The Kazushi

The Candid Imbalance of Dan Walsh

Category: Experiments

Completed 48-Hour Fast: Notes and Insights

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I went 48 hours without food and it wasn’t that hard.

My second attempt at a 48-hour fast was successful! It lasted from 8pm on August 17th to 8pm on August 19th. I changed a few things based on my first attempt which helped get me to the finish line. The biggest change was preventing boredom. I realized fasting is like long-distance running: 20% physical and 80% mental. I kept my mind busy so I couldn’t dwell on my hunger and talk myself into quitting.

This longer fast also had some interesting similarities to the sleep deprivation experiments I did in college. Mainly that fatigue and hunger come in waves. I could be optimistic and energetic one moment, and then lethargic and suffering 10 minutes later. Hunger would come and go, instead it hit a certain level and never got worse. Prior to these experiments I would have expected hunger to get progressively worse, but that wasn’t the case at all, even during the 48-hour fast.

So why am I doing this anyway? Read the rest of this entry »

The 48-Hour Immortality Fast

Notes and observations from my starvation-induced attempt to regenerate stem cells.

Human longevity is a fascinating subject for me . Flipping death on his head seems like the most fundamental paradigm shift that could ever occur for humanity. Imagine how everyone would change if they had more time – infinite time. Some people see doom and gloom, but I see the end of one our most corrosive driving forces: the fear that we’re running out of time.

I’m always on the lookout for new studies that point towards longer life-spans and I found an incredible one last week: Fasting Triggers Stem Cell Regeneration of Damaged Old Immune System. The study showed that fasting for 48+ plus hours triggers a regenerative process in mice that creates a fresh immune system. They’ve extended the fasting protocol to humans and found similar results. I’m kind of a diet hacker so this was right up my alley. I had to give it a try.

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Actually Saving Money

The Difference Between Getting Ahead and Not Falling Behind.

I cashed out all my frequent flier miles a few months ago to buy a $700 ticket home to Wisconsin. It was an unexpectedly expensive ticket, and I was proud of myself for having enough points to get it essentially for free (taxes and fees apply). I saved $700 and felt good about myself for doing so.

But something about that $700 nagged at me during the trip. Where did that money go? In my heart I felt like I saved it, but in my head I couldn’t account for the extra $700. It didn’t end up in my savings account, or my investment account. My pockets weren’t lined with crisp new $100 bills! So what gives?

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Travel Siphon: Project Brief

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Hiring help to make the travel siphon a reality.

This last weekend was the final straw. Angelica and I were traveling again and I tried to brew my coffee using the hotel’s accouterments. It wasn’t the worst coffee, but let’s just say I didn’t enjoy drinking it. And when one is on the road, living out of a suitcase, bleary-eyed from overnight flights, and missing the carefully curated creature comforts of home… a little enjoyable routine goes a long way toward setting the day right. This coffee most definitely did not help set the day right. So, I’m forging ahead with the development of a travel-sized coffee siphon.

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The Trading Game: Trade 2

The trading game continues! I think I scored on this latest swap.

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Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood – On Reddit

For the last two weeks I have posted an original essay everyday to Reddit. These essays are all posts from this blog. I still have another 2 weeks to go before I wrap up this little experiment, but it has been a harrowing experience so far. Actively seeking judgement from a notoriously unforgiving community on some of my deepest thoughts is hard. Overall it has been rewarding, but that doesn’t make it less difficult. In fact, the harder it is, the more rewarding it becomes. Read the rest of this entry »

2014 Reading List Kill Shelf

It begins again!

The number of books I want to read only grows. Reading one book reveals three more that I want to try. Such is the nature of information and human curiosity.

Kill Shelf

1. The Chief: The Life and Times of William Randolph Hearst (started 12/??/13 – finished…)

2. Mastery, by Robert Greene (started 12/31/13 – finished 1/15/14)

Don’t underestimate the value of apprenticeship and hard work. Talent and genius are fallacies. Blaze a unique trail by pursuing personal interests. Even if they meander, they’ll eventually lead somewhere.

3. Outrageous Marketing Redux, by… (started 01/05/14 – finished…)

4. Linchpin, by Seth Godin (started 1/15/14 – finished 1/27/14)

5. Get the Life You Want, by Richard Bandler (started 1/27/14 – finished ?/?/?)

6. How Proust Can Change Your Life, by Alain De Botton (started ?/?/? – finished 2/12/14)

7. Trust Me, I’m Lying, by Ryan Holiday (started 2/12/14 – finished 2/24/14)

8. The Art of Being Unmistakeable, by Srinivas Rao (started 2/??/14 – finished ??/??/14)

9. Walk Like a Buddha, by Lodro Rinzler (started ??/??/14 – finished 3/12/14)

10. Media Control, by Noam Chomsky (started 3/12/13 – finished ?/??/??)

11. Empires of Light (started ?/??/?? – finished…)

12. Hallucinations (started ?/??/?? – finished 4/23/14)

13. The Freaks Shall Inherit the Earth, by Chris Brogan (started 4/23/14 – finished 5/19/14)

14. A Theory of Human Motivation, by A. H. Maslow (started 4/25/14 – finished ?/??/??)

15. Secret Societies: A Discussion of Their Character and Claims, by Jonathan Blanchard (started 4/26/14 – finished…)

16. The Infinity Gauntlet, (started 5/5/14 – finished 5/6/14)

17. Fevre Dream, (started 5/6/14 – finished 5/10/14)

18. Tuf Voyaging, by George RR Martin (started 5/11/14 – finished 5/18/14)

19. It Works!, (started 5/18/14 – finished 5/18/14)

20. The Power of Eye Contact, (started 5/18/14 – finished 5/??/14)

21. American Gods, by Neil Gaiman (started ? – finished ?)

22. Thunderball, by Ian Fleming. (started 6/15/14 – finished ?)

23. Start With Why, by Simon Sinek (finished July 6th)

24. The Cuckoo’s Calling, by Robert Galbraith (started July 6th – finished …)

25. As a Man Thinketh, by Richard Allen (started July 17th – finished July 20th)

26. The Human Machine, by Arnold Bennet (started July 20th – finished …)

27. The Education of Millionaires, by Michael Ellsburg (started… – finished 8/16/14

28. 63 Lifehacks, by Steve Britton (started 8/16/14 – finished 8/16/14)

29. The Warrior Ethos, by Steven Pressfield (started 8/16/14 – finished 8/19/14)

30. How to Tell a Story, by Mark Twain (started 8/19/14 – finished…)

31. The Spy Who Loved Me, by Ian Fleming

32. Less Doing, More Living, by Ari Meisel.

33. The Lean Startup, by Eric Ries

34. The Referral Engine (Finished 10/19/14)

Confessions of an Advertising Man

On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, by Ian Fleming

Theanine and Caffeine – 50 Cent Smart Drugs

Extra brain power for only 50 cents a day.

Theanine and caffeine are a potent nootropic combination. It’s also one of the cheapest and safest options on the market. I started experimenting with it in September and it has quickly become one of my favorite brain-boosting supplements. And because theanine only costs about .50 cents per day, I’ve been recommending it to anyone who will listen. What the hell is this miracle pill? Read the rest of this entry »

Intermittent Fasting

What is intermittent fasting

Why I’m trying it

  • Streamline my week
  • Increase diet compliance
  • Save time
  • Save money

2/19/2013

Started.

Bulletproof coffee in the morning for breakfast

Big dinner

Nootropics: Protocol 2 + Piracetam

 

October 27th, 2012

Krill Oil

20g 90% Cacao Dark Chocolate

1g Piracetam

Vit B2

Choline

 

October 30th

Morning

Krill Oil

1g piracetam

Choline

Vit B2

Afternoon

2g piracetam

Choline

Vit B2

 

November 1st

Upped Piracetam to 2g per serving

 

November 2nd

Piracetam up to 3g, one serving?

 

November 5th?

Piracetam 4g morning dose, no afternoon

 

November 14th

Added 2nd piracetam dose, one time only, 1g in the evening. Vivid dreams, though might be coincidence.

 

November 15th

CoQ10 addition in the morning… need dosage.

Added B1 back to mix

Waiting to add b6 and Green Tea complex

Pircacetam getting low

 

November 19th

Added 100mg B6 (pyridoxine hydrochloride) (morning and afternoon)

Added 1G Green Tea complex to afternoon dose (445 mg polyphenols, 250 mg EGCG, 306mg.. tea?)

 

Notes:

I find that I more frequently get a feeling of euphoria… sort of like chills

Since starting with Choline supplementation, seems like I can smell better.