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When I saw the PaperWhite, I was thrilled. I haven't tried it - still waiting for mine to ship in late October to replace my old and reliable Kindle 3.
But maybe Amazon dropped the ball on this. I was reading these reviews and it seems that the main feature, lighting is a bit flawed. Even after Amazon replaced them.
For me (and I think many others), lighting when needed is the main benefit. I want to be able to read in bed at night without waking my girlfriend. Also many cafes don't have the best lighting. But, IF the lighting feature is flawed, maybe we are better off just buying a clip on light for our existing Kindle's?
I hope someone here has purchased one and can tell me that I am wrong; that the PaperWhite is what you would expect from a fantastic company like Amazon.
Hey me and my roommate are doing dinner at Moya tonight in the city. if anyone wants to join shoot me a text. 208.714.4549
From James Altucher’s blog:
Diversify your thoughts. I spent too much of my life thinking about money. And then thinking about women. And sometimes thinking about money and women at the same time. I don’t know how they counted this but someone once told me we think 60,000 thoughts a day. All 60,000 of mine would sometimes be about money and women, with a little about food and defecation. Meanwhile, there’s 100 billion other fun things to think about each day. I live 100 feet from the Hudson River. Across from me on the river is West Point. Mountains and leaves surround all of it. It would be so easy for me to diversify into pleasant things but too often I’m obsessed down one category. Obsession and Anxiety is equivalent to Subtraction of thoughts. It makes you a counterfeit person instead of an authentic person.
The post is about diversifying all areas, but I think he is really onto something with this section on thinking. I definitely tend to obsess over a handful of things throughout the day: usually just food and women. Sometimes something else, too. It could be designing my blog, my krav maga test tomorrow, etc. The thing is, unless I take out a notepad and decide on a next action then record it, I continue to have repetitive, circular thoughts that go nowhere…. except maybe to boobs or cheeseburgers.
The other thing that having limited, repetitive thoughts does is limit your ability to get into flow; therefore hindering your productivity and enjoyment of the task at hand. I believe that by diversifying your thoughts, and appreciating your current surroundings or current task (or something else, I’m not positive here I really need to practice this more), getting into flow will be almost automatic. This is huge.
So, I don't have time to work on TaskSmash, but I think it has a lot of potential. Months ago I wrote a blog post offering accounts on it, and despite not linking to it since, there are more than 100 tasks posted every day. People really love it and email me about it all the time.
The PHP code is a bit of a mess. I was a really bad coder when I wrote it, so it's basically just one big disaster of a php file. It's all functional, just not organized or documented. So you'd probably want to clean that up. The big feature that needs to be implemented (that would seriously only take a day) would be to have recurring tasks. There's an API for it that I never made public, and someone is making an android app for it right now.
If this sounds like something you'd like to put time into, you can have 49% of it for $1. I'm keeping 51% not because I actually want to control it, but because I want to be able to look out for the best interest of the users on it, since they trusted me when they signed up. If you decide that you want to sell all the email addresses to a marketer, I need to be able to override that.
I haven't seriously played poker since college and even then was only an average player. But imagining a bunch of drunk tourists, I figured I won't be the best player but will be at least among the top 3. I started reading the book tynan recommended which advises a much looser starting hand advice. The Turbo Texas program oddly will only deliver via snail mail so I haven't tried it.
Since I'm driving back to the East Coast anyway, I figured I would spend a few days in Vegas getting a cheap $25 room and playing my hand at Limit.
To my surprise, it's hard to find any limit games in Vegas apart from the very entry level 2/4. Only the Bellagio seems to have any higher limits.
On the Monday afternoon, there was one 4/8 table and one 10/20 table. The 4/8 table had a good 30 minute - 1 hour wait so I signed up for a new 10/20 table opening up.
Starting out, I felt good. Folding all the bad cards. won a hand or two. Blinds would cut down my stacks back to break even and then I would win a small hand again. Rinse and repeat. The most aggressive player is to my immediate right so I'm thankfully able to see what he does before I play. Everyone else is slightly loose but very passive. To my surprise a lot of hands never make it to flop and usually with less than 4 players. Not what the book says at all, this seems like a regular table.
I figure there should be a good thread for minimal living spaces that are worth looking at. Someone mentioned www.stealthsprinter.com in a side thread and I'm glad I saw it - amazing work they did!
I was just looking at this:http://www1.ttcn.ne.jp/~gyo/English/campingcar.htm - and figured it needed a place to go on here too. This thing is insane. Some Japanese dude fabricated a two-story house that folds down (!!!) into a small truck trailer. It's all mechanized, with pneumatic cylinders that lift the entire second story up. The second story is this immaculate Japanese tatami room with shoji windows, and the downstairs is a kitchen, bathroom, storage - outrigger dock with a 2 meter wide deck that folds out.
It's super conspicuous so it wouldn't work for boondocking. Rather, I should say, it's inconspicuous when folded down, but when you need to live in it it's like a Transformer and would stand out like a sore thumb. But it's really gorgeous.
When you find cool minimal / mobile living stuff post comments! I love looking at this stuff for inspiration and ideas.
After visiting the Airstream factory in Jackson Center, Ohio I headed in a northerly path towards Detroit. It was a blistering humid heat during the course of the factory tour but within minutes of pulling out of the driveway I could see a storm brewing out on the horizon. As I got closer and closer to the freeway the clouds got darker and darker. Suddenly it looked as if I was headed straight into the depths of hell! The winds had picked up to a dangerously ferocious speed, whipping the RV side-to-side on the road. I let off the gas and slowed my pace in order to regain control of the vehicle. Just then a huge gust smacked the side of the camper and somehow managed to suck half of the awning out from around it's spool.
WOOSH! FWACKA FWACKA WFAWKA! The awning was now flapping vigorously in the storm against the broadside of the vehicle.
I found myself trying to keep this 24' RV in between the lines and was fighting to counteract the gale force winds that were magnified by the fact that I now had what amounted to a giant sail attached to this land-boat! Not a good situation. I turned off the road and into the first driveway I could find to let the line of vehicles behind me pass.
I opened the door to take a look at what was going on with the awning and the second I did, a giant lightning bolt lit up the sky followed by a thunderous rumble. I was now smack dab in the middle of the storm. To make matters worse it started hailing! So I was left with a decision:
Do I, A: venture outside and try to open up the awning all of the way in order to try and re-wrap it around the spool?Or do I, B: wait out the storm and risk having the entire awning and support bars get ripped off by a gust of wind creating an even bigger and more urgent set of problems?
Hi, I'm LukeI've never posted on a forum before, let alone started a blog topic. This makes me feel obligated to introduce myself to the community with a 'lay down misere' kind of post. I have no doubt that these first words will catch the eye and my steady ascent into the world famous blogging annals will begin but just on the off chance that doesn't come through, I just want to get more out of my life by getting some public commitments down on paper. I'm sure it's not news to anyone here but apparently public commitments give you some kind of ninja like focus skills and that's exactly what I'm looking for.A bit of background about me: I've been lucky. I had a really splendid childhood, growing up in a somewhat back wood town in rural Australia. My parents are cool and I've got three sisters and a brother. They are all way older than me with their own families, kids and the rest. They are, however, straight up caricatures of what I'm trying to avoid. White, middle class and stagnant. Love them as I do, I don't want to be them. At the moment, however, I'm headed on a one way trip to do exactly that. It is scary.Back on track, my background continued: I moved to Melbourne (in Aus) at 18 and got a job doing computer work which I was in no way prepared for or, by any reasonable measure, good at. Whether it's the absence of a technical mind or sheer laziness, I never got past quick fix updates and bad Googling (yes, despite the snappy interface it is still possible to suck at Google). Nevertheless, I struggled on as you're meant to, just existing along in the city without any real advancement in life to speak of. I got fired a few times but I wasn't fussed, I knew that eventually my brilliance would become evident to someone important and I would be the next Bill Gates, Warren Buffet or Ryan Gosling. Suffice to say, that didn't happen as fast as it ought to and I soon got old enough to realise it which made me promptly flip out and book a trip to Europe. I was lucky enough to have the travelling gene and have since spent loads of time in Africa and Europe, a little in North and South America and just a smidgen in Asia. All of this really transformed me and made me wish for a life less ordinary. Of course, I still managed to land back in Australia with my girlfriend (happily) having no further idea of what I want to do. When in danger, people’s automatic reaction is to stick to what they know. It turns out that my techie skills are pretty sucky but my conceptual understanding of technical things is passable and I have a talent for camaraderie and smart alec comments. Sometimes this can drag you up the corporate ladder, however much you try to sabotage yourself.I must have found myself in the right place at the right time because I was rewarded with a good salary (>$150k), good friends (pure luck, nothing to do with me) and somewhat interesting work (identity management work is preferable to stuff like Cobra training). I'm in charge of over five million dollars and have a little discretion over some people’s lives by being their manager. Being in charge of people strokes the ego so I have found myself justifying and cajoling myself into thinking that maybe I should just 'stick with it and make HEAPS of money'. I now know that $150k is not a lot of money when money is the only thing you're doing it for. I fear that there isn't an amount of money that makes you happy / keeps you warm at night / solves all the world's problems. Obviously I've decided against trying to do that, though. I've read loads of books about starting your own business and can happily say that I created a project management business (the website) and then proceeded to do nothing with it (probably the best move I made). I'd like to start my own business, I'd like to not work all the time (on shit things) and I'd like to change a load of habits about myself. I like making lists, so here is one about me.Bad things about me:1. I pick my nose2. Am a self centered egotist3. Live a pretty boring life (I understand there is a dichotomy between 2 and 3. I'm OK with it) 4. Am addicted to pain killers5. Have a muscle spasm problem in my neck that my doctor told me was purely out of the tension my brain put in there (see problem 4)Good things about me:1. I don't use Facebook2. I like to read3. I like my partner4. I regularly use brackets 5. I'm fairly shameless6. I write every day, just for funWhen I read back over my post I can't help but be reminded of a quote by Christopher Hitchens. When talking about an early job he had, he reflects "I sometimes think if I'd been any good at that job, I might still be doing it.” This does, unfortunately, sum my position in life right now. I am good enough at my job that people praise me and it has made me make the fatal mistake of believing that there is some meaning in it all. My initial reaction was to soak up all the attention and put my head down and churn out the work. Now that I've had enough time to come up for air, I've reappraised my life and have graded myself with a big fat F. I need to make changes. Those changes can start small but they need to end BIG. I'm willing to take some risks and I want to put myself on the record as a way of getting it done.I'm going to use this blogging platform to track my brain retraining and document any bizarre or amusing experiences I have. My public commitment is to radically change my life in the next 12 months. Here is what I won't be doing:1. Working a corporate job in Melbourne, Aus2. Doing anything that is not awesome, anywhere (thanks Seth). For me that's any kind of work that holds no real value (some IT work, for instance)3. Having headaches from things that are inconsequential in the scheme of things4. Having debt5. Having any fear of climbing big walls (more to come on this one)Here is what I will be doing:1. Be involved with a local university giving talks on practical tips for young people in the workforce (and how to avoid it completely) 2. Having ten grand in the bank (significant given my history)3. Getting down to 83 kilos (I use the metric system)4. Climbing big walls5. Publish a book on how to become a perfectly good rock climber6. Publish a web app / Iphone app or setup a muse business7. Releasing a blog post twice a weekAnd that's it. This is how I'm going to start. I hope my post draws some encouraging comments and I'm alerted to some people out there who are just starting and doing similar stuff (not some f'n zen masters who has already smashing things....). Fin.
I read through Tynan's post about how to learn mid-stakes poker and got Lee Jones' book a while back. I've had a lot of travel and other projects, but once the Hustler MBA was posted, I'm doubling down on it. While reading through the entire book (which is indeed amazing), I've been practicing in TTH. I'm up over 1000 hands played now, and I've been dedicating a few hours each day.
It was about day 3 when things started clicking into place and I started understanding the reasons for different opening hands' strengths and weaknesses, and I'm finally starting to see the entire table function as one unit, making guesses as to what other people have and playing based on that. Sometimes I'm right and sometimes I'm wrong, but I am starting to understand what Tynan means by "low grade superpower".
I'm obviously far from skilled, as I've only played poker for fun with friends in the past. (I even had to come up with a mnemonic to remember the ranking of winning hands.) And unfortunately I am currently in Mongolia, where my searches for local poker tables have been fairly fruitless. But I am dedicated to this and will probably check out casinos in America and other countries when I stop through them.
So, who wants to join me and figure things out together, like why AJo might be a decent play, or when to check-raise?
I have a rather simple; what clothes should I be packing when travelling through Asia? My plan is to go through India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Burma, Thailand and perhaps further. Would my current pair of long trousers and a swim short be sufficient or should I get some long convertible jungle trousers made out of fast drying stuff or only a pair of shorts?
Thanks for any advice!