I am momentarily relieved…I am not impressed.

Billy Beck, on the SCOTUS DC gun ban decision.

Arthur De Vany at the Gym

Update 8/17/2008: Since Art changed his blog around, the links below to his photos are no longer available. However, I've written a lot of stuff about Art, and you can skim through all my "EvFit" postings here. Also, here's a recent video clip of Art, taken a few months back at a seminar I attended in Vegas.

For those skeptical about Evolutionary Fitness (diet and exercise) and its long-term health benefits, here's a look at Art while at the gym getting some photos done for his book.

He turns 71 years old in August. I would say that almost anyone should be able to obtain those kind of results in just a few year's time, depending on where you are when you begin. It's 80% about the diet, and the workouts should be short (30-40 minutes max), intense, and no more frequent than 2-3 times per week at the gym.

By the way, I'll probably devote a post to this and a few other items, but I dumped the Lyle McDonald Rapid Fat Loss Diet early in the week and went back to eating EvFit/Paleo and I'm not looking back, ever. I bring this up because I think a lot of people look at someone like Art, who has been practicing EvFit for 25 years or so, and they conclude it's going to be hard work, requiring too much discipline, etc. Nothing could be further from the truth. I'm just one person and I guess that perhaps some would not enjoy an EvFit lifestyle, but all I could think of while on that low-carb, low-fat, mega protein diet in order to speed my progress in getting to 10% BF was getting back to the EvFit way of eating that I have come to love. This is a way of life, or "Life Way," as Art calls it, not a diet or "exercise program." All that Art has really accomplished by eating and exercising as he does is to let his 2-3 million year evolved genes express themselves as they were meant to do — even into one's 70s, 80s, and most likely well beyond.

How Big a Fool Are You?

Let me show you. This would apply to any of millions worldwide who think Al Gore is a great guy and good for the environment.

In the past year, Gore’s home burned through 213,210 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity, enough to power 232 average American households for a month.


Since taking steps to make his home more environmentally-friendly last June, Gore devours an average of 17,768 kWh per month –1,638 kWh more energy per month than before the renovations – at a cost of $16,533. By comparison, the average American household consumes 11,040 kWh in an entire year, according to the Energy Information Administration.

In the wake of becoming the most well-known global warming alarmist, Gore won an Oscar, a Grammy and the Nobel Peace Prize. In addition, Gore saw his personal wealth increase by an estimated $100 million thanks largely to speaking fees and investments related to global warming hysteria.

Suckers & Fools.

(that link was via my brother in email)

He’s at it again

Think about it. Why on earth should children get tooth decay (see addendum)? Stephan thinks he knows.

Weston price was a dentist and scientist in the early part of the 20th century. Practicing dentistry in Cleveland, he was amazed at the poor state of his patients' teeth and the suffering it inflicted. At the time, dental health was even worse than it is today, with some children in their teens already being fitted for dentures. Being a religious man, he could not bring himself to believe that 'physical degeneration' was what God intended for mankind. He traveled throughout the world looking for cultures that did not have crooked teeth or dental decay, and that also exhibited general health and well-being. And he found them. A lot of them.

A Bit of a Roundup in Fitness

The diet experiment went OK last week, though if anyone has been checking my FitDay data, I haven't updated since Thursday (but I will). Add to that, we had a going-away party Friday night, another one at friends' on Saturday night, and then there was the Father's day festivities at mom's yesterday. Mom does low carb, and after the previous two nights of overindulgence I was off the alcohol, so it was about one for three.

And now both Bea and I — with her off school for the summer — are back on Lyle's program. I really hate it. It's just too low in fat. But I'll stick with it until we head down to SoCal on the 2nd of July. Then I plan to resume a bit lower fat version of Paleo / EvFit. Principally, I'll forego nuts and cheese until I get the last couple dozen pounds of fat off. Maintenance will be a cinch. Hey, I already love eating this way and even when pounds were coming off excruciatingly slow, I never gained anything more than the typical fluctuations of a pound or two, which is probably digestive and water retention.

By the way, I had the idea of going to a low fat regime temporarily by reading these two entries from Dr. Michael Eades, author of Protein Power (with a new book off to the publisher). If you're doing low carb and have had issues with losing weight (fat), then those two blog entries and the comments are essential reading. I have steadily lost fat the whole year + I've been doing this, but at times it has slowed to as little as a pound to two per month. Cutting out alcohol (at least during the weekdays), as well as nuts and cheese really did the trick and a couple of weeks ago I dropped four pounds in three days (prior to beginning Lyle's program).

In other news, Stephan has interesting updates on the Masai. The first deals with the binary nature of the stats on atherosclerosis, and the second, how their low cholesterol on a very high-saturated fat diet went way up when the saturated fat was cut out. Also, this comment of Stephan's on the first of the cited links is a must.

Next up, my friend Justin Owings has a couple of interesting ones. The Stochasticity of Life bears serious reflection, with a quote from someone I link to a lot. As someone who places a lot of weight on the notion that ideas shape the future and serve to explain the past, this is a good reminder that ideas and principles, while crucially important, aren't everything. There is still a randomness. Here's why: there are hundreds, perhaps thousands of people living this very minute even more evil than Hitler in terms of the ideas they hold. Consider that. And, you will never eliminate them. You must understand that a great deal of what happens is not caused by bad and/or evil ideas — they have always persisted and always will — but by random and stochastic events and cycles that simply happen and that nobody can ever predict, much less have any idea of just what combination will set off a chain reaction of evil that results in the murder of tens of millions.

Justin again, this time on the topic of Hormesis. Here's his entry, which you'll note references me. In an email exchange we determined that the idea I'd actually passed on to him was one of using the clod dip if one is availalbe at your gym. That was on Stephan's Hormesis post, and my comment about getting into 40 degree water after the workout, sauna, steam room and hot tub.

Art is making progress on his redesign, and it looks good. "Super Mike" has turned 55 years old and is looking better and leaner than ever. Now, I can imagine that the untrained eye doesn't think he looks as good as he does, but that's an illusion created by the camera, owing to his twisting sideways at the waist and getting a 2D instead of 3D image of it. Trust me.

On the mental health front, Karen has fired HP and Microsoft. And hired Apple. My first email out of the day this morning was a note of congratulations.

Not Even Customer (Yet) Service

I got wind of this just yesterday.


So, let me see… My current provider, AT&T, delivers very reliable DSL (down once that I'm aware of in 2 1/2 years) that's advertised as "up to" 6 Mbps down and "up to" 768 Kbps up. That's their top end service, and they sell it for $35.00 per month, which I consider a good value. I consistently get the same test results from Speakeasy: 5.x megs down and 5.x kilos up. Pretty good, and as I say, it's consistent, even from the far away servers.

But how on earth can that compete with 20 meg synchronous (up and down) for under $50 per month? That's 5 times faster download and 40 times faster on the upload. I'd probably do more YouTube videos, because it's really the slow upload that's the issue, there. This is god news, too:

With PAXIO you will not need to purchase any routers, hubs, modems or other specialized equipment. Furthermore, you won't need to install any software on your computers. Just plug your computers into any of your home's CAT5 data outlets (all of the CAT5 outlets will be active). You can plug a computer or router (or wireless router) into every CAT5 data outlet in the home.

Directly wired into the network. Believe me, having done a lot of LAN: not going through routers and/or "modems" at your end is a big plus. When there's a problem, it's going to be your machine(s) or theirs, and very likely nothing in-between short of a downed line.

But that's not even the best part. The best part is that I filled in their form to request service yesterday, and have had no less than four personally written emails from no less than two separate representatives, the latest one delivering this news below, after I suggested that myself and another tech geek at our lofts approach other HOAs in the near vicinity in hopes of making it highly worth Paxio's investment in hooking up our buildings.

Hello Richard,

Our fiber network may be as close as 200-300 ft. from your building (I am assuming there is a single building at this location).

In the past week PAXIO has been contacted by almost 15 residents at [your building].

There is clearly sufficient interest and the proximity is close enough that PAXIO will proceed with a site inspection and meeting with your HOA president next week. I am optimistic that PAXIO will be able to run a fiber and offer you and your neighbors service.

Please contact your neighbors. The more interest we have the better.

Jim Brenton

The other gentleman who emaild is Geoff Muth, no less helpful at all. By every single indication, I want to do business (trade) with these guys.

The moment I publish this and get the link, I'm sending it out to these guys to tell them that's what they get for being pros and on the ball. Even if it doesn't work out, I'm confident they have and will continue to do everything they can to get a deal done.

Ha. Ha. Ha.

Ha. Ha. Ha. Ha…Ha…

The Chinese think we're insane and self-destructive, while the Saudis laugh all the way to the bank.

Ha. Ha.

(Beck & Bidonotto)

The Wonderful World of Fat

My god.

Is this ever a very long way from this. That was tough, yesterday: day one of my excursion into Lyle McDonald's Rapid Fat Loss Protocol. What work to stuff down 1,000 calories without the benefit of much fat — 10 grams of which came from fish oil capsules. Plus, worrying about — of all things — being hungry at night, I saved nearly 100 protein grams for the evening meal and just couldn't do it. Humongous lean ground beef burger on the grill, cooked to medium-well and pressed to get out as much fat as possible (it was 96/4 anyway), and it was tough to get all down, and I only ate half of the cottage cheese, salsa and cucumbers on the side.

Note to low-fat Paleo types: here's how to do really lean ground beef so it tastes great. I chopped up some onion, then spiced with salt, pepper, garlic, and above all, quite a bit of cumin and paprika. Mix it all up in the meat, then press the patties. The cumin especially. Very, very tasty. I always get the fattiest ground beef I can, for taste, but I've got to admit that was very good — though 11 ounces (cooked) was a tall order. It was HUGE.

And I thought I was going to be hungry. I got off to a much better start today. I should eat a can of tuna just now, 12:30 pm or so, but I'm just not hungry.

At any rate, this is an interesting education in the very large importance of fat in the diet and how it would nearly be impossible to get sufficient maintenance calories without it, provided one isn't prepared to dive into high carbohydrates via grains and starches.

Later: I've taken away the FitDay access because I'm only using it to keep track of my intake for the short period on the diet, it's incomplete in terms of the veggies (negligible impact macro-nutrient wise) and a few other things, so I don't want to lead anyone astray.

What You’re Up Against

As usual, Stephan the biologist delivers. Takes apart the biases in the study and all. Of course, the biases were incorporated in order to explain away the fact that one of the healthiest diets ever observed is one high in saturated fat and animal flesh, to the exclusion of much of everything else.

Let me sum it up: the heavy smoking Masai, who eat almost nothing but raw cow's milk, raw cow's blood, and meat, are healthier – far healthier in every marker — than you, Mr. and Ms. low-fat America.

Later: Just thought of something. Look at the picture on the link to Stephan's blog. Notice anything? How about that nice set of white sparklers in the one tribesman. This reminded me of a Discovery episode the other night I surfed into. It was covering some deeply indigenous population way far from any civilization in Papua New Guinea. I forget the name of the peoples, and they do live in squalor (I'd eat white flour and sugar first), but they looked remarkably healthy. They subsist on tadpoles, frogs, sweet potatoes, and tobacco they grow and dry themselves. The men were all lean, with nice pecs, shoulder decks, and defined triceps. Guess what else? White sparklers all. No missing teeth, and their gums looked quite healthy as well.


I simply have no stomach for this election disaster whatsoever, and even, politics in general, just now. Life is full, otherwise. Those of you who come here for the rants and ridicule, I sincerely apologize. I'm sure I'll hit on some things here and there. In the meantime, we've always got Billy.

It's way past time for people to start owning up to what they laughingly call their "ideas". Fucking morons. I hope they freeze in the dark, listening to the cries of their children. The real sin in all this is how they take sensible people along with them on the ride.

Goddam right. I am fortunate in that the price of gas doesn't affect me very much, but I know it's effecting alot of other people, and for no good reason. If we truly were "running out of oil," then we should rightly welcome such increases in prices, as such is a natural, free-market means of both rationing what's left of supplies, as well as driving the search and development of alternative energy sources and alternative means of getting shit done, such as getting from point A to B. But you have the state, globally, in the whole mess from top to bottom and wall to wall. That's not a free market. If it's a "market" at all, then it's a market in force, favor, and influence above all, and only the biggest get to play in that game.

He links a column from George Will, which of course is a must read.


Well I finally hit the 200 mark on the scale at the gym, Friday. It's eight years since I've been there, and it feels good. What feels particularly good is that rather than just losing 30 pounds of weight, I lost 45 pounds of fat and gained 15 pounds of lean mass, an estimate my personal trainer thinks is low. My strength has increased dramatically over the last year, and particularly so since I began fasting and going to full body workouts last January.

The whole mainstream diet world is focussed on weight loss rather than on body fat loss, and so the approach is too often one where plenty of lean mass is lost right along with the fat (thanks to insane amounts of "cardio"). So, the metabolism slows, people get weaker, and then simply end up with a small version of their previous selves, at roughly the same percentage of body fat to lean mass. Now, instead of being big & fat, they're skinny and fat. It's interesting when you develop and eye for this. You no longer look at people in terms of size, but in terms of leanness. Almost everyone is fat. Very fat. You would be surprised. Some skinny people are actually upwards of 30% BF.

Right now, best estimate is that I'm still at around 20% BF, so 40 pounds of fat. To get to my goal of < 10%, assuming lean mass stays the same, target weight is going to be in the 175 – 180 range. And now that I'm closing in, I'm really getting motivated. I've cut way, WAY back on alcohol consumption. Last week I had none at all, and I really learned how much that was slowing me up. I dropped 4 pounds, and that's with two 30-34 hour fasts.

Now I'm getting radical: crash diet a-la Lyle McDonald. I'm dong the "Rapid Fat Loss" protocol. I spent yesterday getting all prepared, then cooked a big (final) meal for friends and we're off — both myself and Bea, who I've been training for about a month now, and who is showing great progress. The diet is quite simple. It's the same no-low carb as always, with just sufficient protein based on your lean body mass and activity (none, aerobics, or weight training), and almost no fat. If you've been paying attention, then you know that without a regular or large source of carbs, you body turns to fat for fuel (and protein too). By restricting the fat as well as the carbs, your body has only your own fat to use rather than dietary fat. And, by keeping protein at sufficient levels, you'll waste minimum to no lean body mass.

There are some essential nutrients involved, particularly essential fatty acids (Omega-3), so you'd really need to get and read the book before attempting anything like this. What it boils down to is about 190 grams of protein per day for me, and about 110 for Bea, and that's it. That's 760 and 440 calories per day, respectively.

We'll do it for two to three weeks and should each see fat loss in the 10-15 pound range. I'm using Fit Day to keep track of it all, which really sucks. I've tried to avoid counting anything, or measuring shit out, but I can put up with just about anything for a few weeks, so I'm doing it.

Later: I've taken away the FitDay access because I'm only using it to keep track of my intake for the short period on the diet, it's incomplete in terms of the veggies (negligible impact macro-nutrient wise) and a few other things, so I don't want to lead anyone astray.

Learning to Walk

I've been spending time in the evenings catching up on some of the blogs I'd not read in some time and Modern Forager is on the list.

Did you know that "You Walk Wrong And Your Shoes Are To Blame"? I do; that is, I did, but I don't anymore. If there's anything I know a whole very lot about, it's walking, and I've never even read anything about it. I walk. I walk a lot. I walk a fuck of a lot. It began in February, 2003, so nearly 6 1/2 years ago. Every weekday morning, very nearly 100% without failure, my day begins — be it 6 am or 8 am — with a morning walk with the dog — now dogs — for about 3 1/2 miles which, with all the sniffing an peeing — them, not me — takes just about 55 minutes. I figure we're coming up on 7,000 miles, and that doesn't count the one or sometimes two additional walks in the afternoon and evening, many of which Bea does, but I do plenty. A very lot of what I believe I now understand about health and fitness and our maladaption to many aspects of civilization in an evolutionary context, comes from observing my two rat terriers. And once I began to remove things harmful to them, they improved too. Rotor is now 9 and spunkier and far, far leaner than he has been for many years. I just looked at a photo from when he was 1 1/2 and I cannot tell the difference.

Nanuka ("Nuke") on the right is about 2 1/2 when this was taken, Rotor is 9. Notice those ripped hind quarters. Essentially, they're miniature pit bulls and just as viscous towards anything they deem prey.


Notice also: they don't wear any shoes. (Continued…)

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Well, Kyle had a better take than I.

One might add that she did say she wanted to stick around (just in case, y'know). She really brims with concern.

It’s All Over But the Lots of More Bullshit

ObamaNation clinches the Democrat nomination, according to the AP tally.

If you find this in any way exciting, glorious, marvelous, or anything like that, please do check your own propensity to lap up foolishness.

Footnote: I haven't read the book, but George Will's column on Caesaropapism – as coined by Gene Healy in his new book: "The Cult of the Presidency: America's Dangerous Devotion to Executive Power" – makes me want to run out and get it. Although, I'm one of the last people on earth to need to read it. Lot's of you do. Billy doesn't.

Let me put it this way: the nice cleaning ladies that come to my loft every Thursday are immeasurably more important to me than any politician that has ever held the office of President of the United States.

Later: Told you: "Lots of More Bullshit." Hey, if she can "endure" the philandering of the low-life scum she's married to for the sake of appearances in the eyes of fools, then I suppose any sort of pathetic self-subordination isn't beyond her.

I Comment


This is so right on.

Thing is, we learn it from the time we're kids ("eat all your dinner, so you can grow up big and strong"). That implies that food is causal to growth, but that's a cause/effect reversal. Growth hormone causes us to grow and build more muscle. Eating more is an effect, in response to a higher baseline metabolism.

I like to use the analogy of a skyscraper. If the raw material caused the growth, then one presumes you could just pile up raw material and have a skyscraper. Instead, you need construction workers (analogous to GH), and the more of them and the more they work, the more raw material (food) you'll need.

Here's the thing: I made good but slow progress from last May '07 to the end of the year on a Paleo diet with twice weekly intense workouts, but I was only doing half upper body per session (30 minutes). Then at the first of the year I began the fasting, and that's when muscle growth and huge increases in strength began to really accelerate. Then I went to full body every time, and I concentrate on legs, chest, back and shoulders. Little else.

This stacks the deck in my favor for GH release:

  1. fasting.
  2. short, intense, big muscle workouts.
  3. 10-12 hour deep sleeps a couple of times per week.

My personal trainer jokes with me: "dude, you're getting huge. You must be eating, like, 8 meals a day."

"No; 10. I set the alarm twice in the middle of the night for meals — just like a growing infant," I joke back.

Now go read Brad Pilon's post.

The Very Interesting Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Pretty sweeping interview in the London Times. I think he gets it right a whole lot more than he gets it wrong. As it turns out, that's probably the very best anyone can hope for.

(via Art De Vany, whom Taleb mentions in the interview)