March 2nd, 2019


Weight Loss Visualization

Most weight loss techniques are dismally ineffective.  This study found one that works quite well -- and it focuses on multisensory visualization rather than a specific diet or exercise program.  While the original version involved a support program, visualization is something that anyone can practice at home and probably derive some benefits.  Even more important, the benefits continued after the program -- instilling a healthy mental habit improved ongoing results, as the study tracked people after the visualization coaching stopped.  More research would be good, but this is promising.

It meshes with other observations that person-centered therapies work well in general, because they use the client's own strengths to pursue a client-chosen goal in a way that works for that individual.  A person is more likely to attain a healthy body if they develop a lifestyle suited to their unique needs, rather than trying a standard model that might not.

On the mystical side, the body elemental is a sort of spirit of the flesh which maintains the body and its connection to the soul. Communicating with this critter is challenging because it doesn't think in words.  It can, however, think in sensory images.  If you can clearly show it what you want it do with the body, it may pitch in -- and that's exactly where you may see these huge multiples of impact from what seems like a small and simple intervention.  Check to see if that might be pulling in additional resources like this.

While no one technique works for everyone, this one seems a lot more promising than most of the health programs I've seen relating to achieving a healthy weight.  That's worth noting.

The Secret Life of Moths

Moths do a lot more work than  most people realize.  Yeah, nobody ever appreciates the night shift, but they keep everything running so the day can have  a shift.

As spring approaches, people begin planning their gardens.  Learn how to garden for moths.  Plant night-blooming flowers and caterpillar food plants.  Look up what butterflies and moths live in your part of North America, and find native plants to support them.

Do you have a moth garden already?  I have a white garden centered around a yucca, which is not quite the same thing but has a lot of overlap.  I know yucca moths are in the area because I can see little holes in the seedpods!

Ammonia as Fuel

Here's an interesting article about ammonia as fuel.  It doesn't use carbon at all, which is appealing.

One potential issue is that it creates fuel from air and water.  Those are clean-ish ... but they're also things we really need as they are.

Another is that it breaks down into water, okay, and "harmless" nitrogen.  Harmless in current quantities.  But if we ramped up to mass production, I wouldn't be surprised to discover problems caused by too much nitrogen.

Community Building Tip: Movie Night

In today's fragmented world, people can improve it by reaching out to each other. Here are some ideas for building community in your neighborhood.

Host a backyard movie night. Treat the neighborhood to your favorite movie. But keep it PG rated–it will be outdoors, after all.

You can, of course, hold it indoors during inclement weather.  In a large community, consider dividing by theme to keep the crowd size manageable and the compatibility high.  In that context, there's no reason you can't show kiddie cartoons, comedies, romances, foreign films, and thrillers each at a different time.  Want to support diversity?  Set themes for women producers, black screenwriters, actors of color, nonsexual films, or whatever floats your boat.