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2016-08-20

Interesting links and texts from previous years on my Facebook: 22/7 - 20/8

(from 22/7 to 20/8)


"If you identify yourself through race, religion or nationality you’re going to have a hard time."


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"Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend."
- Melody Beattie (author)


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This fascinating video by photographer/artist Thomas Leveritt shows how vulnerable your skin is to UV rays, and could actually make you start using sunscreen: https://goo.gl/wivhTK

He stopped people with different skin colours on the street and used a UV camera to show how each person's skin age in a different tempo - and the remarkable protection sunscreen offers.


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"Fantasies are more than substitutes for unpleasant reality; they are also dress rehearsals, plans. All acts performed in the world begin in the imagination."
- Barbara Grizzuti Harrison (1934-2002, journalist and essayist)


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"When anything happens in life, there's a 3-step approach to handling it:

1) It is what it is; accept it. It will either control you or you will control it.
2) Harvest the good; there's good in everything.
3) Forgive all the rest."

- Michael Bernard Beckwith


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REALLY good advice about educating yourself, by Brian Tracy:
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"Did you know that one hour per day of study will put you at the top of your field within three years?
Think about it. You've gone as far as you can with what you now know. Any progress you make from this moment onward will require that you learn and practice something new.

Read all you can about your field. Subscribe to the executive book clubs and book summaries. Build your own library of important books in your field. Never be cheap about your education.

In fact, if you make a decision today to invest 3% of your annual income back into yourself, back into your own personal and professional development, you will probably never have to worry about money again.

If you read one book per week, 50 books per year, that will make you one of the best educated, smartest, most capable and highest paid people in your field. Regular reading will transform your life completely.

Here are two things you can do immediately to put these ideas into practice:
1) Ask the successful people around you for their best book recommendations. Whatever advice they give you, immediately go out and buy those books, take them home and begin reading for one hour every morning before you start work.
2) When you read, underline and take notes when you find important ideas that you can use. Implement them immediately. Take action of some kind on good ideas. You will be amazed at the change in your career."


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"It's not about what you know, but what you think of in time."


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"There's no need to wait for the bad things to be over. Change now. Love now. Live now. Don't wait for people to give you permission to live, because they won't."
- Kris Carr


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"If I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning."
- Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (Mahatma)


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"Debussy understood that a work of art, or an effort to create beauty, was always regarded by some people as a personal attack."
- Art Of Noise (in "The Holy Egoism Of Genius")


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"The more you love your decisions, the less you need others to love them."


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"The happiest people don't have the best of everything, they just make the best of everything."


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"Don't think of yourself as an ugly person, think of yourself as a beautiful monkey."


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Man, I miss eloquent hip-hop like A Tribe Called Quest, Roxanne Shante or even Big Daddy Kane, those guys were actually intelligent.

I write this because I just skimmed through some of the four documentaries called "Beef" 1 to 4, about feuds between rappers. Almost all of the beefs are infantile, like e.g. The Game talking about "I'ma break that nigga's neck".

Documentaries like these make it easy to see why a lot of educated people look down on a lot of urban black culture. In the interviews the rappers portray themselves almost like simple-minded idiots with few intellectual capabilities.

In short - "recording artists" (AKA criminals) like 50 Cent are setting black people back 50 years.
And oh, don't give them any money for any of their products. They are making a very lucrative living on these beefs, so don't add fuel to the ridiculous flame...

Sorry for the negativity, just wanted to vent my frustration. :)


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Replacing the audio for music videos is called "shredding". Here are some very funny shreds:
* Muse: http://goo.gl/N3cxs6
* Michael Bolton and Kenny G: http://goo.gl/zNyMmH
* Paul McCartney & Michael Jackson - Say Say Say: https://goo.gl/h5X7PU

If you want more shreds, just search youtube for "shred" and whatever artist you wanna see mangled and destroyed: https://goo.gl/FHV5eG


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A Tumblr for the faces men made while receiving blowjobs in old school pornography - "70s Blowjob Faces": http://goo.gl/QTbnzh


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"It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society."
- Jiddu Krishnamurti


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Yesterday was the birthday of Carl Jung, the Swiss psychiatrist and psychotherapist who founded analytical psychology.

Here is a 39 minutes long BBC 1959 interview from the series "Face To Face", and Jung talks openly about many subjects. Happy birthday, Carl Gustav: http://goo.gl/eqk63b

We learn about his early life, including the moment in his eleventh year when he realised he was an individual consciousness. Jung speaks about his friendship with Sigmund Freud, and explains why the friendship could not last. Jung is asked about his belief in God, and Jung can only respond that there is no belief: he knows. And, he says, he knows - knows, not believes - that death is not an end. Finally, Jung forecasts what he thinks will happen to mankind and describes what man needs to survive.

By the way:
I have 1.316 Facebook friends.
356 of them are Romanian.
369 of them are Norwegian.

13 of my Facebook friends like Carl Jung's page.
8 of these are Romanian.
1 is Norwegian.

This is probably what Carl Jung would have on his playlist if he had still been around:
* Dan Hartman - We Are the Jung
* Boney M - Jung, Free and Single
* Alphaville - Forever Jung
* Derek B - Bad Jung Brother
* Jamiroquai - Too Jung To Die
* Pet Shop Boys - Jung Offender
* Phoenix - Too Jung
* Wham! - Jung Guns (Go For It)
* Candi Staton - Jung At Heart
* Village People - YMCA ("Jung man, there's no need to feel down")
* Jung MC - Brainstorm (album)

Plus of course his favourite song:
C.C. Catch - 'Cause You Are Jung


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"One of the best feelings in the world is knowing your presence and absence both mean something to someone."


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"Create a definite plan for carrying out your desire and begin at once, whether you're ready or not, to put this plan into action."
- Napoleon Hill (1883-1970, author of "Think and Grow Rich")


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"Not everything that is faced can be changed. But nothing can be changed until it is faced."
- James Baldwin


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"Wrinkles should merely indicate where the smiles have been."
- Mark Twain


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"It is a great thing to know our vices."
- Cicero


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"People take different roads seeking fulfillment and happiness. Just because they're not on your road doesn't mean they've gotten lost."
- H. Jackson Brown, Jr. (author of "Life's Little Instruction Book")


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Do you have any ambitions towards creative work, such as acting, writing, comedy, music making or other things? Then listen to Whitney Cummings guesting the podcast of "4-Hour" writer and all-round superman Tim Ferriss: http://goo.gl/Zu7wCT

It's a VERY interesting and highly recommended interview which is over two hours long. The comedian, actor, writer and producer talks about how she turns pain into creativity, how to build real creative skills, and how to be productive when it matters.

You will respect her even more after listening to this. And to think she's only 32!


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"As long as you keep a person down, some part of you has to be down there to hold him down, so it means you cannot soar as you otherwise might."
- Marian Anderson (1902-1993, singer)


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"Your success is my success - and your failure would be my failure."


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"A negative mind will never create a positive life."


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"The worst days of those who enjoy what they do are better than the best days of those who don't."
- Jim Rohn


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"If we were to make the conscious and frequent effort of treating others with consideration, the effects on us and on society as a whole would be amazing."
- Henry Charles Link (author, 1889-1952)


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All Out now has ONE MILLION members all over the world, all fighting for equality whether you are straight, gay, bi or transgender. Will you join the movement?

Check out this beautiful, positive and exhilarating video with examples of things the members of All Out have achieved: http://goo.gl/thLC0


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"One of the most common causes of failure is the habit of quitting when one is overtaken by temporary defeat."
- Napoleon Hill (1883-1970, author of "Think and Grow Rich")


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Walking in nature changes the brain and improve our mental health, according to a new study. Article in The New York Times: http://goo.gl/0a2QkD

Related articles:
1) A two-minute walk may counter the harms of sitting: http://goo.gl/lujZNM
2) Rethinking exercise as a source of immediate rewards: http://goo.gl/vRW8nS


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The best webcomic for adults that I ever read is "Sexy Losers". It's EXTREMELY funny if you like sex and fetishes, with hentai style drawings of naked people.

Story lines include failed seduction, necrophilia, masturbation, incest - and much more. Read the whole archive for free: http://goo.gl/K6qBC

And if you want more, here is the author's new site with comics and observations: http://goo.gl/b52Df


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"The quality of a person's life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavour."
- Vince Lombardi (1913-1970, legendary football coach)


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"Kindness can become its own motive. We are made kind by being kind."
- Eric Hoffer (1902-1983, author)


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"I'd rather have a life of 'oh wells' than 'what ifs'."


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I urge EVERYONE to see "HOME", a film about our planet and what we have done to it - and how we can save it. Click here: https://goo.gl/uGzbZN

It's made by the French photographer/journalist/environmentalist Yann Arthus-Bertrand, who also did the free photo exhibition "Earth from Above" that traveled the world.


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"Successful, effective people are those who launch directly into their major tasks and then discipline themselves to work steadily and single mindedly until those tasks are complete."
- Brian Tracy in "Eat That Frog"

MORE EXCERPTS:
"Fully 95% of your success in life and work will be determined by the kind of habits that you develop over time. The habit of setting priorities, overcoming procrastination and getting on with your most important task is a mental and physical skill.

As such, this habit is learnable through practice and repetition, over and over again, until it locks into your subconscious mind and becomes a permanent part of your behavior. Once it becomes a habit, it becomes both automatic and easy to do."

 "A major reason for procrastination and lack of motivation is vagueness, confusion and fuzzy mindedness about what it is you are supposed to do, and in what order and for what reason. You must avoid this common condition with all your strength by striving for ever greater clarity in everything you do."


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"When people are lame, they love to blame."
- Robert Kiyosaki


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You probably know this meme:

"It's the international and neverending book week. The rules are simple - grab the book closest to you, turn to page 52, post the 5th sentence and this text as your status. Do not mention the title."

Interestingly, Facebook are censoring it. I tried posting the status and comment together as just one status, and the "share" button deactivated itself. When I removed the part about "book week", it became active again.

(This happened August 4, 2011.)


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Some good Carl Jung quotes:

"Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate."

"Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves."

"I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become."

"You are what you do, not what you say you'll do."

"Where love rules, there is no will to power, and where power predominates, love is lacking. The one is the shadow of the other."

"If there is anything that we wish to change in the child, we should first examine it and see whether it is not something that could better be changed in ourselves."

"About a third of my cases are suffering from no clinically definable neurosis, but from the senselessness and emptiness of their lives. This can be defined as the general neurosis of our times."

"We should not pretend to understand the world only by the intellect; we apprehend it just as much by feeling. Therefore, the judgment of the intellect is, at best, only the half of truth, and must, if it be honest, also come to an understanding of its inadequacy."

"Without this playing with fantasy, no creative work has ever yet come to birth. The debt we owe to the play of the imagination is incalculable."

"Nobody, as long as he moves among the chaotic currents of life, is without trouble."


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A recent scientific study has analyzed 464.411 popular music songs from 1955 till 2010, including genres like pop, rock, hip hop, metal, electronic and more: http://goo.gl/SxMU7

The basic summary is that over time modern popular music tends to be simpler, more monotonous and much louder than ever before.

So when you feel that the chart music is more stupid and simple than ever - it's actually true. Note that this applies to chart songs, not all music.

The technical part behind "Measuring The Evolution Of Contemporary Western Popular Music" is that the researchers developed several algorithms that allowed them to dissect songs through diverse angles: pitch, harmonics, melodies, chords, arrangements, timbre, sound colors, textures, tones and loudness.

In short:
- there have never been so few chord progressions in songs
- the aural colors and the instruments used sound more and more the same (= less creativity in sounds)
- songs are getting louder and louder, with less dynamics


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12 extremely disappointing facts about popular music, from http://goo.gl/76DTE

1. Creed has sold more records in USA than Jimi Hendrix
2. Led Zeppelin, R.E.M., and Depeche Mode have never had a number one single - Rihanna has 10
3. Ke$ha's "Tik-Tok" sold more copies than ANY The Beatles single
4. Flo Rida's "Low" has sold 8 million copies – the same as The Beatles' "Hey Jude"
5. The Black Eyed Peas' "I Gotta Feeling" is more popular than any ELVIS PRESLEY or Simon & Garfunkel song
6. Celine Dion's "Falling Into You" sold more copies than any Queen, Nirvana, or Bruce Springsteen record
7. Same with Shania Twain's "Come On Over"
8. Katy Perry holds the same record as Michael Jackson for most number one singles from an album
9. Barbra Streisand has sold more records (140 million) than Pearl Jam, Johnny Cash, and Tom Petty combined
10. 20 million people bought Billy Ray Cyrus' album "Some Gave All…" - more than any Bob Marley album
11. The cast of "Glee" has had more songs chart than the Beatles
12. Justin Bieber exists.


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"If you want the best the world has to offer, offer the world your best."
- Neale Donald Walsch


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"Argue for your limitations, and sure enough, they're yours."
- Richard Bach (author)


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"Those who are certain of the outcome can afford to wait, and wait without anxiety."
- from "A Course In Miracles"


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"Our attitude is the crayon that colors our world."
- Allen Klein


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"If you don't go after what you want, you'll never have it. If you don't ask, the answer will always be 'no'. If you don't step forward, you'll always be in the same place." - Nora Roberts


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"Looking Into the Past" is a fascinating Flickr-group, where people put old pictures into new pics of the same location: https://goo.gl/AboK9x


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Love.
Love yourself.
Love yourself unconditionally.

Here's a nice article on wikiHow with 24 illustrated steps on exactly how to love yourself: http://goo.gl/no1jBY


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Did you know Salvador Dalí and Walt Disney had worked together? Together they started the beautiful short film "Destino" in 1945, and it was completed in 2003. See it here: http://goo.gl/0QZPhU

And here's the story on Wikipedia: http://goo.gl/zudzmH


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"Anything unattempted remains impossible."


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"Dangling a carrot in front of a donkey - or anyone else for that matter - is not nice, and not fair, unless you eventually plan to give it up to them."
- Vera Nazarian (author)


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"The decent method you follow is better than the perfect method you quit."
- Tim Ferriss in "The 4-Hour Body" on finding a method to reach a goal


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I read this somewhere. It's kind of stupid, yet a little funny:

"Winning is easy! All you have to do is make sure you don't lose."


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The rider (requirements for live shows) for Iggy And The Stooges - all 18 pages of it! Hilarious reading: http://goo.gl/zHGQZI

Written by Jos Grain, the band's drum roadie.


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Do you want to help end slavery? Then use your power as a consumer.

In order to end slavery, you must start prioritizing where you spend our money. Here is a list of things us consumers can do, put together by End Slavery Now: http://goo.gl/6JWESf


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I just saw "12 Years a Slave", my second film about slavery in two days.

There are actually many more slaves in the world now than there were 200 years ago - the United Nations estimates there are over 25 million people currently being kept as slaves worldwide. Read more on Wikipedia: https://goo.gl/bFSKLC

Here are my thoughs:
* Everyone who has ever kept anyone against their will should die
* I was a sworn pacifist - but now I believe I could actually kill slavers and human traffickers for their crimes
* If anyone is near slaves and can help them but don't, they are accomplices
* I want to read stories of retribution against slavers and slaveowners
* How much of the current world economy is based on previous or current slave labour?
* Which companies, families or industries got rich through slave economy, and which of these never had to answer for their sins?

Millions of migrant workers are modern slaves in Qatar​, building the infrastructure for the 2022 FIFA Club World Cup​. Thousands of them will die in accidents that could have been prevented.

What makes all this possible is an unfair system in the Arab region called "Kafala" (http://goo.gl/eY3LHM), which strips workers of their rights and often passports, so they can't go anywhere.

Educate yourself by watching this video playlist by Walk Free​: http://goo.gl/5HPiLu

And of course boycott all the states in the United Arab Emirates - do not give them any money or support their horrific exploitation of workers and women.

"The Gulf region are absolutely at the bottom end for rights for workers. They are fundamentally slave states."
- Sharan Burrow, International Trade Union Confederation


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"Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic."
- Arthur C. Clarke (in his three "laws" of prediction)


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