The Hunt Is On [Here be Pirates] #Blogg100

Here be Pirates! It’s time raise the sails and cast away on a new 100 day journey. This journey takes place in our minds as we travel ever deeper into our minds using the technique called journaling. As I have given the Ninja side of me much love lately it’s now time to give the pirate side some love! I’ve been seeing some of the new pirate series Black Sails and I just love the Pirate Myth. We can all be Pirates and Ninjas and go hunting for a new society together. Find out more by reading below and follow with me on this 100 day journey.

Avast, me hearties! [Let’s go hunting]

#Blogg100 Challenge

#Blogg100 Challenge

It’s that time of year again. Last year we boarded our vessel on January 23 to go on a 100 day journey. This year it’s the March 1. The Vessel I’m referring to is not a physical one, but the mind. And The Journey we are embarking on is the #Blogg100 Challenge.

Why go on a Journey in your mind? By doing journaling in the form of a private diary or a public blog is very helpful for the mind if it’s done in an analytical way. When putting words on your thoughts, you greatly help your brain sorting and evolving them. So while embarking on this Journey my mind also immediately draws on to another adventure …

Black Sails [“Yo ho ho, and a bottle of… rum!”]

As you may already have figured I love Ninjas. I also like the Mythical Pirates from the movies. The whole Ninjas vs. Pirates Meme can be found throughout my blog. So it’s about time that the pirate side got some love as well. My favourite movie as a child was Crimson Pirate with Burt Lancaster. It was the first movie my uncle had taped on his first VHS player back in the eighties and me and my brother watched it countless times together with Star Wars. It was with great anticipation that watched the first episode of HBO’s new series Black Sails. And it did not disappoint. I just love the beautiful setting of Nassau in the Caribbean and mix between fictional and historical narration. It sets me head cap’n spinnin’! And have gotten me playing Gangplank allot more in League of Legends 😉

It may not be the deepest of shows but it has its moments, like the one below. For me personally it’s about what life and ambitions was like back then. How is that different from, how many men in power today, just want to rob the world? Mankind haven’t changed a lot in the last 50 000 years. We are still capable of so much greed and cruelty. This is something we should think about on a daily basis.

– The emperor writes: How should you be?

You should be like a rocky promontory against which the restless surf continuously pounds. It stands fast while the churning sea is lulled to sleep at its feet.

I hear you say – “How unlucky that this should happen to me”. But not at all. Perhaps say instead how lucky I am that I am not broken by what has happened, and I am not afraid of what is about to happen. For the same blow might have stricken any one, but not many who would have absorbed it without capitulation and complaint. — Marcus Aurelius, Meditations read in Black Sails

Nassau - Kingdom of Pirates

Nassau – Kingdom of Pirates – Black Sails

Hunting your own Destiny [“I won’t rest till I see ye hangin’ from the yardarm!”]

What Captain Flint wants in Black Sails, is to hunt down his Destiny as King of Thieves. It maybe isn’t the noblest of quests but it is also about being rid of the of Imperial Leaders of the Greedy Olden World. Nothing is ever that simple.

It’s also about the journey to get there. This is how I intend to use my focus when doing my blogging. Hunting down my Destiny and recording my Journey on the way. Thus reflecting on my motives to get there. What actions is worthy raising me sails for? Who will I want as “me hands” to get there. And what price does me hunting’ come by? So the Pirate Meme is comes to mind after all 🙂

Will you set out on a great adventurous journey with me hunting down our destinies? Life is about the Journey. Let’s make it a good one that may be worthy of a song!

@LordSillion [Michael Sillion]
Holistic Thinking Ninja

Doing The Pixar Pitch [Becoming a Creative Ninja Master]

[001]
Evolve the world with you in it. [The Story about Me]

We can all become better at mingle. Even if some of you are pros already there is still more skills to master. Here are some pro tips in English and in Swedish.

Almedalen [Escalating the Network Society]

Today I have been planning my trip to Crown Mingle event here in Sweden: Almedalen. Everyone who is the slightest interested in changing society here in Sweden should go there. So in preparation I have been listening to the Swedish podcast Almedalen Sherpas about making the most about your stay there. Especially episode 10 about how to mingle.

ONCE UPON A TIME [The Pixar Pitch]

I have also been Listening to Daniel Pinks tips for for pitching your self or an idea. One of the tips are the The Pixar Pitch or the Story Spine. Here is a basic outline of it. Try doing it in the voice of the American Trailer Way.

ONCE UPON A TIME____________, EVERY DAY___________,
ONE DAY____________, BECAUSE OF THIS_____________,
BECAUSE OF THIS_________________,
UNTIL FINALLY_____________________.

Holistic Thinking Ninja

Creative Ninja Master – Holistic Thinking Ninja

So I must create a story of me. One that they will tell in thousands of years to come. I will bring about my storytelling voice and go:

ONCE UPON A TIME There was Creative Ninja Master living on Planet Earth,
EVERY DAY He would train his Creative Ninja Skills,
ONE DAY He realized that his skills could make an impact on the World,
BECAUSE OF THIS he set forth to Architect the Transformation of Society,
BECAUSE OF THIS The New Network Society is now on the right track towards a sustainable future,
UNTIL FINALLY WE all learned how to live together sharing our resources and our knowledge in an epic quest to make Earth the best place in the Universe to live.

My Future Diagram [Social Ninja – Gamer – Futurist – Demon Dancer]

I also did a Future Diagram the other day about my Future. I should make more of those. Here are mine:

Social Ninja - Hardcore Gamer -  Future Philosopher - Demon Dancer

Social Ninja – Hardcore Gamer – Future Philosopher – Demon Dancer

@LordSillion [Michael Sillion]

Life is a Journey #Blogg100

#000 [∞]
The Life you Lead [Do Great and others will follow]

@MikuMaria and @LordSillion on their way to the meetup

@MikuMaria and @LordSillion on their way to the meetup

 

I’m now on my way to the Crescendo of the Blog 100 challenge. The final Meetup in Stockholm. On a journey towards a goal. But I will never reach it. Be cause it’s now. And Right now I’m focusing on the journey.

Check out he pictures from the #Blogg100 2013 meetup.

Hey Tomorrow – Fuck you – And your friend Yesterday.
You can never catch me. Because I’m now, I’m now, I’m now, I’m now… Mindless Self Indulgence and LordSillion

As you travel trough time 2 things are always true:
It is always now
and
The now that was just moments ago is different from The Now – Now

This leaves you with 3 options:
1. Fight Change
2. Embrace Change
3. Architect Change

I choose door number 3. I choose to be an Architect of Change. Time’s own Agent. On a mission to change the Universe. But of course it’s all a lie. No one really wants change. The brains goal is to go down the most efficient path on running your systems. Everyone Wants Better, No One Wants Change.

So lets change things to the “Better”. Together

It’s about the Journey [London Real FTW]

I have written some post about my new-found love. The Podcast London Real. Their motto is: It’s about the Journey. They have some really great talks about what matters most in life with som really great thinkers like Jacque Fresco and Steven Pinker.

It’s not about how much money you make. It’s about what you do with every living moment of your life. The people you help. The thoughts you have and share. The experiences you create for yourself and others. The Life you lead.

Lets set out to lead others on our journey towards a “Better” Life on planet Earth. What else is there that matters?

@LordSillion [Michael Sillion]

Envision our Journey towards a Better Tomorrow #Blogg100

#010 [X]
Where are our journey going? [Core Values, Vision and Mission]

Today I have been listening to Percy Barnevik on Connect Väst. He is talking about how to be a great leader and his work in the micro credit organization Hand in Hand. Apart from having one of the most entertaining presentations I’ve been to there is something missing. More on that in a moment.

Percy Barnevik

Percy Barnevik

Why are we doing our Journey?
Where is it going?
And how do we travel today?

After him Björn Lindqvist talks about what shall be found in the heart of any organization:

Core Values — Why are we working here? Today we must all weave in socially responsible values in our hearts. That defines the Journey we are taking together.

The Vision — A Mental Picture – of what an organization wants to achieve over time. The North Star! The direction of our journey.

The Mission — The current Quest that we are doing in order to further us along on our journey.

Check out more here: Vision and Mission – What’s the difference and why does it matter? and Mission Statements and Vision Statements.

Can we all be like Google?

The day finishes up with Annika Steiber that have been studying innovation management and what make companies like Google tick. They need to have

Ethics — Don’t be Evil and Do Good for Society.
Ambition — Shoot for the Stars and Change the World.
Behavior – The organization need to be Fast and Scalable. Never to bog down under Bureaucracy and Hierarchy.
Focus — First make a good product then the money will come.

Sustainability Day [Tax resources and not labor]

At the same time Sustainability Day is going on in Stockholm and #SDay are also trending on Twitter at the same tame as #ConnectDagen.

Here the chief economic analyst at the Think tank Global Utmaning, Sandro Scocco, says all the numbers are pointing in the wrong direction. We need change the economic incentives to make things happens. The suggest the same as Geoff Mulgan did in his speech at the RSA.

Tax resources and not labor. In that way everyone will quickly come with smart reusing with what we got. Companies can start rent everything they produce instead of selling it. So that they take full responsibility for the lifecycle. And it’s in their own best interest that all things made is made to endure.

We need to cross-fertilize [Let’s create new meeting places]

Here I also see the second problem opportunity. All the money and entrepreneurs are one event in Gothenburg at the same time as all the scientist and the creative thinkers are at another event in Stockholm. And this are not the same people with the same networks. I know because I have been to both. Here my idea is to create an event where the two worlds can meet. An unconference with focus the social and the Networking. To create new exiting enterprises.

A Vision is something you can Envision. To picture in your mind. This is because sight is our primary sensory system. The brain tries to imagine what it will envision next. Then it asks the eyes if this is the correct vision.

A vision is complex picture in your mind. Let’s create one to be proud of together 🙂

Here politicians, venture capitalists, scientist and entrepreneurs must create this vision of the future together.

@LordSillion [Michael Sillion]

All the Children Shall Lead #Blogg100

#012 [XII]
What do you leave behind? [Explore new paths every day]

LunarBots

3D-printed LunarBots

Today was the last Day of NASA’s Space Apps Hackaton. The largest in the world with 9000 participants. We finished making a prototype of our boardgame including 3D-printed LunarBots. Jens took a 20 minute course in Maya and learned how to make a basic 3D-models. And I learned how to make a Stop Motion presentation movie  with 144 frames using the simple app iMotion HD.

 

See our final presentation on Bambuser.

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LunarBots presentation

Generations to come [What must they think of you?]

What I learned from the day is that we do this for our children. Let’s all think of and be like our children. With this being a space weekend we of course had to listen to some space music. And there is only one space music band for me: S.P.O.C.K. My favorite to songs is Dark Side of the Force and Wolf in the Fold.

Bu the song we feature here is the very striking All the Children Shall Lead.

I’m sitting in my quarters aboard the ship
thinking about this very special trip

400 people, destiny: our closest star
mankind has never ever been that far
Soon comes the future, then we will die
All the children shall lead
We’ll never see the world that lies ahead
long before we get there all adults will be dead

Then it is up to the kids we brought along
now they learn what is right and what is wrong
Soon comes the future, then we will die
All the children shall lead
As a bad example we show them how it used to be
before the year 2000 it was a total misery
Soon comes the future, then we will die
All the children shall lead

What path are you treading on? [Let’s craft a new path together]

Now is the time to invest in our children like never before. They must think us mad about the state we have left their Homeworld in. Change is happening all over the world. But in many places it is still on the wrong path. A path leading right of the edge of cliff. Are you on that path? If so you can help craft a new path for us and our children and their children’s children.

Life is about the journey and what we leave behind. What path do we chose to travel on?

If we teach our kids at a young age that don’t have to accept everything as it is happening to them. We can teach the to be curious about their own future. That they can be creative and design it them self. And spend their time crafting their own path.

We take our lifestyle for granted and think of it as the most natural thing in the world. That’s why we must study history. So that we can learn how different it was in the past. In this way we can see that the our future can be very different too in kind.

It only takes about 3 months for us humans to adapt to a new living condition to such a degree that we start thinking of it as “Normal”

@LordSillion [Michael Sillion]

Kung Fu of Life #Blogg100

#021 [XXI]
Keep your Mind and Body Fit [Kick as and rule the Universe]

Sebastian Foucan

Sebastian Foucan

Been listening more to the London Real Podcast. Just search in your podcast player for London Real or watch the Youtube clips below

First out is Tim Ferriss – The 4-Hour Phenomenon

Good things he does every morning:

  • The 5 minute mindful meditation.
  • Things he is grateful of.
  • Makes a todo list 3 things. Circles the toughest one and considers it a successful day if he finishes just that one. He also put up today’s don’ts. Like not getting stuck in emails.

Sebastien Foucan – Find Your Way

He is the Freerunning and Parkour master who stars in in the beginning of Casino Royal.

“You don’t need energy drink. You’ve got energy, the sun is your energy, the air is your energy, the water is your energy.” – Sébastien Foucan

“Nobody ever invents anything You’re inspired and sometimes you can improve” – Sébastien Foucan

Felicia Day Takes on Parkour and Freerunning

I also stumbled upon Felicia Day earlier this week doing some Parkour Training

Keep on running free

@LordSillion [Michael Sillion]

It’s about the Journey & The Venus Project

#022 [XXII]
Jacque Fresco and Steven Pinker is two of our greatest modern thinkers

I have been listening to some more great episodes of London Real. It’s all about the Journey.

“Life is a lesson you’ll learn it when your through” — Limp Bizkit

Everything Changes

I came across them talking to the now 96 year old Jacque Fresco and the Venus Project. Check him out on London Real. Also see his speech from Stockholm 2010.

Whatever happens in the world is real, what one thinks should have happened is projection. We suffer more from our fictitious illusion and expectations of reality. — Jacque Fresco

Jacque Fresco Venus Project Building

Jacque Fresco Venus Project Building

Jacque Fresco

Jacque Fresco

Linguistic thinkers

They also give very good conversation with Steven Pinker. Check it out here Steven Pinker – Too Much Morality?
Steven Pinker is a linguistic who studies what it means to be human. Just like we have Fredrik Lindström here in Sweden who talks about What is a human [Vad är en människa].

In his latest book The Better Angel of our Nature he shows us, that contrary to popular belief, violence of all kinds are at a mush lower rate in human society than it have ever been during our entire history. Only the picture we get through Mass Media will tell us differently.

There is hope for us humans that we can get along in a reasonably peaceful society here on earth if the resource wars don’t get out of hand.

@LordSillion [Michael Sillion]

New York, New York #Blogg100

#044 [XLIV]
Going South on Broadway [Stark Tower and 3D printing]

This is part 3 (8) of Bro Tour USA where me Lord Sillion and my brother Fredrik visits New York and PAX East in Boston.

Today has been a fabulous day in New York City. With blue sky and warm sun the spring is hovering in the air. We start off by heading to the Complete Strategist. A small but “well stacked” boardgame store. We are looking for the new Marvel Cardgame that can’t be sold in Europe due to licensing and the also sold out X-Wing miniature game. But no such luck.

Complete Strategist

Complete Strategist

Stark Tower

After a nice Breakfast on Starbucks with Milkshake and Very Berry Coffee Cake where we can connect to the so important Internetz. It’s time to head up into the Stark Tower. Or as it’s also known as: Empire State Building. After we have been queuing in 8 different queues over 40 minutes we finally hit floor 86. To see Manhattan in its full glory, baking in sunlight under a blue sky. Really lucky with the weather 🙂

Looking out at Manhattan from Stark Tower

Looking out at Manhattan from Stark Tower

After Stark Tower we hit Broadway going south. The Sun is shining and so are we. As a honey lover,  I just had to buy some american Honey at a stand we found in Union Square, Andrew’s Honey.

Broadway

Broadway

Goth Store

Goth Store

We found the Gargoyle outside a Gothic cloth store and a flyer telling us about a gothic club opening tonight.

MakerBot 3D printing

Further south down on Mulberry Street by Huston street we found the pinnacle of our journey. The MakerBot retail store. Where 3D printing is made available to the common man. This is so cool, that will write a own blogpost about it. My brother got a little squirrel and I got a MakerBot ‘mech-dog. You could also do a full 3D scan of your face and get 3D printed bust of your head.

MakerBot store

MakerBot store

Later down on Broadway in Soho we found the second goal of this trip. Yellow Rat Bastard. A legen… , wait for it, …dary T-Shirt store that my brother visited back in ’97 when he last visited New York. We just had to buy some original Yellow Rat Bastard NYC T-Shirts to increase our Geek-Cred 🙂

Yellow Rat Bastard

After a quick China Town visit we decided to continue down to WTC and Ground Zero. Some impressive new Fallows symbols are being built by the old world institutes, to grip on to their power for as long as they can. Money Money Money …

Yellow Rat Bastard

Yellow Rat Bastard

Sundown

We finally stopped down in Battery Park where we took a fantastic photo of Sundown over The Waterfront. Nuff said. After a day of Walking through the City of Marvel Heroes our poor “Marvel Feet” said stop and we took a cab home. The plan was to get some rest before dinner. But our internet craving took its toll and we ended up posting pictures.

Sundown on Waterfront

Sundown on Waterfront

Before leaving Sweden our aunt Kerstin, who has been traveling the world for all her life as a Traveler Agent, gave us the tip to visit Spice Market in the Meatpacking district and to taste their Ginger Margarita. And we did, and boy was it good 🙂 They even had two locally produced Abbey style Ale on the menu. As I had already tasted Brooklyn No 1 at home I settled for the other, Ommegang Copperstown Double Ale.

After a fantastic dinner in this old house that looked that it was taken from the movie Gangs of New York we headed east to the Goth and New Wave club at The Sullivan Room. It’s a cool cellar club with UV nets in the roof usually hosted as a dancing club. Tonight it was almost empty. We meet some local New York girls who explain that Goth scene in NY is rather small and you don’t get many people here on a weeknight. The Goth scene is apparently biggest in Florida in the US. But still, I had a good dance to some Sisters of Mercy songs. Me and brother being big Sisters fans. We also got to hear the very fitting Dropkick Murphys song “Shipping up to Boston”.

Good Night New York

@LordSillion

The Universe has always been trying to kill us #Blogg100

#054 [LIV]
I don’t want to be the laughing stock of a galaxy [I fuckn love science]

I was watching John Stewart talking to Neil deGrasse Tyson and they come up with some wonderful quotes like this:

John: Why are there asteroids trying to kill us?
Neil: The Universe has always been trying to kill us

and this:

I don’t want to be the laughing stock of our galaxy
When aliens learn that we all went extinct from an asteroid
When we had a space program that could have done something about it
That would just be embarrassing — Neil deGrasse Tyson

Take a look at the whole episode or just the 3 extended Neil deGrasse Tyson parts: Part 1, Part 2 , Part 3

Neil deGrasse Tyson

Neil deGrasse Tyson and John Stewart

We only react when a bad things happen

If you as human race now has a chance to divert only a fraction of the resources you burn each day here on planet Earth to come up with solutions and contingency plans for some likely devastating scenarios. You just need a kick in the but first to do so. You need some bad catastrophes that don’t kill to many of you first. Should we Engineer them for you or just wait for them to happen? Or we could just create some form of crusade that we all could join in on. Like an epic quest in World of Warcraft. What do you think? Should we help you?

Wall street is back like never before

Who new that among Wall street many charms and talents was the healing ability of Wolverine
We already know we had the damaging power of Wolverine — John Stewart

the healing ability of Wolverine

The healing ability of Wolverine

Make life a journey

Anyway. We Isfarian won’t laugh at you. Like I said before: We are here help you turn this Planetary size spaceship into a new haven paradise. And yes, you have a very long way to go still. And it is journey, not a goal.

So put on our best trekking boots and let’s make life a journey worth telling your grandchildren about.

Lord Commander Sillion