Product review: Alpha Brain nootropic by Onnit

Alpha Brain is a nootropic by Onnit. Nootropics are any supplement or drug (however you want to see it) designed to improve your brain in some way, be it processing speed, memory retention or whatever else. Alpha Brain purports to be the first nootropic tested by a non-interested party to get statistically significant improvements in […]

Recipe: Low country rice with shrimp and andouille sausage

This wound up so delicious I thought I might share. It's a bit of a project; give yourself a bunch of time. Ingredients: Six slices bacon 2 lbs. shrimp 1 lb. andouille sausage 2 celery stalks 1 green bell pepper 4 jalapeño peppers 1 large onion 4 cloves garlic Creole seasoning (I used a local […]

Recipe: Breakfast cookies

Breakfast cookies! A photo posted by Josh Shear (@joshuanshear) on Feb 20, 2015 at 10:16pm PST Take three overripe bananas, mash them up until they're the consistency of apple sauce. Add two cups of oats and mix well. After that, the ingredients are negotiable, but here is what I added: • One chopped apple • […]

Autumn, here

It's a lovely fall afternoon in #savannah — Josh Shear (@JoshShear) December 10, 2014 This is what a sunny autumn afternoon looks like in our backyard. By autumn, I mean that yesterday, it was 60 degrees and sunny, while those back in Central New York (and in other parts of the northeast) were digging […]

The 4-Hour Body by Tim Ferriss: Books that will change your life, and how to use them

Tim Ferriss is, by now, well-known for the 4-hour franchise. His first book, The 4-Hour Workweek, was famously rejected by dozens of publishers before becoming an overwhelming hit, having been translated into thirty-something languages (as of this writing) and sending a lot of people into entrepreneurship. That book was basically a collection of productivity hacks […]

End-of-summer to Thanksgiving challenge: Week 2

I thought I was actually going to put on a couple of pounds this week. I've been having some major food issues — notably not eating enough calories during the day, then back-loading on high-sugar foods at midnight or later to catch up. But I listened to Steve Austin's podcast (auto-plays, NSFW), and someone asked […]