Quitting cola

Public announcement: Due to my unhealthy cola drinking habits, I am quitting drinking cola for three months.

Exceptions to this rule are:

  1. If there is nothing else to drink
  2. If someone (in person) tells me I’m allowed some (need new permission per serving). If a caffeine free cola is available I must choose that one.
  3. If someone serves it to me without me asking for it

1x serving = 500 mL or less

After three months I will reevaluate the situation. If I feel the lack of cola in my life is having a detrimental affect on my well being, then I will return to my cola drinking ways. If I feel the lack of cola in my life has improved my life, then I will extend the time limit even further.

I have gone cola’less for weeks before, but never for months. I have however drastically slashed my intake for long periods, including a drop of around 70% consumption which has so far lasted for about four years. This is first time I have attempted a long term drop to zero consumption however.

And yes, I know other people have far more serious addictions, but this is my only vice in life* and I’d like to see if I can kick the habit.


* I’m not sure if an obsession with sugar counts as a “vice”, but I have that too

MitoQ mesylate

Well this was a surprise. It’s not often you see a drug advertised on Facebook and realise that you are partly responsible for it! The chemical used in this “supplement” is MitoQ mesylate. I was the first one to synthesise it in the mesylate form back in 2004 :)



Context: Betahaus cafe intercom system was calling out (in English) when meals are ready. All I could hear was “chicken garble garble bla bla”, so I strolled on up to let them know it was inaudible.

Me: “All I can hear is garble”
Cook: “Gabel? Hier ist eine Gabel!”
Me: “No, GARBLE, I can’t hear you!”
Cook: “Ja, ja, hier ist Gabel!”
Me:”No, GARBLE. The audio is bad, no one can hear you.”
Cook: “Ja! Gable ist hier. Siehst du?”
me: “Fuck”
Cook: “?”
me: “Was ist das?” (points to meal on counter)
Cook: “Das ist Frank” (meaning it’s Frank’s meal)
Me: “Danke schön :)”

My tummy is rumbling :P