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It’s orange and wet.

It has to be said, it’s just too wet. Because it’s like a meal and shit, it comes with loads of stuff on it, mainly onions. And it’s this stuff that decreases your ratio of “chicken” or “lamb” as the majority of the ingredients used are onions (not sliced diced and fried, like big think soggy skin chunks), tomato (i think) and peppers and shit.

The spice level is good, I’ll give it that. A nice ping, doesn’t play on your stomach for the following 24 hours, and enough to wake the pallet up. But I can’t get over the wetness. I’m afraid it’s a not from me.

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the controller and free flow stream of thought

During my more recent mindfulness exercises I’ve been observing two clear processes of thought. I’ve written about particular states before, and this isn’t necessarily an updated or more homed version of this observations, simply a more recent one.

When I begin the exercise I’m presented with two options: allow the free flow of thought to pass through the observer, or direct it.

Free flow is a relaxed state where you simply get to observe without distraction. It’s kind of like the mind already has queued up some thoughts it would like to process, and it comes very natural in the sense you don’t need to start the thread or direct the focus. I have observed however, towards the end of a thread it will begin to end it’s natural momentum and choice will be offered back:

  • continue flow, although the current will be much more weak, meaning the process of observation takes a little more effort to maintain.
  • direct thought – become the controller. This for me is a perfect opportunity to observe what you’re trying to avoid, controlling thought.

At this point you may think,

ahh the perfect time to address these concerns which have just surface, I’ll just think through them now and see if we can come to any kind of conclusion.

I’d advise against this. Now is the perfect opportunity to observe the weaker current flow. Observe.

Don’t steer, don’t take control.

Allow the background flow of information to surface and just go with it. You may feel something appear and have a moment of consideration for the solution. This is fine, go with the flow. They key is to not direct, not steer but be taken away and absorbed by whatever may present.

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APU – The circle of life

Setup xdebug with remote php debugging – [phpstorm]

Process to start a new debug session once you’re all setup:
1. Open PHPStorm, click telephone so green both ends
2. Open SSH tunnel (yes, after setting up PHPStorm)
3. Debug
4. Close SSH tunnel
5. Stop PHPStorm telephone

Update: here is what server settings look like for https server debugging:

methods of persuasion – short term

Some practical advice you can put into action.

APU. Read it as a word and say it out loud. APU – A poo.

A poo. A poo. APU.

  • Anchor
  • Prime
  • Unload

You’re just not going to find this shit anywhere else on the internet. You want short term results? Walk this way.

I’ve just finished methods of persuasion by Nick Kolenda, and you know what – it’s a decent book. But I came away with my own shortcut system for all the advice offered. If you want to persuade someone in a short amount of time, increase your chances with APU.

Let’s say we want to buy a new toy, but we anticipate resistance from the mark.

Anchor – You need to float your idea into the consciousness of the mark. It has to come across like an idea, can even come out half joking. If you put it as matter of fact, it will raise the defences of the mark and the game is over. “this car’s getting some miles on it now, would be cheaper getting a new one for the cost of maintenance” or “the telly’s had a better day, need a magnifying glass to see the screen”. Depending on time, you can anchor once and move to prime a short while later. But in the perfect world, the more you anchor WITHOUT raising the defences of the mark, the greater the chances when it comes to execution.

Prime – There are many examples and interpretations in the book, but I’m going to be precise. Have a conversation with the mark about someone recently having an open mind. For example, “I was talking to Dave today and he’s been pondering a career change, thinks he may be happy trying something new”. Or “Was talking to little Mike and he’s been listening to some freethinkers and has genuinely been questioning his faith”. Or any other countless example of someone being open minded. If you can use a real life example, even better.

Unload – The money shot. The foundations have been laid. Regardless of the result, our chances have improved, the final part of the job is a clean execution. By clean, I’m talking about presenting the idea as a serious idea. Without the joking, and without pressure. Just as a thought that just “popped” into your head and you’re considering out loud. “i’m thinking of low balling an offer for a car, would be a steal if accepted” or “could do with taking a look at TV’s today”. Simple, clean, execution. Just a statement slipped in from nowhere, with no conviction so no reason to question.

Of course an objection may be raised, and the key’s to play it cool, and if it’s looking like a no ball, switch it up to an anchor play. It’s your only option. It maintains strength longer term and means you’ve not lost any ground, only increased the chances for your next pitch.

And then of course there is the chance I’m talking absolute shit, and I’d probably put that ahead of this being something you can actually use in real life.

But who knows, it’s worth a shot.

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Pandora’s box (Recommended Reading List)

top recommended

  • Sapiens A Brief History of Humankind – Yuval Harari
  • The Selfish Gene – Richard Dawkins
  • A Short History of Nearly Everything – Bill Bryson
  • The Brain: The Story of You – David Eagleman
  • Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow: Yuval Noah Harari
  • On Tyranny Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century: Timothy Snyder
  • Influence: Science and Practice, 5th Edition – Robert B. Cialdini
  • The Obstacle is The Way – Ryan Holiday (audio)
  • Methods of Persuasion: How to Use Psychology to Influence Human Behavior – Nick Kolenda
  • Psychology of Human Behaviour – David W. Martin – The Great Courses (audio)
  • The Staircase – Netflix documentary
  • The Brain that Changes Itself – Norman Doidge

other recommended

  • Code Complete A Practical Handbook of Software Construction – Steve McConnell
  • No Place To Hide – Edward Snowden and Gleen Greenwald – Tv Documentary
  • The killings of Tony Blair – TV Documentary
  • WAKING UP WITH SAM HARRIS#83 — The Politics of Emergency
  • This Naked Mind: Control Alcohol – Annie Grace
  • WAKING UP WITH SAM HARRIS #107 — Is Life Actually Worth Living?
  • Spotlight 2015 film
  • The User’s Guide to the Human Mind: Why Our Brains Make Us Unhappy, Anxious, and Neurotic and What We Can Do About It – Shawn T. Smith
  • Lost Connections: Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression – And the Unexpected Solutions – Johann Hari
  • The Chimp Paradox – Steve Peters
  • The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck – Mark Manson

New ones will be added to the bottom of the respective list and I’ll also do a blog post to say a new one has been added, so don’t forget to comment, like and SUBSCRIBE!

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New Podcast – Gym of Life – another one for your scuba gear

because it gets deep

Consciously discard the task

It’s okay to decide not to do something, but it’s important you make the choice, recognise you’ve made the choice then consciously discard it.

Let me give you a few examples:

Someone asks you to do something later on. Later on arrives.

You decide “I can’t be arsed” and you don’t do it – but the thought of inaction is taking up cycles.

Now try this tact instead; later on arrives, you can’t be arsed. You think about general consequences, i.e. friend thinking your less reliable in this regard, possible small hit on the relationship. And with that in mind you think to yourself – “I’m not doing it, I’m happy to accept the consequences.”

Another example, you’ve been asked to do something. You’re not going to do it. Think about the possible consequences clearly in your mind, then consciously make a choice not to do it.

It sounds like utter nonsense. And it could portray me as a lazy bastard – of which I won’t deny. But it’s not as black and white as that. Shit happens all the time for when you’re not going to act, or you’re going to let someone down in a small way. Control the choice, make the decision and move on. It makes you think about the consequence and longer term, you won’t let things just expire. You’ll think about them each time, and the ones with bigger consequences than you may have considered, have the option of being rectified before it’s too late.

And the things that you consider and decide against anyway, you get to forget about, rather than have them nagging away in the back of your mind.

Life hacks bitch.

podcast – talking about death