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Before you aim for someone’s job, look at the price they paid to get there

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“Whenever I write about grad school, someone writes in the comments about how I’m just bitter that I didn’t get a degree.

But what I’m really bitter about is that no one wanted to have sex with me. Some famous poet was a visiting professor, hitting on every grad student but me. And Leslie Epstein was there, who is not only king of the Jews but the father of Theo Epstein, a big name in baseball. Leslie said I’m the best sex writer he’s ever read. So why wasn’t he asking me for sex?

Probably because I’m the master of bad sex. There is no anal penetration that I cannot ruin with a piece of poop at the end of the paragraph.”

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Posted by on May 23, 2013 in Antidote, The Web, Work


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Learn to Enjoy Your Own Company

“What would you like to tell people?

I don’t know… I think I’d like to say only that they should learn to be alone and try to spend as much time as possible by themselves. I think one of the faults of young people today is that they try to come together around events that are noisy, almost aggressive at times. This desire to be together in order to not feel alone is an unfortunate symptom, in my opinion. Every person needs to learn from childhood how to be spend time with oneself. That doesn’t mean he should be lonely, but that he shouldn’t grow bored with himself because people who grow bored in their own company seem to me in danger, from a self-esteem point of view.”



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Today feels too much like yesterday

I need. No. I want to add some variety in my life. Today seems too similar to yesterday all too often these days. In this struggle against the sameness of life and also my fear of trying out new things I’ve been looking for inspiration. I think i may have found it in Matt Cutts and his “Try something new for 30 days” TED talk which you can watch here.

“The next 30 days are going to pass whether you like it or not, so why not think about something you have always wanted to try and give it a shot for the next 30 days?”

I have a few ideas already. Some of them will remain just ideas in my head. But others can be pursued further. Included in this list are self-discipline challenges i.e. depriving myself of something. However, this comes relatively easy to me. I would prefer to get out of my comfort zone AND do something positive in the process. Ideally, something creative or a community contribution. Whatever the case, i am good with anything that will lift my spirits up. At the end of the day all i am looking for are ideas which will encourage me to see life in a different light and allow some experimentation with everyday life.

“It doesn’t need to be anything huge, either. Something small is easily sustainable, and can still help make your time more memorable, and even help you learn a thing or two about yourself”

Below are the ideas I’ve come up with myself and also found on other blogs. I am looking for more so i am open to suggestions!

Try Something New for 30 Days – Ideas

  • Write a novel
  • Design a board game
  • Don’t eat meat
  • Teach something new to someone every day
  • Have a conversation every day with someone i rarely speak to
  • No news
  • Learn a language as much as possible
  • No sending txts
  • No TV
  • Make a list of things i am thankful for. 1/day.
  • Make a list of things i am proud of. 1/day
  • Meditate for 10-20 mins/day
  • No social media
  • Read a short story every day
  • No smartphone
  • Go left handed
  • No caffeine
  • Listen to a random/new song. 1/day.
  • Read a random blog post every day.
  • Take a picture every day.
  • No complaining.
  • Learn as much as possible about a specific subject/event/person etc
  • 30-45 mins walk every day
  • Swimming every day

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Declutter diary

I’ve been trying to declutter my flat for some time now. Space at home is limited and i had reached a point where the 2nd bedroom started to take the role of a storage room. I try to be as minimal as possible with furniture and stuff. “Try” is of course the key word here. The problem is that i rarely get rid of things i no longer use. Sometimes i even purchased duplicates of things is already owned because i could not find them through the clutter or could not even remember owning them in the first place.

So i started the decluttering process by first giving away clothes, tv series box sets and books. I also took an old all-in-one HP printer and a VHS player to a recycling center. I sold and traded away board games i no longer wanted.

But it has been an on and off attempt and it is simply not enough.

After being inspired by blogs such as the dailyclutter blog i’ve decided to start a declutter diary. I will be removing clutter from my flat which is no longer needed. Something that it is simply sitting there whereas it should be simply thrown away, recycled or could be of more use to somebody else.

The following clutter has been cleared out recently:

  • 3 bags of rarely (if ever) used clothing – donated
  • 3 pieces cookware (bought in 2002 but never used because were not suitable for ceramic hobs) – given away
  • 4 fiction books (already read) – given away to friends and strangers
  • Expired and empty medicine packages thrown away
  • All-in-one printer – recycling
  • VHS player – recylcing
  • Kettle – given away

Some pics

One of the clothes bags

Expired & empty meds and other stuff

Incredibly, there are still so many things i own which i don’t need. I have found a new way to get rid of the fiction books i own. More on this soon!


Posted by on August 21, 2012 in Declutter diary, Lifestyle


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Would you buy an ugly car?

I was not looking to buy a car. It just happened that for the past 2 weeks I had been driving a brand new, “loaner” car and I loved almost everything about it. The size, the quality of the (majority of) materials, the engine, suspension and most importantly, i LOVED driving it. It was 2 weeks of driving bliss. I am not talking about a supercar but a normal, everyday 1.6ltr hatchback with 134bhp.

Yet, i hated one thing. Its looks. It ruined the deal. But should looks matter? What weight should it have in the decision? I mean, as a driver it ticked all the important boxes. Either very good or excellent.

Now i can’t get over the thought that i might be more superficial than i care to admit. I am prepared to sacrifice the more substantial aspects of a car to get a better looking “face and body”.

And it makes me wonder now whether this stops at cars.

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Posted by on April 5, 2012 in Antidote