I wanted an outlet for my thoughts and areas of expertise. In an age of rapid-fire social media - Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram, & others, I believe blogging is more deliberate and thoughtful. Recently, I deleted my Facebook and Twitter accounts.
I've had a career in technology - writing books about the Internet and speaking about technology. In technology and life, I always try to simplify things. So, on this blog, you will find interesting technology, items about health (I have written books & websites about it), & random thoughts. I am passionate about technology, health, and simplifying everything.
These posts will be short, sweet, & to the point. No need to blab on. If you find something interesting, you can do more research & investigation. I hope you find something of value here.
Take a fascinating four-minute excursion on our planet.
Michael Wolff, author of Fire and Fury, got dissed on Morning Joe. So, what does his wounded ego do? He's off to Twitter to tweet this nonsense. As an aside, I made the choice not to read his book. After viewing far too many interviews with him, I made the editorial decision to take it off my reading list - not sure what parts of his book I can believe.
Over the past eight years (when I made a conscious effort to change my lifestyle), I have had many sources of good information. Frequently, The People's Pharmacy has interviews with knowledgeable health experts. I recommend listening to this interview about exercise with Dr. Jordan Metzl.
Two other doctors who dish out great information on a regular basis: Dr. David Katz (here's one commonsense article Dr. Katz wrote) and Dr. Ann Kulze. If they are not on your radar screen, put them there. Two doctors who were influential in my understanding of how we are over-tested, over-diagnosed, and ultimately overtreated are Dr. Otis Brawley and Dr. Gilbert Welch.
All of these doctors are prolific on the Internet. So, much of their information is freely available. They have all written books about their specific expertise.
If your health is important to you, I recommend checking them all out. I did. And, I am much healthier and wiser about diet, health, and lifestyle issues.
People who exercise do not need to be told to do so. They are motivated, aware of the benefits, and make it part of their regular routine. So, if you do not exercise, how do you start? Well, how about watching this video about the best exercise available ...
I enjoy podcasts. After listening to these two (below), I am extremely happy that I do not use social media sites (Facebook, Twitter and others).
Sam Harris's podcast Politics and Sanity and Kara Swisher's podcast How to fix the problems caused by tech are sad commentary about politics and social media today.
The best solution I can offer is:
1. be a critical thinker - be able to "edit-on-the-fly" much of what you read and hear
2. Stop reading, watching, and listening to media that you deem inappropriate for your lifestyle
3. get off Facebook, Twitter, and other social media platforms
I understand the value of these social media platforms. However, they have gone well past the initial desired intention. Today, they are more of a time-suck and disruptive force in our lives. Even Facebook has openly admitted that its platform is not good for our mental health.
...too much information. It's impossible for our brains to process it all. That's one reason I stopped using Twitter. It provides far too much information. Of course, much of it junk.
If you use Chrome as your browser, here are two incredible extensions. Every time you open up a new tab, you will get an amazing picture from Mustsee or a beautiful piece of artwork from Google Art and Culture. (available in Chrome Web Store). You can't use both at the same time. Choose one or the other.
It comes from a New York Times article. As I told the author, the smartphone is the greatest learning tool ever invented. However, as a society, we have chosen to use it for Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and other addictive crap. My recommendation: delete those apps from your phone. Of course, I know you won't. So, enjoy the addictive black hole.
The media makes me laugh when they can't say a "bad" word. It's blanked out, it's beeped, and warnings galore are given before the piece airs. When it comes to shit, I have a feeling everyone has said it ... even in mixed company. Damn, there's even an emoji for it.
So...I was reminded to watch my favorite comedian chat about the seven words you can't say. I poop in my pants every time I watch it.
... Miss Lewinsky. Shit, I'm getting my scandals confused. This is getting downright funny.
For "free", Experian offered to scan the dark web (sounds scary) for me. Ultimately, this would identify if my email address is hanging out in the dark web. Okay, so I was suckered into having it checked out. Of course, I suspect everyone's email address is in the dark web.
After it scanned the mysterious and spooky dark web, I received this email. Now Experian wants me to pony-up some money to protect me. I'm sure you can protect me. Just like Equifax protected our private data.
A day later, it tried to scare me into subscribing again (see second snapshot). Thanks Experian, but no thanks. Until I place Experian's emails in the scam folder, I am sure I will receive many more emails like this. Forget FUD. How about FU.
Ezra Klein interviewed highly respected Jaron Lanier. Much of the conversation was about virtual reality. I know many virtual reality applications can be incredible. And, I look forward to experiencing some. However, the real world is pretty amazing. So, be careful if you start going virtual. It might suck you in ... like a drug or Facebook. You might not have an exit strategy.
Shocked about Trump's statement? Nah ...
It never ceases to amaze me. Now the big health craziness is raw water. And, it's very expensive. My recommendation: If you partake, be sure to purchase Goop's (Gwyneth Paltrow), very expensive water bottle ... ommmmmmmmmmmmmm.
Understanding Bitcoin is way beyond my pay grade. However, I was chatting with a friend the other day and he mentioned that he made a 500% profit investing in cryptocurrency.
But ... you can do a similar thing by going very low-tech. Check out Weight Watchers ...
... to stay out of politics. However, I'd like to know how this guy got elected. There's no simple answer. It's going to take a deep dive into many areas to figure this one out. In the meantime, let's hope he doesn't do permanent damage to our culture, our planet, and our psyche.
Oh, there are many reasons why I maintain a healthy lifestyle. Uncle Walt's observation is one of them. I sure as hell do not know when I will be departing planet Earth, but one goal is to stay far away from our health care "system".
If you want to do a deep dive into health care, visit my Index Card site.
Back in 2010, this presentation was instrumental in my weight-loss and lifestyle change. If one of your resolutions is to lose weight and gain health, I recommend watching this presentation. Michael Pollan's book, In Defense of Food, is outstanding. Here's the thing: On the cover he states: Eat food. not too much, mostly plants. If you follow those instructions, you got the problem solved. But, watch the video and read the book anyway.
It's been a long and chaotic year. Music is always a great way to relax. So, I end the year with some great music. Enjoy ... happy and healthy new year.
One of my favorite YouTube concerts...featuring many amazing artists. Enjoy ...
Love for Levon was a concert that took place on October 3, 2012 at the Izod Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey as a tribute to the late drummer/singer Levon Helm of The Band.