Of carbs and cavemen...

Well, it's Pancake Day, and man, I'd love a damn pancake. But I won't have one. This is as good a time as any to talk a bit about our current diet. I'm not trying to evangelize here; I'm too lazy to care whether other people do what we do. But I've been mentioning words like "primal" and "paleo" on Twitter and Facebook recently, and a few people have asked me what that's all about. So why not?

For the past six weeks or so, the Snook and I have been following a modified primal/paleo diet. We eat meat, fish, vegetables, fruit, nuts, and dairy. We try to avoid grains, potatoes, legumes, and sugar. We've each dropped a couple kilos, but it's not really about losing weight. We finally realised that eating this way makes us feel the best. It's been a long process to get here...

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February 19, 2012

Bike Maintenance

Bicycle Maintenance
Yesterday the Snook and I attended one of the City of Sydney's FREE bicycle maintenance courses. To be honest, I was a little scared going in. I don't consider myself to be very "mechanical" at all, and even though all the parts on a bike are exposed, it was still very much a black box to me. There were seven of us in the class (three guys, four women), and when the instructor Carlos said that we were going to be taking our tires completely off our bikes, I had a moment of mental panic. "I'M GOING TO RUIN MY BIKE," I thought. But you know what? I didn't. The class was fantastic. Carlos first taught us how to maintain our chains and why it's important. Then we all went out and cleaned our chains and lubricated them. I accidentally pulled my chain off the cogs, but I knew exactly how to put it back on. Then we talked about derailleurs and how they work, and then we got to tires. My bike has quick release tires, so I had them off in minutes! Then we deflated them and pulled the tubes completely out. Carlos showed us how to figure out the right size tubes to buy, what pressure to inflate them to, how to test for leaks and how to use a patch kit. Then we put the tubes back in, put our wheels back on, and reinflated our tires to the correct pressure. Neat! We also learned how to check our brakes and realign them, and how to make adjustments to some of the cables on our bikes. He also showed us what not to mess with. It was such a great course, and I'm so glad we did it. I walked out with a few grease stains on my hands but also with a much better understanding of how my bike works, and I think I actually could fix it in a pinch! I highly recommend the class to anybody in Sydney with a bicycle. (You have to book in as the spots fill up.)

"I was crippled by Impostor Syndrome": One woman's story

"I was crippled by Impostor Syndrome": One woman's story - If you want to understand me, you should read this. I'm not as bad as this lady, but I identify strongly with what she's saying - especially as regards my career in IT. I always undervalue the things I'm good at and tend to disbelieve compliments when I get them. And sometimes it doesn't help living with someone who is very clever himself. My saving grace is that there's still a small part of my brain - maybe 15% - that is completely egotistical and thinks I'm awesome at everything. If I just listened to that part more often, I'd be unstoppable.

How Your Cat Is Making You Crazy - Magazine - The Atlantic

How Your Cat Is Making You Crazy - Magazine - The Atlantic - HOLY CRAP. I was convinced reading this that both Snook and I were infected with Toxoplasmosis and it was affecting our behaviour. I mean, men wear rumpled clothes, avoid risk, and get suspicious? Women dress nicer, court risk, and get extroverted? That's us over the past few years to a T.

Then I got to the end where they mention that indoor cats don't get the parasite, only outdoor cats. So we don't have it after all. Our weirdness is fully our own.