a few years ago in a room with a female colleague of equal status doing a technical job. a male superior who we'd had little contact with roamed in and proceeded to direct all conversation towards me in the way you do when you assume that person has seniority. some back and forth ensued and then i remember her asking him a pertinent, if not incisive, question.
now, sometimes the only difference between a smart or a dumb question is the aptitude you know the questioner has, or whether you choose to give them the benefit of the doubt. not only was his response so distinctly dumbed down as he proceeded to miss the mark completely, he droned on and on in a way that seemed to indicate this was his well practiced way of schooling bitches on technical stuff. i felt awkward on her behalf, but i understood, as i am sure she did, in this particular instance it was best to just let him blow his load and go away. i was also laughing inwardly at how bizarre it was. i mean, it belonged in some background scene of Mad Men. as soon as he left i turned to her and said, "well, that was patronising" and we left it at that.
this is memorable to me as an anomaly that seemed to jive well with his baby-boomer age bracket. it was so out of step with the culture in that workplace i wouldnt be surprised if she was surprised by it. i am not naive enough to think that, as a man, i can know how prevalent the phenomenon is, but i am inclined to think its vestigial despite the counterproductive efforts of all the idiots crying wolf.
he says what he claims this means quite explicitly in the following paragraphs:
"If ASUS is an NVIDIA GPP partner, and it wants to continue to use NVIDIA GPUs in its ROG branded video cards, computers, and laptops, it can no longer sell any other company's GPUs in ROG products."
"...we have been told that if a company does not participate in GPP, those companies feel as if NVIDIA would hold back allocation of GPUs from their inventories" although this has "not been spelled out contractually, but is rather done on a wink and a nod."
if true, these are most certainly antitrust violations.
aiming for plus or minus a certain price point is something i really enjoy when building a new system.
problem is, i only pay attention to whats out there when i am in the market. once i have what i want, suddenly i couldnt be less interested in the minutia of incremental tech developments. ive chosen well, so the topic is dead to me.
eventually, though, the process begins anew and i am faced with a daunting learning curve. its never really that bad, because the basics never change. BUT there is the initial tedium of sifting through the noise of marketing buzzwords and bullshit, parsing a bunch of new acronyms and inscrutable letter-number part designations, making sure i dont try to pair something to something else with the wrong number of pins or chipset etc, figuring out what is or isnt future proof. ugh.
the rest of your sentence indicated sympathy, but is it possible they had stopped listening after "Wow, that's crap..." and were now reeling because they had just registered foul-mouthed (lol) hostility?
That aside, frozen vegetables are somewhat disgusting in most cases. The only time I'll touch them is if they're part of something else like a chicken pie or spring roll.
doing it wrong! yes, they can easily be insipid, textureless, and sad. but i eat frozen veggies regularly. i get this attitude from people all the time until i cook them up something and they "couldnt even tell".
buying whole vegetables and steaming them not-too-much is where its at. broccoli florettes, for instance, steamed till the leaves are soft but the trunks are just rigid enough to snap rather than bend...optionally thrown in a pan with some butter — 90% as good as fresh, and cheaper = win.
i stir fry with frozen veg too, but always half steam/microwave them first. if you do that, you can add them late, ramp up the heat, char the outsides and youre done. if not, they will be tasteless wilted watery shite by the time theyre cooked.
On the subject, somewhat pissed off that a bag of rocket which I bought yesterday from Aldi and only just opened is already composting. Put it back in the crisper and noticed a small pool of water in the bag so tipped it out.
I think the trick with this stuff might be to open the bag and exclude the factory air, then seal it and put in the fridge.
Now lettuce is something I don't eat a lot of, and I should do I think. I decided against those packet lettuces when various bods reported alien presences included in them. I do like Cos lettuce.
We can usually get through most of them ( a two pack ) before they go crappy.
salad spinners. i used to think they were the dummest things ever, but shit stays fresh for ages. i think its about not being too air tight, and the raised grill thing that lets moisture drip down.
i buy those stupid mixed salad bags, and do my best to replicate the above. first thing i do is open it, half seal the top, and prop it up on a bit of an incline against a block of cheese or something so the bulk of the leaves are raised above the bottom of the bag.
Posted by @~thehung
on 01 February 2018 - 04:38 PM
well, for what its worth, i havent made any strong presumptions about whether your diet is good or bad.
"relying on restaurant meals for nutrition has 'bad idea' written all over it" is just cautionary and worth discussing. but i think "the asian-style [restaurant] meals are probably good", as is your home stir fry.
i admit i am naturally sceptical of any adult professing to hate (almost) all veggies. it just seems so much more likely that you havent spent enough time acquiring those tastes for whatever reason. it doesnt mean you are lying though. but i urge you to keep trying to find a way, because its one of those nothing to lose, everything to gain things.
as for ""Sore throat == bad diet" is about as far a stretch as I think I've ever heard." — c'mon, thats a straw man!
hypothetical 'implicated' factors arent necessarily causal. its all about thresholds, and compounded effects. i dont do a day of 'back breaking' work very often. they tend to be one-offs for me. but there can be a very big difference between whether or not ive been stretching or doing weights and drinking enough water etc in the preceding days. these things can make the difference between a bit of an ache that subsides after a movie on a soft couch and a good sleep, or accidentally tweaking something in my back while casually drying myself in the shower the following morning and then hobbling around like an old man with 'a crook back' for a couple of days. ie. the presence or lack of certain preventative factors can totally transform the characteristics of a symptom irrespective of the initial cause/s.
Posted by @~thehung
on 01 February 2018 - 11:32 AM
Do you get enough sunlight? do you wear a bluetooth enabled light meter that feeds your phone real time data, and alerts you if you need 93 seconds more one day? if not, then you should probably stay inside all the time and risk a vitamin D deficiency, because its just not worth going outside and easily getting enough without good data. or maybe, getting safely between too much and too little is a natural consequence of non-morbid habits. same goes for diet.
I used to use a Microsoft Band 2 to measure that, but it wasn't accurate to the second, no.
However, Vitamin D levels are something that shows up on bloodwork.
But, I agree with your first half;
vitamin D was just a stand in. a bit of a red herring. i fear youre still missing my point.
"...sun exposure has numerous health benefits that go beyond just vitamin D...Your amount of daylight exposure is vital in maintaining a normal circadian rhythm...Regular sunlight exposure can naturally increase the serotonin levels in your body, making you more active and alert...Skin that is exposed to ultraviolet (UV) rays release a compound, nitric oxide, that lowers blood pressure..."
causes and effects are deeply circuitous. a lack of sunlight can be instrumental in poor quality sleep, which in turn can be instrumental in immune system dysfunction. and on it goes. whether or not this or that chemical or factor can sometimes be identified as a major player in a discrete process, at the micro level, the illusion of independent systems quickly beaks down. ill health tends to arise from a confluence of subclinical causes, that is, a host of mechanisms so numerous and chaotically intermingled they are beyond selective identification. its no more feasible to attempt tracking them comprehensively than it is for a modern physicist to track all the motion vectors in a small puff of smoke.
what i am saying is, do not fall into the trap of thinking your health can be micromanaged with a handful of markers, like running an occasional diagnostic on a server array. much of this information is only useful after the fact, after a failure of some sort has caused noisy data to peak above a certain threshold. whatever you can track is of course useful for troubleshooting and as guideline for what is probably working, but its hard to overstate how piddly this information is from a preventative maintenance standpoint.
for instance, suppose your neck muscles are spasming due to local inflammation. the overall effect of your diet on your immune system could be implicated in this. and/or, maybe you arent getting quite enough magnesium. magnesium, by the way, regulates your levels of other minerals like potassium and calcium. are you going to track that shit? NO! just be sure to eat some legumes and spinach etc every once in a while.
If you're not going to log it, how can you know if you're accurate or not?
curiously, the answer is right there in the part you snipped out. preventative maintenance through sensible dietary choices is mostly a no brainer.
you eat enough variety of good foods to safely get enough micronutrients and keep a healthy gut etc. the end. no brainer. no phoner.
do you get enough sunlight? do you wear a bluetooth enabled light meter that feeds your phone real time data, and alerts you if you need 93 seconds more one day? if not, then you should probably stay inside all the time and risk a vitamin D deficiency, because its just not worth going outside and easily getting enough without good data. or maybe, getting safely between too much and too little is a natural consequence of non-morbid habits. same goes for diet.