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How cool is that? If you search for my first name, Tynan, this blog comes up fifth on google! I check where I rank on a bunch of keywords every once in a while, and this is the first time I've been on the first page. Hopefully soon I will be the first search result.
What's strange is that MSN usually gives me really good rankings, but I'm on the second page for my name there.
My biggest criticism with personal development, self improvement, or whatever you want to call it, is that a lot of it is theoretical or has little effect on your life NOW. Of course, most people become interested in personal development because of problems they're facing immediately, which creates a perfect setup for disappointment.
Thinking back on the different areas in which I've directed my efforts, here is a short list of some of the most effective ones which got results quickly (in no particular order):
1. Buy and read the book Fantastic Voyage : Live Long Enough to Live Forever. It's a fascinating read and will give you a deep and valuable understanding of your body, nutrition, and food. When I read it I did so because I was bored, even though I had no particular interest in health or diet. Reading it instantly changed the way I see a lot of things.
Hey guys... last Saturday Jonah and I attempted to tame the mighty paraglider with considerable help from both Milo and Kristen. I think ultimately the paraglider tamed us, though. Luckily we have video which I am working on editting down for your viewing pleasure.
I believe I will also have an update about my "real job" soon.
Here's a new song I made for my friend Kristen. She made me a CD of her favorite music and drew on it (she's an artist). In an effort to convert her to the gangsta side, I made her a CD with rap on it. Since I can't draw I made her a track for the intro. You can listen to it.
I think my rapping style is improving. I still want to take voice lessons to get my voice more in tune. In case you didn't read the earlier post, the song references the rattlesnake incident.
Ok, I just added the "Deathmatch" to make this seem a little sexier. It's been 4 nights or so on monophasic sleep and I feel like I have a good basis to compare them.
Overall, there are some pretty big surprises. The most significant is that I'm back to sleeping a full 8 hours. The first night I slept only 5 hours, but from there it ramped up. What? I was totally expecting raw food to pull through for me here. I also feel more tired during the day! It's only been a few days, so maybe I need more time to adjust, but so far I feel like I'm less alert.
The best part about monophasic sleep, not surprisingly, is that my day is uninterrupted. This gives me a lot of freedom to do whatever I want during the day without worrying about a nap. I still occasionally think "Wait... when's my next nap?". Right now I live about 15-25 minutes North of most activities. If I want to take a nap at home and come back, that's 1 hour to 1:40 of driving time I have to factor in. Because of this I would often have dinner with friends but then go home instead of going out. I would also schedule things at strange times to avoid messing up my naps. Occasionally I would throw caution to the wind and skip naps or push them around, which would inevitably mess up the schedule.
Do you know what a paraglider is? It is perhaps the best invention of the past one thousand years - a cross between a hang glider and a parachute. It is somewhat of the best of both worlds - it packs into a large backpack, but when unpacked and put into the wind takes shape. Unlike a hang glider you don't need a large hill or cliff to take off - the wind is enough to generate lift.
If this is half as exciting to you as it was to me, you're already on ebay trying to buy your own paraglider. When I heard about them, my friend Austin and I immediately picked one off ebay and bought it. Normally they're very expensive, but ours was reasonably priced. We didn't know why at the time, but it turns out it's because it's a competition glider. That means that everything is sacrificed for the sake of speed including safety, maneuverability, and ease of use.
I posted to some newsgroups asking for advice, but no one would give me any useful information. They all insisted that I had to take lessons or would likely kill myself. Austin bought a book about paragliding that explained some of the basics and reiterated the warning that no one should attempt to paraglide without instruction.
Sorry... I was really trying to do it every day. I had a good story for today, but I don't have the time to do it justice, so I'm going to delay it. Some quick points of interest :
I may be getting a "real" job. Not the kind of job boring peons get, but a really interesting one. We still have to work out the details, so I'll write more if it happens.
I got pulled over today for not putting my headlights on. Oops. I didn' thave my insurance card, so I got a ticket for that. It was actually expired, but they gave me a new policy card anyway for some reason, so I can mail that in and get out of the ticket. The best part? My car is super illegal at the moment. My registration and inspection are not only expired but not in my name. I never bothered to switch it over because I like my cali plates. This is the third time I've been pulled over in a year and they've never ticketed me for it. The last two times they noticed and had mercy on me.
The concept of Value vs. Price is one that I am inexplicably fascinated by. Maybe it's the fact that most people ignore it entirely, or maybe it's because following its principles virtually guarantees success in any area.
Most people do not understand the difference between value and price or, at the very least, greatly underestimate it.
So, what is the difference between value and price? Value is the benefit derived from an action, and price is the benefit lost by performing an action. What makes this such a profound concept is that every action has a value and a cost associated with it, and it is usually fairly easy to measure. Our unconscious minds are constantly evaluating the price and value of every possible choice, which ends up governing many of our actions.
Live and direct, here are some updates on my latest drastic changes, as well as my encounter with a deadly rattlesnake. I'm talking specifically about taking a break from polyphasic sleep and giving up the computer, of course.
It's now been a little bit over 48 hours since giving up the computer and taking a break from polyphasic. Both transitions went far better than I expected.
First, giving up the computer was a great idea. In that first 24 hours I got more important stuff done around the house than I had in the past month. I cleaned up where I had a minor flood, began cleaning the kitchen, and moved the last of my stuff out of my office. I also spent time with several of my friends, which made it much easier.