Today I weighed myself to get back on track with my weight loss goals.

I weighed 225.8 lbs so, I'll call it 226.

My goal was to be down to 200 pounds by my birthday, October 4. But, I don't think that's going to be achievable now. Losing 26 pounds in a month is not healthy.

I still want to get down to 200 pounds. I just need to adjust my timetable a little bit.

New goal time frame is the end of the year.

Goal: weigh 200 pounds by January 1st

I think this GIF sums up how I think. My idle thoughts just kind of flow back and forth.

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One of the saddest realities is most people never know when their lives have reached the summit. Only after it is over and we have some kind of perspective do we realize how good we had it a day, a month, five years ago. The walk together in the December snow, the phone call that changed everything, and that lovely evening in the bar by the Aegean. Back then you thought "this is so nice." Only later did you realize it was the rarest bliss.

Jonathan Carroll

Source: Whiskey River

I was giving some lectures in Germany about the death penalty. It was fascinating because one of the scholars stood up after the presentation and said, “Well you know it’s deeply troubling to hear what you’re talking about." He said, “We don’t have the death penalty in Germany. And of course, we can never have the death penalty in Germany." And the room got very quiet, and this woman said, “There’s no way, with our history, we could ever engage in the systematic killing of human beings. It would be unconscionable for us to, in an intentional and deliberate way, set about executing people." And I thought about that. What would it feel like to be living in a world where the nation state of Germany was executing people, especially if they were disproportionately Jewish? I couldn’t bear it. It would be unconscionable.

And yet, in this country, in the states of the Old South, we execute people – where you’re 11 times more likely to get the death penalty if the victim is white than if the victim is black, 22 times more likely to get it if the defendant is black and the victim is white – in the very states where there are buried in the ground the bodies of people who were lynched. And yet, there is this disconnect.

Bryan Stevenson (We Need to Talk About Injustice)

I can't believe that there is even a debate about how we execute (intentionally or not) people in this country. The state shouldn't be killing people, period.

Via: Piece

I thought I would be able to edit within Evernote pretty easily on my iPad Air with a Belkin keyboard but, I've found it a little difficult to do so far. Of course, this might be due to the learning curve of using Evernote with a Bluetooth connected keyboard, something I haven't done before today.

Though, simple things, like selecting a link to copy are a little difficult. On Android all I have to do is select one word and then I get an option to click which will selec the whole link. I don't see that option on iOS. I might be missing it in the settings somewhere but, I shouldn't have to dig into the settings to get to that option.

Typing on this keyboard is comfortable, if a little cramped. But, what do you expect from a keyboard case for a 10 inch table?

I will have to continue to use this setup to create and edit within Evernote to see if it will work as I get more used to it.

The skill of writing is to create a context in which other people can think.

Good point.

Source: Quotes of the Day

I enjoyed Batman vs Superman as a superhero movie. It was a little long, which I thought was due to Batman's back story.

There wasn't much to the plot of the movie. There was some effort to try to create a sense of mystery in the events unfolding but, Lex Luther is going to attack Superman somehow so you know the main driving force is going to have something to do with that relationship.

I could have done without Batman's back story because it didn't add much to the motivation of Bruce Wayne or Batman. We know how Bruce lost his parents when he was young. We know that Bruce turns into Batman to fight criminals. We didn't need to be introduced to it again. But, that is not the point.

The point is that I have an issue with critiquing a movie and saying that the Fundamental flaw is the director and NOT touching on anything about the story other than how the movie was shot. In his video essay, Evan Puschak does a good job of explaining why he thought the movie was flawed. It's a well put together essay, like all of his work. He makes great points about how Snyder sacrifices scenes that could increase depth in his characters to make moments that are designed to awe the audience. But, he doesn't say how another director would take the same script and improve the movie.

The fundamental flaw of a movie can be it's director. I am not arguing that. But, you can not critique a director's style as the flaw of the movie without talking about the movie, the plot, the character development, the acting, the dialogue, and everything else that makes up the movie. Because you are not critiquing the movie at that point, you are critiquing the director. As such your essay shouldn't be title, "Batman v superman: The Fundamental Flaw". No, it should be, "Zack Snyder: The Fundamental Flaw"

I no doubt deserved my enemies, but I don’t believe I deserved my friends.

  • Walt Whitman

Indeed. I feel the same.

Jason Kottke links us to photographer Oliver Curtis who has taken pictures of famous landmarks from the opposite direction.

This view from the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio is spectacular.

Via: Kottke

Source: Oliver Curtis

From the fantastic This Day in Baseball Tumblr comes this very interesting statistic.

In a match up of 300 game winners at the Philadelphia Baseball Grounds, the Phillies’ Tim Keefe beats Pud Galvin and the Browns, 2-0. The next time two National League pitchers with 300 or more victories will face each other will occur in 2005 when Greg Maddux of the Cubs beats Astros ace Roger Clemens 3-2.

It took 113 years for the National League to have opposing 300 victory pitchers face each other in a Major League Baseball game.

Source: This Day in Baseball