It’s been 6 weeks since I learned how to ride a self-balancing electric unicycle (EUC). It’s a King Song 16X that can reach 31 miles per hour and weighs 53 pounds. Luckily, I have not fallen at during those 6 weeks until the present, as I just rounded out my first 450 miles of riding.
I’ve been going relatively slow at around 10 mph, but have been emboldened to go faster as I build up experience and time riding. At first I only wore minimal protective gear involving a half-shell helmet and wrist guards, since it was such as hassle putting on all the gear if I wasn’t going too fast anyways less than 10 miles per hour. …
Many motivational tales of overcoming obstacles and defying odds involves some variation of the following phrase, usually after some traumatic, catastrophic, or life-changing event.
“Doctors said it was impossible, but they were wrong.”
Usually this is based on a doctor’s sober analysis of the situation, aided by common sense and statistics on previous similar outcomes and applied to the most likely outcome. Of course, this doesn’t have to involve a doctor’s expectations and prognoses, since it could also involve such sources as a doubting friend, conventional wisdom, or even an internal voice.
It would be humorous to consider the scenarios when doctors were overly optimistic about a future outcome, but were proven wrong. …
After putting in 113 miles on my OneWheel, I was hooked!
The OneWheel is a self-balancing electric skateboard with a single wheel, as the name implies. It’s definitely one of the coolest and most fun things I’ve ever tried, and feels exactly like snowboarding. But now I can “snowboard” without wearing winter gear like a winter jacket, multiple layers, and goggles, ride on concrete in the sidewalks and streets of New York City, and can even “snowboard” on flat ground and even “up” hill.
Let’s not even mention waking up early and feeling like a zombie (I’m an extreme night owl), traveling to a mountain by plane and/or car, and freezing my butt off. I always loved the feeling and act of snowboarding during my ten-ish years doing it but I haven’t gone for about fifteen years since I didn’t want to deal with the hassle. …
Just had an awesome “Flow” experience on the OneWheel after a 13-mile session rounding out the first week and 44 miles on it. Finally got the correct body mechanics down and was able to put that 13 miles on the OneWheel with minimal breaks, with the final miles feeling effortless.
I felt despair on previous days when I could barely get around one NYC block because the pain and cramping on my rear foot was so quick to come and so intense. This was terrible and depressing, especially after putting in 11 miles the very first day with no problem. …
I’ve found a cool life hacking idea. After a few days, it seems like it’s possible to sustain the vegan meal replacements: Vanilla Huel and Chocolate Soylent.
The nutrition is awesome and I REALLY can’t believe I’m actually consuming vegan. I’m craving a huge T-bone steak, double Whopper, and Buffalo wings even just thinking of “vegan” food.
My focus also is the time and money savings. Each 400-calorie “meal” takes about 1 minute to make by just pouring water and adding powder into a mixer bottle and shaking, and it’s dirt cheap:
- $1.78 for Huel
- $1.50 for Soylent
Since I plan on alternating between them for flavor, the weighted average is $1.64 …
As we’re closing out the final days of the year, many are celebrating Thanksgiving, Hannukah, Christmas, New Year’s Eve and Day, and a few other assorted holidays. Personally, I also have a birthday in there too.
Some love this time of year since it means time to be with friends and family and take time off of work to recharge. However, others may feel overwhelmed or even depressed around this time where there’s so many clustered holidays and days of significance, since they may believe that they ought to feel, think, or act in specific ways that they don’t like.
To each their own. …
Today I was very happy to hear the news that President Trump announced full pardons for American service members who are in criminal prosecutions and serving sentences for war crimes.
The emotion of Envy permeates all aspects of society ranging from personal interactions to hierarchical organizations to political ideology and Parties in modern nation-states.
Envy is distinct from Greed even though they may be used interchangeably. More precisely:
A deeper dive into the distinction between these three for decision-making, economic theory, and political ideology are in this post. …
Tick. Tick. Tick.
Time is ticking down.
3 seconds went by. 3 seconds that you’ll never get back. We only have a limited number of them left. About a billion seconds, give or take.
More precisely, 1 billion seconds is 31.7 years. Those lucky among us will have a bit more time left, and those less lucky will have a bit less. But one thing that everyone shares is that they have only a limited number of seconds left, and it’s not so different.
It truly is terrifying to me what happens when my life ends. Sometimes I unintentionally think of it right as I settle down to sleep, as if that was my last conscious moments alive before going into the abyss. …
I was shocked by two specific events coming out today from the escalating Hong Kong crisis.
I admit I’m heavily biased in support of the Hong Kong protestors, but I can definitely understand all sides of the complex conflict, which involves the following: