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2016-05-22

Interesting links and texts from previous years on my Facebook: 30/4 - 22/5

(from 30/4 to 22/5)


The South African director Neill Blomkamp will do the next "Alien", and so far he's made his three visionary feature films, of which "District 9" was by far the best.

Infinispace.net have gathered his previous commercials and short films: http://goo.gl/q2A8u4

His "Chappie" (developed from his short "Tetra Vaal") came out earlier this year and was delivered heavy-handedly, but we still got mindblowing CGI, fantastic SFX, social commentary and an interesting conceptual look at AI.

And yes, Blomkamp's films are horrible marketing for Johannesburg as a tourism destination...


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Neil Strauss in a recent email about how men can become a "10":

In order to do well with women, you actually have to become a better person.Things that helped me and most of my friends include:
- improving your self-esteem
- becoming more interesting
- developing a genuine interest in other people
- being less reaction-seeking
- cultivating more of an interest in spirituality
- improving your wittiness and banter
- being interested in improving yourself (and others)
- having goals and a direction in life
- dressing better
- becoming more well-rounded
- becoming more outgoing
- becoming more positive and on and on. That's just the tip of the iceberg."


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Want to become a better writer? James Altucher has 33 unusual tips for you: http://goo.gl/71kUqN

And here are the tips in graphic/condensed form - hang them on your wall:
http://goo.gl/3otAZ3


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"Our life is what our thoughts make it. A man will find that as he alters his thoughts toward things and other people, things and other people will alter towards him."
- James Allen (philosophical writer, 1864-1912)


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"If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader."
- John Quincy Adams


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Tonight at a party here in Bali we met a young and very intense French/Algerian guy, who was such a conservative Islamist that he scared both me and this local girl I was hanging out with.

For example, he talked about Saudi-Arabia as the perfect country (even though I told him the leadership do porn, drugs and prostitutes), and didn't have any reservations against chopping hands off for theft, because it has a strong preventive effect.

Also he said that women shouldn't be allowed to drive, because it gives them the freedom to "do things they shouldn't do". And he gave some really weird examples, for example that women shouldn't hold gas pumps, because they look like penises going into a vagina.

He was also saying that women should be covered up, because he shouldn't have to walk around and get sexually aroused when looking at their body parts. And that it was kind of hard for him to go to the beach here in Bali, because he got so tempted by the girls in bikini. And that the west has been corrupted to think that it's normal for women to undress in public.

About other religions he said that he doesn't give any validity to any of them, because none of them are serious enough. He said that Islam is the only religion that explicitly encourages people to die for something they are so passionate about - the love for God - and that's why he can only respect Islam.

The other people there told us that he had been saying a lot of weird and sexual stuff to them during the evening, and he gave a strange impression to most people there.

He also said a lot of other things - but the scariest thing is that he has gone to a private school in France and grew up with French friends, and it's only after finishing school that he became this conservative.

Extract from the conversation:
- HIM: You know, love can be a very passionate thing. Love for someone, love for religion. There are pop songs with lyrics "I would take a grenade for you".
- ME: Yeah, but they don't go "I would THROW a grenade for you".
- HIM: Oh, but in our culture we have songs like that!

And then he started singing some kind of militant song in Arabic, saying the words meant something like "die for Allah" or something.

I seriously think this is a guy who could become violent or a terrorist given the right circumstances. I really hope there aren't many young people like him in Europe, and I'm wondering whether I should call the police in France and give them his name.


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PEN International are giving their 2015 "Freedom of Expression Courage Award" to Charlie Hebdo. Unfortunately, over 100 writers and PEN members are protesting the award because they argue (erroneously) that it is a racist magazine.

1) Here is a good defence of Charlie, by writer and feminist Katha Pollitt in The Nation Magazine: http://goo.gl/UlK474

2) Here is an open letter by Deborah Eisenberg to PEN and their response, via The Intercept: http://goo.gl/gpEsA9

3) And here is a an article in The Guardian with more info: http://goo.gl/7dQ5uW


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- Mommy, when I grow up I wanna become a musician.
- Well, decide. You can't do both, son.


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For all my friends who are musicians or artists, here's an article via Tuts+​ on why it's so crucial to get experience playing live music.

"The Importance of Playing Out": http://goo.gl/bAmrXv


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100 scientific reasons to NOT eat meat: http://goo.gl/qILdJT

The guy who gave me the link told me to consider especially points 16, 28, 39, 41, 55, 71 and 73.


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Jesus was Jewish, but then he got syndicated.


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"Do not judge by appearances; a rich heart may be under a poor coat."
- Scottish Proverb


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Explain your anger, don't express it, and you will immediately open the door to solutions instead of arguments.


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"What consumes your thoughts controls your life."


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Funny VICE article by art student - "I don't 'get' art": http://goo.gl/4s8CV


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"I would visualize things coming to me. It would just make me feel better. Visualization works if you work hard. That's the thing. You can't just visualize and go eat a sandwich."
- Jim Carrey


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So apparantly Goebbels, Hitler and bin Laden had their deaths announced on 1st of May.

Does this mean we have to change the name of the date from "International Workers' Day" to "Dead Mass Murderers' Day"? I'm confused.


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When was the last time you did something for the first time?


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Comedian and actor Russell Brand and Chip Somers speak to the Home Affairs Committee about drugs. Specifically he goes into addiction, recovery, and changing society's outlook on and treatment of addicts. Funny and educational!

Clips:
- Edited excerpt: http://goo.gl/a4QJS
- Full 28 minutes: http://goo.gl/JgKl6


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Read this very interesting article about how BP's oil well "Deep Horizon" were digging too deep and also lacked a acoustic emergency valve that could have stopped the oil spill - and how it's all connected to Dick Cheney: http://bit.ly/a7Nd0E


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If you have OCD or are a control freak, these 16 images will give you a panic attack. Extremely funny!

Gallery: http://goo.gl/GBo3rJ


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"Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world."


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"What we speak becomes the house we live in."
- Hafiz


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Procrasturbating: Using masturbation to otherwise occupy yourself while pressing matters await.

My name is Per Christian, and I am a procrasturbator.


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"Whatever you think you're not getting is actually what you're not giving."
- Brent Smith


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Want to watch something intelligent? Take a look at these three BBC series by Adam Curtis, all of them explaining how the society we know today became like this through ways and mechanisms you probably didn't know. These are all are VERY good and can be downloaded or streamed completely legally. Here are the three:

1) "The Century of the Self" (2002) focuses on how Sigmund Freud's family exerted a surprising amount of influence on the way corporations and governments throughout the 20th century have thought about, and dealt with, people: http://bit.ly/98U9Ya

2) "The Power of Nightmares: The Rise of the Politics of Fear" (2004) compares the rise of the American neo-conservative movement and the radical Islamist movement, and argues that the threat of radical Islamism is largely a myth perpetrated by politicians in many countries: http://bit.ly/anYtJ2

3) "The Trap: What Happened to Our Dream of Freedom" (2007) explores how a simplistic model from the cold war of human beings as self-seeking creatures led to today's idea of "freedom": http://bit.ly/bfvHIz


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Iran is one of the worst places in the world for women, infamous for punishing and suppressing women in every possible way. This week United Nations quietly elected the totalitarian islamic state an official member of its "Commission on the Status of Women", which exists to promote "gender equality and advancement of women": http://bit.ly/deIPIu

This is the equivalent of inviting Germany anno 1944 to join a committee promoting equal rights for jews, or Israel to a committee called "Peace in Gaza through open communication". Or North Korea into a commission called "No more torture or prison camps".


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The newest episode of the comedy show "Inside Amy Schumer" was a short film in black and white - an EXCELLENT tribute to and remake of the classic "Twelve Angry Men". Here's a clip: http://www.cc.com/video-clips/1s36j0/inside-amy-schumer-a-reasonable-chub

Actors include Paul Giamatti, Jeff Goldblum, Kumail Nanjiani, John Hawkes and Dennis Quaid, and the episode is amazingly funny even though Amy Schumer is barely even in it, which attests to the great writing by Jessi Klein and her team.

The whole episode felt like it could have been shot in 1957 - much thanks to the almost shot-by-shot tribute by cinematographer Jonathan Formanski. They even got the sound to feel right. See the whole episode (S03E03) for yourself, you'll thank me for it later.

Links:
* The A.V. Club analysis: http://goo.gl/kvCecI
* Vanity Fair interviews Amy: http://goo.gl/WKfv1V
* The New Yorker analysis of Amy: http://goo.gl/UzGHgh
* Vulture interviews head writer Jessi Klein: http://goo.gl/Jz7t6z
* indieWIRE interviews co-creator Dan Powell: http://goo.gl/VSzwnT
* HitFix Entertainment News interviews co-director Ryan McFaul: http://goo.gl/OW3ckn


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The organization One Laptop Per Child chose two remote Ethiopian villages where the kids had never seen a written word or a computer before.

Then they simply dropped off boxes with solar-powered tablet computers containing preloaded programs. No teachers, no instructions. Read the whole article at MIT Technology Review: http://goo.gl/jw2c5

Here's the short version:
* The boxes were taped shut, with no instruction.
* Within four minutes a kid not only opened the box, but found the on-off switch for the tablet and powered it up.
* Within five days, they were using 47 apps per child, per day.
* Within two weeks, they were singing ABC songs in the village.
* Within five months, they had hacked the Android system to enable the camera.


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"Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they've been given than to explore the power they have to change it.

Impossible is not a fact. It's an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It's a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing."
- Muhammad Ali


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Steve Pavlina wrote the article "Whatever you fear, you must face": http://goo.gl/o6LWM

EXTRACT:
"The reward for facing fear is that you get to be fully alive. When you turn towards your fear, you feel the breath of life blowing straight at you, and it’s very refreshing.

You feel awake and energized. It’s not that you become an adrenaline junkie. You simply realize that you can’t let fear stand in your way if you want to live your life consciously. Being afraid of something is no excuse for not doing it.

What are you allowing fear to stop you from doing? How would you feel about yourself if you actually did it? Regardless of the outcome, do you at least recognize that you’d feel more conscious and alive? Do you think the pattern of facing fear again and again could make a difference in your life?

How would your life be different if you lived by the rule, 'Whatever you fear, you must face'?

Think of fear as a homing beacon, not an obstacle."


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Always introduce people to each other. Give them a chance to get to know each other. Be a "connector" (http://goo.gl/r82dq), someone who's creating connections between others all the time, everywhere.

Remember that the world moves forward and lives are developed when people form new relationships and discover new possibilities. Make this happen for others, and show appreciation when someone else does it for you.

After living abroad for the last six years, I can safely say that I miss this quality in Norwegians - we are just not very good (yet) at being inclusive and social. Many foreigners say this as well, how they feel Norwegians are very closed and not so easy to get to know.

A lot of other nationalities do this much better, especially those from warmer countries. We should definitely learn from them.


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How we used to rave back in the 90's - this is footage from a proper underground warehouse party in 1994, in Shoreditch, London: http://goo.gl/CbIVb


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My office for today is Starbucks in Hanul lui Manuc, Bucharest.

It feels kinda sucky to support a big multinational company, but they have good and cheap'ish tea, a great location, and I'm very productive in this relaxed atmosphere. So... grrr?


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"I live by this credo:
Have a little laugh at life and look around you for happiness instead of sadness. Laughter has always brought me out of unhappy situations.
Even in your darkest moment, you usually can find something to laugh about if you try hard enough."
- Red Skelton (entertainer, 1913-1997)


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"When you forgive, you in no way change the past - but you sure do change the future."
- Bernard Meltzer (radio show host, 1916-1998)


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Why can it be so hard to make friends after college? And what to do about it? Read this interesting article on Lifehacker: http://goo.gl/O5Tf1


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"I so prefer the company of happy people that believe in magic... And magical people that believe in happy."


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"I may not be someone's first choice, but I'm a great choice. I may not be rich, but I'm valuable. I don't pretend to be someone I'm not, because I'm good at being me. I might not be proud of some of the things I've done in the past, but I'm proud of who I am today. I may not be perfect, but I don't need to be. Take me as I am or watch me as I walk away."


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By the way, this week was the first "International Clitoris Awareness Week". Here's a humorous video by The Huffington Post: http://goo.gl/2MiPz

If you missed it - and many men do - at least there are still two weeks left of the "National Masturbation Month": http://goo.gl/NIF3o


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"If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete."


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Interessant artikkel i lørdagens Dagens Næringsliv - "De unge kristenkonservative": http://goo.gl/r06k7

- Jeg opplever at det er stadig mindre respekt for det vi kristne opplever som hellig. Det er min subjektive opplevelse at det er en veldig respekt for muslimers tro, og en stor frykt for å tråkke dem på tærne, men samtidig en veldig åpen holdning til å diskriminere kristne, sier Jarle Haugland i organisasjonen Familie og Medier.

Han har helt rett. Hvis du bøller med islam kan du nemlig bli drept, og det vet folk som lever av humor og provokasjon.


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"I am just striving to be more than I have ever been."


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"Man who chases two rabbits catches none."
- Confucius


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If The KLF really deleted their back catalogue back in 1992, how come it's still possible to buy new (not only second hand) CD's and online music downloads of them?

And if all their music really is deleted, what happens if I sample something from e.g. "Chill Out", use it in a song and release it? Will I be sued? If so, by Jimmy Cauty or Bill Drummond, a record company or a publishing company?


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Apparently, the United States​ and Papua New Guinea​ are the only countries in the world that don't offer paid time off for new mothers.

John Oliver​ reminded the viewers of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver​ on HBO​ that politicians and companies usually declare how much they love mothers, and yet fail to support any legislation that makes life easier for them.

See the whole segment - or jump directly to 10m15s to see a very funny honest Mothers' Day advertisement featuring America Ferrera​ and Erinn Hayes​: https://goo.gl/3xNPAq


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"The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it but that it is too low and we reach it."
- Michelangelo (sculptor, painter and architect, 1475-1564)


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R.I.P. H.R. Giger​, the Swiss surrealist painter, sculptor and creator of not only the Alien​ monster, but of many other horrific and beautiful creatures as well.

1) Read a post on Cinephilia and Beyond​ linking to a great documentary on the making of "Alien", plus lots of other rare resources about the film: http://goo.gl/8M6TbI

2) See his work in the HR Giger Museum: http://goo.gl/5c3x0d


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"You always have to look at where your thought- and behaviour patterns are coming from, and acknowledge the source of them. And then try to modify them to improve."
- Tyler


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The Secret is a really bland and commercialized version of the principles behind The Law Of Attraction, and personally I think all Pavlina do in that article is point back to those universal principles.


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By the way, record companies and makers of compilations - don't title the tracks e.g. 'Original 12" Mix' or 'Album Version'.

If the original name of the version is '12" Mix' then use THAT, don't retitle it to "Original 12" Mix'. And if it's the album version, rather denote OTHER versions of it, like 'Single Edit' or '7" Edit' etc.
Just a pet peeve. :)

Are you listening, Blank & Jones and Ben Liebrand?


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"Plenty of people miss their share of happiness, not because they never found it, but because they didn't stop to enjoy it."
- William Feather (publisher and author, 1889-1981)


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"It always seems impossible until it's done."
- Nelson Mandela


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"Character is how you treat those who do nothing for you."


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My female friend shares life wisdom on women:
"If a woman says 'it's OK' - it's really not fucking OK. Lesson 101 for guys."


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Two really good TED talks about how a teacher should be thinking:
- Three ways to teach: http://goo.gl/rt5uA
- The key to success - grit: http://goo.gl/AWAVO


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Before you start arguing on the net, always remember this xkcd classic: http://goo.gl/E7jhq


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"How people treat you is their karma; how you react is yours."
- Wayne Dyer


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Could you eat meat only in the weekends - to help the animals, your own health and the planet? Of course you can! :)

For inspiration, check out this 4 minute TED talk by founder of www.treehugger.com, Graham Hill: http://goo.gl/B6pKS


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We all need to remind ourselves how lucky we are - so try these 22 simple gratitude exercises to appreciate how much you already have in your life: http://goo.gl/pFYaL


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Kjære Jon Fosse.

Jeg så du ikke kom til å bo så mye i Grotten, så jeg lurte på noe;

Jeg er bare i Norge av og til, er det greit at vi deler kåken når jeg er i Oslo? Gjerne rundt juletider, og da er jo sikkert du i Bergen med barna allikevel.

Jeg kan også anstrenge meg for å snakke nynorsk med deg når vi f.eks. spiser frokost sammen eller hører på noe ambient etter klubbing på Jaeger.

Håper på positivt svar,
Per Christian


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"Trust yourself.
At the root, at the core,
there is pure sanity,
pure openness.
Don't trust what you have been taught,
what you think,
what you believe,
what you hope.
Deeper than that,
trust the silence of your being."
- Gangaji


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"Young earth creationism is essentially the position that all modern science, 90% of living scientists and 98% of living biologists, all major university biology departments, every major science journal, the American Academy of Sciences, and every major science organization in the world, are all wrong regarding the origins and development of life…but on particular tribe of uneducated, bronze aged, goat herders got it exactly right."
- Chuck Easttom


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"I am transforming my self-doubts into self-worth."


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In life, you don't need to plan everything or even anything, but at least make some kind of a move. Go exercise, call your mother, write in your diary, say hi to new people, take up a hobby, read something inspirational - just do SOMETHING instead of nothing, and your next step will appear from there.


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"Dance with the person you're dancing with."


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"If there be righteousness in the heart,
there will be beauty in the character.
If there is beauty in the character,
there will be harmony in the home.
If there is harmony in the home,
there will be order in the nation.
When there is order in each nation,
there will be peace in the world."


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"The 48 Laws of Power" by Robert Greene and Joost Elffers is an interesting book from 1998. Here's a condensed version of the Machiavelli-like laws: http://bit.ly/c2PHHx


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I was at the doctor here in Bucharest, and my physician was a friendly, professional and classy woman in her 40's - beautiful like Monica Bellucci, wearing tight dress with lots of cleavage, with a white coat over.

Did she have any single daughters? I don't know because I didn't ask, but I should have. :)

Now, if you excuse me, I will put on the classic film "In Praise Of Older Women". Or "The Graduate". Suddenly I understand Tom Berenger and Dustin Hoffman so much better...


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Do you want inspiration for that creative thing you do - music, painting, dancing, writing, acting or anything else?

Then read this advice column in Village Voice by musician Andrew W.K. where he answers the question "How do I become a successful ______?": http://goo.gl/rFOaDs


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"Holding onto anger is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die."


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Always remember: Shit in = Shit out.


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Two interesting articles about "luxury" prisons in Norway, with very comfortable conditions for prisoners and focus on rehabilitation.

This is provoking for many people, yet the strategy seems to work - Norway has only 20% reoffenders, the lowest number in the world. Meanwhile the European average is over 70%, and 30% in other Nordic countries.

The Guardian about Halden jail: http://goo.gl/8CibT
Daily Mail about Bastøy jail: http://goo.gl/wdWhr


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"The flower that follows the sun does so even on cloudy days."


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Today it's "Everybody Draw Mohammed Day!" on Facebook. I would have joined, but since I'm now living in the country with the largest muslim population in the world, I don't dare...

Even if I'm in Bali, the only remaining Hindu island in all of Indonesia, and even though the muslim minority here is very chilled, I don't see the point of taking any chances. Unfortunately.


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Me on my Commodore 64 back in 1984:

10 PRINT "PCF LIKES SAMANTHA FOX"
20 GOTO 20
RUN
PCF LIKES SAMANTHA FOX
PCF LIKES SAMANTHA FOX
PCF LIKES SAMANTHA FOX
PCF LIKES SAMANTHA FOX
PCF LIKES SAMANTHA FOX
(etc.)
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