Habitica is awesome

Routinely has been nice for kinda helping with a daily to-do list and awareness of how often I’m doing something tool. I think it will work great in conjunction with another amazing life planning and data gathering tool that I discovered today, Habitica.

A picture tells 1000 words.

Screen Shot 2016-03-30 at 8.28.47 PMIt is an RPG-like  dungeons and dragons way of tracking your real life activities. That’s my avatar, I’m level 2 and haven’t earned any stuff. That’s my health bar and a level bar. If I don’t do a daily, it hurts my health or if I do a bad habit. If I do a task I get currency and points toward my level. And I can set what my real life rewards that I buy with currency or get my avatar stuff.

It works in the browser, and has android and iOS apps.

I’m wore out from cleaning out the fridge, so this is going to have to do as my review. I am very glad something like this exists and love that it is open source.

Let me know if you want to join my party.

Upcoming series: Biosensory Insights

Any infonaut worth their salt is a quantified self nut and looking for that special biosensor to make their fitness dreams come true. Looks like for me, it is going to be Athos. Basically, this company sells a fitness shirt and capri that is outfitted with sensors that permit it to measure your muscle activity. I am going to be using it to start a series of posts where I provide information about my favorite workouts.

I am extremely impressed with their interface.  The breakdown of data is amazing. Here’s an example that blew my mind, it tells you how balanced you are at working the left and right side of your body.

When you start the app, there is a warm up period, which you end when you’re done warming up. That begins the workout phase. At that point you click to start your set and click to end your set. You can see your muscle activity real-time and when you’re done with your set you can replay it. It’s crazy. Soo…

I’m going to publish what I learn. I only have the pants for now. They don’t actually have the boob-compatible shirt finished yet, and so I’m going to just wait, you know exercise restraint.  Plus, I’m sure we’ll have plenty to learn about what is happening to the legs in the meantime.

I have the feeling this is going to be immensely helpful to me, but hopefully interesting to anybody else doing movement/flow/cirque exercise and thinking about getting help from biosensors.

Here’s the plan:

Biosensory insights – Aerial poses, free silks
Same side hook
The splits
Candy canes
Beats
Side lean
Superman
Dragonfly
Caesar
Butterfly
360 drop
Angel hang
Arrow

Biosensory insights – Aerial poses, free silks climbs
Basic Climb
Russian Climb
Russian Flirt Climb
Crochet Climb

Biosensory insights – Aerial sequences free silks 
Lady in the moon
Crossback Straddle Sequence
Song improvisation: Upside Down by Paloma Faith for a fast pace, excited movement
Song improvisation: Chi Mai  by Escala  for slower, romantic movement

Biosensory insights – Aerial sling
360 drop
Triple 360 drop
Flip sit (sling)
Dragonfly
Coffin
Superman

Biosensory insights – Calisthenics
Headstand
Handstand
Lunge
Plank
Pull up

Biosensory insights – Climbing
Bouldering V1
Bouldering V2
Climbing, any holds
Climb wall, sloped
Climb wall, not sloped

Changing the routine

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted anything. I experimented a little with using tumblr, but I found it a little empty in the end. Maybe I’ll try again later.

When I started dating my brilliant maker boyfriend, and started receiving a stable living wage,  I thought for sure I was about to embark on the most productive period of my life. That’s just not how it has turned out so far. I mean, I haven’t been completely useless. But I have felt like I’m not running on all cylinders and I’ve been wasting a lot of time on the internet honestly. I guess I didn’t handle the disruption to my routines well.

When I was young and dependent, and when I went through the trials of becoming independent, I dreamed about the life I have now, when I could do the things I wanted to do. Am I going to do all that and then hit a wall of my own making, a wall of will power? It must not be, I firmly believe in creating more than consuming and I am going to fight my lazy urges… with technology.

I’ve started using a program called routinely to reestablish the habits that I remember contributing most to my self esteem. I started a few months ago, but it’s finally starting to work. You basically make a to-do list of the things you want to do daily. You check them off when you do them. If you’ve done something recently its in green, if its starting to fade, it turns yellow, red and finally reverts to grey if enough time has passed. This helps reinforce what you’ve done, and your goal of getting everything to stay green (or at least red) drives you to make the habit.

So, we’ll see how that works out for me.

Vision

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In the future, private space companies, automation, and clean energy producers leading the way, we could put our factories in space instead of on our planet. Small space stations, powered by sunlight and ruled by maritime law, could let us outsource the pollutants that poison our earth. The gasses could be released and dispersed into space and the particulates could be collected and recycled into energy, materials, or stored in harmless matter.

Please? Can we stop hurting each other long enough to make this happen?

Too much violence is happening in our world because people think they have to take from each other to survive. They think they have to take lives because there aren’t enough resources on our planet for everyone. This is the fear that leads to hatred and dehumanization. This is the sort of “love of money” that could be called evil and anti-love.

“The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every “superstar,” every “supreme leader,” every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there – on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.”, Carl Sagan once said.

Space can handle the factories we need that we can’t on earth. We can prevent polluting our air and water with our industry. Space has the energy we can use to support all of Earth’s people. We can stop the extermination of Earth’s gloriously diverse life. Think of how the species on earth would change in a million years to be enjoyed and studied by our children’s children? We can stop the destruction of the sky and the water. There’s nothing holy about the waste that comes of warring and terrorizing each other. We need everything we have….

Game of Thrones spoilers, but that is what really hit home for me about the White Walkers scene. The White Walkers, impossible to kill without a rare metal, faster and more powerful than humans, rapidly multiply as all the dead would immediately multiply the force of the enemy (because like zombies, people killed by white walkers become white walkers) until it became horrifically powerful. Just like hatred has fought against humanity for all of time.

There’s enough room for all of us, and we need every mind and every life. We need to start treating each other like that. Have you noticed how time is short? People devoted to the same ends add their time together. Death takes time away. The importance of a peaceful and industrious future must be kept in our minds. Or we will add to the dead and the dead will come for us.

It is good to sometimes hold in your mind the intention to be a part of the healing. I know I’ve been hurting from the horrible things that I have been seeing on the news. I think we all feel the radiation of suffering from losing so many people to cruelty and hatred. It is intense for us in this age of pervasive media. We are mourning. If we give into fear, cruelty wins another victim. If we cultivate peace, love, and power in our mourning, we will have the rare metal.

Procrastination

Sorry I’ve been gone so long. My mouse on my home computer stopped working… and I keep forgetting to buy a new one. There, I put it on my shopping list, finally.

Anyways… I’ve been reading a lot of spirituality stuff recently, sort of, I dunno absorbing that kind of rhetoric because I’m trying to wake myself up again. I feel like I keep falling asleep at the wheel. I’m done with that, and for my final burst of reading I’ve returned to the (living) thought leader whose writing most closely syncs with my own motivations, Eliezer Yudkowsky. FYI for new readers, I’ve been lurking in the Overcoming Bias and Less Wrong community since like 2005. I don’t really like the new posts, but I love and try to reread the sequences every once in awhile. When I do, I like to remind everyone else about them too.

http://lesswrong.com/lw/3kv/working_hurts_less_than_procrastinating_we_fear/

The linked article linked above is a short discussion on procrastination. He makes important points about specifically procrastinating via reading poor quality articles that I think are very helpful! And unlike any other site, reading the comments is always awesome on LW.

10 Principles

These ten principles are my reflections on the good way of life.

  1. When entering a new group, honor their norms as you can according to your conscience and learn patiently for awhile. Only once you understand your relation to them are you ready for leadership*. When in doubt, lurk moar.
  2. Nature’s laws instruct us in the Way. Science is input for every type of engineering and art, each concerned with duplicating or transforming some existing process into what will create the conditions or outputs we need or desire.
  3. Make your prediction powers a priority; be able to know what self and the environment is going to do. It is the true measure of knowledge.
  4. No matter what your environment, you must face it with courage and determination to the limits of your energy**. A desire for self harm is a sign that you require the intervention of others and no good will come from acting on that urge.
  5. Honor all who nurtured, taught, and protected you. It is your purpose to love your people.
  6. Never break an agreement or promise unless genuinely unforeseen conditions are insurmountable.
  7. You must defend yourself against any anti-social person or group who tries to hurt you as effectively and ethically as possible. Revolt against criminal abuse of yourself or others. It is not okay for anyone to use physical, mental, or economic violence to coerce others concerning what they think and believe, how they live their lives, who they live their lives with, what happens to and goes into their bodies, or how they make a living.
  8. We should encourage, respect, and nurture the variation in nature and ourselves. Cultivate peace: it is better to be silent than to cause dissension or agitate others. Only ask to know about others what you are comfortable learning. Never falsely present yourself, but take care what you choose to share with others as well.
  9. Everyone should have a chance at a fair share of food, water, energy, culture, and information resources. We shouldn’t build for a subset of us, we build for all of us. Any infrastructure without the aim to allow full participation by all willing people must be criticized and corrected.
  10. Everyone must pursue self-improvement as best they can. The variety of intelligences and norms within our species has resulted in conflicts in the past. Peace is not the default state of many minds because of historical and present transgressions of peoples against each other. Natural disasters, whether caused by people or not, require us to make plans to insure our survival. Great cooperative effort and time is required to gather the information we need to defend our species against these threats. Awareness of rhetoric, logic, statistics, and sociology*** is needed so that people can learn to cooperate with each other in a way best for all parties and fight against existential threats in the environment.

* You say you want a revolution, well, you know. We all want to change the world.
** Fatigue itself isn’t shameful, take rest when you can afford it, though circumstances are sometimes unfair.
*** There is a common complaint against the humanities by people who think it does not relate to their profession. There is enough room in your brain for our collective effort at understanding how people make decisions, and some of these insights will directly improve your life and the lives of those around you.

Information Aversion

When I’m not living an active lifestyle, I struggle with inordinate food cravings. These cravings use each other, the more cake, pizza, and hamburger I have, the more I want. People laugh when I say so, but I’m getting older and I can’t really do it anymore. I knew I wasn’t going to like what I saw on the scale, and I’ve postponed this revelation for several weeks. Here’s a friendly reminder that information aversion just prevents you from seeing the data, it’s still there, generating according to its rules of cause and effect.

I just wish I had stepped on a bit sooner. I’m a fairly open person, I’m just going to tell you, 192. I’ve never been heavier than that, as I always start controlling myself once I hit there. It’s just a personal thing that I should never let myself hit 200. At 5″5′, my ideal weight is 160, but I only managed to hit 160 once in my life; while I was doing a CRON 80% raw vegan diet of approximately 1200 calories. So I’m perfectly content with 165-170 if that means I can have whiskey sometimes.

Repeat after me:
Portion control
Nutrient density
HIIT
Calisthenics

Monday, I start a new permanent position at TOTO, Inc. I feel like they have just the sort of environment I need to become a better technical writer. My favorite part of the new job is that are going to train me in Solidworks, yes please!

The new job means I can afford my tissu classes again, and I have a badge to enter the neighborhood gym. Let’s see how the use of Soylent works with my weight loss goal of 2 lbs per week until we hit 170. Today, I’m going to kick off by replacing all my meals with Soylent.

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In other news, I’ve continued to study the materials from the Coursera Data Science Specialization. I’m getting dangerously close to a powerful and desirable skill set. I’ve also made a lot of progress on my masqerade mask I made for a wedding in October. It is peacock themed. If you think my RepRap project is postponed, you should see my beer cap belly-dance scarf project. They say the last 10% is the hardest; so true. I’d like to finish that before Alchemy, since my camp will be featuring a beer cap mandala this year.