Looks like I’ll spending this evening catching up on the programming work I couldn’t do for much of the day. I shut off the computers when lightning began striking in our neighborhood. Soon after, the tornado alarms began sounding. Apparently a tornado did indeed move through town just north of us. We didn’t see it, but we sure felt the 80-mph winds.
I looked out a front window after the storm passed and saw this, which won’t be happy news for our landlord:
I’m not sure if the tree was felled by wind or lightning. I know one of the lightning strikes sounded WAY close. The area around the break in the trunk is black, but that could’ve been a rotting area that made it vulnerable to the wind.
The local schools also kept the kids inside past the usual dismissal time, until the storm had moved on. When my daughter Sara (a huge fan of Man vs. Wild) came home and saw the tree, she decided to practice creating her own shelter from the natural environment:
My older brother became a convert to low-carb eating last year and is 25 pounds lighter as a result. Like me, he’s the type who wants to understand the science behind he diet, so he’s also read several of the books I recommend on the blog, including Good Calories, Bad Calories.
When the newspaper in his hometown of Springfield, Illinois ran an essay written by a lipophobe in which trans fats were described as “once believed to be a more healthful alternative to saturated fatty acids,” he felt compelled to write a reply. The newspaper published that reply today. Here’s the opening:
Dr. Kemia Sarraf’s In My View column March 26 tells some truth by pointing out the evils of trans fats, but ignores the big lies in the current nutritional zeitgeist.
The innocuous explanation that trans fats were “once believed to be a more healthful alternative to saturated fatty acids” rings a bit hollow. In reality, the government nutritional “experts” and professional nags stampeded everyone into adopting trans fats — based on exactly zero clinical evidence against saturated fat.
You can read the rest of his reply here. I guess if I need some vacation time, I should ask him to write a couple of guest posts.
The History of Medicine
I received this in an email:
2000 B.C. – “Here, eat this root.”
1000 B.C. – “That root is heathen, say this prayer.”
1850 A.D. – “That prayer is superstition, drink this potion.”
1940 A.D. – “That potion is snake oil, swallow this pill.”
1985 A.D. – “That pill is ineffective, take this antibiotic.”
2000 A.D. – “That antibiotic is artificial. Here, eat this root.”
Time to go eat some roots and then get back to the programming work.