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  1. Bob says:

    I read an interview of Taube’s wife where she was asked if she and their children followed his diet. Answer: no way.

    1. I’d be interested in reading that. Do you recall where it was published?

      1. great unknown says:

        There’s a hint at the end of this article:

        But note that this is the “Scientific” American, as you can tell by the total absence of rigor, which has been replaced with feelsies.

        1. Not much meat in that article. Yes, it’s about stats, and I think people who digest carbs well are the outliers. I know a lot of people who have gone low- or no-carb and lost a great deal of weight. I know maybe two people who can binge on carbs and not gain.

          Not sure if you saw my series on diets some years ago, which basically says, Try things to see if they work for YOU. Taubes’ wife may not like Atkins, but Taubes presents an enormous amount of evidence in GCBC that the diet works for many or perhaps most people.

          I’ve been able to maintain my weight by not ingesting sugar except on rare occasions. I still eat bread and certain other carb products–corn and potatoes, in moderation–and don’t gain. Sugar seems to be the key factor in a lot of people’s weight problems, and certainly is in mine. I always tell people to knock out the sugar first, and see what happens. Most of the time, they tell me they’ve lost weight.

          I haven’t read SciAm for twenty-five years. How low fall the mighty.

          1. great unknown says:

            I had a consult with the late, abused Dr. Atkins at his Manhattan office. Note that a major part of his method included supplements, such as trivalent Chromium. In this, he advanced beyond the “Scarsdale” diet. And, despite all of the abuse and lies, it turns out he was right. Not 100% correct for 100% of the population, but a lot better than conventional “wisdom”.

            I agree about the sugar, but for me, even complex carbs are a problem. However, as opposed to the extreme paleo people, my experience is that a small of amount of carbs is necessary, especially if doing endurance exercises. This is where a familiarity with glycemic indices is useful.

  2. TRX says:

    > scans

    Don’t forget I’ve spent much of the last six months’ worth of evenings browsing the SF section of their pulp magazine archive. There are thousands of issues of, my best guess, a hundred and fifty different SF magazines, about a hundred and forty of which I’d never heard of before. I found dozens of short stories and a few novellas from the likes of Jack Vance and Keith Laumer that I’d never seen before, some new Zelaznys and Eric Frank Russell stories, and a couple of authors I’d never heard of who turned out to be pretty good, but were never reprinted or anthologized that I’m aware of.

    1. Carrington Dixon says:

      Have you investigated the Pulpscans Group on Yahoo? is only the tip of the iceberg.

      1. TRX says:

        I’d never heard of them! I suspect you’ve just diverted another large block of my time…

    2. Rich Dailey says:

      Yes, lots of old computer mags there also. –

  3. Alex Dillard says:

    Regarding “This is why I’m an optimist”: We have more disposable income + We are smarter + We are freer + We are richer =

  4. Alan says:

    I feel guilty about Barnes and Noble. There was a time when I bought a lot of computer books there. Then I switched to Amazon to save 30%. Now I do most of my computer book reading on Safari Books Online. I have bought a lot of their reprints of classic literature–inexpensive paperbacks with footnotes and introductions by scholars but I doubt that is much help.

    I’m not surprised at the number of RVs and rental trucks that hit the bridge. My dad rented one once to move some furniture and let’s just say many prayers were said.

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