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Homemade Laundry Detergent

6 Apr

This is the first of many practical, “how to” posts I plan to write. Yeah, there will be a lot of existential musings and social commentary on this blog, but breaking away from apathy requires action – a lifestyle shift. It’s not enough to say it’s bad (the negative), but now what to do in response (the positive).

Teaching people to be positive. Wow. Considering how cynical I am, that statement just seems weird. Maybe there’s an optimist hiding in me somewhere (more like an anarchist).

Anyway. Laundry detergent.

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Diet is a Dirty Word

24 Feb diet, lifestyle, illustration, analogy, health, fatal sequence, fs, icons, symbols, aiga

When I say “diet,” I do NOT mean:

“such a selection or a limitation on the amount a person eats for reducing weight.”

You know the mentality: eat this way for ___ days, lose ___ pounds, then go back to whatever you were doing before.

I DO mean:

“a particular selection of food, especially as designed or prescribed to improve a person’s physical condition or to prevent or treat a disease.”

I’m referring to the part of your lifestyle encompassing the food you eat – what you choose to put (or not put) in your body on a daily basis. Your lifestyle refers to “the habits, attitudes, tastes, moral standards, economic level, etc., that together constitute the mode of living of an individual or group.”

This matters because of the principle of homeostasis:

“the tendency of a system, especially the physiological system of higher animals, to maintain internal stability, owing to the coordinated response of its parts to any situation or stimulus that would tend to disturb its normal condition or function.”

In other words, the body is always trying to achieve balance. As unpleasant as it is to accidentally touch a hot pan on the stove, the reason those nerve endings are there is to tell you to run away, thus preventing further injury. However, external physical pain is (fortunately) not the only way the body communicates with us. High blood pressure, extra weight, even skin problems like eczema are all methods the body uses to declare there’s a problem. A symptom, after all, is just “a sign or indication of something.”

Let’s say you choose to “diet” in the traditional sense of the word, and successfully lose weight and lower your blood pressure. It’s because you corrected something that allowed your body to achieve homeostasis. So if you reach your goal of losing ___ pounds or lowering ___blood pressure, then return to your lifestyle before the diet, you will throw your body back out of balance, effectively halting, if not reversing, any progress that might have been made. Make sense?

Health problems caused by your lifestyle can be corrected by your lifestyle.

Hey Interwebs!

21 Feb

This is FATAL Sequence.

It’s still a work in progress, so please forgive the overall sketchiness. If you have questions, comments or suggestions hit up the contact form.

FATAL Sequence is a collaborative effort between alogica, the philosophical zombie-hunter, and applecore, the sarcastic fact-seeker. Post topics could be about anything, especially late at night.

The name FATAL Sequence is taken from the quote attributed most often to Alexander Tytler, although it was more likely written by Henning Webb Prentis, Jr.

“The historical cycle seems to be:
– from bondage to spiritual faith;
– from spiritual faith to courage;
– from courage to liberty;
– from liberty to abundance;
– from abundance to selfishness;
– from selfishness to apathy;
– from apathy to dependency;
and from dependency back to bondage once more.”

We believe our country is in a state of apathy – zombification – and slipping toward dependency. Our goal is to fight this apathy, to “put a stop to the zombie masses” with the shotgun of reality. Like Will Smith in I Am Legend, we plan to fashion interweb booby-traps to capture the masses and develop an antidote to the horrific brain-feasting by the medi… well, you get it. We just want you to think – to assess your subconscious assumptions, and maybe learn something new in the process.

If we can restore even one zombie to a healthy, self-aware human, it will be worth it.