Off Topic blog

This is were you find the random stuff that didn’t fit into my other – presumably organized – blogs.

Quantifying Yourself...

Quantifying Yourself...

You've probably heard about the "Quantified Self" concept. In a nutshell you track everything that's measurable about you and you try to use it to your advantage.

I've started quantifying myself like this a couple of years ago... Here's a quick recap of what I've tried so far and quick thoughts and what I deem useful or not in hindsight.

1. Weight : I started with a Withings scale which automatically records my weight and body fat/lean mass every day. Just looking at the graph gives me awareness of my slacking or of my progress towards my goals and actually makes it easier to stick to my self imposed nutrition plan.

2. Sleep : The second area I tackled was sleep tracking with a device called Zeo which straps onto your forehead and records your brainwaves during the night. The company went bankrupt and the device is actually bothersome to strap on every night. But during the time I used it it gave me some great insights on my sleep patterns and definitely convinced me I should stick to my 9 hours of sleep per night and not try to shave off a cycle in a hopeless chase for more productive time :p

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30 days on Bulletproof Coffee: Results

30 days on Bulletproof Coffee: Results

I’ve been drinking bulletproof coffee (recipe here) in the morning for a little more than a month now. I also had a few days off to feel the difference.

Here are my results. There are some positive effects. There are also some negative ones. If you’ve tried bulletproof coffee too, I’d be very much interested to know if your results concur with mine.

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How to make Bulletproof Coffee - Recipe

How to make Bulletproof Coffee - Recipe
This coffee doesn't just taste awesome; it will boost your brain like no other!

Last week, I started to experiment with “Bulletproof Coffee". It’s sort of a commercial product but you can actually make your own at home. This is what I did.

It’s a bit too early to draw conclusions but my first impression is that I’ve been running at 120% mental capacity since I started. And I’ve surely cranked out a lot of extra work that I had been procrastinating on for a while (including work on this blog).

It may also just be a placebo effect or just a temporary energy boost of myself subconsciously wanting to check off as many todos as possible before the summer holidays… or maybe it’s just switching from green tea to coffee… but I sure feel pretty darn good these days ;) I’ll post more when I have had the opportunity to run a couple of weeks on and off that stuff.

In the meantime, if you want to try it out yourself, here’s how I’m doing it at home…

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Post-It wars!

Post-It wars!
Post-It wars!

Poping up faster than mushrooms in this rainy summer we have here in France are Post-It pixel art icons on office windows all over the place!

Above are the Post-It windows I originally saw from my office window a couple of days ago. Below is my space invader response ;) – Obviously I’m not equipped with enough Post-It colors to go ballistic like these guys, but it crossed my mind to order some :p

This whole thing started as a friendly “war” between two opposite companies in the East of Paris. Now it’s everywhere! Some companies are even doing multilevel installations on bigger office buildings!

I wonder how long it will take for this to start in other countries!?

More pics below …

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Suicide failure stats

19 out of 20 people who attempt suicide will fail.

But people who fail are 37 times more likely to succeed the second time…

At TEDYou, JD Schramm asks to break the silence surrounding suicide and suicide attempts:

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