“Our scientific description of nature is always culturally derived. Nature tells us only what our culture predisposes us to hear.”
Robert Pirsig

Lila

Twitter Weekly Updates for 2011-05-15

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  • can't wait to stop pissing in and flushing with drinking water! #
  • The only news show I watch is free, online and in high-definition: http://www.thedailyshow.com/full-episodes/ #
  • living in a city without parcitipating in it is emotionally, energetically, spiritually and financially draining … happy 2b leaving it #
  • we just paid what I hope will be our last rent in this lifetime! #
  • @iandstewart @iammattthomas @hugobaeta would b gr8 2 have a WordPress plugin that senses old browsers, alerts and directs 2 browsehappy.com #
  • being a couple makes it ok for one of us to occasionally lose faith since the other keeps faith and holds true to our course #

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Twitter Weekly Updates for 2011-05-08

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  • our Tilia tree is growing beautifully and we hope to soon have an access road to our house: http://bit.ly/ihSSvH #
  • Romanian village eggs topple "internet-guru" : http://bit.ly/jkWJS5 #
  • Who controls your data? http://bit.ly/f2P31e #
  • a beautiful color palette: dark gray clouds and golden rising sun #
  • all set, flying to the UK next weekend to meet with http://www.modece.com/ to learn about and consult on our hemp house project #
  • I have activated Flattr on my blog – now you can click a button and let me know you care: http://bit.ly/lge7zh #
  • most interesting 2me about attack on Sony, even though I don't use any of their products, is that I feel content they are being attacked #
  • I am as untrusting of the hacker culture behind the attack as I am of the corporate culture under attack #
  • corporate culture is to me a threatening parasite and hacker culture is a beneficial parasite that is responding to the threat #
  • Syria: http://bit.ly/mqfpS9 – astounding, given inellectual and spiritual advances, 2 realize what primitive social forces rule the world #
  • take a break with a few beautiful minute: http://bit.ly/iZfuFx #

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Twitter Weekly Updates for 2011-05-08

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  • our Tilia tree is growing beautifully and we hope to soon have an access road to our house: http://bit.ly/ihSSvH #
  • Romanian village eggs topple "internet-guru" : http://bit.ly/jkWJS5 #
  • Who controls your data? http://bit.ly/f2P31e #
  • a beautiful color palette: dark gray clouds and golden rising sun #
  • all set, flying to the UK next weekend to meet with http://www.modece.com/ to learn about and consult on our hemp house project #
  • I have activated Flattr on my blog – now you can click a button and let me know you care: http://bit.ly/lge7zh #
  • most interesting 2me about attack on Sony, even though I don't use any of their products, is that I feel content they are being attacked #
  • I am as untrusting of the hacker culture behind the attack as I am of the corporate culture under attack #
  • corporate culture is to me a threatening parasite and hacker culture is a beneficial parasite that is responding to the threat #
  • Syria: http://bit.ly/mqfpS9 – astounding, given inellectual and spiritual advances, 2 realize what primitive social forces rule the world #
  • take a break with a few beautiful minute: http://bit.ly/iZfuFx #

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Flattr – a “Like” button I Like

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A few days ago I finally installed and activated Flattr on my website. Flattr has had my attention for numerous months and I am finally happy to have it working on my site.

Flattr is a micropayments service that makes it possible for content consumers to directly show their appreciation to content creators by making a small payment as a token of appreciation. When you sign up with Flattr you can load your account with a monthly sum starting from 2 euros. Then during that month you can flattr content “things” that you encounter online (posts, images, videos, etc.). At the end of the month the sum of money you placed in your account will be divided equally between the things you flattred and transferred to their creators.

I have come to believe that in the world of blogging there can be and often is a misperception of community. The easiest way to sense community (or lack of) is through comments – if you have a regular flow of comments (regardless of quantity) with a few regular commenters it provides a sense of community (alternately, having no comments can leave you feeling lonely). But I believe that blogs can have a much larger community – a silent community of people who simple arrive, consume and appreciate your content. I believe that Flattr can become a wonderful manifestation of such silent communities. With Flattr an anonymous click of a  button becomes a soft and meaningful cheer.

I assume it will take some time for Flattr to become widely known and used but I think it is a beautiful step in a good direction. It is founded by people who care about the Internet in a way I can relate to. One of it’s founders, Peter Sunde, is also a co-founder of the file torrent file sharing site ThePirateBay for which he is being prosecuted as a criminal (the list of law suits filed against ThePirateBay are listed on their website) . To get a sense of the spirit behind Flattr I invite you read his post on Who controls your data? and listen to an interview with him.

If you are a blogger I invite you to have a look at Flattr and if you choose to activate it then please remember to spread the word about it 🙂

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Eggs Topple Guru

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Bill Cosby once told a great joke about his karate teacher. His teacher taught him to break bricks with his bare hands and explained that it is mind over matter – “when you hit the brick you have to be thinking ‘I am going through the brick'”. Until one day his teacher encountered a brick that was thinking “no you’re not”. With that in mind …

A while back I came across Tim Ferris in a video of a nice talk he gave at WordCamp San Francisco. When I looked a bit more into him I couldn’t find something substantial to relate to. However, I did come across this entertaining video where he shows a neat trick on how to peel hard boiled eggs:

I’ve gotten quite a few laughs from people by doing this. I’ve also been amused that this is what I recieved from this modern-day guru-like figure. Until …

A few days ago we came back from a visit our soon-to-be village with a gift of fresh foods from our soon-to-be neighbors – this included fresh eggs. I boiled some of the eggs and went to apply the Tim Ferris Hard Boild Egg Peeling Technique (TFHBEPT for short) – and I failed miserably with all the eggs. This isn’t the first time it’s happened to me – we’ve had village eggs numerous times- but it’s the first time a big smile came to my face as I realized that the TFHBEPT (pronounced “tee af aich bept”) only works with industrialized eggs not real ones.

If you’ve never encountered real eggs (as I hadn’t for most of my life) then you are missing out on a real treat. They have a rich taste and their yellow is a thick beautiful yellow-orange color. Their shells are thicker and peeling them takes a bit more time … it is more meditative and less entertaining 🙂

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