Shadow Footprints

Wanderings in Virtu and Verity.

Monday, May 27, 2002

Corpus Christie

Saw Corpus Christie tonight. It was good, really good. The actor paying Judas was cute, shame he's straight.

Tuesday, May 21, 2002

Book Search

Found Herding Cats: A Primer for Programmers... today, a book that looks like it's worth having, even though I started doing some training toward management. The Career Programmer: Guerilla Tactics... looks good too.

Caffeine Diary

I've taken caffeine diary off my regular blog list. It's not being updated. It had a nice start and I hoped to read more.

I need an easy way of adding blogs to that area, perhaps an include script?


I see Emergence: The Connected Lives of Ants,... is on the Weblog BookWatch. When I first read a review about it I added it to my wishlist. I found some windows software to demonstrate it, StarLogo, somewhere, but that's lost now with the reformat of my hard drive.

Friday, May 17, 2002

Fat for health

The artical in the Independant, Low fat is not healthy? looks like I needn't have agonised over eating low fat. As my cholestrol level is low, (not sure if that's all cholestrol or just the bad stuff,) the artival indicates I should be quite happy about what I eat, just needing to lower the processed carbs.

The myth of the low-fat diet
For years, we've been advised to eat a low-fat diet in order to help prevent heart attacks and promote weight loss. But, says Jerome Burn, the latest research suggests that such a diet may actually do more harm than good

Looking for something healthy and non-fattening for your evening meal? How about a nice porterhouse steak, which is 50-50 fat and protein? It's a suggestion that comes about as close to heresy as we get these days, but there is increasing evidence that a low-fat diet is not the panacea we have been promised. For the past 30 years such a diet has been officially promoted, on both sides of the Atlantic, as the route to plaque-free arteries and a slim figure. A message that has propelled 15,000 low-fat products on to American supermarket shelves.

However, the campaign has had no obvious effect on the incidence of heart disease, nor have the pounds been falling off the national waists and hips. In fact, according to a recent report, we are getting fatter. Not only is a low-fat diet largely irrelevant to reducing heart disease but it may be responsible for the worrying rise of diabetes.

Praise for the fat-laden porterhouse steak came in an award-winning investigative article, published last year, on just how little evidence there is supporting the low-fat dogma (Science, 30 March 2001). Virtually ignored in the UK at the time, it should be required reading for anyone interested in diet. The problem with the low-fat message is that it is far too simple.

For instance, we've all been told to avoid animal fats because they are saturated and that saturated fat raises cholesterol levels in the blood. But half the fat in a steak is actually "monounsaturated" the same type as found in "good for the heart" olive oil. The other half is, indeed, saturated but about a third of it is a type called stearic acid, which, like olive oil, raises the "good" HDL cholesterol in the blood. So just 30 per cent of the fat in a steak is the sort of saturated fat that can raise "bad" LDL cholesterol. However, even this demonised fat will simultaneously raise the "good" HDL. "All of this suggests," writes science journalist Gary Taubes, author of the Science article, "that eating a porterhouse steak rather than carbohydrates might actually improve heart disease risk".

Now, how do I stop myself eating something just because it looks tasty?

Health drinks

Scientific American says Tea May Temper Heart Disease. Given my family history I should increase my tea intake. Somehow two cups a week make me almost a non-drinker. Perhaps I need to use the meditation aspect of ritually making a small pot of tea as a way of relaxing in the evening and double the benefits.

My bias is showing

Microsoft dealt another blow on Lindows. If a company makes a common word into a generic term, why should it be able to trademark that term?

Tuesday, May 14, 2002

Home Organisation

FlyLady looks like a sensible way of tackling this, and getting into the habit of doing it regularly.

Friday, May 03, 2002

What's happening with science

Been looking at SciTech Daily Review. Looks good.

CD of the future

It's going to take some time before it's available but Painting your own LCDs will be the way to go, if you can put up with every surface being an LCD.

Think Sick = Become Sick

Time to start thinking healthy, according to The Nocebo Effect: Placebo's Evil Twin (

Thursday, May 02, 2002

How to have children

Currently reading The Kid by Dan Savage, I really enjoying it. He's written a few other things, including a column that appears on The Onion and other places.