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by waltwhitmanheadedbat
Fri Jun 01, 2012 8:47 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Overeating != Weightgain?
Replies: 25
Views: 16294

Re: Overeating != Weightgain?

Less than ideal is right. They've been done in metabolic wards?
by waltwhitmanheadedbat
Fri Jun 01, 2012 6:06 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Overeating != Weightgain?
Replies: 25
Views: 16294

Re: Overeating != Weightgain?

It occurs to me that the way we measure food calories might be poor. As I understand it, the calorie content of food is determined by burning it in a bomb calorimeter. If you burn cellulose in a bomb calorimeter, you get a reading. If you burn a gram of protein, you get a measurement of about four f...
by waltwhitmanheadedbat
Sat May 26, 2012 2:57 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Overeating != Weightgain?
Replies: 25
Views: 16294

Re: Overeating != Weightgain?

The meta-analysis you link includes dietary interventions that incorporated calorie reduction, and while I have no doubt that it can work, I strongly suspect that simply telling people that they just have to eat fewer potato chips is not going to work. As part of our continually evolving understand...
by waltwhitmanheadedbat
Sat May 26, 2012 2:17 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Overeating != Weightgain?
Replies: 25
Views: 16294

Re: Overeating != Weightgain?

Energy in < energy out = weight loss, bro One issue being that energy out appears to be a function of energy in, so we cannot categorically say "you will lose weight if you stay below your BMR and if you fail it's because you don't have willpower." I don't believe that weight is predeterm...
by waltwhitmanheadedbat
Sun May 20, 2012 2:46 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Overeating != Weightgain?
Replies: 25
Views: 16294

Re: Overeating != Weightgain?

If you define 'overeating' as 'eating a caloric excess', this argument makes no sense. If you eat a caloric excess, you gain weight. You know, thermodynamics and all that. You don't necessarily, actually. Your ability to store or access energy is mediated by the secretion of hormones like glucagon ...
by waltwhitmanheadedbat
Sun May 20, 2012 2:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1057: "Klout"
Replies: 84
Views: 46813

Re: 1057: "Klout"

Anyone else get a 502 error when you try to opt-out?
by waltwhitmanheadedbat
Sun Apr 01, 2012 9:51 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Your clothes were asking for it: Now in mens!
Replies: 623
Views: 132220

Re: Your clothes were asking for it: Now in mens!

And that's a pretty fucked up situation anyway, of course, as that ISN'T how self-defence law is supposed to work. But since when has Florida ever done things reasonable, eh? It's not? More states have some form of "no duty to retreat" law than not. Even here in New York, I have no duty t...
by waltwhitmanheadedbat
Sat Mar 10, 2012 7:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1027: "Pickup Artist"
Replies: 2030
Views: 275252

Re: 1027: nosepick Artist

I am loving the levels of RIGHTEOUS OUTRAGE in this thread.
by waltwhitmanheadedbat
Mon Sep 05, 2011 2:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0947: “Investing”
Replies: 148
Views: 34249

Re: 0947: “Investing”

Just the 15% fall so far this year then.... and 8% over the last 5. I like Warren Buffet a lot, but an awful lot that is written about him doesn't understand regression to the mean or indeed his reliance on a relatively few core investments plus a personal reputation. The other question I'd ask is ...
by waltwhitmanheadedbat
Mon Sep 05, 2011 1:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0947: “Investing”
Replies: 148
Views: 34249

Re: 0947: “Investing”

Apeiron wrote:Inflation is around 8%. Don't believe the politician figures, they've been rigging the numbers for a while now to make things seem less bad.


What method are you using to measure inflation here? There's definitely no way CPI inflation is 8% this year.
by waltwhitmanheadedbat
Mon Sep 05, 2011 1:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0947: “Investing”
Replies: 148
Views: 34249

Re: 0947: “Investing”

Better off finding a nice fund that averages around 8% Umm... I must presume that you stopped looking at actual market returns 5+ years ago, and/or you are seeking to restart Bernie Madoff's fund. Bernie promised an awful lot more than 8%, and that's why he was able to attract investors - because t...
by waltwhitmanheadedbat
Wed Apr 06, 2011 6:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0879: "Lamp"
Replies: 151
Views: 36603

Re: 0879: "Lamp"

Came to see if SirMustapha was bitching. Was not disappointed.
by waltwhitmanheadedbat
Sat Nov 20, 2010 4:54 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0819: "Five-Minute Comics: Part 1"
Replies: 141
Views: 26729

Re: 0819: "Five-Minute Comics: Part 1"

SirMustapha, I really have to wonder why you continue to read xkcd. You seem to find something to appreciate in it so seldom.
by waltwhitmanheadedbat
Sat Oct 30, 2010 4:18 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0808: "The Economic Argument"
Replies: 558
Views: 94866

Re: 0808: "The Economic Argument"

Not to be confused with 'making money selling this stuff to OTHER people who think it works', which corporate accountants and actuaries have zero problems with. I happen to know an actuary who reads xkcd who would probably be opposed to selling people snake oil. Working in finance does not automati...
by waltwhitmanheadedbat
Thu Oct 14, 2010 10:29 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Term for when words look wong?
Replies: 15
Views: 9265

Re: Term for when words look wong?

I've also heard it called Jamais Vu. The above page references Felstaff's term as a more precise usage.
by waltwhitmanheadedbat
Thu Oct 07, 2010 5:47 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: "Currency Reform for Fair Trade Act " Bill voted 348-79
Replies: 32
Views: 4240

Re: "Currency Reform for Fair Trade Act " Bill voted 348-79

1) You don't need that much bonds (in that you don't need a majority) to affect the market. China is for all intents and purposes a major shareholder and contributor to the current value of treasury bonds. You can't immediately assume that other investors will buy from China, because they are ALREA...
by waltwhitmanheadedbat
Wed Oct 06, 2010 6:31 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: "Currency Reform for Fair Trade Act " Bill voted 348-79
Replies: 32
Views: 4240

Re: "Currency Reform for Fair Trade Act " Bill voted 348-79

I imagine the effects of this bill were coming one way or the other. If the yuan were allowed to float, it would have about the same impact as a protective tariff - making Chinese goods less competitive. Something like this might be such a boon to secondary industry in the United States that the ne...
by waltwhitmanheadedbat
Mon Oct 04, 2010 10:43 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: "Currency Reform for Fair Trade Act " Bill voted 348-79
Replies: 32
Views: 4240

Re: "Currency Reform for Fair Trade Act " Bill voted 348-79

I imagine the effects of this bill were coming one way or the other. If the yuan were allowed to float, it would have about the same impact as a protective tariff - making Chinese goods less competitive. Something like this might be such a boon to secondary industry in the United States that the net...
by waltwhitmanheadedbat
Fri Jun 25, 2010 9:38 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Sexy Accents?
Replies: 121
Views: 21490

Re: Sexy Accents?

When I curse, am very tired, or am speaking passionately, my Buffalonian (Northern Cities) accent comes out. I tend to overstress my t's, d's, and sometimes s'es, and my way of speaking in general could be called painfully pronounced. I'm told I have a very dynamic way of speaking, so I'd have to sa...
by waltwhitmanheadedbat
Fri Jun 25, 2010 9:29 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Favorite Engineering branch?
Replies: 68
Views: 9442

Re: Favorite Engineering branch?

IMO: -Electrical, chemical, industrial and mechanical strike me as very general and versatile. -Others like petroleum and aerospace strike me as very particular but people get paid an awful lot and probably have enough general chemical/mechanical to kick vast tracts of posterior. Also, I saw a reddi...
by waltwhitmanheadedbat
Tue Jun 08, 2010 8:20 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Worst/Overrated books.
Replies: 753
Views: 282085

Re: Worst/Overrated books.

PeterCai wrote:am i the only one here that love Hemmingway?


I don't think so - I loved A Farewell to Arms. The setting especially was very vivid in my head.

Is there anything else by him that you'd recommend?
by waltwhitmanheadedbat
Mon Mar 29, 2010 6:27 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Stand Back! I'm going to try Science!
Replies: 10
Views: 2951

Re: Stand Back! I'm going to try Science!

your BMI is almost identical to mine and I considor myself to be fine. Yes, im not supertoned or anything and if that is your aim go for it but you don't seem to be in NEED of it. BMI isn't particularly meaningful for many people. It assumes that you have an amount of muscle mass which would have b...
by waltwhitmanheadedbat
Mon Mar 29, 2010 6:07 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: 3 Month Diet/Exercise Plan (need advice)
Replies: 20
Views: 4417

Re: 3 Month Diet/Exercise Plan (need advice)

Just some general notes from my experience: 1) Cut out as many starchy white foods as you can. Replace white bread with whole grain, white potatoes with sweet potatoes, white rice with brown rice, etc. White starches tend to be higher on the Glycemic Index than the less processed ones, and high GI ...
by waltwhitmanheadedbat
Mon Mar 29, 2010 5:55 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Does sunlight make YOU feel better almost immediately?
Replies: 9
Views: 2576

Re: Does sunlight make you feel better almost immediately?

I've heard that exposure to direct sunlight is associated with elevated blood levels of cortisol - but don't quote me, I can't remember where I read that. ;) Cortisol is often referred to as the 'stress hormone.' I imagine a pump of it would perk you up quick. :) EDIT: I was severely deficient in vi...
by waltwhitmanheadedbat
Wed Jan 27, 2010 6:17 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: No Carbs? WTF?
Replies: 31
Views: 5936

Re: No Carbs? WTF?

hhhhaggis wrote:No carbs is dangerous and should be avoided (only meat and eggs really, NO VEG OR FRUIT).


I'm an advocate of a low-carb diet too, because I think zero-carb is unrealistic for most lifestyles, but I've never seen any convincing evidence for it's "unhealthfulness."
by waltwhitmanheadedbat
Thu Jan 14, 2010 8:34 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: No Carbs? WTF?
Replies: 31
Views: 5936

Re: No Carbs? WTF?

Agree.
by waltwhitmanheadedbat
Tue Jan 12, 2010 2:12 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: No Carbs? WTF?
Replies: 31
Views: 5936

Re: No Carbs? WTF?

I think it is utter BS to say that person A can eat xyz, but if person B eats the same thing, his or her insulin levels will make the individual put on more weight (true insulin dependent Diabetics notwithstanding). You know, there are diabetics and pre-diabetics that aren't insulin-dependent. If i...
by waltwhitmanheadedbat
Tue Jan 12, 2010 9:07 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Hardest Major
Replies: 114
Views: 89682

Re: Hardest Major

Financial Engineering is supposed to be ridiculously difficult. For at least a while, and maybe even today, banks were actually hiring physicists because they were some of the only ones who had a handle on the math necessary for risk management and pricing bond and derivative options: http://www.ama...
by waltwhitmanheadedbat
Wed Dec 30, 2009 1:13 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: You might be a chemistry major if...
Replies: 139
Views: 41923

Re: You might be a chemistry major if...

- You'd get much more pleasure synthesising the drugs yourself then actually taking them. This made me think of another one: YMBACM if, whilst high on drugs, you visualise the structure of a new drug. You synthesise this drug, and use yourself as a test subject. Then, during the high of this new dr...
by waltwhitmanheadedbat
Sun Nov 01, 2009 8:15 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Grappling comp in 5 Weeks, must lose 5 kilograms.
Replies: 23
Views: 3652

Re: Grappling comp in 5 Weeks, must lose 5 kilograms.

My first question would have to inquire about the particulars of your vegetarianism. Is it for religious, ethical, or ideological reasons? Or health? I'd recommend reducing carbohydrate drastically for the advantages argued by me in this thread: http://fora.xkcd.com/viewtopic.php?f=43&t=33408 At...
by waltwhitmanheadedbat
Fri Oct 30, 2009 8:18 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Books/series you'll never read again
Replies: 33
Views: 7232

Re: Books/series you'll never read again

I'll quite probably never read 1984 or Animal Farm again, because the main substance to them is the overall message, and you get that from one reading. I thought that too after first reading 1984, but then we studied it in high school so I had to/wanted to reread it again, and it stands up excellen...
by waltwhitmanheadedbat
Fri Oct 30, 2009 7:48 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: I'd like to know the name of this book/short story/comic
Replies: 665
Views: 268067

Re: Things you remember reading -Merged: Searching for a...

I seem to remember posting about this before, but I didn't see my post in this thread, so here goes: I remember reading a work of fiction in middle school about a member of the French resistance during WWII. The details are sparse; I seem to remember the protagonist meeting a girl who was also a mem...
by waltwhitmanheadedbat
Fri Oct 30, 2009 7:18 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: No Carbs? WTF?
Replies: 31
Views: 5936

Re: No Carbs? WTF?

Your calories have to come from somewhere, and protein is hardly a good source on account of the gradual wear on your kidneys Protein causes no wear on the kidneys of a healthy person. I found this study which seems to corroborate what you're saying. I had heard quotations of 2.0g/kg being harmful ...
by waltwhitmanheadedbat
Thu Oct 29, 2009 3:42 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: No Carbs? WTF?
Replies: 31
Views: 5936

Re: No Carbs? WTF?

stuff like carb cycling/ketosis/etc might be a good idea if youre already quite slim and trying to get really lean, but obese people need to stop worrying so much about dumb gimmicks and just focus on training harder and not eating shit food. I like lowcarb when cutting fat because it means I can't...
by waltwhitmanheadedbat
Thu Oct 29, 2009 2:28 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: No Carbs? WTF?
Replies: 31
Views: 5936

Re: No Carbs? WTF?

Look up 'ketosis'. It's fun. You'll get to know it quite well. Wow. Well. Looks like she'll be losing weight after all. And hair, And skin tone, And vital signs, right after she starts peeing acetone. That's ketoacidosis. You enter normal, benign, ketosis every night while you sleep. Ketoacidosis u...
by waltwhitmanheadedbat
Mon Aug 17, 2009 9:31 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: What's Your Major, Part Deux: The Poll
Replies: 30
Views: 3448

What's Your Major, Part Deux: The Poll

Salutations. I was aching for some demographic information about my fellow xkcd ircites and forumites, and thought you might be interested too. Any information contributed will be greatly appreciated! Notes: *The engineering disciplines should probably just be a different poll if we got serious abou...
by waltwhitmanheadedbat
Wed Aug 05, 2009 2:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0619: "Supported Features"
Replies: 157
Views: 33673

Re: "Supported Features" discussion

WOW, did Randall poke the hornet's nest with this one. Poke? Hell, he SMASHED his fist straight into the middle of the hornet's nest. And am I ever glad he did so! [snip] It's pretty idiotic to blame the guy who built your house for the lawn not being mowed. You blame your gardener for that. This c...
by waltwhitmanheadedbat
Wed Aug 05, 2009 2:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0619: "Supported Features"
Replies: 157
Views: 33673

Re: "Supported Features" discussion

I do not see why anyone would want to use Flash -- and even less why they would want to use it in fullscreen. It is a horrible, unfree format which is crappily supported on Linux. For the few times, I cannot avoid using Flash, I use swfdec. I'm feel as though I'm going to have to make a graphic, no...
by waltwhitmanheadedbat
Wed Aug 05, 2009 7:35 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0619: "Supported Features"
Replies: 157
Views: 33673

Re: "Supported Features" discussion

...ranging from lazy¹ to stupid² to retarded³ *... [...] ¹ Xorg dropping backwards compatibility with 20yrs old apps I have an engineer friend who is convinced that the design of xorg was all three...I wish I were logging the conversation - there was something about a java program using sockets in ...
by waltwhitmanheadedbat
Sat Jun 06, 2009 5:13 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: expressions/turns of phrase tha you love . . . share the joy
Replies: 52
Views: 7192

Re: expressions/turns of phrase tha you love . . . share the joy

One expression I saw on foonetic recently was "heavens and seas," which means "a great distance." It's a literal translation of the Norweigan, and was used like this: "I'm in Norway, so I'm likely heavens and seas away from you." I also heard "rocks like Gibraltar&...

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