14 Comments on Swamped

The title of the post says it all.  I’m reading and replying to comments, but it will be the weekend before I have time to post anything.  We’ve got some tight deadlines at the programming job on a big-ass project with multiple moving parts.  I’ve been working loooooooong hours, weekends included, to make sure my part is done on time.

At least they pay me well for my efforts.

Now back to work …

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14 thoughts on “Swamped

    1. Tom Naughton Post author

      It ebbs and flows around here. Usually it’s easy enough to keep up. We recently had some “special” projects (meaning upper management came up with them and wanted them done yesterday) interrupt the big-ass project I was already on. So now I’m behind. I’ll get caught up, but it’s going to take another week or two of pedal-to-the-metal programming.

      1. Bob Niland

        Tom wrote: «…meaning upper management came up with them…»

        Or they decide, well into the project, to completely change the web framework to one that key coders don’t know. I just had a freelance neighbor resign from what might have become a doomed assignment over that particular PHB whimsy.

        But hey, it’s not {entirely} like the the good’ol days of making actual machinery, where you’d be up all night, in the box car, on the way to the trade show, applying lead-based paint to the demo unit, by oil lamp, and touching up mistakes with a bit of carbon tet.

  1. Beatrix Willius

    I’m expecting progress on your spring project when you are out of the swamp. The sister and me moved about 20 metric tons of grit and dirt in about 20 days. Manually.

    Those last minute project are never a good idea.

    1. Don

      “Last minute projects are never a good idea.” My wife claims if it weren’t for the last minute, I’d never get anything done!

  2. Nurse Dave

    …Codin’, codin’, codin’,
    Keep them fingers codin’,

    Glad I’m not in the biz anymore.

  3. Dianne

    And I don’t suppose pedal-to-the-metal programming leaves you feeling dog-tired satisfied, either. Hope you can find some time to enjoy your farm soon.

    1. Tom Naughton Post author

      Good timing (or bad, depending on how you look at it): it’s been rainy the past few weekends, so working on the farm wasn’t an option.

  4. Dan Sadler

    Tom, I need your opinion on something. I have corresponded with you before, and I bought the movie.
    I think I have obesity pretty much figured out. I wrote a short essay and would like your opinion about it. It is partly inspired by Dr Richard Johnson author of the book The Fat Switch.
    Let me know if you disagree or not. Thanks.
    Here is the essay;

    Now for some common sense, and nothing anybody has heard of here, but it is the truth.
    Fruit is good to eat, no doubt. We know this.

    Now for something you have most likely never heard from anybody else, including your doctor.
    Fructose, like anything else in nature has a purpose. Fructose literally has saved trillions of creatures lives of probably millions of species lives.

    How does it save lives? Simple.
    Fructose is nature’s weight gaining chemical.
    Animals, including humans have used fructose to survive.
    How did this all come about?

    All animals have ways to survive in their natural habitat. They have skin and fur to protect against the elements, senses to help them find food and danger, immune systems to fight off germs, fight or flight response to react to danger, and brains to recognize threats.

    One huge threat to the lives of all animals is starvation and famine. In the wild, famines and winters can kill and have killed trillions of organisms and wiped out entire species over billions of years.

    Where does fructose come in?

    Fruit plants and animals have a symbiotic relationship with each other.
    What do fruit plants gain by letting animals eat their fruit? By definition, fruits have seeds inside the fruit which is usually indigestible by animals.
    The reason for this is that the fruit plants want animals to eat the fruit, and digest the seeds and scatter them, and that is exactly what animals do, thus insuring that fruit plant’s seeds generate a new plant somewhere else.

    What do animals gain by eating fruits?


    Animals use fruits to gain weight to avoid wintertime starvation, migration and famine.
    This is the trade off; animals spread the fruit plant’s seeds everywhere, and animals eat fructose, which increases their appetite, reduces energy output and helps the animal to fatten up to survive.

    That’s why fructose is so sweet and addicting.

    It’s natures way of telling you to gain weight to survive starvation which is the bigger problem for all animals throughout history.

    The problem, as you all know, is that fruits in nature are a lot less available, and most fruits ripen and are most effective during the fall, when animals need to gain the weight to survive. The fruit increases appetite at the right time.

    Since among most humans starvation is not a problem anymore, we don’t really need to eat fruit or fructose.
    Fruit in moderation is not going to make most people gain any weight, but the fructose extracted from fruits like sucrose, and chemically produced sugar, like high fructose corn syrup will make most people fat if they eat too much over a very long period of time.
    That why people are getting so fat these days. They are using a chemical that nature produced to help us survive winters and famine, every day for years.

    This is the truth about obesity.

    The fructose we consume is way too pure, and we are eating in way too much and way too often. Fructose if used correctly, could save your life in a pre-famine situation, but fructose how it is consumed worldwide today is only making most people fat and sick.
    So I don’t want to hear any more of this baloney about fructose not causing obesity and metabolic syndrome.

    Fructose is causing all the problems because we are eating way too much of nature’s weight gaining chemical. Bottom line.

    1. Tom Naughton Post author

      Fructose is certainly a big part of the problem for the reasons you described. I’d hesitate to say it’s causing all the problems. Dr. Eades gave an interesting lecture recently explaining how industrial seed oils can also trigger weight gain.

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