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Mark Atwood
The Five Questions meme, with questions from simonb
1. How do you feel about your body now that you've been working out at the gym for a while? My mental image of myself is still a weird amalgam of "spindly and weak" and "fatgut and weak". It's still always a bit of a surprise when I catch myself in the mirror at just the right angle, or right after working out (so that the muscles are pumped and swollen) and actually see the results of this painful labor. I've also gotten excessively aware of just where my body is still caching a layer of fat (wrapped around my lower back). So sometimes I feel better about it, and sometimes I don't. (It doesn't help that when I do get complemented about it, there is part of me that just says "you are just being nice/polite/supportive".) So, it's mixed.

2. What is your favorite kink? I'll answer this in a filtered post.

3. What is your favorite TV SciFi series (running or otherwise?) I'm not so good at "favorite". So I'll just list a couple. I have my PVR record "Teen Titans" and "Justice League" (I count "superhero" as a variant of SF). "7 Days" is fun mind candy. I used to be a Trek fan, but I lost interest halfway thru DS9, one season into "Voyager", and 4 episodes into "Enterprise", and after a bit of sitting and pondering on the implied backstory morality/sociology of Trek, I really dont like it at all anymore. I would like to get into B5, but I just need the time to borrow the DVDs and watch it thru. I really liked "Firefly", but FOX destroyed it.

4. What is your preferred computer hardware/OSen and why? For actual use, I prefer high quality commodity peecee running Linux. I know the RedHat distro the best. For pure idealism, I like to imagine a high quality multiprocessor PowerPC system running some idealized combination of Plan9/Hurd/EROS.

5. What are your food allergies? I have a weird reaction to peanuts. Not a classic peanut allergy, instead it's psychoactive. If I have a couple of peanut butter sandwiches, I'll spend the next half day being withdrawn, prickly, irritable, sad, depressed, angry, jumpy, and horny, all at once. It's not pleasant, and it's probably not pleasant to the people around me.

Current Music: (Dar Williams) I Saw A Bird Fly Away

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wyckhurst From: wyckhurst Date: February 12th, 2004 11:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
Mark, I think even though you are a guy, as sibs we have really similar body types. That is exactly where I carry my fat the most. UGH. I hate it. Mine is slowly peeling away too. :-D And we both have the bony ass thing going on. heh

Sam has the same reactions to certain foods. Have you ever done a test to see if it's the phenolic nature of peanuts? Like if you ate a ton of bananas or apples, would something simliar happen? Blueberries are highly phenolic too, I believe.

There are enzymes that break down phenols, if that's what it is. Just random thoughts on the topc. :-)
simonb From: simonb Date: February 12th, 2004 11:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've also gotten excessively aware of just where my body is still caching a layer of fat (wrapped around my lower back).

I know that feeling - I've got a small layer of fat on my front which I'm working to get rid of... and since its in my line of sight it can feed into the "fat/ugly" thing my brain does oh so well.

I'm currently working on my diet so that I'm eating about 10% fewer Kcal than I need; according to a sports nutrition book I've got, if you eat any less than that your body will start to metabolise your muscle instead of fat.

You've got an interesting (in the Chinese sense) reaction to peanuts.

Ping on the questions.
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