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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:
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My new rock collection:
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Discovering Brazil…..or just posing like I did:
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Beach outside room:
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Levitating sand:
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Cheesy pose:
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Aprazivel restaurant in the treetops:
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Going up Sugarloaf Mt:
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Top of Sugarloaf:
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Fancy Fancy:
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Imhotep:
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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:
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This picture looks like a space base on Mars:
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Balls:
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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:
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Soccer game:
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View from Miramar Hotel on Copacabana Beach:
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Yoga dog!
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Big J overlooking the city:
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There was a comically large number of fire extinguishers everywhere we went in Brazil.  Especially in hotels:
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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!

 

2014 Re cap

The start of 2015, means the end of 2014!  Let’s look at the trajectory for 2015 by re-capping 2014:

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Since I suck at remembering stuff, I have to write it down to remember.  Here is a broad re-cap of my 2014:

 

January 2014:
—Started doing one-off consults. Goal was 100 by end of year (hit).

–Went to San Francisco to speak at HustleCon

 

February 2014:
—Took a Workcation to Thailand. Visited Bangkok and the islands.  Got lots of work done and good ideas.

 

March 2014:
—Made several hundred more NevBox’s for sale and for gifts.

—Partied it up during SXSW 2014.  People were fascinated by the 3D printer.  My apartment complex politely requested, “I take down the 3D printed penis in the window.”  I bet that was the first time an apartment manager has EVER made that request in history!

—I 3D printed a chess set!

—I challenged Noah to a handstand duel.  I won….big time.

—Figured out that 2,746,149 cumulative hours have been spent on NevBlog!

–Launched The Kopywriting Checklist

 

April 2014:
–Had a Rock Climbing and Co-Working Party

–Did a podcast with Steve.

–Hired a business manager.

–Launched “The Autoresponder Klass”.  Goal was 7x higher than I anticipated.

 

May 2014:
–Did another Workcation with the AppSumo Team in Napa Valley

 

June 2014:
–Designed and 3D printed a part for my scooter.

–Through a WordPress Framework created The KopywritingKourse Blog to make posts about kopywriting.

–Bought a piano and started learning.  Picked up it up quickly since I already play guitar.

 

July 2014:
Started posting bidnaz stuff on KopywritingKourse Blog, and personal stuff on NevBlog.

Definitely started to notice I hate forgetting about events because I don’t document them.

 

August 2014:
–Did a video about Clickbait headlines.  A week later Facebook announced it would remove them.  It wasn’t because of me, but I’ll pretend it was ;)

 

September 2014:
–Went to New York

–Went to Stamford, CT. for a copywriting conference called Titans of Direct Response.

–Went to New Orleans for FinCon 2014.

–Hired a new assistant.

–Went to Burning Man 2014.  Def worth checking out once.

 

October 2014:
–Re-did all KopywritingKourse videos.

–Finished 100 consults.

–Started taking on a few private kopy clients.

–Implemented this pricing technique with a few clients with a lot of success.

–Did a series where I asked people how they would make $X per month.  Comments were fascinating to browse through:

 

 

November 2014:
–Started migrating all Kopywriting systems to InfusionSoft

–Made a new sales page and vid for KopywritingKourse

–Gave away the Craigslist Hiring Course for free.  A fantastic course but I no longer promote it.

 

December 2014:

–Went skiing in Vail

–Showed how to self publish a book.

–Taking off for New Year’s in Los Angeles.

–Traveling to India and Japan.

 

My 2014 in a nutshell!

The cool part is, when I personally see these items, the memories come flooding back….so I get more out of this list than you do :-P

Roots of this blog

I started NevBlog for one reason:

To track my finances.

In 2004 there were limited ways to do this, so the chronological order of a blog made the most sense.

So NevBlog was born.  You can see it here in all it’s glory thanks to the WaybackMachine!

http://web.archive.org/web/20050830024244/http://www.nevblog.com/

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NevBlog now:
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Through the magic of the internets, people somehow would stumble upon my blog and read it.  The blog was a side-project for fun and documentation.

Somewhere along the way business somehow got mixed up with it.  Which is fine, but moves the blog away from it’s roots.

I think in the next year I’ll be switching that up.  I’ve started posting kopywriting stuff on a different blog now: KopywritingKourse.com/blog

It’s still in the infant stages and will be changing a lot.  But it’ll be nice to separate this stuff from NevBlog stuff.

 

And I REAAALLLYYYY miss that little column on the original NevBlog where’d I’d track all my finances.  THAT was cool :-)

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Know something I’m really thankful for?

My blog.

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!  
HA!

Thailand workcation

Beautiful beaches….
Sunshine……
Perfect weather……..
“What’s the password to the wifi?!”

That’s how most of this trip I took with Noah went.

We took a two week “workcation” to Thailand.  Basically the idea was: Sit on a beach, do work.  

I’ve done it before and it’s a great way to work!

The only problem is you have to go with people who are ALSO under the impression they’re going on the trip mainly to work.  Otherwise they’ll drag you into traveling around all day (total 1st world problem).

Here was our trip Itinerary:

  • Flew from Austin to Houston to Japan (had AWESOME sushi), then into Bangkok for two days.
  • Took flight into Ko Samui and ended up staying there for a night (I loved the vibe of that island).
  • Took a ferry ride into Ko Tao, it was a backpacker kind of town.  Did some awesome scuba diving there (apparently it’s famous for that).
  • Took a long boat ride + bus to Krabi to hang out with Edmund (who we met through AppSumo).
  • We got setup with scooters, a secluded beach resort, a bungalow on the beach, and all the food & drinks we could order (all for $93 for 3 nights for BOTH people)!!  This part of the trip was so awesome.
  • Flew back to Bangkok for a few days.
  • (I’ll elaborate more with recommendations later when I’m not half-delirious writing this).

So anyhow, here’s a summary of the trip in pictures:

The first day on the beach on the Ko Samui island I made my goals so I could clearly work on a set number of things and not get too distracted:
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In Bangkok we totally randomly met up with Nomadic Matt.  In case you don’t know Matt’s site, he travels around the world and gives advice on where to eat/stay/travel.  In fact, every time I researched an island to stay on, I would Google the island with his website after it in order to get his recommendations, like:  “Ko Tao Nomadic Matt”.

Here’s Me, Matt, and Noah having a beer in a very westernized area of Bangkok:
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Thassalotaflights!  Something like 32 hours of travel time each way:
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We were greeted by a hologram in Japan:
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There were lots of stray dogs I played with…..good thing I’m fully vaccinated against rabies!
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Relaxing on Koh San Road (where all the backpackers hangout), waiting to get my foot massage:
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Know those “riots” going on in Bangkok?  We went to them, and they were very very peaceful.  It was more like a market or festival than a “riot”:
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To avoid the jet lag getting me the first night, I downed a couple of these “real” Red Bulls.  They’ve got some kick to them!
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ASIAN FOOD EVERYWHERE:thailand

 

This was us at 5:30am catching the SuperBowl at a nice hotel in Bangkok that had the game playing.  It was full of Americans (the very few other Americans we saw on the entire trip):
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Noah working diligently during the SuperBowl:
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Drinking custom-made fruit smoothies for about a dollar a piece:
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One of the “rioters” :-P
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Meow meow meow:
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Coconuts…..my FAVORITE:
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Ordering food on the beach while working in perfect weather:
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I REALLLLLLYYYY liked the vibe of Ko Samui.  Next I come to Thailand I’m going back.  It was touristy enough to where there were a lot of nice hotels and restaurants and things to do, but NOT so touristy it ruined the mood.  The water was so perfect and calm, you could walk in the water over a 100 meters and still stand up till your waist:
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Ko Samui:
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I had to put this in there so I remembered…..
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The guy who drove us to the airport had the sickest bus I’d ever seen!  It had huge subwoofers in the back, it was pimped out with gold mirrors and rims, and that sound system inside sounded amazing:
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Relaxing in the pimp bus:
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Headed out on a ferry to Ko Tao Island:
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Perfect breeze and weather for a ferry ride.  It was 100% foreigners:
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Cool scenery:
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Noah wore that Taco Shirt LITERALLY the whole trip except the last day!
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Lol…..Noah was messing with the hotel in Ko Tao when he booked, and said it was our “anniversary” so this is how we found our hotel room!!  Hahahahahah
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Lol….I walk in the hotel room to find Noah working from a bed of roses:
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In Ko Tao we met up with an AppSumo fan Edmund who owned a bunch of business in nearby Krabi (hotel, hostel, restaurant, travel agency), and he showed us around:
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Ko Tao was cool……but most of it was foreigners.  So you’d see scooters zipping everywhere, but it was all white people on them:
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Edmund scoring us some kebab skewers for a snack…..LOVED the cheap road-side food in Thailand.  Actually much prefer it to the nicer restaurants:
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Discovered a random Mui Thai gym in Ko Tao….it was all foreigners:
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Crossfit??!?!? In Koh Tao?!??!  Very random:
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This is how I woke up to work:
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Working early morning (still getting up at weird times with jet lag):
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THIS is what a workcation is supposed to be!!  Beach, good food, maybe beer, fast wifi, perfect weather.  It got even better later on into the trip because we weren’t even at a resort:
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All three of us working for a few hours:
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In Ko Tao there was this RANDOM ASS taco shop we stopped by, and it ended up having the BEST tacos I’ve ever had!  HIGHLY recommended:
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We ended up making friends with the owner, he was actually American!
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Of course you gotta get an off-road scooter:
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Scooter trip around the island:
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Parked and walked down some steps:
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….and found this random beach for locals:
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I brought my Martin Backpacker guitar and we played a few tunes on the beach (Edmund was formerly a rockstar the band Red Jumpsuit Apparatus):
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Great views that pictures don’t quite translate:
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Chilling and working:
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Working from a restaurant thingy on a cliff:
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View from the resort balcony where we were working:
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Dasch meow??
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Took a ferry outta Ko Tao:
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Sat in the “VIP” section of the bus there which no one knew about…..so for the same price as everyone else, we road in style in our own section of the bus!
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Arrive in Krabi…..this is the road we’d drive on everyday with those cool Avatar-looking mountains in the background:
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Here were the scooters we rented for our entire stay in Krabi…..TWO of them for less than $18 total.  Mine was the sky-blue one with random logos all over it.  Fortunately both me and Noah have our motorcycle licenses AND both have scooters back in Ausin, so we’re experienced.  But it doesn’t really matter over there, they’d give you a scooter in two seconds without asking if you know how to ride one!

Scooter crashes by tourists are so common, they call the road rash you get a “Thai Tattoo”:
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More coconuts for me!
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One of Edmunds businesses in Krabi was a hostel with a really cool vibe to it….so we spent time working from there:
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Noah took over job as bartender:
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Scooterizing:
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Lol…..this random poster on the wall of the hostel always cracked me up!
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This is at our bungalow on the beach in Krabi where we stayed a few days (which was AWESOME by the way).  One day I was shaving my beard, and decided to see what a goatee on me looks like:
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Scuba diving in Koh Tao:
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Doing a quick re-fresher of how to not die in the ocean before going scuba’ing in some world-famous waters:
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One of our dive locations:
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Before taking the plunge:
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IMMA SCUBA DIVER!
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Workcation scenes: Me working from a beach:
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Hammock’ing:
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Hammock and the “restaurant” area for the bungalows we stayed at.  There were just 4 locals who lived at the resort and did all the work/cooking.  So peaceful.  One day we saw a total of only 9 human beings:
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Chillaxing.  That weather was utterly perfect:
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Photos we HAD to take before leaving this beautiful location.  Me relaxing by the ocean:
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Noah chilling by the ocean.  The water was so warm and mild and non-wavy you could sit there comfortably:
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Aaaannddd of course I have to end off the album with a couple of Handstand pics!!
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By the way, the reason I do these “I just took a vacation, here are my photos posts” is for my own memory.  I forget EVERYTHING, but if I see a picture of the event I can recall it perfectly.

So this is my way of keeping this memory alive!

Hope you enjoyed the pics and got a sense of the workcation.

If you want to do your own workcation, based on our experience (of this trip and others), we know there’s some factors that affect this:

  • Have solid goals of what you want to get done during the trip, and tell others so you’re accountable.
  • Other people you go with should be on the same page of wanting to work at least 4-6 hours a day.
  • Don’t be moving so much….it disrupts the whole working and “resetting” process.
  • The goal of the trip is NOT to travel around and be a tourist….it’s to work. Of course there’s a mix of touristy stuff and sightseeing thrown in, but it needs to be a good balance.
  • Don’t drink too much alcohol or party too late except on designated days.  This throws off the whole work schedule.
  • Having a perfect breeze, comfortable accommodations, fast internet, good local food, and preferably a beach nearby is optimal.

In the future we might do a workcation where we take a bunch of other people along with us.  Whatchya think?

Show some fucking passion poster

Posted this on the blog, and two weeks later this randomly shows up in the mail!

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I love it!!

Happened to have a leftover frame that was the right size, and hung it up in my reading room:
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Thank you random poster people that sent it to me :-)

Guessing this is you??
http://gfda.myshopify.com/

Sincerely,
Neville

 

P.S.  I got to play with Google Glass (and take selfies of myself in them).  Cool technology, will pass on this 1st generation of them for now, but the 2nd and 3rd iterations will be AWESOME.

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why can’t I party as much on a friday as I get older?

It’s FRIDAY!!  In college that used to mean soon as it became dark outside I would get jitters to go out.  I literally had to go out on the weekends.  Hanging with friends, frat parties, clubbing, bowling, art gallery opening, picnics, meteor watching parties, house party…..I ALWAYS had to do something on the weekends, I literally could not stay home or I’d get jittery.  

This was probably a remnant of my childhood since my parents were very socially active.  I remember through elementary school, middle school, and high school, it was pretty much the norm to attend at least 2-3 parties over the weekend plus other activities.

Friends at school would tell me their family just, “stayed at home and got a movie from Blockbuster and ordered a pizza.”  This was LAME I thought, since that was never a normal thing for my active family.

Even after college I kept that pace up…..actually I increased it.
Remove the classes + add some income = party time!

Now all this partying wasn’t just drinking and crazy stuff.  A lot of times it was cool events and social clubs and entrepreneur clubs and tech meetups, but it was still an active social life.

However, now that I’m 30 (almost 31), it’s slowed down a bit.

People always say “As I get older I can’t drink as much” or “As I get older I can’t go out as much.”

…..I understand that, but I don’t think it’s fully a function of age.

For the drinking part, physiologically you CAN drink as much when you’re older, but the increased fat, decreased muscle mass, age-related problems, medications, and decreased frequency of drinking (aka lower tolerance) causes this for the most part.

For the going out part, I agree some of it is a decreased stamina issue as you age, but I think a whooollee lot of it is a DESIRE issue.

Let me nerdily calculate this out for you:

Let’s assume I entered college at age 18.  I was in college for 5 years (slow track for me).
How many times do you think I went out?

45 weeks a year I did at least two events (extremely lowball figure) = 90 x 5 years =
450 times.  
After college from age 23 till 26 I went out 5 days a week probably 45 weeks of the year.  45 x 5 x 4 =
900 times.

From age 26-30 went out maybe
400 times.  

…..ok, enough fuzzy math (and notice I was only account for 45 weeks a year not 52….I assume all those numbers are WAY more especially during the crazy holiday times.

THE POINT OF THIS IS:

By the time someone with a reasonably active social life is 30, they’ve been “out” over 2,000 times!

 

That number kinda blows your mind right??

When I was 23 if someone said, “Hey let’s randomly go out to 6th St!” (austin’s party area) I was sooooo down.

But at age 30 if someone said, “Hey it’s Tuesday let’s randomly go out to 6th St and get drunk” I would probably say ::in nerdy excited voice:: “No thanks I’m gonna sit at home and get some work done then read, then blog, then play with my 3D printer.”

That’s not always true, but it happens more and more frequently as I get older.

But it’s NOT a function of age, it’s a function of experience.  

Those two things just happen to correlate to each other.

To prove this….see if you know someone who missed out on much of their youthful freedom.  Maybe they got married crazily early then got a divorce when older, or always lived at home with strict parents, or had to provide for their family and never got to play.

When these people get older then all of a sudden come into freedom, they start going out with the youthful exuberance of a 21 year old, even though they’re weirdly old to be acting like that.  But eventually they get over it….like after going out 2,000 times :-P

Anyhow, there was no real point to this email other than to present an alternative view of this.
So if you’re not going out as much, it’s not because you’re old…..maybe you’re just not as EXCITED for the same old stuff anymore.  And maybe other things in life become more exciting.

With that, have a GREAT Friday!  And think of something to get excited about!
Maybe add some Novelty, Beauty, Growth, & Love in your day?

Sincerely,
A 30 year old Neville Medhora

P.S.  If you want, lemme know in the comments what get’s you excited as you’ve gotten older.  I’m FASCINATED by the changing enjoyments of people.  Would love to hear yours, no matter how silly :-)

Keeping Kreative with a 3D printer

So get this, a few weeks ago I took a 3D printing class!!

I haven’t learned any new skill in a while, so I thought this would be a fun nerd-activity.

I’ve been fascinated by 3D printing since around 2007, but only now are 3D printers become semi-reliable enough for home use.

Anywhoozle…..I Googled “3D Printing Class Austin” and found a place called TechShop that holds them:3d-print-test5

This TechShop was connected to a Lowe’s hardware store, and you can pay a monthly membership to use all the high end machine and manufacturing tools there like this:3d-print-test4

The class I enrolled in would teach you how to use a MakerBot Replicator 3D Printer.  You can see the Replicator1 (left), and Replicator2 (right):
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Our instructor mainly showed how to use the cool-looking Replicator2:
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The first step was to learn the software, so we all downloaded pre-existing .stl files from the internet and loaded them into the 3D printing software.  Here’s the little toy octopus gettin ready to print:
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Once the file is sent to the printer, it starts printing out small layers of PLA plastic less than 1 millimeter thick.  Once it’s done with that first layer, it moves up and prints another layer.  It does this hundreds of times until a full object is printed out!

Here’s the printer in action using orange plastic:
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After about 15 minutes of printing a REAL OBJECT WE DOWNLOADED FROM THE INTERNET CAME INTO EXISTENCE!!!
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Now I’d been wanting a 3D printer for a long time, and after taking the class I was dead-set on getting one….so I made a quick internet order for a MakerBot Replicator2.

I ordered a couple of spools of plastic filament and the MakerCare Insurance (because there’s like a 99% chance something WILL go wrong with the machine in less than a year).

I’ve also started downloading the printing software and experimenting/downloading objects from the internet.

The first thing I want to print are these 3D shot glasses which would be impossible to create with a lathe or laser cutter:
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I also just for fun wanna print a gun….now keep in mind it’s just a mold of a gun made out of shitty plastic with no moving parts….but the CRAZY thing is the file I’m printing from actually includes all the parts to make a gun (assuming you had a high-precision metal-printing 3D printer you could possibly make one):Screen Shot 2013-09-11 at 7.17.11 PM

I also downloaded a bunch of other random cool stuff from Thingiverse for free.

I dunno exactly where 3D printing will go…..but the ability to create and print out highly complex objects from your home is going open up a WHOLE new plane of creativity like Apps did to smartphones.

It’s so cool to imagine that from my apartment I can manufacture things.  I mean….crappy things for now, but the technology will soon get better-and-better to the point where we’ll all be able to print out highly complex objects, machines, and circuitry.  SOOOO FREAKIN COOL!

Since I left college I’d always been trying to learn something new at all times….and lately I haven’t, so getting this excited about something new is very refreshing :)

 

Keep Kreative!
Sincerely,
Neville Medhora

I wanna kill this dog….

Catchy subject-line right?

Damn straight.

And it’s true.  I’m going to kill this dog:
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You see, last Friday night in Austin, I spent a nice evening with a special someone.  We took her dog out for a walk around the Capitol building, and just 5 steps from home, a random dog runs out of the alley across the street and starts attacking.

In one second, the night transformed from a pleasant evening out, to breaking up a dog fight.  This random pit bull started tearing into the chocolate lab we were walking…..instinctively going for the jugular.

The pit bull had a dog harness on, but no leash attached.  Whilst he was in full attack mode, I grabbed him by the harness and pulled him off the other dog.

NORMALLY this would be enough to break up a dog fight, but BOTH dogs came with the pull.  This meant the pit bull had latched on so hard, the other dog got dragged by the neck.

I tried my best to break the pit bull off. I tried to choke it, hit it, gouge it’s eyes out…and eventually wrestled it to the ground in a choke-hold with it’s locked-down jaws just inches from my face (in hindsight, that wasn’t smart).

After roughly 45 seconds of watching this pit bull randomly started attacking our dog, we got it to briefly let go and got our dog out of his grip…..but the next thing I know MY hand is fully in his mouth!

I recall him chomping down for about 5 full seconds before somehow getting him off.

Lots of cursing was involved.  Apparently that didn’t help much.

The dogs owner appeared from the same alley, awakened by the quarrel, and got the dog on a leash.

By this time my right hand had a bunch of holes in it, including one where I could see bone through the top of my hand.

I grabbed the camera in my pocket with my left hand, and made damn-sure I got video evidence of what just happened.

Here’s that fucker and his dog:
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So immediately an ambulance is called, and within 5 minutes I’m being taken to the hospital.

I could tell the paramedic on duty almost thought my little “doggy bite” was comical compared to what he’s probably seen already on a Friday night.  But my hand felt like it was on fire….and more importantly, I just got bit by a dog that sleeps in an alley and has a homeless owner.

This means potential RABIES (100% fatal once you get it).

At the hospital they cleaned my wounds by shooting saline directly into the wounds and letting it bleed out.  Someone told me, “There’s a realllyyyy small chance this dog has rabies, but there’s a 100% chance it has bacteria on it’s teeth.”

For this reason I couldn’t get stitches on any of the puncture wounds (only one of the punctures actually needed it).  Instead they have to sit open, because animal bites apparently have a HUGE chance of getting infected.

The pressurized saline cleaning hurt like hell, so they drugged me up, and gave me topical anesthetic which was injected directly into my hand around the wounds.

I also got another shot in my arm.  I have no idea what the hell that shot was.

Here’s the main bite hole that I could see my bone through:
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The police came and filed a report, the hospital drugged me up with pain meds, anti-biotics and sent me home.  The girlfriend lovingly took care of me and her dog for the next few days since I couldn’t do basic things like tie my shoelaces or put on my watch (not to mention the pain meds made me a useless lazy ass).

Come Sunday I went for a checkup and to get a rabies injection.

 

LEMME TELL YOU WHY YOU’LL NEVER WANT A FUCKING RABIES INJECTION:

Apparently all you gotta do is “…get a few shots.”

It goes like this:

  • 1st Injection =  1 injection + 1 vial of anti-globulins directly into the wounds.
  • 2nd Injection = 1 injection in arm 3 days after bite.
  • 3rd Injection = 1 injection in arm 7 days after bite.
  • 4th Injection = 1 injection in arm 14 days after bite.

 

No problem with the followup shots (other than the fact I was gonna be in India for them).  They are regular shots and easy to take.

The main problem was on the 1st injection day, when the nurse told me, “We just have to give you this…” and she held up a vial of medicine.
Whatever.  No biggie.

But then this lady comes back with FIVE FULL NEEDLES OF MEDICINE.  Apparently “one little vial” fills up five needles.

Then to top it off, this anti-globulin medicine has to be DIRECTLY INJECTED INTO THE WOUNDS.

This means if the bites go into your skin, the medicine has to be injected alllllll around the INSIDE of the wound.

This. Was. Fucking. PAINFUL AS SHIT.

Sorry for all the cursing, but it was nothing compared to what I was yelling as the doctor stuck my (already incredibly sensitive) hand about 10 times with a needle.

It felt like I was being tortured.

Compared to what injured war veterans go through, or people with true illnesses….this must have been nothing.  But until this point in my life, I can’t recall anything that hurt so god damn bad.

The pain meds wore off the second that needle hit my hand.

 

 

SO HERE’S SOMETHING INTERERESTING AND KINDA FU**CKED UP:

1st hospital visit including ambulance ride = $661. 

Ok…cool….not bad.

2nd hospital visit for 1st rabies injection = $7,500 !!!

Now I’m fully health-insurance’d up.  But $7,500 to get some shots??

I asked the lady for a breakdown of costs, and apparently the vial of anti-globulin stuff (they injected directly into the wounds) cost $7,000!!!

Plus I still had to get 3 follow-up shots that cost $315 per shot.

Already this damn dog had cost me $9,000+ …..the dog he attacked had to be treated and put on rabies quarantine (another $1,000+).

And this includes NON of the cost of inconvenience…..including me not finishing a product I could’ve promoted through AppSumo to 700,000+ people before I left for India.

I HATE THAT DOG.

Then it took about 3 days of jumping through hoops, calling doctors, and calling the state health department to find similar medications I could take in India.

GET THIS:

Each followup rabies injection in the U.S.A. cost $315 to get.

In India….the same (but generic brand) vaccine cost me $7, and $3 to have a nurse inject me.

Granted the quality of medical facilities and procedures is different….it’s still shocking to know this 2-week rabies injection series could have been given in India for about $100 vs. $9,000+ over here.

If I didn’t have full coverage, it would’ve made more financial sense to buy a ticket to India, stay here for two weeks and get the injections!

 

Alright, enough complaining.

But if you’ve been wondering why I haven’t updated or responded to an email in a while, it’s because:

1.) Of this stupid dog + rabies injection stuff. (if you DO get rabies, it’s a 100% fatal disease….so I was taking this pretty seriously).

2.) I’m in India for the whole month.  WiFi is still hard to come by here.

 

Have a great day, and don’t getting bitten by a homeless guy’s un-tagged, un-vaccinated, aggressive pit bull.

-Neville

 

P.S. Stupid dog.

 

P.P.S.  I’m in India where the bathroom situation is a “bit different” than what I’m used to.  Let’s just say I’m right handed, but can only use my left.  I’ll leave it at that and let your imagination do the rest.  Gross.