09/01/2022

2022/01/09#p1
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As a household we have decided to change our diet and eat less meat opting for a 4/3 split — 4 days a week veggie, 3 days meat. It is primarily on health grounds such as cutting down fat consumption but knowing that, in our own little way, we might be benefitting the environment slightly is a great byproduct of that change.

We're only a few days in so it will take a while to notice the full effects. Combined with better and more regular exercise this is a lifestyle change that should reap excellent rewards.

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alanralph says:Reply to alanralph

@colinwalker We did a similar change two years ago, and my physical health is greatly improved as a result.

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pimoore says:Reply to pimoore

@colinwalker Very wise choice for your health and the environment! My wife and I haven’t been able to pull the trigger on going fully or mostly vegetarian, but we have tried to bring more chicken and fish into the mix as opposed to red meat.

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JMaxB says:Reply to JMaxB

@colinwalker You'll be glad you did! Oddly, we've become mostly vegetarian without exactly intending to. (1) We became horrified by factory farming and try only to buy meat from animals raised in a humane way. The meat is harder to find and a lot more expensive. (2) The Orthodox fasting rule makes us vegan on about half the days of the year.

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Colin Walker replied:

We tried a number of years ago but with me being a fussy easy eater who doesn't like most vegetables, especially those traditionally used as meat replacements, it never stuck. Fortunately, available meats replacements are much better now so this time should be easier.

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2022/01/09#p2
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After a number of very positive and generous replies to yesterday's post I have decided that I won't be removing my RSS feed from micro.blog.

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philbowell says:Reply to philbowell

@colinwalker I’m glad of this, but will be adding your feed to my RSS reader anyway 👍🏻

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pimoore says:Reply to pimoore

@colinwalker Happy to read this, Colin! 😃

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johnjohnston says:Reply to johnjohnston

@colinwalker good news 👍

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matti says:Reply to matti

@colinwalker 🥳🥳🥳

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The joy of RSS Club

There is a joy in posting to the RSS Club, a strange feeling that I can't quite describe. Maybe it's a slight mischievousness, subtly Machiavellian. It's the feeling of exclusivity, of knowing that only some people are in on the joke.

Not that there is a joke, far from it.

RSS Club isn't meant to be exclusionist — exclusive, yes, but not exclusionist. Although, by definition, I suppose it can't not be. Perhaps that's where the strange feeling comes from. It's something a bit different, a bit of fun celebrating one particular medium of distribution, one that is open to all should they decide to adopt it.

I think my feelings about this tie into my thoughts about timelines, their convenience and the willingness of people to go beyond that convenience to find what they want. But maybe that's just me being a grumpy old fart who actually cares more about audience than he professes.

Still, I can be as guilty as the next man in this regard.

Ah, the performative nature of blogging even when writing for oneself. It is a curious beast, one that makes you wonder if we have all been changed forever. What the quote "we make technology then technology makes us" or words to that effect. In an attempt at playing god, man creates systems in his image but that image is forever changed by the very systems he designs.

Or has it merely been enhanced, brought more into focus? Is technology an enabler for something that has always been there, looking for a way to rise to the surface?

I think back to childhood me wondering if I would ever have imagined suffering from the technology induced delusions of grandeur. I would like to think 'no, of course not' but cannot, hand on heart, say so with much conviction. Despite shyness and introversion, that performative essence has always existed; whether it be through sport, playing video games, graffiti, DJing (the list goes on) there has always been something, perhaps a way of fighting the shyness. There has always been a desire for others to look upon what I do, to be the centre of attention — as ironic and contradictory as that may seem.

Maybe it all harkens back to, and is a hangup from, neolithic man's need to be seen as the most attractive mate, manifesting in ways that nature never intended.

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2022/01/09#p4
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A quick 2.5 km on the treadmill before bed to round out the weekend and hit my target of three sessions in a week. It's rapidly becoming one of the best purchases we've ever made. 🏃

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