Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Recent good reads

Some books I've read lately that I recommend:

 Epic and unflinching work by Roth. Has literally changed my reading interests. Roth is a genius.

 Another good, earlier book by Roth. It gets kind of maudlin and can make a man question whether any marriage could ever work.

 This book by Mogel has excellent parenting advice and a lot of the advice can be applied to inter-personal relationships as well, including marriages.

 Good Christian inspiration here. Some great "print out and hang on the wall" aphorisms in it. Plus an interesting take on the crucifixion, burial, resurrection and relationship between Jewish and Gentile believers.

 This book is in the references section of the Brown book. Aside from a few mis-steps where the author gets a little too Roman Catholic for my taste, this is an epic and amazing history of Jesus and his times.

...a new Letters to a Young Man is in the works, coming soon-ish...

Thursday, June 23, 2016

June 23rd, never forget

The greatest use of the word "meanwhile" in recent memory was in a brief statement issued by the Hong Kong Government on Edward Snowden. In this simple word is a direct challenge to US power, a way for the Chinese government, by way of Hong Kong officials, to say "up yours" to the US, and one can (especially in hindsight) see that it was warranted. In this brief bit of text, this small special administrative region, speaking on behalf of an empire, told the US to go fuck itself because it hadn't had the decency to be decent. And also, because it was too stupid to get Snowden's middle name correct. Whatever your feelings about Snowden, whether what he did was right or wrong, you have to admire the chutzpah.

Here's the full text of the statement (original is here):

HKSAR Government issues statement on Edward Snowden 
     The HKSAR Government today (June 23) issued the following statement on Mr Edward Snowden:

     Mr Edward Snowden left Hong Kong today (June 23) on his own accord for a third country through a lawful and normal channel.

     The US Government earlier on made a request to the HKSAR Government for the issue of a provisional warrant of arrest against Mr Snowden. Since the documents provided by the US Government did not fully comply with the legal requirements under Hong Kong law, the HKSAR Government has requested the US Government to provide additional information so that the Department of Justice could consider whether the US Government's request can meet the relevant legal conditions. As the HKSAR Government has yet to have sufficient information to process the request for provisional warrant of arrest, there is no legal basis to restrict Mr Snowden from leaving Hong Kong.

     The HKSAR Government has already informed the US Government of Mr Snowden's departure.

     Meanwhile, the HKSAR Government has formally written to the US Government requesting clarification on earlier reports about the hacking of computer systems in Hong Kong by US government agencies. The HKSAR Government will continue to follow up on the matter so as to protect the legal rights of the people of Hong Kong.
Ends/Sunday, June 23, 2013
Issued at HKT 16:05

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

The wisdom of Marco Pierre White

From a man who reached the pinnacle of his field, some important life lessons.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Firing Line with William F. Buckley Jr.

Recently happened upon a number of episodes of Firing Line with William F. Buckley Jr. on Amazon Instant Video. Totally worth watching.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

The Obesity Code

I pre-ordered this book and just recently finished reading it. It should win awards and be read widely. Jason Fung breaks down in easy-to-read and understand detail why everything that doctor's have been telling people for the last 30 years or so is dead wrong. How what you eat is as important as when you eat. And his take on fasting should be listened to because he successfully treats obese and diabetic patients with diet and fasting protocols in his clinic (read more here).

In this book you'll learn that it isn't just one caloric demon which is making you fat and unhealthy, but a combination of factors. And you'll learn how to live a more healthy life in a way that is sane and balanced. 

If someone you know is overweight or diabetic, you need to get them this book, and get a copy to their doctor as well. And if you're fasting because of lent or it's part of your regular practice anyway you will be happy to learn more about what exactly is happening when you fast. Good news, it's very healthy! You should get this book and spread the word. Tell your doctors, especially. 

On a personal note, Fung's writings encouraged me to take a five-day fast which changed my health and my life. I was stuck in a rut both weight-loss wise and spiritually. Fasting changed my life and I continue to fast regularly. 

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Letters to a young man 40

Hello my friend.

Things to ponder:

One of the most important challenges you will face in life, particularly as you get older, will be to adjust your habitual demeanor and manner towards family and friends. This will be especially true of your immediate family. You may find yourself unconsciously approaching situations with a certain attitude which frames the entire interaction in a way which, if you were more conscious of it, would make you cringe.

Keep on your toes and examine yourself and your behavior. Are you acting unconsciously, like some kind of robot? Are you giving your family all that you can? Are you building up mental responses in your mind before you're even spoken to, such that the words fly out of their own accord, in an unthinking manner? 

A great, and often untapped source of fulfillment and pleasure in life, is service to one's family. Focus on that and you will find more treasure than you might expect.

You will do well in life if you can know yourself and what you are doing. But you will excel if you realize your powerlessness and ask for God's grace, wisdom, and power, realizing that you have none.

Farewell for now.