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January 3, 2017 - No Comments!

2016: A Year in Review

2016 wasn't easy, but it was amazing and full of adventures. Seeing amazing landscapes, experiencing unique cultures, and meeting amazing people along the way.

I started last year by working my ass off as a freelancer, working 12+ hours a day. But I was able to ...

  • Travel to 6 countries (Georgia, Turkey, Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, Germany), and more than 30 cities.
  • Eat beautiful and weird stuff, from Khinkali in Georgia, to fried Silk worms and snake's beating heart with it's blood in Vietnam.
  • Climb 4 mountains/volcanoes (Mousa in Egypt, Batur and Agung in Bali, Fansipan in Vietnam)
  • Learn photography, freediving, surfing, and riding a scooter.
  • Swim with sharks and stingrays in Malaysia, and swim inside USSR ship wreck in Bali.
  • Buy my first camera (Sony a6000).
  • And finally, moved to Berlin.

 

Also, last year, I barely completed my reading challenge. These were the ones I really enjoyed.

Fiction

  • Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
  • ★ Dune by Frank Herbert (Read the first three, but the first as my favorite)
  • ★ Foundation series by Isaac Asimov (Second Foundation is my favorite)
  • The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
  • Departure by A.G. Riddle
  • The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
  • Neuromancer by William Gibson
  • 1984 by George Orwell
  • Fahrenheit 451 by Bradbury, Ray
  • A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess


Non-fiction

  • ★ Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration by Ed Catmull
  • Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah
  • Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies by Nick Bostrom
  • Ghost in the Wires: My Adventures as the World's Most Wanted Hacker by Kevin D. Mitnick
  • Death Throes of the Republic by Dan Carlin (Podcast, but it's long to be considered an audiobook)
  • Living with Complexity by Donald A. Norman
  • It's Not How Good You Are, It's How Good You Want To Be by Paul Arden

December 31, 2015 - No Comments!

2015: A Year in Review

Thanks Tobias van Schneider and Leo Babauta for the encouragement.

This year, I was able to…

  • Read and listen to more than 100 books. I started a reading habit that became an obsession, and started getting into fiction, philosophy, and history.
  • Meditate daily for more than 6 months. It was very hard to just sit down, especially because of my racing mind, but I managed to do it for long and felt amazing.
  • Do some local traveling. Kicked of the year going to Siwa, were I spent most the time freezing. And managed to explore parts of Islamic Cairo.
  • Conquer my TV/Movies addiction. I stopped watching all the okay show/movies (only the best), watch one show at a time (follow one story), and watch it after the season ends (no cliff hangers). Only exception to the last rule is Game of Thrones, and comedy shows.

Started…

  • Shaving my head, completely.
  • Writing in a diary. I like to write in 3rd person, like Tim Ferriss and Bréné Brown suggests. It helps to gain some perspective, see things from another point of view.
  • Getting more organized. I started creating lists, templates, and checklists for everything. And started passive and active time tracking, using RescueTime and Harvest, which helps see time leaks, and improve estimation ability.
  • Drawing, again. I’m now learning and practicing my drawing skills daily. Focusing on drawing simple comics strips and cartoon characters.

Learned…

  • Basic Spanish, but cannot speak, yet.
  • How memory works, and improved it. Which is considered huge for me, because I’ve always thought I had bad memory. I also learned some tricks like Mnemonics & Memory palaces.
  • How to read faster. Depending on what I’m reading, sometimes it’s a matter of searching and scanning for bits of information, and sometimes by Conceptualization.

Favorite Podcasts

  • Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History
  • The Tim Ferriss Show
  • Serial

Comics

  • Saga
  • Y the Last Man
  • Attack on Titan

Documentaries

  • Man on Wire
  • Sunshine Superman
  • Jiro Dreams of Sushi

Fiction

  • The Martian
  • The Dispossessed
  • Snow Crash
  • The Fold
  • Armada

Non-fiction

  • Zero to One
  • Design is a Job
  • Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World
  • Surely You’re Joking Mr. Feynman
  • Moonwalking with Einstein
  • Man’s Search for Meaning
  • We Learn Nothing

“Learning to ignore things is one of the great paths to inner peace.” — Robert J. Sawyer

“The first principle is that you must not fool yourself and you are the easiest person to fool.” — Richard P. Feynman

“Live as if you were living a second time, and as though you had acted wrongly the first time.”— Viktor Frankl, A Man’s Search for Meaning

Thank you!

October 20, 2012 - No Comments!

Feeling Lucky … Punk

Hell yeah I do.

Everything in life 80% based on your perception of it, if you believe something is impossible, your mind just ignore it and won’t even bother to find a solution. I’m sure you had a bad day were everything gone wrong, and when it couldn’t get more wrong, it gets even worse.

Always Right

From my perspective I’m lucky all the time, even in unlucky times. I believe in one thing, the best solution is the one that I chose. Maybe I’m right, and maybe I’m wrong. As there is no way —yet— possible to know or live in another dimension or a parrallel universe. But lets see, if i’m right you will feel better about yourself with choices you already made or anything affected your life. On the other hand thinking about IF you made the right choice will just

Always Lucky

As human being we kinda need this kinda thinking. We need to deceive ourselves into thinking we are strong, we are right, we are great. Because in reality we aren’t that much great as we think we are. We are all equal on some level, and thinking we are different help us go on pushing ourselves for greatness.

So its “Fake it, till you make it”, fool yourself into thinking that you are lucky, and luck is it that you shall have.