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.
Free while in beta testing. Request an account using the leave a message widget. $1 per user monthly after Jan 1 2020. Read more about Faf.News - Distraction Free Reading
Now I can share pics of my food without a million crappy food ads appearing all over my devices. :) Private Friends and Family Social Net. Free during beta testing. Register at https://faf.social. Personal posts will be here. So join me. Business posts elswhere. Read more about Faf.Social - Now I Can Share Food Pics Again
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. Read more about How To Really Focus, Really.
I use photorealism to kill the ego. Having enjoyed meditation and intensive esoteric training for almost a half century, 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. Read more about Kill The Ego - Photorealism Workshop
Becoming Post Partisan means you support empirical evidence over partisan ideology.
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!"
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. Read more about Verbal Skills - How To Stop A Troll - The Gish Gallop (Salty Language)
How to use. Substitute the last numbers at the end of the website address.
This one is for Action Sci-Fi & Fantasy. http://netflix.com/browse/genre/1568 Read more about Netflix Super Secret Magical Genre Codes
There's an old adage that says "Trust, but verify". I have a better version. It goes like this, "Always distrust certainty." If you have done any kind of authentic mind-body or self-cultivation work, you know that certainty in life is very limited. Anyone who professes to have all the answers should certainly not be trusted. :)
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: Read more about Blogging Is Not Writing And That's Great