tDCS is basically passing a low DC current through your brain. Apparently, depending on where you put the electrodes, you can get many types of benefits.
Better mood, heightened situational awareness, and 2x faster learning? They all sounded like upgrades I must’ve bought in some game I played long before in my youth, but now for the cost of just a few electronic components, I could get them in real life!
So what do I do? I sit on the idea for years and do absolutely nothing.
One night, while lying down in bed, I considered the long list of what I had to learn: marketing, design, making money, new mindsets, new things for programming and who knows whatnot.
And I thought: given that practically nobody else is using tDCS, and that it’s cheap and has a potentially large payoff (with enough research), I must be stupid to not jump on this opportunity.
I’ve been rocking a jailbroken iOS 9 for some time now, but I just recently decided to upgrade to iOS 10 and see what it’s like inside Apple’s jail.
Apple is smart, you see. It knows that people hate ads, and jailbreaking is one foolproof way to block ads. So it made an adblocking framework, so that people like me now have one less reason to jailbreak. And it works.
It feels faster.
The lock screen widgets are actually useful, for instance, now I can swipe left from the lock screen and see which trams are leaving from the nearest stop from my location (Fahrinfo), so I don’t have to call up the app anymore.
Number26’s widget shows my account balance even when my phone isn’t unlocked, though. I wonder who thought that was a good idea.
The Control Center is a definite improvement. The old one was too cluttered.
The swipe from lower right gesture from lockscreen to open camera was never reliable. Now it’s simply swipe to the left. Perfect!
In Photos, the edit button is now next to the favourite and delete button. Great! It used to be in the top right which was always a stretch. Now Details is up there which is a lot more appropriate.
Real thought was put into this platform, I’m glad I switched from Android. The iPhone 5S is still going on strong, and all this while I had to deal with CyanogenMod and whatever kanged ROMs some random teenager uploaded on Mega.
This is just my plan (which will most likely change in the future) on how I will become financially independent. This means I’ll have enough money to not worry about paying rent or the bills, while having the time freedom to go travel and live wherever I like.
Currently, I am good at programming, and I’m scraping by. It is easy to be complacent but being self-employed and not an employee, that would be a big mistake.
I have to find more clients. Therefore I need to build up a brand, and find friends in that area. There are several things I should try:
Finish that Linux eBook and put it on sale!
Hold a seminar. I’m considering talking about good coding practices for now.
Join coding meetups. Hackathons are more about producing something useful for a end user, but a coding meetup might help me improve my skills while also getting some contacts.
Always focus more on branding exercises that persist, for the last two branding exercises are time consuming and need to be repeated, otherwise their effect fades.
Networking will also help me get more friends in Berlin.
Being able to create a good design will establish my brand’s credibility, especially with people who don’t know about programming.
I already have Brandgasm. Once my marketing efforts are succeeding, I can start learning design. Learning design seems irrelevant right now and will spread me too thin.
I must help my parents out with Tsubaki Health. It shouldn’t take too much time, it’s just a simple shop. Perhaps I can merge my marketing work together with Tsubaki, because the hardest part is definitely getting visitors and getting the word out there.
tDCS looks like it can help me a lot because there is a lot to learn. tDCS could speed up my learning by 2x. I already have the components for the Inthinkerator Mk I, I just need to solder it all together.
Wellensteyn Flip/Goods flipping in general. This could help me earn extra cash and teach me a bit about actually running a business. I need to set aside some liquidity money for this.
I’m in Germany, but the fundamentals of life are such they cannot be removed.
I see myself in the protagonists, and I see my ex in it too.
It seems like there is so much more to say, but there isn’t really.
Everybody’s experienced it before. Everybody already knows why things play out the way they do.
All we can do is steep in our implicit mutual understanding.
Ebert thinks it isn’t about the story, it’s about Wong Kar Wai playing Jean Luc Godard. Yes, it has a French plot, which is to say it goes nowhere. But to say that this movie is mainly a style exercise, with the plot just being there to fill things out, is ridiculous.
Everybody wants to tell their own story. We just want to express it in a cool way.
You’re gonna feel like a chicken who’s lost its head. Keep calm and carry on. Immediately think of how to replace stuff.
The wallet is not that important. You can lock and reorder every card within an hour or two, and you shouldn’t be walking around with more than 50EURs in cash anyway. The ID, however, can cost you time and money.
The smartphone is very important. Consider the amount of time it’ll take to earn the money required for a replacement, and setting it up with all your accounts (this takes me several hours). Also, your embarrassing naked photos are now public (not that I had any).
The keys are of utmost importance. You might have to jump through some hoops to copy the keys, and what would the landlord say? If there is any way to trace the keys to your place, there is now the possibility that someone can just walk in and walk out with something valuable.
And if you didn’t give a friend a spare key, you just got locked out. That’s seriously inconvenient.
I didn’t lose my laptop, but if I did, it would’ve been game over for me. It would be like losing the smartphone but 5 times worse, since I’m a programmer and setting everything up could take days.
When I got my wallet back, I wasn’t jumping up and down for joy. Everything had been locked and re-ordered, and the cash being completely emptied was to be expected. Instead, I was hoping to match some fingerprints on it, but as it turns out getting fingerprints from leather is hard enough that the police don’t want to do it over petty theft.
I suspect that they treat burglaries only slightly above petty theft, too. Murders, now that might cook their cockles. Murderers and escaped convicts
The policeman who filed the police statement wasn’t particularly enthused either. In fact, he seemed positively miffed that he had been singled out to file my statement. For a little under 3000EUR a month, he had better things to do than office work (but I suppose it beats getting shot at for that salary). The Berlin police are the worst paid police force in all of Germany.
In conclusion: the wallet is, contrary to popular opinion, not that important! Lock your cards with the hotline (in Germany it’s 116-116) and forget about it. Go shopping for a new one, it’s fun.
Infrastructure-related belongings are much more important, and cost more time and energy (potentially money as well) to replace.
On the importance of mindset
Something has changed in me. I was able to calm down quickly, assess the situation, reframe it positively, and quickly shift into “okay, now what” mode. Getting my brain to do this was not easy. It has been a 2 year long struggle at least.
I admit, I read and was applying mindset before Mike Cernovich’s Gorilla Mindset. But I have to say, that book has definitely helped. Reading it is easy. Applying its lessons will take years. It is not easy to reprogram your mind, because there is nothing that can help you fight it but yourself.
My LG G5 got stolen by a beggar in a leather jacket (but that’s not why I switched).
I keep the box on my desk to remind myself not to be so fucking stupid again.
The truth is, the camera wasn’t perfect. I dreamt of making it a mini-computer on the go, with a Bluetooth keyboard, Termux with so many packages installed, but then I realized:
I don’t want to see such little but important details being fucked up again.
I don’t trust that I’ll get Android updates in the future, and I don’t want to deal with custom ROMs anymore, because I don’t want my phone to be like a computer.
While I was back on my HTC, trying to run a recent version of Android (4.2) without crashing…
I saw my dad with his iPhone 4 running iOS 7. It’s slow, and the camera isn’t impressive. But the photos never had issues. The camera always takes a photo within 300ms, whether or not it is in focus. It is slow because of iOS 7, not because someone forgot to program TRIM support into the kernel (thank you Android!). And there’s still app support for iOS 7, so he can use it today.
I saw my friend with his iPhone 5, which came out the same year as my HTC One S. It runs the latest version of iOS, runs Google Maps faster than my phone, can even play Pokemon Go and run the number26 app (required to have a bank account with number26).
I bought an iPhone 5S for 260EURs. As of 2016, I estimate it has at least 3 more years of useful life left. The camera is still miles ahead of the Nexus 5X or 6P – it starts faster, burst mode is incredibly fast, and you don’t have to install another app for that. I only wish I had bought this phone in 2013.