The Obesity Epidemic

I believe obesity is the biggest killer in America today. It’s the reason people get heart disease. It’s the root cause of most cancer and most forms of cerebrovascular disease. Diabetes, and the list keeps going. Obesity is also why people get prematurely old and suffer through innumerable heath issues in middle and later life.

I think obesity is playing out very similar to how smoking played out. People always knew smoking was bad for them, but they did it anyways and in fact it became more and more popular. Eventually after enough studies reinforcing just how bad smoking is for you it’s started declining in popularity. Right now obesity is in the stage where it’s getting more and more popular. I really hope obesity takes the path of smoking and starts its long slow decline. I’m not too confident it will though. To villainify smoking it was clearly the manufacturers of cigarettes that were the bad guys. It was a black and white picture. With food it’s more complicated and requires a more education to the consumer. I’m hopeful attitudes towards food in America will change, but I’m not going to start holding my breath anytime soon.

CNN has an interactive map that shows just how fast the obesity epidemic is spreading. Click here to see their interactive map. It’s scary.



I'm working on a project where I need a bunch of decent photos. I'm not ready to spill the beans on that project, but I'm sure I'll make a post about it in a week or two. In the mean time I thought I'd share out a collection of the photos I picked since it's a bunch of decent ones from my collection. I learned that I need to come up with a better way of organizing my photos. Searching through 14,000+ photos was painful. I've always thought I did a good job at throwing away my bad photos, and that putting them in folders would be good enough. Now I realize that I've not been fussy enough. In the future I think I’ll go through all these photos tagging them with key words, marking the really good ones, and deleting more of the bad ones. With hard disk space as cheap as it is today the amount of photos doesn't matter (even with the backups I keep), but finding the ones I wanted was tough. I'm sure when I eventually sort all my photos I'll find some forgotten gems.

Here they are. Enjoy!


Atheism Quotes

Which is it, is man one of God’s blunders or is God one of man’s?
- Friedrich Nietzsche

I found this page full of quotes from people about atheism. Even if you don't agree, it is thought provoking.


Snow Day!


New England Is Beautiful Too

Even if it is a bit cooler.


New Zealand Trip Map

I had fun with Google Maps recreating my trip. You can pan and zoom on the map with your mouse.

View Larger Map

Follow this link to get a bigger version of the map.