Friday, June 15, 2018

Five Life Impactors - Tools / Ideas / Physicals / Mentals

As an executive, people leader, entrepreneur and mountain athlete, I'm always trying to find new things to improve my production, training and mental fortitude. Take what you want from this list, or feel free to comment and add more...


  1. To kick us off... I just can't seem to get enough of Rage Against the Machine. Their live performances, which include speeches about injustice and unfair political systems have just as much impact now, more than ever. We all could use a reminder about the stupidity of our politics and that ONLY an informed electorate will keep our nation whole. As of now, with Trump in office, I don't see much hope... Maybe a little RATM can change that: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F9S-JVKw0mE WAKE UP! 
  2. Interested in changing from that same old shock pump to a digital one? I've been using the Lezyne Digital Shock Drive http://www.lezyne.com/product-hpumps-hp-digishockdrive.php for a few months now, and I'm hooked. The shock doesn't pull a lot of air out of the shock when you remove the valve, so the digital gauge is accurate. The only drawback is the length of the valve and the grip. Seems like the grip is going to wear down after some time, and with larger hands, I find it hard to grip and turn - or maybe I'm getting arthritis... 
  3. With the 416Fire raging in Durango, CO, we escaped the disaster zone and headed to Crested Butte to work remotely and ride (at this point, I feel like I've just done more work here). But, the air is clear and that's the most important thing! On to the recommendation... I've ridden just about every MTB ride in Crested Butte, except for this one: Snodgrass - Washington Gulch - Lupine Trail - Gunsight Pass Connector - Lower, Lower loop. The ride is fairly easy, with some good climbing - https://www.mtbproject.com/trail/7003580/snodgrass-lupine-lower-loop-combo
  4. One of my new favorite quotes: "Whatever you are, be a good one..." Abraham Lincoln
  5. I drink beer... I probably shouldn't as it does kind of hurt my stomach some times, but I do enjoy a frosty one. One of my new favorite heavy ABV Double IPAs  (DIPA) is the Epic Day by Eddyline Brewery in Buena Vista. This 1 pint, 10% ABV beer is a kind of a head knocker, but I love the test and it really cools down the pain after a long ride! http://eddylinebrewing.com/beer-type/epic-day-double-ipa/

Friday, June 01, 2018

Five Life Impactors - Tools / Ideas / Physical / Mentals

As an executive, boyfriend, leader and mountain athlete, I'm always trying to find new things to improve my production, training and mental fortitude. Take what you want from this list, or feel free to comment and add more...

  1. As usual, I have a music selection to consider. This week, I'm going with https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mfnZgVYyStE Acid Pauli, Colors Below The Earm is an amazing dub techno, house, trip hop artist that is also featured on the Boiler Room youtube page. If you're studying, shredding or opening your mind, listen... 
  2. In my work, I have to use screenshots A LOT. I've been using SnagIt for years, but the new version bogs down my computer. Frankly, I have to end the program process to use my computer (probably user error, but I don't have time to figure it out). So, I've been using https://www.screenpresso.com/ as of two days ago. The program is simple to use, and functional (reminded me of the older SnagIt versions). I like how the application doesn't run too heavy. In other words, the program is lightweight and fast. 
  3. For a training update, I've been experimenting with combo sets more than ever. What I mean is I'm doing two types of exercises for the same muscle group. I used to back off combining muscle groups, but found I can max out the group more effectively. Here's what I mean... Imagine I'm doing a shoulder press. After I've completed the shoulder press set, I immediately go in to handstands for minute or so. The same goes for back exercises. I might crush a set of 15 bent-over rows and then hit the row machine for three minutes. Get the picture? 
  4. I'm 41 years old... I believe I'm getting smarter, faster and leaner. I'm focused on keeping my engine hot. My sexual appetite and performance is top porn-star worthy. OK, so these are all things I tell myself. Over the past year, I've been experimenting with Testosterone enhancements. I'm now taking the Adam mens multivitamin https://www.nowfoods.com/supplements/adam-mens-multiple-vitamin-tablets I like it so far. Large pill, good energy pick up, sex is amazing, training is great and I'm sleeping better. My dosage is small (only one pill - that's kind of my thing), but I have noticed a difference. 
  5. I'm new to the Farnham Street blog, but I'm quickly becoming hooked. The concept here is deep thinking, critical thinking, open-mindedness, cultural analysis and some tech. https://www.fs.blog/the-knowledge-project/ I've started subscribing to the podcast as well as the newsletter. The idea is to open your thinking-mind. I will report more later, but so far, so good!  

Friday, May 18, 2018

Five Life Impactors - Tools / Ideas / Physical / Mentals

As an executive, boyfriend, leader and mountain athlete, I'm always trying to find new things to improve my production, training and mental fortitude. Take what you want from this list, or feel free to comment and add more...


  1. A fantastic, what they in the YouTube music scene call a Dub Funk Trip Hop Drum'N'Bass", chill / work / background playlist https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2dDcxmnqrvc&t=513s
  2. Always check your rim tape on your MTB wheels... If you are getting flats from tubed tires, this is likely the problem. An FYI on replacing rim tape from SRAM https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ID8u_QnMdio
  3. Read more about Carl Jung's "Shadow Theory", AKA: the dark side. Ever said something shitty about someone to their face, and then thought: hmm... that was incredibly horrible, WTF is wrong with me? Read here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shadow_(psychology)
  4. I took my Certified Payments Professional practice test today. A link to the CPP test is here http://www.electran.org/certification/ First run, not bad. Another round needed. Official test is in June. 
  5. Another Bruce Lee lesson (rare interview)... Have no fear: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UFJCntJ1T6w
That's it for now... Comment or shoot me a direct message on Twitter https://twitter.com/walkerthompson if you think I should research something else or consider gear out there! 

Friday, May 11, 2018

Five Life Impactors - Tools / Ideas / Physical / Mentals

As an executive, boyfriend, leader and mountain athlete, I'm always trying to find new things to improve my production, training and mental fortitude. Take what you want from this list, or feel free to comment and add more...

  1. This hour-long oriental beat mix is one of my new favorite work / training youtube go-to's https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tLmUpbGCBB0&t=597s To me the progressive house / ethic sounds get me thinking more deeply. I'm a fan of focus tunes! 
  2. This quote is one gift I'll give myself a few times over the weekend "we don't rise to the level of our expectations. We fall to the level of our training" - Archilochus (Greek Lyric / Poet). The impact this had on my Friday morning put me in to a spin. I asked questions of myself, I hadn't in a while. 
  3. Just bought a PacSafe backpack, and thinking I kind of like it... Their thing is backpack security / anti-theft features. The zippers have a small piece of webbing that prevent would-be thefts from easily ripping your bag open. I'm not really a theft-freak, so I didn't buy it for this issues. I just liked the bag - lots of pockets, small and lightweight and easy to throw over my shoulder. As a frequent business traveler, I'm trying to ditch my roller bag, so I might eventually go with one of the larger backpacks. 
  4. As I'm from Oklahoma, and have Navajo / Cherokee tribal / blood, I've been on this kick of reading more about the Native Americans from Oklahoma and the Southwest US. I'm rather close to finishing Empire Of The Summer Moon. The detail and kingdom of the Commanche Indians comes to life in this book... I didn't know how powerful they were as a tribe, and how long they fought against the US Army. What's more, their hunting ground / territory was near the Wichita mountains of Oklahoma. This was my rock climbing home base. Today, in the Wichita's, there are still Buffalo roaming through the craggy hills! 
  5. An good freaking deed! While traveling this week, I left my Kindle in the Uber I took to the airport. Within 30 minutes, the Uber driver texted me and let me know my mistake. She's already shipped it to my house - you wouldn't get this treatment in a cab; sorry, but you wouldn't! #gopeertopeer!
That's it for now... Comment or shoot me a direct message on Twitter https://twitter.com/walkerthompson if you think I should research something else or consider gear out there! 

Saturday, May 05, 2018

Five Life Impactors - Tools / Ideas / Physical / Mentals

As an executive, boyfriend, leader and mountain athlete, I'm always trying to find new things to improve my production, training and mental fortitude. Take what you want from this list, or feel free to comment and add more...

  1. With my team, I asked them to watch Jocko Willink's Extreme Ownership TEDtalk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ljqra3BcqWM This video represents one of the most important and value states of mind one could hold. If I'm trying to be a good person, and I am doing my best for my team, myself and my company, then I should OWN the outcome! I should be prepared to take the blame for a failure and the win for the success. Too many times, I hear blaming and see finger-pointing if a project or adventure goes wrong. This is weakness! Strength is owning it
  2. Check out Gentleman Radio on youtube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgeu2xe0XRscaKyvBt3WgmQ the channel is full of amazing work tunes that range from EDM, tropic techno, afro-cuban beats and more. This channel's exotic mix will get you focused! 
  3. The Assault Airbike https://www.roguefitness.com/assault-airbike-and-accessories is one of the best new additions to my garage gym. The bike is tough! Sprinting and intervals on the Assault Bike worked my legs and arms surprisingly so. I suggest starting at 3 - 5 minutes of high-intensity spinning / cranking. Back off for 30 seconds to 1 min and head back in the pain zone for another 3 - 5 min. Repeating this interval will have you sweating, I promise! 
  4. Read Jordan Peterson's book 12 Rules for Life   https://www.amazon.com/12-Rules-Life-Antidote-Chaos/dp/0345816021 I picked up the Audible and I've enjoyed the concepts and straight-forward talk of the Canadian clinical psychologist. He proposes all kinds of rules from standing up straight to discipline within the family structure. I'm on rule seven, so time to do a big hill climb on my bike to finish the chapter. 
  5. The Atlas XC Comp MTB shorts by Specialized are one of my new favs https://www.specialized.com/us/en/atlas-xc-comp-shorts/p/151893?color=242979-151893 The short stretch fabric is comfortable, and as I've been going away from the baggier of the baggys, I like the look too. I wouldn't count on these to hold up to a big DH crash, but for general XC and Enduro riding, they are solid! The liner is a little on the tight side, so I'd opt for something else - will likely depend on your body type. I found they cram my boys, but maybe they'll stretch out! 
That's it for this week, stay tuned for more... Shred on! 

Monday, April 23, 2018

When VICE Posts A Blockchain Video

VICE on Ethereum... I love the comment: people creating new financial systems...

Tuesday, April 03, 2018

Another Type Of Headphones-On Work Music

If you're a knowledge worker like me, you might have go deep in to your work around a noisy office. In the past, I've counted on a techno-work jab to help me with succeed in my work production. Well, as much I enjoy the sounds of Pretty Lights or the disco-tech-hip-hop riffs from Nightmares on Wax, I am finding something else to help me stay focused...



The binaural beats and slow melodic tones of Tibetan bowls or OM chanting is my newest form of work music... The beats are consistent, allow for inter-connectivity to my soul and just calm my mind in to a focused work-state that's like water through a mountain brook. I am at peace; I am a better-thinking being... Try it out and let me know what you think.