Tag Archive: time

Plus (and minus) human

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If it can be called a superpower…

Well, I can recover from anything (including a week in a coma) in no time, or at most 24 hours. This doesn't mean full recovery though (body and mind are not separated: that's my viewpoint), as I am quite often stuck in a rut or bored and need to change something after being hit.

Actualy, if too many days in a row are counterproductive and exhausting, I can fix it quickly (by changing a habit, or starting something new and giving up on the old stuff) and without loads of sleep. sometimes ca. 3 hours are enough to run another 24 to 36 hours.

My superpower? I am not bounded by time or energy!

My "underpower" is that I can be the laziest of men, and I absolutely hate it.

So, why don't I do something to feel better? Because I'm lazy!

My conception of lazy is perhaps different than yours. Many people think I'm an overachiever, and I tend to be one because they think so (even though I'm not alive to cater to anyone). Yet, in the first place, those people weren't there and my behaviour was not different.

To me, "being lazy" is not passive, but active, and it means "feeling emotionally empty and needing to refill the tank".

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Would you rather… (part 2)

Would you rather… (part 2).

“Time plasticity” is something I use everyday. Musicians know it as rubato

Playing solo allows me to be in the “Time plasticity zone”: I can stretch and I can squeeze time as much as I want, thanks to “tools” like bows.

I love bowed instruments, even though I’m now a synthesist who began as a drummer and sound engineer.

Bows are flexible to a point beyond abstraction. What can be done with them is mind-boggling.

Listen to the likes of Andrew Manze, Jordi Savall and Wieland Kuijken… Without forgetting Yo-Yo Ma.

Those guys can make you feel like an hour was a minute, and the opposite.

As a sound engineer, thanks to ProTools… I can already stretch or squeeze time.

As a drummer, I can stack different perceptions of time. Polyrhythms anyone? Polymeters? Meshuggah?

And a big yet…

This is either being lost in a zone or tweaking knobs.
Nothing to do with speeding up or slowing down time in the “real life”.

I always wanted 48-hours long days and 8-day weeks. Never the opposite.

I’d better get rid of something or someone than to play with time. Skipping a heartbeat? No fuckin’ way.

Even if I could play with time’s plasticity and resilience, what about people around, do they live at the same speed?

Frankly, can you imagine people each going at their own pace, some stretching time while others slow it down?

Bottom line is: what matters is not how much time we get, it’s about the intensity of the time we’re allowed.

It is about emotion, not minutes.
Focus on the first. Anyway (according to St. Augustine and to yours truly, the present is what tends to cease to be) you don’t have any choice, however you can still dream.

Dreams are stolen time.

Facebook and TV are wasted time.

If you needed more time, where would you take from?

If you needed more time, where would you take from?.

There are clear time-wasters in our daily lives:

•Checking e-mails 30 times a day

Just 3 of them. I’ll gladly drop any of.

Actually, I dropped everything but Twitter.

I freed at least 5 hours a day.

However, I’ll never give up on reading Seth Godin’s blog and books about art and artmaking.

Should everything be done in moderation?

As far as I’m concerned, I think that commitment doesn’t mean sacrifice or burnout, so moderation could be used if you want to stay active long-term. If you’re having a burning desire and kick ass (because you put time and effort enough in your calling), moderate yourself moderately.
Now about life and time… Consider health. That is where moderation matters most. I used to spend 16 hours per day with my computer. I now spend 20 minutes a day with it and I focus on what matters truly. I’m far more productive, even after such a dramatic cut in my computer time.
My take is that there are planes of moderation, and they all depend on your lifestyle, on a contextual scheme.

Topic #267: They say “do everything in moderation” when it comes to decisions about how to spend your time and your life – do you agree? Or are there some things that should be done at the extremes, or perhaps that are truly are all or nothing propositions? … Read More

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Write as you talk.

You’ll certainly agree that as we talk (and we talk a lot), we get better over time.

Seth Godin wrote about this in his blog. I shamelessly borrow the idea that there is no talker’s block.

Why is it then, that we face the writer’s block?

My take is that we don’t write enough.

It’s not about writing a best death-seller here (best-seller means as much to me as original recipe on a tomato sauce jar). No: it’s about doing with writing what we do with talking.

We do it a lot, and every word we say is not worth a Nobel Prize or a Pulitzer one. That’s fine.

Since I started this blog, I wrote like I talk. Not as much, but the same way.
I don’t care about quality and relevance for each word. I don’t care about quantity either.
Those are short-term concepts, and I’m all about long-term, even if you can’t see or feel it.

If I was that much anal about what I do, I’ll be into math and do Fourier transform the whole day, and perhaps the whole night, just for the sake of being right everytime when I’ll be an incredibly well trained monkey.

What I do care about (I know it’s selfish to you, but that is the truth you’ll have to face here, not your wishes) is writing enough to someday achieve a higher level of writing.

It is possible by putting enough time and effort into something that may be really meaningful, really strong. Something that matters.

It will take time and a shitload of other posts to perhaps write a brilliant trait. I’m ready for it.

You’ll certainly skip many posts because they don’t resonate. I won’t get all pissy pants if my reader stats are poor.

I know what I want, I know the outcome, and I know you’ll like it.

(Edit: if you’re part of the 90% who read Seth’s blog but don’t buy his books, you’ve totally missed the point and you should be ashamed. Yes, the blog is free. Tons of things are for free and the mass loves free stuff… but books are meant to be more than a commodity. They’re a legacy, not just a way to rake in some bucks.)

Get rid of the Idiot Box.

Yes, you read well, I’m asking you to get rid of your TV.


It is so simple…

You’re wasting your time, or rather misusing it as you hold the remote, browsing through 200+ channels while eating junk food and laying on the couch.

You’re killing yourself.

I always hear people wanting to get the most of life. They are usually TV-addicts.

Getting the most of life is about learning lifelong after your academic education (it doesn’t stop when you quit or drop school) and enjoying what you do… enjoying what you truly love doing.

It is about reading inspiring books (the book requires participation from your part, unless you mistake a purchased book with purchased knowledge).

I’ve got a list of recommended books.
Tell me what your passion is, I’ll tell you what to read.

I encourage you to go to the library and get a card. It’s cheap.

Don’t read locked in the toilets at home.

Reading a book is not enough, you should put what you learn into use, or it’s just wasting time.

You should also tune in your radio, and not to listen to the Top 40…

Reading newspapers? Too biased.
Well, you may argue that statements made on the radio are biased as well.

I agree, that’s right. Shut it off and use your brain.

The world needs you. Are you ignoring it?

The world wants you. It is filled with opportunities you’re missing if you’re a couch potato!

My dream and my vision may not be yours, I am not selling you on my mindset. Do what you please.

However, if we share the same dream, the same vision, I’ll be glad to discuss with you. Now. Later is always too late.

You decide.