coffee noir: chap's daily blog RSS

10-11-19: because coffee It’s so natural, even expected, to drink coffee when I wake up. My subconscious starts craving when my eyes open. The power of habits is undeniable.  The physical reaction to my morning caffeine intake triggers my brain to action. Coffee wakes the slumbering beast by conditioning a behavioral response. That is, drinking coffee makes me work harder. Believing in positive results accelerates behavioral conditioning significantly. This is how placebo works. I plan to take advantage of placebos to enable the aggressive schedule I built for myself. In my last post, I discussed implementing structure. Placebo will help me...

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 Exercise energizes me. My family inspires me. A clean home enlightens me.  Let’s learn from Jack Torrence, of The Shining fame, who reminds us that “all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.” Structure, and scheduling, scares me because it has notoriously suffocated innovation. I built my schedule for chunk time sessions for the passions I have. Work, exercise, family, education and watching football are all accounted for while embracing fluidity and improvisation. Every week - what I do specifically within that structure can change; but ultimately, my quality of life should improve significantly by having expectations in...

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On two occasions,  the West Virginia wilderness tried to trap me.  Years ago, I took a climbing friend down the Gauley river in a 2-person raft. My inexperience and the river’s power combined for a legendary day. We were 100 feet into the biggest rapid when the river spit us, and our boat, on top of a massive boulder. We stood on that rock with our thumbs up our butts for thirty minutes before deciding our only option was to recklessly throw ourselves back into the chaos. We barely managed to keep the boat upright as we spun down the...

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