The Singularity Now http://sett.com/singularity Accelerate Change en-us Fri, 24 Jan 2020 00:24:37 +0000 http://sett.com Sett RSS Generator How to Iron Your Clothes Like an Autistic Savant http://sett.com/singularity/how-to-iron-your-clothes Level 1

Iron clothing starting with the portion of the article of clothing where the quality of being wrinkle-free is least important, and finish with the portion where neatness is most important.

Least Important

  • Sleeves
  • Yoke
  • Back
  • Collar
  • Front button side
  • Front hole side

Most Important

Level 2

Batch Ironing

Choose a day to wash all laundry, The weekend works well. I do it on Sunday.

Iron your clothes after they're washed and before they're dried.

Wash two loads: colors and whites.

Iron all clothing in one session.

Using a stopwatch, find out how long it takes to iron a shirt. For all subsequent shirts, set a timer for the amount of time it takes you to iron a shirt and do it faster.

Level 3

After you've finished ironing an article of clothing, hang it with the hook facing to the left. For shirts, button the top and 3rd buttons.

If you work 5 days per week, iron 5 shirts and 5 pairs of pants. Hang all items and arrange them in chronological order in your closet, with Monday on the far left and Friday on the far right. Because the hanger is oriented consistently, looking at all your shirts and pants from the front means that the most temporally close outfit is closest to you, and the most temporally distant outfit is farthest away.

Set out 5 pairs of socks and underwear in chronological order.

This is the most efficient way I know of to prepare your clothing.

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Thu, 22 May 2014 06:38:16 +0000 http://sett.com/singularity/how-to-iron-your-clothes
Working Memory and Levels of Thinking http://sett.com/singularity/working-memory-and-levels-of-thinking I have heard that people can mentally keep track of 4-7 things at one time. What these “things” are is often poorly defined, undefined, or incorrectly defined.

This concept is most applicable to the individual as pertaining to the levels of objectives that a person holds in his or her attention at any given moment.

At work, my mind could be aware of all of the following at one time:

  • Internal signals (hunger, thirst, pain, discomfort, tension, etc.)
  • What time it is/how long until the next event or the end of the day
  • Recent conversations or interactions with people
  • Multiple applications I’m using to work on the task at hand
  • The specific low-level, immediate task I’m working on
  • The mid-level project of which the task is part
  • the high-level objective towards which the project is directed

The order in which these are listed is usually the order in which my current state prioritizes them.

I believe a person’s mind can simultaneously focus on 7 or more signals and levels, but with each additional signal/level being engaged, the focus on all the “things” becomes diluted.

When I find myself in a mental block, I do the following:

  1. Resolve any open “things” that can be done in 2 minutes or less:
    1. Get water
    2. Put away leftover materials from finished tasks
    3. Finish partially written email
    4. Close as many browser tabs and open applications as possible - all those I’m not currently using.
  2. Just a little momentum will soon bestow a feeling of focus and calm. Write down the next 1-3 things you will do. Make sure to clearly define what action will be taken (write x, call y, test z, schedule n).
  3. Do those things in order. Finish each one completely before moving on. If my focus begins to wander, I review your short list and concentrate only on completing the one at hand.

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Thu, 09 Jan 2014 08:43:22 +0000 http://sett.com/singularity/working-memory-and-levels-of-thinking
Postmortem Google Accounts http://sett.com/singularity/postmortem-google-accounts Postmortem Google Accounts

Today I accessed my Google Account settings for the first time in recent memory.

Today I gave one person the ability to download all of Google's Data about me if ever I don’t log in for 18 months. As I live now, 18 months indicates my death.

Google recorded 10k+ searches performed by me. Only I have access to them now.

To give someone Google's data on me is equivalent to giving that person everything known about me.

Google's account of my recent life is more comprehensive than my own.

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Thu, 12 Dec 2013 12:35:05 +0000 http://sett.com/singularity/postmortem-google-accounts
Warnings and Beacons http://sett.com/singularity/warnings-and-beacons Warnings:

  1. Rationalization
  2. Concealment
  3. Schadenfreude
  4. Fantasization
  5. Nostalgia
  6. Boredom
  7. Frustration
  8. Guilt
  9. Avoidance
  10. Resentment
  11. Evasion
  12. Complacence

Beacons:

  1. Intuition
  2. Dissociation
  3. Confidence
  4. Fear
  5. Retrospective satisfaction
  6. Sales
  7. Pride

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Wed, 11 Dec 2013 12:35:04 +0000 http://sett.com/singularity/warnings-and-beacons
How to Tell How Long it Takes Food to Pass Through Your Body http://sett.com/singularity/how-to-tell-how-long-it-takes-food-to-pass-through-your-body
  1. Start timer
  2. Eat 3 beets. Eat the roots, the stems, and the leaves
  3. When your stool is pink, stop the timer

I'm starting the timer now.

Update: Yesterday morning my stool dyed the toilet water pink, but the color wasn't very strong. I didn't finish the whole 3 beets; I probably only ate 1 in it's entirety. This would indicate that food takes about 1 day to pass through my body, which seems short. I will repeat this experiment in the future and be sure to cram more of those delicious red roots into my belly in a shorter period of time.

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Mon, 09 Dec 2013 16:09:19 +0000 http://sett.com/singularity/how-to-tell-how-long-it-takes-food-to-pass-through-your-body
How to Write Rap Lyrics: http://sett.com/singularity/how-to-write-rap-lyrics "Flow” refers to the ability of a rap vocalist to deliver auditorily and intellectually compelling lyrics.

Partial list of Flow’s components :

  1. Auditory components
    1. Rhyme
    2. Meter
    3. Assonance
    4. Alliteration
    5. Diction
    6. Timbre
  2. Intellectual components:
    1. Subject matter
    2. Transitional continuity
    3. Vocabulary
    4. Multiple levels of meaning
    5. Theme consistency
    6. Stylistic complexity

Songwriting Process:

Get everything out of your head and into the world.

Notice when your inner monologue says something profound. Listen to the words others use. Pay attention to the sound of speech, as well as to it’s meaning.

When you connect with a sentence, a phrase, or an analogy:

Write it down.

If while writing it down, you continue the thought in a lyrically compelling way:

Write that down too.

Collect your writings in one place. Two weeks later, review your collection of lyrically compelling snippets. Commit time to organize them, arrange them, and build on them.

Focus on the verses that you are proud of. Set aside the ones you aren’t interested in. Develop the former.

Record yourself. Accept the sound of your voice. Improve the areas that are lacking, and focus on your strengths.

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Mon, 09 Dec 2013 12:35:04 +0000 http://sett.com/singularity/how-to-write-rap-lyrics
Meditation vs. Manifestation http://sett.com/singularity/meditation-vs-manifestation I recently began the habit of meditation. I had neither practiced it before nor learned anything about it, so I came up with my own 3 step process to follow:

  1. Ensure that I am relaxed and breathing deeply
  2. Focus my attention on each sense individually, to see how sensitive they truly are to the weakest detectable signal. I do this with the intention of calibrating my mind to my senses.
  3. Contemplate my relationship with others, with the world, and with different systems of which I’m a part. I do this with the intention of aligning my goals, actions, words, and attitudes with reality.

I chatted with Ari, who practices meditation daily and has done so habitually for some time. He suggested that the first 2 are appropriate for meditation, but not the third.

That is when I learned a new concept: That of the distinction between meditation and manifestation. Manifestation is equivalent to a term I am more familiar with: Visualization.

Meditation : Present :: Manifestation : Future

Ari recommended meditation as part of my morning ritual. The purpose is to focus on the present moment. The value I glean from this is that throughout the rest of the day, I feel and behave as if I were more grounded, present, and focused. I am more aligned with reality (something I was trying to achieve through my third step).

Ari advised me to practice manifestation exercises at night. The purpose of these exercises is to focus the mind on the person I wish to be, the attitudes I wish to hold, the life I wish to live, the relationships I wish to have, and the work I wish to accomplish.

This distinction makes intuitive sense to me. When I wake up, I enter a day full of predefined work, as well as unexpected conversations, encounters, and happenings. I will be respond to these most effectively when I’m focused on the present moment.

At night, after the morning’s possibilities have collapsed into the day’s realities, the time is right for reflection, planning, and dreaming. Tomorrow is full of unknowns, and I will be a different person when I wake up than I am when I go to bed. Night is the appropriate time to open my mind to what is possible and to focus on the unknown rather than the “now.” Who can I be tomorrow? What effect do I want to have on the world? What are my values, and how can I live in accordance with them?

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Thu, 05 Dec 2013 12:35:04 +0000 http://sett.com/singularity/meditation-vs-manifestation
How to Measure Life Trends http://sett.com/singularity/how-to-measure-life-trends Numerical Measurement : Spreadsheet :: Subjective Measurement : Journal

This has to do with the first type.

1. Define what you are measuring. [Examples: Physical ability, finances, habits, diet]

Focus on the fewest necessary details that reveal the most about what you measure.

See note on example spreadsheet.

2. Record your activities in a spreadsheet.

Apps exist that record activities easily for specific spheres of life:

Mint:finances::My Fitness Pal:diet

If no app does exists to record the desired data, use pen + paper and transcribe into a Google Spreadsheet later. Be consistent and don't compromise the integrity of your data.

Always include two columns: Date and ID (start at 1 and count upwards

3. Use reporting software to see trends. I use Zoho Reports.

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Wed, 04 Dec 2013 08:40:22 +0000 http://sett.com/singularity/how-to-measure-life-trends
On (Not) Being Alone http://sett.com/singularity/how-not-to-be-alone Not all time spent with others is eqally valuable.

The value of your time spent with others falls on a wide spectrum. Here I'm talking about value in terms of value to each person, the value of the relationship, and the value to each person's life outside of the relationship with the other person.

At one extreme end of the spectrum are activities which are detrimental to both people, and which the people encourage or support each other to engage in (see: codependency). An extreme example would be two alcoholics who drink together, each of whom helps the other one justify his self-destructive habit. A less extreme example would be two people who like to complain to one another and make excuses about their failures in different areas, each one absolving the other one of responsibility for problems in his or her life.

On the low end of the spectrum of value are activities which are not harmful, but are generally a waste of a time. Watching TV, playing video games, or engaging in other time-wasting activities might strengthen a relationship to some degree by virtue of the rapport and trust built by enjoying the activity together, but nothing of value to anyone else comes of it.

Higher up in the spectrum is conversation. Getting to know another person on a level deeper than the superficial is valuable to both people. Conversations like this usually involve people’s plans, their ideas, their motivations, and their values. This is valuable to both people because a) each participant is exposed to ideas and concepts they weren't previously aware of, b) each person can more fully develop and examine their own thoughts when they expose them to another person’s perspective, c) trust and understanding are built in great strides when people connect on this level, and d) when discussing plans or dreams, each person can try to find ways to help the other person achieve their goals or bring their plans to fruition.

At the highest end of the spectrum are when two or more people work together towards an explicit goal, generally over an extended period of time. The coordination of combined effort with a singular focus results in a tangible change in the world, an effect felt by others, or the creation of something that didn't exist before. These activities greatly enrich both people, build their skills, give them something to be proud of, and leave behind evidence of their time spent together which a lifelong relationship can be built upon.

Think about your interactions with others.

Are there things you do alone which could be made better if done with someone else? Exercise? Work? Hobbies? Even sitting quietly and reading or working, I’ll often invite someone else to join me and bring their own activity. Invariably, because both people are working, reading, or engaging their minds, a conversation is sparked or a problem is solved with the help of a friend.

When you spend time with others, is the time wasted, or is it put to good use? I think it’s better to play video games with a friend than to play alone, but I also think it’s better to plant a garden with a friend than to watch reruns with him.

You can get more out of your time by involving others, and you can get more out of your time with others by choosing carefully what you spend your time on. This will also help guide you when choosing with whom to spend your time. If one person encourages you to spend your time in wasteful or self-destructive activities, and another is excited to create something with you, everyone will be better off when you make the better choice.

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Mon, 07 Oct 2013 01:51:01 +0000 http://sett.com/singularity/how-not-to-be-alone
5 Tips for Directing the Creative Process http://sett.com/singularity/5-tips-for-directing-the-creative-process The following article was written by my friend James Becker. He is not only knowledgeable about music, but about the process that goes into creating music from nothing.

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1. Don't Limit Yourself

The more boundaries you perceive or create (oftentimes the difference between these two is minimal) between you and your creative goals, the less your creative energy will be allowed to flow freely. Your self-expression will be hampered. Don't limit yourself in your methods, and don't limit yourself in your approach (scope is a wholly different matter—for another article).

If visual art is your thing, try a new medium entirely: put away the brush and bring out the crayons. Visit an art museum that doesn't fall into your typical inspirational aesthetic. Music? Study the sounds of something outside your preferred genre.

Expand your intake and influences by listening to things you'd never have thought you would listen to (I have a habit of recommending classical music to musicians who need inspiration).

2. Limit Yourself

In contrast, by consciously limiting yourself and your art, you can maintain self-coherence in whatever you create. For example, a writer may write in a specific mode or style of writing, but must limit him or herself to that same style throughout the work. He/she may use specific stylistic devices—metaphors, motifs, alliterations—but by focusing on only a few of these devices he can give his work a sense of cohesive identity. Similarly, if you're a musician looking to create a cohesive album with that same notion of identity, consider keeping the key instrumentation similar from track to track, adding or subtracting individual elements at will.

Perhaps counter-intuitively, the infinite nature of human creativity will never allow you to feel limited within these boundaries. Instead, it will inspire you to push them. Impose boundaries on yourself, and you will find infinite space to work within them.

3. Give Structure to Your Ideas

Structuring your art can go far beyond the basic outlining process taught in 5th grade. Many things tend toward universal structures and patterns. The most important day in the discovery of DNA was when its double-helical shape was discovered by Crick, Watson and Franklin. Fractal patterns can be observed immediately throughout the botanic world. Many spiritual concepts can be metaphorically represented by triangular ideas or double-sided dichotomies—dualism's opposing blacks and whites; monotheistic religions' bright heavens looming above their dark hells; politics' left, right, and center.

Music and fictional works involving linear time, whether expressed through the screen, the book, or the stage, tend to follow models of progressive increase in thematic elements, marching toward a climax after which complexity and emotional tension dissipate into resolution. The synchronization of events onto this schema—which, incidentally, is itself based on the human sexual cycle—is a common characteristic of great works of music and fiction.

The shapes and layout of static art through history has been guided by the basic superimposition of geometric elements such as golden rectangles and ratios, and the hues and contrasts of light and dark by the reliance on already known color combinations—which are usually represented by geometric color wheels.

When in doubt as to which direction to head or what form to give your creation, consider restructuring using one of these methods.

4. Redefine Error

The error of the artist is not the error of the scientist. The boundaries of success and error are hard and fast for the scientist, who uses the Scientific Method to test his progress. The artist, on the other hand, does not always know what he is trying to accomplish, or where he is going. He explores and creates a limitless world where there are no magnetic poles; there is no physics; the speed of light is inconstant.

Brian Eno, one of the most versatile musical artists alive today (he shunned the word "musician"), once said, "Honor thy error as a hidden intention." From this statement, it could be inferred that the word "error" as we know it is essentially a misnomer, a break from a self-imposed ideal. In creating, there can be no "error" except that which you define as error, because there is no perfect form to which to compare yourself.

Musical improvisation utilizes errors as elements in the evolution of a piece—an accidentally sounded note may be repeated purposefully, blended into the melody. The artist will sometimes relinquish concentration and let the brush guide them, allowing stray marks to inspire new forms on the canvas—forms which may have gone unexplored by their conscious, rationalizing minds.

5. Steal

If it weren't for stealing, we wouldn't have Virgil's Aeneid, a number of Beethoven’s finest themes, or some of Banksy’s fantastic street art. Art isn't made in a darkroom, and music isn't made in a vacuum. To build on the work of one’s predecessors is one of the most powerful means of motivation available to a person. Think of your favorite artists, musicians, writers or thinkers; channel some of their qualities into your own creative output, and you’ll find that nothing beats creative block like a good dose of direct inspiration.

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Thu, 15 Aug 2013 21:30:19 +0000 http://sett.com/singularity/5-tips-for-directing-the-creative-process