Random Quotes

  1. “Shall I refuse my dinner because I do not fully understand the process of digestion?” — Oliver Heaviside
  2. “Right is right even if no one is doing it; wrong is wrong even if everyone is doing it.” — Saint Augustine
  3. “Take care of your morals first, your health next, and finally your studies”  — Theodore Roosevelt Sr.
  4. “If you could kick the person in the pants responsible for most of your trouble, you wouldn’t sit for a month.” —Theodore Roosevelt
  5. “Music is a wonderful example of something that’s in this world but not of this world. Great works of music speak to us from another realm even though they speak to us in ordinary physical sounds.” — Roger Scruton
  6. “A writer who says that there are no truths, or that all truth is ‘merely relative,’ is asking you not to believe him. So don’t.” — Roger Scruton
  7. “We are needy creatures, and our greatest need is for home—the place where we are, where we find protection and love. We achieve this home through representations of our own belonging, not alone but in conjunction with others. All our attempts to make our surroundings look right—through decorating, arranging, creating—are attempts to extend a welcome to ourselves and to those whom we love.” –Roger Scruton

Book List

  1. Man’s Search for Meaning – Victor Frankel
  2. Harry Potter 1-7 – J.K. Rowling
  3. The Hobbit –  J. R. R. Tolkien
  4. The Bartimaeus Trilogy – Jonathan Stroud
  5. Sherlock Holmes “Canon” – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  6. Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
  7. Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
  8. The Diary of a Young Girl – Anne Frank
  9. The Summer King – O.R. Melling
  10. Red Clover – Florence Osmund
  11. First Do No Harm – A. Turk
  12. Twenty-Five – Rachel L. Hamm
  13. Crispin – The Cross of Lead – AVI
  14. The Giver – Lois Lowry
  15. 1984 – George Orwell
  16. Lord of the Flies – William Golding
  17. Oryx and Crake – Margaret Atwood
  18. Paid for – Rachel Moran
  19. The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt –  Edmund Morris 
  20. The Fault in Our Stars – John Green
  21. As a Man Thinketh – James Allen

Escaping end of day fatigue.

     I’ve been working as a software developer for three years now. I’m very tired/exhausted after work on some days.  This causes me to lose motivation and I just want to sleep. This is a “fake” feeling in my opinion. I’ve been sitting all day staring at a computer so how many calories could I have possibly burned? It’s just a feeling and in reality I have tons of energy that I can expend. When I cycle to work and back this tends not to happen. Doing something physical right after removes this feeling and gives me more energy.

     It’s unnatural to spend 8-9 hours at an office focused on a computer screen. We were not built to do this. The great thing, is that the brain is highly malleable and we can reverse these effects by doing something more primal to get our brain chemistry back on track. The easiest way is exercise right after work.