Everyone should have rules to live by

24/06/2017 § 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?

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.

Dr. Rhonda Patrick’s Nutrition Hacks

15/05/2017 § 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 (or BC!) salmon, grass-fed beef hormone-free chicken
  • paleo diet

community fostering vs community rules

10/04/2017 § 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.


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.


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.

Month of Letters

04/02/2016 § Leave a comment

What a beautiful occupation: being solitary yet feeling part of the world, connecting with someone far away knowing that only he or she, and maybe some of their lookiloo cohabitants, will be reading my thoughts.

I started early to some very far away people. Today I wound down and mailed only a Valentine card to Canada and two domestic postcards. I have some more far away people to write to but am metaphorically chewing my pencil wondering how to begin. How do you write to someone with an empty profile? Just ask them questions at large?

I’m also worried I made the interests in my bios too specific. I mean, who doesn’t enjoy reading, being fed and listening to music? Can you still enjoy reading if you’re presently drawn to classics and non-trendy literature? Can you still be counted as a fan of music if you listen to maybe seven to ten subgenres 80% of the time? If you have dairy, grain, sugar and alcohol sensitivities does that mean you don’t really like cooking and should take it off your list? I’m not really a fan of movies anymore though, I’ve noticed, although I look forward to the Coen brothers’ “Hail, Caesar!” when it comes out. I just wish Josh Brolin was not in the film. I don’t dig women beaters at all.

Upgrading to Linux 17.3 Rosa

09/01/2016 § Leave a comment

Hay un montón de sistemas operativos en el mundo, pero ¿alguna vez has visto un Linux que es de color rosa?
Pat Harrington Jr, whom we lost on January 6, was one of the credited voices for the 1969 Pink Panther Show. If you like the original theme you can hear Doug Goodwin’s recording of his composition.

Firstly, I did this the slow and careful way. I made backups onto my WDD Passport. I even backed up my Raspberry Pi files and exported my Firefox bookmarks into an HTML file onto my USB drive. I used the Backup Tool to backup my software selection sources and my files. I used the Community tutorial, though and not the simple upgrade method here. I reformatted and overwrote my partitions as I have a dual-boot. My ntfs partition is safe.

As I type this, the terminal is running sudo apt-get upgrade. Bleachbit on the desktop works but Tor Browser does not (reinstalls Tor Browser, moves it to desktop, it works!). A few of my software packages (i2p, Atom) did not survive the installation but they’re free and non-critical.

The important thing is that I backed up successfully and showed I can read directions and find other things to do while the backup tool is doing its thing.
Firefox has retained my personal privacy settings, insure DuckDuckGo, StartPage, search.disconnect.me are among the top search engines.

I have found that my sound went away twice (solved with sudo alsa force-reload) as did my X-Windows (sudo dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xorg) or (sudo apt-get install –reinstall xserver-xorg).