October 2010

Rules to Live By

by Limbic on October 7, 2010

Lovely et of rules by Buster Benson, creator of 750words.com:

# You must not dilly-dally.
# You must be your word.
# You must have good intentions.
# You must admit to being the maker of meaning.
# You must not feel sorry for yourself.
# You must have a vision that you are striving for.
# You must tie creativity and experimentation with survival.
# You must be the change you want to see.
# You must rally others with your vision.
# You must stake your reputation on your better self.
# You must be comfortable with the consequences of being who you are.
# You must share.
# You must make your own advice and take it.
# You must manage your stress, health, and clarity.
# You must study your mistakes.
# You must retry things you don’t like every once in a while.
# You must make time to enjoy things.

via Rules to live by « Scott Berkun

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Homeopathy & Nutritionists vs Real Science!

by Limbic on October 7, 2010

Dara O’Briain hilariously eviscerates homoeopathy and other quacks.  “Get in the f*cking sack!” Brilliant.

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Belgrade 2.0 has a super interesting post about a new film about skinheads in Serbia.

Based on the trailers, it looks pretty good.

I must say, I have never seen a skinhead in 5 years in Belgrade, but this is because the neo-Nazis are better disguised these days.

There are still attacks on Roma camps (as depicted in the film), but thankfully there are very rare, the police are very aggressive dealing with neo-Nazis and, the Roma are well organised in fighting back.

Check out the pots with trailers at  Skinning Šišanje – Film about youth violence in Serbia.

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Cognitive Biases – A Visual Study Guide

by Limbic on October 6, 2010

Cognitive Biases – A Visual Study Guide

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Six Keys to Being Excellent at Anything – Tony Schwartz – The Conversation – Harvard Business Review

1. Pursue what you love. Passion is an incredible motivator. It fuels focus, resilience, and perseverance.
2. Do the hardest work first. We all move instinctively toward pleasure and away from pain. Most great performers, Ericsson and others have found, delay gratification and take on the difficult work of practice in the mornings, before they do anything else. That’s when most of us have the most energy and the fewest distractions.
3. Practice intensely, without interruption for short periods of no longer than 90 minutes and then take a break. Ninety minutes appears to be the maximum amount of time that we can bring the highest level of focus to any given activity. The evidence is equally strong that great performers practice no more than 4 ½ hours a day.
4. Seek expert feedback, in intermittent doses. The simpler and more precise the feedback, the more equipped you are to make adjustments. Too much feedback, too continuously, however, can create cognitive overload, increase anxiety, and interfere with learning.
5. Take regular renewal breaks. Relaxing after intense effort not only provides an opportunity to rejuvenate, but also to metabolize and embed learning. It’s also during rest that the right hemisphere becomes more dominant, which can lead to creative breakthroughs.
6. Ritualize practice. Will and discipline are wildly overrated. As the researcher Roy Baumeister has found, none of us have very much of it. The best way to insure you’ll take on difficult tasks is to ritualize them — build specific, inviolable times at which you do them, so that over time you do them without having to squander energy thinking about them.

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Danish Sex Shaman Hilarity

by Limbic on October 6, 2010

I saw this on TV the other night and it had me in tears of laughter.

It features a Danish “shaman” called Robert Lubarski leading a sex workshop with some hippies. In the clip he exhorts the attendees to speak gibberish (I suppose this is the Shamanic version of the Baptist speaking in tongues).

He offers to go first to show the group how it is done. He intones: “Nyamba naluta majento makora panjur panumaaaaaaaaaa ah aaaaaaaaaaaaaarg”. [ ]

That final roar is magnificent!

These people are real. This is footage, from one of Robert’s shamanic sex workshops, and was aired on Danish TV TV2 on the 3rd October 2010 at 20:30. The full episode is here on YouTube.

It looks like a spoof, something from Brass Monkey or The Onion TV, but its genuine.

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