Not holding my breath for explanations of…

05/10/2017 § Leave a comment

Why the Democratic and the Republican Parties in the United States couldn’t find an electable candidate who didn’t have associations with Jeffrey Epstein;

How fecal transplants from slim donors to obese recipients made the obese LESS SENSITIVE to insulin and thus the obese were better at losing weight as Kurz Gesagt claims in a Youtube video supported by the Gates Foundation;

Quantitative analysis that Person A’s remarks to Person B adhere to “good, kind, and loving” guidelines, where the remarks are “If I did that I’d be psychotic” or “If I did that I’d feel murderous”;

How an onslaught/barrage of replies with ad hominem attacks yet nary a citation to a peer-reviewed science or medical journal article or finding outweighs in verity the one to three replies with at least four citations to peer-reviewed science or medical journal article or finding;

Why a Lifehacker contributor would choose as a reference an article written in poor English, instead of the original source the referred article plagiarizes;

How “a good guy with a gun will defeat the bad guy with a gun” when four armed police officers are shot dead by a bad guy with the element of surprise and first shot;

How people lost weight eating mostly meat or mostly vegetables claim it’s either the vegetables or the meat that made them fat or sick, yet eliminate grains, sugars or starches from discussion. Hint: it’s the grains, sugars and starch pushing us toward ‘hamplanet’ status. Another hint: the brain needs protein and fats more than it needs sugars and starches.

People love to say I’m wrong, but they appear silent or confrontationally defensive when I ask for their sources and citations. The fun goes away if your opponent can prove you’re ignorant and wrong.


Nagumo Style Diet, Poetry Corner

01/08/2017 § 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

Is it now harder to connect with people online?

07/06/2017 § Leave a comment

I think it is. I do better with letters and phone calls and emails because they’re direct and personal. I didn’t understand people who think their connections will thrive when they’re shunted to mass audience of political and impersonal dittos and viral memes, but I think I do now. They’re narcissists. “I only care about you as a data point in my audience. You can’t ever point out my slights or imperfections, I don’t even want to know what’s new about you, not if it means losing seconds to telling you about my life.”

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 they deteriorate into barraging one-way only posts, and expect 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.

I’m venting.

10/11/2016 § Leave a comment

This year has been garbage for me in so many ways. The one good thing is that I’ve reduced enough to reach a healthful weight and proportion through conscious eating and caloric restriction. This result is validated by people who saw the “before diet” me and the “one year after” me, and who are admirably following their own conscious diet plans and achieving desired results. I applaud them and cheer them on if they’re improving their health.

What I am finding are people who perhaps do not read as widely current nutrition diet studies, making arguments for eating the exact opposite way, without supporting evidence for better results (e.g.: lower hbA1c, hsCRP, weight and triglycerides; higher HDL, Vit D3 and B12 concentrations), in response to my announcement. I also find people posting contorted findings from studies they don’t read, claiming cheese is not a health food, dietary cholesterol determines blood cholesterol, cholesterol and not inflammation is the basis for cardiovascular and atherosclerotic disease. They claim science journalists design and control studies, they make claims for conclusions that aren’t the actual conclusions from those studies. They boast numbers for triglycerides level that are incompatible with human life. What they claim are easily debunked, not from opinion blogs, but from primary source perusal and evaluation.

They don’t question what they read, they don’t look for additional primary sources, they don’t employ critical thinking. Am I supposed to be convinced by people who can’t employ critical thinking and can’t define their terms? Are they covertly trying to warn me of brain damage risks from divagating from my diet by showing me an example of addled cognition? What are they getting out of their argument?

Me, I’m learning how not to argue. I’m learning about fallacious arguments, faulty premises, incorrect conclusions. I’m learning that my diet hasn’t hurt my critical thinking skills (but exercise might make them sharper). It’s as if people thought “hey, I eat food, therefore I’m an expert!” I don’t criticize people’s diets if they’re working for them and are different from mine, because I know the other person is not an immediate relative, has differing food intolerances and allergies and affinities from my own body’s. I wonder why they feel they need to challenge mine when mine’s working for me.

It’s a sensitive subject for me because I did actually have an open mind, when I saw that my eating habits were destroying my health, and looked at pros and cons for diets. I learned my sibling had lost 60 pounds on a restrictive diet, and that led me to read more about how that diet could work for me. Then he died shortly thereafter, and I lost interest. Honestly I lost interest in a lot of things. But eventually I regained interest in my health and finding a way of eating to correct health abnormalities, and I learned about proteins, fats, and carbohydrates, what they do for nutrition. I learned about vitamins, minerals and amino acids. I learned that over 95% of diets failed, because they weren’t sustained and the weight came back on as the dieter returned to the foods and habits that caused weight gain in the first place. I didn’t want a short-term diet with effects that could be rapidly undone, nor a diet that couldn’t be followed on a budget. I learned about nutrient density. I learned about cravings for sugar and starch, and how they could be controlled and removed. Lastly I read about people’s successes in staying on their eating plans with improved health markers. I was moved to try one diet plan because a very large percentage of people ate very delicious food to satiety and reduced caloric intake, found their energy improved and their blood lipid profiles improved, most notable for me was the reversal of their metabolic syndrome and insulin resistance. I tried it, I liked it, I am staying with it because it’s easy and it works.

If you’re going to challenge me on my way of eating without reading and understanding the pros and cons, and assume I’d never think critically nor read widely nor evaluate health claims or consult advice of at least one knowledgeable reliable physician before shifting my way of eating, I can only assume it’s not my continued good health and maintained ideal weight you’re concerned about. It’s that you’re convinced I’m doing something wrong, something that offends your sensitivities (sensibilities is the wrong word here), and you require me to correct your thinking, but rather than ask me questions, you choose to regurgitate diet dogma somebody fed you long, long ago, and you require that I accept your premise what is good for your body is good for mine, and what you choose not to eat is bad for my body.

2016: So much promise, so little time

03/01/2016 § Leave a comment

Twitter time and output will reduce. I believe all of six followers out of 295 accounts actually read what I write and four only occasionally, which makes me think my content is not in keeping with Twitter standards or that I don’t perpetuate my content through less-immediate channels.

No celebrities other than the occasional Brit or Canadian, not much sports, Canadian-only politics, reclaiming some self-confidence and autonomy through personal achievement and improvement: not what Twitter wants to feature. The people who have time for me in real life don’t check into this social media platform very often. The time I spent last year on Twitter could have been invested in better, different endeavours. For example, I could have written more to my friend who told me a few months ago she had stage 4 cancer. I haven’t seen her online since October. I mailed a card at Christmas time.

I don’t expect my audience to grow, but I do expect my noise intake to decrease. I’ve added the RSS feeds of some of my favourite content providers for online browsing.

Here are my largest Red Notebook topics for 2015, in alphabetical order:

#ADHD, #diet, #encryption, #exercise, #keto, #lifehacker, #linux, #lowcarb, #movies, #onion, #pgp, #privacy, #python, #raspberrypi, #recipe, #recipes, #reddit, #sigils, #todo, #tolisten, #toread,  #towatch, #tutorial

I feel excited and energized by the availability of online courses, new music, voices and ideas.

I’d like to be pleasantly surprised by people more often and less often let down by thoughtlessness or perceived malice this year, including my own. I will experiment with subduing the ego and opening perception. I’m writing more letters to people.

I will do more things that scare me and have some risk of failure. I nestled in homeostasis and was happy to let the world pass me by if it were mostly engaged in perpetuation of barbaric practices and self-destruction, until I woke up and recognized some of the people I care much for were moving ahead without me.

Bonjour, Terre!

22/02/2011 § 3 Comments

This Donors Choose project was funded a tiny little bit by one person, and a whole heap by Google.

I asked for the project to be retweeted. I sent notices to the school’s PTSA newsletter, and they were published, one a week for two weeks, until the project was funded.

I incorporated a link to this project on some local “we care about our public schools, and our public schools teachers” communities. I challenged people who used forum threads to champion one school board candidate and disparage an opponent to fund the project by $20 per winning candidate. They didn’t do that.

But only one person and Google funded this project. Mostly Google.
Seven people clicked on the link I posted on Twitter, but I know none of those people who clicked funded the project.

If every parent in the school donated $1.50 to the project it would have been funded.

If every person who donated to a Seattle School Board candidate donated $0.30 to the project it would have been funded.

If every PTSA BOARD MEMBER of the school donated as much to this project as they did to a pro-education reform, pro-charter schools candidate, this project would have been funded.

If every US-based Twitter account who BEGAN following me post project-publication retweeted to their hundreds of thousands of followers, and .1% of them gave $2, the project would have been funded.

I feel that I went to the appropriate online areas, but those appropriate areas are not populated with people richer than I, who care as much as I about this project.

I thank Google and that one other person for fully funding the project, but I am reversing my thinking on asking the US public, especially Seattle, for help. If my state legislature is not interested in funding fully public education, why do charter school operators, who want public funding but none of the accountability, think they can succeed here?

I can’t even get people in a community of “let’s support our teachers!” to contribute to a project that wouldn’t even go to if the school district hadn’t made staffing budget cuts, if the school itself and its PTSA had amassed hundreds of thousands of dollars (I was a PTSA school treasurer, I know how large those accounts can be!) to retain staff and fund itself adequately for supplies, if the state legislature fully funded state education. I wouldn’t have posted the project if I didn’t know the teacher to be excellent, and if there were not a donation drive already run by the school PTSA.


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