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Smile iPhone 6S Brighton, East Sussex, England Friday, December 23rd, 2016.

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Smile iPhone 6S Brighton, East Sussex, England Friday, December 23rd, 2016.

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Like a Cathedral iPhone 6S London, England Saturday, December 17th, 2016.

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I’m Climbing Here iPhone 6S London, England Sunday, August 21st, 2016.

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I’m walkin’ here iPhone 4S Brighton, East Sussex, England Monday, May 21st, 2012.

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Hold that thought iPhone 4S Belgium Monday, May 14th, 2012.

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Briefs

Thursday, June 1st, 2017

Tuesday, January 10th, 2017

A double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled, cross-over feeding trial conducted for eight weeks at the University of New Mexico demonstrated that eating walnuts improves men’s mood (but interestingly not women’s). I announce here my love them with raisins, that’s 5 per half-walnut.

Thursday, December 1st, 2016

Gut: the inside story of our body's most under-rated organ

Giulia Enders

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It’s arguably a profound and important book in that it can change our self-perception to one that’s closer to the truth.

Putting aside some questionable attempts at humor, the core of the book is an engaging, informed Fantastic Voyage from in the mouth all the way to out the bottom. I’ve seen so many images of our digestive system but never been presented with the process as a clear narrative, with emphasis on the differences between the organs involved and the inflection points between them.

Tuesday, July 26th, 2016

Gateway

Frederik Pohl

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Published in 1976, the themes nonetheless feel contemporary some 40 years later: environmental destruction, economic inequality, social alienation, childlessness. It’s all very naturalistic. We never encounter any aliens because they are long gone, and we don’t understand their amazing technological artifacts at all. And the people are in constant emotional turmoil.

Monday, July 18th, 2016

 

Friday, June 3rd, 2016

“You can’t cross the species barrier but, by bumping up against it, you can learn things.” In The New Yorker, Joshua Rothman surveys ventriloquism of the soul. “Tolstoy’s animals teach us to be good,” he explains. “Joyce’s teach us to be alive.” [via aldaily.com]

Thursday, May 5th, 2016

Fasting is socially extreme but it’s probably not biologically extreme.

Ray Cronise

Sunday, February 21st, 2016

Sunday, January 10th, 2016

A story and video of a young reporter kind of blown away, so to speak, by some new VR porn demoed at CES. [Via DrudgeReport]

Wednesday, November 18th, 2015

The conclusion of this peer-reviewed scientific article on sauna: “Increased frequency of sauna bathing is associated with a reduced risk of SCD, CHD, CVD, and all-cause mortality.”

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

Your children are friends whom you know from the bottom up.

ASK

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

A fearsomely refreshing list of what the author has learned in her 40s. Enjoyable if you’ve reached the age, and I wonder if edifying for those yet to.

Monday, March 31st, 2014

Here’s your treat for today: Montaigne on drunkenness [new link, find it in the contents].

Friday, March 28th, 2014

Give me health and a day, and I will make the pomp of emperors ridiculous. The dawn is my Assyria; the sun-set and moon-rise my Paphos, and unimaginable realms of faerie; broad noon shall be my England of the senses and the understanding; the night shall be my Germany of mystic philosophy and dreams.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Sunday, September 8th, 2013

Saturday, May 25th, 2013

Why, by the William Shatner School of Toupological Studies.

Sunday, May 12th, 2013

Thursday, April 4th, 2013

You’re diminutive, for sure.

Brian Greben, to me

Sunday, March 17th, 2013

Sauna: drug-free altered-state pod.

ASK

Monday, December 3rd, 2012

Check out the “Beneficial effects of sauna bathing for heart failure patients” by Arnon Blum and Nava Blum, an article published by the US National Institutes of Health. Turns out people with heart problems not only can use the sauna, it’s a therapy.

Some pro-sauna theory: Sweat Therapy Theory by Stephen Colmant. “From clinical experience, sweating induces commonly observed effects of exercise on mental health, such as reducing anxiety, depression, and stress and improving body image, self-esteem, and sense of well being.”

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

Humans evolved to run long distances, argues Daniel Lieberman, Professor of Human Evolutionary Biology at Harvard, and the evolutionary approach helps us use our bodies better. Great stuff!

Monday, September 6th, 2010

Monday, February 22nd, 2010

Britain, with Charles Darwin and Adam Smith, gives us at long last cosmology and sociology that are not narrative but algorithmic.

ASK

Sunday, March 9th, 2008

Bikram Yoga

Bikram Choudhury

Faith. Self-control. Concentration. Determination. Patience. Here he explicates his five steps. People complain, but singularly great men can seem arrogant, and I’m honored to have been in his classroom.

Saturday, December 13th, 2003

Instead of concentrating on fat, you should carefully watch how much protein from prepared food you are eating.

Wai

Tuesday, March 4th, 2003

Without all the frills, the human body is quite economical to operate.

Ray Jardine

Monday, January 20th, 2003

Your rash is your bowels and your bowels is your rash.

Juan Carlos Bronstein

 
 

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