Water fast [Day 1 of 3]: Food is habit, not necessity

This is day 1 of 3 of my 3-day water fast.

Today I found myself opening the fridge for no good reason. Thankfully nothing other than raw eggs and orange juice were in there. Those aren’t that tempting to eat. But if the refrigerator roll my grandma used to make all the time was in there, I would have been miserable. I would have daydreamed about it to the point of insanity. There are some perks to traveling and having nothing in your fridge after all. Continue reading “Water fast [Day 1 of 3]: Food is habit, not necessity”

3-day water fast

Update: Fast completed! I made it through day 1, day 2, and day 3. The first day wasn’t bad, the second day was miserable, and the third day my head and mouth were buzzing in a not-so-bad kind of way.

I’m starting a 3-day water fast today. Initially I was going to do the “fast fast” recommended by Tim Ferriss, but I realized I couldn’t obtain a lot of the equipment and supplements needed to do the fast right. Most stuff needs to be ordered. I’m in Buenos Aires right now and Amazon doesn’t work like it does in the United States. Continue reading “3-day water fast”

Reacting out of love and empathizing

Getty images went after a past client of mine for ~$1,000 for a supposedly copyrighted image, and the client paid without investigating. I don’t believe the image was copyrighted. If you do a quick Google search you’ll see that Getty images is infamous for serving people out of the blue with weak cases.

The client lived in another state and I was in Pennsylvania at the time. I didn’t go to the hearing on 12/31/16 because it’s hundreds of miles away. I also don’t think she has grounds to sue based on the quick research I did. Small claims can only be done if you both live in the same state. Maybe I’m wrong. Anyways, she’s telling me the judge ruled in her favor.

But this part of the story doesn’t matter. What matters is how I reacted today to it. Since the client sent me the initial court papers, I have kept my cool, but then she sent this to me today: Continue reading “Reacting out of love and empathizing”

Education time should be 20-40x less than time spent

Two months before going to Chile in March 2016, I decided to learn conversational Spanish. I was only spending 10 days in the country and decided to dedicate an hour a day learning the language. That’s 60 days, so 60 hours. Given we’re only awake for about 16 hours of the day, this equals 4 days.

The fact that I didn’t learn conversational Spanish aside (I never carved out that hour on a daily basis), my approach was shit. I was taking on an all-or-nothing approach. Not only did I not have time for it, dedicating that much time was wasteful. If I planned on living in South America for years, the hour a day would have made sense, and I would have been motivated to do it. But I was only spending 2x less on education time (learning Spanish) than I was spending in the actual country.

This was a terribly unproductive approach. It was also wasteful in monetarily. I bought the Roseyta Stone course when I should have just use free online resources.

The point I’m getting at is this: Base the time you spend educating yourself on the time you’ll spend using that education. For instance, right now I’m in Buenos Aires for 30 days. So, from my experience, I should spend 40 times less that time learning the language. I would spend more time if I was living here indefinitely, but I’m only visiting.

Here’s the math… Continue reading “Education time should be 20-40x less than time spent”

Worry is the disease

I woke up this morning with a rash on my butt. Throughout the day it started covering more area. When I noticed how large it was, worry flooded through me. I hated that. I feel healthy, so it’s probably nothing. It’s probably either something in the water my body is getting used to, detergent used for the bed sheets, or just me sweating more. Whatever it is, I’m sure acclimation to Buenos Aires is the cause, not some disease. Continue reading “Worry is the disease”

How to have better conversations at bars

I’m on a Tim Ferriss kick, and one of the things I notice about Tim Ferriss is that he asks great questions. They make you think about things you wouldn’t typically think of. They challenge you and excite you. He does this for business and lifehacking purposes, but I found another application for great questions: meeting new people. I did this tonight and it worked out wonderfully. Continue reading “How to have better conversations at bars”

A movie about being alone, impossible choices, and forgiveness

Worthy: Passengers (Movie)

This is not a movie for critics. Who likes a critic anyways? They’re close-minded. If you’re like me and are naturally critical with movies, turn off your inner critic before watching this. I did and saw it as a lovely, thought-provoking story.
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Transcript of Robert Greene’s Yale talk on radical realism

Worthy: Robert Greene’s Yale Talk on Radical Realism (Transcript)

I don’t typically like transcripts. They’re often wordy and poorly edited. I almost always prefer the audio version of the content. But this one is great. It reads fast and you learn a lot about the “power game” that naturally exists among humans. This game is referred to by Robert Greene as part of the Machiavellian reality. To hold a position of power in life, you need to understand how this game works. Continue reading “Transcript of Robert Greene’s Yale talk on radical realism”

An introduction to stoicism

Worthy: An Introduction to Stoicism (Article)

For Christmas I bought all members of my immediate family a moleskin journal and a hardback copy of The Daily Stoic. I didn’t plan on buying this book. I just knew I wanted to buy everyone a journal and something cool to read. So when I saw three copies left of The Daily Stoic on the bookshelf at Barnes and Noble, my decision became pretty easy. (A copy for my mom, dad, and sister.) Continue reading “An introduction to stoicism”