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Feb. 29th, 2008

01:24 am - Bay Area Futurists

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Went to the Bay Area futurists meeting tonight. It was held in a conference room at SAP’s offices at 3410 Hillview Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94304. Very nice venue, and SAP sponsored some delicious food (bacon wrapped jalepeno peppers, stuff with cheese, fresh fruit, cheese quesadillas).

The scheduled speaker called in sick, so it was open mike night. Each speaker presented a 5 minute talk on a topic of interest to them, followed by a five minute Q&A.

My favorite talks were by Eric Boyd and John Smart. Boyd talked about his website, xprizecars.com, on which he provides uniform comparisons of all known cars competing for the Automotive X-Prize. The Aptera is my favorite so far.

John Smart talked about chemical fixation/plastination as an alternative to cryopreservation. I certainly think it’s better than nothing, but I’m skeptical that it preserves enough information for restoration and that the brains would degrade during room temperature storage.

i gave a talk on the Blackmail diet. It seemed to go over well, even though I had not prepared anything in advance.

I got to meet several new people, as well as talk briefly with nasu_dengaku, who I didn’t know was going to be there beforehand.

Original: craschworks - comments


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Date:March 1st, 2008 02:48 am (UTC)
Wow, I didn't even know that was going on...probably would have been interested. Maybe next time...
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Date:March 1st, 2008 03:45 am (UTC)
Hey, how are you doing with the diet part? Are you writing about that on stickk.com at all? I was curious to know if you were heartily sick of it yet or if it's working out like you expected. And whether that was enough food to keep you feeling energetic.
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Date:March 4th, 2008 05:43 am (UTC)
As of this morning I was down to 192.6. I missed my deadline one week, but have met the other deadlines. I've been tracking my weight daily on sparkpeople.com, and weekly at stickk.com. If you'd like, I could add you to my list of supporters at stickk.com. You'd get an email every week with an update of my progress. I also keep a little journal there.

So far, I've been "mostly" sticking to the uniform diet. I'll deviate sometimes, especially when I go out to eat with friends and co-workers, although I try to match what I would've been eating that meal in terms of calories.
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