22 December 2013

Why I think I'm better than everyone else

So I just read Why you think you're better than everyone else on io9.com, and decided to put my response to it over here instead.

The last good book I read was a Pratchett Discworld, and I read it because it was easy and entertaining. I don't know what other people read or why. I assume they read things because they like them.

I now think I'm better than everyone else because the point of view described in that article is completely foreign to me. I don't really grok being that judgmental about what strangers do, nor that level of lying to myself.

There is probably only one thing I'm really good at, that I'd call intrinsic. I'm outstanding at evoking epiphanies in other people. Doesn't happen often, but recognizing the moment that someone is at the right crossroads for me to say the right thing (what they need to hear to cross to the other side, even if I don't understand it myself) at the right time, is something that happens to me a lot.

I am also happy once again to not work in the corporate world. A while back I read some articles in a magazine aimed at for-profit middle management type people, and the kind of thinking that goes on with them, with all the convoluted mental games, is something I'm glad to continue to avoid.

05 November 2013

On Thankfulness

I'm not thankful for anything.

There are a lot of good things about my life. I am where I am today for many reasons. Some of them were from actions taken by individual other people, and I am grateful to them for the specific things that they did for me.

But gratitude in general for being alive and well?

The choices I made along my life path, that have led me here, were my own. The luck I've had has been both good and bad. There was not some fundamental sentient force that has caused my good fortune, to which I owe anything. And I resent the implication, in the whole concept of thankfulness, that I should believe that there is.

02 November 2013

Turning over a new leaf in dietary habits

My father died of a sudden heart attack when he was 53. He was not overweight and did not have high blood pressure, so everyone figured he was fine. But when they checked after the fact, they found he had lots of bad cholesterol.

I've just passed 40. I'm not overweight, don't have high blood pressure, and all my blood stats are fine - except for the bad cholesterol. For some reason I have lots of bad cholesterol.

After a quick degree from the University of Google, I've decided I need to somehow add a ton of bird food to my diet.

  1. oats
  2. olive oil or canola oil
  3. nuts and peanuts
  4. beans and lentils
  5. barley
  6. pears, apples, fruits with lots of pectin (soluble fiber)
  7. anything with omega-3 fatty acids (fish, flaxseed)
  8. soy (tofu, edamame)
  9. things fortified with plant sterols/stanols (check the OJ)
  10. okra
  11. tomatoes
  12. avocados

Lots of things that are plant seeds of some sort. The hardest part to add will be the fresh fruit - I just don't normally eat fruit. The hardest thing to subtract? I'm really going to miss cheese.