Self Indulgence — In The End

Can I?

This is number twelveroonie, just as promised (though I've got a baker's dozen followup in the batter's box already). I'm coming up to 18 hours pretty much straight at this endeavor, with the exception of a time-out for breakfast – cooked up by the wife & mom-in-law — a quick tripette to the market, and in the last couple of hours, refills of my tumbler (scotch).

I often tell people that Rush (and herbs) got me through college. We smoked dope and listened to them constantly. What days. I was a 4.0 in high school, but in a sheltered environment. College was a candy store in every way (every. way.). And I was a very poor student as a result. But thanks to Rush & marijuana, I pulled a 3.8 GPA in my most stoned semester (study stoned; test stoned), advanced quantitative economics, business, and accounting. I can still read a complex balance sheet competently; P&Ls are child's play. Go figure.

Kids: take note & smoke some dope if you like, and forget about the ignorant fear. Get it over with, or carry on, as you prefer. Hyped o-m-god paranoia is inversely proportional to … "authotity." See, it's about nothing but making sure you're set up with some authority to follow. Tell 'em to Fuck That! With attitude. Parents: get the fuck over it. They'll do what they want, and your only real hope is if they have some brains, anyway. And, how about you? What did you do to make sure they had some independent-minded smarts? Or, did you just count on them being sheep, making your life easy? Did you lead them every step of the way rather than show them the way of independence and autonomy? Did you fear that?

Anyway, 10 minutes to deadline, so here it is. It's not as good as the studio version on the Fly By Night Album, but it's not bad.

I can see

What you mean

It just takes me longer

And here's a bonus old favorite, La Villa Stranagioto, Alex Lifeson doing mind-blowing ghost bends, which as I've learned, is bending the string before the strike. Think about that.

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  1. Tin Tin on December 31, 2008 at 01:54

    Absolutely. Your photo speaks volumes!

    There's a lot of marketing in Jon Gabriel's material. If you want to just focus on science, follow the leptin trail.

    This article from the Journal of Clinical Investigation provides a round-about introduction to leptin:

    Here's a few excepts from the article to give you the flavor:

    + Leptin (derived from Greek leptos, meaning thin) is a hormone that is produced by fat cells and circulates at levels proportional to body fat content. Leptin crosses the blood-brain barrier to bind to its receptor in the hypothalamus, thereby activating signals that inhibit food intake and increase energy expenditure.

    + From an evolutionary perspective, the physiological function of leptin is probably as a metabolic switch that serves to preserve body fat during times of famine, rather than an antiobesity agent that suppresses body fat during times of food excess.

    + Insulin and its receptor have traditionally been studied for their role in glucose homeostasis. There is now mounting evidence that the central actions of insulin parallel that of leptin.

    + The use of low-fat, high-carbohydrate diets has been challenged by small trials suggesting that hyperinsulinemic patients may benefit from a lower glycemic diet. It has been proposed that the rapid absorption of glucose from the high–glycemic index meal results in relatively high insulin and low glucagon concentrations, which induce a reactive hypoglycemia that stimulates hunger and favors storage of fat.

  2. Richard Nikoley on December 31, 2008 at 00:16

    I'll look over that.

    But as is obvious from my own photos, I'm doing just fine and am well on my way.

  3. Tin Tin on December 31, 2008 at 02:19
  4. William on December 31, 2008 at 13:54

    I do believe I finally found a cyber-home. Libertarians, high intensity exercise, meat-eating paleo's who want to be lean, healthy and think outside the norm… it just doesn't get any better.

    Although I enjoy Rush for their Objectivist/libertarian lyrics, musically I'm a Yes man. (no pun intended)

  5. Andy on December 31, 2008 at 14:28


    Alex Lifeson is also using volume pedal that is not shown in the video. I used to be able to play about every Rush song on the guitar including 'the strange town' up until about the Power Windows era (1985?) when I had to devote time to college. My brother bought 'Permanent Waves' in 1980 and I think we wore that album out.

    Anyway – good job on you posting yesterday. You are prolific!

  6. Richard Nikoley on December 31, 2008 at 09:53

    Ah, leptin. Yep, that's what I figured his "fat switch" jargon meant. Stephan just has a post on that recently (as in the past as well):

    Fortunately, for me at least, a Paleo-like diet combined with brief and intense workouts, and some intermittent fasting takes care of everything. And, it's so natural, easy, and fun.

  7. Keith Norris on December 31, 2008 at 13:03

    Thanks for rekindling some of my own, fantastic, "Rush" memories. Those were wonderful, carefree days indeed!

  8. Richard Nikoley on December 31, 2008 at 14:02

    I like Yes as well.

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