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Photos from my first World Naked Bike Ride

All these photos were taken after the Naked Bike Ride during the massive celebrations. A truly liberating experience!! So much fun we rode it twice. Afterwards I rode naked across the city to our friend Joelle’s house for her all night birthday celebration, and the next morning Coop took me to watch the sun rise and sun gaze with him from an epic vantage point in the city before carrying me home to sleep. One of the funnest days of my life ever! Well… up until that point :)

Cooper and I - the muse and the n00b

Cooper ad I – the muse and the n00b

Me, Coop and Joelle <3

Me, Coop and Joelle <3

the love train

The love train

Pawel, the friend behind the camera, and Coop and I in the background

Pawel, the friend behind the camera, and Coop and I in the background

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Identifying as a Victim

It doesn’t make sense to me anymore to decide that I am or was a ‘victim’ of someone or something that happened to me. The person who does bad stuff to you doesn’t make you a victim. Only thoughts do. From there we decide if we are going to allow those thoughts to convince us that it is now our Identity. Our ego is always looking for some or other story to add to our importance, to make us more interesting to ourselves at ANY cost. Realise the power you originally had in that choice belief, and recognise that you can JUST as easily take your power back! You can just as easily see yourself totally differently. (more…)

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2013 Sock Dreams Spring Theme!

Happy Spring! As promised its HERE! :D
Clickety Click!

Sock Dreams Spring Theme 2013

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“A mystic is someone who directly communicates with universal intelligence, without an intermediary. Almost all mystics developed this ability in conditions of solitude. But they are never really alone. They are always in the presence of the living earth.”
~ Robert Coon


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The New Sock Dreams Shamrock Theme

I had a lot of fun reskinning the Sock Dreams website for St Paddy’s Day coming up soon! It went live today. Check it!

Sock Dreams Shamrock Theme

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Sock Dreams 2013 Winter Theme

The new Winter theme I designed for Sock Dreams has been live the past couple of weeks and is only up for another fortnight. Check it art!
Sock Dreams 2013 Winter Theme

There’s a new St Paddy’s theme coming in next and its gorgeous ;)

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All Things Exist Simultaneously

cosmic consciousnessI know, I’ve been a bit slow on mentioning this before (because … well… baby steps) but as it turns out, All Things Exist Simultaneously. Yes. All things, all at the same time.

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Insanity is a head full of conclusions

I don’t understand anything. I don’t understand this computer screen or that flower. Or the how my hair grows right down to the atomic level, and beyond that, or why it grows. I don’t even know my own hand, or understand my own thoughts. I really don’t have a clue about anything at all. Even though I think I know things, I don’t know the meaning of anything. All my understandings are assumptions. Everything that has meaning to me, I have given meaning. Those same things could be completely neutral or have opposite meanings to other people. Everything I have feelings about, I MADE those feelings. It is all made up. I am creating everything, and at the same time I don’t understand any of it. In a sense, realising this means that I am free. Some of my thoughts may be powerful, but regardless, they are all meaningless. So what does any of it matter? I can just smile and think, “oh, there those thoughts go again, thinking they’re so important.” Nope. Just meaningless.

Only Love is meaningful. Everything outside of Love is just fantasy. Amusements. Filler.

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Fast Foreword

Last night I was standing outside in the dark waiting for a bus, and I watched the cars go by, with their futuristic glowing lights flashing by. For the first time I realised, wow – we are climbing inside of these badass machines like its totally normal and going around the place. We climb into robots and drive around in them like giant future suits. Finally a huge robot steamed and snorted to a stop in front of me and I climbed into its belly to ride home. Suddenly I noticed that everything was robots — the traffic lights, and the vending machines… We all own lots of robot servants and we don’t even realise it. I was woken up by a robot this morning and told the weather outside and how many hours of deep sleep I had and that I had 211 email messages. A few thousand had been neatly sorted into a spam folder while I slept. Then I had a robot prepare hot water for me while I didn’t give it a moments notice and went to the bathroom… came back and opened another one to retrieve chilled food, then came upstairs to flip open my laptop and explore another universe through its shiny screen portal. We live in a robot world we created. We might even be robots too and not even know it.

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Becoming more conscious

And this, from my perspective at least, is the main point of Vipassana…

‎In truth, we are all cruising along at different levels of consciousness, unaware or entirely aware of our surroundings. This effects everything. If we are conscious of our words, we can speak with clarity and kindness, conversely, carelessness causes harm. Words hurt and cannot be taken back. Our level of consciousness directly effects the daily results we experience in our lives. Low consciousness results in pain, suffering, heartache, lack of empathy, lack of personal care for ones self, others and the environment in which we live. Growing consciousness bares fruit of positive results: understanding, peace of mind, empathy, charity, a deeper connection to others, a kinder and more thoughtful mode of speech. Furthermore, a growing consciousness reduces the level an individual places upon themself and redirects that importance to all that they affect.
~ Gabriel D. Roberts

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Butternut Squash Wakame Casserole Recipe

wakameFrom The Hip Chicks Guide to Macrobiotics by Jessica Porter

  • 2 Cups of onions sliced in thin half moons
  • 1 Cup of Wakame, Soaked and sliced into 2 inch pieces – SAVE the Water.
  • 2 TBS of sesame tahini – I like the toasted but either works
  • 1 tsp of shoyu (soy sauce) or we use tamari
  • ½ small buttercup or butternut squash – or whatever winter squash you favor.

Preheat over 350. Place onion in a saucepan with small amount of wakame water. Bring to boil, cover and simmer for 5 minutes
Remove and place in a small casserole dish. Mix wakame with onion. Dilute tahini with ½ cup of wakame water and shoyu. Mix this in with onion and wakame.
Smooth mixture evenly in dish, and layer squash over the top until covered. Cover and bake for 30 minutes. Remove cover and bake an additional 10-15 min.
To remove excess liquid and slightly brown the top.

Serves 4-6


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How to backup Windows 7 Sticky Notes

All you need is to copy this file to your backup location:

Sticky Notes\StickyNotes.snt


AppData is a hidden folder. So you will not find it if you browse folder step by step in Windows Explorer (although I managed to get there by pasting with my username
Microsoft\Sticky Notes”
into the top bar with no problem). To directly jump to AppData\Roaming folder, you can run %appdata% from the Windows start menu.

(thanks for the suggestion Gautam Jain)

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Standing Man Protests

Did anyone see the extraordinary “standing man” protest in Istanbul last night? I guess we are all used to seeing huge shouting crowds fighting with the Police, teargas, water cannon etc etc.

But there’s also something very powerful about these stationary, silent protesters in Taksim Square. Needless to say, some were arrested, but it’s very difficult to see what offence is standing quietly in a public place.
–Bat Country

standing man protests Istanbul

Chapter 43 of Tao Te Ching
Written by Lao-tzu

From a translation by S. Mitchell

The gentlest thing in the world
overcomes the hardest thing in the world.
That which has no substance
enters where there is no space.
This shows the value of non-action.

Teaching without words,
performing without actions:
that is the Master’s way.

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We create our own reality

Every person, from morning till evening, is making invisible forms in space by what he says. He is creating invisible vibrations around him, and so he is creating an atmosphere.

– Hazrat Inayat Khan,
The Mysticism of Sound and Music

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Women who are tied to the moon

Woman tied to the moon

“She was tied to the moon by long threads of red tangled blood. She moved like a woman tied to the moon … it enveloped her and it opened her to an absolute night without dawn.

For women who are tied to the moon, love alone is not enough. We insist each day wrap it’s knuckles through our heart strings and pull. The lows. The joy. The poetry. We dance at the edge of a cliff, you have fallen off. So it goes. You will climb up again.
You rare girl, once again, you have a body that belongs to no lover, to no father, belongs to no one but you. Wear your sorrow like the lines on your palm. Like a shawl to keep you warm at night. Don’t mourn the love that is lost to you now. It is a book of poems whose meters worked their way into your pulse. Even if it has slipped from your hands, it will stay in your body.

You loved a man who treated you like absinthe, half poison and half god(dess). He tried to sweeten you, to water you down. So you left. And now you have your heart all to yourself again. A heart like a stone cottage. Heart like a lover’s diary. Hope like an ocean.”

— Letter From Anais Nin to Clementine von Radics

via Cooper

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1 Bitcoin = $123 today

Max Keiser:
“Bitcoin is entirely encrypted. Privacy is the new scarcest resource in the World, and that’s what backs Bitcoin, it guarantees privacy. And in this day and age that is a very scarce commodity, with every single one of our emails being spied on with millions of CCTV cameras installed everywhere we go, privacy is one of the rarest commodities in the World; that’s what collateralizes essentially Bitcoin and that’s why its such a valuable currency.”

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Cloud Storage Comparison: Drop Box vs Google Drive vs Skydrive vs iCloud vs Box

I’m deciding on a cloud storage solution at the moment. Here’s a quick visual comparison overview of the main features and prices from the competitors that you might find handy. During my research I noticed that SpiderOak are the only cloud storage provider available at the moment with a “Zero-Knowledge” data privacy standard. In technical terms it means that the server has ‘zero-knowledge’ of your data. In non-technical terms it means that your data is 100% private and only readable to you. And I LOVE that!

100% Private Online Backup, Sync and Sharing (more…)

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How do I mine Bitcoins and how profitable is it?

bitcoinThis varies, depending on your hardware, what you pay for electricity and your rig. If you’re wondering how to estimate what you could earn, check out:
Bitcoin mining profitability calculator
(via Chris Booker)

If you’re not sure HOW to mine bitcoins check out the Business Insider guide:
How To ‘Mine’ Bitcoins And Make Real Money

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How to Customise Your Windows File Open Dialog Without Downloading Software

NB! This guide is for power users. DO NOT ATTEMPT if you are not comfortable using Regedit or know how to back up your registry. You make these edits at your own risk!

default windows places bar in file open dialog to customize

You can save a considerable amount of time over the years by replacing the default icons in the Open Dialog box with your own most common file location. Today I finally got it set up with my personal favourite locations today and its really streamlining my process. Thought I’d share how to do it. (more…)

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Which is safer? TrueCrypt vs. Encrypted .zip files

WinZip vs TrueCrypt vs 7-zip

Today I did some research on which encryption method is safer for securely backing up extremely sensitive data like my Bitcoin wallet. I’ve been using the most popular WinZip and the free 7-Zip for years to AES encrypt my files (as regular encryption is far too easy to crack). For a while it was very secure but hackers have already identified security weaknesses with AES. So today I moved over, finally, to TrueCrypt thanks to the suggestion of a well-respected friend in the industry who also gave me the anonymous cellphone tipoff. So I’m going to save you some time and run through…

The advantages of switching to TrueCrypt (more…)

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