general stuff

July 14, 2008

in the mind, there are no limits

In the province of the mind, what is believed to be true is true or becomes true, within limits to be found experimentally and experientially. These limits are further beliefs to be transcended. In the province of the mind, there are no limits. – John C. Lilly

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July 9, 2008

irish blessing

may the road rise to meet you may the wind be always at your back may the sun shine warm upon your face the rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again, may God hold you in the hollow of his hand

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July 1, 2008

from Spinoza

Some of my favorite quotes from Spinoza: “The rational person is the one who strives always to increase his power, to change passion to action, and to secure for himself joy, independence and serenity that are the true marks of freedom.  To achieve this condition, however, is to amend our...

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June 26, 2008

server crash

The server my blog sits on crashed, which is why the site has been so flaky these last couple of days.  Everything has now been migrated over to a new server.  I now have to upgrade wordpress.  Fingers crossed that the process goes well.

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June 26, 2008

STFU and Do It

Today was a standard day. I was out most of the day. During my morning reading session I finished Bernard Williams’ essay on Plato. I didn’t know Plato is considered the father of philosophy. I am amazed at how much Western Thought even after all these years is shaped by...

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June 12, 2008

the great debators

I have not seen the movie The Great Debaters starring Denzel Washington, Forest Whitaker, and Kimberly Elise. But after reading a review by Robert Piluso I am heading straight to Love Film and order it. The movie is based on the true story of the 1935 Wiley College Debate Team...

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June 10, 2008


The Barefoot Doctor has a new book out called Pure. I like Barefoot’s style and humorous take on theTao and the Taoist philosophy of Wei Wu.Even though I am a fan of the Barefoot Doctor, I have to admit that this volume doesn’t offer any new ideas. For the most...

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May 31, 2008

no destination

I finished the dice man this morning and was contemplating what to read next. And then at 9 o’clock this morning the postman delivered an unexpected package. I opened it to find a book that I didn’t remember ordering. I opened the front cover and there was a note from...

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May 22, 2008

even with a map you can still get lost

My book, even with a map you can still get lost, is nearing it’s final stages before it sees print.  The book is basically a collection of short reflective essays designed to be read whenever you have a spare moment and are looking for a quick hit on the inspiration...

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May 18, 2008

seven song meme

Beaman hit me with the 7 song meme.  This may be cheating a little bit, but the best way to find out what music I am into at the moment is to check out my lastFm page.  That’s tell all you want to know about my recent music habits.

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May 11, 2008

return from poland

I’m back from Poznan. Our workshops for the Negotiation Days conference were a success. I enjoy spending time in Poznan. The people are fantastic and friendly. The food is good. The women are beautiful. I don’t think it gets any better than that. The city is vibrant and has a...

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May 7, 2008


In a couple of hours I leave for Poland. It is our annual pilgrimage to Posnan to run a series of workshops for the Negotiation Days conference. I like Posnan. The very first time I went to Posnan, I did so under arms. Well not hostile, but as a soldier...

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May 3, 2008


I’m involved with an exciting new film project! I’m working with writer, director Tim Clague on a really cool feature film. We want to do something different. We want make the world’s first free-to-watch motion picture that is fully funded by integrated commercials. I won’t go into great detail here...

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April 17, 2008

my top 10 movies

[youtube]D0QKbnCDW94[/youtube] I am going on Robert McKee’s 3 day intensive Story seminar this weekend. I want to use the seminar as the jumping off point for launching my serious pursuit of learning and mastering the art and craft of storytelling. I read his book and learnt a great deal from...

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April 6, 2008

april is the cruelest month

It snowed last night.  I woke up and everything outside was covered in a couple of inches of snow.  If it was December or January I would be thrilled; as it is April and Spring, I am not. This time it is true; April is the cruelest month, as T.S....

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February 23, 2008

sharing it No.1

To fuel your addiction to surfing, I thought I’d create a category to share sites that I find interesting and seem worthy of a visit. Like a lot of webheads, I spend probably more time than I should surfing the Net.   When it comes to surfing, I’m like a sentinel...

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February 21, 2008

lunar eclipse

I staggered out of bed at 3 a.m. to catch a glimpse of the lunar eclipse. Instead all I saw was clouds, so I staggered back to bed. I won’t get a chance to see another total lunar eclipse now until December 2010.

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