Off to L.A.

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I’ll be flying to Los Angeles today to participate in the Ancestral Health Symposium at UCLA.  I’m really looking forward to meeting some folks I’ve communicated with through email and/or phone calls but have never met in person:  Gary Taubes, Richard Nikoley, Nora Gedgaudas, Stephen Guyunet, and Dr. Richard Feinman, to name just a few.  I’m staying a couple of extra days so I can visit some friends from my previous life in Los Angeles.

I’ll check comments when I can, but the event features wall-to-wall speakers (I’m giving the Science for Smart People speech), so I’ll be pretty well tied up.  I asked The Older Brother to take over the sandbox again while I’m gone, and he agreed.  (Man, it’s a relief to have a permanent guest host available.)

I’ll be back on Wednesday.  Until then, wishing you all the best.

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26 thoughts on “Off to L.A.

  1. Auntie M

    I wanted to go to that. It looks like a great group of speakers and lots of great information. Have a good time! We like the Older Brother as a guest host, but we expect a fabulous report with lots of pictures when you get back.

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  2. eddie watts

    i believe J Stanton from gnolls.org is going there too, hope there is a lot of video footage taken we can watch afterwards?!

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  3. Peggy Cihocki

    So Jealous. Here I live in LA and I can’t go as I will be away on a trip planned long before. Have fun and maybe next year! I look forward to hearing and seeing all the talks on line later.

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  4. Auntie M

    I wanted to go to that. It looks like a great group of speakers and lots of great information. Have a good time! We like the Older Brother as a guest host, but we expect a fabulous report with lots of pictures when you get back.

    Reply
  5. eddie watts

    i believe J Stanton from gnolls.org is going there too, hope there is a lot of video footage taken we can watch afterwards?!

    Reply
  6. Peggy Cihocki

    So Jealous. Here I live in LA and I can’t go as I will be away on a trip planned long before. Have fun and maybe next year! I look forward to hearing and seeing all the talks on line later.

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  7. JC

    Yeah! Dad is gone, time to party! We just have to make sure the Porsche is back in the garage before he gets home and nothing happens to mom’s crystal egg!

    Sorry. Had to throw that out there. Bring on the vegetrollians!

    Don’t worry. They’re out there.

    Oh yeah, and the bar is now open.

    Cheers!

    — the Older Brother

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  8. JC

    Yeah! Dad is gone, time to party! We just have to make sure the Porsche is back in the garage before he gets home and nothing happens to mom’s crystal egg!

    Sorry. Had to throw that out there. Bring on the vegetrollians!

    Don’t worry. They’re out there.

    Oh yeah, and the bar is now open.

    Cheers!

    — the Older Brother

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  9. Nowhereman

    Have fun at the convention, and I look forward to seeing video of yours and the other speakers panels. Also, for your amusement and head-to-desk banging, I present another FUBARed mainstream media article about Paleo to share with your friends and colleagues:

    http://www.foxnews.com/health/2011/08/03/paleo-diet/?test=faces

    Shannon Clark gets it mostly right, but fails miserably on the saturated fats being bad. She mentions “good fats”, but fails to tell the reader what those are. She mentions fats from nuts, but apparently skipped the fact that most nuts have… saturated fats in them. Not to mention bacon off-limits? Since when? As long as the bacon is hormone, antibiotic, and nitrates-free, it’s always been good to have on Paleo. So it’s great to see Paleo getting positive press for a change, but it’s frustrating as hell to see this misinformation.

    (The Older Brother is pinch-hitting for Tom while he’s at the Ancestral Health Symposium at UCLA)

    It is kind of ironic that Fox News seems to carry water for a nutritional paradigm created completely in the mind of George McGovern, one of the most liberal bozos ever. On the “glass half full” side of the equation, that just means more bacon for us until the rest of the world catches on.

    Cheers

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  10. Nowhereman

    Have fun at the convention, and I look forward to seeing video of yours and the other speakers panels. Also, for your amusement and head-to-desk banging, I present another FUBARed mainstream media article about Paleo to share with your friends and colleagues:

    http://www.foxnews.com/health/2011/08/03/paleo-diet/?test=faces

    Shannon Clark gets it mostly right, but fails miserably on the saturated fats being bad. She mentions “good fats”, but fails to tell the reader what those are. She mentions fats from nuts, but apparently skipped the fact that most nuts have… saturated fats in them. Not to mention bacon off-limits? Since when? As long as the bacon is hormone, antibiotic, and nitrates-free, it’s always been good to have on Paleo. So it’s great to see Paleo getting positive press for a change, but it’s frustrating as hell to see this misinformation.

    (The Older Brother is pinch-hitting for Tom while he’s at the Ancestral Health Symposium at UCLA)

    It is kind of ironic that Fox News seems to carry water for a nutritional paradigm created completely in the mind of George McGovern, one of the most liberal bozos ever. On the “glass half full” side of the equation, that just means more bacon for us until the rest of the world catches on.

    Cheers

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  11. Barry

    Had to comment because there has only been one for hours now… question… do you make more money if we watch the video on Hulu or on Netflix?

    (The Older Brother is pinch-hitting for Tom while he’s at the Ancestral Health Symposium at UCLA)

    I can’t remember if there’s a financial advantage to Tom of one over the other. He can answer this one when he gets back. I watch it on Netflix because I’ve got an account anyway and there’s no commercials.

    I do know that he makes the most when you order the DVD. The international version has the “Big Fat Fiasco” speech on it. Christmas is only four months away!

    And yes, I have the DVD, too, but sometimes the Tivo remote (with Netflix) is right here and the DVD player all the over there!

    Cheers!

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  12. Barry

    Had to comment because there has only been one for hours now… question… do you make more money if we watch the video on Hulu or on Netflix?

    (The Older Brother is pinch-hitting for Tom while he’s at the Ancestral Health Symposium at UCLA)

    I can’t remember if there’s a financial advantage to Tom of one over the other. He can answer this one when he gets back. I watch it on Netflix because I’ve got an account anyway and there’s no commercials.

    I do know that he makes the most when you order the DVD. The international version has the “Big Fat Fiasco” speech on it. Christmas is only four months away!

    And yes, I have the DVD, too, but sometimes the Tivo remote (with Netflix) is right here and the DVD player all the over there!

    Cheers!

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  13. Chareva

    @Barry – I believe the Netflix royalties are based on a set amount for two years with the option of renewal if the film is popular. Hulu royalties are based on the number of views. Sponsors pay per view.
    @Jerry – Thanks for filling in. It’s a relief for Tom that the ball can keep rolling and the blog is in competent hands.

    Hi Chareva. If I would’ve thought it through, Hulu would’ve made sense, as there’s commercials attached to the viewing, which means revenue attached.

    Okay kids — if you’re not going to buy the DVD, please tell all your friends to watch Hulu!

    Cheers!

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  14. Chareva

    @Barry – I believe the Netflix royalties are based on a set amount for two years with the option of renewal if the film is popular. Hulu royalties are based on the number of views. Sponsors pay per view.
    @Jerry – Thanks for filling in. It’s a relief for Tom that the ball can keep rolling and the blog is in competent hands.

    Hi Chareva. If I would’ve thought it through, Hulu would’ve made sense, as there’s commercials attached to the viewing, which means revenue attached.

    Okay kids — if you’re not going to buy the DVD, please tell all your friends to watch Hulu!

    Cheers!

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  15. Elenor

    I’ll just tattle a bit on Tom — he didn’t get enough sleep on his way to give his speech (and said to me that he had not had a chance to practice beforehand). He knocked it WAY out of the park anyway! The room was crowded (easily more than 100 people, lots of “standees” in the back) and they were laughing madly at Tom’s jokes and gave him roaring applause at the end. (oh, and it really WAS a great symposium!)

    I had a hunch.

    Cheers!

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  16. Elenor

    I’ll just tattle a bit on Tom — he didn’t get enough sleep on his way to give his speech (and said to me that he had not had a chance to practice beforehand). He knocked it WAY out of the park anyway! The room was crowded (easily more than 100 people, lots of “standees” in the back) and they were laughing madly at Tom’s jokes and gave him roaring applause at the end. (oh, and it really WAS a great symposium!)

    I had a hunch.

    Cheers!

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  17. Nowhereman

    “It is kind of ironic that Fox News seems to carry water for a nutritional paradigm created completely in the mind of George McGovern, one of the most liberal bozos ever. On the “glass half full” side of the equation, that just means more bacon for us until the rest of the world catches on.”

    Yeah, but the problem I have with all that is when people try the “Paleo Diet” (watered-down, Paleo). While they may improve some for a while, like some vegetarians and vegans do, they won’t get the saturated fat they need, along with other good nutrients that a proper Paleo diet provides, and thus when they still feel sick, foggy-headed, and low-energy, they’ll make the false assumption that the diet doesn’t work, and then the so-called “experts” will say “See! We told you so! It’s just another worthless fad”.

    That’s why I hate misleading articles like the Fox News one. X(

    The Fox medical commentators I’ve seen have all been of the “Freaking Liars” school of nutrition. If the tea partyers would get on this like they do the debt, America’s health would start improving overnight.

    Never checked out the Paleo Diet, so I didn’t know it was light on sat fat.

    Cheers

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  18. Nowhereman

    “It is kind of ironic that Fox News seems to carry water for a nutritional paradigm created completely in the mind of George McGovern, one of the most liberal bozos ever. On the “glass half full” side of the equation, that just means more bacon for us until the rest of the world catches on.”

    Yeah, but the problem I have with all that is when people try the “Paleo Diet” (watered-down, Paleo). While they may improve some for a while, like some vegetarians and vegans do, they won’t get the saturated fat they need, along with other good nutrients that a proper Paleo diet provides, and thus when they still feel sick, foggy-headed, and low-energy, they’ll make the false assumption that the diet doesn’t work, and then the so-called “experts” will say “See! We told you so! It’s just another worthless fad”.

    That’s why I hate misleading articles like the Fox News one. X(

    The Fox medical commentators I’ve seen have all been of the “Freaking Liars” school of nutrition. If the tea partyers would get on this like they do the debt, America’s health would start improving overnight.

    Never checked out the Paleo Diet, so I didn’t know it was light on sat fat.

    Cheers

    Reply

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