Yesterday I decided to integrate arpeggios into So What as a improvisation exercise rather than practice scales. The best arpeggios I know of are John Coltrane’s improvisational solos. They are condense, intense and mind-expanding.
A great example is in A Love Supreme, Pt.II — Resolution. It gives me an adrenaline rush every time I hear it. Coltrane’s improvisation starts at :52 until 1:14. It’s a labyrinth of notes, a sonic theorem. He then hands it off to McCoy Tyner who improvises one of the greatest piano solos of all time. Check out the off-time chords starting at 2:23!
Coltrane’s sax solos remind me of Page Hamilton’s guitar solos in Helmet. During my nu-metal days Helmet were my favorite band because their guitar chord progressions and solos had a mathy, geometric ferocity to it. Page said many times his main influence was John Coltrane, a claim I initially found perplexing. Now I can totally see the resemblance in songs like You Borrowed, Turned Out, Wilma’s Rainbow and many more. …
There’s an instance in the New Testament where the mortal Jesus Christ shows signs of being in flow. Flow is an optimal mental state characterized by intense focus on an activity to the extent that basic needs become negligible. It’s a blissful blurring of time, space and even sense of self.
We find the evidence in The Gospel According to John. The Lord, wearied from His travels by foot, paused at Jacob’s well while His disciples went to get food at a neighbouring city. A Samaritan woman appeared at the well, waterpot in hand. Jesus asked her to draw water for Him. …
I have approximately 60 domain names. Some are in use now. A few will be used once I flesh out a concept. The rest, well, are bad domain names.
Here are some examples I quickly skimmed from my pile:
I told you they are bad. Over the years, I’ve let many expire. If I calculated how much money I’ve spent on bad domain names over the years, the total would probably make me weep.
(I know I’m not alone on this either. …
About a year ago over lunch I told my daughter that every idiosyncrasy, addiction and personality flaw she had was my fault. I am to blame for any money and relationship problems she might have too. And I meant it.
Why? The problems and challenges she has today stem from when she was a baby and under my care. Except I wasn’t a good father back then. Too young and immature, always stressed and never psychologically present. As Gabor Mate says in his important book In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts, infants read, react to and are developmentally influenced by the psychological states of the parents. My daughter likely learned my negative emotional patterns and dysfunctional coping mechanisms. …
Like jokes? Here is an engineer joke. It’s called the Shaft Passer and it’s a different kind of funny.
The Shaft Passer is a mythical mechanism that allows a spoked wheel to rotate despite having a shaft (such as the axle of another wheel) passing between its spokes.
Similar devices allow one cable to pass through another without breaking either. It works by using a spoked, rimless wheel that allows cables to pass through as it rotates. …
You might be surprised how many great inventors never received credit and monetary compensation for their genius and hard work.
In fact, nearly all of them. It’s been estimated that 90 percent of inventors die poor due to theft of their intellectual property and/or unfair business deals.
The following are some of the most epic examples in history of genius inventors being ripped-off.
How your mundane daily routine can become a portal to high performance.
There isn’t a world class athlete, writer or musician alive today who hasn’t achieved their elite skills without using a routine.
Popular books like Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers and Bounce mainstreamed the notion that 10,000 hours of purposeful practice is required for achieving world class abilities. The study of virtuosity throughout history bears this out.
That said, there’s an essential component to a virtuoso’s methodology that’s rarely mentioned — and that’s because it’s invisible. It’s hidden in plain sight, appearing only as mundane preparations and routine errands.
Even the person doing it may not consciously know the significance of their actions. …
Wouldn’t it be nice if you had a Zen master to keep your meditation practice as correct and beneficial as possible? Someone to give you a “whack” (albeit gently) whenever your thoughts wander, to bring you back into awareness?
There is a way — “one weird trick” to maintain your meditation practice and self-correct when needed. This article is about that way, a way motivated by a sad story about cats…
I ’m sure most people at least have an idea of what meditation is. Meditation is the practice of focusing on something (like your breath) to achieve a mentally clear and emotionally calm state. …
The following “metacations” provide quick relief from common problems associated with life. They are tongue-in-cheek, but applying these remedies may bring real and positive benefits for you.
For developing an entrepreneurial mindset.
WHAT PROSPERTIN IS
Prospertin is a statement based on Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) to promote a positive prosperity mindset.
Many individuals suffer from financial problems. Prospertin is a simple remedy taken once to three times a day for better cash flow.
One dose of Prospertin consists of looking at the following image and reading aloud the accompanying statement.
Five reasons why Modafinil and me are fini
This article was originally published Feb 25, 2017 on the Replayz blog.
At the time of writing this, it’s been seven days since I’ve taken the prescription drug Modafinil. I had been a user for about 10 years. In the past four years I’ve taken up to the recommended daily allowance as stated on the package: 200 mg twice a day.
Modafinil is considered a “smart drug”. It’s sold under the brand names Alertec, Modavigil and Provigil. It promotes alertness, deeper concentration and a sense of well being. …