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The Lounge The Dysfunctional Family Christmas Sing-Along Dec 19 2014
17:03 (UTC)

The Kinks Father Christmas.

The Lounge The Dysfunctional Family Christmas Sing-Along Dec 19 2014
16:58 (UTC)

There's something stuck up in the chimney.

The Lounge The Dysfunctional Family Christmas Sing-Along Dec 19 2014
15:16 (UTC)

I'm getting nuttin for Christmas

The Lounge so how do americans feel about the cuba development? Dec 19 2014
12:34 (UTC)

I used to respect McCain because he stood by his own morals and beliefs and didn't toe the party line.  Now he's just a party mouth.

I can't believe how far he's sunk in his bid to become President.

The Lounge Stupid Safety Dec 19 2014
11:59 (UTC)

Yeah, they brought LEAN in here as well.  I was actually on the implementation committee.  Management was all gung-ho for it, so it took months before it died of apathy.

The Lounge Apartment Etiquette Dec 19 2014
11:50 (UTC)

I'm sorry to hear that you're living in the apartment above my sister's place.

The Lounge Three edicts Dec 18 2014
15:33 (UTC)
Original Post by nomoreexcuses:

Original Post by knowan:

2) Free basic food for everyone, with the cravat that the food contains birth control.  If you can afford to feed yourself then you can afford to have children, otherwise no.

Isn't a cravat a type of men's neckwear? Such as was worn by Fred on Scooby Doo?

I wonder if you're on your phone and you meant caveat, but your phone thought cravat. Phones are nefarious.

I guess that my Latin is rusty that I didn't catch that.

Cravat is just another word for necktie.  Fred wore an ascot, which since it's tied around the neck is also a type of necktie or cravat.  I've never worn and ascot, but I have worn a cummerbund, which is almost as silly.

Okay, new rule.  Rule 1 should be changing the name of mens fashion accessories.  Ascot?  Cummerbund?  They have to go!

The Lounge Stupid Safety Dec 18 2014
15:20 (UTC)

We have a similar sick day policy, but then again we work in a similar environment.

The only difference in that we have a hard limit of 5 sick instances a year.  Mind you thanks to prior union negotiations we can accumulate 16 sick days a year.  So you can accumulate them but you can't use more than half of them without having to go in front of a wellness committee.

Also, there's no upper limit on how many hours we can accumulate.  There's stories of people calling in sick for the last 2 years before they retire.  Since they never come in before they retire they never have to go to a wellness committee.

Someone in our department did that (She had accumulated sick and vacation time in excess of 18 months).  On the one hand, good for her retiring 18 months early.  On the other hand, since she was still technically employed we couldn't replace her until her retirement was official, 18 months later.  So everyone else's workload increased.

The Lounge Stupid Safety Dec 18 2014
13:48 (UTC)

I work in a hospital.  In every bathroom there are signs telling us how to wash our hands.  I mean step by step instructions.

On the one hand, hospital.  Reminding people to wash their hands is a good thing.

But the step-by-step instructions are just ridiculous.  The list is huge.  How to turn on a faucet.  How to wet your hands, how to apply soap, how to rub the soap in, how to rinse, how to dry, etc.  Each one of those points above has multiple steps.  They're treating university educated nurses and doctors like children.

There's mandatory handwashing seminars.  I won't say too much bad about those, as I don't see anything too wrong about every 6 months reminding people of the proper handwashing procedure. But does it really take an hour-long seminar to teach someone how to wash their hands?

But like I said, hospital.  About 10% of hospital patients leave a hospital with an infection that they didn't come in with, and many of those are multiple-antibiotic resistant strains.  But those step-by-step instructions just feel like an insult to my intelligence.

And why the heck did they cut back on janitorial staff?  The doctors and nurses may have clean hands but that won't make any difference if the rooms aren't cleaned properly.  I don't think they wash the walls or the floors in the OR more than once a week, if that.  And I know for a fact that they don't wash the keyboards or mice in there.  And don't get me started on the wards.  They're pretty good at cleaning things that come into direct contact, like sheets, thermometers, etc.  But indirect contact like countertops, keyboards, doorknobs, etc, are never done.

The Lounge Three edicts Dec 18 2014
13:12 (UTC)

Unlike Jarred, I'll never become Queen of the World without a sexual reassignment surgery.  But when I become Emperor of the world, these will be my first 3 policies.

1) An international currency pegged to food production.  Countries get money based on how much food they produce.  All international business transactions must be based on this new currency, and not any regional currency (such as the American Dollar), although national currencies may still be used internally.

2) Free basic food for everyone, with the cravat that the food contains birth control.  If you can afford to feed yourself then you can afford to have children, otherwise no.

3) A tax of 2% on international transactions (which uses the new currency which is easy to track).  A military tax of 10% on payroll, 100% on armaments, and 1000% on bombs, missiles, and any other devices capable of mass destruction.  This will be used to fund #2 above.

So my policies will encourage food production, discourage military spending (because we don't want those pesky nations to try to overthrow me), and eliminate world hunger while simultaneously reducing the population explosion.  We'll never completely eliminate war, but at least my policies will hopefully make it much less deadly.

I was going to base the currency on both food production as well as protected wilderness areas, but that would be too hard to enforce.  What's to stop a country from declaring a wilderness area protected, but then turning a blind eye to loggers, poachers, etc?  The bureaucracy that would have to become involved in monitoring these protected areas would just become too cumbersome.  Still, I'd like to find some way to encourage environmental protection as well as food production, otherwise countries will look at all those forests and think "I'd be richer if I turned that into farmland". 

Next up would be a international space program, with an emphasis on on creating offworld habitats, but I figure that my first 3 policies should be used to create more immediate results as well as cement my rule.  I'd also have to change the role of the UN and drastically change the role of UN peacekeepers.

The Lounge I cannot wait to get glasses! Dec 16 2014
17:51 (UTC)

Lol, dammit.  Suckered in to a zombie post, where I posted basically the same thing as 2 years ago.  Does that mean that I'm a cannibal zombie that ate my own brainz?

mmm, brainz

The Lounge No breakfast for city slickers? Dec 16 2014
14:11 (UTC)

I think skipping breakfast is more of a Toronto thing than a Canadian thing.

That said, I usually skip breakfast (way to disprove a point).  I'll have a piece of fruit and/or a yogurt at 9:30-10:30 and call that breakfast.

Tim's isn't really a breakfast place (for me).  It's great for a muffin and a coffee, but they really only just started serving hot breakfast a little while ago.  Still, Tim's coffee is a Canadian institution.

The Lounge I cannot wait to get glasses! Dec 16 2014
13:54 (UTC)

I first got glasses in Grade 5.  By my late teens-early twenties it had stabilized, at least to the point where any changes were extremely minimal.

I got laser surgery when I was 39 and for the first time ever my work health insurance covered part of the cost.

After it was done the doctor explained that when you turn 40 the lens in your eye starts hardening and you'll likely need reading glasses, or do this alternate thing where they make one eye nearsighted (for reading) and one eye farsighted (for driving).  Thanks for explaining that to me AFTER I got the surgery at age 39.

Anyway, here I am at 42 and I still don't need reading glasses.  With luck I'll make it into my 50's.

Pros:  I never have to clean the lenses of my glasses, or clean my contacts ever again.  I can read myself to sleep without worrying about my glasses, I can get as many cheap sunglasses as I want, no more prescription sunglasses for me. Swimming and scuba diving are much better without glasses, as are almost all sports.  Theoretically, I have better peripheral vision, but wearing glasses for a few decades prior trained me to ignore my peripheral vision, so I'm having trouble taking advantage of that.

Cons: Since they shaved a layer off my cornea light penetrates much easier now than it ever did before.  I'm more light sensitive than I ever was.  I need sunglasses more than I ever did and oncoming headlights are much more troublesome when night driving.  For the first 6 months afterwards I was troubled by seeing halos around bright objects.  That's gone away now.  Surprisingly I haven't noticed a corresponding increase in my night vision, although my night vision was very good to begin with, so maybe the incremental increase just isn't noticeable.

The only other con is the loss of $2000.  Still a good investment I believe.  I just wish that I could have done it sooner (late 20's would have been ideal) so that I would have more time before the inevitable reading glasses.


The Lounge Margaret Atwood & the Canadian author gang Dec 11 2014
15:36 (UTC)

Man I forgot about Vinyl Cafe.  Very funny stuff. It started out as a radio play and is excellent in that format as well as the ink on paper format.

And I find that Canadian Lit is best taken in the fall.  A thing of beauty, crisp and colorful that is wonderful in it's own right, but that is transitory between the lazy, carefree days of summer and then end of all things, winter, when the whole world dies a cold death.  That's the best time to ready Canadian lit, when the carefree days are over, things are more mature but still very beautiful, but you can feel the bleak and cold end of times just around the bend.

That's usually the best time to read Hemingway as well.

The Lounge Margaret Atwood & the Canadian author gang Dec 10 2014
19:42 (UTC)

Attwood is defiantly in the Canadian curriculum, or at least she was back when I was in school.  I think it was her short stories, and not novels, that I read in what I'm remembering as late grade school and early junior high.

I don't like her.  Her stuff doesn't age terribly well either.

But if Kev does like the Handmaids Tale, it was made into a movie a few years back.  He can compare the book to the movie.

The Canadian author I like the most, (and I also read in grade school), was Farley Mowat.  His interviews are also way out there.  He's one of the main contributors to the Sea Shepard Society (Aka the Whale Wars TV show) and even had one of their boats named after him.

The Lounge space saver toaster ovens. Dec 09 2014
18:34 (UTC)

The under-counter ones had a tenancy to catch kitchens on fire, which is why they were discontinued.

I wouldn't be installing an older, indifferently maintained used one that I found at a garage sale if I was you, especially if you have laminate countertops.

The Lounge Meanwhile, at Goodwill... Dec 08 2014
16:52 (UTC)
Original Post by dnrothx:

Original Post by dbackerfan:

Many years ago there was a girl at the middle school who was very tall and all bones - I thought she was anorexic, turns out she had some rare disease that caused her bones to grow and faster than the muscle mass could keep up.  

I prefer to think about this disease as growing thicker bones and eventually having them become so thick that you can smash through walls, Juggernaut-style.

You know what,it happens.  

The Lounge No xmas tree this year, how wonderful Dec 04 2014
13:07 (UTC)

I've got to have a tree.  Most of my decorations are hand made by myself, my kids, and my relatives.  It just wouldn't seem like Christmas without one.  It would be a sad Christmas when I couldn't display the ornaments given to my by my grandmother before she died, or the ones that myself and the kids made together when they we small children.

I'm thinking about breaking down and getting a plastic tree this year, but I'm a sucker for a real one.  We also have an exchange student from Brasil who has never been on a tree hunt before.  I suppose I'll have to take him on one as a part of our cultural exchange.

Because I'ma traditionalist, I cut the tree myself.  Because I'm an enviro-nut I only hunt in areas where the trees are going to be cut down anyway (new housing developments, etc).  That may be a bit difficult this year, as my usual hunting grounds are almost completely clear-cut already

The Lounge I have a shopping addiction. Help... Dec 03 2014
12:32 (UTC)

Well good new.  Scientists have taught monkeys how to shop.  The bad new?  They're better at it than people.  Apparently monkeys don't automatically believe that higher price tags means better quality.

The Lounge I have seen the future, and it is terrifying! Nov 21 2014
17:22 (UTC)

t'would be nice, but the technology takes CH4 (methane) and H2O (water) and makes H2 and CO2 (carbon dioxide and Hydrogen gas). CH4 + 2 H2O + heat --> CO2 + 4H2.

So the carbon dioxide is still produced and needs to be sequestered.  Of course sequestering is expensive and difficult and dumping into the atmosphere is free, so ....

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