To help learn the Spanish language, I am writing a bi-lingual blog.
I'm not good yet, but soon I hope to improve! :)
Sticking to a daily schedule of study, I hope to conversational by 2016.
Para ayudar a que aprenda la lengua Española, estoy escribiendo un blog bilingüe.
Today is my second day of writing in my blog.
After work, I went out with coworkers to get sushi at Sushimi.
It was delicious. I ateoctopus sushi.
Hoy es mi segundo día escribir en mi blog.
I'm not a fan of sleep. It's a horrible, evil thing. It saps half of our conscious life away and fills it with a bedridden stupor. If evolution hadn't programmed it into us, we'd consider it a horrible disease and every time you checked out at Food Lion you'd be presented with a prompt asking if you'd like to donate a dollar to help stop the sleep epidemic sweeping our poor nation.
So what happens if you don't succumb to the throngs of this disease? Your productivity is stricken, you can't think straight, your emotions are dulled or exacerbated in bad ways, your long term and short term memory is shot, and your cortisol levels rise thus stressing you out. And I'm over-simplifying it!
So what happens if you succumb to TOO MUCH sleep? Interestingly, for a large portion of humanity(including myself), equally bad or worse things happen. Your stress response goes on overdrive, you become oversensitive to things, and you can even show symptoms of massive depressive syndrome.
Yesterday my alarm woke me at my usual: 7:30 AM. I was so tired I hardly remember stumbling out of bed for a moment, hitting snooze, and then crashing again until 10:00.
My body has been completely uncooperative today. Shame on you, body! In the last few minutes I have been able to coerce it into writing this blog, but other than that it's done nearly zilch today.
So whatsup with that?
Every now and then I have a day where I feel just awful, and I'm unable to muster myself to do anything at all. Today my scapegoat was having horrible nausea all day. Reasonable excuse? No. I could've written. I could've doodled something. I could've hacked together some sort of commit for a personal coding project.
Instead I surfed Reddit. I surfed Reddit all day.
There's no excuse for that.
Today I worked out again. I worked out very hard.
My muscles are sore and I've got a splitting headache.
I still have a lot to do tonight, so I must not let it stop me!
Hoy trabaje de nuevo. He trabajado muy duro.
My job and just about everything I do is reliant on having a well-oiled machine of a brain, so among the most important things that I do like eating healthy, exercising, and meditation, I also consume legal nootropics or "smart drugs" to give me the final edge I need to keep up with the work I demand of myself.
My modus operandi with performance-enhancing substances is to drop everything I'm on for a week when I first start taking a new substance. This is so that I can focus on the new substance and understand how it works on my body in isolation. Through this process I've weeded out a powerful synergistic mix that works very well for me. Keep in mind, a few of these chemicals are research chemicals, and PRL-8-53 in specific is very untested. You might find experimentation like this reckless, and I'd agree with you, but by carefully adding new substances to my "stack" one at a time, I've been able to so far safely avoid any perceivable negative side-effects.
One thing I've experimented with and found to just not work for me is phenyl-piracetam. Regular piracetam is awesome, but the additional phenyl group is just too much stimulation for me. I always crash at the end of the day and get really moody, to put it lightly.
Another rule of thumb I follow is to never touch anything that messes too much with my dopamine system. My will-power and reward system is something I try to delicately craft to do precisely what I want. I won't take amphetamines, coke, or anything with addictive properties... or anything dopaminergic whatsoever. The only exception of which is caffeine, which only acts on dopamine as a side effect of working on blocking the adenosine receptors. I also only get my caffeine from green tea in low doses. Dopaminergics usually aren't nootropics anyways, so that's a subject all its own.
What I usually do is cap my low-dose compounds in a pill so that I don't have to spend 10 minutes every morning mixing powders. You can get a huge bag of empty pills on Amazon for really cheap:
Today I am overwhelmed.
It has been a good day, but I expected too much of myself.
My vacation is coming up soon. I can't wait!
Hoy estoy abrumado.
After a bout of hating my writing and being frustrated at slipping down to a completion rate of 1/2 of my daily goals, I'm going to try another method of organization. As much as I love gamifying my day with lift.io, it can make analyzing past data difficult, and I also don't like the idea of having all of my data on their glutonous data-grubbing servers.
So I'm giving Sebastian's "Lights" scheme a try. It's really simple, and my Lift goals translate over easily. The main difference is that I can specify that I only partially completed something that day, as apposed to giving a solid "yes/no" like Lift requires.
The benefit I anticipate getting from this is posting a weekly re-cap of my progress on this blog. It's a win-win really. If I fail horribly, you guys can laugh at me and I can turn my blog into a self-defacing humor blog. If I succeed, well uh... I succeed.
I want to write a Google Sheets function some time in the future that gives me random words of encouragement when I am on a streak. I'd also like it to tell me witty, relevant jokes, and give me back massages, but I'll work on that later.
I'm in the airport terminal in Seattle with another few hours until my flight. I'm heading to North Florida to see family and try to learn to surf. The weather is supposed to be pretty brutal the first week I'm there, so I might have to learn to surf in the rain. Exciting!
Now to the BEYOND: I just had a conversation with Catherine about karma, and came to an interesting conclusion.
There's a lot of truth to karma, but it's obviously not an absolute, and of course the mystical aspect of it probably doesn't hold much water.
Basically, one should try to be a good person. Haha big woop, right? Like you weren't already trying to do that... (Unless you're a sociopath)
The Spyridon LS Vibram shoes have outperformed expectations. I also packed flip-flops for this Florida trip, expecting the 5 fingered shoes to fail on the beach. Wrong. Even on the sandy St Augustine beach, the shoes were so cozy as to be completely impenetrable by sand. I even wore socks! The big rubber flip-flops have been nothing but dead weight (AND SPACE) in my pack. They're definitely going to be a house-only thing in the future.
I bought an ultrabook prior to this trip, but cancelled the order because I decided I was being too hasty with my money, particularly since the company I work for already lent me a Dell. I regret this decision. The Dell is about as clunky as laptops come, and the specs aren't anything to be proud of. It just barely fit into my bag, and is taking up a lot of valuable space. Before my next trip, I'll be buying an ultrabook.
Unrelatedly, I've been severely under-performing on my goals while on vacation with family. I haven't seen family in a long time, so I've been going all out. Every day is packed. It'll be interesting to see the result from my first week of lights sheets, because this is when I'm at my least-focused.