“It is when the heart is filled with song that the child can be said to be musically gifted.”
Masanobu Fukuoka

The One-Straw Revolution

Upside Down?


“… and then he bean to tell a most disconcering tale about a country bumpkin who became an important official during a time of political upheaval… [he] was appointed minister, or governor, or perhaps even president, because there was no way of telling what people would do in their follu. Becuase of this appointment he came to believe that he was indeed important and learned to put on an act.

…[he] was very good at public appearances and could whip up a speech with no difficulty at all, but his position required that he read his speeches, and the man was illiterate. So he used his wits to outsmart everybody. He had a sheet of paper with something written on it and flashed it around when eer he gave a speech. And this his efficiency and other good qualities were undeniable to all the country bumpkins. But one day a literate stranger came along and noticed that the hero was reading his speech while holding the sheet upside down. He began to alugh and pointed out the lie to everyone.

… he faced everyone calmly and said, ‘Upside down? Why whould the position of the sheet matter if you know how to read?’. And the bumpkins agreed with him.”

Taken from Carlos Castaneda’s “Tales of Power”

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It’s Been A While


It’s been a while…
It’s been a while since I’ve felt a sensation of quiet being
It’s been a while since pure beauty has tapped me gently on the shoulder
It’s been a while since I’ve been clear enough to appreciate it calling out to me
It’s been a while since I’ve seen a beautiful sunset
It’s been a while longer since I’ve run to get the camera and capture an image of one.


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Twitter Weekly Updates for 2009-03-29

  • @ronenk I lost my Jeff viriginity a few months ago… if I could move back in time I would take and keep that virginity… in reply to ronenk #
  • @ronenk true story – IMHO – don’t go…. or alternatively be clear about why you are going and then re-ask the question 🙂 in reply to ronenk #
  • RT if u want quality (good stuff) in ur life turn/shut down your facebook usage @davewiner: Scoble about Facebook http://bit.ly/t3Qdy #
  • ALERT ALERT ALERT: Facebook (and many others like them) are NOT THERE FOR YOU… they are there TO USE YOU AND MAKE MONEY IN THE PROCESS #
  • DISCLOSURE: I live here: http://twurl.nl/i5hwkf & I rarely log into Facebook (I do so ONLY when I can’t find a better approach). #
  • @ronenk agree & embrace yet… I am thinking ecology: cows eat grass, cows shit on grass, grass grows… why does facebook need more money? in reply to ronenk #
  • @ronenk I just watched this (all 3 parts) http://twurl.nl/4p4ykc and I’m thinking “money is an old concept isn’t it… time to move on?” in reply to ronenk #
  • @ronenk … then it’s time to invest in a dick-growth hi-tech-medical device… because they are WAYYYYY over compensating! in reply to ronenk #
  • theory: http://twurl.nl/ujfm4k + http://twurl.nl/bmt0xh = Iranians should be looking into these: http://twurl.nl/qlk7yk #
  • RT @Philanthropic: You strengthen people as you surround them with your loving thoughts. #
  • change (like death) catches you by surprise… change destroys and creates… we are in a wonderful time of change… it’s a great show! #
  • @ronenk when you come to the north (eg. in escaping missiles falling on Tel-Aviv) do come and say hello 🙂 http://twurl.nl/2wi85q in reply to ronenk #
  • @ronenk another great product ePoporn… pieces of it wedge into your twitter and facebook streams … and you can never get them out in reply to ronenk #
  • boy I am really banging away at twitter today… time to go and eat and watch the sunset… all things good 🙂 #
  • @ronenk the un-shortened version of the link: http://www.iamronen.com/?p=833 in reply to ronenk #
  • @ronenk it’s responding for me … but I plan to move hosting over next few months… I don’t trust my current hosting at hostican! in reply to ronenk #
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  • TWITTER TIP: How to increase the QUALITY of your twitter followers? Don’t try to increase your twitter follower count! #
  • 23:45 good night! #
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  • went to get the car a periodical fix-up, found engine-block is cracked no point in attempting to give it a longer life…. arghhh! #
  • @ronenk your is HUGE!!! WOW!!! in reply to ronenk #
  • when I get a friendly but automated DM greeting in response to following someone I unfollow them! #
  • RT @OurielOhayon: just discovered that if you google “translate+word” it will present you first a translation from google translate … #
  • firefox has been crashing toooo much lately…. anyone else having trouble with this? #
  • some thoughts on leadership: http://twurl.nl/66tyk2 #
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  • RT @elatable: RT @judithd fascination w. info about ourselves induces 2 provide lengthy self-portraits 2 marketers http://tinyurl.com/c2c9pq #
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  • hello all – please meet (and if you want to greet) my love @andreeahl as she explores the twitter waters…. #
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  • @andreeahl lo mevin romanit 🙂 dabri barur bevakasha 🙂 in reply to andreeahl #
  • @acip hello there 🙂 how is life? thinking of you every other day 🙂 please meet @andreeahl in reply to acip #
  • joy in repetition, joy in repetition, joy in repetition, joy in repetition, joy in repetition, joy in repetition #
  • RT @gotoAndSmoke: Not everyone lives to tell a tale, but many tell a tale of the few who live #
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  • RT @vrivett: It takes a lot to impress me but WOW WOW WOW! Amazing check out this phone http://bit.ly/XlP6M #
  • “He said that … by talking about my experience and by thinking about it I was dissipating it” #
  • RT Websters: (1) damn those pesky hormones, (2) ummm those hormones, let’s fuck! @MJ: Fucking hormones. #
  • RT and given enough time becomes inedible?? @YaelBeeri: facebook is like a box of chocolates…. looks different every morning #
  • off to breakfast 🙂 ta ta ! #
  • RT sounds like a drug experiment from the 60’s : ) @acip: WT (Web Technologies) Lab on DTD & XSD #
  • some music shouldn’t be “listened to”, it should just be “heard” !! #
  • RT behind all the fuss and noise – business doing real work @davewiner: Straws in the wind for Silicon Valley. http://bit.ly/V4QWt #
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  • inspiration gives education direction, education without inspiration is misdirected #
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  • RT Yeah Right! @ronenk: @YaelBeeri I’m real. #
  • breaking from FLEX to watch a movie 🙂 #
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  • RT @andreea_hl: buna dimineata. e a mia oara in ultimile zile cand spun ca Israel e nebun. ieri era aproape ger si azi maneca scurta. hmmmmm #

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It seems a that shooting down leaders has become a very popular sport – the popular excuse for it is that they do not demonstrate the leadership expected from them. I always cringe a little when I hear this. I feel that leadership is largely misunderstood. Leadership is not something that a leader does – it is about a relationship – and like any good relationship the responsibility for it is (or at least should be) shared.

I am not sure that in order to talk about “leadership” I am required to first talk about “leader”, but I do think it will give these words a context. To me a leader is someone who can shoulder the responsibility of facing unknowns. I believe that life is a process of evolution and that evolution takes place when known clashes with unknown. A leader facilitates and embraces this clash – the result of which is change.

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Twitter Weekly Updates for 2009-03-22

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  • RT @ronenk: 72.196.1889 #
  • RT Israel continuing into era of extremism – get used to it! @ajkeen: Leiberman 2 bcome Israeli foreign minister http://bit.ly/44S84Z #
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  • @adambn because you have like 2 friends there and never logged in 🙂 how are you? in reply to adambn #
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  • this is where we live now: http://twurl.nl/0e84pe #
  • RT @adambn: Know a Flash guru/ninga who want take part in a kickass project? DM me, believe me he won’t regret it! please RT #
  • bring Leonard Cohen to Israel: http://www.leonard.co.il #
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  • @ronenk what’s on your mind, keeping you from sleeping? in reply to ronenk #
  • turn up volume, hit play, close ur eyes and let words seep into you and do their magical work: http://twurl.nl/qslaaa #
  • English: “Sorry babe”; Hebrew: “Tsar Li Buba” #
  • my thoughts running off http://twurl.nl/mw5r6j after reading Clay Shirky’s article on newspapers/journalism: http://twurl.nl/6ceokz #
  • @Malarkey why? in reply to Malarkey #
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  • RT @tmaduri: A business that makes nothing but money is a poor business. ~ Henry Ford. #
  • 23:21 RT great song thank u @ronenk: @iamronen these things that keeps me busy, feeling good http://tinyurl.com/62suhd #
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  • “We are perceivers. We are an awareness; we are not objects; we have no solidity. We are boundless. ->continued #
  • The world of objects and solidity is a way of making our passage on earth convenient. ->continued #
  • It is only a description that was created to help us. We, or rather our reason, forget that the description is only a description ->cont #
  • and thus we entrap the totality of ourselves in a vicious circle from which we rarely emerge in our lifetime. ->continued #
  • So, in essence, the world that your reason wants to sustain is the world created by a description & its dogmatic & inviolable rules ->cont #
  • which the reason learns to accept and defend…. -> continued #
  • from now on you should let yourself perceive whether the description is upheld by your reason or by your will.” #
  • “The secret of a warrior is that he believes without believing … A warrior doesn’t believe, a warrior has to believe.” #
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  • RT mobilized=take action @e180: I wish people mobilized against social injustices as much as they mobilize to bring the old Facebook back. #
  • RT Watch, read, share .. WOW !!! @e180: Man, I love this video. It’s worth sharing again. http://www.girleffect.org/#/video/ #
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  • @adambn mazal tov on new HUGE TV 🙂 in reply to adambn #
  • http://twurl.nl/jcas4d ->but you are probably better off not listening to people who really want to be heard… but the quiet ones… well #
  • great speech from the whitehouse http://www.whitehouse.gov/Nowruz/ … and then “the hammer came down”… #
  • where would you start with listening to classical music? #
  • @adambn on classical – can you PLEASE be more specific? 🙂 in reply to adambn #
  • @SaraJChipps Thank you : ) something specific? preferably torrent dowloadable 🙂 in reply to SaraJChipps #
  • meditation work: setting up the contents of a multilingual flex form… create value in resource, replace static value, create, replace… #
  • @adambn I am connected to 014 and they have occasional connection problems… unexcusable I think… in reply to adambn #
  • @adambn 014 – bezeq intnl in reply to adambn #
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  • RT amen @gapingvoid: Not that I actually give a damn, but I find it weird how invisible my work is to the gallery/critic/curator douchebags. #
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  • faith is powerful, those that have it have an advantage over those who don’t… #
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  • learning to speak Indonesian Cattish… it’s a simple language #
  • “A guardian is broad-minded and understanding. A guard, on the other hand, is a vigilante, narrow-minded and most of the time despotic.” #
  • @ronenk 🙂 in reply to ronenk #
  • RT Merlot? @ronenk: 1978. #

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