Xah Lee's Blog Archive 2010-09
Computer Tech Progress and Video On Demand (commentary)
Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus (social commentary; pop psychology; fraud; gullibility of the populace)
John DeFrancis Idiot on Chinese (linguistics; commentary)
perm URL with more info: Internet Personality: Fredryk Phox.
Been aware of Calorie restriction since about 2004, and have been somewhat practicing it. Basically, “Calorie restriction” is the scientific discovery, started in 1930s. Many animals, insects, when put on a diet of minimal food supply barely enough to sustain life (e.g. the animal is constantly in a hunger state), but with sufficient necessary nutrients, that the animals live much longer and healthier. (e.g. 30% to 40% increase in lifespan.)
In the past 10 years, this has been tested on human animals, and the result so far is positive.
In the past about 5 years, i've been living on a $3 per day diet. 〔➤see Diet of Xah Lee〕
Body Mass Index (BMI) is a easy way to tell if you are too fat or too thin, based on your height and average weight for their height.
In around 1987, i rented these movies on VHS. Quite interesting.
As a Chinese grew up in Taiwan, i can tell you these are not made up. Here's Wikipedia quote from Shocking Asia:
Shocking Asia is a 1974 documentary film written and directed by Rolf Olsen with Ingeborg Stein Steinbach. The film was banned in Finland due to its graphic content. A sequel titled Shocking Asia II: The Last Taboos was released in 1985.
Watched Iron Man 2 amazon today. I think it is not as good as the first Iron Man, but for you tech lovers out there, it's fantastic.
Discovered that Baby carrots are basically a mature carrot cut and peeled into small pieces, not really a special plant. Though, these days there are probably genetically modified ones more suitable for baby-cut production.
Munch some, good for your body!
Meme from R Michael Underwood.
The rules: Don't take too long to think about it. Fifteen movies you've watched that will always stick with you. List the first fifteen you can recall in no more than fifteen minutes.
Well, i only got 10 off my head.
- Titus Julie Taymor's Titus
- Farewell My Concubine amazon
- Cabaret Cabaret screenshots
- Batman amazon
- Sex, Lies, and Videotape amazon
- Dr Strangelove amazon
- A Clockwork Orange A Clockwork Orange Screenshots
- Wizard of Oz amazon
- Brazil amazon
- Apocalypse Now amazon
Much more of my fav are here Xah's Favorite Movies.
Sometimes when you wakeup, or when you fell asleep on your desk, you have this pricking or numbness sensation in your leg? The technical word for that is Paresthesia.
Wikipedia article Sideshow. Quote:
Interest in sideshows declined as television made it easy (and free) to see the world's most exotic attractions. Moreover, viewing “human oddities” became distasteful as the public conscience changed, and many localities passed laws forbidding the exhibition of freaks. The performers often protested (to no avail) that they had no objection to the sideshow, especially since it provided not only a good income for them, but in many cases it provided their only possible job. The sideshow seemed destined for oblivion, until only a few exemplars of the ten-in-one remained. A greater number of “Single O” attractions still tour carnivals.
That's a example of moralist doing harm to society. So, if you are such a moralist, e.g. you are the bleedingheart concerned about feminism, children, the poor and have-nots, chances are, you are doing more harm than good, and you are doing it to satisfy the fundamental psychological itch for having a worth in life.
- PostModern, American, and Feminism
- FEELINGS OF INFERIORITY (Industrial Society and its Future)
- Wikipedia and Photo of Human Vulva
- The Free Lunch of Concerns of Concern of Children
- The Last Taboo: Sexual Desire for Pre-Pubescent Children
There are too many examples to cite…
- Fredric Wertham created a crusade that says comics are harmful to children. (e.g. batman ＆ robin) Reading Notes on Scott McCloud's Understanding Comics
- For porn, there's whole lots. Porn Freedom (What Is Obscenity?)
- John B. Watson created a craze of military-style child raising. See: Reading Notes on Intimate Behavior.