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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The Cost Perception Reality

It is a common perception that eating healthy food costs more than unhealthy food.  Such a statement is made of many assumptions, and like many other things in life, the devil is always in the detail.  I do agree, when you compare your standard ultraprocessed edible food-like substance with its reworked, but just-as-processed “health food […]

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SHAMING THE FAT AWAY

This morning I had the unfortunate experience of watching a particularly vile video. This was brought to my attention by Dr Yoni Freedhoff and I have to say that I share his outrage. The video is supposed to be a “satirical representation” of a typical encounter between a doctor and an overweight patient. It was […]

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