Venice Beach Diary 1/14/2022

“And where would the fun be in doing something you knew was going to work?”

-Neil Gaiman

Not a song of the day but I used to watch Grandpa’s Kitchen every morning. This guy and his family started a Youtube channel where they would make these giant meals with rustic methods and distribute it to the hungry. It is wholesome, he is hilarious, and his signature “mix well” instruction is a viewer favorite.

He uses the perfect amount of ginger garlic paste and tractor or no tractor the show must go on. And it looks fucking phenomenal. Some videos include the making of the fried onions, and they are worth a video of their own. Everything is done in these big metal behemoths. Unfortunately, Grandpa passed away a while back. His family does carry on the channel so please subscribe.

{Elwendia persica is a plant species in the family Apiaceae. It is related to cumin and sometimes called black cumin, blackseed, black caraway, and has a smoky, earthy taste.}

Clouds whisp in different directions like painted from separate brushes

It was a beautiful and peaceful day for me today. I hope it was for you too.

A hard thing to accept about people is we tend to fall into one of two mindsets. They go by many names. Abundant vs. scarce, growth vs. fixed. They speak of the way a person models the world.

If you think in terms of probabilities, you may have a fixed mindset. If you think in possibilities, you may have a growth mindset.

If you believe people are just rotten by nature, things are too far gone to fix, or often say “that’s just the way it is” you think in scarcity.

If you believe the solutions are all around us, change has happened before and will happen again, and that every problem is an opportunity for learning and progress, then you think in abundance.

Growth mindsets have been shown to be correlated with happiness and fulfillment. High performers almost exclusively demonstrate this style of thinking. Fixed mindsets correlate with depression and low performance.

We know so little about the brain. I have taken course after course on neuroscience and neurobiology. I can speak of axons and dendrites, action potentials and spiking patterns. I have listened to lectures by great minds at the top of these fields and they all agree. We have no idea how the brain is creating fields of thought, but we do know negative thinking does physical damage. Thinking is a physical process. There is nothing mystical about it, yet everything flows from it and yields to it.

Look for thoughts fixed in place. Look for ideas trapped by the illusion of scarcity and try to think them through again from a growth mindset. Think of what could be and not what is. This is how things get better.

I have no idea what is going on in this picture below.

Never a dull moment.


Knee Ups for the abs: 5 sets of 25 straight and 25 each side.

Low Back Machine 4 sets of 20

Nautilus Low Row for the back and hips: 5 sets of 15

Front Lat Pulldown: 5 sets of 15

Nautilus Neutral Grip Chest Press 5 sets of 10

Olympic Squats Complex 10 sets of 3 and 3

Tricep Pushdowns with rope 4 sets of 20

Bicep Concentration Curls 3 sets of 10 (these were fun, I haven’t done concentration curls in at least 25 years).

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