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Issue #24: The Rock is Still Rolling


Jeff Howardz | facts of my existence

June 11 · Issue #24 · View online

Weekly digest of things I find interesting, useful, funny, thought provoking or absurd... mixed with some wise ass short observations of my own.

“I have never seen any life transformation that didn’t begin with the person in question finally getting tired of their own bullshit.”
~ Elizabeth Gilbert

The way to get your answer
If you’ve ever been involved in the comments section of a blog post or news article then you know just how ruthless it can be when the flame-throwing starts. There is an inherent human need to be right and anything contradictory to your own beliefs can cause you to want to fire off some blah, blah, blah to support your point.
That brings me to a simple idea. If you want to get a question answered online then don’t post your question on Quora or Yahoo Answers - simply post what you believe to be the wrong (or better yet wrong and inflammatory) answer somewhere and then watch when all the crazies come out to tell you you’re wrong and what the right answer is. This would seem to be the most efficient way to get to people’s knowledge. They’d rather be right than helpful.
Rock Climbing Feat of the Century
Once upon a time I dreamed of being a rock climber and/or climbing big mountains like Everest. My body type and lack of athletic ability quashed that desire long ago but I am still fascinated by those courageous (or crazy) people who choose to overcome such challenges.
Alex Honnold is what many people believe to be the best rock climber in the world. On Saturday June 3rd he did something that had never been done before in the history of climbing - he made a free solo ascent of the nearly 3,000 ft. high El Capitan wall at Yosemite. For those of you unschooled in climbing lingo - that means he scaled the entire face of the wall only using shoes and a bag of chalk, no rope, no safety measures, no other help. It was 4 hours of sheer terror, at points he was hanging only by his fingertips.
A Meditation on Life: A Dog Eat Dog World
This text is by a friend of mine, Frank Peter. It was posted on his blog this week.
“I have never found meaning and happiness by being ‘better than’ others…
… by beating them at sports and games, by passing them on the career ladder, by possessing fancier stuff, by having the last word.
Experience has taught me again and again that I only truly ‘win’ when my ‘victory’ requires no one else to lose.
Experience has taught me again and again that the only real success is to become a more authentic version of me, not a superior version of someone else.
Experience has taught me again and again that I only feel good about myself when I use my time, treasure, and talents to connect with others, not to compete with them.
By the way, my unilateral withdrawal from the world of competition is not just a gift to me, but to everyone: one less human being that they all might be tempted to compete with.”
How to make yourself miserable
I’m not an expert in many subjects but making yourself miserable is a specialty. I thought that some of you shiny, happy people out there might like to take a break from blowing sunshine out your ass and be miserable for a bit so I made a checklist for you:
  • Be still. Don’t move or exercise.
  • Have unreasonably high expectations that people will act intelligently and rationally.
  • Get in a car, in metro Atlanta, and drive more than a mile within the hours of 2:58 a.m. and midnight the following night.
  • Screw with your sleep any number of ways and don’t get enough.
  • Pursue happiness directly.
  • Spend plenty of time in front of screens of any type.
  • Get injured and never heal properly.
  • Expect your next golf shot to be like your last one.
How to: Prison Break Swan Origami
If you ever watched the show Prison Break then you know the significance of the little origami swans that were made by Michael. Here is a tutorial if you ever wanted to fold your own and fantasize about breaking out of prison.
Best bumper sticker I saw this week?
“My kid drinks out of toilets”
May your next first date be your last one,
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