Sunday, June 20, 2021

Virtual Visit Back Home

I’d been reminiscing about my childhood – the neighborhood, the house I grew up in, and especially the backyard. So I took a virtual trip “back home” using Google Maps.

Google Maps starts out in Map View. I switched first from Map View to Satellite. The image seemed to have enhanced perspective, so the house seemed taller. It looked as if a second story was added to the 1-level ranch I grew up in. Then I switched to Street View and saw the property as if standing in front of it.

The house itself looked the same. There was no alteration. Because it’s brick, it was the same color. However, the landscape had been redesigned recently. The strip of grass next to the driveway was paved over (I used to park on it anyway). The huge azaleas were replaced with weird-looking topiary plants. The wood fencing that was silvered with decades of sun exposure was replaced with shiny white vinyl fencing. But the most devastating change was this: all the trees were gone. We had four oak trees in a row that we’d hide behind or zig-zag through on our bikes. In fact many trees around the neighborhood were gone. It made me sad.

Adding to the sadness is the fact that the street view images were taken in November, so the few trees that were there were already bare. The photos were taken on a brilliantly sunny day, so the shadows were long, and the images were bleached from over exposure. And no people were about, as if the population was wiped out by a plague – quite a contrast to my memory of how we used to play in the street or stand around and socialize with the neighbors.

You can visit many places with Google Maps, but you can’t go back in time.

Google Maps

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Wednesday Weigh-In 20210609

I had to replace the batteries again in the scale. It takes four AAA batteries. For something that requires programming, it would be better if it were designed with AA batteries. 1

Waist = 43.25"
Height = 5' 7"

References:
  1. AA batteries have about three times the capacity of AAA batteries.
  2. Wikipedia BMI page
  3. Balance Body Composition Bath Scale
  4. Javascript must be enabled to view the data.

Thursday, May 13, 2021

Wednesday Weigh-In 20210513

I'd heard that the third book in the The Kingkiller Chronicle trilogy by Patrick Rothfuss might be released soon. So I decided to re-read "The Name of the Wind" and "The Wise Man's Fear." But I when I saw how huge the first book was, I got very depressed because it seemed like such a burden in my spare-time-limited life. I got a few pages into it and almost gave up. But I kept at it, and then I couldn't stop reading it. It's such an amazing book.

Waist = 42.25"
Height = 5' 7"

References:
  1. Wikipedia BMI page
  2. Balance Body Composition Bath Scale
  3. Javascript must be enabled to view the data.

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Wednesday Weigh-In 20210505

Yesterday was Star Wars Day, as in "May the Fourth (be with you)." I still chuckle at the thought of a Jedi Knight with a lisp. And in less than three weeks we'll have Towel Day.

Waist = 42.75"
Height = 5' 7"

References:
  1. Wikipedia BMI page
  2. Balance Body Composition Bath Scale
  3. Javascript must be enabled to view the data.

Thursday, April 29, 2021

Wednesday Weigh-In 20210429

I've heard that new guidance from the CDC says that vaccinated folks do not need to wear masks outdoors unless they are in a crowded venue.

But recall that when the vaccination effort first started, the CDC said that vaccinated folks could still transmit the virus, so we had to keep wearing masks. At first I thought the two positions were contradictary. But both could be true if you consider that unvaccinated folks can also go without masks outdoors.

Here's a link to the CDC website that offers guidance.

Waist = 42.75"
Height = 5' 7"

References:
  1. Wikipedia BMI page
  2. Balance Body Composition Bath Scale
  3. Javascript must be enabled to view the data.

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Wednesday Weigh-In 20210421

The latest thing is that I've been diagnosed with prostate cancer. I've been told that if you have to have cancer, this is the best one to have. I'm on the "active surveillance" plan.

Waist = 42.75"
Height = 5' 7"

References:
  1. Wikipedia BMI page
  2. Balance Body Composition Bath Scale
  3. Javascript must be enabled to view the data.

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Wednesday Weigh-In 20210414

I'm eligible to get the vaccine, but I haven't bothered. The vaccine doesn't protect against any variants, and right now the rate of infection from the variants is higher than that of the "original" virus.

Waist = 42.75"
Height = 5' 7"

References:
  1. Wikipedia BMI page
  2. Balance Body Composition Bath Scale
  3. Javascript must be enabled to view the data.