Archive for May, 2011

Day 66.5 (Fear: Worse than Death)

Prompt 1: You have 15 minutes to live; write the story that has to be written. We are afraid of truth, afraid of fortune, afraid of death, and afraid of each other. Our age yields no great and perfect persons. – Ralph Waldo Emerson So why did I start 30vanquish? I started it because I […]

Day 66 (Avoid Being the Doormat: The Two-Chance Rule)

Or how I learned this rule from experience… There was this girl that I always wanted to hang out with. I asked her to hang out four times and she rejected me all four times throughout the year. I quickly realized I was wasting my time talking to her. I kept talking to her after […]

Day 65 (The Wall; Grinding Out of It)

“People who have a built-in all-purpose excuse (middle child syndrome, wrong astrology sign, some slight at the hands of the system long ago) often end up failing–they have an excuse ready to go, so it’s easier to back off when the going is rough.” – Seth Godin, May 26th 2011. Ever have a time when […]

Day 64 (Life or Poker: How to Overcome a Bad Starting Hand)

“The real world is much more like a poker game, with multiple players trying to make the best of whatever hand fortune has dealt them.” -David Moschella, “Computerworld” Before you read the rest of this post, ask yourself, what would you do with a 12.4% chance of success? The game of poker has always fascinated […]

Day 63 (Familiarity: Fusiform Face Area is Magical)

So why is this Fusiform Face Area (FFA) so important? First, did you ever have a time when you saw an old friend, acquaintance, or stranger but recognized them? That’s the FFA working it’s magic. Why do we tend to forget names but not faces? It turns out that this area gives us the familiarity […]