On December 31st, 2013, I signed up on Lumosity. I had done few tests before but decided to pay $195 for the lifetime membership in order to have access to all the tests they offer.
Lumosity provides access to brain games that help memory, retention, concentration etc. I signed up because I can use some help, especially with information retention.
I took tests everyday. Just games, tricky games, math games. I felt couple times that I scored better because I knew the sequence. As if practice was making me better at something. Incidentally, through Business Insider, I came across an article that proved that I might actually be right about practice improving my score. The article quotes couple of fairly reliable studies and concludes that playing games overtime will improve performance within the scope of the game but with no real world application outside the controlled gaming environment.
I don’t know. I took advantage of the 30-day money back guarantee. Lumosity wasn’t for me.
My Twitter experience had been on a downward slope and I never stepped back to wonder why. So I did and came to the conclusion that I am just too overwhelmed, maybe it’s the noise in my stream or maybe it’s the information fatigue. My Twitter screamed re-tweets, links, digital beggars, and sponsored tweets. It’s not what I signed up for.
I was following 800+ people/business/sites. I had to re-think why I am following businesses, what are they giving me in terms of information other than spamming their coupons. Why the hell am I following Starbucks?
First step was to unfollow all businesses including sites that I can access through Flipboard. Second was to unfollow people who I don’t remember why I followed in the first place. That includes lots of CPAs who keep re-tweeting IRS tax tips, bloggers who are now calling themselves social media gurus, the unimaginative wave of marketing newbies a.k.a growth hackers, and people who say RT≠ Endorsement. Seriously, what else can a re-tweet mean?
Cleaning out the house never felt so good. I am now following less than 100 people and my Twitter experience has improved significantly. Give it a try, if it worked for me, it will work for you too.
Had a great time at my first 5K.
Recently, a story popped up on my Facebook newsfeed about this kid who made me laugh back in the day with his funny parody videos on YouTube. His name is Imran J. Khan, as in Imran J.K. Okay, never mind, bad joke. Little did I know, he is also married to someone my wife went to school with.
The story had a video associated with it, a Kickstarter campaign video, The Drone and the Kid. Imran is venturing into Pakistan to create a short fictional film about a kid who forges a friendship with a drone operator after witnessing a drone crash in his town. For this, he needs $7,500 and he is seeking your help. As of this post, he has raised $2,396. Yes, someone donated $1. It doesn’t matter, you can too.
Unlike other campaigns, this one is all or nothing. If he doesn’t reach his goal by November 29, he is not going to get what he has raised. His giveaways are not that great and that tells me that he is not interested in using the money raised to send you junk. Good sign.
Here’s Imran himself, introducing his campaign:
The Drone and the Kid – A fantasy short film that uses Pakistani drone strikes as a backdrop.
I wish him all the best, it’s a great undertaking with risks that most would avoid.
It’s a good day when Senior gives you Kinder.