J.D. Moyer

sci-fi writer, beat maker, self-experimenter

Month: January 2013

How Do You Prevent Heart Disease? (vitamin D might not help, but there’s plenty you can do)

We all have one ... let's keep it beating.

We all have one … let’s keep it beating.

Recently one of my favorite bloggers, Ferrett Steinmetz, had some chest pain, and as a precautionary measure went to the ER to get checked out. His initial tests came back normal, but the chest pain continued, and his blood work showed abnormal results. Ferrett had experienced a heart attack, and was immediately scheduled for surgery.

It got me thinking about heart disease.

Heart disease is incredibly common. It’s the leading cause of death in the United States.

So what can we do to prevent it?

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Career Sucker Bets

You've earned it!

You’ve earned it!

I’ve had a few hair-tearing ultra-frustrating moments recently in regards to some of my programming work. At times like that I sometimes wonder if I’ve made a “career sucker bet” and gone into the wrong line of work entirely.

After a glass of wine, a good night’s sleep, and successfully delivering the latest iteration of the project, things don’t look so dark. Freelance programming, while it has its challenges, also has massive upsides.

But there are plenty of career sucker bets out there, and if you’re a young person evaluating your career options, here are some things to watch out for:

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How To Stay Relevant as an Artist (What to Do When They Try to Put You in the Cupboard)

Try not to end up in here.

Try not to end up in here.

My first dance single came out in 1992 (DJ JD — “1-900”). I was 22 years old. My most recent dance single came out last Wednesday (Yellowcake and Kevin Knapp — Oh Yuki/Waterfall). My dance music career is old enough to legally order a drink at a bar.

At the beginning of your artistic career, the challenge is to make enough noise to be recognized at all. A couple decades later, if you’ve had any success at all, the challenge is to stay out of the cupboard.

Let me explain.

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How To Get a Good Night’s Sleep (7 suggestions, and a map)

The real sleep experts.

The real sleep experts.

Hello readers! Sorry for the lengthy absence — I went on vacation for awhile, and have been nose-to-the-grindstone on various projects since I returned.

The vacation was a blast — five families went in on a mansion rental in Truckee and we all played around in the snow. Five families under one roof leads to some interesting conversations — both frivolous and serious. One topic that came up a few times was sleep. Not everyone was getting some. Why is it that so many adults sleep poorly? In our case maybe it was the copious amounts of booze being consumed, but even teetotalers sometimes sleep poorly.

Chronic sleep deprivation is one of the worst states of consciousness. Insomniacs are wide awake at night, groggy and irritable during the day, and miserable most of the time.

Insomnia can be triggered by any of the following:

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