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Better being relaxed

So this feels really obvious, but it’s only very recently I’ve actually managed to make this work. Lots of people say this, and they are correct, but it’s also hard to actually do.

Be relaxed, in your life, be actually relaxed. Laugh, have fun. Be open to stuff happening in the world and enjoy what happens to you throughout the day.


There is no better thing, because once you realise you can be relaxed, then life is more fun. More interesting, more enjoyable.

Even in important work meetings, be relaxed.

Just ’cause everyone else isn’t being relaxed, can’t let themselves see the irony etc, doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t.


There are moments when things are actually not fun, actually not cool etc. And enjoying those moments is super-hard.

Nonetheless, I recommend genuinely letting your shoulder’s drop.

For one thing, having a clear mind, having clarity, let’s you think more clearly and make the better choices.

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The book used to be called: “Think less, achieve more” and now comes in a snazzy dark blue cover, but hey. The content when I read it 2 or 3 years ago has stuck, and is completely, completely precise in how useful and brilliant it is.

Help! Help! I am literally overflowing with ideas

This is a quick one, but doubtless I’ll come back to it.

I need help, not ‘save my life’ type, or anything like that. I need help of the ‘how to make real any of these ideas’ type help.

I need help to realise all these endless awesome ideas (which I’m firmly not going to write up, yet).

I need a unit, a squad, a loose form team.

We need to be only cohesive enough to agree to do something and then raggedy and determinedly do it. What ever, in that moment it might be.

I suggest the book pictured. A fine thing, worth re-reading many times.

Try reading this, and then try it’s suggestions and try them again. That is, if you want to.

Be radical: I’m not going to buy clothes

I’ve been trying to not buy food from all the wrong places, covered in plastic, for a while now. The big Tesco near us said today when I challenged them and their inactivity that they’d “put it on the ATC” and hopefully that would make a difference.

Materially, asking those questions of the those not doing anything is important, but we all need to go more radical. Actual change and fast. Thanks Greta, for being direct.

Going further

I’ve got my current clothes. I’ve got suits for smart work, I’ve got a bunch of shirts. I’ve got spare shoes – and those with the soles coming off.

No time for inventory.

No time – and not the right thing to do – to stock up on socks and pants and t-shirts.

How far, in years, can I go? How long will it last?

Makes you wonder, if you purposefully abdicate from the system, from just buying the poor quality goods, the inescapably irresponsible goods, how long you can make it, survive, live ok and not end up in trouble.

I met a young person the other day. Refusing jobs just as their PhD in clever neural network RNA processing was coming to an end. Refusing jobs, currently living on oats and very little else. Doesn’t want a job, as being paid is tantamount to sacrificing all ideals. So that was a) startling, and b) memorable and c) inspiring. Thank you, unnamed individual, I appreciated meeting you. And I will remember you living in a tent with just a few bits of key tech and a bike. Getting £5 a week from friends. That is hard living in London.

So my bit…

My attempt: no more buying clothes. Step out of that part of economy.

Maybe I’ll end up making clothes. And presumably the cloth with which to make them out of.

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Mariusz Prusaczyk – Getty Images

Let’s see.

Hot thoughts diary

One thing regularly recommended is to keep a ‘hot thoughts’ diary.

I tried this ineffectually a few times, and then finally years later realised how a good way to work it might be. There are many others, I’m sure.

My version worked this way:

1. Try and write regularly, with a specific aim. Be honest, otherwise it is a bit pointless.

2. Be thoroughly encouraged by writing stuff down. Know that later this effort will be worthwhile and helpful.

3. Look back over, and think about how better you could write in the coming days, so you can adjust how brave and honest you are prepared to be. Use a (green) highlighter if you want.

4. Write something to summarise, and take stock.

5. Keep writing, even when the immediate ‘issue’ has calmed down.

6. Build mindfulness formal practice and this hot thoughts into a regular routine.

Condor GP: some of the inspiration

The CondorGP project came together over many years. Since 2005 in fact.

There are many pieces of the puzzle and my bet is that no-one else has cobbled together the bits I have, in the way that I have.

I should note there are some inspirational bits that I’m not going to talk about much (at all) as they are key to the design.

Self sustaining something

At one point at University, Alex, my coursemate and housemate and I were talking stuff. About how wouldn’t it be better if you could work on something, a business or an idea, and then when it was up and running then it would look after itself.

Seems minor, and obvious, but has influenced the thinking.

Genetic progammming

I came across Genetic Programming in an interesting textbook I bought at Brunel University, where Alex and I did an AI module as part of our engineering masters. This book was: Artificial Intelligence – A guide to intelligent systems, by Michael Negnevitsky

Alex and I worked together on an AI project, using ANNs, Artificial Neural Networks, like Deepmind used to create AlphaGo. AlphaGo came later, it must be said…

But flicking through again after University in 2005, I thought the sections on Genetic Programming were more interesting. I’ve still got the same copy of Negnevitsky’s book, so I type out directly:

“Genetic programming offers a solution to the main challenge of computer science – making computers solve problems without being explicitly programmed.”

This was pretty mind blowing and intriguing to a geeky engineering graduate. Further:

“Genetic programming represents an application of genetic model of learning to programming. Its goal is to evolve not a coded representation of some problem, but rather a computer code that solves the problem. That is, genetic programming generates computer programs as the solution.” 

So the first steps of inspiration where that the power of genetic programming was enormous.

Key point 1 being that Darwin had hit upon the idea that evolution as a mechanism that had allowed or encouraged, or maybe actually been the basis for all the complexity and wonder of our planet. Key point 2 being that something of that power could be made available to us as part of computer work to solve complex problems. I quote again:

“evolutionary strategies can solve a wide range of problems. They provide robust and reliable solutions for highly complex, non-linear search and optimisation problems that previously could not be solved at all (Holland, 1995, Schwefel, 1995).”

So my brain immediately went to solving the obvious problem to a new graduate, how to make money. And directly to trading on the stock market.

I’ll look to write about genetic programming itself, in future posts, to share a little of how this works.