The fat man shadow

One thing I’ve be doing a lot of during the pandemic is walking. I get 10,000 plus steps every day as counted by my fit bit. So far I’ve been quite successful in getting my 10k a day but there’s one large thing that bothers the hell out of me. It’s the shadow of the fat man that’s always next to me in the morning & evening.

It’s my shadow, I know that that, but it’s huge. To me this is like something out of Plato’s Republic where everyone just see shadows on the cave walls of what the truth really is. Well here’s my truth shown to me on the sidewalk next to me.

I have to fix this

Cutting Sugars… avoiding headaches & other pain

How many pandemic pounds did you gain during lockdown? Honestly I’ll have to say not many… but kept up my bad weight though out the whole COVID-19 mess. Got a puppy and have been walking him like crazy each day to get my 10,000 daily steps or more. Tracking everything on a fitbit. But haven’t dropped anything! Realizing that it’s not the amount of exercise that I do that’s helping or not but what I’m sticking into my mouth and how much.

So suspect #1 is sugar. Added sugar. It’s crazy to look at the side of a cereal box that I thought was “healthy” and see the amount of added sugars! Why? Granola… another WHY! So tried out no sugar added granola from Whole Foods… oh I see why they add so much sugar. Ick.. yes it’s like sticks & twigs without the 15g of added sugar.

When did breakfast meals become a sugar dessert food? Cheerios seem to be the best thing next to plain oatmeal with raisins and walnuts. Plus dog loves plain oatmeal 🙂

Reflecting on the new normal

What has changed in your day-to-day life since the start of COVID-19?
Having to work at home and not having to deal with a 30 minute commute in and back to the office. The amount of money saved on gas I think, is pretty damn high. Savings on lunches. For several months I strictly ate at home not going out to lunch saves a lot of money.

Which changes have became the biggest pain the butt?
Overall having to work at home with the kids. Having a teen & tween fighting for attention and each other breaks work concentration. While overall I feel my personal productivity has gone through the roof it drops on days when I have to work when the kids are in the house. Luckily they were able to go back to school. Also not being able to go to a museum.

Which changes led to more distress?
Early on in the pandemic when nobody really knew what was going on and how COVID-19 was transferred from one person to another everyone was locked down. Going to a store was an effort. Masking up, gloving up, putting on a second layer of clothes just to buy food was higly stressful. Eventually once we figured out it was transferred via airasols from breathing and knowing a mask would for the most part stop it, the stress came back down.

Which changes have led to some relief of distress?
Getting a dog and exercising and most of all the vaccines. The vaccine has to be viewed as one of the worlds greatest inventions ever. Looking back to the pandemic of 1918 they didn’t have the vaccine and had to let the virus “work it’s course” and burn itself out.

Which changes if any have been pleasantly surprising?
Spending more time with my family and getting a puppy. Not everything revolves around work and being an introvert I’m not missing much of going out to restaurants or group events. Also order online & pickup at store. Giant Eagle’s scan pay & go has also been an really nice reduction of stress. Thing I hate the most about shopping is waiting in line and with this system, unless there’s someone else using the SP&G kiosk, I never have to wait!

Twitch’s hot tub problem

pictured: Hot Hub… missing inflatable hot dog and bimbo in bikini

Over the past couple of weeks I’ve noticed a rise in the number of Twitch channels with bikini clad women sitting on inflatable hot dogs in inflatable hot tubs. Watching for a few minutes it’s REAL clear that there’s no real content of value being produced other than these “ladies” asking for subscriptions & bits. Some of these channels have hundreds of active live viewers. Honestly it’s one step away from being a cam girl.

AI, neither artificial nor intelligent

me not writing this blog post (original artwork from

The term ‘artificial intelligence’ is thrown around quite a lot these days. It’s perhaps the most buzzword in science and technology right now with the development of self-driving cars, online dating, autonomous driving and other amazing technologies. But many people seem to get it wrong. Artificial intelligence is not some sort of brain in a vat — it is simply an extension of modern technology that makes algorithms work more effectively.

To many, the term Artificial Intelligence (AI) conjures up images of robo-patrol robots or fighter jet flight systems. While these avatars may have fooled us into thinking that machines are thinking and deliberating, today’s AI is being used everyday in mundane situations. Take Facebook for example. It uses artificial intelligence to identify what you like about the world around you and suggest your friends the same. This is powered by both advanced technology and deprogrammed humans (aka Machine Learning algorithms).

I’ve recently seen some pretty wild claims being made about Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning in particular. These claims are certainly exciting to think about, and there are any number of reasons as to why the general public should be very concerned.

Artificial intelligence that learns in a supervised fashion is artificial intelligence. Learning happens automatically, without human intervention. Computer programed to operate in a particular manner regardless of the content, quality or style. Machine Learning models are all about learning.