NevBlog.com was born on November 17th, 2004 (almost TEN years ago!!) to keep track of my financial situation.
It was never meant to be read by another human being other than myself.
Now why would a blog be so important for me? It’s for a simple reason: I FORGET EVERYTHING.
Ask me what I did in March 2006….and I have no freaking clue.
However I can just go to the sidebar of my blog and click on the March 2006 archives….and INSTANTLY it all comes flooding back. Simply reading a few sentences or seeing some images from that time allows me to instantly recall everything that was happening around that time.
For this reason, my blog acts as my surrogate brain. Retaining all the memories I would otherwise surely forget.
So for keeping my brain alive, thanks NevBlog :-)
The stats below don’t tell the whole story, but starting sometime in 2005 I installed Google Analytics, and here are the stats from a blog “nobody was supposed to read”:
For starters, it’s cool that OVER ONE MILLION PEOPLE have viewed something I created. Maybe I should put a badge on NevBlog saying “Now seen by over 1.5million people!” :-)
Here’s some fuzzy math on how many cumulative hours have been spent on my site:
(1,664,333 visits) x (99 seconds per visit) = 2,746,149 hours of NevBlog-viewing time!
There’s a class of people you shouldn’t make fun of…..because it might bite you in the ass one day.
It’s the people that do stuff.
Here’s what I mean:
EVERY successful person I’ve ever met.
I mean EVERY SINGLE DAMN ONE….
…..has done a bunch of stuff.
This means they’ve created a lot of stupid little businesses.
This means they’ve tried a bunch of stupid money hustles.
This means they’ve repeatedly tried stuff and failed, or had crappy results.
This means they’ve done lots of dumb “side businesses”.
This means they’ve dreamt unrealistic dreams of running their own show.
This means they’ve tried businesses that “you told them so” would fail.
The people that do these things, are the ones I’ve seen become successful over and over and over and over over and over and over and over over and over and over and over over and over and over and over over and over and over and over.
When I was a bit younger I’d see people who talked a big game, got amazing grades, joined all the right clubs, and I always thought THEY would become the rich & famous ones. But it never happened that way. Haven’t seen it ONCE. Nothing above average success.
But the people who were CONSTANTLY UP TO SOMETHING….
…Even if it was small and stupid.
…Even if they always failed.
…Even if in some sick way, I got some sick-satisfaction out of seeing them fail…..(trust me, when you try stupid businesses, there’s a lot of people who sub-consciously want you to fail).
…those were the people that made it BIG.
Now I call some of these things “stupid” or “dumb” when referring to these small “tryout” businesses…..because that’s exactly what A LOT OF PEOPLE think they are….STUPID.
In most successful people I’ve met, I’ve seen trace amounts of:
…need to prove something
But ultimately I’ve seen the number one indicator of future success as being:
“ARE THEY TRYING A LOT OF STUFF?”
So next time you see a classmate, family member or colleague who is constantly trying out small businesses or side-hustles……you might wanna watch out. That fucker might be your boss one day. ;-)
It’s a flight where you get on an airplane (a full-sized 727) and do parabola maneuvers that make you weightless for 30 seconds at a time.
It was kind of like skydiving, I always knew I wanted to do it.
Basically the plane does maneuvers like this:
Now the VERY FIRST THING everyone wants to know is “HOW MUCH DID IT COST??”
Well, here’s the after-tax price on my credit card statement:
$5,197.00 total cost.
So yes…..this wasn’t a cheap little adventure (you can take a whole family on a vacation for that much money)…..but it was a “once in a lifetime” unique thing. Plus when I go to space, I’ll have some experience :-)
So I’ll describe the whole day with words & pictures:
At 8:30am me and two friends (Steve and John) went to a Marriott where the ZeroG people were holding an orientation. They have Dramamine and some other anti-nausea medications freely available (after all, this thing is nicknamed “The Vomit Comet”)!
After watching some videos and a light breakfast, they tell you to use the bathroom since there’s no bathroom on the plane (since regular airplane bathrooms tend to “spill over” when you do weird parabola maneuvers in them). Gross.
One of the things I blatantly ignored was them discouraging you from bringing a camera. They said in the air it was “very clumsy” to fiddle with a camera. I still brought one anyway and put it in my flight suit (which you get to keep)!
They were gonna have a professional photographer onboard, plus a couple of high def video cameras to record all the floating.
Apparently this Marriott had Zero Gravity already! ;-)
Soon after the orientation, they bused us to the airport:
Everyone on the bus was pretty excited and ready to go floating!
We got down and saw the plane. It was a full size plane, much like something you’d fly from Austin to New York in:
I naturally had to get my world-wide famous handstand picture pose. This one was timed pretty well!
Here’s a picture of John, TAKING a picture of him throwing a phone in the air:
Everyone boarding the plane from the cargo entrance (the whole thing is actually a converted cargo airplane):
A group photo of everyone going floating that day. I stuck my tongue out like this :-P
Me, Steve, and John walking Armageddon style towards the plane:
There were about 40 regular airplane seats in the back, and you can see the main floating area with padding the whole way around:
When we completed the takeoff and got to cruising altitude, they let us hang out in the main floating area. Sitting like this was MUCH more comfortable than regular old airplane seats!
Since the plane must first do a high-gravity turn before low-gravity, they HIGHLY SUGGEST you lay down and stare at one spot on the ceiling for this part. We would pull 1.8 G’s on this maneuver, so my 170 lbs body felt 306 lbs.
It just felt like a lot of pressure on your body, but not extremely uncomfortable (although anymore G’s and it would be uncomfortable):
Me jokingly falling asleep:
This is me in Martian gravity. Our first parabola was “Mars gravity” which is 1/3 your weight on Earth. The next two parabolas are “Lunar weight” where you weight 1/6th your weight.
This part was really fun! You could jump & flip…..but when you hit the ground it didn’t hurt. You also would still come back down, whereas in Zero G you never fall back down without a push:
This was my first FULLY WEIGHTLESS picture. It was fun just rising up off the ground with literally a tap of your finger:
John got these two great pics of him floating an iPhone. He was actually trying to play Hangtime….a game he developed which got banned from the Apple App store. You throw your phone high as possible and try to see how long it can “hang” in the air. This is a CLEAR loophole :-)
These pics are particularly great since John is CEO of Mutual Mobile (a 250+ person company here in Austin):
John playing Hangtime as Steve flies around:
Everyone just flying around the cabin:
Another Superman pic:
Just hanging out in Zero G:
Eating a water bubble. It seems so nice and spherical in the air….so it looks like a solid. But don’t be fooled! If you miss with your mouth, it WILL splash all over your face!
SO before I went onboard the Zero G flight, I thought THIS is what it would be like floating in Zero G for the first time:
However I quickly found out it was more like this the first couple of times we went weightless (30 seconds at a time):
After the 6th zero-g parabola I think it was much better…..but at FIRST you definitely have a difficult time controlling yourself. Simply pushing off the floor with LAUNCH you upwards towards the ceiling.
Plus you’re often bumping into other people who change your trajectory.
I remember one time I just curled up into a ball and floated around the whole 30 seconds. I would get bumped, pushed, nudged….around the whole area by other people or the walls. It was fun to feel like a ping-pong ball!
After the flight was done, we found out why the plane wasn’t flying in a straight line…..THESE goofballs were driving ;-)
I got one last pic in the plane….of course a full-gravity handstand:
The second thing after the “how much did it cost” questions….is “did you throw up in the vomit comet??” The answer is: YES!
“THE NICEST VOMIT EVER” I’m not sure I’ve ever been motion-sick before……but I know if I ever DID get motion sickness, the LAST thing I’d do is start doing flips, handstands, or achieving terminal velocity. However that’s EXACTLY what I was doing the whole time.
For the last 3 parabolas I could feel a small part of my stomach go further and further up my throat each time. By the last parabola, I could tell something was gonna give. I grabbed the little air-sickness pouch they give you (everyone keeps one in their flight suit pocket), and wee bit of vomit came out.
HOWEVER it was the “nicest” vomit I’ve ever had!
Normally if someone vomits, it’s either because you’re violently ill, or very very drunk. Both are not good feelings. However, this was rather….dare I say…..pleasant?
I balled up the pouch when done, put it inside another…..and felt ok after that.
I kind of ignored feeling a little sick on the last few parabolas because I didn’t wanna waste my weightless time. Only 30 seconds each, 16 times total (8 minutes of weightlessness).
If I ever do this again (or go to space), I’m going to take the anti-nausea medication they give.
By the end of the flight, I’d say at LEAST 50 percent of the people felt A LITTLE worn out or nauseous. Not necessarily throw-up nauseous, but if you think about what your body just endured for the first time, it makes sense:
You were weightless for the first time in your life with NO visible reason why. You endure 1.8 G’s for 30 seconds at a time, then go weightless and do flips & tricks for 30 seconds…..then you repeat that SIXTEEN TIMES!
By the end, it’s not TOO surprising your body is probably saying, “WHAT THE FUCK IS GOING ON!!??!?!”
“SO, WAS IS WORTH $5,2000.00 ?” If you’re actually INTERESTED in this kind of thing, and you can easily afford it….then go for it.
If you’re either going to spend your hard-earned $5,200 on a car down-payment or $5,200 on this…..perhaps the car payment might be better.
However I wouldn’t recommend saving up for years for this. ONLY if it’s easily affordable AND you really wanna do it….would I recommend.
SOME OF MY VIDEO:
A little side note: I checked to see which astronauts were currently in space at the time of my Zero G flight (August 18th, 2012). There were SIX humans in space….all aboard the International Space Station. I checked their names:
Not a single Indian person…..nevertheless a Zoroastrian……so that means on August 18th, 2012…..from 12pm to 2pm ….
I WAS THE ONLY WEIGHTLESS INDIAN PERSON IN THE UNIVERSE!!