Focusing Life

I’ve recently discovered Tim Ferriss’ blog and have been making my way through some of his older posts and some videos. I can’t believe I’ve never seen it before. He has an interesting and valuable approach to life. I’m going to steal a few of his ideas and try them out for myself. In his post on the Superstar Effect, Ferriss paraphrases Steven Martin, stating that “the key to diligence isn’t the work applied to your pursuit, but instead the work you don’t apply to other pursuits.” This phrase hit me. I’m constantly trying out new pursuits, often to the … Continue reading Focusing Life

Making something of infinity

Let’s start off with some XKCD: I go through a mid-life crisis about every 2-3 months. I probably think too much about everything, but I can’t help it, so I might as well make the most of it. Actually my usual crisis is something along the lines of the comic above. Because we only get one path through life’s infinite possibilities, every second that passes narrows our field of possible outcomes, so I might as well make them count right? In this string of causality that is daily life,¬†introspection into the routine is important. Maybe I’m already making good decisions, … Continue reading Making something of infinity

Book Review: Strangers to Ourselves

Warning: I started writing this review about 4 months ago so I’m going off memory here. I recently finished reading a book with my grandmother had given to me entitled “Strangers to Ourselves: Discovering the Adaptive Unconscious” by Timothy D. Wilson. (My grandmother has a Ph.D in Psychology so it’s not all that weird a selection.) I actually enjoyed it a considerable amount. It was, as you might expect quite dense, but I’ve read worse. It was cohesive and presented information in a carefully considered manner. The book describes a modern model of the human unconscious. It begins by taking … Continue reading Book Review: Strangers to Ourselves