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Death Calculator – When Am I Going to Die (and how)

WHEN DO YOU WANT TO DIE?

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The date that’s automatically entered is when I would like to die (November 17th, 2067). That will be my 85th birthday, and if I’m not dead already by then, I’ll make it happen.

I can’t recklessly kill myself at 85 though, there will be a small set of rules around it:

  • I can’t cause extra work or inconvenience for living people (so no crashing a car at 120mph off a cliff, some team of people would have to spend money & time cleaning that up).
  • Completely wrap up all family and business affairs.
  • I can’t hurt anyone else in the process.
  • Can’t do it in a way that bums people out.

 

The current coolest way I can think to do this (and adhere to all rules) is:

  • Skydive into an active volcano.

I was born Zoroastrian (a really small religion), and a neat thing about the ways Zoroastrians in India handle dead bodies is they leave the body out for vultures to eat.

The theory behind this is your body goes back into the Earth.

I always thought this was kind of a neat solution.

By skydiving into an active volcano I would:
-Go back into the Earth.
-Wouldn’t hurt anyone.
-Would also get to SKYDIVE INTO AN ACTIVE VOLCANO which let’s be honest…..sounds awesome!

This idea has been with me for a really really long time. The way death is handled and discussed is currently pretty lame.

Think about it:
Every single person that has ever lived in the history of Earth…..has so far died. Therefore I think this “dying” concept is something that warrants some conversation, and maybe even a more humane way of doing it.

There’s many reasons I am a proponent of legalized euthanasia:

1.) You can’t control when you’re born, but you can control when you die. This can make a lot of people’s final years much more enjoyable and comfortable.

2.) By controlling the date of your death you can correctly forecast how much money you will need to live out your life. If you don’t know the date, you could live for 1 year or 30 years more. Those two different options require vastly different sums of money and planning.

3.) I equate the mental construct of “knowing my expiration date” to cramming for a test:
If you have a geography test in 6 months, you will probably not care too much at this moment and goof off. However if you have a geography test in three hours, you will probably buckle down and study like crazy!

For me personally, knowing the expiration date helps me do more things while I’m alive.

Some background about where this idea came from:
1.) I read a lot of books in middle school and high school that discussed this subject, and it made perfect sense that people should plan for their death. It almost sounds silly NOT to.

2.) On trips to India I’d see people being kept alive that in all honesty should just be put down. If someone’s life is full of misery and pain with no end in sight (in fact it’ll probably just get worse), why not put them down comfortably and in a humane way? We put down our beloved dogs like that because we want them to be comfortable, why not us?

3.) In high school I volunteered in an Alzheimers ward. It truly showed me how humans are mechanical machines that like all other machines tend to break down, require more and more maintenance, and at some point, need to be decommissioned.

Believe it or not I was heartless enough NOT to be affected by the patients with Alzheimers. I could handle that. What I DID feel was when the families of those patients would come to visit the Alzheimers ward, and the patient wouldn’t even recognize their own daughter or son or grandkids. Watching those people break down in tears from their loved ones not even recognizing them….I get slightly teary just thinking about it.

Common retorts to this argument:

“What if medicine advances and at 85 years old it’s like you’re 20?”
In that case I would modify the decision based on those new life circumstances. The equation I’d use is simple:

If life is sucky = Get ready for that volcano jump!
If life is great = Maybe keep on going.

“Don’t you want to live forever?”
Meh. Not really. I’d like to enjoy my time on stage, and then exit when the time feels right.

“How do you KNOW you won’t chicken out and not do it????”
This is an action I intend to take over 50+ years into the future, there’s no way to know for SURE this will still be my decision at the time. However at the moment, with the current state of technology, it is.

Sincerely,
Neville Medhora (1982 – 2067)

P.S. If you’d like to see how much time (in years/months/days/hours/minutes/seconds) you have to live, there’s a working Death Calculator at the top of this post!

2014 Re cap

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

trajectory

 

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