The Lifestylist Podcast – Dr. Jack Kruse

Listening to my pal Luke Storey’s new podcast episode w with Dr. Jack Kruse, I learned so much about the impact of light on our health.

So I did my morning routine in the spot where the first sunlight comes through the trees.

Luke Storey – The Lifestylist Podcast


Super Probiotic Coconut Yogurt for the SuperLife

Darin Olien @superlifeliving enjoying a scoop of Super Probiotic Coconut Yogurt from @newearthsuperfoods.

I asked Jason, the GM of @erewhonvenice to carry it, and he came through. I love @erewhonmarket! #superlifeliving #SuperLife


You and me both, little lady. #superhappy

You and me both, little lady.


Way overdue. Thanks Craig Clemens @craigrclemens for reminding me of this “must read” classic.


Optimizing With Many Small Choices

20160214_161050-01.jpegOptimizing for small choices has made a huge difference in my life.

Many, many SMALL choices, every day.

It requires information (what makes a particular choice good or bad, wrt achieving one’s goals.)

But that’s just the starting point. From there, I find that it’s primarily about a mindset, an openness to growth by 1000 small adjustments.

Some people get freaked out when I tell them this. They feel overwhelmed by this.

They ask something like “can’t you just tell me what supplement to take?”

They think small incremental improvements requires a level of discipline and compliance that is beyond them.

But in my experience, once you have the right growth mindset, it becomes easier.

And when you start feeling the small wins, the results compound.

So if a friend asks me if I have a suggestion for how they can lose 40 pounds, I’ll suggest they start by making their bed every morning for a week and then come back and talk to me.

They look at me like I’m nuts. [click to continue…]


Titanium Tea today.

Pu’ehr with moringa, macuna, cordyceps, coconut oil, and coconut milk.

Blended together in a wide mouth Mason jar, poured in heated cup, froth ed up with the aerolatte, and then sipped gently with my 4-yr-old as we take in a little morning sunlight.

Four Sigmatic Foods – mushroom blends

From: @taooftea @foursigmatic
@sunpotion @bulletproofcoffee (XCT oil) #titaniumtea #bulletproof #morningmusic #macuna #xctoil #superlifeliving #SuperLife


Starting My Day With Time For Me

Still 2 hours before the rest of the house rises. Making the most of my quiet time. Meditation, gratitude, planning the day.


No Excuses – Only Results Matter

Today I went running with my boys….so I could better serve my family.

I’m in a situation. One that needs fixing. Fast.

This is how I put it to my wife last night. In the last week, I’ve been the most unproductive productive guy I know. That is, when I kick ass, I really do. And I’d bet I rate pretty high, in general, in terms of being effective, pushing my limits, getting new and awesome things done.

When I do.

But then there are those times that I don’t. Like this week.

OK, sure, we had a baby less than 2 weeks ago.

We have a new infant and a 4 year old in the house. So I’m not trying to be hard on myself.

Sleep patterns have been disrupted. Ohhh yes. And consistently deep and restorative sleep is a foundational part of my health and well being. So much in our lives starts with good sleep. So…that’s gone. For now.

And it’s certainly “All hand on deck” time at home, as we adjust to having our new amazing little human in our routine, and we do everything we can to make sure she thrives. So I haven’t had time to get at my work. And when I do, its been VERY hard to get deep into any working zone, where I’m deep enough, for long enough, that I NEED to be super effective.

So….I could “blame” my lack of productivity and effectiveness on the family expansion.

But I’m not interested in blame. [click to continue…]


Notes on Bitcoin: Disruptions

(This is mostly derived/combined from several emails I sent to a couple people, both professional investors, to spark a conversation about bitcoin. If you are interested in or working in this space, please contact me. Let’s talk.)

Some thoughts….

In recent months, I’ve been heavily researching bitcoin, crypotocurrencies, and the innovation explosion brought on by the bitcoin protocols and blockchain technology. Although this is a complex subject and I’m humbled by it every day, with my research I’ve begun to get a more and more solid grasp on the issues, technologies and opportunities. And with this comes an improving ability to form and articulate explanations and opinions, which in turn gives me access to conversations with much smarter people…and so the learning compounds and accelerates.

My big takeaway: this is huge. Bigger than the Internet. It will change economies, disrupt long-standing institutions and industries, empower the powerless and underrepresented, and potentially stabilize governments and out-of-control economies in countries like Argentina and Venezuela. Or at least, it will certainly empower the citizens of those countries.

I’m beginning to form a number of startup and/or investment theses that are compelling enough to push me to dedicate more and more time to this; more research, more discussions with key players (engineers, startups, angel investors, legal experts, VC). [click to continue…]


Malibu Surfside News: Ride of The Week


Fun with Fireball.

The Malibu Surfside News, a local newspaper, has an auto column called Ride of the Week written by Fireball Tim Lawrence. Fireball is a car guy, and every week he features a Malibu local and his/her cool car. He wanted to run a motorcycle feature every once in a while. And he contacted me to feature my 1979 BMW customized by Deus ex Machina in Venice, a bike I named “Complexus ex Simplex.”

So he took some cool photos at the Pier, interviewed me, and wrote a nice article about the bike, with a bit about our family and why we love Malibu.

And it also does a nice job summarizing some of the work I do in my professional life. Here it is: Ride of the Week: Matthew Burgess’ 1979 BMW R100S Cafe Racer

A quote from me in the article:
“As a member of the Venice Vintage Motorcycle Club, my heart is with vintage bikes. Although I ride it frequently into Venice, it’s not really the best commuter bike. It’s tight and fast with an aggressive stance; endless fun in the canyons around Malibu. Complexus ex Simplex is ‘complexity from simplicity,’ the emergence of beauty and elegance from simple things/forms/patterns, as embodied in the Fibonacci sequence of numbers, the golden ratio, and as seen throughout nature. This concept is representative of something that has always helped me get my head around the great unknowns of our universe and guides me in life: the empirical truth that great complexity in nature emerges from simplicity. Riding a motorcycle is an experiential manifestation of this: the joy, the peace, and the complex, textured richness of life’s experiences that often come from the simplest of things. Surfing has this same effect on me.”



Who Has Time for Blogging Anymore?

Back when the whole Web got rolling, the growth in personal publishing took that form of personal “home pages.” People (yep, like me) purchased a domain, set up hosting, learned a little HTML, and started telling the world whatever they felt like talking about.

Then came the blogging revolution. Great tools like WordPress made it easier to publish. And so, the hyper-personalized, increasingly democratized web of ideas expanded even faster.

Then…and yes, this is an over simplification…came a phase that I like to think of as the reverse big bang. A consolidation phase. Facebook mainly, and Twitter. There was no longer as much of a need to learn personal publishing tools for one’s own website, when most “publishing” from individuals became micropublishing, in the form of tweets and posts on Facebook. We lost our “own” spaces and willingly became part of the stream.

So then, here’s my blog. Admittedly boring and lifeless. It’s still here, as sort of an historic record. But even for that, its pretty damn thin.

I put little or no time into writing anything here, or on any of my other sites. Instead, I post on Facebook (albeit less and less, as I’ve gotten bored with that experience).

And I’ve been enjoying a more photographic form of storytelling and updates on life on Instagram. You can find me there. And when you do, please say hello.


Blacksmith Jeans from Rising Sun

The break-in period begins. Day 1.




Gasolina Classic Motorcycle Boots


Fricking LOVE these boots. Gasolina Classic Boots



Complexus ex Simplex

Complexity from simplicity. Emergence.


Out for a ride

20130624-155226.jpgQuick trip up and back to Montecito to see family. Good to get the GS out after so much second fiddle recently to the Deus R100, “Complexus ex Simplex.”



Sharing a Dropbox folder with non-Dropbox Users

Just a little something I encountered, had trouble with, then solved. So I thought I’d share.

We recently had a family vacation, and I wanted to make some photos available to others in my family. I didn’t want to email them all (obnoxious), and I didn’t necessarily want to post them all publicly on Facebook. I’m a Dropbox user, so this seemed like a nice cloud solution for sharing photos.

For Dropbox users that want to make certain folders available for others to see, but not necessarily be able to modify contents of the folder as a Dropbox user…. That is, to “share” a Dropbox folder with people who are not Dropbox users, here’s what the trick.

When you drill down your list of folders until you see the folder you’d like to show others, like in the screenshot below, you might be tempted to click on “Share this folder.”


That’s what I did first, and everyone got an email from Dropbox saying that they had to signup for the service before viewing. Not what I wanted.

The “Share” concept in Dropbox is for an active kind of share. Only other Dropbox users can do this, because it becomes part of THEIR dropbox folders. The benefit of this is that all share users can add things to the folder, make changes, etc. For some situations, this is great. For my situation, I didn’t want my non-Dropbox family members to have to signup for anything.

So…when “sharing” something with people that might not be Dropbox users, instead, what you want is to click the link icon, which will give you a unique URL link of a public page that you can send to others, like I sent the link to whomever I’d like.


When you click the “Share link” icon, a new page opens (screenshot below). You can use the “Add names or emails” box to have Dropbox send invites to this link, or click the “Get link” button, and the URL will be copied to your clipboard, ready for pasting into an email or anything else.


(And when I say its a “public” page, it isn’t like its posted publicly anywhere. It’s a page, at a particular URL, that does not require an account to access. You can be discreet with how you share it (like I did by email with family) or you can post it for all the world to see. Up to you.)




My little guy

A lovely day at the beach. Ha, actually, since he’s a baby, it was 30 minutes. But still, ahhhhh.




Yes Bill O’Reilly, You Have Lost The Country

Charles Blow has nice opinion piece in NYT, below.

Rush: “we’re outnumbered…we’ve lost the country”. O’Reilly: “it’s not a traditional America anymore.”

My comment: All true. You have lost the country. You lost handily with young people, women, latinos, blacks, asians, gays…and, yes, white males who you can’t convince to hate or fear all those other groups. Your white pickets fences be damned. This country is moving forward and we’re happy to leave you behind.

Picket Fence Apocalypse


Romney Not A Flipflopper on Taxes, Just a Clever Liar

Romney, SOUNDING like he’s changed his tune on taxes for the top brackets:

“I will not reduce the taxes paid by high-income Americans” and he says he will not reduce the “share of taxes” paid by the rich.

This is another lie within wordplay

It SOUNDS like “I will not reduce the tax RATE” but it is NOT what he says. He WILL reduce the rate, as he’ said in earlier debates. But he ASSUMES that this will increase ability of wealthy to create more wealth and thus pay more in absolute dollar terms or as % of total taxes paid in the country.

Not only is he lying, but in a way that reveals how stupid he thinks Americans are.

Five Ways Mitt Romney Has Moved To The Center Since The Republican Primary


How much will we take?

Really? Have we really become a country that stands for a party and a candidate that so openly create complete fabrications and then robocall to spread these lies?

Does anyone remember when the country felt that Nixon’s actions were a blight on our beloved democracy? This shit is 1000 times worse. And we just accept it, like its another episode of some stupid Real Lives un-reality show.

From TPM: Springtime for Bamboozlement

Robocall campaigns don’t place a high premium on truth. But Bill Kristol and his “Emergency Committee for Israel” seem to have taken the tradition right past 11.

Ron Kampeas of the JTA reports that Kristol has put out a spliced together series of context-free quotes to create a fictitious “debate” between President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu.

More here.