“Our greatest blessings come to us by way of madness provided the madness is given us by divine gift.”

This Morning


I woke early this morning, just after 5am, sneezing with a runny nose. I’ve had some kind of allergic reaction for many days now. I surrendered to it when it arrived, got out of my bed and on with my day. This morning the allergy surprised me because it had let up over the past day or two (I think Andreea made some kind of personal sacrifice to make it go away).

There were very fierce winds outside. Though we live in the hills, the winter is pretty much over and the winds were not typical. Around 6:30 I got an SMS from Doron and we set to meet at 07:00 to go for a walk. I stepped outside to find that the air was warm despite the intense winds. As I started walking I really took in the wind, it felt like a powerful force of change. It seemed to have an agenda. I though that wind is my element and opened up my arms to take it in and let it take me.

On the way I picked up a rock. It called to me. There didn’t seem to be anything special about it, but it did call to me. I picked it up and took it with me. If fit nicely in my hand. The wind was unbelievable. It was all over the place with no clear direction. It’s sound had layers – there was a sound close to the ear of howling, there was rustling in the trees, there was a roaring sound coming from high in the sky, like a jet plane, only it wasn’t passing by it was steadily there, and there were also short moments of silence.

I reached Doron at 07:00 as planned and we set out for a walk in the hills. We had a chance to touch base, we don’t meet often and rarely have time to share, Doron is a very busy person. We talked about our lives, work, about life in general. It was a nice walk. There was revealing and revelation in the air. The wind did not relent. What powerful forces of change.

When we reached Doron’s place we separated and I continued on my way home. It was now just past 08am. I noticed the rock again in my hand, I had forgotten about it though it was me the whole time. By now the rock was a power object. Shortly after it came back to my attention I saw on the left side of the street a young boy, he was waiting for a school bus. He noticed me too, and shifted position to see me. He was standing behind a low fence and he came near the fence to look over it at me. As I saw him move I realized the stone in my hand was for him. I approached him, handed him the stone and told him it was a magical stone and that he should it keep with him all day.

He accepted the stone from me in both hands and the first thing he did with it was take it to his nose and smell it. I wished him a good day and continued my way home.

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Twitter Weekly Updates for 2009-05-03

  • I am on a detour #
  • 11:11 #
  • don’t ask me “why?” unless you really mean it! #
  • RT OurielOhayon[holy crap] this is totally AWESOME http://vimeo.com/1778399 i want to fly too #
  • when programming, 9 out of 10 times I encounter a problem, I am asking the wrong question. #
  • @ronenk Sylar, Sylar, who the fuck is Sylar? in reply to ronenk #
  • RT bla bla bla @MarcvanderPut: RT @Deepak_Chopra In every moment of our existence, we are in that field of all possibilities where… #
  • words are not a bridge to anything spiritual, they are at best a diversion from it. #
  • 23:22 good night #
  • RT @ronenk: @iamronen We are not alone. -> RT @Yael_80: Weird how I often look at the clock when its 11:11 #
  • Sort-of-Goodybe Twitter: http://www.iamronen.com/?p=941 dedicated to @adambn you brought me into this world and I am taking myself out 🙂 #
  • indeed 🙂 big smile on my face… Goodbye 🙂 #
  • being truly at the top of your game is something that only you can appreciate it, a few others may be able to appreciate your appreciation #
  • there is a lizard party on my roof #SocBook #
  • 02:01 #
  • 02:02 #
  • @ronenk – to answer your question “How was the performance?” http://www.iamronen.com/?p=949 in reply to ronenk #
  • 09:33 #
  • I am looking for a Boxee developer to collaborate on an art-content screen saver for Boxee #
  • @ronenk good morning 2 u 🙂 #
  • saw a tweet referencing @guykawasaki and realized how noisy twitter was when I was following him…. quality… quantity… quality! #

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Tatsuya Nakatani


How far are you willing to go? Enjoy 🙂

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How was the performance?


A week ago (April 23rd) I participated in a second performance of Shitafon. I was asked and I want to share something about the performance but I just came to terms with the fact that”s not going to happen, at least not in the near future. I do have thoughts on the periphery of the performance and those I do want to put down.

My usual part in performances is as photographer using live stills.  In Shitafon I am listed as photographer – but photography is not a part of the performance. Instead I write live text that is projected into the performance space and I play Shakuhachi. This performance was a special one because this was the first time I left the house without taking any camera gear. 2 years ago I was frightened to enter a performance space, sometime later I found confidence in hiding behind the camera. Now for the first time I entered it naked. This to me was the highlight of the performance.

I am blessed for the opportunity to perform with Shahar & Yael. More then anything else (even more then meeting an audience) this performance was an opportunity to step out and meet myself. I wished, and still do, that we (Shahar, Yael, myself and Tamar the lighting designer) had more opportunities to explore together before the performance. That did not happen – there isn’t space for it.

I came to the performance with a sense of distance. Partly this is because I did not get to spend time with my fellow-performers. Partly this is because I have distanced myself physically. Partly this is because I have set aside my creative ambitions and given them a lower priority to focus on making a living. Partly this is an indication of the “state of the art” in Israel – I had to pay to perform.

During the weeks before the performance I spent time with a book Shahar recommended to me Coltrane: The Story of a Sound. I found inspiration in the book, I listened to Coltrane, I wrote Coltrane. My creativity found peace with Coltrane. The day after the performance I completed the book. In the last sentences of the book I found this:

“It [Jazz] is an art that thrives on what it can do, not so much on what it does. ”

This is why I went to perform, this was the quality of my presence, and this is how I left the performance behind. Thank you Shahar, thank you Yael, thank you Tamar, thank you Coltrane and thank you Ben. Thank you for giving my perception wings and an open sky.

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Sort-of-Goodbye Twitter


Train of thought:

  • For some years I’ve been living my life without Media (TV, newspapers, radio) – and my life has become better for it.
  • I initially liked twitter because it had an unknown quality to it – talking to nobody… yet people listening – who knows where that can go.
  • Twitter is no longer about unknown – it is more predictable – it is about ambition, it is about selling… more followers…celebrity… attention economy… bla bla bla…
  • Twitter is now generating more noise for me then interest. It has a tinge of entertainment value – but hardly enough to justify the noise.
  • I can still find a smile and place in my heart for twitter… but I don’t have faith in it’s future.
  • There are more affective (primitive – like email) means of communication for those people with whom I wish to communicate or who may wish to communicate with me.
  • Twitter is no longer about twitter, it is about making money from twitter.
  • I blog mostly for myself, though it’s nice to know others read it as well… but not really important.
  • I update twitter mostly for myself, though it’s nice to know others are listening … but not really important. My twitter updates are aggregated to my blog.
  • Over recent days I have shut down my online twitter clients and instead occasionally visited twitter.com … less and less…
  • I am embracing this new twitter consuming pattern… it feels better now.

So in a way – this is a sort-of-Goodbye twitter

If you are of the few people with whom I’ve been actively communicating through twitter please know I am no longer there like I used to be. I’d love to keep in touch with you – it’s easy: iamronen [at] iamronen.com  . If you see my status updates in twitter – please know that I am not very likely to see your responses – at least not in real time. So if you really want to respond – write me.

After thoughts..

I’ve have a theory churning in mind about what’s currently happening to twitter – it has to do with quality. I don’t have any idea what’s going to happen with twitter, I don’t want to and I don’t really care – it’s not important any more. I do know that its quality is decreasing and going to continue doing so – and I have a feeling that in some correlation to that – it’s value will rise. I am not big on theories so I don’t know if I will get around to putting it into words. If I will – I will send a twitter update about it 🙂

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Twitter Weekly Updates for 2009-04-26

  • hahahaha… trying to deactivate my facebook account and can’t get past a security captcha validation… 6 or 7 time already…. #
  • YES…. I got through it, managed to deactivate my facebook account, it was a rigorous task but I lived to tell: http://twurl.nl/xi4ksv #
  • @adambn twitter still tickles me, but I have a feeling its heading in the wrong direction… time will tell, I will let you know 🙂 in reply to adambn #
  • RT @inkupakor: John Coltrane – Crescent http://www.inkupakor.com/?p=110 #
  • RT ahh listening! @adambn: seems new twitter followers following 1000’s to get their attention and a follow back, better if u listen #
  • @adamb If blocking spam/parasite users escalates into a full time job, I will leave twitter #
  • 14:41 #
  • such a gift to work with people who are master listeners, I can say how I feel and they listen without creating ripples, so I can hear too #
  • @gapingvoid goodbye, there was a shimmer, then it burned/sold out. I am disappointed, but choose to stick with the original appreciation. in reply to gapingvoid #
  • money represents value, value is a residue of quality, if it’s got a price tag… well… good chance that quality is long gone! #
  • RT awwww… you guys, I didn’t know 🙂 @ronenk: @TalSh I do. #
  • yeah I know 🙂 #
  • following: 85, followers 79 … a few more unfollows and the gap will close! #
  • @idancohen someting that takes more then 140 chars : ) iamronen@iamronen.com in reply to idancohen #
  • I see the connection but it must not be abused! #
  • don’t criticize, don’t explain, don’t judge, don’t predict, don’t be a hindsight smart-ass, stop wasting…create you fool ! #
  • INVITATION: 2nd Shitafon performance ( http://twurl.nl/v8znzq) will take place this thursday 23/4 at Tmuna Theater in Tel-Aviv #
  • woohoo… finished clearing an area on the east side of the house and planted two trees that have finally found a home too 🙂 #
  • @ronenk: @adambn the roads to the north are open and I am here most of the time, ~16:30 is great to go out for a walk in the nearby hills! #
  • started early morning with pranayama practice, now drinking simple black tea – have’t done that in a while #
  • @ronenk great morning, beautiful sunlight…. thanku! #
  • A new post (1st in a series) on Yoga & Energy: http://www.iamronen.com/?p=924 #
  • RT @amanda: Those of you asking me last night, here’s the link to my favourite video from Ethiopia. Day 2 : http://bit.ly/bpqYY #
  • RT All commerce IS moral choice – much of it seems to be of low quality! @Philanthropic: All commerce requires moral choice. #
  • Mozilla Firefox PLEEEEASE get your act together with flash crashes… its becoming intolerable… I’d hate to leave you! #
  • good morning all, performance today, packing and heading out soon 🙂 #
  • this may come as a surprise to you… but what I or you think doesn’t really matter! #
  • get one, now is a good time ♫ http://blip.fm/~4woap #
  • it makes me see what I want to see, be what I want to be ♫ http://blip.fm/~4wp7z #
  • @adambn check out images I took of BBB a while back: http://www.stillcreation.com/?page_id=26 in reply to adambn #
  • RT @gotoAndSmoke: Whatever fuck money…. By the way fuck buttons #
  • @gervis my take – if it doesn’t come as a surprise it isn’t really change! in reply to gervis #
  • @gervis flexibility – is about being able (open?) to bend when change places its weight on you, flexibility embraces surprising change… in reply to gervis #
  • RT @ronenk: Retweet this please. RT @1938media: http://bit.ly/16CZtE #
  • beautiful instrument: http://www.shakuhachi.com/AP-18-231.html #
  • this cooking and feeding myself process… is sometimes a real nuisance… I’d like better mileage #
  • @ronenk I don’t know of many Shakuhachi sound samples online – but I did find this one: http://twurl.nl/u7kvgs in reply to ronenk #
  • @ronenk namaste, I have a simple Shakuhachi http://twurl.nl/d3dkdk hoping the future will bring me a fine instrument to play 🙂 in reply to ronenk #
  • RT @adambn: looking to connect with a flash developer with experience with video for consulting #
  • ola 22:22 !!! #
  • it’s been a while since I said &set out to “write a 6 cell FIFO with a filtered push and a full-buffer event trigger”… and I am #
  • great stuff – twitter has a nudge: “unfollow-follow” #
  • “software engineers r striving 2 make more idiot-proof programs, the world is striving 2 make more idiots, looks like the world is winning” #

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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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Playing for Change – Stand By Me


enjoy 🙂  and it you want more (and I can’t think of a reason you would not)  go here

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Google & Organic Food


A few months ago we had an opportunity to join a group that organized purchases and delivery of organic food products. These kind of groups are currently typical in Israel where organic foods are still drastically more expensive then their counter-non-organic products. These groups make organic products more affordable by dealing directly with the farmers and establishing a self-operated distribution center. This means that all members shoulder part of the responsibility of keeping the mechanism operating.

This  included a minor shift in consumption habits. The distribution center is open once or twice a week for a few hours and you have to place your order a few days in advance.  This is why we didn’t join. We did not want to trade our buy-as-needed consumer habits for a planned purchase. We discussed this for some time and realized that we prefer the freedom to choose when and what we buy over the benefits of cheaper organic products. The result is that we conume organic grains but non-organical fruits and vegetables.

Rationality & Economy

WARNING: The following paragraphs describe a system of FAITH and not a scientific truth. If you feel like arguing then please either make an effort to relax your mind (tip: think of me a silly person and humor yourself by reading on) or stop reading and go   somewhere else.

I believe rational thinking is just one of many tools at my disposal in life. For many years I was addicted to it and lived by it alone. Over recent years I have become acquainted with other tools which I believe give me a better overall experience in life. These tools are often referred to by names such as intuition, spirituality, creativity, etc.

(COMMENT: To me these are very personal words – their meaning to me is based on an accumulation of personal experience. The only way I know for me to share them with you would be for us to spend time together – to accumulate shared experience. Until we do I ask, as you read on, that you use them with care, attention and an open mind, there is a very good chance that your interpretation differs greatly from mine.)

Economy is one example of a system of rational thought. The past decade, and recent months have demonstrated that the system is faulty. It has to some degree collapsed and caused widespread ripple effects. Many of its greatest followers are now talking about an expected radical change in it’s core concepts and mechanisms.

I agree change is coming but I disagree with most of the economic-worshiping prophets (some of whom I respect as business thought leaders) – because their prophecies are mostly limited to the trappings of rational thought. Everything needs to be picked at until it is completely broken down into little understandable pieces which give a sense of (economic) predictability control (which seems to narrow down to making more money!).

Now we come to a major faith junction:  control (and any of its artifact predictions) is a misapprehension. Occasionally rationality works – this is a chance occurrence. Most of the time it is wrong. The fact that is it wrong is well hidden by it’s inherit mandate to keep digging … until a chance occurrence occurs – and rationality is hailed. Most of the time rationality is just plain wrong.

Intuition & Ecology

Every morning I look out on another system altogether – an ecological system. It is tempting to call this system “nature” – but that is another rational misapprehension. Rationality (and for that matter misapprehension) are also natural. This system has other qualities – intuition, creativity and spirituality, etc… are words that dance around it and shed some inspirational light on it.

From where I am sitting it looks like ecology is a system of doing (as in actual action!) what’s best, while economy is a system of doing what is thought to be best. To me, the ecological odds seem much better then the economic odds.

I tend to think of ecological systems as systems in which:

  1. Acting entities are striving for constant improvement – for quality.
  2. Action is an expression of these good (as in high quality) intentions.
  3. Consequences ripple out extensively and reach deep into the system.
  4. Ripples inform acting entities.


Google is an aggregation of many systems. When it was very young it was dominated by ecological patterns – it is indeed a product of creativity. As it grew it incorporated (!) additional systems – many of them rational and economical. Today it is dominated by the latter. It now wears ecology as a fashionable badge in servitude of it’s economical systems, and it’s best chance of finding an innovation is looking elsewhere.

Rationally & Economically – every time I consume (utilize) a Google service – I am calling on a huge collection of resources (if anyone actually put together a list – it would be staggering). Some have already been allocated & invested regardless of my request, others are allocated and spent exclusively for me. Google expends these resources on my behalf and pays for them. Since I do not directly pay Google anything, and since Google is a dominated by economic forces, it is driven to balance this equation in other ways.

Ecologically I am striving for quality, so I care how Google does this. Economically & ecologically I don’t care for the way it does. There are no free lunches.

Consuming Google

In the case of organic vegetables I made a choice – spontaneity over organics. In the case of Google I made another choice – ecology over economy. My choices in regard to Google make economical sense to me and feel ecological good.

I consume as little of Google as possible. Most of my Google consumption is made up of searching the web. I have a google user account which I use rarely use for basic SEO related issues (I once paid Google with an open heart – I don’t expect that will ever happen again). I don’t use Gmail and I stay logged out of Google 99.9999% of the time – so that they cannot associate my activities with my registered profile.

There is nothing wrong with Google – this is the way things are. Google is a case in point. Ecology has an upper hand on economy – quality endures and accommodates rational misapprehension. Economy as we know it (and systems subscribed to it) will one day (maybe soon?) be gone, ecology is here to stay. Ecology is about what is good, not about what looks good.

I wonder: did you choose how you use Google or did someone choose for you?

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Twitter Weekly Updates for 2009-04-12

  • RT and for the most part useless! @adambn: I hate writing specs, they’re boring #
  • having a bad wordpress-client day, I need to shoot someone… any volunteers? #
  • @ronenk did you see a brilliant movie called “Last Night” – the world ends in 6 hours (no one knows/cares why)… great great great … in reply to ronenk #
  • 19:09 #
  • 46278 #
  • fuck… Nokia text-assist can’t spell fuck! #
  • RT @Philanthropic: Why do people care so much what Twitter Grader says? Its almost as relevant as a beauty pageant. #
  • 46368 #
  • when I encounter doubt I am attacked, so I attack back. if doubter has good reason to doubt then his attack wins, otherwise my attack wins! #
  • though about twitter: you can’t “get it” no matter how hard u try (or pay others 2try4u), u have to play around with it and c what happens! #
  • 23:42 #
  • heck 23:43 #
  • 00:33 good night all! #
  • @rachelhaim welcome… and beware of wolves 🙂 #
  • 75025 #
  • did you notice that vacation is about “vacating” as in “emptying” or “making space”? #
  • if you use Mozilla Thunderbird – check out this theme http://tinyurl.com/cvwy7m I am really enjoying it’s presence on my screen! #
  • I just realized that TweetDeck doesn’t show hebrew, so hebrew tweets look like hyphenation coded messages, they’re not ,they r a bug hahaha #
  • RT amen,but new mediocrity is coming in its place! @gapingvoid: New cartoon “Mediocrity now howls in protest.” http://tinyurl.com/c3yldn #
  • concluded frustrations: http://www.iamronen.com/?p=874 #
  • “it’s so amusing to catch my own mind fucking with me!” #SocBook #
  • 15:22 how cool! #
  • RT well done @talzubalksy @adambn: Check out this #threadless material from @talzubalskyhttp://tinyurl.com/dmht3l #
  • 17:17 going to have some soup in a small romanian restaurant 🙂 tata ! #
  • hallelujah – there’s a guy who knows how to use a hat: http://www.iamronen.com/?p=830 #
  • listening to new Leonard Cohen – Live in London CD …. wow…. ! #

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Ignore Everybody


So much great advice, so little space : )  Click on the image to view a larger and readable source and I recommend spending some time reading Hugh’s writing – he knows something!


When I posted this I wasn’t sure it would be OK to use Hugh’s image (based on past experiences with my own work!) – so I wrote him to make sure it was OK with him. He gracefully replied and acknowledged that it was OK and also asked if I could link to his upcoming book Ignore Everybody: and 39 Other Keys to Creativity– which I am glad to do (I have read references to Hugh as an excellent marketingadvertising guy – so take note and learn from his communication with me!).

BUT, Hugh has gracefully and heroically  cut the branch supporting him. If you’ve read the book title (and if you are reading these words, then you already have, numerous times) – then you have been given a great gift (ironically, if you need it then you probably don’t know it) and in my opinion Hugh’s most important insight & advice. I am very serious! If you truly want to explore, embrace and enjoy your creativity then take Hugh’s generous advice –  Ignore Everybody, stop looking for it elsewhere, start now by NOT BUYING Hugh’s book.

If you’re already “on your game” and don’t need the book then by all means get it – I am sure it will be great fun, good reading and inspiring (see for yourself). If  you are searching (how wonderful!) then know this –  the book will not give you any keys to creativity – simply because there are none to be given. Ask Hugh!

Now that I think of it, my previous post from earlier today is in a way about this too…

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My Bad


Shahar & I once performed in a well known theatre in Jerusalem.  As the performance neared its ending, it was interrupted by sounds & noises from the lobby next door. The noises were intended to signal that we need to come to an end – it was generated by one of the producers who was trying to keep to the schedule (the performance as part of a day-long happening). Shahar’s performance was (as it usually is) intimate and personal and the intrusion (and the disruptive intents carried with it) was a violent and inappropriate intrusion. When we talked later talked about the event,  Shahar felt the intrusion was like a rape.  When you expose yourself the way he does – it’s a risk you take.


The day before yesterday was an unpleasant day for me. I have recently been offering my services in building WordPress based web-sites. I charge a mid-priced fee for this service. I usually do this for either friends or people who then become friends. I choose to work only when I am allowed to care and care is appreciated. Read More »

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Twitter Weekly Updates for 2009-04-05

  • RT @FaniPiker: גלעד עדיין חי. 1008 ימים בשבי. חייבים להחזיר את גלעד #
  • 12:22 #
  • RT CHILD BIRTH ORGASM : Best Kept Secret of Labor? @andreea_hl: http://twurl.nl/5qacnr enjoy #
  • Looking for my wallet and car keys 🙂 http://twurl.nl/wgj2c6 enjoy! #
  • 22:00 #
  • just noticed – 99.9% of the times I am led to a facebook link that requires I login … I walk away…. #
  • I dug this out of my blog archives: “Dear Paul Graham, Attn. Art” http://twurl.nl/pim7ci #
  • 23:45 good night! #
  • 4181 #
  • 00:10 good night #
  • RT @Zee: Guys, if you haven’t already – you’ve gotta watch some of these TV freudian slips…absolutely hilarious (http://is.gd/pMaj #
  • RT we live in funny times @Zee: not sure why i just retweeted @Scobleizer – not like there’ll be anyone reading this who isn’t following him #
  • RT @andreea_hl: “Freedom means having nothing left to lose” – Bob Dylan #
  • @ronenk talk to the bob!! in reply to ronenk #
  • 6765 #
  • I don’t have a car but I do have a camera! #
  • RT Yeah…. I think! @zeldman: Drill, baby, drill. #
  • @DeeLynn 7 day detox: live moderately for seven days and then see how you can carry qualities of that for 7000 more days! in reply to DeeLynn #
  • @DeeLynn maybe it’s more about not “retoxing” then detoxing ? in reply to DeeLynn #
  • “Whenever you are in the world of the tonal, you should be an impeccable tonal; no time for irrational crap.” #
  • “But whenever you are in the world of the nagual, you should also be impeccable; no time for rational crap.” #
  • “For the warrior intent is the gate in between. It closes completely behind him when he goes either way” #
  • I want to talk less… I should… I will… #
  • @ronenk what is #SocBook? in reply to ronenk #
  • @ronenk 23:46 how is it going to happen? #SocBook in reply to ronenk #
  • @ronenk deal. I’ll let it brew and if something boils I’ll shout out 🙂 keeping my eyes peeled .. #SocBook in reply to ronenk #
  • @ronenk do we have techies on board? like getting a bot to listen in and mediate? #SocBook in reply to ronenk #
  • Can anyone heart-fully recommend a hosting company with a good VPS offering? I am disappointed with HostICan, I am considering MediaTemple #
  • @shaharsol thanku 🙂 but I need a VPS with PHP support and prefer not cloud (I don’t know how to control costs on clouds) so EC2 no go in reply to shaharsol #
  • @ronenk hey ho : ) how is life treating you? in reply to ronenk #
  • I is pumping away at FLEX & PHP trying to get this data range scanning thing running smoothly … I sooooo want this to work today! #
  • @ronenk where’s that post? btw I think we should lay down a few playing rules rather then decide what #SocBook is, it’ll reveal itself 2 us in reply to ronenk #
  • 1 9 0 0 I repeat 1 9 0 0 #
  • @_chrisg thanks for that tip – @MediaTemple is currently at the top of my list. do you know if they help migrating? in reply to _chrisg #
  • oh shit I almost forgot #
  • 10946 #
  • 11:11 #
  • @yosit – u may want to check out http://www.eye.fi/ it will get images to computer -> flickr ->??-> twitter… maybe a loop is possible #
  • how violence subtly penetrates & spreads in a society (link is in hebrew) http://twurl.nl/meqm6g … careless, purposeless violence! #
  • RT : ) @gotoAndSmoke: me in the april fool’s day joke at my work. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bUsFVDNF4G0 #
  • RT and don’t think everything you believe @Philanthropic: Don’t believe everything you think. #
  • It’s been a while http://twurl.nl/zu233q #
  • @Philanthropic thank u for looking, I did too 🙂 “… people do not like the candor that shatters their delusions…” in reply to Philanthropic #
  • hmmm… the more you feel in control, the further you are from creativity… #
  • 17711 #
  • @e180 in between Leonard Cohen & Nina Simona I found Jeff Buckley for you: http://twurl.nl/rylea2 http://twurl.nl/uckzng enjoy 🙂 in reply to e180 #
  • @Anos 🙂 in reply to Anos #
  • 09:10 #
  • RT @ronenk: The concept of teaching and learning Social Media makes me laugh. No offence. #
  • cats choose wisely! #
  • 15:51 #
  • RT @inkupakor: J.S. Bach suite No.1 S,1007 G Major http://twurl.nl/o55siu #
  • 28657 #
  • has anyone had experience with VPS hosting at http://www.ServInt.net? would you recommend? #
  • @adambn 🙂 I didn’t remember – being the fool that I am, thanks for the feedback… they look like good candidates! HUG! cc @ronenk in reply to adambn #
  • @adambn probably… a pain the ass transfer process… but probably inevitable! do u know if they assist in migrating? in reply to adambn #
  • 23:41 good night 🙂 #
  • it must be pretty vague in a cloud #
  • Upside Down? http://twurl.nl/zis28o (and if enjoy that check out Magical Deer: http://twurl.nl/jh08fo) #
  • @adambn Plesk or cPanel/WHM? what say you? i am familiar with cPanel… in reply to adambn #
  • @ronenk #SocBook check this out http://twistori.com/ in reply to ronenk #
  • @ronenk maybe for now you don’t really need to answer 🙂 for the record I JUST NOW responded to your email, and then saw this CREEPY! in reply to ronenk #
  • RT @inkupakor: Pachelbel Canon in D: http://twurl.nl/tak8jz #
  • “Welcome to the power of surrender” #
  • “If you can describe it, it ain’t funky” #
  • I’ve been at laughed at b4 but the truth remains Prince’s “One Night Alone:Live” is a masterful CD & performance… get it, lisstten to it! #
  • RT or are we something/nothing else altogether? @cusamano: Are we human, Or are we twitters? #
  • @adambn am realling looking forward to seeing Berry Saharof in concert in reply to adambn #
  • @adambn soon I hope / don’t know / why not? / ummmm… by car? in reply to adambn #
  • RT how about photoshopping next 2 this beautiful morning instead of on it? @ohadbikovsky: photoshoping on the morning #
  • @ronenk 🙁 I know… hence my hosting inquiries… I honestly don’t know if its lousy performance or overloaded…. arghhh! technology! in reply to ronenk #
  • programming really sucks without debugging tools… arghhhh #
  • RT maybe it’s not meant to? @Philanthropic: “The mind that is thinking in terms of a part can never perceive the whole.” -Krishnamurti #
  • @Philanthropic after all a mind is just that, a mind, nothing less, nothing more #SocBook in reply to Philanthropic #
  • @adambn yeah FLEXing away, and with all these objects and what not it’s a bitch not being able to run step by step and stuff… in reply to adambn #
  • @ronenk quality is a rare commodity! I think thats how its always been, and maybe that how it should be??!@#@%T in reply to ronenk #
  • @ronenk quality is neither the world nor people… it’s something better 🙂 in reply to ronenk #
  • @adambn do you have an idea who is @IsraeliStartup and why the f—– h— he/she/it is echoing our communication? in reply to adambn #
  • @adambn @IsraeliStartup has been blocked! thank u ! #

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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 #
  • 21:11 #
  • TWITTER TIP: How to increase the QUALITY of your twitter followers? Don’t try to increase your twitter follower count! #
  • 23:45 good night! #
  • 144 #
  • 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 #
  • 233 #
  • 13:22 WOW! #
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  • 377 #
  • RT @elatable: RT @judithd fascination w. info about ourselves induces 2 provide lengthy self-portraits 2 marketers http://tinyurl.com/c2c9pq #
  • 610 #
  • hello all – please meet (and if you want to greet) my love @andreeahl as she explores the twitter waters…. #
  • 12:12 #
  • @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 #
  • 987 #
  • 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 #
  • 13:13 #
  • inspiration gives education direction, education without inspiration is misdirected #
  • 1597 #
  • 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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