Fear and Trembling

Hunger Plan

Fast between breakfast and dinner for 2 weeks.

You'll find after a couple days you won't overeat at dinner.  The calories you would usually consume at lunch can be added to breakfast and dinner so you are not running a caloric deficit.

Hunger allows you to stay focused.  Suddenly, you're not thinking about snacking all of the time.  Snacking is an obsessive and neurotic behavior that has no basis in human history because typically the history of humans was characterized by longer bouts of hunger punctuated by insufficient amounts of food.

If you feel a little lightheaded, cloudy, ditzy, in the afternoon, have something a little sweet, like a coffee, a juice, or a piece of biscotti.  Don't overdo it.

Otherwise just crush water all day when you feel hunger.

If you feel your electrolytes are running low in the afternoon (feeling of dragging, metabolic deficit, wooziness), try eating a dash of salt on the tongue.  It will perk you right up.


Smartphone Accidents

First there was the hazard of talking on the phone while driving.  I would say this may have apexed around 2002-05.  Next, there was texting while driving, say 2009-2013.  Now it seems that everyone has their head down at traffic lights.  I looked around at a traffic stop yesterday and saw three drivers surrounding me in three cars all doing the knowing tilt of the head to the lap.  There is so much to do and keep up on on the phones, it appears to be addictive and neurotic to the point of self-implosion.  Anecdotally, I would have to guess that accidents on I-40 are up 35% just in the last year based on the traffic and accidents I'm see on my weekly commute to Raleigh.


The Sofa Centuries

We are living in an age marked by the availability of upholstered bedding and couches to families both rich and poor.  This was never possible on a wide scale prior to the 1800s.

When people speak of our age and time, they will say, "And they were so wealthy nearly every family had a couch on which they could recline like Cleopatra."



A shlemiel is the fellow who climbs to the top of a ladder with a bucket of paint and then drops it. A shimazl is the fellow on whose head the bucket falls. [Rep. Stephen J. Solarz (D.-N.Y.), 1986]


Trade Winds

Was it smart for Britain to be isolationist (i.e. Brexit)?  Having seen the havoc rent on their old colony, Jamaica, by the forces of the global economy, does this move portend economic survivalism?

On Cortazar

Stories of Cronopios and Famas

1. Famas - go getters, captains of industry, bourgeois, capable, short-sighted, social (v. natural), cruel, rational,
a. more sympathetic than Esperanzas, less than Cronopios
2. Cronopios - laborers, layabouts, poor, incompetent, poor, playful, natural (v. social), uncultured, odd, emotional,
b. apparent heros of stories
3. Esperanzas - blockheads, middle managers, organized, sedentary, self-absorbed, violent, fear unknown
c. tertiary characters, least developed/sympathetic