Spring Is Not Here To Stay.
Spring Is Not Here To Stay.
Full-time job, blogging, and social life. You can only choose two.
For a couple of months, I followed the slow-carb diet advised in Tim Ferris’s book, The Four Hour Body. The diet is not really bound to a month or two, it is a lifestyle change in which you focus on eating lean meats, beans, and veggies.
The best part of the diet for me was breakfast, starting the day with a large protein meal, shooting for 30 grams within 30 minutes of waking up in order to control appetite, increase the metabolism, and essentially lose fat.
The first time I tried to do this was hilarious, and a bit pathetic. It was the day after my birthday mid December, and I remember talking to Max from work the day before about weight loss. He mentions the diet to me and that he heard a talk by Tim Ferris indicating that if you would make one change in how you eat, it should be the 30 in 30.
While I thought 30 grams of protein is easily manageable in my full-of-groceries kitchen, I was so wrong. I woke up that day at 8:07, and thought to myself: Ha! It’s my new year, and I shouldn’t wait to make a change!
At 8:16 I started boiling 3 medium eggs, ran back to my computer looked up the protein in those.. 16! Only? Ran back to the beans section in the kitchen, the Hummus can was calling, I ate one third of that for another 8~9 grams (had to eat really fast, aahh!) it was 8:30 already, eggs still boiling and I’m 5 grams away from the goal, porridge! yes, I prepared a big bowl of porridge in the microwave while pealing the eggs. I ate the 3 eggs quick, followed by the porridge with added frozen berries to to make me feel like… I’m not a sheep force-fed to be slaughtered. I was done at 8:47, 10 minutes late. #fml
I stayed in bed until 12, then managed to get up and decided to go for a run. I took the guests key of my house which I can hang on my neck and I went outside.
When I stepped out, the sun was shinning so beautifully, and I thought: maybe I should check out the rooftop before I start running. I run up the stairs, and you can bet it wasn’t easy with all that food. Indeed, there was a beautiful little terrace. I opened the door, stepped outside, and stretched my arms wide open to welcome a new start… took a few deep breaths in.. ahhh.. the beauty and freshness of the day, irresistible. And guess what? Right, that fucking door opens from inside the building only, and u need a special key to open it back.
I didn’t have my mobile phone on me of course and there was no sight of any neighbours. Luckily, the emergency exit was a jump over the fence! It took me two minutes to see it, and it felt like a lifetime. I jumped over and finally made it downstairs. At that point, I thought to myself, fuck.. it’s not my day apparently. I’ll go to my flat and just let the day go by and end peacefully. I went back to my flat, and damn it my actual key was inside the door!!!!!!!
Within 5 minutes, i locked myself twice. Long story medium, I asked the neighbours if I can jump over from their balcony to mine. Luckily, I had been doing some indoor climbing and was confident with my skills. The balcony door was unlocked since i was airing the flat earlier, and I made it back in.
Lessons learned: impulsivity is a beast, and sometimes the only thing you can do is keep calm and let shit hit the fan.
Del Close and John Brent define hipster and cool in their spoken-word comedy album “How to Speak Hip” released by Mercury Records in 1959.
The album presents itself as a didactic tool to be used by the listener to learn the secret language of the ‘hipster’. As a parody of language-learning tools, the album presents a course in ‘hip’. Basic concepts such as “cool” and “uncool” are taught, as well as vocabulary building.
Here is one of my favorite tracks; “cool” accompanied with Django Reinhardt’s pleasant instrumental “Out of Nowhere”. Enjoy!
“I have been thinking a lot about these first discoveries and also chance encounters: those elusive mysteries that often lead to defining moments in our lives. But what if one of those defining experiences never occurred? What if something wonderful, something that we have come to depend on, that serendipitous bit of luck that provided us with a big break or a big deal or the big time, what if it never happened? One of those, “if I hadn’t been eating a gigantic McDonalds breakfast on the 7am flight to Vancouver in the middle seat, I wouldn’t have apologized to the beautiful, elegant woman sitting next to me on the plane and we wouldn’t have started talking and I wouldn’t have found out she was an important editor of a cool design magazine and we wouldn’t have become friends and so on and so on” type of moment. I call this “six degrees of navigation.” The quintessential experience of “if that didn’t happen then that wouldn’t have happened and then that wouldn’t have happened and we wouldn’t have ended up right here, right now, in this way.”
Today I came across this cool talk by researcher Heidi Grant Halvorson who explores the mindsets needed to ensure personal growth. Mainly, we should avoid a “Be Good” mindset — one where we are constantly attempting to prove our superiority to the world. Instead, we should embrace a “Get Better” mindset — where we always perceive ourselves as having more to learn. When we embrace a Get Better mindset, we welcome risk and are less afraid of failure, both key to personal development.
I recently had the opportunity to attend my first IxDA (Interaction Design Association) conference in Amsterdam. As a first-time attendee, I absorbed a lot of the excitement and lessons from workshops and talks presented by the legends of Interaction Design.
During the social events and breaks, I grew to know the network of people—both newcomers and regulars, students and professionals— and we had good conversations and some fun in the conference venue and out in the city. It was great to meet friends from school and catch up with each others news.
To share the learnings with my team at STYLIGHT, I prepared those slides with some takeaways and highlights from the conference. The slides are too general, so make sure you check the videos too once they’re online.
How to perform a thinking-aloud #usability testing. #UX (at Stylight HQ)