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September 4th, 2002 (03:09 pm)

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I've been monitoring my weight since July.

The graph currently looks like this:

So, I've been thinking: If I keep this up long enough, it'll look nice and crinkly. Like a signal.
Hrm. There's lots of nifty things one can do to a signal... fourier analysis and other
spiffy things. So, what information could I glean from analysis of the signal? (it's going to flatten out
pretty soon, mind you)


Posted by: red-headed stepchild (smashy)
Posted at: September 4th, 2002 12:20 pm (UTC)

since july? wow. that's some serious progress, yo. what have you been doing?
i wanna get in on this; most of my "depression weight" came back. :P

Posted by: the coproduct of doom (oonh)
Posted at: September 4th, 2002 06:55 pm (UTC)

I've been monitoring my mass, sleep cycles, and kcal intake per day. I've had some difficulty keeping up with my kcal intake per
day and sleep cycles. I can mail you the logs from august because I only started keeping them electronically since really late july.
I've been walking whenever possible and refusing to use elevators or escalators in the place of stairs. (I can now bound up
the stairs at porter square without being out of breath).

Self-awareness is a virtue, I think. I might be taking it too far, but by small pulsating bubbles in water, I'm not going to let those
valuable sources of data slip away from me.

I think that modulating (not controlling! if one views self-organization as 'control', then one is clearly not understanding what is
transpiring! it's not about controlling your weight so much as modulating your energy intake and use. I only eat when I'm hungry, and I'm amazed at how sensitive my stomach is to the proper amount of calories it seems to need -- I can actually work from the serving sizes on packages) one's body is excellent. I suppose the generic question that I've asked myself is "Do you want the unconscious mostly genetic influences to drive me to distraction or do you want to understand precisely how you work". I will
curse the former and nod vigorously for the latter. The first step is to figure out how I work, which will be accomplished
by recording data and making various graphs of it. The second step is analyzing the data. The graph is much better than a sequence of numbers because it allows you to apply pressure in a visual rather than numerical context.

Posted by: red-headed stepchild (smashy)
Posted at: September 4th, 2002 10:26 pm (UTC)

it's so simple and sensible that it's positively brilliant.
do send these logs!

Posted by: the coproduct of doom (oonh)
Posted at: September 8th, 2002 04:23 am (UTC)

did you get them?

Posted by: red-headed stepchild (smashy)
Posted at: September 8th, 2002 04:36 am (UTC)
mah dick yo' ear.

i replied to your e-mail not two moments ago. good timing. ;>

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