Sunday, July 04, 2004

Happy 4th of July!

More on Joe
For an interesting web site with lots of good interviews on the main protagonist of the book and movie, "Touching the Void" (winner of the outstanding British film of the year), you should check out Joe's own web site . He pulls no punches. A rather amusing quote from one of his Interviews/excerpts - I also have fairly strong views about climbing and children but they are purely personal and I have no criticisms of those who combine family and mountains. It is their choice and their conscience.
It has never been a problem for me since I have no desire whatsoever to have children, nor do I understand them. They are a mystery I never wished to delve into as well as being desperately expensive, life consuming and ambition compromising. I’m quite happy to live a lonely old age after a lifetime of fun (if I get the chance) than breed on the off chance that any of the little buggers will be around when I need them. A little selfish perhaps, or maybe just honest. Apologies to all parents out there.

I would suggest, however, that you watch the film first, without reading his web site, then watch the extra footage on the DVD, then read the book if you have the time. I think watching the film with no idea what will happen is worth it.

If you are low carbing it, check out the low carb soups made by Walmart. About 7-9 grams of carbs per cup of soup. Suprisingly -very tasty - some of the best canned soup I've had. Some are also fairly low on sodium ((550mg). They say they contain no trans fats, but the contents labels indicate partially hydrogenated oils, so how they claim the 0 transfats is a question.

If you use Smart Balance as a 0 transfat butter substitute (and it is a very good one), then you might also want to check out Smart Balance cooking spray (like Pam) - no transfats - that's gotta be a good thing.

For an excellent web site on the glycemic index, carbs, and the consequences of a crappy diet and potential diabetes, check out David Mendosa's site . (He used to go by Rick, but changed his first name to David - don't ask me why). Loaded with excellent information - it doesn't get much better than this. I notice much of the info on his site leads to further info by him on the sites, which have to be about the best general web site on the Net - if you want info on damn near anything, go to

Looking for a low carb pasta that really tastes like pasta without all those soy fillers? Try Dreamfield Pasta. Check out what David Mendosa had to say about it by clicking here .

Quote of the Day
"If absolute power corrupts absolutely, does absolute powerlessness make you pure?"
Harry Shearer

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