I am sharing a piece I wrote for The Five Hundred for my latest blog post. A monthly writing Prompt group. If you have not tried it before, check out The Five Hundred and submit an entry of your own. This is the first piece of creative writing I have attempted since just after college. I hope you enjoy.
As part of my simplifying down I’ve started reading just one book a month. I used to try and read as many as possible but that gave me no time to reflect and review what I read. The first book for 2018 was a carry over from 2017. Nudge, by Nobel Prize winners, Thaler and Sunstein. I discovered this book while listening to the Freakonomics Podcast. I loved it from page one. They describe their approach as “Libertarian Paternalism” and as a real “Third Way” option in our increasingly divided political landscape.
Minimalism represents time and balance for me. The time to do and experience all the things I want. Along with finding the discipline to not let what other people define as import dominate my time. For me, that means cutting out the “noise” of life more than getting rid of things. It requires being ok with earning less, having less, but definitely experiencing more.
After collecting over 400 miles on my On Cloud Flow running shoes, I would distribute that load over two pairs of running shoes going forward. One pair for short distance and one for long distance. I researched a lot of long distance options and decided to go with the Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 34 as my long distance shoe.
In 2010 Dave Brailsford took over as the General Manager and Performance Director for Team Sky (Great Britain’s professional cycling team). To take the team to new heights, Brailsford introduced the team to a concept that he referred to as the “aggregation of marginal gains.” The concept can be summed up as improving every facet of training by 1 percent so that collectively those marginal gains could equate to a larger performance improvement overall. At the 2012 Olympic Games the team dominated the competition by winning 70 percent of the gold medals available.
On Running released the On Cloud X officially on November 4th. I got my hands on a pair on October 31st. I discovered them while researching new shoes after exceeding 350 miles on my previous On Cloud Flow shoes. I intended to get the same pair but when I ran a search for On Cloud Running Shoes through a search engine I saw a listing for the Cloud X which surprised me. There was no mention of the shoes on the On Running website, just on Road Runner Sports and a few other sites. Naturally, I had to try them out.
Dunbar’s number is a suggested cognitive limit to the number of people (150) with whom one can maintain stable social relationships—relationships in which an individual knows who each person is and how each person relates to every other person.
I got a chance to interview with Squat Wisely and discuss the topics of #Minimalism and how it relates to my blog post on Commuting in Atlanta without a car. Check it out if you’re interested. Starts around the 6:10 mark.
The future of transportation is not going to be about the car. Even where cars will still be used, they will most likely be run autonomously. Georgia is getting ahead of the game and passed a law that puts in the framework to build out autonomous vehicle lanes, parking spaces, and more. Moreover, groups like Advance Atlanta, the Atlanta BeltLine, Georgia Commute Options, and many more are coming up with When it comes to regional transit, Hyperloop is stepping in to connect regional cities. Routes are being planned that could revolutionize travel and commuting as a whole. Theoretically, you could live in one state and commute to work in another daily and in under 30 minutes to one hour. Ultimately, we may add a scooter and a motorcycle with sidecar to are vehicle options.
Physicist and Cosmologist, Sean Carroll. TED Talk where he discussed the concept of Entropy. I look at a lot of systems this way. Trying to work backwards to a low Entropy model from a high Entropy state. First, I should define entropy. Secondly, I should explain why I find this law so interesting, as it relates to culture, politics, and everyday living. Lastly, I will expound on how I try to control entropy in my own life.