I wouldn’t claim ever to be an expert on all things nutrition, but I’ve definitely made it a goal of mine to get in great shape and set myself up for a healthy and hearty 30′s by the time I hit the big 3-0 this July. As scary as that may be for me to admit, this article in the NY Times about sugar is way scarier.
Now most researchers will agree that the link between Western diet or lifestyle and cancer manifests itself through this association with obesity, diabetes and metabolic syndrome — i.e., insulin resistance. This was the conclusion, for instance, of a 2007 report published by the World Cancer Research Fund and the American Institute for Cancer Research — “Food, Nutrition, Physical Activity and the Prevention of Cancer.”
So how does it work? Cancer researchers now consider that the problem with insulin resistance is that it leads us to secrete more insulin, and insulin (as well as a related hormone known as insulin-like growth factor) actually promotes tumor growth.
I can say that I’ve cut out a lot of the straight-up “sugars” that I used to frequent, but now I need to find other ways to work out of this processed food idea that I’ve grown up to accept. My progress over the past year has been substantial, and this is the first of many steps forward out of my fat-ass depressed old self. Onward and upward and shit…
This photo is incredible. (via @sfist)
Check out the full slideshow:
Otherwise known as “kiiii dollar sign ha.” Hat tip to @cassadie.
We finally got around to creating a YouTube channel for The Neurovoltaic Orchestra and we’ve already got two bangers up there ready for people to post on blogs, Facebooks, Twitters, etc. Spread the word if you dig what you see; we’re starting to blow up around San Francisco. Not really. But kinda.
These dudes have been my favorite new addition to the neighborhood.
If you’ve visited the Lower Haight on a recent Saturday night, you just might have come face-to-face with one of these oversized spacemen, who have been making brief, overnight visits to our neighborhood — presumably with the intention of conquering us.
Few things have been taking up my attention lately moreso than learning how to use Ableton Live to make live music. For those that didn’t know already, I’ve joined a band called The Neurovoltaic Orchestra and really decided to put a lot of effort into it. First order of business for me has been taking the tracks that the band had already put together before I joined and remixing the hell out of them.
I’m particulary proud of how this last one came out:
Here’s what the original sounds like: Read more…
Just learned that the Lower Haight Art Walk is happening this Friday, April 1st. I’ll likely be there. Read more…
This was sent my way via the LMB inbox. It’s the trailer for the short film called “NOTHING IS COOL” and it definitely looks interesting. “Sometimes I just play a book on stage…”
Check out the trailer… Read more…
I just found a paragraph in an old New Yorker article about Flying Lotus that I need to come back to.
What is exciting about Ellison and his friends is not that they execute every track cleanly and perfectly or that they are a hard-charging group set to change the sound of radio. Ellison, like many of the artists in this affinity group I’ve met, has hundreds of unheard tracks on his hard drive, some long, many short. How they deploy all these puzzle pieces ends up being the real connection to his august lineage. Though the laptop and the controller pad are the instruments of choice, this music has the improvisatory, loose feel of jazz.
Nothing better describes how I’ve been approaching my work as a DJ these days….
I’ve been waiting for the iPad 2 announcement for a while; I knew it was coming and I figured I’d wait until the second generation to jump into the device with my own. It’s supposedly great for consuming but I actually plan to use it quite a bit for music production. I’ll report back once I actually get one.
I’m super excited to read the news that Battles are releasing a new album this June called Gloss Drop. If it’s anything like Mirrored, I’m already in love with this band again.
Although I don’t have cable anymore, I do a pretty good job of keeping up with the TV that matters most to me. Aside from the occasional Top Chef episode that my roommates watch, I generally keep up with three or four TV shows, all of which I can watch online. One of the newer ones to enter my repertoire is Portlandia, the new comedy on IFC featuring Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen. So far the episodes have a sense of quirk and utter childishness that’s really appealing to me in a show just introduced. In today’s landscape you’ve got to swing for the fences a bit if you want to get noticed, and this show nails it for me. You can watch a bunch of free clips over at Hulu and at IFC.com.
Two of the ones that struck home most for me thus far are the “Have You Read” video… Read more…
So, it’s been a while but I think I’m ready to officially start blogging again. Expect more updates out me soon.
It’s not my favorite from the band, but they do continue to bring the art of the music video back to the mainstream and I’ll continue to applaud their efforts.
I consider this a fair warning for own career pursuits…
This slow jam came on at a party I was at on Saturday night and it floored me. This deep cut simply eluded me.
This definitely goes down as the funniest thing I’ve seen in a while. At a party this weekend I busted out the “I Am T-Pain” app and it got some serious laughs.