“God is the ultimate Rorschach test.”
Carter Phipps

Migrating to Mozilla Thunderbird

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For some time I have been wanting to switch from Outlook to Thunderbird. Thunderbird is a mail client developed by Mozilla – the same organization that is behind the Firefox Browser. These are both open source tools and I am slowly migrating to open-source applications – the reasons deserve a whole separate post. They both have a rich offering of plugins and addons that extend their functionality. A popular Thunderbird addon is Lightning – which provides calendar functionality. Thunderbird & Lightning together are a formidable substitute to Outlook.

What has prevented me from making the transition until now was synchronizing my Nokia E65. The Nokia software provides a solution for Outlook. I could not find a solution for doing this with Thunderbird. Now I have. I found a nicely written post on how do this here (techies you might want to visit this wikipedia page on SyncML). The solution is founded on a free mediating service that you can use to sync both your mobile phone and Thunderbird. The one I found that has both phone and Thunderbird compatibility for both contacts and calendar entries is ScheduleWorld.

Now that I have this sorted out – I have encountered another obstacle. I have grown somewhat accustomed to some of the search features provided by Xobni (which I have installed on Outlook). Xobni compensates for Outlook’s meek search features (amongst other things). I will miss these features in Thunderbird – so again the migration is on hold – but I believe it is a matter of time!

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Donnie Darko

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‘I find it kind of funny
I find it kind of sad
the dreams in which I’m dying are the best I’ve ever had’

I don’t know how many times I’ve seen this movie. I enjoy it time and time again – and I have no idea why. There is an elusive quality to it – almost mystical. Paul recommended that I watch the movie. I have no idea why. I guess you have to try it for yourself.

Some more interesting facts about the movie here.
I just looked at the movie website… don’t really know what its about… but it caught me for a few minutes (much like the movie does)

If for no other reason then watch the movie for the penetrating rendition of “Mad World” by Tears for Fears. It was sung by Gary Jules – and if you haven’t heard it yet – then stop everything and listen to it now on his myspace page.

Post update – found this clip of Mad World:

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Out of Focus

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This is one of the first images I took deliberately out of focus. I went out numerous times to walk the streets of the rather dull suburbishcity in which I lived, with a camera in hand. I usually came back empty handed. I could see nothing. Then one day as I was walking up the main street facing the sunset I got an idea to go out of focus.

What a relief – suddenly I felt an interest arising in me – I was seeing so many new things. An overflow of disassociated details literally blurred into a whole that made sense. It changed from something I could not understand to something I could sense and experience. It shifted from my thinking mind into a realm of imagination.

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The images below were taken as a preparation for an improvised performance. The performance was part of an art-exhibition opening event that celebrated the theme of ‘city’. I had an idea to prepare  visual materials, based on that theme, that we could then project during the performance to establish a landscape. I am not naturally curious or fond of city landscapes so I was faced with a challenge.

These images were taken during two excursions. One was close to home – in a rural-village landscape. The other was in ‘the big city’ Tel-Aviv. Again I found myself drifting towards the out-of-focus perspective. We did not use the images in the performance – and they have never been displayed. Until now.

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Shifting Weight

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Some mornings, like today, I start the day by sitting in the garden with a drink and a book. when I do this I feel I set a healthy rhythm for my day, that it down-plays any unnecessary ambitions. This morning as I leaned forward to get up from the chair I noticed a shift.

My mind was already moving towards the next activities – which be called ‘work’. What caught my attention was a tension – a kind of anxiety that was not there while I was reading. I seemed to be making a move from a concept of ‘leisure’ to a concept of ‘work’. I felt I was taking on a burden. I also realized that this was an unnecessary effort – that I could bring qualities of ‘liesure’ into ‘work’. I would then enjoy the work, I would take my time doing it and would be probably do a better job.

The burden is an expression of incorrect effort – there is no need for it. It reflects habits that have formed over a long time. It reflects fears and expectations. It is hidden and subtly affecting my mind. I was able to catch in in a subtle shift in the weight of my body. It happened so fast that the mind could not get in the way – and I learned something new about myself.

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Happiness as your Business Model

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A great presentation:

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