Sunday, August 20, 2017

Tips for the Eclipse

Tips for the eclipse:
  1. Wear proper eye protection. Do not stare at the sun for too long during partial occlusion even with protection. 
  2. Use a filtered telescope + digital camera if you want to see the eclipse itself.
  3. If you don't have a pinhole shadowbox, you can use the shadow of leaves on the ground and the spots of sunlight between them to follow the progress of the eclipse.
  4. Read Annie Dillard's essay on a previous eclipse:
  5. As Dillard's essay, and the tree pinhole camera effect demonstrate, while most people will be focusing on the alignment of the sun & moon, it's the rest of the world that has the most interesting things to observe.
  6. Observe how other people and animals act.
  7. Observe your own state of mind.
  8. An eclipse is a deeply uncanny experience. It is awful in the old sense of the word: awe-full. It's not surprising that people went nonlinear when they didn't know what was going on; people act strangely during an eclipse even with a modern understanding of celestial mechanics.
  9. The light gets weird. Colors get weird. Things appear differently from how they normally do. The dominant colors are silver and indigo, that elusive color between blue and violet, normally only seen in a particular grade of lapis lazuli and in butterfly wings.
  10. Take pictures of the people taking pictures, of the landscape, of the earth and sky together. There will be a lot of pictures taken of the eclipsed sun, but not enough of these other images.

EP 037 Phil Stutz and Barry Michels Return to Talk about Coming Alive

Today on Startup Geometry, we're talking with Phil Stutz and Barry Michels, authors of the new book Coming Alive. Since we last talked to them, they've been keeping busy with their highly successful psychotherapy practices, where much of their clientele consists of Hollywood creative professionals; running multiday retreats and seminars; and writing their second book, which deals with Part X, the self-sabotaging part of ourselves, the devil inside. When we're able to overcome Part X, we become more engaged with life, more creative, and happier.

As one might expect with a discussion about inner sabotage, we experienced technical difficulties with the audio version of this interview. We were able to recover almost all of the contents of the interview in the print version below.

Special thanks go out to the members of The Tools Facebook Group, who asked some amazing questions about how the Tools can be used in very particular and challenging situations.

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Saturday, August 19, 2017

Transcript of EP 015 Phil Stutz and Barry Michels on The Tools

Phil Stutz and Barry Michels first came by to talk with me in 2015 about their first book, The Tools, based on the techniques they developed in their psychotherapy practices. These practices combine the depth psychology and visualization of Carl Jung with the philosophy of Rudolf Steiner and the rapid efficacy of cognitive behavioral therapy.

You can listen to our first interview here, or through your favorite podcast site. For one reason or another, I don't think I ever released the transcript from the interview, so here it is. I will also be releasing the pdf version here at some point.

The new interview will be going up tomorrow on this site, also in transcript format.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Ocean Vuong's Daily Choice

From this interview with Tricycle:
The thing I fear most is that one day I might wake up without hope. At the moment, though, I’m hopeful.

We see bombs being dropped. We see bullets being put into bodies, all from fear. It is a powerful energy. But compassion is an energy, too. With it, we’ve built miraculous things: cathedrals, temples, schools, and shelters. We’ve made extraordinary works of art. Every day when we wake up, we have a choice. Will we choose fear or will we choose compassion and love? These are very strong, but I’ve learned in my short 28 years that anger and fear exhaust me, whereas if I do work out of love and compassion and kindness, I’m actually nourished. It’s a sustainable energy.

There are days where I say, “I’m too terrified, I’m too tired, I’m too depressed, I can’t do it.” Those days happen. But my goal is to always return to the sustainable resource of compassion. I think my best poems come out of compassion rather than fear.
(Underlining mine.)

Over on The Tools Facebook Group, based on the work of Phil Stutz and Barry Michels, we've been discussing ways of accessing better and worse sources of motivation and energy, Higher Powers and Part X. The question there is, as here, not only how you feel in the moment when you take your energy from one source or another, but whether advancing on your fears diminishes them while simply reacting based on fear diminishes you, and whether acting from compassion renews you and engages you with life.

Sunday, August 06, 2017

EP 036 Eric Obenauf of Two Dollar Radio on Small Press Publishing

Eric Obenauf founded Two Dollar Radio to publish daring, experimental fiction that wouldn't otherwise find its audience.

On this episode, we talk about how indy and small press publishing works, the importance of having your own taste, and the art of branching out (Two Dollar Radio now makes films, and they're opening their new Headquarters store to be a hub for literature in the city and a cool place to hang out.

Eric in the future Two Dollar Radio HQ

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Pair with independent filmmakers Justine Simonson and Marcus Lehmann.

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