I spent this morning re-branding my blog. I changed the name, color scheme, and slightly changed the focus. I've got a bunch of great blog post ideas for how Mathematical ideas can give you good, rigorous rules of thumb for how to live your life. They'll be coming soon!
In other news, today I want to espouse the benefits of doing interesting things. The logic is simple. If you must do something, and most things are equal, then do it in the most interesting and creative way you can, especially if the barrier to entry is a little harder. You'll reap weird rewards and gain rare perspectives that let you be the kind of person that sees what others don't, and thus can be a very valuable friend.
As a practical example, I must work out. I could've gone to the gym, but instead in 2008 I bought some nunchucks and started spinning them like a maniac every day. I completely lack martial discipline, and just do random tricks that I decided would look cool and give me a good workout, but I have fun.
I still go to the gym, because lifting is far superior for building muscle than nunchucking is, but when I want to limber up, nunchucking is pro.
Other options to replace your bland workout schedule could be break-dancing, ballet, mountaineering, or unicycling! Try to apply this principle more to spice up your life. Don't let a barrier to entry be a barrier to entry; let it be your reason for getting out of bed in the morning. Your ikigai.
My nunchuck style has been compared to how somebody would imagine Napoleon Dynamite to nunchuck. I'll choose to take that as a compliment.
Here's a sampling:
Photo is the custom-made nunchucks that my badass ex-girlfriend and her father hand-crafted for me. The darker nunchucks are made of purple heartwood, the second most dense wood on planet Earth, and very rare. As you can imagine, they're quite heavy.