Lots of spreadsheets listing lots of problems

I’m pulling my hair out about orging and re-orging my ToDo lists with better org tools for more orging … so a friend, Chad Brewbaker gentle reminds me that John Carmack still uses his .plan file from twenty years ago.

Chad has a point, so my joking response is … “That’s JUST VR, man!” … in my best Lebowski impersonation, which is probably better in text form … the POINT is that we should JUST do things like the better folks in VR [like Carmack] do things virtually … or as Jaron Lanier would say, “You are not somebody else’s gadget” … and you shouldn’t build things to make other people into gadgets you can use … their time, their agenda matters … as much as I prefer self-documenting systems, ie “just read the effing code” I still struggle with bad habits and UNCLEAN jibberish code.  UNCLEAN hackery is just a sign of something that wasn’t really thought through.  No discipline. Everything we design/engineer/build should be clean or self-documenting, since someone’s gonna need to maintain/refactor and SIMPLIFY it.

Meanwhile, in government [and things government-like] … there’s an avoidance of the virtual realm … or anything like CLEAN code or coding processes that are designed for maintainability or refactoring for simplification … there are [physical, butt-in-chair required] meetings about meetings about meetings — which make governance by unweildy, out-of-control government impossible to control … the obsession with obfuscated unnecessity ensures that no citizen can ever attend enough physical meetings to be aware of all of crap that government is doing to make it likely that the citizen cannot comply with regulation or avoid the taxation that government uses to take control of citizen’s lives from citizens … that’s how a wise old guy Thomas Sowell redpilled Kanye with the line about avoiding people who like meetings; ESPECIALLY applies to physical meetings (ie anyone who demands you a attend physical meeting is hopeless mass waster of other people’s time).

In LEAN, we simplify and 5S the hell out of things, aggressively look for ways to design out transport / transportation … if you look at another dot plan … the DOT Strategic Plan, for example … scan the thing, search for keywords indicating that government might have a clue about SIMPLIFICATION … you won’t find much in the way of EVER reducing DOT scope or strategic simplification or somehow assisting people in making transport/transportation and complexicated transportation unnecessary, eg the closest you get to moving to the virtual realm is maybe #CallBeforeYouDig.

Indeed, when it comes to digging deeper holes with more government … #CallBeforeYouDig.

Ancient Guy Fitness

Do not ever watch television. EVER.  For one thing, you should not EVER sit — you should stand, squat, rest on your haunches, use different sized stability ball to vary your seated posture.  It’s partly a matter of muscle tone and balance … so you don’t die in a fall.  Mostly, it’s about ditching the seated way of thinking — ditching the passive consuming mindset.  NEVER swallow the sensationalist poison that purveyors of hysteria dish out … don’t worry, your friends who watch tv will do a good enough job of shoveling the shit in your direction.

Do “n of 1” science, do crowdfunded science … when you don’t work on thing that are cognitively HARD, your brain atrophies and declines.  Believe it or not, you can afford to lose your physical abilities, but you cannot afford to lose what is left of your mind.

Re-learn how to learn. Constantly.

Stop being death phobic.  Our culture is terrified of dying; as if it were a communicable disease — the reality is that death is something that you contracted when you were concieved.  Death and suffering are ESSENTIAL parts of life.  When you spend time listening to or expressing modest forms of kindness to someone who is facing an imminent death, you learn things.  Most people never learn these things, so they lack anything but a false or cartoon version of morality.  Grief is moral intelligence.

Enjoy life … without apologies.

Consistency matters. 84600 seconds of every day. #DisciplineEqualsFreedom