Off Topic blog

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

Doulton filters with mold

I ordered a British Berkefeld water filter on Amazon.

This system uses Doulton filers.

And those filters arrived wrapped in a wet paper, inside bubble bags. Under these condition it is not unsurprising to find some mold had developed between the filters and the paper:

Doulton filters with mold
"New" filters with mold spots
Doulton filters with mold
The paper the filters were wrapped in...

I contacted the seller (named "AllSpares") and they have been totally unhelpful. "We are sorry we did not receive the photos.". I sent them twice. For all I know they are in their spam box... Of course they gave no alternative means of sending the photos, they don't answer the phone and keep telling "send the photos before we can approve a return".

So I have to post the photos on my blog so I can send them a link through Amazon?

What a lousy service :/

I'm not going to use these filters. I could clean the outside or even trust they filter the mold, but how do I know if they have mold on the inside too?

Internet like heroin

Internet like heroin
Not heroin, I know, but I really didn't want a picture of a needle here! :p

Back in April 2004, I quoted this: [original now unavailable]

"Like heroin, I don't think the internet is one of those things that you can just do casually."
-Rory Blyth

I remember I really agreed with Rory at the time.

Well... now I was about to brag about how I'm over the RSS feed addiction, how I'm over the Facebook feed addiction, how I'm over the twitter feed addiction, how I'm over the Reddit feed... yep I was about to brag... and then it dawned on me: oh how many hours per day I am stuck on YouTube.

Yep... I don't think my use of Youtube is casual any more! :/

"At least I'm learning things"... that's my excuse now... just as it was back then.

PS: I'm not talking about watching "funny videos". I'm talking about learning anything and everything from very knowledgeable people who share their craft, knowledge and wisdom in video form.

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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