Thursday, November 10, 2011

Sharing is Caring.

"You are all PhDs in consciousness exploration."

“But there are no professionals in the field of self-exploration. That’s everybody’s job. I mean, you all are PhDs in consciousness exploration, or if you’re not you should be, because what else have you got going?” - Terence McKenna

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

"I don't understand why everyone isn't mainly and centrally a philosopher."

“From my earliest years I wanted to figure out what life was about. I wanted to find out why I was here so that my actions and my desires would have some meaning. I don’t understand why everyone isn’t mainly and centrally a philosopher, because if you aren’t trying to figure that out for yourself you’re borrowing, or begging, or passively taking on someone else’s philosophy, and this may lead to situations that are unsatisfactory.” - Timothy Leary

Surprise poignancy of the day; best thing I've read in a while, honestly.

WWII Vet/86 year old does his own Rage Comic.  Long-ish, totally worth a read.  Feeling a bit 'big picture/long term/sentimental' I guess.

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Talking ruins [well, changes] everything [at the very least.]

Why does explaining why a cupcake is delicious make us love it less?: "...In her experiments, Moore found that people have different reactions to explaining and sharing different types of experiences. She gives the example of a consumer who might explain that she bought some divine chocolate cupcakes for a friend's birthday...

People who are explaining and sharing hedonic (sensory or emotional) experiences have their emotions dampened, Moore found. "Explaining why a chocolate cupcake tasted so divine makes us love the cupcake a little less, while explaining why a movie was so horrible makes us hate the movie a little less," Moore explains. And people who share about hedonic experiences are less likely to spread word-of-mouth opinions about them in the future."
'via Blog this'

Buddhist philosophy - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: "Another closely related explanation is that reality is devoid of designations, or empty, and therefore language itself is a priori inadequate."

Alfred Korzybski - Wikiquote: "The only link between the verbal and objective world is exclusively structural, necessitating the conclusion that the only content of all 'knowledge' is structural. Now structure can be considered as a complex of relations, and ultimately as multi-dimensional order. From this point of view, all language can be considered as names for unspeakable entities on the objective level, be it things or feelings, or as names of relations...

The map is not the territory ... The only usefulness of a map depends on similarity of structure between the empirical world and the map..."

Alien Dreamtime with Terence McKenna: "...meaning and language are two different things. And that what the alien voice in the psychedelic experience wants to reveal is the syntactical nature of reality. That the real secret of magic is that the world is made of words, and that if you know the words that the world is made of you can make of it whatever you wish."

Ordinary Language, Visible Language and Virtual Reality: " the aquisition of words we mosaic over various sectors of this blooming buzzing confusion with words. We replace the unknown with the known through the substitution of words and by the time a child is two or three they have completely created a cultural mosaic of words that is interposed between them and reality. Reality from that point on is only an unconfirmed rumor brought through the medium of language and every culture accentuates different parts of reality so that in a sense every culture is a different reality."

"Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely..."

"Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming 'WOW, What a Ride!'" - Unknown

Monday, November 07, 2011

Cooking/Food Log.

Mixed up for the Mrs throughout the week.

Once again multiple social engagements, holidays, utter lack of willpower and the alluring effects of alcohol prevented a clear weekday/weekend delineation between clean and lax dietary practices.  As ever, a work in progress.  Not pictured, delicious brunch food deftly prepared by others - including quiche, pototos au grautin [I think] cakes, pastries, morning wines & liqueurs, much more, etc...

My contribution to the aforementioned brunch, despite running out of butter halfway through prep.  Infused olive oil worked, go figure.  Rather pleased with how they turned out, and they count as a "win" as they were consumed in full/made no one [apparently] ill.  Yay, me.  It's the little victories.

"Anarchists are simply people who believe human beings are capable of behaving in a reasonable fashion without having to be forced to."

Anarchism is, essentially, optimistic.  Much more, worth reading in full, @ the link..
Are You An Anarchist? The Answer May Suprise You! by David Graeber: "Chances are you have already heard something about who anarchists are and what they are supposed to believe. Chances are almost everything you have heard is nonsense. Many people seem to think that anarchists are proponents of violence, chaos, and destruction, that they are against all forms of order and organization, or that they are crazed nihilists who just want to blow everything up. In reality, nothing could be further from the truth. Anarchists are simply people who believe human beings are capable of behaving in a reasonable fashion without having to be forced to. It is really a very simple notion. But it's one that the rich and powerful have always found extremely dangerous.

At their very simplest, anarchist beliefs turn on to two elementary assumptions. The first is that human beings are, under ordinary circumstances, about as reasonable and decent as they are allowed to be, and can organize themselves and their communities without needing to be told how. The second is that power corrupts. Most of all, anarchism is just a matter of having the courage to take the simple principles of common decency that we all live by, and to follow them through to their logical conclusions. Odd though this may seem, in most important ways you are probably already an anarchist — you just don't realize it.
Let's start by taking a few examples from everyday life.
If there's a line to get on a crowded bus, do you wait your turn and refrain from elbowing your way past others even in the absence of police?
If you answered “yes”, then you are used to acting like an anarchist! The most basic anarchist principle is self-organization: the assumption that human beings do not need to be threatened with prosecution in order to be able to come to reasonable understandings with each other, or to treat each other with dignity and respect.
Everyone believes they are capable of behaving reasonably themselves. If they think laws and police are necessary, it is only because they don't believe that other people are. But if you think about it, don't those people all feel exactly the same way about you? Anarchists argue that almost all the anti-social behavior which makes us think it's necessary to have armies, police, prisons, and governments to control our lives, is actually caused by the systematic inequalities and injustice those armies, police, prisons and governments make possible... "

Best. Soup of the Day. Ever.

Sunday, November 06, 2011


11/6 - rest/free/recovery/off/vollyeball
11/5 - 20m HIIT treadmill, PruFit plyo circuit x2 [box jumps, depth jumps, broad jumps, reaction runs, high knee tucks, plyo pushup, squat thrusts, situps]
11/4 - goblet squats, sissy squats, rdl, glute bridge, calf raise, slant board situps
11/3 - 20m HIIT shadowboxing - PruFit MMA Circuit x2 [pad work, med ball, pushups, shadowboxing, punch/sprawl drill]
11/2 - dips, pushups, laterals, rear laterals, bw rows, chins, bench dips, tri pushups, hammer curls, alt curls
11/1 - 20m HIIT treadmill

Introducing the New Primal Blueprint Food Pyramid | Mark's Daily Apple - in an ideal world, this is the way to go.  Slightly modified/tweaked from previous versions, explained at the link.  Sadly, though I can find "red wine" I've yet to locate "whiskey" on the pyramid.  Think I'll just squint and pretend.