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Quick Eat as much as you canIts fascinating to see the gold rush mentality surface around Twitter and observe the reactions to it. It has become really apparent that Twitter is the next big thing and its amazing to watch the frenzy people go into as they energetically sense this new source of mana arising & rush to stake their piece of it.  It is so reminiscent of human behaviour during the rising of other such phenomena like the discovery of gold or during a sardine run. 

 

Joshua M. Epstein and Robert L. Axtell, researchers at the Brooking’s Institution created a  computer simulation to study social structures and group behaviors. Their program, named Sugarscape, simulates the behavior of artificial people (agents) located on a landscape of a generalized resource (sugar). Agents are born onto the Sugarscape with a vision, a metabolism, a speed, and other genetic attributes. Their movement is governed by a simple local rule: “look around as far as you can; find the spot with the most sugar; go there and eat the sugar.” Every time an agent moves, it burns sugar at an amount equal to its metabolic rate. Agents die if and when they burn up all their sugar. A remarkable range of social phenomena emerge.

It is amazing to see the actions of the agents as new mountains of sugar are created and they rush to colonise and farm them. Twitter is like seeing an Everest of sugar arise in Sugarscape. Initially many did not sense quite how big this particular sugar hill was going to be (I didn’t  despite signing up to Twitter in ’07 I only really started to use it in January ’09. And I am generally fairly early with the net –  usenet from ’92, running Linux in ’01,  blogging in ’04).  But now its becoming clear – its a mountain of googlesque proportions…and so the rush begins.

I love watching the ripples in the collective noosphere as these new sources arise. With the Internet these upwellings of energy have become global phenomena, and they are arriving with increasing rapidity.  We really are undergoing a massive shift in consciousness and surprisingly (at least to me) it is manifesting quite physically via the Internet.

It makes me wonder about certain spiritually very switched on friends who are not online, or not to any large extent – I can’t help feeling that despite their cultivated awareness, intuition and general expandedness they are missing out…are somehow stuck in an evolutionary Galapagos and being cut off from the net and what is happening here are in no way keeping pace and expanding to their full potential. 

This is why we spend so much time online and with tools like Twitter.  We are attaching ourselves to this heavy teat of psychic mana greedily sucking the juice down expanding our own awareness and simultaneously co-creating this vast global intelligence. Damn but I wish McLuhan was still around – I would love to see his take on it. We have some very able & insightful commentators namely Clay ShirkeyTim O’Reilly and Kevin Kelley (aside: what is it with these Celtic thinkers – there’s Joyce, Leary & McKenna too! Note-to-self, write essay examining Celtic magical/mythic consciousness and the Internet) but they a bit too technical and not quite esoteric(expanded) enough for my taste – and thus I must write.  

Mostly to scratch my own itch as it seems I have an audience of about 3 who are actually interested in the same bizarre mixture of art, esoterica and technology as I am.

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6 Anti-Job Rants

My first ever linkbaited, numerical list blog posting. I feel so deliciously slutty.

Paul Graham from incubator Y-Combinator on why humans are not meant to have bosses

Paul Graham looks at what large organizations do to people an makes and analogy with the animals he saw in the wild in Kenya.

Favourite bit:

Having seen that happen so many times is one of the things that convinces me that working for oneself, or at least for a small group, is the natural way for programmers to live. Founders arriving at Y Combinator often have the downtrodden air of refugees. Three months later they’re transformed: they have so much more confidence that they seem as if they’ve grown several inches taller. [4] Strange as this sounds, they seem both more worried and happier at the same time. Which is exactly how I’d describe the way lions seem in the wild.

Not an Employee

A website dedicated to not being an employee

Favourite Bit: 

The Sticker they made “Expeditus A Dominus”

Steve Pavlina Outlines 10 Reasons You Should Never Get a Job

A fabulous riff on why jobs are not actually more secure than self-employment/having a business & why the joys of slavery quickly pale.

Favourite Bit:

“When you want to increase your income, do you have to sit up and beg your master for more money?  Does it feel good to be thrown some extra Scooby Snacks now and then?”

Your Life as Pornography by Ran Prieur

A totally totally brilliant spoof/story by Ran Prieur of the Joys(!) of employment and what motivates us to do it.

Favourite Bit

He thought of the woman, her hot irresistible waiting body. “Uh, please Master, I beg you to let me be your slave…”
“Slave? We have no slaves! These are enlightened times.”
He sighed with relief. Perhaps the ordeal would not be so bad.
“Then what shall I be, Master?”
“You shall be my team member!”
“Do 
what to your member?”
“Beg! Beg me for it!”
“Please, great Master, let me team your member.”
“Abase yourself! Convince me you are qualified!”
“Sir, I feel I am uniquely qualified to apply this position on your member. I am experienced in several very similar member positions, with other teams…”

Henry David Thoreau: Life Without Principal

Thoreau was, like Whitman, Kerouac and Kesey, that uniquely American flavour of sage.  In Walden he wrote one of the great books about dropping out. This essay is a look at a more natural kind of life – one where we are guided by an inner compass rather than being prodded and pulled by outside events.

 

 

Favourite bits:

To have done anything by which you earned money merely is to have been truly idle or worse. If the laborer gets no more than the wages which his employer pays him, he is cheated….

The community has no bribe that will tempt a wise man. You may raise money enough to tunnel a mountain, but you cannot raise money enough to hire a man who is minding his own business….

Perhaps I am more than usually jealous with respect to my freedom.

Tyler Durden: Fight Club

Need I say any more?

Favourite bit:

You are not your fuckin Khakis.

The above are why my (equal!) partners and I at Fizzy do not hire people and we make an effort to work with partners who do not hire people either. Personal sovereignty baby… second only to love on the priority list.

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Twitter is a fantastic tool – a meme accelerator par excellence. The interesting thing for me about it is it has become impossible to keep my worlds separate. I am an Internet entrepreneur, a teacher, a spiritual explorer, a tantrika, a filmmaker… – these selves all manifest on Twitter. One second I will be tweeting about building mailing lists and the next I will be sharing tantra tips or meditation techniques. Yet none of my followers seem particularity perturbed – no virtual stones have been thrown.

I think many of us have kept these parts of our lives discreet – not wanting people we work with to know about our personal lives, not wanting the people we pray with to know what we do for a living. The gaps I bridge can seem wide and the circles I travel in are diverse, yet nowadays people seem remarkably non-judgemental, the harshest judgements and fears often come from ourselves.

And so I find myself letting go of these fears and giving myself permission to be whole, to be truly who I am in every scenario.  Of course it is not necessarily appropriate to launch into sharing tantric practises when teaching a class on Internet Marketing (I hear my business  partners breathing sighs of relief) but neither will I shirk should a moment come when I reveal a bit more of my other facets.

Its a time of integration folks.  Osho tells a story:

A king went into his garden and found wilted and dying trees, shrubs and flowers. The oak said it was dying because it could not be tall like the pine. Turning to the pine, he found it drooping because it was unable to bear grapes like the vine. And the vine was dying because it could not blossom like the rose. He found Heart’s-ease blooming and as fresh as ever. Upon inquiry, he received this reply: 

“I took it for granted that when you planted me you wanted Heart’s-ease. If you had desired an oak, a vine or a rose, you would have planted them. So I thought that since you put me here, I should do the best I can to be what you want. I can be nothing but what I am, and I am trying to be that to the best of my ability.” 

You are here because this existence needs you as you are. Otherwise somebody else would have been here!–existence would not have helped you to be here, would not have created you. You are fulfilling something very essential, something very fundamental, as you are. If God wanted a Buddha he could have produced as many Buddhas as he wanted. He produced only one Buddha–that was enough, and he was satisfied to his heart’s desire, utterly satisfied. Since then he has not produced another Buddha or another Christ.  

He has created you instead. Just think of the respect that the universe has given to you! You have been chosen, not Buddha, not Christ, not Krishna. You will be needed more, that’s why. You fit more now. Their work is done, they contributed their fragrance to existence. Now you have to contribute your fragrance. 

This story is not just about being satisfied with being ourselves but also about being fully ourselves. Glorying in our height, our grapes, our flowers, our simplicity.  As we stop worrying how we are perceived so can we shed these layers and stand in our gifts and so realise the magnificence that is our birthright.  The more permission we give ourselves the more permission we give others to do the same.

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I came up with/was transmitted this meditation technique about 3 weeks ago. I’ve been doing every morning since then, it has been amazing. 3 days ago we inserted the “with ease” bit which has been a welcome addition

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