Wednesday, May 6, 2015

More Videos on my Homelessness: Organizing Your Car and Temperature Extremes

I apologize for my lack of writing, and for compensation I hope you'll like these two Youtube videos I made.

A very long time ago some people mentioned they'd be interested in me keeping a diary of my experiences, and while my lifestyle is far too uninterested for that, I can at least offer a basic overview of how I've adapted in various ways, such as how I organize my stuff in my car or keep safe in my climate.

You can also see my current playlist on this subject here.

I'm not sure how far I'll take this series. If there's something you'd like to know, leave a comment and perhaps I'll respond in another video.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

VIDEO: Why I'm Voluntarily Homeless

In case you thought my prior article on why I've decided to become homeless is too long, I offer you a video presentation as an alternative.

Close-captioning in provided, which I recommend since the audio fades out at some parts, for some reason. (I was using my smartphone to film.)

I have an idea for at least 2 more videos on this subject, so stay tuned for that. It may take awhile, since I discovered inputting close-captioning is quite tedious! I ventured to do it anyway here since close-captioning is so important to me as a hearing-impaired person, and it's immensely frustrating to go without.

(At the same time, watching myself makes me grimace. Perhaps I should undertake some speaking self-improvement ventures. Watching your own video makes you super-aware of mannerisms you've never noticed before.)

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Embarassed Reintroduction

You must consider it great disrespect to you for me to publish a blog post from the blue and swiftly depart without explanation for my absence, and for that I apologize. This blog has certainly fallen into great neglect. The failure on my part is getting too lax with my writing habits; it was not laziness that separated us, but rather that, for a long time, I loosened up on my writing practices which I thought would be wise, but has led to much dissatisfaction. I'd like to take a moment to get you back up to speed and also explain my plans for my blog from here, for 2015.

I stopped writing here primarily because I thought I was "unjustified" from doing so given the magnitude of my financial issues, and that loosening up on the amount of intensive editing I did on my writing would bring more peace to my mind (as, prior, it used to be hard to publish even a Facebook status update without severely scrutinizing its few lines). I was wrong on both counts. Neglecting my writing skills has not only put a coating of rust on my abilities, but has also led to a certain emptiness in my life that good, well-crafted writing used to fill.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Is It Foolish and Destructive for Me to Choose to be Homeless?

As of writing, I have officially been voluntarily homeless, living out of my car, for over 1 year and six months now. I actually intended it to be over by now, as I only wanted to pay off a portion of my debt and speedily secure an apartment so that I wouldn't have to  endure another hot summer, but my plans have gone awry to the extent that I'll likely be homeless for 3-5 more years.

It's been very difficult and stressful, having just enough pleasures and comforts to make the everything bearable. I've never regretted starting this experiment, particularly because I'm dedicated to never having to live with another human-being again unless it's a girlfriend or wife. The plan I'm set firm on is to pay off the entirety of all my debt and save up $20K to finally give me the financial stability and worth I've been seeking for years now.

A small selection of people think I'm nuts and irrational for doing this. (Perhaps even you, which I'll forgive you for thinking.) They say that my experiences with living with other people may not be as bad as I've made them out to be, or that even I may have been the bad person in the various situations, and that I could be setting myself up for long-term harm by continuing living this way.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Eric Hoffer's Patience in Mundane Labor (and How to Cultivate It)

I'm at a particular point in my life where I'm trying to regain my career direction after recovering from my prior stagnation, and man am I chomping at the bit to either make some progress or move onto something else. Staying for so long in one thing, dish washing, puts friction on my nerves sometimes. It's so monotonous and frustrating that it's amazing that I've tolerated it for this long, and it particularly frustrates me to not make headway, so I've either got to push extra-hard or find something else.

Though, at the same time I've got to heed the wisdom Eric Hoffer bestowed in his own life of physical labor, for he has some mental fortitude techniques that are perfect for anyone in a physically strenuous job, especially ones that drag on the mind with their repeated motions. (This is especially for you guys that are discontent in those tough jobs.)

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Keeping Self-improvement Permanent Through Lifestyle Change

In contemplating all the changes I could make to my mind via autodidact ventures, the one thing that has worried me for years is the prospect of working so hard to develop a skill and to either need to dedicate large periods of practice time each day to keep it fresh, or of accidentally neglecting the skill so as to let it decay, essentially wasting my original effort in having built it up in the first place.

This worry came to my mind some years ago when I was in the habit of training myself to do mathematical calculations online for about a half-hour a day, in an effort to develop a mental calculator. Although I have no intentions of being a mathematician, I consider math a tremendously weak intellectual area of mine which is nonetheless very probably useful, especially in use in culinary math, and I'd be best off developing some mental math skills so that I never forget how to do the functions and would be able to calculate faster than my fingers tapping a calculator.

However, those drills didn't really make me better at, say, walking around the grocery store with precise spending calculations (due to differing context: Standing static at the computer vs. walking around in a different sensory environment), and I fretted about the worth of my cutting out 20-30 minutes each and every day to practice this skill for prospectively the rest of my life when those minutes could perhaps go better elsewhere.

Years later I think I have found the solution: Simply "fuse" the skill you're trying to develop into your very lifestyle, so that the daily motions of living automatically keep the skill practiced and thus totally immune to decline.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

The Right Saying at the Right Time: Pin Pricks to Change

Quotes and aphorisms: We all love them, but sometimes it can be hard to harness their practical power if we can't remember their insights at the right time.

However, have you ever tried just keeping a scant few at hand to recite at odd times of the day, to shift your perspective in the right direction? For me, saying two things has really given me perspective on my behavior, and is useful to repeat throughout a day and at night before bed.