27 May 2017

Tools of Titans

Tools of Titans26. Tools of Titans by Timothy Ferriss

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Going into this ~700 page tome, know that Ferriss's goal is that you'll like 50%, love 25%, and find 10% indispensable. Why didn't he cut the book in half? What people found useful or worthless varied widely from person to person so you are left to wade through it on your own. There is no index.

Profiles are loosely broken into 3 categories: healthy, wealthy, and wise.

He encourages you to look for patterns amongst those profiled and points out a few. What I noticed most is that the book features a lot of dudes. Since Ferriss interviews people to learn how to enhance *his* performance and life, it's not surprising he would mainly seek out other men. There's still a lot of useful info in the book for anyone, but it kind of feels like watching TV or movies where nearly all the main characters driving the action are men. (I don't really watch those anymore.)

If you are looking for actionable tips, you might want to start with the non-profile chapters. If you read one and like it, usually the profile preceding it also relates to it. Otherwise the contents are just a list of the people profiled in the book.

My copy is full of small pieces of torn paper for bookmarks. Alas, I don't have an eidetic memory, so I need to go back through to see what caught my interest. I do have a long list of more books I want to read, some are in the list at the back of the book but I liked reading why people liked them in their profiles and also added books they'd written in some cases.

A lot of the book's "tools" are really about mindset. However, there are also diagrams of acroyoga poses, a chapter on computer privacy settings, specs for a barrel sauna, info on psychedelic drugs and angel investing (not at the same time). A wide range of topics are included. You're bound to find something that interests you.

I'm generally curious so I found most of it interesting though not necessarily useful or applicable. The small chunk that is really helpful is not easily found again amidst everything else, so that's why I rate this 3 stars.

9 years ago on TTaT: I continue to loathe health insurance

26 May 2017

Life of Art SitRep #380 A more reflective week

I started the week (in this case, the Friday to Thursday week I chronicle here) watching more of Photoshop Week on Creative Live:
How to Work Faster in Adobe® Photoshop® CC with Chris Knight

How to Shoot and Composite Levitating Objects with Bret Malley

Creating Fantasy Landscapes with Bret Malley

Urban Landscape Post-Processing Techniques with Serge Ramelli

Also watched Become A Master Communicator with Vanessa Van Edwards—Chase Jarvis interview.

Rocklawn Arts blogged New Samsung Galaxy S8 OtterBox Cases at Rocklawn Arts (will post next Tue.)

Culled 19 photographs from last week's shoot.

Rated images in 4 folders from last year.

Looked through images considering what to work on next.

How was your week?

10 years ago on TTaT: Don't think, just write

19 May 2017

Life of Art SitRep #379 Incipio DualPro Shine iPhone 7 Plus Cases

This week, I added select designs to new Incipio DualPro Shine iPhone 7 Plus Cases. They have a cool faux brushed metallic finish that comes in gold, silver, or rose gold. (Yes, it's possible I'm partial to silver. Any case can be easily switched to the finish you prefer under the Color option on the product page's sidebar.)

Shot 55 photographs. Culled 1. Haven't properly looked at them all yet though.

Rocklawn Arts blogged New Eye-catching Google Pixel Cases Collection, New Rugged Google Pixel XL Case Collection, and New Samsung Galaxy S8 Carved Cases at Rocklawn Arts. The latter two will post next week.

Watched some classes during PhotoShop Week on CreativeLive (more airing for free on Friday and Saturday):
Cloning, Healing and Removing Distractions in Photoshop with Matt Kloskowski
Digital Printing using Adobe® Photoshop® and Lightroom® with Daniel Gregory
Creating Advanced Masks with Chris Knight (this one was really great!)

How was your week?

11 years ago on TTaT: Nature's lawn mowers!

17 May 2017

Note to Self, vol. XXVI

When it's tremendously windy where you are pumping gas and you want to clean your windshield, stand upwind when you pull the squeegee out of the wiper fluid.

Fortunately, it's ridiculously warm today in the mid 80's, so it didn't feel too bad when the liquid spritzed my bare calves. Just as well I was wearing shorts for the first time this year.

10 years ago on TTaT: Eight, at last

12 May 2017

Life of Art SitRep #378 Samsung Galaxy S8 Cases with Wood Inlays

Finishing out this week, I went to a Nasty Women art exhibit which reminded me that there are others out there who think like I do, that women are people who deserve equal rights, equal pay, health care, and safety in our lives.

Shot 13 nature photographs, culled 6, rated rest.

Created select new Carved Samsung Galaxy S8 Cases:

Created a couple of Case-Mate Tough Xtreme iPhone 7 cases and upgraded others to the Tough Xtreme case option:

Created Eye-catching Google Pixel Cases and Rugged Google Pixel XL Cases collections:

Rocklawn Arts blogged New Google Pixel Cases at Rocklawn Arts and New Google Pixel XL Cases at Rocklawn Arts.

Made monthly backups. Have you backed up lately?

12 years ago on TTaT: today's thought...

05 May 2017

Life of Art SitRep #377 More Google Pixel Cases

To start the week, I Rocklawn Arts blogged Popular Protest Pins, Keychains, Bumper Stickers, T-Shirts, and more which collects the most popular protest swag sold last month.

Shot 33 photographs, culled 19, rated rest.

Rated 5 more folders of photographs from last year.

Finished adding select designs to new Google Pixel Cases and Google Pixel XL Cases:

Check out the rest of the Google Pixel Cases and Google Pixel XL Cases.

Created a Resistance Starts Here on Blue Silk Abstract Photo Postcard and added it to Resistance Starts Here collection:

Also created a new Incipio iPhone 7 Plus case:

How was your week?

11 years ago on TTaT: Thirteen, Speak up

01 May 2017


Gettin' my climb on back in the day:

10 years ago on TTaT: How cheap am I willing to be? (Coincidentally, I recently rewatched both of those episodes of Star Trek: Voyager though this time on BBC-America. Those scenes still make me laugh.)