November 5th, 2009


Recent downtime, video posting delays, and other things going wrong

This was posted originally at my WordPress blog, here.

As you’ve probably noticed, I fell behind on my video posting. I couldn’t get the time, and now I’m way behind: I’m already back in Houston. The same goes for my photo posts.

A factor in this problem was a few power outages here in Houston that took my uninterrupted power supply down for the count. As such, this site has been available only intermittently. This has also hampered my job hunting: until yesterday, I couldn’t even access my Craigslist scraper, and that’s fully half of the postings to which I respond.

Today, if you follow me on Twitter, you noticed that the site was down very briefly while I remedied the power problem. We’re now on a much larger power supply, capable of serving a 42″ HDTV, the DSL modem, cable box, a PS3, a Wii, and a Time Machine (for my mom’s backups and house Internet routing), as well as the box on which this site is hosted (because I needed a hard line in to the DSL modem to get this thing on the Internet, and the other available site, by the print server, is in much worse shape). Don’t try this at your home, kids, I’m what you might call an expert.

Those of you who have been following me for a while also know that I’ve been working on losing weight. I’ve now lost over 62 pounds. I was surprised to have lost 5 pounds on the trip, considering the fact that I was eating a lot of fast food (though it was mostly Chic-Fil-A and Subway, both of which have excellent low calorie menu selections) and was staying in a house where the idea of calorie counting was anathema. However, it’s good to be home where I can get a high-impact yet relatively low calorie breakfast (a smoothie made with nonfat yogurt and an apple, which provides 2 servings of fruit, 2 servings of milk, a multivitamin, 3 glasses of water, a serving of lean protein, and 2 teaspoons of cis-unsaturated oils1, for less than 300 Calories). It satisfies my dairy, multivitamin, lean protein, and oil needs for the day, freeing me to eat more interesting things at lunch and/or dinner.

1. There are five oils in this category: extra virgin olive, canola, sunflower, flax, and safflower.