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Feeling Blue? Here Are People Who Had One Job But Failed Miserably

If you're feeling blue or like you've failed today, remember that there are people out there who are quite... well, just dumb. Here are people who had one job to do but failed miserably.


1. The Long Yellow Things.



2. I Mean, School Is Tough...



3. In Other Words, Stand There & Look Pretty



4. In Case Of Fire, Use... Wait, Never Mind



5. Drowning? LOL!



6. Well That's Useful...



7. Are You A Sausage Biscuit? You Might Be A Match



8. Women or Men? Guess Right!



9. Well That's Not Weird At All... The More, The Merrier!



10. This Puts "Work For The Money" To A New Level



11. Use The Imaginary Flip



12. What's The Booth For, Then?



13. What A Deal!



14. This is why school's important.



15. Better Security Than The White House



16. Who Needs Roller Coasters?



17. That's Going To Hurt...



18. Yes, This Is Exactly What Kids Need. No More School!



19. So, Nothing?



20. Women Had It Wrong All This Time. Bra's Are For Men



Feeling Blue? People Having A Worse Day Than You...

If you're feeling blue, here's a short entry of images from people having a worse day than you.

The Memex Functionality



The term 'memex' (memory extension) was originally coined 'at random'. It was to describe a hypothetical proto-hypertext system. Vannevar Bush described it as a device that would allow one to store all of their books, records, and communications, "mechanized so that it may be consulted with exceeding speed and flexibility."


Basically, a memex is your second brain (or your 'external brain'), so it should be a tool where information can be recorded efficiently, and it must be easily accessible, searchable, and adaptable.


The one tool that comes to mind when I think of the memex functionality is called Nimbus Note. It's like Evernote, but it doesn't rape your wallet. It also offers a more feature-rich experience, especially on the web, so I always have that tab pinned in my browser so as to access it quickly whenever an impromptu thought is born.




To me, the memex functionality has to be reviewed, curated, and dashboarded for it to remain dynamic and effective. As you can see in the screenshot above, there are a lot of triggers. 


- The far-left pane shows you all of my folders that contain attachments and notes. 


- The left pane displays a list of available contents within the triggered folder. 


- The center pane, the largest in focus, displays a note that's selected and open, being viewed/edited.


The idea is that all triggers are extendable. I can nest folders indefinitely, add multiple content types and attachments into one note, and I can link them to one another in a single click.


You might wonder "is Google Drive good for this?" My simple answer is no, and here's why.


The combination of note + file storage in Nimbus makes it useful for topics or concepts that involve more than one document. This is so that you're able to store documents in other notes, and embed different content types so that you don't have to go back, search and open something in yet another window that might be too relevant for it to be separated. Google Drive, in that sense, is slower. There's only one content type allowed per trigger, which makes the whole organizational system a mess if you're working with a lot of information at once. There's no embedding, linking, or attaching of any sort. Yes, it theoretically approaches content in a similar way, but it doesn't serve as a memex, which makes it "not readily available." A memex tool must always be ready to go. 


Nimbus note doesn't really need to "load", as all functions are ready to go at a single click once the webpage is initially loaded. On systems like Google Drive, each function needs load time which you may not have. An idea in the interim may be lost and forgotten by that time.


All-in-all, I don't think that there will ever really be a "one-stop-shop" productivity tool for everyone, as everyone approaches their work differently. For me, Nimbus Note is that one-stop-shop because I can handle all of my data without the need to adapt to the platform. The platform adapts to me, and I think that's pretty rare, nowadays, where you need to adapt to the technology instead of the technology adapting to the way you work. Nimbus satisfies these needs without a second thought.


Check out a very brief video (silent) of the fluidity of Nimbus note. Go full-screen and enable HD for optimal viewing.




See how everything's pretty much integrated into one note? Your possibilities are endless, you can mix and match attachments and such.


Recorder used: Deepin Screen Recorder (a bit of lag, so I wouldn't recommend it. Try Kazam instead).


OS: POP! OS by System76.

A Higher Power


Step 1. We admitted we were powerless over our addiction— that our lives had become unmanageable.

Divide & Conquer

 


Arthur C. Clarke wrote, "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic."


Time for some Cartesian logic: any system can be understood if you break it down to its component parts. Study the parts, figure out what they do, and pretty soon you'll have a good idea of what the whole thing is doing. 


Divide and Conquer has a similar idea; it's a name given to a group of algorithms that take a problem and break it down into two or more sub-problems until it's simple enough to be solved.


The powerful thing about this concept is that it applies to all problem-solving scenarios, even outside programming. Let me give you an example:

It's called port knocking. You want to talk to Server X, which won't respond. The only way to get it to respond is to query Servers A through E in a certain order, during a specified period of time. Only then does Server X talk back.


If you're faced with a task that is too difficult to be resolved in one go, you can simply apply the divide and conquer method. You then back up one level and re-apply until all of the sub-problems are solved.


It's about asking the right questions at the right time. Only then can you truly find resolve.


For example, let's say that you want to remodel a home. That's a complex problem to solve, but what if we were to break it down into sub-problems to be solved instead?


Your algorithm would be...


Home: Infrastructure

  1. Electricity.
  2. Gas lines.
  3. Water lines.
  4. Heating.

Home: Rooms
  1. Kitchen
    1. Tile the floor.
    2. Place the cabinets.
    3. Do the ceiling.
    4. Place the cabinets.
    5. Move in any desired furniture.
  2. Bathroom
    1. Tile the floor.
    2. Place the shower door.
    3. Paint the walls.

If any of these sub-problems are still too tough for you to solve in one go, you can break those sub-problems down to another nest of sub-problems, and so on.


It's all about making sure you approach everything with actionable goals.

Serenity


 

To progress again, man must remake himself. And he cannot remake himself without suffering. For he is both the marble and the sculptor. In order to uncover his true visage, he must shatter his own substance with heavy blows of his hammer. - Alexis Carrel


I recently began going to AA meetings. Revealing is healing, and I finally admitted that the person I am now needs to metaphorically die so that a better me can come to fruition. 


I have no power at all over people, places and things, and if I ever for a moment mistakenly believe that I do, and act as if I do, pain is on its way.


One of the harsh truths about people and life is that we are constantly writing ourselves off because of people who have yet to step in our shoes. It's understandable but mistaken; because, after all, the many people who critique a painting have never even held a brush. 


At the end of the day, haters will see you walk on water and say it’s because you can’t swim. Accept that no one's opinion is worth a fuck and move on. It is your life and your recovery path.


In AA, instead of unhealthily fixating on what others think about us, we follow these 12 simple rules for serenity:


1. If we are painstaking about this phase of our development, we will be amazed before we are halfway through.


2. We are going to know a new freedom and a new happiness.


3. We will not regret the past nor wish to shut the door on it.


4. We will comprehend the word serenity, and we will know peace.


5. No matter how far down the scale we have gone, we will see how our experience can benefit others.


6. That feeling of uselessness and self-pity will disappear.


7. We will lose interest in selfish things and gain interest in our fellows.


8. Self-seeking will slip away.


9. Our whole attitude and outlook upon life will change.


10. Fear of people and of economic insecurity will leave us.


11. We will intuitively know how to handle situations which used to baffle us.


12. We will suddenly realize that a HP (higher power) is doing for us what we could not do for ourselves.


We then end off each meeting by saying "Grant us the serenity to accept the things we cannot change, the courage to change the things we can, and the wisdom to know the difference."


In conjunction with the AA meeting, I'm reading Russel Brand's book, "Recovery: Freedom From Our Addictions."


Lessons Learned On: Being A Bit Fucked


Towards the end of my first discussion with my sponsor, he told me:


"What I want you to get from this is that you are truly powerless over your addictions. I know you know you are. I want you to get a deeper understanding. Also, apply the principle of willingness. Be willing to do the work or it won't happen."


Where relapses in the past ended with nonchalance, they now end in heavy tears and grunts born out of frustration. The truth of the matter is that as an addict, I, you, and others cannot do it on our own. If we could, we wouldn't be called addicts in the first place. Self-will isn't enough.


I'm writing this post fresh after a hard cry that followed a relapse; I want you to know that what does help are the three yes'


  • Yes, I'm a bit fucked.
  • Yes, I see that I can improve.
  • Yes, I do need help and I will accept that help.

As I'm writing this, I realize the irony in something: addicts work hard to become addicted and stay addicted to their vice. It makes being themselves more tolerable. But if we put as much work into sobriety as we do in finding clever ways to get our next fix, recovery would be even more powerful.

 
* * * * *

You admitted you're a bit fucked. So, what's fucking you?


A man without a cause will have no effect on the world around him.


This is an important step in the beginning stages of recovery. Writing your resentments, your vice/addiction, and the reasons you told yourself you would get sober, yet it didn't happen. Why? How? When did you decide to make the choice to go clean?

Do you want to become sober? Why, and what would that look like? What does serenity mean to you, aside from "being sober?" Explain yourself in as much detail as possible.

I found that assignment to be harder than shoving a bottle up my ass and grabbing it from the other end.

Moving on...

Correlation without causation: that's when two things seem to be related, but aren't. You have two data-points: ice cream sales and drownings. You notice that as ice cream sales increase, so do drownings. You could assume ice cream makes people drown, (which would be ridiculous) or you could just look at your calendar or look through the windows and realize it's summer.

So, at first, the two facts look related. Logic, however, tells you that they're not.

But there's a third factor; that they indeed are related, just not in the way you first thought.

So much of the time people who are addicted to alcohol make the same connection. As soon as they drink, their lives become better for it at the moment, but it makes their lives miserable in the long run.

"I'll quit alcohol." Says Jae. He quits alcohol and finds that the pain he feels is paralyzing, so he chooses pills, porn, spending money, etc. The cycle continues.

It doesn't necessarily matter what you're addicted to. It's truly about finding a way to stop the behavior as a whole. It's about looking at what you're trying to cover up about your life. Dig deep. What is it about your life that you crave the wildly dangerous side of things?

Do people "grow out of their addiction?"

I have heard the term before, but 'grow out of it' is the wrong choice of words. If you can grow out of it, were you really addicted? Not at all. It's not something passive, addiction requires continuous effort on your part. It's not a phase in your life, like the time you thought you were gay, or the time you really wanted to be an astronaut as a child. Addiction ruins lives and leads to a plethora of problems like suicidal depression, loss of self-control, financial and relationship losses, among other things. You may be able to "grow out of it" by experiencing the pain of the addictions and forming pathways in your brain that don't hit that easy reward of dopamine and your behavior changes. It is through daily work that your life changes, even after you've stopped the addictive behavior.

At the end of the day, folks, it's easy to give in to comfort, and our urges; but what's helping me is attending AA meetings twice a day, working with my sponsor with brutal honesty, and realizing that there's life beyond the scope of the pages in my book of addictions. AA's changing my life for the better, and I have only recently begun going. That means something. It's very structured, of course, and there are a lot of rules that prevent me from doing actions that might lead me down the path to acting on impulses, even if that action at its core has nothing to do with my addiction.

“In a sense, we re-write our past. We change our narrative. We reprogram ourselves. There is no objective history, this we know, only stories. Our character is the result of this story we tell ourselves about ourselves, and the process of inventorying breaks down the hidden and destructive personal grammar that we have unwittingly allowed to govern our behaviour.”

How Often Should You Charge Your Smartphone?



The common question among people who use their smartphone actively seems to be "How often should I charge my phone?" "Is it safe to charge my smartphone overnight?"


I'll give you a simple answer.


Instead of doing a full-charge cycle (0-100%), you should do partial charges throughout the day to maximize your battery life in the long-run. Never do full charges, though. Top up your battery life to approximately 80% once your battery hits 20%. Always follow the 80/20 rule, and ideally, pursue the partial charges while your phone is powered off.


Note: Full-cycle charges will destroy your battery over time and it'll decrease its overall capacity to hold charges like it used to.

Why You Shouldn't Wear Headphones (In Public)

 



The guy who sits in front of the TV set with headphones on has lost the capacity to react to the tactile environment.     


First off, this isn't meant to dissuade anyone from listening to music or offend anyone who uses their headphones as a way to lift their spirits in times of sadness or uncertainty, or while they're getting in some exercise. That may, in fact, be healthy sometimes.


I recently had an interesting discussion with my life coach about the fact that she never wears headphones. When I asked her why, she gave me an interesting answer. She said something along the lines of:


I'm a human being, right? When I go outside for a walk, or on my way to work, I don't get to opt out of interacting with other people. We have a society that requires a human connection. We thrive on it, and the way to keep ourselves from drowning in disconnection is to stay disconnected from the devices that we're addicted to every time we feel a certain way emotionally. So much of who we are actually slips away from us when we're under the influence of music. We're just on standby, and when our attention is suddenly required, we're not at our most focused when pulled away from the trance of isolation created by headphones and music.


I hadn't thought of it like that before, but it's so true. Every time I go out for a walk, I pop in headphones without realizing that there's a whole world out there that requires my attention. Nature has music of its own, and I might actually be missing opportunities if it weren't for me always being self-involved. I recently started only wearing and listening to music at home and it's changed my view of things. Being in the present moment feels so rewarding. I'm no longer neutralized, but an active participant in the world, saying hello to random strangers and making conversation.


When I'm at home and on my own time, then I can take the time to listen to my music, be it via headphones or wireless speakers. Until then, though, eyes focused on the world and ears open.

"Quarantine With Me!"

Tali is part of a team of hip (and cool) scientists that I follow, and she's also a talented musician, singer/songwriter, and dancer. She released a track a few months ago, and I've been addicted to it ever since.



There's Something About Blogging...




The key is not to prioritize what's on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities. ~ Stephen Covey


I've been blogging for a little over nine years now and have created over a dozen websites, blogs, and tutorials for people. One of the most important lessons I've learned is that if you want your blog to succeed, to be taken seriously, then you have to treat it as a priority. Whether you're working a job and going to school, or more, blogging has to be seen as the job you don't get paid for (unless you do get paid for it, in which case you should be writing every day, if not twice a day).


Why do I say this? Well, let's just take a look at the statistics.


In 1999, only 23 blogs existed on the Internet. Yes, you read that right. 23! By 2006, that number jumped to over 50 million blogs on the Internet. We're no longer swimming in creative content, we're drowning in it. We need a lifeboat.


That being said, if you want to make a difference, to be heard and seen, you have to make your voice count for something. It's not enough anymore to just publish a blog article whenever you have time. If you drop dead tomorrow, then what? Your ghost will haunt your PC and write an entry? If you truly love writing, you must see it as a primordial aspect of your existence. You must see it as something on your bucket list. It must be in itch you can't scratch multiple times per week.


When I was in college, I always had a disclaimer for my professors: "I'm a blogger. I may not have time to finish all of your assignments, but rest assured I'll make them up and that I do listen with all of my heart and soul. Fail me if you must for it, but read my blog, and then you'll understand." Most of them read it and understood. (Oftentimes, I would even write my course notes for their class on my blog). For those who didn't support my disclaimer, I dropped out of their class and found another professor. That's how seriously I take blogging.


The competition is tough, undoubtedly. It's why you must invest more time and effort into writing. Because, at the end of the day, if you don't provide your readers with enough content, they'll jump ship and invest their time in other authors who take their work more seriously. They'll inevitably forget that you exist, and in that case, you've lost a reader. Remember that we're living in a time where people's attention span is very short-lived. You may not be writing for them, but they are certainly a vital part of your growth. One share leads to another.


Don’t Try. Be



Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary. ~ Steve Jobs


All of these things that you consider to be more important than "blogging", it's the universe's way of testing your commitment, and I often find that the people who try and fail, never, ever want to try again. They see their crafts as secondary, and in turn, the world treats it as such. You get that big promotion at work because you're tirelessly devoted to the task at hand. The same must be able to be said about your blog.


In the end, it is your choice. Perhaps your blog really is just meant to be a craft you pursue in your spare time. Who am I to say? This blog post is for those who love writing dearly but misunderstand what "priority" means.


There's something about the stats...


The first blog I ever created on a CRM platform went from 0 to 50,000 followers in five months. The second blog I created went from 0 to 10,000. The fifth blog went from 0 to 1,000 and eventually, fewer. This is my 100th blog (not literally) and it just goes to show you that your followers aren't bought, they're rented. You really have to be good at marketing and you can't just stop because you feel like giving up or because you're busy. If you do, other content creators will step out in front of you to steal your following. I shot myself in the foot by giving up so many times that now, my viewership is a lot smaller. I only get about 100 readers per day (when I post something new, not in totality).


Anyway, learn from me being a cautionary tale. Don't be an asshole. Embrace who you are, never give up like I did, and you'll skyrocket!


You only live once, so... click on those damn keys and create awesome content. Because you're awesome, dear reader, and the world deserves to know who you are. :)


Also: share your links on Reddit, create AMA's, and so forth!

The Top 3 Best Ping Submission Websites To Use For Your Blog

Ping submission platforms allow you to easily submit your blog or website to search engines for indexing in a single click. In many cases, ping submission platforms auto-generate a message to the search engines, notifying them that your website or blog needs to be re-crawled because you've updated it. Whether that be because you've updated your breadcrumbs, posted a new blog article, or deleted a page doesn't matter. Whatever form updates to your website or blog take, PSP's (Ping Submission Platforms) monitor this for reporting. This way, you'll have an even better chance of appearing in search engine results.


Here is a list of the top 3 ping submission platforms.

  1. Ping Feedburner
  2. Ping-o-Matic!
  3. Pingler

In addition, it will help you to submit your website to Google directly.


Are You Suffering From Depression or Depression Prone? Don't Do A Startup!

 



With some regularity, I read articles about some amiable, accomplished, and brilliant young mind that decides to end their life during the first phase of their start-up scene. Silicon Valley's doctor dialogue was no joke (even though it was exaggerated to be funny). 


For reference, the dialogue went like so:


Doctor: You know, a while back, we had a guy in here in almost the exact same situation, "take the money or keep the company".


Richard: What happened?


Doctor: Well, a couple months later he was brought into the ER with a self-inflicted gunshot wound. I guess he really regretted not taking that money.


Richard: He shot himself because he turned down the money?


Doctor: Yeah. Or no, he took the money. Or no. No, he did not. You know what? I don't remember. But whatever it was, he regretted it so much that he ended up shooting himself.



Invariably, people manage to come a very long way, and then they hit a snag that brings forth personal demons that they thought they'd buried a long time ago. The truth is that no matter what board room you're hiding in, your past, unprocessed, will always come to find you.


Running a company is hard enough for those who aren't suffering from depression or such things, and one of the most important things you have to remember is that especially in the beginning, start-ups are an extension of their founders. Inevitably, the founder will blame themselves if a company fails, even if that may not be the case at all. If you were able to do things without being haunted by your past, then by extension, the failure of your startup was technically not because you lacked skill or knowledge, you were just not ready to emotionally invest in your business. It is precisely because of this that you should avoid starting a business if you're depression-prone and are unable to get adequate help before things begin.


"Everything you touch dies."


Spoken by someone who had done a lot of harm to me and to someone I cared for. I'll never forget it. In fact, with every friendship I build now, with every opportunity I take nowadays, those words are stuck on 'play' like a broken record.


For some reason, Startups are a magnet for people that suffer from depression. I think it makes sense, though. A person who suffers from depression wants to build a great world for themselves, and one of the better ways to do that is to invent a business instead of joining businesses in a world that you deem unfair or cruel. In the end, though, you're really shooting yourself in the foot. 


An angry dog that breaks off from his leash never makes the most logical decision.


I’ve had just about all I can take of young men and women ending their lives because they couldn’t cope with some perceived failure. Failure is the norm when you're running a business, especially in the beginning. It's why you have to have the mental disposition to shrug it off and say "Hmmm... why did this not work? How can I change it?" instead of getting caught up in the emotion of it all. Your ego, in this case, will be your greatest enemy. Your only "rock bottom" is when you decide to stop digging, folks. Failure is your personal threshold for pain.


Life as a Service

 


"You'll own nothing and you'll be happy."


World Economic Forum tweeted that back in 2016, predicting that our future would entail consumers of the world to rent products and services instead of own them. Essentially, dear reader, you're not a citizen of the world anymore, you're a subscriber.


Take music, for example; it used to be that you were more freely able to purchase albums without much thought to it. Now, in place of that, you have subscription services that allow you to rent access to your favorite tracks instead of owning the thing you're paying for.


In contract law, there is such a thing as consideration. Both parties are supposed to get something out of the contract they agree on. In this scenario, we're talking about giving temporary access to something for a monthly fee. The moment you stop paying for X is the moment you lose access to X, even if at that point, you've already paid thousands of dollars in rental fees. In theory, it's convenient, but when it comes to practicality, you're actually losing money.


The next example that comes to mind is paying for a fixed amount of cloud storage for a monthly fee. Let's say that I choose to pay $9 per month for 1TB of cloud storage. That's about $120 per year. Eventually, I will have paid over $1,000 for that same amount of storage that doesn't grow with my investment. It just doesn't make sense. Now, if I paid $100 once for a 1TB external disk, that makes more sense. You pay once and own that piece of technology for as long as you want. You're not losing out on your investment. Over time, that $1,000 could serve you really well. You could afford multiple 1TB disks, or invest in something else. 


You pay more to rent an item than you do if you were to buy and own that item. The problem is in your ability to wait or find cheaper one-time-payment alternatives.


As Borat said in complete shock, "Screw me in the anoos, that's my daughter!" In this case, it's "Screw me in the anoos, this actually exists?!"


What I'm about to share with you blew my god-damn non-existent socks off.


You're now able to rent washing machines! Yes, you read that right. For just a few dollars under $300 per year, you're able to rent a washing machine where detergent and the like will be delivered to you. Again, while this seems convenient, you could just save up $300 and buy yourself a pretty neat washing machine that you own. Heck, in two years of renting one machine that you don't own, you could buy and own 2! They get you by setting a seemingly cheap monthly rent price, but if you do the math, it really doesn't make logical sense. 


The notion of owning something is invaluable. On the other hand, ownership is an ephemeral concept. It's an illusion. A ticking-time-bomb. No one owns anything. You don't even own your body, forget about possessions. If you owned your body, you would be able to control aging, prevent cancer, and death. But you don't own your body. Nature owns your body, or something more divine, if you believe in a deity.


I think this all ties into the concept of Copyright laws, which hinges on two interrelated ideas.


A) Scarcity.

B) If we want a section of our society dedicated to making products, services, and other things we enjoy and use, then we have to keep the people who make those things alive, happy and well, so they could do what they do best. 


A one-time fee is no longer sustainable in a world where you could literally make thousands of dollars just by owning a smartphone. Heck, you don't even have to leave your apartment anymore! Everything is deliverable. (Even dates)! It's an incredible time we live in, but it's also one of the most confusing as well because we're in the transitional period. Future generations will grow up with more balance, order, and knowledge than we seem to have right now.


So, let's get back to discussing renting access to things.


While it's extremely convenient for some things (like music and movies), it's not practical for other cases, like the washing machine. Renting, as it is, makes you lose on your investment; but hey, for the convenience of it all, some people don't mind it (I'm not one of those people).


Anyway, this can be a long-winded discussion, so I'll end it here. Renting is convenient but also cunning. Make sure you do the math to see how much you're losing and if it's worth it for you.

Obsolescence

Back in the day, if you were to purchase a piece of technology (for example, a computer), you were able to use that piece of machinery for about a decade. It's only in recent times that manufacturers like Apple, Samsung, Google, and a few others, decided to go in the way of planned obsolescence.


What is planned obsolescence?


Simply put, it's the act of making sure that currently-existing devices gradually become obsolete through software updates and upgrades. This is so that users are forced into upgrading to the newest-available product because the current one, in one way or another, is no longer able to serve them, and is no longer serviceable. It's also the reason that newer-generation laptops have the RAM and hard drive soldered on; it's so that you can't upgrade or repair it yourself, and you'd have to either get a new computer or pay a large sum of money to the manufacturer to repair it for you. In most cases, they'll charge you way more than the repair actually costs. They figure they'll either make a profit by over-pricing the repair or manipulate their customers into just upgrading to a newer model.


I strongly despise the disposable nature of technology, nowadays. We're always on the lookout for the next dopamine rush, the next eye-candy. Let me let you in on a secret. All these smartphones and laptops are the same piece-of-shit devices that do exactly the same thing. There's no reason for monthly software updates or upgrading to a new model every year or so. When I buy a phone or laptop, I use it for a minimum of 6-8 years (or more, if the device carries on living). My needs don't change along with "the times" because I'm smart enough to know that advertising's sole purpose is to make you feel like you're broken or that you're missing out.


Primarily for other reasons, but it's the reason why I only purchase phones from BLU or Oukitel. Their phones cost anywhere from $100 - $350 at most, and they don't bog you down with software updates because they're not truly necessary. You just get the OS that comes with the phone and that's it. No updates, no upgrades. Use the phone as is. There are apps for security, third-party app stores, etc. You're set. You're in control. They want you to use their product which is long-lasting, compared to the expensive flagships. In fact, all of my flagships have had a shorter life-span than my cheap $100-$300 smartphones and computers.



Technology should be built to last, not built to fail. But Samsung, Apple, and Google won't hear it. Eventually, they'll release an update that slows your phone down, or you eventually realize that the hardware they used in their devices begins to fail after a year or two.


Don't delay, act today! Purchase from Oukitel and BLU and once again, enjoy technology that was meant to last. Stop chasing the dopamine rush, and stop being manipulated! You don't need the latest and greatest of everything, there's no need to be that entitled. You can find similar specs for much cheaper.




Changes in Distribution

You should not have a favourite weapon. To become over-familiar with one weapon is as much a fault as not knowing it sufficiently well. - Miyamoto Misashi


Over the last decade, software distribution has undergone massive changes and advancements.


Originally, software was developed on something called a plugboard. If you're unfamiliar with what a plugboard is, it's essentially an array of sockets that allow quick (for that time, anyway) re-configuration of computer hardware to adapt it to different problems.




The next phase of software distribution's medium of choice was called Punched tape / Papertape; a stack of paper cards which contained the program code in a series of holes punched into the paper.




In the 90's, the software distribution method of choice was a simple 3.5” floppy disk. Size and memory varied, eventually.





Never Stop Evolving


You probably already know this, but I'll say it anyway; you're not a noun, you're a verb. Just as technology constantly looks for new ways of communicating with people, you must constantly be on the lookout for ways to exit your comfort zone and put yourself out there. This is so that you can learn new things and become more than what you originally were. More than what you are now. Never be okay with where you are in life. Okay is not enough. Always be grateful and appreciative, but ask more of yourself. I don't mean you to say "This house and lifestyle isn't enough." Nothing like that. You can live minimally just fine, I mean in terms of that brain and body of yours. Keep on improving it.

How do I handle rejection and spirtuality's concepts of identity?

 



When a ten-year relationship ended for me, it took all of ten minutes for me to move forward from it without looking back.


One of my friends noticed this and asked me "How? How do you get over a heartbreak that quickly?"


The truth is that I don't believe in concepts of egotism; attachment to relationships is one of the larger aspects of ego. There is no relationship because there is no me. There are just things happening, a series of chain events related to the first one, but nothing that I attach myself to. I'm comfortable and value it for what it is in the moment, but I can very easily let it go without a second thought. I don't get heartbroken.


Let me explain:


Every morning, I wake up and recite the following mantra: 


"Remember that you're in a box with space and time, but this isn't the totality of all reality, there's life beyond the scope of all of your understanding. What you're experiencing is the human animalistic realm of the spectrum."


Stay calm, for the inner world is limitless while the external world is limited.


A relationship ends, but there was never a me involved. Certain situations elicit certain responses. Water poured into a glass becomes the glass. Water poured into a jug becomes the jug. Water flows with the experience for as long as necessary. That's it. I am water. Undefined. Nothing and everything. Hence, I don't experience heartbreak because I am just energy riding along for the human experience. 


If a jug of water is punctured, the water is not damaged, it is the jug. Therefore the water contains freedom in such a sense. We are untouchable as humans.


Once we take out ego, there is no "I feel." That's already attachment, and it's wildly weird and unhealthy. There is no heartbreak. There are just things happening, and removing ego allows us to detach and experience everything in an objective sense. Anything else just renders you unconscious, moving you away from true and authentic consciousness, which is about the elimination of having too much emotion or thought on things. That right there is a slippery slope. The less, the better, essentially.


All relationships are holding onto something that never existed in the first place, a projection of inward excitement and vulnerabilities that we cannot or do not let go of.


Upon each experience, I die and am reborn anew. Nothing else exists. There is only love or fear. Lingering feelings are blind spots.


In all senses, I am not Mikey. Mikey is a character. We're all actors on the stage of life.


In the end, that's how I deal with life in general. When you take out "I" statements, you will realize that only someone who is detached can obtain a true sense of consciousness and reality for what it truly is. There's no meaning to anyone or anything. It's all in your mind. What you decide to label things, be it by words or emotion, conjured by things left unprocessed. Those things don't allow you to see things for what they truly are. Undefined. Nothing and everything. The reality is that there's no meaning to any of this.


There are just things happening. See. Observe. Detach. Repeat.

Why is Google Drive So Slow/Buggy? Why I Don't Use Google Drive & My Opinion on Google's Work Philosophy

 

I've been a Google Drive user since its inception in 2006. I love Google products; they're free, convenient, and semi-powerful tools that give you access to your files no matter where you are.


Why, then, do I not use Google Drive? Let me explain my love/hate relationship with Google Products in general.


In terms of employment, Google is known for being very strict when they screen potential hires (that is, engineers and programmers). Just look at any number of their hiring process videos on YouTube. While Google, in general, makes useful software that theoretically serves the user well, my opinion is that their staff seem over-logical, extremely math-oriented but lacking severely in common sense. A lot of their things, most especially Google Drive, seem over-engineered and riddled with minor bugs that then turn out to cause ripple effects where the bugs really get in the way of normal usability. 


It's not surprising, though; they have never had a smart work ethic, and this is even evident in their ads for their Chromebooks or Pixel devices. Apple and Samsung have always known how to sell to their customers. I really don't know what the heck Google's trying to say in a lot of their ads. Again, this is because they are over-logical and not social enough to understand common sense or what attracts a customer to a piece of software or a physical product. 


For me, including most people, software shouldn't just be "useful." It should be sexy, a piece of eye-candy that keeps you coming back because when you use it, the UX and UI almost entrance you. It should be like art.


I reiterate that Google tends to “Over-Engineer” most of the products they make, which in the end, affects the users of their software in a negative way.


Let's not forget about their product life-span. A lot of their products have been deprecated and shut down after a few years. I get it; as Jay-Z says, "onto the next one." (No, I don't listen to his rubbish, but I heard that joke somewhere and couldn't resist using it). The fact is, though, I don't take them seriously in any respect, when using their products. I expect them to be riddled with bugs. More often than not, they are. I expect them to fail me. Most of the time, they do. To me, they're the company you go to test out software and then choose between other usable products from MEGA, Microsoft, Open-XChange, Dropbox, NextCloud, etc. I look at Google making software as if they were Sephora trying to build software when they're a company that sells makeup. Google doesn't seem to know how to build a valuable product that connects the user emotionally to the product, and that's why people often run into more problems with Google than they do a company whose sole purpose is to build software for actual money, rather than using the customer as the product.


Google’s culture of “Over-Engineering” is really hurting them in the consumer software department (and other areas as well). But like I said, not all of their products suffer from Over-Engineering. For example, Blogger and Google Chrome are the best pieces of software I have ever used. Sleek, sexy, and usable. I suspect that the team behind these two products know what their users want more than the team behind Gmail and Google Drive do.


In the end, though, Google provides free software that is all actually comparable to if not more favorable than the paid options. Since I'm not paying anything for any of their products, I appreciate it more because the paid ones, when you look at it in the big picture, don't even offer that much more than Google does, and Google Drive offers unlimited storage if you use their native sync client. Yes, you may run into bugs, but at the end of the day, they are the most innovative companies that spit out new ideas so they could see what sticks to the wall and what doesn't. All they need to do now is focus more on design and consumer-facing, and they'll be even better! So, there you have it. I mostly use Google products. In fact, the only Google product I don't use is Google Drive, and I use Nimbus Notes to store what I need instead. Other than that, though, they're the best company around today and I don't see the need to use other paid products when I'm offered the same thing for free or cheaper, by Google. Other companies need to learn from Google, and Google needs to learn what actually attracts customers in the design and usability department. It's as simple as that.

Distraction (Addiction)



Robin Sharma once said, "An addiction to distraction is the death of creative production."


Addiction is your co-dependent relationship with the person or item(s) which you're too reliant on. There's an addiction to food, porn, shopping, pain, drama, caffeine, gambling, exercising, social media, etc.


Addiction's intent is a sort of temporary anesthesia, although one must remember that with addiction, it both starts and ends with pain.


In other words, addiction helps us put a blanket over a messy bed and call it clean. It's like a tiny person standing on your shoulders and calling themselves tall. It is a delusion; that relief isn't real.


You have two options here.


A) Pursue an addiction recovery program.

B) Continue pursuing the pro-addiction program that society provides for free.


Continue watching free porn, continue buying cheap foods and fancy-branded clothes, continue scrolling through social media, and wishing you had a great ass like the models you look up to on Instagram. It's as simple as that.


I like to think of addiction like so:


Think of yourself as a bed. Each blanket represents an addiction you have. Underneath all of the blankets you've covered yourself with, lies your true consciousness trying to realize itself. Each time you repeat bad habits, you lose yourself to these addictions as they consume and control you.


I have struggled with addiction in the past; addiction to porn, addiction to (micro) spending, addiction to fast food, and addiction to constantly rehashing the past (trauma) as if it were the only thing that mattered or existed.


Insightful introspection taught me that addiction isn't about what you're addicted to. It's about your inner world vs. the external world. When you feel as though you have to look outward to fix what's going on inside of you (inward), that's when you know you have a problem. You can't fit a square into a circle (queue "Come Clean" by Hilary Duff).


Porn never solved my problems. I was simply re-living my initial traumas by focusing on the sexual energy in all the wrong ways. So, after I realized that what porn was doing was actually amplifying the ever-pressing problems, I did a lot of reading and stopped the disgusting habit. Looking back, I can't believe JOI was my drug of choice. 


With fast food, I looked to the external world and said "I control the situation. I buy food when I want and I get to choose what happens to my body." Again, all it took was a simple objective look at the words I was saying in my mind after thousands of attempts to go clean with no luck.


Rationalizing was a huge problem for me. I often thought "You know, I had a really rough day. I just want to eat food that tastes good to me." My objective self responded with "Wow, what a load of shit, dude. Yes, you had a bad day but don't be telling me that you're eating this food because you want to feel better. You're eating this food because you're an addict who's rationalizing. You eat the food and what, suddenly your problems are no more? What are you, fucking David Blaine? Do I need to slap you?"


Don't judge me. I talk to myself as if I were my own mentor. I have needed to do that for most of my life, on account of most therapists being no more intelligent than Borat. The only difference is that my insurance paid my therapists to sit there like an idiot and stay silent while they listened to my life go down the drain but never actually say anything helpful. (I did have an amazing art therapist though, but she was the exception).


Increasingly, the more I learn about the nature of addiction and how it previously played a role in my life, is that the less interest you have in things, the better. That's not to say that you shouldn't be passionate about working with your talents and skills, but that you shouldn't be interested in things that don't actually serve you.


Porn: It takes from you your focus, your sense of self-control, your time, your ability to forge healthy (sexual and intimate) relationships, etc. It doesn't give you anything other than a false sense of pleasure.


Food: It takes from you your money, your time, and your health. You fill an emotional void with food, which is physical.


Social media (unhealthy usage): 'You're comparing your behind-the-scenes to everyone else's highlight reels.' How many times do you scroll through social media and feel better afterward? Not often, right? It's more often that you end up feeling worse about yourself, or about something terrible that happened to someone else.


Addictions are distracting, not truly compelling. They're not uplifting, they're hypnotizing in all the worst possible ways. It keeps you standing still.


The broader concept of addiction is that it's an attachment to the external world, a belief that the solutions it proposes are enough to solve pressing problems.


Charlie Harper's (Two and a Half Men) view of alcoholism is the epitome of the addiction mentality in general. "It's only temporary if you stop drinking... so I just won't stop. Problem solved."


Addiction begins with pain and it ends with pain. It's a vicious cycle of behaviors that you want to stop but can't seem to put to a permanent end.


At the core of it all, I firmly believe that addiction is a spiritual affliction. When we're at war with two sides of ourselves (the societal norm, materialistic and oh so egotistical vs. the spiritual, non-attached beings that we all are underneath), it becomes easier to go with the easy answer and allow ourselves to be defined by yet another problem. Addiction shifts one problem to another. In a sense, it's like you're under anesthesia so that you can then have someone gut you like a fish but you don't feel anything. To me, addiction fits that notion perfectly. You're numbing the problem but then creating an even bigger one.


If you have something bad-smelling in your pocket, wherever you go it will smell bad. Don’t blame it on the place.


I'm fortunate enough to realize that mentorship is a huge part of addiction recovery. Community power keeps you honest and keeps you accountable. When you realize that you're not the only one trying to reconcile with two sides of yourself, you'll be there for others and realize that there's always another way. You gain clarity in seeing brothers and sisters in arms, what processes they used to conquer their battlefield, and so forth. For me, it hurt so much because at the core of it all, I'm very old-fashioned and conservative, but the material world got a hold of me after trauma. Mentorship saved me, and in turn, I helped save others from their former selves.


Make amends with the people you've hurt, including yourself, and find it in your heart to look beyond the scope of everything you've known, for there is more to learn.


Being a mentor, though, is not about being an addict who thinks that they can deal with their own addiction by making another addict go straight. You've got to do the work you're preaching and be responsible for yourself and others.


We crave connection, but so much of the time we are not alive, neutralized. Who are you when you’re listening to the radio in traffic? You are not you, you are on standby. Mostly we are free-floating and disengaged, lost in the spectacle. ― Russell Brand


Addiction, in a way, although harmful, is a creative way to keep yourself alive in a time where you really might not want to be; and although I'm not condoning addictive habits, heed its warning that something needs to change (and fast).


What, then, does addiction recovery look like?


For me, it's fully owning your addictions, making them known, taking responsibility, and fixing them one day at a time.


"Success isn't bought, it's rented -- and its rent is due every single day."


Another thing that's been important for my recovery is believing in something bigger than myself and being of service to others.


We're all addicts, to some degree. There's no shame in your story, just as much as there is no shame in my story. We shall focus on who we're trying to become rather than the people we used to be; and in light of that, we shall flourish and succeed by never stopping and always evolving.


The Teardown - tl;dr


- Increasingly, the more I learn about the nature of addiction and how it previously played a role in my life, is that the less interest you have in things, the better.


- We shall focus on who we're trying to become rather than the people we used to be.


- I'm fortunate enough to realize that mentorship is a huge part of addiction recovery. Community power keeps you honest and keeps you accountable. When you realize that you're not the only one trying to reconcile with two sides of yourself, you'll be there for others and realize that there's always another way.


- "We crave connection, but so much of the time we are not alive, neutralized. Who are you when you’re listening to the radio in traffic? You are not you, you are on standby. Mostly we are free-floating and disengaged, lost in the spectacle."


- At the core of it all, I firmly believe that addiction is a spiritual affliction.


- Rationalizing is a huge problem.


- Insightful introspection taught me that addiction isn't about what you're addicted to. It's about your inner world vs. the external world.


- In other words, addiction helps us put a blanket over a messy bed and call it clean. It's like a tiny person standing on your shoulders and calling themselves tall. It is a delusion; that relief isn't real.


- Addiction is your co-dependent relationship with the person or item(s) which you're too reliant on.
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