Every year I am looking forward to checking out new devices or services in the early stage of the year to test them and see if they are worth keeping over the year. My newest obsession is to get faster from A to B. Especially in a city environment. There were many times in 2016 when I had to wait for the bus, go by foot because there was no train and so on. I have an adversity towards bikes because they get stolen, they are huge and just not practical (for me). Skates are great but you always have to carry around shoes, new socks and they will not fare well when it rains. I always wanted to ride the skateboard but pushing this board all the time with one foot seems strenuous, at least up til now...
Virtual reality is going to be big in the future and it might just be the platform that will substitute the laptop. Today you turn on your laptop and got your desktop with applications ahead. Tomorrow you might wake up and just put on VR glasses and you find yourself in a different reality where everything can be virtually processed and shown to you. Writing an email, fixing a machine, scanning for viruses...
I was never a big fan of traveling, but today everything became so convenient that it is not much of a chore anymore. For ten years now we have smartphones, and I am amazed at how much you can achieve with just your phone and the right data plan or even Wifi. It has never been a better time for writers or artists to work creatively on the go. Also, your office work is also the perfect thing to do on the go. Of course, it highly depends on the type of labor and the intensity you are looking for.
The Nintendo Switch, Nintendo's next entry into the consumer market, is a kick-ass tablet with an innovative controller. While Sony and Microsoft are trying to trump each other in the hardware department, Nintendo keeps ignoring the gaming juggernauts. The new console will not have any high-end graphics power; it might not even reach the PS4, but it will bring an entirely new storm of ideas to the gaming market, just as the Wii did when it came around.
There is a new competition in 2017 of who will have the best and most attractive technology devices. I would love to see something entirely new from Apple, but the new products from Microsoft and the new entries by Google promise a pretty nice year.
So I am curious, what will you want to buy in 2017? Will you upgrade your current gear, will you change your platform entirely?
I want to tackle the new year with a similar mindset but keep some of those things I learned and picked up in 2016. Since this might be interesting to some of you, I wanted to share these things. I documented most of them in the last 50+ posts I wrote this year (another habit which I will continue), so this is just a summary of the most important ones that are here to stay.
Funding on Kickstarter is a little bit different than shopping on Amazon. Some of the advertised projects are on a prototype base and the campaign helps them fund the production so you'd have to wait for 6 - 18 months (or even longer) on the final product, depending on the status quo. Instant gratification after your purchase is usually not the case.
"Reality has a way of hitting you in the nose, if you don't pay attention..." It's a quote that Barack Obama says to DiCaprio in the clip above and it couldn't be more on point.
I'am not the greatest activist on earth but I would never deny that we as humans do a lot that harms our planet. I always think of Agent Smith's quote from The Matrix :"Human beings are a disease". And I'd say yes, we are a disease to this planet in the sense that we destroy it more than we help it to flourish. So the message of climate change is to really take it serious and even if we can't phatom the implications (might they be 50, 500 or 5000 years in the future) they will hit us in the nose.
To get this out of the way first: I'm not an Americanist, I'm not even that interested in politics and I'm German, so please take my writing with a grain of salt.
Then why bother writing about the result of the possibly biggest election this decade? I'm not sure but through Social Media and global broadcasting I feel somehow part of what goes on and I see a lot of people outraged about the result even though Donald Trump haven't even started his new job.
It all depends on how you want to design your life, a freedom that was totally alien just a few decades earlier. What nobody talks about is that the lack of meta-skills and the rise of decision-anxiety are the price we pay for this freedom.
Do we live in a time that is solemnly focused on hedonism? The maximisation of our happiness? Don't get me wrong, I don't complain, being a human is the best. But where are we going as a society? Can I live every day as it would be my last for 90+ years?
I knew early on, what I liked and wanted to do later in life so I focused on it for years and years, so there are exceptional benefits to that approach. I can make a living and pursue hobbies with incredible efficiency. It gives me the freedom to take new approaches and invest time that I save on other ends.
So my major advice on being efficient is to really know your stuff to a nano-degree. This will give you the possibility to engineer everything to it's maximum potential and take it to the automated high ground.
In modern terms I think that it comes down to preparation and observation. Everything comes down to filters. Did you ever notice that after you bought something new, a red car or a white phone, suddenly you see so much more people driving red cars or using white phones? You ask yourself, how is this possible? Well, your brain has a new filter and now you are primed on those things, it pretty amazing.
Being on stage is an art form of its own. We all know how it feels to experience a good show, an exceptional speaker or a brilliant band. We also know everything about bad shows. If you want to emulate one or the other, it is inherently easier to copy a bad show. However, standing out and perform to your best potential is a long road and needs a lot of practise and self-reflection.
His philosophy is timeless
The reason why I'd like to share my thoughts on this is that I believe his philosophy and life can be an inspiration for a much wider audience. We can adjust and improve our everyday life if we take a few hints from the lessons provided in the podcast regardless of our affiliation with martial arts or Bruce Lee.