I enjoy a good photo of a train and
photo of a steam train near Bury, England is a fantastic photo of a train.

I am not happy with myself.

I am not happy with my weight. I weigh 251.8 lbs.

While not my heaviest (275 lbs back in 2015) it is 25 lbs more than my lightest (225 lbs last year). I let my self go. I let myself slide back into old habits. Eating Fast Food more than I should (which is hardly ever). Not eating at regular times. Snacking endlessly before heading to bed.

There are a multitude of things that I can do to get my weight back under control and start to lose the pounds that I have gained. I need to refocus my efforts and put in the work to start losing weight again.

No more Fast Food

More Fruits and Vegetables

More Home Cooked Meals

Less Snacking

Reduce Sweets (part of #4)

With these 5 steps I think I will have a solid base to start losing weight. Of course, the next step after getting these steps set as habits (or maybe not next steps but, same time steps) is to start exercising on a regular basis.

According to my FitBit data, I don't have a problem reaching my 15,000 step goal on the days I work. This isn't a surprise because I work in a warehouse on my feet for 8-12 hr shits so, I'm going to move a lot.

But, the fact that I am so active during the work week and still putting on the pounds tells me I need to do more. I need to do more.

I am not happy with my habits.

I will not bore you with everything that I want to change. Just know that I am tired of doing things the way I do things because the way I do things is not helping me grow as a person. I am tired of feeling like I'm stuck being a 20-something in a 30-something life. It's not where I want to be mentally.

I need to take some time and focus on what I want to do and ponder what habits I have that need to be changed so that I can get to where I think I want to be.

Lucy Bellwood on Twitter has some fantastic advice.

Well worth remembering that sometimes there is nothing you can do, other than just being present for the ones you care about.

As a Royals fan I am okay with relegation in the MLB univerise.


Paul Krugman
has a great tweet about the Stock Market

For inquiring minds:
Why did the market suddenly plunge? I have no idea.
Will it keep going down, or bounce back? I have no idea.
Is this going to translate into problems for the real economy? I have no idea.
But what you need to know is: nobody else has any idea, either.

This is why I call my blog No Idea. Because nobody really has any idea what's going on.


Nick Statt writing at The Verge argues Google doesn't provide enough features in the Pixel 3 XL to justify a notch.

The stand out, tone deaf paragraph for me is this:

Google says the Pixel 3 XL will come with the ability to “turn off" the notch if you don’t like it, transforming the top portion of the phone next to the cutout into a black status bar and nothing else. But then why bother shipping a phone with an edge-to-edge display if customers end up disliking it so much that they disable it? Sure, some consumers might not mind it at all and leave it as is, while those who prefer the extra room for the status bar will just turn it off. But needing to give people the option would suggest that even Google understands that it’s offering a compromise that’s more complicated than it seems at first glance.

One of the largest differences between Google and Apple is the amount of control over a device the companies give users. Choice. It comes down to choice. Google knew some people wouldn't like the notch but, still want a larger phone so they gave those people the option to do something about it.
Apple didn't give their customers a choice at all. It was notch or no new phone.

Apple had a marketing campaign called "It just works".

I believe every single company making consumer technology devices should live by that slogan.

Most technology reviews focus on specs and resolutions and benchmarks. That's the easy part of a review. That's just numbers on a page. the more important part of a review is how the product *actually* works. Is the device able to do what I expect it to do? Will it get bogged down if I use it for a specific task?

The problem I have with technology is that many companies don't seem to care about the *use* of the device. They seem to take the technical specs as the defining qualities of the device and release it into the world to underwhelm everyone.

You have power over your mind - not outside events. Realise this, and you will find strength.

Marcus Aurelius

This is a solid quote. And a solid goal.

One that I am striving towards.

I just had a great interaction with my Chromebook and my Pixel 2.

The home internet died. I'm not sure why yet. The Chromebook picked up that my Pixel 2 was close and suggested I connect to my mobile data through the phone to stay connected. I hit the OK button and connected to my phone and then hit okay on my phone and presto bango I was tethering to my phone without having to fiddle with any wifi settings.

Just a great overall experience.

Now, if you will excuse me. I think it's time to see why my internet died.

Joshua Rivera in a piece on James Bond at GQ

It's impossible to watch Skyfall and not immediately begin to sip scotch. How did the scotch get in your hand? Who knows? Bond is that cool.

This line had me laughing out loud. And wanting a sip of scotch.