Eat clean, train dirty
civilize the mind but make savage the body
Do not believe those who try to persuade you that composition is only a cold exercise of the intellect. The only music capable of moving and touching us is that which flows from the depths of a composer’s soul when he is stirred by inspiration. There is no doubt that even the greatest musical geniuses have sometimes worked without inspiration. This guest does not always respond to the first invitation. We must always work, and a self-respecting artist must not fold his hands on the pretext that he is not in the mood. If we wait for the mood, without endeavouring to meet it half-way, we easily become indolent and apathetic. We must be patient, and believe that inspiration will come to those who can master their disinclination.
A few days ago I told you I was working every day without any real inspiration. Had I given way to my disinclination, undoubtedly I should have drifted into a long period of idleness. But my patience and faith did not fail me, and to-day I felt that inexplicable glow of inspiration of which I told you; thanks to which I know beforehand that whatever I write to-day will have power to make an impression, and to touch the hearts of those who hear it. I hope you will not think I am indulging in self-laudation, if I tell you that I very seldom suffer from this disinclination to work. I believe the reason for this is that I am naturally patient. I have learnt to master myself, and I am glad I have not followed in the steps of some of my Russian colleagues, who have no self-confidence and are so impatient that at the least difficulty they are ready to throw up the sponge. This is why, in spite of great gifts, they accomplish so little, and that in an amateur way.
What is this restlessness? Does a drop stay still in the ocean? Move with the entirety, and with the tiniest particular.
A game I love to play with lefties who are employed in the government sector is to ask them who pays their salary. The conversation goes like this:
Me Who is your employer?
Lefty The University
Me Who funds the university?
Lefty The government
Me Who funds the government?
Lefty The tax payers
Me Who employs the taxpayers who pay the taxes who fund your salary?
Lefty Pause ….employers
Me What percentage of employers are private sector companies?
Lefty Cottoning on to where I am heading – “well the taxes from the employees of the government sector pay as much tax as the private companies and anyway all private company owners do is try to avoid tax”
Me Actually 85% of the total government tax take comes from the taxes paid by private sector companies, their employees and the self-employed – the productive non-government sector of the economy
Lefty That’s absolute rubbish and right wing propaganda
The movie is a sustained meditation on the grotesqueries of greed, but it makes no attempt to assess that passion as the alleged engine of capitalism.
Ostentatiously defying cultural norms is difficult
There’s a trade-off at play here, one that can’t be wished away or ignored. With a growing population, you can’t restrict rising density in established suburbs, prevent sprawl on the urban fringes, and prevent housing from being unaffordable. Pick two out of the three. The urge to preserve historic neighbourhoods, the desire the conserve all the green bits around our cities, and the wish to maintain affordable housing are all noble impulses with which I sympathise. But, again, we can’t have them all.
- Bill English
When my daughter was a toddler, I’d say “Danielle!” she would very assuredly, almost indignantly, say, “I’m not Danielle! I’m this!” I’d think, What is she trying to express? This is going to sound ridiculous, but she was trying to express what Immanuel Kant calls the transcendental ego. You’re not a thing in the world the way there are other things in the world, you’re the thing experiencing other things—putting it all together. This is what this toddler was trying to tell me.
Or when my other daughter, six at the time, was talking with her hands and knocked over a glass of juice. She said, “Look at what my body did!” I said, “Oh, you didn’t do that?” And she said, “No! My body did that!” I thought, Oh! Cartesian dualism! She meant that she didn’t intend to do that, and she identified herself with her intentional self. It was fascinating to me.
I make perpetual broth. The best way to keep it from going funky is to skim the fat within the first day or so and bring it up to a boil once a day for a few minutes but not longer….
I have had a crockpot of perpetual broth going for over two years now. Same crockpot, I keep waiting for it to quit but it doesn’t! I have a constant & deliciously warm supply of broth and have seen zero change in my electricity bill. There must be some cost but it is not showing up. Perhaps not having to keep warming up cold broth all the time is helping. Each evening I full with water again. Sometimes in the middle of the week I will add more gelatin, salt, tumeric as mentioned in ingredients.
Here is my method:
Ingredients are bones (my choices - chicken, goose, duck - can be combined), turmeric, salt, apple cider vinegar. I do add grass raised powdered gelatin to give it & my insides a boost. Often I will add well washed eggshells for calcium, dry kelp flakes for iodine. That is it - no veggies for they turn to mush which collects on the sides of the pot in a most unattractive way.
Once a week, Sunday being my rhythm, I add another chicken carcass, or bony pieces (neck bones, thighs, etc) and some of each of the ingredients mentioned above. On occasion, when I notice that there seems to be more bone than liquid in the pot I use a slotted spoon to scoop out the bones before the weekly refresh.
I am a health care professional who works with people with digestive issues. I have a tricky tummy myself if not cared for properly. This method causes far more cure and far less upset than the quicker (including 24 hour) methods, in my experience. It is deeply nourishing & highly digestible.
Regret minimization framework
In the era of the Kindle, a book costs the same price as a sandwhich… Amazon has successfully fostered the idea that a book is a thing of minimal value - it’s a widget