Week of April 14th, 2024

By Jon Elordi

Took a few weeks off from the journal. I’ve been busy with noninteresting things so I haven’t had much to share.

I had the pleasure of meeting Brian Kilmeade this past week.

Part of the reason I didn’t have much to share is that a lot of my time has been dedicated to working on Brian Kilmeade’s visit to ISI. I was tasked with building out ISI’s new media studio. It was a big project. We transformed a room on the ISI campus from being a storage room to a four camera professional studio. We had no wiggle room with the timeline because we had Mr. Kilmeade scheduled. But we got it done in time. And now ISI has a first-rate studio. You can get a sneak peek of the studio in one of the pictures below.

A few notes about Brian Kilmeade. What a guy!

We worked him hard and he was game. He was a great interviewee in the studio. But what amazed me was how good he was on stage. The man was entertaining and educational. He had that audience in the palm of his hand. And while I don’t agree with everything he said, I was thoroughly entertained. It’s always entertaining to see a master of their craft at work. He is truly a master rhetorician.

I’ve been studying and exploring various brands. Here’s a quick deep dive I did about the MeatEater brand.

I got a colonoscopy last week. Colon cancer runs in my family and I’ve now reached the age where I have to start getting screened. It’s funny. In your twenties, you hear about all these things that run in your family, and you don’t think much of it. But then you reach the age where you need to start doing it, and your mortality becomes apparent. “Oh yeah. I have to worry about that someday.” Someday does come.

The procedure had been weighing on me. I realize that now that I’m through it. The thought of waking up from the procedure and being rushed to get chemo had crossed my mind more than once. And while the chances of that happening at thirty-three are slim, the chances are greater than 0.

I got a clean bill of health.

Colon cancer is on the rise in this country. So if it runs in your family get a colonoscopy and get screened. A colonoscopy isn’t that bad. And if they catch colon cancer early enough, it’s 100% treatable. Colonoscopies saved my mom’s life. At some point, they’ll hopefully save mine. Do yourself a favor and get one if you think you need one.

I changed up my workout routine. I was doing a full body powerlifting routine. But it’s been giving me too much fatigue. Bench Pressing 4×4 and Dealifting 4×4 on the same day is a lot for the CNS. So I switched it up and am doing a Chest-Tri, Back-Bi, and Leg-Shoulder split. This way I can still Bench Press and Deadlift, and recover for the next workout. I can also, now, workout two days in a row, which is nice.

I wrapped up another carving. Can you tell which one is new and which one is from two years ago? (I you say the right one looks better, I’ll kill you.)

I’ve been playing around with a new AI music tool. It’s called So naturally I started turning tweets into songs. This one is my favorite.

The ending of this Chris Rufo one is also hilarious.

Spotify has audio books. I recently started, Conquistador: Hernan Cortes, King Montezuma, and the Last Stand of the Aztecs.