October updates

A few months ago I started working out occasionally with my friend Billy.  What’s interesting is last year he randomly entered a body building competition and won.

His secret?

Eat well + workout + do that everyday for a year.

He got down to 3.5% body fat (which is INSANE) by just following that routine……but also closely tracking it.

I’m not aiming for his results or closely tracking every workout yet, but I’ve started jotting down a few things to keep me accountable on this spreadsheet:


I’m also following Billy’s 5-day workout regimen:


What’s helped a lot is joining a gym outside of my apartment gym.

My apartment gym is nice and all, but doesn’t have the same energy, vibe, or equipment as a real gym.


Years and years and years ago I bought a Lexus GS300.  The car has been a beast over the years.  In terms of cars and price it was an unbelievable purchase.

I drive very little here in Austin so I’ve never been in a big hurry to get a new car, but I recently picked this baby up:

It’s the exact same car, just a newer GS 350:


The old GS300 in the back, new GS350 in the front:

Interesting note: Since the day I got it, I’ve never put a front license plate on my original GS300.  With this new car I’m finally road legal!

Look at dat ass:

The main thing I’ve noticed between the two cars is the level of technology.  From the starter, the door opening, any functionality, the integration with my phone……it’s all electronic.

It’s amazing to see the level of technology going into these cars.

Hope it lasts the same way the older one did!


Gold shoes

After my shoe hospital street advertising experiment I decided to make some cool shoes of my own:

Boring blue shoes from Zara Man that I rarely wear:

A can of $4 gold pray paint and a hangar (to hold the shoe without getting hands dirty):

Already looking cooler:

Put some plastic bags in the shoes to avoid inner spray paint exposure:

Gold shoes complete!

Add blue shoe laces for cool contrasting effect:

Actually this isn’t the first time I’ve done this.  In 2009 I spray painted my first pair of shoes.

There’s this oddly-satisfying feeling from wearing something you (sorta) made!

August 2015 Goals

My goals for August 2015:

August 2015 Goals

1.) I’m still in list building mode.
That’s primary focus.

2.) I want to learn to type faster. 
I’m in a computer for most of the day, do a LOT of writing, and a LOT of email.  The fact I can only type 60 or 70 words per minute is pretty lame considering typing is what I do alllll day long.

A 10% – 30% increase in my typing speed can have huge impacts on my productivity.  So this seems like an important thing to learn.

The problem is I “Chicken Peck” with my index fingers:

Chicken Pecking Typing


I can type reasonably fast, and without looking at the keyboard, but I’ve got my two index fingers running around the keyboard all day whilst my other fingers just chill.

That’s a waste.

This month I’m taking about 10 minutes per day to train myself to type with all my fingers.


July 2015 Goals

Here’s my goals for July 2015:


It’s damn-near identical to my June 2015 goals because that combo of activities worked well.

But June is done now, so it’s time for July:

The only addition is I started tracking my daily calorie intake (a tactic I did in a six pack experiment years ago I learned from Adam at MBT).

Sometime in June I started tracking my caloric intake and workout status on mirror in my living room.  There’s something stupidly EASY AND HELPFUL about just writing down a health summary of my day.

Quite useful:


Anywho, time to start chipping away at July!

Visiting an offshore oil rig (on land)

I visited an offshore oil rig my dad helped design, it was pretty cool getting to actually go on one (normally it’s NOT a thing visitors get to do)!

These are huge billion+ dollar projects with thousands of parts from hundreds of different suppliers.  Cool too see projects of this scale come together:

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Something I found interesting:
To get this platform built and setup costs about 1 billion dollars.  It can pump roughly $5,000,000/day in oil.

Assuming there’s only 300 full-production days per year, that’s still $1.5billion/year for 10+ years.  This rig will probably scrounge up $10 – 20 BILLION in oil over the years.

Wow….oil ain’t a bad business!!

Brazil 2015

For 9 days in May I went to Brazil.

Since my memory is pretty lame, I shall post random pictures of myself here in order to remember:

Places went:

  • Rio De Janeiro.
  • Bello Horizonte.
  • Ouro Preto (quaint little town, day trip at max).
  • Inhotem (to see largest outdoor art decor museum).
  • Stayed at Sheraton Rio Niemeyer (If I were to go back for a workcation, I’d probably stay here again).
  • Stayed at Miramar Hotel (If you wanna be in the hot spot of things this was awesome)!

El handstando:

My new rock collection:

Discovering Brazil…..or just posing like I did:

Beach outside room:

Levitating sand:
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Cheesy pose:

Aprazivel restaurant in the treetops:
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Going up Sugarloaf Mt:

Top of Sugarloaf:
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Fancy Fancy:
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I am a tree:
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Streets of Ouro Preto:
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Red art room at Imhotep:


This picture looks like a space base on Mars:
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Met this dude named Jebus:
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Escadaria Selarón in Rio:
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Brazillian Coast Guard doing practice helicopter rescues right outside hotel balcony!IMG_0734

Rio is really pretty:
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Hardcore security at soccer game:

Soccer game:


View from Miramar Hotel on Copacabana Beach:

Yoga dog!

Big J overlooking the city:

There was a comically large number of fire extinguishers everywhere we went in Brazil.  Especially in hotels:

First class makes life better ;)
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You know it’s fancy when you have 3 forks and 3 knives:IMG_1059

Successful.  Passed out in United Lounge:IMG_1080


Random thoughts about Brazil:

  • Way cooler place than I expected.
  • Portuguese is a very pretty language.
  • People were all extremely friendly and nice.
  • Getting ripped off wasn’t a problem, everyone very honest.
  • I personally didn’t experience any of the high theft rates commonly heard of there.
  • Would totally go back!


June 2015 Goals

My goals for June 2015:


Very simple goals.

Business Goals: Grow KopywritingKourse list.

Personal Goal: Do an “Amish Hour” before bed each night where I use no screens.  Either read, practice guitar/piano, or write (on pen & paper).

Last month (May 2015) was successful.

Put out several in-depth posts that will all get slowly added to over time:

I also went to Brazil from May 22nd till May 31st.  Work was pre-planned so I could enjoy the trip even if I got zero work done.

So whilst absent, no one noticed too much :)


May 2015 Goals

Here’s my goals for May 2015:

May 2015 Goals

I’ve been doing these Copywriting Teardowns lately and want them to be a weekly feature.  Email me if you want your site torn down and featured to 15,000+ people (NevMed at gmail com)

It was quite a busy month, and got all of April 2015 goals done which feels good.  Including a non-official goal to stay under a certain caloric limit.  My poor living room mirror was the bearer of all the tracking:

Neville Living Room Mirror Tracking

In April I spoke at a Startup Socials conference in Ft. Lauderdale in Florida:
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……then decided to stay for a few more days, so stayed at The W Hotel in South Beach miami which was AWESOME:

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The next big thing was completing my April Coding Challenge where I wanted to finish an online Ruby On Rails course so I allowed people to join me.  I also kept a Slack Chat Group going and a spreadsheet documenting progress like this:

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Ended up creating a Heroku app that went live on the web called Nevtrest (a ghetto version of Pintrest we built in the class):

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I would say I couldn’t possibly build my own web apps fluently after this class, but I DID learn several things like Git Hub and Heroku which is useful for being about to speak with programmers about.

Overall a good and productive April 2015.

Hope to keep up the progress in May 2015!