Month: June 2009

Tim Ferriss: Stoicism as a Productivity System

In the video Tim Ferriss asks if defining your fears could be more important than defining your goals.  I find Tim Ferriss fascinating and just got his book (the 4-Hour Workweek).  I will provide a full review when I get done reading it.  People think he is full of himself but I just see him as confident.

Key quotes:

  • “I am an old man and have known a great many troubles, but most of them never happened.” – Mark Twain
  • “Named must your fear be before banished it you can.” – Yoda
  • “Action may not always bring happiness, but there is no happiness without action”- Benjamin Disraeli
  • “All courses of action are risky, so prudence is not in avoiding danger (it’s possible), but calculating risk and acting decisively. Make mistakes of ambition and not mistakes of sloth. Develop the strength to do bold things, not the strength to suffer.”- Niccolo Machiavelli
  • “Every time we choose safety, we reinforce fear.” – Cheri Huber

World’s Coolest Tennis Court

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Photo: David Cannon/Getty Images

“Nearly 3,500 miles away from the stately grass courts of Wimbledon, you’ll find what just might be the world’s coolest spot for a tennis match. In 2005, the helipad of the Burj Al Arab hotel in Dubai was temporarily converted into a tennis court to promote the Dubai Duty Free Men’s Open.”  Source (and more pics): http://www.life.com/

Mill City Museum in Minneapolis, MN

I take my camera to as many places as I can so when I was in Minneapolis, MN a while back I filmed a flour mill tour at the Mill City Museum. Minneapolis is called the “Mill City” and has lots of old mills that sit along the Mississippi River.  This video isn’t going to win any awards but the museum did such a great job depicting the life of an average mill worker I wanted to share it with you. The elevator seats approximately 40 people and while we were getting in it people joked it was like getting into the Tower of Terror at Disneyland.  The elevator takes you to different floors and shows you how flour was milled and how dangerous it was.  I learned that flour dust is more explosive than gun powder so it was really dangerous work and many people died.  The mill blew up and caught fire until it was later turned into a museum.  It is one of the best museums I have been to and if you think about it they had a tough time trying to make milling flour interesting.  Hope you enjoy it.

Went to San Francisco Today

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Went to Boudin Bakery and did the factory tour and the Musee Mecanique Arcade Museum (awesome) today.

Subway Sandwich Cartoon

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Drew from lefthandtoons.com has a humorous cartoon about his concerns with how Subway puts cheese on his sandwiches.  If you see this cheese violation at your local Subway please let them know the proper way to put cheese on your sandwich.  :)  I’ll have to open my sandwich and look next time (I’ve never noticed).