Dreamline: The process of out lining dreams

I have been getting into different economic and business type books. Now am on “The 4-Hour Workweek” by Timothy Ferriss. One common problem that I end up having with most of these books is that they seem to stand on the edge of physiology or self-help type of books.  Which i fear may be nothing more than snake oil. Or even have the slightest paranoia that they are spreading misinformation for their own advancement. However, This Timothy Ferriss seems to be making some interesting and legitimate points so far. 

The entire book is based around the fault in the common “deferred” life style. Which is working 40 hours a week for 30 – 40 years in hopes that one day you will be able to enjoy retirement, and never have to do the things you don’t like to ever again. Ferriss states that this approach is useless and even damaging. He believes the best way to live is to set extraordinary goals, take risks, only work four hours a week, and enjoy several “mini-retirements.” All of which sounds absolutely awesome. And Ferriss himself is apparently a high accomplished individual who has high achievements in all sorts of ridiculous filed including tango and Chinese kick boxing. As well as fluent in 6 languages.

He offers some exercises that will help people get into this mind set. I will save judgment on the book until i have finished it entirely, but in the mean time these seem like some fun exercises and most likely useful. Below is my first “Dreamline” in which you are supposed to list out unrealistic goals, determine the monthly cost to be able to accomplish these goals, and then list out the steps that are needed to take. The key word here is unrealistic.  I thought this looked like a fun exercise and could be interesting thing to make public. So here it is

THINGS TO HAVE (1350/ month)

  1. Rented house in the city (800/mo)
  2. Motorcycle (300 / mo)
  3. Chinese manufactured bamboo go table (800) (130 / mo)
  4. New Suit (700)  (120/mo)
  5. State of the art homemade desktop (1500)  ($250/mo)

THINGS TO BE

  1. Fluent in Spanish
  2. Proficient at programming in Python and Java
  3. in the best shape of my life

THINGS TO DO (230/mo)

  1. Take road trip up pacific coast into Canada. (1200)(200/mo)
  2. Sky-dive (200)(30/mo)
  3. Find smart/sexy/interesting girlfriend
  4. Volunteer at children hospital
  5. Start community garden

TOTAL =  230 + 1350 * 1.3*(400) = 2100/month = 70 / day

STEPS

today:Contact friend about obtaining Spanish learning software ; start daily two mile run ; check homework with python scripts:

tomorrow : research couch surfing and major destinations ; invite friends on road trip ; check on volunteer opportunities

day after : find possible roommates for house ; look on Craig’s list for possible areas.

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Winning for the first time…A Python experience.

After a little more than a month of diving into the python programming language I am happy to finally be making some progress. Having only a minimal experience in Matlab it took some time to learn what was mean by “object oriented” and to learn the new syntax. After learning how to manipulate classes, definitions, and attributes I was able to write a series of short modules to solve and check my structures assignments.  These are still very clunky and riddled with worthless chucks of free floating commented code scraps from experiments. Even though it’s not the prettiest thing to look at it still was a great learning experience and serves it purpose well.  

Then after writing this code it came to my attention that there are most likely was to improve it, make it simpiler, or more diverse. I really needed a method for doing symbolic algebra, that is, given a system of equations and solve of x and y, linear algebra.  I stumbled upon sympy. a beautiful mathmatical tool kit for python which is supposed to work on par with mathmatica and maple. I was then able to work this sympy ( symbolic python ) into my homework modules to automatically locate the zero point of shear and moment diagrams, or to locate the displacement in a beam. 

Then I came across the toolkits Matplot and numpy (number python) and they opened up the possibilities of my python ten fold. Its as if I have a full working, contained, and more versatile version of Matlab on my computer, and the best part is….IT WAS FREE!!! There are a couple of downfall though. The syntax and moving from one toolkit to another is not a simple as in Matlab, things do not seem as intuitive. All commands need to be run as methods of their respective toolkit, that is prefixed with toolkit name.

Mapping, plotting  manipulating data, displaying, graphing, organizing, playing, it is all so awesome right now. It took  a little over a month of screwing around when I had extra free time and BOOM i now have the skills and tools that could safe me tons of time in the future, serve as a great learning tool, and hopefully secure A’s in my final classes.

Finally, the newest thing I’ve started dabbling in is tkinter. Yet another python toolkit that makes simple GUIs. I’ve only had the opportunity to follow a few simple “hello world” type tutorials, and yet even these were very exciting. I was surprised to see an actual window pop up on the screen complete with the three options to minimize, maximize or exit located on the top right of the window….and there was a button, that i could click, that said “hello, world” on it, and when i clicked it, to my surprise, in the terminal was printed as phrase, a very optimistic phrase, “HELLO WORLD”, all in CAPITALS!! 

Here are a few projects i would like to work on and some more things i need to learn how to do:

1. structures programs similar to SAP2000, draw beam and forces, draw deformation with matplot, 2. create GUI for simple programs 3. crate simple Chemistry stoichiometry, and acid-base reaction modules. balance equations, and titration simulations 4. Learn how to interface with the WEB. it would be excellent access and import data from multiple sources from multiple areas such as elemental data. How to interact with search engines and web pages 5. How to manipulate image (RGB) and sound files. I have had some past experience in mat lab with RGB but sound like WAV and MP3 will be completely new territory. 6. Animation 7. Python and Linux. 

These are all things that i believe to be accomplish able in not to long of time, and they of course wont be done simultaneously. Taking each one a little at at time, focusing on each small component until it all comes together. Really wish I would have started on this stuff 5 years ago or earlier. Just thinking if i would of had this interest at 15 the knowledge i would have now. 

I know a few people stop by and read this so I will try to find a way to post links to the modles i wrote if any one would like to (or be willing to) review them. Also, if you have similar experience and/or advise please leave a comment! I think there’s a lot of great people and blog on this sight and would like meet and see as many as possible. 

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Quick History Entry, and mention of new book.

It is the end of Martin Luther King day and i have to be awake in 6 and 1/2 hours.  So This is not going to be as in-depth and as i would like it to be.  Also, there are many subjects on my mind that i could write about, indeed, a few that i should write about given the promises made in past entries.  I have finished that Malcolm Gladwell book mentioned before and have started in on Brave Companions  by David McCullough. In which he explores several different charters that have had a dramatic impact on american histroy, yet are not well known or overshadowed by others.  The first of these characters covered is a man named Alexander von Humboldt. Very interesting man, polymath, and probably the most influential naturalist of his time, not to mention the man that nearly every Humboldt county, city, or place was named after.  Now would seem an appropriate time to cover Baron von Humbolt given my past few entry on polymaths, but with the inadequate job given to Young, and my not really wanting to focus on polymaths, i would like to touch, ever so lightly and general, on history.

I am a little ashamed to admit that while going through my required education my least favorite subjects were history and english. Here, the term least favorite can be taken to mean loathed and despised. especially spelling and grammar (which i hope doesn’t show up too much here), in fact there were many grammar books and spelling list that ended up with pencil holes stabbed though them. Now, I do not want to be the type that blames any little problem I’ve had on others. As much as i would like to say my lack of interested in history during those years can be attributed to poor teaching methods and the inability for school to bring a subject alive, It is much more likely that the teachers did an adequate job and it took some maturing on my part to recognize the awesomeness in history.

History can be extremely boring until a person begins to see the interconnectiveness (word?) of humanity.  The things that are happening right now, all the events that effect us, are just the latest link in a long chain of events. The present cannot be disconnected from the past, and the past weights much more on the present than is initially visible. Once a person sees these connections it is impossible for history to be boring. I have only recently begun to dabble in history, and already the implication of historical events astound me. The summation of little events, however insignificant they seem on their own, combine to create great events. This can be seen in our own lives and our genealogy, as well as in great wars. Many different approaches can be taken to history and each will cast different lights on any event. One of my favorite approaches or “historical lens” is science. In science its is easy to see how one discovery leads to another, how one theory or discussion shapes another, and how these build upon each other century after century. Science weights on society probably more than any other area; technologies are discovered, powers shift, people learn, society progresses, and product are produced that allow me to write this with all the spell check i care to use.

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The unlikelihood of polymaths

Thinking of polymaths like Thomas Young naturally leads to thinking of human achievement. Though most people do not  become wildly successful intellectuals or athletes, most do have a job or something they do regularly.  What determines success in each individuals field?

Bill Gates has become successful in computers and business and has undoubtedly spent countless hours at his craft. Is the path that Bill Gates took to success the same as the worlds top Halo players? Do the best musicians, athletes, artists, scientists, and C.E.O.’s all have similar prescriptions for success?

I’m currently reading Malcolm Gladwell’s book  Outliers.  Gladwell list several examples of  people who have become sort of figureheads for success. People such as hockey players, musicians, lawers, and businessmen.  He shows how most all these people were given unusual opportunities that provided them with more practice time, and that they happened to become masters of their field by the time their industry was starting to boom. He states that in order to gain mastery a person needs to put in 10000 hours of practice. To give perspective on the 10000 hours rule, it would take a person about 5 years to become a master at their job given a 40 hour work week with no vacation.

He also show that success is as much about our heritage and situation as it is about our ambition. This isn’t a book review and i don’t want to give too many spoilers. However, Gladwell does make some very persuasive arguments about the links between heritage, family, time, socioeconomic factors, intensity, luck, and success.

I’m currently going to school for an engineering degree, working, and attempting to teach my self the guitar and piano, writing, and programming. I hope to gain at least a decent aptitude in most of these things as I fell they will help my career if not make me an overall better person. However, School and work take up the majority of time and it is simply not possible to spend eight hours days on everything that I would like to. Add in additional time needed for social events, family, and the occasional bouts of sloth the chance that I will ever be able to achieve mastery in one of these things, let alone all of them, is pretty slim.

I suppose the best thing a person can do is try. Although it is not very likely that i’ll ever create a masterpiece it is still a good idea to try. Becoming a master is unnecessary for most work, and having a basic skill is usually sufficient for most applications. There is also the possibilities that things are more interrelated than they appear and  some day may combine into something beautiful.

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Thomas Young, Polymath, Teaser

Tomas Young: polymath,  renascence man.

 People who can put a life time of thought and hard work into any one field and at the end make a vital contribution to the area are considered very talented and usually lucky. A civil engineer’s crowing career achievement may be a large, beautiful, bridge. A computer scientist may eventually design some software that can defeat the worlds best baduk player (the crowing achievement of and only reason computers were invented ).  These individuals might also be well accomplished musicians, writers, athletes, or artiest. They might speak multiple languages, enjoy history and become knowledgeable in some segment of it. There are many endeavors that people can set their spare time to that allow us to live rich, diverse, and fulfilling lives.

However, in competition with family and friends these things tend to become much less developed than they could be, and the hobbies and pursues usually become side notes. They become subtleties of a person and are seen to help characterize or fulfill an individual. It is a very rare case when an individual is seen to characterize or fulfill one of these areas. To be so developed and competent that they become part of the art its self. They become a subtlety of the area as Bach and John Lennon are to music.

These are the people you will come across when doing any in-depth study.  They give major contributions to their field, and become famous people of history. Most of these spend a life time in solitary pursuit of their goal. Many shunned other aspects of their lives by narrowing their approach to reach such a level. This is usually what separates the great out of the mediocre  and the masters from the jack’s-of-all-trades.

However, there exist people who are the jack of all trades masters. These people, called polymaths, cause the brain to turn gymnastics to comprehend their impact and scope. Thomas Young, if I don’t say so my self, is one of the greatest of these.

A person obtaining a bachelor degree in either physics, engineering (civil, computer, electrical, mechanical, etc.), history, linguistics, anthropology,  or music will undoubtedly stumble across this man’s name at some point during their academic career.  With out Thomas Young a living standard past that of the 16th century simply could not exist.  Below are some pictorial representations of his contributions.

EXPLANATIONS AND LINKS SOON TO COME!!!!

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Test post please ignore

Completing tasks can be difficult, especially when they require work. If tasks would be more simple, like say take three naps in an afternoon or watch an hour of vlog brothers then browse reddit for another two, then i would be a very very accomplished person.  Alas, tasks tend to be a bit more complicated than those things, even if they are as simple as sitting on your ass and as fun as composing music.

However, things will continues and a little will be written each day. as promised i will deliver the post on Thomas Young and make post every two to three days even though i will actually write every day.  I WILL WRITE EVERY DAY.

Any way sorry to disappoint all my readers, and by which i mean myself.  i know i enjoy my blog and look forward to the new posts, and having to wait for days on end for me to post new content can frustrated me. but me, don’t fret, i will continue to post top notch content for you to enjoy on a regular basis.

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Boy is this Difficult.

Felt i needed to just get on here and get something put down. Finals all the past week and lazyness for this one.  As a result this blog has taken a seat on the back burner, although only given four entries, its hard to think that it has ever been on any other burner. However, that will soon change

In an effort to make this a regular thing I will start to write a blog ever two or three days. These will be short, and will take no more than five minuets to read. In addition they will also be edited, precise and well researched.  

Now to discuss subject material. I will not be too focused and will try to cover many different topics. The only thing that will be constant in every entry will be the format.  I will soon have to write a report for the supper science research I am currently doing and in preparation for this i will try to include most entries in a research paper format. That is with references, a clear flow of ideas, and logical order. 

My first entry will be on Thomas Young, one the greatest scientist, thinkers, and all around human to have existed in my, and hopefully soon to be your, opinion. Research will begin to day and entry will be published the day after Christmas at the latest.  

HarDee HaRRRR

  

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