May 2009

The Annihilator

1df0c0a398a072dcfb7f0210l_aa280_ Tonight was the first of many CERT classes I’ll be taking over the next few weeks. I’ll be writing more about it on other sites in the near future but it’s awesome so far and just what I was hoping for. In tonight’s class we spent a lot of time talking about earthquakes and general preparedness, something anyone living in SoCal has heard again and again. At one point the instructor was talking about how everyone should have a crowbar in their bedroom, not to chase off intruders, but in case of an earthquake where debris falls and you get trapped they can provide the leverage you need to get yourself out. One of the other students said they had something called The Annihilator which was some kind of multi-function thing which sounded completely made up. Turns out it’s completely legit and real and now I want one. Just look at that, tell me you couldn’t beat the crap out of some drywall with it!

Messing around with an Amazon Store

url-1In efforts to both save myself the trouble of recommending the same things over and over again, as well as make truckloads of cash doing absolutely nothing, I’ve gone ahead and set up an Amazon store. I honestly have no idea if something like this will be worth the tens of minutes I spent setting it up, but I do know I’m often asked about my favorite X or what kind of Y I might recommend and I figure I can just add those things to this as they come up and anyone who is interested will know I fully support anything listed in there and probably own it myself.

I don’t keep very good records about things I suggest either so I’m hoping this will help, if I’ve pointed something out to you that you’ve picked up and it’s worked out well for you please let me know and I’ll make sure to add it as well. Of course I do this knowing full well I might get bored of it in a week and forget it even exists, but maybe it’s worth a shot. So go spend mountains of cash. Thnx.

The Chronicles of Nomia: NYC

Last week I saw flights from LA to NYC were hovering around $200 round trip so I grabbed one on a moments notice and took off for a whirlwind tour. The following is a mostly true account of what went down. Mostly.

Within minutes of touchdown I was already making plans with Bre for evening feasts and scheming at Red Bamboo and less than 2 hours later we were there enjoying some of the best fake meat dishes available anywhere. I usually stay with my friends Kathleen and Atom when in town, and Atom joined us for dinner as well. In addition talk about secret societies and robots, we also discussed Lula’s and how it was a moral imperative for us to head over there for dessert. Unfortunately this was Monday night, and Lula’s is closed on Mondays – a fact we learned upon arrival. Never one to accept defeat, especially not in the way of dessert, we doubled back to Atlas for a stack of Vegan Treats. You can see why:

Atlas cafe

The Cult of Done

This week in NYC, Bre reminded me of the Cult of Done which I thought I’d in turn remind others of. It’s good, and I need to take it into consideration more often. I have a lot of back burners that need to be cleared.

The Cult of Done Manifesto

1. There are three states of being. Not knowing, action and completion.
2. Accept that everything is a draft. It helps to get it done.
3. There is no editing stage.
4. Pretending you know what you’re doing is almost the same as knowing what you are doing, so just accept that you know what you’re doing even if you don’t and do it.
5. Banish procrastination. If you wait more than a week to get an idea done, abandon it.
6. The point of being done is not to finish but to get other things done.
7. Once you’re done you can throw it away.
8. Laugh at perfection. It’s boring and keeps you from being done.
9. People without dirty hands are wrong. Doing something makes you right.
10. Failure counts as done. So do mistakes.
11. Destruction is a variant of done.
12. If you have an idea and publish it on the internet, that counts as a ghost of done.
13. Done is the engine of more.