Category Archives: Visualization

My Inc. post today: Like TED Talks? This 99-Second Video Covers Them All

on February 29, 2016 in Humor, Inc.com, Visualization

My post today on Inc.com, “My Inc. post today: Like TED Talks? This 99-Second Video Covers Them All,” begins: Like TED Talks? This 99-Second Video Covers Them All Everyone loves inspiration, so we enjoy TED talks. But do they change behavior or just make us feel inspired? Who doesn’t love feeling inspired? I do, so for a long time I loved TED talks. No longer. Why not? Because I distinguish[…] Keep reading →

Stop before you ruin things, part 2: a reader’s additions

on January 7, 2016 in Awareness, Models, Visualization

Last week in “Stop before you ruin it: Math that improves your life,” I posted about not confusing behavior like this: with this: I gave examples of saturation: money and happiness, material stuff and happiness, nutrients and health, exercise and fitness, and time together and enjoyment. A reader wrote in a few more examples. She specified the x-axis but not the y-axis, though I think you can figure out the[…] Keep reading →

Stop before you ruin it: Math that improves your life

on January 1, 2016 in Awareness, Fitness, Models, Nature, Visualization

Do you hate doing things that take effort and get you no results? You’re probably doing it a lot without realizing it, especially if you don’t understand this simple concept I’ll illustrate below. If you’d like to stop wasting your time, energy, and other resources on things that don’t help your life, read on. Some things work like this: If the temperature goes up in Fahrenheit, it also goes up[…] Keep reading →

Does this bottle disgust you?

on November 12, 2015 in Awareness, Nature, Visualization

I saw this bottle at an event. I’ve seen ones like it before, but this time I couldn’t help feeling disgust. Why disgust? Because there is no need to package that amount of water for whatever people are using it for. It won’t quench the thirst of anyone thirsty to the point of it affecting their health. For everyone else, it’s just a superficial holdover for a few minutes. No[…] Keep reading →

Maturity and pasta

on October 2, 2015 in Fitness, Nature, Stories, Visualization

I used to think of pasta and rice as staples—that is, the basic food of a meal to put everything else around. Over the years I’ve decreased the pasta, rice, and other staples in favor of vegetables. Now that I see restaurants’ goals less to healthily nourish you and more to entertain your mouth and eyes, I see so-called staples as ways to increase their profit at the expense of[…] Keep reading →

Recycling doesn’t pollute much less than throwing stuff away

on September 29, 2015 in Models, Nature, Perception, Visualization

Throwing things away so they’ll end up in landfills pollutes. No two ways about it. Not using something in the first place doesn’t pollute. Recycling feels like it’s roughly in the middle. If you only have two comparisons and no objective scale, how else can you compare something in the middle but roughly in the middle. Since I wanted to feel better about myself, I probably thought of recycling as[…] Keep reading →

How to make less more

on September 28, 2015 in Awareness, Fitness, Models, Nature, Perception, Tips, Visualization

I eat a lot of mixed nuts and peanut butter. As far as I know, they’re all healthy to someone without allergies. I eat a lot of them. I found a site that shows pictures of two hundred calories of various foods. I like and eat a lot of broccoli. Here’s two hundred calories of broccoli: Looks like an amount that would go a long way to filling me up.[…] Keep reading →