Russian Sunday School book

by Andrea Elizabeth



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link to warmup

Take 2

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I deleted yesterday’s vlog and uploaded another…

Accessing energy

by Andrea Elizabeth

Two of the 500 functions of the liver are to store and make available blood glucose. In addition to fat, another stored form of glucose is glycogen, which is more quickly and easily converted into energy than fat. Glycogen storage in the liver can be compared to a rechargeable battery. This form of stored glucose is waiting to be accessed when the blood glucose from the last meal gets low. If a person does not let their blood sugar get low for very long by consuming more food, the glycogen conversion will not take place very often. In my experience, this is like a rechargeable battery that has either been kept full or discharged for long periods of time. The battery becomes unhealthy and will either lose its charge too fast or not be able to be charged at all. This dysfunction happens when a person uses more fuel than usual, and expends their last meal’s worth of available glucose, and will hit a wall. I experienced this with diaphragm pain and nausea. My body would not convert either glycogen or fat into more fuel, so I would have to stop and could not lose weight.

Intermittent Fasting, or One Meal a Day fasting forces the body to relearn how to convert it’s own fat into energy. Initially one with this problem will feel very low energy during the hours before the meal, but in a couple of weeks the body will get used to fat burning and utilizing the quick resource of stored glucose in the form of glycogen.

If a person eats the same amount of calories as OMAD, but spread out in small meals at short intervals throughout the day, the glycogen does not get used. Instead a person’s metabolism will slow down and economize to live off the decreased, but steady stream of blood glucose. Thus it will not burn fat.

Netflix recs

by Andrea Elizabeth

Beautiful and exciting documentary, with the downside.

And a very good reimagining of Shirley Jackson’s

Presumption of innocence

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In Making a Murderer and The Staircase, it is the defense lawyers who come across as virtuous. They point out the rush to judgment and prejudice in the prosecution. The evidence in both cases is ambiguous. I am left thinking they both probably did it, but that there wasn’t enough to convict.

In the OJ Simpson case, the prosecutor Marcia Clark is the one who wins personhood points, while the defense gives the impression of exploiting racial fears in order to win. Mark Fuhrman may have racistly planted the glove, but it takes a paranoid, advanced conspiracy theorist to think all the blood evidence was fabricated.

They say Nietzsche needs to be taken in small bites, but I’m trying to get an overview

by Andrea Elizabeth

Notes on parts 2 and 3 of Nietzsche’s Beyond Good and Evil.

Philosophizing can be the revenge of the indignant.

Psychology is the queen of sciences.

One book does not fit all readers.

I very much like Peterson’s and Nietzsche’s emphasis on psychology. All three of the above notes are from that angle.

I will take liberties with another of Nietzshe’s ideas about truth wearing a mask of extreme coarseness because it is so hard to take. Let me play devil’s advocate by postulating that the devil is the coarse mask that God wears.


Jordan Peterson on Beyond Good and Evil

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Trump is right

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Told you so

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“H. 19 If Being is to be conceived in terms of time, and if, indeed, its various modes and derivatives are to become intelligible in their respective modifications and derivations by taking time into consideration, then Being itself (and not merely entities, let us say, as entities ‘in time’) is thus made visible in its ‘temporal’ character.”

Being and Time, by Martin Heidegger.