Sunday, December 28, 2014

Lazy Time Reblog Sunday: 365: A New Blog

Sorry for the late update. Again. I was busy putting together my new blog, 365. Suffice it to say, I did not accomplish items #1 or #2 from last year's New Year's resolution list. 365 is my last ditch attempt to force myself into being a healthier me. At the very least, I hope to amuse you with my fitness mishaps. Enjoy! God knows, I won't.
Over the next few months, this blog will reveal pictures of food and half naked pics of the author. It will contain witty and probably cynical observations about the diet and fitness industry. Hopefully, by January 1, 2016, it will reveal a thinner and much healthier version of the author.
No, this blog is not written by an exhibitionist hipster. It's written by someone who's been struggling with her weight since childhood. I made a few silly New Year's resolutions last year, five in all. Among the resolutions listed were promises to eat better and to exercise more. I'm now fifteen pounds heavier, so you can guess how well that went. I'd like to say the extra weight is muscle mass, but I'm not that delusional. More's the pity. In an effort to keep a god damned fitness related resolution, I'm starting this blog. The thinking behind this is that it will be easier to keep if I can see the progress.
My plan is to update weekly with progress reports regarding exercise routines as well as pictures of healthy food options I liked or didn't like and maybe some helpful tips I pick up along the way. There will also be a monthly posting of weight as well as a picture of me in shorts and a sports bra. Don't get too exited. Unless you find arm flaps attractive.
Eat your hearts out, boys.
I'll post my first weigh-in and picture sometime within the next few days. Until then, I'm going to pig out like there's no tomorrow. And if I can find a low cal version of a martini that doesn't taste like ass, I might get through this year without slitting a wrist.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Lazy Time Reblog Sunday: The Oatmeal Explains Net Neutrality

I hate getting up on a soap box about anything. Mostly because it reminds me of exercise which I'm not too hot on, if that closet full of clothes that don't fit me anymore is any indication. Also, I don't feel I'm erudite enough to defend my beliefs to others who are probably much smarter than me. I have a reasonably good vocabulary (which includes the word erudite...yay, big words!), but I get tongue tied when I try to explain why I feel something is important like the existence of global warming even when it's freezing cold outside or how I seriously doubt the current or previous idiot running my country is the anti-Christ.
Unless he owns the company that makes Monster Energy drink. Apparently. (Insert eye roll here.)

One such hot button topic I feel strongly about is net neutrality. I'm very much for it, and for the most part, so is everyone else who isn't a telecom company. Unfortunately, telecoms have more money than me, and they've been spreading a lot of money around to conservative types in power. Spreading it like fertilizer. And I think we all know what's in fertilizer. Texas Senator Ted Cruz recently came out against net neutrality saying it was "Obamacare for the Internet". I'm not sure if Senator Cruz knows how the interwebs work, but I do know he likes money. And he's really good with bullshit. Just in case Senator Cruz's intentions are pure (cough, cough, trying not to laugh, cough) and he really doesn't understand what net neutrality is, Matthew Inman from the Oatmeal is here to set him straight with pictures just in case scary things like "words" give the good Senator trouble.
For his audacity, I've decided to dedicate this week's Lazy Time Reblog Sunday to Mr. Inman and his wonderful web comic. You can follow him on Twitter, Facebook, and of course, his web comic The Oatmeal. Also, feel free to buy lots and lots of his stuff in his online shop. I don't think he sells actual oatmeal, but that's okay. I'm not big on the stuff anyway.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Lazy Time Reblog Sunday: Happy Agnostica!

Since today is the 14th of December, I'm just going to let this Lazy Time post be a reblog of a former reblog. Yes, I am THAT damn lazy. Enjoy and Happy Agnostica!
Lazy Time Reblog Sunday: Darren Bleuel's Nukees and a Happy Agnostica to us All!

As I may have mentioned in previous posts, I consider myself to be Agnostic. This is often viewed with more confusion than hostility from both the secular and non secular public. The response I usually get when telling them about my belief system is, “So…you’re an Atheist is what you’re saying, right?” And to this, I will usually reply: “No, no. Well, not exactly.” And then I spend the next thirty minutes to an hour trying to explain what it is I do and do not believe in.
Basically I believe in the possibility of a God or Gods, but I’m not going to give a definitive answer on the subject until I receive some concrete, empirical proof. Since this proof will probably only come after I die-and maybe not even then-I’m keeping my options open until that tragic day. Because of this, I don’t subscribe to any particular religion. Personally, I doubt God/Goddess/Other cares one way or another how I celebrate His/Her/Its existence. If God/Goddess/Other is a good God, He/She/It would be cool like that.
If they really did care, they would be a whole lot less subtle about the entire thing. At the very least they would advertise with some kind of product placement better than an indistinct image in a piece of toast or a vague PR stunt that doesn’t tell anyone to do anything specific except quench their thirst with a popular energy drink.
Linking this shit to Satan will totally make kids stop drinking it. Like, for reals.

In spite of my lack of religious leanings, I have no problem with Christians celebrating their own holidays publicly just so long as they let other belief systems do the same. It’s only fair. And although there are a lot of faiths out there and a lot of holidays in which to celebrate, I think the one I’d like to see more of is my personal favorite, Agnostica.

For those of you who have never heard of this wondrous holiday, Agnostica is described by Darren Bleuel, creator of the online comic Nukees and the holiday it spawned, as “the only truly secular winter solstice holiday”. It is a holiday that celebrates intellectualism, science, and ingenuity, as well as those who further the above ideals through their own works and inventions. Also, you get to dress up as your favorite scientist/inventor, pick a gift from the Random Bag of Fun, and drink mulled wine to your heart’s content, so you know it has to be good.

According to the Nukees Agnostica page, the holiday starts on December 14th (QM day) and has a half life of ten days. Whatever that means.

In honor of Agnostica and all things secular, I hereby dedicate this Lazy Time Reblog Sunday to Darren Bleuel. Please follow his comic here and a happy, happy Agnostica to us all!


Sunday, December 07, 2014

Lazy Time Reblog Sunday: Tea and Tomes Writer's Residency on GoFundMe

Three wondering bards seek funds to create a safe haven for writers in the New Orleans Marigny. It will be a bookstore, tea shop, and writer's residence. All they need is a bit a gold from a few generous donors, and possibly they need to include coffee on their menu. Because you just can't have writers without coffee.

Here's more from their page on GoFundMe:

$460 of 35k
Raised by 5 people in 6 days
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Created December 1, 2014
Tim Raveling