Fun game, read this article and replace every mention of “Flu” or “Influenza” with “Covid”

November 17, 2020 at 10:11 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

(title stolen from reddit)

An actual time magazine article dated January 18, 2018:

The 2017-2018 influenza epidemic is sending people to hospitals and urgent-care centers in every state, and medical centers are responding with extraordinary measures: asking staff to work overtime, setting up triage tents, restricting friends and family visits and canceling elective surgeries, to name a few.

“We are pretty much at capacity, and the volume is certainly different from previous flu seasons,” says Dr. Alfred Tallia, professor and chair of family medicine at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical Center in New Brunswick, New Jersey. “I’ve been in practice for 30 years, and it’s been a good 15 or 20 years since I’ve seen a flu-related illness scenario like we’ve had this year.”

Tallia says his hospital is “managing, but just barely,” at keeping up with the increased number of sick patients in the last three weeks. The hospital’s urgent-care centers have also been inundated, and its outpatient clinics have no appointments available.

MORE: Here’s Why the Flu Is Especially Bad This Year

The story is similar in Alabama, which declared a state of emergency last week in response to the flu epidemic. Dr. Bernard Camins, associate professor of infectious diseases at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, says that UAB Hospital cancelled elective surgeries scheduled for Thursday and Friday of last week to make more beds available to flu patients.

“We had to treat patients in places where we normally wouldn’t, like in recovery rooms,” says Camins. “The emergency room was very crowded, both with sick patients who needed to be admitted and patients who just needed to be seen and given Tamiflu.”

In California, which has been particularly hard hit by this season’s flu, several hospitals have set up large “surge tents” outside their emergency departments to accommodate and treat flu patients. Even then, the LA Times reported this week, emergency departments had standing-room only, and some patients had to be treated in hallways.

The Lehigh Valley Health System in Allentown, Pennsylvania, set up a similar surge tent in its parking lot on Monday, in response to an increase in patients presenting with various viral illnesses, including norovirus, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) and the flu. “We’ve put it into operation a couples times now over the last few days,” said a hospital spokesperson. “I think Tuesday we saw upwards of about 40 people in the tent itself.”

Many hospitals are also encouraging visitors to stay away. Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center announced last week that it was temporarily restricting visits from children 14 and under and anyone with flu symptoms. “This measure is to prevent unnecessary spread of influenza and to protect you, our patients, and our staff,” the health system posted on Facebook.

Loyola University Health System in Chicago—which set a hospital flu-activity record of 190 confirmed cases between January 7 and 13—has also instituted similar visitor restrictions, although a spokesperson for the hospital says it’s a standard precaution for flu season. Loyola also requires all employees to receive a mandatory flu shot, a policy it started in 2009.

MORE: ‘It’s Actually a Nightmare.’ Mother Warns Others After 10-Year-Old Suddenly Dies From Flu

In Fenton, Missouri, SSM Health St. Clare Hospital has opened its emergency overflow wing, as well as all outpatient centers and surgical holding centers, to make more beds available to patients who need them. Nurses are being “pulled from all floors to care for them,” says registered nurse Jennifer Braciszewski, and are being offered an increased hourly rate to work above and beyond their normal schedules. Many nurses have also become sick, however, so the staff is also short-handed.

The flu has especially affected hospital patients with other health issues, says Braciszewski, who works with cardiac patients. “Almost every patient in the hospital has the flu, and it’s making their pre-existing conditions worse,” she says. “More and more patients are needing mechanical ventilation due to respiratory failure from the flu and other rampant upper respiratory infections.”

Braciszewski says she’s picked up a few extra shifts so far this month, and that while the work is difficult and overwhelming, it’s also rewarding. “They haven’t gone into mandatory overtime on my floor yet, but nurses are helping out by staying an extra four hours here and there or coming in early,” she says. “The thing about nursing is it’s a sister/brotherhood; we can’t leave each other in distress.”

CDC director Brenda Fitzgerald said last week that the flu appeared to be peaking, but that “it will take many more weeks for flu activity to truly slow down.” Camins says flu activity at UAB Hospital was slightly lower this week than last week, but that it’s too early to know if the worst has come and gone.

“It’s slowing down, thank God, but there have been some seasons that have actually had two peaks—so we really don’t know what the next few months will be like,” he says. “We’ve already had three times the volume of the peak from last year in Jefferson County, and I think we’re going to end up quadrupling it by the time we finally get all the data in.”

Doctors say it’s not too late to get a flu shot this season—even if you’ve already been sick—and many hospitals are asking patients about the flu vaccine and offering it to those who haven’t yet received it. They’re also encouraging otherwise healthy people who think they have the flu to call their primary care doctors rather than visit the emergency room, especially while hospital volume is so high.

If you’re otherwise healthy, “you can ask your doctor to prescribe an anti-viral medicine over the phone,” says Camins. That way, he adds, emergency departments can be freed up to care for patients who are the most vulnerable to serious complications from the flu—like children, the elderly and people with pre-existing conditions.

What do you think are the primary motivations behind reporting on the plague and shutdowns in a way so as to make it seem as if are obligated to shut down society and wall ourselves at home?

October 11, 2020 at 6:40 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

I saw this posting on reddit to the above title and it did a good job of summing up my feelings on the subject. A “multiple-model” approach to analysis usually yields good results. Posted by “chasonreddit” on reddit:

I’m a believer that there there are no huge conspiracies in government or media. There are simply a lot of different people working in their own best interest and perverted incentives get you the rest of the way.

  • Media live for clicks and content purchases
  • Pharmaceutical companies live to develop and sell new drugs
  • Politicians live for votes (and power, can’t leave that out)
  • Bureaucrats and civil servants do what they can do to hold and keep their cushy jobs.
  • People love to feel morally superior to their peers.
  • Businesses comply with government mandates because that optimizes profits.
  • Businesses cater to the majority sentiment whether they share it or not to optimize profits.
  • Some number of people are simply afraid of life and welcome an opportunity to take a time out.

Put all of those together and you can pretty much see the narative unfold.

A BLM test basically admitting that they think black people are criminals

August 9, 2020 at 8:13 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

reddit’s /r/losangeles response to cancel culture

July 26, 2020 at 3:59 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

I wrote an email to the moderators of /r/losangeles regarding my
concern over their contribution to “cancel culture”. I am posting this online so everyone can see how much of an ass reddit is in handling this issue.

Dear /r/losangeles,

My name is Steve. I’ve been a long time redditor of over 12 years. You may recognize me from the global reddit meetup day, as I attend to them most years. I also sponsored a couple of years of global reddit meetups under my then company “Model Printing” and “The Bitcoin Spot”. So I am hoping you can take the time to both read and understand my message. This is my picture: https://steverstuff.s3.amazonaws.com/steve.jpg

/u/barbeque has met with me a few times, and he can attest that I am a “real reddit account”.

I politely the moderators of /r/losangeles to create a new rule for stop “exposing” the “racists and karens from being racist and a asshat so we can shame them” videos. I think it fosters a toxic culture and often times lives are ruined, in my view unfairly.

I don’t think these videos should be shown for the following reasons:

1) A lot of the times, these videos are without context with no understanding what happened before or after the incident. Unfortunately, reddit seems to jump to the first conclusion that comes to mind. And sometimes this conclusion is wrong.

2) The subject is not given a reasonable opportunity to defend himself and give “his side” of the story. Unfortunately, “the mob” is judge, jury and executioner and often times they base their decision on NOT HEARING THE OTHER SIDE.

3) Many times “the bad thing” in the video is debatable. For example, some guy washing down graffiti left over from some BLM protester or something. I realize that BLM harbors a different opinion on whether that particular action is “bad”, but they should also realize reasonable minds can also DISAGREE. This is not a black and white issue!

4) Family members, employers, and even employees are harassed, even though they had nothing to do with the video.

5) The backlash against said racist is often irrationally disproportional to the harm that was caused. While what they said may have been bad and all, the video is not the holocaust either.

6) It is wrong to judge the character of a person by 60 seconds of video.

8) It is not right that many people lose their livelihoods based on, at the end of the day, a belief system. Most racists that I know ( and I know a great many of them. . .) are just regular people with an unpopular opinion. They are not “proud boys” or KKK or whatever and they don’t go around hurting people.

It’s like if you are say, a christian and the other guy is a muslim. If that offends you, well than I’m sorry, that’s on YOU, not the muslim. And yes, I realize “muslim beliefs can possibly lead to suicide bombings” (or whatever. . .) but until I see solid evidence, the muslim should be left alone.

9) Most of the time these videos are basically an allegation and a click-bait title. Because of the nature of US labor laws, the court of public opinion is, lately, becoming more powerful than the court of law themselves! So now people are afraid of getting fired if they express a dissenting thought (“I think the BLM movement is a net-negative to our culture”). I, personally, don’t want to live in a society where people live in fear of a dissenting thought, for fear of losing their livelihoods. It is simply wrong, even for perceived “karens”.

In short, I feel that reddit is contributing to this culture and I believe that it’s having a negative civilization-level effect on society.

I humbly ask for this message to be distributed across the mods, so they can at least here what I have to say.

We already have a rule in place that prohibits the posting of personal information. This rule applies to these videos as well as any other posts. Names, workplaces, addresses, social media accounts, any information that could be used to identify someone without their consent is not permitted, and we remove any offending comments on sight. However, once these situations reach the news, their names are out in the open and it’s out of our hands. The doxxing and harassment is not originating here.

These videos are of events happening within our community, as we believe that they do belong on the sub.

And we love seeing racists get fired. That “belief system” is indefensible and we’re glad people aren’t tolerating it anymore.

—-

But if racists get fired, then they won’t be able to maintain a livelihood in any meanginful way!

The other issue is that this type of mob behavior is selectively applied. So-called “gangsta rappers”, for instance, get no such backlash from reddit or the greater society in any by-and-large way, particularly in America. And one can argue that both their behavior and beliefs are even more abhorrent and even more indefensible as anything these so-called “karens” have done.

—-

How unfortunate for them –
https://i.kym-cdn.com/photos/images/original/000/956/638/5bc.gif

—–

Dear /r/losangeles,

Enclosed is an example of someone who is probably going to lose their job over an “unpopular opinion”. Again, he’s not hurting anyone, it’s just an unpopular belief. Yet, it is on reddit. I “reported it” (I report all ‘cancels’ that I find), but we need to start banning users who do this, it ruins lives:

https://www.reddit.com/r/LosAngeles/comments/hmhipr/racist_pe_teacher_mayfair_high_school_bellflower/

—-

Their lives are being ruined by their own actions, not by people
pointing out their actions.

—-

Well yes, but my point being is the backlash is disproportional to the
“harm” committed.

—-

…losing their job around impressionable kids?

If depends on the situation, but by and large what was posted online brings about a backlash is not proportional to the “harm” that was done.

The reopening after covid-19

June 20, 2020 at 6:52 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

This is what’s going to happen. 60% of us are going to get covid-19 at this point. And the numbers, if calculated honestly, will not reflect anywhere near the fatality numbers as first reported on commercial news sources. And everyone’s going to get it, 99% of the people will say “it was pretty mild”, and then everyone is going to feel stupid for quarantining all that time. Then cognitive dissonance will kick in, and people will start blaming some stupid third-party source like the Russians, or the Chinese, the “racists”, or nazis or something stupid like that. And many innocent people will be unfairly villified, which will be amplified by pop-culture social networks such as twitter. All just so that they can get us to click on things and sell us more ads.

I have a very low opinion of social networks.

way algorithms see us

Upgrading electrum on tails to 3.3.4

February 26, 2019 at 7:52 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 138 Comments

I see a lot of requests on reddit asking how to install the new version of Electrum on Tails. So I thought I would create a blog post showing people how to do it. There’s a lot of things you have to type so you might want to copy and paste this into a text file and load it on a USB, so you can copy and paste certain commands back into the commandline.

Currently, the running version of Electrum on Tails is insecure because it allows nodes to broadcast messages that can potentially be phishing attacks and trick users into downloading malware. Electrum 3.3.3 and above can mitigate such attacks. Currently, the latest version of Electrum is 3.3.6, so I’ll write about that.

First off, whenever you make “weird changes” to whatever you are doing, even in general, you should make a backup. This is doubly true if this involves money. My recommendation is to use the Tails official backup procedure here: https://tails.boum.org/blueprint/backups/ . There are a actually a couple of ways you can backup Tails. If the official article is somehow unsatisfactory, I can write another “how to” article later.

Ok, boot to Tails. We have to be able to login as “administrator” for what we need to do, so when we login, press the “+” sign on the bottom left hand of the screen:
tails_login_screen

Then double-click on “administration password” and set the password to any arbitrary password you like. (This, by the way, allows you to execute the “sudo” command which gives your Tails account temporary root privileges. This password is forgotten on the next reboot, so it won’t introduce any security problems once we’re done).

Now that we are logged in, we have to make sure the persistent folder has correct settings. Go to Applications -> Tails -> Configure Persistent Volume:
configure-persistent-partition

From there, make sure that the “dotfiles” switch is set to “on” and click “save” button:
make-sure-dotfiles-are-on-2

Now, we can begin upgrading the Electrum wallet. The next step is to verify the binary’s validity. There are a lot of “scam wallets” going around where people download the wrong binary which then steals money. A hacker can also theoretically hack into the website and change the binary as well. So any binary that is not part of the official Tails distribution should be verified that is hasn’t been tampered with. One of the maintainers of Electrum is “ThomasV” and his GPG key is here:
https://github.com/spesmilo/electrum/blob/master/pubkeys/ThomasV.asc
gpg signature: 6694 D8DE 7BE8 EE56 31BE D950 2BD5 824B 7F94 70E6

Notice the high number of stars in the GitHub page. This means that a lot of people are saying “yep, I like this key”. I also recommend searching for this fingerprint on multiple search engines such as DuckDuckGo, Bing, and Google so you can cross-verify and make sure that is the REAL “ThomasV” in question. Don’t trust one particular source for GPG keys, just in case that source gets hacked or is somehow untrustworthy.

Anyway, save the key to your Tails distribution. Visit this webpage https://github.com/spesmilo/electrum/blob/master/pubkeys/ThomasV.asc, and highlight the text of the key, right click and press “copy”.
copy_gpg_key

Then open gedit, which is the text editor to Tails:
how_to_open_gedit

Now paste the key, and then save it as “thomasv.key” in the “Tor Browser” directory.

save_gpg_key

Next, open “tor browser directory”:

selecting_tor_browser

in nautilus and double click the key. This will import it:
double_click

Once it’s imported, you have to then “sign” the key. By signing the key, one of the things you are doing is indicating “I trust this key as valid and I made sure that it’s owned by the actual ‘ThomasV’ in question.” You can verify the key by comparing the signatures with people who you know have the correct key (googling the fingerprint and verifying with multiple sites helps). The particular GitHub account we got our key from is heavily starred, and a google search shows a lot of references to it, so we have a reasonable assurance that it is the real one. I have also personally used this particular key for years with that exact signature, so I can personally attest that the signature with the following key is valid:

6694 D8DE 7BE8 EE56 31BE D950 2BD5 824B 7F94 70E6

There are web-of-trust benefits to signing the key, but I won’t go into that for now. Ok, now let’s sign the key.

Click on the clipboard icon, on the upper right hand corner of the screen, and then select “Manage keys”:
manage_keys

When the dialogue box comes up, click on “GnuPG keys” on the left, then scroll down until you find the key you want to sign (in this case ThomasV), right click and press “properties”.
click_properties

From there, you’ll get this dialogue box, so click on the trust tab and then press the “sign this key” button:
trust_tab_sign_this_key
We did a reasonable search for the key, so let’s click on “casually searched”. Also click on “others may not see this signature” for correctness. Then click the “sign” button:
sign_key

We have now successfully signed the key.

Ok, now that is done, we can download electrum. Download the AppImage binary and the appropriate signatures from this webpage:
https://electrum.org/#download

download_electrum_2

save_link_asThe “AppImage” version of Tails is a self-contained version of Electrum with all the appropriate libraries and python version encased in one file. Currently Electrum 3.3.6 uses a version of python that the current version of Tails does not support (3.12.1). So the AppImage is your only recourse.

Ok, so once you download Electrum and it’s signature file, you can now verify the signature. Navigate to the “Tor Browser” directory you were in earlier, and right click the electrum-3.3.6-x86_64.AppImage.asc file and click “Open with Verify Signature”.
open_with_verify_signature
Once that goes through, it should hopefully give you a “good signature” emblem on top:

good_signature

The “good signature” line shows that the binary has not been tampered with and is safe to put on the system. This is because we verified that it was digitally signed by a well-known hacker with a good reputation.

Ok. Next steps. We have to create some folders in an a appropriate directory. We do this because Tails has an ephemeral filesystem mostly, with only a few key directories that are “remembered” between each bootup. The “Persistent” folder is one of those folders.

So let’s return to the command terminal and type these commands (or copy and paste if you prefer):

sudo mkdir -p /live/persistence/TailsData_unlocked/dotfiles/.local/share/applications
sudo chown -R 1000:1000 /live/persistence/TailsData_unlocked/dotfiles/
mkdir -p /home/amnesia/Persistent/bin/
mkdir -p /home/amnesia/Persistent/conf/electrum/

If the sudo command asks for a password, use the “administrator account” password that you setup when you booted Tails.

Ok, next go back to “Tor Browser” window and right click the AppImage files. From there click properties:
right_click_properties

Click on the permissions tab and click on “allow executing file as program”:
allow_executing_file_as_program

This makes the file “executable” meaning it turns the file into an “app” that Tails can run. Then right click and rename file to “electrum.AppImage”.

rename_electrum

Then open the persistent directory:
open_persistent

and drag the “electrum.AppImage” over to “Persistent/bin”

drag_electrum_icon_2It’s best to be extra cautious about bitcoin wallets, so we are not going to “write over” the old bitcoin wallet, we are going to create another wallet and put it in a separate directory. (Conservatism is an important concept in the bitcoin world). So let’s open your old electrum wallet and copy the seed. You can do this by going to Wallet -> Seed on your menubar and writing it down or saving it to a file in your persistent partition.
electrum_select_seed

seed2

Keep these words in a safe place and don’t give it to anyone! Your seed is a “second layer” of defense in case you somehow screw up the upgrade process. If upgrading your wallet does not work for some reason, you can always re-create a new wallet, type the seed words back in and be able to recover your bitcoins through your seed words. So make sure you don’t lose that seed!

Once we have the words stored in a safe place, let’s go ahead and make the bitcoin icon point to the new version of Electrum that we just put on the persistent folder.

Go back to your terminal window and type the following:

gedit /live/persistence/TailsData_unlocked/dotfiles/.local/share/applications/electrum.desktop

When gedit opens, copy and paste the following:

[Desktop Entry]
Comment=Lightweight Bitcoin Client
Exec=/home/amnesia/Persistent/bin/electrum.AppImage -D /home/amnesia/Persistent/conf/electrum/
GenericName[en_US]=Bitcoin Wallet
GenericName=Bitcoin Wallet
Icon=electrum
Name[en_US]=Electrum Bitcoin Wallet
Name=Electrum Bitcoin Wallet
Categories=Finance;Network;
StartupNotify=false
Terminal=false
Type=Application
MimeType=x-scheme-handler/bitcoin;
Actions=Testnet;

Then save.

Go back to your terminal and type:

sudo chmod +x /live/persistence/TailsData_unlocked/dotfiles/.local/share/applications/electrum.desktop

Go to Places -> Computer on the upper left hand corner of the screen. Once it opens, Press ctrl-l and type this in the directory:

/live/persistence/TailsData_unlocked/dotfiles/.local/share/applications

visit_electrum_desktop_file

There should be an “Electrum” icon there, double click on it then click on “trust” (we verified the binary so we know we can trust it). When the new wallet comes up, go install the Electrum wallet like you normally would, but select “standard wallet” and “I already have a seed”.

i_already_have_seed

When the prompt comes up, paste the words of that seed that you entered earlier and click next. When Electrum comes on, it should show your old “history of transactions”. Make sure you can see them.

Next, we have to tell Electrum to use the Tails proxy to communicate. Go to tools -> network in the menu:
select_network

Then click on the proxy tab and tell it to use the “Tor Proxy at port 9050”:
select_tor_proxy

Reboot Tails, re-login and click on Electrum icon on your menu, it should bring up the new version of Tails:

electrum_3.3.6_2

Send a small test transaction to another wallet and make sure it works.

If there are any errors with this blog post, please leave a COMMENT and I can fix it.

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Why I think “Black Lives Matter” is a stupid movement

January 24, 2018 at 7:39 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

A picture is worth a thousand words. . .

 

what_black_lives_matter_is_protesting

I actually had to put this sign on my Bitcoin ATM the other day

December 28, 2017 at 1:38 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

bitcoin_atm

 

A customer came in the other day and put $200 in my BTM – and he only got $40 out. I called CoinCloud and yeah, it was $16 coincloud fee and $144 bitcoin miner fee. And he guy was PISSED. It’s getting to the point where I’m telling people to just not buy bitcoin at all. I just tell them to use litecoin or ethereum or bitcoin cash or something. Anything but bitcoin.

Dear BitAccess: please get off your collective ass and put some other altcoin on your machine other than bitcoin. Bitcoin is stupid now. Ill be happy with anything other than bitcoin.

Bitcoin Core: there is no rational reason why you just can’t increase the block size until lightening kicks in. Please do so because it’s pissing people off, myself included. For the time being, I’m recommending people go elsewhere for transactions.

Thank you.

The Unabomber’s take on SJWs

September 5, 2017 at 9:38 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Every now and then I read something that completely encapsulates how I feel about a particular subject. The Unabomber just described SJW’s perfectly:

12. Those who are most sensitive about “politically incorrect” terminology are not the average black ghetto- dweller, Asian immigrant, abused woman or disabled person, but a minority of activists, many of whom do not even belong to any “oppressed” group but come from privileged strata of society. Political correctness has its stronghold among university professors, who have secure employment with comfortable salaries, and the majority of whom are heterosexual white males from middle- to upper-middle-class families.

13. Many leftists have an intense identification with the problems of groups that have an image of being weak (women), defeated (American Indians), repellent (homosexuals) or otherwise inferior. The leftists themselves feel that these groups are inferior. They would never admit to themselves that they have such feelings, but it is precisely because they do see these groups as inferior that they identify with their problems. (We do not mean to suggest that women, Indians, etc. ARE inferior; we are only making a point about leftist psychology.)

14. Feminists are desperately anxious to prove that women are as strong and as capable as men. Clearly they are nagged by a fear that women may NOT be as strong and as capable as men.

15. Leftists tend to hate anything that has an image of being strong, good and successful. They hate America, they hate Western civilization, they hate white males, they hate rationality. The reasons that leftists give for hating the West, etc. clearly do not correspond with their real motives. They SAY they hate the West because it is warlike, imperialistic, sexist, ethnocentric and so forth, but where these same faults appear in socialist countries or in primitive cultures, the leftist finds excuses for them, or at best he GRUDGINGLY admits that they exist; whereas he ENTHUSIASTICALLY points out (and often greatly exaggerates) these faults where they appear in Western civilization. Thus it is clear that these faults are not the leftist’s real motive for hating America and the West. He hates America and the West because they are strong and successful.

While I disagree with the unabomber on a some obvious key points, his manifesto does make for good reading.

“Getting Things Done” review

November 28, 2014 at 4:18 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Getting Things Done

Here’s a book I really, really liked. I read it three times, even. Called “Getting Things Done” by David Allen and it’s basically a workflow management book that bills itself as “stress free productivity”. One of the basic premises of the book is that giant to-do lists are ineffective and ends up being counter-productive over time. This is because the list gets unwieldy and intimidating with time and there is no easy way to harness the information in it. The book argues that one of the reasons people get stressed out so much is that really don’t have a good mental grasp on what is being worked on and, more importantly, what is knowingly NOT being worked on.

To sum it up, GTD is basically a collection/implementation system that organizes your to-do’s, events, and objects in your life in such a way where you can can have a better grasp on what is going on. This is done by having a good collection process, breaking up todo items into their own contexts (“at work”, “phone calls”, “out in the field”) and thinking in terms of the “next action level”, not the project level. The “next action” is basically defined as “the next little step to move this project forward”. While this may seems obvious to most, “next actions” are actually (and surprisingly) not done by most people in the real world. People tend to have no concrete notion of what the next step is, they tend to think in larger chunks. “Get oil change in car” is too amorphous. “Calling around and ask what the best deal” is something more concrete. Humans need to get into this habit.

GTD is a bottom-up system, rather than a top-down one. The results of your next action steps determine how you handle the enclosed project. And the results of your projects allow you to re-evaluate your “one level up” areas of responsibility. This creates a system that is adaptive to changing conditions so you can better go with the flow. It eschews formal “big design up-front” planning in favor of informal planning and adaptability.

A bird’s eye view of the process is as follows:

Workflow chart

This workflow system helps you understand a) what you have to do, b) what you NOT have to do at this point in time, and 3) how to view the system in a way where prioritizing is obvious. A regular review of the system is one of the key points in the system, and should be done on a weekly basis.

Personally, I use the emacs org-mode to manage and take care of the system. org-mode is excellent for viewing/managing lists in different context (check out org-mode and org-mode agenda!)

Finally, the thing I like about the book was written from a practitioner’s point-of-view, not an academic. It’s a real world system that has been refined over decades. The book is easy to read and avoids academic jargon with lots of insightful tidbits and practical advice. To an entrepreneur who has to wear many hats during the course of his workday, this book is a blessing.

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