Body Mass Index

I’ve seen a lot of reports on the news the past week about the Body Mass Index (BMI), a measure of body fat based on weight and height. Here’s one online calculator to determine your BMI. I’m in the Normal Weight range. This has been around for a long time; I wonder why it’s getting a lot of press lately.

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John Updike

I’m watching an interview of John Updike on The History Channel, and he appears to be amicable and intelligent. I have a lot of his books but haven’t read any of them; I’ve had the impression of him as being uptight and ostentatious, probably because he’s written critical reviews I have no interest in and works for The New Yorker. I have to stop assuming things; he’s a wonderful talker, being precise and honest in the interview. I think I’m going to get his new collection of short-stories, The Early Stories : 1953-1975.

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Screenplays

A whole lot of screenplays.

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The day after tomorrow

Awesome special effects in this movie trailer.

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Cod

I bought the following at Costco today:

  • Cod: A Biography of the Fish that Changed the World by Mark Kurlansky. $8.99 U.S. I bought this thinking my parents would enjoy it as well.
  • The Footprints of God by Greg Iles. $4.49 U.S. This is a a thriller about "the exploration of religious themes without the usual New Age blather or window-dressed dogma". I wanted a quick read.
  • Khaki pants made with "stain fighting technology developed by caring comfort engineers". That’s what it says on the tag! $16.99 U.S.

Yeah, I’m cutting back on my book buying.

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