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I am the child of a concert pianist and Navy Seal. I pursued jazz sax through childhood, then, as a young man, Architecture & the Arts. This formal education led to early career adventures in feature film production. Have been doing my own thing since 1994. I prefer simple things and value frugality over thoughtless consumption. Since age 10, I have pursued intensive mind-body training and deep inquiry into the human condition.  Please contact via phone only. Text preferred.

Faf.News - Distraction Free Reading

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A big part of my life is reading. I like to read everything. However, I don't like distractions. Here's what I have made to simplify and quiet my reading experience. https://faf.news

This graphic shows two views of the Arts & Design section from the Times. I am a subscriber. I am not critical of the advertising business model, nor critical of web media layout, it's all good. I do prefer focus and intensity, so I read my news on my own terms.

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How To Really Focus, Really.

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Without strong focus there is no way to achieve excellence. Really. It's just that simple.

There are two regions in the brain responsible for our ability to maintain focus. One brain region is associated with concentration. We all know about concentration. No biggie right? Most traditional meditation methods work to improve our capacity to hold our mind on one point or object. Another region supports the ability to ignore the irrelevant. These regions are similar in location and composition, but support wholly different aspects of focus. Ignoring usually plays a lessor, or complimentary, role to the primary directive to concentrate.

Kill The Ego - Photorealism Workshop

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I use photorealism to kill the ego. Having enjoyed meditation and intensive esoteric training for upwards of 45 years, it is important to me that identity, sentimentality and awkward notions of permanance be avoided. This is really difficult and the ultimate irony that to strive for such a thing could be said to spring from ego. Well, I'll take that criticism and forge ahead anyway. Here's a bit on photorealism.

Photorealism and related resources.

Verbal Skills - How To Stop A Troll - The Gish Gallop (Salty Language)


Refuting the Gish Gallop or Trump Tirade is a basic skill to bring any Troll to a dead stop. Learn it now.

If I were wrong, then one would have been enough!"

Albert Einstein, commenting on the book 100 Authors Against Einstein Wikipedia

Here's an excerpt from the RationalWiki entry. Enjoy the power that clear understanding and dignified calm brings in the face of a complete load of shite.

Blogging Is Not Writing And That's Great

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The brouhaha between 'good' writing and blogging is really an inability to recognize that blogging is to writing as small talk is to discourse. Without chit chat, important contextual info is missing from a 'real' conversation. Blogs and tweets fill this contextual gap. It's 'natural' from a linguistic point of view. Blogs & tweets (bleats?) help inform and cultivate a richer relationship between speaker & listener.

The following is from wikipedia on an emerging 'discourse community', developed by linguist Johnathan Swales: