Game of Life #Blogg100

#032 [XXXII]
How do you play? [What is a win in your life?]

Life is a game our brain plays from cradle to cradle. Within that game there are many smaller games that we play along the way. Let’s find out more about how I think the game is played. I call the game: The Great Masquerade. What does it take to “Win” in this game and life. Please feel free to share your thoughts.

Cersei

Doing storytelling together [The way it has always been]

Tonight I had some of my closest friends over for dinner. But that wasn’t the main event for the evening. Later where where going to see the season 3 premier of Game of Thrones together. This event has been eagerly awaited by millions of fans all over the world. It has been promoted, discussed, hyped and analyzed. Much of it is made possible now thanks through the power of Social Media. It’s a fantastic new world we are living in already. Where the spread of ideas and discussion of them now transcends most old world barriers. And we are seeing just the beginnings of what we humans are capable of building together.

But what what of the actual event? As much as we now have started doing things together over social media there is matching for the experience of doing things together in the flesh world. Where we can smell “The pig shit” on each others. It’s was like we used to do it in the old-old world. It is a classic storytelling event around the campfire. We where all watching and cheering like children together. And after the story came to and end we instantly wanted more and started to discuss it.

dragons

Here be Dragons [Or what do you wish for?]

What is so fascinating about Game of Thrones? Here is my take on it. It uses classic storytelling of protagonists and antagonists. But just when you think you know the hero from the villain something happens that cast a shadow on someone’s motives. Or the supposed true hero suddenly dies. It is similar to our world but is clearly on another planet with much weirder turn of seasons. And here clearly are magic that contradicts our scientific view of the world. And yet we all buy it like children in front of the fire. Like we are supposed to.

The art of Storytelling itself is done with such love of the craft. On a such a mastery level that you are left sometimes speechless after a viewing.

This is easily the best Storytelling I have ever experienced.

And the Game of Thrones the Music is one of the best ever made.

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Life is a Game

Life is a game [The 3 major games humans play]

And what about the moral of the story? What are we supposed to take with us? This is just what storytelling is about. Conveying morals and teaching us stuff. Don’t you ever think that stories are just silly tales for children or a temporary distraction from what is real in life. Then you have not been listening. Stories is the very way your brain runs. All your conscious thoughts are just a story your brain is telling for you. Your Story as I write in my blog.

So for me it is easy. Life is a Game with lots of PERMA in it. There are 3 games we play on our planet. They are:

Game of Social

Society is a big game. A game of social understanding, belonging and fitting in. To befriend everyone and to be popular. Most of us play this game within the current tribe(s). But for some chosen few it’s a game on a world stage. We all play it. For many it is a hidden game that the subconscious brain plays without us knowing it.

But some play it on a very conscious level. Some play it in the old world where many people still live. There it is a game of climbing social ladders. Where you play it with the other “players”.

Others play it in the new world, where it’s a game of flourishing in social networks. To do Social Good. And get the recognition for it. Here Social Media is a great tool to help you along. But don’t forget meeting all your contacts in person where the real magic is happening.

Let’s do Social Good!

Train your Empathizing skills and Join the Masquerade.

Game of Money [And Status]

This is the game that most people play. Most play it to keep their family fed, safe and happy. But there is large scale game of money that just escalates every year. More and more are getting into the game and stakes is getting higher every year. We will probably not stop playing this game in the foreseeable future. But we must change the rules. It’s already out of hand. Much because so much of the game is hidden or many steps removed from common life.

We must make the game transparent and we must change the victory condition for what a winning hand looks like.

We already know that once you have enough money giving you more money will not make you smarter or more creative. And you will not be happier. Quite often the opposite. It’s the innate feeling of belonging and status that trigger the hunt for money and what it buy us. Generating money by using money is a game in it self that triggers many game mechanics that reward us for our behavior.

Here we can change what gives us status and belonging to groups by making our actions open and transparent. When we can see what people spend their money on we can highlight what is important in life. We can give credits to people that does Social Good. In a modern designer boardgame money is usually just a mean to get you Prestige- and Victory-points.

We must change what gives Prestige-points in our society and life.

Game of Power

I have a previous blog about the Game of Power. Go on and read it! Instead of trying to gain power on the cost of others. We can make the game about who can pull with the greatest power towards a common goal.

Who can show the biggest Power of Strength?

“As we learn more about our own nature we can embark on a journey into our own soul. To play this new game of Power. Just like the stars in our Galaxy we can play this as collaborative game where everyone wins. Where we all pull together in the same direction. Just imagine what force we can amass when we pull together.” – @LordSillion

Let’s play tonight!

DJ Bailar – Life Is A Game (DJ Anheim Floor Killer Club Mix)

@LordSillion [Michael Sillion]

House Sillion - Life is a Game

House Sillion – Life is a Game

House Sillion – Life is a Game #Blogg100

#038 [XXXVIII]
Peter Dinklage is the Man [6 days to go to GoT]

House Sillion - Life is a Game

House Sillion – Life is a Game

House Sillion – Life is a Game

In anticipation of the upcoming premier of Game of Thrones this weekend HBO has created this brilliant campaign that lets you create your own House sigil and motto: Join The Realm. Follow in on Twitter to #JoinTheRealm

Mine fittingly goes with what I talk much about here on my blog: A new Game of Power for you, Life is a Game

More Love

More Game of Thrones love. Westeros has a facebook page with whats going on.

Comicbookgorl19 gives the History of Targaryens.

Found out there was Swedish Premier of Game of Thrones tonight as well. First I miss it in New York last week and then I miss it here too.

Check out Peter Dinklage on The Daily Show.

[SWE] Lyssna också på podcasten Nördsnack Episode 4 om Game of Thrones av med Samuel Linde och Jakob Hultman.

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Peter Dinklage

@LordSillion

A new Game of Power for you

Power is Power [It’s a trick and a game]

The Game of Power is part of what I call The Great Masquerade. The great fantasy and game that our brain is pretending to play. It feels so real and yet … you know… It’s all in The Matrix 😉

Power resides where men believe it resides, it’s a trick, a shadow on the wall, and a very small man can cast a very large shadow

Power resides where men believe it resides, it’s a trick, a shadow on the wall, and a very small man can cast a very large shadow

Varys: “Power is a curious thing, my lord. Are you fond of riddles?”
Tyrion: “Why? Am I about to hear one?”
V: “Three great men sit in a room, a king, a priest and the rich man. Between them stands a common sellsword. Each great man bids the sellsword kill the other two. Who lives? Who dies?”
T: “Depends on the sellsword”
V: “Does it? He’s not the crown, no gold, no favor with the gods”
T: “He’s got the sword, the power of life and death”
V: “But if the swordsman’s who rule, why do we pretend kings hold all the power? When Ned Stark lost his head, who was truly responsible: Joffrey, the executioner, or something else?”
T: “I have decided I don’t like riddles”
V: “Power resides where men believe it resides, it’s a trick, a shadow on the wall, and a very small man can cast a very large shadow”
— Game of Thrones

Galaxy of power [How powerful is our sun?]

In our Galaxy there are many powerful forces. Gravity being the most fascinating one. It’s reach seems endless. Yet even the biggest star although impressive at first look. It exerts a tremendous pull in it’s own solar system. And yet it is humble when it comes to the forces that holds a galaxy together. Like a big collaborative effort all pulling on each other.

“That was about knowledge and the stakes were nothing. This is about power and the stakes are everything” — Jessica, Suits

Knowledge is Power! No Power is Power!

In the Realm of the living. Power has a whole different meaning. The greatest of Civilizations stretches it’s claws over a small realm on small window of time. Yet their powers also seems limitless. What is power then? We can’t touch, see or smell it. Or can we?

Power
Born out of Nature
Coveted by Man
Wars rage on and victors are crowned
But True Power can never be lost or won
True Power comes from within

Power can be hoarded by the mighty or stolen form the innocent.
Power provides the ability to choose, but has a proclivity for corruption
The use of Power is not to be taken lightly
For it is never without consequence — Emily Thorne, Revenge

An Evening with the  Revenge cast

An Evening with the Revenge cast

Game of Power [Power will take you everywhere]

Here on Earth power is a game many play. And have been playing since the Dawn of man. Like in Game of Thrones it has always been a privileged few throughout history who has been playing this game. For most humans the game never existed or only on small level within the tribe. Even if some would have been playing it within a tribe. Most of the game would have been about working together with the tribe.

In modern time on a global scale the game has also been out of grasp and out reach of the common man. Even the illusion of power that many experience in the modern democracy is nothing of what is coming to Earth now. Or must come if we are to prevail.

“Fairplay had about as much currency as the toothfairy.
See, the thing is, one necessary evil leads to another ’til one day you can’t differentiate between what’s necessary and what’s merely expedient. And when that happens, you’re done. You’re a monster.” — Mayor Tom Kane, Boss

Global Solution Networks

Listening to Don Tapscott on the RSA today and his talk about Solving the World’s Problems Differently I and many more now are beginning to grasp new world. A world where everyone can play a game of power. A Game for a global human future.

“You have a power Cardinal Borgia – a strength, a destiny that even you don’t recognize .. for good or for ill but I have no doubt it will be used, and the whole of Italy will be changed by it ” — Ursula, The Borgias

Living on Planet Earth just got a whole lot more interesting. — LordSillion


The Nature of power [The Myth of Rationality]

Yet everything can swing in the wrong direction. As the “MEN” in power today wont let it slip lightly. Such is the seduction and corruption of power. Human nature must be balanced. We are not living in a rational time as some of may believe. It’s a trap!

“Choosing money over power is a mistake almost everyone makes. Money is the big mansion in Sarasota that starts falling apart after ten years. Power is that old stone building that stands for centuries. I cannot respect someone who does not see the difference” — Francis Underwood, House of Cards

As we learn more about our own nature we can embark on a journey into our own soul. To play this new game of Power. Just like the stars in our Galaxy we can play this as collaborative game where everyone wins. Where we all pull together in the same direction. Just imagine what force we can amass when we pull together.

@LordSillion

Sacrifice, Merging and Power #Blogg100

#061 [LXI]
I want us to merge [Unity]

Saw the season finale of Suits tonight. It was about Sacrifice, Merging and Power. An Awesome episode about how life should be if we humans weren’t being busy keeping things as they are.

Rachel Mike Donna

Sacrifice I have discussed before in episode #064 [LXIV] Sacrifice for the Future.

For Merging I leave you with the quote blow from Ghost in the Shell.

And Power I will discuss in tomorrows Power is Power.

Life perpetuates itself through diversity.
And this includes the ability to sacrifice itself when necessary.
Cells repeat the process of degeneration and regeneration,
until one day they die, obliterating an entire set of memory and information.
Only genes remain.
Why continually repeat this cycle?
Simply to survive by avoiding the weaknesses of an unchanging system.
And what does all this have to do with me?
— I want us to merge. — Huh? — Merge?
A unification. A complete commingling and fusion of our separate beings… — Ghost in The Shell

The Rains of Castamere

@LordSillion

The Game for the Future #Blogg100

#081 [LXXXI]
The Future is a co-op game we all can play and win!

I have done lots of stuff today that I have weaved together in this tapestry.

A Game of Future

I have been listening to Framtidskommissionens [The Future Commission] discussion about reducing the carbon footprint of Sweden. It was a lot of talk about economic growth and GNP. First we need to switch ways to how to measure progress.

They way we measure progress and the goals we set for our future will indirectly influence all people. Like in a boardgame we must assign victory points for goals that are actually worth achieving. And use economic incentive to achieve them. Take it from us boardgamers. We know all about recourse allocation, min-maxing, logistics and worker action placement to maximizing our score in whatever game we are playing.

If there is a way to get points (Read status and power) for something, we will do our utmost to maximize those points. Today many play the game of money. We don’t care how we get them as long as we get more of them.

Let’s design a better game for the future where we get points and money for doing the right thing.

The Future is a co-op game we all can play and win!

Smile Littlefinger, Smalie!

Smile Littlefinger, Smile!

“The night is dark and full of terrors”

Still the best show there is! Watched episode 4 of season 2 again as it aired on Swedish Television tonight. Littlefinger tries so hard to achieve his goals when he plays A Game of Thrones.

The Game for the Future will be triggered by either a crusade or a crisis. We can make the choice. Or we can just wait for more crises and catastrophes to pile up. Then our only choice is to re-act.

Let’s act now and re-design our own future.

Learning to play

Tonight I have been watching some gameplay walkthroughs to 3 new games I have gotten and are going to play this weekend.

Clash of Cultures

I really like that this civilization game doesn’t go into the the modern age. No civilization survives that long. Sid Meyers tried killing of civilizations in the first civilization game. No gamers could accept it so they removed it in the first computergame. Really looking forward to this. It’s in the Mail.

Robinson Crusoe: Adventure on the Cursed Island

This is a really hard co-op game that most people haven’t won yet. I’m up for the Challenge to just survive on this Island.

Spartacus: A Game of Blood and Treachery

Making pacts, closed fist auctions and then backstabbing. Sounds like something you only should do in a game (and maybe real politics).

Travel with Social Media Club?

Next Friday I will help moderate Social Media Club in Gothenburg. The subject is Social Media in Public Transport.
I have written some discussion points in Swedish. Now updated with @MikuMaria

1. Hur funkar det: 
Diskutera hur det alllmänt fungerar idag med kommunikation med lokaltrafiken:
+ Vad fungerar bra:
– Vad har förbättringspotential:

2. Välj den optimala kanalen:
I vilken kanal vill du få snabbast svar vid kommunikation med lokaltrafiken?
Via Twitter, Facebook, i en särskild app för din lokaltrafik? Hur är det när det är som bäst?

3. Bygga kollektivtrafiken genom data:
Vill du ha en app som kan optimera lokaltrafik på mindre orter? Där du delar med sig av data som att du fyller i hur du har tänkt resa och när. Researrangören kan sedan lägga rutterna efter resenärerna.
– Hur skulle detta kunna fungera?

4. Framtidsvision:
Hur reser vi med lokaltrafik om tio år med Social Media?
Kan vi då se i realtid var alla fordon befinner sig?
Kan vi se vara alla våra vänner är i realtid om dom satt på den flaggan?
Via WiFi i lokaltrafiken utan att checka in?
Kan du alltid se dina barn?
Vill vi ens veta allt det här i framtiden eller är det nu när tekniken är ny som vi är nyfikna?

@LordSillion

You Know Nothing Jon Snow #Blogg100

#091 [XCI]
You Know Nothing Jon Snow

“The wisest thinkers have always admitted their ignorance – Socrates famously declared he was one of the wisest men in Athens because he knew only one thing ‘that I know nothing’”

John Lloyd gives a very inspiring speech about the importance about being kind to each other and admitting you know nothing. This is something you must listen to:
General Ignorance: It’s all about what you don’t know

“Teacher-Heros are those  who say, I don’t know … Let’s find out” — John Lloyd

Admitting you know nothing is the only way to recognize you still have much to learn 🙂

Set yourself free

Have you seen Game of Thrones? What do you think when you see it? Just like when I see other great stuff my mind runs amok. There are many truths to be found if you look closely… And also take a peek inside yourself at the same time.

You think you're free?

You think you’re free?

Here is one of my favorite moments from Season 2:

Set your self free and go on a wild chase to find out new ways of thinking and see the world from a new perspective!

@LordSillion