Personal Update 201809 | 30 Sep 2018 | Sunday
I hope you’re doing well. Thanks for taking a moment to read my September update.
Health and Wellness
During the month of September I continued my normal strength training workout, lifting over 234,000 pounds which is up from last month. Toward the end of the month I’ve been emphasizing fresh raw vegetables, nuts, grains, fruits, and salads in my diet while working to reduce some of the unnecessary sugar, carbs and snack foods.
My consulting work continues to be a mix of tech support and web design. The tech support is a good mix of business and residential, Windows and Mac, mobile and desktop, Android devices as well as Apple iOS. I like the diversity of support issues that arise. With the convergence, connectedness and integration of technology, I’m sometimes helping people with their home stereo and home theater technology.
I’m carrying a DSLR camera around these days and favoring that over my iPhone or point and shoot camera. I find the image quality is much better, and I’m adjusting to having an extra bag with me. The photo at the top of this newsletter is a photo from 27 Sep 2018 that I thought would make a nice background image.
The Department of Defense Read My Article
Sometimes after writing an article, I’ll check to see if there’s been any interest by looking at the page visitor stats. An article I recently wrote was almost immediately flagged by the Department of Defense and visited by a bot or person from the DOD Network Information Center. The article “U.S. Southern Command Uses Most Powerful ‘Weapon’ in History” explores a little known operation being conducted by the military.
In Defense of Nice People
I never thought I’d need to write an article defending nice people, but apparently nice people are now being criticized and there’s a national call for all ‘nice people’ to be removed from public office to be replaced by ‘street fighters.’ Learn more in my article LEADERSHIP: National Religious Leader Calls for Fewer Nice Guys – Asks for street fighters at every level of government. (29 Sep 2018)
A Special Message from Charles Koch
I try to seek out information from various sources with diverse viewpoints. So, recently I was curious to learn more about the views of conservative Republican billionaire Charles Koch. I was surprised to learn that he shares a lot of views with Bernie Sanders. Learn more in my article DEMOCRACY – Charles Koch Speaks Out Against Corporate Welfare and Crony Capitalism (25 Sep 2018)
Topics and Writings
In September I shared and wrote about a several topics of interest including: energy readiness, health, democracy, leadership, governance, diversity, technology, and more. A few are mentioned above, here’s a more complete list.
- LEADERSHIP: National Religious Leader Calls for Fewer Nice Guys – Asks for street fighters at every level of government. (29 Sep 2018)
- “Head Above Water” by Avril Lavigne – Music Video About Rising Up, Breaking Through, and Moving Forward (27 Sep 2018)
- DEMOCRACY – Charles Koch Speaks Out Against Corporate Welfare and Crony Capitalism (25 Sep 2018)
- HEALTH – Building an Alzheimer’s-Resistant Brain (23 Sep 2018)
- TECHNOLOGY – Features and Enhancements in Apple iOS 12 for iPad and iPhone (21 Sep 2018)
- ENERGY READINESS – General McDew Discusses Renewal Energy for National Security (21 Sep 2018)
- TECHNOLOGY – Guided Tour of iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR – Video (21 Sep 2018
- GOVERNANCE – How Dark Money in Politics is an Attack on Democracy (20 Sep 2018)
- DIVERSITY – McDonald’s Pranksters Get Hired for Company’s Advertising Campaign – The Ellen DeGeneres Show (18 Sep 2018)
- EDUCATION – Ellen DeGeneres Meets With High School Guidance Counselor Shelly Fitzgerald (17 Sep 2018)
- EDUCATION – Ellen Meets Extraordinary New Jersey Principal Akbar Cook (14 Sep 2018)
- U.S. Southern Command Uses Most Powerful ‘Weapon’ in History (14 Sep 2018)
- Homes for Haiti – Sukup Safe T Home – Iowa Football Service Project (13 Sep 2018)
- Conflict Resolution Mapping: Israel and Palestine (13 Sep 2018)
- EDUCATION – Here’s why 18 teachers in Oklahoma are quitting their jobs (11 Sep 2018)
- Koolulam – Inspiring, Transformational, and Impactful Music Events (11 Sep 2018)
- JUSTICE REFORM – 8 Women Run The Entire Justice System in South Fulton, Georgia (11 Sep 2018)
- “Machi” by Peia Luzzi from Four Great Winds (11 Sep 2018)
- Women Wage Peace – “Prayer of the Mothers” by Yael Deckelbaum (11 Sep 2018)
- 3,000 People Sing “One Day” by Matisyahu in Arabic, English, and Hebrew (10 Sep 2018)
- Inspiring Commercial from Principal – “Renovation” (7 Sep 2018)
As you’ll notice in the list above, I’m starting to use all caps for an initial topic descriptive word to make the titles easier for people to skim through and identify on social media.
If I’m writing a commentary about some past event or video, I’ll assign the current date to my post. If I’m simply posting a video without substantive commentary, the original release date of the video is assigned to that post. For example, I recently posted over a dozen videos about education that date back to 2015. These are mostly of the Ellen DeGeneres Show.
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Origins. For those of you who are new to these monthly personal updates, they began about 18 years ago out of a desire to share from my personal life about topics of lifeways (faith), health, career, finances, relationships, effective living, and activism. This is based on the life map presented on the Resources For Life website.