Mo Computers Mo Problems

Christmas came early, in the form of a fun new computer at work. I’ve been using the same workstation for the past five years, and though it is very powerful, it’s age has started to show recently. Tasks that used to be trivial started to take more and more time, and rebooting took a full day.

Enter new computer, a server on steroids. The only issues is . . .  it had to have a fresh install of everything including a reset of the raid controller and a complete OS reinstall.

Two days later, and I am still struggling to get the OS installed properly. I settled on Debian, which is a flavor of linux that is popular in our building. Several of our analysis machines already run it, so i figured why screw with what works.

I am by all accounts not a system administrator. Though I can install the odd-package that we need for analysis, the land of raid controllers and operating systems really isn’t in my wheelhouse.

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This job can be pretty frustrating when things don’t work. After two days of screwing around and wasting time I can safely say I don’t envy people who do this for a living.

 

Weigh-In Wednesday December 17th: Pre-Holiday!

Here at 2 Fat Nerds each Wednesday is a Weigh-In day, where all of the data from the previous week is collected, displayed, and analyzed. If anyone is interested in taking part in weekly tracking, leave a comment!

Weight Loss

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Anti-Fat Points

Anti-fat points (AFP) is a system designed to give some sort of value to each and every workout, regardless of type. It is based on metabolic-equivalent values out of the compendium of physical activities. Submit a workout, get AFP. Each week we post the totals for each person for the week. In addition, you may see the monthly AFP leader-board on the right-hand sidebar. This is meant to be a fun way to encourage competition to see who can earn the most points!

Weekly Points

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The threshold is back to 100 AFP, Green is over and Red is under. Try to get 100 AFP and turn your bar green!

The Chain-Game

To put more emphasis on current progress and current streaks, I am now only displaying the current active streak for each player. It is calculated the same as before, minimum three days a week. Each consecutive week you gain a link.

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Bulkbarn, Backlash, Bad Habits and #BackSliding

There is nothing more delicious than quality bulk foods at discount prices. Bags of kraft-cheese (they never give you enough in the little packets #dontJudgeMe), unlimited amounts of sour patch-kids and tasty little red and blue hockey players are incredibly difficult to put down.

Last night I hit #rockBottom after consuming a vast quantity of candy, for the second day in a row. I threw out a whole bag of canadian runts (they suck anyway) while in the midst of the worst sugar-induced headache. I felt like I was literally going to have a heart-attack.

The funny thing is, I know how bad eating garbage like that is for you. I know how bad it screws up your metabolism, how bad it is for your cells who aren’t evolutionary evolved to handle the influx of cheap energy. On top of that, I know first hand how bad it makes me feel after eating it.

It is hard to stop.

Ellie yells at me and tells me to stop going back into the candy jar. But as long as their is candy in the jar, I will keep going back. Every time I go to the kitchen, I grab a handful.

I am actually addicted to sugar.

I know I have an addictive personality by nature. I go all in on whatever I find interesting. Sometimes it is constructive, like when I am training for a big race. Sometimes it is not, like when I get back into games like World of Warcraft and abandon all responsibility because I am busy grinding out dungeons for gear.

I need to swing back into fitness, into an active lifestyle and eating healthy all the time. No more Binge Wednesday, no more candy and cookies, or cookies with candy.

I’ve been feeling like garbage and I only have myself to blame.

Spotify Analytics!

I love looking at data, as evidence by most of this blog. Spotify aggregated my year in review, and I found it very interesting!

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The Top 5 artists had a little bit of a surprise in it. The C418 artist is behind the music of Minecraft. Though I played minecraft years ago, I’m not entirely certain when this year I listened to his music. I would have surely thought that Jason Mraz or another one of my go-to artists would have been in the top 5.

The Genres made me laugh, seeing progressive bluegrass ranking at 16% of my listening, probably much to my office-mates chagrin. There is something catchy about banjos rocking out that can’t be beat.

The top 4 songs in my play list rotation are all apart of my running mix list, though I honestly don’t think I’ve ever run with spotify playing in 2014. It must be from all those late-night coding sessions blasting my pump-up mixes.

Does anyone else have any fun things in their year in review? Check it out if you are on spotify at Spotify Year In Review 

 

Weigh-In Wednesday December 10th: Toblerone

Here at 2 Fat Nerds each Wednesday is a Weigh-In day, where all of the data from the previous week is collected, displayed, and analyzed. If anyone is interested in taking part in weekly tracking, leave a comment!

Weight Loss

team-weight

Not a great trend =(

Anti-Fat Points

Anti-fat points (AFP) is a system designed to give some sort of value to each and every workout, regardless of type. It is based on metabolic-equivalent values out of the compendium of physical activities. Submit a workout, get AFP. Each week we post the totals for each person for the week. In addition, you may see the monthly AFP leader-board on the right-hand sidebar. This is meant to be a fun way to encourage competition to see who can earn the most points!

Weekly Points

afp

The threshold is back to 100 AFP, Green is over and Red is under. Try to get 100 AFP and turn your bar green!

The Chain-Game

To put more emphasis on current progress and current streaks, I am now only displaying the current active streak for each player. It is calculated the same as before, minimum three days a week. Each consecutive week you gain a link.

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Wrapping Up This Chapter

I took the final for my cellular biochemistry class today, and boy what a relief that is. I’ve been working on my masters for the past few semesters, and wrapping it up brings a huge feeling of both relief, and excitement.

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I am mostly excited by the idea of getting  back to pursuing my own interests in the evening (mainly the blog and the tracking system). I have many ideas that have long been sidetracked due to lack of motivation, stemming from being overwhelmed by everything else going on.  Without tests to study for, I won’t have the sense of guilt lingering over me while I code up the tracking system.

That being said, I don’t like that i’ve been living the “in the future i’ll have more time for x-y-z.” I am a firm believer of making time for things now in the present. I think it’s about time I start getting back that frame of mind.

Comics for Kids!

A friend of mine came up with an absolutely brilliant idea for the holiday season. Get a bunch of people to donate comic books and games, and donate it to a local hospital, mainly Womens and Children’s Hospital of Buffalo.

His idea was simple, kids can easily get lost and immersed in the world of comic books, temporarily finding happiness so many of us enjoyed ourselves as children. An absolutely awesome idea, and as a nerd myself, I love it.

So Bubba created a crowdrise page, and within two hours, it hit the original goal of $200. That is a crap-ton of comic books!

cred. Joshua Robinson
cred. Joshua Robinson

The best part of this is that comic books are pretty cheap! Even a donation of 5 bucks will go a long way. If you can and are able, toss a few bucks at a worthy cause.

https://www.crowdrise.com/comicsforkids/fundraiser/bubbalandes