Personal Development


Alpha-lipoic acid (ALA): (also called lipoic acid or ALA) is also important for promoting mitochondrial biogenesis. ALA also helps with blood sugar and weight control because it stimulates glucose uptake and increases the burning of fatty acids. I recommend 600–1,200 mg of ALA daily.


We all need heroes (from Greek ἥρως, “warrior, defender, protector”), right? Or maybe it’s just me. I know I certainly appreciate having fellow sentient creatures — real or imaginary, alive or dead — to look up to, learn from and attempt to emulate. Of course, real people are complex and complicated, and any mental representation of them we have is necessarily an abstraction. I call these abstractions “archetypes”, and I have selected a handful of whom have several admirable qualities I’d like to develop: Tony Stark R. Buckminster Fuller Bruce Lee Sherlock Holmes Jason Bourne By using this term, I’m forced to recognise that my abstractions are not perfect representations of the real people underneath. This helps to avoid any […]


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 […]

Bruce Lee

Characteristics Dedicated martial artist Super focused Capabilities 武術 (wǔshù) Meditation Milestones Complete the Headspace Take10 Meditate every day for a week Achieve a black-belt rank in a martial art Strategy Join a MA club Meditate (daily)   Bruce Lee Fitness and Strength Workouts Jon Wade, editor., Published January 29th, 2012; edited October 23rd, 2012. Bruce Lee Bruce Lee gave so much advice in his relatively short time as a professional martial artist and fitness instructor. Fortunately he left many notes and journals that have now been made into books, so that we know more about his training methods and philosophies. “Above all, never cheat on any exercise; use the amount of weight that you can handle without undue strain.” […]

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 […]


Bulletproof® is the trademark label of biohacker Dave Asprey (“the bulletproof executive”), and applies to diet, exercise, supplements and even a kind of “philosophy for life” (read: cult?). I first came across it in the form of “bulletproof coffee” — black coffee with organic, grass-fed butter and MCT oil, mixed in a blender — and, being a fledgeling biohacker myself, gave it a whirl (har har). Yum! Filling! Delicious! These days I’m “bulletproof fasting” with a BP coffee (including BrainOctane® MCT oil) for breakfast and nothing else until around 1pm. (Am I still in the “intermittent fasting” state when I do this? Not sure. Can I design an experiment to find out, I wonder?) I’m also trying twelve-weeks of a ketogenic […]


Ah, camping: relaxing under Australia’s enormous sky, with nothing to do and no place to be! We haven’t been for a long time, and have never taken Jules, so this year and early next year we’ll have to pack our bug out bags and just go for it. What kinds of camping would we like to try? motorcycles car-camping (see below) trekking glamping CAMP (Car-Assisted Migration Protocol) So, my idea is that we should have the car basically ready to go – roof rack on, medkit in the glove box, emergency “grab bag” ready and waiting if not already in the car – and that when we’re going camping (and/or escaping the chaos of a doomsday situation) we can (reasonably) quickly […]

Cold thermogenesis

The cold is your warm friend. Exposing your body to it in the right way starts a cascade of health benefits, including the buildup of brown adipose tissue and subsequent fat loss, reduced inflammation to facilitate a fortified immune system, balanced hormone levels, improved sleep quality, and the production of endorphins— the feel-good chemicals in the brain that naturally elevate your mood.

Commonplace Book

Commonplace books (from Latin locus communis, in turn from Greek tópos koinós) are a personal repository of thoughts, knowledge and insight; they are essentially scrapbooks filled with information of every kind (recipes, quotes, letters, poems, tables of weights and measures, proverbs, prayers, legal formulas – Wikipedia). Each is unique to its creator’s particular interests, and may be organised and cross-referenced in various ways. They became significant in Early Modern Europe. (Compare to R. Buckmister Fuller’s chronofiles, which consist of a time-series record of his life from 1920 through to 1983.) In a lot of ways, this lexicon is my commonplace book. I should probably put more effort into it, as always, but I’m just one man.


Last but certainly not least is coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10), an antioxidant present in all cells and particularly concentrated in the mitochondria. CoQ10 participates in the production of adenosine triphosphate (ATP)—the high-energy packets that fuel our minds and bodies—as part of the electron transport chain and also protects the mitochondria against free-radical damage.