Not #metoo

Am I just lucky? Am I a good communicator who manages partner expectations? …Or am I dumb and naive? Still, I don’t wait to be turned into a victim, nor do I try to turn my partners into demons.

I’m not sure what to make of the #metoo movement. I write some things in private logs, but I’ll share a little snippet here because it’s relevant. I once had a part-time job at a renaissance festival from age 18-22. I have a lot of stories and fond memories from that place, and I hope to share them with you sometime. However, I will say this about the sexual climate at fest: Continue reading “Not #metoo”

“The Oxford Manner is the ability to play with ideas gracefully”

–Stephen Fry

I chose the featured image is because I started out looking for a graceful dancer, but then stumbled on fire dancers. What better way to depict playing with ideas gracefully than with fire? Potentially dangerous, and those that can do this without burning themselves are artists. Click “more” to see the video source for the quote. Continue reading ““The Oxford Manner is the ability to play with ideas gracefully””

A minority can be LOUD and they’re instantly covered by the media. Beware of pluralistic ignorance or the “spiral of silence” where a minority or toxic ideology can take over.

—Michael Shermer

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The spirit and the dogma of a religious tradition are always in conflict, because on the one hand, dogma provides structure, and the spirit provides transformation.

– Jordan Peterson

I’m attempting to be more mindful about the podcasts/video that I’ve been consuming by taking high-level notes. I haven’t gotten to a point where I can start deconstructing, critiquing, applying to my life, or even taking an opinion on anything just yet, but I thought I’d use this space to take down notes. I have a feeling that after a while I (you) would probably start to see some themes that resonate. Continue reading “The spirit and the dogma of a religious tradition are always in conflict, because on the one hand, dogma provides structure, and the spirit provides transformation.”

Easy to Follow Diet for Busy People

Consistent, sustainable weight loss. Fast, and easy to prepare meals to keep you from falling off the bandwagon.

After following the Scarsdale Medical Diet (SMD) for a little while, I discovered a way to make this diet even easier to follow. Most of the food in this diet (especially for the breakfasts and the lunches) require very little preparation, so you can put them together in minutes right before you leave for work.  Continue reading “Easy to Follow Diet for Busy People”

Scarsdale Medical Diet—FAQ

Yes, you’re on a diet. …But don’t forget to enjoy yourself too.

  1. How long do you have to stay on the diet?
  2. While on the diet I started to lose weight, and then I stayed the same or gained for two days in a row! I haven’t cheated—am I doing something wrong?
  3. Do you ever eat fast food on the diet? How do you manage?
  4. Do you ever eat at nice restaurants on the diet?
  5. What about the holiday season? Do you stay on the diet at parties?
  6. Can you substitute meals or recipes on the diet?
  7. Other tips and insights.

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Scarsdale Medical Diet—My Experience

I don’t really like fresh vegetables or fruit, but this diet has helped me appreciate them more.

Summary of Scarsdale Medical Diet

Dieters follow the Scarsdale Medical Diet (SMD) strictly for two weeks, and during which fast weight loss is promised (7-15 pounds). After the two weeks, you switch to “Keep Trim” for two weeks, where you plan your own menus. “Keep Trim” permits additional foods, and more calories. You repeat this cycle until you reach your goal. Continue reading “Scarsdale Medical Diet—My Experience”

Ideology, Logos, and Belief | Jordan Peterson

I came across this interview with Peterson last month, and as a year-long fan of his, this is one of the best interviews I’ve listened to. This is a good video to share with people who’ve never heard of Jordan Peterson before, because they’ll get a nice primer of his body of work. It does a good job of encapsulating the arc of Peterson’s thoughts over his career (especially recently) and the interviewer does a great job of asking timely and well-articulated questions that help Peterson explain a complicated idea to those that might not be familiar.

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