Category Archives: Android

fixes for a fear of public speaking

Guarana to help alleviate a fear of public speaking?

Guaranasuppose you can take this anecdotally, it works for me and that’s the only evidence i have. i’m now trying to figure a schedule to consume Guarana 400mg to go along with my daily nootropics. by shear dumb luck after my San Diego AirBnb fellow roommate Greig handed me a few OTC supplements of Guarana, i discovered Guarana 400mg in particular helps to me to overcome a fear of public speaking. however, as a developer happy to be introvert, Guarana 400mg helped to deliver progress on daily morning team scrum meetings. Guarana at 200mg was barely below threshold. i’m on a vigil for some neuroscience news to back this up 🙂 but for now i’m running with it.




Inderal (as Propranolol)

wow! things have changed the past decade when the only suggestions were typified by the response of a friend co-worker professor “take a shot of vodka” – i did just this on one contract site and it almost cost me the job from a performance hit especially as daily scrum meeting are early morning. a Google search for “medication fear public speaking” popped-out Inderal as a top forum favorite.

from Medication for public speaking phobia?,

Propranolol (beta blocker) works great, has very little potential for abuse, is safe, and is inexpensive in the generic form. I use it a couple of times per year when I have to give a presentation. Works like a charm for me. Atenolol is another option and is very similar to Propranolol. I would stay away from benzodiazepines (such as Valium, Xanax, Klonopin, and Librium). posted by alex1965 at 8:41 AM on June 18, 2016 [2 favorites]

a nootropic fast (Fri)day

summary of three nootropic fast days per week

today marks a third and last nootropic fast day of the week (of MWF). it’s a winner and coupled with the evolved 30-day Sprout and Turmeric diet the other four days the brain boost potential is a marvel. this Saturday, Sam’s is holding a free medical exam for cholesterol, blood pressure, and glucose level. i plan to be there. then on Monday begin a new 30-day Nootropic Fast that incorporates my evolved 30-day Sprout and Turmeric diet experiment. have no clue where to check my health stats on the “el-cheapo medical plan” after the next 30-day Nootropic Fast diet but guess i’ll keep a lookout.

a forty minute sublingual 100mcg Modafinil

this morning i spent forty minutes with 100mcg Modafinil dissolving sublingual and face-down on my bed in the wee hours. that was way too long but the noticeable absorption was minimal. i’m inclined to stay with 20 minutes sublingual. folks on forum say it tastes awful. i actually like the taste. the effect is even stronger having doubled the last 20-minute face-down sublingual take of 100mcg Modafinil.

despite Modafinil serum studies indicating eight hour half-life’s, i know sense the drive to create given to me by Modafinil is far more than the eight hours. all of Tuesday and Thursday, after a nootropic fast days of Monday an Wednesday, the unnatural cursing and irritability continued with concomitant productivity so i know it’s still doing it’s magic.

one negative and poof, there goes the suspension of belief! being on the farm is precious gift and I’m using time to create an app. from the safety standpoint, i’ve concluded it’s all in my head as i have no bodily sensations. some folks report skin rash for example.

purposed fast productivity

having this level of productivity is the new me. devoid of any stimulants like caffeine or nootropics, my nature is very much like a orangutang. in this natural state, life goes on and i could care less the ongoings of the world masticating (yes, that is a word) tea herbs, the contents of a torn apart tea bag. my fav for that is the Traditional Medicinals Organic Throat Coat. even after two steeps, this herb keeps blasting flavors.

given that my to be released apps are under wraps, i don’t always post development apps on Google Play and reference the post them on this blog. they are being produced fast and coupled with a clear vision of desired features for my target app, there is less meandering. the o’ example is a calculator computing fast an erroneous answer.

a remote mobile development vegan company

i wish i had a project manager to give an alternate perspective. preferably vegan as i wish to start a vegan mobile development company through Brainyideas where vegan employees work remotely and optionally have potlucks once a month with local employees to reduce carbon footprint.

a 25 BMI still “overweight” arrival

weight: 155 lbs

a 25 BMI still “overweight” arrival

today my BMI has an official still “overweight” 25 BMI arrival at 155 lbs at 5’6″ from a nearly “obese” 29 BMI departure five months ago. chucks, still have five pounds to go to reach a healthy “normal” 24.2 BMI. three days of nootropic fasting days per week (MWF) virtually guarantees i lose a half pound a day. this is great cause i’m really not trying hard to lose weight, it just falls off and the brain boost is amazing.

Modafinil taken sublingual works!

this morning wanting to get the most of a 100mcg Modafinil half-pill, immediately upon awakening, i tucked the half-pill under my tongue and rested more than twenty minutes face slanted downward with mouth closed careful not to drool. with eyes closed, i could feel the lift with the same sensation of a plane on takeoff. it was a marvel. taken this way the 100mcg Modafinil feels stronger than simply popping a full 200mcg Modafinil pill and letting the GI track handle absorption. so the math works out to 78 200mcg Modafinil pills (= 52 weeks x 3 Modafinil pills per week x 0.5 pill taken) per year on my three day per week nootropic fasting schedule.

a nootropic fast weenie and Modafinil points

a nootropic fast weenie

three days of hunger pangs on the nootropic fast proved too disruptive last week and i missed my neat super healthy and tasty cereal of apple, banana, berries, oatmeal, soy with 32mg DHA, a spoon of raw unfiltered honey, and the quinoa, chia, and flax seeds. so i’ve returned the cereal and it fit perfectly to fend off hunger pangs the first part of day.

is eating raw unfiltered honey vegan?

regardless of any academic debate discourse, my stance is simple. honey bees are disappearing, beekeepers help preserve the population, and the L-carnosine found in traces of bee pollen found in raw unfiltered honey helps prevent glycation (glueing of protein and glucose molecules) that advances disease and aging. in my world view, consuming raw unfiltered honey is a win-win scenario.

Modafinil points

after numerous good-to-know mistakes on the use of Modafinil, the past two weeks. these are a few points i’ve figured (for me only). some day after this week, i may be restarting a new 30-day Nootropic Fast that rides upon the evolved diet from experimenting with my previous 30-day Sprout and Turmeric. i’m still a Modafinil noobie and find valuable information concentrated here, Quora on Modafinil.

1 – an optimum Modafinil dosage and yearly pill count and cost

200mcg on any schedule it too much for me and 100mcg disrupts my sleep on a tiny bit. i’m staying with 100mcg that is a considerable savings per year as each pill is $1.56 and halved is $0.78. for 52 weeks in a year, that’s 78 pills (= 52 weeks x 3 half-pills / week x 0.5 pill dosage) at a cost of $122 (= $1.56 per pill x 78 pills) yearly. for a productivity geek that’s $0.33 per day (= $122 year / 365 days) to stay super productive.

2 – taking alternate days

on the third consecutive day of taking 100mcg Modafinil while on a nootropic fast all the three days, my brain was overly wired. i’m taking breaks between days! this was the recommendation of a few folks on forums i found before i started experimenting on Modafinil.

3 – taking Modafinil immediately upon waking

i can’t even imagine doing otherwise unless of course i had a big project to finish or a final that same day knowing my brain may be a train wreck from lack of quality sleep the following day.

4 – allowing for two hours to lapse before breakfast

the exception i make is green tea of two bags but the tea steeps for an hour and it takes me another hour to drink my first green tea cup so the two-hour lapse before consuming a breakfast is not disruptive. the lapse is important to allow Modafinil to be absorbed well.

5 – taking Modafinil sublingual

taking any herb or pill sublingual is a fairly basic practice. i have no clue if Modafinil allowed absorbed below the tongue increases absorption but hey it can’t hurt. i do it with my melatonin nightcap pill. see,

Modafinil works much better when taken sublingually


How To Take Nootropics Sublingually

6 – a vascular dilator to increase Modafinil absorption?

i want to experiment with a vascular dilator herb or food. three Korean ginseng root glass bottle blended and stored in the refrigerator might be perfect. short of finding that ginseng, i may experiment with cacao (chocolate powder).

7 – how to tell Modafinil still has an effect on me

irritability. i’m normally easy going but on Modafinil one side of the blade is dramatically increased productivity as regards to my ability to code Android apps at least, the other side of that blade is increased irritability when things don’t snap into place immediately or a process is inefficiently designed or architected. while coding i’m cursing up a storm but hey a day’s work completed in two hours, i’ll settle for the cursing anytime. so the irritability is how i can tell the focus of Modafinil remains with me despite any charts indicating a serum half-life.

POC_Chat_v2 release on Google Play

an Android chat app is client, server, and services code intensive and would normally have taken me at least three months to complete. i was lucky to navigate to optimum solutions within the past ten days and it certainly helped to be discovering and navigating the nootropic fast during that time.

water fill: 5 gallons

a nootropic fast

weight: 156 lbs

an evolved nootropic fast

yesterday i used the phrase “a minimized controlled brain fast”. i’m going to use instead “nootropic fast”. i preface that with “evolved” in my context only since every step to this point has been taken upon a heap of mis-takes. the assumption is the day’s fast is controlled when stating nootropic. besides, i’d rather say “evolved” to leave open the door for further experimenting allow for mistakes that happen in due course. embracing failure is integral to success on this TED Talk, “The greatest originals are the ones who fail the most, because they’re the ones who try the most,” Grant says. or more simply, the food ingested has a fixed schedule, quantity, and type of food. it’s succinct, descriptive, and hit the day’s diet on the nail, given all the elements modafinil, green tea, sprouts, and the Vegan Turmeric Sauce are nootropics. it can be argued that eating sprouts is not a nootropic. having lived a 30-day diet on sprouts along and the zen-mind state it brings on, i would have to vote yes, sprouts are a nootropic. living on the farm alone with just my dog makes the experiment feasible. there is no family or friend influence. someone goading me to go out and eat or worse drink for example. though i fancy a red wine, i’m leaving that to consume after any market successes simply as a reward.

i lost 0.75 pounds since yesterday as well. five consecutive days on a nootropics fast is likely to give me four pounds weight loss. Saturday and Sunday i can resume the evolved 30-day Sprout and Turmeric diet, which by it self is already extraordinary when comparing foods i ate last year.

a well sleep with 100mcg

the typical forum recommendation is to take 200mcg Modafinil in early morning alternate days of the week. as i stated yesterday, that was likely for someone on a SAD diet. the 100mcg taken at the break of dawn worked well. i’m going to experiment having a nootropic fast consecutive days Monday through Friday. until i can setup a Zeos like EEG monitoring device to remain objective, my sleep last night appeared fine. the night before was spotty due to the full cup of concentrated French Press coffee two mornings ago. as expected, my conceptual proficiency the entire yesterday waned. still got good programming work done though just plodding through a desired POC chat configuration with lots of moving parts.

Pinky and the Brain, connecting efficiency in thought and a nootropic fast

i personally know few vegans let alone any one on the planet who is conducting similar diet experiments. my assumption is someone on a nootropic fast similar to the one i’ve evolved is likely to have an efficiency in thought. all the programmer folks i know are likely to shrug without a second thought. i remember as an 11 year old kid at the dinner table going on about beautiful mathematical trigonometric and geometry constructs and then hearing “pass the beans please” … has happened ever since, ad nauseam.

though a nootropic fast is a far cry for every demographic diet breakdown in the U.S. One Green Planet reports “According to a Harris Interactive study commissioned by the Vegetarian Resource Group, approximately five percent of the U.S. is vegetarian (close to 16 million people) and about half of these vegetarians are vegan.” in 2014 the U.S. had a 2.5% vegan population. that’s encouraging! say the percent of vegans wanting to fast is 1%. that means the greatest likelihood of anyone trying this evolved nootropic fast is in the order of 0.025% of the population. the U.S. 2016 population is 323,730,000. say also the likelihood of a vegan who is going to fast and try this evolved nootropic fast is 10% (note that’s a generous percent). so the number of souls who have the potential to brave this evolved nootropic fast is 8093 actualized people (= 323,730,000 U.S. population x 0.025 vegans x 0.01 vegans desiring to fast x 0.10 fasting vegans trying the evolved nootropic fast).

yes, i’m saying actualized. when’s the last time someone expressed to me they are actualized? i mean that aside from day-to-day mishaps. for example, your friend says that and one minute later stubs his toe. is he still actualized?

from my college days being party to kids forming organizations i know that a core of two or three visionary and driven people suffices to create a thriving organization where all the other kids are following directions. that’s a potential of at least 2697 stellar U.S. organizations in the likes of Google, Apple, Oracle, Facebook, etc.. and what’s the risk? aside from a careful approach to Modafinil, i can only think of an initial two days of a hunger pang and after that it’s coasting. say the “happy day” scenario of fasting vegans adopting the evolved nootropic fast is instead 1%. that’s still a potential of 269 stellar U.S. organizations or 809 folks in the likes of Steve Jobs (who was vegan as well). hey why not! a correlation?

happenings of a nootropic vegan diet == power.

the audacity of dreaming!


Android phone to phone chat is now working, yaa! it was an amazingly code intensive long path getting to this point. almost every turn was a high investment in time and effort. this first iteration is not to be released on Google Play. will release an app later with a streamlining screen flow UX.

a minimized controlled fast

a minimized controlled brain fast

today am on a new minimized controlled fast of 100mcg Modafinil at break of dawn and one meal of sprouts, and Vegan Turmeric Sauce at 2pm. the only change from Monday is the reduction of 200mcg to 100mcg. i rationalized it’s simply because the recommended 200mcg is for folks on a SAD diet. no greasy burger and fries here. the 200mcg on Monday nights sleep kept me waking between REM sleep cycles. from pharmacological serum studies, the Modafinil half-life is eight hours. given the controlled fast the effect will be heighten. additional foods will only weight down my thoughts same as a heavy lunch has on office workers. think i will add the ripe avocados to the sprout and Vegan Turmeric Sauce. want to do same controlled fast three days straight to find if the Modafinil effect is less diminished. at 200mcg Modafinil, it felt as if 10% effect less cognitive benefit each consecutive day. i’m guessing less saturation will have a less diminishing effect. i’d be happy if the diminished effect feels like 5%. obviously, this is a subjective feel and not an objective measure.

add of listening books

yes, we’ve all heard the studies of efficiency loss in multi-tasking. but aside from hearing guitar (on iPad and a real acoustic guitar) music i’ve created in the mornings, i’d like to begin listening to my Audible library books. one last one was Anita Moorjani’s “Dying to be me”. then “Smarter, Faster, Better” by Charles Duhigg. i really want to start and finish Dr. David Perlmutter’s “Grain Brain” and “Brain Maker”. this may be a fun mental exercise.

technique is important though. i will be using my bluetooth LG HBS730 headset where at any moment the book can be paused. without a readily available pause and restart, listening to a book throughout a day can be detrimental. given all the coding breaks i take it ought to be quite a complement. listening to new streams of thought helps me to be more creative as my thoughts escape being stuck in a trough.

start of exercise

days on farm are expected to stay warm and sunny the next ten days. i feel the need to begin an exercise regimen. not so much to help loose weight as to increase blood flow. a rebounder is sitting beside me. want to find some metric to capture degree of blood flow increase. the only exercise i’ve had has been normal chores and sitting on the KneeAir Chair. it’s funny how even after a year being on my 42 acre farm, there are spots i’m still discovering. carving out a perimeter running trail ought to be interesting. figured a run might take twenty five minutes.

a coding day

almost any entire week was spent in discovery of chat technology. second to being stuck, discovery can consume lots of time for a programmer. good timing too as i’m coding an Android POC chat app. even a basic implementation of a chat app is intensive. hence the high risk.

a diet day to optimize efficient coding

the power of Modafinil, sprouts, and turmeric

am back on Modafinil today thank goodness! it’s critical to take alternate day breaks from Modafinil else it will progressively lower it’s effect. as an experiment and because i was greedy to be super productive i took the standard 200mcg Modafinil immediately upon waking four consecutive days. physiologically, on the four day, the brain boost felt 60% of the original first day. my focus this weekend was lousy likely because i rewarded myself with super delicious vegan foods in a vegan potluck gathering in Colorado Springs. on departing, i found myself telling Kevin last, a vegan fellow i barely met as he was leaving Colorado, “it’s mind blowing the power of sprouts, turmeric, and Modafinil”. think i will do that today Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. no more consecutive days. the days i take Modafinil, i’ll only consume two green teas seeped twice, a lentil sprout harvest, and the Vegan Turmeric Sauce. in evening followed by a Throat-Coat tea which i love to taste. this truly is “eating my own dog food”. in addition to all three being brain boosters, that minimalist food consumption is also like a mini fast. or as i prefer to think of it, a controlled fast. Modafinil helps to lower food craving so likely i’ll be able to defer sprouts and the Vegan Turmeric Sauce till later afternoon. am thinking 2pm to allow sufficient time for food to digest. 5pm could be a burden since my GI will be trying to digest food while starting sleeping. this is a double win since any evening food craving may be stubbed. my acid test is whether i will be able to code better those days. also, almost three hours of time is saved in the day from preparing breakfast cereal and a dinner salad. efficiency in coding. some things of course are a discovery path. discovery is hit and miss. like the chat tool based on Jabber/XMPP i’m building now. tools for that are all over the place. but after two days Saturday and Sunday, only one download example appears to be viable. that was not a coding effort, it was simply discovery. still have yet to make the example work but at the very least it can be a basis. to not waste brain power on discovery, i may shift attention to another POC that can use a solid attention on coding. discovery can be done on non-Modafinil days. that may be optimum path.

a Login and Register Proof-of-Concept (POC) app

the POC_LoginAndRegister was completed last week and was last posted as version 1.3 on Google Play. i’ve always wanted to create this POC and in the past spent days coding parts of it but never to completion in a comprehensive nutshell. it seems the diet is doing it’s magic. the POC can be found by searching for “brainyideas” on Google Play. it took nearly four days of tending to. prior to having started the 30-day Sprout and Turmeric diet even as i was eating relatively healthy vegetarian foods (i reverted to remaining vegan a half year ago) the quality of that work would easily have been two or three months vacillating on designs and code structures. what’s really neat about this POC is that it can be used by any other Android app needing a registration and login. forming the Login and Register was fairly straight forward. coded in native Android as a client and PHP script with MySQL as the server. the user flow requires the user to validate email in order to be able to login. the Forgot Login was a bit more involved as that required an email to change any of the registered attributes for first name, username, email, and password (with two fields to avoid being locked out). i’ve never seen the full options available on other sites but at the very least it gives an opportunity to change the public username. this is handy when the user has opts to change an initial choice. people change email all the time also. first name well that’s simply private for communication between a company running the software and the user. so the name may have started as Missy but changed to Misty for example. the password is also protected and saved as a user field in the database with SHA256 in 64 hex characters. even a developer having access to the database entries cannot tell what the password is.

water fill: 5 gallons