Thursday, May 12, 2016

It's good to be overweight!

It's good to be overweight!  According to this study studying a group for the ten years 2003 to 2013, the BMI associated with the lowest all-cause mortality is 27.0.  My current BMI is ... 27.2.  Yay!

On the other hand, I should note that so far as I can tell there is vastly more noise than signal in studies of this nature.  This particular study looked at nearly 100,000 Danes in that period.  It wouldn't surprise me a bit if 100,000 Americans, Japanese, or Egyptians were studied, they'd get completely different results.  Probably even a different set of 100,000 Danes would get a different result!

But I like this one :)

Night in Paradise...

Night in Paradise...  I woke early this morning, around 2 am, and couldn't get back to sleep.  After guzzling a cup of tea, I headed out for the short walk to my shed and office.  It was a moonless night, pitch black, and perfectly clear – and that gave me a stunning view of the sky.  The Milky Way is prominent overhead and down into the southern sky (very dark here, as the Wasatch Mountains are that way).  Nearly due south was a great show: Saturn and Mars, quite close together, and close to the bright star Antares.  Beautiful!