The Incredible, Amazing, Awesome Apple Keynote!

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The Role of Art

Is to validate to your conscious mind that your wildest dreams are true now. Not sometime in the future or past. That the Mysterium Tremendum is reality and that you are it, Tat tvam asi. It is not separate from you in some far off place incapsulated in the metaphor of a Supernatural being who is not you. You are who the metaphor is referring to. The thing that is stopping your senses from experiencing this is your ego, the most powerful complex in the psyche, that itself was crested by the Super Ego, the structures, establishments, demands of what we call “Society,” whose agenda over time grew from being a tool for the individual to instead controlling him. The Super Ego is the Labyrinth, and you are Theseus. A modern day metaphor for the Super Ego is the computer and Internet. Conceived of as tools to help the individual, they are now beginning to control us instead of us controlling them. The way to break the ego’s complex is meditation.

Art is organic symbolism trying to use an inorganic medium ( like words, steel strings, and synthetic paint) to express the experience of the sublime in nature. Sometime the medium is organic (vocal chords, colored sand, body movements) but the challenge is the same: the audiences’ ego tends to conceptualize, compartmentalize, and translate the experience in terms of societal constructs such as logic, reason, and meaning. “What’s the message?” is a typical response. That’s the ego trying to block out the experience because it threatens the ego’s paradigm. Art is not a message but a ritual, an experience intended to crack artficial complexes and release consciousness

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My First Audio “Boo” – A Song “Verities”



(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction Unplugged

Stephen Pickering – (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction (Unplugged Cover)

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I pulled up this recording from the vaults. I thought it was interesting. I was like “Hey, I kinda sound like Mick” hehehehhehehehehehe. I remember I was playing in a band and I used this track to rehearse the electric guitar part. That’s why its acoustic. But I found it funny that this song has such an iconic beat that even with the drum machine, on the hesitating back beat right before “Hey Hey Hey, That’s what I say!” it sounds so much like the recording. I like how blues/rock beats seem to come up from the Earth like that. Primitive soul.


How to Successfully Quit Smoking

Quitting smoking is a simple process if you are educated and practically impossible if you are not.

The key insight is that nicotine is a physically addictive drug. It hijacks the dopamine reward system in the limbic area of the brain.

  • The only way to successfully quit is to abstain from all nicotine intake for 72 hours, 3 days.

The main reason people fail to quit permanently is because they are duped into believing that the painful physical withdrawals they feel during those 72 hours is going to be with them forever, but the truth is after 72 hours, you are free.

After 72 hours the physical withdrawal feelings, which are very real, go away. Then you will coast through the next week and a half. After 14 days the neuronal system is completely healed. There’s no trace of nicotine in your body and your sense of smell comes back.

Nicotine patches don’t work because nicotine itself is the physical addiction. And quitting “gradually” not only doesn’t work, it can be the biggest hell you put yourself through because it only keeps the withdrawal pain alive for an extended period.

It’s important to remember that during these 72 hours your not going to be constantly in pain. You’ll have three or four separate cravings a day that if you look at a clock, only last about 5 minutes. You’ll have a craving first thing in the morning, at noon, in the afternoon, and then one other at night.

It’s absolutely critical that when you begin your “quit” you must physically get rid of all nicotine in your house, otherwise when the physical cravings come you won’t have the strength to resist. Don’t put them in the trash can outside or you will find yourself digging through the trash first thing in the morning. You must physically destroy them. Physically break them up and flush them down the toilet or take them to a bin further away than the nearest convenience store.

Remember you’ve only got 20 minutes total of pain a day for three days, and then you are home free. It’s very simple, if you follow these few simple rules, and impossible if you don’t.

Also, after your quit is in place and your feeling good, you must remember, and this is not an exaggeration, if you even take one smoke after this, which would be out of choice and not physical addiction, you will be immediately hooked and have to go through this whole process again. Nicotine can’t be casually integrated into your life like you see in the movies or like the Carrie character seems to do in “Sex and the City.” For 95% of the population nicotine is physically addictive with one single dose.

(Information learned from personal experience and the nicotine cessation expert Joel at


Most Useful Firefox Extensions

FireFox 3.5 just came out yesterday

  • Feedly – The Ultimate Home Page. Feedly weaves your favorite content into a fun, magazine-like start page.

  • Xmarks – Synchronizes your Bookmarks and Passwords across all platforms
  • NoScript – Provides the most powerful security available in a browser

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