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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!
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!
There’s a new St Paddy’s theme coming in next and its gorgeous ;)
How does this apply to you? (more…)
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.
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.
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
Well, its been over two weeks since I got back from the 10 Day Vipassana meditation. A few people have asked me what it was like, what I discovered, and it seems pointless to try to describe it. The experience is entirely different for every person who goes, much like sleeping in the same bed as your partner and having totally different dreams. Each time you go, no matter how many times you’ve done it, it will be different. New things will be brought to the surface. In fact change, and accepting change, really understanding it, is the main teaching that I finally GOT. And boy did it change me. (more…)
I am so happy this is out there. She’s spot on.
Isn’t she beautiful?
For a while now I have been wondering why I’m still in Portland during this time of great change, and not in Peru or Mexico… but I felt something assuring me that I’m in the right place at the right time, and not to move, but to be patient and find out. Well I just got accepted last minute onto a Vipassana 10-day silent retreat, so now I know.
I applied months ago despite the fact that it was fully booked with a long waiting list because I had a feeling I’d get in if I really wanted it, despite the obvious setback. So I leave on Friday and will be living in silence until the first day of 2013 — throughout the whole Mayan Calendar changeover. This course is something I’ve been interested in doing since way back when I lived in England, but I never felt I could actually do it without going crazy. I can be such a busy person, super chatty, always going from one fun thing to the next so as to never get bored. And this is 10 days, no communication, no hugs or kisses or any physical contact of any kind, no reading or writing, no phone-calls or internet, no sugar or alcohol, no self-healing Reiki even, no distractions of any kind to escape the crazy mental chatter. And waking up at 4am to meditate around 10 hours a day when I like to get up at noon and can barely sit still enough to meditate for half an hour. Its not that I feel more ready for it now, its more that I feel its crunch time. Time to face the inner workings of my mind that block me from true happiness, with no escape, deal with the craziness and break through to my true peaceful nature. For some reason I’m not afraid of what I will find lurking in my mind at all whereas years ago I really was. I want to release a lot of stuff that has dominated my life and this seems like an intensive, no-turning back way to do it. So that’s where I’m going to be disappearing for a while, and the rest of the world will party on.
I hope that you and everyone you love, wherever in the world they may be throughout this period of change, finds an unshakable peace, the freedom it brings and unlocks the unlimited love potential within… each of us in our own funny little ways of getting there. Have a wonderful, blessed Solstice!
It has been a long long time, I cant even remember how long its been, since I felt connected to the Sacred Masculine energy. I miss that feeling, that direct connection to Source so much. That blissful, warm belonging and perfect balance. It’s so elusive. When I found it in Nicaragua I wasn’t looking for it, and now that I’m looking for it I can’t find it. Anywhere. I know I’m missing something obvious because deep down I know that I’m connected to it ALL THE TIME, so why aren’t I FEELING it? Perhaps I’m not living close enough to Source, perhaps I’m keeping myself too busy and partying too hard out of fear of feeling the emptiness from being detached from Source; but that’s whats detaching me from Source! I don’t know what’s going on with me but a lot of stuff is reshuffling and it’s sort of uncomfortable and odd and I’ve had a number of pretty out there experiences lately which have me onto the idea that none of this is real except what we are experiencing, and I’m now fully onto the idea that I’m literally creating my reality every millisecond through what I BELIEVE. We are Creator and we get to choose all the time. Reality is as much a dream as dreams are real to me nowadays. There is barely a veil inbetween the two anymore. (more…)
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
“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
“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.”
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!
This 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
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!
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…)
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…)
I wrote this guide based on a tip-off from a friend for the good folks who are interested in eventually going off the grid and becoming more anonymous.
IMO, this is the holy trinity of cellphone plans:
1. UNLIMITED calls, text and high-speed data
2. NO CONTRACT
3. Completely ANONYMOUS
And its half to a third of the price of most unlimited CONTRACTS.
The deal costs $50 a month and will need to pop into a T-Mobile branch each month to pay/recharge it. T-Mobile’s network currently only supports unlocked GSM-compatible phones. Make sure your phone is compatible with T-Mobile sim cards and network first!
» Check my phones compatibility with T-Mobile here
Here’s how to get it:
If you care about safeguarding the legal use of kratom, please sign the petition. In so doing, if you wish you’ll have the chance to explain on record why kratom is important to you personally.
PLEASE SIGN THE PETITION: keepkratomlegal.org
I’ve noticed in some of the houses I’ve lived in that when the dishwasher runs, the pungent chemical smell makes me feel a little queasy and I have to open the windows. It fills up the entire floor of the house and makes it hard to think sometimes. Other times I feel really itchy for no reason at all. Make your own allergy-free dishwasher detergent easily:
Homemade dishwasher detergent cubes with just four ingredients! 1 Cup Borax, 1 Cup Washing Soda, 1/4 Cup Epsom Salt, Lemon Juice.
Instructions at Louise’s Country Closet
Links to ingredients:
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