5 things (7#th release)

  1. TFS podcast episodes #125 and #128 with Derek Sivers are full of gems. A must read is his blog entries about directives which is compilations of most important things that he learned from books in very compact format. Just the essence.
  2. Finished first 10 interviews from How I Built This podcast. I found them very enjoyable – I like the format and also the length (only about 30 minutes). But best of all is content. So many successes, but each of them is a little different in some way.
  3. 15 and more years a go I wasted many hours playing games. And one of favorites of mine was StarCraft. Recently I found this clip on Youtube with music from original StarCraft. And sometimes I like to listen to it in background. Especially the Terran theme.
  4. A TED video with Derk Sivers about importance of failure in learning. Most important point that I get out if this presentation is fixed vs growth mindset. How 3 words can make a huge difference. When you say to someone that you are talented at something then you frame a fixed mindset for the person. And when you say to someone that you are proud that he/she put a lot of effort into something that pushes the person to have a growth mindset. And this is huge with kids – fixed mindset how limits, but growth mindset don’t.
  5. After a long pause I have started yet another course from Coursera. It’s called Learning how to learn. The title of the course says clearly what’s the course about. I only have finished first week, but it so far it looks interesting. Most of the ideas was already known, but shown from different perspective. Like a diffuse learning mode concept, which explains why some solutions comes to you when are not actively thinking about the problem, like going for a walk or taking a shower.

5 things (#6th release)

  1. New podcast from NPR How I built this is about entrepreneurs and their stories how they built a business. I have listened to couple of episodes and it looks promising, so currently will keep in my list of podcasts that I listen to regularly.
  2. School of Greatness podcast with Kyle Maynard about how to live your life with no excuses. I found his ideas very inspiring and it certainly leaves less room for excuses in my life and one more great episode from with Lissa Rankin about how you can heal your self with power of mind. Special remark goes to part where she talks about how the placebo effect really works. And how important is truly believe in what you are doing.
  3. Tim Ferris show about magic of mindfulness. Special kudos goes to 21 days no complain experiment. Will need to try this on myself.
  4. This week I tried intermittent fasting for 24 hours. I also run 2x times for 7km. And didn’t feel more or less exhausted than other times. It just felt good to give a little break to my stomach. This time I started from 20 o’clock in Wednesday evening and lasted for 24 hours. Need to experiment with different intervals (longer and shorter) and also different start times (like eat only breakfast for example).
  5. Saturday evening was party in work and it was dedicated to games. We were having arcade games (like old Sega driving machine with wheel and clutch), then some action games (table soccer, air hockey), more modern games (Kinect games on TV) and mind control game (need to concentrate the mind on one thought). I was trying the mind control game for the first time and it was a very interesting experience. First time I managed to complete the game in 90 seconds (by focusing of deep breath), 2nd I tried to count 1,2,3 and that’s all. And 2nd time I completed it in about 35 seconds. It’s possible that this techniques could also help with meditation practice which I’m constantly struggling with.

5 things (#5th release)

  1. The Map of Physics is short video on Youtube, that shows how different part of physics are related to each other. In 8 minutes you get a brief overview what topics exists in physics today and also which parts are still are not fully discovered and understood. The format is easy to understand and follow animation style.
  2. Tim Ferris show episode 117 was a extra long interview (3 hours) about ketones, fasting and related topics. Sometimes it gets to scientific, but overall interesting content (was bored only for several small moments). Made me think one more time about fasting and it’s potential enormous benefits for health improvement, mostly for starving cancer cells and therefore getting rid of cancer altogether. And considering that I live in medium size city where there are several kind of pollution’s, food is mostly made by chemicals (also I try to avoid pre processed food as much I can), fasting makes more sense than ever before.
  3. Another brilliant Tim Ferris show episode with number 118. This time the guest is Alain de Botton about philosophy and its role in everyday activities. I never heard of this guest before, but his voice sounded familiar and it was no accident. Some time before I discovered Youtube channel called “The School of Life” with short animated videos about all kind of topics related to everyday life: work, relationships etc. It turned out that the guest is main voice behind the videos in this channel.
  4. Some time ago I was looking for some site where I can improve my programming skills by solving small puzzles. I tried a bunch of sites, but they all where either to scientific (heavy math problems) or lacked interactivity (no feedback online to check if your answer is correct). Looks like I found a site that lacks either of these problems and that is hackerrank. It has a bunch of small coding challenges divided into several topics with different degrees of difficulty and many programming languages to choose from. Also could be good to teach some new programming language (at least first steps).
  5. I have taken some courses from Mongo University before, but haven’t looked into for a couple of months and it has added some new courses. So I  registered for M034 course – New Features and Tools in Mongo 3.4, which could be helpful some time in near future as we are using Mongo in current project (also not 3.4 version yet). I like these courses because they have interactive assignments that follows the lectures (divided in topics). And sometimes even final exam that consolidates all topics together.