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A lap of the island

The Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit is one of the most exciting motorsport tracks in Australia. Here is a lap from the driver's seat.

A lap of the famous Phillip Island circuit starts when you cross the start/finish line on Gardner Straight. In my little roadster, top speed down the straight...

Back on the Bike

After a joyous 30-minute descent, we were treated to the tailgate of a truck in a dirt parking lot. 

... the thing you might not be thinking, unless I point it out, is that to get a 30-minute descent on a bike, you have to have climbed a really long way....
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Life Hacks
Life Hacks: Cures and Solutions

Chapter 4: Cures and SolutionsMosquito bite? Apply a hot spoon onto the spot. The heat will destroy the reaction and the itching will stop almost instantly.Candles will burn longer and drip less if they are placed in the freezer for a few hours before using.Got a headache that just won't...

Vent

Today I needed to write a private post. 
There are things that happen once in a while that needs a post of its own but it doesn't need to be public. 

Venting can help even if no one is listening. 
Today was one of those days. 

My disappointment and distrust of corporate America has...

The world is big enough

Pixar’s 20-acre campus in Emeryville, California isn’t for everyone.
On one hand, its design makes getting around woefully inconvenient: where short and efficient right-angles and straight-line paths could’ve been built, there are funny curves and contortions.
On the other hand, maybe quickly getting to one’s office or to the subway station isn’t...

Daily Writing
Double fault

How is it that international tennis players and their entourage are allowed to land in Melbourne? Yet, thousands of Victorians who are stranded in the COVID "red zones" of Sydney and Brisbane are being prevented from returning home?

In ensuring that the Australian Open tennis tournament goes ahead, the Victorian government...
Jan 14, 2021

The hook

A hook is what you put in front of the fishing line, not the middle.
The hook is the first action you take, it’s the first thing you say — it’s the first and most important point that needs to be made in order for a change to happen.
Making a good...

Online Recommendations

If we achieve full online privacy, won't online recommendations suffer? That is, we may not get accurate recommendations of things to buy or friends to connect with.

Come to think of it, do we really need tech to suggest things to buy and new friends to make? To be honest, I...

Zoom Zoom
Better than golf

You don't need to be young to participate in club motorsport. The average age of a member with the Zoom-Zoom club is fifty-four years of age. One of my friends in the Zoom-Zoom club was sixty-six when he first drove a car on a race track. Despite him working for a...

In defense of the backlog

Some programmers like to hate on the backlog. It's just an endless list of tasks that we'll never get to, they say. It's demoralizing, they say.

Some of these same programmers love Getting Things Done, though. The GTD process includes the "capture" of stuff (thoughts, todos, etc) into an inbox. It...

Solomon Asch

Sometimes it's doubt, not bad vision, that gets in the way of us seeing things clearly.

In 1951 Psychologist Solomon Asch conducted a study involving a participant sitting in a room with confederates — people purporting to be a part of the study but who were actually working for Asch —...
Jan 13, 2021

Mastery
Skills

Someone asked this question in a FB group that I follow.

What is a rare combination of two skills that when combined make someone unstoppable?

I love the question but I found it hard to answer. It took me a long time but eventually, it came down to these four skills:

a)...
Abraham Kim

Confronting Truth as reply to Let it bleed

@Abe, to take it up a notch about confronting truth, doesn't it follow that the artist should confront truth in the present, not only in hindsight? Or is that what you mean about growing (learning from the past) in order to confront it (the present). 

It's possible to confront truth in...