Hacking My Life: Day 4 Dec 27, 2014 I’m going to be straight to the point: I’m going to try and switch to the Everyman Sleep Schedule. This will be achieved by going from “monosleep” to “segmented sleep” (two 3.5 hour core sleeps), to dual core sleep (3.5h + 1.5h + nap) with the midday nap where one of your E3 naps will be. Finally, the transition to full E3 - 3.5 hours, followed by 3x20 minute naps. ...
Hacking My Life: Day 3 Dec 26, 2014 Having done my Hour of Databases on Khan Academy I decided to finally start the long slog towards filling the gaps in my mathematics education. About 30 minutes of tearing through the “Early math” section I’ve reached 69% completion and I have 52,111 “energy points”. Gamification is ridiculously effective, as it turns out. I’m going to aim to do 100,000 points a day, which is about an hour or so at the early levels. ...
Hacking My Life: Day 2 Dec 25, 2014 Really, this post should be titled Hacking My Life: Day 2 - In Which Benjamin Does a Thing. Had an excellent Christmas with friends and family, so I’ve been busy most of the day. I did get to lug my Chromebook to and from a lunch/dinner party and was thus able to work on learning SQL - I did the “Hour of Databases” on Khan Academy. This is what I ended up submitting for the project at the end. ...
Of Bitcoins and Dogecoins: A New Etiquette for Tipping Dec 25, 2014 Let’s imagine something for a second. In this hypothetical situation, we’re close friends. I randomly come up to you and give you a coin worth 50 cents. Puzzled, you ask me why I did this - to which I reply that it’s just a random present. Even though I have given you something for free, chances are you’ve come away from this experience with a negative opinion of me. Either way, you probably think I’m weird. ...
Hacking My Life: Day 1 Dec 24, 2014 I did something today which may or may not throw me off my schedule - I kept falling back asleep. I was tired, but that’s not why I did it. I had two fascinating dreams and I needed to see how they ended. I’d write them here but they were both a little bizarre. So instead of waking up before 9:00am on a “weekend” (or holiday, as it were), I woke up at around 12:30pm. ...
Life on Soylent Dec 23, 2014 I have always been curious about how we could do food differently. So I recently ordered a week’s supply of Soylent. And when I say “recently”, I really should say “in June” - it took a LONG time to arrive. At first, I didn’t care much for the taste. I figured out that adding honey or 2 small packets of Starbucks Mocha coffee made it pretty fun to drink. Eventually I started drinking it plainly - after a while it’s a lot like drinking very slightly grainy water. ...
Hacking My Life: Day Zero Dec 23, 2014 Today I’m going to start a series of posts I’ve decided to call “Hacking My Life”. I am a systems administrator and I have never really had excellent organizational skills. Over the next month I intend to change that. A number of things in my life need to change, for various reasons. I need to get better and more regular sleep, sort out my work schedule, look after my life better in general and most importantly - be productive. ...