Food Expert Alton Brown Talks About Weight Loss and his Four-List Method

Alton Brown loses weight and talks about how he did it

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I am sharing this not because I care about losing weight, but because it shows a greater insight into this fascinating person. I always enjoyed watching Good Eats and appreciated his approach to cooking. He is always fun to watch, and it was amazing he lost 50 pounds of weight.

Did you know he was from the South and prefers to stay there? I thought it was fascinating. With all the national coverage you assume that most people want to live in a metropolitan area like NYC or something like that. Especially when they could make so much money taking care of rich people. It is fascinating how money doesn’t motivate the most creative people isn’t it?

What is interesting as well is that as I’m watching Iron Chef he so immediately identifies and gives easily understood reasons why chefs are doing certain things. Seeing someone with skill is so impressive isn’t it? I also enjoy that he can be spontaneous and fun and that he enhances the show rather than try to overpower it with his own ideas or accomplishments. I wonder how food shows would have been different if people like Julia Child hadn’t been funny with preparing food first?

It is surprising isn’t it that as long as TV has existed it hasn’t created a smell component yet. I wonder why? It seems like such a killer feature. Yes scent in complicated but its a remarkable there isn’t more development in this. Perhaps that is something innovative that will happen in the next 10 years. I think probably the biggest problem with that is that it effectively makes it in to a Star Trek style food dispenser being able to create molecules. Perhaps we will see both technologies emerge at the same time.

Stories from my Past: Disconnected from Server

One of the downsides of knowing something is that you often feel the burden to do something about a situation you know you can help with. I walk into a store and the clerk behind the counter is trying to get a payment from a woman. The woman gives him her information three times, so its clear it’s not a problem with the lady but with the computer.

I interject myself into this situation when he says that the cash register/computer terminal says it is “disconnected from server”. I suggest he reboot the terminal. He does that and it solves the issue. The lady is thrilled and she pays and leaves. I get my food and he gives me a cookie as a thank you.

So one of the neat things about knowing things is that you can help solve what would have been a very difficult situation. The lady didn’t have cash, and the clerk was clearly not capable of thinking of this solution on himself. Since it was a Sunday, it was unlikely that he had tech support, and even if you get an IT person, it doesn’t mean that know what they are doing. It is frustrating when you have some knowledge to have to deal with someone in your profession who doesn’t seem to have the same experience/background.

The best part of this was that this situation was fixed quickly. There are always going to be problems, but the first thing that someone should do when faced with a weird computer problem is to reboot the system. One day the system will detect these problems and reboot itself, but until that happens, that is always the #1 solution people. It is funny. People need to take breaks, naps and rest. Yet they think that technology doesn’t need it. Technology seems to need the same things that humans do. It needs to rest, be in a comfortable temperature, and not be abused. If you do this, then 90% things should work fine. If not, then motivate the IT guy with a sandwich.