from the attic (on occasion). In the last 28 years, this has been an issue, perhaps a dozen times. <BR> <BR> However, within the last five years, the problem has been worst in the deck area, where we also have a sp... Sat, 7 Feb 2015 03:08:37 EST See yesterday's Blog <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Lee <em>213</em> Fri, 6 Feb 2015 02:18:27 EST SNOW SOW <BR> SO <BR> OWN <BR> OWNS <BR> OW <BR> ON <BR> NO <BR> SOWN <BR> NOW <BR> SON <BR> NOS <BR> ONS <BR> <BR> The above? <BR> <BR> The only good thing "SNOW" is good for. <BR> <BR> Lee <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> P.S. Why? <BR> <BR> See: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5616169 </link> Thu, 5 Feb 2015 23:51:43 EST No Place to Put the Snow in Boston. Apparently they have "farms" in Boston, to which they dump snow. Seems they are full and now they have to bring in snow melters. Of course, this is record snow. But record weather conditions are to be expected, now, due to global climate change. <BR> <BR> Global warming means more energy in the atmosphere. More energy in the atmosphere means more variable weather. More variable weather means more extreme weather. Ergo, more snow, more rain, more drought, more cold, more heat, each at differe... Wed, 4 Feb 2015 04:34:29 EST Snow. Had to put my truck into 4WD, just to get it out of the garage and onto the driveway. <BR> <BR> Drove everywhere in 4WD at equal to or less than 25 MPH. <BR> <BR> Had to wear cleats to walk. <BR> <BR> But, the supermarket was emptier than the campaign coffers of a candidate not supported by the Duke brothers. <BR> <BR> They say they're going to have a bash in Boston tomorrow to celebrate the Pats victory. Seems like a stupid idea to me. The roads are bad enough there even w/o snow. <BR> ... Tue, 3 Feb 2015 01:55:57 EST Pats 28, S'hawks 24 THE BUTLER DID IT! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <BR> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> The fickle finger of football fate fidgeted and forced a fabulous phenomenon! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <BR> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> BTW, with my handy DVR, pause and fast forward buttons, I exercised thru most of... Mon, 2 Feb 2015 02:20:53 EST Does SparkPeople provide all the guidance we need on serious topics? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Of course, today is SuperBowl Sunday, a day held in most high reverence by the people of Usaland! <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> Lee <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> Sun, 1 Feb 2015 16:44:35 EST