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2016-12-29

Interesting links and texts from previous years on my Facebook: 5/9 - 29/12

(from 5/9 to 29/12)


"I don't want to gain immortality through my work. I want to gain immortality by not dying."
- Woody Allen


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"Usually the great things that happen in your life, take place when you are outside of your comfort zone."
- Eben Pagan


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"Confine yourself to the present."
- Marcus Aurelius


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What's more fun than seeing someone eat very hot chili peppers? Seeing an orchestra play classical music while eating very hot chili peppers: https://goo.gl/biqpP7

In this video Chili Klaus forces the (now disbanded) Danish National Chamber Orchestra to play Jacob Gade's "Tango Jalousie" while suffering through the effects of some severely hot chili peppers. Very funny!


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If you are an artist/producer or DJ, read these short and good articles via Dubspot and Digital DJ Tips:

a) 5 tips for getting things done and self motivation: http://goo.gl/fapno

b) 10 tips to fight writer’s block and increase studio productivity: http://goo.gl/iaoej

c) The 7 deadly sins of DJ'ing: http://goo.gl/bn8mv

d) 7 deadly sins of record collecting: http://goo.gl/o1qfj


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Try these free resources if you are having problems figuring out what you want to do, or finding your purpose in life:

1) A "Five Year Plan" by Neil Strauss. These are very specific questions about where you see yourself in five years, concerning career, social life, relationship status, recreational activities - and then forming goals based on your answers: http://goo.gl/6hoZ7

2) Three free guided audio sessions from Hale Dwoskin, the author of The Sedona Method: http://goo.gl/AAOrI
- "Eliminating the blocks to success"
- "Goals, life purpose, and relationships"
- "Why you aren't achieving your goals... and what to do about it"

3) Some really good articles by Steve Pavlina:
- "Life purpose and values": http://goo.gl/zZLhs
- "Living your values part I": http://goo.gl/em5nA
- "Living your values part II": http://goo.gl/1rj51

Also read other related articles on Pavlina's site.


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35 photographs animated so beautifully they are not merely animated GIFs, but "cinemagraphs".

Photographic art done extremely well: https://goo.gl/tl3w7h



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See this amazing five minute show about deception and illusion, by Swiss magician Marco Tempest, recorded at TED Global 2011.

He uses three iPods as magical and technological props like you have never seen before: http://goo.gl/Evhvu


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"Joy is what happens to us when we allow ourselves to recognize how good things really are."
- Marianne Williamson


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"One day your life will flash before your eyes. Make sure it's worth watching."


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Are you doing something creative? Remember - there are no rules.

The more "rules" you break, the more interesting your creative work will be.


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"We need to make books cool again. If you go home with somebody and they don’t have books, don’t fuck them. Don’t let them explore you until they’ve explored the secret universes of books. Don’t let them connect with you until they’ve walked between the lines on the pages.
Books are cool - if you have to withhold yourself from someone for a bit in order for them to realize this then do so."
- John Waters


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Neurotics build castles in the sky.

Psychotics live in them.

Psychiatrists collect the rent.


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"Happiness, not in another place, but this place; not for another hour, but this hour."
- Walt Whitman (1819-1892, poet)


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With a little help from Cassetteboy and Eminem, David Cameron turns out to be a surprisingly good rapper. Here's his new song: http://goo.gl/mRGvo3

Lyrics extracts:
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"I'm hardcore and I know the score
And I am disgusted by the poor
And my chums matter more
Because we are the law
And I've made sure
We're ready for class war
Taking money from the man who works long hours
Giving power to the tycoons in the glass towers
People rising from the bottom to the top
Has got to stop
We have the bravery
To bring back slavery.
We don't care
if you're driven to despair
Don't you dare say
It's not fair
I'm not saying it's not funny
It is for me, I've got loads of money"


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"The best way to predict the future is to create it."
- Peter Drucker (1909-2005)


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"You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough."
- Mae West


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Incredibly cute video of a very elderly couple who discovers a piano in a lobby and gives an impromptu performance. The guy is 90!

Check it out: http://goo.gl/1FcX2


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"Shall we make a new rule of life from tonight: always to try to be a little kinder than is necessary?"
- Sir James Matthew Barrie in his play "The Little White Bird" (1902)


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Here's the most useful article I've read in a long time and that I recommend.

It's a practical and detailed guide by Buster Benson on how to use chaos to get stronger, instead of giving up. Read via Medium: http://goo.gl/WisFpX

Go through the whole article, but basically you start by following these principles of antifragility, posed by Nassim Nicholas Taleb in his book "Antifragile: Things That Gain From Disorder":
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* Stick to simple rules
* Build in redundancy and layers (no single point of failure)
* Resist the urge to suppress randomness
* Make sure that you have your soul in the game
* Experiment and tinker — take lots of small risks
* Avoid risks that, if lost, would wipe you out completely
* Don’t get consumed by data
* Keep your options open
* Focus more on avoiding things that don’t work than trying to find out what does work
* Respect the old — look for habits and rules that have been around for a long time


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"A little more persistence, a little more effort, and what seemed hopeless failure may turn to glorious success."
- Elbert Hubbard (1856-1915, writer, publisher, artist and philosopher)


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"Do one thing every day that scares you."
- Eleanor Roosevelt


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"I contend we are both atheists, I just believe in one fewer god than you do. When you understand why you dismiss all the other possible gods, you will understand why I dismiss yours."
- Stephen F. Roberts


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"If you are irritated by every rub, how will you be polished?"
- Jalāl ad-Dīn Muḥammad Balkhī

He was also known as Rumi, and was a 13th-century Persian poet, jurist, theologian, and Sufi mystic.


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"A frog in a well cannot conceive of the ocean."
- Zhuang Zhou


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"All of us who have had successes with song writing know that a really good song will always sell; we also know that we had to write many, many bad songs before we were able to write a good one. So plow ahead into writing songs, not caring whether they are good or bad, just as long as they are completed. And with only one condition - that each one be better than the one before."
- Stephen Citron in "Song Writing (A Complete Guide To The Craft)".

And of course the same thinking applies to any craft. You don't need 10.000 hours, but you do need more than 10!


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I really enjoy reading Roger Ebert's reviews, but only after I've seen the films, because he tended to give away far too much of the plot.

Still, it's very interesting to read him and then compare that to your own experience of the film, you feel like you understand the film better.

Here's an archive of his reviews: https://goo.gl/fiLFqC


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 “If people aren’t laughing at your dreams, your dreams aren’t big enough.”


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New neuroscience reveals four rituals that will make your brain happy. Via Bakadesuyo: http://goo.gl/0Q5feQ

Read the article - but here's a shorter summary:
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1) Ask “What am I grateful for?” No answers? Doesn’t matter. Just searching helps.
2) Label those negative emotions. Give it a name and your brain isn’t so bothered by it.
3) Decide. Go for “good enough” instead of “best decision ever made on Earth.”
4) Hugs, hugs, hugs. Don’t text — touch.


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"That's the standard technique of privatization: defund, make sure things don't work, people get angry, you hand it over to private capital."
- Noam Chomsky

From a lecture given at the University of Toronto, April 7, 2011: http://goo.gl/BDQasb


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Five things to keep in mind regarding getting the RIGHT things done:
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1) Get sufficient sleep
2) Do the most important thing before anything else
3) Take intermittent breaks to renew and refuel
4) Write everything down
5) Continually ask yourself how you're spending your time

Full article by Tony Schwartz, via The New York Times' site DealBook: http://goo.gl/ZW6Evs


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"Where women are educated and empowered, economies are more productive and strong. Where women are fully represented, societies are more peaceful and stable."
- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (via Deeyah)


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Check out this article about a guy who hired a girl to slap him in the face if he used Facebook or other non-productive sites: http://goo.gl/CbB6p


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"I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy. My sons ought to study mathematics and philosophy, geography, natural history, naval architecture, navigation, commerce, and agriculture, in order to give their children a right to study painting, poetry, music, architecture, statuary, tapestry, and porcelain."
- John Adams (1735-1826)


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Can aging be mostly a mind-set? Even a known placebo can have a medically proven effect, as Ellen Langer's experiments with reversing aging show.


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She is the longest-serving professor of psychology at Harvard University, and this article in The New York Times tells her story: http://goo.gl/zPFnio


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"How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world."
- Anne Frank


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On this day 30 years ago one of the most important pop albums ever was released - Frankie Goes To Hollywood's "Welcome To The Pleasuredome".

Play it in full, and while listening read some analyses of Frankie and the album, by:
- The Quietus: http://goo.gl/341Jyk
- MusicRadar: http://goo.gl/T9efIq
- The Guardian: http://goo.gl/voAmEU
- This Is Book's Music: http://goo.gl/Uhu2qS


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"Bernie Sanders is drawing crowds in the thousands, but for some reason the 'media' has decided you can't be a serious candidate if your hair looks like your dick got caught in an electrical socket."
- Jon Stewart on The Daily Show


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"You do not always have to know when you are going to get to your goal, or how you are going to get to your goal, but you do need to take the next step."
- Peggy McColl


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"Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing. To keep our faces toward change and behave like free spirits in the presence of fate is strength undefeatable."
- Helen Keller


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For many years the energy drink Red Bull have had lectures by great musicians and producers as part of their Red Bull Music Academy.

On their website you can find hundreds of long video interviews they've conducted with musical pioneers and legends - and here are some of the best: http://goo.gl/9csjpa


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50 life hacks to simplify your world, via TwistedSifter: http://goo.gl/BmQpGr


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Author, coach and mentor Gerald Rogers got divorced, after 16 years of marriage.

Here's the advice he wish he would have had, so he didn't lose the woman he loved: http://goo.gl/uyyF1M


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"Sexual Healing" by Marvin Gaye meets "P-Machinery" by Propaganda in this great mashup: https://goo.gl/RAAAsu

Matt Pop fuses Gaye's smooth sensuality with angst-driven industrial German grooves, and it's unlike most bastard pop I've ever heard. Play loud!

Also check out Matt's YouTube channel for TONS more of his remixes and mashups. Definitely someone to follow: https://goo.gl/DfDCqS


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"At any moment, you have a choice, that either leads you closer to your spirit or further away from it."
- Thich Nhat Hanh (Buddhist monk, author, poet and peace activist)


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Some good posts by Steve Pavlina on his Google+ page: http://goo.gl/4NMKJ
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- "To focus on big goals, you'll need to allow many smaller problems to go unresolved."
- "Maintenance is not progress."
- "When do you have the longest stretches of just loving life?"
- "You have the right to be a paradox."
- "If you pay more attention to contribution, you won't have to pay as much attention to money."
- "Don't expect to have much clarity about what lies two chapters ahead. Finish the current chapter first."
- "You have support."
- "You really do care."
- "Doing the right things by accident is more effective than knowing the right things to do and not doing them."
- "There's no shame in doing your best and falling short. There is shame in holding back."
- "An hour from now you could know a lot more about a subject than you do now."
- "If your life was summarized in a 100-minute movie, which events would be included to depict your character's journey?"
- "People often ask me for advice hoping I can provide the solution that requires no courage."
- "If you want to become an overnight success, spend a decade building your skills first."
- "Creativity is free, but the paintbrush will cost you."
- "On a scale of 1-10, how difficult are the challenges you're currently facing? 8-10 is a good range for growth."


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Short, sharp and observant - a faux Academy Award Winning Movie Trailer. Very funny by BriTANicK: http://goo.gl/0K5vD


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This Gotye meme is old, but still good: http://goo.gl/oEo30


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I've never before seen this many amazing basketball shots compiled into one video, all done by the same four guys. Beautiful stuff: http://goo.gl/DICrP


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Author, coach and mentor Gerald Rogers got divorced, after 16 years of marriage.

Here's the advice he wish he would have had, so he didn't lose the woman he loved: http://goo.gl/uyyF1M


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"Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance."
- Eckhart Tolle


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"Kindness is an inner desire that makes us want to do good things even if we do not get anything in return. It is the joy of our life to do them. When we do good things from this inner desire, there is kindness in everything we think, say, want and do."
- Emmanuel Swedenborg


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Doing anything creative? Then you should read these eight tips from Malene B for getting PR - without an agent: http://goo.gl/muYGRt

Even though she does carpets, her advice is universal and applies to everyone. Read the whole article for more details, but here are her main points:

1) Define your brand mission
2) Be different
3) Network
4) Attend events
5) Be portfolio-ready
6) Update photography
7) Make contact
8) Be strategic


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15 things to do when you are a little lost: http://goo.gl/FYqojZ

Because we all feel a little lost sometimes.


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"Fuck democracy. Fuck freedom of speech. Fuck human rights. Book a vacation in Vietnam, Thailand or Mexico.": http://goo.gl/VImDY


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"Megan Fox's appeal is that she looks like a porn star and has the same acting talent as one, yet for some reason she makes mainstream movies. This tonal disconnect is what's so appealing about her."


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"If there's no action, you haven't truly decided."
- Tony Robbins


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"A woman has a close male friend. This means that he is probably interested in her, which is why he hangs around so much. She sees him strictly as a friend. This always starts out with, 'You're a great guy, but I don't like you in that way.'

This is roughly the equivalent for the guy of going to a job interview and the company saying, 'You have a great resume, you have all the qualifications we are looking for, but we're not going to hire you.

We will, however, use your resume as the basis for comparison for all other applicants. But, we're going to hire somebody who is far less qualified and is probably an alcoholic. And if he doesn't work out, we'll hire somebody else, but still not you.

In fact, we will never hire you. But we will call you from time to time to complain about the person that we hired.'"

(from bash.org: http://goo.gl/LVcXGy)


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"Life's challenges are not supposed to paralyze you, they're supposed to help you discover who you are."
- Bernice Johnson Reagon


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Use it or lose it. Snooze and you lose.


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"My best friend is the one who brings out the best in me."
- Henry Ford


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You must see these fantastic one-minute films by Rick Mereki, showcasing the world in all its beauty.

The three films have different concepts, and takes you through 11 countries and 44 days in three minutes.
- "MOVE": http://goo.gl/EExJ7
- "EAT": http://goo.gl/S7W2b
- "LEARN": http://goo.gl/2hlpy


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Cool quote from blogger and erotic writer Violet Blue, writing about X-Art while describing MetArt's newest site SexArt:

"X-Art show hot, hard, sometimes a bit nasty – but always pretty – porn. It's like porn for those that want their anal sex as if it were presented, cast, directed and set decorated by Apple."

From TinyNibbles: http://goo.gl/pWG6h


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Very important and classic TED talk with Sam Harris about why science can actually be used as a moral compass, and why religion is not a good way of finding right or wrong answers to big questions: http://goo.gl/k0SJ1


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"If tomorrow, women woke up and decided they really liked their bodies, just think how many industries would go out of business."
- Gail Dines


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I question everything, and worship nothing.


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"It’s pretty amazing that our society has reached a point where the effort necessary to extract oil from the ground, ship it to a refinery, turn it into plastic, shape it appropriately, truck it to a store, buy it and bring it home is considered to be less effort than what it takes to just wash the spoon when you’re done with it."


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See these short and deeply inspirational videos by The School of Life: http://goo.gl/FqYZEv

It only takes 10 minutes to see all of them, and the topics are Forgiveness, Gratitude and Calm.

The School of Life is founded by philosopher Alain de Botton and Sophie Howarth.


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The School of Life also has lots of free essays in its online library: http://goo.gl/90IGKR

Whatever you want to read about you should find something here, as there is a huge selection of interesting writings that you can digest slowly over time.

These are the main topics they are published under:
* Bibliotherapy
* Creativity
* Culture
* Death
* Digital Life
* Family
* Mind & Body
* Money & Status
* Nature
* Relationships
* Society
* Soul
* Travel & Play
* Work
* World


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For those who haven't seen them yet, here are Lars Von Trier's new and harrowing tourist adverts for Denmark: http://goo.gl/kSOer

Presented by the ever amusing The Onion.


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Fantastic story in The Onion about this image: https://goo.gl/g7gPD9

Check out Moses and Jesus Christ being masturbated by Ganesha, who at the same time is fisting Buddha.


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"You may never know what results come from your action. But if you do nothing, there will be no result."
- Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948)


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Now you officially have no reason to say "I'm bored" or "there's nothing to do", because here you get 40 useful sites to learn new skills: http://goo.gl/u2mH7c

Presented by Marc and Angel, who also have a lot of other good articles on how to maximize your life.


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How to set SMARTER goals. Make sure they fit all these criterias:

S - Specific, Simple
M - Measurable, Meaningful
A - All Areas Of Your Life, As If They're Happening Now
R - Realistic, Responsible
T - Timed, Towards-motivated
E - Ecological
R - Rewarding (What will be the actual reward or heart's desire?)


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"Ever since happiness heard your name, it has been running through the streets trying to find you."
- Hāfez (Persian poet from the 14th century)


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Good column in The New York Times about how we are systematically spending 50% more resources than we have available, and what effects this will on the planet and our lives.

"The earth is full": http://goo.gl/2olZO


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Really cool and thought-provoking "want that, need this" cards with many subjects: http://goo.gl/iWn39

For example: "Want too many things. Need to want less".


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Check out a HD video done with a super high speed digital cinema camera shooting at 2,564 frames per second.

Exceptionally cool extreme slow motion: http://goo.gl/Q6gLi


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Play this loud - it's Curve's "Fait Accompli" in its extended extended extended mix. Dark, slow, moody and groovy. Maybe the best and most futuristic track of 1992: http://goo.gl/IPtki

Toni Halliday is now Chatelaine, by the way. This mix is by Flood aka Mark Ellis and Alan Moulder, released on Anxious, the label of Dave Stewart from Eurythmics.


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Funny way to revisit history: "If historical events had Facebook statuses".
- Part 1: http://bit.ly/b3w0sM
- Part 2: http://bit.ly/byDHFA


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"Do not wait; the time will never be 'just right'. Start where you stand, and work with whatever tools you may have at your command, and better tools will be found as you go along."
- Napoleon Hill


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See these spectacular photo interpretations - Jane Long Photography from Australia has drastically altered old black and white prints, taken by Costică Acsinte around Romania in the early 20th century.

BuzzFeed has collected them and added a nice transition effect you can do yourself, try it out: http://goo.gl/SNFk1Y

Also there are 5000 more original photographs to see by Colecția Costică Acsinte: http://goo.gl/W1wQb7


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Entrepreneur and author James Altucher has been through more than most.

Here he has some really good and practical tips on how to fight loneliness:
http://goo.gl/bXT1sj


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if you're happy and you know it, what combination of prescription medication are you on?


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Today I went to see Quincy Jones talk with Mari Pangestu, the Indonesian Minister for Tourism and Creative Economy. The talk was about the state and future of the music industry, and a part of Hello Asean/ASEAN Fair 2011, held at the luxurious Peninsula Island in Nusa Dua, Bali.

The talk was followed by three contemporary compositions played by the Indonesian national orchestra, led by Franki Raden. During the concert Quincy was sitting in front of us, and when the Minister of Trade arrived in the middle of a song, he started talking pretty loud to Quincy. I felt like leaning forward and saying, "Hey man, keep your voice down, I'm trying to listen to the music", but I imagined that wouldn't have had the best outcome. (Banned from Indonesia for life? Quite possible.)

After we were served a lavish dinner with wine while more acts played very nice and/or interesting music - Sruti Respati, Maya Hasan, Sandhy Sondoro, JFlow and more.

I even got to talk a little with Quincy alone after the talk (and recommended some music for him), and he told me that he has two half-Swedish daughers and used to date Swedish music legend/sex symbol Lill-Babs, so he knows a bit of Swedish. Such a nice guy, you can feel it in his attitude.

And I met a bunch of famous Indonesian musicians and artists, plus other nice people from Jakarta. All in all a good day.

I also want to meet his daughter, the actress Rashida Jones, best-known from the comedy series "Parks and Recreation" by Amy Poehler. Not only because she seems really cool, but also because I think we'd have beautiful children together. And it would be great to have Quincy as my father-in-law!

She did date guys like Mark Ronson and Tobey Maguire though, and I have a feeling it could be hard to top them... Plus she supposedly connects best with Jewish guys, and I don't feel like converting. :p


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If you have forgotten how to rock or you feel old, read this.

It's a very inspiring description of a pit experience at a concert, during the legendary parties held by Hype Machine at this year's SXSW festival: http://goo.gl/1jfPc

"Right as the band began to play we started dancing like idiots and pushing into people. It was the last night and we completely gave no fucks whatsoever. I had been in so many audiences where people just wanted to stand around while I wanted to move and they would push me and give me glares, and I was absolutely not going to see that on my last night. We were not going to allow a single person to stand in the front and suck the energy out of the band. We were going to match their intensity and amplify it back at them. In the beginning, no one wanted to have fun except one or two people. A bunch of pricks had brought their girlfriends to the front and didn’t want anyone to bump into them despite the fact that they were at a fucking ROCK show!

I had at least 6 drinks thrown into my face by the second or third song (which was a blessing because they were cold and I was hot as balls). I ran into a random co-worker and even he was not allowed to stand idle. I learned later that some ornery guy was ready to beat my ass for bumping into him, but my co-worker told him I had Asperger’s. A few people saw the fun in what we were doing, but most people just wanted to stand there nodding like a bunch of bobbleheads.

Then, finally, this one giant guy saw the fun we were trying to create and the trouble we were having and he bulldozed into the audience, clearing an 8 ft circle. At this point we controlled the space. People were still shoving us in anger, but the tide had turned. Mainly it was those pricks trying to protect their girlfriends, but their girlfriends weren’t pussies like them and they started to jump into the pit. We started to reach critical mass. And this was a GOOD pit, too. Not one of those thrashy metal pits, but a pit where everyone in it just wants to move as one and jump and just give themselves up to the motion of the audience as they try to physically emulate the music. If anyone started to fall 10 hands would catch them. We were not allowing any douchey shit.

Once those girls who were being “protected” started to join in, their prickhead boyfriends were shamed into joining in, too. And then even one of the guys who threw a drink in my face was joining in. And then that same guy was crowd surfing. And then the band was crowd surfing. And someone passed them a flask (okay it was Dave, but don’t tell anyone). Someone else passed them a joint. If they tried to stop and tune their instruments we screamed at them to play out of tune. It was madness. Pure madness in the best sense possible. I knew it was amazing when I saw the normally boring people in VIP jumping the barrier to join us. And then the band really cranked it up. They really picked up the energy from us and just gave it back in spades.

Afterwards, completely soaked through with sweat (pants and everything) I walked outside and faceplanted on the giant ice pile. I’m pretty sure I melted through the entire thing, leaving a human-shaped hole in the middle of it. I was absolutely exhausted. I’ve never had more fun in a week and I may not have ever had more fun in a night. It was one of the most magical moments I think I will ever experience – a house full of people doing nothing more than going wild to some awesome music. Later, the band tweeted at us for being such a good audience.

You guys rock. Can’t wait until next year.

Forever yours,
Sean"

2016-12-03

Four interviews from November 2016 with Edward Snowden

Here are four new thorough interviews with Edward Snowden, see at least one of them on YouTube.

Find out how governments are invading your privacy right now - and how you can protect yourself.

Also remember to follow Snowden and Freedom of the Press on Twitter:
https://twitter.com/Snowden
https://twitter.com/FreedomofPress



INTERVIEWS

2/11 at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada (77m):


10/11 at a Startpage event in Amsterdam, Netherlands, via RT (60m):


15/11 at Fusion's Real Future Fair in Oakland, California, United States (45m):


21/11 at Internetstiftelsen i Sverige's Internetdagarna in Stockholm, Sweden (53m):