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meatface

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Slipstream Time Hacking
« on: June 19, 2017, 11:18:03 AM »
Has anyone read this book - Slipstream Time Hacking?

I ask because I was reading through James Clear's book summaries and came across his summary, which I thought sounded rather Mustachian:
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The Book in Three Sentences: What if we measured our lives based on “distance” traveled rather than time elapsed? If we measure life by distance rather than time, then it becomes very clear that you can hack time by figuring out how to jump further along the timeline of life. This enables you to live many lives in one lifetime. For example, someone who retires at age 30 will free up an extra 40+ years of life compared to their peers, which means they can live an entire second life that many people will never get to experience.

If you've read it, is this a good book worth reading? Or does this summary pretty much say it all?

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Re: Slipstream Time Hacking
« Reply #1 on: June 20, 2017, 09:24:36 PM »
Interesting. Anybody read this?

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Re: Slipstream Time Hacking
« Reply #2 on: July 09, 2017, 04:38:52 PM »
Interesting - thanks for posting about this book. I'll see if I can get a copy at the library.
I read most of the full review http://jamesclear.com/book-summaries/slipstream-time-hacking and think it may well be worth a read:)

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Re: Slipstream Time Hacking
« Reply #3 on: July 15, 2017, 09:55:17 AM »
Just googled the name and found this - not sure if it's supposed to be there...

https://benjaminhardy.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/SlipstreamTimeHackingByBenjaminHardy.pdf

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Re: Slipstream Time Hacking
« Reply #4 on: July 16, 2017, 10:27:54 AM »
Just googled the name and found this - not sure if it's supposed to be there...

https://benjaminhardy.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/SlipstreamTimeHackingByBenjaminHardy.pdf

Interesting, maybe he didn't mean to publicly expose it?
Regardless, I started skimming to see if it was worth a read, and came across this wtf quote on page 15:
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The Jewish physicist, Albert Einstein,

Really? The main word to describe a world famous Nobel prize winner is "Jewish"?
I'm wondering if this author has some other "eccentric" views involving the identity of those who supposedly control the media, banking, and government....
I guess I'll have to skim the rest of it to find out if I should take a really dim view of this guy.

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Re: Slipstream Time Hacking
« Reply #5 on: July 24, 2017, 09:24:12 AM »
I just went to the kickstarter page: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/752968543/slipstream-time-hacking
Interesting to see how he was inspired by the movie Interstellar to write this book.  I loved that movie!  Watched it twice, I don't normally rewatch movies.

Since it is so short, I will probably read it.  But- it mostly looks like "do more in less time" philosophized as nearly time bending, which it is not.  I get it for some things, but not for others.  Yes, retiring early gives you the freedom to do any number of things that your longer working peers may not get to do.  Obviously as a member of this forum I think this is great!  And yes, you could get to and through parenthood faster by fostering a 3 & 5 year old, and it is a nice outside of the box kind of thinking, but average foster home stays are two years.  I'm pretty sure fostering kids for a few years isn't quite the same as raising kids to adulthood. 

But again, someone might say to me, "yeah, you can retire early, but doing it your way isn't quite the same as mine.  I might be working until I'm 65, but I get to live in this mcmansion and have a full time nanny and cleaning person. You live in a small rental and rarely hire a babysitter and always clean for yourself"  So I guess that's fair enough, it's not the same, and people can choose what they value the most and live accordingly.

Also, I have scanned it, and the writing is unimpressive.  Honestly, I think it reads like an unseasoned blogger.  Too many unnecessary modifiers, like a high school student trying to meet a minimum page requirement  for an assignment.  Also noticed a couple typos.  Perhaps he should have raised a little more to pay for a better editor.

I am going to guess the full text of the book may be out there for exposure.  This guy probably knows he isn't going to get rich or gain notoriety by selling this self-published book with B- writing.  He's going to get there with exposure, Tim Ferriss style.


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Re: Slipstream Time Hacking
« Reply #6 on: July 24, 2017, 09:47:37 AM »
Oh, just saw this text in the link someone else posted:

This book is intended to be shared with other readers! Please,
share electronic files with other people without my permission!
However, this copyright is mine and I would appreciate credit
and authorship.



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Interesting, maybe he didn't mean to publicly expose it?
Regardless, I started skimming to see if it was worth a read, and came across this wtf quote on page 15:
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The Jewish physicist, Albert Einstein,

Really? The main word to describe a world famous Nobel prize winner is "Jewish"?
I'm wondering if this author has some other "eccentric" views involving the identity of those who supposedly control the media, banking, and government....
I guess I'll have to skim the rest of it to find out if I should take a really dim view of this guy.

Just had a look at his website and I see he lists "faith" first as he and his wife's priorities.  And he went to BYU, which is an LDS (Latter Day Saints, aka Mormon) school.  Maybe the fact that Einstein was Jewish pops out at him if he is so religion-centric.  But I agree, it is a little weird.  Usually it would be "theoretical physicist, Albert Einstein" or 'nobel prize winner ,Albert Einstein" or "father of modern physics, Albert Einstein."  Not "Jewish physicist."  Unless maybe it was a book about diversity among leaders in science, or something like that.
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Re: Slipstream Time Hacking
« Reply #7 on: July 24, 2017, 12:33:47 PM »
Yeah, I guess that makes sense. Maybe he's not a Zionist conspiracy Jews control the media guy, but that's still weird. I wonder if he realizes how his audience would view that.


I also skimmed the book. It has a pretty good initial conceit (the wormholes thing) but it really loses steam after a few chapters. The concept of jumping ahead in time by getting more out of life is cool, but that's about all there is to it. There's not a lot of original thoughts on implemention. I bet Cal Newport could have done a lot more with this concept. It's also not really a "book." As catcc mentioned, it's more of a glorified blog post.

A lot of it is about average for lower tier self help books: poorly documented quotes or references,  probably fake or embellished anecdotes about friends or acquaintances, not great writing.

It's like he tried to take MMM-recommended The Magic of Thinking Big (cheesy but decent) and mash it up for sci fi nerds, but then just got stuck in a Tony Robbins seminar.

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Re: Slipstream Time Hacking
« Reply #8 on: July 26, 2017, 01:11:07 PM »
Just googled the name and found this - not sure if it's supposed to be there...

https://benjaminhardy.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/SlipstreamTimeHackingByBenjaminHardy.pdf

Nice find. My library system doesn't carry the book, so this is really useful.