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What a great idea! I think this guys’ Lennon look helps a lot. What do you think would you do? This is bound to make tou feel happy…

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Kevin Connolly was born without legs. However, that hasn’t stopped him from doing anything. He has traveled the globe by himself, photographing thousands of people staring at him. Make sure to read his Artist Statement and watch this video about him. Also, he is a professional skier! And what is your excuse for not being what you’d like to be?

There are millions of sweet love songs out there. Usually, these songs are about young love. The video below featuring Leonard Cohen is about love and romance to the death, in a non-religious manner. It’s about the kind of love that isn’t exciting or spectacular, but it’s the kind of love that is rock-solid and lasts a lifetime. It’s the kind of love that makes one see beyond the wrinkles and the slow decay. True love.

This should come in handy when travelling through the jungle!

The term ‘lifehacking’ might sound a little odd, as it sounds like something not quite legal. Lifehacking is the term for all things that can improve your life, in the broadest sense. A lot of times, it has to do with your outlook on life, on your habits and sometimes it’s about very practical things that make life more happy, efficient and easy. There are quite a few blogs about lifehacking that I strongly recommend for anyone that feels that things can always be improved.

Lifehacker.com > great site on a very wide variety of subjects.
Lifehack.org > another great site on a very wide variety of subjects.
The Positivity Blog > a personal favorite on positivity.
SlowLeadership.org > a great site on slowing things down at work.
Slower-Living.org > a companion site to the previous one.

When gaming becomes useful! Hate to advertise for free, but this could become a great way of gaming. Is Nintendo going to empty our wallets through more and more cool peripherals? Imagine having to run through a game like this. Imagine snowboarding or surfboarding with this thing. Seems as though Nintendo has found itself another hit. I’m in.

Within Nintendo’s new strategy, aiming at ‘everybody’ of all ages, I
believe it fits really well. In some odd way, this new peripheral seems
somewhat familiar. Many people would like to do some excercise, but
don’t want to go out and make fools out of themselves in the gym. Or
people find it hard to motivate themselves to do some sports.

This thing solves these problems: a personal training program where
progress can be monitored well, in the comfort of your own home, mixed
with a bit of gaming fun. I believe it is what I want for the Wii, and
gaming in general. There will of course also be a huge group of gamers
this thing isn’t made for. That the beauty of the Wii strategy I
believe: it has a little something for everybody 😉

(this post is dedicated to my friend Jeff, but usefull for any Mac user)

If you’re a Mac user, there are a few programs that really make your Mac an even greater joy. Here we go.

Quicksilver is just completely awesome and, as of yet, for free! It is kind of a command shell, but be not afraid: it’s a command shell for ‘normal’ people, not (just) for nerds. Quicksilver really is the application that’s missing in OS X. With this program, you almost just make happen what you think about. Of all the Mac apps in the world, this one could be the most important one you’ll ever use. Try it, give it half a day, and after that, you’ll really miss it on computers that don’t have it.

Writeroom is a very nice and simple text editor. There are a lot of text editors out there, but this one takes charge of your whole screen, so it looks like you’re typing into a text based OS. It’s interface is highly customizable so if you want to type pink Comic Sans letters on a turquoise half-transparent background, nobody will stop you. Distraction free writing, great for setting up plain text documents. It’s not completely free (click-away-pop-up) but fully functional anyways.

Neo Office really makes paying for a ‘professional’ text editor quite unnecessary. The functions seem to be much more logically placed and grouped than in Microsoft Word, where you never know where an option might be, unless you know the program though and through. Neo Office is the native Mac version of OpenOffice.org, that recently only was available through the emulator X11. Also works fine, but native feels more …. well, native. Free program.

Appzapper fixes bit of an incomplete in your OS X. When you delete a program from your applications folder on the Mac, usually many files remain on your disk. Appzapper makes sure all files are deleted. Five time use only, unfortunately. Tip: if you throw an application in your zap window, it displays all the files associated with the app. You can click the little magnifier button for each file and delete them by hand. Same result, but for free.

Adium is a replacement for MSN messenger. Why use a replacement? Well, you’ve got a few option that Messenger doesn’t offer, like the way you can customize your contact list (floating above everything, transparancy, colours, etcetera). Also, you can connect to most messenger servers other than MSN’s.

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You probably know Google Earth and if you don’t: GET ACQUAINTED! Celestia is less known, but also a great app. What is it? Well, kind of like a Google Universe. It enables you to zoom out of our solar system, our galaxy, and very far into deep space and check out other galaxies in your lunch break.

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Browser Firefox and bookmark site & plugin del.icio.us are a dream team. It takes a bit of time to understand why it’s so great, but once you realize the info-power it means, you’ll never go back. Also, check out the post ‘3 digital highway speeding tips’ on this blog. It’s all about Firefox and Delicious.

Neuroplasticity is so cool! More and more neurologists come to the conclusion that the mind is far more flexible than was generally believed by scientists in the not-so-far-away past. The theory used to be:

“After your 18th birthday, your minds only decayes, with no chance of recovering any of the lost cells and brainpower. If your brain is damaged, that’s it. Everybody’s neurotopology (the location of brain functions) is the same and old people haven’t got a chance in improving their brainpower significantly because their cells are simply gone. FYI: we use only 10% of our brains.”

These ideas are changing dramatically. More and more it is believed that our brains rearrange themselves in very smart ways. There is indeed a localization of functions in the brain that is similar in most people, but studies have shown that the brains start rearranging themselves when the need occurs. When there’s a high demand for a certain brain function, the brain reconnects itself. Also, neurologists are abandoning the theory that we use only 10% of our brain. It’s just that we’re not using everything simultaneously.

OK … so what? Well, it means that you have the ability to learn anything you want. The neuroplastic nature of your mind opens a world of possibilities: what you feed your brain, is what your brain becomes. Feel depressed? Are you thinking about your misery all the time? The brain will adapt, to make sure you see misery everywhere you look. Make you want to think about what you’re thinking.

Wanna learn a language after 50? This is definitely possible. All it needs is the right attention, motivation, dedication and above all the knowledge it is even possible. Your brain is very much like a muscle. Don’t exercise it? Don’t expect to get yourself a ‘hard’ brain. Start exercising today!

Also, make sure you read this post about an essay of Milton Glaser, and of course the movie “The Secret”.

This is really a grand idea, from back in 1982. Many people like to game. Generally, these people do not like to exercise. Why not combine exercise and gaming? Let the fittest one win! Imagine hookin’ an Xbox 360 or PS3 up to a thing like this, and letting your blood flow while trying to destroy the competition! Why doesn’t this yet exist?

From the Neiman Marcus 1982 catalog:

“The LaserTour by Perceptronics utilizes the modern magic of microelectronics to create a totally new concept of surrogate travel as you exercise. The LaserTour is a unique microcomputer system that amalgamates a superior, industrial quality LaserDisc player with a video disc, a 45″ rear screen video projector, and the Lifecycle electronic bicycle/aerobic trainer.” Sounds so good…

source: Swapatorium

Are you ashamed of something? But don’t feel like confessing it to your loved one, or in a sweaty confession booth to a sweaty preacher? Wanna relieve yourself anyways? You can now. Go to Group Hug and let go of all your evildoings. It’s free and (supposedly) anonymous. Perhaps God reads this site too.

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