Bio not provided
My motto of late has been "and then what?"....
ie: yeah, you could settle for less and get a steadier job, and then what? We'll always be looking for that something else, our "and then what?" unless we do what we enjoy?
2 days, 3 hours ago on The worst case scenario
So many activities...
I've moved away from the lift app lately, I'm not too sure why, I think I dropped the ball while travelling a bit. My new favourite is 'runkeeper' to log walks, runs & bike rides.
Keep up the good work mate, this solo work is sadly without hi-5's from co-workers.
4 weeks ago on Small victories
Je vais essayer de laisser un commentaire en français, mais je pense que c'est ce que ce post est à la tête d'.
It seems everyone, sans American Indians/Aboriginals etc. are transplants from somewhere, and then you choose to integrate or stick to your own. Montreal is a funny one because it's the French not accepting le nouveau French!
At the moment I'm studying with Columbians, Mexicans, Italians, and it seems the whole world. I think it is our communities and heritage that define us, but it seems that everyone wants what they don't have, the grass always seems to be greener on the other side.
This is having a small army of "non-conformists", after a while everyone's conforming to something. Is probably just more about being you and sticking to that.
2 months, 4 weeks ago on Le survêtement Quechua
My old housemate was raw vegan, and he had a weekend routine of making his own bread with a dehydrator, so he had that all week as a base for breakfast & a few dinner meals. Made his own sushi (using nori paper) and lots of veggies, and ate lots of sprouts and all sorts.
There was always just a big mix of veg and heaps of sprouts in a bowl with tamari or shoyu sauce. I take my hat off to anyone committed to the lifestyle. Some cool things from it I learnt, like almond milk (then you can use the 'milked' almonds to make chocolate rum balls).
His shopping bill was low, like $60 a week, but I think when you're starting you need to find your feet with some essential supplies maybe? A good detox though, bonus points for doing it in Montreal's winter!
3 months, 1 week ago on Adventures in raw veganism
@mloigeret @oldmankit Your point there Manu about us defining our own evolution, I think our evolution (flying cars, sustainable/renewable energy, curing cancer, etc...) we're severely hampered by capitalism.
Like, let's say there's a cure for the common cold, wordlwide, one injection. Can you imagine all the cold & flu pharmacutical companies lobbying governments to ban 'x' product becuase it'd damage their profit and loss?
I'm thinking this could be applied across the board.
Bringing it back to tech and iPhones... I mean, we're now got a device that takes photos, goes on the internet, talks, sings and dances, but we're still going about our day (work) like it's the 1950's?
7 months, 3 weeks ago on The zombie outbreak state of mind
Not to go down that fight club path of 'not being our khakis', I'm not too sure what we are. Are we our choices? Our values? Do the clothes we wear/buy or the decisions that we made along the way define who we are? Career paths, what we choose to eat, where we choose to live.
It's like some sort of crazy black hole that once we start asking it's a spiral out of control! :) Good thoughts though.
On the meditating front and what @TheChaseNight was on about, I can't meditate without someone else running me through it, ones available to listen to where someone else takes you through exercises works for me, if it's quiet, it's just me and myself, and that's where things tend to get out of hand.
Interested on the progress of the yoga course?
8 months ago on Who are we?
=if(logic, true, false). That's pretty much how my brain works lately.
And yes, you're an Apple nerd, and I'm grateful for it!
9 months ago on Est-ce que je suis ce genre de personne?
I'll second that Koh Tao is my favourite place in the world (so far).
Tourist boats full of foreigners looking to get trashed at the next full moon party, thai touts trying to sell you Scuba Diving courses, the first boat to Samui, the second to Koh Phagnan but then finally the last boat to paradise!
I can remember hiring scooters to ride through the winding jungle paths to the east side, and over there, was absolutely amazing and deserted. Come to think of it, you should probably disable google being able to index this page, keep the secret a secret!
Thanks for bringing back a great memory.
1 year, 2 months ago on fire power
haha, brilliant. This seems to be so different than most of your writing? Quite raw & honest. Loved it.
The 'doing one thing at a time' resonates with me.
1 year, 3 months ago on how getting drunk with my students changed my life
"Taking an ego-cut", I don't know where you come up with this stuff but it's gold.
There's nothing sexy about punching in a time card, hell there's nothing sexy about going to the 9-5, even if you are designing a new solar plant for renewable energy, but sex sells.
The LD'ers outsourcing the menial to India & Pakistan while they curate blog comments and sales pitches, are they simply contributing to the global economy, giving work out to those who need it, or are they satisfying their own selfish needs & wants while striking through a bucket list?
A crazy life design experiment might exist beyond passport stamps, mastering languages or conquering personal fears, something crazy like going beyond self, sucking it up and punching in on the timecard.
1 year, 4 months ago on Toward a philosophy of redemptive labor
Sort of off topic, but on topic, do you have any reference links to the diet and workout you were undertaking?
What did you conclude was holding your results back when you were slogging your guts out?
1 year, 5 months ago on Briefly Potent, Chronically Ineffective
This is a cracking list kbernock; I'd not read much of Julien's stuff. discovering a good blog that's been going for a while is like finding a band you've not heard, it's a joy to find a big back catalogue. Thanks mate.
1 year, 5 months ago on The Blogs I'm Consuming and How I'm Doing It.
FrenchyCarolinemarkosul has been a bad influence on myself and mloigeret for a good while now! Thanks for your kind words Caroline :)
I can't help but feel the mythic power of depression hits us all once we've woken up and started living consciously?
1 year, 5 months ago on The mythic power of depression
Further recommended viewing - have you seen a movie called 'Bright Star'? A modern one about Mr Keats.
1 year, 8 months ago on I knew too much
A cricket jersey!? I hope that by the time you leave India you're bowling leggie's and hitting sixes.
Sounds like a hell of a ride, thanks for sharing it.
1 year, 9 months ago on Cursed and Accomplished in Kolkata
This all resonates with not being content, not discontentment, that's too strong. But always being on the look out, searching out 'something', goals, striving, location, happiness. Stopping giving a f#ck for a little while and rolling with it.
There still has to be some sort of purpose to it all though? Otherwise it's just pissing in the wind.
1 year, 9 months ago on On liturgy: finding home in a Bedouin planet
Our summer rituals involve seeing who can run barefoot from the carpark to the waves, without getting 3rd degree burns to your feet. Carefully being able to drive without making contact with the steering wheel, putting your seatbelt on without touching the metal, and wearing the biggest hat you can find to hang the washing out.
I'll see your 36 degrees and raise you another few :) I miss winter already, and I'm envious that you only suffer one cruel month.
1 year, 9 months ago on September is the cruelest month
$200!!?? Nice work on testing out the footnotes.
1 year, 9 months ago on How to flirt with a geographical femme fatale
Yeah I'd probably make sure that I outsourced reviews to native English speakers...?
Good points on authenticity for sure.
2 years ago on How to Avoid Irreparably Destroying Your Reputation Before You Even Have One