Category Archives: Life

Can I freeze my dead body for 2000 years, keep my money legally safe in an account earning compound interest, thaw 2000 years later, re-animate and repair my body, and then live the life of a billionaire?

If you aren’t frozen properly then it’s all a nonsense anyway. Thermodynamics and the size and thermal conductivity of a human body prevents it freezing quickly enough for large, damaging ice crystals not to form. Unless we have the tech to get around this you will be as dead as a pork chop in 2,000 years, or 20 days.

There is also the question of … Well, your death. As I understand it death occurs because of an irreparable breakdown of critical systems leading to a cascade of organ shutdowns including the heart, lungs and brain. The brain is the real important bit and if this gives up your personality, memories and abilities will be lost completely – including the ability to control your own vital processes. You can’t just restart a brain. It’s like a transistor, once the magic smoke gets out, it will never work again. Something is lost, and nobody can explain exactly what it is or where it goes.

Eat well, get plenty of sleep and enjoy the life you have.

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Freezing oneself

How can I stay healthy as a software engineer?

While 30 minutes a day of cardiovascular exercise is enough to reduce your actuarial risk of bad things like diabetes and heart disease, it takes about six hours a week to be in decent shape and ten for good shape. Do cycling, cross-country skiing, rowing, running, snow shoeing, stand up paddle boarding, and/or swimming 5-6 days a week to get to that total. The net impact on your schedule can be negligible – it’ll give you mental white space so you don’t wait as long for creative “aha!” moments, and make you sleep better so you need less. Bicycle commuting can be especially time-efficient with time riding replacing time driving – in Silicon Valley you might swap 1:20 driving both ways during rush hour for 1:50 riding. Ease into it, where adding 10% more time each week is a rule of thumb. Have balance – even Olympic athletes spend 90% of their time at low intensity. Have a lower volume/intensity week out of every four.

Get enough sleep. You need it for optimal mental and physical function. A hard stop at night and same schedule on weekends makes this easier. Go to bed early enough you wake up naturally when you want to with enough sleep instead of racking up sleep debt with an alarm clock.

Don’t eat too much. Don’t eat entire servings because they’re usually over-sized for one person. Don’t snack on free food when you’re not hungry. 10 nuts totaling 100 Calories a day add up to 10 pounds a year. Only eat enough to be sated 30 minutes after your last bite, not until you’re full because your apetite lags behind. Only eat when hungry. Always eat when hungry so you don’t get too ravenous to control yourself.

Doing that I shrunk from 205 to 135-137 pounds (at 5’9.5″ that’s professional cyclist size), dropped from a 36″ pants size (probably 40″ around) to a 26″ waist measured with a tape measure, stopped snoring, sleep 1-2 hours less, have much more energy, and am usually more relaxed than I was as a more sessile person after a few beers. I’m in better shape than I was at age 20 a couple decades ago.

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What it is like to quit your job and travel the world?

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I recently did just this. I quit my unsatisfying job, bought a backpack and a one way ticket to Amsterdam (Europe), and hit the skies a few month’s later.

Backing up a bit… I wasn’t very happy at my job, the money was good, but it didn’t feel right, it didn’t by any means feel satisfying or purposeful. I kept thinking if I was in this same position 30 years from now.. would I be happy? The answer was always no.

A quote that I admire from Steve Jobs would constantly resurface in my thoughts:

“I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?” And whenever the answer has been “No” for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.”

My answer was always no, and it was no for years, not days… You could say It took me over a year to finally drop everything, quit my job, and just go for it!

Looking back on that decision… Was it a good decision? Absolutely! I haven’t been this happy in years. I’m the lowest I’ve been financially, but I’m healthy, I’m happy, and I’m in a position to create a lifestyle that will allow me to travel and work from anywhere with an internet connection and a laptop. That’s what truly matters to me!

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I made plans with one of my friends who lives in Serbia to meet me in Amsterdam and travel together for a month. This would also be his first time traveling/backpacking.

Anyway, we both met in Amsterdam at a Hostel and quickly got off to a great start. We were constantly meeting new people, and making new connections, seeing new places, tasting new food, making new memories, and having great conversations along the way.

We ended up going to 7 different cities in the span of 30 days in this order: Amsterdam, Paris, Madrid, Cologne, Prague, Ireland, London, Home.
My friend was low on money and went home a few days after reaching Prague. (Prague is an incredible city… my favorite city so far!)

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I was completely blown away by the type of people we were meeting. Everyone was so genuine, open, and laid back. I can’t even begin to explain how refreshing it was, and on a side note — I believe the reason everyone was like this is because almost every single person was where they wanted to be…
They didn’t wake up each morning and go to their 9 to 5 job. They woke up each morning and did exactly what they wanted to do, and go wherever they wanted to go that day. It was amazing, and very eye opening…

The amount of new experiences, new friendships, and freedom available to travelers is truly amazing! They all come and go quickly so be sure to take a few pictures, connect with your newly met friends on Facebook and/or WhatsApp. Enjoy each day, and each location. Get out of your comfort zone, try something new, taste a new type of food, approach that beautiful girl (or guy), walk through the cities, walk outside the cities, take a walk through nature, anything goes… You may never get to experience this or see these people again!

Don’t come home with a lot of regrets, come home filling satisfied and fulfilled, and full of many new memories, and then maybe you can begin to realize that traveling is a small snippet of what life could be like if everyone was doing what they truly wanted to do each day…

I truly enjoyed my time traveling, and I’m gearing up to go again this summer! It has given me a new zest for life, an understanding that whenever life gets dull, or boring, I always have it to fall back on.

I highly recommend traveling to anyone considering it.. It’s full of countless possibilities! Life’s short, book a ticket and just go for it!

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What is the best website for checking IQ accurately online?

This is a great IQ test based on Raven’s Advanced Progressive Matrices and it’s similar to the official Mensa admission test.

http://www.iqtest.dk/main.swf

As Tom exemplified with his answer there’s lots of bias against IQ test.

However IQ tests is what the U.S. education system uses to select students (SAT) and what employers use later to select candidates (where did you go to school?)

Too bad that the SAT is also driven by how much you prepared, which can give an unfair advantage to some, it would be nice to have a totally unbiased test and assess focus and perseverance completely separately using GPA or a different test.

It’s well proven that higher results on IQ test do correlate with higher income and career success. However, as it’s pretty obvious, the correlation cannot be that high because there are many other factors that drive income and career success, such as family background, perseverance/focus, making good life decisions, luck, etc.

No doubt that more research is needed to come up with more accurate tests, learn more about what IQ means, and what can we do to get smarter.

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IQ

What are some of the best life tips?

1. Keep an extra car key in your purse or wallet.

2. To finally tackle a task you have been putting off, set the timer for 15 minutes, start, and see how far you get. Good chance you will get over your resistance and be able to continue, maybe even complete it. At least you will have a start.

3. Make it a habit to take 10 minutes to pick up a little bit, set out clothing and needed items for the next morning before you go to bed. Morning will run much
smoother.

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Life Tips

4.When you have serious housework or active tasks to do around the house, put on your shoes, preferably shoes that are athletic/activewear type. Strangely enough, gives you focus and spring to your step.

5. Tie a brightly colored ribbon to your keyring if you have trouble fishing it out of your bag.

6. One new item in, one old item out. Better yet, two old items out.

7. Get a library card. When you become aware of books you want to read, you can reserve them through your library for free. There are many more services the library offers- just go find out about them. The public library is a treasure.

8. If you want to attain optimum health and avoid lifestyle-related disease processes, learn about a plant-based diet.

9. Fold socks together when putting them away so you can easily grab a pair.

10. For nosebleed, sit up straight and pack nostril with absorbent material if available. Pinch nostrils together tightly and hold for 5-10 minutes until nosebleed stops.