How to move forward simplified.

“Man has never been able to move forward without leaving something behind” Quote from the movie Interstellar

“Man has never been able to move forward without leaving fear behind” – AngryAdmin

A drunken man who falls out of a cart, though he may suffer, does not die. His bones are the same as other people’s; but he meets the accident in a different way. (no fear) His spirit is in a condtion of security. He is not conscious of riding in the cart; neither is he conscious of falling of of it. Ideas of life, death, fear etc. cannot penetrate his breast; and so he does not suffer from contact with objective exsistences. And if such security is to be got from wine, how much more is to be got from Spontaneity?
-The Way of Zen -Alan Watts.

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Mind over matter?

So, back in October I had what I would consider an accident.

Visualize the following coffee making situation:

You are standing with your kettle in hand, The whistle had just blown its lovely tune, indicating the water is ready to be poured into your cup.

You grab your cup and start pouring, the stream of water lands on your hand as the kettle pours abit further than you had anticipated. You instantly think: “Oh man, pain!” Then you utter the words: “Hmm, thats wierd” as absolutely nothing happened apart from you getting a wet hand and some water splashing on the floor.

End of scenario. That was wierd indeed.
60c thermal damage

It gets wierder though. After contemplating why nothing happened that night, I thought to myself, why not just dip a finger in really warm oil? We had just concluded chicken frying, and in the bottom of the pan was a 5mm thick layer of oil. I dip my finger in the oil, only to find it not particularly warm. Oh well I think to myself and move the pan and start pouring water in it in order to clean it. The water starts boilung underneath the oil. A very hefty reaction actually occours which was kinda shocking. From the perspective of normal physics. This would indicate that the oil/pan is around or above 100C as the water is heavier than the oil, sinks under the oil, and boils underneath it.

I think to myself, this is really really odd and start the coffee machine. I let it make hot water instead of coffee. When done I take the pot and pour the water over my hand and again, nothing..

So, what is there to stop me from taking eggs out of boiling water with bare hands? Apparantly nothing…

After this episode sometimes early January, I decided I was not so affraid of burning my hands anymore as, uhm, it did not seem to be all that likely.

What prevents you from testing if the oil you are making “comfit de poulet” in is warm enough? It should be around 80C

In goes the finger… the verdict, 45C finger measurement. No problem, not hot, no nothing.
As it could be fun to verify the correctness of the measurement we find a thermometer. It reads 75C which was surprising.

Ok, in goes finger again at 80C just to see what would happen. “Comfit de finger” does afterall not sound particularly bad all things considered.

The result:

Taken from this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-10912578

I am a little bit stumped about the results of these absolutely crazy experiments. Can anyone give me a logical explanation for why I have not suffered skin burns or blisters?

Mind over matter? Now that would be awesome 🙂

When everything goes wrong, continue – don’t stop!

I decided I wanted to go out Friday evening. Some servers had been playing nicely, the projects I am involved in are moving along, momentum has been added and thus they won’t be stopped. Thus it was time to kick back, relax and disconnect from reality. What better and self destructive way to do that then with alcohol?

Here is the breakdown:

16:00 Order 2x 2TB Harddrives at the local hardware pusher.
16:15 Drink beer with friend at bar, get tipsy.
20:00 Go home with the intention to shave and shower.
21:00 Start drinking Baileys and coffee.
23:00 Go to the bathroom.

The following events occured in unreal time in the Bathroom, living room and the kitchen.

Esentially what happened was, I undressed myself as I dislike small hairs in my clothing. I MUST shower after having hair clipped or I can feel every little piece of hair on my skin, very anoying and I will walk like a robot. Just like when wearing a sweater made of some wooly stuff that itches like nothing you’ve ever experienced!

I start cutting the hair and I am probably 60% done, I use a trimmer both for hair and beard. I am like 80% done with hair and 40% done with beard. Then the phone rings.

I rush out of the bathroom, slightly amused that I let myself interrupt in my important and urgent task of hair clipping, grab the phone and start talking to the person in the phone. Slightly drunk conversation, very amusing aswell.

After 10 minuttes on the phone, I return to the bathroom to resume trimming hair. But wait, where is the trimmer? It had vanished! We all know that nothing can vanish. Things change location or transform into different matter or energy, apparantly, this trimmer was violating the laws of physics. It had truly vanished. I spent 45 minuttes searching for the thing before giving up and concluding: “oh well, I will go out like this tonight!”

I was inches away from becoming anoyed of the situation. I took charge of the anoyance and pushed it away, I took a shower, got dressed and went out looking like a (insert offensive word here) . In fact just look at the pictures below. Beware, these are my absolutely first selfies ever!

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Many would argue it is impossible to go out like such. It is, if you are scared of what other people think about your haircut. If you don’t feed your inner wolf of fear it will starve and vanish. In business you can end up in situations where something “cannot be done” Do it anyway, the only reason something cannot be done is if you are scared of doing it. That makes it a YOU problem. They are easy to fix, just change them!

I ended up going to three bars, noone mentioning anything about the wicked haircut. Actually it was one of those “another awesome night out” with absolutely no let downs 🙂 Massive amounts of dancing and hillarious conversations. Much fun, much pleasure!

I am not entirely sure it is a good idea to show up like this to a business meeting, that would have to be tried out. I am sure there would be some wicked looks from the other side of the table 😉

The breakdown:

“The first step toward success is taken when you refuse to be a captive of the environment in which you first find yourself.” – Mark Caine

*Today I found the trimmer after another hour of searching, it had unvanished and placed itself wrapped in a tovel in the dirty clothing bin.

Martin Thorborgs Advice #14 translated from DK to UK

The translation:

Advice #14

Don’t think that life starts tomorrow
It is so easy to let one day become another and keep telling yourself that real life starts when:

I get a moped
I get my driverslicense
I get a car
I get a girlfriend
I get married
I get children
The small one drops the diapers
I win in Lotto
I get a better job
I go into retirement

No! Life is right NOW and does not start when… whatever
Enjoy each day as much as you can, suddenly you are 80 and that is when you realize that life is NOW and has always been NOW.


The Original:

Råd nummer 14

Lad være med at tro at livet starter i morgen.
Det er så let at lade den ene dag tage den anden, og bilde sig selv ind, at det rigtige liv starter når:

Jeg får en knallert
Jeg får kørekort
Jeg får bil
Jeg får en kæreste
Jeg bliver gift
Jeg får børn
Når den lille smider bleen
Jeg vinder i lotto
Jeg får et bedre job
Jeg går på pension

Nej, livet er lige nu og starter ikke når….
Så nyd hver dag så meget du kan, for lige pludselig sidder du som 80 årig, og først der går det op for dig, at livet er nu, og altid har været det…

A positive shopping adventure

Awesome shopping experience. It almost made me cry… from laughter. Well, it did.

I go to the local grocery with the intention of buying some vegetables for dinner. I stumble upon 1,2kg fresh chicken and put that into my basket. 2 liters of very innocent juice and some potatoes. I then park the basket close to the vegetable row. I walk to the fruit section, pickup some saland and check the pinje for ripeness, no go, the leaves were all stuck, no pineapple for me I grab some banana’s and dump it in to my basket (in reality someone else basket) together with the salad and additional avocados.

Suddenly some woman comes to me randomly saying, “I think we swapped basket” I look into “my” (her) basket, then at the other basket. Hmm, are you sure? There was alot of stuff in the basket that she claimed to be mine that I did not recognize, but then she mentioned the chicken. I take my salad, my avocado and my banana’s and put em in my real basket. She takes out a bag of some vegetables. But something was wrong, ALOT of other vegetables had found their way into MY basket. She managed to put 4-5 items in my basket aswell before noticing the mistake. Imagine if we had both gone to the clerk and started paying wondering.. “hmm, when did I put this into the basket” and “Where did my Chicken go?” had we not noticed the whole dilemma up front.

So we made a double mistake at the same time. I was laughing so hard at the whole situation, how two people could be so distracted at the same time. She was abit shy about the whole situation, but after seeing me laugh and point at both our baskets explaining the improbablity of the situation she had to laugh aswell. Maybe mother nature is trying to tell me that I should continue my dietary changes (which includes more veggies and less trash)

Excelent start of the weekend! 

Wicked things are happening in the Capital of Denmark

Heuristics, pattern recognition and the application on humans.

Deciding whether or not someone is actually a good or bad person
depends on inputs derived from sensory inputs and experience.

If you walk into a club and you see someone you like/dislike, there
are a set of rules that govern your decision on whether or not
this person is a good/bad person. Maybe he/she is both at times and
operates like the artists described in my theory.

Imagine you go to a dorm and you sense that it is filled with good people and absolutely no rotten eggs amongst them. Here we are dealing with nothing more than random events. At least that is what the books are telling us. However, “opposites attract” and good and good never go well together unless they are both balanced and in synch with themselves. It will break apart unless a common denominator is keeping them together. Thus we are dealing with a deviation. As Stephen R. Covey puts it: “You cannot be effective with anyone if you are not effective with yourself” What he means is, you need to know yourself, accept who you are before you can accept other people for who they really are. A cluster of datapoints seem to have been found. A cluster perfectly suited for project Unity.

Imagine you go to a casino, the roulette falls in the following pattern, R for red, B for black.

The sequence is as follows: RRRBBBBBBBBB what are the odds the next result will be another Black?

Unless there is structure in this randomness, it would be 50%