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I came across this quote today, and I like it a lot.

"One must see in every human being only that which is worthy of praise. When this is done, one can be a friend to the whole human race. If, however, we look at people from the standpoint of their faults, then being a friend to them is a formidable task."

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Why would I want to be a friend to the whole human race? Some of them want to kill me! There's too much watered down, shallow, fake friendship in the world, as it is. We're completely paralyzed as a society without money to tell us who to work for!


Public Domain Day, January 1, 2019

January 1, 2019 is (finally) Public Domain Day: Works from 1923 are open to all!

For the first time in over 20 years, on January 1, 2019, published works will enter the US public domain.
Works from 1923 will be free for all to use and build upon, without permission or fee. They include dramatic films such as The Ten Commandments, and comedies featuring Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, and Harold Lloyd. There are literary works by Robert Frost, Aldous Huxley, and Edith Wharton, the “Charleston” song, and more. And remember, this has not happened for over 20 years. Why? Works from 1923 were set to go into the public domain in 1999, after a 75-year copyright term. But in 1998 Congress hit a two-decade pause button and extended their copyright term for 20 years, giving works published between 1923 and 1977 an expanded term of 95 years.

But now the drought is over. How will people celebrate this trove of cultural material? Google Books will offer the full text of books from that year, instead of showing only snippet views or authorized previews. The Internet Ar... show more

It was a pleasure to read this part.

"Living the way we think we “should” is draining on the soul because it's constricting, like wearing clothes meant for someone else. When you create a life that encompasses all of your gifts instead of suppressing them, you feel lighter and more energized."
Reading about the word 'should'
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Binaural beats listening

I've been listening to binaural beats since some time. Trying to get myself to use it daily but have not managed to be very strict. It can be hard, listening to something that monotone during one hour. Feels very good for my body and soul.
For F-Droid on Android there's two apps for it. Here is info on the simplified version :

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Maurice Ravel, piano works

Of course Maurice Ravel is famous for his Bolero, but I didn't know these piano pieces till now. It reminds me of both Debussy and Erik Satie, but some of it also sounds quite jazzy. Could have been easily performed by Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea.
Parts are very soft and gentle, and then there's sudden louder "presto".

YouTube: Ravel - Piano Works (Classical Music11)

maurice ravel music piano


Listening to Niccolò Paganini

This week a friend told me that Paganini apparently composed his music in a way that only a virtuoso violin genius like himself could play it.
Indeed one needs to make quite an effort to play their pieces.
Hilary Hahn plays it beautifully.

YouTube: Hilary Hahn - Paganini - Caprice 24 (VIRTUOSE - Music, Art and Literature)
paganini music hilaryhahn
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Remain with a feeling and see what happens

Got this today via email newsletter. A positive shock, a happy surprise.

"You never remain with any feeling, pure and simple, but always surround it with the paraphernalia of words. The word distorts it; thought, whirling round it, throws it into shadow, overpowers it with mountainous fears and longings. You never remain with a feeling, and with nothing else: with hate, or with that strange feeling of beauty. When the feeling of hate arises, you say how bad it is; there is the compulsion, the struggle to overcome it, the turmoil of thought about it...

Try remaining with the feeling of hate, with the feeling of envy, jealousy, with the venom of ambition; for after all, that’s what you have in daily life, though you may want to live with love, or with the word `love’. Since you have the feeling of hate, of wanting to hurt somebody with a gesture or a burning word, see if you can stay with that feeling. Can you? Have you ever tried? Try to remain with a feeling, and see what happens. You will find it amazingly difficult. Your mind will not leave the feeling... show more
krishnamurti philosophy life awareness


Sharing a quote

Weeks ago I was glancing through a book about philosophy and saw this tiny chapter introduction quote. Translated from Dutch to English it says : "We have to learn to live together as brothers, otherwise we will die together as idiots".
A maybe harsh but decent message. I liked it when I read it.
MartinLutherKing Livingtogether
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Towards the new year - 2019

Do I have New Year resolutions ?
No :) But one of the things I'd like to get back to is to watch some art every now and then from here :
There is so much art and so many artists.
As a child and teenager we were "educated", which involved learning about the "must known" art. Years ago I realized that all the art in the museums is already filtered for us, just like the classical music on the radio streams.
And of course those who filter it surely know about good art, but at the same time there is so much out there which is unknown to us.
In the past the wikiart website has amazed me several times with art from artists I never heard of before.


Open and close the doors of perception

Having used Mastodon for some time, (since around this posting I found Mastodon exciting and interesting from the very start. So many "different and weird" people hanging out there :) Feels kind of like home. Lately I have been happily surprised that I realized there is really a lot of people being very open about for example their gender preferences, and people being very open about being autistic or having ADD. I'm HSP (Highly Sensitive Person) myself but I've been a bit reluctant to be very open about it so far. When I was trying Hubzilla I saw that another tech person had the #hsp hashtag, and that made me happy for a moment, but I didn't feel very comfortable with Hubzilla and deleted the account within days. The thing is that things like autistic and ADD are kind of "socially accepted". Those are topics which can be mentioned with... show more
#hsp hsp life thoughts
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Human or robot

In the last few weeks I was reading a newspaper article about a Chinese student in Amsterdam. The article was pretty nice to glance through (About things like "Study life is pretty stressful. Study means everything now. I don't need a balance between work and private life"), but I was mainly fascinated by the photo that came with it, so I made a screen shot. It is showing Amsterdam with the student, Leo, sitting on a bench among three other creatures. Were they humans pretending to be wax statues ? Or were they puppets ? The photo also reminds me again how beautiful the city of Amsterdam is. Water, people, benches, trees, boats, -> a nice adventure. Also, it was the first time I saw this neat design where you scroll down, and each time there is another photo popping up in the background. Cool design idea for an article. I've looked up the web link just now : #photo #Amsterdam Image/Photo
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Peace and bliss

I like making screen shots. This is from a toot on Mastodon. The quote is from a bot called The toots of this bot are usually interesting, inspiring or insightful. I felt kind of touched by the sort of fine balance between peace, bliss and the more sad moments in that quote.
#peace #chaos #bliss quotes life
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