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Kamal’s Quantified Self Experiment, Week 2: The Empire Strikes Back

  In Episode I, we met a young Jedi apprentice named Kamal.  He desired to learn the ways of “Quantified Self”. In Week 2, things don’t go quite as planned, and the Empire struck back. Kamal was drawn to the Dark Side, and got a glimpse of what it’s like to be Darth KaMaul. Let’s see where he went wrong. We’ll cover all the data I collected on diet, sleep, ...

Kamal’s Quantified Self Experiment, Week 1: A New Hope

  Introduction Have you ever weighed yourself too often? Have you ever weighed yourself not often enough? Well, there’s a movement afoot that makes your weight measurement concerns look teeny tiny. It’s called “Quantified Self”, and consists largely of who track every possible health-related measurement, usually beaming these measurements to their smartphones or comput...

Self Experimentation in Pain, Diet, and Sleep

  This is a post about self-experimentation–in diet, sleep, pain, and mindset. Self-experimentation is one of my favorite things in the world. If you are perfectly happy and perfectly healthy, there is no need to self-experiment. Otherwise, read on…   Self-experimentation in diet Being an avid self-experimenter myself, I often encounter people who are strangers to the concept, or ...

Cease negative thinking and enjoy life more: 5 tips

  Around ten years ago I stumbled across a crazy-ass Russian website about psychology. I honestly can’t remember how, especially since the website counter showed that about a dozen total people had viewed the page. Anyways, this website is all about negative thinking. The crazy-ass Russian author has an interesting theory: 99% of negative thoughts are optional, and we can potentially el...

Tips for buying pain products on Amazon.com

  As you might know, Amazon has free shipping for orders over $25. If you have Amazon Prime, you get the product in two days. Pretty awesome. Plus you get Prime for free if you are a student. Now…how can you utilize this for pain-related conditions?   1. Acute injuries If you sprained your ankle, tweaked your back, or had some other acute injury, free and fast shipping is awesome. ...