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Calories, Schmalories - Part 1 - Thermodynamics

Poor, poor Nicolas Léonard Sadi Carnot. I mean, sure, we've all suffered through the equations for his theoretical heat engines in physics class. But the dude always gets snubbed by armchair and "professional" nutritionists alike when they start spouting off about calories. You can always tell they're experts on the subject, because invariably they walk up to a whiteboard and write a very scientific equation looking something like:

Δweight = calories in - caloriesout

Of course, the somewhat more enlightened ones will be a bit more precise:

Δweight = calories consumed - caloriesburned

They'll then go on to explain, in a very authoritative tone, how this is an irrefutable law of thermodynamics, and that a person can't lose weight unless he eats fewer calories than he burns, how this is all very well understood and accepted by all the top scientists, and so forth. And the onlookers all nod in agreement; I mean, after all, this seems so obvious - how can anyone d…

While You Respawn

To the tune of Since U Been Gone by Kelly Clarkson

Here's the thing
You started out grand
You shot someone but it was not a trend
Yeah, yeah, while you respawn

You had a ping of one-oh-nine
I even thought I guess this guy is fine
Yeah, yeah, while you respawn

And all you'd ever hear me say
Is you should find a clip or two
That's all you'd ever hear me say

But while you respawn
We can lead for the first time
You're better off gone, yeah yeah
Thanks to you, there's a kid, a kid I can taunt
While you respawn

I thought I told you, don't camp so long
I ever thought I guess he heard me wrong
Yeah, yeah, while you respawn
How come I'd never hear you say
I just got a kill or two
Guess you never learned to play

But while you respawn
We can lead for the fist time
You're better off gone, yeah yeah
Thanks to you, there's a kid, a kid I can taunt
While you respawn

You had your shot, you missed it
Up and right, you must be blind
Pull the plug, I just can't take it
Again and again and …

Wheel Reinvention Project Abandoned

That's right. The oft-neglected, painfully minimalist, and oddly spamophilic jeffevans.us will no longer see any new content. Given that Google is gradually commandeering the e-mail, medical archival, and interplanetary planning domains, it seems only natural they should absorb my smatterings somewhere along the way. Plus at some point I forgot how to write php, or at least read the festering pile of pre-CS-125spaghetti code that comprises my source.

Yes, I know the timing is highly suspect but no, this is not a joke. This, however, is... I hope.