Healthy Body, Healthy Mind

As I've mentioned before, the body and the mind are deeply connected. The things you think affect how you feel, and how you feel affects how you think. What happens when you feel terrible all the time? If you're always lethargic, you'll never have the willpower to do those things that will bring you greatest

Become a Better Persuader: Hypnotic Words

(Originally Published at Evermore Instructional) Neuro-Linguistic Programming. NLP. Only a handful of people have ever even heard those words, much less studied the topic. However, NLP is at the heart of all persuasion. Advertisers, Politicians, and all skilled persuaders employ NLP on a daily basis, whether they know it or not. NLP is the study of particular

About the Slack

I've been quite lax the past few weeks posting any content, and I thought it high time to delve a bit into why. Side Projects Of late, I've been wondering a bit whether it'd be possible for a terse, no-fluff writer such as myself to craft a novel. I spent many of my usual writing hours

Audit Everything

Suppose, for a moment, that you have a friend who can't ever seem to get out of debt. Every month they work overtime, every month they pick up their paychecks and cash them promptly, and every month the debt seems to get bigger. When said friend comes to you for advice, what's the first

I Hate Airports

When you read the title, most of you probably thought I hate the lines, or the cost of the food, or the not infrequent changes in flight time or gate number, but those are incidental to me. No, I am an engineer; I hate the inefficiency. First, we have the check-in system. I most often

How to Identify the Obvious Scams

Forbes magazine just made a major admission of incompetence recently. A few months back, they assessed entrepreneur Elizabeth Holmes' value at 4.5 billion dollars, but in the past few days they dropped that rating to zero. The reason was very simple: the amazing technology she claimed to have developed was simply not real. The scam

Callisthenics – quick workouts for fun and energy

There are a lot of things you can do to improve your inner monologue, but there are also any number of things that can produce noise that inhibits that improvement. We've discussed how one's physical state can affect the mind, so naturally improving one's physical state allows one to more easily improve one's mental

Magic, Infinity, and the Brain’s Simplifying Mechanism

On Monday, I looked at the concept of Infinity and noted some of the very real problems we have with the concept. But, if infinity is an irrational concept (a fact Aristotle pointed out thousands of years ago), why do we still employ it so frequently? Magic I think the problem of infinity can be expressed

Questioning the Infinite

(I had a lot on my mind this weekend, so I took a brief hiatus from Me Programming. Enjoy a speculative theory, instead.) We have a problem with the concept of infinity, as it is mathematically defined: it is not finite. It's a question that has puzzled many a philosopher, and I wish to demonstrate

How to Be Grateful (and Naturally Happier)

Everything sucks. Why do bad things always happen to me? I've got nothing worth living for, and nobody cares about me. These are just some of the thoughts I never have anymore. These are the thoughts of the weak, the ungrateful, and the miserable. They are weak because they don't think to be strong; they are ungrateful