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Super Size Me

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It only took 7 years but I finally saw Super Size Me.
The central question asked by the film: If McDonald’s truly has no share of the blame in the obesity epidemic, then what happens if you eat only their food for a month?
Morgan Spurlock takes on a task that everyone expects won’t have good results. But not even the three doctors he goes to to help him with the experiment expect what actually ends up happening (hint: it’s not good).
I really enjoyed the old-school science approach he took here (“No-one willing to do the experiment? Do it to yourself”). It would have been nice to have heard from McDonald’s, but Spurlock can’t be blamed for lack of trying. After numerous attempts to contact them, the golden arches wouldn’t agree to an interview. Adding to the dramatic tension is the fact that Spurlock’s girlfriend is a vegan chef.
4.5/5 stars.
Bonus: McDonald’s song by 4CHIN500!
Let Me Stuff My Face

Mavis, Busch Gardens, Timeshares, Epcot, Islands of Adventure, Downtown Disney

So. Indeed, Busch Gardens was packed. We did a bunch of coasters — heading to the almighty Sheikra first, and then around the park to the rest. This time I had the good sense to skip the Gwazi, which has rattled my brain pretty much every time I’ve taken it.
Be sure to check out Mavis’ posts about the trip 🙂

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Downtown waterfront, sunset

So I guess those photos I took Wednesday night turned out after all:

About 3 minutes to sunset.

I’m pretty sure this guy was no longer living. So sad. Foot provided for scale.

I sat on this ledge to take the sunset shot.

Not sure if it’s always like this, but I found the amount of media coverage on the new Pope kind of overwhelming.

Graffiti.

I think the the G.WIZ Science Center is here, too.

An old friend.
That’s it for the Wednesday night shots. Here’s one I took today. I’m sure glad I can recycle these somewhere (Publix takes them). This is just from the past three months:

Not tonight/String Theory

Well, I guess at this point my picture gallery from the weekend isn’t going to happen tonight. That said, I do have an update: I’ve narrowed it down to the best 177 of 323 shots taken on the weekend. All that’s left now is to captionize ’em.
At 8pm tonight I was desperately flipping channels trying to find something entertaining to watch on TV. Nothing but sitcoms, none of them any good. And then I stumbled across “NOVA: The Elegant Universe” on PBS, a three-part series based on the book of the same name by Brian Greene.
Let me tell you… it has been years since I have been so captivated by something on television. The hour-long show discussed “string theory” — the idea that the smallest particles — strings, speculated to exist — may be able to explain the structure of the universe as we know it, and even goes so far as to propose separate but parallel universes! It really brought back my first days of physics in high school… the excitement of learning that mathematics could describe the world around me. After the show was over I found myself reeling, trying to digest some of the concepts presented.
What really blew me away was how well Brian Greene was able to relay extremely complex ideas in way an average viewer could understand. Really fantastic.
During the credits for the show, an announcer offered the viewer a chance to, among other things, “play with strings” on the PBS website. Ha! I had to check it out, and when I did, I discovered Brian Greene was doing a live-chat over at Seed Magazine. Of course I joined the chat, which proved very interesting (there should be a transcript of it online at the Seed Magazine website soon).
Guess what else? Starting tomorrow, you can watch all three hour-long parts at NOVA’s The Elegant Universe website! (A preview and the first two hours are up now.) Crazy. Heard of the big-bang theory? “The Elegant Universe” talks about its flaws and alternatives. If you have even the slightest interest in science, check it out. You won’t be disappointed.