by Frost on July 14, 2011

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dave July 16, 2011 at 1:18 am

Random question.

So I was doing arm curls and for the first time ever this muscle in my elbow felt really painful. I couldn’t even lift a lower weight level. WTF is up with that.

Frost July 17, 2011 at 8:35 pm

Sounds tendon related. I recommend heavy, sustained doses of anabolic steroids and Oxycontin.

Actually, you might want to try massaging/stretching the bicep. Massage/foam rolling/stretching worked for me when I was dealing with achilles tendonitis.

Anotherboringguy July 15, 2011 at 8:11 am

I try to experience things more intensely sometimes —e.g. taking time to eat , people watching, breathing in deeply the scent of freshly mown grass or listening to rain patter on a window— as if I were reading Proust or Thoreau. I figure if you can be contented with ‘experience’ as a positive thing in itself –gratitude for ennui– you could save yourself a whole lot of bother in life (the rat race) . An occasional thrill such as climbing a mountain or a night of drinking is still a requisite to boost this appreciation. Contrasts are important in life.

Frost July 17, 2011 at 8:32 pm

Good on ya.

Similar to that, I try to enjoy bad experiences for what they are, rather than let them get to me. ie, I miss a flight –> well, nothing I can do now, right? Might as well wallow in the frustration and anger, let it wash over me, and just try to enjoy the experience as a third party.

dave July 15, 2011 at 1:04 am

If most of us followed this advice, I doubt we’d have ever read this blog.

Frost July 17, 2011 at 8:29 pm

ba dum cha.

But actually no. The best way to read blogs imo is in batches. I am dumbfounded that there are people who will find a blog, like it, and subscribe… without reading the archives. When I browse, I categorize blogs as either:

1) Boring. Skip.

2) Interesting. Skim/read the archives.

3) Interesting, and going somewhere. Subscribe.

But I’ll never subscribe and skip the archives. Madness, that.

Arch July 15, 2011 at 12:50 am

Perhaps I’m just odd, and that’s very likely, but I find checking blog feeds and news and weather gets boring. My interpretation of the article is that the author is saying our information overload is a 100% effective cure for boredom, but I think one can become bored with anything given enough over-stimulation. If that’s the case, then we may see a counter-culture evolve that prides itself on limited consumption of information technology as people reach their personal limits en masse.

Frost July 17, 2011 at 8:26 pm

News gets boring fast.

As for blogs – there are a lot of interesting people out there. If I had unlimited hours, my RSS feed would be much more prolific than it is now.

As for the low-info counter-culture, welcome! You’ve found it.

whiteboykrispy July 14, 2011 at 7:16 pm

Great post man, this is so true it is beyond funny.

I have some of my best ideas in the shower because it is the sole part of the day I’m not distracted.

Time to rethink how much I spend “bored”.

MarcTheEngineer July 14, 2011 at 4:04 pm
(R)Evolutionary July 14, 2011 at 3:52 pm

Great post, and I am working to shut down this information addiction. However it’s not an unmitigated failure. For myself, I’m massively curious about the world, about the human body, sex, evolution, etc. I’ll take a lull in a presentation to look up the long-term side effects of creatine monohydrate supplementation (none known in health subjects), or I’ll research a new mountain bike, or I’ll look up a new plant, or I’ll research a physiological pathway like how the body deals with long-chain vs. short-chain Omega 6 fatty acids, or how to increase my deadlifts, or a new squatting technique (starting from the bottom, ass to the floor).all this in just the last 24 hours of interwebs surfing in “down time” moments.

But I do agree, this info overload/addiction fucking with me because I run my own business, and it keeps me from doing some of the things I need to do to be massively successful long-term. My hindbrain is often willing to accept a moderate or only average short-term success in order to get the info I crave. I admit, I am massively challenged. I need to focus on my business and cash flow, but I hate to say it, it’s fucking boring. My business isn’t boring, and I enjoy that, but dealing with the back end of it, fucking BOOOO-RING.

And no, I”m not a TL:DR person, I’ll read an entire post from Delusion Damage, maybe even several in a row. I read books on the regular, journal articles, etc. I have plenty of attention span, but I have trouble focusing it on things that aren’t absolutely compelling for me in the moment.

For me, I know what can and will happen when I get it under control–massive success, and maybe even independent wealth so I can afford to play more, to write more & do more creative stuff, not just stuff for profit, even though the profitable stuff is still fun for me, just not as fun as the stuff I REALLY want to write, create, and do.

OK, shutting this bitch down for a bit.

Cheers, braugh.

Frost July 17, 2011 at 8:22 pm

What kind of business?

Highly recommend the four hour work week if you’re interested in increasing your cash flow/business stress ratio.

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