In Thin Air

Tomorrow we head home to New Zealand after our most recent and longest visit to the USA – this time Colorado.  As has been the case for all of my trips to the States since 2011, I came to present at the Ancestral Health Symposium.  But in line with every year I have travelled here, […]

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Simon Says

My current status is what is supposedly termed funemployed. This status came about as the result of me recently resigning from the full-time job I have held since circa-2008.  It was a good job. In a good company. I had lots of freedom. I was near the top of my pay scale. Yet, if I […]

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Surviving Shift Work. Part I

This is not a blog post on why good sleep is essential or about the physiology underlying human sleep/wake cycle. Many folks have written about this and I will add some good resources at the bottom of this page. This is a condensed version of a talk Jamie and myself give about shift work with […]

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STARTING A MARTIAL ART AT 35

In my last post I spoke about my new direction to learn new skills. One of the consequences of this decision was joining a local Kung Fu martial arts club together with Jamie. With my 35th birthday on the horizon and 3 short months of training under my (now yellow!) belt I wanted to share […]

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CONFESSIONS OF AN IMPOSTER

Anyone who has any familiarity with Russian schooling will tell you it is tough. Growing up in a family which was very academically-oriented was doubly tough. My high school subjects included astronomy, chemistry, physics, algebra, geometry, Russian history, law, world culture, Russian literature, English literature, biology, and a bunch of other stuff that clearly didn’t […]

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Renting More Time

I recently had reason to look up the premise to the movie Idiocracy: The film tells the story of two people who take part in a top-secret military hibernation experiment, only to awaken 500 years later in a dystopian society where advertising, commercialism, and cultural anti-intellectualism have run rampant and that is devoid of intellectual curiosity, […]

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Christmas: Opting Out

The only winning move is not to play. Whilst we live in a world where we tend to be automatically “opted in” on many things, or, at the very least, are convinced we need to opt in in order to send the right status signals, we can, in many cases, and if we so choose, […]

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