Speaking of keys, my W key has been broken for several weeks. It isn’t attached to my laptop, but rather just floats there, ready to be knocked free or shift enough that it’s a hassle to type. It’s been an annoyance that has reminded me of the value of every last letter. How does one type questions without a W? Who, what, when, where and how are just gone.
I’m having some vanilla cola and some honey dijon kettle chips, in case you were wondering. It’s a last hurrah for my more indulgent eating habbits (not that there’s anything particularly bad about the Kettle chips, delicious and natural as they are). This week will be the end of my sweet tooth’s reign over my intake and another transformation of my lifestyle to get an ILP in swing.
Sugar has long been a big part of my life for a long while. I’ve always had a terrible sweet tooth, and that’s lead me to consuming more sweetness than would be best. So from here on out I won’t be drinking straight maple syrup by the mugful. Okay, just a couple times a year. I’ll make a conscious effort to limit the amount of sugar-rich foods I eat and be mindful of that element of my diet. A weekly bottle of Jones can stay, but much of the rest will be weened.
A year ago I became a vegetarian, one of the changes in my life I’m most glad I made. It’s been a year of change that goes far beyond that dietary choice, but I think it’s symbolic of my momentum. It’s been surprising to see the reactions of people when they learn I’m a vegetarian, especially those who know me when I was young, because I was a big fan of meat when I was growing up; I’d have consumed only steaks some days if I’d been allowed. More than just not eating animal parts, I think the mindfulness about food has been rewarding. Along with vegetarianism I’ve gained an appreciation for diversity in foods; ethnic and experimental foods have become a bigger part of my diet as a result.
This past week I discovered my favourite pop album so far this year. Matthew Sweet and Susanna Hoffs will be releasing the sublime Under The Covers, Vol. 1 next month, just in time for a spring and summer that’ll bring all the good of the sixties’ sound to bear on my headphones. The album is a collection of covers of both obscure and well known songs from the 60’s (and one abnormality from the 70’s) recorded as a amalgamation of Matthew and Susanna’s styles with a reverence for the originals. “Cinnamon Girl” and “Different Drum” are my two favourites at the moment. It’s beautiful, all you really need to know.
After listening to them at Integral Naked, the people behind Viking Youth Power Hour have become some of my internet heroes. They produce a weekly podcast during which they chat about some facinating topics in the manner I’ve had the best conversations among friends in my living room. It definitely has a free and casual vibe, but the vikings do their homework and present a diverse and often hilarious hour of talk, counter-culture and realness. Oh, and their slogan is badass; “Quit dreaming like a pussy!”
Have you ever looked at just how subjective our experiences are? Time is one of the most obvious of these. As Einstein said, “A man sits with a pretty girl for an hour, it seems like a minute. He sits on a hot stove for a minute, it’s longer than any hour. That is relativity.” How to Stop Time is an experiment in manipulating our sense of time in a way to demonstrate its subjectivity. Give it a try and maybe you’ll be moved to be as curious about our consciousness as I am.
I’ve been using binaural beat biofeedback in the form of Holosync for several months now and I’ve been curious about experiementing with binaural beats in other ways. I was pleasantly surprised to learn about SBaGen, a freeware program that creates binaural beats. I’m especially interested in the dream-recall aspect, since I remember very few of my dreams. I’ll approach it with care, but definitely give it a try soon.
That’ll have to be all for now, aside from a short Q+A I’ll leave you with. Enjoy.
1. WHAT COLOR ARE YOUR KITCHEN PLATES? I have black, blue and green plates.
2. WHAT BOOK ARE YOU READING NOW? I have four on the go, including Rumi: The Book of Love: Poems of Ecstacy and Longing, Jo Clayton’s Magic Wars, Kittens for Dummies, Beginner’s Guide to Yoga and Irene Radford’s The Dradon Nimbus 4
3. WHAT IS ON YOUR MOUSE PAD? I don’t use one
4. FAVORITE BOARD GAME? HeroQuest
5. LEAST FAVORITE SMELLS? vomit
6. WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU THINK OF WHEN YOU WAKE UP IN THE MORNING? Usually of the things I need to do that day.
7. FAVORITE COLOR? blue
8. LEAST FAVORITE COLOR? Yellow
9. HOW MANY RINGS UNTIL YOU ANSWER THE PHONE? Usually no more than 3.
10. FUTURE CHILD’S NAME? I’m fond of the name Grania, but I can’t say I’ve thought much about having children.
11. CHOCOLATE OR VANILLA? Vanilla
12. DO YOU LIKE TO DRIVE FAST? I don’t drive, and I think I’d rather enjoy the scenery.
13. DO YOU SLEEP WITH A STUFFED ANIMAL? Nope
14. DO YOU LIKE THUNDERSTORMS? Yes, very much.
15. WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST CAR? i’ve never had one, but I imagine if I were to it would be an efficient, non-gas one.
16. WHAT IS YOUR SIGN? Sagittarious
17. DO YOU EAT THE STEMS OF BROCCOLI? Yep.
18. IF YOU COULD HAVE ANY JOB WHAT WOULD IT BE? A writer-traveller mystic. Anyone have somewhere I can send a resume?
19. IF YOU COULD HAVE ANY COLOR HAIR, WHAT WOULD IT BE? I enjoy my red.
20. IS THE GLASS HALF FULL OR HALF EMPTY? Everything is empty, and more so the closer you look at it. It’s beautiful, though.
21. FAVORITE MOVIE? Samsara
22. DO YOU TYPE WITH YOUR FINGERS ON THE RIGHT KEYS? Nope
23. WHAT’S UNDER YOUR BED? Floor. Mine doesn’t have a frame
24. YOUR SINGLE BIGGEST INTENSE PAIN? Separation.
25. PERSON MOST LIKELY TO RESPOND? I’ve no clue
26. PERSON YOU SENT THIS TO WHO IS LEAST LIKELY TO RESPOND? Ditto
27. KETCHUP OR MUSTARD? Ketchup, usually.
28. HAMBURGER OR HOT DOG? Burgers, definitely.
29. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE SEASON? Autumn
30. THE BEST PLACE YOU HAVE EVER BEEN? Here, Ottawa, Vancouver and Montreal.
31. WHAT SCREEN SAVER IS ON YOUR COMPUTER RIGHT NOW? I have none.
32. FAVORITE FAST FOOD? Does veg. sushi count?
33. WHAT IS YOUR BIRTH NAME? Apollo Isaac Lemmon
34. A COMMENT ABOUT THE PERSON THAT SENT YOU THIS? She’s great, definitely someone I’m happy I met.