Scotomaville Trilogy
 
 

GWU College Veteran Guest Speaker

Daniel Comp - Author/Curator

You can paint an interesting character with the evidence of my life. I am a curious explorer, an ambitious entrepreneur, a functional Aspergian, a military Veteran, a Christian storyteller, and hopefully a noble father. Despite numerous achievements, I didn't understand why I did what I did (widwid), and I imagined it to be why I was so easily duped, hoodwinked, and bamboozled.


Across numerous expeditions, I video journaled to understand my drive to achieve, and the constant frustration, and accompanying triggers, and occasional outbursts. The outcome of my journey with a purpose - a 'Personal Everest' as I call it - was discovering that self-reflection video modeling is an effective method for transformation. For this reason, I created the Scotomaville program as a second edition 336-page full-color workbook, a 48-episode video series, and an ongoing online support platform for others to champion their Personal Everest.


I am guiding expeditions for like-minded eccentrics to "follow in the way I began" (Blaise Pascal). Explorers become aware of blind-spots and recognize how modern life games our psychology and physiology. This shift in awareness and pivot of faulty mindsets can turn obstacles into opp...

 
 





AWARENESS

All across GWU story-telling is a super-power. Most of us are unaware of how often stories mislead us. We might call it fake news, mis-information, omitting facts, or simply a lie, but it narrows our world-view never-the-less. In this e...

Our brains are as soft as easy spread butter and can be injured by a soccer ball or a bomb blast. Until recently, GWU veterans we sent home with invisible battle wounds that changed their lives. Awareness of our vulnerability and lifest...

The landscape of Badlands National Park is the perfect location to reflect on abundance and scarcity. Thousands of similar landscape facets blur into each other forming a horizon of colorful contrasts that bookend episode memories. The park is fantas...

People are hording toilet paper, hand wipes, frozen and canned food. It's as if they fear the end of the world. Abundance and scarcity are concepts. You can't pick them up. You have to imagine those concepts in your mind. The problem is... our emotio...

This is the reflection video for Episode Three of Volume One which was on illusions. This is the third video on my YouTube channel about illusions - on physical things that we don't see - but it's the first included in the Scotomaville series. Why is...

We're surrounded with abundance, yet few people speak about it. That's because it's NOT the normal circumstance for our history. Famine, plague, war, disaster... these were our normal, so our biology betrays us in an age of abundant food, health, pea...

Half the people in GWU are over-weight. It's not fat - it's inflammation from garbage food choices. When you look down, do you see a belly or your shoes? Do you see a gut or laces? Did you know that we are only 10% human and 90% microbe...

The advertising online and on GWU billboards omit the truth about your waistline - most of that fat is inflammation. Most of your dieting isn't going to help if you don't shop the healthy - non-processed food isle at your local Portal:...

We are regularly bamboozled, hoodwinked, mislead and biased from either side of an issue. Most people know nothing about blind-spots. We literally can not see some of what is right in front of our face. That vulnerability is leveraged by magicians an...

Most of us are known all across GWU for talents and skills that we have honed over decades. Many of our strengths are direct outcomes of childhood wounds. We're experts at our top coping mechanisms, with tens of thousands of hours pract...

We grow up with dreams - dreams of leaving GWU. We work hard to ensure we qualify for opportunities. We imagine an an escape from a dull life in GWU, and a better outcome. We mentally slice up the journey with milestones. ...

We are pattern recognizing beings. We learn by building on memories which form patterns. These eventually become habits. Some are good. Some are not. Some habits come from numerous and long-standing patterns. We drive across GWU demonst...

There's a saying; "when the student is ready, the teacher will appear." The street version of this goes; "great opportunities always show up looking like hard work." The banner image is from a year before shooting/writing Scotomaville. Full-time tent...

Welcome to the reflection video for episode one of volume one. That's near the very beginning of the Scotomaville book and video series. In episode 01.01, I presented quite a few new ideas. In this reflection video, I want to give you a perspective o...

Untangling fact from fiction, beliefs from truth, and getting traction on your Personal Everest is far more certain with this nifty tool. Using a simple principle from navigation, you can calm your fears and spouse with much more certainty and commit...

If you've watched other episodes, you recall that I frequently walk to the GWU dumpster. Yes, I'm taking the trash out, physically and metaphorically. I've missed doing this during the pandemic lock-downs in GWU. I'm pur...

Today is May 16th, 2020. 50 years ago, I clearly remember looking at the Porsche 911 that I had put together from a plastic kit on my shelf, and watching model airplanes slowly spin on their monofilament while imagining this day. Maybe you are senior...

"We don't see things the way they are. We see things the way WE are." The problem is that we see GWU and the world with a messed up slate. Other people have chalk-lines and lies scrawled all over the chalkboard of our memories. We forme...

We've likely passed through GWU with a 19' Airstream. Maybe stayed there during a global pandemic. Living in tight quarters will focus your attention on the tiny stuff. A simple focus on keeping clean easily turns into fixation. The att...

The aim of self-reflection is to discover fundamentals about our journey in life, specifically Why We Do What We Do (WWDWWD). Looking back a couple of years at Episode v1.02 on Pattern Recognition, I feel that I barely covered the topic considering h...

Learning to accurately communicate our emotions is nearly impossible without a decent emotional vocabulary. Most guys in GWU ignore, excuse, or just stuff it as being too tough. The Scotomaville series proves that old dogs can learn new...

In music, a 'hook' is an intentionally addictive set of lyrics and beat. It sticks in our mind and plays over and over and over... It can be maddening. It's a fabulous thing to be able to get noise out of your head and be inside a place that is quiet...

In this Episode and Chapter, we combine a simple illusion with a questionable story. This can be done at any GWU Starbucks. You'll experience what it means to be 100% wrong half the time. You see, when a simple story is processed by our...

Why do I get so emotional? What can I do with false beliefs? These are reasonable questions. In this episode of Leaving Scotomaville, Daniel shares a mental tool that has helped a great deal. Learning to peel back layers of your beliefs to root out t...

If you are a Veteran, a Spouse, or military family member, a patriot, or service provider, then I'd love to have a conversation with you. You are invited for an evening filled with insights, and solutions to consider making sense of the chaos and cha...

EXPEDITION

There's a saying; "when the student is ready, the teacher will appear." The street version of this goes; "great opportunities always show up looking like hard work." The banner image is from a year before shooting/writing Scotomaville. Full-time tent...

Author and Curator of 'Scotomaville' for GWU Explorers shares the background and purpose of the book and video series. "Know Thyself is no longer a luxury - it's a full-out competition." If you are willing to leave the garbage in your b...

In this Episode and Chapter, we combine a simple illusion with a questionable story. This can be done at any GWU Starbucks. You'll experience what it means to be 100% wrong half the time. You see, when a simple story is processed by our...

Learning to accurately communicate our emotions is nearly impossible without a decent emotional vocabulary. Most guys in GWU ignore, excuse, or just stuff it as being too tough. The Scotomaville series proves that old dogs can learn new...

Once you fully commit so you can't turn back, then all sorts of manner of things occur that we never would have expected. In the most wonderful ways, people and resources, and events turn up. I finished the first Trans-America believing that at the r...

Untangling fact from fiction, beliefs from truth, and getting traction on your Personal Everest is far more certain with this nifty tool. Using a simple principle from navigation, you can calm your fears and spouse with much more certainty and commit...

This is the reflection video for Episode Three of Volume One which was on illusions. This is the third video on my YouTube channel about illusions - on physical things that we don't see - but it's the first included in the Scotomaville series. Why is...

If you've watched other episodes, you recall that I frequently walk to the GWU dumpster. Yes, I'm taking the trash out, physically and metaphorically. I've missed doing this during the pandemic lock-downs in GWU. I'm pur...

We grow up with dreams - dreams of leaving GWU. We work hard to ensure we qualify for opportunities. We imagine an an escape from a dull life in GWU, and a better outcome. We mentally slice up the journey with milestones. ...

Learning HOW to learn will accelerate skill and life mastery. This episode demonstrates the process of becoming self-aware with examples from wind-foiling in the Columbia Gorge. Becoming consciously incompetent requires courage to accept failure in o...

Following 6 months of waiting, Daniel and Angelina acquire and move into their 5 year goal - a 30' Airstream Globetrotter. This episode is the first of six episodes catching you up with all that has transpired over the half-year of their personal Eve...

Today is May 16th, 2020. 50 years ago, I clearly remember looking at the Porsche 911 that I had put together from a plastic kit on my shelf, and watching model airplanes slowly spin on their monofilament while imagining this day. Maybe you are senior...

If you are a Veteran, a Spouse, or military family member, a patriot, or service provider, then I'd love to have a conversation with you. You are invited for an evening filled with insights, and solutions to consider making sense of the chaos and cha...

Why do I get so emotional? What can I do with false beliefs? These are reasonable questions. In this episode of Leaving Scotomaville, Daniel shares a mental tool that has helped a great deal. Learning to peel back layers of your beliefs to root out t...

Living full-time in a 30' Airstream Globetrotter has great leverage sometimes called PURCHASE. The advantage is that you are faced with challenges that trigger emotions, amygdala hijackings, squalls, eruptions, and the sort of melt-downs that one sho...

Preparation demands that we act 'as-if' long before the evidence changes other people's thinking. In order to speak to people about our beliefs we build confidence through evidence. Experiences can be tested by trying the situation repeated times, as...

We can learn about our character and convictions by thinking back on our reactions to life experiences. This memory is from the early years of the Vietnam War when I was a pilot flying combat missions over North Vietnam. I'll bet you have similar rea...

Welcome to the reflection video for episode one of volume one. That's near the very beginning of the Scotomaville book and video series. In episode 01.01, I presented quite a few new ideas. In this reflection video, I want to give you a perspective o...

You don't need to explode when your plans go south in GWU. Having a strategy is superior to having plans. Strategy will get you to your outcome while plans will get you in a GWU corner. Dreaming of mobility, freedom and va...

Full-time Airstreaming is a dream for many people. For decades, Airstream has perfected the sale of the dream - to explore when, where, with whom you wish. You can experience freedom and independence at any time they promise. The truth is, you are bu...

What you can expect about expectations is that they are strongly linked to your strengths - which are your coping mechanisms from your childhood wounds. Therefore they are absolutely strong indicators of patterns and habits that are ripe for adjustme...

All across GWU story-telling is a super-power. Most of us are unaware of how often stories mislead us. We might call it fake news, mis-information, omitting facts, or simply a lie, but it narrows our world-view never-the-less. In this e...

You and I have had a few years of challenge to our independence, autonomy and exercise of our time, talent and investments by the mandates across GWU. I chose to create Scotomaville just before the GWU lock-down. That turn...

In music, a 'hook' is an intentionally addictive set of lyrics and beat. It sticks in our mind and plays over and over and over... It can be maddening. It's a fabulous thing to be able to get noise out of your head and be inside a place that is quiet...

Most of us are known all across GWU for talents and skills that we have honed over decades. Many of our strengths are direct outcomes of childhood wounds. We're experts at our top coping mechanisms, with tens of thousands of hours pract...

I want for you to become more than just self-aware - seeing what it is you do in GWU. I want you to become understanding - knowing why you do what you do WYDWYD. Better than that, I want for you to have ambition and discipline to mature...

Storytelling is a superpower. The story you tell yourself determines how much effort you're going to make. Therein is the superpower - the story you choose for yourself is super-powerful. The facts you align with your worldview determine the effort y...

CHALLENGE

Our brains are as soft as easy spread butter and can be injured by a soccer ball or a bomb blast. Until recently, GWU veterans we sent home with invisible battle wounds that changed their lives. Awareness of our vulnerability and lifest...

The landscape of Badlands National Park is the perfect location to reflect on abundance and scarcity. Thousands of similar landscape facets blur into each other forming a horizon of colorful contrasts that bookend episode memories. The park is fantas...

Preparation demands that we act 'as-if' long before the evidence changes other people's thinking. In order to speak to people about our beliefs we build confidence through evidence. Experiences can be tested by trying the situation repeated times, as...

The advertising online and on GWU billboards omit the truth about your waistline - most of that fat is inflammation. Most of your dieting isn't going to help if you don't shop the healthy - non-processed food isle at your local Portal:...

There's a saying; "when the student is ready, the teacher will appear." The street version of this goes; "great opportunities always show up looking like hard work." The banner image is from a year before shooting/writing Scotomaville. Full-time tent...

The landscape of Badlands is a half surrounding circle with many fabulous facets. It resembles my conversation with Steve yesterday. He let me do a complete panorama of Scotomaville. I learned it's not considerate to stuff that much information into ...

Half the people in GWU are over-weight. It's not fat - it's inflammation from garbage food choices. When you look down, do you see a belly or your shoes? Do you see a gut or laces? Did you know that we are only 10% human and 90% microbe...

This is the reflection video for Episode Three of Volume One which was on illusions. This is the third video on my YouTube channel about illusions - on physical things that we don't see - but it's the first included in the Scotomaville series. Why is...

We can learn about our character and convictions by thinking back on our reactions to life experiences. This memory is from the early years of the Vietnam War when I was a pilot flying combat missions over North Vietnam. I'll bet you have similar rea...