Thursday, September 22, 2011

Types of problems

I always thought that in essence, there are only two types of problems. Maybe I'm too much of a technician for dividing everything that could ever go wrong into two categories, but it served me well so far:

Technical problems are problems that rely on a change in the world. "My oats need to be stored", "This car is too slow", "Man, I wish my browser could do that". They might be complex, sure, but there often is a technical solution to a problem.

Human problems however, are a real pain in the backside. You can't solve human problems, you can only try to confront them or show people a way out. But there is no 'fix' for the problems a person has. And if there was, it is considered rude, as you would encroach on that holiest of holies: Someones personality, personal sphere and freedom of choice.

It's just such a shame that in my current job as technical teacher, I'm hired to give a technical solution for a human problem. The problem? Management doesn't really care about the people who work there. The solution: Let's throw some courses at them so they feel that we're helping them.


Tuesday, September 6, 2011


In every cynic there is an optimist who is afraid that they might be wrong.

Meal components

I've always had the idea that food charts were a bit off. Every meal I've seen so far only contains 3 real types of ingredients.

Fruits, vegetables and legumes. The "green" stuff. Plants that give you vitamins, minerals and fibre, while being low in calories, so you can essentially eat a lot of them without ill effect.

Meat, fish, eggs and other sources of protein and fat. (I'm still unsure about tofu) These satiate hunger very well (Fat and protein do that) and contain those proteins you need to keep your body going. It kind of makes sense, that the best food to sustain your body is another body, as it is made of the same stuff.

And lastly, there's what I call filler: Pasta, potatoes, bread, rice, etc..
These generally give you the bulk of your energy, having a high caloric content based on carbohydrates ('carbs'). Not that there is anything wrong with calories, you need energy to live, to work and to thrive. Bread is an excellent example, a staple of humans for ages, it is essentially a slab of carbohydrates that you can take to your work so you can refill the energy you spent labouring all day.

But if you want to lose weight or want to try things like primal (paleo) eating, low-carb, or tim ferris' diet, it makes sense to cut out the bulk of energy from the diet by eliminating the filler category.

(Plus, you'll have to up your intake of greens and protein-sources a bit, so you actually do get enough energy. Which are the most tasty part of any meal. Yum!)


The whole point of being a social animal is that you have behaviour that makes it possible to not only consider other humans as tools for darwinian steps (Eat, fuck, fight) but that we can actually build social networks with more advanced goals.

Caveman struggles to survive between other cavemen. He finds friends. Together, they achieve more. This doesn't mean that everyone needs to be lovey-dovey friends, but by simply working together, you can advance towards goals that are unattainable alone. Say a space shuttle.

The whole point is: Work together, so you can build a better world and you can better kick the ass of that other tribe.

And that's where I completely fail to understand the large and noisy mass of people whom regard the european union with abject fear and loathing. Here we are, slowly making the biggest, baddest tribe to even better kick the ass of the other tribes. And suddenly people squabble. As if a border on a map determine the way your associations are made.