February 2021: First principles. Instead of projecting current form forward (imitating current design), project function forward as the initiator. Use information from different disciplines to make current innovation. Most people are so focused on form, that they overlook the function. Elon Musk: people often, “live life by analogy.”
First principles involves boiling down problems to basic elements and then coming up with unique solutions. Be wary of ideas that you inherit. Old ideas set a boundary around creativity. That’s distinction is the difference between continuous improvement and first principles. First principles means that you abandon allegiance around first forms, and put the function front and center. What are you trying to accomplish? What is the functional outcome of what you are trying to achieve? Optimize function and ignore the form. This is how you learn to think for yourself.
February 2021: Just returned from a wonderful trip to French Polynesia and the Conrad Bora Bora Nui. As of February 2nd, French Polynesia is closed (at least from what I understand). The Conrad has closed until 1 April 2021. It was surreal to be at a resort with only 30 guests. On the flight back I had to do a negative Covid test (Antigen or PCR is approved according to the CDC) before boarding one of the last United flights back to SFO from PPT. Luckily, there is a rapid test center at the PPT airport in Tahiti (for about $45 you can get Antigen test results in about 30 minutes). I got a day room at the Intercontinental (ask about day room rates which are about $240 and includes a tax ride back to the airport) which was perfect instead of waiting at the airport. I booked Economy on United for about $940 RT from Madison (MSN-ORD-SFO-PPT and back), and upgraded for $1,299 from SFO to PPT to Business Class on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. On the way back, they were offering upgrades for $1,299 cash, or $600 plus 60,000 miles (for some reason they were not offering just miles upgrades). So I canceled my ticked United fare, then looked for a miles fare one way. To my surprise, they had a one way far for 70,000 miles plus $6 from PPT-SFO-ORD-MSN all on Business Class. So, for a little bit of work, I was able to score a nice upgrade using points. It was a good work around, and a much better value than the $1,299 upgrade.
January 2021: Happy New Year. I’ll be updating my 2021 goals and projects on a regular basis. I can’t wait to get back traveling again, but with a renewed ambition on healthy travel, and figuring out ways to live healthier. Next trip is Tahiti and Bora Bora at the end of January (2021).
The World in 2020: 2020 was a global reset. It was Mother Nature’s way of telling us we’re doing something wrong. Pandemics originated when humans domesticated animals hundreds of years ago. It’s a good time to take time to review how we live our lives. On a personal level, I plan on trying to be more plant-based and emphasize whole food nutrition, relying less on animal products, factory farming, and trending towards farm-to-table strategy (along with growing my own nutrients by using hydroponics and high nutrition sprouts). Did you know that you can eat tomato leaves (they have more lycopene than the tomato fruit) ? With lots of self-quarantine time, I’ve spent alot of my time researching healthy living and botanicals which can improve your life.
Travel: For my 2021 travel, I’m looking for travel companions (must be a woman, single, have passport) for travel to Europe, and reviewing cruises (Rhine river, Mediterranean, Italy, Caribbean, and South Pacific). If you’re interested, please visit my InstaGram (pepe.G6) and DM me, or send me an email.
AirBNB Yacht: Over the past year I’ve been developing a AirBNB renewable powered (solar PV) multihull. The 60 ft. yacht will be a unique trimaran, with three carbon fiber hulls and all-systems and living quarters above the waterline. There will be no bildge (an odd revolutionary concept). The hulls will be a unique woven air-pocket system which will be extremely durable and solid (but light). The bridgedeck will start at 4 ft (3.1 meter) above the water to prevent any slamming, with a two-deck system. The craft will first be designed for Swiss and Italian river and lake usage, and then adapted for ocean-going service. The unique design will be a paddle-wheeler, to reflect traditional European lake and river cruisers. More important, the paddle-wheel was chosen over all other designs for ease of build, cost, durable, and dependable service. Built in modules, the vessel will be shippable via ocean freight container. More information can be found at our dedicated E Ship site at https://electricship.com
Inventing and Development Projects: For 2021, I will circle back to focus on inventing and researching healthy living, and building a cosmetics company for DIY home skin care solutions ( SwissMixIt ). While traveling, I hope to seek out local medicinal plants and anti-aging solutions. Probably the best example is Tamanu oil from French Polynesia. I’ve been using it since 2004, and love how my skin feels rejuvinated. I’ve been experimenting with skin creams since March 2020 with the SwissMixIt induction touch-free magnetic mixer with fantastic results. This one product will turn the cosmetics industry on end, by allowing DIY at-home formulations (saves money and provides a better quality product by using organic ingredients and less processing and less chemicals used in many commercial formulations). I have also been experimenting with anti-aging formulations with Astragalus, Black Seed, Hesperidin, Vitamin E Skin Creams, and Carnosine. These botanicals are great antioxidants, help maintain telomeres, and help with gene expression. Best of all, you can make these skin cream formulations at home.
Light Box: Developing a mini stage and studio for taking stunning professional images of products.
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Pandemic Status: The most important thing you can do is self-quanantine, take vitamin D3, physical distance from others, and ventilate any indoor room when with others. That strategy will help get you through the pandemic. Vaccines should be available mid 2021. There is increasing science that indicates that hesperidin found in Citrus extracts and Black Seed may be a good prevention and mitigation strategy for Covid. On a personal level, I take a teaspoon of ground Black Seed with honey every day. I predict the huge wave for the USA will peak in January or February, then things will start returning to normal by mid to end of the year. The CDC has given enough regulation to basically prevent the cruise lines from operating in US waters until or after March 2021 (that was the original goal with the CDC no-sail orders, but political pressures forced the CDC to open cruising earlier, which was met with huge regulation hurdles which effectively prevented any cruise line from operating prior March 2021).
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