Monthly Archives: February 2013

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Recently the paleolithic diet has become a popular option to minimize disease and maximize health. I personally believe that eating the foods, that our ancestors ate for millions of years, makes a lot of sense. The Paleolithic lifestyle doesn’t just include food it also includes getting much more sleep than the typical modern human, and doing a lot of low intensity exercise throughout the day.

I believe that paleolithic societal structure could provide another example of healthier living for modern humans. There have been multiple studies that indicate that the human brain is developed for a social structure containing from 150 to 300 people. The most widely cited number is 150. It came from the work of British anthropologist Robin Dunbar. Other anthropologists have done research indicating “that numbers larger than this generally require more restrictive rules, laws, and enforced norms to maintain a stable, cohesive group.”(’s_number).

Precedent for a lifestyle based on being part of a small societal grouping is way more recent and long lived than the other parts of living Paleolithic. The size of societal groupings has only started to be so large in the last century. Before the 1900s most people lived away from cities in small agricultural communities. It is interesting that the large role of government in our lives might be caused by urbanization of pretty much everyone. Localization might be a much better way for people to organize themselves and allow them to enjoy many fewer rules laws and much more accountable leaders.

Changing the world can be done with only a few minutes of your time. You may not be able to donate millions of dollars to a political campaign. You may not be even able to volunteer in a campaign. But what you can do is use a dash of your time to have a material affect in the political realm. What is even better, about this method for change, is that it can be done through an avenue that a lot of people use  for entertainment every day.

This magical tool is video ad viewing on the internet. Most of the ads I view are a result of my time on YouTube, but I see a number of others on other websites. When an ad pops up about a candidate that I disagree with I don’t get annoyed and skip the ad the moment that counter goes to zero. I take an extra minute and 15 seconds to finish watching the ad. Yes it is a weird behavior but I just cost that campaign 20 cents and stopped them from reaching a person who may have been more susceptible to their message. If nothing else I get to utilize half of the sunk time cost for those ads I have to watch before accessing a website or video.

On the other side of that behavior is what I do to help the causes I identify with. I immediately skip the ads for causes and candidate I already agree with. I save those campaigns 20 cents and let them use those funds to reach someone who has yet to be persuaded.

The same tactic can be used on companies, products and organizations that utilize YouTube commercials. I have found this method to be  an emotionally satisfying way to divert small amounts campaign resources in directions that I approve of. For my approved candidates and causes I divert the resources to more productive endeavors.The effect may be small but it can add up and it lets me do my small part for the world.

Alex Maxwell France

quarter share a trader taleTrader Tales by Nathan Lowell is a science fiction series set in the the 24th century also known as the golden age of the solar clipper. The main character Ishmael is orphaned at age 18 and needs to find a way off of the company owned planet now that he is no longer a dependent. Ishmael manages to find employment on a ship called the Louis McKendrick where he grows into and learns what it means to be a spacer (space sailor). The Tales are very well written and the narration brings the characters to life. Trader tales has my recommendation as a great read.

One of the best things about the series is that Ishmael never becomes larger than life. Even when he is the captain of his own ship much later on in the series Ishmael is very easy to relate to. He shows how some hard work and out of the box thinking can make a big difference in quality of life aboard ship and anywhere where else. Another fantastic theme in the series is the constant entrepreneurship and capitalism practiced by Ishmael and his friends. They move goods to planets where those goods are desired and get paid good money for it. The free market at work is a beautiful thing.

Nathan Lowell is by far my favorite author and narrator. What is even better is that his the majority of his  work is available in audio form for free in the podcast section of the Itunes store. Most of Nathan Lowell’s work is science fiction but he does have one fantasy book out with more on the way. On the Itunes store Nathan Lowell pretty much always receives five star ratings. Another thing that tells you how good his books are is that Nathan Lowell makes money by selling physical books to the people who like the book so much that they want a physical copy for their book shelves and for loved ones who don’t listen to audiobooks.

I have enjoyed his audiobooks while driving running and waiting in lines. Whatever I may be doing at the time Nathan Lowell keeps the boredom at bay and makes the time fly.To listen to his work for free you can go to or