Hi. Welcome to my newly remodelled diaryland digs. I've been meaning to move away from the basic, Diaryland-provided template I was using for some time now, but, never seemed to find the time to make it happen. Until yesterday, that is. Having a mind to not get a whole lot of real work done (sshhh... don't tell Company 0.), I whipped this little template up. I was initially going for a sort of Mondrian-esque motif, but, after seeing it all put together, I find that it also reminds me of Arts & Crafts-style stained glass windows. Either way, I think it really spruces the place up a bit.
Now, to give credit where credit is due: the basic HTML skeleton for this template was borrowed from a template I saw in The Template Challenge. Using that template as a guide, I used The Gimp, a Photoshop-like piece of free software, to create some new images and purchased the use of the photo from Corbis.
Now could I have come up with something like this eventually on my own? Yes. It would have taken a LOT more time, however, because my HTML skills are a little rusty. Thanks to Skye at Vitriol for the short cut. All that, plus a Diaryland Gold membership to keep Andrew happy, and voila! The new Dr. Geek's Laboratory is open for business!
I've been thinking about sugar for the last couple days. I remember hearing about early accounts of Europeans consuming refined sugar for the first time around the 18th century from a graduate student in the early 90's. He told me that many of the accounts referred to a sense of energetic euphoria that sounds to modern ears more reminiscent of cocaine than something bought by the pound for the kitchen.
I got some of that same sense about sugar just a few short nights ago. I stopped working out regularly when I went on vacation back in late May until about two weeks ago. I gained a few pounds in that time. Now that I'm back on a more regular fitness regimen, I've been trying to mind what I eat and how much. This has meant cutting out a lot of in-between meal snacking and monitoring my portion sizes when I do eat.
I am not without moments of weakness, however. Fiancee S. and I went to taste wedding cake a couple weekends ago. Some leftover cake from that tasting has been sitting on a disposable plate under plastic wrap in our refridgerator. I couldn't resist peeling back the plastic and helping myself to a few bites on Monday night. After all, the cake would just become stale and go to waste, right?
I remember the feeling I had when I helped myself to that cake. MMMMMmmmmmm! It was as if my taste buds suddenly said "Hey sugar... where have you been the last few weeks? We've MISSED you!" Yikes, that cake was good. I did manage to resist temptation enough to limit myself to just a few forkfuls... though it was hard to stop. Refined sugar indeed. Strong stuff when you've been away from it for a while.
on 2003-07-30 at 11:13 a.m.
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