Cats not afraid of cucumber

Lester and Macy Gray (Right)

A colleague asked me whether my cats were afraid of cucumbers.  I have been a cat person for 25 years.  Never heard of this phenomenon but it is mentioned in TV show Rick and Morty, episode “Pickle Rick.”

My cats were truculent and pawed the cucumber.

With tongue in cheek I proclaim: Cats not afraid.  N=2 P<0.0000000000000000000052.

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Star project (nee that Fat white guy) 2018-Aug-25

Star project entry 3; 2018.

HIIT.  Tabata.

On August 24th 2018 I was 174.8 lbs.   This is a -4 lbs discrepancy with the last weigh-in.

Visibly I’m the same.  My targeted mass building was dedicated to my legs and shoulders.  I can say with certainty that my legs have become bigger.  In the thigh, certain pants have become considerably tighter.  I do not have such clear indication for my shoulders.

Commutes to work have become slightly longer.  As such, my back is prone to more discomfort with the extended periods of sitting.  I’ve decreased farmers carries to a maximum of one set per week.

Last time I mentioned Tabata training.  The training regimen calls for 8 cycles, each 20 seconds long at maximal effort followed by 10 seconds of rest.  I only now reached 5-6 cycles with regular consistency with a few months of effort.  The workout was extremely hard despite being in my best shape in years.

Hack to make Hario V60 no 02 from inexpensive filters

I bought a Hario V60 ceramic pour over.  It makes some great coffee as does the Chemex and Aeropress.  The former saw a resurgence while AMC’s Breaking Bad was first run on the air.
The Hario filters are about $9 for 100.  Not particularly expensive, but not cheap.  Costco sells ‘Connaisseur’ brand filters 600 for $8. These filters are known as “GK Connaisseur Cone coffee filters-item #2630.”  They have a trapezoidal, flat bottom shape.   This is noteworthy because for less that 1/6th the price per filter, you can buy a great substitute that makes coffee, nearly indistinguishable from the original.  
The work you have to do?  Make a cardboard cut out and fold your Connaisseur filters in to shape. They fit well but not perfectly.  You’re to cut a piece of cardboard with a 90o angle.  One side will be 13.42 cm long, the other 14.17 cm long.  Regarding these measurement*:  I used Pixelmator to perform the pixel count.   They may not be perfectly accurate.  I couldn’t get ImageJ to work because MacOS High Sierra was protecting me from the installation. 
Fig.1: Hario V60 filter (top left, white), Connaisseur 2630 (right, white)  and Cardboard cut out.
Fig.2: According to the measure tape and pixel counts the left side is 13.42 cm, the right side is 14.17 cm .

Fig.3:  You will have some excess filter that is easily folded down, over the Hario dripper (top right corner).

Star project (nee that Fat white guy) 2018-Mar-19

Star project entry 2; 2018.

Eggs, meat and farmer’s carries.

On Feb 19 2018 I weighed ~ 170 lbs.  As of March 14th I pushed up to 177.8 lbs. (I started writing this post March 14th.  Work has been busy.)  As of April 25th I pushed up to 178.8 lbs.  Waist size remains the same.  Clothing that fit in the fall fits not differently today.  My target for mass increase is my upper legs and shoulders. 

How have I gained 8 lbs?  I have been loading up my frame with a 20 kg weight vest and weighted Ikea bags (medicine balls and kettlebell) and performing farmer carries until my forearms weaken, releasing my grip.   Additionally, I’ve added Tabata training to my workouts.

Blocking Facebook with your hosts file

In light of news regarding privacy and Facebook, I looked into a way to keep my web browsing from connecting with FB servers – my effort to be less trackable.  This is a heavy handed domain blocking approach and will break your Facebook.  Read here for information about manipulating your hosts file.  If you are not a Facebook user then you gain a kernel of privacy.

Edit:  This can be achieved with a uBlock for Firefox and Chrome.  I was not able to block Facebook domains using uBlock for Safari.

This will work on any OS with a HOSTS file

1.  Go here – https://github.com/jmdugan/blocklists/blob/master/corporations/facebook/all

This wonderful human posted many (I didn’t check if it is all) domains associated with Facebook.  Thank you poster!

2.  Save the contents of file in a text file.

3.  Change all of the 0.0.0.0 to 127.0.0.1.  Use Sed …

Open the file in terminal and run

sed ‘s/0.0.0.0/127.0.0.1/g’ file from step 1.txt > file you create for step 3.txt

Edit: Don’t use spaces.  It is workable to use spaces it just complicates things slightly.

4. Copy the contents of ‘file you create for step 3.txt’ and paste them into /private/etc/hosts

Done.  Now attempts by Facebook for tracking you through social media plugins/comment systems on your favourite websites will be routed to the localhost, your computer.

I tried this hosts intervention with the 0.0.0.0 + the domains (i.e. 0.0.0.0 facebook.com and 0.0.0.0 http://www.facebook.com).  Both Safari and Firefox ignored the change.  Only when changing 0.0.0.0 to 127.0.0.1 would it work.
As of writing this worked for Mac OS 10.3.4.

Star project (nee that Fat white guy) 2018-Feb-01

Star project entry 1; 2018.

I need a new body shaping goal for 2018.  The fat white guy trope is dead.  Similar to my public declaration of weight loss as a goal in December 2016, Star project is 2018’s public goal of pursuing body density.  Here, density is remaining small with a large mass not like a pulsar.  Again, the idea behind public declaration is to improve the chance for success.

This is a learning experience and most of it is improvised based on an end-point.  As of December 20, 2017 my mass was 175.6 lbs.  The first goal for Star project will be to reach 180 lbs without an increase in waist circumference.  Central fat is widely accepted as the common most fat deposit on men.  Therefore, increases in mass whilst waist circumference remains constant should indicate increased mass through water and/or muscle and/or bone density.

I’ll track my waist size over 4 weeks and see if remains the same while attempting to gain weight.