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Christmas Gifts are Stupid

The whole rush to have a gift ready precisely on December 25th is dumb.  A gift given before or after that date should have just as much meaning.  What is this social embarrassment of not having a gift prepared on December 25th? The romanticism of rushing through department stores (or more likely, feverishly selecting express shipping from the dropdown menu) on December 24th is a complete waste of resources.   Think of all the harried post office workers rushing around instead of spending time with THEIR family because you couldn’t make the time to make a decision in time –frankly I think that means you don’t care enough (hell, good intentions, etc.) so why don’t you just show up empty-handed because those are your true feelings anyway.

What is this odd ceremony? This systematic dance that we engage in year after year? Only to return the crap on December 26th. Otherwise the stuff settles at the bottom of  clear plastic storage containers bought from The Container Store.  What a waste of labor, of energy, of material.

The Only Acceptable Reason to Have Voted for Trump

Is that you were so desperate for change, in such a dire life threatening situation where that for whatever reason the current political system wasn’t working for you.  You’re unemployed and uninsured and have been stuck in this institutionalized hole for a few presidents.

(In which case I am sorry to say that I don’t think Trump is going to help.  You, dear sir were indubitably duped)

Right off the bat unacceptable reasons:

–lower tax rates
–lower insurance premiums
–racism
–Hillary’s voice
–Hillary’s corruption (because Donald Trump’s is worse)
–Anyone but Hillary
–Bill Clinton
–Trump as a businessman (he’s a lousy one)

 

 

 

 

Sense of Self aka We Are Just Programmed Robots

I was listening to the Fresh Air episode about sense of self, about how there are people that have these super rare disorders that make them think they are dead, or that their own arm is a gross extra appendage.

 

And while I have heard of these disorders before, it sort of blew my mind. I dunno, it just felt like humans are just mechanical bodies and our minds are just software.  most of the time the software is inputted correctly and we can go about our business. working, playing, busying ourselves for the duration of our battery life.  But sometimes the software is glitchy. We are Legos. We are SIMS.

It just makes it feel like whatever free will we thought we had simply the result of correctly inputted software.

Theater Shows I’ve Watched

Broadway (esque)

1. Phantom of the Opera
2. Aida
3. All My Sons
4. Mary Poppins
5. Newsies
6. Catch Me if You Can
7. Avenue Q
8. Fuerza Bruta
9. Matilda
10. Les Miserables
12. View from the Bridge
13. Warhorse (London)
14. Hedwig and the Angry Inch
15. Spring Awakening
16. Sylvia
17. Once
18. An American in Paris
19. The Crucible
20. The King and I

Opera
1. Carmen (Met Opera)
2. La Nozze Di Figaro (Met Opera)
3. Roberto Devereux (Met Opera)
4. Die Mahler (Dresden Opera)

Styling in Me Earl and the Dying Girl

ok so i can’t get over how perfectly kitschy everything was in this movie like i can’t describe it, it was almost too perfect like it was ready to be worshipped on tumblr and Rookie Mag. It was like art imitating life imitating art.  It was as if all the hipster mood boards were thrown up in a movie to be consumed by the same community that produced it.  It was like a regurgitation of a regurgitation.    What is this world of 2015 where everyone dresses in 90s and 70s clothes? This can’t be unironic can it?

Like Earl and Rachel’s clothes.  I can smell the Netflix screen shots peppering everyone precocious 11-18 year old’s tumblr feed.

The stop motion! Their movie parodies! It was too perfect it was almost barf-inducing

The artsy-craftiness

The token black best friend and the pretty-in-a-smart-way tragic love interest girl that will change your life forever

The badass intellectual teacher

The hippie but well-meaning parents

Like, haven’t I seen this movie before?

And yet, the dialogue, the feelings felt authentic.  For whatever reason, the well-tread territory didn’t feel trite.

Plus, the cinematography was pretty fresh.

This movie reminded me of: 

Juno

Ghost World

Perks of Being A Wallflower

Spectacular Now

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Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) food chart

I don’t know if this is the most accurate one but it’s accurate enough for ME

Cooling foods

Fruits Vegetables Grains, Legumes & Seeds Meat, Seafood & Dairy Condiments & Beverages
Apple
Banana
Grapefruit
Kiwifruit
Lemon
Orange
Pear
Persimmon
Star Fruit
Strawberry
Watermelon
Alfalfa sprouts
Asparagus
Bamboo Shoot
Bitter Melon
Celery
Chinese Radish (Daikon)
Cucumber
Eggplant
Green leafy vegetables
Kelp
Lettuce
Lotus Root
Mushroom
Spinach
Swiss Chard
Tomato
Water Chestnut
Watercress
Winter Melon
Barley
Buckwheat
Millet
Mung Bean
Soy Bean
Tofu
Wheat bran
Whole wheat
Clam
Chicken Egg
Crab
Duck Egg
Rabbit
Seaweed
Chrysanthemum Tea
Green Tea
Peppermint Tea
Salt
Sesame oil

2) Effects of warming foods

Warming foods have the effects of raising the yang, energy (qi) of organs and warming and improving the circulation and dispelling the cold. These types of food are suitable for people who are yang deficient. Usually with the following symptoms; cold hand, cold feet, cold body, diarrhea, stomach pains or discomfort after eating or drinking cold things, bloating after eating, lack of energy, sore joints, oedema and fluid retention.

If you have any of the following symptoms listed above, it is suitable to eat more of the following warming foods:

Warming foods

Fruits Vegetables Grains, Legumes & Seeds Meat, Seafood & Dairy Condiments & Beverages
Cherry
Chinese Red Dates
Coconut meat
Coconut milk
Guava
Hawthorn Fruit
Longan
Lychee
Mandarin peel (dried)
Mango
Nectarine
Peach
Raspberry
Chives
Leek
Mustard greens
Onion
Pumpkin
Squash
Caraway seed
Chestnut
Glutinous Rice
Malt
Pine nut
Pistachio nut
Walnut
Butter
Chicken
Deer (Venison)
Eel
Goat Milk
Ham
Lamb
Mussel
Prawns (shrimp)
Basil
Brown Sugar
Chilli
Cinnamon
Clove
Coffee
Coriander
Fennel seed
Garlic
Ginger
Ginseng
Nutmeg
Pepper
Rosemary
Spearmint
Vinegar
Wine

3) Foods which are neither warm nor cold, and are suitable for any type of body;

Neutral foods

Fruits Vegetables Grains, Legumes & Seeds Meat, Seafood & Dairy Condiments & Beverages
Apricot
Figs
Goji Berries
Grape
Olive
Papaya
Pineapple
Plum
Black fungus mushrooms
Carrot
Chinese cabbage
Corn
Potato
Pumpkin
Shiitake mushroom
Sweet potato
Taro
Turnip
White fungus
Adzuki Bean
Almond
Black sesame seed
Black soybean
Broad bean
Kidney bean
Lotus seed
Peanut
Peas
Rice bran
Rye
String bean
Sunflower seed
White rice
Yellow soybean
Abalone
Beef
Cow’s milk
Duck
Fish
Oyster
Pork
Scallop
Peanut oil
Honey
Saffron
Licorice

source: pingminghealth