Unbreakable, Split, & Glass

When the movie Glass was announced, I think everyone was a bit surprised. The first movie in the series, Unbreakable, was released in 2000! I remember seeing it and being excited for where it would go. Then nothing. Since it had been so long I had to watch it again.

It was a bit slower than I remember, especially by today’s standards. Unlike so many comic book movies of today, M. Night Shyamalan really took his time developing the characters and then there is the bombshell ending. That ending is why it’s so surprising it took almost 20 years to continue the story. It was neat how well the movie holds up though. If you didn’t tell someone it was made so long ago, I’m not sure they’d guess.

When I saw the trailers for Mr. Glass I thought one of the characters looked familiar, but until Friday night, I didn’t know that the movie Split was actually in this series. So of course I also had to watch it as well, the morning after Unbreakable. I would have bet this was out in the last year, but it was a January 2017 release in the United States.

While the development of this character was a process through the entire movie, the pace was much quicker than Unbreakable. James McAvoy did a phenomenal job with the multiple personalities. The ending was great for the continuation, so I’m glad I just watched it now.

I couldn’t wait, so went to watch Glass in the afternoon! All three movies in about 20 hours.

After having just watched Split, Glass was a bit of a letdown, because Split was just so good. Another ending I wasn’t expecting, but since the movie is new I won’t give anything away. Great series that I hope keeps going.

Link Dump – 2019/01/19

 

2019 Calorie Counting: Week 2

If you haven’t been following along, start with my explanation of this calorie counting experiment.

The second week is in the books. Some things were better and some were not. It was a net win though.

Macros

Something I forgot about last week that added to the difficulty dealing with more fat was that when I went to get milk the only skim left was expiring in a day, so I bought 1%. That gallon carried over through all of week two.

I think it’s important to repeat that during week one I got a bunch of home cooked food and really had no idea what the macros were. I estimated one day at 268 grams of carbohydrates, which shot the average up for that week. I’m going to go out on a limb and also say that my estimates were low on all of those meals, because the scale didn’t really show any progress compared to this week.

This last week was probably worse on the high fat Factor 75 meals, even with being able to pair them up better for the entire week. Yesterday was the first day I wasn’t fighting against fat calories from two meals. This new delivery is on point though because I selected all low/medium fat meals.

Carbs Fat Protein Calories
Baseline 259 99 140 2,485
Week 1 212 83 196 2,379
Week 2 200 85 200 2,365
Goals 220 70 200 2,310

As you can see, I was on point with my protein. Fat was a bigger problem than last week, causing carbs to go down in order to keep calories close. I’m looking forward to the next couple of weeks as I dial things in. I’m still surprised the macro counting isn’t feeling like a chore yet. Planning out all of my meals the night before has really been huge for me so far.

Water

Nothing exciting to report. Water consumption has been really easy. I went up from an average of 110 ounces to 118 ounces per day. I am trying to drink more earlier in the day, so I’m not drinking much before bed. Hopefully it’ll prevent multiple wake-ups to take a piss. Oh, and I keep forgetting to use my SodaStream.

Scale

I started at 199.3 pounds with 15% body fat and was 199 with 15.2% at the end of week one. Things started to move this week without any estimated meals. My three day averages for week two were 196.9 pounds and 15% body fat. Dropping 2.1 pounds in a week is about right. Curious to see what happens as I start hitting my carb and fat macros.

Thoughts

One change I made this week was picking up some Magnesium tablets to take in the morning with the fish oil and multivitamin. I haven’t had any alcohol since Christmas Eve, mainly because I was sick over the holidays. That changes with a beer tasting / comedy event tonight though. I also have not had fast food or takeout at all in 2019.

I’ve been pretty close to my calorie goals and haven’t had cravings for sweets and treats. I also haven’t felt like I was over-eating. So I was curious what macros the old Eat to Perform calculator would recommend. We based our diets on that calc in my early CrossFit days. It shows my BMR just under 2,000 calories per day, which is an estimate of how much my body needs to function at rest, and it calculates I need over 3,000 calories per day if I’m moderately active, which would be 390 grams of carbs! If I set very active or extra active in the calculator it increases carbs by almost 100 grams for each level! No wonder Eat to Perform didn’t work for me, eating was a chore, and I was always struggling to get enough carbs by the end of the day! Pizza and Mountain Dew sounds really good, so maybe I should try those wild carb goals. 😉

I’m not tracking today due to a drinking event tonight, so week 3 starts tomorrow. I may wait and do my next update after two weeks.

Check out the coupon Meijer gave me last night when I picked up milk and yogurt. Damn trolls!

All of these posts will be tagged 2019 calorie counting to make it easy to browse the posts.

Nick Colors #1

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First in a series of me relaxing with an adult coloring book. A lot of the pages in this book speak to my love of patterns and symmetry, especially when I can apply my own spin.

The Best Men Can Be

I’ve been waiting for my Dollar Shave Club blades to run out before switching back to Gillette Fusion because the vibrating action was such a better shaving experience. This ad seals the deal.

Men, we can be much better. None of us are perfect.

“A” Watches

A few things have been watched to start 2019 and they all happened to begin with the letter A.

Anon

Although I’ve noticed this movie several times while browsing through Netflix, I always skipped over it. After finally watching the trailer, it caught my attention. Anon really gets you thinking about future upgrades to the human body and how security and privacy could change some day.

Aquaman

Another solid one from the DC universe. Almost on Wonder Woman‘s level for me, but not quite. A lot better than the rest of the films.

Altered Carbon

Anyone and everyone seemed to rave about this series when it was released but I held off. Actually I’ve been trying not to start any new series until I catch up on all of the others I want to start. Absolutely loved it and watched all 10 episodes over the weekend, which rarely happens. Action was a big part of the show, which probably is my favorite new show of the last few years. Advances in tech really gets you thinking about the future of the human race with this one as well.

After making it this far, did you notice the first letter of every sentence?

Microwave Upgrade

I was given a “newer” microwave and installed it yesterday. Here’s the before and after…

When I took the old black one out the original receipt (complete with the buyer’s full credit card number!) was still attached to the power cord. It was purchased in 1995 and still worked well, but the control panel was ready to fall off because several tabs were broken. The stainless steel of this other one matches my fridge, which is nice. The receipt was also with it and it was purchased in 1999. Not much newer, but in really good condition. It’s a nice boost from 850 to 1,000W and the inside is roomier. Each of these microwaves cost around $350 in their day and you can get a brand new one for half that now.

They obviously made these safety instructions before CrossFit was around, because I was able to install it by myself.

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I don’t have to think as much about efficient button pressing because I can start 30 seconds, one minute, two minutes, or three minutes all with a single press. It also has a button for adding an extra 30 seconds at a time, which is much more useful than the one minute adding on my old machine.

Of course I wasn’t just going to toss the old microwave in the trash. I took it apart and salvaged a bunch of goodies.

I got fans, motors, lights, capacitors, temperature sensors, a huge transformer, and the control panel which has a lot of useful relay circuitry.

CD Spectroscope

The final thing sitting on my hobby desk from this summer was Quarterly (now out of business) Maker Box #10. There were several items related to the sky and space (same thing?) and a project with the materials to make a CD Spectroscope, which can be used to analyze light.

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This is way cooler than I expected. Here are some examples…

If you’d like to make your own, Exploratorium has the instructions.