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2016-04-15

Interesting links and texts from previous years on my Facebook: 6/4 - 14/4

(from 6/4 to 14/4)


Great little article by James Altucher, called "The Ultimate Cheat Sheet for Dealing With Haters": http://goo.gl/WH1bKS


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"Making art is an act of courage."


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Talent is not enough by itself - it must always be developed into skills, which must be used in habits. Tons of people never become successful, because they don't do enough with their talent.


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 "Välkomna till dagens seminarium. Vi gör väl som vanligt så att ni som har penis får prata lite mer, medans ni utan penis blir avbrutna lite oftare. Jaha då kör vi igång."


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If you like good and eclectic music, you have to check out the DJ-mixes of Mixmaster Morris.

He uploads new sets all the time to his Mixcloud account, TONS of new and older music. Try something new right now: https://goo.gl/yUWAtb


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The New Republic​ has a very interesting article on Silicon Valley and how extremely focused it's on youth - "The Brutal Ageism of Tech: What it Feels Like to Be Washed Up at 35": http://goo.gl/UPR2au


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Finding the right mate is no cakewalk - but is it even mathematically likely? In a charming TED​ Talk, mathematician Hannah Fry shows patterns in how we look for love - and gives her top three tips (verified by math!) for finding that special someone: http://goo.gl/p0o0q6


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"Here is something I have learned the hard way, but which a lot of well-meaning people in the West have a hard time accepting: All human beings are equal, but all cultures and religions are not.

A culture that celebrates femininity and considers women to be the masters of their own lives is better than a culture that mutilates girls’ genitals and confines them behind walls and veils or flogs or stones them for falling in love.

A culture that protects women’s rights by law is better than a culture in which a man can lawfully have four wives at once and women are denied alimony and half their inheritance.

A culture that appoints women to its supreme court is better than a culture that declares that the testimony of a woman is worth half that of a man."
- Ayaan Hirsi Ali


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"Remember, all the answers you need are inside of you; you only have to become quiet enough to hear them."
- Debbie Ford (author, 1955-2013)


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If you like Indian or Arabic percussion, check out the beautiful and soothing hand-drum performances by the very talented UK percussionist Jon Sterckx.

Here he's performing "Undercurrent" live, also using Ableton Live extensively: http://goo.gl/kIFZQ


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Gudmund Hernes med fin tekst i Morgenbladet om livene til folk født på 40-tallet, "Generasjonen som traff planken": http://bit.ly/eb0LPq

"De kom til verden da landet var hærtatt, da alle ressurser var knappe og alle tilganger krympet. Det var mangel på mat, den som fantes ble delt og rasjonert, ikke bare under krigen, men i flere år etterpå. Alle lærte nøysomhet: å spise opp maten sin, å skjære pent av osten. Klærne var få – strømpene ble stoppet, plaggene gikk i arv og ble sydd om. De fra 1941 startet livet mens landet var på et lavpunkt. De levde sine første år under krigen, men de færreste i krigen – de store slagmarker var i andre land. Livet de fikk etterpå, ble en eneste lang opptur."


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Being the girlfriend of a DJ is not cool, it's shit: http://goo.gl/FhZElL

Yasmin Kühn of VICE Germany tells you why:
"Are you interested keeping your own dignity in front of strangers? Would you like to maintain a functioning liver? Do you not want to hate songs you would usually dance your ass off to? Is a healthy sleep schedule on your to-do list? Then you better believe me when I tell you: never, ever date a DJ."


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Mobile Jazz describe in practical terms how it was for some of their employees to live in Koh Samui in Thailand and work remotely from a beautiful island for a while: http://goo.gl/64Bvax

I wholeheartedly recommend doing something similar if you are tempted. And it might be possible for you, just read e.g. Tim Ferriss' "The 4-Hour Workweek" for tips on how to enjoy a more free lifestyle.

What Mobile Jazz write about kind of describes parts of my life the two years I lived in Bali, and I'm still very tempted to do something similar again, maybe in Vietnam or Thailand...


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“There are only two days in the year that nothing can be done. One is called Yesterday and the other is called Tomorrow. Today is the right day to Love, Believe, Do and mostly Live.”
- Dalai Lama XIV


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Advice from a Tree

By Ilan Shamir

Dear Friend,
Stand Tall and Proud
Sink your roots deeply into the Earth
Reflect the light of a greater source
Think long term
Go out on a limb
Remember your place among all living beings
Embrace with joy the changing seasons
For each yields its own abundance
The Energy and Birth of Spring
The Growth and Contentment of Summer
The Wisdom to let go of leaves in the Fall
The Rest and Quiet Renewal of Winter
Feel the wind and the sun
And delight in their presence
Look up at the moon that shines down upon you
And the mystery of the stars at night.
Seek nourishment from the good things in life
Simple pleasures
Earth, fresh air, light
Be content with your natural beauty
Drink plenty of water
Let your limbs sway and dance in the breezes
Be flexible
Remember your roots
Enjoy the view!


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Russell Brand remembers Margaret Thatcher, perfectly analyzing how her politics formed his generation and also a colder Britain: http://goo.gl/918ap

Some quotes:
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"In a way Thatcher was so omnipotent, so omnipresent, so omni-everything that all opinion was redundant."

"When I was a child she was just a strict woman telling everyone off and selling everything off. I didn't know what to think of this fearsome woman."

"She is an anomaly, a product of the freak-conomy of her time. Barack Obama interestingly said in his statement that she had 'broken the glass ceiling for other women.' Only in the sense that all the women beneath her were blinded by falling shards. She is an icon of individualism, not of feminism."

"It seems Thatcher's time in power was solely spent diminishing the resources of those who had least for the advancement of those who had most. I know from my own indulgence in selfish behavior that it's much easier to get what you want if you remove from consideration the effect your actions will have on others."

"All of us that grew up under Thatcher were taught that it is good to be selfish, that other people's pain is not your problem, that pain is in fact a weakness and suffering is deserved and shameful. Perhaps there is resentment because the clemency and respect that are being mawkishly displayed now by some and haughtily demanded of the rest of us at the impending, solemn funeral are values that her government and policies sought to annihilate."

"Even to a child her demeanour and every discernible action seemed to be to the detriment of our national spirit and identity. Her refusal to stand against apartheid, her civil war against the unions, her aggression towards our neighbours in Ireland and a taxation system that was devised in the dark ages, the bombing of a retreating ship -- it's just not British."


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"If you don't build your dream, someone else will hire you to help them build theirs."
- Dhirubhai Ambani


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Don't be afraid that your life will end, be afraid that it will never begin.


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"I will do whatever it takes to be happy."
- Danielle LaPorte


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"Appreciation is a wonderful thing; it makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well."
- Voltaire


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"If you want something you've never had before, you've got to do something you've never done before."
- Drina Reed


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Paul Gilmartin's weekly podcast "The Mental Illness Happy Hour" explores mental illness, addiction and depression - especially among creatives. The interviews are with comedians, artists, friends and the occasional doctor.

Listen/download, subscribe and read quotes/answers here: http://goo.gl/kSzE68

"Thinking you understand depression because you've experienced sadness is like thinking you understand Italy because you've been to Olive Garden."


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"Striving for excellence motivates you; striving for perfection is demoralizing."
- Harriet B. Braiker


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"Instead of wondering when your next vacation is, maybe you should set up a life you don't need to escape from."
- Seth Godin


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"If you wait for perfect conditions, you'll never get anything done."


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"I'd rather have a mind opened by wonder than one closed by belief."


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"Sometimes you win, sometimes you learn."


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I was at a cafe all day writing, and the waiter was asking me a lot if I wanted more to drink. And each time I said "no thanks, I just finished my drink, I'll wait a little", he looked like kind of hurt, like he took it personally and I had rejected his sister for marriage or something. Very weird.


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Disturbing fact: There are 3500 "Crisis Pregnancy Centers" in the USA, and 87% of these centers systematically lie to and misinform pregnant women about abortions, in order to pressure them into keeping the baby.


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Rowan Atkinson with some wise words on why religion and other ideas must be criticized: http://goo.gl/h8JuV


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Rolf Dobelli provides 15 very good reasons why you should STOP following the news, and how to break out of this unhealthy and totally unnecessary habit: http://goo.gl/AEgHL

Lots of highly successful and very happy people (like Tim Ferriss and Steve Pavlina) almost never watch or read the news, so why should you? This is your chance to stop.

Headlines of the mini-chapters:
No 1 – News misleads us systematically
No 2 – News is irrelevant
No 3 – News limits understanding
No 4 – News is toxic to your body
No 5 – News massively increases cognitive errors
No 6 – News inhibits thinking
No 7 – News changes the structure of your brain
No 8 – News is costly
No 9 – News sunders the relationship between reputation and achievement
No 10 – News is produced by journalists
No 11 – Reported facts are sometimes wrong, forecasts always
No 12 – News is manipulative
No 13 – News makes us passive
No 14 – News gives us the illusion of caring
No 15 – News kills creativity
No 16 - What to do instead


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Check out this exceptionally good TED talk about how female entrepreneurs are the overlooked key to economic development around the world. Gayle Tzemach Lemmon argues in 13 minutes at TEDxWomen that restricting women to only micro-loans is bad for everyone: http://goo.gl/LByvH


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"You have to get in the habit of forcing yourself to analyze, at the time you accept a task, to consider the costs and befits of doing a less than perfect job. You need to ask the questions: how useful would a perfect job be here? How much more useful than a merely adequate job? Or even a half-assed job?

And you need to ask the questions: what is the probability that I will really do anything like a remotely perfect job on this? And you need to ask: what difference will it make to me, whether I do or not?"

Essay by Structured Procrastination: https://goo.gl/Px6U1j
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