Lexicon

Camping

Ah, camping: relaxing under Australia’s enormous sky, with nothing to do and no place to be! We haven’t been for a long time, and have never taken Jules, so this year and early next year we’ll have to pack our bug out bags and just go for it. What kinds of camping would we like to try? motorcycles car-camping (see below) trekking glamping CAMP (Car-Assisted Migration Protocol) So, my idea is that we should have the car basically ready to go – roof rack on, medkit in the glove box, emergency “grab bag” ready and waiting if not already in the car – and that when we’re going camping (and/or escaping the chaos of a doomsday situation) we can (reasonably) quickly […]

Cerberus

Cerberus¹ (pronounced /ˈsɜrbərəs/), or Kerberos, (Greek: Κέρβερος) in Greek and Roman mythology, is a multi-headed hound (usually three-headed) which guards the gates of Hades, to prevent those who have crossed the river Styx from ever escaping. Cerberus featured in many works of ancient Greek and Roman literature and in works of both ancient and modern art and architecture, although, the depiction and background surrounding Cerberus often differed across various works by different authors of the era. The most notable difference is the number of its heads: Most sources describe or depict three heads; others show it with two or even just one; a smaller number of sources show a variable number, sometimes as many as 50. 1. Also known as […]

Chthonic

Chthonic (from Greek χθόνιος — chthonios, “in, under, or beneath the earth”, from χθών — chthōn “earth”; pertaining to the Earth; earthy; subterranean) designates, or pertains to, deities or spirits of the underworld, especially in relation to Greek religion. Greek khthon is one of several words for “earth”; it typically refers to the interior of the soil, rather than the living surface of the land (as Gaia or Ge does) or the land as territory (as khora (χώρα) does). It evokes both “abundance” and “the grave”.

Clean & Lean

So the basic idea is that we’re all poisoned by daily life, and that these fat-soluble poisons mess with our metabolisms very directly, by screwing with mitochondrial function. The trick, then, is to detox AND to avoid new toxins – which makes our systems run at peak efficiency, and we become naturally lean and energetic. Nice idea! Rules: organic everything no instant coffee 🙁 light on fruit high on vegetables high on organic animal protein Broccoli & Green Tea When it comes to helping the liver properly process chemicals in the blood, the two most powerful foods are green tea and broccoli (and its brassica cousins: cauliflower, brussels sprouts, cabbage, and kale). Broccoli boosts the enzymes that help move caffeine […]

Cold thermogenesis

The cold is your warm friend. Exposing your body to it in the right way starts a cascade of health benefits, including the buildup of brown adipose tissue and subsequent fat loss, reduced inflammation to facilitate a fortified immune system, balanced hormone levels, improved sleep quality, and the production of endorphins— the feel-good chemicals in the brain that naturally elevate your mood. http://www.wimhofmethod.com/

Commonplace Book

Commonplace books (from Latin locus communis, in turn from Greek tópos koinós) are a personal repository of thoughts, knowledge and insight; they are essentially scrapbooks filled with information of every kind (recipes, quotes, letters, poems, tables of weights and measures, proverbs, prayers, legal formulas – Wikipedia). Each is unique to its creator’s particular interests, and may be organised and cross-referenced in various ways. They became significant in Early Modern Europe. (Compare to R. Buckmister Fuller’s chronofiles, which consist of a time-series record of his life from 1920 through to 1983.) In a lot of ways, this lexicon is my commonplace book. I should probably put more effort into it, as always, but I’m just one man.

CoQ10

Last but certainly not least is coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10), an antioxidant present in all cells and particularly concentrated in the mitochondria. CoQ10 participates in the production of adenosine triphosphate (ATP)—the high-energy packets that fuel our minds and bodies—as part of the electron transport chain and also protects the mitochondria against free-radical damage.

Cryptography

From Greek κρυπτός, (kryptos) “hidden, secret”; and γράφειν (graphein) “writing” (or cryptology, -λογία, (-logia), “the study”, cryptography is a branch of information processing which studies techniques for secure communications over an untrusted channel, and of “cracking” such communications. Modern cryptography includes: encryption and decryption; authentication & authorisation; data integrity and confidentiality. “Classic” cryptography almost entirely revolved around encryption and decryption: creating cyphers (paired algorithms, usually with a key) to turn plaintext into cyphertext; some early work also involved hiding the message (steganography). Modern cryptology encompasses cryptography (creating encryption techniques) and cryptanalysis (breaking encrypted messages without the key). Attacks On The 1-time Pad c1 = m1 ⊕ PRG(k) c2 = m2 ⊕ PRG(k) then c1 ⊕ c2 = m1 ⊕ m2 […]

Cybernetics

Cybernetics is the interdisciplinary the study of the structure of regulatory systems. Cybernetics is closely related to control theory and systems theory. Both in its origins and in its evolution in the second-half of the 20th century, cybernetics is equally applicable to physical and social (that is, language-based) systems. The term cybernetics stems from the Greek κυβερνήτης (kybernētēs, steersman, governor, pilot, or rudder — the same root as government). Cybernetics is a broad field of study, but the essential goal of cybernetics is to understand and define the functions and processes of systems that have goals and that participate in circular, causal chains that move from action to sensing to comparison with desired goal, and again to action. Studies in […]