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Ever think your life should be a reality show? Well…I want to hear about it. Maybe its your friend, a family member, or maybe that person/place/thing down the street is so “interesting” that they/it/whatever should have a reality show.

“Interesting” can mean anything at all; job, lifestyle, hobby, location, or something that I haven’t listed or can’t think of.

“…There are a few, uh, provisos, a, a couple of quid pro quos…” Example of what is NOT “interesting” and NOT what I’m looking for.

– “My life is crazy! I go out with my friends all the time, we party, get wasted, we’re really good looking, and we have so many Facebook friends that we should totally have our own show”

Currently I’m developing a number of different “interesting” ideas and maybe yours could be next.

Send me a message here or @TjAllard on Twitter or +TjAllard on Google+

My Modafinil and Armodafinil Experience


(This is much longer than what I usually post, but its something I’ve really been interested in and wanted to share my experience.)

I’ve been interested in “brain hacking” for quite some time. Thinking that someday I would be able to put a chip in my brain or just plug into the Matrix in order to learn faster, be smarter, and have laser like focus to get things done. Sadly I’ve come to realize that this is still a few years away. Then, when I saw the movie “Limitless” it gave me hope, I believed there might actually be a drug out there that had the same effects as the drug in the movie “NZT-48”. As I continued to do research I found a number of these drugs and they’re called “Nootropics”.

The internet tells me that the most popular Nootropics are Provigil (modafinil) and Nuvigil (armodafinil), you can read about the differences here. (Provigil and Nuvigil are the brand names) Everyone from Lifehackers to Silicon Valley Execs Have been using them to get an edge for years! Damn it, why didn’t I ever hear about these things! (I put some links to articles below)

Knowing the benefits and the number of people who are using it made me want to try it. The name brands are REALLY expensive so generics here I come! Waklert 150 and Artvigil 150 are a couple of the generic versions of Nuvigil (Armodafinil )and Modalert is a generic of Provigil(Modafinil)

The hardest part was to find a place online where I could order them, I googled for a few hours and found a lot of “stuff” which just confused me even more. So I tweeted about it I got a response from @modafinilcat he told me he has a store and sells them online! This was great and Twitter was actually helpful for once. I’d never met him personally but he was really good guy. He actually walked me through the process all via DM’s on twitter. I was such a noob that I knew absolutely nothing about the different generic brands, which was right for me, etc. and he was really helpful and was able to answer all my questions.

Now the ordering and payment part, which is what I’m asked about most, and which seems to be the “scariest” part of the process. His website is is laid out really well, easy to navigate, and has some great info too. Now of course I’m still a little apprehensive because of the whole ordering online thing but I kept going anyway. You can use credit cards or Bitcoin to pay, I’m not sure if the pre-paid cards work so you would have to ask and find out. Personally I think Bitcoin is the way to go when ordering from here or any other online store. Always be safe when ordering online, no matter where you order from.

I placed my order and immediately received a tracking number.They literally have their own freaking tracking system called Modatrack. which I thought was kinda awesome. The shipment is supposed to take from 7 to 25 days which is a huge window but I think it’s just a CYA thing in case there is a problem with the post office, etc. Now, I’m pretty damn excited, its on the way, woohoo! Everyday I would track the package and I would also get email updates as to where it was, I even got a notice telling me that it was in customs. (which was the biggest delay cause they are slow, it took them 3 days to even get to it.)

Finally I get the notice that it has arrived and I couldn’t wait to get home. There it was just like he promised, in a small discreet package that looked like it was a CD. I opened it immediately and all the packages were sealed in their little blister packs and were totally in tact. The next day, the experiment began. I’m not going to bore you with the details but lets just say HOLY SHIT they were the real deal. I was actually shocked by the focus and clarity I felt and was amazed by the drive that it gave me. I’m not sure if the drive was from the drug or just because I was on a roll getting stuff done and didn’t want to stop, but it was there.

My experience with was excellent. I definitely recommend using them if you’re looking for Modafinil, I’ll be ordering from them again soon.

Overall verdict, after trying all three types (Waklert 150, Artvigil 150 and Modalert 200) the results exceeded my expectations, so the pills were the “real deal”, and they worked for me. I might not be Bradley Cooper and didn’t get the results he did in “Limitless” but I felt my experience helped me get closer to being the most focused and productive TJ I can be. (that line sounds like a cheesy ad I know)

Have you tried Modafinil? If so what did you think? If not, why?

Here are some links where you can read more about Modafinil:

Mailstrom saves my brain from 66,573 Gmail messages

24,504 conversations since 2006. Does this mean I’m a digital hoarder? Is this what Gmail envisioned when they told us “don’t delete messages, archive them!”. My brain has been swimming in thousands of emails for almost 10 years, and with ADD like mine….well you get the…

I signed up for this service called Mailstrom, not mailstORm, mailstROm, and I love it! It makes cleaning out all the old stuff really easy. (Of course since I’m a digital hoarder I’m still backing up my Gmail account using Thunderbird.)

From their website:

What is Mailstrom?
Mailstrom is a web-based email client that allows you to take bulk actions on your inboxes. Connect us to your email (Gmail, Outlook, AOL, iCloud, etc) and then Delete, Archive and Move messages by the hundreds or thousands. Keep your inbox clean with features like Unsubscribe, automatic rules, and daily or weekly email reports.

If you’re buried in Gmail, this might be the service for you. (not .com its .co)

Pictures of Abandoned Bikes In New York City

Over the last 8 years I’ve been taking pictures around New York City of what I call “abandoned bikes”. I purposefully took all the pictures with the cell phone I owned at the time because I wanted to see how the pictures got better over the years. Not only did the image quality get better but once Geo Location data started being added to the files it made it really easy to see the exact place of the pictures.

Unfortunately some of the metadata was lost in the older pictures so I’ve had to use my best guess in order to place them in the right year/month. Usually I took 3 pictures of each bike that I found, sometimes if I couldn’t get a good shot I took a few more, just to be safe. I’m starting with some pictures from 2011, and I’ll be updating on a regular basis. I literally have hundreds of pictures that I’ve taken over the years so its gonna be a while until they’re all up.

The album is called Abandoned Bikes in New York City (opens in new window). I’m going to start posting them there, until I come up with a better solution. If you have any suggestions of how I can manage this project better I would love to hear it.

Hope you like them.

Pictures of Abandoned Bikes In New York City - 2011 (opens in new window)