Lazy Sundaze – Four Antidotes to Procrastination

Lately I’ve been procrastinating a bit more than normal, and of course it doesn’t feel great.

The truth is, though, that there are a number of good reasons for my procrastination:

  1. I’ve had some serious jet lag and sleep issues, which means my mind is tired and just needs some rest. So I am trying to be patient and take care of myself.
  2. I’ve had a lot on my plate, and it’s been overwhelming. Not just work stuff (though there’s lots of that), but family stuff too. So instead of holding myself to impossible standards, I have to be compassionate and allow myself to create some space, to simplify, to find a path that works for me.
  3. I’m pushing myself into lots of uncertain territory this year. That brings up fears. I’ve been running from those fears at times, through procrastination. This is natural, and I shouldn’t beat myself up for it. Instead, I can be compassionate, and mindful, and find a path forward.

So if it’s not such a bad thing, my procrastination, and I shouldn’t beat myself up about it , problem solved, right? Or actually there’s no problem at all?

Well, yes, there’s actually no problem. This isn’t anything to feel bad about. However, I do believe that we should find an antidote (or two) to our procrastination, because it usually means we’re not doing the meaningful work we want to do in the world. It’s worth figuring out.

So in this article, I want to offer a few antidotes to procrastination, so that we can all find a path to doing the meaningful work we want to do, a path to offering our gift fully to the world.

Procrastination Antidote 1: Self-Care

The first thing to ask yourself, if you’re procrastinating, is: “Am I tired? Do I need to take care of myself?”

Often my procrastination is simply because I haven’t been getting good rest, or I’ve been doing so much that I’m tiring myself out. Maybe I went for a hard run in the morning and I’m not feeling energetic in the evening. Maybe I’ve been working hard on a project for a week without a mental break.

When this is the case, the answer is to get some rest. Take a nap. Sleep in. Disconnect, and read a paper book. Go for a slow walk, not for exercise but to get a mental breather. Meditate. Do some yoga.

The main ideas are to sleep, disconnect, get away from everything, and perhaps meditate. Reflect, contemplate, and find stillness and quietude.

Once you’re refreshed (and it might just mean a 20-minute nap and a short meditation), you can find mindful focus again.

Procrastination Antidote 2: Make a (Small) Commitment

What helped me during one point of my procrastination was to make a commitment to a friend that I would do a bunch of work at a specific time. And if I didn’t do that work, I would have to suffer a consequence that we both agreed to.

Needless to say, I stuck to my commitment. I got the work done, no matter what it took.

Tomorrow I’m going to make a commitment to my wife to record a series of videos over two days. If I don’t, no coffee for a week!

When you make a sacred commitment to someone you respect, you’ll elevate the act from something you want to shrink from, to a vow that you want to uphold. Then doing the work will be something you want to do!

Protip: Make the action you commit to doing be fairly small. That will make it easier to get started, and you’ll be able to launch into your commitment without too much trouble.

New Technology – Festo has Made a Flying Robot Bat

Meet Festo’s next nature-themed flying robot: the Bionic Flying Fox. It may be named after after a four-legged mammal, but the robot’s design clearly comes from bats.

Festo even gives the Batman films a nod and a wink with its interesting choice of music in the video below.

The flying robot bat in action

This, however, isn’t Festo’s first rodeo. The German industrial automation company previously made robotic ants, butterflies, and kangaroos.

How it works

The Bionic Flying Fox has a lightweight frame, a custom membrane for the wings, and uses machine learning to fly. It uses a system of gears and motors to provide the flying power and steering.

Meanwhile, the wings use two airtight films and a knitted elastane fabric, stitched together at over 40,000 points. This makes the wings lightweight and durable.

This flying robot probably won’t ever be used commercially, but it’s a pretty good demonstration of the state of robotics today.

Think about it: with just a few simple materials, it’s possible to build a flying machine that can mimic a way of flying that took animals millions of years to evolve.

Interestingly, the Bionic Flying Fox might still need SpotMini‘s help to get back indoors when it’s low on batteries.

Cook Like a Boss – How to Make Italian Calzones

If you love pizza, then you’ll love calzones. The former is a baked flatbread topped with tomato sauce, cheese, and other goodies. The latter is essentially the same, except it’s folded.

That basically means calzones aren’t as messy when you’re eating and your eyes are glued to the screen. The dish is one of the best snack options you can have during game day so you should try it!

Here’s what you’ll need.

Ingredients

  • 1 (.25 oz.) package of active dry yeast
  • 1 cup of warm water
  • 1/2 cup of ricotta cheese
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon of white sugar
  • 1/2 cup of pepperoni, diced
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 2 and 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1 teaspoon of olive oil
  • 1 and 1/2 cups of shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup of fresh mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon of dried basil leaves
  • 1 egg, beaten

Instababe of the Week: Charlotte McKinney

We’re clearly a huge fan of Charlotte McKinney (she’s been featured here before). If you haven’t heard of her, know this – Charlotte is probably best known for her viral 2015 Super Bowl ad for Carl’s Jr.

All natural

Quick Notes on Charlotte McKinney

Name: Charlotte McKinney
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Description: Charlotte is an Insta-famous model and actress . She:

- Was born and raised in Orlando, Florida.
- Appeared in a number of films and shows, including Baywatch, Flatliners, The Late Bloomer, and MacGyver.
- Dropped out of high school at age 17 to pursue her modeling career.
- Was bullied in school because she was more (ahem) physically developed at 14 than other girls her age.
- Completely gave up eating red meat, dairy, gluten, and sugar.

 

Here’s the most bizarre thing about Charlotte McKinney: this magnificent woman had difficulty landing an agency when she first tried to get into modeling. Funnily enough, these supposed pros probably need to get better prescription glasses.

So Charlotte used Instagram instead to grow her modeling portfolio. Since people have eyes, the internet collectively melted upon seeing photos of a scantily clad Charlotte.

As of this writing, Charlotte has 1.3 million followers. No surprise there. See for yourself.

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Thirst-Day – Hot Buttered Rum Cocktail

Hot buttered rum is a classic American mixed drink. But here’s a fun fact: the “classic” description doesn’t fall within the 20th century, unlike the other cocktails we’ve featured.

That’s because the beverage has been around since colonial America, and perhaps even earlier.

The drink is timeless because it’s hot, delicious, and practical, especially during a time when seafarers needed to stay warm during cold voyages. It’s no wonder the drink eventually became a Christmas cocktail.

Fortunately, we don’t have to wait that long to make one. Today, aside from showing you how to mix the drink, we’ll also teach you how to create its batter. So here’s everything that you’ll need:

Ingredients

Hot buttered rum batter

  • 1 pound of butter
  • 1 pound of confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 quart of softened vanilla ice cream
  • 1 pound of brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon of ground nutmeg

Cocktail

  • 2 oz. of Bacardi Gold rum
  • 1 tablespoon of hot buttered rum batter
  • Boiling water
  • Freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 Irish coffee mug

Steps

  1. Melt the butter in a large pot over medium heat. Once it’s melted, blend in the brown sugar and confectioners’ sugar.
  2. Remove the mixture from the heat, then whisk in the ice cream, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
  3. Pour the mixture into a plastic container, and seal it, then freeze.
  4. In the Irish coffee mug, place a tablespoon of hot buttered rum batter and 2 oz. of of rum.
  5. Fill the mug with boiling water.
  6. Stir the contents of the mug, then sprinkle its top with nutmeg and garnish it with the cinnamon stick.
  7. Serve and enjoy.

We Can’t Stop Watching This Version of The Rattlin Bog

There’s a video of The Rattlin Bog that everyone’s been watching lately. It originally started as a 5am after-wedding sing-song and has since gone viral.

But something about Patrice O’Connor (the pretty bride on the left) and Clodagh McCarthy (the stunning blonde) that keeps us riveted. We can watch the two sing this song all day.

The Rattlin Bog is an Irish folk song. It’s also a cumulative song like Twelve Days of Christmas.

Fun fact: these kinds of songs have a simple verse structure, which changes with some extra words/lines added to each verse. This makes the verses progressively longer than before.

Weekly Eye Candy – Hot sports fans root for their team

Each week, we put together a gallery of photos that will blow your mind. Last week, we checked out a gallery of underboob. Because they make the world a better place.

Today, we have a look at the loveliest sports fans. Remember, the hot stuff isn’t limited to what happens on the court/field.

Logan Broadbent does boomerang trick shots

Logan Broadbent is an absolute boss when it comes to throwing boomerangs around. He recently met with Dude Perfect to do some trick shots, and the results were astounding.

Being a solid all-around athlete is what enables Logan to do those trick shots. Logan was an all-American diver in high school, and is currently a member of the U.S. boomerang team. He’s also the number 2 boomerang athlete in the world.

According to Logan: “I had to have strength, speed, endurance, agility, but above all else, I have to be smart.” No kidding. Did you see him catch a boomerang in the middle of a back flip?

Fun fact – Logan competed on seasons 8 and 9 of American Ninja Warrior where he went by the nickname Boomerang Ninja.

Gear Lust – Pico C Makes Home Brewing Easier

PicoBrew’s home brewing appliances have gotten increasingly better. The company has yet to reinvent the wheel, but they’ve just made a few tweaks through the years, and this evolution has led to the Pico C.

Here’s what happened when we took it out for a spin or three.

What’s in the box

The Pico C is 16.5 inches tall and 12.5 by 15 inches wide and deep, which is smaller than a regular microwave oven. This home brewing appliance comes with an OLED display, and a knob next to it lets you cycle through the menu.

The step filter and its lid are located below (it’s where you place the PicoPak). Two hoses, one labeled “in” and the other “out,” stick out of the back like a split tail. Up top, a lid comes off and there’s a reservoir where you put in distilled water.

The other three boxes that come with the Pico C contain:

  • A 5-liter serving keg.
  • A brew keg and keg cozy.
  • A racking tube.
  • A bucket.
  • A hops pack cradle.
  • A few cleaning items (e.g. a keg brush and detergent tab).

Before brewing

Pico C’s first rinse requires distilled water, and it’s rather annoying. You can use tap water, but you’ll have to descale after every 20 uses.

The steps to pre-brewing makes up for this, however. Simply choose “first rinse” on the display, and it offers shortened versions of the instructions found in the manual. It’s a quick process, and using the “in” tube as a vacuum to suck up the remaining water from the reservoir is satisfying.

The home brewing process

The step filter is designed so the hops and grains packs, along with the cradle, fit snugly inside. The lid has “this side up” embossed onto it to avoid spills. The brew keg and reservoir both need distilled water for the brewing step as well.

When you put the PicoPak in the step filter, the appliance uses the pack’s RFID tag to read what beer you’re making. In response, it adjusts all the settings for you.

You can personalize the settings to your liking (e.g. changing the alcohol content, bitterness) but the machine doesn’t prompt you. You turn the knob to the right when the display reads “start brewing” to make the adjustments.

While this step is mentioned in the instructions, it would’ve been nice if it was built into the process. Because we somehow forgot while brewing.

Pico C’s brewing process doesn’t vary drastically from its predecessors. The biggest changes are to the 1.75-gallon brew keg. Pico Pro uses ball-locks to snap the hoses to the keg, while the Pico C’s hoses just fit snugly over the “in” and “out” nodules from the keg’s top.

The keg itself is squatter, and uses a dip tube inspired by smoothie cups. It’s easy to clean.

Home brewing takes about two to three hours of fairly loud whirring. Your home will fill with a scent that’s somewhere between baking bread and a barn. You can compost the PicoPak, and the step filter and lid are conveniently dishwasher-safe.

There’s a Wagyu Sandwich in NYC That Costs $85

You’ve never lived until you’ve tried this Wagyu sandwich. The dish is called the Wagyu Katsu Sando – super crispy on the outside and super tender on the inside. There’s nothing quite like it.

So yeah, aside from the price tag, you also have to visit SakaMai (the restaurant that serves it) earlier than most. Good luck with that.

How Wagyu cattle are raised

But why does it cost $85? Because Wagyu is crazy expensive. To qualify for the Wagyu name in Japan, cattle have to be raised following strict guidelines, which include the following:

  • Breeding cattle and pregnant cows are grazed on pasture while calves are fed in a certain way, using special feed, to ensure that the meat has a lot of marbling.
  • Young Wagyu calves are fed a milk replacer by hand and wear jackets when the weather gets cold.
  • They stay on a farm until they are seven months old, then are sent to auction to be sold to fattening farms.
  • On the fattening farms, Wagyu cattle are raised in barns and are given names instead of just a number.
  • They eat only rice straws, whole cropsilage and concentrate, and are grown to about 700kg. This takes about three years. For perspective, normal beef takes 15 months.
  • Every single cow has a birth certificate, which lists its bloodline, so every piece of Japanese Wagyu steak can be traced back to a farm.