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As a result of all of this musing about satiety, I have made a few changes in my way of eating that I think have helped. I try to eat a lot more vegetables, as 1) the physical feeling of fullness does contribute to satiety and vegetables provide that without adding many calories, and 2) fiber helps to slow down digestion, as I said above. I’ve also incorporated lean protein and whole grains (which have protein and fiber present instead of only the pure carbohydrate portion) for similar reasons. This is how I’ve been losing weight without the pain of having to go on “a diet”; I still get to eat a lot of food, but since my blood sugar is far more regular now, I don’t feel the constant need to be eating. I physically feel full after meals without having eaten more than I will burn off in a day.

via Are Our Bodies Really Built for Satiety? | Dear Fatty.

This makes so much sense to me. It’s hard for me to do because there always a ton of sweets in the house but I keep trying.

Retro Rack: The eShakti Dresses Arrive, Gail’s Report!

eShakti is an online store where you can customize your order for just $8 with your measurements and (depending on the garment) your preferences for length, sleeves and neckline.

Besides being one of my favorite writers, Gail Carriger is a devoted fashionista and knowledgeable sewer with her own wardrobe challenges so I was happy when she said she’d placed and order and anxious to see her review.

A custom-sized dress from eShakti

I’m going to cut out all the suspense right away, and tell you my feeling instantly. I know, bad storytelling.

I am THRILLED!!!!!!

See the full review (good and bad) at Retro Rack: The eShakti Dresses Arrive, Gail’s Report!.

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July 8, 2014

So stoked about the Hobby Lobby ruling today. Officially going to incorporate myself so I can get a religious exemption for my student loans debt they violate my deeply held religious conviction that all debts are supposed to be forgiven every seven years, as per the book of Deuteronomy.

via Seanan’s Tumblr | recoveringhipster: So stoked about the Hobby….

Mexican Rice Burritos

Needed to make something to take to work for lunch and this is what I came up with from the fridge/pantry.

  1. Cook 1lb ground beef with rough diced onion, bell pepper, salt, pepper, Cumin, Parsley, Red Pepper.
  2. Drain and empty into a bowl.
  3. Cook 4 cups Minute Rice (what I had) with 2 cups water, 2 cups tomato sauce and seasoning.
  4. Mix the meat and veggies in with the rice.

At this point you can do several things: eat as is; layer the meat and rice in a glass dish with cheese and corn chips to bake for a casserole; roll in a tortilla with cheese and refried beans for a burrito.

I did the last as the handiest way to eat on the go.

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June 13, 2014

Mark Bittman: Crisp Pan-Fried Potatoes (Home Fries) | Shine Food – Yahoo Shine

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June 13, 2014

when referring to people, use “glitch” instead of “bitch”. call them glitches. say theyre being glitchy. not only do you get to avoid using a misogynistic slur, you can also imply that their negativity is an anomaly in the web grid of your life and thus needs to be patched

via the meerkat’s window – cool cyberpunk tip – cool cyberpunk tip.

It’s not a bad idea to measure a room before you go out and buy a bunch of new furniture. And if you’ve got an iPhone, that becomes less of an ordeal because you can trade your tape measure for this slick app called RoomScan. It automatically generates floorplans by simply tapping your phone on every wall.

via Just Tap Your Phone On Every Wall and This App Will Draw a Floorplan.

So when I had to do some mattress shopping recently, I remembered reading a thread on Hacker News about Tuft & Needle. T&N is a start-up that, in the parlance of Silicon Valley VCs, is disrupting the mattress industry by offering products of similar quality at dramatically lower prices with an emphasis on customer service. Recode recently ran a piece on the company and their founders.

via Busting the mattress racket.

Update: Let’s go to the mattresses (again)
This is relevant to my interests.

Fandom is about correcting the flaws and vices of the original. It’s about protest and rebellion, essentially. Fandom is the voice of a mob that can do better than the original, that often flies in the face of the original, that will accept nothing less than the best the medium (and the human at the helm) is capable of. Fandom is about putting debate and conversation back into an artistic process—-especially if the artist or author in question has become so vain that all criticism falls on deaf ears. (Moffat, I’m looking at you.) Fandom is about mutual creative expression—-there are no gods in fandom and every time someone thinks they’ve become a god of fandom, fandom corrects them again. (Cassandra Clare, I’m looking at you.) Fandom doesn’t need permission and it’s certainly not waiting for it. (Robin Hobb, I’m looking at you.) And fandom doesn’t actually want your attention; often, they’d rather you left them alone to get back to what they’re doing better than you anyway. (Supernatural, I’m looking at you.)

via A word about fandom – i feel better.