Scotomaville Trilogy
 
 





AWARENESS

Untangling fact from fiction, beliefs from truth, and getting traction on your Personal Everest is far more certain with this nifty tool. Using a simple principle from navigation, you can calm your fears and spouse with much more certainty and commit...

The landscape of Badlands National Park is the perfect location to reflect on abundance and scarcity. Thousands of similar landscape facets blur into each other forming a horizon of colorful contrasts that bookend episode memories. The park is fantas...

In music, a 'hook' is an intentionally addictive set of lyrics and beat. It sticks in our mind and plays over and over and over... It can be maddening. It's a fabulous thing to be able to get noise out of your head and be inside a place that is quiet...

The aim of self-reflection is to discover fundamentals about our journey in life, specifically Why We Do What We Do (WWDWWD). Looking back a couple of years at Episode v1.02 on Pattern Recognition, I feel that I barely covered the topic considering h...

This is the reflection video for Episode Three of Volume One which was on illusions. This is the third video on my YouTube channel about illusions - on physical things that we don't see - but it's the first included in the Scotomaville series. Why is...

There's a saying; "when the student is ready, the teacher will appear." The street version of this goes; "great opportunities always show up looking like hard work." The banner image is from a year before shooting/writing Scotomaville. Full-time tent...

If you've watched other episodes, you recall that I frequently walk to the UR dumpster. Yes, I'm taking the trash out, physically and metaphorically. I've missed doing this during the pandemic lock-downs in UR. I'm pur...

"We don't see things the way they are. We see things the way WE are." The problem is that we see UR and the world with a messed up slate. Other people have chalk-lines and lies scrawled all over the chalkboard of our memories. We forme...

In this Episode and Chapter, we combine a simple illusion with a questionable story. This can be done at any UR Starbucks. You'll experience what it means to be 100% wrong half the time. You see, when a simple story is processed by our...

Our brains are as soft as easy spread butter and can be injured by a soccer ball or a bomb blast. Until recently, UR veterans we sent home with invisible battle wounds that changed their lives. Awareness of our vulnerability and lifest...

We are regularly bamboozled, hoodwinked, mislead and biased from either side of an issue. Most people know nothing about blind-spots. We literally can not see some of what is right in front of our face. That vulnerability is leveraged by magicians an...

All across UR story-telling is a super-power. Most of us are unaware of how often stories mislead us. We might call it fake news, mis-information, omitting facts, or simply a lie, but it narrows our world-view never-the-less. In this e...

If you are a Veteran, a Spouse, or military family member, a patriot, or service provider, then I'd love to have a conversation with you. You are invited for an evening filled with insights, and solutions to consider making sense of the chaos and cha...

We're surrounded with abundance, yet few people speak about it. That's because it's NOT the normal circumstance for our history. Famine, plague, war, disaster... these were our normal, so our biology betrays us in an age of abundant food, health, pea...

Today is May 16th, 2020. 50 years ago, I clearly remember looking at the Porsche 911 that I had put together from a plastic kit on my shelf, and watching model airplanes slowly spin on their monofilament while imagining this day. Maybe you are senior...

Why do I get so emotional? What can I do with false beliefs? These are reasonable questions. In this episode of Leaving Scotomaville, Daniel shares a mental tool that has helped a great deal. Learning to peel back layers of your beliefs to root out t...

We've likely passed through UR with a 19' Airstream. Maybe stayed there during a global pandemic. Living in tight quarters will focus your attention on the tiny stuff. A simple focus on keeping clean easily turns into fixation. The att...

We grow up with dreams - dreams of leaving UR. We work hard to ensure we qualify for opportunities. We imagine an an escape from a dull life in UR, and a better outcome. We mentally slice up the journey with milestones. ...

Learning to accurately communicate our emotions is nearly impossible without a decent emotional vocabulary. Most guys in UR ignore, excuse, or just stuff it as being too tough. The Scotomaville series proves that old dogs can learn new...

People are hording toilet paper, hand wipes, frozen and canned food. It's as if they fear the end of the world. Abundance and scarcity are concepts. You can't pick them up. You have to imagine those concepts in your mind. The problem is... our emotio...

The advertising online and on UR billboards omit the truth about your waistline - most of that fat is inflammation. Most of your dieting isn't going to help if you don't shop the healthy - non-processed food isle at your local Portal:...

Most of us are known all across UR for talents and skills that we have honed over decades. Many of our strengths are direct outcomes of childhood wounds. We're experts at our top coping mechanisms, with tens of thousands of hours pract...

To demonstrate my incremental discovery of the emerging reasoning engine created by OpenAI, I engaged with ChatGPT to explore role-playing, mimicking, and how convincing a Large Language Model (LLM) impersonates. ChatGPT expresses that; "human and ma...

Welcome to the reflection video for episode one of volume one. That's near the very beginning of the Scotomaville book and video series. In episode 01.01, I presented quite a few new ideas. In this reflection video, I want to give you a perspective o...

Half the people in UR are over-weight. It's not fat - it's inflammation from garbage food choices. When you look down, do you see a belly or your shoes? Do you see a gut or laces? Did you know that we are only 10% human and 90% microbe...

We are pattern recognizing beings. We learn by building on memories which form patterns. These eventually become habits. Some are good. Some are not. Some habits come from numerous and long-standing patterns. We drive across UR demonst...

EXPEDITION

In music, a 'hook' is an intentionally addictive set of lyrics and beat. It sticks in our mind and plays over and over and over... It can be maddening. It's a fabulous thing to be able to get noise out of your head and be inside a place that is quiet...

We can learn about our character and convictions by thinking back on our reactions to life experiences. This memory is from the early years of the Vietnam War when I was a pilot flying combat missions over North Vietnam. I'll bet you have similar rea...

There's a saying; "when the student is ready, the teacher will appear." The street version of this goes; "great opportunities always show up looking like hard work." The banner image is from a year before shooting/writing Scotomaville. Full-time tent...

Once you fully commit so you can't turn back, then all sorts of manner of things occur that we never would have expected. In the most wonderful ways, people and resources, and events turn up. I finished the first Trans-America believing that at the r...

Untangling fact from fiction, beliefs from truth, and getting traction on your Personal Everest is far more certain with this nifty tool. Using a simple principle from navigation, you can calm your fears and spouse with much more certainty and commit...

Why do I get so emotional? What can I do with false beliefs? These are reasonable questions. In this episode of Leaving Scotomaville, Daniel shares a mental tool that has helped a great deal. Learning to peel back layers of your beliefs to root out t...

Author and Curator of 'Scotomaville' for UR Explorers shares the background and purpose of the book and video series. "Know Thyself is no longer a luxury - it's a full-out competition." If you are willing to leave the garbage in your b...

Welcome to the reflection video for episode one of volume one. That's near the very beginning of the Scotomaville book and video series. In episode 01.01, I presented quite a few new ideas. In this reflection video, I want to give you a perspective o...

What you can expect about expectations is that they are strongly linked to your strengths - which are your coping mechanisms from your childhood wounds. Therefore they are absolutely strong indicators of patterns and habits that are ripe for adjustme...

Following 6 months of waiting, Daniel and Angelina acquire and move into their 5 year goal - a 30' Airstream Globetrotter. This episode is the first of six episodes catching you up with all that has transpired over the half-year of their personal Eve...

Living full-time in a 30' Airstream Globetrotter has great leverage sometimes called PURCHASE. The advantage is that you are faced with challenges that trigger emotions, amygdala hijackings, squalls, eruptions, and the sort of melt-downs that one sho...

All across UR story-telling is a super-power. Most of us are unaware of how often stories mislead us. We might call it fake news, mis-information, omitting facts, or simply a lie, but it narrows our world-view never-the-less. In this e...

Most of us are known all across UR for talents and skills that we have honed over decades. Many of our strengths are direct outcomes of childhood wounds. We're experts at our top coping mechanisms, with tens of thousands of hours pract...

This is the reflection video for Episode Three of Volume One which was on illusions. This is the third video on my YouTube channel about illusions - on physical things that we don't see - but it's the first included in the Scotomaville series. Why is...

In this Episode and Chapter, we combine a simple illusion with a questionable story. This can be done at any UR Starbucks. You'll experience what it means to be 100% wrong half the time. You see, when a simple story is processed by our...

If you've watched other episodes, you recall that I frequently walk to the UR dumpster. Yes, I'm taking the trash out, physically and metaphorically. I've missed doing this during the pandemic lock-downs in UR. I'm pur...

If you are a Veteran, a Spouse, or military family member, a patriot, or service provider, then I'd love to have a conversation with you. You are invited for an evening filled with insights, and solutions to consider making sense of the chaos and cha...

Storytelling is a superpower. The story you tell yourself determines how much effort you're going to make. Therein is the superpower - the story you choose for yourself is super-powerful. The facts you align with your worldview determine the effort y...

We grow up with dreams - dreams of leaving UR. We work hard to ensure we qualify for opportunities. We imagine an an escape from a dull life in UR, and a better outcome. We mentally slice up the journey with milestones. ...

Today is May 16th, 2020. 50 years ago, I clearly remember looking at the Porsche 911 that I had put together from a plastic kit on my shelf, and watching model airplanes slowly spin on their monofilament while imagining this day. Maybe you are senior...

Learning to accurately communicate our emotions is nearly impossible without a decent emotional vocabulary. Most guys in UR ignore, excuse, or just stuff it as being too tough. The Scotomaville series proves that old dogs can learn new...

Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the mo...

You and I have had a few years of challenge to our independence, autonomy and exercise of our time, talent and investments by the mandates across UR. I chose to create Scotomaville just before the UR lock-down. That turn...

Full-time Airstreaming is a dream for many people. For decades, Airstream has perfected the sale of the dream - to explore when, where, with whom you wish. You can experience freedom and independence at any time they promise. The truth is, you are bu...

You don't need to explode when your plans go south in UR. Having a strategy is superior to having plans. Strategy will get you to your outcome while plans will get you in a UR corner. Dreaming of mobility, freedom and va...

Preparation demands that we act 'as-if' long before the evidence changes other people's thinking. In order to speak to people about our beliefs we build confidence through evidence. Experiences can be tested by trying the situation repeated times, as...

Learning HOW to learn will accelerate skill and life mastery. This episode demonstrates the process of becoming self-aware with examples from wind-foiling in the Columbia Gorge. Becoming consciously incompetent requires courage to accept failure in o...

I want for you to become more than just self-aware - seeing what it is you do in UR. I want you to become understanding - knowing why you do what you do WYDWYD. Better than that, I want for you to have ambition and discipline to mature...

CHALLENGE

To demonstrate my incremental discovery of the emerging reasoning engine created by OpenAI, I engaged with ChatGPT to explore role-playing, mimicking, and how convincing a Large Language Model (LLM) impersonates. ChatGPT expresses that; "human and ma...

This is the reflection video for Episode Three of Volume One which was on illusions. This is the third video on my YouTube channel about illusions - on physical things that we don't see - but it's the first included in the Scotomaville series. Why is...

"In this conversation, we explore the concept of the Inklings, a small literary group that included notable writers such as J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis. We discuss the Inklings' purpose, their camaraderie, and how they encouraged each other to crea...

Preparation demands that we act 'as-if' long before the evidence changes other people's thinking. In order to speak to people about our beliefs we build confidence through evidence. Experiences can be tested by trying the situation repeated times, as...

The landscape of Badlands is a half surrounding circle with many fabulous facets. It resembles my conversation with Steve yesterday. He let me do a complete panorama of Scotomaville. I learned it's not considerate to stuff that much information into ...

The landscape of Badlands National Park is the perfect location to reflect on abundance and scarcity. Thousands of similar landscape facets blur into each other forming a horizon of colorful contrasts that bookend episode memories. The park is fantas...

There's a saying; "when the student is ready, the teacher will appear." The street version of this goes; "great opportunities always show up looking like hard work." The banner image is from a year before shooting/writing Scotomaville. Full-time tent...

ChatGPT creates a review of Scotomaville as if it was given by Zig Ziglar..."The true brilliance of "Scotomaville" lies in its ability to illuminate the transformative power of self-reflection and storytelling. With every turn of the page, Comp's wor...

The advertising online and on UR billboards omit the truth about your waistline - most of that fat is inflammation. Most of your dieting isn't going to help if you don't shop the healthy - non-processed food isle at your local Portal:...

Our brains are as soft as easy spread butter and can be injured by a soccer ball or a bomb blast. Until recently, UR veterans we sent home with invisible battle wounds that changed their lives. Awareness of our vulnerability and lifest...

Half the people in UR are over-weight. It's not fat - it's inflammation from garbage food choices. When you look down, do you see a belly or your shoes? Do you see a gut or laces? Did you know that we are only 10% human and 90% microbe...

We can learn about our character and convictions by thinking back on our reactions to life experiences. This memory is from the early years of the Vietnam War when I was a pilot flying combat missions over North Vietnam. I'll bet you have similar rea...