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There’s some wonderful advice over at PostSecret…

May 17, 2009

In addition to their regular “Sunday Secrets”, the webmaster of the PostSecret blog has asked commenters – specifically, college graduates – to offer, in a single sentence, advice to new graduates.

Here are some of my favorites:

‘”to do is to be” – nietzsche
“to be is to do” – kant
“do be do be do” – sinatra
only your song matters in the end’ – Anonymous

“He who works with his hands is a laborer. He who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman. He who works with his hands and his head and his heart is an artist.” – Another Anonymous

‘You can do anything. But not everything.’ – Bunny

‘Going out into the “real world” is a scary concept until it hits you (and it will!) that you are already living in the real world and always have been.’ – Emily Elizabeth

You can read the full list at http://postsecret.blogspot.com/2009/05/sunday-secrets_17.html

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iApprove: Grok.

May 1, 2009

Naturally, I wasn’t going to start out on any diet OR exercise regime half-cocked.  With that in mind, I spent a significant amount of my time yesterday researching (1) Paleo diet and (2) Paleo exercise.  And that was how I met Grok.

To put it simply, Grok is the hunter-gatherer human that everyone is descended from (though not all of us are descended from the same Grok).  Though we have evolved since Grok’s time, his genes, established over two and a half million years, still occupy our bodies today.

According to The Definitive Guide to Grok:

First off, he is simultaneously his own person/personality (incidentally male) and an inclusive, non-gendered representative of all our beloved primal ancestors (male or female who spanned the primeval globe). It’s Grok as both construed individual and collective archetype, you might say. In either capacity, Grok serves as our primal exemplar, a figurative model for evolutionarily tried and true lifestyle behaviors: diet, exercise, sleep, stress, etc…

…Grok, as we have come to know and love him, is a rather typical hunter-gatherer. He hearkens from, say, the San Joaquin Valley of (now) California. Born before the dawn of agriculture, he lives the life of a forager – hunting game and gathering all manner of roots, shoots, seeds and fruits for both himself and his family/small band. He’s perhaps 30 years old, on the upper end of life expectancy in his day, but he has the remarkable health to live far beyond that if he can avoid the traps of his time: accidents, predators, illness – far different threats than ours today.

Grok is the guy we need to look to when figuring out what our bodies need.  Never mind what the high-income doctors have to say about it – nothing against the doctors, but they’re operating on equal parts outdated information and ag-industry propoganda.  Grok was not interested in propoganda or the economy or even science (a point against Grok, sadly); he was interested in surviving.  And, by doing the same things that his ancestors had been doing for 2.5 million years, he not only survived, but thrived.

Not that we have to give up science or technology or the economy or baths, but there are a lot of things that we can learn from Grok.

You can read his full story at http://www.marksdailyapple.com/definitive-guide-to-grok/

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iLOL’d: Instructions for Infant Care.

April 11, 2009

I love babies.  (They taste good with ketchup.)  And I love humor.  And when they come together, it is epic.

The scary thing is, I think there are parents out there who would actually try some of these.

You can see the complete lol-worthy set of baby humor at http://paradisedriver.blogspot.com/2008/05/instructions-for-infant-care.html

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iApprove: Bad Baby Names.

April 1, 2009

Not bad baby names — I’m referring to Bad Baby Names, the blog.

Naming your baby is a tenacious task.  You don’t want to saddle him or her with a name that’s too common, but you don’t want to lay on something that’s going to get him/her teased relentlessly in school.  You want to give him/her a name you really love, but you don’t want it to sound like you made it up for a D&D character that you created on marijuana.

Because, seriously, there are names like that.

For those fringe names – the ones that send you reeling in shock, or cause you to fear the baby’s safety – a few brave souls have stepped up to the plate.  They venture out into the deep, dark, Internets, collect these names, and then bring them back and present them to us so that we can mock them relentlessly.  Cie’erra.  Avon.  Whiteangel Victoria.

If you’re anything like me, and get huge kicks (or squicks) from reading about the horrors that some parents have inflicted on their unwitting children, pop over to http://badbabynames.blogspot.com/

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iApprove: Write the Game.

March 23, 2009

Feh… moar work.  Like, a neverending stream of it.  What a pain in the rear.

The good news is, I’m done with the Farrah Fawcett hair (at least the basics… still have to animate it), so I’ve been able to move onto some other important things: easier-to-animate hair, and learning how to write a video game in the first place.

That’s how I found Write the Game.

While it is mostly not about writing video games (it’s more about writing about video games, which is pretty cool, too), it does include one series which I found rather useful: How to Write A Video Game Script That Kicks Ass (their terminology, not mine).  While most of it was stuff I already knew, some of it was useful, and it was good to know that I was on the write track with my project.  (Namely flowcharts.  Flowcharts are a game designer’s friend.)  I don’t know that I’ll garner mass quantities of fans who will write hoards of fanfic about it, but it seems to me that I’m off to a decent start, so I’m cool with that.

Read their guide – and the rest of the blog – at http://www.isotx.com/wordpress/

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iApprove: Friendly Atheist.

March 10, 2009

Awright, okay. As long as I’m spending hours upon hours hiding in this blog, I may as well tell you about it.

Friendly Atheist is, as you may imagine, run by a friendly atheist – specifically, Hemant Mehta, best-known as the author and main participant of the book I Sold My Soul On Ebay: Viewing Faith Through an Atheist’s Eyes.  As you may imagine, he differs from most prominent atheists, in that he believes it is more important to put forth a friendly image and build up communication with religious folk than to bash their beliefs relentlessly.

His blog plays showcase to a wide variety of subjects: religious/secular news, updates on atheist and secular gatherings, videos on religious or secular topics, and random funny things – including several posts dedicated to the well-known pastime of baby-eating.

The only downside is that he has three years’ worth of updates, often multiple updates a day.  I’m still getting through 2007.

You can read it for yourself at http://friendlyatheist.com

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iApprove: Kate Harding’s Shapely Prose.

February 2, 2009

Fat discrimination is something that has bothered me for quite some time.

Let me go into this a bit.  I am fat.  Technically speaking, at 5’3 and 180 pounds, I am obese.  Exactly twice in my life have I been rudely commented upon by complete strangers, but other than that I have been the butt of no ill-spirited expression.

Yet I find myself continually exposed to discrimination against fatness.  Mainly in grocery-store magazines.  I’m sure you know the ones I’m talking about; they show the latest gorgeous Hollywood fashion plate and a caption reading “Lose 20 lbs in Two Weeks!” or “Shed Unwanted Body Fat!”

I do not have anything against losing weight.  In fact, I have personally lost weight, and it is an awesome experience that I would like to keep doing.  I also realize that excessive fat can have a negative impact on health.  But the standards that our society has stooped to over Fatness are ridiculous.

Try being 20 lbs. overweight.  OMG, you’re fat!  40 lbs. overweight?  Eew!  Ick!  NOBODY likes a fat person.  And NOBODY wants to be fat.  We should all be uber-thin and positively gorgeous.

Nothing against thin people here, but let’s talk realism.  We aren’t all built to be stick figures.  Some of us are genetically programmed to retain more fat than others.  Even if we lose enough to reach healthy weight, we’re still going to be more fat than you – and a good bit more fat than Barbie Hollywood.

I guess what I’m trying to say here is that I think it’s highly unreasonable to claim that everyone must follow the same fat-level standards to be attractive — or healthy.  Contrary to popular belief, an extra twenty to thirty pounds is not going to kill you.

Kate Harding’s Shapely Prose is one of many fat-acceptance blogs going about the Internet.  It is populated by three women – Kate Harding, Fillyjonk, and Sweet Machine – who blog about their experiences being fat and facing anti-fat trash talk.  Note that they, like I, are not against losing weight, particularly for health reasons.  They’re just tired of taking flak for having slightly offbeat body sizes.

Learn more at http://kateharding.net