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Interesting links and texts from previous years on my Facebook: 28/2

Read a very funny parody by Jeffrey Ellinger, "Date a guy who farts":

Also read these:
- Rosemarie Urquico's original "Date a girl who reads":
- Aleah Taboclaon's follow-up "Date a girl who travels":
- Charles Warnke's parody "Date an illiterate girl":


"The majority of Westerners are able to live a life of leisure. We may slide through large, unchallenging schools, slip into an unexciting, run-of-the-mill job, ease into quiet retirement in a pampered home and eventually death in soft bed surrounded by family members.

It is now our own individual responsibilities to seek out challenges. Study the hard subjects. Take the difficult jobs. Yes, you will have to work harder than everyone else around you. Yes, you will fail. And, if you continue to work, yes, you will overcome.

And then you will have the satisfaction of looking at those around you, knowing that you are quicker, stronger, smarter - harder."

Excerpt from the blogpost "We live in a world of 'Soft Men'":


Here is a very simple and effective way of stopping negative thought patterns:
After a situation/event/phase, you NEVER focus on what went "wrong" or what you did that wasn't "good enough".

Instead you ONLY ask yourself this:
1) What did I do well?
2) What would I do differently another time?

You will always become what you think about - so always focus on those two questions, nothing else.


Tomorrow is Mărțișor, an old Romanian celebration happening at the beginning of spring.

Apparently this is a symbolic day to to show friendship, love, appreciation and respect, and people give each other small Mărțișor decorations.

Right now I'm eating traditional Romanian food at Museum of the Romanian Peasant (Muzeul Taranului Roman), and there is a big Mărțișor market outside:

Like Hugh Grant talks about in the beginning of "Love Actually", I see love and appreciation on the faces of the people around me, and it's beautiful. ❤


Here's an official promo video about moving house in Japan:

Basically you don't have to do anything yourself, not even pack, unpack or clean - the movers will do EVERYTHING for you. Fantastic!


Some useful articles and links:
1) The Economist Intelligence Unit - EIU's "Worldwide Cost of Living" report for 2012 - very handy if you (like me) are thinking of relocating. The whole report costs $995, but this summary is free:

2) Lifehacker's guide to giving away your million-dollar idea, if you are not going to develop it yourself:

3) Beautiful pictures from Hans Zimmer's extremely impressive studio. Notice the walls covered by modular synths:

4) An approach to getting rid of email and making people call or visit you if they need you:

5) An interesting article about how doctors die differently, and often don't try to fight the illnesses that are killing them:


The all-time best excuse for missing a deadline was given by Dorothy Parker to her editor at The New Yorker: "Somebody was using the pencil."

She was a woman of great wit - even her epitaph reads "Excuse my dust." More quotes by Parker:


"If you have to be careful not to drink too much, it's because you're not to be trusted when you do."


Interesting links and texts from previous years on my Facebook: 27/2

Yet another very interesting and brand new interview for those who like Art Of Noise and ZTT Records:

This time Super Deluxe Edition has an in-depth talk with J.J. Jeczalik, a founder member of the Art of Noise, and an important helper and Fairlight CMI programmer for Trevor Horn on many early projects.

He speaks at length about his career and in particular his time at ZTT and working with the Art of Noise. Enjoy!


Children born to fathers aged over 45 are more likely to have mental health problems like autism, ADHD, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. In addition they also report more drug abuse and suicide attempts, and do worse in school.

Research from Karolinska Institutet​ indicates this, says an article in The Guardian​:


I bought my first book for my new Kindle, namely "Recollections: An Autobiography" by neurologist and psychiatrist Viktor Frankl.

Frankl is a Holocaust survivor and the father of logotherapy (, and the book is highly recommended by luminaries such as Stephen Covey and Brian Tracy.

I haven't read anything about it yet, but Wiki says about logotherapy that it has these main principles:
* Life has meaning under all circumstances, even the most miserable ones
* Our main motivation for living is our will to find meaning in life
* We have freedom to find meaning in what we do, and what we experience, or at least in the stand we take when faced with a situation of unchangeable suffering


N.W.A's "Straight Outta Compton" album from 1988 edited down to include only the swearing.
Three minutes of only explicit content:


"Compassion is the highest way to transcend any conflict."
- Nawang Khechog


"The creative adult is the child who survived."


To grow as a person, try implementing one simple rule - you must be rejected by another person at least once, every single day.

The game "Rejection Therapy" explains it like this:
"You can think of it as game, but this game involves your life and the treasures are real. The five objectives are:
1. To be more aware of how irrational social fears control and restrict our lives.
2. Smash the tyranny of fear and reap the treasures - wealth, relationships and self-confidence.
3. Learn from, and even enjoy rejection.
4. To not be attached to outcomes, especially when it involves the free agency of other people.
5. Permit yourself to fail."

More info about the game here:


"The guru said I was afraid of success. Which may in fact be true, because I have a feeling that fulfilling my potential would REALLY cut into my sitting-around time."
- Maria Bamford in "Comedy Central Presents"


Veldig fin artikkel om en norsk kvinnes erfaringer med å drastisk kutte ned forbruket for å leve enklere. Bra filosofi og gjennomføring:


"The starting point of all achievement is desire. Keep this constantly in mind. Weak desires bring weak results, just as a small fire makes a small amount of heat."
- Napoleon Hill


"Philosophy is questions that may never be answered. Religion is answers that may never be questioned."


"When I look back on all the goals I've set and achieved, the real gain is how my goals sculpted me as a person. Those are the best payoffs. If I didn't set and pursue goals vigorously, I'd be more fearful, timid, shy, and socially awkward. I'd be less energetic, lazier, and less confident in myself. I'd be more focused on survival than contribution. I'd be a hell of a lot less happy."

Good old Steve Pavlina in his article "The best guidance":


"Never make eye contact while eating a banana."