Random, messy, personal thoughts and links. Estd. 1999 by Joelle Nebbe-Mornod aka Iphigenie / Superiphi


Posted by iphigenie on 22-Mar -2014 in journalMotivation • | Permalink

(a half baked manifesto first written at a comment on Facebook)

I dont want to buy products whose makers consider workers customers and the planet as interchangeable things to use, where the environment is wasted, where people (not just children) are broken, where animals and people are forced in horrible factory conditions, where land is being stolen from the powerless, where civil wars or armed thugs are kept going (or created) for access to resources, where misery is kept high via political influence to maintain desperate demand for horrible jobs, where people are killed through negligence or design -all to make a few more pennies per product.
Supposedly for my benefit.
Err, no thanks, not in my name. “Sorry, I know it seems horrible but it’s just business and if we don’t do it…” should be met with “sorry I’m not buying it, it’s bad business”

Except today any product from a large enough company or long enough production chain… will have it. Size and distance make it easy…

My Mana Theory: How Belief can Hook You

Posted by iphigenie on 13-Feb -2014 in journal • | Permalink

(I wrote this in response to a post in Google+ https://plus.google.com/photos/+MichaelCohen-mjc/albums/5975066336271305185/5975066335989834978 first, but capturing it here too)

I call it the mana theory, after a concept used in fantasy books and games. Giving belief to something gives them/it mana, and makes them more powerful. There is no such thing as mana in real life but there is mental and emotional energy that, once we have invested it into an idea or person, gives them tremendous power over us. Mana is a good shortcut.

What generates the most mana is when the person/belief gets you to sacrifice something desirable or valuable, and/or creates daily rituals that “bind” in daily life. That gives the belief/charlatan a tremendous amount of mana.

In order to shake away that belief or that charlatan, you not only have to shake the belief, but you have to fight the immense amount of mana you have invested in it - including facing that all the sacrifice was for nothing. This is for many very painful to face - understandably so - and many will react aggressively to anything planting doubts or questioning it.

This is why the most successful religions and movements are the ones which have (instinctively) developed rituals and rules that demand sacrifice - certain activities, certain foods, very complicated fiddly time consuming rituals of grooming, sexual restrictions etc. (Usually the biggest load is on women as they are the ones you least want to lose since they breed the next batch)

This also happens at a lighter level with investments of time or money, but is strongest for belief and emotional labor.

Be careful who and what you give your mana to smile

I’m cynical about productivity products and programs - but this one shut me up quick

Posted by iphigenie on 28-Jan -2014 in journal • | Permalink

Yeah, right, you have 4 personality types - big deal. I worked with a test giving organisation, and beyond this I’ve seen plenty of information marketeers come up with their own system, good as well as useless ones…

Still, you test is free, I will take 5 minutes… I’m a what?

And now you claim you know one of my biggest problems. yeah.. right…

i'll shut up now

OK, I’ll shut up now…

this was at http://rethinkproductivity.com/

I haven’t dug more yet but this was a 100% target hit

Why gaining expertise can make us feel crappier

Posted by iphigenie on 27-Jan -2014 in journalInspiration • | Permalink

Because an expert generally develops his capacity to criticize his work FASTER than his ability to flow and create, it is important to suspend judgement at times and just let it happen.  His work will never be perfect, and the self-critical faculty can be DEVASTATING

Stephen Barnes


Get a stacks of issues the Annals of Improbable Research, free

Posted by iphigenie on 26-Jan -2014 in life and cultureGreat Stuff! • | Permalink

If you want to startle your students (or colleagues, patients, or other good people) by making them LAUGH then THINK, we have a heap of Improbable Research for you to give them. For free. You need only be able to come get these things, soon. WHY: Because of impending mega-reconstruction in our building, we find ourselves having to jettison several stacks of historic (yet pristine!) paper copies of the Annals of Improbable Research (AIR). We want to donate these splendid magazines to people and institutions who/that will put them to improbable use. - See more at: http://www.improbable.com/2014/01/25/we-will-donate-a-heap-of-improbable-research-to-your-school-or-your-whatever/#sthash.no0gg8M6.dpuf

Go grab them!

Bookmarked 06/23/2013: toxic food, really?

Posted by iphigenie on 23-Jun -2013 in bookmarkedlife and culture • | Permalink

Taking on silliness and our easy paranoia when it comes to food smile

Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.

Bookmarked 06/17/2013

Posted by iphigenie on 17-Jun -2013 in bookmarkedGreat Stuff! • | Permalink

Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.

Bookmarked 09/07/2012

Posted by iphigenie on 07-Sep -2012 in journalbookmarked • | Permalink
  • We shall not cease from exploration And the end of all our exploring Will be to arrive where we started And know the place for the first time. Through the unknown, unremembered gate When the last of earth left to discover Is that which was the beginning; At the source of the longest river The voice of the hidden waterfall And the children in the apple-tree Not known, because not looked for But heard, half-heard, in the stillness Between two waves of the sea.


Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.

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