- Book Indexing part 1. Is the computer the right tool for the job. Link taken from the CopyEditing-L posting. An interesting article, and one that made me subscribe to the Linga Franca RSS feed. This first article covers the basics (the difference between a concordance and an index). I’ve never written a full index; instead, due to time constraints, I’m often limited to editing a concordance to make it more “index like”. The article makes me wonder if I could.
- How to reclaim space in GMail. This is something I should probably do on a regular basis. I use IMAP with GMail; but even so – my online repository could be slimmed down consderably. I’m starting to think I should keep a list of various electronic “spring cleaning” tasks like the security tasks I’ve tagged for doing later (like updating facebook security settings, cleaning out my Google cache, …)
- Photography’s Three Basic Tenets in Eight Bits and Nine Minutes. A video (9m42s – hosted on Vimeo, found on Gizmodo) that might just help improve my photography. Must remember to watch this sometime soon(ish).
- How to join the dark side. A link to an article that includes a link that eventually takes you to the steps a willing costumer took to join the 501st legion. There is, surprisingly a jawa group (ok Tusken Raiders and Jawas group); as well as a costume maker’s (rough) guide.
When updating my index of soups, I realized I have a lot of recipes on Springpad. Over 1000 and counting — and that doesn’t include the bookmarks that link to interesting articles and other information about food or the delicious links that I imported into Springpad (but have not yet gotten around to copying into the recipes). Slow-cooked, hot and bubbly — they are great winter foods, and I have several variations on the theme; ragu (or ragout), stroganoff, cassoulet, goulash, chili (or chile), baked beans, ….
After making the list, I am surprised how very few I actually have in my recipes as I cook this sort of thing pretty reguarly through the colder months of the year. There must be more of these in my springpad archive; but here’s what I’ve found thus far. I’ll update it again when I have found more.
All Day Boston Baked Beans
Bulgur and chickpea Chili
Butternut Chili – Crockpot
Ethiopian Beans and Berbere
French Vegetable Stew
Italian Lentil and chestnut Stew
Just Chili – all beans, no meat
Pierce Street Vegetarain Chili
Spicy Red Lentil and Chickpea Stew
Sweet Potato & Black Bean Chili
Two Bean Chili
Vegetarian Baked Beans
Anthony Bourdain’s Boeuf Bourguignon – Stovetop – SLOW
Basic Beef Stew – 4 variations Beef and ale, Pork and Cider, Chicken and White Wine or Lamb and Red Wine
Beef, ale and onion stew
Beef Goulash – Crockpot
Beef Stew with lots of spices
Beef Stew with Red Wine – Personal Favourite
Carbonnade Beef and Beer stew
Chili Con Carne
Chocolate and Port Beef Stew
Crockpot Beef Stew
Crockpot Hungarian Goulash
GI Diet Beef Stroganoff – See notes for the morning after report
Graisserons – Confit
Martedi – Sausage and beans; a favourite
Neapolitan-style ragu – Pork
Oven baked Stew
Polenta with Beef Ragout – Crockpot
Protein Poisoning Chili – Crockpot; very heavy
Rich and Meaty Lamb Ragù
Slow cooked Boston Baked Beans – Crockpot
Slow cooked Stew – Crockpot
Thomas Keller’s Cassoulet – Pork
African Peanut Stew – Turkey
Chicken A La King
Chicken Cassoulet with Crisp Breadcurmb Topping
Chicken and Mushroom Stew
Chicken with Creamy Dijon Mustard Sauce
Chinese No Clay-Pot Chicken with Soy and Ginger – stew-ish
Quick Chicken Cassoulet
Santa Fe Chicken Chili
Spicy Lentil Chicken Stew
Spicy White Chicken Chili – Crockpot
Turkey Meatball Stew
So, for the first time in two weeks – we made it into the gym on a Monday night.
- 30 minutes cardio (recumbent stationary bike)
- Chest 3×10 45 lbs (chest press machine)
- Back 3×10 45lbs (seated row)
- Shoulders 3×10 25 lbs (double shoulder press machine)
- Biceps 3×10 30 lbs (bar/cable pull-up)
- Triceps 2×10 20 lbs (cable pull-down)
- 10 minutes cool down (walking on the track)
It started to rain before we headed home and continued until well after we got there. Tomorrow should be the lower body workout. Our goal is to go to the gym 4 days this week. I’ll have to weigh myself tomorrow as it’s been a while.
Last night I got myself an exercise program at the Y. I went in to the gym with big plans of what I’d ask for (core workouts, not individual exercises, focusing on bars not machines) and ended up going with what was offered.
I’m back to a three-day workout that involves muscle-isolating exercises focusing primary on the larger muscles of the body mixed with 30 minutes of cardio per session. I’m to follow this routine for six weeks, then the gym will call me to schedule a check-up appointment. I wanted a plan, something I could follow each visit that would allow me to measure my activities and my improvements over time. And that’s what I got. The instructor was very clear on form and technique (my form and pacing is excellent, but I need to work on my breathing), but frankly a lot of the machines I’m using I’ve used many times before. Different gyms, different instructors – similar workouts.
The interesting thing was that the trainer mentioned he was a diabetic on pills (a type-II diabetic I’m guessing). His diabetes was under control because he worked out frequently. He was very fit. We spoke a bit about the disease, and I hope I convinced him I understood my condition (diabetic out-of-control seeking to become healthy). He was focused on me losing weight through aerobic exercise and then muscle-building to replace the fat I lose. I was focused on figuring out how much weight would be a strain to work through; and proved again that I have weak arms and shoulders, a strong back and very strong legs and thighs.
Unfortunately, I’m supposed to keep the plan at the gym. This might make it a bit difficult to track my progress on my blog — but I shall see what I can do. When I go on Thursday, I shall have to take notes and weigh myself.
Monday, October 3rd, 2011. Time in gym: 45 minutes
- 30 mins low-rider bike (cross-country program, resistance 10 max).
- Bench press. 2 sets 15, raw bar.
- Pull-down machine. 3 sets 15, 45 lbs.
- Cable-machine triceps pull-down. 3 sets 15, 25 lbs.
- Cable-machine biceps curl. 3 sets 15, 25 lbs.
- Mat stretching. 5 minutes.
Tuesday, October 4, 2011. Time in gym: 1h15m
- Session with an instructor.