Archive for November 12th, 2007

The responsibility of creation and sharing

Most of you are aware of my diet recipes. Most of the suggested entrees that are marked as “diet” are measuring at 200 calories each, but they are designed in a way that would fill you up. When I am on a low calorie diet, I eat at least 3 of these entrees per day, plus fruits and yogurts. I live a very sedentary life and I am very short, so I can easily (and healthily) manage a diet of about 700-800 calories per day (I would need more than that if I was working/out or going out more, of course).

So last week my recipes got linked from a dieting forum and its dieting readers flocked to find some low-cal recipes. According to my stats, the most popular recipes proved to be my 65-calorie per muffin recipe, and the 200-calorie full pizza. One of the referrers linking to one of my recipes was a blog of a woman who is currently dieting. Apparently, she does between 200 and 400 calories per day, which is of course, excessively low.

I wouldn’t normally reply to her blog, but I decided to leave a message and say that aspartame is not as good as splenta, and that in reality that none of these “diet sugars” are actually very healthy. I did not comment on her dieting plans, I just made a remark on sugars. But I guess the lady does not like to listen to feedback that consists of well known facts. So she deleted my (polite, for a change) comment.

This begs the question. Should I leave my diet recipes up and available? I wrote them and shared them because I believe that they can fill up bellies without storing lots of energy. There aren’t many TRULY low-calorie recipes out there that have so much quantity in them. But by stumbling upon this abnormal usage of my recipes, an abuse, it raises the ethical problem of creation/sharing and the responsibility that comes out of it.

I can approach the problem with two ways:
1. Remove the diet recipes so I have no part in any anorexia/abuse case.
2. Let the dieters decide what they want to do for themselves and let Darwin run its course.

I think I’ll choose #2.


JBQ is a wonderful husband. I was really sick and in pain last night (because of my usual health problem), and he was so understanding, soft and sweet. He took me in his arms, kissed me, and made me feel safe in a way that I was able to sleep at 10 PM (I usually sleep at 2 or 3 AM).

The fact that I woke up at 1:30 AM though, is unrelated. It was a nice nap. 😀

New realities

One of the Lost’s creators, Damon Lindelof, wrote a guest editorial for New York Times. He claims that television is dying, new mediums are taking over, and that the writers must have a clearly defined share in this new reality.

On other news, NBC fired 102 workers of “The Office”, because the 5-6 writers of the show were on strike. While the writers on strike will be paid residuals from the reruns, the fired workers won’t be paid anything.

Oh. Shut. Up.

Apple should look at their own shit before they make fun of Vista’s hardware incompatibilities. New Mac OS X versions has always been breaking between 10% and 20% of applications in terms of compatibility, but where they were really fucking it up, is DRIVERS. Up to ~50-60% of drivers would break with every new version. I have been shouting about OSX driver compatibility for five years now. When Tiger came out Apple really did promise that the “API/ABI are stable now…”, but with the release of Leopard I’ve heard more of these driver nightmare stories.

So, shut the fuck up already. And no, I don’t use Vista.