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1. Don’t pick on the weak. It’s immoral. Don’t antagonize the strong without cause, its stupid.

2. Don’t hate women. It’s a waste of time

3. Invest in yourself. Material things come to those that have self actualized.

4. Get in a fistfight, even if you are going to lose.

5. As a former Marine, take it from me. Don’t join the military, unless you want to risk getting your balls blown off to secure other people’s economic or political interests.

6. If something has a direct benefit to an individual or a class of people, and a theoretical, abstract, or amorphous benefit to everybody else, realize that the proponent’s intentions are to benefit the former, not the latter, no matter what bullshit they try to feed you.

7. Don’t be a Republican. They are self-dealing crooks with no sense of honor or patriotism to their fellow citizens. If you must be a Republican, don’t be a “conservative.” They are whining, bitching, complaining, simple-minded self-righteous idiots who think they’re perpetual victims. Listen to talk radio for a while, you’ll see what I mean.

8. Don’t take proffered advice without a critical analysis. 90% of all advice is intended to benefit the proponent, not the recipient. Actually, the number is probably closer to 97%, but I don’t want to come off as cynical.

9. You’ll spend your entire life listening to people tell you how much you owe them. You don’t owe the vast majority of people shit.
10. Don’t undermine your fellow young men. Mentor the young men that come after you. Society recognizes that you have the potential to be the most power force in society. It scares them. Society does not find young men sympathetic. They are afraid of you, both individually and collectively. Law enforcement’s primary purpose is to suppress you.

11. As a young man, you’re on your own. Society divides and conquers. Unlike women who have advocates looking out for them (NOW, Women’s Study Departments, government, non-profit organizations, political advocacy groups) almost no one is looking out for you.

12. Young men provide the genius and muscle by which our society thrives. Look at the Silicone Valley. By in large, it was not old men or women that created the revolution we live. Realize that society steals your contributions, secures it with our intellectual property laws, and then takes credit and the rewards where none is due.

13. Know that few people have your best interests at heart. Your mother does. Your father probably does (if he stuck around). Your siblings are on your side. Everybody else worries about themselves.

14. Don’t be afraid to tell people to “Fuck off” when need be. It is an important skill to acquire. As they say, speak your piece, even if your voice shakes.

15. Acquire empathy, good interpersonal skills, and confidence. Learn to read body language and non-verbal communication. Don’t just concentrate on your vocational or technical skills, or you’ll find your wife fucking somebody else.

16. Keep fit.

17. Don’t speak ill of your wife/girlfriend. Back her up against the world, even if she’s wrong. She should know that you have her back. When she needs your help, give it. She should know that you’ll take her part.

18. Don’t cheat on your wife/girlfriend. If you must cheat, don’t humiliate her. Don’t risk having your transgressions come back to her or her friends. Don’t do it where you live. Don’t do it with people in your social circle. Don’t shit in your own back yard.

19. If your girlfriend doesn’t make you feel good about yourself and bring joy to your life, fire her. That’s what girlfriends are for.

20. Don’t bother with “emotional affairs.” They are just a vehicle for women to flirt and have someone make them feel good about themselves. That’s the part of a relationship they want. For you it is a lot of work and investment in time. If they are having an emotional affair with you, they’re probably fucking someone else.

21. Becoming a woman’s friend and confidant is not going to get you into an intimate relationship. If you haven’t gotten the girl within a reasonably short period of time, chances are you won’t ever get her. She’ll end up confiding to you about the sexual adventures she’s having with someone else.

22. Have and nurture friendships with women.

23. Realize that love is a numbers game. Guys fall in love easily. You’re going to see some girl and feel like you’ll die if you don’t get her. If she rejects you, move on to the next one. It’s her loss.

24. Don’t be an Internet troll. Got out and live life. There is not a cadre of beautiful women advertising on Craigslist to have NSA sex with you. Beautiful women don’t need to advertise. The websites that advertise with attractive women’s photos and claims of loneliness are baloney. All they want is your money and your personal information so that they can market to you. The posts on Craigslist by young “women” seeking NSA sex, and asking for a picture are just a bunch of gay troll pic collectors. This is especially true if the post uses common gay lexicon like “hole” as in “fuck my hole” or seeks “masculine” men, or uses the word cock (except in the context of “Don’t send a cock shot.”) There are women on Craigslist. They are easily recognizable by their 2-5 paragraph postings. Most are in their 30’s or older.

25. When you become a man in full, know that people will get in your way. People who are attracted to you will somehow manage to step in your path. Gay guys will give you “the look.” Old people will somehow stumble in front of you at the worst time. Don’t get frustrated. Just step aside and go about your business. Know that these are passive aggressive methods to get you to acknowledge their existence.

26. Don’t gay bash. Don’t mentally or physically abuse people because of who they are, or how they present themselves. It’s none of your business to try to intimidate people into conformity.

27. If your gay, admit it to yourself, your parents, your friends and society at large. Be prepared to get harassed. See rule 14. If someone threatens you or assaults you, call the cops. Have them arrested. You have no obligation to self sacrifice because of who you are. As a gay person, you’ll have more social freedom than straight men. Use it to protect yourself. Be prepared to get out of Dodge if your orientation makes your life unbearable. Move to San Francisco, New York, Atlanta, or New Orleans. You’ll find a welcoming community there.

28. Don’t be a poser. Avoid being one of those dudes who puts a surfboard on top of their car, but never surfs, or a dude with a powder coated fixed gear bike and a messenger bag, but was never a messenger. Live the life. Earn your bona fides.

29. Don’t believe the crap about the patriarchy. More women are accepted and attend college. More degrees are awarded to women than men. Women outlive men. More men commit suicide. Men are twice as likely to be victims of violence, including murder. If you consider sexual assaults in prisons, twice as many men are raped as women (society thinks prison rape is funny). The streets are littered with homeless men, sprinkled with a few homeless women. Statically, women are happier than men. The myth that girls are being cheated by are educational system is belied by the fact that schools are bastions of femininity, mostly run by and taught by women. Girls outperform boys in school. It is the boys in school getting fucked over, and prescribed ritalin for being boys. Real wages for men are falling, while real wages for women are rising. Just because someone says something enough times, doesn’t make it true. You have nothing to feel guilty about.

30. Remember, 97% of all advice is worthless. Take what you can use, and trash the rest.

vicioustwist
san francisco
02-15-07

 

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The OrganizeIT weblog has a new post that outlines what they believe to be the four stages of productivity:

  1. Plan
  2. Do
  3. Complete
  4. Reward

Give it a read and who knows, maybe it will increase your productivity too.

 

//Originally found on Lifehack.org//

 

The Productivity Cycle – [OrganizeIT]

 

Stress, stress stress… The one thing we all have too much of and can’t get rid of fast enough. Seems like stress is just as much a part of our daily lives as taking a shower or eating meals. But is it avoidable? Can we really live stress free lives? Don’t ask me… I’m stressed out trying to figure out the answer myself. Just kidding. 🙂

Stress according to is defined as:

Stress: Forces from the outside world impinging on the individual. Stress is a normal part of life that can help us learn and grow. Conversely, stress can cause us significant problems.

Stress releases powerful neurochemicals and hormones that prepare us for action (to fight or flee). If we don’t take action, the stress response can lead to health problems. Prolonged, uninterrupted, unexpected, and unmanageable stresses are the most damaging types of stress.

Early separation from mother can lead to altered stress responses and depression later in life. The stresses of the mother can affect the stress response of the fetus, and perhaps predispose the child to psychiatric illness later in life.

Many of our ways in dealing with stress — drugs, pain medicines, alcohol, smoking, and eating — actually are counterproductive in that they can worsen the stress and can make us more reactive (sensitive) to further stress.

Stress can be best managed by regular exercise, meditation or other relaxation techniques, structured time outs, and learning new coping strategies to create predictability in our lives. The management of stress depend mainly on the willingness of a person to make the changes necessary for a healthy lifestyle.”

Texas Woman’s University has a great article about . Seems only natural that the fairer gender should know how to solve the issue of stress, when they are the one’s who seem to have more of it then men like me who bang their heads against the wall to solve their problems. Its worth a good read and bookmark if you ask me.

Here is an exerpt from the article:

 

  1. Get up fifteen minutes earlier in the morning. The inevitable morning mishaps will be less stressful.
  2. Prepare for the morning the evening before. Set the breakfast table, make lunches, put out the clothes you plan to wear, etc.
  3. Don’t rely on your memory. Write down appointment times, when to pick up the laundry, when library books are due, etc.
  4. Do nothing which, after being done, leads you to tell a lie.
  5. Make duplicates of all keys. Bury a house key in a secret spot in the garden and carry a duplicate car key in your wallet, apart from your key ring.

Enjoy and here’s to stress free living!

College is an expensive proposition, but a degree helps in getting a good career and comfortable life. Here are a few tips on reducing your expenses. Most of the suggestions are aimed at college students. A few are general enough that anyone can use them.

Ask the Advisor has a great article about 136 ways you can save money in college.

 

As part of my motivations for 2007, which includes implementing 43 Folders and Getting Things Done, I’d also like to cut down and possibly quit smoking cigarettes before the end of the year. Smoking kills, yet I can’t seem to stop. I’m sure every smoker knows the feeling.

Personally, as someone who has tried to quit several times already – its my belief that the best ways to deal with kicking the habit are:

1) Motivation – nothing beats motivation. If you’re firmly convinced of a fact, no one can change your mind. Conviction is 90% of the effort.

2) Positive smoke free environment – if your friends smoke cigarettes, it’s definitely harder to quit. Try to avoid social situations where you’ll be tempted to smoke.

3) Change in habits related to smoking – such as not having a smoke after meals / coffee etc… This is the hardest step, but with small steps such as reducing by 1 cigarette consumed per day.

4) Minty alternatives –  chewing gum, eating Mentos, Tic Tacs etc will clean your breath as well as give you something else to do.

I’m sure there are a lot of methods out there to quit, the key is to do what works for you… obviously it hasn’t worked for me yet, but there’s always a reason to try again.

Leave it to Lifehacker – which is one of my FAVORITE sites for life hacks/tips – to have a link to a Windows program that apparently helps people kick the habit.

“Windows only: Freeware program Quit Counter helps motivate you to quit smoking by tracking your progress and milestones.

The milestones, which track statistics like cigarettes not smoked and money saved (based on information you enter into the program), look like the best part of this utility. Quit Counter is the first freeware app I’ve run into designed to help you quit smoking, but I wouldn’t be a bit surprised if there were more out there, so if you know of a similar tool, let’s hear about it in the comments. Check out our smoking tag for more on kicking your smokes to the curb. — Adam Pash “

Download Quit Counter v1.2 from Xarca.com.

 

So its 1:53 am, which is way too late for me to be doing this. But, I’m so thrilled with the features of this app, that its too good to resist posting a quick review of this incredible software.

First, its only 4.8 megs in size. Which is nothing and can easily be taken with you on your portable USB drive as a mobile blogging tool.

As I’m a recent convert to the WordPress school of thought on blogging, I found the web-based weblog editor that came with the WordPress account to be rather “shallow and pedantic.” (Gotta love Peter Griffin – Family Guy) Microsoft’s Windows Live Writer Beta (WLW for short) presents a great alternative for n00bs like me who want an all in one solution in their blogging arsenal.

 During installation, you’ll be asked to give your weblog address and account details (username + password). Unlike other applications (namely w.bloggar) you don’t need to input all the intricate details of your account like PHP this or hostname that… its just your web address (e.g. https://chotemammu.wordpress.com/) and your username and password. The program will handle all the advanced PC to host – blogging configuration settings. Its just that easy.

Everything including your post categories is transferred to your WLW profile and its that easy to stay on top of your blog. Edit old posts, create new ones – its all there.

Great thing about being a Microsoft product is the ability to integrate with the rest of the MS family – most notably – Microsoft OneNote 2007 which has the keen ability to take small screen captures of specific portions of my screen to use as notes. 

It may not seem like a great feature, but it definitely makes it easier to keep all your blogs, and class notes organized.

I strongly recommend everyone to upgrade to the new Microsoft Office 2007. Its really the definite office productivity suite. OpenOffice is great, but its just not Microsoft Office.

More information regarding Windows Live Writer, including how to use and download can be found here.

 

Ok… so its confirmed. The web tools given with the wordpress account blow nuts. My original “Generalities” post drifted off into the right column and was a horrible demonstration of the web-editors capabilities.

Do yourself a favor and download Windows Live Writer (Beta) from the Microsoft web site. Windows Live Writer (Beta) Homepage @ Microsoft

 

(View of WLW running)

The program seems pretty intuitive, easy to use and well… I hope it adds to my overall productivity.

Microsoft’s Office suite keeps getting better and better. 🙂 Good job Redmond.

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