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.

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C’est si bon c’est mon bon

02/10/2017 § Leave a comment

Coffee and mugs to match classic writers

Thank you, AZenSun, for making my heart giddyap like a good cup of coffee should!

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

Not So Short Post! Man’s Search For Meaning

24/07/2017 § 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 to 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

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