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Where Things Go To Die

Adam Savage teaches us about first order retrievability

This is the concept that tools (or, in my definition, whatever implements, physical or digital) should be available without having to search for them. They are displayed and easily accessible. 

Key to this system is that things need to be returned to where they belong.

Things that you use often should not be in drawers. Why? Because drawers are “where things go to die.”

I find this to be true of tools, books, musical instruments, kitchen utensils, papers I need to reference, digital files, clothes, office supplies, and pretty much everything in my life. My life is laid out in a visual, first order retrievable manner.

For me, I find that:

1) this reduces decision fatigue. I cannot overstate how helpful this is to me.
2) something is broken with my visual input - I literally can’t find things easily unless it’s obvious
3) it reduces clutter
4) improves workflow and efficiency
5) promotes minimalism and/or konmari

I came across this interview between Joe Rogan and Firas Zahabi recently that changed my view on exercising. They were talking about the optimal way to work out, and Firas recommended that you don’t push yourself. For him, it’s all above volume. 

So let’s say I go to jujitsu practice. I’m doing jujitsu every day, three rounds, five days a week. That’s fifteen rounds. You go in twice a week but you kill yourself. You do five rounds each day. You push yourself those last two rounds, you burn yourself up. [At the end of the week] I still did fifteen, you’re at ten. At the end of the year… I’ve had so much more training than you. So how much training can we pack in a week? That’s the real question. How much volume can you expose you athlete to?

That was illuminating because the workout system I currently follow advocates the opposite. You only go to the gym once a week, but you absolutely kill yourself that one time. You go through the rest of the week sore while your body recovers, and the results are amazing. 

I think the question isn’t which workout is better, but what are you optimising for? 

Firas Zahabi is a martial artist. Martial arts is a skill. And when learning any skill – whether it be a new language or painting or dance – the most important thing is the volume. How much dancing are you doing? How many native speakers are you trying to have a conversation with? It makes absolute sense that the method he’ll advocate for training is a method that optimises for volume.

The system I follow is designed for executives and busy people in the corporate world. They don’t have time to go to the gym five days a week, so the workout is optimised for time. Just go once, and you’ll be alright for the week.

I was thinking about that today because I shot another episode of this new project I’m working on with my friend Ofla, and while transferring the footage, I compared it to the first episode we shot and it’s so much better. And this is only the seventh episode. That’s the advantage of having volume. You learn and tweak after every session, and with each iteration, you’re getting better and better. It’s the same when you optimise for time as well, but by virtue of having fewer iterations, means that you’ll of course not get better as quickly. 

I don’t think I’m going to change how I do my strength training, but I’m definitely going to change how I run. I’m going to optimise my runs for volume. 

But my main take away from this isn’t that I’m now going to be going for more runs and for shorter distances, no. My main take away is that whenever someone gives me advice or a methodology on how to do something, I need to ask myself – what are they optimising for?

So

I’ve heard a lot about drama between singlets and systems, and how a lot of singlets don’t think systems are real and have arguments over it, but have never seen this drama anywhere. I’ve heard that a lot of it is on Twitter, but I haven’t seen any of it there either. Are there specific singlets that are against systems that I need to look out for, so that I can avoid them?

hey guys asking 4 a friend who thinks they have DID. their only trauma, that they mentioned is their father walking out before they were 8 (he came back but… still), and like, im still not an expert and have no right to judge… but can that cause DID???

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by ‘like that’ i assume you mean them functioning as complete blackout switches? i dont like the term split personality. at least from what ive gotten to know and experience, its not extremely common to experience a full blackout in memory. and usually theyre less what youd call a ‘personality’ or even less of that, and more like various people inside the same body. this isnt the same for everyone ofc but at least what i had contact with follows similar patterns to this

if you mean that it doesnt work like in the media’s common portrayal of it then Well Yeah obviously. i think split by m night was like ‘he has 13 personalities this is so many its unheard of!’ when theres documented stuff on polyfragmented systems, the most common definition of it being over 100 alters/headmates on a single body.

Alright folks, it’s time for a good old-fashion MBTI rant, you ready? OKAY HERE WE GO LET’S GET STARTED

So Vox put out a video who knows how long ago about how the MBTI personality test is pretty much inaccurate half the time, the theory formulators (mother Briggs and daughter Briggs Myers expanding on Carl Jung’s ideas) had no formal training in psychology or cognitive behavior, the system doesn’t really fit everyone, people shouldn’t use the system to gage someone’s professional success, and the whole thing is totally useless astrology-esque Forer Effect nonsense and should only be used for entertainment purposes.

Where do I even start here.

So first of all, they’re right, your Myers Briggs personality type should absolutely not be an indicator of your professional success or leadership skills, nor should it pigeon-hole you into any particular job or role. Companies that use MBTI this way are companies I’d be skeptical of using sound practices in their organization and categorization of employees.

The thing is, there is waaay more to people than their personality type. Trying to fit someone into a “suitable” role based on the way they think, feel, and take in information is ignoring what people actually want to do or enjoy doing, which is significant data when you’re trying to get someone to do a job. Just because you might be really really good at crafting/outfit-making because the way you think and interact with your environment + the culmination of your life experiences has given you the tools you need to be good at it DOES NOT mean you want to start up your own crafting business or that you want to go into fashion. It just doesn’t. Yes, that’s a real life example for an ENTJ in case anyone was wondering, and that also doesn’t mean all ENTJs would be good at crafting or fashion design. Crafting and fashion design are activities that can play to an ENTJ’s strengths (like Te, Ni, and Se), but you still need skill, experience, tools, knowledge, and interest to do them.

That said, you CAN use someone’s Myers Briggs personality type to predict what they might be good at. I was playing Mario Party with a bunch of new friends and I go in knowing that my Te sucks, I have none of it, but I instantly recognized one of my friends was a Te user when we paired up for a Te-oriented mini game I’d never played before. So what did I do? I instructed him do most of the Te work and we totally owned it! Recognizing what cognitive functions people are good at does help predict what kind of tasks someone might be good (or bad) at, which is useful for anything from knowing your own personal strengths/weaknesses to effectively structuring teamwork. Even so, it’s really important to consider what tasks people want to do. I know an ENFJ who is really flippin’ good at math, but she also hates it. Her propensity for math might not have anything to do with her type, and her hatred for it isn’t an inherent ENFJ quality either, so you can’t just say “hm, well because you’re an ENFJ, you must be good/terrible at math so you should/shouldn’t go into a math-oriented field”, we can only guess. Trying it out is really where you get to discover it for yourself! And even if you’re terrible at math, that doesn’t mean you can’t get better at it, practice, and go into a field that uses it. You can do whatever you want to do, regardless of your type.

Once more for the people in the back: YOU CAN DO WHATEVER YOU WANT TO DO, REGARDLESS OF YOUR TYPE

Okay so back to why this Vox video pissed me off. First of all, it implicitly discredits the founders, Briggs and her daughter, by stating they had no background in psychology. What’s that smell you say? Why I do declare it’s the pungent aroma of logical fallacy Appeal to Authority, or at least it’s antithesis. What actually makes a scientist a scientist? Someone who performs GOOD SCIENCE. I cannot tell you how many “scientists” there are out there with degrees in their field of specialty who didn’t practice good science. Meanwhile, people without degrees (I dunno like pea-counting geneticist Gregor Mendel and legit so many other major contributors to science without degrees in their field of contribution) who have been taught scientific principles and appropriately used them are way more scientifically legitimate to me. One scientific principle is observation, and when it comes to psychology, observation is especially key! Who cares if Briggs and her daughter didn’t have the scientific background, you don’t need it to be a good scientist and make legitimate observations. On top of that, they came up with a testable system, which even in fields like biology and chemistry can be challenging to develop, but in psychology it is especially not easy. So trying to discredit people’s science and their systems based on professional qualifications? Yeah no, not having it.

Let’s keep going with that train of thought for a sec and touch on their feelings about astrology. Now I’ve always called myself a “sucker” for astrology, acknowledging that the descriptors do tend to be both positive and appealingly general enough to ascribe a feeling of accuracy to your specified type that isn’t based on anything real (i.e. this is the Barnum or Forer Effect). But let’s challenge that for a moment, shall we? Surely from a scientific perspective there’s no way to support astrology as being a legitimate system, right? But the answer is a little more nuanced than “astrology is illegitimate”. Astrology doesn’t have any logical basis for the associations of its types with the alignment of the stars when someone was born, but what it does have is twelve distinct and cohesive personality types.  It is not inconceivable that someone out there observed various people over time and generated 12 different personality types based on the month in which someone was born by recognizing patterns in people and then assigning those patterns to individual personalities. I’m not saying these personalities were formed with “good scientific observation,” but the system isn’t as far-fetched as it might otherwise seem. Even if it’s not a good system, it’s still worth considering seriously as a system before brushing it off as total nonsense as many are inclined to do. To do so without investigation would not, in fact, be considered “good science”.

So what about the idea that MBTI doesn’t fit everyone? Well, that’s kind of the point of testing the system, isn’t it? Not everyone has to fit the system for the system to be useful, but also I personally have yet to come across someone who doesn’t possess at least one of the suggested eight cognitive functions. Maybe MBTI doesn’t work the way the system currently says it works, which is why we can modify the system if the system doesn’t hold true. Theories are flexible and subject to change! If the system “doesn’t fit,” maybe it’s not a good system or maybe that’s okay and it’s still useful.

Myers Briggs has wider applications than pure entertainment, and suggesting otherwise is being narrow-minded to the scope of the system. MBTI gives us a way to talk about human cognitive processes in an accessible way.  Being able to describe some of the reasons why people get along or don’t get along and how you can improve relationships is 200% useful information that we should not just discard as flimsy entertainment.  Even if a system seems ridiculous, take it seriously and then explain your reasons for why it isn’t cohesive.

Be better, Vox. Be better.


I Must Create A System Or Be Enslaved

I must Create a System. or be enslav’d by another Mans
I will not Reason & Compare: my business is to Create
- William Blake

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I bring dour news. Apologies in advance. Not for the faint of heart.

If you’re not creating the system for yourself, no one else is going to do it for you.

Sorry. 

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Advantages of Buying Do-It-Yourself Alarm Systems and Joining an Alarm Forum

There are many alarm systems kits on the market today that you can install yourself. Most hardware stores carry these products, and distributors like Radio Shack do as well. You can also find do-it-yourself alarm systems and vendors on the Internet. Ordering online requires a little research on the part of the homeowner, one reason why “Alarm Forums” can prove helpful.

Installation of alarm kits is a relatively simple task of connecting a couple and mounting of wires. Be sure to follow the instructions that come with your kit. For efficient and effective use proper installation is most important. Additionally, although do-it-yourself alarm systems are economical because there are no labor fees, in some instances warranties could become voided if the system is improperly installed. Be sure to review the kits warranty before installing the product, or even purchasing it, to understand the warranties limitations.

It’s important, when shopping for your alarm system, to consider purchasing a kit that will provide technical support throughout installation and use. Most vendors found on the Internet do provide technical support services should you have difficulty with installation of their product or find your alarm system malfunctioning.

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A hard-wired alarm system is the pick if you are deciding an alarm based on the price. If security is the major concern, and you want it to be the best then once again a hard-wired alarm system would be apt! And if you want the whole DIY alarm system installation to be easy then a Wireless Alarm system would obviously be the safest bet.

Prior to purchasing any kind of electronic home protection device the homeowner should first consider joining an alarm forum. The Internet provides many website forums from which the homeowner can get help and advice regarding household security from security professionals and other homeowners. In these forums, the homeowner can find out which products are best suited for a particular need, tips on installation, ideas on the best location for an alarm, and much more.

Home Security Store.com and forum.skype.com provide forums for homeowners to ask questions and get ideas about how to most effectively protect their home. In these forums the homeowner can also find out what systems are most economical and effective for their particular security application. In the example of Home Security Store.com, not only does this site provide a forum, but it also offers many security products. The advantage of a site like this one is that, once you find a product you are interested in, you can jump on its forum and get detailed information regarding the use and application of all their products. Qualified technicians are even available to assist you in your selections and inquiries.

Forums on Alarm Systems are not affiliated with any Alarm manufacturers or companies neither is any technical support provided by the alarm companies. The people that give you tips, answer your queries or simply offer you assistance are volunteer members. The feedback you get from these products on Alarm Systems are unbiased opinions and should be used for reference purposes only.

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The forums have plenty of information for people that would want to install Alarm Systems from understanding How Alarms Work, Design Help and How to. This helps in figuring out what you expect the entire setup to do and you can then purchase the equipment needed to start installing the Alarm System.

Alarm Forums are very useful and have is a good source of information for Internet users to share their knowledge when it comes to Home Alarm systems and help people all over the world.

Additionally, although do-it-yourself alarm systems are economical because there are no labor fees, in some instances warranties could become voided if the system is improperly installed. A hard-wired alarm system is the pick if you are deciding an alarm based on the price. If security is the major concern, and you want it to be the best then once again a hard-wired alarm system would be apt! And if you want the whole DIY alarm system installation to be easy then a Wireless Alarm system would obviously be the safest bet. Forums on Alarm Systems are not affiliated with any Alarm manufacturers or companies neither is any technical support provided by the alarm companies.

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6 Easy Steps To A Winning Burglar Alarm Systems Strategy

Burglar alarm systems

I have always thought that burglar alarm systems were rather expensive, but I recently saw an advertisement that changed my mind. I saw that my cable company, the same people who provide my Internet, phone, and cable, also have home alarm monitoring service.

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I do have to find out a few details before I sign up. I am not sure if the burglar alarm systems come with the service, or if I would have to buy it separately. I do know that my cable company has always had equipment for the rest of our services and we have never had to pay for it, so perhaps this is the case with the burglar alarm systems. It seems like a really great deal, and even though I am not really sure that I need one, I do think I would sleep better at night when my husband is away from home.

According to the advertisement I saw, the burglar alarm system that they offer is not spectacular, but it would certainly do for my home. That would be something that almost anyone should have if they have burglar alarm systems in their homes. Anyone with a finished basement used for any reason might want to consider having the high water alarms.

You can, of course, find burglar alarm systems through the usual companies. Most of the ones that have been around for a while are still there, and they are getting better, and probably cheaper, all of the time. We don’t want to think that we have to have this type of home security, but it is something that can give anyone peace of mind, especially if they have children in the house. The burglar alarm systems of today protect against more than intruders, and that alone would make them worth their weight in gold.

I have always thought that burglar alarm systems were rather expensive, but I recently saw an advertisement that changed my mind. According to the advertisement I saw, the burglar alarm system that they offer is not spectacular, but it would certainly do for my home. That would be something that almost anyone should have if they have burglar alarm systems in their homes.

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