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The Candid Imbalance of Dan Walsh

Category: Pursuits

Travel Siphon: Project Brief

travel_siphon_diagram

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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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

First Time at the Gun Range

gun-range-brass-shells

I am going deer hunting this year. I have never hunted before. Most people learn to hunt from the alpha males of their family over the course of a few years. They start with a .22 and hunt squirrels or rabbits and increase their woodcraft knowledge as they increase the size of their game. This isn’t the case for me. I am learning it all in a relatively short amount of time, and without an experienced mentor. The amount of preparation required is significant.

Marksmanship is obviously a large part of this preparation. This includes becoming a good shot, but also getting comfortable my rifle, cleaning and maintaining my rifle, and safe handling of ammunition. The only way to get comfortable with a gun is to shoot it.

This is my rifle. There are many like it, but this one is mine.

I don’t live on the farm anymore, so my safe shooting options are limited to gun ranges. I went to the Los Altos Rod & Gun Club two weekends ago with my soon-to-be hunting buddy. Thankfully he has handled guns before otherwise I would have been completely lost. The following are my impressions regarding the range and firing guns in general. It was my first time for both.

The range was broken up into a few sections, mostly by gun type and distance. There was an area for trap shooting with shotguns, a 100 and 50 yard rifle range, some shorter miscellaneous ranges, and an area for handguns. Between my buddy and I, we had a shotgun, 3 rifles, and a revolver. We got to try everything! Read the rest of this entry »

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.

Beginning Archery

pulling an arrow out of an archery target

2013 Reading List Kill Shelf

I read so many books last year (68) that I started to forget them! The 2012 kill shelf was perfect for keeping track of everything. However, I wish I had written short synopses of each to help jog my memory, so that will be the improvement for this year. Here we go again!

1. I Will Teach You To Be Rich, by Ramit Sethi (Started 1/2/2013 – Finished 1/6/2013)

Spend less money than you make. Use that money to max out your 401k. Invest in index funds.

2. The $100 Startup, by Chris Guillebeau (Started 1/6/2013 – Finished 1/11/13)

3. The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien (Started 1/11/13 – Finished 1/18/12)

4. The Prince, by Niccolo Machiavelli (Started 1/19/13 – Finished 1/27/13)

5. The Architecture of Happiness, by Alain de Botton (Started 1/27/13 – Finished 2/1/13)

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How To Drown

Battery Life Preserver by Rich Renomeron

I almost drowned when I was 8.

I was a fearless kid – as far as I can recall. Of course, I had a healthy respect for adults and injury, the two not being related, but I approached cows, dark corners, and impossibly tall trees with the same reckless curiosity. I’m sure I account for more than my fair share of my mother’s grey hairs. I was a fearless kid. Read the rest of this entry »

The Importance of Reflecting on Literature – Or, More Thoroughly Chewing My Mental Food

I just finished reading “How to Live on 24 Hours a Day” by Arnold Bennett. It was a fun read about time management (sort of), but much more profound than just that. “You wake up in th emorning, and lo! your purse is magically filled with twenty-four hours of the unmanufactured tissue of the universe of your life!” Given that no man is richer or poorer in time than any other, the book was really a philosophy for living as meaningful a life as possible. There was a point Bennett made toward the end that I feel is worth repeating, even dwelling on. Read the rest of this entry »

Can I Read 52 Books This Year?

I think I’m in the majority when I admit that the number of unread books living on my bookshelf far surpass the number of books I’ve finished. They’re all good books (I assume, having never read them) and I want to read them, “I just haven’t gotten around to it yet.” I purchased them with good intention, and sometimes it feels like the wisdom of a book can be imparted just by owning it. Obviously this isn’t the case, but I think it contributes to my delinquency. Although, I have to say that to the casual observer, having titles like The Origin of Species, and Dante’s Inferno on my shelf definitely makes me appear smarter. Regardless, I am launching a massive attack this year on the armies of unread books occupying my spare bedroom. Read the rest of this entry »