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Flirc Skip 1s

I don’t, as a rule, spend money on kickstarter, I got burned for $400 in the past. However I own products from this company already, and I am super excited about this.

I like that it has no bluetooth or wifi and that I theoretically can program it to work with my HTPC, speakers, bluray player and TV. My March 2023 delivery date can’t come soon enough.

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Alternative Sourced Video Games

I bought the PC version of Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time from the Battle.Net store. I later bought a Steam Deck. I long wanted to play Crash on my Steam Deck, but I couldn’t get it to run past it’s DRM check.

Even more, this games always online DRM, which offers no cloud features; none, zero, zilch, no cloud saves, no online competition, nothing and yet if my session from the internet for more than a few seconds, I am unceremoniously disconnected from the game.

The game was launched on Steam last week and should work on my Steam Deck, even offline. But I already paid for it! And, Steam is basically a game monopoly, I like to support multiple stores.

So after much tinkering I fired up my Tor Browser to peruse alternative installation media sources and quickly found an altered, DRM-free version. It was quick and easy to install on my Steam Deck (the only real troubleshooting is that the audio had defaulted to Russian, which I was able to easily correct).

I’m not a thief who steals things I haven’t pay for, but I have no qualms about procuring DRM-free versions of things that I have paid for. Which makes me frustrated, why is my experience as a paying customer worse than the experience I have as a ‘pirate’?

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6 Years Ago Today

Myself at the altar receiving Carol from my father-in-law.

I followed through on the best decision I ever made and I am so glad that Mom, Dad, Josh, Rudy, Andy, yes, my wife and all her family and all the other guests were there to celebrate with us.

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Why I Like ‘Finding Nemo’

More specifically, my daughter loves Finding Nemo. But it’s a good story and after reading John Elderedge’s Wild at Heart. I understand that it’s a great story about a dad finding his masculinity and sharing it with his boy. There aren’t nearly enough stories about dad’s becoming men.

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Masacakes/Masafins

I dedicate this recipe to my Aunt Ramona as she is the closest family I think I could hope to see make this recipe. I did start with this recipe my wife found online, but my version is distinct enough and such a vast improvement on the original that I feel comfortable calling it my own.

Preamble

I have had major health struggles these last two years, but corn is a staple carb that works good for my digestion. I feel better eating corn. That said, I’ve poo-pooed corn as a health food in the past; it’s one of the most GMO’ed and pesticide ridden crops known today. But it hasn’t always been that way, corn is what gave rise to powerful and rich Latin American societies and while the plant was exported to the rest of the world, the proper preparation of the plant was not.

History shows and Pure Fermentation by Sandor Katz confirms that properly prepared corn actually contains a complete set of amino acids for human protein production along with sufficient B vitamins to stave off deficiencies. Properly prepared corn is cooked and soaked in an alkaline bath; a process that is referred to as nixtamalization. I won’t go into how to nixtamalize corn, Eat Like a Human by Bill Schindler, the aforementioned Pure Fermentation and the internet are all plenty able to guide you. I just want you to know that you need to start with organic corn and process it in this way and it becomes delicious and nutritious.

The recipe calls for masa or pozole, masa is nixtamalized corn that has been rinsed and processed into a dough, pozole is rinsed grains of corn.

Once a week I nixtamalize about one kilo of corn, which turns into 1.5kg of pozole. I set aside 400g for this recipe and process the rest into masa. I then set aside 300g of masa for grits and make the rest into tortillas.

We don’t meal plan in the strictest sense of the term, but I do meal prep in a strict sense. From this prep we get tortillas 2x in the week, grits once, quesadillas for breakfast and pancakes on Saturday morning. Along some cupcakes for a snack throughout the week. All of which are super easy meals once I’ve spent an hour doing my corn prep.

A delicious masa cake on the griddle, this is the fluffiest gluten-free pancake I’ve ever made.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup coconut oil or unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup yogurt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 200g masa/pozole
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp organic cane sugar
  • pinch of ground cinnamon

Directions

Grease a cast-iron skillet with some lard or butter and put it on medium heat.

Put all ingredients in a blender and blend on high for 1 minute. Scrape the blender contents into a bowl (I use the bowl I weighed out the pozole with)

Fill a ¼ measuring cup slightly less than full, pour batter onto skillet and let cook for 1 to 2 minutes or until bubbles appear and the bottom has browned. Flip and cook again until bottom has slightly browned.

Remove cooked pancakes and repeat with remaining batter.

Notes

If making cupcakes, bake at 180 Celsius for 12 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean (we make mini-cupcakes)

If you don’t have pozole you can soak 1½ cups corn flour in 3/4 cup lime water overnight. The result isn’t as nice. See nourishing traditions on how to prepare lime water (no limes).

If you are not soaking the corn flour in lime water replace the lime water with yogurt. This works but is the least delightful version.

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Re: Why don’t I eat fish and other questions I get asked all the time

I haven’t used shampoo for decades, it was the first crunchy thing I did. I’d had really bad allergic reactions to shampoos and it just didn’t seem worthwhile to explore. Same for skin creams, bad reactions, I used butter, bacon fat, tallow, coconut oil or anything food on my skin. Sunscreen just seemed like an unnecessary torture when hats and long sleeved shirts exist.

Their was one summer a decade ago when I started reacting really badly to conventional deodorants. I went with nothing and just changing my shirt twice a day, since then I’ve gone with nothing, with homemade, with tallow, and with alum stones. My digestive health isn’t yet good enough to try going with nothing yet, the alum stone seems to be adequate to make the people around me happy.

I skipped out on toothpaste for years. I’m ambivalent; I use it about 50% of the times I brush. I don’t believe it’s necessary but it makes my wife happy when I use it. Happy wife, happy life.

Apple cider vinegar and baking soda sometimes come out if the situation warrants, but as the skin is a permeable layer I am careful with what I apply.

On Sun, Sep 4, 2022, at 21:05, Paul Saladino, MD wrote:

Final question of the week:

Do you use ANY personal care products? And if not, why not?

I do not use any soaps, shampoos, toothpastes or deodorants at all, and haven’t for quite some time now.

Let’s start with soap/shampoo… I would never put chemicals in my hair or on my skin that I wouldn’t eat. And I’ve never found a mainstream shampoo or soap that wasn’t full of parabens, phthalates, and other chemicals I don’t want in my body.

Sure, there are some natural options for soap based only in tallow but I’ve also found that just water and a few hours in the ocean work just fine to get sand/dirt off my skin/hair and these don’t disrupt my natural skin/hair oils or microbiome…

I don’t brush my teeth with toothpaste because I don’t want fluoride, parabens, flavors, stevia etc. in any toothpaste in my mouth…

And you don’t need toothpaste to get plaque off your teeth, a toothbrush and water works just fine. Pair these with an animal based diet rich in fat soluble vitamins and your teeth will be healthier than ever – even with fruit/honey in your diet. I have ZERO cavities and I eat fruit/honey daily.

Deodorant? No thanks. I’d rather embrace the fact I smell like a healthy human and let the pheromones fly rather than putting chemicals, aluminum and other BS in my armpits.

I get it, you work in an office and people around you aren’t ready for you to smell like a real human. Use something mild like apple cider vinegar… but I recommend losing the synthetic deodorant that smells like plastic and sugar made a baby…

Do I smell horribly, have bad breath and terrible hair/skin? I have it on good authority that I do NOT

Dr. Paul Saladino MD
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I Turned off Search Suggestions

And I know realize just how manipulative they are. I feel like a more centered human formulating my own question each time.

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Please Use Cash

With so much news about Ukraine, inflation, massive government spending and exploding deficits, it’s easy to overlook the ongoing war on cash. That’s a mistake because it has serious implications not only for your money, but for your privacy and personal freedom

The War on Cash Entering Bold New Phase

Do you want to be able to stuff a $20 bill into a birthday card? Give a homeless person a buck so they can go buy coffee? Do you really want the government to have access to every, single transaction you make? Regardless of how legitimate or illegitimate it is? Fight for cash, do so by using cash.

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Renewable Energy Relies on Non-Renewable Resources

“Elephant in the room”: Clean energy’s need for unsustainable minerals – Ars Technica

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My Health, Carnivore and Coffee

I promised to write here about my health, so here goes.

First, Coffee.

Coffee is a liar, he tells you you have energy you really don’t. Just like credit cards are liars and tell you you have money that you don’t. If you’re a scrupulous money manager with a healthy balance you can definitely handle using a credit card, but if your balance is razor thin you can quickly get into trouble.

The same thing happens for me with coffee. If I spend coffee energy, I actually have no real energy to back that spending up with. The result is suffering.

I like coffee, I have more than 4 different coffee makers at home and have been perfecting the art of roasting coffee at home (hint: gourmet coffee is way cheaper if you do the roasting at home). None-the-less, I have given it up.

Second, My Health.

In 2012 I was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease. Which is frustrating because there is no recognized cure.

This year I did some new diagnostics and have a pretty good clue that I do have a chronic mercury toxicity, a condition which can provoke Crohn’s disease. Mercury toxicity has a cure. This is obviously exciting information for me.

The thing is that mercury is the most poisonous non-radioactive substance on the planet and needs to be handled with care. The protocols for eliminating it are precise and work over months, if not years.

I’ve had a real set-back. I’ve lost ~8kg in weight and struggle to keep the number of trips to the bathroom down. I think, I really don’t know, that it’s a confluence of things that happened all at once.

First, I started a more powerful chelator too soon, a novice counting error on my part. Second, while I never got tested, everyone else in my family got covid, I probably did too. Third, the first chelator I used is prone to causing yeast infections, my gastroenterologist confirmed I had one of those. Fourth, in chelation there is a lesser known concept referred to as ‘the dump phase’, when you start eliminating extra-cellular mercury the cells in your body will start releasing intra-cellular mercury to maintain balance.

In general, I feel poisoned most of the time and following a ketovore diet keeps the yeast infection in check, but it’s hard to maintain with all the delicious summer fruit coming out. Zero-carb is hard.

Lastly, Carnivore.

In 2020 I was having problems with my iron levels and a nutritionist on youtube I respect suggested that a few weeks of carnivore diet could be helpful. I had heard of carnivore diet but didn’t have much clue as to what specifically it entailed. So I did what I often do and bought a book on the subject.

Dr. Paul Saladino’s The Carnivore Code really changed my perspective on the foods I ate and since May 2021 I have been eating an animal-based diet (more than 50% of calories from animal source).

It’s been no silver bullet.

Why do I still do it a year later? I am convinced that animal sourced foods are the ones that cause the least amount of bad reactions in my body. I am also convinced that the best to regain the 22kg of body mass that I lost is going to be with animal protein. It is the best assimilated.