Dec 132012

Geo-HoHoHo 12-12-12 Was fun to get together last night with a room full of geocachers for a white elephant gift exchange. It brought back many memories since it was held at the site of our original cache meetings way back in 2002. I have cut way back on my geocaching addiction but there a better group of people to hang out with and what a clever ‘log’ for everyone to sign.

Here is the ‘forum notice’ that “Sluggo” posted to the forums to announce the first meeting for the Geocachers of Southeastern Washington (GCSEWA):

I just sent out this e-mail to all the cachers that I can contact east of the cascades. Of course we would love to have anyone join us.

Hello everyone,

Those of you who know me (and that isn’t many) know that I have a motto that I always live by: “Anything worth doing is worth overdoing”. Well I fear that is what I have been doing with the East Cascade Geocaching Society. I wanted something informal, simple and relaxing, so that I didn’t have to put in a lot of work on it. Well… I did right the opposite. I tried to find the perfect meeting place, in the perfect city, at the perfect time to meet everyone’s needs. Man! That’s a lot of work. So, (at Sugar’s insistence) I have come to the understanding that “it’s time to get the show on the road”. So let’s get rolling.

Beginning November 07, 2002 and on the first Thursday of every month thereafter, we will hold Geocaching Therapy Sessions at Sterling’s Restaurant in Richland, Washington (N 46deg 16.724min; W 119deg 16.403min) from around 6:00 pm until around 9:00 pm.

Bring yourself, your spouse, your non-geocaching friends, your kids, but not your dog (unless it is a guide/assistance dog).

Sugar and I will probably eat while we are there, but it is not a dinner gathering. I talked with the manager and he is cool with people just getting coffee, pie, snacks, etc. He is NOT reserving a table for us, so we will just fill in as we arrive. They have a section that is rather isolated and ideal for a group to just sit and talk. Once again, nothing formal, nothing planned, just a chance to meet each other and chat.

I want to put in a special note for the under 18 crowd (especially my friends from Oasis School), this is for YOU TOO! So, be sure you try to attend (with or without your parents)when you can.

I am going to put a post on the forum so maybe we can draw a few travelers in while we are at it. If you know of a local geocacher that isn’t included in this e-mail, feel free to forward it to them and ask them to drop me a line so I can include them in future mailings.

Sugar and I are looking forward to meeting all of you,

Sluggo and Sugar

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Biggest Difference Between Cane Sugar & High-Fructose Corn Syrup?


The Glycemic Load Diet.
Rob Thompson MD.
No doubt, the large-scale replacement of cane sugar by corn syrup contributed to obesity and diabetes, but not because it's chemically much different from regular sugar. Cane sugar is 50 percent fructose; high-fructose corn syrup is 55 percent fructose. Indeed, the main reason corn syrup has made America's diabetes and obesity problems worse is that it's so cheap. Now kids can afford to buy soda in 20-ounce bottles instead of 7-ounce ones--the way it was sold before cheap corn syrup became available.
Page: 27

I must admit that I always thought that high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) was intrinsically worse than ‘real’ sugar. I had no idea that the two were almost identical in every way except one, price.

I am guessing that the government subsidies to corn producers help to keep the price of HFCS cheap. Does it strike anyone as schizophrenic that the government, with their war on obesity, would demonize dietary fat, which is an essential to our diet, while subsidizing HFCS?

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Nov 212012

Zero Day.
Mark Russinovich.
Google Books

Interesting concept but the story line was totally predictable. All the characters seemed to fit the stereotype you would expect from the hot protagonists to the smarmy bad guys along with the bungling bureaucrat.

Book Info

Zero Day
by Mark Russinovich
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books: St. Martins Press
Published: 03/15/2011
ISBN-10: 031261246X
ISBN-13: 978-0312612467
Started: 10/12/2012
Finished: 10/23/2012
Source: Amazon (used)
Reason: Leo Laporte & Steve Gibson highly recommended this book on their Security Now podcast in conjunction with the publication of the author's new book, Trojan Horse, which I also purchased.
Format: Hardcover

Publisher Synopsis

An airliner’s controls abruptly fail mid-flight over the Atlantic. An oil tanker runs aground in Japan when its navigational system suddenly stops dead. Hospitals everywhere have to abandon their computer databases when patients die after being administered incorrect dosages of their medicine. In the Midwest, a nuclear power plant nearly becomes the next Chernobyl when its cooling systems malfunction.

At first, these random computer failures seem like unrelated events. But Jeff Aiken, a former government analyst who quit in disgust after witnessing the gross errors that led up to 9/11, thinks otherwise. Jeff fears a more serious attack targeting the United States computer infrastructure is already under way. And as other menacing computer malfunctions pop up around the world, some with deadly results, he realizes that there isn’t much time if he hopes to prevent an international catastrophe.

Written by a global authority on cyber security, Zero Day presents a chilling “what if” scenario that, in a world completely reliant on technology, is more than possible today—it’s a cataclysmic disaster just waiting to happen.

Author Info
Mark Russinovich works at Microsoft as a Technical Fellow, Microsoft's senior-most technical position. He joined the company when Microsoft acquired Winternals software, which he co-founded in 1996. He is also author of the popular Sysinternals tools. He is coauthor of the Windows Internals book series, a contributing editor for TechNet Magazine, and a senior contributing editor for Windows IT Pro Magazine. He lives in Washington State with his wife, daughter, two dogs and two cats.

Source: Security Now Podcast
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Nov 212012

A very funny look into the world of parenting from Bluefish TV‘s parenting series: It Starts at Home with Matt Chandler & Gary Thomas available exclusively at I know I heard a number of the lines in this rap as a kid and have used them on my own kids.

Source: BlueFishTV
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Radical Wheat-Ectomy


Wheat Belly.
William Davis.
For many, the idea of removing wheat from the diet is, at least psychologically, as painful as the thought of having a root canal without anesthesia. For some, the process can indeed have uncomfortable side effects akin to withdrawl from cigarettes or alcohol. But this procedure must be performed to permit the patient to recover.
Page: 11

I did not think I could cut wheat out of my diet. I like bread. Von makes wonderful homemade bread. Pastries were my friend and the only meal I knew how to make was cereal.

Now, I can walk by a tray of deserts and not be tempted to have one, whereas before I would have had 3.

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Nov 192012

Today marked the finale of the Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce’s “Good Health is Good Business Challenge”; a 100 days of wellness program designed to promote the benefits of workplace wellness. Over 400 individuals signed up for the challenges and participated.

The Challenge offered three ways to participate.

  1. The Lifestyle Challenge utilized a point system for participants to accumulate points for healthy choices: Hiking, yoga classes, annual health screening tests, etc. Individuals with the greatest points accumulated will win the Challenge.
  2. The Ultimate Challenge is all about the numbers: Participants had a confidential weigh-in/body fat measurement by the trainers from Gold’s Gym and repeated the process today at the end of the 100 days. Individuals with the greatest body fat loss percentage will win the Challenge.
  3. The Healthy Business Designation recognizes Chamber member businesses for developing wellness programs for their employees.

According to the Chamber, research shows that employers who implement workplace wellness programs see improved employee productivity, reduced stress and absenteeism, improved morale, and retain quality employees. A side benefit of the Challenge, the top finishers of the Ultimate and Lifestyle Challenges will win $1,000 cash! Second place winners receive an iPad and third place winners win a $250 fitness package sponsored by the Columbia Basin Racquet Club.

My Weigh-In

I only signed up for the Ultimate Challenge. I had started my LCHF (Low-Carb/High-Fat) lifestyle (hate the word diet) almost 3 months earlier, had already lost 29 pounds, and felt I was going in with a disadvantage. But I also knew I was shooting to lose a total of 60 lbs, so really I was only half way to my goal and knew I could continue what I was doing. My BMI had started back in May at 33 (obese). I was shooting for getting my BMI below 25 (normal). At the Challenge weigh-in it was at 29.8 (top end of overweight). So, was it a disadvantage starting out having already lost 29 pounds or was I getting a running start by having already lost half the weight I wanted to lose?

No idea, yet, if I won the Chamber’s Challenge, that won’t be announced for a couple weeks but I think I have a good chance at one of the prizes. According to their measurements, I dropped 26.5 pounds in the last 100 days, dropped my BMI from 29.8 to 26.2, and took 6 inches off my waist. I still have 10 pounds to lose to get down to a BMI of 25, hoping to hit that number by this time in January. Thanksgiving and Christmas are such social occasions, but LCHF has taken away my cravings for sweets.

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Nov 172012

Planning on going to the free Camerata Musica Concert tonight at 8pm at the Battelle Auditorium. It has been a while since we have made it to one of these.

Source: Camerata Musica
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Nov 172012

Totally amazing. Remembering when our twins were born at 8lbs each, I can’t imagine triplets weighing a total of 20lbs. She carried them 37 weeks, with the largest of the boys being 7lbs 8oz! Sounds like mom ate healthy, having a dozen eggs a day to keep the babies nourished.

Source: NBC News
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Nov 172012

Having just come home from a beautiful wedding, it seemed provident to see this on my twitter feed. One of the best things about attending weddings is that, as I sit next to my bride, I remember back to our day many years ago and thank God for blessing me so.

This quote first appeared on Pastor John Piper’s twitter feed back in 2011 and a woman named Patty Hurtarte copied it into her journal. Almost two years later she turned it into this design, framed it, and gifted it to her pastor and his wife, Joshua and Shannon Harris.

Source: John Piper
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