Jan Prashker

August 12, 2017 § Leave a comment

I dreamed I was lying on my back in an alley in Lower Queen Anne, and Jan Prashker walked over to me. She wore a combination of grey, white and red and looked healthy and happy.

“I’m so happy you’re my friend,” she told me. And I rose to embrace her. “How is Dave [Rosenbloom]?” I asked.

“He’s good!” she beamed.

And I woke thinking “Wow, I miss Jan. I should talk to her.” Then I remembered she died in 2002 of a brain tumour and I’m wondering about Dave Rosenbloom her partner, and I’m wondering now about my health.

Nagumo Style Diet, Poetry Corner

August 1, 2017 § Leave a comment

Learned of this from watching “Longevity – One Meal a Day” on YouTube. Sadly, Doctor Nagumo’s book isn’t translated into English from Japanese, so I’ve relied on this translation.

Not all of this corresponds with my way of eating, but my way of eating is a work in progress. It’s an improvement over my last way of eating. You know who shares my way of eating? HRH Elizabeth II and her consort Prince Philip the Duke of Edinburgh. They’re in their nineties.

There’s lots of evidence to support caloric restriction, whole foods, reduction or elimination of sugar. I probably will not eat small-sized whole fish unless it’s sardines.

Nagumo Style Diet

  1. Walking exercise instead of running
  2. Sleep by 10pm
  3. Growth Hormone is at most active between 10pm-2am

  4. A bowl of rice, Miso soup, and one plate of side dish
  5. Prepare meals in kids size plates. Start with smaller portion from your regular portion. Then when you are ready, start one meal a day diet.

  6. Eat Whole
    Eat veggies and fruits with peels, roots, and leaves. Eat small-sized whole fish. Eat whole-wheat products. Eggs and beans also have whole nutrients
  7. No over eating, no over consumption of fats, sugar, and salt
  8. Only drink when you get thirsty
  9. Healthful benefits of Burdock Tea
  10. A rumbling stomach is a sign that the cells in your body are at work!
  11. One meal a day and you’ll look 20 years younger!

“I am tired of tears and laughter,
And men that laugh and weep
Of what may come hereafter
For men that sow to reap:
I am weary of days and hours,
Blown buds of barren flowers,
Desires and dreams and powers
And everything but sleep.”

Algernon Charles Swinburne

Not So Short Post! Man’s Search For Meaning

July 24, 2017 § Leave a comment

The stupid are cocksure while the intelligent are full of doubt. – Bertrand Russell

Light sorrows speak, but deeper ones are dumb. – Seneca

From Viktor Frankl’s Man’s Search For Meaning:

We had to learn ourselves and, furthermore, we had to teach the despairing men, that it did not really matter what we expected from life, but rather what life expected from us. We needed to stop asking about the meaning of life, and instead to think of ourselves as those who were being questioned by life–daily and hourly. Our answer must consist, not in talk and meditation, but in right action and in right conduct. Life ultimately means taking the responsibility to find the right answer to its problems and to fulfill the tasks which it constantly sets for each individual.

Life does not mean something vague, but something very real and concrete, just as life’s tasks are also very real and concrete. They form man’s destiny, which is different and unique for each individual. No man and no destiny can be compared with any other man or any other destiny. No situation repeats itself, and each situation calls for a different response.Sometimes the situation in which a person finds herself may require her to shape her own fate by action. At other times it is more advantageous for her to make use of an opportunity for contemplation and to realize assets in this way. Sometimes a person may be required simply to accept fate, to bear her cross. Every situation is distinguished by its uniqueness, and there is always only one right answer to the problem posed by the situation at hand.

Everyone has her own specific vocation or mission in life to carry out a concrete assignment which demands fulfillment. Therein she cannot be replaced, nor can her life be repeated.

Live as if you were living already for the second time and as if you had acted the first time as wrongly as you are about to act now. Are you responsible to society or to your own conscience?

Widen and broaden the visual field of the patient so the whole spectrum of potential meaning becomes conscious and visible. The true meaning of life is to be discovered in the world rather than within man or his own psyche, as though it were a closed system. Being human always points, and is directed, to something, or someone other than oneself by giving herself to a cause tp serve or another person to love — the more human she is and the more she actualizes herself.

According to logotherapy, we can discover this meaning in life in three different ways: (1) by creating a work or doing a deed; (2) by experiencing something or encountering someone; and (3) by the attitude we take toward unavoidable suffering.

Logotherapy is not pessimistic but rather activistic. The pessimist resembles a person who observes with fear and sadness that her calendar, from which she daily tears a sheet, grows thinner with each passing day. On the other hand, the person who attacks the problems of life actively is like a person who removes each successive leaf from her calendar and files it neatly and carefully away with its predecessors, after having first jotted down a few diary notes on the back.

A given symptom is responded to by a phobia, the phobia triggers the symptom, and the symptom, in turn, reinforces the phobia. A similar chain of events, however, can be observed in obsessive-compulsive cases in which the patient fights the ideas which haunt her. As soon as the patient stops fighting her obsessions and instead tries to ridicule them by dealing with them in an ironical way-by applying paradoxical intention-the vicious circle is cut, the symptom diminishes and finally atrophies.

Anticipatory anxiety has to be counteracted by paradoxical intention; hyper-intention as well as hyper-reflection have to be counteracted by dereflection; dereflection, however, ultimately is not possible except by the patient’s orientation toward her specific vocation and mission in life.

It is not the neurotic’s self-concern, whether pity or contempt, which breaks the circle formation; the cue to cure is self-transcendence.

Everyone should have rules to live by

June 24, 2017 § Leave a comment

Update: I’m running Linux Mint 18.2 MATE (64-bit) exclusively now, although I did install WINE, a free and open-source Windows compatibility layer, thinking I’d need Overdrive application to read eBooks. My problems with the OS seizing up, GRUB going wacky, and occasionally losing X.org are gone. I’d hoped for some Bluetooth compatibility with LM 18.2 but I’m not sure my old laptop has the driver for Bluetooth capability. I just unloaded all my Ottawa, Gatineau, Vancouver and Victoria pics from my phone to a PC with Bluetooth technology. I don’t have any problems so far, however. Files don’t take 3 hours to load, or even 13 seconds.

Update update: I don’t have WINE installed anymore.

I am taking Linux Mint 18.1 XFCE (32-bit) for a test spin. I’ve tested my hard drive many times over the past month: my laptop’s battery is at 52% lifespan, I’ve run smartctl long and short, run diagnostics three times in the past week, updated the BIOS twice within the month, and still memory leaks are hanging up my PC. I’ve also backed up my files twice this month. If I go ahead with an upgrade it’ll be to 18.1 64-bit Linux Mint MATE.

“Nuke it from orbit!” Maybe I’ll have to. So many things I’d like to nuke from orbit. However, I’m observing Rule #2. It is a good rule. Some people assume that if the other person doesn’t volunteer her own sorrows after listening to another, they must not have any, or that they are lesser in impact and stress than their own.

I have Windows 7 on this machine though: it’s a dual boot. Should I just abandon Windows 7 (really don’t want to) and dedicate the whole laptop to Linux, with Virtualbox VMWare handling other linux distros?

Anyhow, RULES TO LIVE AND LOVE BY! These are “The Eleven Satanic Rules of the Earth”

  1. Do not give opinions or advice unless you are asked.
  2. Do not tell your troubles to others unless you are sure they want to hear them.
  3. When in another’s lair, show him respect or else do not go there.
  4. If a guest in your lair annoys you, treat him cruelly and without mercy.
  5. Do not make sexual advances unless you are given the mating signal.
  6. Do not take that which does not belong to you unless it is a burden to the other person and he cries out to be relieved.
  7. Acknowledge the power of magic if you have employed it successfully to obtain your desires. If you deny the power of magic after having called upon it with success, you will lose all you have obtained.
  8. Do not complain about anything to which you need not subject yourself.
  9. Do not harm little children.
  10. Do not kill non-human animals unless you are attacked or for your food.
  11. When walking in open territory, bother no one. If someone bothers you, ask him to stop. If he does not stop, destroy him.

Is it now harder to connect with people online?

June 7, 2017 § Leave a comment

I think it is. I do better with letters and phone calls and emails because they’re direct and personal. I don’t understand people who think their connections will thrive when they’re shunted to mass audience of political and impersonal dittos and viral memes.

I don’t understand why my pattern is: “Oh I have a thought. I will share it because it’s interesting to me and may be to other people!” Share thought. No one reads, or one person unfollows and I wonder if it’s what I shared. Then I think “no, it can’t be, because I’m conscious of high sensitivity levels, and nothing I tweeted is hateful, insulting nor a breach of community guidelines.” But if I ever tested if anyone was out there, maybe foolhardily posting a threat to harm self or others, I’d get attention but the negative type that lead to three-day lockups or police records. And who would take me seriously when I had a real crisis?

I know people are out there, they have lives. How did I go from having friends I could phone and talk to friends who post 15+ times a day on their social media without reading what goes on in other people’s lives, without changing my posse? Has this happened to you? It’s one thing to not log on very often, because of real life and real people coming first, but having real life + real people, then barraging one-way only posts, and expecting to maintain friendships?

Update: It’s hard to share on a platform monetizing from one-way broadcasting accounts, and from proliferating bots. Go to Reddit, Tumblr, Diaspora, IRC, Slack or Mastodon to find real people, or better yet, Meetup.

Dr. Rhonda Patrick’s Nutrition Hacks

May 15, 2017 § Leave a comment

Every unfollower I get, I post something funny or useful. It’s my way of rewarding people who stay on, the people who are of the “spell your words properly, don’t be homophobic, transphobic, racist, ageist, political extremist, vulgar, insulting. Don’t post fake news, don’t spam my timeline” quality. Unfollows happen from automated accounts who follow only to get a followback.

However, posting beyond 140 characters is frequently required to show “the good stuff.”  As an example of “the good stuff” which would benefit many people willing to click and explore, here are notes from listening to Dr. Rhonda Patrick’s “Found My Fitness” appearance on Tim Ferriss’s podcast

  • nootropics: choline, effects 1-2 hours after ingestion
  • nicotinic receptors
  • Alpha-GPC 600mg day
  • CDP-choline 1000g day
  • lion’s mane mushroom extract
  • Vitamin D serotonin production 4000 IU & K2
  • Omega-3
  • Great Lakes hydrolyzed collagen supplement powder in cartilage
  • Make sure product is certified by NSF international (Nat’l Sanitary Foundation)
  • https://info.nsf.org/certified/dietary
  • USP Certified – purity of dietary supplements usp.org/verified
  • Food: polyphenols
  • green leafy vegetables, cruciferous vegetables
  • scrambled eggs, sauteed kale & garlic (avocado oil) & mustard powder, &
  • tomatillo salsa – lutein and zeaxanthin
  • stay away from PUFAs
  • pomegranate, blueberry, nuts, coconut milk, flaxseeds, cacao nibs
  • sauerkraut prebiotics fiber lactobacillus probiotics
  • sauteed spinach, bok choy, greens
  • fish oil brain health DHA 2g/day 2.5g slows telomere shortening
  • nicotinic riboside
  • strength training, yoga, ballet, go for a run for cognitive boost, aerobic exercise
  • lunges, squats, maintain muscle mass, resistance weights
  • easiest hack with biggest benefits: cut out refined sugar.
  • time-restricted 9 – 11 hours time window
  • triple your amount of vegetable intake daily
  • Vitamin D supplement
  • Avoid blue light at night
  • Alaskan salmon, grass-fed beef hormone-free chicken
  • paleo diet

community fostering vs community rules

April 10, 2017 § Leave a comment

Seen yesterday:

This BBS is a forum for comments on posts my colleagues and I chose to share with our friends on our blog.

This BBS is heavily moderated.

Any sense of entitlement, or ownership, a user feels is their own invention and not pertinent to the management or moderation of this site.

You are welcome to start your own site for commenting on posts we share on our blog! […] As long as you follow the terms of the public license good luck and god speed! Moderate it yourself! You can own those comments.

If you are unhappy, please go start your own forum and live in paradise.

Rules, consistently applied by level-headed moderators, for conduct and interpersonal communication are good. Many forums’ terms and conditions spell out that content submitted becomes the intellectual property of the host. That’s why content pasted from elsewhere is taboo.

But if such a rule as “no digressions or off-topic comments” exists, and is adhered to by a forum user who chooses to create a topic instead, should the forum user be disciplined without a warning? And what disciplinary measure is deemed reasonable: a 24-72 hour suspension of login privileges, or a ten-year sentence as was meted out within a one-hour timeframe?

This BBS is a forum for comments on posts my colleagues and I chose to share with our friends on our blog.

This sentence ^^^ has a different meaning from what I found at https://boingboing.net/community

Thousands of topics in the BBS and its nine categories are created by users. Only the site’s author-contributors, the publisher’s colleagues, create the posts worthy of generating comments, is what the blockquoted sentence says. And the comments and posts are meant only to be shared with the publisher’s and colleagues’ friends. I had been a forum member/user for 266 days before I saw this statement from the site’s publisher. I bet over 3300 active registered users didn’t see this in the Code of Conduct, or Community Guidelines. This sentence came only after some bans deemed high-handed and unreasonable were meted out to long-term regulars.

Keeping in mind not posting someone else’s content in entirety, I submit a link to the aforementioned community guidelines.

And if an offshoot community in protest of draconian, sloppily applied bans from a forum’s publisher should create its own rules: “you are responsible for policing the behavior and actions of the people you invite, so invite people you know to be cool, kind and loving” and digressions happen beyond themed channels (e.g. political topics in general and not in the politics channel), should the digressions be called out by someone not responsible for policing a transgressor’s action? Or should the person bothered remember the rules, shrug the conversation as free speech, and let it go?

Remember, we don’t have to post anything insulting, bullying, victim-blaming, racist, sexist, xenophobic, slanderous, libelous or homophobic to garner a tetchy, off-kilter person’s ire, to be blocked or banned. At the minimum what is necessary is to be a witness to someone’s emotional episode or tantrum or bad behaviour and either attempt to discuss a matter calmly and maturely, or silently let the person have her moment. The Tantrummer will demand their drama win regardless of inaction or pacification attempt.

We just have to say “look, you’re not being fair or reasonable. This arbitrary disciplinary action applied to someone who seems to be following rules and has posted nothing wrong shows you in a bad light” for a block or ban to happen. When we’re not blocked the off-kilter person is reminded s/he acted inappropriately. A block rather than a mute, a ten-year ban rather than a two-week one is really an announcement to witnesses that they can’t be honest, however kindly, with the blocker or banner. S/he who blocks and bans affirms incapability of contrition and self-reflection. Trusting someone to not be infantile nor thin-skinned enough to do something severe is placing reasonable, but unwarranted expectation. Never mistake physical age for level of emotional maturity.

disturbed

We just have to remember some online people are like drunken, abusive stepfathers, erratic about what or who bothers them and are fine with derailing threads about sexual assault to discuss the merits of eugenics, but NOT OKAY with jokes about TV shows from thirty years ago, and the users are children who have a nodding familiarity with the guidelines stated, but don’t know how they’ve offended or why they’re thrown against the wall by drunken Pop when they violate an invisible, unknown rule.

When blocks or bans happen for posts and comments rational, well-adjusted observers see as inoffensive, we are led to conclude: We shouldn’t expect grown adults to be mature enough to examine their feelings. Everything should just be knee-jerk “oh my feelings! I’ll just do something severe to demonstrate how immature I am. It won’t make me right objectively, but the hours I spend spinning a narrative of rationalization to show how someone’s otherwise-adhering to community guidelines is JUST SO WRONG will make it right! I will get to be right as long as I don’t allow myself time to cool down!!” We understand there are people who construct their lives and social circle over a secret “thou shalt not” and rule that those who can’t perceive and abide by that secret “thou shalt not” are undeserving of any explanation or apology or ongoing guise of a friendship. The cessation of the last is a blessing in disguise for the banned and/or blocked.