“You don't see something until you have the right metaphor to let you perceive it.”
Robert Shaw

Chaos: Making a New Science

Sounds of Shakuhachi


A friend asked me what Shakuhachi sounds like. It took me some time to find an online sample that I felt expressed the potential of this instrument. Here it is. Enjoy 🙂

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Energy – Quality instead of Quantity


Starting a new Yoga series of posts. This time the topic of energy is shimmering for me. As always the ideas I bring here are my take on teachings I have received from my teachers. I have made them mine and you are welcome to make them yours.

So I’ll start by shattering a myth on energy. It is misapprehension to view energy in terms of quantity. You can not have less energy or more energy. Paul often uses an effective metaphor – you are born with an engine – and that engine has a fixed capacity. How well you maintain it and how effectively you use it is to some extent up to you. But nothing you can do will effect the capacity of your engine – your energy capacity.

An alternative model of thinking about energy is quality. To generalize we can mention and relate to three modes/qualities of energy. The first is one in which our energy is diffused. This is often referred to as low energy. It is a state of agitation – when your energy is like this you literally take up more space, you bubble is bigger than your physical body. If you think about it, when you are agitated you can get really annoyed with people coming near you – this can explain it.


A second mode of energy is a more collected mode. You energy is near you and therefor more “at your service”. This can feel like you have more energy. I think it’s safe to say that most people that go to weekly Yoga classes are coming with a diffused energy. If you happen to go through a quality and effective practice you may end up more collected. This often brings with it a sense of quiet, clarity, lightness, alertness, etc.

energybThe third mode of energy is a highly condensed mode. Your energy is now not just collected but also drawn inside the body. This can feel like hyper-energy. Most of the people I have known in life rarely visit this mode. I feel that it is mostly a myth for the main-stream western world. It requires a very intense, conscious,  continuous and passionate practice to go anywhere near this mode of energy.


Often, people that come to Yoga:

  1. Come diffused and on occasion may end up collected.
  2. Think they are collected and expect to reach condensation.
  3. Take up a Yoga practice that matches their expectations.
  4. Are  pushing and mistreating their engines.
  5. Are actually coming diffused and staying there.

Next time when you are feeling “high energy” or “low energy”, I invite you to try this alternate perspective. You may find it useful. I don’t know of any “energy stations” where you can “acquire energy”, but I am sure you can think of things to do that can help you to collect your energy and to keep it from diffusing.

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Goodbye Facebook


No post was planned, I just wanted to deactivate my Facebook account. Facebook notified me that 3 randomly selected friends will miss me. I got over that screen. Then facebook required a seurity captcha authentication just to make sure it really was a human me trying to deactivate my account. I barely got over this screen.

Am I delusional or did they stoop lower then low to prevent me from doing this? (if you want to test yourself – click the image to enlarge it, if you do and I get it right, please let me know, my sanity would appreciate it).


In the end it worked. Ironically, despite the fact that I opted out of any further messaging from Facebook I then received this email:


If for no other reason (and I have plenty) – this alone is reason enough for me to say “Goodbye Facebook”.

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Twitter Weekly Updates for 2009-04-19

  • 21:34 #
  • 22:10 #
  • There is a Ray Charles album titled “Genius + Soul = Jazz” … there is gift-wrapped knowledge for you! #
  • RT Mozilla Thunderbird – a better place on earth 🙂 @amitcb: RT @Ealz: Microsoft Outlook = Hell on Earth #
  • RT gmail is VERY expensive @kosha: RT gmail rocks @iamronen: RT Mozilla Thunderbird better @amitcb: RT @Ealz: Microsoft Outlook=HellOnEarth #
  • @kosha no I mean gmail (and anything free from google) for anyone -an ecological disaster-terribly expensive! you just don’t know U R paying in reply to kosha #
  • @kosha cant reply in 140 chars, will consider writing a post to answer…. thank u for asking in reply to kosha #
  • 11:44 #
  • @kosha this really sidelined my day – but the words overtook me – so to answer your question about google: http://www.iamronen.com/?p=894 in reply to kosha #
  • @TalSh come to the Galil – bread all year long, 7 days a week … in reply to TalSh #
  • @TalSh end religious mumbo jumbo? it’s a thing of the past in my life, only now I have supermarkets to support that choice 🙂 in reply to TalSh #
  • RT isn’t that the best kind of game? @fredwilson: Golf is the cruelest game because you play it mostly in your head #
  • @kosha likewise… thank u for taking the time to read and respond, responded back 2 u 🙂 in reply to kosha #
  • @kosha 🙂 in reply to kosha #
  • 23:24 good night #
  • nature achieves completeness through tolerance & adaptation rather then precision #
  • 11:21 #
  • 12:22 … yeah right! #
  • I think our cat may be an incarnation of Golda Meir #SocBook #
  • 22:22 #
  • every “Not” is struggling to hide a better “Yes” #
  • “I’ve also studied deeply in the philosophies and the religions but cheerfulness kept breaking through” Leonard Cohen #
  • 22:51 – tricky one! #
  • 00:22 good night! #
  • @adambn for a guy who is working at noise reduction, u r making quite a bit of noise today! in reply to adambn #
  • @adambn … and I really feel that you have to walk the talk… otherwise what are we doing? in reply to adambn #
  • Israel social security internet payments service is not accepting payments due to the holiday, it will resume at 19:57… we are so screwed #
  • 15:32 was almost there, 15:33 ahhh!!! #
  • 18:18 #
  • in New Zealand it is now 03:22 ! #
  • 19:19 – intensive evening… #
  • “the worst of your scorn, my love give me more, send whiffs of opinion down my back, give me more, well its you I’ve waited my life to see” #
  • RT @inkupakor: crossing http://www.inkupakor.com/?p=97 #
  • @idancohen saw your post on @boxee… would you be interested in collaborating on another Boxee App? #
  • someone get @ronenk a beer … QUICK! #
  • talking less is really turning out to be a good thing for me, makes life easier… definitely works the “surrender” muscles #
  • 21:12 and I am chatting with @adambn instead of inhering another Request object … #
  • this has to be the most intense OOP I’ve done in a very long time #
  • if your newly found truth is really good, feel free to share it, good chance nobody will get it anyway! #
  • @gotoAndSmoke trying to make a living and the world a better place with a fertility monitoring application in Flex/AS3 with @andreea_hl in reply to gotoAndSmoke #
  • “As the questioning itself is defeated, it leaves in its wake a sense of surrender and acceptance.” #
  • 11:01 #
  • watching http://tinyurl.com/c5b2sr by @ajkeen, what if twitter is less a glimpse of the future but more a reflection of the present? #
  • finished my first plumbing job, installed a junction on the water main to the house – to hookup watering hoses … hurray me! #
  • is there an IDE that represents class inheritance by showing a flat class that embodies all inheritance, overrides, etc.? #
  • newrule: unfollow anyone who tweets about getting more followers, no questions asked…. #
  • @ev seems twitter losing dynamic qualities that made it what it is bcause searching for $$$ in the wrong(est) places, I’ll pay $10 a year! #
  • @oprah and friends please go away and take mass sensationalism & followerism somewhere else, it is a waste of twitter! #
  • twitter feature: auto-unfollow & block twitterers with too many followers! keep the quantity away from the quality… yeah! #
  • off to cook some dinner, watch some TV and then do some testing on all the code that was born today! #
  • if you want to give twitter a chance to become… let @ev know you are willing to pay $1 a month or $10 a year #
  • @gotoAndSmoke is sin a good thing? in reply to gotoAndSmoke #
  • RT yeah – ahum!^%^& @gotoAndSmoke: @iamronen i think duality in high level psuedo code is more appropriately “perpetual motion vs. entropy” #
  • @yaronherman I would love to hear u play in Israel but I live far from TelAviv. Any chance u perform in the north: http://twurl.nl/jr78l5 ? #
  • @yaronherman If it works out I promise to bring my camera with me: http://www.stillcreation.com/?page_id=26 🙂 #
  • “what is called good is perfect and what is called bad is just as perfect” Walt Whitman #
  • RT thank u @karynromeis: You have *got* to check this video out. … http://bit.ly/Gh3zN #
  • @ronenk she does in reply to ronenk #
  • RT @ronenk: Without words. ♫ http://blip.fm/~4j25b #
  • @ronenk keeping a critical position but with a change of mood 😉 http://www.iamronen.com/?p=629 in reply to ronenk #
  • @ronenk or skip to the “fuck them all” position: http://www.iamronen.com/?p=578 in reply to ronenk #
  • @Inspirosity are you open to new artists? if so, how is it best they approach you? #
  • @Whatleydude hello 🙂 in reply to Whatleydude #
  • Flex/AS3/PHP/XML bad-ass object oriented logic for a smooth user experience is WORKING!! woohoooo!! #
  • @Whatleydude thnx (I think!) what bio? where? waddayawana know? if it’s not at http://www.iamronen.com theres good chance I don’t want to tell 🙂 in reply to Whatleydude #
  • http://twurl.nl/sdywsw Thank you @gapingvoid @ajkeen @Whatleydude … all things good 🙂 #
  • “…[I] feel that all men know the truth, see?…The truth itself doesn’t have a name on it. Each man has to find this for himself” Coltrane #

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Tat Tvam Asi


Great sequence of twitter statuses (all happened close together with only 2 additional statuses I removed to create a focus). If you are not used to twitter – the sequence is in reverse chronological order.


@whatleydude – I have not found a way to represent myself in a 160 character bio and I have stopped looking. I am thankful for a diverse and rich life. No I do not assume that folks browsing profiles have time or patience and yes I know very well that they actually don’t. But that is a choice that  each and every “folk” makes (consciously or not). I choose otherwise (consciously).

@gapingvoid – again you are correct and astute, but attention is a wall not just for the Web 2.0 fantasy (which has and will run into many other walls).

@ajkeen – I think that to connect to what’s really going on we need to set aside the word economy  and look for better pespectives – maybe ecology?

I remember reading quite some time ago about the narrowing effects of Powerpoint on business communications. I get the feeling that twitter is having a similar effect on personal communication?

Yoga philosophy explains that the mind has qualities – and that each quality can be functional or dysfunctional. This perspective supports me. Twitter (like anything else) can be functional/dysfunctional – that is not a quality of twitter but rather a quality of the people who use it.

Thank you all for this charming gathering.

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