The first ever book review on Nobody New. “The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*uck.”
I read the reviews, I saw numerous people post about this book in the infosec community, and I had to give it a go. I opted to get the two book collection and will most likely write a review of the second book when I am finished reading it.
The Author, Mark Manson writes fairly elegantly not so congruent with the shock value of his choice of titles.
The core essence is there and doesn’t rely on foul language to get the point across. There were several reviews I read that suggested Manson was pointing out critical psychological theories and thought processes through the mouth of a sailor. I have to disagree. Yes, there are swear words, but none of them are (in my opinion) used solely as filler. They are justified in usage.
Throughout the course of the book, you will get breadcrumbs of Manson’s life and how his mental function started to undergo change. Seemingly for the better as he paints himself as a not-so-well-kept person in his younger years. From a close friend’s death to breakups and psycho female attractions, Manson has seen the gamut.
After I finished the book, I had a sense of critically thinking about aspects of my life. There are so many things we as humans tend to latch on to and label them as important. Through the microscope of this book, you can start to realize not everything needs to have a post-it note in your mind. Not in the terms of Tyler Durden, “let the chips fall where they may,” but truly giving a F*uck about the things that matter. Be passionate about things in your life that make you happy. Who cares what others think? Nobody should harbor all that mental waste. But humans do, and almost to a science.
To be the best version of yourself, you need to let all the mental garbage fall by the wayside and focus on elements of your life that actually matter. My personal escape to focus on myself has been working out. I feel physically and mentally better, but everybody is different with a different set of goals, wants, and needs. Find your bliss without being distracted by the noise.
This was a great read and highly recommended. Even if you don’t take away drastic life changes you want to make in your life, it is always compelling to read about other people’s experiences and how they perceive things. I know for me personally, I have come to realize I need to “not sweat the small stuff.” Unlike some of the reviews I have read prior to reading the book, this isn’t a self-help guide to say “f*uck it” to everything. Which I believe to be a common misconception. The title of the book may be misleading, but shock sells.
Linking internally (SEO – Search Engine Optimization) shows to help Google crawlers find site content, index, and categorically understand all website content within the same domain.
This was something that I found interesting and is SEO 101, but in Google Search Console when you inspect specific url’s, it shows a section called “referring page.” This is where you can use the tactic of internal linking (best to use a page that is already indexed within your own domain). This is not a fix all. There is a good chance that if the Google crawler does determine a referring page, it may not have the credibility and authority to push your unindexed pages into the indexed stage. This is what I have discovered as the Google lottery or gamble. Some tactics work some of the days, most tactics work none of the days.
This all started when I opened the new box of dryer sheets. It had a little cardboard placard on the top instructing on how many sheets needs per laundry load size. Excuse me, what? I have never used more than one on any size load of laundry. I immediately thought this was some sort of ploy to ensure people use more sheets more frequently so the company can sell more.
Then today, I was adding a load of towels into the dryer and thought I should look it up on how many sheets to use with a large load of towels. Come to find out the actual answer is zero. Apparently, dryer sheets are not magic, like I had assumed previously. The sheets themselves have fragrance and a thin coating of wax. When the wax heats up as the dryer runs, it carries the fragrance and “softening” wax from the sheet and binds to your clothing or other articles you are drying. This makes the laundry smell fresh, and “feel” soft, as well as reduce static cling. Things covered in wax won’t conduct electricity, at least, that is the assumed science behind it.
Maybe this is supposed to be common knowledge, and as a fan of science (thanks Bill Nye!), I feel like I should have realized this at a much younger age. After today I have come to the realization that adding a wax-like substance to your towels makes them less absorbent. Well, duh? Right? This had me chasing down the rabbit hole, and apparently, you can make balls of aluminum foil and add this into your dryer while drying towels. It is claimed, this will help reduce static electricity and will not add wax to your towels reducing absorbency. Make sure the foil balls are smooth so they won’t snag on your towels!
I have not tried this, and I am scared to. I keep having flashes of igniting my house from the foil and combusting with my gas dryer. Maybe I watched too many Final Destination movies. If you have tried this, or you do this, please let me know if it works, is it safe, and what is your common practice when it comes to towel laundry? We have used the wool balls in the past with success, but once we moved we lost the balls in the dryer we got rid of when we got our new set. Yes, I forgot they were in there, and poof, they were gone.
Fair warning, the trailer is “Red Band,” meaning the trailer itself is rated R.
I know, yet again, I am late to the party as this film was released LAST YEAR. But, better late than never, and with a blog titled “Nobody New” it makes sense to cover something with “Nobody” in the title. Plus this might help me with better Google rankings as I am getting smashed in search results because of this movie.
This is simply a teaser, I fully intend to watch the movie and give a full review. But I wanted everyone to see the trailer before my review comes out.
I found this blogger through the WordPress reader. They have a keen take on things they find around and about. They also offer additional exposure to bloggers and other creatives looking to get their messages out to a broader audience. They have been gracious enough to offer little ole Nobody New in their postings! This is a post specifically thanking them and their efforts in everything they do as well as offering a spot for us to reside!
Based on what I have seen, these studies could have been updated within the past few years. Primarily the interesting fact that drew me to this is most of our household dust is comprised of these shed dead skin cells. Even further interesting is that the America Chemical Society concluded that a skin oil called “squalene,” naturally helps reduce indoor ozone levels up to 15 percent.
“More than half of the ozone removal measured in a simulated aircraft cabin was found to be a consequence of ozone reacting with exposed, skin, hair, and clothing of passengers.”
Going back to the initial number of 200 million lost skin cells, on average, a human can shed up to five thousand million (5 billion) skin cells in a 24-hour period. For visual reference – 5,000,000,000.
There are statistics that have been floating around suggesting dust bunnies are made up of around 80% dead skin cells. Newer studies suggest that number is actually much higher based on how much we shed.
And if it means that these dead skin cells contain squalene, can it also be concluded it is best to leave the dust bunnies to assist in your homes ozone? Probably the lazy science approach to encourage not cleaning is supposed to make you healthier. This is completely and categorically incorrect. Please don’t take this sarcasm as truth. Please clean your house. Just know, even after you dust and vacuum, you’ve already shed 200-400 million more skin cells. Depending on how long you clean, and how many humans are in your house. I need to stop writing. I’m starting to gross myself out.
A little yellow pizza with a slice missing was born May 22, 1980. Pac-Man, hungry for “Pac Dots” or “dots” he aims to navigate the entire map eating them all before being eaten by the four colorful ghosts. Blinky, Pinky, Inky, and Clyde. Colored Red, Pink, Cyan, and Orange respectively.
I originally wanted to title this, “10 reasons Pac-Man is the best, and another 10 reasons why you’re wrong.” Based on that knowledge you can assume I am a huge fan. Not to the level of hording old school lunch boxes, but I do have a tattoo of Pac-Man and Ms. Pac-Man representative of my wife and I. I’m also wearing my Pac-Man pajama pants as I am writing this for inspiration, so there’s that as well.
I won’t go into the extensive history of Pac-Man and it’s lore. That can easily be turned into a novel, and I’ll make it easy for you to find all the information of our subject here. However, we will dive into some of the more fascinating facts that you may or may not know about this famous yellow dot. Most of which you can google around and find yourself, but this is a quick and easy top ten for you.
After (coming up on) 42 years of limelight exposure, Pac-Man has had numerous iterations and spotlights. Every year around his birthday he gets lift in the mainstream, and it’s always refreshing to see the younger generations learn about him and his history.
For Pac-Man’s 30th birthday Google provided the world with a playable game. It is reported the Google Doodle lost millions of dollars of labor hours from people playing at work. Play here!
Without too much blabbering, let’s get to the facts!
Pac-Man’s original title was Puck Man. But for international distribution, it was changed to avoid defacement (changing the P to an F). If you saw the movie “Scott Pilgrim vs. The World” You may have already known this.
Why Puck-Man? In Japanese, “puck puck” is similar to the Japanese onomatopoeic word “paku paku” or “to gobble something up” as a slight English variation.
This fun fact comes from Found Item Clothing. “The highest possible score in the original arcade Pac-Man version can be achieved by playing the so-called perfect game. To reach the perfect game, the player needs to bag the maximum score on the first 255 levels by eating every possible dot, fruit, power pellet and enemy ghost, and then get the maximum score once again at the final level, the so-called split screen level at which the game crashes. The maximum number of points sums up to a total of 3,333,360.”
If you thought the game may be rigged, well it isn’t necessarily in the players favor. As you progress through the game, the ghosts get faster, while Pac-Man slows down.
The ghosts are programmed with predetermined paths. They can be learned and it is possible to play the entire game avoiding them altogether.
Pac-Man was the first game to ever include cut-scenes. This helps drive the narrative as well as give the player a small break between levels.
The focus of the the original game was to influence more females to gaming. The creator, Toru Iwatani wanted gaming to appeal to women and families. “Back then, there were no home games. People had to go to the arcade center to play games. That was a playground for boys. It was dirty and smelly. So we wanted to include female players, so it would become cleaner and brighter.”
“Weird Al” Yankovic proposed a parody to The Beatles “Taxman” titled, “Pac-Man” which was denied by George Harrison until 2017 and can be found on his compilation album.
If you put your finger in your ear and wiggle it around it sounds like Pac-Man.
To this day, I still find Pac-Man (or Ms. Pac-Man) an extremely fun game to play. Most likely conditioned that when I see something related, I have to stop and check it out. I hope this fascination carries on and younger generations know that the start of video games, the grandfathers of modern gaming came from a yellow pizza. Yes, even before that plumber guy and his brother.
I’m no spring chicken, but I have learned a few things about the human body since becoming more invested in my overall health.
Everything you are about to read is based on my experience and things I have learned in my health journey. I am not a doctor, licensed dietician, or work in the medical field. This post should not be referenced as a recipe for anyone else’s success, nor should it be used to diagnose, treat, or assist in anyway for anyone’s medical conditions or physical health. I think this is what I need to say so I don’t get sued. Just to make this clear, my opinions or experiences outlined therein this post are in no way to guarantee similar results or help medical ailments.
When I was in college I was doing good. I probably didn’t have the best diet, but I was riding my bike, a lot. In my college town you really didn’t need a car to get around because everything you needed was pretty close together. Also riding a bike around town was a great way to get exercise in. Some days I was riding anywhere from twenty to forty miles. Not all of it was necessity, I really enjoyed riding my bike.
Then graduating and moving states, I got rid of everything I owned (begrudgingly my bike included), attempting to maintain biking on a loaner from a friend, it really wore me down. Not so much the biking, but in the 100+ degree heat of Las Vegas. Buying a car started the downward spiral of laziness and allowing my bike to gather dust. Eventually selling my new bike after a year of use.
Marriage and fatherhood also came later with additional elements of back burner-ing my physical health and diet. To be honest none of this is to make excuses, but showing how easy it is to forget or put your health aside. I knew I need to make a change, and I eventually did, and I was making great progress, until we decided to pack up the house, kids, and dog, and move across the country. Again, not making excuses.
Now that we are settled, it’s primetime to regain control of my body, and let the dad bod slip away. Think Lester Burnham in “American Beauty.” Putting Kevin Spacey’s personal life out of mind, the line “I want to look good naked,” is my inspiration and really hits home when I think about my fitness goals. Not that anyone else is going to see me naked except my wife and me; physical fitness and having good self confidence comes with mental health and feeling good in my own skin. So yes, looking good naked is a plus.
Thinking about what I had thought in the past of what good physical fitness looked like, I think about my old roommate in college. He was going to the gym five days a week, counting calories, making sure all meals had high protein content, limiting sugars and taking in as little carbohydrates as possible. He was “bulking” up, and had definition. But here I was eating Taco Bell four days a week, with less than 5% body fat and never hitting the gym. I was in great shape, but wasn’t doing the things I should have been doing to ensure longevity of fitness. Especially when it came to diet.
Now, being a Midwest dad, first winter survived, and packed on the winter weight. Still not counting calories, but my wife and I have made conscious choices about the foods we take in. We aren’t on a strict diet, but we are making sure we have more fresh fruits and veggies for us and for the kids. I have started with a subscription based service for other supplement needs (protein powder, pre-workout, collagen, and creatine). I have used several products in the past to support my workouts and overall health. From what I have learned most protein powders are good, if you want to add one into your regime, find one low in carbs. I’m not about to spit out any sort of data or which is better or worse only because I am still learning.
The main four things I have learned in my journey:
You don’t have to count calories to lose weight, but you do need to be in a deficit to allow your body to burn off stored calories. This doesn’t mean you need to starve yourself, but find low calorie foods that will help keep you fuller, longer. Fresh fruits and veggies are always a plus!
When working out and wanting to “burn fat” you can isolate what muscle groups you want to work out, but this doesn’t mean you are going to only burn fat/calories in that group. You can’t tell your body, burn this here. Your body first starts burning fat off of your internal organs. So when you work out for a few days and don’t see a difference, don’t get discouraged. Know that your body is working from the inside out.
Our bodies are made up of 60% water. I assume we should all know this, but one thing I learned is if your body doesn’t have enough water, your internal organs aren’t working efficiently enough to do their jobs. In turn, increased water intake will allow for your body to work more efficiently and as you workout or exert yourself physically, you will be burning calories.
You get out what you put in. Think of your body like an engine. If you put garbage in an engine do you expect it to churn gold? Unless we’re talking about Doc Emmett Brown’s DeLorean, then no. It is the same way with your body. Put in clean foods, have a physical exertion game plan in mind, churn some body gold. It is simple to put into words, but the motivation is the hard part.
Find something that is fun for you! I have added the Oculus into my workouts. There are plenty of games that help you move and have fun, but as you move (this is additional movements added to your day you hadn’t had in mind previously), you are using energy and moving, which will help to eliminate stored fats/calories.
Humans are inherently drawn to gamification or reward-based systems. Think about “hacking” your body the same way. Find something that is fun and rewarding at the same time! Some people enjoy working out and to each their own. I can’t say I am in that classification, but I enjoy seeing the results from my workouts and feeling good about myself.
For me, having physical exertion, sweating, and feeling good about my body not only helps my own personal opinion of how I look, but encourages a strong mental health as well. As mental health has taken a significant front seat in most peoples minds, it shows having a positive self image stimulates mind and body.
If you are looking to start a regular workout, start with your diet. Great physical shape starts in the kitchen. That combined with an obtainable movement goal, and something you can keep track of, you will have a recipe for success!
Back in my day…Netflix was a DVD mail in subscription. But those days are long gone(ish), and pricing for the streaming giant has been going up consistently year after year. After this last price hike, a lot of people were reconsidering the service, our house included. With the plethora of streaming services at consumers fingertips, it begs the question what more does Netflix have to offer that others don’t?
Netflix has been progressing in the original content arena, looking to demonstrate value over quantity, but it doesn’t seem like it is enough to persuade people to stay. The linked article from Michele Malais with USA Today reports, “Netflix suffered the first loss in worldwide subscribers in a decade, deepening troubles that have been mounting since a surge from a locked-down audience during the pandemic’s early stages began to fade.”
What does this mean? Well, I can imagine the executives at Netflix are scrambling for answers. It also seems the masses have spoken with loud outcry about the price increases for the streaming service. If they would have only polled Twitter, they could have avoided all of this, in my humble, sarcastic, opinion. The answer? A lower price point plan with ads. They have to make up for the lost revenue somehow!
When people have a problem with pricing, showing them ads has become the status quo. It’s like the golden era of television coming back into style. Where ads have always been part of the entertainment experience.
The other contrast Netflix will be employing will be watchdog tactics to battle login sharing. This has been running rampant since Netflix first hit the innerwebs. Now that Netflix is all-of-a-sudden aware of their client base, their solution is to reduce cost, add advertising in programs, and restrict and/or penalize people sharing logins. Netflix was never this control hungry before, but with a broadened scope and the streaming battlefield getting increasingly competitive, this is Netflix’s solution.
I had always said before Sling’s Orange/Blue offerings, when cable television was still in commanding control there needs to be an ala carte programming package. Not everyone wants Telemundo. If I had the knowledge and capability, that would have been my million (billion?) dollar idea. I am starting to think that may be a viable solution for streaming services. In today’s market there are some “bundling” available, but not the true form of pick and choose. To have something like that, all the partners involved would have to agree on pricing, who gets what percentage, and prominent placement if each studio was bundled into one application. They have to make sure they have the viewership to make stakeholders happy.
With Netflix dropping the subscriber growth ball four of the last five quarters, investors are getting increasingly nervous. At this rate, Netflix stock could become the next GME meme stock. That may be a far fetched idea, but no one thought that would have happened to Gamestop.
The new lower cost tier should be significantly reduced in price to entice the login “borrowers” to setup their own accounts. Not to mention, what is the penalty for login sharing? Is it a three-strikes, you’re out scenario? This next quarter won’t break Netflix if they have another poor earnings call, but it will be interesting to see if these new changes will be accepted and/or appreciated.