Artifact the Film
In 2008, the band 30 Seconds to Mars was sued by their own record label for $30 million dollars. This is a pretty entertaining documentary about the raw deal musicians get when they
get screwed by sign with a major record label. No more guilt about downloading that album, eh?
Self-Publishing Changed My Life, But My Publisher Grew My Sales
So…the epic battle between the forces of Self publishing v. Traditional publishing continues!
Advice From Artists on How to Overcome Creative Block, Handle Criticism, and Nurture Your Sense of Self Worth
Here’s a collection of advice from established authors, good to look at when you’re feeling bummed, need to pick your self-worth out of the toilet and so on. Those days come and go.
The End of Facebook
Now that Facebook is in the business of making money, they’re no longer in the business of providing you with a forum to reach your audience of followers. If you use Facebook to promote yourself or your business, this is worth a look.
550 Free Audiobooks
I’ve probably posted this before, but since that was awhile go, here it is again. Free stuff!
“In addition to selling new titles, Better World Books supports book drives and collects used books and textbooks through a network of over 2,300 college campuses and partnerships with over 3,000 libraries nationwide. So far, the company has converted more than 117 million books into over $15 million in funding for literacy and education. In the process, we’ve also diverted more than 73,000 tons of books from landfills.”
My notes follow below in red, but before I write down what he said, I want to take a moment to describe the Dalai Lama, just the visual impression, because if you just sit and observe, and watch him as he speaks, there is a lightness in him. He’s joyful. He has a really good sense of humor. When he talks about happiness, he also happens to embody it.
Here are my notes:
“A self-centered attitude is contrary to happiness… mentally, emotionally, spiritually, we are the same.”
“We are social animals, we need to work together in a oneness of humanity.”
“If there is too much emphasis on the self, you make yourself a prisoner. The oneness of humanity is very essential.”
“We all come from the same God. Everyone has the spark of God. If you do good, you get the benefit.”
“Money leads to physical comfort, but not happiness of the mind. Happiness depends on internal values.”
How do you reconcile the first notion that humans are social animals with this man’s isolated happiness? I thought about this. It may be that meditation is a form of socialization. Through meditation, you connect to a universal truth, or oneness, and this connection is a social connection.
“The purpose of faith is to be more compassionate.”
“It shows a lack of firm convictions if you want more edicts.”
“Death is changing old clothes. Change of body, not self. Self remains.”
“When you liberate from ignorance and destructive emotion, that is salvation.”