Saturday, May 1, 2010

Double me Down!

Recently I have been reading about the "horrors" of Kentucky Fried Chickens new Double Down Sandwich.
A product that is " meaty, there's no room for a bun!"

According to the advertisements:

"The new KFC Double Down sandwich is real! This one-of-a-kind sandwich features two thick and juicy boneless white meat chicken filets (Original Recipe® or Grilled), two pieces of bacon, two melted slices of Monterey Jack and pepper jack cheese and Colonel's Sauce" 

Actually, the dammed thing sounds and looks pretty dammed tasty to me!

But you should hear (read) the monkey-screaming-while-flinging-feces reaction on the blogsphere.

"Just look at this atrocity."
"...heart attack on a plate."
"How dare KFC attempt to market such an abomination!"
"Makes me sick to think this is available for my kids to eat!" 
"Potentially lethal!"
"Angina on a plate!"

The list goes on.
A spark people article (yes, I use Spark People... I can't help but to spin the login wheel!) goes on to rant about the vileness of the sandwich.
The interesting thing are all the comments, a majority of them agreeing about how the sandwich is vile, a heart attack on a paper wrapper, and how KFC should be boycotted. And what about this "nutritional nightmare"?

Lets take a look at the nutritional content of the Double Down:

Fried Double Down:
540 calories, 32 grams of total fat, 10 of them saturated and 0.5 trans fats, 1380 milligrams of sodium.

OMG run for the hills!

How dare KFC market such an abomination! Lets see, a 540 kcal Double Down is 1/5th my total daily allotment of calories, and 66% of my sodium intake limit according to the RDA. I should sue!
I should go to Wendy's instead!

Umm, wait a min... that Wendy's Triple Baconator sure looks good! I cannot eat the bun because I am sensitive to Gluten, and it makes my hair fall out. I will be "good" and skip the fries and a drink.

Lets see how many calories are in this hamburger:

Holy Crap! 1180 kcal? That is more than twice as much as the Double Down!

"Just look at this atrocity."
"...heart attack on a plate."
"How dare Wendy's attempt to market such an abomination!"
"Makes me sick to think this is available for my kids to eat!" 
"Potentially lethal!"
"Angina on a plate!"

Ok, so one can find an abomination on the menu of nearly every fast food chain.

There is bad shit out there in the world people. Avoid stepping in it. Don't let your kids eat what you think is bad for them, but quit bitching about what is bad for me.

I can do totally fine with eating a Double Down. I can go grilled so that I don't get the breading if it makes me sick. I can do without the excess sodium, but hey, its my body.

A person losing weight has to abide by the laws of physics... to lose weight you must consume fewer calories than you burn. Simple. I can choose those calories to be crap, and feel sick and under nourished, or I can choose my calories to be good for me, with veggies, fruit, meat etc. and feel less sick, or even healthy. I am an experimental physicist, and can read the data. I do not need my research in how my body reacts to food be be hindered a-priori via legislation to ban certain foods. =)

So, I have about 2600 kcal to play with today. I am going to eat a Double Down, with a side of potato wedges, and an iced tea. My total calories will be around 800 kcal. (Still almost 400 kcal less than the bunless hunk of meat Wendy's calls the baconator.)
This is very reasonable calorie count for a meal. 

Hell, I may later on eat a pint of Ben and Jerry's pistachio pistachio ice cream. (Hey, check out their marketing.) This will come out to about 1000 kcal. What do you know, I will still have 800 kcal to play with. Think of how many fruits and veggies I can eat to make up 800 kcal! 
Or... I could eat another Double Down with potato wedges! YUM!

If you never see any more blog posts from me, you will know without a doubt that the Double Down killed me off, and you can say "Ha Ha!"


Friday, April 30, 2010

Let Your Fingers Do The Walking. (FPOTW)

Recently I have returned to my swingers life. 

By this I mean Lindy Hop of course! =)
This means less time for this blog, but not to fear, as I will continue to post despite dancing and Oompaloompas.

On a swinging note, lets talk about Django Reinhardt, perhaps the greatest of the Jazz and Gypsy Swing guitarists.

 As a youth, Django was injured in a house fire, leaving him with reduced leg mobility, and paralyzed the ring and pinkey fingers of his left hand.
Such and injury would be devastating to a guitarist, but despite the handicap, Django retrained himself to excel in guitar despite his injures. His guitar work served as an inspiration to following generations.

Below is a video of Django playing. Note how he lets his fingers do the walking!

---- Start Fermi Problem ----

Estimate how many miles Django's fingers traveled over the fret board over his lifetime.

How many notes did Django play over his lifetime?

How many calories did he burn playing these notes?

--- End Fermi Problem ---