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A while ago I watched a TED video on Thirty Day Challenges (http://www.ted.com/talks/matt_cutts_try_something_new_for_30_days.html), and I have been doing them since. I, originally, cut off of sugar and meat as a thirty day challenge, though it has persisted far longer than a month. Last month I took two on at once: Never lie (If one slips out, correct it immediately) and never use sarcasm. It was a tough month for me, you may be surprised how much you tend to lie in a day )especially if you happen to be a high school student that has to explain why you don't have your homework done). This month however I have started a new challenge for myself: Make everyday a story for tomorrow. What that means is that by tomorrow of everyday to come I have to have a story (a worthwhile one, mind you) about the previous day. By the end of the month I should have a collection of thirty stories/adventures each different from the last. Today was a good day. I went for a hike alone in the woods, stumbled across a baby bobcat to whom I bowed upon meeting and wished him a good, healthy life, discovered a collection of four portraits hung on trees in the middle of no where (art displayed for nature and only those lucky enough to stumble across them), and I ran two miles down hill, which at one point happened to be through a group of (at the time of my passing) annoyed wild turkeys. (I apologize for that huge run-on sentence)
I was wondering if any of you do something similar to challenge yourselves?
Suunto Ambit Watch
The Suunto Ambit is a watch with GPS, Digital Compass, Barometer, optional Heart Rate monitor and many other functions.
I had the Suunto X9 and X10 models before and this is not a successor of the two models but developed from scratch (both hardware and software). There are many improvements over the X10 like a casing that does not fall apart (finally), better GPS reception, map display (since the new firmware that came out a week ago) and many others. There are some disadvantages over the X10 too: Suunto tries to force you into using their “Movescount” online service by synchronizing directly with it. Some more advanced functions on how exactly the GPS is used were removed to provide an easier interface.
I read Tynan’s comment about not really needing GPS functionality in a watch anymore, as every mobile has those capabilities nowadays. That’s true, but I value the battery life (I am in the mobile app business and often have apps installed crashing my mobile or unexpectedly draining the battery), the stability and having everything in a waterproof casing (I use it for windsurfing).
I know Tynan is big on his electric skateboard and I recently sent him an email after finding this Kickstarter skateboard online. They are way, way ahead of their funding goal so it will get produced. Looks to be drastically lighter than Tynan's board and it doesn't use a hand controller. Tynan suggested I post it for the community, so in honor of your rollout of SETT here's my first post.
Tynan, the site looks great, and I think it's a great idea!
Habit is everything, and it is not confined to the usual daily activities like exercise or flossing. I have successfully incorporated most day-to-day habits: I write, exercise, read, brush my teeth, take vitamins, stretch/foam roll, review the day... and moisturize. Meditation is one I have struggled with...
But this post is about larger, higher level habits. Like achieving goals. Too often people quit. I quit. I change the goal. One day I choose to pursue promotion to project manager, the next to leave and start my own business. One day to pack on muscle (gain weight), the next to shred fat (lose weight). Frequent changes like these have several effects, none positive: productivity and sense of purpose diminish: a consistent self alignment is lost.
Thinking on this now - it is the largest problem I currently face. And where there is a problem, there is an opportunity for improvement. Vast improvement in this case. Goals without definition are like buildings without doors, they have little use. Yet they still take up space. The plan? Set goals and stick with them. Identify a timetable, probably shorter (think months, not years; gain promotion to next level, not to 3 levels up; gain 10 pounds, not be 10 pounds heavier with less body fat): this will provide a direct focus. A clear purpose. But more importantly, stick with them. Until completion. My newest habit. And by far the most significant.
So last night was my fourth week doing Meatless Monday (credit: Leo). This is my 3rd or 4th time trying to go vegetarian, but is a little different than before. Each time I've failed it's been because I didn't prepare for it or tried to to do much too quickly. Generally I just ate big salads for a week till I was starving/exhausted. It sucked.
This time I'm trying to start with Meatless Mondays. I need to learn how to cook new meals and get excited about stuff that doesn't have meat in it that isn't Twix bars.
So this a thread for two things:
1. What are your favorite meatless meals? (Post the recipe or a link to it).
Slightly over 6 months ago (on April 15 2012), I arrived in Montreal alone, broke, and homeless.
Now I am living in my own house, I have friends and a social life, and I'm still broke.
Here is what I’ve learned this past half-year about the realities of leaving your parents’ house and living on your own for the first time.
Note: Most of this advice gears towards living with very little money. If you want a job, it will be even easier.
I just stumbled across this: http://austin.craigslist.org/rvs/3352847731.html Video here for future reference when that ad expires: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=38jKyn9jo7c (note the smaller model running off of two solar panels) More options here: http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_nkw=atmospheric+water+generator&_frs=1
This might make it possible to never again have to refill our Rialta's tiny fresh water tanks. Most claim to produce 5-7 gallons of water/day!
Tynan, what's the status on your propane water heater?
If you go to a touristic place, the locals will try to make their living by selling souvenirs and show generally not much interest in you. In less popular places though, the locals will be excited to learn about your culture and are incredibly happy to meet you (given you have the right attitude and show them respect).
Now you probably all know this, so the purpose of this thread is not to educate anyone about this. It is rather a call to you to share these kind of great places here with our community. To bring it down to one sentence: Please tell us about a great place youve been to, that isnt popular at all. I maintain a list with places I want to visit and I imagine this thread might be able to bring up great additions to it!
It makes sense that I kickstart this thread with one of the greatest travel experiences I ever had.
Last year I was working in Shanghai. During October the WHOLE COUNTRY gets a one week national holiday. Imagine 1.4 billion Chinese either trying to visit their families or travelling within China. This is total overkill for public transportation and every touristic destination.
I recently wrote a post about the Lumix GX1 camera, and how I'm learning to take insanely great photos.
I love the GX1. Here's a write-up I posted after my first 14 days using the camera. However, one thing that's frustrated me has been the slow write-speed of the 16 Gig Class 10 MicroSD card I was using. So I set out to see if I could find a better solution.
I purchased a 32 gig 45mbps for $32.95 card, which writes photos 4.5x as fast as the Class 10 card, as well as a 16 gig 95mbps card for $40, which in theory is 9.5x as fast. But how would they perform in real-world tests? And was the faster card worth the extra cost for only half the space?
Tynan wrote a post about a year ago regarding taking advantage of a casino loss-redemption promotions in Las Vegas. Read that post for full details.
I just left Vegas and unfortunately it looks like many of the promotions now refund your loss over a period of time (1/2/3 days at 50%/25%25%) or, at the Palms, over a longer period of time (I believe 1 day/14 days/90 days).
If you've been successful in exploiting this promotion please share your strategy and results.
Tynan, I know you recently had success with the Palms $1k promotion both at the tables and slots (a total of $2k in "insured" high-stakes betting). I'd love to hear how you played this through (or would have if you had lost the initial bet).