String Theory

I recently had the following thought: I want to have a bass and guitar with thicker strings for when I want to play something in drop C, or some other lower tuning.  My first idea is to just buy thicker strings and put them on my main bass/guitar, but I feel like I’d be shooting myself in the foot when I want to play something in standard tuning, as I often do.  So my second idea is to buy a new bass and guitar for the heavier strings.  But it does seem a bit silly to buy a second set (probably) identical instruments just to put thicker strings on it.  Also, if I buy a new bass, I’m going to get a fretless one.

Then it hit me: my first bass and guitar have been sitting on their respective racks, collecting dust.  It’s kinda sad to have instruments that are that neglected, so why not put new, thicker strings on them?  Because there’s a reason why they’ve been collecting dust: my new bass and guitar are better than them in every way possible.  But what if I made them suck significantly less?  I could put new electronics in them, replace bridges, etc.  Do I know how to do any of that?  Not at all.  And what better way to learn than to fix up your old, unloved instruments?  But that’s the problem: they unused, but not unloved.  Those are my babies, and I’d rather not accidentally ruin them because I have no idea what I’m doing.  So for now, my dusty instruments will likely continue to remain dusty until I gather the courage to do something with them.

The Om-Est of the Noms

This isn't even my final form!

It’s a surprisingly warm Saturday in March, which means it’s a good day for grilling.  As you can imagine, I’ve been excited about this all week long.  This has been the high point of my week, which might say a lot about the current state of my life…but that’s besides the point.  My point is that I’m going to put several pounds of grilled meat into my mouth over the course of 30 hours.  At some point this week, the part of me that enjoys no longer being fat asked the part of me that likes eating the following question: “How much weight will I gain from all this gluttonous activity?”

So I did the math (I did the monster math) and found out that I’d be consuming almost 8000 calories.  Given that I burn about 4200 calories over two days just from not being dead, I end up with a ~3800 calorie surplus, which results in gaining 1 lb of fat.  And this is just from grilled meat and the appropriate side dishes.  Of course, ~3800 this is an upper-bound.  I didn’t take into consideration things like how much fat will drip off of my burgers while on the grill.  Regardless, it’s still a lot of calories.  The part of me that would like to continue not being fat thinks I should think of ways to bring that number down (e.g., use leaner beef for my burgers); however, the point of BBQing is to eat tasty food until you’re so full, you regret every decision leading up to you being in that state.

Oh, and by the way, I’ve been stuck on week 3 on my journey to 100 pushups for the past 2 weeks.  I guess I shall never be swole.  And yet, I still refuse to give up.  I guess that’s just my ninja way.