The Last Time & Bitter Sweet Symphony

Another mash up I created last year combining The Andrew Loog Oldham Orchestra performing “The Last Time” by The Rolling Stones and Bitter Sweet Symphony by the Verve:

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End of the World

To commemorate the end of the world today, I created an 8tracks playlist:

See you guys in the next life, when we are all cats.

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Elgars Variations on The Matrix

This is a mash up I created last year combining the full 2nd movement (C.A.E.) of Elgar’s Enigma Variations and Rob D’s Clubbed to Death. I put some images to it and uploaded it to youtube earlier this year:

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Last year Todd and I went to see Chuck Palahniuk at the Bagdad. The event started off with a Q&A session with Chuck and Lidia Yuknavitch, an up and coming author. The questions they read each other were chosen from a batch that were submitted to Powell’s Bookstore for the event. Just about every question for Lidia was pretty harsh, ridiculing her for everything from age to grammar. She certainly paid her dues. Continue reading

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Android 4.2

I came across an article today at Android Police talking about manually installing Android 4.2:

It listed 4 steps:

Step 1: Download the Android 4.2 zip from Google
Step 2: Boot the Nexus 7 into recovery mode
Step 3: Connect the Nexus 7 to your computer via usb cable, download the Android SDK or the adb/fastboot tools, run “adb sideload” on the zip file
Step 4: Reboot & enjoy

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I just finished the book “Abundance” by Peter H. Diamandis and Steven Kotler; The subtitle is: “The future is better than you think” and I came away really believing that. This book is a must read to counter the mindset of doom and gloom. The authors are huge on the merits of technology, explaining that “Technology is a resource liberating mechanism.” The big idea being that if we can get our minds thinking in exponential terms, then we can continue to develop the technology that will unlock abundance for everyone on the planet. Continue reading

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Linked in Park

I had a sudden and overwhelming urge to open up Photoshop and answer a burning question. What would it look like if Linkin Park were a professional social network? Maybe something like what you see to the right. New hit single: “What I’ve Done… To Get More Contacts.”

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Neal Stephenson

Last year Todd and I went to see Neal Stephenson at the Bagdad. He was reading from his latest and thickest book “ReadMe.” The book sounded intriguing, and I would have been happy if he kept reading for the entire time. After the reading, he moved on to Q&A, which turned out to be incredibly entertaining. One woman thanked him several times for writing “Snowcraft,” and he said “Thanks. I know what you mean.” Continue reading

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Christmas Aftermath

I came across a couple Christmas related videos that really got my attention. One was a collection (and song) of “deprived” people tweeting about not getting the gifts they wanted for Christmas. It’s one of the clear effects of our culture becoming more entitled and narcissistic, turning into Veruca Salt from Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory. It’s actually really interesting and there’s a great book called “The Narcissism Epidemic” that really gets into what’s going on and might be done about it. Continue reading

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Problems are a Catalyst For Growth

I was watching a great video that gives an excellent re-frame for thinking about problems. In the video, KB quotes William Meader, saying: “Chaos is a prelude to the evolution of consciousness.” This is the same message that was in the synopsis of “A New Earth” that I listened to a while back when I was feeling angry: “Suffering has a noble purpose: the evolution of consciousness and the burning up of the ego.”

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