Every self-help book. Maybe I’ll finish this someday.

      (Note from August, 2017: I’ve been going back through stuff I wrote while in school, and some of it is ridiculous, so I thought I’d share it. This was written April 17, 2012. You’re welcome.)   Troubleshooting the Mind By D C Arnold                   First, if you skip these pages, […]

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What do you want to want? A short primer on the power of philosophical self-development.

In ethical philosophy, the study of what people should do, there’s this notion of first- and second-order desires. A first-order desire happens when a person wants something, whether explicitly (out loud) or implicitly (by their action): a person wants the pleasure and nutrition from eating a blueberry muffin. A person wants a paycheck. Needs that new first […]

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The protein mist(e)ak(e).

I’m here to talk about one question: Why is the governmental Recommended Daily Allowance for protein so freaking low if you want to build muscle? And why are the following answers so different?   http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/maki1.htm   https://www.verywell.com/protein-how-much-do-you-need-2242226   http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/protein   https://www.bing.com/search?q=How+Much+Protein+to+Build+Muscle&FORM=QSRE1   Background: I fix the diet, then I go to the gym. Every time. […]

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Lizards, politicians, addiction, and us.

Before it gets all academic in here, let me assure you that it will be less academic after this block quote. I wanted to write about lizards and politics, and what they have in common. Check out this wikipedia article: “While technically inaccurate as an explanation for brain activity, it remains one of very few […]

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Get some power.

Whatever else might be said about this TED talk, the speaker is DEFINITELY voiced by Parks and Recreation’s Rob Lowe. It is freaking uncanny. Here he (Rob Lowe, not the TED talker) is, calling Amy Poehler a prick in a video pleasantly laden with statements less-attractive hosts would be forced to resign over: http://deadline.com/2013/10/amy-poehlers-a-prick-jokes-rob-lowe-with-letterman-on-parks-recreation-exit-video-623085/   […]

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