I Do Not Sell Concrete Statuary, FYI.

So! You might recall (unlikely) that I imported my old Blogger blogs to this website. I have been retagging old posts and doing some basic back-end clean up and a weird thing happened: I discovered how frequently my blog posts from my old Roadside Curiosities blog gets views.

I have tons of pics from my roadside America pit stops that I still want to post but I figured nobody cared but me. So maybe I’ll add that back in as A Thing because that would be fun for me.

However, since this website takes the posts out of the context of the Blogger site I have seen a bizarre uptick in contacts and comments related to how site visitors might purchase concrete statuary from me. I’ve gotten at least 5 queries in the last few days! People are looking for pineapple finials, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs statues, and an unpainted Venus de Milo, among other basic questions such as “how much is shipping?” I have an entrepreneurial streak and I had to stop myself from contacting a concrete place and becoming a reseller if they would only drop ship the crap for me.

Anyway, by far the most popular post on this site is Collecting View-Master Viewers and Reels (over 600 views, pretty much it gets a couple of people stumbling on it everyday). But, with 39 views just this week, Robinson Concrete Statuary is a real comer!

So, yeah, I don’t actually sell concrete statuary. I wish I did.



Dead Tech Museum #1: Handspring Visor

Handspring Visor

I used to be an earlier adopter of technology. This is my Handspring Visor Deluxe with a weirdly high-end stylus. This is what I purchased with my George W. Bush tax rebate. Woot. A bunch of my friends had the same model and we used to play a game called Drug wars on them. Ha!

It still works, which is kind of a tiny miracle, IMO.

In other news, I’m trying to abandon my hoarder ways. And I’ll be highlighting some of my weirder and more wonderful items as I get rid of them. To Ebay!

Importing to WordPress & Other Impressive Feats

So my friend Lara has this website and I’ve been helping her troubleshoot some WordPress issues and it turns out I’m getting kind of good at this. I’m almost to the point of wanting to learn how to make WordPress sites actually attractive. I’m an epic fail at beautification efforts, which is why I had the super simple Wu Wei template for like two years.

The next crazy thing I think I want to tackle is importing my old blogger blogs to this site! I had Roadside Curiosities detailing my many roadside Americana side trips. I also had Bexcraft for my crafty endeavors. I wonder if I can import BOTH of them? Anyway, I think I’ll be trying to do that in the next couple of weeks so if anything looks crazy here? That will probably be the cause.

I’m importing partly because I want to see if I can and partly because I’d like all my wacky blogs under one umbrella on my website.


Edited to add: So it turns out that that was crazy easy! Ha! And it even imported all of my comments and categories. Holy crap! When I first moved from Blogger to WordPress with my husband on our old blog? It was HELLISH and took hours. Oops. Technology moved on.

The Man Who Seduced Hollywood

Got this in the mail recently! I did a copy edit on this book for Chicago Review Press a few months back.

It was a fun project. I felt like I got to put my film studies degree to use (finally).

Mom, had she helped pay for my education, would have been proud.

Book Review: Fat Chance by Robert Lustig

Fat Chance: Beating the Odds Against Sugar, Processed Food, Obesity, and DiseaseFat Chance: Beating the Odds Against Sugar, Processed Food, Obesity, and Disease by Robert H. Lustig

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is not a diet book. It’s a book about nutrition, biology and public health and its science is spot-on.

I’ve done a ridiculous amount of reading on nutrition and diet books (both personally and as an editor) and this book is an excellent summation of everything out there today on what we currently know about the state of our food.

The bottom line is that our government is subsidizing foods that make us sick and have been for a long time, and it’s a primary reason we have seen an explosion in diabetes and obesity.

This book gives a thorough rundown (I didn’t think it was that technical but I’ve read quite a few of these things) on how sugared processed foods are basically toxic to human beings. Sugar and corn sugar (and fructose in particular) are the real culprits, according to Lustig and he builds a very powerful case against them in this book.

If you’re looking for how to apply this information to your own lives it comes down to cutting out sugar, eating processed food only when its coupled with higher fiber (3g per serving, min.), and exercising (not for weight loss benefits because exercise has very little impact on a person’s weight but because it’s essential to human health).

Lustig argues we need a public health policy that addresses the problems the low-fat diet has caused because low fat has translated to highly processed carbs via subsidies for corn. To put it simply: sugar, often in the form of processed carbs, destroys your body’s ability to properly regulate hormones, including the signals that tell you when you’re full.

Anyway, I’ve read lots of middling reviews for this book–people complaining that Lustig has a strong take on public policy (he’d like to regulate sugar the way we regulate tobacco or alcohol) and not a strong enough “diet” he’s selling. But I think that’s the strongest selling point for this book. Lustig isn’t looking to sell you anything but his ideas (yet–I’m sure the Fat Chance Diet is coming if this book sells well). And his ideas are based in solid evidence.

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