Milk and Cigarettes

Rambles about stuff I like.

Another ramble about this blog – there’s a doin’s a transpirin

Christmas Holidays are coming up for me. I’ve got this big conference coming up next weekend for math, which is going to be how I’m going to spend this weekend – working today and tomorrow to get my poster looking nice and spiffy. Then I have to spend Monday through Wednesday marking a metric pants-load of stuff. Last class on Thursday, conference from Friday to Monday, and then I’m pretty much done for the semester! I will have about 10 hours to spend in the exam center at school, helping 1st years with their math – but that’s cake compared to marking! God I hate marking.

Anyhoo, the 20th of December is the last possible day I have to be in the exam center – but I figure next Tuesday I’ll essentially be done. At that time, I think I’m probably going to split up this blog into many smaller blogs.

I like writing about goals, I like writing about TV shows and I like writing about weird and wacky shenanigans. But when they’re all mashed together in one blog, it makes for an erratic reading experience. So I figure I’ll rename “Weedy Reviews” to “Snark Watching” or something like that, and then create a brand new blog called “Goals With Greg.” Milk & Cigarettes will remain, and will likely act as a forum for rambles about news and stuff. Mostly nerd related news and stuff – video games, xbones and piss-fours (PS4) and maybe some essays about how feminism sucks and is unbelievably stupid.

I’ll still try to write everyday, because I like writing, and if I create the habit of writing, I’ll get better at writing. But in a couple weeks, I’ll start pruning this blog or editing it and some posts will disappear.

I’ll probably keep all the stories about my beloved Honey Bunches here though, maybe make a separate page or something. God I love that dog! Plucky!

So, quickly going over last weeks posts: all that stuff about goals will disappear, the thing about conspiracies will stay, as well as that abortion of a writer’s blocked post and yesterday’s effort.

Yup – there’s big things coming up for this blog. Eventually, way on down the line, I’d like to disassociate from wordpress so that I’ve got my own domain. Well, I have ulterior motives for doing this, because if I’m not associated with wordpress, that means I could put up a paypal button. Of course, since I’m not selling anything, I imagine any donations would be few and far between. But still, if people want to give me money for writing down my brain-gunk, that’s more than welcome.

Goals With Greg, however, will sell stuff. I have a self-help book written about how to achieve your goals that I’m working on. I just need to snazz it up and edit it a bit. But I figure people who want help with their goals will shell out five to ten bucks on a compact explanation about goals. Especially since Tony Robbins things all cost megabucks, and I’m just saying the exact same things.

Then my daily writing schedule would bump up to 2 posts a day: one ramble here, and then one snarky tv review or stream of consciousness about tv. The goals blog will have one, thoughtful post a week. I’ve got lots to say about goals, but I don’t want to repeat myself, so I’ll have a new post up every Friday dealing with a subject about goals that would be well-written.

Anyhoo, that’s the plan. For now, I’ve got to work on getting my stonking poster done. Enjoy the weekend!

 

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November 30, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Phone-it-in Friday!

So I just realized something. Everyone who appears on, “To Catch A Predator” had to sign a release allowing their face to be shown on TV. Christ – how stupid are these guys? First, they get busted for wanting to sleep with a 12 year old. Then, they must figure, “Well, I may be going to jail for being a pedophile, but at least I get to be on TV!”

Oh this world that has such people in it.

Anyhoo, today is Friday, so at least we can all sort of take it easy, knowing the weekend is on its way! For this weekend, I will endeavour to go skating. There’s an arena near my house that holds public skating every weekend. So I’ll try and get out there Saturday and Sunday and have a nice hour long skate.

I tell ya one thing about me: I love exercising in the cold. So being in a freezing cold skating rink is great exercise for me. I’m a bit concerned with how much my feet will hurt, but I will try and power through.

Anyhoodillydoodles, seeing as how yesterday’s post was a monumental cock-up, I figure I’ll go back to the tried and true pictures of cute dogs. So without any further ado, say hello to Mr. Honeybunches.

I'm a pillow!

I’m a pillow!

Here he is relaxing on my bed, making sure to wipe his doggy drool all over my “napping” pillow.

Come on man, don't make me go outside!

Come on man, don’t make me go outside!

I have told him that it’s time to go out for a pee. Here he is reacting with his characteristic alacrity.

Nuh uh - too comfy, not moving.

Nuh uh – too comfy, not moving.

In this shot, I am standing at the door, calling for Mr. Honeybunches to come with me. Here we see how quickly he reacts to my commands. I’ve talked before about the “Comfy Bed Gravitational Anomaly”, well, it also works on dogs!

*snork* My snot belongs on your pillow.

*snork* My snot belongs on your pillow.

Here we see Mr. Honeybunches look on as he enthusiastically follows my command of, “Off the bed!”

Have you forgotten about my psychic cuteness powers?

Have you forgotten about my psychic cuteness powers?

And now Mr. Honeybunches uses his psychic powers of cuteness to remain on the bed.

Get me a snack!

Get me a snack!

Who can resist that gorgeous punum?

Welp, that’s about it for today’s blog post. I’ll try and get into a fight or something on the weekend so I have something exciting to write about. On Monday, I should have at least the 2nd half of Dale Carnegie’s book about how to influence people to your way of thinking. So there’s that to look forward to!

 

November 29, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

A Ramble about having nothing to write about – mostly harmless

Wellity wellity wellity… Wowzers is it ever cold out today. -16 with the windchill. Wooo-eee do I love the cold, though! So I’m super stoked, even if I don’t have my full beard yet and my face will be cold.

Anyhoo…let me take this time to pimp my youtube channel. If you like video game let’s plays, then there’s some vids there that you might like. 

Man, sort of writer’s blocked this morning…So I’ll write about myself! Everyone wants to hear about me and my exciting life…

Anyhoo, today is Thursday, which is my one day at school per week. I’ve got to TA 3 classes and hold office hours, so I’ll be at school from about 10:00 to 6:00 or so. For those of you who work a 9 to 5, that’s pretty comparable I guess… But I haven’t worked a 9 to 5 in 5 years, so it turns out to be a long day for me.

What else? Well, the Sens won last night! Huzzah! Let’s see if we can put together a little bit of a winning streak there boyos…

Sheesh. What else? Uh… I unno… 

Goals: Write down your goals, make plans to achieve them, work on your plans every day. That’s the crux of goals.

I’ve taken to calling my goals missions. Because if there’s one thing I like, it’s a mission carried out with military precision. So I prefer to work on my mission, because I’ll sacrifice anything to achieve a mission. A goal sounds more wishy-washy… Well, maybe not wishy-washy, but certainly not as masculine as a mission.

A mission can be heroic! A mission has inherent value. A goal sounds more like you’re playing a game… So I prefer missions to goals.

Pff…. Man, I got nothing this morning. I guess today is American Thanksgiving, so there’s football at noon. That’s cool, I suppose – although I rarely have the patience to watch football anymore. Especially on network television. Too many fucking commercials. I do enjoy NFL Redzone though – it’s great for fantasy football, which is all I’m about this year, as the Vikings have never ending problems at QB. (Seriously! Picking up Josh Freeman? Who wasn’t good enough to be a QB in TAMPA!? Come on!)

Hmm… what else… This is turning into a ramble about how I’ve got nothing to write about. It’s a good thing I don’t do this for a living. Because if this blog were my job, this post would probably get me fired.

Guh… Only 4 minutes left now. It’ll all be over soon. Tomorrow I’ll come storming back with a Honey Bunches story or something.

Well… after this I’m going to have a big breakfast featuring eggs! I’ve been sticking to a low-fat diet and have been off eggs this week because they’re too fatty and high in cholesterol. But I’ll be eating breakfast and then wont be eating again until after 6:00pm, so I’ll get in the biggest, fattiest breakfast I can that’ll fuel me for the day.

*loud sigh* Well, I’ll just keep plonking down words and trying to form a coherent sentence. That’ll pass the time!

Not long now…

I’ve started reading, “The Hitchiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” again. I read all 6 books every couple years or so. It’s one of the few books that can make me laugh out loud. And I generally pick up something new every time I read it. There are few books that display this level of re-readability, but HHGTG sure is one of them.

And that’s 15 minutes! Sweet mercy we’re done.

November 28, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Don’t surf the internet until all your goals are done, a ramble about self-discipline.

Well there’s been quite the snowstorm here in Ottawa. Something like 20cm of snow has fallen overnight. That means I’ll have a bunch of shoveling to do if I want to get outta the driveway for my 8:30 gym appointment.

Now… uh, I don’t really have any good ideas of what to write about this morning. I would check the internet for ideas, but one of my goals is to not surf the net until all my goals are done. Hey! That’s something.

Let me tell you a habit I’m developing which has really skyrocketed my productivity. It is simply this: no internet, no tv and no games until I’ve completed all my goals. There’s a couple exceptions, I keep my e-mails open from 9 to 5 so I can answer work stuff in a timely manner. And it’s ok to check the weather before I go out. And I’m allowed to open wordpress in order to write this blog post.

But that’s it! No checking Google news, no reddit (reddit has been banned from my computer anyway), no online surfing, no nothing. And let me tell you, it has been an unbelievable boon to my productivity.

I sort of think I may have written about this already, but then I got busy with my special exam and got out of the habit. So now I’m getting back into the habit and already it’s paying huge dividends.

For example, yesterday I had a relatively easy day of goals, and I was done all my work by about 3:30pm. Now, once I was done I checked some of my favorite websites – but after I had read all of those, which took maybe 10 minutes tops – then I was bored again. I could’ve continued surfing the web, but instead, I went back to work. 

Really, once you stop surfing the web during the day, you realize how pointless it really is. Honestly, all those snarky websites and pictures of cats will still be there once you’re done your goals for the day. Better still, if you wait until you’ve finished your “To Do” list for the day to surf the web (or watch tv, or play video games), you’ll be able to enjoy them all the more, because now you’re doing it without any chores hanging over your head. 

It’s the same great feeling you get if you’re following a diet and you’ve been faced with a difficult day. Say you’re on a diet and you can’t have treats – and then someone brings in donuts for the morning meeting, and despite REALLY wanting one, you go without – but then it’s Sally’s birthday, and so there’s a break in the afternoon for some cake, and despite REALLY wanting a slice of cake, you go without – then finally, at home, there’s a cupboard full of cookies calling to you, and despite REALLY, REALLY!!! wanting a couple cookies, you go without. As you’re falling asleep, an overwhelming sense of accomplishment will wash over you – because despite the many, many temptations during the day, you’ve managed to stick to your diet. One might call this feeling the “goodness of self-discipline”, that is, foregoing what you want in the short term in order to achieve your long term goals.

After all, that’s all that self-discipline is. Whether we want to climb Mount Everest or win the Penske account or lose 20lbs. In order to achieve all these goals, we have to give up luxuries in the short term to achieve what we want in the long term. If you really want to climb Mount Everest, then you can’t be loafing it up the side of the mountain, playing Angry Birds on your phone. No, you’ve got to be focused, and you’ve got to practice your climbing every day until you’re ready to tackle the big peak. If you want to close the Penske account, you can’t be wasting your time surfing reddit and arguing with nerds on the internet. No, you’ve got to figure out what the hell Penske needs and then make sure your company can come through with the deliverables. And if you want to lose 20lbs, you can’t be eating junk food and drinking soda while relaxing on the couch. No! You’ve got to stick to a diet, every day, and get outside and exercise!

We can’t achieve any goal without self-discipline. Cultivating self-discipline is hard at first, but the more you practice, the easier it gets, and the more self-discipline you gain in the long run.

November 27, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

A ramble about believing you can achieve your goals.

It’s sort of unbelievable how comfortable my bed is in the morning. I hit snooze a record 5 times this morning, because I didn’t want to stop being so cozy. There’s got to be an inverse relationship between temperature and bed coziness; that is, as temperature goes down, bed coziness goes up.

Actually, that’s almost certainly true. In the summer, when it’s stonking hot out, I hardly ever sleep in, because I’m likely covered in sweat and all gross. But when it’s cold out, I can spend all day in bed. It’s so warm and toasty. I’m a snug bug in a rug. Glorious.

Of course, once I get outta bed, put on some warm morning clothes and drink a cup of coffee, I’m raring to go. I suppose this says something for my morning routine, or maybe for my sleep patterns. It used to be that I was super sluggish in the morning – I’d wake up, grab some coffee and slump down in my chair in front of the internet, trying in vain to wake up.

Now, though, as the coffee is being made, I’ll say my goal statements out loud. Then with my first cup of coffee I’ll do 30 minutes of math. With my second cup of coffee, I’ll write out my goals in my goal book, write an entry in my journal, then read a chapter of “Think and Grow Rich” and “How to Win Friends and Influence People.” That usually takes a good 60 to 90 minutes, by which time the sun is rising and I’m ready for the day.

I suppose I could mention how beneficial it is to say your goal statements out loud. This comes directly from “Think and Grow Rich.”, which is a book who knows what it’s talking about.

We all have a subconscious mind, and whatever we repeat to our subconscious mind we accept as true. This is especially true in children. Is there any statement from your childhood which you internalized and accepted as true, even though there was no evidence for which to make this assertion? Things like, “Oh, you’ll never be good at math.” – “You’re terrible at singing!” – “You’re too ugly!” – Usually said by parents, teachers or even other students, who didn’t know any better and said so because they were having a bad day. Even casual statements like this, said in childhood, can have huge ramifications later on in life.

So it is with goal statements. If you get in the habit of saying to yourself every morning, “I believe in myself and my abilities and I’m not ever going to give up until I reach my goal.” Then pretty soon you’ll internalize this message and begin to act in this way! If you have a specific goal of, say, losing 20lbs, then you can start by saying to yourself every morning, “I will lose 20lbs by [this date] through a combination of diet and exercise. Until I reach my target weight, I will exercise 3 times a week for 45 minutes and every day I will follow a low-fat diet and stick to my caloric ceiling. I will never give up until I reach my goal and I know that as long as I follow my plans for diet and exercise every day to the best of my abilities, I will definitely achieve my goal!” 

Wow, say that to yourself every morning and night, and soon, as if by magic, you’ll start acting more in line with what you’re telling yourself.

Of course, this doesn’t work if you say it to yourself sarcastically, or without conviction. The first step to achieving any goal is BELIEVING you can achieve it!

Believing you can achieve your goal is simply the opposite of worrying that you can’t. When we worry, that’s believing that a negative outcome will occur despite having no evidence one way or the other. I’m not talking about, “Oh, I’m worried I’m going to fail this math test.”, after having not attended any classes and done no homework. Yeah, you’re likely going to fail in this case. But more like, “Oh, I’m worried no one will like my presentation.”, despite having worked on your presentation every day for the past month. You don’t know whether people will like it or not, you’re just making that negative assumption out of fear. You have no evidence one way or the other whether people will like it. A better default assumption is to assume that people will love your presentation!

Similarly, when it comes to achieving your goals, you need to start by believing you can! There’s no reason why you can’t. If you’ve got a solid plan to achieve your goal and the willingness to work everyday, then surely you can achieve anything! But first you must believe you can.

It is only after we believe we can do anything that we, in fact, can do it.

November 26, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Say you had a billion dollars… then what?

Oh man I love getting up early! I had my alarm set for 4:30 so I could hit snooze 4 times. But then I was up and out like a shot at 5:06. Made some coffee, said my goal statements out loud and got to work on my goals.

One thing I did differently today was not open up my internet browser first thing to check my e-mail. I think that I, along with absolutely everyone else, lose the most time on the internet doing trivial things that don’t help with their goals. So today, I’m going to forego the internet until I’ve done all my goals – except for a couple internet dependent things, like writing this blog post, and checking the weather before I head out.

Anyhoo, I was thinking the other day about all the fabulous wealth I’m going to attain. But then I started thinking, yeah, I may have over one hundred million dollars in the bank, but then what? What am I going to do after I’ve bought all the cool stuff I want to buy.

So here’s a goal exercise that I propose: say you had one BILLION dollars. That’s right, billion with a B – so effectively, you’ve got unlimited wealth. You’ve got all the money you’ll ever need. Ok, so you’ve got a billion dollars – then I have two questions for you:

  1. What are you going to buy?
  2. What are you going to do afterwards?

That first part is the most fun. If I had a billion dollars, what would I buy? Well, I’d buy a nice, big-ass house for starters. I’d buy this huge house and a big plot of land to go with it, so that every morning I’d wake up in my big house, in a nice big bed, with lots of covers – and a big window so I could see the sun rise every morning.

I’d have my own workout room, so that after I got up, I’d go work out for 60-90 minutes. Since it would be my own workout room, I’d have the music I want playing, and I’d have the tv set to a loop of inspirational videos – or heroic sports clips.

After my workout, I’d go shower off in my huge master bathroom. I’d have a big, two-person walk in shower, with heated floors, and a big counter with a couple sinks. Rows and rows of huge fluffy towels – do they make towel warmers? Heck, I’m rich – I’d have a dryer in the bathroom specifically for towels, so that after my shower I’d have a warm fluffy towel ready to go.

After my shower I’d get dressed for the day. I don’t really care about fashion, but since I’m rich, I’ll have a large selection of suits to put on. Or, if it’s winter, I’d just put on warm and woolly sweatpants.

Then I’d head down to the kitchen for some breakfast. Naturally, since I’m rich, I’d have a hot wife (or sex maid, same thing) making breakfast for me. My kitchen would be nice and big, with a professional style grill and fume hood for cooking – possibly a deep fryer – a big pantry stocked with lots of food. All the latest kitchen gear that my wife (or sex maid) would want.

Ok, so that’s a small sample of all the cool stuff I’d buy. But then what would I do all day? I’ve got a billion dollars, so I don’t need to rush into some goddamn office and deal with people all day. I’ve got the whole day to myself to do whatever I want.

I think when most people fantasize about winning the lottery, they think about all the stuff they want. Yeah, having neat stuff is neat – but what are you going to all day? I’ll tell ya, watching youtube videos and playing video games all day will get boring fast. Despite having fabulous wealth, you must also have a purpose. A mission.

Without a mission, all that wealth will be wasted. You’ll feel useless and bored without a reason to get up in the morning. You can play around on your wealthy toys for awhile, but that will get boring. You can travel the world for a long time. But eventually, that will get boring too.

Because what are you going to do? 

You’ve now got all the time in the world, how are you going to spend it? All that this wealth has earned you, really, is free time. You’re free to live without the hassles of an office job and worrying about car payments and all that. You’ve got no stress and tons of free time.

Now what?

Let me tell you – question 2 up above is WAY more important than question 1. If you really want to set goals for yourself and achieve what you want in life, it’s imperative that you answer question 2.

Because once you’ve answered question 2, and you’ve figured out what you’re going to do with all your free time, then I’ve got great news. You don’t need a billion dollars to do what you really want to do. If you know in your heart of hearts what you would do if you had all the money in the world, then you can make a plan to start doing what you really want to do today!

That’s the best part! You CAN do what you really want to do, even if you don’t have all that wealth. Because ultimately, it’s what we do everyday that matters, not what we own.

Figure out what you want to do, then figure out a way to do what you want to do today! It’s closer than you think!

November 25, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

50th Anniversary of the Nazi Coup

Wow – it feels kinda weird to be writing this in the middle of the day after having written everything in the early morning.

Anyhoo, I had my first session with my personal trainer this morning. We did foam rolling and stretching, which sounds pretty tame, but foam rolling is pretty goddamn excruciating. It sure felt good when I was done though. So the 1st exercise is like an intro, and next week we’ll start on a solid training program.

I plan on going to the gym on the weekend – both days – and doing some cardio and some stretching. I’ll do some foam rolling, but I don’t know if they’ve got any foam rollers available for the regular schlubs. Regardless, nice and early to bed tonight and I’ll be hitting the gym at a shocking late 8:00am tomorrow morning. Assuming I don’t sleep in until something awfully late like 6:30 or so…

Right – so today is the 50th anniversary of the JFK assassination and consequently the 50th anniversary of when the Nazi power faction staged a coup of the United States of America. For those who assume I’m using hyperbole when I say “Nazi”, I’m not. Check out Operation Paperclip to learn about how the American intelligence apparatus smuggled in Nazi’s after the 2nd world war.

You’ll see lots of discussion in the media today about how x% of people “still believe in a conspiracy.”, tacitly implying that the ridiculous ‘Lone Gunman’ theory is the correct one. Here’s an interesting fact: in 1978, the US House Select Committee on Assassinations ruled that JFK was assassinated very likely due to a conspiracy.

Here’s another interesting couple facts: Lee Harvey Oswald emigrated to the Soviet Union in 1959, which was smack dab in the middle of the Cold War. Then, in 1962, he returned to the United States with no fuss, really. Again, this was in the middle of the Cold War, when tensions between the US and USSR were at an all time high. And LHO is basically allowed to hop from one country to the other. And we’re supposed to believe he’s just some schlub who harboured a hatred against Kennedy for some reason that’s never really been fleshed out? Come on!

Another interesting fact: Lee Harvey Oswald was, at one point between 1957 and 1961 stationed at Atsugi Air Force Base, one of the 2 places on Earth during that time to house the ultra-secret U2 spy plane. Right – just some lone nut wacko?

At the very least, LHO was some sort of intelligence asset. He’s stationed at an Air Force Base that’s housing some super secret stuff. Then he walks in and out of Russia during the height of the cold war. And we’re all just supposed to believe he’s some loner weirdo who hated the president and freedom and apple pie. 

I, for one, am incline to believe Oswald’s story that he was a patsy. I think he was likely set up by the CIA to take the fall for JFK’s assassination. Where LHO was captured after the assassination, sitting alone in a movie theater, has all the hallmarks of a clandestine CIA meeting place. Then there’s his suspicious death as he’s being transported to a different prison by a shady, mobbed up character, Jack Ruby, who would later go on to claim that the CIA forcibly gave him cancer in prison.

Interesting tie-in to all this. David Ferrie (played by Joe Peschi in the movie JFK) wore a wig because he lost all his hair due to cancer. I tell ya, the more one looks into the people and coincidences surrounding the JFK assassination, and then being aware of all the heinous shit the CIA has got up to that they’ve admitted to, it’s a wonder the “lone gunman” theory has persisted as long as it did.

Another interesting thing, the Zapruder film was also likely altered. 

 

November 22, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

A ramble about the future of this blog and stuff.

Oooh man am I sore. I had a session with a personal trainer yesterday and we went over all of my lifts. Pretty much all of my lifts were done poorly. For each lift we made a few adjustments, and man was it ever harder. Consequently, I’m super sore today. But in a good way!

I ended up buying 12 weeks of personal training. I’m super stoked about getting my lifts corrected and improving my overall fitness. Plus, having a trainer 3 times a week will keep me going to the gym regularly and motivated. However, it is pretty expensive! But I look at it as an investment in myself. And I know this is a great investment.

Aside from that, I’m definitely excited about working with a trainer. I imagine this excitement will last maybe a week, before all the grueling workouts start catching up with me.

Now, I’ve adjusted to waking up at 5:00am and I’ve got a good little routine going. Get up at 5:00 – make coffee – say my goal statements out loud – do 30 minutes of math – write down my goals – read a chapter from each of “Think and Grow Rich”, “How to Win Friends and Influence People” and “The 4-Hour Work Week” – write an entry in my journal – do a blog entry. This usually takes me about 2 hours and then I’m raring to go for the day.

Now though, I’ll have to work in PT time in the mornings. So on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, my routine will be something like – get up, make coffee, say my goal statements out loud, have a little something to eat, go to the gym… That will be an adjustment, but I’m determined to make the mornings the most productive part of my day. Plus, since I work at a University, I can tailor my schedule so that I only work on Tuesdays and Thursdays. 

Anyhoo, I’m thinking about creating my own website for goals, and possibly creating a couple more blogs to go with it. I like talking about goals, but posts about goals lend themselves to longer, more thoughtful posts. Plus, on this blog I’d rather ramble about assorted nerdery and video games and such. 

I think I’ll probably have a blog about TV, a blog called either “Rambleicious” or “Complainypants”, and then a website devoted towards goals and motivational stuff. On top of that, I’m looking towards creating goal-oriented and motivational software.

For example, I’m working on a program that will either permanently or temporarily block various websites throughout the day. I figure this would be a helpful thing for people who want to be productive, but are constantly distracted by internet surfing.

Myself, I know I became more productive once I blocked reddit on my pc. But if I’m done all my goals for the day, then a bit of redditing wouldn’t hurt. Then again, I’d be a lot better off if I spent my free time on worthwhile projects, rather than pointless looking at pictures of cute kittens.

I also sort of like the idea of creating a program which would block websites for the day, and give that away for free. But if you unblock a website before the specified time, you’d have to send me a dollar. That’s win-win, as I see it. Either you stay productive, or your lack of productivity will cost you money. (And I sort of think that lots of people would lack the necessary self-discipline to keep their favorite websites blocked all day, which would mean lots of money coming my way.)

Of course, people wont want to put their credit card number in a free program, so I’d need to put something legally binding in the terms and conditions. But no one reads those anyway, so I could really slip in some malicious stuff if I had a propensity towards evil.

Anyhoo, those are my thoughts for the day. Gotta ramble on…

November 21, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Start Your New Years Resolutions Today!

So I signed up for a free 2-hour personal training session at Goodlife, and it’s happening this morning at 9:30. I’m sort of excited and sort of nervous – nervous, because we’re going to do a body-fat measurement, and I know I’m going to get slammed. But excited, because I’ll have a pro looking over my lifts and giving me various tips. I’d be open to a once-a-week personal training session to keep me motivated and on track, but we’ll see how much it costs.

Anyhoo, we’re nearing the end of November, which means December is right around the corner, which means that soon, come January, the gym will be packed with the “New Years Resolutioners” – who will show up for two weeks in January and then we’ll never seen 95% of them again. So this leads me to the following idea, which i’m going to yell in a big bold font:

START YOUR NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS NOW!!!

Seriously, don’t bother waiting until January 1st to start that diet or join the gym or quit your job. Start now. If you absolutely must wait for an arbitrary 1st of the month date, start on December 1st.

By starting now, you’ll get an extra jump on all those people who make New Years Resolutions on the 1st of January and never follow through. If you really want to change something about yourself, the best time to start was 10 years ago – the next best time to start is now.

Don’t be afraid to start a diet with the impending holidays. That’s an excuse – if you’re on a diet, there will always be temptations. It’ll be someone’s birthday at work, or someone will bring donuts to the meeting, or it’ll be dinner out with friends. There will never be a time when there wont be temptations. Don’t use the holidays as an excuse – make a plan and stick to it. You may have to pass up on Aunt Bertha’s famous Brooklyn Blackout Cake, but before you know it, it’ll be swimsuit season – and you know who looks terrible in a bikini, fat Aunt Bertha.

When it comes to New Years Resolutions, I recommend making changes in the following areas, in the following order: Health, Love, Knowledge and Fortune. (I used to have Fame in there, but then I decided that, as an introvert, I don’t really care to do all the shameless self-promotion that comes with fame. I decided to let my work speak for itself and let the chips fall where they may.)

Health is obviously the most important. We can’t enjoy the spoils of life if we’re in poor health. Any good New Years Resolution begins with diet and exercise. 

The Love category consists of family and friends. We all want to enjoy life with our family, friends and we want to share it all with someone we love. If you’re single, then make a resolution to join a dating site, or join a singles club. Ignore naysayers who say the only way to meet people is through friends. What fucking hogwash! The internet is the greatest communication tool the world has ever seen – leverage this to meet whom you want to meet. And if you’re already in a relationship, then use the Dale Carnegie tips to improve your relationship.

Knowledge – or work – honestly, I think most people work because they have to, not because they enjoy the work. I’d recommend reading Tim Ferris and/or Think And Grow Rich and quit your shitty job. I remember with glee how I quit the job I hated so I could go back to school and do what I love. However, if you’re working at a job you enjoy, there’s probably stuff you can be doing that would make that job even better, or make advancement at that job faster. Figure out what it is and do it.

Finally, Fortune. We’d all love to be rich, but we all spend loads of time everyday surfing the internet or watching tv, wondering why we’re not rich. Use your free time to do something productive. Create something of value and sell it! Quit your shitty job and start a company doing what you love. Life is too damn short to spend it watching other people live exciting lives. The internet is also the greatest money making machine the world has ever known. Find your niche and leverage it for all you can.

Think about those New Years Resolutions and get a head start on them! You’ll be glad you did!

November 20, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

6 Dale Carnegie tips on how to get people to like you.

Man, yesterday was rough. Rough I tells ya! I was sleepy all damn day, barely got anything accomplished. On top of that, I seem to have acquired “lifter’s elbow” – which basically means my left elbow has undergone some sort of inflammation, which means I’ll be forgoing lifting today. Bleah.

On the other hand, I did get a good sleep last night, so I got that going for me.

But what to write about today? Hmm..

Well, I’m currently reading, “How to Win Friends and Influence People” by Dale Carnegie, the granddaddy of goal setting and achieving. I haven’t finished the book yet, but each chapter is gold – “Gold, Jerry!” – so why don’t I write down some of the things I’ve already learned.

Here’s 6 ways to make people like you:

  1. Become genuinely interested in other people.
  2. Smile.
  3. Remember that a person’s name is to that person the sweetest and most important sound in any language.
  4. Be a good listener. Encourage others to talk about themselves.
  5. Talk in terms of the other’s person’s interests.
  6. Make the other person feel important – and do it sincerely.

A few notes then.

1) Become interested in other people. There’s a saying that goes something like, “Interested is interesting.” All of us are self-centered, we’re only interested in the things that we’re interested in. If you want people to like you, or if you want to be an interesting conversationalist, then you can start by talking about what the other person is interested in. Most people try and talk about what interests them – but that ain’t gonna win you any friends. Instead, if you talk about what others are interested in, they’ll be happy to talk with you, but more importantly, they’ll remember how much they enjoyed talking with you.

2) Smile. Well, this should almost be self-evident, but it isn’t. Everyone prefers to be around smiling, happy people. Smiles are infectious! Sure, it may not be “cool” to go around smiling all the time, because that’s not how James Dean did it – but let’s face it, none of us are brooding movie stars. If you want people to like you, then it’s easier to like a happy, positive person. And nothing conveys happiness and enthusiasm more than a great big smile.

3) Call people by their names. This is probably more important for business folk, but still applicable to everyone. If you want to piss someone off, then forget their name after you’ve met them 2 or 3 times. But remembering someone’s name has a great effect, especially if they’ve forgotten yours. This especially works well with waiters and other types of service people. If a waiter brings you a meal, and you say, “Thanks Todd!” or whatever his name is, he’ll be more likely to give you better service.

4) Be a good listener. This one is tough, but totally worth it. Often people just listen to others and then respond with their own story. If you can listen, and not just respond with, “When *I* did such and such…” or “That’s like when *I* did blah de blah…”, then people will again think you’re an amazing conversationalist. People are more likely to respect you if you’ve shown that you can listen to them. The easiest way to remember this is by thinking ahead to your response. If your response contains the word “I” in it, then you’re operating from your frame of reference. Listen to what the person is saying and encourage them to expand on their point. Trust me, you’ll get to talk about yourself soon enough…

5) Talk about what the other person is interested in. This is just a way of approaching point (1) when you’re talking. Don’t talk about whatever it is you like, talk about what the other person likes.

6) Make the other person feel important. We all want to feel important. If you’re a big boss, then this tip is directed at you. Don’t take your employees for granted, they may just up and quit if they don’t feel they’re being respected. Take the time to show you appreciate whatever job it is they do. Also helpful for dealing with waiters, other wait staff and spouses.

So there you have it, 6 helpful tips on how to get people to like you. Notice how each and every tip is focusing on the other person. That’s because we’re all essentially self-interested. So if you can share in someone else’s self-interest, they’re more likely to look upon you with favour.

November 19, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , | 1 Comment