Tuesday, March 31, 2015

interested in reading a book on decision processes

The Talking Point is a reference in Hieroglyph, a special sci-fi short story collection about positive futures.  I recommend the latter and will find the former.  Both likely of interest to Sadams and Bruce.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Microsoft's new strategy

A few months ago I said I would have invested in MSFT based on its new strategic moves if I had extra money.  TheVerge describes the strategy and how it will make money.

Friday, March 20, 2015

even paranoids have enemies

A skepticism towards the wariness that I cultivate these days did not serve me today and I was taken advantage of by unscrupulous criminals.  I was scammed.  It is revealing how the psychology of fear combined with strong commands took over, a lesson for sure.

 My neighbor, a cop, says there is a lot of this going on, so watch out.
Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (800) 366-4484

late 2017 update: the scammers were busted

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

annoying friend

The Onion

a talk recommended by Michelle Alexander

Shaka Senghor TED talk on "Why Your Worst Deeds Don't Define You"

Bateson and Reich and McLeod

Gregory emphasized that life, in all its forms, is about learning.  He was particularly critical of physical metaphors for personality, for instance bottling rage and exploding.  Reich, of course, talked about emotional armoring.  What applies when recognizing bracing and undoing that false economy to be present?   Ken McLeod says to focus on increasing awareness and the ability to be present no matter what you experience and whether it seems internal or external.

Monday, March 16, 2015

the backlash against mindfullness addressed

When mindfullness began to "have its moment in the sun" I thought there would be a backlash, particularly from fundamentalist Christians, but this HuffPost article shows some other sources.  It also answers the critics.  As to the class issue, mindfullness doesn't cost money and instruction is for the most part free or cheaply available.  Try it out...

nothing to hide/nothing to see

On Paranoids

You could tap my brain, my phone and my computers now and there is nothing I'd fear being seen. In the past when I was obsessed, around the turn of the century, I felt extreme paranoia about my cyberbullies.  Eventually I realized what was happening and cleaned up: regular, complete sleep, values clarification, making behavior consistent with my values, useful therapy and, most of all, meditation and my new at the time wife. Extreme times had made little things into mountains of significance - my journey had become a battle slog.  I am so very grateful that is over and done!

Note: there were consequences for those I interacted with in the early Blogosphere; for that I strongly apologize. My magnified concerns and my obsessive focus on them created a paper tiger, which in turn cast a shadow. I wish I could undo that - but I cannot.  It weighed primarily on those who did not know what exactly they were seeing and who imagined all manner of things.  Mainly I put some people on a pedestal - that was pretty much it, nothing more unsavory, but how would they know? While the pedestals are gone, dissolved by a more realistic appraisal and by my own experience with those people's dark sides, my respect remains.  Not just because these people are wealthy now, either... they've proven they can create and deliver repeatedly - kudos to them, best wishes, and peace!

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Lost In Redding

 "Lost In Redding" is track one and "Small World In A Small Town" is track two
on Snakeoil's new jazz release, You've Been Watching.  This is popular with reviewers
and will appear in a month.  Any connection?

Read about bandleader Tim Berne, note David Torne produced this, and see that Berne played
with Frisell and with Nels Cline, so the usuals might find this interesting...

metacademy learning resource


jazzy cover from American Idol!


Friday, March 13, 2015

KIrtan with Krishna Das

When I feel the tone of my spiritual life is too spare and self-limiting, I remember times like this and times with Ram Dass.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Thursday, March 5, 2015

tomorrow night

Looking forward to the Other Minds concert af SF Jazz and dinner with Lori and Jon!
And not the least, the return of the love of my life from San Diego!

Monday, March 2, 2015