Category Archives: Lifestyle

How to be efficient with your protein intake

It can be very difficult to get the right amount of protein in your diet and it gets even harder when you are trying to be efficient with your protein intake, both from a caloric and financial point of view. So, I have created a list of some foods I recently ate, order by their “purity” of protein. This chart has way too much information but creates a lot of interesting relationships between protein (also other macro-nutrients) and things like ketogenic ratio, net calories, fullness factor, and even gives an arbitrary rating for overall value based on cost. I have also provided a download link where you can add your own foods and play around with the varying costs of those foods.

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Rogers Retention Ridiculousness

TLDR; Rogers internet 25% off “Extreme Plus” (45Mbps/4Mbps/150GB) for $69 per month.

Let me start out by saying that for the past year there has been ‘provisioning’ going on with Bell Canada preventing me from getting any service other than Rogers Cable internet.

I signed up 8 months ago for a student promotion for 8 months no contract:

25Mbps Download; 2Mbps Upload; 160GB Cap; $52 after tax

This just expired and to my shock the price went up to $90. (I am rounding to the nearest dollar)

Here were my options (after calling Bell who informed me that they are still provisioning) Continue reading Rogers Retention Ridiculousness

Rogers mobile speed test results with HTC One on LTE

HTC One
The new HTC One gets 10mbps download and 1.5mbps upload on Rogers network.

Being a Wind Mobile customer for more than a year and a half now, I have always been disappointed with their mobile speed (specifically the upload rate).

Today, I went to Vaughan Mills Mall where they had a display for the HTC One. After talking with the sales person for a few minutes, I convinced him to demonstrate the speed test for Rogers which he was using as a carrier for the new device. Continue reading Rogers mobile speed test results with HTC One on LTE

Nook: A Blogging Tool?

I am writing his on my new Nook Simple Touch with Glowlight ereader. Yes, it is rooted, and yes, I am still getting used to the keyboard. Essentially this post is an exercise for myself to a) learn to type with a touchscreen keyboard (I have a QWERTY phone) and b) to determine if this is a viable blogging option. If I had to guess, I would say I could have written this post 4 times faster and with that amount fewer mistakes using a physical keyboard on a computer. Still I am really happy with the device’s capability thus far. Continue reading Nook: A Blogging Tool?

Arbitrary Value Rating Lookup Table

2012 Canadian Penny
The penny would get a low value rating as it costs more to produce than it is worth. In fact, Canada has now discontinued its production as of May 2012.

If you are looking for an easy way to compare values of a given subset I have created a simple lookup table for arbitrary value vs. rating. For example a $10 item scoring 10 points would have a value of 10 such that the rating is determined by squaring the item’s score divided by the price of the item. It is very useful for rating items in the range of $10-$100 and can be easily manipulated to represent the value of any range by factoring the value of the lowest priced item in the range to equal 10, such that for a range of $100-$1000 the price would be factored by 0.1 (100 x 0.1 = 10).

 

 

Here is the simple math:

10 = MIN_PRICE x FACTOR

VALUE = (RATING x RATING) / (MIN_PRICE x FACTOR)

Read on to see a sample lookup table. Continue reading Arbitrary Value Rating Lookup Table