// //

Monday, August 21, 2017 - Welcome, guest user!

LATEST BLOG ENTRIES

Spring 2016 cut progress report: Week #2 EatSmart Precision Digital Bathroom Scale

Week #2 of my spring 2016 cut is complete, and it’s time for my weekly progress report. METHODOLOGY: A few words about my body fat test, scale weight and soft tape measurements My body fat, tape measurements and scale weight are all performed while fasted (first thing in the morning before eating or drinking). All measurements are taken “cold” (no pump), and flexed. A 7-point or 9-point body fat caliper pinch test is the most… [Read more]

Added Sunday, March 27, 2016 by

The new JSF mobile site is live! Screenshot of the new JSF mobile site

This has been an extremely productive week. The new O/S, web server and database are all configured, optimized and settled in. The migration of the main JSF site (this site) is pretty much done now, and everything seems to be running very well. I’m currently doing a test import of the JSF forums to the new forum software. So far things are going better than expected. All the member data, post counts, signatures, private messages,… [Read more]

Added Saturday, March 26, 2016 by

Major server maintenance started yesterday (important information)

A couple weeks ago I mentioned that there were going to be some major changes happening here, and I started on those changes yesterday. There will be periods of downtime here on the main site, and also on the forums, as I work on the server over the next week or so. Last week I created a test VM running CentOS, NGINX and MariaDB. I really like a lot of what I saw, but the… [Read more]

Added Friday, March 25, 2016 by

HelloFresh vegetarian box, round two! Another HelloFresh success: Chipotle Seitan Chili with Bell Pepper, Cheddar, and Jasmine Rice!

This week we’re giving the recipe/ingredient delivery service HelloFresh a try (we went with the vegetarian box). If you missed it, you can check out my experience with the first recipe here. On deck last night was Chipotle Seitan Chili with Bell Pepper, Cheddar, and Jasmine Rice. First, if you’re not familiar with seitan (pronounced “sey-tan” \m/), it’s a wheat-based vegetarian meat substitute. From Wikipedia: Wheat gluten, also called seitan wheat meat, gluten meat, or… [Read more]

Added Thursday, March 24, 2016 by

Yet another MP3 player drowns in a pool of my sweat Aukey Bluetooth Earbuds. Less than 20 bucks, let's see how they hold up compared to the nearly $200 X2 earbuds.

Apparently my sweat is about a half-step less corrosive than battery acid. Last week my “sweat-proof” X2 earbuds died after a sweaty ride (see this blog), and on Monday while riding the indoor trainer my SanDisk Sansa Clip Zip gave up the ghost as it let out an eardrum shattering dubstep-esque glitching sound. I’ve now burned through 5 pair of Jaybird earbuds in less than a year, and 3 or 4 Clip Zips. Sansa claims… [Read more]

Added Wednesday, March 23, 2016 by

HelloFresh Vegetarian box arrived yesterday–first meal, review My first HelloFresh dish: Edamame and Sweet Potato Rice Bowl With Spinach Salad

Yesterday my first HelloFresh box arrived, right on schedule! The box was well-packed, and well-chilled. Each meal (3 meals for two people) had all of its ingredients in its own box, which was appreciated. I went through each meal box and, overall, was very happy with the quality of the ingredients. The bell pepper was a little wrinkled and soft, the fresh tomato was not too impressive looking (but not overly-ripe or bruised) and the… [Read more]

Added Tuesday, March 22, 2016 by

Spring project weekend; Lawn service rant Here's the front of the house and the paver driveway after cleaning. My neighbor's are about due for a cleaning, too.

There’s something about spring that compels me to clean (inside & out) and take care of big household projects. I worked outside all weekend long, and also did a lot of outdoor projects during the week preceding the weekend. I am beat! Here’s this spring’s list of outdoor projects (completed items are crossed out): Pressure wash the paver driveway and walkway Pressure wash the sidewalks and street-side gutters Pressure wash the back patio Pressure wash… [Read more]

Added Monday, March 21, 2016 by

Spring 2016 cut progress report: Week #1 EatSmart Precision Digital Bathroom Scale

Week #1 of my spring 2016 cut is complete, and it’s time for my weekly progress report. METHODOLOGY: A few words about my body fat test, scale weight and soft tape measurements My body fat, tape measurements and scale weight are all performed while fasted (first thing in the morning before eating or drinking). All measurements are taken “cold” (no pump), and flexed. A 7-point or 9-point body fat caliper pinch test is the most… [Read more]

Added Sunday, March 20, 2016 by

A couple Clif bar flavors you should try Clif's Berry Pomegranate Chia tastes amazing!

I use Amazon’s Subscribe & Save feature to order a lot of the stuff I use on a regular basis. One of the items I have sent every month is a box or two of Clif bars. Recently my go-to favorite, White Chocolate and Macadamia Nut, was removed from the S&S program (I hate it when that happens!) This month I looked through the list of bars that were S&S eligible, and the Berry Pomegranate… [Read more]

Added Saturday, March 19, 2016 by

Good week so far, water weight gone; Cheats to be optional. This was my 14" Gourmet White Pizza with fresh tomatoes and onions, and an incredible IPA called "Jai Alai" from Cigar City Brewing.

The first week of my cut is going very well. I kicked things off on Monday morning at a very bloated 182.4 pounds, and yesterday morning my weight was 178.4 pounds (down 4.0 pounds). This morning my weight is identical to yesterday’s weight, and I only got up once last night to urinate. The excess water weight is definitely gone. I’m already looking and feeling a little leaner which, of course, is always nice. I… [Read more]

Added Friday, March 18, 2016 by