A Jaguar Hunt On The Taquary, And The Precepts Of Pythagoras | Quintus Curtius

For those of you not familiar with Quintius, he has published a number of books under this pseudony gathering anecdotes and wisdom from classical culture  This short piece is great.

Source: A Jaguar Hunt On The Taquary, And The Precepts Of Pythagoras | Quintus Curtius

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Hunting For A Rare Bird In The Colombian Jungle: The Cock-Of-The-Rock | Quintus Curtius

Source: Hunting For A Rare Bird In The Colombian Jungle: The Cock-Of-The-Rock | Quintus Curtius

Adventure is alluring and drives men to do truly amazing things. These men risked death and dismemberment

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The “How to Date Venezuelan Women” Survival Guide


The following is a preview of a  funny but true article from Katy DaSilva on dating Venezuelan women. So true….

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I’ve seen my girlfriends and myself in situations where we actually miss Venezuelan guys, and the way they flirt and approach us. You realize how it feels like being misunderstood by them, doesn’t even compare with how you feel with guys from other countries. The truth is that it’s not guys’ fault, as we all know, latinas, in general, are complicated women.Here are some tips to make our lives easier by helping guys understand one of the most beautiful women in the world:

1. I’D RATHER BE DEAD THAN ORDINARYWhat seems casual to us, is fancy to others. We like to take care of ourselves and look nice on a daily basis. We take our time to get ready, and that’s the reason why we are, most of the time, late.

2. “I’M ON MY WAY” MEANS “I’M GETTING IN THE SHOWER”When we text/call and say that, we are just checking how much time we have left to get ready.

3. WE LOVE COMPLIMENTSWe like and need to hear how pretty we look that day… after all, we spent a lot of time getting ready, in order to look beautiful for the occasion. Forget about cliches or soap opera kind of quotes… keep it simple and honest.

4. WE LOVE TO DANCE, SO IF YOU DON’T DANCE, YOU HAVE TWO OPTIONS:Learn some moves.Make us believe you do, and we’ll appreciate the effort.Otherwise, you’ll know what Bruno Mars meant when he sang “Now my baby’s dancing, but she’s dancing with another man”.

5. ATTENTION TO DETAIL IS NOT ONLY USEFUL AT WORK.We like flowers, chocolates, small details or gifts that show you care.


Source: The “How to Date Venezuelan Women” Survival Guide

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Frame Control

What is frame control?  As it relates to an interaction, frame refers to the context of a discussion, both spoken and unspoken. Frame in this use of the word is the same frame as used in the phrase “frame of reference”. So frame control refers to being the one setting the contextual frame of the discussion.

The ability to control frame in human interaction makes a powerful difference in accurate communication. A person who is struggling for control with you or is confused on a matter will change frame. So changing frame can be an attempt to dominate or an accident of confusion on the part of the a person.

A strong frame is driven by:

  1. Knowing your own identity and owning it.
  2. Knowing your mission and purpose and staying on course
  3. Being self validating while minimizing the desire from other’s approval.


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David deBoisblanc

November 14, 2016

Our first order of business as living beings is survival. Ultimately, it is staying alive. We cannot achieve our purpose in life, care for families, and thrive if we are dead. Martyrdom for a worthy cause is a noble purpose, but even then, it is necessary for us to survive to reach the culmination of our purpose in a  meaningful death.

It is our responsibility to be diligent in staying alive. Awareness of surroundings, alert for potential danger and understanding that predators (including other humans) are always a threat.

This is a base level and ultimate understanding of survival. When we consider staying alive we are contemplating the existential reality of life and death.

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Back to writing

Hi all,

stopwatchMy last post dates from January 16, 2016. That is a long time to let a blog site go dormant. Business issues demanded my full attention and I needed a break from the writing. It is now my intention to get back to regular posts.

David deBoisblanc

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Intermittent Fasting

calories and time

I have been an avid weight lifter for many years; and I have followed the diet protocol that has been advocated for years. This consisted of many small meals eaten at 3 hour intervals throughout the day. The result was plenty of calories consumed but not becoming overly fat as the load is being balance.

You may be aware of the research that has linked restricted calories with longevity (one study here). This study shows results with test animals, there is also tremendous anecdotal evidence from lifestyle descriptions of people in the plus ninety years age range.

This was a quandary as I enjoyed the benefits of weight lifting but didn’t now how to reconcile the restricted calories with the metabolic demands of a very robust training regimen.

Many of you that know me personally are aware of my level of fitness. I have lifted weights and agility trained for many years and have accomplished much in terms of strength and esthetic appeal. At 6 ft I weighed in at a fairly lean 230 lbs. People would comment on my physique and asked me what I did. I thought that I had peaked and was fairly happy with what I had attained.

However, I was introduced through a convoluted twitter chain to the concept of intermittent fasting. My initial interest was to find a way to reduce calories and still bring in the necessary nutrition to support my regimen. I was looking to enjoy the benefits of my training and deliver on the longevity payoff of reduced calorie intake.

As researchers have looked to mechanisms that were in play with caloric restriction and longevity, they identified a process called autophagy

Autophagy (or autophagocytosis) (from the Greek auto-, “self” and phagein, “to eat”), is the natural, destructive mechanism that disassembles, through a regulated process, unnecessary or dysfunctional cellular components.[1]

Of particular note is autophagy’s consumption of damaged mitochondria in our cells that lead to host of age related degeneration.

Autophagy is triggered during periods of calorie restriction when the body needs to start cannibalizing itself to maintain metabolic function.

Here is where intermittent fasting comes in. Intermittent fasting triggers autophagy in measured doses. Intermittent fasting, as its name implies, is a cycle of short term fasts mixed with regular feasting.

There are two common protocols, I followed the one  that is most popular with athletes, which is 16 hours of fasting with all calories consumed in the remaining 8 hours of each day. So from around noon till 8pm I bring in all my calories, while between those times I ingest only non calorie drinks and maybe a little bit of calories if it is below 50 calories. This method gives you a four to six hour period everyday where autophagy is kicking in.

One of the surprises of this protocol was how lean I grew without much loss of muscle mass. I benchmark muscle mass by keeping regular tabs on my strength levels with basic exercises like squats and bench press.

Within 6 weeks I went from 230 lbs to an astoundingly lean 210 lbs. I am sitting at around 6% body fat.  Yet my strength drop was around only 5% after the initial drop. I have since gained that back 9 months later while remaining lean. I didn’t know that I could be this lean!

On this protocol I never felt like I was heavily dieting as I consumed the same calories in much larger meals at lunch and dinner. No more counting calories at every meal; I just made sure that my food choices were not high in sugar and refined carbs.

As far as the promised longevity, only time well give me that answer. However, I have experienced much less gastric distress that has plagued me over the years. Also, it is fun to be able to eat bigger satisfying meals when I do eat.

To learn more here is my favorite link:

The Beginner’s Guide to Intermittent Fasting



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