How to Use an iPhone to Leverage Your Brain and Uplift Humanity
When I finally gave up my Palm Pilot phone after five or six years of use, a colleague asked, “Are you going to donate that to the Smithsonian Museum?” It was a matter of pride for me. I had held on to what used to be considered a cutting edge smartphone, proud of myself for not adding to the landfill of abandoned electronics. Most programs had stopped working on the phone and at one point the phone mysteriously erased all data. A good tax refund sealed the deal and I became yet another iPhone owner.
Though I was annoyed by how small the phone was and was frustrated by its navigation system (where are all the buttons?), I have settled into having an iPhone. Having an iPhone (I guess one of ’em Robots, er androids might be good, too) has allowed me to fill in little cracks of time with studying opportunities. Continue reading »
As the back cover explains better than I can currently (I just spent two minutes trying to figure out how to spell silhouette), the warrior image is intentional:
The “violence” in the word “warrior” was intended. For although the work you do can be slow and easy, to master non-linear time you must pull out your sword ahead of time to carve out periods of space and silence.
Time Warriors arrange the “chaos” around them by slowing down–way, way, down–and then letting go of people-pleasing, approval-seeking and every shade of mood-based and future based thinking.
Time Warriors is about creating a big life but it is also about finding the small moments that lead up to the big moments. In one chapter, he highlights Isaac Asimov who was a prolific writer, who in part did it by cutting through the noise and even using even the smallest chunks of time. He also quotes Van Gogh who also “cut” through many resistances (and his ear, I guess), and through a series of small actions.
It is important to begin writing at any time. If there are 15 minutes in which I have nothing to do, that’s enough to write a page or so.–Isaac Asimov
Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together.–Van Gogh
One of the most useful little gems comes from a chapter where Chandler describes how to deal with procrastination:
The atoms is a a very small thing, yet very powerful when split. The smallest acts are like atoms. They often turn out to be the most important acts of our lives. So once I identify the big scary imagined task as a distortion produced by my own worried mind, I want to go small, as small as possible.
What can I do in the next three minutes?
I have to admit that at first when I finished Time Warriors I was a little bit disappointed. His book didn’t seem to move me as much as his other books. However, as I went through the book raiding it for quotes, I realized this is an important book for me to review if only to remind me of the power of three minutes. Three minutes to begin taking out the guitar. Three minutes to take the computer out of its case and open it up. Three minutes to calmly go in the directions of your dreams.
This quotation keeps popping up on my SRS (Spaced Repetition System) and it feels so true. Five or so years ago my life and my brain seemed to be in stasis. Then I made a decision to learn Japanese and stumbled upon approaches to learning that reignited my sense of the possible in so many areas beside Japanese. Continue reading »
According to some sources, using the term “Occupy” has become a tired cliche. Tired? Cliche? I’m all over that like white on rice. :). Samuraimindonline.com is all about “Learning Tools for Health, Wealth, and the Earth.” Occupy Samurai encourages you to do the following:
occupy your bank account and financial life and become solvent and prosperous
occupy your health
occupy your mind and learn as much as you can about what moves you
occupy your creativity and create something new that pleases you
occupy your ability to read between the lines and think about what’s going on in the world without losing hope
occupy your relationships and break isolation whenever you can
occupy your ability to organize in whatever small way
I read the news today. Oh boy. Actually, it was an editorial by Paul Krugman. It’s about the American Legislative Exchange Council, a conservative think tank organization that writes legislation for many controversial laws including laws similar to the Stand Your Ground Law, which allows people to shoot someone that they consider threatening. (Say, what!?) According to Krugman, here’s some of the fun stuff this well-funded, and highly connected organization is behind:
Many ALEC-drafted bills pursue standard conservative goals: union-busting, undermining environmental protection, tax breaks for corporations and the wealthy. ALEC seems, however, to have a special interest in privatization — that is, on turning the provision of public services, from schools to prisons, over to for-profit corporations. And some of the most prominent beneficiaries of privatization, such as the online education company K12 Inc. and the prison operator Corrections Corporation of America, are, not surprisingly, very much involved with the organization.
For some reason, this editorial caught me and I suddenly felt powerless, defeated, the wind beaten out of my sails. I think we live at a time (actually we’ve always lived at a time) when powerful forces are trying to reinvent new forms of feudalism, trying to people into mere sources of profit and production. Serfs up, dude! Continue reading »