Fun, Amazing, Etc.

This is the official blog of indie author / adventure writer Andy R. Bunch, author of the fantasy book, "Suffering Rancor." As always, I'll post funny or amazing things I find in my travels or from poking around online. This is a great place to kick back and relax a bit. You may note that I’m not too clean or too dirty. For more information on my book, go to Here are links to first two books and

Monday, March 31, 2014

Revolution not evolution

I made mention a few months ago, that I try to spend some time each season looking at the things I do the most often. It's a principle that I first saw in a book by Tom Peters. The idea being that we focus a lot of time and energy into improving our shortcomings--starting with the most dire need. It can be even more impactful to shave a few seconds off something you do several times a day.

I recently set up some automated sorting in my main email and was shocked at how much time it gave me. I know better, but as so often happens, I rediscover the truth and become sold anew on it.

Instructions for filtering email:
For Gmail can be found here, or here,
For Hotmail found here,

Here's a bonus video on making changes to the normal word template that gives me several minutes a day.

God Bless!

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Bonus post: why would someone want to drop our kids IQ's?

This is a must read. The post is primarily about the fight to rid US cities of water fluoridation, which I've been very vocal about in the past. I've long been aware of the effect fluoride has--making people more passive and more easily lead, but the IQ reduction is a new angle.

You can read the full report here.

At present, 37 studies out of 43 done in China, India, Iran, and Mexico show water fluoridation lowers IQ in children. Even the lowest level of fluoride assessed in these studies – 1.8 parts per million– lowered IQ.
"That gives you no margin of safety to protect all the kids in the United States, or any large population," Dr. Connett says. "One of the things a toxicologist has to do is to apply a margin of safety to protect everybody, because some kids are going to be at least 10 times more sensitive than other kids. Once you've got the level that has caused harm, you've got to apply safety factors of at least 10 or probably 100... [T]here's no way you could condone the drinking of fluoridated water against this harm of lowering your IQ. This is very serious."
A Harvard study evaluated 27 of these studies. Twenty-six of the 27 studies showed a statistically significant reduction in IQ of seven points. Dr. Connett notes that if you shift the IQ of an entire population downward by just five IQ points, you will have halved the number of geniuses in society, and you double the number of mentally handicapped. To lose half of your brightest individuals, and double the number of people who needs special services certainly has enormous social and economic ramifications for a country like the United States in the global economy.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Life Update

I wanted to apologize for the big gap in posts earlier this month, followed by mostly guest posts instead of original posts. I have been distracted. My wife's pregnancy isn't on a "normal" track. Nothing terrible has happened, but my wife is having to work from home a little more and they tell us we will be delivering early. It's been a turbulent week and we're retooling.

One change is that I'm trying to nail down a steady freelance gig or find a regular job to try to bring in supplemental income. I've been frustrated by some near misses lately. I've literally been told, "you're very qualified and we might call you in the near future but we went with someone else." So that's been challenging.

My organizing and branding projects have been trucking along though. I'm doing a GTD implementation of WorkFlowy.  Its going well. I like that platform. Simple. Elegant. I can recommend it with gusto.

Re: Branding,
I'm going with 3 brands--Sir Bunch: Cleric, Sir Bunch: Author, & Sir Bunch: TaleScribe
I'm going to channel my outputs into these categories. Cleric is for my Christian non-fiction, Author is for my fiction, and TaleScribe is for my other non-fiction and freelance writing/editing business. I have some pretty specific plans for products in each category. They came together much faster than I feared they would because it's more closely mirrored the input models I've been developing for two years. Not perfectly, but better than I anticipated.

I'll give more details on the branding efforts soon. Prayers appreciated. God Bless.

PS Got to see the third movie since I've been married last night for date night. We saw, "God's Not Dead." It's really good. Go see it.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Fun Fact with English: Proper use of i.e. etc. and e.g.

So it turns out that "e.g." stands for "exempli gratia," which means for the sake of example, and it indicates the list that follows are examples.

On the other hand, "i.e." is the abbreviation of "id est:" meaning "that is." It indicates a list of possibilities.

"Etc." is short for et cetera (also seen as "&c.") which means "and other things." It indicates "and so forth" or continuation in kind. So it's not considered proper to use etc. to end a list that began with e.g. but you can use it to end a list that began with i.e. Here's why. You don't have endless examples and if you did you wouldn't list them. You'd list an example to get out of having to create an exhaustive list. You could, however, have endless possibilities, in which case you'd want to end it with i.e.

For example: The director gives stage directions (e.g. lights, camera, action).  A Canterbury Tales originally contained several hundred lines in Middle English (i.e. What that aprill with his shoures soote, etc.).

Etc. is occasionally pluralized to create a lofty sounding word meaning "sundries." As in, "We took along pots, pan, and etceteras."


Tuesday, March 25, 2014

BUTTER! Seriously.

Another post from Dr. Mercola. I'd stop repostinng him, but I can't. He's always got something too evocative and interesting to say. and its well backed up.

  • Butter consumption in the US has hit a 40-year high, largely resulting from a shift in consumer preferences away from processed foods
  • Between 1920 and 1960, Americans’ butter consumption declined by over 75 percent, yet heart disease went from a relatively unknown condition to the number one killer
  • Butter, especially raw butter from grass-fed cows, is rich in beneficial nutrients including vitamins, trace minerals, CLA, and beneficial fats
  • Butter produced from CAFO milk is inferior nutritionally as it comes from cows fed almost entirely GE grain, some fattened up with additional sugar from GE sugar beets and cottonseed
  • Buying dairy products from reputable local farmers will allow you to enjoy butter without supporting the inhumane conditions too common at factory farms
You probably want to skim the entire original article if this is a hard pill to swallow. I've not included exhaustive evidence here. My synopsis is this eat butter, not margarine or Monsanto butter.

Nutrients in Butter
*Vitamin A in the most absorbable formLauric acidLecithin (necessary for cholesterol metabolism and nerve health)
Antioxidants*Vitamin EVitamin K2
Wulzen Factor: hormone-like substance known to prevent arthritis and joint stiffness (destroyed by pasteurization)*Fatty acids, especially short- and medium-chain in the perfect omega-3 to omega-6 balance*CLA (Conjugated Linoleic Acid): anti-cancer agent, muscle builder, and immunity booster
Vitamin DMinerals, including selenium, manganese, chromium, zinc, and copperIodine in a highly absorbable form
CholesterolArachidonic Acid (AA): brain function and healthy cell membranesGlycosphingolipids: fatty acids that protect against GI infections
*The highest amounts of CLA and omega-3 fats come from cows raised on grass pastures. Their butter is also 50 percent higher in vitamins A and E, and 400 percent higher in beta-carotene, giving grass-fed butter its deeper yellow color.

My synopsis is this eat butter, not margarine or Monsanto butter.
Note about the image below, my wife and I fell hard for the "you can understand all the ingredients on the label" advertising tactic and have been on smart balance ever since we stepped back to a modified version of our diet. Ooops. I need to return to my theory, "the more they advertise how healthy they are the less likely they are to be healthy."

Monday, March 24, 2014

Here's a writing job opportunity you don't see everyday...

I'd normally post this on Thursday but I wanted to get it to you right away.

Gun Review Writer

compensation: Negotiable
telecommuting okay is currently hiring new review writers to fill specific niches within the world of firearms, including hunting, tactical, concealed carry and competitive shooting. Reaching over 2 million readers monthly, is an online publication specializing in firearms reviews and news. We cover a broad spectrum of firearm topics ranging from products and politics to business and military news.

Duties for applicants include product reviews related to their niche; seeking out story ideas, sources, a reliable FFL and locations; producing one to two original pieces a week, which includes an article and multimedia portion.

Candidates should have strong writing skills, basic reporting skills (interviewing and research), knowledge of filmmaking and editing, an engaging on-camera presence, and decent photography skills. Also, candidates should be well versed and experienced in the topic they want to cover.

- Applicants for the Hunting Reviewer must be well-versed not only in hunting techniques and ethics, but also in laws pertaining to the harvesting of game. They must also possess knowledge on the tools of hunting including but not limited to: firearms, camouflage, ammunition, scopes, calls and clothing. Applicants should be familiar with hunting a wide variety of game in order to provide consistent content for during most if not all available hunting seasons.

- Applicants for the Tactical Reviewer must be well-versed in both military and police tactical, strategic, and combat operations. Prior military or law enforcement service is desired. Unparalleled knowledge of equipment relating to tactical LEO operations or military actions a must.

- Applicants for the Concealed Carry Reviewer must have a concealed carry license (or else why would you apply?) and should be able to hold a conversation anywhere in the country about specifics of the topic. These applicants should have a vast knowledge of concealed weapons and holsters, as well as a solid understanding of the legal application of deadly force. Extensive training a plus, though not required.

- Applicants for the competitive shooting position must have a minimum of five years competing and have placed in the top three of a regional championship in either IDPA, IPSC, or USPSA multiple time with at least one of these victories within the past 24 months. Applicants proficient in any one sport should be willing to compete in unfamiliar disciplines, while providing insight and unique perspective.

This is a part-time, telecommute position with a competitive salary. To apply, send your resume, three samples including video, and a cover letter describing which niche you're applying for and why you're a suitable candidate to Please put "Review Writer" in the subject line. Applicants who fail do so will not be considered.

Philosophical Question: Just for fun

If you could time travel within your life:

What age would you go to and why?

I'm curious to know you're answers. Go ahead and send them to me here.

I'd go back to my teenage years, and convince myself that I wasn't as fat as I felt like I was. Then I'd make sure that I didn't get any fatter. I'd also give myself some sage advice about woman. (I could do that because it wouldn't impact my future at all. I'd tell me to stay single as long as you can. Don't get married until you meet a woman you can't live without. Which is what I did.)

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

New study show's who's actually benefiting most from this economy

Here's a rare political post, but I can't help it. This is the kind of thing that the media should be all over and I'm posting it here because I bet it takes them a month or even two to mention it. And I do mean mention it. Not do a story on it, or probe it deeper. Just a brief mention or two, if at all.

Below is a sample of the story but you'll have to read the original at Investor Business Daily. But in short, the top 100 US Corporations are sectioning off certain divisions and then getting Small Business Association loans. So Uncle Sam has been funneling money to giant corporations. You remember. Those evil corporations the left was going to protect us from? Somehow, the opposite is happening. Hmm.

A $1.2 Tril Corporate Welfare State Lurks In U.S. Budget

Among our findings:  
  • $1.22838 trillion in The Federal Transfer™ spending (FY2000-2012) flowed to Fortune 100 companies - an average of $12.2 billion per corporation. 
  • 1.73%, or $21.277 billion, flowed to the Fortune 100 in the form of grants, direct payments, loans, farm susidies or insurance payments. The Fortune 100 each collected an average total of $212.77 million of federal dollars outside of contracts and should not be underestimated.
  • The Federal Transfer™ into the Fortune 100 doubled during the eight years of the Bush Administration (FY2000- $59.820 billion; FY2008- $118.511 billion), but has been roughly flat during the first four years under the Obama administration (FY2009- $123.46 billion; FY2012- $124.055 billion). 

Read More At Investor's Business Daily: 
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Friday, March 14, 2014

50 amazing natural events!

I'm just linking to this one. I don't have the pics myself. But you need to see these, they're cool.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

A quick pick me up!

In case I didn't mention it when I did last Wednesday's update, I am still intending to polish up my ebook on hand-selling your Indie novel and releasing it for sale later this month. In fact I'm going to be releasing a series of books on marketing this year. All of them will be short and at this point I intend to release them only as inexpensive ebooks.

Also coming this month, Zahara will be reading from the book I helped her write at the Bards and Brews on the last Friday of  March. Poster below. My next Bards and Brews experience will be May 30th and we don't have a poster yet for that--mostly because your's truly hadn't finalized the title of his anthology. I will be reading from...(drum roll please) "Diner Tales: A Contemporary Canterbury Anthology." I'm working with Pam again for a cover and hope to have it early next very soon.

I've also contacted Fred Wolinski, who voiced and produced the first standalone audio short from this collection for me. I wanted him to have first crack at doing the rest of them. We'll see how that works out.

I intend to release that anthology just ahead of my May 30 B & B reading.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Spice that fights Cancer? Read and find out!

Link to Original:

  • Curcumin—a derivative of turmeric, and the pigment that gives the curry spice turmeric its yellow-orange color—has been extensively researched
  • Curcumin appears to be universally useful for just about every type of cancer, and has the most evidence-based literature supporting its use against cancer of any nutrient
  • It has the ability to modulate genetic activity and expression, both by destroying cancer cells, and by promoting healthy cell function
  • Research has also shown that it works synergistically with certain chemotherapy drugs, enhancing the elimination of cancer cells

Saturday, March 8, 2014

What Vancouver, WA. needs to do or be left behind! again scoups the main stream news by covering a series of efforts by Vancouver City Counsel and WSU Vancouver aimed at bringing our citizens into the modern era. Excerpts below and here's the link to the original article. But first my quick opinion.

What most people don't know is that we've changed eras. Our parents and grandparents grew up in the industrial age. When the wall dividing Germany came down the industrial age collapsed and the information age began. It took us a while to truly grasp what had happened but we know it now. What this means is that you do have permission to examine the wisdom of how your parents did things like build wealth and stability in their lives. Some of that advice is timeless, but some of it no longer applies.

IF you are among those who've not yet been forced to innovate a new path, I encourage you to explore technology changes and it's implications for yourself and your family. Don't let your children grow up digitally illiterate and don't rely on a school system that's sluggish to accept the change to teach them. You need more than just computer savvy to make it in the future. You need to know how to harvest creativity to solve problems. You need to know how to adapt and even read a bit ahead of the changes in order to compensate or you'll get bucked around and left behind. Watch this video and then ask yourself if you know half of what they're talking about. I know I'm preaching and I'm one to talk, I'm 49% Luddite. But one of my most consistent gifts is reading trends and you'll want to know as much as you can about this. Trust me!

Free Digital Literacy Workshops
Project Technology Makeover at Vancouver Library
-March 8, 1-3 pm: Information Age
-March 15, 1-3 pm: How to Research
-March 22, 1-3 pm: Learn How to Learn
Distraction and Difference at Cascade Park Library
March 29, 1-3 pm: Mobile Technology How-To
April 5, 1-3 pm: Multitasking and Gaming
Changing the Workplace at Vancouver Library
-April 12, 1-3 pm: Teaching Software
-April 26, 1-3 pm: Media Integration
Innovation Partnership Zone Introduction
-May 3, 1-3 pm: Vancouver City Hall
How You Can Help Your Child Be Ready to Read
-May 8, 6:30-7:30 pm: Cascade Park Library
-May 10, 10:30-11:30 am: Vancouver Library

Free Film Festival at the Kiggins Theatre
“The Social Network”: March 13, 6:00 pm
“Google and the World Brain”: March 27, 6:00 pm
“Disconnect”: April 17, 6:00 pm

Free Presentation by Cathy N. Davidson
Author of this year’s book, “Now You See It”, May 9, 6-8 pm at Kiggins Theatre

Also Check out this infographic that talks about digital media trends. 

Friday, March 7, 2014

Chipotle Takes vs Food

Posted by Dr. Mercola originally.

So the big news is that restaurant chain Chipotle Chicken has produced a 4 part series on Hulu poking fun at the industrial food industry. From a marketing standpoint its genius. Create a straw man who's fictional so that you don't get sued for talking about what you know is going on. It's important to use hyperbole so you can claim you weren't referencing anyone in particular. So I've embedded the first episode below for your viewing pleasure, but in case I need to say it, I'm unaware of any attempt to feed cows on oil pellets. That's the part that's made up--in case the exploding cows weren't enough of a giveaway. Also, in the interest of being honest I should disclose that I didn't screen the whole thing as I can't stand how many commercials hulu puts in things.

  • Chipotle has launched a web-based show called Farmed and Dangerous, a four-part satire aimed at revealing the "outrageously twisted and utterly unsustainable world of industrial agriculture”
  • Virtually all of the meat and poultry found in your local grocery store comes from animals raised in so-called confined animal feeding operations (CAFOs)
  • Large-scale factory farming is the cheapest way to raise meat, thereby allowing for the largest profits. But there’s a complete disregard for human health, the environment, and the ethical treatment of animals
  • According to a recent report, antibiotic-resistant bacteria was found in 81 percent of ground turkey, 69 percent of pork chops, 55 percent of ground beef, and 39 percent of raw chicken parts purchased in stores in 2011
  • Organic, grass-fed and finished meat that is humanely raised and butchered is really about the only type of meat that is healthy to eat

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

If you live in Vancouver, WA. Here's a list of events for writers.

Well, at least the calendar of writing events through the library. I personally will be hitting the Cascade Park library this Thursday from 10AM to 2PM to get some writing in. Woot! I'm behind on my anthology but I plan to rectify that this week because I've got a reading from it at the end of this month. More details next week.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Stroke signs and research!

Original Post
  • Up to 80 percent of strokes are preventable. Lifestyle factors such as diet, exercise, weight, and blood pressure can have a direct bearing on your individual risk
  • Research shows exposure to sunlight reduces high blood pressure by altering the level of nitric oxide in your skin, thereby reducing your stroke risk
  • If you’re inactive, you have a 20 percent higher risk for having a stroke or mini-stroke (transient ischemic attack) compared to people who exercise enough to break a sweat at least four times a week
  • Recent research found that moderate exercise (such as taking a brisk walk) reduced women’s stroke risk by 20 percent
  • Apparent differences between the sexes have repeatedly emerged in studies on exercise benefits. Men appear to reap greater cardiovascular protection from more vigorous exercise