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Poch Peralta

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Will you shun social networking if you are a star?

Celebs Who Shun Social Media
My primary purpose for social networking is to promote my articles and designs and to get ideas from feedbacks. I don't think I'll need to that anymore if I am a star. Among seven others, George Clooney, Julia Roberts, and Kate Hudson — all spoke out against social networking.


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    Nov 20 2013: Yeah, I've been living almost entirely on skim milk for the last five years, Poch. Every day I drink about two gallons of skim milk (nine liters), plus a little pure cream here and there, and hardly eat or drink anything else. I find that my eyes hurt when I eat solid food, whereas they feel okay on this diet. I see two reasons why this diet helps. For one, it helps with weight management, on this diet I very easily maintain at the middle of normal on the BMI for my height (six feet, two inches, maintain at 165 pounds.) Also, I think milk is very easy for the body to digest and use, when you eat solid food you chew and digest it but I believe it is never as broken up as milk and thus clogs and irritates the cells as it travels about the body. For these reasons, I believe this diet would help anyone with any disease, including big ones like cancer, although this has not been proven, at this point it is just my belief. You can read an interview with me about my experience at http://www.simpledailyhealth.com/diet/how-the-radical-milk-diet-helps-people-with-eye-discomfort/, although this interview only talks about eye discomfort and not any other disease.

    Well, when you make a comment, Poch, you make your best guess as to whether you will get something interesting back, but you can't be 100% sure, can you? Of course it's nicer when you get something back.

    What do you write about, when I googled your writings, I could not easily get to anything of length.
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      Nov 20 2013: So I'm just a year older than you I discovered at your interview.
      I only have eye discomfort if I read without glasses so I don't think
      I have to be a milktarian for now. Anyway, you deserved that
      interview because your solution is rare.

      Try pochp.wordpress.com. Almost all links to my articles are there
      and they work better.
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        Nov 21 2013: Thanks, Poch. Well, in most cases I think people might only try my diet if they could not find any other solution, as the diet is hard to stick to if you're not really motivated. However, if you followed the diet, you might find that you could read without glasses, it really is a remarkable diet.

        Well, I see that you are doing a lot of thinking about the Internet, and also crime fiction? What is your background, or interest, in crime fiction? Have you worked in any sort of law enforcement?
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          Nov 21 2013: I wrote a piece about your diet. I'll alert you when it's published.

          I wasn't in any sort of law enforcement. Crime fic is just my forte
          in writing fiction. Amazon published my eBook The Picasso Anthology
          but the Bookrix edition is cheaper but better. I have a lot of unpublished
          flash fiction (short short stories) which is my fav crime platform.
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        Nov 21 2013: Thanks, Poch. I would like to spread the word about this diet.

        I'm afraid I don't read fiction, I really haven't read any fiction for 25 years. I read a lot of true crime books, do you read those? I'll keep checking your articles. Do you do anything on environment, or music?
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        Nov 22 2013: Thank you, Poch. I'll have to spend some time on your blog, right now I'm on a computer at a public library and only have a limited amount of time. The milk idea is not original with me. I got it from the Masai tribe of Kenya, who only live on products from their cattle, milk and beef. The Masai have a saying, "If a man eats beef and drinks milk on the same day, he is a glutton." Therefore, I have to choose every day between milk and beef, and, since I prefer milk, always choose it.

        You might be able to use something that happened to me. I had the same psychologist for five years, who I saw once a week. Then she died of a heart attack while I was seeing her. I went to her memorial service and six or seven of her other ex-patients also came. I was talking to one of her ex-patients afterwards, I never got his name but we'll call him John, and John told me John's father was a serial killer who never got caught, but died in a rest home. John said that John's father would take John with him when the father killed someone, and as a child John "played among the body parts." I really don't know if John was telling the truth or not, although he seemed like a man with a great deal of anxiety. Eventually I reported the conversation to the L.A.P.D., and they investigated but made no progress in finding out who this person was. I still wonder if he was telling me the truth.
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          Nov 22 2013: Hey Greg, thanks for the story.
          Considering the numerous uncaught serial killers, I tend to believe
          John's story to be true. Of course John after realizing his childhood
          will be filled with anxiety and guilt. He probably told you his story to
          relieve some of his guilt. PD's tend to avoid serial killing cases because
          they don't have time and resourses for those. You should have reported
          it to the FBI. There's always an agent eager to have his 'star' case.

          I might create my own fic story out of your story. Will tell you if I do.
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        Nov 23 2013: Thank you, Poch. I believe I will talk to the FBI, but first I will check with the L.A.P.D. again, basically I reported it once, the local homicide unit investigated and could not find "John," but then I decided to report it a second time to the cold case unit, more specific to this situation, and I never called back to see if they did anything with it. If they weren't able to find anything, the FBI sounds good. It would feel really good to get closure for some people on some cold cases.

        I remember having a friend who was a heavy crack user, if you saw him you might think he was homeless but he lived in an apartment near me. Most days he would walk through alleys gathering cans and bottles he could redeem for money. He would keep going until he had his $20 and could buy crack for the day. I would often walk with him making conversation, he was a nice, intelligent person. Maybe there is a story here for you.
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          Nov 23 2013: I've extensively researched about psychos and sociopaths. One thing
          stands out: children of psychos and socios tend to do worse than their
          parents. The FBI knows that and will be very interested in John.

          I have acquantances who do crack and are useful and responsible
          citizens. Using drugs become a menace when users insist on getting
          it when they don't have cash for it. Like the friend you cited. Sorry.
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        Nov 24 2013: poch, when you say children of psychos and socios do worse than their parents, if your father is a serial killer, how do you do worse than that? You do follow my story, I'm saying John's father was a serial killer (possibly), but as far as I know John himself has not committed any crimes.

        Oh, Poch, you're saying John might do bad in the future, commit some kind of major crime? When I met him, he didn't seem to me like he would.

        It didn't seem like my friend particularly hurt anyone Poch by going through the trash containers in the alleys looking for recyclable bottles. What is your thought here?

        You don't hear much about the life of alleys, I am surprised media doesn't do more reports on the different activities that go on in alleys, which are somewhat different from those on public streets.
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          Nov 24 2013: Children don't even have to have sociopath parents to be worse
          offenders. Just badly maltreat a child and he could be a future
          psycho. Believe me Greg. The nicest person you know could be
          a serial killer. You can NEVER TELL with 'nice people'. That's what
          make socios double dangerous.

          lol I was once a streetman who roamed nasty alleys and mingled with
          bums, gangs, and hustlers. I know John isn't hurting anyone. What
          I'm saying is that he's on his way to becoming an immoral addict.
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        Nov 24 2013: now wait, Poch, I am telling you about two different people. "John" was a fellow I met once at a memorial service for my psychologist after she died. He claimed that his father was a serial killer. Bob is my friend who goes through the alleys for cocaine money. To me, John did not seem like he could become a major criminal, but I would think that if his father was a serial killer who was never caught, the police would like to talk to him about it and perhaps clear up some cold cases.

        It is true, Poch, that Bob was on a mental health disability, so he was not contributing much to society. His profession was chef, but he said illegal immigrants had taken all the jobs in the restaurant industry and driven the wages so low that he did not want to work in it any more.

        So you have gotten out of that streetman life? How did you do it?
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          Nov 24 2013: The fact that John can't be located will make him more
          suspicious to me if I am a law officer.

          It's not really 'how did I do it'. It's still a mystery to me
          why my life seems to be tossed here and there just by
          circumstances. Disgusting and depressing. In 1988, my
          art clients increased so I opened my art shop. That
          started my leaving my street life.
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        Nov 25 2013: well, remember, Poch, "John" is just a name I gave him while you and I were talking about him. I never asked for his real name, and he never gave it to me. My understanding is that the L.A.P.D. called the receptionist that my psychologist employed while she was alive, and they also talked to the husband of my psychologist who died (the husband was in his 80's age-wise), and neither one knew who this guy, who I am calling "John," was. Do you have any suggestions how they could find this guy without a name?

        To some degree everyone's life is tossed by circumstances. What sort of "art clients" did you have?
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          Nov 25 2013: Oh Greg. I thought you gave him an alias to hide his true ID.
          Have the PD asked for his description and where you met him?
          That's what I would do first. Maybe some CCtv caught you both
          while you were chatting. Ask nearby buildings if you talked near

          I do almost all kind of artworks. Mostly t-shirt artworks. Logo
          designs, streamers, billboards, charcoal portraits, etc...
          You'll be surprised how Tech stole all those jobs away, made
          them obsolete.
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        Nov 25 2013: Oh, thanks, Poch. Yes, the police got the whole story, and then they investigated by calling the receptionist who worked for my psychologist while she was alive, and also the man who was her husband while she was alive. But noone had any info on this man I'm calling "John." Now I have reported the case a second time to the cold case unit, who are a more specialized unit for this type of case. I am planning to check back and see if they learned anything new. I could inquire about CCtv, but this was more than ten years ago, so it seems very unlikely that they will have anything.

        Can I see your artwork online?
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          Nov 25 2013: Sorry Greg you can't. I started my art shop in 1988 then
          got hired by an animation office in 1991.
          Between those years, digital copying is very restricted.
          And it's almost impossible to locate all my original artwork
          hard copies. I would have to waste a lot of time searching
          for those.

          I have some graphics at platoposters.wordpress.com if
          you're interested.
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        Nov 25 2013: well, I went to platoposters but as best I can tell, Poch, most of the posters have been made by other people and you've just posted them. Is there any way to see a fair amount of your graphics collected in one place, where it is clear they are yours?
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          Nov 25 2013: That's because my own designs are few yet. And
          you just reminded me of a problem: my own designs
          are scattered. You have to search for them at:
          Twitter - @psperalta
          I could copy/paste some of my graphics but TED does
          not allow that.
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        Nov 28 2013: Well, I can't tell if you have a lot of designs or not, Poch, sometimes you talk like you have a lot and sometimes few. Which is it? If you do have some, you should try to gather them. Also, I can't tell exactly what your writer status is, mostly I see you posting other people's writing. What is the extent of your own writing? How did you get interested in writing? Is there a particular message you want to give people through writing, or a particular emphasis? What is the state of the writing scene in the Phillipines?
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          Nov 28 2013: You're not looking for my own articles right Greg. At my blog
          Plato on-line, there is a sidebar to the right. Scroll over that
          and you will discover A LOT of my own articles. In particular,
          click the link on EzineArticles Expert Author.

          School teachers have told me I have talent for writing since
          primary school.

          I don't know about the state of the writing scene in the Philippines
          because I don't care. And I don't care because it's the foreigners
          (mostly Americans) who give attention to what I write even though
          I continually try to connect locally.
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        Nov 29 2013: yes, I'm getting to read some now, Poch. Well, I had asked before if you were able to make a living as a writer, to pay your bills, but I believe you did not answer. But it seems like the answer is no, am I right? But you wish to make a living as a writer, correct? Why is that, what attracts you to the writing life?

        Well, I myself don't know anyone well who is making a living as a writer. I have a friend named Scott Slovic who has published about twelve books, but he is a university professor, that is how he makes his living. Do you yourself know anyone personally who makes a living as a writer? Is there a "secret" to how they do it, what might the "secret" be? One "secret" might be to read good writing, for example, it might be smart to read the books that make it to the top of the bestseller lists?

        I had asked before what you are doing to pay the bills, but I believe you did not answer. But I still wonder, it seems like you could write about whatever it is you are doing to make a living, people do say write about what you know.

        Wonder why it's the Americans who give you more attention?
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          Nov 29 2013: I write because I like doing it and it's the most
          open oppurtunity at the present.

          I have a friend who writes for a local broadsheet
          newspaper and an acquantance who is a paper
          editor. They both support their families. Even if one
          has great writing talent, he/she wont make it without
          luck. I still need luck.

          Only one answer I can think of. Most of what I write
          are for intellectuals. That's why foreigners give more
          attention to what I write. In my country, what clicks is
          cheap news.
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        Nov 29 2013: Well, can you get a job like those guys have, Poch? Or are they writing cheap news, and you don't want to do that?
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          Nov 29 2013: I can if -- I get lucky.
          I don't like writing cheap news and my newspaper friends
          don't do that either. One writes about education and the other
          writes about the articles. They are the rare few.
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        Nov 29 2013: Yeah, it's a great question, Poch, does luck really play a part in life? Are you actually trying to get one of these jobs, making application, networking, etc.? Can you ask these friends for help? I did not understand what the second friend does, he "writes about the articles," what articles?
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          Nov 29 2013: I can but I don't like to. I'm still building my reputation as a

          She, not he, is a chief editor by title. Chief editors mainly review and write
          about the articles others write. They rarely write their own articles.
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        Nov 29 2013: well, I did a lot of journalism when I was in high school, it's very easy, you could probably do it right now full-time. If you don't want to do that, maybe your friends will publish individual pieces you write, guest editorial?

        They say one good thing to do if you want to work in journalism is to write letters to the editor of newspapers and magazines. It gives you a good chance to practice writing and see your work in print. I do it a lot, even though I don't want a journalism job, and many of my letters get published, particularly in my hometown newspaper, Glendale News-Press. I've had them published in other publications, such as The Los Angeles Times newspaper, but it is harder to get into that one as it is higher-profile. When they get published I cut them out and store them in my files.

        I have noticed you aren't too open about some aspects of your life, Poch. For instance, I asked how you currently pay the bills, but I believe you didn't answer. I do think it is a bit of a conversation-killer if someone isn't somewhat open about basic facts of their life, or am I wrong? Maybe you should become more open, as you talk more openly you may get new ideas about what to write about?
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          Nov 29 2013: One of my letters was published by TIME Asia magazine in
          May 2007 but I stopped writing letters when I started writing

          I have answered all your questions. You just plain didn't see
          them or you don't read between the lines. Just to answer again:
          Most of the time, my (small) bills are paid by my siblings. Some
          sort of gratitude for my past sacrifices. We don't pay much because
          I live in my grandma's old house rent free. Now don't ask about my
          sacrifice. That's personal and I won't answer you. We are already
          way out of the main topic.
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        Nov 30 2013: Well, you can do both, Poch, write letters and articles.

        Actually, doesn't it seem like we are on the main topic? Weren't you saying that if you became successful as a writer, you wouldn't want to share the personal details of your life? It does seem to me, Poch, that if a person shares the details of his life it will help him become a better writer because it helps him look at his life and think about it, to see what's interesting about his life and what he can write about it that may interest his readers? Now I'm afraid you have me interested in what these sacrifices were as those sound like they may hold the key to some interesting writing. I can ask some questions about your grandma and her house. Was she married to your grandpa? What did they do, what was their story? They have passed away? When you say "we" don't pay much, by "we" do you mean you and your siblings? How do you and they get along? What sort of house is it, are the houses in the Phillipines pretty similar to the houses here, I wonder? Is it comfortable, how have you decorated it? Have to do chores like mow the lawn? Do you have a romantic life, Poch, living with someone? I can't guarantee it, but it seems to me that as you answer these questions, some ideas for what to write about might emerge, or lead to more questions that inspire writing.

        My mom was saying if you're interested in writing about technology you could write for a technology company, they might need someone to write press releases, instruction manuals, shareholder reports, and so on.
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          Nov 30 2013: I still write letters to editors but very rarely now.

          I indeed write about myself and my life in private articles
          but not in chats like TED here and I don't need anymore
          writing ideas about it.
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        Nov 30 2013: well, I guess I was thinking that it is difficult to come up with ideas for what to write about, yes, if one is going to write about trivial things then there might be many ideas, but if one wants something really interesting that is more difficult. Perhaps a person has a better chance of coming up with really good ideas if he talks more about his life? What is your hesitation about talking about your life on TED, Poch, you think it's not within the subject area? But once the conversation gets started, we can let it flow where it wants? In this particular conversation it is specially relevant because the subject is how much we reveal of our personal life?

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