May 3rd, 2011

lipsosuction study in Obesity covered in NYT by Gina Kolata

As always, Kolata's coverage is excellent: detailed and thoughtful.

The ridiculously short form: RCT study of effects of removing 1 pound of fat from thighs via liposuction after 1 year. The Fat Came Back (duh), but not on the thighs. There are interesting details about how they got women to agree to be randomized and so forth. Despite where the results were published, the women involved were "nonobese".

You can read the abstract for the article here:

And it has more information about measurements and more study constraints.

I find nothing about this surprising, other than that someone _actually_ did what looks like a pretty good study.

About a decade ago, when I was busy avoiding some really appalling news coverage, I spent a bunch of time reading health news coverage because, for a while, it was relatively uncontaminated by the larger political world. I was trying to understand a variety of things about nutrition and exercise, and in particular, I got really obsessed with putting together a series of sequences for where fat would go in or come out of your body, depending on characteristics like gender, age, what kinds of foods you typically ate and what kinds of physical activity you typically engaged in. I picked up the term "fat depot" and had this idea that your body had preferential areas to put the extra calories, and they were arranged as a stack (first in last out/last in first out, however you care to think about it). So if you got focused on fat in a body part that was deep in your personal "stack" of fat depots, you were going to have to get low-fat all over because it was going to be the last to go. This is _unbelievably_ important to understand if you are female and reproductive, because for a lot (not all) women, breasts are higher in the stack than thighs (and sometimes belly). That is, for many women, weight loss means boob loss before thigh loss. I ultimately convinced myself that anyone for whom this was _not_ true actually did not have some magic diet or exercise routine (whatever they believed themselves), but had a slightly different stack, probably due to genetics. Chasing strategies for how to lose weight while keeping the boobs at their fattiest was just signing up to be a Mark for every bad diet or exercise routine every imagined. And cultural preferences for thin, muscular looking women with big tits was a prescription for fake ones.

Needless to say (altho I'm about to anyway), this study slots _perfectly_ into my theory of how human bodies work.

e-mail, cellular service and iPad (or ATT FAIL)

Well, this is annoying. As near as I can tell, AT&T's wireless service for the iPad does not want to have more than one iPad using the same email address. I'm hoping this is an incorrect assumption based on some other aspect of what I'm doing.


This is _so much worse_ than I had imagined. I'm really glad I decided to do a little digging around before trying more things. When just signing the second iPad up presented me with an error message, I was going to cancel the account on the first iPad and try again. However, the experience this guy had with turning off an account on one iPad and then starting up on the new one suggests that this is not a brilliant idea.

Worse, when this guy had ATT transfer the account from the old SIM card to the new one, ATT said that the old SIM card might not work any more and need to be replaced.

I have to wonder what the thinking is behind this. I'm not even a corporation. I'm more or less in the situation this guy was in, updating hardware, with the additional complication that the old hardware is not being retired, but instead repurposed to another person in my family. I might well want to use the cellular on both at the same time. Making me have a separate e-mail for each of them is _profoundly_ annoying.

I have a secondary e-mail account. I guess I hope ATT gets this figured out before the 3rd round of hardware comes out.

kudos to magmic

I signed up for NYT Crosswords on my iPad and since I have dealt with the loss of that device (to my offspring) by purchasing a new and improved version, I wanted to transfer it to the new device. Did I remember my alias? No. Or the password. Hmmm. It turns out that magmic uses the same alias/password for all their games AND their forums, and over on the forums you can hand them an e-mail or alias and they'll do the update-password dance.

That was absurdly, fantastically easy.

more rumors about an amazon android tablet

Which in turn points to this:

I'm having a little trouble making sense of this. However, it _really_ reminds me of one-time dreams of network appliances.

This time for sure, Rocky?

ETA: No, I _really_ can't make any sense of the offending sentence and neither can eWeek because they quoted it from DigiTimes without explanation.

"Taiwan-based notebook maker Quanta Computer has recently received OEM orders from Amazon for its reported tablet PC and the device will also receive full support from Taiwan-based electrophoretic display (EPD) maker E Ink Holdings (EIH) for supplying touch panel as well as providing its Fringe Field Switching (FFS) technology, according to sources from upstream component makers."

I get the Quanta got an order part. EPD would mean E-ink; FFS would mean LCD. One hesitates to say it can't be both, given what the E-Ink Nook and the Entourage Edge chose to do. So I'm still confused.