Thursday, 15 December 2016

sourcetree - linking local repo to remote repo

sourcetree ftw

the scenario
i have an non-empty github repo on my local machine. i want to "sync" this towards github.com, using sourcetree. os being win 10.

the solution
the solution is to add a working copy, not to clone a repository. if you clone you should clone to an empty folder. however, if you already have a local repo just add a working folder to sourcetree, and you are good to go.

adding working copy in sourcetree.

the locally stored git repo to be synced with github.com's remote repo.

the same repo as located at github.com.


burning subtitles


recently i did a little film project where i had to burn specially formatted subtitles onto the movie. i spent some time finding a good solution for this. here are the findings.

creating the subtitles
after having tried out several tools for creating subtitles i ended up with Aegisub. a nice free open-source subtitle tool, with all the features i needed. i created my own template, which defined the font and style to use. hence it was easy to create subtitles for several films, with the same layout. to preserve the format i exported using the .ass file format.

burning the subtitles
to burn the subtitles onto the movie i used ffmpeg. a nice howto is found here. worth noticing that i had a couple of issues though. first off an issue related the "fontconfig_file" (one fix here). second some issue accessing subtitle files when they were located in a different directory than the movie file. i solved this copying over the subtitle file.

here is the bat file i ended up using for burning subtitles (original files can be found on github.com):

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:: burn subtitles
:: author: frode klevstul (frode at klevstul dot com)
:: started: november 2016
::
:: DOCUMENTATION
:: fix font config:
:: - https://trac.ffmpeg.org/wiki/HowToBurnSubtitlesIntoVideo
:: - https://ffmpeg.zeranoe.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=2554
:: - https://github.com/Shoes3/shoes3/issues/46
::
:: note - i only needed to add the env variable FONTCONFIG_FILE:
:: set FONTCONFIG_FILE=R:\googleDrive\_portableApps\ffmpeg\fonts\fonts.conf
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ECHO OFF

SET SOURCE_DIR=R:\videoEditing\1610_forbrukerraadet\renders\lowRes\
SET TARGET_DIR=R:\_desktop\
SET SOURCE_FILNAME=1610_fr_mov7_v05.mp4
SET TARGET_FILENAME=1610_fr_mov7_v05_burnedSubs.mp4
SET SUBTITLES=R:\videoEditing\1610_forbrukerraadet\assets\subtitles\film7.ass
SET TMP_SUB_FILE=tmp.ass

SET SOURCE_FILE=%SOURCE_DIR%%SOURCE_FILNAME%
SET TARGET_FILE=%TARGET_DIR%%TARGET_FILENAME%
SET FFMPEG=R:\googleDrive\_portableApps\ffmpeg\bin\ffmpeg.exe

:: problems accessing subtitles files in another directory, so copying it over to current script dir, and deleting it again, after we are done using it
copy %SUBTITLES% %TMP_SUB_FILE%

:: command for .ass type subtitles
%FFMPEG% -i %SOURCE_FILE% -vf ass=%TMP_SUB_FILE% -y %TARGET_FILE%

:: delete temporary subtitles file
del %TMP_SUB_FILE%



Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Monday, 3 October 2016

timelapse tool


i shot a series of timelapse images with my sony a7 as i "built" my tobu drawing. tonight i started the job of finding an appropriate tool for making a timelapse movie out of the images.

almost 6000 images counting 25 gb. size matters!

earlier i have used adobe after effects for such a purpose. with current price model i am no longer a adobe user. i tried using "quik" aka "gopro studio". no luck. my high res image formats were not supported. i searched google. discovered several alternatives, and got convinced that ffmpeg was the tool for me. i was right.

env for envious, or environment. add a path to ffmpeg.

spent a few hours reading the docs, testing, and writing some code. super happy with the choice i made. ffmpeg is feature rich. the possibilities seems endless. and, it is free and open source. now i have generated a movie from the images. to be released in the near future, to a screen near you.





outer strength inner weakness

if you exercise hard,
with the motivation of looking good,
are you building a fortress around a weak inner self?

tense muscles as a protection against insecurity?

what will a strong wall lead to?
protection?
isolation?

what comes first?
the wall?
the insecurity?





big five


big five personality test
"the general consensus in academic psychology is that there are five fundamental personality traits. this model is assumed in most personality research, and is the basis of many of the most well regarded tests employed by psychologists who maintain close connections with academia. the "big five" tend to not be popular in consumer focused personality assessment or self-help because too many people the feedback of the model seems relatively basic. this test uses public domain scales from the international personality item pool."
src: personality-testing.info

Trait descriptions
"Factor I was labelled as Extroversion by the developers of the IPIP-BFFM. Factor I is sometimes given other names, such as Surgency or Positive Emotionality. Individuals who score high on Factor I one are outgoing and social. Individuals who score low tend to be shut ins."

"Factor II is labeled as Emotional Stability. Factor II is often referred to by other names, such as Neuroticism or Negative Emotionality (in these two cases interpretations are inverted, as Neuroticism and Negative Emotionality can be thought of as the opposite of Emotional Stability)."

"Factor III is labeled as Agreeableness. A person high in agreeableness is friendly and optimistic. Low scorers are critical and aggressive."

"Factor IV is labeled as Conscientiousness. Individuals who score high on this factor are careful and diligent. Low scorers are impulsive and disorganized."

"Factor V is labeled as Intellect/Imagination. This factor is also often called Openness to Experience. People who score low tend to be traditional and conventional."





Sunday, 2 October 2016

do what you love

it sounds like a cliché, but i personally reckon we all should strive to do more of what we love. based on 40 years of experience, and numerous of conversations with numerous of people from a wide range of countries, i have the impression that we all have an inner desire. it is as if we are all born to do something. what this "something" is, will vary. for some it might be hiking in the mountains, for some it might be having a family, for some it might be teaching, for some it might be making music, for some it might be helping others. when you do what you love, life is great. when you don't, you are dissatisfied. this seems to be a universal truth.

is there such a thing as a universal truth?

finding your inner desire is difficult. this is manifested in the huge amount of self-help books that are said to help you in your quest. and then you have eastern philosophy that warns against desire. with desire comes craving. the buddhist monk strive to have no desires. but isn't a goal of not having any desires also a desire? life quickly gets difficult thinking too much. looking for answers generates more questions.

instead of "inner desire", "inner love" might be a better expression. an inner love to do something that is special to you. but are there right and wrong desires? if you feel you are born to make music, making music makes you feel alive. hence that is your inner love. making music then is a positive desire. right? what if you love to write hateful songs, with discriminating lyrics? is it possible that doing this would make you a happy person? what if your desire is to have as many girls as possible? or have as much money and power as possible?

are there rules that defines that "inner love" is only valid as long as it has no negative outcomes for anyone? in that case the person that makes love songs follows his or hers "inner love", while the person that writes hate songs does not. or? is it possible feeling love knowing your actions hurt someone else? what is love? what are feelings? questions leading to more questions than answers.

i love to build, things...
that is what i love.
i know this.
i have known this all my life.
i knew without realising.
i realised this two years ago.

for me it was far from easy finding my inner love. i had to go through many life changing experiences. now i believe i know my answer. at the same time i know my answer might change. because i change. i am not the person today that i was yesterday. tomorrow i might not even be at all.

life is wonderfully exciting. more questions than answers.





Thursday, 22 September 2016

nathan freitas and the guardian project

if you're interested in privacy and security, nathan freitas of the guardian project is a man worth checking out. he guested leo laporte in triangulation 258, where he talked about his projects, and how to secure mobile devices. check out guardian project's apps. in special orbot and orfox, which lets you browse privately, "without" being tracked, on your mobile phone. and take a look at copperheados.












top ten tune makers

src: wikimedia


i have been on last.fm since january 2007, where i have scrobbled most of what i have listened to for the past 10 years. here are my top ten artists.

top 10 out of 9476 artists

pink floyd (src: wikipedia)


pink floyd scrobbles. the band is still going strong.

top 10 pink floyd albums. where is "the wall"?

pink floyd
proud to have these guys on the top. some of the best tunes ever created on planet earth are delivered by pink floyd. the quality of their music is peerless. how it is possible to make a song like echoes is above my imagination. more than 23 minutes of tunes perfectly aligned in the universe. and that is far from not the only song being supreme. listening to pink floyd's brilliant music has given me goosebumps more than once.


daft punk scrobbles
only new stuff...

daft punk
not a bad group on second. electro tunes from daft punk kicks. they are great. no need to write more.


2013, the year of shpongle

these guys have been experimenting with ... stuff

shpongle
before 2013 i had never heard about shpongle. then i did listen to them on a $100k stereo. got hooked. i still play a tune, now and then, if i am up for some lovely wacky tunes.


cbl scrobbles

my top albums from cbl

carbon based lifeforms
didn't discover carbon based lifeforms, or cbl, before 2014. love at first sound. by far my favourite ambient music. cbl has got something extra, in comparison to all other ambient bands.


timbaland
i know. timbaland. well, i was young. that is my excuse. i have changed.


akeboshi
listen a lot to akeboshi, back in the days. don't listen as much any longer. however, still like the tunes. reminds me of a a very good period of my life.


mozart l'opéra rock
a strange entry on my top list is from the rock opera "mozart, l'opéra rock". more than 500 scrobbles in 2010. rapidly on its way down.


kollektiv turmstrasse
i didn't truly discover kollektiv turmstraße before 2016. got hocked.


ólafur arnalds
ólafur arnalds delivers wonderful music from iceland. still going strong.


nordlight
nordlight was my number one band in 2015, with 341 scrobbles.










the end of social media

src: wiki, brian solis and jess3 - theconversationprism.com, CC BY 2.5, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=16290038


is the social media wave coming to an end?
will the self developed home page once again advance?
is something else on the rise?
is the tide turning?





Sunday, 18 September 2016

mindless data sharing

with the internet came massive tracking of its users. it was inevitable. it can not be stopped, nor be reversed. what can be done though, is to work on guidelines for tracking, and increase people's awareness about privacy.

personally i believe a great rule of conduct, when using the internet, should be:
"every action you do, observed by an internet device, can be tracked by someone you can not trust".

i am exaggerating here. a lot. i know. however, i would argue that exaggeration sometime is useful. why not be careful, instead of getting surprised? there are already plenty of examples of systems that thought to be safe, having sensitive information revealed. the most paradoxical example is when snowden published top secrets about nsa's massive surveillance.

when it comes to online tracking you have some major players, next to the state-sponsored surveillance. the first commercial "tracking company" to pop up in my mind is google, also known as alphabet.

in 2005 google acquired urchin, a service now recognised as google analytics. google has kept this service "free". users of google analytics gets wonderful features for the cost of sharing all their user data with google. google analytics is the most widely used tracking tool on the internet. most likely the majority of website you are visiting do have google analytics tracking code "installed". from wikipedia: "[google analytics is] currently in use on around 55% of the 10,000 most popular websites". the tool is cross platform, with the goal of enabling tracking on any device.

the knowledge google analytics gives google is massive. since their tool is widely used, they can follow people's actions around the internet. they can follow the same user, across sites, and across devices. they continually gather data, from every service you use under their control, or every page using their code. next to google analytics, google do provide a lot of other services, like google tag manager, google plus buttons, google hosted libraries and google hosted content, android phones, google chrome, chrome os, blogger. and the list goes on, and on. over the years google has increasingly tracked more information about its users. in 2012 google updated their privacy policy. they removed the privacy-protective separations in between different google services. that means they can cross-reference and store data from all their services, in one massive database. one result of this is that google analytics can deliver detailed demographics and interest reports

most likely google know very much about you. like where you live, your sex, your age, your interests, who you friends and family are, where you are located throughout the day. how fast you are walking, or driving. i could go on. there should be no need though. you get my point. 

i sold my soul to google a long time ago. they know what there is to know about me, more or less. one key difference in between myself and several i discuss this issue with, is the awareness. as well, if i really want to go private, on the internet, i have a few tricks up my sleeve, which at least gives me some protection. like using a different internet connection than my own, via tails os through tor. having said that. if a government somewhere has flagged me as an interesting subject, worth tracking (no idea why they should do this though, and i don't think they are doing it either), they would most likely have some nifty low level code running on all my devices already. code that capture data before it gets encrypted.

ok. time for me to get to the point. a few days ago i got an email from the ministry of health here in norway (helsedirektoratet). the info stated i had gotten an online health journal. it also stated that strict guidelines related safety and privacy were followed.

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Du har fått kjernejournal 
Du mottar denne e-posten fordi Helsedirektoratet har opprettet en kjernejournal for deg. Kjernejournalen er laget for at helsepersonell skal kunne gi deg bedre behandling.

Kjernejournal viser utvalgte helseopplysninger, men er ikke en fullstendig journal. Den erstatter ikke den journalen du har hos legen.

Med din kjernejournal får legevakt, sykehus og fastleger raskt tilgang til de samme oppdaterte opplysningene om deg. Har du ikke kjernejournal, ligger opplysningene om deg bare lagret i journaler ved hvert sted du har fått behandling.

Kjernejournal ivaretar strenge krav til sikkerhet og personvern. Det er kun helsepersonell som får tilgang til din kjernejournal, via sitt journalsystem.

Du kan selv finne din kjernejournal ved å gå til helsenorge.no og logge deg inn på Min helse. Her kan du se all informasjon som er lagret om deg, endre dine personverninnstillinger, legge inn egne opplysninger og se hvilket helsepersonell som har åpnet din kjernejournal. Du kan også lese mer om kjernejournal.
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as soon as i visited the helsenorge.no i saw that google analytics was used for tracking users. in the time of writing the following tracking code is executed:

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<script>
  (function(i,s,o,g,r,a,m){i['GoogleAnalyticsObject']=r;i[r]=i[r]||function(){
  (i[r].q=i[r].q||[]).push(arguments)},i[r].l=1*new Date();a=s.createElement(o),
  m=s.getElementsByTagName(o)[0];a.async=1;a.src=g;m.parentNode.insertBefore(a,m)
  })(window,document,'script','//www.google-analytics.com/analytics.js','ga');
var query = document.location.search;
var hash = document.location.hash.replace('#k=', '');
if (hash) {
  if (query) {
    query += '&k=' + hash;
  } else {
    query += '?k=' + hash;
  }
}
ga('create', 'UA-23869685-1', 'auto');
ga('set', 'anonymizeIp', true);
ga('send', 'pageview', {'page' : document.location.pathname + query});
 </script>
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this is standard google analytics tracking code, with the exception of the tag "ga('set', 'anonymizeIp', true);". this tag, or feature, disables storage of user's ip addresses with google analytics.

but does this tag prevent google from identifying you as a user? no! you might be logged in to some google service, somewhere else. there is most likely already a google analytics tracking cookie on your device. via other internet services, owned by google, or using tracking code from google, google has already gotten your ip address and loads of more information about you. so google might very well know who you are when you visit helsenorge.no. technically there is nothing that prevents google from tracking all your actions on helsenorge.no. i can see nowhere in the documentation that google says this is not done, using "anonymizeIp" or not. i might be wrong here. if i am, please do set me straight.

we should be aware that google can, on their side, chose to ignore the 'anonymizeIp' setting. they can store it all. i am not saying they are doing this. i am pretty sure google doesn't want a new "wiretap case". in the end you just have to chose to trust a company or not. google's corporate motto is "don't be evil". so that means they are not evil, right? not being a tad evil, even if their shareholders are unhappy with their earnings? i find their slogan weird. i have never heard anyone genuinely good having a motto "don't be evil". because someone being good not being evil is a matter of course. and they don't need to state this about how they should act. and how does google define evil? it might only be me, having these thoughts. and despite these thoughts i still use google services every day of my life.

another aspect to consider is that no one, not even sergey brin or larry page , can know for sure where google is 10, 20 or 30 years from now. the same goes with all the data google is collecting and storing. including data from your visits to helsenorge.no, like when ordering free condoms or reading about "als". very interesting data. what would happen if google, or alphabet, would end up in the insurance business? or if they would start selling data to insurance companies?

there might be no need to worry at all. there are a lot of positive outcomes of google's data collection. they develop amazing services, for "free". they do amazing research into new technology. they have some great visions of the future of humanity. as stated above, i am fully aware that google knows all about me, and even so i keep using their services. personally, i am not that worried.

despite this, it still worries me that a page like helsenorge.no, a governmental health portal for norwegians, is using google analytics for tracking its users. most users are not tech savvy enough for disabling the tracking. most users, i guess, are not even aware that they are being tracked by a huge american company as they visit helsenorge.no. isn't this a bit like letting a corporation tracking your visits to the doctor, and listen in on what you discuss? 

there is no valid excuse for a page like helsenorge.no for using google analytics. there is no excuse for sharing detailed user information with google, or anyone else. absolutely none. i would argue that the only reason for doing so is laziness or incompetence. maybe both. and this should not be the case for sites like helsenorge.no. not when it comes to privacy. there are free alternatives to google analytics. alternatives where you don't share data with a third party. like piwik, and several other.

unfortunately, helsenorge.no, as a govermental online service, is far from being alone in the mindless data sharing business. below are some other examples.

*. kommune.no (google tag manager)
altinn.no (google analytics)
difi.no (google analytics)
dubestemmer.no (google analytics)
forsvaret.no (facebook & google plus)
nettvett.no (google analytics)
norge.no (google analytics)
regjeringen.no (google tag manager)
slettmeg.no (google analytics)

by judging from the list above you might think that there is no need to worry. you should trust that at least government owned internet sites has thoroughly gone through the implication of the technology they are using. right? i am afraid it's not the case.










the fire inside me

src: instagram

a fire is burning
inside me
it has been
forever and a day

the onset of life
very high
suppressed over time
very weak

then
one day
oxygen

the fire
finally set free










Saturday, 17 September 2016

the meaning of life

src: instagram


the answer is so simple
yet, so hard to truly understand

do what you love










Sunday, 11 September 2016

follow your dreams and your heart

a few days back i read an article from aslak sira myhre's article named "Ikke følg drømmen din" (do not follow your dream). i am not sure if i understood what myhre meant, as i found the read a tad confusing. that aside, personally i am a big believer in following one's dreams, so i had to write a few words in response.

myhre did have some arguments i do agree with. i agree that we, as a society, are often thinking too much of ourselves and our own needs. i agree that too much self focus easily can lead to suffering for those around us. i believe that it is very wrong to think more highly about yourself, as a human being, than anyone else.

but, seriously, is following our dreams a bad thing? when myhre became a politician, didn't he himself have a dream dream about influencing society? would myhre have told martin luther king to stop dreaming? what about giorgio moroder? steve jobs? elon musk? i could go on, with athletes, painters, actors, engineers, and so on.

is it really necessary to tell anyone not to follow their dreams? just dreaming doesn't generate money. most people do need money. hence most people end up with a "normal" job, which is more or less useful for society. this also include "dreamers".

i would say: follow your dreams, and your heart. do what you love, and this will make you happy. if you are happy, you will share your happiness with those around you.

and remember there is absolutely no conflict in between living a very normal life and being genuinely happy. the happiest people i know of are the ones that know how to appreciate simple everyday life, to the fullest.





Thursday, 8 September 2016

whiplash

src.

back in the days i used to see a lot of movies. the later years i have not. and when i do, i often end up picking the wrong ones. brain dead hollywood flicks. where the only feeling i end up with is having wasted a couple of hours of my life, watching junk.

however, as i am about to give up all hope in the movie industry, i sometimes discover a diamond. or someone passes a diamond my way. this winter, i did get an email from a good friend, whom i went to film school with. she recommended the 2014 movie "whiplash". what a recommendation. whiplash is the best movie i have watched in a very long period of time. it hit me right in the guts. so much tension. so believable storyline. so real characters.

if you are so fortunate that you have not seen this film yet. please, do not read more about it, do not watch any trailer. do not check out the imdb page. try not having any expectations, despite of what i just wrote. because you might not like it at all. it might not be your type of film. however, please do get hold of a copy (well, these days that expression is a bit outdated), turn off the lights and watch and listen. you might like it.


links
(only to be opened after the movie has been consumed)
imdb page
wiki page





ready player one

src.

what a book! brilliant, if you like the 80s, and computer games, that is. my best read, in a very long period of time. read it all in two days, which is not very common for me. last time i had a similar page turner in my hands was when i read "ender's game", four years ago.

rating
5/5

links
wiki page
on amazon

clippings

Ready Player One (Ernest Cline)
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If I was feeling depressed or frustrated about my lot in life, all I had to do was tap the Player One button,
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my two least-favorite words appeared on the screen: GAME OVER.
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“Also, it turns out that burning all of those fossil fuels had some nasty side effects, like raising the temperature of our planet and screwing up the environment. So now the polar ice caps are melting, sea levels are rising, and the weather is all messed up. Plants and animals are dying off in record numbers, and lots of people are starving and homeless. And we’re still fighting wars with each other, mostly over the few resources we have left.
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“You’re probably wondering what’s going to happen to you. That’s easy. The same thing is going to happen to you that has happened to every other human being who has ever lived. You’re going to die.
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She used to have to force me to log out every night, because I never wanted to return to the real world. Because the real world sucked.
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These three words were always the last thing an OASIS user saw before leaving the real world and entering the virtual one: READY PLAYER ONE
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Unless I wanted to sign a five-year indenturement contract with some corporation, and that was about as appealing to me as rolling around in broken glass in my birthday suit.
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I was too weird, even for the weirdos.
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you usually saw one of two body shapes on female avatars: the absurdly thin yet wildly popular supermodel frame, or the top-heavy, wasp-waisted porn starlet physique (which looked even less natural in the OASIS than it did in the real world).
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It was the dawn of new era, one where most of the human race now spent all of their free time inside a videogame.
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I lost myself in the game within the game.
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They tried to have children, but it wasn’t in the cards for them.
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“I like you, kid,” he said, grinning at me. “You’re bright. And you’ve got cojones. Two qualities I greatly admire.”
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“You’d kill me?” I said. “To win a videogame contest?”
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Spending time with her was intoxicating. We seemed to have everything in common. We shared the same interests. We were driven by the same goal. She got all of my jokes. She made me laugh. She made me think. She changed the way I saw the world. I’d never had such a powerful, immediate connection with another human being before.
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I’d heard all the clichéd warnings about the perils of falling for someone you only knew online, but I ignored them.
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Ready Player One (Ernest Cline)
- Highlight on Page 185 | Loc. 3297  | Added on Wednesday, August 17, 2016, 05:11 PM

I looked like Plastic Man, if he were tripping out of his mind on LSD.
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Ready Player One (Ernest Cline)
- Highlight on Page 187 | Loc. 3328-29  | Added on Wednesday, August 17, 2016, 05:14 PM

“No, Z,” she said firmly. “I am not breaking up with you. That would be impossible, because we are not together.”
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Ready Player One (Ernest Cline)
- Highlight on Page 191 | Loc. 3393  | Added on Thursday, August 18, 2016, 11:37 AM

eight ways from Wednesday.
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Ready Player One (Ernest Cline)
- Highlight on Page 193 | Loc. 3440-41  | Added on Thursday, August 18, 2016, 11:42 AM

So I got rid of the ACHD and went back to spanking the monkey the old-fashioned way.
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Ready Player One (Ernest Cline)
- Highlight on Page 194 | Loc. 3444-46  | Added on Thursday, August 18, 2016, 11:43 AM

You see, thinkers, inventors, and scientists are usually geeks, and geeks have a harder time getting laid than anyone. Without the built-in sexual release valve provided by masturbation, it’s doubtful that early humans would have ever mastered the secrets of fire or discovered the wheel.
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Ready Player One (Ernest Cline)
- Highlight on Page 198 | Loc. 3532-33  | Added on Thursday, August 18, 2016, 11:57 AM

I was just another sad, lost, lonely soul, wasting his life on a glorified videogame.
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Ready Player One (Ernest Cline)
- Highlight on Page 222 | Loc. 3929-30  | Added on Thursday, August 18, 2016, 04:12 PM

I was now playing a simulation within a simulation. A game within a game.
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Ready Player One (Ernest Cline)
- Highlight on Page 237 | Loc. 4198-99  | Added on Thursday, August 18, 2016, 04:34 PM

You know you’ve totally screwed up your life when your whole world turns to shit and the only person you have to talk to is your system agent software.
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Ready Player One (Ernest Cline)
- Highlight on Page 284 | Loc. 4957  | Added on Thursday, August 18, 2016, 05:43 PM

“Good morning, Mr. HotCock007,” I droned. “Thank you for calling technical support.
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Ready Player One (Ernest Cline)
- Highlight on Page 342 | Loc. 6026-27  | Added on Friday, August 19, 2016, 09:31 PM

It sounded like the entire universe was cracking in half. And then we all died.
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Ready Player One (Ernest Cline)
- Highlight on Page 364 | Loc. 6425-26  | Added on Friday, August 19, 2016, 09:59 PM

I realized, as terrifying and painful as reality can be, it’s also the only place where you can find true happiness. Because reality is real.
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Ready Player One (Ernest Cline)
- Highlight on Page 371 | Loc. 6531-32  | Added on Friday, August 19, 2016, 10:06 PM

“Well, what do you know? You look just like I always thought you would too,” she said. “Butt ugly.”
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the wise man's fear

src.

i loved "the name of the wind", which i rated 5 out of 5 when i read it back in 2013. the second book in "the kingkiller chronicle" i also really liked. at the time of reading though, three years ago, i "only" gave it 4 out of 5. i hope it's soon time for the last book in the installment. i'm excited. however, when it will be released is still unclear.

to ease the wait i have just started "the slow regard of silent things". wonderful being taken back into rothfuss' universe.

below some old clippings, from my 2013 read, of the second book in the kingkiller chronicle.


The Wise Man's Fear: The Kingkiller Chronicle: Day Two (Patrick Rothfuss)
- Highlight on Page 135 | Loc. 3041-42  | Added on Sunday, July 07, 2013, 05:47 PM

Books are a poor substitute for female companionship, but they are easier to find.
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The Wise Man's Fear: The Kingkiller Chronicle: Day Two (Patrick Rothfuss)
- Highlight on Page 265 | Loc. 5884-85  | Added on Thursday, July 11, 2013, 03:18 PM

Her bright eyes went dark with anxiety, like a pool when the sun goes behind a cloud.
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The Wise Man's Fear: The Kingkiller Chronicle: Day Two (Patrick Rothfuss)
- Highlight on Page 271 | Loc. 6003-4  | Added on Thursday, July 11, 2013, 03:38 PM

And, since I was not drinking sounten that night, much of the evening is lost to living memory.
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The Wise Man's Fear: The Kingkiller Chronicle: Day Two (Patrick Rothfuss)
- Highlight on Page 278 | Loc. 6163  | Added on Thursday, July 11, 2013, 04:24 PM

He barely even owned his own name, and even that had been worn thin and threadbare through the years.
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The Wise Man's Fear: The Kingkiller Chronicle: Day Two (Patrick Rothfuss)
- Highlight on Page 278 | Loc. 6165  | Added on Friday, July 12, 2013, 03:30 PM

He was hungry as a dry fire
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The Wise Man's Fear: The Kingkiller Chronicle: Day Two (Patrick Rothfuss)
- Highlight on Page 340 | Loc. 7458-59  | Added on Friday, July 12, 2013, 06:03 PM

“When someone tells you a piece of their life, they’re giving you a gift, not granting you your due.”
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The Wise Man's Fear: The Kingkiller Chronicle: Day Two (Patrick Rothfuss)
- Highlight on Page 358 | Loc. 7815-16  | Added on Sunday, July 14, 2013, 02:30 PM

“Caution suits an arcanist. Assurance suits a namer. Fear does not suit either.
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The Wise Man's Fear: The Kingkiller Chronicle: Day Two (Patrick Rothfuss)
- Highlight on Page 365 | Loc. 7960  | Added on Sunday, July 14, 2013, 02:47 PM

“Remember: there are three things all wise men fear: the sea in storm, a night with no moon, and the anger of a gentle man.”
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The Wise Man's Fear: The Kingkiller Chronicle: Day Two (Patrick Rothfuss)
- Highlight on Page 376 | Loc. 8132  | Added on Monday, July 15, 2013, 12:18 PM

Again you have to think in terms of shoes. You don’t want the biggest pair. You want a pair that fits.
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The Wise Man's Fear: The Kingkiller Chronicle: Day Two (Patrick Rothfuss)
- Highlight on Page 407 | Loc. 8783  | Added on Monday, July 15, 2013, 11:04 PM

Caution is always wisdom’s tool.”
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The Wise Man's Fear: The Kingkiller Chronicle: Day Two (Patrick Rothfuss)
- Highlight on Page 453 | Loc. 9746  | Added on Wednesday, July 17, 2013, 06:00 PM

and resigned myself to throw away half of a perfectly good cheese if it was set in front of me. Such is the price of civilization.
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The Wise Man's Fear: The Kingkiller Chronicle: Day Two (Patrick Rothfuss)
- Highlight on Page 454 | Loc. 9764  | Added on Thursday, July 18, 2013, 12:30 AM

“Do you see aught that interests you?”
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The Wise Man's Fear: The Kingkiller Chronicle: Day Two (Patrick Rothfuss)
- Highlight on Page 460 | Loc. 9871-72  | Added on Thursday, July 18, 2013, 12:41 AM

He clutched at Denna as if he were a drowning man and she a plank of wood.
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The Wise Man's Fear: The Kingkiller Chronicle: Day Two (Patrick Rothfuss)
- Highlight on Page 467 | Loc. 10017  | Added on Thursday, July 18, 2013, 01:08 AM

too much truth can ruin a thing.
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The Wise Man's Fear: The Kingkiller Chronicle: Day Two (Patrick Rothfuss)
- Highlight on Page 478 | Loc. 10258-59  | Added on Thursday, July 18, 2013, 03:40 PM

“You’ve deduced a universal truth: things are usually unfair.”
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The Wise Man's Fear: The Kingkiller Chronicle: Day Two (Patrick Rothfuss)
- Highlight on Page 488 | Loc. 10487  | Added on Friday, July 19, 2013, 03:04 PM

There’s always a price.”
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The Wise Man's Fear: The Kingkiller Chronicle: Day Two (Patrick Rothfuss)
- Highlight on Page 489 | Loc. 10495  | Added on Friday, July 19, 2013, 03:05 PM

A secret, Teccam explains, is true knowledge actively concealed.
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The Wise Man's Fear: The Kingkiller Chronicle: Day Two (Patrick Rothfuss)
- Highlight on Page 489 | Loc. 10498-99  | Added on Friday, July 19, 2013, 03:06 PM

There are secrets of the mouth and secrets of the heart.
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The Wise Man's Fear: The Kingkiller Chronicle: Day Two (Patrick Rothfuss)
- Highlight on Page 499 | Loc. 10742-43  | Added on Friday, July 19, 2013, 03:30 PM

Hours later the blank sheet still stared at me, and I beat my fist against the desk in fury and frustration, striking it so hard my hand bled. That is how heavy a secret can become. It can make blood flow easier than ink.
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The Wise Man's Fear: The Kingkiller Chronicle: Day Two (Patrick Rothfuss)
- Highlight on Page 514 | Loc. 11057  | Added on Friday, July 19, 2013, 03:55 PM

I’d like respect, but failing that, a little healthy fear can go a long way to making things run smoothly.
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The Wise Man's Fear: The Kingkiller Chronicle: Day Two (Patrick Rothfuss)
- Highlight on Page 536 | Loc. 11513-14  | Added on Friday, July 19, 2013, 04:41 PM

nothing in the world is harder than convincing someone of an unfamiliar truth.
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The Wise Man's Fear: The Kingkiller Chronicle: Day Two (Patrick Rothfuss)
- Highlight on Page 551 | Loc. 11826-27  | Added on Friday, July 19, 2013, 05:12 PM

“All children barbarians. All smile with face. All children rude. But they go old. Watch. Learn.”
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The Wise Man's Fear: The Kingkiller Chronicle: Day Two (Patrick Rothfuss)
- Highlight on Page 558 | Loc. 11981-82  | Added on Friday, July 19, 2013, 06:16 PM

If you give a man an answer, all he gains is a little fact. But give him a question and he’ll look for his own answers.”
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The Wise Man's Fear: The Kingkiller Chronicle: Day Two (Patrick Rothfuss)
- Highlight on Page 662 | Loc. 14070  | Added on Sunday, July 21, 2013, 11:38 AM

Half of seeming clever is keeping your mouth shut at the right times.
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The Wise Man's Fear: The Kingkiller Chronicle: Day Two (Patrick Rothfuss)
- Highlight on Page 679 | Loc. 14393-94  | Added on Sunday, July 21, 2013, 03:48 PM

Pride and folly, they go together like two tightly grasping hands.
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The Wise Man's Fear: The Kingkiller Chronicle: Day Two (Patrick Rothfuss)
- Highlight on Page 693 | Loc. 14675  | Added on Monday, July 22, 2013, 12:50 PM

an emptiness in my head like the bloody gap left by a missing tooth.
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The Wise Man's Fear: The Kingkiller Chronicle: Day Two (Patrick Rothfuss)
- Highlight on Page 704 | Loc. 14914-15  | Added on Monday, July 22, 2013, 03:47 PM

Each woman is like an instrument, waiting to be learned, loved, and finely played, to have at last her own true music made.
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The Wise Man's Fear: The Kingkiller Chronicle: Day Two (Patrick Rothfuss)
- Highlight on Page 758 | Loc. 16026  | Added on Wednesday, July 24, 2013, 01:21 PM

‘I won the only duel I ever lost.’
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The Wise Man's Fear: The Kingkiller Chronicle: Day Two (Patrick Rothfuss)
- Highlight on Page 761 | Loc. 16101-2  | Added on Wednesday, July 24, 2013, 04:56 PM

I stepped softly through the doors of sleep.
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The Wise Man's Fear: The Kingkiller Chronicle: Day Two (Patrick Rothfuss)
- Highlight on Page 776 | Loc. 16393-94  | Added on Friday, July 26, 2013, 02:10 PM

In all, she acted as if nothing odd at all had happened. Which meant either nothing odd had happened or something very odd had happened and she was pointedly ignoring it.
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The Wise Man's Fear: The Kingkiller Chronicle: Day Two (Patrick Rothfuss)
- Highlight on Page 785 | Loc. 16585  | Added on Friday, July 26, 2013, 02:39 PM

sharp disdain and reproach.
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The Wise Man's Fear: The Kingkiller Chronicle: Day Two (Patrick Rothfuss)
- Highlight on Page 791 | Loc. 16698  | Added on Friday, July 26, 2013, 02:52 PM

“It is the luxury of looking backward. You can do it forever, and it is useless.
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The Wise Man's Fear: The Kingkiller Chronicle: Day Two (Patrick Rothfuss)
- Highlight on Page 798 | Loc. 16848-49  | Added on Friday, July 26, 2013, 03:05 PM

The sweet smile of a young woman. There is nothing better in the world. It is worth more than salt. Something in us sickens and dies without it.
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The Wise Man's Fear: The Kingkiller Chronicle: Day Two (Patrick Rothfuss)
- Bookmark on Page 819 | Loc. 17235  | Added on Friday, July 26, 2013, 03:53 PM


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The Wise Man's Fear: The Kingkiller Chronicle: Day Two (Patrick Rothfuss)
- Highlight on Page 819 | Loc. 17235-36  | Added on Friday, July 26, 2013, 03:54 PM

shaper of names,”
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The Wise Man's Fear: The Kingkiller Chronicle: Day Two (Patrick Rothfuss)
- Highlight on Page 836 | Loc. 17593-94  | Added on Friday, July 26, 2013, 05:21 PM

“Success is key,” she said. “Victory is not always needed to succeed.”
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The Wise Man's Fear: The Kingkiller Chronicle: Day Two (Patrick Rothfuss)
- Highlight on Page 844 | Loc. 17777-78  | Added on Friday, July 26, 2013, 05:34 PM

“You are an empty branch. You know when you die, you will leave nothing of any import behind.”
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The Wise Man's Fear: The Kingkiller Chronicle: Day Two (Patrick Rothfuss)
- Highlight on Page 844 | Loc. 17782-83  | Added on Friday, July 26, 2013, 05:35 PM

“I am sorry to tell you this thing. You are a good man, and a pretty thing. But still, you are only a man. All you have to offer the world is your anger.”
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The Wise Man's Fear: The Kingkiller Chronicle: Day Two (Patrick Rothfuss)
- Highlight on Page 852 | Loc. 17949-50  | Added on Friday, July 26, 2013, 05:51 PM

If you want to know the truth of who you are, walk until not a person knows your name.
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The Wise Man's Fear: The Kingkiller Chronicle: Day Two (Patrick Rothfuss)
- Highlight on Page 872 | Loc. 18350  | Added on Saturday, July 27, 2013, 06:14 PM

“Which is the more important, success or rightness?”
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The Wise Man's Fear: The Kingkiller Chronicle: Day Two (Patrick Rothfuss)
- Highlight on Page 872 | Loc. 18351  | Added on Saturday, July 27, 2013, 06:15 PM

If you act rightly success follows.”
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The Wise Man's Fear: The Kingkiller Chronicle: Day Two (Patrick Rothfuss)
- Highlight on Page 872 | Loc. 18352-53  | Added on Saturday, July 27, 2013, 06:15 PM

“Wrong things never lead to success,” Vashet said firmly. “If a man acts wrongly and succeeds, that is not the way.
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The Wise Man's Fear: The Kingkiller Chronicle: Day Two (Patrick Rothfuss)
- Highlight on Page 891 | Loc. 18749-50  | Added on Saturday, July 27, 2013, 06:47 PM

“And some folk need killing. That’s all there is to it.”
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The Wise Man's Fear: The Kingkiller Chronicle: Day Two (Patrick Rothfuss)
- Highlight on Page 949 | Loc. 20022  | Added on Saturday, July 27, 2013, 08:26 PM

“That’s a horse of a different color.”
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The Wise Man's Fear: The Kingkiller Chronicle: Day Two (Patrick Rothfuss)
- Highlight on Page 959 | Loc. 20226  | Added on Saturday, July 27, 2013, 08:46 PM

“Leave mystery to poets, priests, and fools.”
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The Wise Man's Fear: The Kingkiller Chronicle: Day Two (Patrick Rothfuss)
- Highlight on Page 963 | Loc. 20287  | Added on Monday, July 29, 2013, 01:11 PM

Sometimes leaving is the only thing you can do.
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The Wise Man's Fear: The Kingkiller Chronicle: Day Two (Patrick Rothfuss)
- Highlight on Page 994 | Loc. 20934-35  | Added on Wednesday, July 31, 2013, 11:22 AM

“The whole world is burning down,” he said. “Open your eyes.”

clippings from the past

been a while since last book update. here are some clippings from the past. i reckon i would have rated differently now. however, i've left the ratings as i first did them.


Building Your Book for Kindle
https://www.amazon.com/Building-Your-Kindle-Direct-Publishing-ebook/dp/B007URVZJ6
rating: n/a (just didn't rate it)
comment: useful read, before a kindle publish


Building Your Book for Kindle (Kindle Direct Publishing)
- Highlight Loc. 31-32  | Added on Wednesday, June 18, 2014, 04:07 PM

Publishing on Kindle is easy and takes only 5 minutes of your time — but correctly preparing your book for success on Kindle takes time and effort.
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Building Your Book for Kindle (Kindle Direct Publishing)
- Highlight Loc. 39-40  | Added on Wednesday, June 18, 2014, 04:07 PM

To publish on Kindle, authors generally write in Microsoft Word
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Building Your Book for Kindle (Kindle Direct Publishing)
- Highlight Loc. 51-52  | Added on Wednesday, June 18, 2014, 04:10 PM

Insert indents at the beginning of paragraphs: Avoid using tabs and spaces to indent paragraphs and icons.
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Building Your Book for Kindle (Kindle Direct Publishing)
- Highlight Loc. 61  | Added on Wednesday, June 18, 2014, 04:19 PM

Insert empty space between paragraphs:
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Building Your Book for Kindle (Kindle Direct Publishing)
- Highlight Loc. 70  | Added on Wednesday, June 18, 2014, 04:20 PM

Insert page breaks between chapters:
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Building Your Book for Kindle (Kindle Direct Publishing)
- Highlight Loc. 80  | Added on Wednesday, June 18, 2014, 04:21 PM

Avoid pasting in images:
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Building Your Book for Kindle (Kindle Direct Publishing)
- Highlight Loc. 88-89  | Added on Wednesday, June 18, 2014, 04:22 PM

Do not use headers and footers:
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Building Your Book for Kindle (Kindle Direct Publishing)
- Highlight Loc. 91  | Added on Wednesday, June 18, 2014, 04:22 PM

Use Word's "Heading 1" formatting feature for chapters:
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Building Your Book for Kindle (Kindle Direct Publishing)
- Highlight Loc. 104  | Added on Wednesday, June 18, 2014, 04:23 PM

avoid utilizing font size to add emphasis.
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Building Your Book for Kindle (Kindle Direct Publishing)
- Highlight Loc. 106-7  | Added on Wednesday, June 18, 2014, 04:23 PM

The front matter is everything between your book's cover and first chapter.
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Building Your Book for Kindle (Kindle Direct Publishing)
- Highlight Loc. 109  | Added on Wednesday, June 18, 2014, 04:24 PM

Title page:
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Building Your Book for Kindle (Kindle Direct Publishing)
- Highlight Loc. 110-11  | Added on Wednesday, June 18, 2014, 04:24 PM

Your title page should be centered with the book title on top and the author name underneath.
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Building Your Book for Kindle (Kindle Direct Publishing)
- Highlight Loc. 123  | Added on Wednesday, June 18, 2014, 04:25 PM

Copyright page:
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Building Your Book for Kindle (Kindle Direct Publishing)
- Highlight Loc. 127  | Added on Wednesday, June 18, 2014, 04:25 PM

Dedication:
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Building Your Book for Kindle (Kindle Direct Publishing)
- Highlight Loc. 132  | Added on Wednesday, June 18, 2014, 04:26 PM

Preface/Prologue:
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Building Your Book for Kindle (Kindle Direct Publishing)
- Highlight Loc. 143  | Added on Wednesday, June 18, 2014, 04:27 PM

Identify your chapter headings and set your heading style:
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Building Your Book for Kindle (Kindle Direct Publishing)
- Highlight Loc. 157  | Added on Wednesday, June 18, 2014, 04:28 PM

Insert your table of contents near the beginning of the Word document
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Building Your Book for Kindle (Kindle Direct Publishing)
- Highlight Loc. 172  | Added on Wednesday, June 18, 2014, 04:29 PM

Set a bookmark so Kindle can find your Table of Contents
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Building Your Book for Kindle (Kindle Direct Publishing)
- Highlight Loc. 196-200  | Added on Wednesday, June 18, 2014, 04:30 PM

Information to Include on Your Cover • Title [title of the book] • Author [author(s) of the book] • Cover image [an image that captures the essence of the book and grabs customers' attention]
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Building Your Book for Kindle (Kindle Direct Publishing)
- Highlight Loc. 195  | Added on Wednesday, June 18, 2014, 04:31 PM

ideal image height/width ratio is 1.6 (example: 1000 x 1600)
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The Celestine Prophecy (James Redfield)
https://www.amazon.com/Celestine-Prophecy-Adventure-James-Redfield/dp/0446671002
rating: 4/5


The Celestine Prophecy (James Redfield)
- Highlight on Page 20 | Loc. 399-400  | Added on Wednesday, June 18, 2014, 05:16 PM

History is not just the evolution of technology; it is the evolution of thought.
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The Celestine Prophecy (James Redfield)
- Highlight on Page 26 | Loc. 513-14  | Added on Friday, June 20, 2014, 06:27 PM

We totally lost ourselves in creating a secular security, an economic security, to replace the spiritual one we had lost.
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The Celestine Prophecy (James Redfield)
- Highlight on Page 27 | Loc. 535-36  | Added on Friday, June 20, 2014, 07:12 PM

It’s time now to wake up from the preoccupation and reconsider our original question. What’s behind life on this planet? Why are we really here?’
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The Celestine Prophecy (James Redfield)
- Highlight on Page 64 | Loc. 1232-33  | Added on Thursday, June 26, 2014, 03:24 PM

‘I don’t think anything happens by coincidence.
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The Celestine Prophecy (James Redfield)
- Highlight on Page 99 | Loc. 1844  | Added on Friday, June 27, 2014, 08:15 PM

Matter was only energy vibrating at a certain level,
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The Celestine Prophecy (James Redfield)
- Highlight on Page 100 | Loc. 1872-74  | Added on Friday, June 27, 2014, 08:18 PM

I had seen in one flash the entire story of evolution, the story of matter coming into being and then evolving, as if under some guiding plan, toward ever higher vibrations, creating the exact conditions, finally, for humans to emerge
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The Celestine Prophecy (James Redfield)
- Highlight on Page 117 | Loc. 2188  | Added on Monday, June 30, 2014, 09:13 PM

‘I felt as though the entire universe was my body and I was just the head, or perhaps more accurately, the eyes.’
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The Celestine Prophecy (James Redfield)
- Highlight on Page 117 | Loc. 2191-94  | Added on Monday, June 30, 2014, 09:14 PM

‘I seemed to remember how this larger body, this universe of mine, evolved. I was there. I saw the first stars formed from simple hydrogen and then saw more complex matter evolve in successive generations of these suns. Only I didn’t see matter. I saw matter as simple vibrations of energy that were evolving systematically into ever more complex higher states. Then … life began and evolved to a point where humans appeared …’
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The Celestine Prophecy (James Redfield)
- Highlight on Page 126 | Loc. 2342-43  | Added on Tuesday, July 08, 2014, 03:19 PM

‘As they do so, they give you their full attention and that sends their energy to you. The longer you can keep them interested and mystified, the more energy you receive.
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The Celestine Prophecy (James Redfield)
- Highlight on Page 128 | Loc. 2383-84  | Added on Tuesday, July 08, 2014, 03:25 PM

‘Everyone manipulates for energy either aggressively, directly forcing people to pay attention to them, or passively, playing on people’s sympathy or curiosity to gain attention.
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The Celestine Prophecy (James Redfield)
- Highlight on Page 154 | Loc. 2873-74  | Added on Thursday, July 10, 2014, 03:42 PM

Once you get the questions right, the answers always come.
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The Celestine Prophecy (James Redfield)
- Highlight on Page 201 | Loc. 3766-67  | Added on Friday, July 11, 2014, 07:38 PM

‘The more we can love and appreciate others, the more energy flows into us.
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The Celestine Prophecy (James Redfield)
- Highlight on Page 224 | Loc. 4215-16  | Added on Thursday, July 17, 2014, 03:52 PM

the human race will first experience a period of intense introspection. We’ll grasp how beautiful and spiritual the natural world really is.
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The Celestine Prophecy (James Redfield)
- Highlight on Page 225 | Loc. 4228-29  | Added on Thursday, July 17, 2014, 03:53 PM

we will find ways to cut our employment hours to pursue our own truth.
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The Celestine Prophecy (James Redfield)
- Highlight on Page 225 | Loc. 4234-35  | Added on Thursday, July 17, 2014, 03:54 PM

as we discover more about the energy dynamics of the universe, we will see what really happens when we give someone something.
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The Celestine Prophecy (James Redfield)
- Highlight on Page 225 | Loc. 4239  | Added on Thursday, July 17, 2014, 03:55 PM

When we give, we receive in return because of the way energy interacts in the universe.
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The Celestine Prophecy (James Redfield)
- Highlight on Page 239 | Loc. 4493-94  | Added on Thursday, July 17, 2014, 04:40 PM

Religions become corrupted when leaders are assigned to explain God’s will to the people instead of showing them how to find this direction within themselves.
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The Joyous Cosmology: Adventures in the Chemistry of Consciousness (Alan W. Watts)
https://www.amazon.com/Joyous-Cosmology-Adventures-Chemistry-Consciousness/dp/1608682048
rating: 5/5


The Joyous Cosmology: Adventures in the Chemistry of Consciousness (Alan W. Watts)
- Highlight Loc. 114-15  | Added on Saturday, July 19, 2014, 03:01 PM

Those first trips unmasked the brittle delusions of our current culture and revealed that deeper dimensions of psychic reality were available for us to explore.
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The Joyous Cosmology: Adventures in the Chemistry of Consciousness (Alan W. Watts)
- Highlight Loc. 116-17  | Added on Saturday, July 19, 2014, 03:02 PM

the Western ego, the primacy of self that our entire civilization is intricately designed to shore up and protect, simply does not exist.
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The Joyous Cosmology: Adventures in the Chemistry of Consciousness (Alan W. Watts)
- Highlight Loc. 120  | Added on Saturday, July 19, 2014, 03:03 PM

Only relationship, pattern, flow.
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The Joyous Cosmology: Adventures in the Chemistry of Consciousness (Alan W. Watts)
- Highlight Loc. 121-22  | Added on Saturday, July 19, 2014, 03:04 PM

the Tao is all, that consciousness is “one without a second,” that there is no doing, only infinite reciprocity and divine play.
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The Joyous Cosmology: Adventures in the Chemistry of Consciousness (Alan W. Watts)
- Highlight Loc. 126-27  | Added on Saturday, July 19, 2014, 03:05 PM

at the deep center of a time perpendicular to ordinary time we are, and always have been, one,”
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The Joyous Cosmology: Adventures in the Chemistry of Consciousness (Alan W. Watts)
- Highlight Loc. 127  | Added on Saturday, July 19, 2014, 03:06 PM

“We acknowledge the marvelously hidden plot, the master illusion, whereby we appear to be different.”
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The Joyous Cosmology: Adventures in the Chemistry of Consciousness (Alan W. Watts)
- Highlight Loc. 131  | Added on Saturday, July 19, 2014, 03:06 PM

The journey inward is the great adventure that remains for humanity to take together.
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The Joyous Cosmology: Adventures in the Chemistry of Consciousness (Alan W. Watts)
- Highlight Loc. 132  | Added on Saturday, July 19, 2014, 03:06 PM

Psyche—“The Kingdom of God is within”—we
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The Joyous Cosmology: Adventures in the Chemistry of Consciousness (Alan W. Watts)
- Highlight Loc. 134-35  | Added on Saturday, July 19, 2014, 03:07 PM

When on psychedelics, we tend to find that each moment takes on archetypal, timeless, mythological significance.
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The Joyous Cosmology: Adventures in the Chemistry of Consciousness (Alan W. Watts)
- Highlight Loc. 142  | Added on Saturday, July 19, 2014, 03:15 PM

“War on Drugs” that is secretly a war on consciousness.
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The Joyous Cosmology: Adventures in the Chemistry of Consciousness (Alan W. Watts)
- Highlight Loc. 146-47  | Added on Saturday, July 19, 2014, 03:16 PM

With psychedelics, many people now have direct and unmediated access to the mystical and visionary experience, instead of reading about it in musty old tomes.
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The Joyous Cosmology: Adventures in the Chemistry of Consciousness (Alan W. Watts)
- Highlight Loc. 148  | Added on Saturday, July 19, 2014, 03:16 PM

contrary—the future will be psychedelic, or it will not be.
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The Joyous Cosmology: Adventures in the Chemistry of Consciousness (Alan W. Watts)
- Highlight Loc. 159  | Added on Saturday, July 19, 2014, 03:25 PM

Changing the external world has been the genius and the obsession of our civilization.
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our culture has become aware of a disturbing imbalance.
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the world within—a world infinitely more complex and rich than the artifactual structures of the outer world,
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the mind against the brain,
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They are, rather, biochemical keys which unlock experiences shatteringly new to most Westerners.
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These substances do alter consciousness. There is no dispute on this score.
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Set and setting, expectation, and atmosphere account for all specificity of reaction.
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You are holding in your hand a great human document. But unless you are one of the few Westerners who have (accidentally or through chemical good fortune) experienced a mystical minute of expanded awareness, you will probably not understand what the author is saying.
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What is the application of these new wonder medicines?
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We must provide more and more people with these experiences
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We must also encourage systematic objective research by scientists who have taken the drug themselves and have come to know the difference between inner and outer, between consciousness and behavior.
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as an organism which is what it is by virtue of its inseparability from the rest of the world.
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almost all of us, retain a sense of personality which is independent, isolated, insular, and estranged from the cosmos that surrounds it.
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the traditional roads to spiritual experience seldom appeal to persons of scientific or skeptical temperament,
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one of the greatest of all superstitions is the separation of the mind from the body.
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The dualism of mind and body arose, perhaps, as a clumsy way of describing the power of an intelligent organism to control itself.
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the separation of mind from body is an illusion, so also is the subjection of the body to the independent schemes of the mind.
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Instead of being a body he “has” a body. Instead of living and loving he “has” instincts for survival and copulation.
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The feeling that there is something wrong in all this revolves around a contradiction characteristic of all civilizations. This is the simultaneous compulsion to preserve oneself and to forget oneself.
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The lowbrow way of forgetting oneself is to get drunk, to be diverted with entertainments, or to exploit such natural means of self-transcendence as sexual intercourse. The highbrow way is to throw oneself into the pursuit of the arts, of social service, or of religious mysticism.
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the repeated insistence of mystics that to know about God is not enough: transformation of the self is only through realizing or feeling God.
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nothing can be done by the mind, by the conscious will, so long as this is felt to be something apart from the total organism. But if it were felt otherwise, nothing would need to be done!
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Taoism and Zen Buddhism—do not presuppose a universe divided into the spiritual and the material,
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our normal awareness of the world as a collection of separate and different things—an awareness which, by itself, is called avidya (ignorance) in Buddhist philosophy because, in paying exclusive attention to differences, it ignores relationships.
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the individual is so interwoven with the universe that he and it are one body.
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Eastern teachers work on the esoteric and aristocratic principle that the student must learn the hard way and find out almost everything for himself. Aside from occasional hints, the teacher merely accepts or rejects the student’s attainments. But Western teachers work on the exoteric and democratic principle that everything possible must be done to inform and assist the student so as to make his mastery of the subject as easy as possible.
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Is there, in short, a medicine which can give us temporarily the sensation of being integrated, of being fully one with ourselves and with nature as the biologist knows us, theoretically, to be?
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Relatively recent research suggests that there are at least three such medicines,
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I am speaking, of course, of mescaline (the active ingredient of the peyote cactus), lysergic acid diethylamide (a modified ergot alkaloid), and psilocybin (a derivative of the mushroom psilocybe mexicana).
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the use of such powerful medicines is not to be taken lightly,
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there should always be present some qualified supervisor to provide a point of contact with “reality” as it is socially defined.
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The most essential qualification of the supervisor is, therefore, confidence in the situation—which
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these drugs do not impart wisdom at all, any more than the microscope alone gives knowledge. They provide the raw materials of wisdom, and are useful to the extent that the individual can integrate what they reveal into the whole pattern of his behavior and the whole system of his knowledge.
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Their best sphere of use is not the mental hospital but the studio and the laboratory, or the institute of advanced studies.
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The speed of thought and association is increased so astonishingly that it is hard for words to keep pace with the flood of ideas that come to mind.
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Our sense of time is notoriously subjective and thus dependent upon the quality of our attention, whether of interest or boredom, and upon the alignment of our behavior in terms of routines, goals, and deadlines.
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It is a dancing present—the unfolding of a pattern which has no specific destination in the future but is simply its own point. It leaves and arrives simultaneously, and the seed is as much the goal as the flower.
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As I listen, then, I can hear in that one voice the simultaneous presence of all the levels of man’s history, as of all the stages of life before man. Every step in the game becomes as clear as the rings in a severed tree.
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I can’t be honest because I don’t fully know what I am. Consciousness peers out from a center which it cannot see—and that is the root of the matter.
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unmentionable—the realization that at the deep center of a time perpendicular to ordinary time we are, and always have been, one.
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We acknowledge the marvelously hidden plot, the master illusion, whereby we appear to be different.
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For what consciousness overlooks is the fact that all boundaries and divisions are held in common by their opposite sides and areas, so that when a boundary changes its shape both sides move together. It is like the yang-yin symbol of the Chinese—the black and white fishes divided by an S-curve inscribed within a circle.
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From one point of view living creatures are simply tubes, putting things in at one end and pushing them out at the other—until the tube wears out.
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For in this world nothing is wrong, nothing is even stupid.
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belongs—a play which seems quite improper at level 28 may be exactly right at level 96. I am speaking of levels or stages in the labyrinth of twists and turns, gambits and counter-gambits, in which life is involving and evolving itself—the cosmological one-upmanship which the yang and the yin, the light and the dark principles, are forever playing, the game which at some early level in its development seems to be the serious battle between good and evil.
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The more prosaic, the more dreadfully ordinary anyone or anything seems to be, the more I am moved to marvel at the ingenuity with which divinity hides in order to seek itself, at the lengths to which this cosmic joie de vivre will go in elaborating its dance.
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There is simply no problem of life; it is completely purposeless play—exuberance which is its own end. Basically there is the gesture. Time, space, and multiplicity are complications of it. There is no reason whatever to explain it, for explanations are just another form of complexity, a new manifestation of life on top of life, of gestures gesturing.
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clarity comes with the giving up of self.
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There is no problem left, but who will believe it? Will I believe it myself when I return to normal consciousness? Yet I can see at the moment that this does not matter. The play is hide-and-seek or lost-and-found, and it is all part of the play that one can get very lost indeed. How far, then, can one go in getting found?
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But those of us who live in this driven and overpurposeful civilization need, more than anyone else, to lay aside some span of clock time for ignoring time, and for allowing the contents of consciousness to happen without interference.
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No one is more dangerously insane than one who is sane all the time:
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The manners and mores of Western civilization force this perpetual sanity upon us to an extreme degree, for there is no accepted corner in our lives for the art of pure nonsense.
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There is no protected situation in which we can really let ourselves go. Day in and day out we must tick obediently like clocks, and “strange thoughts” frighten us so much that we rush to the nearest head-doctor.
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For the conscious will, working against the grain of instinct, is the interiorization, the inner echo, of social demands upon the individual coupled with the picture of his role or identity which he acquires from parents, teachers, and early associates. It is an imaginary, socially fabricated self working against the organism, the self that is biologically grown. By means of this fiction the child is taught to control himself and conform himself to the requirements of social life.
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The mystical experience, whether induced by chemicals or other means, enables the individual to be so peculiarly open and sensitive to organic reality that the ego begins to be seen for the transparent abstraction that it is.
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The general effect of the drugs seems to be that they diminish defensive attitudes without blurring perception, as in the case of alcohol.
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I have suggested that in these experiences we acquire clues and insights which should be followed up through certain forms of meditation.
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Our trouble is that we have ignored and thus feel insecure in the enormous spectrum of love which lies between rather formal friendship and genital sexuality, and thus are always afraid that once we overstep the bounds of formal friendship we must slide inevitably to the extreme of sexual promiscuity,
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This unoccupied gulf between spiritual or brotherly love and sexual love corresponds to the cleft between spirit and matter, mind and body, so divided that our affections or our activities are assigned either to one or to the other. There is no continuum between the two, and the lack of any connection, any intervening spectrum, makes spiritual love insipid and sexual love brutal.
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In other words, the greater part of love is a relationship that we hardly allow, for love experienced only in its extreme forms is like buying a loaf of bread and being given only the two heels.
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We have no satisfactory and definitive name for experiences of this kind. The terms “religious experience,” “mystical experience,” and “cosmic consciousness” are all too vague and comprehensive to denote that specific mode of consciousness which, to those who have known it, is as real and overwhelming as falling in love.
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Western culture has, historically, a particular fascination with the value and virtue of man as an individual, self-determining, responsible ego, controlling himself and his world by the power of conscious effort and will. Nothing, then, could be more repugnant to this cultural tradition than the notion of spiritual or psychological growth through the use of drugs.
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the dangerous side effects of LSD, namely chromosomal damage and possible psychotic episodes.
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Almost invariably, my experiments with psychedelics have had four dominant characteristics.
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The first characteristic is a slowing down of time, a concentration in the present.
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Only those who have cultivated the art of living completely in the present have any use for making plans for the future, for when the plans mature they will be able to enjoy the results.
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The truth is that people who live for the future are, as we say of the insane, “not quite all there”—or here: by over-eagerness they are perpetually missing the point.
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The second characteristic I will call awareness of polarity. This is the vivid realization that states, things, and events that we ordinarily call opposite are interdependent, like back and front or the poles of a magnet.
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The third characteristic, arising from the second, is awareness of relativity. I see that I am a link in an infinite hierarchy of processes and beings, ranging from molecules through bacteria and insects to human beings, and, maybe, to angels and gods—a hierarchy in which every level is in effect the same situation.
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The fourth characteristic is awareness of eternal energy, often in the form of intense white light, which seems to be both the current in your nerves and that mysterious e which equals mc2.
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If, however, in the context of Christian or Jewish tradition, an individual declares himself to be one with God, he must be dubbed blasphemous (subversive) or insane. Such a mystical experience is a clear threat to traditional religious concepts.
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The Judaeo-Christian tradition has a monarchical image of God, and monarchs, who rule by force, fear nothing more than insubordination. The Church has therefore always been highly suspicious of mystics, because they seem to be insubordinate and to claim equality or, worse, identity with God.
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The Western man who claims consciousness of oneness with God or the universe thus clashes with his society’s concept of religion. In most Asian cultures, however, such a man will be congratulated as having penetrated the true secret of life.
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any patient who gives the least hint of mystical or religious experience is automatically diagnosed as deranged.
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Inability to accept the mystic experience is more than an intellectual handicap. Lack of awareness of the basic unity of organism and environment is a serious and dangerous hallucination. For in a civilization equipped with immense technological power, the sense of alienation between man and nature leads to the use of technology in a hostile spirit—to the “conquest” of nature instead of intelligent cooperation with nature. The result is that we are eroding and destroying our environment,
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Moreover, mystical experiences often result in attitudes that threaten the authority not only of established churches, but also of secular society.
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First, use of these drugs may be dangerous. However, every worthwhile exploration is dangerous—climbing mountains, testing aircraft, rocketing into outer space, skin diving, or collecting botanical specimens in jungles. But if you value knowledge and the actual delight of exploration more than mere duration of uneventful life, you are willing to take the risks.
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Second, drug use may be criticized as an escape from reality. However, this criticism assumes unjustly that the mystical experiences themselves are escapist or unreal.
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Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products (Nir Eyal)
https://www.amazon.com/Hooked-How-Build-Habit-Forming-Products-ebook/dp/B00HJ4A43S
rating: 3/5


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The technologies we use have turned into compulsions,
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The Hook Model has four phases: trigger, action, variable reward, and investment.
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The enemy of forming new habits is past behaviors, and research suggests that old habits die hard.
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The phrase “But you are free to accept or refuse.” The “but you are free” technique demonstrates how we are more likely to be persuaded to give when our ability to choose is reaffirmed.
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Businesses that leverage user effort confer higher value to their products simply because their users have put work into them.
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The more effort we put into something, the more likely we are to value it; we are more likely to be consistent with our past behaviors; and finally, we change our preferences to avoid cognitive dissonance.
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The Martian (Andy Weir)
https://www.amazon.com/Martian-Novel-Andy-Weir-ebook/dp/B00EMXBDMA#nav-subnav
rating: 4/5


The Martian (Andy Weir)
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My asshole is doing as much to keep me alive as my brain.
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Fallen Dragon (Peter F. Hamilton)
https://www.amazon.com/Fallen-Dragon-Peter-F-Hamilton/dp/0316021830
rating: 4/5


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That’s the thing with memories, you only ever dwell on the good parts.’
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Don’t forget this isn’t a democracy.’
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Being fit never goes out of style.’
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The only journey left to them now was the journey back to where they came from. They turned inwards.
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so they would become one with their world and be at peace with themselves.
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They laughed sadly at what they saw as his simplicity in believing that progress could only ever be found in one direction, onwards and upwards.
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‘It’s worse, he’s a politician. One of the most slippery, conniving species of bastards the universe ever created.’
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“That I have come to realize that life is the most precious thing. It matters not where you are, nor who you are. All that matters is how that life is lived; and lived it should be, to the full.
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As for the universe, it is contained in your mind.
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And then they listen to the universe.
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the one thing I want to do more than anything else in the universe is tell you that I love you.’
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Childhood’s End (Arthur C. Clarke Collection) (Arthur C. Clarke)
https://www.amazon.com/Childhoods-End-Arthur-C-Clarke/dp/0345347951
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The human race was no longer alone.
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The mind, not the body, was all that mattered.
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Western man had relearned—what the rest of the world had never forgotten—that there was nothing sinful in leisure as long as it did not degenerate into mere sloth.
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a lady more renowned for beauty than constancy.
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Men’s minds were too valuable to waste on tasks that a few thousand transistors, some photo-electric cells, and a cubic meter of printed circuits could perform.
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a well-stocked mind is safe from boredom.
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there are too many distractions and entertainments.
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people are becoming passive sponges— absorbing but never creating.
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the final stage would be reached when the audience forgot it was an audience, and became part of the action.
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Imagine that every man’s mind is an island, surrounded by ocean. Each seems isolated, yet in reality all are linked by the bedrock from which they spring. If the ocean were to vanish, that would be the end of the islands. They would all be part of one continent, but their individuality would have gone.
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Become What You Are (Alan Watts)
https://www.amazon.com/Become-What-You-Alan-Watts/dp/1570629404
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Life exists only at this very moment, and in this moment it is infinite and eternal.
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a man does not really begin to be alive until he has lost himself,
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The part of our self that wants to change our self is the very one that needs to be changed;
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But fundamentally, in the presence of great space and time, as of great love and great fear, we are leaves on the wind.
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we are blown by the wind. our main path is determined by this wind. we can not seek shelter. however, we can manouver a bit, turn around and decide where to put our focus.
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A person who did not feel frightened at the threat of danger would be like a tall building with no “give” to the wind. A mind which will not melt—with sorrow or love—is a mind which will all too easily break.
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IT HAS BEEN SAID THAT THE HIGHEST WISDOM lies in detachment,
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Chuang-tzu: ‘‘The perfect man employs his mind as a mirror; it grasps nothing; it refuses nothing; it receives, but does not keep.’’
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Detachment means to have neither regrets for the past nor fears for the future; to let life take its course without attempting to interfere with its movement and change, neither trying to prolong the stay of things pleasant nor to hasten the departure of things unpleasant.
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For in truth neither past nor future have any existence apart from this Now; by themselves they are illusions. Life exists only at this very moment, and in this moment it is infinite and eternal. For the present moment is infinitely small; before we can measure it, it has gone, and yet it persists for ever.
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though your thoughts may run into the past or the future they cannot escape the present moment.
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though your thoughts may run into the past or the future they cannot escape the present moment. However far back or forward they try to escape they can never be separated from the moment, for those thoughts are themselves of the moment;
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You may believe yourself out of harmony with life and its eternal Now; but you cannot be, for you are life and exist Now—otherwise you would not be here. Hence the infinite Tao is something which you can neither escape by flight nor catch by pursuit; there is no coming toward it or going away from it; it is, and you are it. So become what you are.
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if you are going to cross the river, you must make haste, for if you dally on the raft, the current will carry you downstream, and out to the ocean—and then you will be stuck on the raft forever. And it is so easy to get stuck—on the raft, on religion, on psychotherapy, on philosophy.
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The doctrine is like a finger pointing at the moon, and one must take care not to mistake the finger for the moon. Too many of us, I fear, suck the pointing finger of religion for comfort, instead of looking where it points.
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To see the moon, you must forget the pointing finger, and simply look at the moon.
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all the great Asian philosophies begin with the practice of concentration,
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‘‘If you want to know what reality is, you must look directly at it and see for yourself. But this needs a certain kind of concentration, because reality is not symbols, it is not words and thoughts, it is not reflections and fantasies. Therefore to see it clearly, your mind must be free from wandering words and from the floating fantasies of memory.’’
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You cannot, at the same time, concentrate and think about concentrating. It sounds almost silly to say it, but the only way to concentrate is to concentrate. In actually doing it, the idea of doing it disappears—and this is the same thing as saying that religion disappears when it becomes real and effective.
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If we are sitting down together at a meal, and I say to you, ‘‘Please pass the salt’’—you just do it, and there is no difficulty about it. You do not stop to consider the right method. You do not trouble yourself with the problem of how, when you have picked the saltshaker up, you are going to be able to concentrate on it long enough to bring it to my end of the table. Now there is absolutely no difference between this and concentrating the mind’s attention to see into the nature of reality. If you can concentrate the mind for two seconds, you can do it for two minutes, and if you can do it for two minutes, you can do it for two hours. Of course, if you want to make this kind of thing horribly difficult, you begin to think about timing yourself. Instead of concentrating, you begin to think about whether you are concentrating, about how long you have concentrated, and about how much longer you are going to keep it up. All this is totally off the point. Concentrate for one second. If, at the end of this time, your mind has wandered off, concentrate for another second, and then another. Nobody ever has to concentrate for more than one second—this one. This is why it is quite literally off the point to time yourself, to compete with yourself, and to bother about your progress and success in the art. It’s simply the old story of making a difficult job easy by taking it one step at a time.
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in the state of concentration, of clear unwavering attention, one has no self—that is, no self-consciousness. This is because the so-called self is a construct of words and memories, of fantasies which have no existence in immediate reality.
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self-consciousness is a constant inhibition of creative action,
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Self-consciousness is a stoppage because it is like interrupting a song after every note so as to listen to the echo, and then feeling irritated because of the loss of rhythm.
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The only way to enter into this state is precipitately—without delay or hesitation, just to do it. This is why I ordinarily avoid discussion of all the various kinds of Asian meditation techniques, such as Yoga. For I am inclined to feel that for most Westerners, these are not aids but obstacles to concentration. It is not unaffected and natural for us to assume the lotus posture and go through all sorts of spiritual gymnastics. So many Westerners who do this kind of thing are so self-conscious about it, so preoccupied with the idea of doing it that they never really do it at all.
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Therefore, the important thing is simply to begin—anywhere, wherever you are. If you happen to be sitting, just sit. If you are smoking a pipe, just smoke it. If you are thinking out a problem, just think. But don’t think and reflect unnecessarily, compulsively, from sheer force of nervous habit.
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While modern astronomy tells us of our insignificance beneath the stars, it also tells us that if we lift so much as a finger, we affect them.
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And man is in himself a little universe; the ordering of his mind and body is as complex as the ordering of the stars. Can we say, then, that the governing of a man’s universe is less important because it is different in size?
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For Lao-tzu’s Taoism is the philosophical equivalent of jujitsu, or judo, which means the way of gentleness. Its basis is the principle of Tao, which may be translated the Way of Nature. But in the Chinese language the word which we render as “nature” has a special meaning not found in its English equivalent. Translated literally, it means “self-so.” For to the Chinese, nature is what works and moves by itself without having to be shoved about, wound up, or controlled by conscious effort. Your heart beats “self-so,” and, if you would give it half a chance, your mind can function “self-so”—though most of us are much too afraid of ourselves to try the experiment.
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anything you can define or imagine, anything you can understand or desire, is not the Tao. We can’t know it, we can’t feel or sense it, for the very simple reason that it’s the whole substance of knowing, feeling, and sensing, of living and existing. It’s too close to be seen and too obvious to be noticed or understood.
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our principal problem in life is ourselves—why we are so tormented with anxiety about self-preservation and self-control, why we are so mixed up that we have to make laws to regulate our behavior, employ police to keep ourselves in order, and equip armies with explosives to prevent us from blowing ourselves up. In the more intimate sphere of personal life, the problem is the pain of trying to avoid suffering and the fear of trying not to be afraid.
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our principal problem in life is ourselves—why
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according to Lao-tzu, the way back, or forward, to harmony with the Tao is, in the profoundest and most radical sense, to do nothing at all.
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When Lao-tzu said that mui, doing nothing, was the secret of harmony with the Tao, he really meant it. But what he meant by it must be distinguished very carefully from two other courses which sound quite different from one another, though they are really the same. The first course, I will call the way of deliberate imitation. This is to suppose that we actually know what the sane and natural way of living is, to embody it in laws and principles, techniques and ideals, and then try by a deliberate effort of imitation to follow them. This leads to all the contradictions with which we are so familiar, the contradiction of man bawling himself out—as well as up—for not doing what he tells himself to do. The second, and seemingly opposed course, I will call the way of deliberate relaxation, the way of “to hell with it all.” This is to try not to control oneself, to attempt to relax one’s mind and let it think whatever it wants, to set out to accept one’s self as it is without making any effort to change it. This leads to a vast, sloppy, disorganized mess, or to a kind of compulsive stillness, or sometimes to an equally compulsive psychological diarrhea.
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You see yourself as a purpose-seeking creature, but realize that there is no purpose for the existence of such a creature. In relation to everything except your own preservation, you are marvelously futile. Your aim is to preserve and perpetuate yourself, but in the larger context of the universe there is no reason, no purpose for this aim.
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seriousness becomes a vice in the adult, because he makes a religion of the game,
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He is enlightened who joins in this play knowing it as play, for man suffers only because he takes seriously what the gods made for fun. Thus man only becomes man when he loses the gods’ sense of levity. For the gods (or buddhas, or what you will) are simply our own innermost essence, and this could shatter the universe to nothingness in a moment if it willed. But it does not, and it keeps the worlds moving for the divine purpose of play, because, like a musician, it is a creator and delights in the fashioning of a rhythm and a melody. To play with it is therefore not a duty but a joy, and he who does not see it as a joy can neither do it nor understand it.
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For Western culture is dedicated to the belief that there is a formula for happiness—an answer to the question “What shall I do to be saved?” All political propaganda, all advertising, and most of what we call education is based on the assumption that “there is a Way,” and that it’s only a matter of “know-how.” (If some of the details haven’t quite been worked out yet, just give the scientists a few more months and they’ll have it.)
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But there is no Way. Nobody knows the Way. The only way that there is is the path of a bird through the sky—now you see it, now you don’t. Not a trace left. Life is not going anywhere; there is nothing to be attained. All striving and grasping is so much smoke in the clutch of a dissolving hand. We are all lost—kicked off into a void the moment we were born—and the only way is to fall into oblivion.
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everyone is dissolving into nothing, and no one can help it.
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To know that you can do nothing is the beginning. Lesson One is: “I give up.”
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The final word must be, “There is no hope, no way.”
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We are all familiar with the many involuntary acts of the human body which never happen so long as we are trying to make them happen, so long as we are anxious about them—going to sleep, remembering a forgotten name, or, under certain circumstances, sexual excitation. Well, there is something like this which happens upon the sole condition that we are not trying to make it happen, that we have realized quite clearly that we cannot make it happen. In Zen, it is called satori, sudden awakening.
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the attempt to talk about, think about, or know about ultimate Reality constitutes an impossible task.
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the Knower can know other things, but cannot make Itself the object of Its own knowledge, in the same way that fire can burn other things but cannot burn itself.
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everything is at base something which cannot be known. Every statement which you make about this “something” turns out to be nonsense. And what is specially strange is that this unknowable something is also the basis of that which otherwise I know so intimately—myself.
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The resistance is rather the fundamental unwillingness of this type of mind to contemplate the limits of its power to succeed, order, and control. It feels that if there are areas of life which it cannot order, it is surely reasonable (i.e., orderly) to forget them and turn to areas of life which can be ordered—so that the sense of success, of the mind’s own competence, can be maintained.
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Now, consciousness, the ego, feels uprooted so long as it avoids and refuses to accept the fact that it does not and cannot know its own base or ground. But when this is recognized, the consciousness feels connected, rooted, even though it does not know to what it is connected, in what it is rooted. So long as it retains delusions of self-sufficiency, omni-competence, and individual free will, it ignores the unknown on which it rests. By the familiar “law of reversed effort,” this refusal of the unknown brings the feeling of insecurity, and in its train all the frustrating and impossible problems, all the vicious circles of human life, from the exalted nonsense of ontology down to the vulgar realms of power politics, where individuals play at being God. The hideous contrivances of the police (the 100 percent safe and ordered) state for planning the planners and guarding the guards and investigating the investigators are simply the political and social equivalents of the quests of speculative metaphysics. Both alike have their psychological origin in the reluctance of consciousness, of the ego, to face its own limits, and to admit that the ground and essence of the known is the unknown.
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The man who tries to know, to grasp himself, becomes insecure, just as one suffocates by holding one’s breath. Conversely, the man who really knows that he cannot grasp himself gives up, relaxes, and is at ease. But he never really knows if he simply dismisses the problem, and does not pause to wonder, to feel, and to become vividly aware of the real impossibility of self-knowledge.
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the love of which he spoke was not emotion. It was the general state of mind which exists when a man, through the realization of its impossibility, is no longer trying to grasp himself, to order everything and be dictator of the universe.
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it was always perfectly clear to the philosophers of Hinduism and Buddhism, and to some fewer Catholic mystics, that words such as “Brahman,” “Tathata,” and “God” meant not something but no-thing. They indicated a void in knowledge, somewhat as a window is outlined by the frame.
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Human life becomes a fantastic vicious circle when man tries to order and control the world and himself beyond certain limits, and these “negative metaphysics” at least convey the positive injunction to relax this excess of effort.
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Just as the knife cuts other things, but not itself, so thought uses tools which define but cannot be defined; logical philosophy itself by no means escapes from this limitation.
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This is the supernatural, in the proper sense of what cannot be “natured” or classified, and the immaterial in the sense of what cannot be measured, metered, or “mattered.” In all its fullness, this admission is precisely faith—the recognition that one must ultimately “give in” to a life-source, a Self beyond the ego, which lies beyond the definition of thought and the control of action.
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“Brahman is unknown to those who know It, and is known to those who do not know It at all.”
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Zen—a cult which has no patience with any practice or formula which has not immediate relationship with the one thing of importance: Enlightenment.
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If anything that lives and moves is held, it dies just like a plucked flower. Egotism is a fierce holding on to oneself; it is building oneself up in a haughty stronghold, refusing to join in the play of life, refusing to accept the eternal laws of change of movement to which all are subject. But that refusal can only be illusion. Whether we like it or not, change comes, and the greater the resistance, the greater the pain.
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Buddhism may be summed up in two phrases: “Let go!” and “Walk on!”
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the Zen master is not trying to give you ideas about life; he is trying to give you life itself, to make you realize life in and around you, to make you live it instead of being a mere spectator, a mere pedant absorbed in the dry bones of something which the life has long deserted.
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The same is true of the universe: no amount of intellectual analysis will explain it, for philosophy and science can only reveal its mechanism, never its meaning
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“What is the Tao?” A Zen master answers, “Usual life is the very Tao.”
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There are some who never live, who are always having thoughts about life and feelings about life; others are swept away on the tides of circumstance, so overwhelmed by events that they have nothing of their own.
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“When the Many are reduced to the One, to what is the One to be reduced?”
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there is no limit. something can always be reduced. even emptiness. there are unlimited levels, up and down. atoms can be split and joined. hence there is no answer. and there is no question.
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Zen is life.
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For the unconscious is not an individual; it is simply that about himself which man does not know. As such it is a purely relative term, because some people know more about themselves than others.
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the profession of analyst attracts many who need their own medicine more than any of their patients.
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There is another alternative, though the professional analyst usually regards it with horror: that is to analyze yourself. It needs care and a pair of feet planted firmly on the earth, but if due regard is paid to the rules it can be done. You can follow the age-old techniques of meditation and you will often be safer in your own hands than in those of an analyst.
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eventually the universe will return again into a manifestation, to another, and another, and another repetition of the whole process ad infinitum.
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eternity is not just everlasting time; eternity is beyond time; it is now.
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Become What You Are (Alan Watts)
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the “far-off, divine event” is not just millions of years in the future: it is now. At this moment the universe is both manifested as a collection of separate individual things, and at the same time each of these things retains absolute unity and identity with its divine source.
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Become What You Are (Alan Watts)
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letting life live you for a while instead of trying to make yourself live life.
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Become What You Are (Alan Watts)
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there is only one Reality and that all diversity is illusion.
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Become What You Are (Alan Watts)
- Note Loc. 1283  | Added on Monday, August 15, 2016, 04:18 PM

and then all illution is reality
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Become What You Are (Alan Watts)
- Note Loc. 1283  | Added on Monday, August 15, 2016, 04:18 PM

and then all illution is reality
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Become What You Are (Alan Watts)
- Note Loc. 1283  | Added on Monday, August 15, 2016, 04:19 PM

and then all illutions are reality
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Become What You Are (Alan Watts)
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The point is that we can only think of what is going on now, even if we are thinking of the past or the future. For our thoughts about past and future are going on now, and we are thinking them.
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Become What You Are (Alan Watts)
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Life cannot be had without death, pleasure without evil.
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Become What You Are (Alan Watts)
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according to the philosophy represented by the Avatamsaka-sutra each single atom contains in itself the whole universe. Therefore, what is done by one individual affects all others; if one man raises himself, he raises at the same time the whole universe.
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