5 things (2017 #6)

  1. Short movie that explain in very approachable way why people get fat as result insulin resistance which is triggered by rapid sugar releases.
  2. Interesting episode number 49 from “2 keto dudes” podcast about how one the podcast hosts Carl Franklin helped this friend convert to keto lifestyle. And small video/gif that show how obesity rates is changed around the world from 1975 to 2014.
  3. Started to listen to “The model health show” podcast [] and found some the content very useful. The host gives many useful tips how to improve your lifestyle by making small changes in many areas of life, like nutrition, exercise, sleep etc. 3 part podcast episodes about sleeping habits is just pure gold in terms of useful information. I’ve update my curtains to ones that makes room much darker and try to go bed early. Will see how it goes.
  4. Short article that states that addiction to Facebook and Twitter is similar to addiction to slot machines. Quote from article: “Our brains respond to what psychologists call intermittent variable rewards: If we don’t know what we’re going to get, we keep coming back. This is what fuels popular smartphone apps as well as habits like gambling.”
  5. Cool video that shows how 1000 musicians perform Nirvana “Smells Like Teen Spirit” song in perfect sync.

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 (#2 release)

  1. Week ago I finished Sigulda trail – 70 km race with 2300+m vertical elevation. It was though, but I kinda expected it so no big surprises here. My legs gave up after 20+km and had problems with stomach when finished 1st lap. I suspect that problems with stomach was due to some ingredients (probably too much sugars or similar) in sports drink. At start I drink water mixed with potassium + magnesium powder which gave no problems – at least in short run. In future will have to remind myself to rely on my own resources that are tested. Also did take 3 magnesium supplement shots (50 ml each if I remember correctly), but still got cramps in 2nd laps when needed to crawl over fallen trees. I guess more training is needed and that’s all.
  2. I really enjoyed podcast episode with Rick Rubin on Tim Ferris show. The podcast guest deep voice, interesting thoughts and the fact that the conversation took place in rather unusual place for podcasts made me really stick to this one.
  3. As the Brit Floyd show is coming to Riga in next month, I was curious to listen to their music and I say I really enjoy it. Their performance sound really close to original one except the fact that it isn’t. So I find very tempting to find some free time to actually go and listen to them live.
  4. Rather big portion of my life is taken by listening to podcasts, so I was very pleased to find this one episode on Smart Passive Income podcast. This one is different than others episodes for SPI podcast and it talked about brains, decision process, attachments to things and other people, information overflow etc.
  5. One thing that is related to previous pick is to learn to meditate. Actually I have several times started to do it, but it never lasted more than one or two days in a row. So I will set up a challenge for myself to do it for 21 days straight (some say that’s how long it takes to build a habit) to meditate at least 5 minutes a day and see how it goes from there.

5 things for September last week

  1. Next week in 1st October I’m gonna participate in a trail run in Sigulda. You can see the race homepage here. It’s 70 km race with elevation distance more than 2000 m. As we don’t have very high hills at all there’s a multiple up’s and down’s for several smaller hills (up to 100m eleveation or so) in each lap. Course is split in 2 laps (35km each). It’s the only race that I have been doing past 3 years in a row. I didn’t have so many training sessions as I would like to have so we’ll see how it goes on track.
  2. For last couple of week I have been researching and trying to stick to Low carb diet. My goal was to see if it improves my mental performance (no sugar low-high effects) and overall health. A great resource if you want to know more about this diet is dietdoctor.com web site, which has some basic info, but also very nice images about how many net carbs has products in different product groups like vegetables, nuts etc.
  3. As I finished listening to Tim Ferris podcast interview with Justin Boreta who is a founding member of The Glitch Mob, I checked out their music and find it very energizing. So when my willpower is depleted and I need to restart, I just listen to couple of songs. Special favorite of mine is Our demons song.
  4. Speaking of programming TypeScript 2.0 final release just landed. That means that I will need to spend some time to investigate the new features. I’ve been using the language in latest project for almost 2 years and I’m very satisfied with productivity gains that it brings along.
  5. One more thing that inspires me is TedEd video that is more than 10 years old actually, also I did see it just couple of weeks ago. Since then I have watched it like 3 times. So when you in doubt of watch you are doing it’s worth to consider to watch it. It’s called Why we do what we do by Tony Robbins.