Been a little over a decade since I've owned and cracked open a Gray's anatomy. At the time, found it incredibly useful for my anatomy classes as wellBeen a little over a decade since I've owned and cracked open a Gray's anatomy. At the time, found it incredibly useful for my anatomy classes as well as my art classes. These days, I have art geared anatomy books that are easier to lug around....more
My personal journey isn't much different from many dieters. Dieting has never been my thing and I was an okay weight up till my thirties. After a fewMy personal journey isn't much different from many dieters. Dieting has never been my thing and I was an okay weight up till my thirties. After a few emotionally traumatic events, I packed on thirty pounds and didn't feel very good physically or psychologically. Rather than take the weight off gradually and change some of the bad eating habits, I went for the starvation route. I was successful with it in that I lost thirty pounds in a very short time. I was surviving on 500 calories per day and addicted to climbing on the scale. Then I ran into trouble. I couldn't stop eating. Anything and everything, I binged, I gorged, I literally had fits if I couldn't find food to eat in the house. After regaining the thirty pounds, I gained an additional twenty. Finally, I got back some measure of control, joined CrossFit and managed to maintain my weight for a year. Unfortunately, maintaining fifty pounds is not exactly where I wanted or needed to be. Six months ago I joined Jenny Craig. Jenny Craig is about wrestling away the food decisions from a person by strongly encouraging prepackaged portions and a food schedule, ie balanced calorie restriction every two hours. I did have to tweak the diet a bit to keep up with the demands of CrossFit. After losing fifteen pounds, the weight loss came to a near screeching halt.
Seeing only a quarter pound drop in a month started the old feelings of unease and my brain reminding me how much and how fast I lost via starvation. The fact that my brain would go there caused panic in favor of eating pints of ice cream for dinner. Get me off the crazy train!
I picked up this book based on a recommendation from a friend and as a reminder on how to maintain control. My weight loss is back on track at a few pounds per month. Since I am training for upcoming summer events, I have no problem with this pace.
The book is easy to read and straightforward. Mr. Freedhoff provides useful tools to stay on track and the back of the book is a nice selection of tasty recipes....more
This is geared toward young children, the information is kept basic. I have to admit I picked it up for the artwork, every page has something I couldThis is geared toward young children, the information is kept basic. I have to admit I picked it up for the artwork, every page has something I could easily see myself framing and sticking on a wall....more
I grew up with 3-2-1 Contact and Mr. Wizard. Bill Nye the Science Guy was a little late in the lineup for me. He didn't pop on my radar until a few yeI grew up with 3-2-1 Contact and Mr. Wizard. Bill Nye the Science Guy was a little late in the lineup for me. He didn't pop on my radar until a few years ago and even then he was usually buried in a list of science promoters I was more familiar with such as Neil Degrasse Tyson. My eldest is now in middle school and his science teacher likes to incorporate Mr. Nye episodes with the lessons. As I'm helping my kiddo with study habits, I've had the pleasure of seeing the program and I'm a little sad that I missed out.
Anyway, my knowledge of the Evolution vs. Creation debate is such that I don't know if Mr. Nye will be able to add anything new but I did want to get to know the author a bit more on a subject that I care about.
A few reviewers have complained of Ken Ham's prominence in this book. Since the book sprang from a debate with Mr. Ham, it is not surprising that he would get mentions. One of the problems with Mr. Ham is that he represents the craziest of the crazy when it comes to belief in Noah and Great Flood myth so "debating" him is more about shooting fish in a barrel, preaching to the choir, and maybe possibly (probably not) getting a Ham fan to rethink their position.
Aside from the crazy, Mr. Ham is conning numerous people and the state government out of big bucks to build a myth based theme park that likely will not do well financially (research Dr. Dino or Jim Bakker). In itself, the theme park is not the problem. If someone wants to build a park based on Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves, shouldn't matter. I admit to having a slight fascination with the idea of a giant boat being able to float a zoo without steering or engineering capable of holding it together (research limitations of large wooden boats). When one gets past the myth being about a deity throwing a major temper tantrum and committing mass genocide of people, animals, and plants, there are some pretty interesting elements. Mr. Ham is doing it with the intention of teaching the myth as fact, discriminating against employees, and has not shown a good business model capable of keeping the park in operation.
All that is background noise. The book reads well for a layperson audience, presents some of the common mistakes made by creationists in the understanding of science, and I genuinely enjoy Mr. Nye's approach and humor.
Whereas Richard Dawkins can be very abrupt and appear condescending or contemptuous and Christopher Hitchens is famously known for his Hitch Slap, Bill Nye seems like he is trying to facepalm less and gently guide and educate -the Mr. Rogers of science. I suppose a hardcore creationist determined to defend their faith might disagree. I'd be very interested to hear from theist readers who have not made up their mind on how to feel about creation.
Chapter 30 is probably the only chapter that covers information I'm still educating myself on. Mr. Nye is hesitant about GMOs. I think he does a pretty good job of expressing concern about the ecosystem without going overboard as anti-GMO. He brings up the butterflies and patent rights without going into great detail and I don't think he's trying to encourage an opinion either way -or maybe that is how I've chosen to see it. His choice in language is pretty careful.
The only true eyebrow raise I had was in reference to using code found in fish to help tomatoes handle colder temperatures -calls it weird. When you think about it, milling flour from gigantic grasses, harvesting yeast and eggs, and extracting sugar from cane stalks (also a gigantic grass), mixing them together and exposing them to Venus type temperatures, is also weird (not to mention unnatural) but makes for some excellent birthday cake. Agricultural issues boil down to, how do we feed billions of people without accidently sending ourselves into mass starvation or possible extinction? I have serious doubts that anyone has sufficiently figgered that one out yet even if I do lean toward GMOs being a good thing.
Those who write on science topics have a responsibility to their audience to provide good information, there is nothing wrong with saying "I don't know, I have concerns." I choose to view chapter thirty in this way. I remember years back when James Randi expressed similar statements of "I don't know" on climate change. ...more
The reading reminds me of the Nurture Assumption. The topics are not related, the style of writing is similar.
Years ago I watched a movie that reducedThe reading reminds me of the Nurture Assumption. The topics are not related, the style of writing is similar.
Years ago I watched a movie that reduced peer identity to 1.5 (Moon is Blue?). The idea is if one takes their age and divides it by 1.5, that age and anyone younger is viewed as young. Similarly if one takes their age and multiplies it by 1.5, that age and anyone older is viewed as old. Both are considered outside peer group.
The second half of this book was no fun to read because I'd rather not think about where my career is supposed to be in these middle age years. Overall, some interesting insights that should be taken with a large grain of salt by anyone new to the topic....more
On the one hand, scientific consensus backs climate change via humans and it is good that politicians and other voices are speaking out. On the other,On the one hand, scientific consensus backs climate change via humans and it is good that politicians and other voices are speaking out. On the other, this book is largely uninformative. This isn't to say that this book doesn't have a reasonable presentation of the facts, just that, as a reader, I find the lack of notes and references concerning. If a reader is looking for a summary, beautiful photography, or is curious about Mr. Gore as a person, this is an okay book. If a reader is looking to do some serious research, this book is a no starter....more
I'm a fan of the xkcd comics and so when I saw this book in Costco, I grabbed my son and in a voice a little too high I exclaimed, "Oh look, book!" LuI'm a fan of the xkcd comics and so when I saw this book in Costco, I grabbed my son and in a voice a little too high I exclaimed, "Oh look, book!" Luckily my son, also a reader, understood my glee, even if he now thinks I have a few wires loose.
The first question in the book is "What would happen if the Earth and all terrestrial objects suddenly stopped spinning, but the atmosphere retained its velocity?" It is reading this question that convinced me I should buy the book. Mr. Munroe may be a mathematical minded person; I'm highly visual. After reading this question, let's just say the sound that describes what my mind's eye envisioned was "Whoosh!" I read it to my son, and he decided such an event would be fairly bad for humans, and then proceeded to vocalize tiny little screams while the fingers of his right hand spun around his closed left fist. "Oooh spin cycle!" Now we both think the other has a few wires loose.
Yep bought the book. Read the book. Cracked up. And possibly learned something....more
The writing is clear and very nicely organized -four-star minimum. Considering the number of advances that have been made in the last twenty years, IThe writing is clear and very nicely organized -four-star minimum. Considering the number of advances that have been made in the last twenty years, I felt it necessary to downgrade to three stars. Worth reading for Diamond fans. Safe to say that in the early nineties, I had no idea Jared Diamond existed. Like many, my first introduction to Mr. Diamond was via Guns, Germs, and Steel -several years after reading The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins and The Language Instinct by Steven Pinker....more