…And the Podcast is still going strong

It’s been over a hundred episodes.  Marc and I posted Episode #101 this week of our podcast.  Since we record once a week, that’s two straight years of doing the podcast:  around 1000 hours of content.

We’re both pretty proud of this.  The podcast has changed quite a bit in that time.  We used to do half hour long episodes.  Now they are between an hour and an hour and a half.  We used to do more improv and more scene work between characters, now we do that mixed in with the two of us talking about stuff.  Most importantly, whatever we’re doing, we just enjoy recording.  It’s been a fun hobby for as long as we’ve been doing it.

Here’s a link to the podcast webpage and blog:

The Brick Room

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The Podcast Is Still Going Strong

Several months ago my friend Marc and I started a podcast.  We record on a regular basis and we post an episode a week.  We’re both pretty proud of this because after about 9 months the podcast is going strong, we post weekly, we don’t miss posts.  It’s turned into a habit.  It’s a thing now.  We don’t have much listenership, yet, but that isn’t important.  What’s important is that we do it.

Topics are very random.  We usually just talk about whatever is on the top of our heads.  Typically it ends up being a discussion about movies (or general pop culture) or about life in America.  We try to work in some improv too as much as we can.

If you’re interested in hearing it, these are the links.

Our podcast is found on iTunes here.

The official webpage of the podcast is found here.

Results, Experiment #5: Eat 3 Scheduled Meals A Day

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I don’t know what I think about this.  I noticed a few things from doing this experiment:

1.  Whenever I ate breakfast in the morning it made me hungrier for lunch earlier, and hungrier in general.

2.  Sometimes eating breakfast made me feel like I was waking up, sometimes I felt like I was waking up soon after I ate.

3.  Dinner became less important to me.  I usually ate breakfast, then had a pretty decent sized lunch, then wasn’t that hungry for dinner.

4.  I expected to find myself with more energy, but that didn’t really happen.  I didn’t notice much difference.

5.  I gained about 5 lbs.  That may not mean anything though, I had lost about that much just a couple weeks prior due to stress.  I could have gained it all back naturally or it may have been because of the change in my eating habits.

My take away from this experiment is this:  I don’t know if it makes a difference how often, or when, I eat.  Some diets advocate eating several small meals throughout the day, some say breakfast is the most important meal, some say you shouldn’t eat after a certain time of day.  I don’t know if any of that matters, I’ll have to do more experiments.  But for me, the most sensible way to work my meals is this:

To eat when I’m hungry, but before I’m starving.

To not eat unless I am hungry.

And, obviously, to just eat normal sized portions.

Other than that, I’m not sure time of day or frequency of meals matters that much.

Three meals a day?  For now, it doesn’t seem that important.

Experiment #5: Eat 3 Scheduled Meals A Day

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I don’t eat breakfast.  Well, I do, but I eat it at noon.  I love breakfast food and brunch is one of my favorite things that can ever happen to me.  But I don’t like to eat breakfast at breakfast time.

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day?  Not for me.

When I wake up, I’m not hungry.  The last thing I want to do before 10am is eat.  Anything.

Sometimes I don’t eat lunch.  Or I skip dinner.

In fact, most days, I only eat 1 1/2 meals.  Sometimes I’ll have 2 meals.  I guess I just don’t get hungry.

I recently read an article that suggested people only eat when they are hungry, which is what I do.  But that’s only one article suggesting that.

It seems like every other article I’ve ever read and every doctor or nutritionist giving advice all advocate the same thing:  people should eat several small meals throughout the day.

When I was in college we had dedicated nutritionists constantly coaching us on how to eat properly to stay healthy and they all advocated eating 3 small meals a day.  Or more, depending on how active we were.  Whenever you watch a show like The Biggest Loser or some other fitness show it’s the same advice.

So, maybe I’m doing it wrong.  Maybe I should be eating at regular times on a schedule.  Maybe I should be eating 3 times a day instead of 1 or 2.

I usually do these experiments for a week, but to really see the effects of this change on my lifestyle I’m going to go for 2 weeks.

For the next 2 weeks, I will eat 3 meals a day at the same time each day.

Results, Experiment #4: Be A Beach Person

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The beach is a cool place.  It’s beautiful, the scenery is amazing, the water can be fun.  I’m not a beach person though.

The beach is boring.  I just don’t like laying there on a towel doing nothing for long periods of time.  Why?  The beach also has no shade.

I can sit around in a park soaking up the outside and enjoying the scenery, doing nothing, because I can spread my towel out underneath a tree and enjoy the shade.  There is no shade at the beach.  Being a very white guy, I just don’t enjoy being blasted by the sun for hours at a time.

For me, the beach is fun in small doses.  I like meeting people there for a BBQ, or going in the evening once the sun has started to go down.  I don’t like just going to the beach and hanging out.  I prefer the park for that.

I like beach activities.  I like volleyball, I like paddle boarding, I like doing active things.  I don’t like hanging out at the beach for no reason.

So, I’m not a beach guy.  I’m a park guy.  Or a city guy.  Or a mountains guy.  Or a camping guy.  Or a lake guy.  Not a beach guy.

1 Second Everyday

This is something I’ve started doing.  I’m saving 1 second of movie everyday, at least, everyday I remember to do it.

I forget a lot.  But when I do remember I usually get something good.  I’ve already got a pretty good little movie going.

I got the idea from this TED talk, which I’m sure most people have already seen or heard about, but here it is anyway.  It’s about 8 min long.

 

 

Fountain Pens

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I’ve recently become a fan of fountain pens.

I like the way they look.  I like the way they feel.  I like the way they write.

I find the writing looks more interesting with the fountain pen than with a regular bic or whatever.  Plus, it’s just fun to use.  It’s interesting and different and smooth and it make writing fun.

I used to think fountain pens were expensive, but they don’t have to be.  The one I’m using now cost $25.00.  Yeah, a lot for a pen when you consider you can get a 60 pack of bics (that’s right, SIXTY) for $7.00.  But here’s the thing:  I’m not going to lose my fountain pen.  I like it.  It isn’t immediately replaceable and I did spend $25.00 on it so I don’t want to have to buy it again.  I’m better at keeping track of it.  Since I’m not going to lose it that pen is going to last me for a very long time.

I’ve noticed lately that I really put a premium on things that are designed well and that work very well.  My chefs knife is another example of this.

I love my chefs knife.  I love it.  I have so much fun using it.  It’s kind of heavy (which I like) and extremely well balanced and it’s criminally sharp.  It cuts through just about everything so easily.  The first time I used it I began to understand why some people might enjoy chopping stuff up for dinner.  It’s fun.  A crappy, dull knife is not fun to use.  A really sharp, well made chef’s knife is a pleasure to use.  I look for excuses to use my chef’s knife.

Now I’m looking for excuses to use my fountain pen as well.

 

Experiment #4: Be A Beach Person

I’m not really a beach person.  I don’t go to the beach that much.  I don’t go to the beach at all really.

I grew up near the beach, right on the eastern shore of Lake Michigan.  It was beautiful.  In the summer, the beach is absolutely amazing.  I almost never went.

I think the ocean is beautiful.  I think the beach is pretty.  I like watching the sun go down over the water.  I like to see the green flash at the end of sunset.  I like the way the sand feels on my bare feet.  But I never go to the beach.

I live in San Diego, perhaps one of the greatest beach towns in the country, if not the world.  In the twelve years I’ve lived here I bet I’ve gone to the beach and hung out less than 10 times.

I’m just not a beach person…

Or am I?

Maybe I’m missing out.  The beach is free.  There’s no admission, no parking to pay for.  It’s beautiful.  Maybe I am a beach person but I’m just not in the habit of going.

For one week, I will go to the beach everyday and see what happens.