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2016-04-29

Interesting links and texts from previous years on my Facebook: 15/4 - 29/4

(from 15/4 to 29/4)


"It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men."
- Frederick Douglas


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Cute personal mission I saw somewhere:
"My goal in life is to be as good a person as my dog already thinks i am."


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Young elephants that are trained for the circus are attached to a stake in the ground by a heavy chain. When they try to pull away they cannot, so one day they give up trying. After that they can be fastened to the stake with just a rope, because now they have been conditioned to give up. They don't think they can break free.

Ask yourself - what beliefs are chaining you?


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James Altucher writes about the skills we all need but college doesn't teach: http://goo.gl/Y5iLf2

EXTRACT:
"Everything has turned upside down. In the entire world, this generation will make LESS than the generation before. We were all told to go to school and get a job and incomes would rise.
We were all told a lie."


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Three nice articles about Romania and Bucharest, via Matador Network and Heart of a Vagabond:
* Bucharest - a city for food lovers: http://goo.gl/LUeY2v
* 4 myths and misconceptions about Romania(ns): http://goo.gl/G6kz7g
* 7 reasons we should all move to Romania right now: http://goo.gl/xTlbJx


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"How did the rose ever open its heart and give to this world all its beauty? It felt the encouragement of light against its being. Otherwise, we all remain too frightened."
- Hafiz


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"Love is like a fart. If you have to force it, its probably shit."


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"All is won
when all that is
realizes it is one."


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Some of the people who shaped the remixes of the 80's:
* Shep Pettibone
* John "Jellybean" Benitez
* Steve Thompson & Michael Barbiero
* François Kevorkian
* John "Tokes" Potoker
* Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis
* Gary Langan (of Art Of Noise)
* Arthur Baker
* Ben Liebrand
* William Orbit


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"If you make friends with yourself you will never be alone."
- Maxwell Maltz


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"Miracles start to happen when you give as much energy to your dreams as you do to your fears."
- Richard Wilkins


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Two photoblogs someone should start:
* HIPSTER? OR ISLAMIST? - a photographic journey of how large and elaborate the hipster beards seem to be getting.
* PREGNANT AND SMOKING - something you see too often among poorer people not only in Asia and Africa, but also in Europe and western countries.


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Cracked.com presents five bad ideas humanity is sticking with out of habit: http://goo.gl/Fe694


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"Worrying is using your imagination to create something you don't want."
- Esther Hicks


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"Conformity is doing what everyone else is doing, regardless of what is right. Morality is doing what is right, regardless of what everyone else is doing."
- Evette Carter


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Really funny physical comedy from the Japanese duo Gamarjobat. Seven minutes of hilariousness: http://goo.gl/jucEl


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Remember to boycott the giant multinational corporation NestlĂ©​ for a myriad of reasons. One of the big ones is that they're illegally stealing water from the drought-stricken California to sell it on bottles.

This video by AJ+​ explains the situation - "Who Is Sucking Water Out Of California Without A Permit?": http://goo.gl/KhvLlJ


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"I shall pass through this world but once. Any good, therefore, that I can do or any kindness that I can show to any fellow creature, let me do it now. Let me not defer or neglect it for I shall not pass this way again."
- Stephen Grellet (missionary, 1773-1855)


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"In times of great stress or adversity, it's always best to keep busy, to plow your anger and your energy into something positive."
- Lee Iacocca


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"Look, you're a man. Men like to look at troubling images of heroin addicts showing their genitals for money. That's hard-wired, like spatial awareness. I mean, it is disgusting and shameful. But, you know - so's the textile industry."
- Dobby (talking to Mark and sharing her views on porn, from Peep Show season six)


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If you want to focus your mind and stop distractions, these tips from a San Francisco programmer can help you: http://goo.gl/0NuCNN

In the blogpost "Going Write-Only" Joe Nelson writes how he will try to:
a) Check email and communication only once per week
b) Eliminate all computer use that is not directly related to creating things
c) Keep outstanding books on hand at all times, to encourage more reading
d) Listen to serene and balanced songs like Gregorian chant and neoclassical
e) Disable image loading in his browser - because mundane photographs and logos are nothing like real art


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"Everybody is like a magnet. You attract to yourself reflections of that which you are. If you're friendly then everybody else seems to be friendly too."
- Dr. David Hawkins (psychiatrist, physician and researcher)


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Rolf Potts is the author of the book "Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel", and he was also a guest on the podcast The Tim Ferriss Show.

Stream or download his episode here: http://goo.gl/BWqkxy

"If in doubt, just walk until your day becomes interesting."


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"The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago. The second best time is now."
- Chinese proverb


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Inspiring text about how the German composer Eberhard Schoener went to Bali and discovered the local culture, and already in 1975 (!) created a mix of his electronics and gamelan music: https://goo.gl/XCN1hC


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"Don't be upset by the results you didn't get with the work you didn't do."


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"False: When things change, I will be happy.
True: When I am happy, things will change."


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"Leadership cannot be given, it must be earned. It cannot be taken away, you lose it by lack of performance."


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Eight important ways that gratitude can change your life, via Messages For The Soul: https://goo.gl/8SFsej


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I'm listening to the unabridged audiobook of Eckhart Tolle​'s beautiful "The Power of Now​", and almost everything he says really resonates with me.

I've never been much of a materialist, and it's inspiring to both read about Buddhism​ and now listen to 7.5 hours of Tolle. It makes want to get out of my mind and instead being ever more present in the moment. So I guess this means I really want to start meditating. :)

Here you can buy the audiobook from Amazon: http://goo.gl/pgIcol


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Really good article about #schizophrenia in The American Scholar, covering a lot of the newest science about the mental illness - "What Killed My Sister?": http://goo.gl/lzqqde


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"When an honest man is proven wrong, he stops being honest or stops being wrong."


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"The best teachers are those who show you where to look but don't tell you what to see."
- Alexandra K. Trenfor


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One of my goals is to be able to talk to anyone at anytime. After living many years in different countries it's partly a concious effort, partly a deeply rooted habit, and today I effortlessly opened conversations with almost everyone I met - even more than I usually do, which is a lot already.

That resulted in a few phone numbers, some invitations and some really useful knowledge about things I knew nothing about this morning. And this was just ONE day in a life.

If I keep this up I can't imagine how many channels and opportunities I'll open up for myself - over time surely too many to deal with, but if so I'll just be less socially active and cut it down to what I need.

So should you feel lonely or disconnected from society, try the same approach. Open up smalltalk and casual conversations with EVERYONE you meet, and you'll find that you are soon connecting on a very real level with other people. Because if you want to find friends, you have to start somewhere, and usually that's with casual conversations. Try it today!
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