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BrainStream A stream of consciousness from the brain of B.K. DeLong 2004-08-02T12:34:15Z Copyright 2004 WordPress B.K. DeLong Back on the Wagon, Again http://www.brain-stream.org?p=304 2004-08-02T12:34:15Z 2004-08-02T12:34:15Z bkdelong Health Well, this morning I’ve started back on track to “improve my way of eating". I say “Way of Eating” because it’s not any particular diet per se. It’s modified South Beach Diet (SBD) if you want to label it but basically it’s just good food sense - low fat, low ... Well, this morning I’ve started back on track to “improve my way of eating". I say “Way of Eating” because it’s not any particular diet per se. It’s modified South Beach Diet (SBD) if you want to label it but basically it’s just good food sense - low fat, low carb, no hydrogenated oils, lots of water & omega 3s.

I gave up on SBD the day Will was born because a combination of things - 1) I was in the mood to celebrate and reward myself, 2) I didn’t want to have to think about eating or cooking, 3) It was just easier. Well, it was easier until the cravings came back. About a month ago I started to have an ice cream sunday every Friday & the week Kirky was gone in California I was a horrible, horrible sugar/snack binging fiend.

I haven’t weighed myself recently but I probably gained about 15lbs back which would put me at about 280lbs total. I think my lowest was 264lbs. Anyway, its not just about the weight. As much as I love all the junk it seriously effects my blood sugar and puts me into these draining “food comas” after meals. I daresay it even contributes to my lethargy & poor moods.

Luckily, I’m starting back up pretty quickly so the weight gained doesn’t have time to, er, get stored & solidify. However exercise will be interesting - since I haven’t done my walks since May, I’m not sure how much I’ll be able to cope with the heat.

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B.K. DeLong Testing Meme Propagation In Blogspace: Add Your Blog! http://www.brain-stream.org?p=303 2004-08-02T11:57:09Z 2004-08-02T11:57:09Z bkdelong Semantic Web This posting is a community experiment that tests how a meme, represented by this blog posting, spreads across blogspace, physical space and time. It will help to show how ideas travel across blogs in space and time and how blogs are connected. It may also help to show which blogs ... This posting is a community experiment that tests how a meme, represented by this blog posting, spreads across blogspace, physical space and time. It will help to show how ideas travel across blogs in space and time and how blogs are connected. It may also help to show which blogs are most influential in the propagation of memes. The dataset from this experiment will be public, and can be located via Google (or Technorati) by doing a search for the GUID for this meme (below).

The original posting for this experiment is located at: Minding the Planet (Permalink) — results and commentary will appear there in the future.

Please join the test by adding your blog (see instructions, below) and inviting your friends to participate – the more the better. The data from this test will be public and open; others may use it to visualize and study the connectedness of blogspace and the propagation of memes across blogs.

The GUID for this experiment is: as098398298250swg9e98929872525389t9987898tq98wteqtgaq62010920352598gawst (this GUID enables anyone to easily search Google (or Technorati) for all blogs that participate in this experiment). Anyone is free to analyze the data of this experiment. Please publicize your analysis of the data, and/or any comments by adding comments onto the original post (see URL above). (Note: it would be interesting to see a geographic map or a temporal animation, as well as a social network map of the propagation of this meme.)

INSTRUCTIONS

To add your blog to this experiment, copy this entire posting to your blog, and then answer the questions below, substituting your own information, below, where appropriate. Other than answering the questions below, please do not alter the information, layout or format of this post in order to preserve the integrity of the data in this experiment (this will make it easier for searchers and automated bots to find and analyze the results later).

REQUIRED FIELDS (Note: Replace the answers below with your own answers)

(1) I found this experiment at URL: http://b4mad.net/datenbrei/index.php?p=57

(2) I found it via “Newsreader Software” or “Browsing the Web” or “Searching the Web” or “An E-Mail Message": Newsreader Software

(3) I posted this experiment at URL: http://www.brain-stream.com

(4) I posted this on date (day, month, year): 02/08/04

(5) I posted this at time (24 hour time): 07:56:00

(6) My posting location is (city, state, country): Cambridge, MA, USA

OPTIONAL SURVEY FIELDS (Replace the answers below with your own answers):

(7) My blog is hosted by: myself

(8) My age is: 28

(9) My gender is: Male

(10) My occupation is: Web Developer

(11) I use the following RSS/Atom reader software: SharpReader

(12) I use the following software to post to my blog: MovableType

(13) I have been blogging since (day, month, year): 08/06/2000

(14) My web browser is: IE 6.0

(15) My operating system is: Windows XP

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B.K. DeLong Time to Take a Stand on Sudan http://www.brain-stream.org?p=302 2004-08-01T02:45:21Z 2004-08-01T02:45:21Z bkdelong Sudan I came across Sudan: Passion of the Present via Joi Ito’s weblog tonight. I’m glad to see the Web community coming together for an issue the UN dealt with weakly. After seeing the blog coverage of the DNC and related “sub” coverage of the protest efforts, I think we have ... I came across Sudan: Passion of the Present via Joi Ito’s weblog tonight. I’m glad to see the Web community coming together for an issue the UN dealt with weakly. After seeing the blog coverage of the DNC and related “sub” coverage of the protest efforts, I think we have a real shot at making a difference.

Thomas Vincent reminds me that the US Congress already officially labeled the Darfur situation a genocide and that USAID is trying to rally efforts & a comprehensive emergency aid package, to help out. PotP, of course, has some excellent suggestions on what to do.

It really bothers me that the UN gave Sudan 30 days to get their act together and to take out the militias. According to a USAID briefing, 300,000 to 350,000 could die in Darfur this year of disease & starvation - a number that is approximate to the entire city of Miami, Florida according to the 2000 census. Can you imagine that amount of deaths? It’s unthinkable and I think we can do something about it.

The question is, how many people may die in relationship to this situation, and the truth of the matter is nobody knows because we do not have comprehensive access now and we have not had comprehensive access all along. We have made our own projections – the professionals who work in this field, there are epidemiologists who do this kind of work in Africa, specializing in the Horn of Africa and so forth – and our projection is that by the end of the year, starting from earlier in the year, in the neighborhood of 300- to 350,000 excess deaths will occur - Roger Winter, USAID Assistant Administrator For The Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance Bureau

Whether its lobbying Congress for more action and monetary aid, donating money or time youself, or harassing your own government and even taking it to the UN - do your part. So little by so many of us can do a lot.

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B.K. DeLong Prozac for Job Growth! http://www.brain-stream.org?p=301 2004-07-30T18:19:17Z 2004-07-30T18:19:17Z bkdelong Politics A Bush campaign staffer made some interesting remarks with regard to people unhappy with their current jobs: “Why don’t they get new jobs if they’re unhappy – or go on Prozac?” said Susan Sheybani, an assistant to Bush campaign spokesman Terry Holt. So I wonder how much longer she has hers? (From ... A Bush campaign staffer made some interesting remarks with regard to people unhappy with their current jobs:

“Why don’t they get new jobs if they’re unhappy – or go on Prozac?” said Susan Sheybani, an assistant to Bush campaign spokesman Terry Holt.

So I wonder how much longer she has hers? (From American Street)

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B.K. DeLong UN Aims Half-Hearted Smack at Sudan - and Misses http://www.brain-stream.org?p=300 2004-07-30T17:20:59Z 2004-07-30T17:20:59Z bkdelong Politics I don’t know what is up with the UN but their weak attempt to stop Sundanese genocide is outrageous - they just gave the government yet another month to stop the militias themselves, all the while people, (especially children), continue to die horrible deaths from starvation, rape and other forms ... I don’t know what is up with the UN but their weak attempt to stop Sundanese genocide is outrageous - they just gave the government yet another month to stop the militias themselves, all the while people, (especially children), continue to die horrible deaths from starvation, rape and other forms of violence. Let’s let every member who voted for that bureaucratic crap visit the refugee camps and then sleep on what they did…or rather - didn’t.

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B.K. DeLong Kerry Daughters Steal Hearts http://www.brain-stream.org?p=299 2004-07-30T01:37:50Z 2004-07-30T01:37:50Z bkdelong DNC I have to admit - I figured Kerry’s daughters would be silly or try to be cute. But they are both very well-spoken and their speeches very moving. They were certainly perfect for introducing their father and showing the person he is in private. Excellent. I have to admit - I figured Kerry’s daughters would be silly or try to be cute. But they are both very well-spoken and their speeches very moving. They were certainly perfect for introducing their father and showing the person he is in private. Excellent.

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B.K. DeLong Carole King Trivia http://www.brain-stream.org?p=298 2004-07-30T01:12:54Z 2004-07-30T01:12:54Z bkdelong DNC A bit of Carole King trivia to all of you saying - “Hey! That’s James Taylor’s song!” - as she sings it on tonight’s DNC broadcast. According to SongFacts.com, King first sung the song in 1971 and won a Grammy for it as “Song of the Year. This was a big ... A bit of Carole King trivia to all of you saying - “Hey! That’s James Taylor’s song!” - as she sings it on tonight’s DNC broadcast.

According to SongFacts.com, King first sung the song in 1971 and won a Grammy for it as “Song of the Year.

This was a big hit for King’s friend James Taylor in 1971, going to #1 in the U.S. for him. Taylor played guitar on several of King’s albums.

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B.K. DeLong Protests Heating Things Up http://www.brain-stream.org?p=297 2004-07-29T20:09:51Z 2004-07-29T20:09:51Z bkdelong DNC Through a combo of monitoring SMS messages and the Boston IMC site “live coverage", I’m finding out that several arrests have been made, one woman is in the hospital, effigies burned & an unconfirmed report came in that police are preparing to break out tear gas. Will police keep things ... Through a combo of monitoring SMS messages and the Boston IMC site “live coverage", I’m finding out that several arrests have been made, one woman is in the hospital, effigies burned & an unconfirmed report came in that police are preparing to break out tear gas. Will police keep things calm or will things get out of hand and will a clash ensue?

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B.K. DeLong My Political Compass http://www.brain-stream.org?p=296 2004-07-29T02:18:54Z 2004-07-29T02:18:54Z bkdelong Politics I figured, all my friends are doing it so why shant I? My political compass is Economic Left/Right: -4.50, Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -5.13. What does that mean? Take a peek - basically, it means I’m really, really liberal - somewhere in the middle of libertarianism & the left but closer to ... I figured, all my friends are doing it so why shant I? My political compass is Economic Left/Right: -4.50, Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -5.13. What does that mean? Take a peek - basically, it means I’m really, really liberal - somewhere in the middle of libertarianism & the left but closer to left.

But, come on - how many of you were really surprised?

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B.K. DeLong The Problem With Bloggers - Fact Checking http://www.brain-stream.org?p=295 2004-07-29T01:07:22Z 2004-07-29T01:07:22Z bkdelong DNC I heard this story a few days ago and wrote it off as funny but true. There’s been a few other stories that I’ve had a lot of trouble determining whether they were satire or legit news - and I’ve heard them in sites listed from Dave Winer’s accredited blogger ... I heard this story a few days ago and wrote it off as funny but true. There’s been a few other stories that I’ve had a lot of trouble determining whether they were satire or legit news - and I’ve heard them in sites listed from Dave Winer’s accredited blogger OPML file.

That’s the problem with bloggers - especially those who completely lack journalist experience. It’s always good to keep a few things in mind - cite your sources, (unless you interview the person first hand - though video and audio are always a good backup), have 2-3 quotes in your article from different people, on different sides if possible - and finally, clearly denote satire, sarcasm and in some cases, the difference between actual news and opinion.

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