Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Pseudo Vegetarians

Pseudo vegetarians annoy me. Those people who eat chicken and fish and call themselves vegetarian. When did fish and chicken become vegetables? Why does the colour of the meat make it not meat?

Besides just being very silly they make it hard for a real vegetarian to get a feed. You go into a restaurant and the waiters start pointing at the fish and chicken dishes when you ask about vegetarian food. And when you point out that fish and chicken aren't vegetables they say "Oh so you are a strict vegetarian". No I'm a vegetarian, it's those other dick heads who aren't.

Here's a clue: if you eat anything that had its most recent incarnation as a member of the animal kingdom then you aren't a vegetarian. Pretty simple? And for you confused people out there who need a term for your no red meat diet try this one "speciest carnivore".

Update: there is an official term for this- "pescetarian", though it is pronounced "pestetarian" to describe those that still insist they are vegetarian :-)

Command Line Image Manipulation

Proportionally resizing of images

djpeg p1010070.jpg | pnmscale -reduce 2 | cjpeg > p1010070s.jpg

Graphics from the command line

rotate image right:
convert -rotate 90 inmput.jpg output.jpg

rotate image left:
convert -rotate -90 inmput.jpg output.jpg

display image info
identify -verbose image.jpg

resize an image:
convert -sample 640x480 P7110022.JPG sunrise.jpg

Thursday, September 7, 2006

Books

I tend to read a lot. I like to think I have eclectic tastes but I probably don't really, one day I will know what connects Peter Pan to Big Ideas from the Computer Age and Abandonment to Divine Providence in the mean time I'll leave you to puzzle on it with me :) For a really good read you can't go past Charles de Lint, I also like, Douglas Adams, Terry Prachett, JRR Tolkein, Patricia McKillip, Neil Gaiman and Neal Stephenson.

Wishlist

An assortment of books I am interested in. You can laso find them on my Amazon wishlist.


Recently Purchased Books

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Happiness

The top ten list for improving happiness (found here via here)

1) Don't equate happiness with money. People adapt to income shifts relatively quickly, the long lasting benefits are essentially zero.

2) Exercise regularly. Regular exercise is an effective cure for mild depression and anxiety. It also stimulates more energy, and is good for the mind and body.

3) Have sex (preferably with someone you love). Need I say more?

4) Devote time and effort to close relationships. Confiding and discussing problems and issues is good for happiness, so work on these relationships.

5) Pause for reflection, meditate on the good things in life. Focusing on the good aspects of life helps to prevent hedonic adaptation.

6) Seek work that engages your skills, look to enjoy your job. Doing well at work creates happiness, and the easiest way of doing well at work, is doing a job you enjoy.

7) Give your body the sleep it needs. Too many people have a sleep deficit, resulting in fatigue, gloomy moods and lack of concentration.

8) Don't pursue happiness for its own sake, enjoy the moment. Because people don't understand what makes them happy, pursuing happiness can be self-defeating. Additionally, if people start to aim for happiness they are doing activities for happiness's sake rather than actually enjoying the activity itself.

9) Take control of your life, set yourself achievable goals. People are happiest when they achieve their aims, so set yourself goals which stretch you, but are achievable.

10) Remember to follow rules 1-9. Following these guidelines sounds easy, but actually requires willpower and effort.


To which I would add- spend some time in nature every day.

Friday, March 24, 2006