Yesterday I watched a couple of Simon Pegg movies I hadn’t seen, and ‘Hector and the Search for Happiness’ is worth reflecting on and writing about. I felt the movie was very well executed in each of its facets, and its perception of China and Africa actually had me on the edge of my seat. I highly recommend the movie. The only bone I have to pick is the stinky ending and I’ll explain why after I examine each of Hector’s points in his list when searching for happiness.

I would like to note also that Hector is defined by…


Straight to the point: learn how to deal with your emotions. I’ve learned from reading a book called The Great Pain Deception, which deals with a lot of the nature of pain, that much chronic pain and unexplainable pain comes originates from our emotions. Undealt with emotions don’t just disappear, they come out in some form in the body. Pain distracts us from the emotions we aren’t dealing with.

Burying, or suppressing, your emotions is not a solution. Solving the problem that is creating your emotional stress is a nice solution, but not all of our emotional problems are currently…


First off: SPOILERS. Secondly, even though I just watched this movie last night, I kept typing Ariana instead of Aniara, which is what I think may be a huge error since many people will flub looking for this title.

It’s a hard science fiction movie inlaid with cultural criticism. Let’s ignore for this review how a giant transport ship lacked maneuvering redundancies to ultimately become a ghost ship and focus on the meat of the film. …


Watched Monster Hunter earlier today with no expectation other than that I was going to see some decent monster action. I’ve always been a fan of monster movies since I saw my first Godzilla movie in the 80s. I think several have been done right, and while I know Monster Hunter is based off of a video game, I think it suffered from some basic action movie flaws that I find less and less forgivable from these types of films as I age. I should warn you now that there are spoilers contained in this review.

What Was Wrong

  1. Milla’s character was impaled…

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We live in an uptight culture. I feel uptight all the time. I’m constantly hard on myself for not doing more, for not being in more control of myself, both thoughts and actions. I keep saying how I should be doing this or that, things to make money, things to learn to. . . make money, or I’m monitoring my bodyfat too much and thinking about how I should look and be more developed because of some reason; health, I think.

I also get competitive and angry when playing a game, from chess to sports to video games. It’s because…


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I haven’t read Stephen King’s book On Writing but in my brief travels of exploring him on Wikipedia after reading The Stand, It, and The Green Mile I came across something he said that gave me a little pause. King wrote that if you want to be a writer you need to be reading and writing from 4 to 6 hours a day. In other words, it’s a full-time vocation. So far, I mostly write to get a little experience writing and to exercise the parts of the brain needed for better writing to come out. …


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In the first part of alternatives to critical thinking I touched on lateral thinking a tiny bit by mentioning humor. This is a type of thinking that allows us to change our perception of something. I also argued a little on how critical thinking is misplaced in our society, how most of us couldn’t tell you what it is, or how to do it, or how it applies to X situation, and I also think it can take too much time and is inferior when you lack for time.

Lateral thinking is a huge part of Edward de Bono’s book…


In the ether of my memories I recall that people often hold up critical thinking as one of the most important things people are not learning in school. It seems that whenever something stupid happens, or when people act in a stupid way, a lack of critical thinking is to blame. I believe most people on the street wouldn’t even be able to give a straight and internally consistent answer as to what critical thinking even is. For our purposes, I will define critical thinking as it is described in wikipedia: an analysis of facts to form a judgment. …


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I have only watched season 6 of Alone on Netflix. I heard about the show when I listened to Joe Rogan’s podcast interviewing Jordan, the winner of season 6. I highly recommend that interview (#1482). As cool as it is to see people survive, it’s amazing how many life lessons are embedded in what one would think would be thin material. I’m sure each person who watches the show takes away different things from their experience, and so, I wanted to relate to you my own.

Life Ends Quickly

I was stunned by how quickly a few of the competitors were basically dead…


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One month ago I embarked on a new journey in life. I ended my relationship with social media. I identified it as the number one problem in my life. The reason? It stole my energy like a vampire. I would be so tired from browsing sites like reddit that I wouldn’t have any energy or motivation to do anything else.

It was insidious — diabolical, even — how my energy was stolen right out from under my nose. I had ideas and aspirations like the rest of humanity, and I could tell I wasn’t getting ahead in life, but I…

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