Yesterday, I read the free sample of a book called The Purpose Driven Life, by Rick Warren, and holy fuck! Talk about a book I would NOT recommend!!! That was like an anarchist manifesto full of false promises in the blindest manifestation I’ve yet seen of faith! I read it from a mention by legendary swimmer Michael Phelps, on a pretty good episode of the Tim Ferriss podcast with him and Grant Hackett, given I have the intent to sample at least a book a week as a resolution in 2021 I’ve yet to post. Michael described it as a book he’d recommend, introduced to him by former football great Ray Lewis, who I knew was more passionate about his faith than his football. Yet, I like to learn about approaches to finding purpose in life enough that I thought I’d give it a try, even one with the Christian approach if it came via Ray Lewis and I am not religious… and am not planning to become religious any time soon. But before I get on with things, I should redeem Michael Phelps with the other book he recommended, which’s sample I also read, and have put on my “to read in the future” list. That was The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck, by Mark Manson. Interesting, the two books were about the same thing, how to focus your life on the things that matter most. One was just things in a prison cell, the other was things in the rest of the world.
Ties are the Perfect Post-COVID Refashioning Projects (Upcyling, Repurposing)
In these days of COVID-19 social limitations and working from home, a lot of men’s formal clothes aren’t being used nearly as much as they used to be. Those wearing it don’t have nearly as many occasions to dress up, nor do they have to dress up on nearly as many occasions like work, as in the past. The difference with this latest turn on men’s formal fashion, though, especially the casual work look, is that it looks to be here to stay. That makes men’s formal clothes ideal for purging, and refashioning if you were into that trend.
Cooking and Baking with Cricket Powder from Loblaw’s
Loblaw’s in Canada recently introduced cricket powder to the food it carries. The website description is this (also see President’s Choice website).
Made with crickets farmed right here in Canada, this 100% cricket powder is a nutritious, versatile food that is high in protein and an excellent source of vitamin B12. Finely ground with a mild taste, it can be added to smoothies, sauces, chili, curries and baking batters.
CAUTION: PEOPLE WHO ARE ALLERGIC TO CRUSTACEANS AND SHELLFISH MAY HAVE AN ALLERGIC REACTION TO CRICKETS.
The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) has a fair article on the product.
Give Mom a Lifestyle Change She Wants of You for Mother’s Day
Mother’s Day is a huge holiday in North America as lots of people get all kinds of things for their Moms. For all the great gifts out there, though, that one could buy, most people would probably agree that something you make is more valued, even if it might be less useful. This year, though, I thought of something to do better. I adopted a minor lifestyle change Mom had suggested to me for some time now.
What to Do on Square Root Day for Fun
This is a bit late for today as I only recently found out about it, but perhaps you can apply it on May 5th, 2025.
Square Root Day is when the date, month and last two digits of the year can be written as a multiplication equation for a square number. Today, April 4th, 2016, is one such example with 4 x 4 = 16. The next one is May 5th, 2015 as said, and there are only 9 Square Root Days to a century.
Some people, like Scientific American, doesn’t think there’s much fun that can be had like Pi Day. Well, it depends on how you do it, and if you’ve got the personality for it. Here are some ideas for what to do for fun on Square Root Day:
- Act square (let’s see you do something that fun with a pie!)
- Get a root canal while acting square (OK, not so fun)
- Square off over the root cause of something (this can be very fun and intellectual)
- Square off over the root cause of something, with drawing squares for guns
- Root for some thing or somebody square
- Eat square stuff
- Eat from square plates or bowls, or drink any concoction from square glasses
- Make a square pie and eat that!
- Post a square photo on Instagram
If you see this and it’s still Square Root Day, get out and do something and have some fun!
Happy Square Root Day!