Author Archives: Nick

Nick cofounded www.skritter.com, runs every experiment he thinks of, owns 99 things, dislikes moderation, and often wonders when he can create a pig with dogs for feet (the perfect animal). Using his infinite motivation superpower, he’s writing a book about accomplishing as many goals as possible in three months.

The Motivation Hacker

Human hackers! I present to you The Motivation Hacker, a book which I just published on Kindle and Smashwords. “Moderation in all things,” they say. That may keep a society together, but it’s not the protagonist’s job. Here’s the lead: I wrote this book in three months while running a startup, launching a hit iPhone…

The Calories and Weight Change Experiment – Results

A few months ago, I started the Calories and Weight Change Experiment. The idea was to eat at +500, -500, +1000, and -1000 calories from maintenance levels to determine the effect on weight change. Would my weight behave according to the classic, linear theory? Would it adhere to the set point theory? Would there be…

Continuous Heart Rate Variability Recording for $70

Heart rate is an interesting signal when you’re working out, and it’s sort of interesting indicator of cardiovascular health when you’re resting. But if you look at the variation in the intervals between heartbeats (HRV: heart rate variability), then you get a good indicator of emotional arousal, stress, breathing rate, and even sleep quality. So,…

Watch Out for Iron Overload

Janet and I went to the Ancestral Health Symposium 2012 in August. Half of the sessions were devoted to the most important issue in nutrition today: whether one should eat minuscule amounts of carbohydrates, or whether one should eat no carbohydrates. Really. They got quite into it in the panels. There was one session that…

The Calories and Weight Change Experiment

Oh no! All the previous posts died in a fire. All burnt up. Ashes. Yoni proposed an experiment to measure the relationship between caloric intake and weight gain per individual. It’s not easy, but not insanely difficult. I’m going to start doing it on September 1, running through the rest of 2012. Steps Determine current…