Perpetual Neglet - Shawn Blanc

I've been fan of Shawn Blanc for a while. However, his most recent post struck a unique chord in me.

Have I written today? Have I daydreamed? Have I been contemplative? Have I had an inspiring and encouraging conversation? Have I helped somebody? These acts are far more important than the progress I make against my to-do list.
— Shawn Blanc

While I don't have anything close to the workflow of Mr. Blanc, it's certainly something I'm aspiring to. I encouarge you to give his post a read. He gives a lot to think on with many great points about work and productivty. (Click the title on my post and it'll take you to his)

I'll leave you with this.

In this new year, as our thoughts are on what we can do and what we want to do, perhaps we should first think about what we will not do. What tasks and pursuits will we give up or entrust to others?
— Shawn Blanc

One Great Thing: The best earphones under $30

(I've decided to test-run a series I'm calling "One Great Thing", where I choose one thing I own that I think is really great. It's basically a mini-review saying, "Hey you, this is awesome." This is the first post in that series.)

Brainwave Delta IEM Earphones

Brainwave Delta IEM Earphones

Let's get this out of the way: The earphone/headphones that come with your phone are just sad. Yes, I know Sony and Samsung usually bundle some decent earphone into their products and you either absolutely love and fervently hate Apple's EarPods, but the reality is your ears deserve far better.

While I wouldn't consider myself anything of an expert, I can recognize the difference between good audio quality and bad audio quality. I've tried and listened to dozens of various earphones and headphones throughout my digital audio endeavors.

With the exception of Apple's earphones bundled with their various products, most of the time, my de facto pair of headphones would be whatever balance I could find between price and quality. Some pairs would sound great but have little setbacks like being uncomfortable after long listening periods or have the uncanny ability to tie themselves in an insane knot when I wasn't looking.

I've also had some really terrible sub-$15 headphones from Walmart that sound like the music was coming from a pair of tin cans attached by a string.

For a long time, I'd thought I'd be stuck with good sounding but uncomfortable earphones, as I'm unwilling to shell out $100+ for a true high-end pair of earphones. But then, at long last, they appeared.

Enter the Brainwavz Delta IEM Earphones. Thanks to the "best of" gurus at The Wirecutter, I discovered this wonderful pair of earphones. As of this writing, they are going for ~$20 on Amazon, depending on if you get the inline mic or not. I was lucky enough to get them on sale for about $11, which is a steal.

Regardless, even for $20, these are by far the best sounding earphones I've ever heard. As an added bonus, they are fairly well-constructed. While the chord itself leaves a bit to be desired, the earphones themselves are mad of metal and sound incredible. If your used to listening to Apple's earphones or EarPods, you're in for a wonderful treat. For those with smaller or larger ears, the Deltas come with three different size tips to get the fit you desire.

The Deltas come in black and silver and with or without an inline mic. At the time of this writing, only the silver color is available, but that could change with Amazon's stock.

If you're in need of a new pair of headphones or just want an extra pair to have as backup, you can't go wrong with these. They sound far better than what you would expect for $20 earphones. If you're like me and have a tendency to lose, damage or mistreat your earphones, the Brainwavz Delta IEM earphones will save your wallet without sacrificing audio quality.

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Desire versus motivation

Surprise!

Turns out, I'm allowed to use this blog for more than just nerdy, techie things (which are great by the way). Unfortunately, the other end of the spectrum of my goals for this place are posts that simply stab at the human side of life or at least the way I see it. Maybe, just maybe, one of those posts can inspire someone to something. Luckily, I'm not so far foolish that I think that'll actually happen. I'm too haphazard of a writer to accomplish such a thing. So instead, I'll land here:

I want to do more than my own ability is willing to try.

That's a fancy way of saying I'm lazy.

It's simple. I have a list, a long list of things I wish I had done, would do and will do. But I'm the laziest person known to my own universe.

Now, I'll keep this short because otherwise it'll become about as effective as a Facebook rant.

"The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, while the soul of the diligent is richly supplied." — Proverbs 13.4

This verse, there are many like it sprinkled throughout Proverbs. But this one grinds at me more than any other.

"A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest—and poverty will come on you like a thief and scarcity like an armed man." — Proverbs 6.10-11

I love sleep. In fact, I often find myself loving it more than little else in my life. However, I've hardly earned, and I know it.

See, I like Proverbs for two reasons: It's simple and to the point, and it's so practical, an idiot can comprehend it. While there's always something to be found from a little digging, the surface level practicality of these verses are what I find to be the most valuable. You don't have to agree what the writer is saying, but you can't deny he got his point across.

Now here's my reality. My desire to be successful while fighting my inherent laziness far outweighs my motivation to be something more than I am right now. And not because I feel like I have something to prove, but because I’m unable to be satisfied if I’m not moving forward. I don’t think the thief has come quite yet, but I find myself folding my hands far too often — literally and figuratively. For every moment I know I could be productive and get something done, another moment goes by where I think: ya know… I dont have to.

I hate it. If I could commit murder, it would be to end the life of whatever dwells inside of me that causes me to second guess my ability to get things done. Mind you, I don’t consider this the same thing as procrastination, which is when you put off something to do later. My laziness is purely the notion of not doing something. A terrible dilemma isn’t it? Don’t worry, I don’t have the audacity to think I’m unique to this struggle. Laziness is a plague that has run its course through for more people than I would ever wish it upon.

In fact, I wouldn't be writing this if I was alone. At the end of the day, this very post is an exercise to see exactly how long it's taken me to write this very post, not counting the time it takes to edit it. (Fun fact: too long) At the end of the day, I've written all this to be transparent with whatever audience I may have someday, but more importantly, I'm writing this to be transparent with myself. If I can really do this, if I can really be consistent with my desire to write more often than I usually do, then this post will be a testament that I can prove myself wrong. Because as it stands, I'm not convinced I can do this. My college classes will only get more rigorous and demanding. As they do, my motivation to do more writing outside of my assignments will continue to dwindle.

So see this as an open challenge to myself for all to see. If I can use my desire to surmount my diminishing motivation, then this blog will be a testament. But if you only find a few more posts after this, then you'll know this blog will be nothing more than a testament to my failure. And I guess I'll have to be okay with that.

Yes, this post is egregiously self-centered. It’s gross. But I felt like I needed to get it out. If you struggle with innate laziness like I do and you’re reading this, then you can take this ride right along with me. For better or worse, something is going to happen, but quite honestly, I don’t what it is yet.