Minimum Effective Dose

In which RVA talks about doing as little as needed…

Long ago, I was pretty adherent to the writings of Tim Ferriss.  One of the first life hackers (before that was a term, really), Ferriss wrote the very-good-if-overrated 4-Hour Workweek.  A treatise on joining the ‘New Rich’, a lot of the techniques described are problematic and the assumptions it makes about the world are equally troublesome, but it does have some good advice on goal-setting and even goal-defining (do you really want a motorcycle, or do you just want to feel cool?  Do you really want to speak Japanese or do you just want an Asian girlfriend?).

Ferriss would follow that up with the masterful 4-Hour Body, which is a treatise on self-reinvention.  Some of the techniques and topics discussed within are, at this point, a bit dated (some of the supplements he advises have largely been established to be bogus).  But the training programs and the seminal diet – the Slow-Carb Diet – still hold up and I suspect will for some time to come. Continue reading “Minimum Effective Dose”

Reality of Idealism

In which RVA talks about not liking the beach…

So I have a confession to make: I kind of enjoy the quarantine.

Not the actual circumstances that are necessitating it.  Oh lordy, no.  No, I’m a public health professional.  I know why we’re quarantined, I know how it works, I know why it’s necessary, and I know what will happen if we don’t.  Hell, I have a pretty decent idea of what will happen even with us doing it (though not as many of us are doing it as we should). Continue reading “Reality of Idealism”

Happiness vs Pleasure

In which RVA jaws about Buddhist principles…

So I’m quarantined like everybody else.

As I write this, the nation-wide stay-in-place order is in effect.  By the time this is published, I’m not so sure what the state will be (which is really, really dumb).  But that’s another matter.

Somewhat unrelated (but only a little), I’ve deleted my gacha game a little over a week ago.  Gacha games are what most people think of when you say ‘mobile game’.  They’re simple little games that are meant to be played in bite-sized sessions throughout the day.  I was playing a really good game that really fixed a lot of the usual complaints about gacha games.  For anyone else, I would highly recommend it.  For me?  With my history of gaming addiction?  As well-made a game as it was, it was still too overwhelming. Continue reading “Happiness vs Pleasure”


In which RVA talks about learning at home…

Home-school and isolation are hot topics right now.  As I write this, they’re kind of mandatory, but a lot can happen between typing on a keyboard and hitting ‘post’ on a social media page.

More than a few people have been relying on the syllabi provided by scholastic programs.  And that’s a perfectly valid way to go.  No fault at all in going with a pre-made program.  But keep in mind there are more options available to you than merely grade-specific programs. Continue reading “Self-Learning”