The characteristically short snout of bully breeds is adored by humans the world over. While this breed trait looks cute it comes with a dark history and health problems that can enlighten our own bad habits.

“Bull Baiting”. Frances Barlow 17c.

The Bulldog was specifically bred for a sport called bull baiting. A bull would be tied to an iron stake, pepper was then blown into the bull’s snout to irritate it, and then specially bred “bull-dogs” would attempt to grip the bull by its face and pin it to the ground. Many were lost in the fodder of the fight.

Docile and friendly, the…


Most people miss out on opportunity because it’s dressed in overalls and looks like work. — Thomas Edison

The phrase “put your head down and do the work” is so cliché that it must have some merit (although I’m personally more of a fan of C.T. Fletcher’s nomenclature). It seems that no matter how many hacks we use or shortcuts we take, there is just no escaping reps. …


The Cost of Learning

“This is the greatest moment of your life,” Tyler says, “and you’re off somewhere missing it.” -Fight Club

No free lunches.

Learning is transactional, and the currency is attention. For adults, real education, as it would be, is a quid pro quo endeavor. Often we have an expectation that just showing up and doing the work alone is enough. I suppose that’s true if you really do show up. More often than not, we are present only in the body for possible learning experiences but remain disconnected from the moment. As we become more aware of the genuinely transactional nature of learning, the…


The fragile wants tranquility, the antifragile grows from disorder, the robust doesn’t care too much.- Nassim Nicholas Taleb

That which is fragile is easily disturbed, broken, and destroyed; especially by the unexpected. The resilient and robust are tough, hardened, and able to withstand many insults and keep on trucking. The anti-fragile though is a whole new category. Antifragility is only new in the descriptive sense but not so far as Mother Nature is concerned. This new addition to the lexicon gives a more complete description of the continuum of adaptability.

Adaptation is a result of the interaction between an organism…


Depending on the circumstance, you should be: hard as a diamond, flexible as a willow, smooth-flowing like water, or as empty as space. — Morihei Ueshiba (O Sensei)

In materials science resilience is measured in the amount of energy an object can absorb and release without permanent deformation. A resilient animal can withstand the harshest of environmental conditions and continue to survive. With people, we think of this as toughness or “bounce back”. Resilient people aren’t long phased by misfortune and get back to business after a trifle or setback with seeming ease. …


The ideal is unnatural naturalness or natural unnaturalness. I mean it is a combination of both.
I mean here is natural instinct and here is control. You are to combine the two in harmony.
Not if you have one to the extreme, you’ll be very unscientific.
If you have another to the extreme, you become, all of a sudden, a mechanical man
No longer a human being.
It is a successful combination of both.

-Bruce Lee

The greatest superpower and the greatest weakness of humankind is our tremendous capacity for adaptation. Humans can get accustomed to and find a workaround for damn…

Rob Wilson

“The suspense is terrible. I hope it’ll last.”

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