Too busy. Since last post ...
- Tuesday: Elliptical, 61 minutes
Wednesday: Elliptical, 62 minutes
Friday: Elliptical, 32 minutes
Saturday: Elliptical, 77 minutes
Sunday: 7.1 miles, around the lake, ~7:00 average
Tuesday: 4.5 miles, office dread, ~7:00
Wednesday: 5.2 miles, office dread, ~7:15 average
Today: Elliptical, 65 minutes
So I went out and bought a Garmin Forerunner 205, my first GPS toy. It's awesome, it works, I'm free, no more measuring and sticking to routes. Used it on my Sunday 7 miler. Looking at the post run data, I was shocked to see the variation in my pace, I'm now pretty convinced that that's what makes outdoor running seem so much easier for me than treadmill. On treadmill, I stay at the same pace a mile at a time, 7:30, 7:15, 7:00, etc. Outdoors my pace is all over the place, 7:15, 8:10, 6:35, 7:05, 6:45, 7:30, etc. within a couple minutes. Definitely recommend this gadget, it's big and ugly, but it's not heavy, wish I got one a long time ago.
Started reading The Omnivore's Dilemma. Excellent so far, I read part of his other book, The Botany of Desire, never finished for some reason, not because it wasn't good, just got busy and never got back to it. But, this one is riveting, if you're a geek anyway I guess.
Corn is amazing and bizzare and extremely ubiquitous. We are the people of the corn, it is in our flesh. Carbon from corn is contains an unusually large amount of carbon isotopes which have seven rather than six neutrons, to match the six electrons which make carbon carbon. This heavier carbon is actually detectable in the flesh/hair of humans. And large quantities are in all of us — corn is everywhere !!!!!!!! (Like God, and motorcycles — I wonder every time I see one of those Motorcycles Are Everywhere !!!!!!! bumper stickers — is that a statement of fact or a cry of exasperation?)
And corn sex is incredibly intricate. The male organ at the top of the plant, a tassel containing hundreds of anthers resembling tiny flowers, releases tens of millions of grains of pollen over the course of a few summer days — adhering to the familiar "more is more" philosophy of male reproduction. The female organ, containing hundreds of tiny flowers arranged in familiar rows on a cob, resembling a phallus, is a few feet below. The corn silk turns out to be the conduit through which falling pollen from the top travels through to the awaiting flowers within the cob. The fertilized flowers become the carbohydrate rich kernels we eat and which get stuck in between our teeth so we need to floss immediately after.
Corn exists only because humans exist; its bizzare arrangement of parts, seeds within a husk, are naturally maladaptive, it couldn't survive without intervention of a semi-intelligent being with an opposable thumb to rip open the husk. A random genetic mutation of a grass called teosinte in Central America resulted in something vaguely resembling corn, and caught the eye of a hungry ancient human who peeled open the husk to free the seeds.
Man, evolution f-ing rocks. Intelligent Design (Creationism Lite) people f-ing piss me off. Sure, I believe in Intelligent Design. God, infinitely intelligent, created the universe, and he designed an incredibly elegent mechanism which allowed the evolution, from sub-atomic particles (!), of seemingly arbitrarily complex forms of life. One of those forms of life evolved to a point where their own intelligence allowed them to discover and appreciate this intelligently designed system we call evolution.
The ID folks seem to not appreciate the fact that evolution does not preclude the existence of God, isn't this nearly obvious. It's a failure to understand what science is — it can explain the how but not the why — even if every aspect of existence were fully understood by science, there would still be the most fundamental question there is: Why is there existence instead of nothingness? It's the one truly unanswerable question, it is the realm of religion.
"There is but one truly serious philosophical problem and that is suicide." — Albert Camus