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  1. https://loopvids.s3.amazonaws.com/Sept18Post.mp4 The world is a messed up place. The world has always been a messed up place. The world will always be a messed up place. Everybody has to compete for scarce resources. If you can organize a society with enough forethought and patience, you can make it pretty fair. But even then, people will figure out how to scam the system. Historians and anthropologists recognize this. During the caveman days it was really hard to be a slacker. Everybody knew everybody. And the more you produced, the more love
  2. https://loopvids.s3.amazonaws.com/Sept17Post.mp4 If you've seen the movie, "Idiocracy," it's pretty funny. Guy goes into the future where dumb people have way more kids than smart people. Since corporations control everything, they try and water their crops with a sports drink. Modern society is like that in a lot of ways. There's plenty of reason to believe that we are in some kind of potentially devastating transitional phase. Things, in a lot of places, seem to be coming apart at the seems. But you still gotta eat. You still gotta get some, or at leas
  3. https://loopvids.s3.amazonaws.com/Sept14Post.mp4 There are a lot of harsh truths in life we don't like. In fact, we don't like these truths so much, we pretend they don't even exist. Sometimes, these are blatant and conscious. So our avoidance of these is blatant and conscious. Like you get a letter in the mail from your bank. You're afraid to open it. You might look at your balance and find you owe the bank a few thousand dollars. Egads! But sometimes our fears are so deep we don't even know they exist. And we layer a ton of self deceptive bas
  4. https://loopvids.s3.amazonaws.com/Sept11Post.mp4 Most people's brains are filled with a lot of complex ideas. Complex ideas that have zero bearing on reality. This is based on an idea of "excess capacity." For example, suppose a small town is booming. They keep booming. So somebody comes in and opens up a huge restaurant, to serve food to all the people in this booming town. The restaurant is really huge. Fifty tables, six full time chefs, 20 waitresses. But as the years go by, the town booms less and less. Pretty soon there are HALF of the peo
  5. https://loopvids.s3.amazonaws.com/Sept10Post.mp4 A long time ago I was at a bike shop. I was buying something for a mountain bike I used to have. I was telling the guy at the shop how much I LOVED riding up hills. Not just riding up, but also riding back down. While I did that, I would always think of the line from the Beatles' "Helter Skelter": "When I get to bottom I go back to the top of the slide, where I stop and I turn and I go for a ride, till I get to the bottom and I see you again..." I LOVED the thought of going down hill as fast as I could. Th
  6. https://loopvids.s3.amazonaws.com/Sept02Post.mp4 One common truism is that you can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him drink. This can mean a lot of different things. If you're driving a car on a road trip, and you see a gas station, you stop and fill up. Without GPS or a plan, you don't know where the next gas station will be. Our hunger instinct was calibrated under the same premise. Whenever you see food, you eat food, since you don't know when the next food opportunity will be. But if you are riding a horse, and you see some water, you can't fil
  7. https://loopvids.s3.amazonaws.com/Sept01Post.mp4 One of Cialdini's laws of persuasion is "liking." Meaning the more we "like" somebody, the more we'll take whatever they say at face value. For example, imagine you're in some store, looking to maybe purchase something. Let's say it's something you've been wanting for a long time, and it's a few hundred bucks. And just when you're about to turn away, and think about getting it later, you see an old friend. A good friend. A friend you've helped bury bodies, and they've helped you bury bodies. A friend that
  8. https://loopvids.s3.amazonaws.com/July30Post.mp4 A common piece of advice is to leave everything on the field. If you are playing in a championship game, this is good advice. But sometimes, it's pretty bad advice. More so in some sports than others. Maybe in football, where each game is pretty important. And you've got a week in between games. But for sports like baseball, if you "left everything on the field" every single game, you'd risk injury. The COSTS (potential injury) wouldn't be worth the benefits, of MAYBE eking out a win when you might have ot
  9. https://loopvids.s3.amazonaws.com/July18Post.mp4 Most strategies aren't really strategies. They are explanations of desired outcomes. The reasons for this can be pretty complex. And you can go way down the rabbit hole trying to figure out why. For example, whenever politicians try and make promises in order to get elected they always do what marketing experts recommend. They "sell the sizzle." They say things like, "bring back jobs." Or "jump start the economy." Or "increase the social safety net." These are all very vague. Which means the
  10. https://loopvids.s3.amazonaws.com/July16Post.mp4 The other day I was watching this TV show, "Hell on Wheels." It's about the early beginnings of the American railroad. Lots of social issues. Recently freed slaves working along side whites. Cutting across territory still "occupied" by natives. One of the main characters is the typical cowboy archetype. Maybe 51% good guy, and 49% bad guy. Kind of like a cowboy Han Solo type. He was trying to escape a bad, mysterious past, fighting for the South in the civil war. And the more he kept running away
  11. https://loopvids.s3.amazonaws.com/Jun24Post.mp4 Losing weight is tough. Or it can be tough. If you've got a good reason, it can be pretty easy. This requires you have some kind of a counter balance against the desire to eat. For example, if you were going to be in a movie where you had to take off your shirt, this would be a pretty decent motivator. You imagine the short term pleasure of eating a big plate of chili cheese fries. But that short term, NOW, pleasure is immediately outweighed by both the positive and negative implications. IF you DO enjoy th
  12. https://loopvids.s3.amazonaws.com/Jun22Post.mp4 When I was much younger, I was in Boy Scouts. The best parts were the long hikes. Especially the multi-day backpacking trips. The first day was always the worst. Very long, very steep, very difficult. But once we got over the first high mountain pass, life was fantastic. Huge valleys with very few people. Big lakes, nobody around, fantastic fishing. When most people go camping, they think about car camping. Of loading up their cars with as much junk as possible. Big coolers filled with beers
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  14. https://loopvids.s3.amazonaws.com/Apr21Post.mp4 This place where I used to live had an arm wrestling stand set up near the main station. It was just a tallish table, with a couple of slots for people to put their elbows in. It was only up during the summer. Where guys could stop and compete on their way home from drinking in the pubs around the station. On the other hand, they also have professional arm wrestlers. People spend their career getting stronger and stronger for arm wrestling competitions. Most of us, however, only arm wrestle under certain scen
  15. https://loopvids.s3.amazonaws.com/Apr03Post.mp4 A very common trope in romantic movies is the guy or gal who "gets" the other guy or gal. This is the opposite of another common romantic movie trope. That when two people are getting closer and closer, one of them is TERRIFIED that the other person will find out who they REALLY are. And when this happens, it's over. These are two sides of the same coin. The coin of who we really are on the inside. The fear side is us being TERRIFIED of being "found out" and forever rejected. The best-case-scenario side
  16. https://loopvids.s3.amazonaws.com/Mar31Post.mp4 A few years ago, a friend of mine asked me to go with her on this weekend business thing. She said it was something she and her sister were interested. She was pretty vague, and didn't make it seem very important. So, since it was Saturday, I wore my Saturday clothes. A pair of shorts, a t-shirt and some sneakers. Everybody else there was wearing a suit. I felt a little out of place. Until I realized it was some kind of MLM scam. The energy at those kinds of places is pretty unique. Everybody h
  17. https://loopvids.s3.amazonaws.com/Feb29Post.mp4 Bastiat was an economist back in the 1800's. He's famous for the saying, "It's not what you see, it's what you don't see." Most people can only think in linear terms. Do X, and get Y. If you are hungry, eat something. If you are tired, go to sleep. If you want to make money, get a job. If you want to get a girl to like you, walk up to her and try to get her to like you. These are simple and easy to think about, but they are very dangerous. This idea, that only thinking in very simple, very linear,
  18. https://loopvids.s3.amazonaws.com/Feb27Post.mp4 Metaphors are fantastic. But they can also be extremely dangerous. They are useful when talking about common ideas that are pretty complicated. For example, let's say you saw a movie. And your friend asked about it. And you report that it "started strong" but then "kind of fell apart at the end." This a perfectly understandable metaphor. It describes a very common human experience. Of watching a movie (or TV show or book) that grabbed your attention from the beginning. But then as it went on, you
  19. https://loopvids.s3.amazonaws.com/Feb07Post.mp4 Once I went to large, big box electronic store to pick something up. They had this long, snaking line, where you'd get to the front and have to look down the long row of cashiers. When one was available, they'd hold up a sign with a number, letting the next person in line know. While you were waiting, there was lots of last minute things. Kind of like the stuff you see on the counter of gas station convenience stores and supermarket checkout lines. But since this was a LONG snaking line, there was a TON of stuff.
  20. https://loopvids.s3.amazonaws.com/Jan01Post.mp4 There are two kinds of cycles when it comes to human behavior. Both are self reinforcing. One is good, the other is not. Sometimes these are called virtuous and vicious cycles. Most guys, when it comes to relationships, love, sex, etc. are barely on the border. They have good days and bad days. On good days, they'll be in a good mood. They'll smile, say hey, maybe get a few numbers. Success breeds success. The more positive responses they get from their female environment, the more this boo
  21. https://loopvids.s3.amazonaws.com/Dec21Post.mp4 A huge problem with us silly humans is misunderstanding cause and effect. Most of the time, we get it backwards. This is where we get anecdotes like putting the cart before the horse. For example, guys will see another guy talking to a girl. Both are obviously into each other. Body language is open. She's smiling and nodding while he's talking. She's laughing at his silly jokes. When he touches her on the arm, she doesn't recoil. Instead she leans into his touch, slightly, not too obvious. Wh
  22. https://loopvids.s3.amazonaws.com/Dec19Post.mp4 Once I was at a party with a bunch of friends. This was a long, long time ago. I don't know how it started, but we were huddled in a corner. Every time a girl walked by, one of my idiot friends would whisper a pick up line into my ear. I would say it, and the girl would look at me and laugh at how stupid the pick up line was. It morphed into a weird competition between my friends. With me as the unwitting point man. Since they were telling me what to say, it didn't seem nearly as terrifying as it would have
  23. https://loopvids.s3.amazonaws.com/Dec18Post.mp4 Nearly all humans have the same basic intentions. We want to operate within the world to get what we want and need. We want some kind of vocation that rewards us for our skills. Skills we can continue to learn. Skills we feel are an expression of our nature. The ideal rewards for these skills are not only money, but recognition. The ideal situation is to present your skills to the world. And have them recognized as skills few others have. And because of that, you get money and genuine validation and re
  24. https://loopvids.s3.amazonaws.com/Dec16Post.mp4 Once of the main features of us humans is the ability to hallucinate. Every single thing that exists was once an imagination. Granted, most things came into being as being slight changes from what already existed. Even when humans invented fire to use for hunting, they probably copied it from nature. And then changed it slightly. Perhaps it all started when an ancient group of cave people saw some lighting hit a tree in the distance. Then the fire started. Then the animals in the forest started running a
  25. https://loopvids.s3.amazonaws.com/Dec15Post.mp4 People can, and are, trained just like animals. We have a built in learning system, which is based on the same learning that is built into lower animals. The famous "anchoring" process from NLP is a perfect example. It's based on Pavlov's famous dog experiments. Scientist had a dog. He brought the food, and the dog salivated. He brought the food, and rang a bell, and the dog salivated. He rang the bell WITH the food a few times. Then he ONLY rang the bell, and the dog salivated. He essentially "tr
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