Thursday, April 24, 2008

Trees

These trees really made my day.

Dan Gilbert: Why are we happy? Why aren't we happy?


Ted Talks Dan Gilbert: Why are we happy? Why aren't we happy?

In this memorable talk, Dan Gilbert demonstrates just how poor we humans are at predicting (or understanding) what will make us happy. Gilbert is a psychology professor at Harvard, and author of "Stumbling on Happiness".

The Simulacra final part 3

It finally happened, the sham political system collapses in the novel, and is obviously a metaphor for our western system of democrazy.


"They were frightened," Pembroke said." and frightened people lose the ability to think." about how the elite cowards lost their power structure :) I wonder how afraid they are in this reality.


"And don't worry about the psychological effect on the nation," pembroke said. "on the masses of Bes. I think they'll be able to withstand it, once the initial shock has worn off. There will be a reaction, of course; I expect it to demolish the system of government. Wouldn't you agree? By that I mean there will be no further der Altes (android replacement president) and no more so-called "Nicole," (first lady getting replaced by an actress when too old, people are too stupid to notice) and no more division into Ge and Be. Because we'll all be Ges, now." anyone else think of the bee gees here? :p

The Simulacra part 1 and part 2

Radiohead: All I Need


Radiohead: All I Need

From the Rabbit Hole

Check out this post straight From the Rabbit Hole. Apparently a scorpio moon doubled (I suck at astrology) there is an INCREDIBLE window open for manifestation and transmutation of energy, since scorpio moves between realms, and can transmute poison to nectar. So there!

Daily Dedroidify: 3 wise tales

Daily Dedroidify: 3 wise tales

Bodhidharma was the Buddhist monk traditionally credited as the founder of Zen Buddhism in China. People said that he was brought before the emperor Wu, who desired to see the wise man and wanted to hear approving words for the pious works he managed. Therefor he asked Bodhidharma:
"We have built temples, multiplied holy writings, converted monks and nuns. Your holiness, is there a certain merit to our behaviour?"
"No merit what so ever."
The distraught emperor was of the opinion that such a reply rejected the teachings and asked:
"What then is the holy truth, the highest principle?"
"That principle is in each thing, nothing is sacred."
"Who are you then, here before me?"
"I don't know majesty."

The Cave
A robber, artist, grabber and wise man were travelling together and found a cave, hidden deep in the rocks.
The robber said: "What a great hiding place!"
The artist said: "What a great space for murals!"
The grabber said: "What a great cavity to hide a treasure!"
But the wise man only said: "What a great cave!"

O!
The zen teacher Haku-In was praised by his neighbors for his pure way of life.
A pretty Japanese girl, that lived next to him with her parents, was expecting a child.
This made the parents furious. The girl didn't want to mention the father's name at first, but finally named Haku-In.
The furious parents went to see the master.
"O!" was his only reply.
After the child was born, it was brought to Haku-In.
Who had because of this incident lost his reputation, which didn't bother him, but he took very good care of the child. He received milk from his neighbours and everything the child needed.
A year later the girl couldn't contain herself any longer and told her parents the truth, that the real father was a young man who worked at the fish market.
Her parents immediately went to see Haku-In to ask him for forgiveness,
stuttered a thousand apologies and asked for the child to be returned.
"O!" said Haku-In, as he handed them the child.