A More Fuller Update

Relations/Emotion

My son will be 5 months old on Friday. He is doing well rolling around after the cat, not letting us sleep, and generally becoming more person-like every day.

Lorelai is doing pretty good with everything at this point.  I set up a clock for her so she can start learning when it’s ok to wake up.  It also has a radio on it so she’s enjoyed that a bit too.

Caitlin is back to school, hopefully for the last stretch this time. I look forward to congratulating her on a hard fought win that has been a long time coming; plus that means my own education may be on the distant (post 2014) horizon.

It turns out that we’ll be moving soon, that’s an interesting, if daunting, development.

Physical/Body

I’ve managed to keep from getting sick so far but a side effect is that my physical energy has been pretty drained of late. Lack of sleep doesn’t help either. I haven’t been working out lately which may have contributed to me pinching a nerve in my back last week, which was a whole lot of no fun. My energy is building back up this week so hopefully I’ll be able to get back to the bodyweight workouts at least.  Yet I’m wary of working out because that taxes my immune system too, I really don’t want to catch what’s going around.

After the new year Caitlin and I did Weight Watchers together for a few weeks. I made a spreadsheet to track my own eating instead of paying for their services, that was a pretty good learning experience. I haven’t used the sheet for a few weeks at this point but I generally eat better now. I’ve been progressively trying to work more raw-ish plant-matter into my diet and decreasing my intake processed foods. Tricky when I’m am the main cooker person for two others who are pretty picky about what they eat. I just plugged what I plan to eat today into my WW spreadsheet, which I haven’t touched since Jan 16.  Since last month I notice that my intake mass (grams) is up while my caloric intake is down.  My protein, fat, and fiber intake is closer to what’s recommended for my stature.  Actually my fiber intake has actually close to doubled since I’ve been eating so much produce, 10 different fruits and veggies by the end of lunch.  Reading suggests that I probably need to drink more water to loosen up my gut.  I think my digestive symbiotes are still adjusting to the new intake.  Even though I haven’t used the spreadsheet for weeks every shopping trip since then I’ve grabbing new combinations of produce trying to find a new food-groove for my budget, grocery trips, and consumption.  I’m finding produce to be high maintenance at the moment, as in it goes bad quicker than I eat it.  Wasted food is wasted money.  The experimental phase of that transition is almost complete though, hopefully that means my gut-culture will find equilibrium.

Focus/Mental

Along those lines though I’ve spent the last couple weeks working on parsing out science/religion arguments in hopes that I can use the exercise as a tool to gain a deeper understanding into the scientific and social fields of history as well as becoming more savvy at discourse and approaching/displaying controversial information. Oh and I’m reading through a chemistry book before bed too. It feels like a caramelization/crystallization process is happening… in the last 5-6 years I’ve passively explored these threads of information to see what exists along with the who’s and why’s behind their existence and I’m at a point where I am confident in my ability to tie them into a solid, cohesive latticework of ideas. It’s actually pretty fun even if it does take most of the free time I have when I’m not with family.

Intent/Soul

I don’t have any real problems to confront or solve so I don’t really have any emotional something distracting my focus on the present. So really I’m just doing my best to take steps and improve myself while maintaining the real priority which is to keep things functioning reliably.  Nothing wrong with simplicity.

Bruce Lee Melody

I am not a martial artist and I doubt I really ever will be.  But back in the day, after I was a Christian (~2002) before I was an atheist (~2007), I picked up Bruce Lee’s book Jeet Kun Do: Commentaries on the Martial Way thinking it would teach me something about Jeet Kune Do.  How to move my fists, feet, body, be cool, etc.  When I saw the book’s title in the store the “Commentaries on the Martial Way” were in little letters so I didn’t read them.  It didn’t take me long to realize I had purchased a compilation of Bruce Lee’s philosophical notes related to martial arts.  The martial way, training, motivation, teaching, and more in the form of short quotes or page-long notes.  It was a good accidental find for me in a shiftless period and got me into kung fu movies.

Believe in Observation: Intro

Education seems to be a controversial subject in this country.  It’s as though people think that we can shape children by filtering the information they’re exposed to.  But parents and guardians should be abundantly aware that their children will inevitably leave the nest and so our job as parents or influential community members is to prepare them for solo flight.  This deep existence we all share with infinitely diverse perspectives which all exist globally online in honesty and/or as trolls.

Should parents be allowed to use their kid’s portion of public funding on schools which teach a restricted curriculum?  Should these schools, or any schools, be encouraged to teach as our forefathers have done and present right as divinity and wrong as demonic?  In the end censorship disguised as education will always look like obstruction and diversion, the opposite of integrity or grace.  I guess I could be biased but truth is truth regardless of what others say or believe.  Truth can’t be sifted away because reality is the water in which experiences grow, bob, or sink.

I would like to attempt a blog series presenting observations of humanity without narrative or interpretation.  It’s just an idea, I have no idea whether I can pull it off.  But I hope it can be used as a reference to springboard past the baggage of the changeable human interpretation of various controversial subjects.  My first project will be a topic I’m fairly familiar with: Evolution.

This is a long term thing, don’t expect and update on this in the near future. 🙂

Is Duplication Stealing?

This started out a comment response to Jax’s blog who basically blogged her agreement with this blog post that is attempting to make a case against copying music.  The original analogy in the post against copying music talks about a distributor who doesn’t lock up at night and has their product stolen with the aid of various other companies that charge for services such as maps, roads, or whatever else.  This analogy doesn’t stand up because the distributor doesn’t loose any product.

An artist’s official online Youtube channel, Hulu, Netflix, band website, or whatever is distributing data so it can be reproduced and displayed by your computer, X-Box, Wii, TiVo, etc. Taking a step back to talk about physical media doesn’t really change the story since music is data.  Copying data comes standard issue on every computer since forever because that’s what computers do.  Fact of the matter: Making something easily accessible means making it easy to produce.  You can’t have your cake and eat it too.  I have the same feelings for entertainers and artists that I do for any producer of a easily replicated product that everyone likes enough to copy but not enough to wait for innovations or pay for it.

I made another analogy of my own and I got it to a point that it was pretty solid.  But it was also overly elaborate.  It contained nanobots that could keep pastries fresh forever as long as people didn’t swallow which lead to people copying every kind of food including raw meat products.  In the end butchers and food artisans get the shaft since the copy machine replicated structure.  The bakers and other innovators aren’t as hard hit because they their product can adapt as time goes along

Mad as a Hatter

Life has stayed kind of crazy since we had the Austrian exchange student stay with us two months ago.  Becoming a house of five seems to have kicked the world’s timing into a higher gear but even though he’s been gone for a month and a half it doesn’t feel like things have slowed down any.  The weekend after that my sister was in town and we went to Canyon Beach, Oregon.  My father was also in town only he was around for two weeks.  Memorial Day weekend we drove around the Olympic peninsula in Washington to see the Twilight (book) locations before arriving in Seattle to hang out with an old friend and show our German exchange student the big city.  In subsequent weeks we’ve also gathered a bunk bed, done a thorough cleaning of rooms to Goodwill cloths away.  We also picked a dining room table up from Craigslist in preparation for a baby-shower.

We’ve also been doing some major prep for the baby in addition to the bed and crib.  The baby shower, which is coming up, will call for a major rearrangement of stuff and we have a full-on finance plan to follow now so that my wife can take 6-8 weeks off come baby-time.  Luckily it includes specific allowance for replacing my 2.5 year old phone.

Our German exchange student has been learning to drive while she’s here because it cheaper here.  They have to take classes in stuff in Germany.  With only a month left we’ve been trying to get her on the road as much as possible.  Her test is the day or two before she flies away so the pressure is on.

Somewhat related to our German exchange student I’ve recently discovered of a way I can immerse myself in a language and I started giving it a go last Sunday night when I loaded up the German version of Skyrim.  I’ve been taking screen shots and translating the subtitles when I’m not playing so lingual structure and vocabulary will eventually get more recognizable.  That’s the theory anyway, we’ll see if it works.  It’s the bee buzzing in my brain right now, I want to get that train moving while I have a German in the house to make sure the process is getting me straight.  Also, Skyrim doesn’t get much better than when you have Orcs with two-handed hammers taunting you in German.  It’s fantastic fun!

My buddy up in Seattle energized another bee in my head which is still buzzing, only lightly waiting for it’s turn. He’s working and coding up a project of his own and having someone to converse with about learning languages set me on course to actually start laying some track and set up a Java development environment on my computer.  I almost had it right but wasn’t getting the results tutorials suggested until my brother-in-law came back from college he showed me what I missed.  I’ll get right on that after the momentum for my German Skyrim Project has established a sustainable momentum of it’s own.

Another kind of silly occurrence is that everyone in the house now plays Draw Something with each other.  That’s been going on for over a week now.  My wife just drew me a sniper; hopefully she can guess the Yoda sent back to her.  But the game is pretty awesome.  It brings families together.

I’m sure there’s more cool multi-day stuff taking up my time which I’m forgetting.  This blog is actually a relatively new occurrence too I suppose.  I’ve also gone back to using Personal Brain as my mind mapping tool of choice.  I was using Evernote but the way you can associate ideas and whatever else in Personal Brain makes it easier to jump from one thing to another, or simply link it without having to move anything anywhere.  Evernote still shines because it auto-syncs using the internet.  With Personal Brain I have to sync files from one computer to another using phone storage because I don’t want to pay for the tool just yet.

That’s it for this update.

Status Update of June 2012

It seems inevitable that I make blog posts when I comment on another blog since every time I do that I go through a massive effort to find the password that works for my account.

I updated the blog theme so it looks less like an OSX desktop.  The leatheryness seems oddly cozy some how.  Like I could drink some grog and tell stories of killing dragons in it.  Yeah, I started a new char in Skyrim because playing the Diablo III demo put me in the mood to play a hack-and-slash but I didn’t care for the story or game dynamics of the game.  Using alternate beginning and no fast travel mod while cranking the difficulty to master has made it a different game.  Good fun, but probably boring.

Following up on past posts, I’m still awaiting a new phone.  I’m almost certain that I’ll be purchasing the S3 this weekend as a fathers day gift but since it’s a pre-order I wont actually get it in my hands until July (hopefully).  Apple is being a punk and using copyright law to keep the S3 from getting into the states, hopefully I don’t have to wait longer than the official launch date.  I’m getting the pre-order because I want to keep my unlimited data plan.  I’m getting the S3 because it’s the only phone worth it’s money that’s out at vzw.

Things seem pretty mellow in my head right now.  On the philosophical wandering side of my interests I mean.  Christianity has lost much of it’s mystery and challenge and atheism is a non-starter without the contrast.  I’ve turned my interest to human history but tools I need to record and link things while I explore don’t exist which means I’ve slowly… oh so slowly started to learn Java/Android development.  So pretty much all that I’m interested in on the philosophical front is waylaid until I get a grip on databasing in Java to put together dynamic interface I want but doesn’t exist to my knowledge.

In other news, Avengers is awesome, Snow White and the Huntsman (Bella and the Thunder God) was okay, and Silence of the Lamps was pretty interesting.  Yeah, I didn’t get around to seeing Silence of the Lambs until this last weekend.