Veritas Vos Liberabit – The Truth shall set you free

September 8, 2006

Shangri-La Day 4 and meeting new people.

Filed under: Personal, Shangri-La — Dave Persing @ 7:01 pm

Today was great.  I finally got my builder project nearly completed after several hours of frustrating bugs.  It built everything I asked it to!  Yay!

Shangri-la is going well.  I’ve been talking the oil only and I prefer it very strongly.  The insulin spike wasn’t worth it.  It made me irritable.  No one likes that.  Trust me.  I woke up and wasn’t hungry.  I went to work and wasn’t hungry.  I finally forced myself to eat some carrots, the last of the celery, and a protein bar (Double fudge brownie!).  It’s so strange to NOT be hungry all the time!  I still need to get a scale.  Tomorrow will be the day I run errands.

Today, while outside enjoying the beautiful day, I met a new person.  A very nice German intern guy that works at one of the other companies in our office complex.  He has quite possibly the best English that I’ve heard from someone from Europe.  It was amazing.  Grammar, vocabulary, everything.  After I introduced myself and started walking back into my office, I realized that a life change has been made in the last couple of years.  Call it maturity, call it what you will, but for me it is something rather intense.  For the longest time, I didn’t meet new people very easily.  I had a hard time “putting myself out there” if you will.  For some reason, I had this paranoia of what they thought of me, what they were saying, et cetera.  It was completely and utterly irrational.

Finally, I started fixing it.  I started singing karaoke.  Yep, karaoke.  Strange, you ask?  Karaoke is a type of activity that requires getting up in front of larger groups of people.  Sometimes ten, sometimes a hundred.  Either way, it doesn’t matter.  The point is, I was terrified to get up and sing in front of a herd.  Finally, on my 22nd birthday (while rather intoxicated) the karaoke DJ, Jeremy “Silent J” Ormsbee, signed me up for a song.  After some coaxing, I did it.

It was awful.

The thrill of trying something new and had never done before made me realize that I didn’t care about the (unfortunate) people in the audience!
My endpoint is this: I believe it is absolutely necessary for us to face our fears, whatever they may be.  Be it change resistance or meeting new people, singing karaoke or a fear of heights.  Often, this presents a challenge for us to become better people and more well-rounded individuals better suited for the real world.  Facing that challenge is a good thing.  It will make us stronger.  I promise!

I’m done waxing philosophical now.  What challenges or fears have you faced?  What was the outcome?

September 7, 2006

Shangri-La Day 3 and other geek stuff

Filed under: Geek, Shangri-La, Windows Vista — Dave Persing @ 7:23 pm

Day three.

Last night, I had pizza for dinner. Does preprocessed food give you a stomach ache on this diet? It’s happened twice thus far. First, when I had a burger from a place in Seattle. The second is making a take-and-bake pizza and eating it. Each time I’ve just felt, well, for lack of a better term…gross. It wasn’t appetising at all.

Today though, I went to Trader Joe’s and got some good stuff to have for lunches at the office. This is twofold! I don’t spend money on eating out every day, AND I can eat more healthy things! Why didn’t I do this before? I had some carrots, some celery with peanut butter, and a Promax bar. I was stuffed. I can’t remember a time in my life when I had that little and been totally full. It was great! I got some of those chocolate-covered peanut butter-filled pretzels that I love so much. None were eaten. I didn’t want them at all. Amazing!

In other news, I’m currently downloading the Windows Vista RC1 image. I love my cable connection. 7 Megabits a second (yeah, you’re right Toby!). Glorious. I need a distraction from the company builder (the one that builds our software). I’ve been charged with revamping it to be able to support more options. Multiple Products and different source trees. Given the nature of the original builder, it wasn’t an easy task. Hopefully it’ll be done tomorrow.

September 6, 2006

Mt. St. Helens and Shangri-la Day Two

Filed under: Nature/Outdoors, Personal — Dave Persing @ 10:06 pm

I was fully intending on heading out on my new adventure on Monday. However, Carrie and I were inspired Monday morning to take a trip to Mount St. Helens. Carrie had never been to see the mountain although she’s grown up in Washington! We had a wonderful day driving down I-5 and see the gorgeous scenery. Pictures will follow shortly!

Day Two of Shangri-La has been interesting. Yesterday, I took the olive oil and sugar water in the morning and evening. However, both times I either drank the sugar water too quickly or I seem to be somewhat sensitive to it. My blood sugar shot through the roof and then I crashed shortly thereafter. I tried drinking it MUCH more shortly this morning and it still was pretty intense. I decided to try only olive oil this evening and it’s been working great.

My appetite has shrunk quite a bit as well. It’s really sort of weird. Since I don’t have a scale (I’ll be getting one this week), I can’t actually weigh myself to know if it’s working!

More to follow later.

UPDATE:  Added a few pictures of the trip to Mt. St. Helens.   The link to my Flickr set is here.

September 2, 2006

Shangri-la

Filed under: Personal, Shangri-La — Dave Persing @ 12:28 pm

I just finished reading the book “The Shangri-la Diet” by Dr. Seth Roberts.

I have to admit that it is a fascinating way of thinking! I hate diets. I despise them. I think they’re often fruitless and ultimately lead to a yo-yo effect on your weight.

I’ve been looking for something that was more along the lines of a lifestyle change as opposed to a short term fix to my extra pounds. Hopefully, I’ve found that in this book.

The general idea of the method is each person has a weight “set point” which the body wants to maintain. Some foods can raise or lower the weight set point. By eating foods that have little to no flavor, the set point can be lowered.

It’s obviously more complex than that, but it is one of the things I’ve gleaned. So, this afternoon or evening I’ll be trying it out. For the next few weeks, I’ll be taking extra-light olive oil (ELOO) morning and night and gauging the effects on my appetite. If it works, right on! I’m a path to losing weight! If not, well, I’ll have to try something else.

I will also be attempting to keep track of the results (namely my appetite and how I’m feeling) here until the category “Shangri-La”.  I don’t own a scale at this immediate moment, so it’ll have to be that instead of the cold, hard weight numbers.

I’m thoroughly excited about this. Not necessarily for the ‘diet’ aspect of it, but of changes I can make in my own life when I decide I want to do something. It’s similar to starting this blog. I’ve wanted to start blogging for a really long time, but I just didn’t do it. Being spurred by killing my television I’ve started to gradually make things different. Life changes take time. I know this but now I do think I can do it. Finally.

September 1, 2006

Browzar isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

Filed under: Geek, Security — Dave Persing @ 4:30 pm

I was surfing on Digg and came across this post. Scoble mentioned Browzar briefly yesterday.

I’m glad I didn’t download it! Heaven knows I don’t need to come in contact with MORE adware on a daily basis.

Personally, I use Firefox and the Stealther extension. It works splendidly!

And yes. I did have to add ALL those links in the two sentences, so don’t ask. 🙂

Have a great Labor Day weekend everyone!

UPDATE: Scoble pulled the link to Browzar. Good stuff!

August 31, 2006

Kill your television!

Filed under: Personal — Dave Persing @ 1:42 pm

Yesterday, I did something I didn’t think I could do.

I canceled my cable TV. Shocking, isn’t it?

What brought this you ask? The proposal has been with the committee (read: Me) for a very long time, but I’ve not had the moxie to actually do it. I’ve always had an excuse as to why I need to have TV. 24 is on or some other fun-yet-completely-unnecessary show is on. It’s not enough. I shouldn’t let something as trivial as television block me from completing a change or achieving my goals. Period.

Finally, after a conversation with Toby on Tuesday night, I decided to do it.

There are several reasons for doing it:

1. I’ve been wanting to do more reading. Instead of doing something productive when I’m done with work in the evenings, I was heading home and sitting in front of the tube.

2. I’ve been whining about gaining weight. Considering my sedentary lifestyle, this really isn’t a surprise.

3. I’ve been wanting to get out and enjoy God’s green outdoors more often. Sitting at home doesn’t accomplish that.

4. I’ve been wanting to educate myself a little more on the ins and outs of management, marketing, computer programming, etc.

I finally realized that I need to start making changes in my everyday life. Granted, canceling television doesn’t necessarily accomplish this but it’s a step in the right direction! I think it will be easier to accomplish the things that I want to do without stupid TV in the way.

I’m excited!

Hello World!

Filed under: Geek, Personal — Dave Persing @ 11:46 am

This is my first post to a blog. Strange that I’ve been in the tech world for quite a while, but have been so far behind the times!

By way of introduction, my name is Dave Persing. I’m currently employed at a small software company in Bellevue, WA called TeamDirection as a software developer. We’re in the business of providing project management software for the layperson. There are other things we dabble in, but it’s beyond the scope of this post.

I’m the eldest of eight children (yeah, that’s 8 kids). I currently reside on Mercer Island. I have a wonderful girlfriend and awesome friends. Life is good!

Veritas vos liberabit literally means “the Truth shall set you free”. It’s a Latin phrase that I’ve admired ever since I started learning Latin in the sixth grade. And yes, that is a “T” not a “t”.
The blog is going to be about whatever I have to say. Be it geek-related, personal experiences, or anything else that strikes my fancy, it will be here. Mostly, the blog is for a personal record of things accomplished and observed.

Bear with me as I try to find the voice and style of the blog. I’m sure it will take some failures to get things right!

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