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  • I'm dusting off my neglected journal for an update from my suburban jungle.

    My neighbors invited us to a backyard bonfire get together. Ugh, another one of those social engagements I prefer to shy away from. I'd rather stay home and read, but oh well...They said there will be chili, beer and margaritas. I hate margaritas, they taste like soapy water to me. Perhaps I could ask for straight tequila....or just forgo drinking altogether cos they will think I'm an alcoholic or something. Lol. I suppose I should bring something along as well.

    Diet and health-wise: I can't believe how smooth and easy everything is now. The perfectionist in me keeps speaking up, wanting me to continue slimming down, but I've been kinda going with the flow and enjoying good food and feeling good.
    I'm still experiencing the benefits of that Peat-ing induced metabolic shift. I'm still maintaining higher body temps, normal appetite, stable energy levels and mood, well, unless someone dispays extreme asshollery. Then my patience and mood are tested.

    I'd say I'm way overdue for an adventure. Somewhere far, far away from the urban/suburban jungle.....

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    • I actually had a great time last night and well into the morning hrs. Those Texans sure know how to have fun.
      We played some fast paced pool table game called Crud, where a lot of shoving and shouting is involved, then the dice Dollar game, where I won most of the rounds.

      I still have a pounding headache from the hangover, but it's so worth it!

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      • Lol - it happens so often that the parties you dread are the ones that are fun! Shows that you're an open person. Glad you had a good time

        I'm really excited by your metabolic shift! I guess it's happened for me to some degree too; since there are so many improvements to my health.

        Did you finish "Revolutionary Road" btw? x
        "I think the basic anti-aging diet is also the best diet for prevention and treatment of diabetes, scleroderma, and the various "connective tissue diseases." This would emphasize high protein, low unsaturated fats, low iron, and high antioxidant consumption, with a moderate or low starch consumption.

        In practice, this means that a major part of the diet should be milk, cheese, eggs, shellfish, fruits and coconut oil, with vitamin E and salt as the safest supplements."

        - Ray Peat

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        • Originally posted by YogaBare View Post
          Did you finish "Revolutionary Road" btw? x
          Oh, yeah, that was a while ago. Great book, thanks for recommending it. I've read few more fiction books since.
          One of my more recent reads was The Fountainhead. It reminded me of how I wanted to be an architect like my dad when I was little, ha so much for that! But of course, that book was about so much more. Loved it!

          Then I reread 11/22/63 by S. King. I'm glad he didn't get too political there, cause for the most part I disagree with his political views. What I loved about that book was the part about the Butterfly Effect, the "what ifs" (how seemingly insignificant events can trigger more significant ones and change the course of history) and time travel. I didn't much care for the love story sub-plot (I could not make myself like the Sadie character) but I felt some odd bouts of nostalgia for the life in the US during the late 50s and early 60s era. It was almost surreal. I thought it was described in a masterful way and really captured the atmosphere of those days.

          I'm getting into some historical nonfiction these days. I may elaborate on it when I'm done with my current read.

          So many books, so little time though
          Last edited by Graycat; 11-18-2013, 08:33 AM.

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          • Thanks for teh Steph Kind recomm - I'll check that out.

            I LOVE "The Fountatinhead". One of my favourite books! I love the love story in it, but the articecture aspect is so interesting - I feel like I learnt a lot from reading it. I'm able to talk to my dad about buildings now (he's an architect) which I wasn't before.

            Are you on Goodreads by any chance? We could connect there! It's a good resource for discovering books. I havent read any fiction in ages, btu I feel a reading phase coming on. I'm currently reading a book about the Kabbalah...
            "I think the basic anti-aging diet is also the best diet for prevention and treatment of diabetes, scleroderma, and the various "connective tissue diseases." This would emphasize high protein, low unsaturated fats, low iron, and high antioxidant consumption, with a moderate or low starch consumption.

            In practice, this means that a major part of the diet should be milk, cheese, eggs, shellfish, fruits and coconut oil, with vitamin E and salt as the safest supplements."

            - Ray Peat

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            • I've been reading a lot of philosophy lately. Let me know if you want any recommendations!
              Make America Great Again

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              • Originally posted by YogaBare View Post
                Are you on Goodreads by any chance? We could connect there! It's a good resource for discovering books. I havent read any fiction in ages, btu I feel a reading phase coming on. I'm currently reading a book about the Kabbalah...
                I am now. I just signed up and you can look me up. My user name is Milen63a

                Cool site! I noticed one of the recommended reads for me is Angela's Ashes. It's been a while since I read it, but I remember it made me both, mad at those people and so, so sad at the same time.

                I read some user reviews on books that I've read already. LoL!! I had to do a double take on some of the titles. I thought for a second they were reviewing a totally different book from the one I've read.


                Originally posted by Derpamix View Post
                I've been reading a lot of philosophy lately. Let me know if you want any recommendations!
                Sure! TIA
                I know you like Nietzsche. What are you currently into?


                Also, speaking of reading. Should I feel embarrassed that I still haven't embraced e-books? For some reason they can't hold my attention and feel weird. Maybe I should give it another try.

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                • Originally posted by Graycat View Post
                  Sure! TIA
                  I know you like Nietzsche. What are you currently into?


                  Also, speaking of reading. Should I feel embarrassed that I still haven't embraced e-books? For some reason they can't hold my attention and feel weird. Maybe I should give it another try.
                  Heidegger, Kierkegaard, Kurt Gödel, Epicurus, Thomas Aquinas, and David Hume currently.

                  I love my e-reader for the convenience of carrying it everywhere and the light. It doesn't beat the feel of a book though. Some shit is impossible to get now though.

                  PS also Leibniz
                  Last edited by Derpamix; 11-20-2013, 06:32 PM.
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                  • GrayCat's True Colors - My Journal

                    Philosophy- Kant. My hero!

                    The Black Swan. It is not really philosophy...more like problems of human epistemology amplified into problems of human society.

                    I have a morbid fascination with failed revolutions so I love the book City of Darkness, City of Light on 6 key figures of the French Revolution. Well, the most famous of the many French Revolutions that is. The book made me fall in love with young Robespierre because I can relate.

                    The Age of Miracles. Short and simple book but tons of room for thought. Fiction about the Universe slowly down (due to expansion) and human acceptance of it. Kinda cool since the universe is actually expanding and everything is slowly slowing down.




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                    • Great suggestions. I looked them all up, and I'm making reading philosophy an assignment for next year.

                      ATM I'm brushing up on 20th century history, specifically the first half and The World Wars. I find this topic fascinating, the events that preceded the wars and the outcome. As someone who grew up in the Balkans, I've heard some firsthand accounts of those times from older family members. A lot of emphasis on the invasion of the Red Army, the nationalization and how the communist regime took over. I just wish I had paid more attention back then, so I would have absorbed more of it.

                      TQP, We used to study ethics in middle school, and our teacher, who was quite a character used the class to talk about Kant's philosophy at length, even though it wasn't part of the curriculum. Very interesting stuff nonetheless.

                      The Age of Miracles sounds like my kind of thing -- speculative fiction!



                      Other stuff:

                      This message showed up in the neighborhood e-mail exchange this morning:
                      Pam shared:
                      Saturday Nov 23, 2013 10:48am

                      Sweet little brown/black tabby found. Has rabies tag from Missouri. Called the vet and the cats name is Minix. The vet called the number on file but it has been disconnected. My neighbor is feeding the poor thing and giving it a warm place to sleep. However, they are moving away soon and needs to find its home. If you've lost the poor thing, you can contact the Edwards at 27 xxxxx Drive. If you are interested in adopting her, please contact them, as well. They are unable to take her to their new home. If you know of anyone who has lost their kitty, please notify them of this message in case they don't follow I-neighbors. Thanks all! Someone needs to give this adorable little thing a home!
                      Hmmmmm......should I or shouldn't I? If no one claims her, that is. I'm tempted!
                      Last edited by Graycat; 11-23-2013, 09:55 AM.

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                      • If I wasn't so allergic to cats I would totally have at least 2 when I get my own apartment. Hell, even with the allergy I kept 5 kittens and bottle fed them until I could find people to adopt them.

                        Yeah I had to take a 19th & 20th century totalitarian regime class in hs and after that it has been a lifelong fascination with Lenin. Too bad he died before the softer New Economic Plan was carried out because it was a decent (or brilliant, depending on the critic) compromise between capitalism and communism. [Mao is a bit too close to home for me to study as I was raised hailing him as my great leader. I didn't even know of the Tiananmen Square incidents despite making many trips to the site over the years until many years after I came to the States. Of course I think communism is stupid in application but socialism in theory is still beautiful in theory (despite the Tragedy of the Commons). ]






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                        My Journal: gelatin experiments, vanity pictures, law school rants, recipe links


                        Food blog: GELATIN and BONE BROTH recipes

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                        • Hi Gray! Just dropping in to say hi! I know I've been MIA lately. Ah, life gets in the way...

                          Angela's Ashes is one of my favorite books of all time! Another good one I've been thinking about lately is To Kill a Mockingbird. The Historian is good too--it's actually a vampire book!

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                          • Originally posted by diene View Post
                            Hi Gray! Just dropping in to say hi! I know I've been MIA lately. Ah, life gets in the way...

                            Angela's Ashes is one of my favorite books of all time! Another good one I've been thinking about lately is To Kill a Mockingbird. The Historian is good too--it's actually a vampire book!
                            Hey Diene, I hope all is well with you.
                            I've been neglecting my journal so much that it took me 5 days to see that!
                            To Kill a Mockingbird is a really good one. It's been a long time, but somehow the part where the kids encounter the reclusive neighbor(his name escapes me atm) and the court scenes have stuck with me.
                            The Catcher In The Rye is another one that I liked as well.
                            The Historian was awesome. It also hit close to home, literally for me, not because I like vampire stories that much, but because of where most of the events in it take place, hehe.

                            I've seen that woman around town, and now she's made it to Yahoo's home page. WTH is wrong with people and with the justice system???

                            Ga. Man Must Pay $50,000 After Breaking Engagement to Fiancee, Appeals Court Says - Yahoo

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                            • I think I need to change things up a bit. For some reason lately I've been waking up tired, even after a good night's sleep and it takes me a while to get going. I'm pretty sure running 3-4 mi. 5x a week, working a lot and perhaps not eating much has to do with it.

                              .....that fatigue......hate it!!

                              So, beginning immediately I shall only run 2 miles 3x per week and just do some body weight exercise whenever I feel like it. I'm constantly moving anyway, so I've probably been overdoing it for a while. But damn, running gives me that rush.....kinda hard to describe. Oh, well.....of course "everything that kills me makes me feel alive!"

                              Yawn............

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                              • Busy bee today, as I'm preparing for a New Year's eve party I'm hosting tonite.

                                Have a Happy New one, my friends!

                                I dug this out when I was cleaning the garage few weeks ago, so appropriate.

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