Lifestyle Design

Beer

Ah, beer — the great civiliser. As noted in the New York Times: Current theory has it that grain was first domesticated for food. But since the 1950s, many scholars have found circumstantial evidence that supports the idea that some early humans grew and stored grain for beer, even before they cultivated it for bread. Brian Hayden and colleagues at Simon Fraser University in Canada provide new support for this theory in an article published this month (and online last year) in the Journal of Archeological Method and Theory. Examining potential beer-brewing tools in archaeological remains from the Natufian culture in the Eastern Mediterranean, the team concludes that “brewing of beer was an important aspect of feasting and society in […]

Bug Out

A bug-out bag is a bag that contains food, tools, and other things for use in a disaster or other type of emergency.  Often times when a disaster occurs, the infrastructure that we normally take for granted becomes bogged down or completely unavailable.  Electricity may be out for days or even weeks, the supermarkets we buy our food and water from may be low or out of stock, hospitals may be extremely over capacity, and even the roads we use everyday may be closed. — from ultimatebugoutbaglist I’m not at all convinced that there will be an infrastructure-destroying calamity anytime soon, but I do like the idea of a grab-bag (or three) for a weekend away — whether at a […]

Hobbies

I’m terrible at making time for non-directed research, play and practise — aka “hobbies”. There are a bunch of things I’d like to try, however: games we play electronics robotics music writing/creating playing running events London marathon Edinburgh marathon triathlon Ironman Kokoda trail cycling activities family tour adventure triathlon get bike shipped from Bendigo ham radio astronomy minatures (hobby modelling and painting) Maybe?

How should I spend my time?

I’ve really got to figure out how I should be spending my time — what things I’d like to try, the things I like doing, ways to diversify income and how I might make the world a better place. Even if I can become functionally immortal (and there’s no guarantees), time is one thing we can’t recycle. TV and music I like games we play hobbies projects Some notes from an earlier incarnation: Writing code that can make a real positive difference to peoples’ lives Open source Releasing Android software Running a low-touch, high-income business online business models 7 models for doing business online. Physical goods Stuff you have to deliver offline. Publishing The sale of data, whether it be digital or   physical […]

Hyper-diet

After four decades on this planet, two of which I’ve been solely responsible for choosing what to eat, I still don’t know exactly what to feed myself for the best outcomes: athletic performance, appropriate weight, sleep, digestion and cognitive function. Why is this so hard for so many? This is my next experiment : Less animal protein (100g a day maximum and take a day off sometimes!) Much less dairy (just greek-style yoghurt, some cheese) No added sugar (nothing too processed) Raw fruit first thing after a fast Leafy greens and beans for the main midday meal   Hacking activity, but how about hacking nutrition? Four Hour Body PAGG stack Cissus Quadrangularis Things to research: creatine glutamine essential fatty acids alpha-lipid […]

Learning hacks

There are a number of hacks that can make learning easier or more effective. Active Reading   Elaborative Interrogation & Self Explanation The ‘Feynman technique’ for actively digesting, understanding and remembering a topic of interest involves reading/researching, then explaining (as if to someone else) the key points of what you’re trying to learn. This highlights gaps in your supposed knowledge, and probably also tricks the brain into assigning a higher importance to it, thus enabling better recall. (Reading is easy. Try reading a chapter and then summarising it in this way!) There is a huge difference between “play” and “practice”, although it seems to me that both are necessary and that deliberate practice can only be sustained if it becomes […]

TV and music I like

What will you listen to? music classical Greatest Video Game Music (London Philharmonic Orchestra) contemporary i.e. triple-j ambient and chill e.g. sbs chill podcasts audiobooks amps and sound systems valve amps Bottlehead Crack OTL Valve Amp Pro-Ject HeadBox MkII – Decibel Hi Fi HifiMan EFA2 http://headphones.com.au/psingle?productID=453 headphones Sennheiser HD-1 What will you watch? Documentaries (Expand thy mind) Astrophysics Science Nature History Modern society Movies Sci-fi Other Kids Television Series Download or stream these black mirror star trek supernatural californication the wire wire in the blood sanctuary dexter heroes terminator chronicles the good wife house come dine with me (uk) family guy the mentalist warehouse 51 (or something??) eureka weeds catalyst house of cards borgias

What Future Do You Want?

“Face the facts. Then act on them. It’s the only mantra I know, the only doctrine I have to offer you, and it’s harder than you’d think, because I swear humans seem hardwired to do anything but. Face the facts. Don’t pray, don’t wish, don’t buy into centuries-old dogma and dead rhetoric. Don’t give in to your conditioning or your visions or your fucked-up sense of… whatever. FACE THE FACTS. THEN act.” – Quellcrist Falconer, Takashi Kovacs Novels by Richard K. Morgan If your life can be anything you want it to be, but what is it now and what will it be? Now? Who are you, anyway? I’m a futurist, father, scientist, skeptic, biohacker & software developer; I’m health-conscious, intelligent and sensitive; […]

What should I consume?

The hyper-diet! eat natural, unprocessed food, grown in our own gardens and on nearby farms organic vegetables home grown herbs “raw” foods nuts, seeds and grains drink home-brewed beer imported whiskey local wines

What should I wear?

good quality clothes, natural fibres, comfortable and stylish shirts good, simple leather shoes (Camper) and barefeet decent jeans (Nudie) Google Glass or other AR glasses