quote: the Buddha

2006-03-29 at 19:34 (quotes)

Do not accept anything by mere tradition. . . Do not accept anything just because it accords with your scriptures. . . Do not accept anything merely because it agrees with your pre-conceived notions. . . But when you know for yourselves — these things are moral, these things are blameless, these things are praised by the wise, these things, when performed and undertaken, conduce to well-being and happiness — then do you live acting accordingly.


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quote: Steve Pavlina, Self-Discipline

2006-03-23 at 10:26 (quotes)

Don’t compare yourself to other people. It won’t help. You’ll only find what you expect to find.

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on learning

2006-03-22 at 22:00 (notes)


  • understanding is more important than learning. trying to learn something that you don’t understand is like trying to do a jigsaw without having the big picture there to follow. understanding is the big picture, learning are the little pieces.
  • keep it simple. it’s more important to know all the major points than it is to know everything in detail
  • put effort into learning even simple things. if you forget a simple thing that you have built knowledge on, that knowledge is lost.
  • stick to the minimum information principle: learn things in their simplest and shortest form, and not in any other. you want your brain to remember things in the same way every time.
  • keep track of sources when learning. this is useful for when you need to review your notes and knowledge, or to provide context.
  • refer to other memories, perhaps personal ones, when learning. if you can associate an idea with something you know, this enhances recall. use examples — “like the one at my parents'”


  • don’t try to learn unordered lists of items. the minimum information principle says this: if you learn an unordered list, your brain isn’t doing the same thing every time you want to remember it. you might remember as “apple, pear” one time and “pear, apple” another.
  • learn ordered lists by using cloze deletion. cloze is that thing you did in primary school: removing a word, or a phrase, from a sentence and then filling in the blank. useful for poetry
  • use mnemonics for sequences of items: this compacts an ordered list into one item, provided it’s memorable enough.
  • when learning a foreign language, keep swapped word pairs: this helps build memory in both directions. don’t just remember “bord a la mer” as “near the sea”, remember “near the sea” as “bord a la mer”.

Source: supermemo.com, own experience.

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Flickr: “Another note found in thrift store book”

2006-03-21 at 11:21 (Uncategorized)

(by book_slut73)

This is interesting. It reminds me of something I texted someone in September about “you can have a social life as well as having work to do if you decide you will do work”.

Applicable also to the 43things goal “wake up on time“.

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explain describe

2006-03-19 at 11:40 (poetry)

explain describe narrate explore
collapse improve discuss implore
destroy examine analyse create
energise deplete start again

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2006-03-13 at 13:11 (poetry)

it’s burning up inside of you
is it going to get the best of you?
the anger making you a ball of hate
screw your fists up tighter,
yell a little louder. let it all out on me.

and you’re shouting and your screaming
has lost all of its meaning
you’ve forgotten what you were trying to say

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judgement and labelling.

2006-03-11 at 10:54 (musings, poetry)

i want out of this,
so leave your judgements at the door.
see things as they are
without connotation.

learn to label without saying
“this is valid” or “this isn’t”.
everything is valid.
it’s just that some people are more awake than others.

some are ants scurrying around
never realising there’s a sky.
get old, die, and leave no value.

some are people scurrying around
knowing there’s a sky but always saying
“i’ll go there oneday.”

then there’s the people who are floating in the sky
doing what they want and without worry.

all these existences are equally valid!
but this doesn’t mean things couldn’t be better for each person.
the ant could look up. the person could break out of his routine.

if you can only change yourself, judging others is useless.
merely label others without connotation.
judge yourself. only the subjective can be judged; the objective cannot.

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the fear

2006-03-06 at 10:32 (poetry)

she’s terrified
broken up inside
into tiny little pieces
that she can’t hide.

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on sleep

2006-03-05 at 16:47 (notes)

  • go to sleep when sleepy, and not any other time
  • wake up, with an alarm clock, at the same time every day, including weekends. you get into a solid pattern, and that helps reinforce it.
  • when woken, get up NOW, not in a minute. the more thinking time you give yourself, the less likely you are to get up.
  • avoid eating or drinking for a few hours before sleep: this tends to wake you up and causes your digestive system to go into real work mode
  • avoid listening to audio programmes in bed: sleep seems to be less restful if this happens, and I seem to wake up a lot more in the night
  • decent amounts of exercise every day
  • when in bed, don’t think about sleep, and don’t worry about getting to sleep early/late and how it will affect you tomorrow.

Sources: Wikipedia, Steve Pavlina, supermemo.com, own experience.

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2006-03-04 at 23:47 (links)

In the first brand-new post to this weblog (all previous ones were carried across from older websites), I’d like to point you to audiodharma.org and Zencast. I discovered them some time ago and have given me no end of interesting, useful, informative listening. I never thought I’d really like audio programmes but it turns out I do.

Zencast is a podcast (google it if you don’t know what it means), while audiodharma.org is mainly just a massive archive of talks by Buddhist teachers (actually, it seems that it has a podcase too). It seems like Zencast is mainly made up of talks taken from audiodharma.org, though, so there might be some redundancy somewhere.

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