Building Something From Nothing with Technology & Minimalism

If You Meet the Buddha on the Road, Kill Him!

This is a copy of my highlights from this book. I have reformatted the original note to publish on Listed.

Noted Quote:

They are sure there is a right way to do things, though they have not yet found it. Someone in authority must know. Instead of understanding that ideas are merely feeble intellectual attempts to get a momentary hold on the unceasing flux of life, they act as though Nature imitates Art.


If You Meet the Buddha on the Road, Kill Him!

by Sheldon B. Kopp

Related/Referenced Works:
Canterbury Tales
Epic of Gilgamesh
Don Quixote
Dante's Inferno
The Castle


The Sorrow Tree
On the the day of judgment, each person will be allowed to hang all of his unhappiness on a branch of the great Tree of Sorrows. After each person has found a limb from which his own miseries may dangle, they may all walk slowly around the tree. Each is to search for a set of sufferings that he would prefer to those he has hung on the tree. In the end, each man freely chooses his own personal set of sorrows rather than those of another. Each man leaves the tree wiser than when he came.



God made man because He loves stories



All of the good/bad strong/weak, divine/ridiculous Janus faces must be seen, if I am to have any time with my mask off. And should I wear my mask too long, when I take it off and try to discard it, I may find t hat I have thrown my face away with it.



I do not with to engage in the brutality that masquerades as indiscriminate frankness. The "philosophy of the here-and-now," of "you do your thing and I'll do mine," is not my thing unless I am willing to face the consequences of my acts, to eschew needless hurting of others, and to know that no matter how into myself I am, from time to time I will surely act like a fool.



Do we build a house to stand forever?...
Does hatred remain in the land forever?
Does the river raise and carry the flood forever?
...From the days of old there is no permanence.

-- Utnapishtim



Childhoods Less Than Perfect
Contemporary pilgrims, whose spiritual journeys occur in the course of their psychotherapy experience, have grown up in the Freudian age, which inspires them to be much preoccupied with the conditions of t heir childhoods for which they blame their current misery. As with the rest of us, their childhoods were less than perfect.

Children are, after all, inevitably helpless and dependent, no matter what resources they may develop for coping with that towering world in which they live. Parents always turn out to be a disappointment, one way or another. Frustrations are many, and life is inherently unmanageable.
-- Lao Tzu

Helpless as we all are as children, to change the world, or to move on and take care of ourselves, we must develop ways of pretending that we are not so powerless. The fantasies developed in childhood, and maintained right to the door of the therapist's office, are termed "neuroses" in our Frudian age. But as we can see in the Epic of Gilgamesh, men have always tried to maintain illusions to protect themselves from living with the anguish of their unimportant momentary existence and their helplessness to change the absurdity of their needless suffering.



... but when I am not working, I am far more likely to fool myself, to indulge in my cruelty, and to trip on my arrogance.



But what if we are talking to ourselves?
What if there is no one out there listening?
What if for each of us the only wise man,
the only wizard, the only good parent we will
ever have is our own helpless, vulnerable self?
What then?



Even the most neurotically self-depreciating adult cannot maintain that she was once inadequate at being a baby



Don Quixote's Quest, the personal pilgrimage of his mad life, was to live in 'the world as it is traversed by man as he ought to be.' If this be the wine of madness, then I say: come fill my cup.



One such man is a lunatic. Twenty constitute an acceptable and sane community.



If we flee from the evil in ourselves, we do it at our hazard. All evil is potential vitality in need of transformation. To live without the creative potential of our own destructiveness is to be a cardboard angel.



The repentant sinner is ever God's favorite child. Every man lives in a state of vague Kafkaesque guilt. Like Job, we all feel that if we suffer, there must be a reason for it; that if we are unhappy it must be that we deserve it. So it is that we long for forgiveness, for redemption.



Canus: "There is but one truly serious philosophical problem and that is suicide. There is only this life. Live it, or give it up! It does no good to choose to live it reluctantly, hedging by whining that it's not sufficient that someone must make it better for you.



I came to therapy to receive butter for the bread of life. Instead, at the end, I emerged with a pail of sour milk, a churn, and instructions on how to use them.



Song of the Pygmies
There is darkness all around us;
but if darkness is, and the darkness
is of the forest, then the darkness
must be good.



Tony's Session


Freedom... another word for nothing left to lose. A man, after all is only a man.



The sage arrives without going



Once in the Orient, I talked of suicide with a sage whose clear and gentle eyes seemed forever to be gazing at a never ending sunset. "Dying is no solution," he affirmed. "And living?" I asked. "Nor living either," he conceded. "But, who tells you there is a solution?"



It was a trap. It led nowhere. One of the reasons I stopped geting high was that colorful fog came to seem like the only reality. Living between highs was too often an empty drag ... since that time, chemically induced pilgrimages have seemed to me to be misleading detours. The way must not be sought by putting ecstasy into my body, but by finding it within myself. Drugs can give you pleasure and being high can be fun but the essence of a pilgrim cannot be found in a vial.



They are sure there is a right way to do things, though they have not yet found it. Someone in authority must know. Instead of understanding that ideas are merely feeble intellectual attempts to get a momentary hold on the unceasing flux of life, they act as though Nature imitates Art.


An Eschatological Laundry List: A Partial Register of the 927 Eternal Truths

  1. This is it!

  2. There are no hidden meanings.

  3. You can't get there from here, and besides there's no place else to go.

  4. We are all already dying, and we will be dead for a long time.

  5. Nothing lasts.

  6. There is no way of getting all you want.

  7. You can't have anything unless you let go of it.

  8. You only get t o keep what you give away.

  9. There is no particular reason why you lost out on some things.

  10. The world is not necessarily just. Being good often does not pay off and there is no compensation for misfortune.

  11. You have a responsibility yo do your best nonetheless.

  12. It is a random universe to which we bring meaning.

  13. You don't really control anything.

  14. You can't make anyone love you.

  15. No one is any stronger or any weaker than anyone else.

  16. Everyone is, in his own way, vulnerable.

  17. There are no great men.

  18. If you have a hero, look again: you have diminished yourself in some way.

  19. Everyone lies, cheats, pretends (yes, you too, and most certainly I myself).

  20. All evil is potential vitality in need of transformation

  21. All of you is worth something, if you will only own it.

  22. Progress is an illusion.

  23. Evil can be displaced but never eradicated, as all solutions breed new problems.

  24. Yes it is necessary to keep on struggling torward solution.

  25. Childhood is a nightmare.

  26. But it is so very hard to be an on-your-own, take-care-of-yourself-cause there-is-no-one-else-to-do-it-for-you grown-up.

  27. Each of us is ultimately alone.

  28. The most important things, each man must do for himself.

  29. Love is not enough, but it sure helps.

  30. We have only ourselves, and one another. That may not be much, but that's all there is.

  31. How strange, that so often, it all seems worth it.

  32. We must live within the ambiguity of partial freedom, partial power, and partial knowledge.

  33. All important decisions must be made on the basis of insufficient data.

  34. Yet we are responsible for everything we do.

  35. No excuses will be accepted.

  36. You can run, but you can't hide.

  37. It is most important to run out of scapegoats.

  38. We must learn the power of living with our helplessness.

  39. The only victory lies in surrender to oneself.

  40. All of the significant battles are waged within the self.

  41. You are free to do whatever you like. You need only face the consequences.

  42. What do you know...for sure...anyway?

  43. Learn to forgive yourself, again and again and again and again...

Twenty Twenty Two

Twenty Twenty Two

Happy New Year!

It's funny how we start the New Year and even funnier how it changes as you get older. I can remember when I was very young not being allowed to stay up until 12 o' clock, and then as I got older we would stay up playing card games and board games. Later on I would usually spend it playing some video games and watching the NYC ball drop along with my family as midnight approached.

Strange how that pre-cellphone era was so driven by TV and events marketed on TV. I don't watch a whole lot of TV these days and I definitely don't watch the ball drop in NYC anymore. Seems like I've come full circle with this New Years ritual, since we play more board games and card games on New Years than watch TV, of course I can have a beer now so being an adult has that advantage.

This year is shaping up nicely already. I have my desk freshly cleaned and a new monitor mount installed, I'll have to write up a review after I've used it for a month or so. My first impressions are very good especially at the sub $30 price point. The metal base alone is very nice compared to other mounts I have used in the past.

I do have a little bit of range of motion problems but that is typical for this style mount and having my desk flush against the wall. The cable management on the arms could be better quality, might have issues running both power and a display cable in the channel, especially if you have a thicker HDMI cable.

Anyways, back to this New Years post!

When I began this blog post some neighbors were launching a complete barrage of fireworks, just round after round of pet startling explosives. I was having a hard time concentrating and then as I began writing the title the fireworks just stopped, funny how that happens.

The lack of clutter on the desk is a nice change of pace to the slack job I was doing the past year.

New Years resolutions? I don't really care for them. I would much rather strive for daily attainment than to put off my effort for the time of year when I am low-energy, over-fed, and under-motivated. Aside from having done it this way my whole life, I don't see much of a point in correlating the New Year with the calendar we've all mutually decided is a real thing.

It makes more sense to have the New Year begin with Spring, since that seems to be natural beginning of the cycle. But most people, especially Westerners, start anew on 01/01.

I typically pick 3 focus areas and generate 3 relevant goals for development or improvement.

2022 Areas for Improvement

  1. Health
  2. Finance
  3. Creativity

1. Health

2. Finance

  • Segment billpay, shopping, and saving into their own accounts
  • Diversify cryptocurrency portfolio
  • Work through Financial Peace materials

3. Creativity

I usually don't prepare much for these posts and using the title as a prompt, these are my goals as they come to mind and may change as I review other notes these first few weeks of the new year.

Of course this blog will remain a focal point throughout 2022, continuing to explore what SOFRONO means, how the minimalism I try to implement in my life intersects with the technology I use daily, and creating a loose record of my journey through note drafts.

Wherever you are (and whenever you are) I hope that today is a great day for you.

"If you're always saving up to have it tomorrow, you'll never have it at all"

— Alan Watts

Generally Minimal

Just some reminders to keep me in check


Find peace in a Noisy World

Focus on less things but higher quality things

Freedom from input from other minds

Engage with solitude

Pursuit of mastery will give your life focus and meaning

Learning to live with less doesn’t mean living with nothing

Differentiate between wants and needs

Start with the obvious junk

Minimalism is as much a mindset and skill as it is a method or system

Minimalism is not the goal but a journey

Let go of the "someday" mentality

Don't wait too long before taking action

You can rationalize anything with enough time

The friend of wisdom is also a friend of myth

— Aristotle

How I Started Sofrono

The Note That Started It All

Below is a copy of one my first entries into Standard Notes which I have edited with the Minimal Markdown editor to upload to Listed.

There are many ways to get organized. But there is only one way to keep it from being a chore.

A minimalist mindset and intentional action is that way.

I have been searching for the system of systems in which everything I do is incorporated, all the systems of action, all the habits and workflows I have gathered, a system which can encompass everything.

I have tried many things, half-assed and half-heartedly. The problems of optimization and organization seem insurmountable. One aspect is the simple reduction in volume, minimalism in the quantitative sense. Another aspect is the reduction of the mind, by this I mean quieting the incessant thinking, the unhinged worry, and the overt obsession of triviality. Through this quietude true focus can be achieved. The third and final aspect of my minimalism, with great influence from Zen and Christian philosophy, is the spiritual component. Now I know there is a certain level of entanglement regarding these aspects, but for the sake of communication I break them up into 3 simple categories

  • Physical Mastery

  • Mental Mastery

  • Spiritual Mastery

These elements are the foundation of my philosophy, the components through which I create my reality and develop the truth that is in us all. This list is an amendment to the original text of this document and upon rereading this document a great sense of resonance and vitality spills from the words of my former self. Well perhaps former is not quite so accurate, as dormant seems more on target. It is said to become a master in something you must commit to it for 10,000 hours. Approximately 1.14 years per aspect. For all 3 -- 3.42 years.

And this is uninterrupted time, focused time, purposeful and sought time. I expect this 30,000-hour challenge to take up a significant part of the remainder of my life. Surely some of that mastery will be interwoven with my own personal, private, and professional development. But the bills must be paid in the meantime so it isn’t like I can just plop down and go all monk on everyone. Factoring in sleep, and other elements of life I figure a minimum of 2,000 days of my life will be devoted to this development.

There is nothing wrong with stuff. I want to be outright upfront with that. Stuff can have immense value, but not always intrinsic value. We put value on our stuff. Sure, some stuff may indeed have a price, but that is only one small aspect to our reasoning for ownership and accumulation.

It seems to me, increasingly, that we are insistent on the acquisition of more, more and MORE. We can blame any number of external sources for the root of our struggle here, but at the end of the day it is YOUR decision to buy, your decision to place your happiness upon the things in your life instead of your life itself.

One of the hardest things most people will realize is that they have lived many years, bought many things, and yet always feel as if they are coming up short somehow. I know that feeling all too well. I would not go as far as offloading the blame of my discomfort onto my things, for I know that many (if not all) of my problems are rooted within.

And as such, to solve the problems within I set forth on a journey without.

I spend so much time and energy looking for the best tool, the magic bullet to fix all my productivity and creative issues. But as my search has me spread thinner and thinner across a variety of proprietary platforms, software, and subscriptions; I cannot help but think everything I NEED to do I can do with the things I had all along. Sure, they are not the shiniest, most streamlined tools or applications but they are certainly versatile and applicable with the proper knowledge and determination.

Rather than buying into someone else’s idea of what efficiency and optimization is, I should be more resourceful and learn to do without.

Of course, most things are merely trading dollars for time and vice versa. The paid tools and software subscriptions I keep must save me enough time to be worth the money.

There are only 3 things that I know for sure at this point

  • I want to support and sustain my family with as little headache and conflict as possible

  • I want to make a living doing something I love to do

  • I want to wake up full of life, not full of dread and stress

Now from where I sit these are 3 motivating factors for me. Funny enough, the second item is a sort of pivot point for the other two. So where does that put me? Finding out what I love to do and capitalizing on that love.

I am sure I would enjoy being “rich”, to have many things, and to live a lifestyle that showed just that. To quote George Carlin, “we spend money we don’t have to buy shit we don’t need to impress people we don’t even like.” How right he is about our twisted view of living.

I do not want to spend my whole life struggling paycheck to paycheck, spending more on debt and taxes than my own well-being. It is a miserable existence and a vicious circle of bullshit and laziness.

So, with that not so minimal prelude the following notes will entail and action plan, a point A to point B "road map" to my minimal life. I know it will be a struggle; I have been staggering around the concept and ideas of minimalism for years, now it is time to act.


From here to there

From somewhere to nowhere

From something to nothing

From death to life

Everything is a process, a journey, a walk. Everything is an implication of something else, this is the subtle balancing act, the cosine of life, the yin and yang of existence. Thinking has its place, and like any tool the mind must be kept, sharpened, and refined. I spend much time in a well of negativity. I wish to be different so much that I cannot even admit the simple fact that I am not how I want to be. I am weak, distracted and disillusioned with the idea that it will just all work itself out. And while I believe it will work itself out, I cannot wait around and fall back on hopes of brighter days, someday.

There is only so much thinking a man can do before he drives himself to insanity or exhaustion. Some days I feel like a stir fry of the two, hell, even most days I feel this way.

I want to start this consulting business, but I do not want it to become an out of control unmanageable mess. I need to reflect on my problems through a minimalist lens. I need to review the bigger picture but do it in a more hands off and gentle way instead of scrutinizing it so hard that I do not see anything at all. I recall the old adage "can't see the trees for the forest," but maybe for me I'm so close to the bark I can't even see the tree.

I do not need a million apps, tools, and items to do what I love to do. And I do not even need that to run my business and do it in an organized, simple, and efficient way. I am smart enough to help people and skilled enough to start a business. I just have so much blockage in my life that I get stuck in the loop of “well when I get to this point, or after that’s been done I can really begin, or well EVERYTHING must be thought through before taking a step on a new journey.” Pure and utter nonsense. Believable and convincing nonsense but stepping back from it all is what really puts the worry and fear into perspective.

It is funny how much time I can spend spewing words onto this digital page. It is therapeutic to lay things out instead of bouncing them around in my skull all day. I fall victim to overthinking on every aspect of my life. This snowballs into worry which curtails me into swinging from one extreme to the other, from not caring about anything to being overly stressed and concerned about every little thing. This is one symptom of a regrettable and miserable life structure. There are million systems out there, but none are built on a philosophy applicable across the board. I argue that minimalism is one of the few ideas that transcends circumstance, systems, and unhappiness.

No matter who you are or what your goals are, minimalism can have a profound effect anyone anywhere and it all starts with a stern look at what truly is, not what you hope it will become.

For instance, even after 1 year, I have far too much clutter and crap I do not use. Living a life of prescribed “quick fixes” and the “easy way out,” makes staring down the barrel of real work quite daunting. But it is not impossible, and not much of anything is to us.

That is what is so awesome about people, we are still incredible at our worst and most inefficient. The obstacle for most is the getting this shit together part. We think that if we can organize clutter that we can think, but honestly, we spend more time thinking about rearranging clutter than doing something to move forward.


I am going to break this up into stages, each focusing on a different area or aspect of my life in which I can apply the concepts of minimalism to.

Physical stuff

The first stage is the purge stage, declutter and rid yourself of anything that has not been used in the last 6 months (save seasonal items of course)

Digital stuff

The second stage is a bit more complex than the first. Cleaning up your digital life and presence is an ongoing and LOOOOONG process. This stage can be completed alongside any of the other stages.

Mental stuff

The third stage as complex as the second but easier to do while completing the second stage and after completing the first stage.

Finance management

Once the second stage is well under way, a review of finance and money management comes into view. This is where long term goals are implemented to steer your day to day life.

Habit reformation

This final stage is not so much an end point as it is a beginning point. Realistically I would work through these stages and end with a focal point on my day to day habits. Of course, revisiting habits is an ongoing process and loops the stages back for another round. Do this as many times as necessary to achieve the lifestyle of simplicity that I want.

END of original note

This blog is as much a resource for readers as it is for me. I am hybridizing my approach to journal keeping and blogging which I think will make for a nice combination here on


Those who flow as life flows know they need no other force.

— Lao Tzu

Standard Notes

So I guess I'll start with the most obvious software review, Standard Notes.

Anyone reading this is most likely familiar with Standard Notes since this is the publishing tool for the platform.

I try to use Standard Notes for as much as I can to maintain focus throughout my day. At the moment I am still using MS To-Do for my daily task management but I aim to make Standard Notes my primary task keeper and a major node in my meta-system.

Task lists are only a small aspect of what you can get out of Standard Notes.

If you have the extended version, which includes many useful extensions for the tool, you can customize your theme, create a nested tagging structure, store encrypted files (in your cloud), store OTP codes, utilize various code editors, and even manage your own blog. There's plenty more you can do but those are some of the highlights from my personal use of the program.

I use Standard Notes because of the focus on privacy and longevity for the users. Backups with Standard Notes is pretty painless, you can export an encrypted copy of your entire notebook in a simple .txt file and store this anywhere. Additionally, you can have encrypted backups of your notes emailed to you daily and/or routinely uploaded directly to your cloud provider.

For the time being they only sync to "the big ones" like OneDrive, Google Drive, & DropBox. However, all encryption is done client-side before being uploaded so for something as small as the notes backups a free Dropbox account synced to pCloud should allow me the privacy and convenience I desire from that process.

Since I know most people reading are Standard Notes users themselves I won't make this too long. But I do think this tool is among the top 3 tools in my overall system and it is definitely something worth paying for.

Here is breakdown of their current pricing:

Even though I was able to get early supporter pricing I still think the current pricing structure is equitable and balanced. If I was shopping for a subscription now I would have to go with the Plus plan at $79/year.

Some of the key differences between Plus and Pro is the unlimited note history, spreadsheets and the tokenvault. The pro plan doesn't add $60 of value for me, so unless you really need these features and a couple extra themes I would stick to the Plus plan.

All in all, Standard Notes is one of my favorite applications to use on any of my devices and I would highly recommend to anyone looking to simplify their approach to note keeping without losing any of the power of the software. This app does a lot and I mean A LOT but it has a totally different feeling compared to bloated "feature rich" tools like Evernote, OneNote, etc. Standard Notes does what I need to and it does it really well. What more could I ask for?



Learn Avidly. Question it repeatedly. Analyse it carefully. Then put what you have learned into practice intelligently.

— Confucius

Why I Quit Using ProtonMail

Email itself is not very secure and paying for the promise of privacy is a bad idea no matter what any marketing team tries to tell you.

I am writing this retrospectively since I quit using ProtonMail long before they complied with Swiss order to log a specific user's IP address. This is something that inevitably happens to many companies who grow to a certain scale and userbase, but this is especially true for companies who market themselves as a "privacy oriented service."

Of course ProtonMail has since tweaked their website, removing much of the "anonymous" and "private" buzzwords from their materials. Today you will find terms like "secure" and "encrypted" with a focus on their new design aesthetic and suite of other products.

Don't get me wrong - ProtonMail is a good product, I just get a bad taste in my mouth when a company gathers support by trying to appear a certain way and then act in a completely different manner.

Ethics aside, I quit using ProtonMail because of the price. This later revelation of logging IP addresses only reinfornced my decision to not use the service.

Here's a breakdown on their current pricing:

and here is another similar email service with a much better cost to value ratio:

This whole blog is about the software I use, why I use it, and how it is incorporated into my larger system of systems. So take it as an endorsement but not a recommendation, do what is best for your given situation and threat model.

Anyways the cost to value ratio is obvious in the free tier with Tutanota doubling the space that ProtonMail offers. My personal for both services was the mid-tier plan which at the time was about $5/month ($60/year) just for basic email service that I could manage addresses for a custom domain on. Compare that to Tutanota which fit my needs nicely for only $1/month ($12/year).

Now I cannot lie, the design difference between these two email providers is pretty big. I definitely favor the design of ProtonMail to Tutanota, but I am not one to let form outweigh function.

With the savings of switching from ProtonMail to Tutanota I was actually able to buy more domains and play around with a few other services with that extra $48/year. To me this was the primary objective and sidestepping the later revealed privacy concerns at ProtonMail was a good side-effect.

Even with that little bit of money freed up I was able to set up some other aspects to my system of systems. Compartmentalizing my various habits online has been a huge first step in minimizing my digital footprint. And like most things we do online it starts with email.

When it comes to email be more concerned with who knows your email and knows who you are. One of the bigger threats is meta-data, so all this blah-blah-blah about privacy, encryption and security is pretty irrelevant when picking an email provider.

As far as surveillance goes of the who/what/when/where meta-data the "what" is least important with Who, When and Where being most important.

On a side note, please don't use any google products, and if you can help it nothing from Apple or Microsoft either. I'm still ripping Apple and Microsoft out of my life, slowly but surely, but I am proud to say I've been off Gmail and YouTube for a couple years now. After Google bought Waze I had to start looking for a better navigation app which I will be reviewing soon!

Alright so back to email. Again, the "what" or contents of your emails are pretty irrelevant when you're talking about surveillance and mitigating threats. These services, Tutanota included, market themselves as "end-to-end encrypted" which is fine as long as both sender and reipient are on the same domain.

If you send emails to non-encrypted providers the other person always has what you said in an insecure place and this would be a point of failure. So for personal email use it would be pretty useless as you would be emailing people from all sorts of domains not just the "private email" domain.

To me email is for unimportant nonsense like trial signups, rewards, etc. But don't go entangling your entire life to a single address and provider. And definitely don't go signing up for new accounts with those terrible "sign in with facebook/google/twitter" options.

You have to weigh the decision on your specific needs and threat model but I would honestly recommend minimizing your use of email as much as possible and spread your various identities across several providers keeping all your eggs out of one basket.

I do have a free ProtonMail account just to see the design improvements, but I don't use it for any type of communication.

I was going to start posting a quote each day on my about page, but I think it will be nicer to end my posts with a quote and try to get in the habit of writing every day.

This one's for all you thinkers and drinkers, you fence-riders and side-liners, and of course for all of you too scared to put yourself out there for fear of what might come back.

The only way to make sense of change is to plunge in and join the dance

— Alan Watts

Something From Nothing

Something From Nothing aka "Sofrono" is where I elaborate on the various elements of my Digital Overhaul Project and remind myself how each piece fits into this impossible puzzle.

I will try to write posts related to the tools listed on my wares page and how they are incorporated into my Meta-system. This list of software is constantly growing and changing so I will do my best to keep it updated as I give an overview of each item listed.

I have a running list of post ideas and topics in Standard Notes that I will use to draft my daily blogs. I plan to write primarily about how I incorporate minimalism into my digital workflows and the technology I use regularly. I will also cover current events insofar as they pertain to my primary interests and motivations.

My writing may steer off into cryptocurrencies and digital privacy as these are two of my biggest interests at the moment.

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