Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Making Money is a "Good Thing"

So, because somebody's post made me think of it... has it ever occurred to you that money changing hands in exchange for good or service is because the human handing over the cash (or pretend cash in the form of credit) VALUES what they are exchanging their money for?

When a woman gives me money for my birthing classes, it is not because I am a dirty capitalistic weasel. It's because I'm bringing her something of value - valuable enough for her to part with her money.

When I make MORE money it is because my classes are blessing MORE families. In return my family is blessed (monetarily) MORE.

Somebody being successful in business is a reflection of their marketing skills, to an extent, but even more it is a reflection on the VALUE they are bringing to humanity.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

It's a Slippery Slope Folks!

The slow slide into a totalitarian government which controls every aspect of a citizens life continues. 

I cheered when I heard that Apple had refused to help the government hack a locked iPhone.

This isn’t about a company protecting it’s market share, though that’s what the politicians who are in favor of this would have you believe.  This is about letting the genie out of the bottle.

This is about a slippery slope.

This is about the road to hell being paved with good intentions.

It’s like the US Government is following a handbook on how to become a totalitarian government.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Why is the NumLock Key So Hard to Set to ON?

Why is it Microsoft makes it so hard to set your computer with Num Locks on by default?

Every time I get a new computer, I have to fight with Windows to have my Num Lock key toggled on at boot up.

Once upon a time, it was a simple option in Windows, now you have to change advanced power options and edit the registry.  No, I’m not going to go into how here, sorry folks, just do a web search, using your favorite search engine on “WINDOWS XX NUMLOCK ON AT BOOT” and I’m sure you’ll find whatever the latest hack is within the first 2 or 3 results.

Which brings me back to my original question, why does Microsoft make it so difficult to set such a basic setting?

Thursday, March 12, 2015

One Size Does Not Fit All

Why is it that the media insists on trying to point to one specific cause for things?

Case in point is this article.

Why sales of packaged or processed foods are declining (http://www.marketplace.org/topics/business/why-sales-packaged-or-processed-foods-are-declining)

“And along with this, as all of you know, comes a mounting distrust of so-called “Big Food”, the large food companies and legacy brands that millions of consumers have relied on for so long,” she told a room full of food industry analysts.

Completed Spatchcocked Thanksgiving Turkey
Though, to be fair, the article is parroting what the industry analyst said.

I think this issue is much more complex than a distrust of "Big Food" and frankenfoods.

Thursday, March 05, 2015

A New Habit - Todo List

It's been a long time since I've posted here. Life interrupts.

I'm not going to get into all of that here, some day maybe, but not today.

From what I've been reading (self improvement time) though, to become really successful, I need to set some goals. Goals and to-do lists have always been something I'm been poor at. Oh, I get things done, but actually writing it down and making a list ... not so much something I do well.

On the other hand, Kristen is good at writing things down, and is always trying new things, and recently got into a little online to-do system/habit builder.

Since it's also a game, she managed to suck me into it.

But, hey, this might be a good thing. Since I've always been bad at to-do lists, goal setting, etc.

Screenshot of HabitRPG in the browser

What better way to do this than through a game to-do list.

What is it? It's called HabitRPG. (habitrpg.com)

I've always loved Role Playing Games (RPG's), as any reader of this blog should know, so this is right up my alley game wise.

There are 3 "tabs" to your habits. There is a Habits tab, where you put things that you can + or - like the built in "Take the Stairs". Every time you take the stairs, you do a +. If you take the elevator, you do a -.

Screenshot of my Profile in the app

Oh, did I mention that this is also an app? This means you can immediately (assuming you're carrying your phone) give yourself a down-check (-) for taking the elevator, conversely, you can reward yourself (+) for taking the stairs.

Dailies are things you want to do on a daily, or actually, weekly basis. My initial Habits, Dailies, and To-Do's were all easy things, basically what I already do, just to start.

However I've started adding tougher ones, like "Write a Blog Post". So far all of those have been for Windy Woods, but this really isn't a Windy Woods type post, so I'll put it here.

I suspect that the day will come when I'll get specific about this with "Write a Blog Post for Windy Woods" or "Fretion's Corner", but not yet.

This is where dailies can shine. You can set a daily to only occur on specific days, so really they're not a "daily" they're a "weekly on Mon, Wed, Fri", or even a weekly on Sunday only.

I've set my "Write a Blog Post" to happen on Tuesday and Thursday.

Hopefully this means you'll be seeing more posts from me, here and on Windy Woods. This really is a habit I want to get back into, and I would like to make it consistent.

Last category is the To-Do. This are nice because they can be anything, with, or without a due date. As a to-do sits on the list it gradually changes color as it doesn't get to-done.

For each of these, especially the dailies, you take damage if you don't do them, there are also quests that you do with your party, Kristen and I have already done the Basi-list quest.

So far it's been a fun and interesting way to organize my life a little.

Friday, November 01, 2013

The Truth About Fat, Statins, and Heart Health

Dear family and friends, please watch these two videos. They're each 30 minutes, but it's an hour of your life I think will be well spent.

I've written in this blog many times about my thoughts on statin drugs. I could link to article after article, study after study, and have linked to many, who link to many.

I post updates on my own n=1 experiment with a ketogenic diet.

I've gone from 265lbs down to 195, and still falling by eating a low carbohydrate, low protein, high fat diet.

I've gone from having hypertension (blood pressure regularly over 140/90) to blood pressure that consistently comes in 'normal', and have the numbers recorded to show it. I measure BP every other morning when I check my ketone and glucose levels.


I started on this journey of discovery 10 years ago, little by little I've learned that what we are told by our government about nutrition is just flat wrong. 

And, yes, I'm saying what your doctor might be telling you is wrong too!  But, here's the thing, your doctor got probably two days, at most, education on nutrition.  And, what they're taught is what the government is pushing.

Doctors who actually study nutrition all say the same thing I'm saying here.

Please, for your own sakes, do not just dismiss this.

Thank you!

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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Stalled Again?

Well, we're reapidly approaching the end of another month. As far as weight loss goes, I've been pretty much stalled for the month of October. Waist line, on the other hand ...

Weight Stalled around 193lbs.

As I mentioned in my last post, we picked up a couple of pairs of jeans, and a pair of dress slacks at Goodwill. No point in buying new, since I'm obviously still shrinking around the waist. The size 34 jeans are starting to bunch (so I'm probably a 33" now), and I'm really wishing I had found some size 34 dress slacks, because the 36's are really bunched.

I've gotten a few more comments from coworkers too. Even a few questions of how I did it. The looks of disbelief I get when I say that it's by eating a high fat diet ... priceless.