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Book Review – The Journey

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The JourneyAnother venture into the “I can cure myself” theme that I started with I Can See Clearly Now, Brandon Bayes tells her story managed to hear herself from cancer, with no drugs, no operations, just by herself, trying to understand what was causing her this damage and how she could let go rid of it.

What can I say… I understand that her story is true, and I believe that miracles happen. But this woman was doing Yoga every day, eating the best food possible, meditating, and still, cancer got to her! And then she went and revived a trauma that she had as a child, which cured her from everything. Simply awesome. She then decides to define the method and teach it all over the world.

Man. I just wish it was always that simple. I just wish :-(

If you want to read the book, you can buy it from amazon.





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December 24th, 2017 at 8:31 am

Book Review – Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

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SapiensReading (and finishing) this book was a great experience for me. I decided to read it in Hebrew, my 3rd language and the language in which the book was originally written, and just the feel of the 400+ pages written in the “wrong” direction was intimidating. But it was a great selection for this challenge.

History is usually taught in a very dry and boring way. This is sad because history has so much “chili” in it that there is no end to the stories that can be told, and this is the way that Yuval Noah Harari, the author of the book, tells the long history of the world. From how the modern human began in the planes of Africa to become the ruler and master of the planed (at least in our thinking). There are many leaps through this journey, and our ability to tell stories and imagine things is probably one of the main ones. We tell stories to create a joint past, and envision a better future together. We tell stories to explain why the world behaves in one way or another. And we tell stories for fun. Just like this book does.

There is a main question at the end of the book asking what the future will bring… thankfully Mr. Harari already wrote a second book where he tries to answer this.

Great read. Hope the next one will be the same. As usual, you can buy this book from amazon, and thank me at the same time for informing you :-)

Written by vainolo

December 17th, 2017 at 10:43 pm

How I Broke Facebook’s Algorithm

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If you are a user of Facebook, you are their product. Their strongest desire is for you to stay on the site/app as much as possible, and if you leave, to make sure that you come back often. They have a full feedback look, they know what to show you to capture your interest, they know what you like, who you communicate with (also using WhatsApp and Messenger). They have thousands of engineers whose job is to hook you. And they are REALLY good at it.

But sometimes it backfires, like in my case. I don’t like to open Facebook anymore. But when I do, I check my notifications, scroll for a minute or two and leave very fast. And I do this at most 2 times a day (well… sometimes 3). At first I didn’t notice but after a while it became clear to me that this was happening.

You are probably asking yourselves “How did he do that?”

Let’s start by saying that I didn’t do it on purpose. I have a son with a brain tumor (some call it cancer, some don’t… we call it “the blob”), and as the information freak that I am, I’ve added myself to all possible Facebook groups related to this. From the standard to the bizarre, I’m there.

So here I go, open Facebook, and what do I see? Not pictures of people on vacation. Not pictures of my friend’s new baby. No. I get all kinds of stuff related to people fighting for their live. Pictures of kids after a brain operation, pictures of their MIRs (people come to FB to get their MRIs reviewed!), long stories of what is happening in their lives, talking about their suffering and pains, and their hope for a bright future. Depressing…

I’m very active in these conversations, giving my opinions, asking questions myself, sending and receiving energy from the community. And probably because of this FB keeps on pushing this subject into my feed. But I can’t say that the experience is enjoyable.

Now instead of opening FB 5/10 times a day as I used to, now I go once or twice a day, mainly to check notifications from the groups I follow and see if someone has a birthday to congratulate them. And some days I just don’t open it. And I’m OK with that. Life is more than full without it.

Written by vainolo

December 13th, 2017 at 9:37 am

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