Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Coke Zero

A few years ago, when I started trying to lose weight, I realized that cutting juice, soda, and other caloric drinks out of my diet was key. Unfortunately, I found that water, seltzer, and the flavored varieties of each were unsatisfying to me. So, I turned to diet soda. Now, despite a long-held prejudice against diet soft drinks, I found that there are many that taste good: Fresca (yes, it's diet), Diet Barq's root beer, Diet 7-Up, Diet Mountain Dew, etc. The weak link, though, was diet cola. Coke has been one of my favorite soda throughout adulthood, and I couldn't bear to drink Diet Coke, which, as my wife says, "tastes like carbonated battery acid."

But then came Coke Zero, and angels sang, and sunlight filled the sky. The ingredients list for Coke Zero looks pretty much identical to that of Diet Coke, right down to the aspartame sweetener. Yet Coke Zero actually tastes like Coke. While a true side by side test reveals a difference (esp. the way the sugared variety coats your tongue with the feel of sugar), Coke Zero is a true substitute for Coke for those who don't want to (or can't) drink sugar.

Now, if they'd just come out with Caffeine Free Coke Zero for the evenings...


Thursday, May 22, 2008

Books = Money

This past weekend, the Friends of the Medford Public Library held their spring book & bake sale. Remarkably, this sale and its fall counterpart, which rely on donated books and volunteer help, raise $15,000 to $20,000 per year for the Friends, in spite of most items being priced between $0.50 and $1.25. Pretty darn impressive if you ask me.

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What's wrong with hats?

I'm a big fan of Wired columnist Lore Sjoberg, and his current entry is a typically entertaining (especially for geeks) look at warnings that should be included on movies:

"WARNING: Indiana Jones is a fictional character. His movies are all set decades ago. He is more physically attractive than 98 percent of humanity. These are all reasons you should not attempt to dress like him."

For the record, though, I've been wearing an Indiana Jones-like hat since before I even knew about the new Indiana Jones movie, and I look darn good in that hat, if I do say so myself.

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Saturday, May 10, 2008

Birthday weekend on the Vineyard

We're spending a couple nights at The Madison Inn in Oak Bluffs, a town on Martha's Vineyard. Cute place, cute town, though not everything's open for the season yet. Tomorrow, we'll explore Vineyard Haven and some other parts of the island. For now, it's nice to not have to think about dishes, my to do list, etc.