Tranquility Leads to Transcendence

I’ve been on a journey the past three years. Seeking. Finding myself. Unplugging from the Matrix. My grandfather named me based on the following Chinese 成語 , 寧靜致遠。

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Translation is a subtle thing.

  • Find Peace and One will Go Far in Life.
  • Keep Calm and Follow Through.
  • Tranquility Leads to Transcendence.

Names are a powerful thing. I was blessed with a good name. It literally translates to King of Transcendence. I’ve been seeking Higher Consciousness and found it through various modalities. This post is about these Red Pills.

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“You take the red pill, you stay in Wonderland… and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes.”

I was hanging out with Redbeard a few weeks ago, an old friend. He tells me,

“You’ve been on my todo list for years. To meet up with you, so you can explain LIFE to me.”

I’ve been using several primary modalities to increase consciousness. The synergy between the methods has felt like a deep cleaning of my consciousness, excavating trauma and breaking limiting beliefs.


1) Plant Medicines & Psychedelics

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  • Psilocybin
  • Ayahuasca
  • Bobinsana
  • Huachuma
  • Singada
  • Vilca
  • 5MEO-DMT

2) Yoga & Meditation

  • Jivani Yoga TT
  • The Cutting Machinery

3) Personal Development Work

  • PSI Seminars
  • Kwik Learning
  • JP Sears
  • Burning Man
  • Miss Rabbit

All of these different modalities have been profoundly transformative for me.

The Long Road. It never ends.

The Genie

I’ve been thinking a lot about our ability to manifest. Law of Attraction. The Secret. Think and Grow Rich. Recently, I’ve been following the work of Jordan Peterson. He has a profound way of describing consciousness and being.

“The world is actually made of potential, and that potential is actualized by consciousness.”

Genie Rules:

Rule #1: I can’t kill anybody.

Rule #2: I can’t make anybody fall in love with anybody else.

Rule #3: I can’t bring people back from the dead.

Sounds pretty similar to our subconscious minds. We have more practical limits than a genie at least in terms of efficiency, but the fundamental truth is that we can grant ourselves almost anything wish if we are committed to the intention.

The key to this is to actually continually evolve ourselves to Truth.

“The Truth is something that burns. It burns off deadwood, and people don’t like having their deadwood burned off, oftentimes because they are like 95% deadwood.”

One of the things that has been profound recently is a commitment to the Truth. In marriage, in friendships, and in business.

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“If you want to have a good relationship, man, you embed it in the Truth because if you don’t embed it in the Truth, you don’t have a relationship.”

A Truth that is uncomfortable for people that I’ve recently been exploring is the idea that we have evolved for millions of years as a male dominance selection hierarchy mediated by female choice.

“The dominance hierarchy is something that breeds heroes.”

Heroes are meta-admirable, and the ideal person, the ideal man, is the person who tells the Truth. This always leads me back to the rabbit hole of the Red Pill from the Matrix.

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Which led me to this documentary, The Red Pill.

“All that my film advocates for is critical thinking for yourself as a viewer.” -Cassie Jaye

It was an interesting documentary. These days, with all the different loud factions spreading hate and fear and victim consciousness, there needs to be a greater focus on Truth and Responsibility.

We cannot find the Truth until we release our self-delusional frames of reality. We need to set the Genie free. Rather than wishing for things for our ego or worldly desires, we need to let go and discover our purpose that is greater than ourselves.

Surrender.

Freedom.

WHY

Hans Zimmer Live

The other night, I went to see Hans Zimmer Live with my wife. Before the concert, I took a sugar cube with some high-grade LSD. As we waited for the show to start, and the crowd filled the arena, the LSD began to kick in and I could feel a wave of reptilian energy flowing through the arena. It felt as though everyone in the entire place was whispering to me at the same time. It was a bit overwhelming, but I just breathed through it.

The energy settled and leveled out and the concert began.

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He introduced the incredible Tina Guo, speaking about how she learned to play the violin at the age of three and has practiced eight hours a day so she could play.

“The thing that hasn’t changed, and I don’t think will ever change, is that the operative word in music is “play.” You have to have a playfulness about it. As the world shifts, it’s starting to understand more and more that to have a playfulness about any and everything is actually the way of having a better life, or being more creative, or being more productive.” -Hans Zimmer

My third eye was open, and it was a religious/mystical experience. I could feel the presence of the divine as the energy of the music flowed through the room. The show was incredible, each piece had a divine energy to it, with Time from Inception as the finale. As Hans’ hands were projected onto the big screen, it felt as though God was playing the piano, metaphorically creating the universe.

As I watched the performance unfold in complete presence, everything felt perfect. The moment was perfect. The NOW was perfect.

HZL + LSD + PMB = WHY


The Work

For the past four years, I’ve spent most of my time on self-improvement and personal development. Spirituality. Psychedelics.

“You take the red pill. You stay in Wonderland and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes… Remember, all I’m offering is the truth, nothing more.”

The Work is about Truth.

“The truth is something that burns, it burns off deadwood and people don’t like having their deadwood burnt off often because they’re 95% deadwood” – Jordan Peterson

It is about discovering the True Self by unpeeling the layers of our emotional onions and shedding our limiting beliefs. Our limits exist due to echoes of traumatic experiences, embedded in our nervous systems and souls. These manifest as fears that trigger and threaten to take control of us until we reach the point of healing that we can decide how we want to react to our triggers and programs.

When we reach a certain level of consciousness, it becomes clear that our purpose and meaning on this planet is Service. Service to Humanity, and service to the Mother Earth. There is a certain clarity that occurs, where Purpose becomes clear. The Purpose is to raise the collective consciousness. That is the entire Nature of all Life. From bacteria to plants, fungi, fish, insects, birds, mammals, and man. The entire purpose is to Transcend.

My grandfather named me based on the following Chinese 成語 , 寧靜致遠。

transcendence

Translation is a subtle thing.

  • Find Peace and One will Go Far in Life.
  • Keep Calm and Follow Through.
  • Tranquility Leads to Transcendence.

Names are a powerful thing. I was blessed with a good name. It literally translates to King of Transcendence. I’ve been seeking Higher Consciousness and found it through various modalities. I’ve been using several primary modalities. The synergy between the methods has felt like a deep cleaning of my consciousness, excavating trauma and breaking limiting beliefs.

Jordan Peterson has a very clean view on reality based upon ancient traditions and psychology.

“The Purpose of Life is to find a mode of being that’s so Meaningful that the fact that Life is Suffering is no longer Relevant.” -Jordan Peterson

That is the goal of The Work.

 

Crypto Castles

A few days ago, I went to spend some time with the Godfather. I’ve known the Godfather for years now, meeting him at a dinner party in San Francisco over a decade ago. A few years ago, we hung out for a few days in Singapore and he talked about disruptive technologies including Bitcoin, drones, 3D printing and was full of life and energy. He hosted parties at the most exclusive nightclubs and was always surrounded by interesting, brilliant people.

The Godfather gave me a hug, put his hands on my shoulders, and smiled,

“Haven’t seen you in a minute, eh?”

“Let me introduce you to some people…”

He had just gotten the keys to a new house along the Venice canals, and there was a table full of crypto experts sitting around a table with their laptops, churning away, checking out ICOs, discussing blockchain technologies, and buzzing with creative excitement.

On the drive up, I listening to a futurism podcast that was talking about Blockchain:

It is the future.

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I sat at a table, and a young blonde woman with bright eyes asked me,

“So what do you do besides this? (crypto)”

“Shamanism”, I replied.

She lit up and said, “Yes! They do go hand in hand.”

The Decentralization movement attracts an interesting mix of Hackers, Bankers, Libertarians, Anarchists, and Burners. A collision of the Technocracy and the Conscious Community. Code and Psychedelics.

“Who do you trust more? A third party? Or the fundamental laws of the Universe?”

Evening came, Amazon delivered bags of drinks and snacks, and guy wearing an EOS t-shirt arrives with several large pizzas. I chow down on a couple monster slices of heart attack pizza, covered with Canadian bacon as the futurism conversations continue.


It’s about time to go, so I head into the back room to say goodbye to The Godfather.

He puts his arm around me, looks me in the eyes and says,

“Alcohol. No good.
Weed. Some health benefits. I like it.
Cocaine, Opiates. Terrible. Absolutely terrible.
Psychedelics – uplifting. You know them well.
Now… my favorite drug of all is this.
Dissociative.”

He points at a small mound of white powder. It is a dissociative nootropic stack.

“I used to blast people off, but this is just like a sip of wine.”

He hands me a silver tube, with diamonds embedded into it.

“Silver. Kills bacteria.”

I place it to my nostril and snort the white powder. It begins to hit right away, and feels as though I’m slowly detaching my consciousness from my ego. I’m still looking through my eyes… but, I’m not exactly me. The hacker chemist who formulated the substance that I just took a hit of explains the chemistry behind what is hitting my brain, and it sounds like a foreign language. I look at him, with his messy orange hair and rainbow unicorn t-shirt, and the sheer absurdity and awesomeness of the experience hits me. My life has just been a series of wild adventures that get more surreal, more epic, and more world changing.

Suddenly, some feelings of Miss Rabbit come up. I can feel some connection with her and suddenly feel nauseous. I head into the bathroom and purge… from both ends. The pizza comes back up and out. It feels great. I spend some more time talking to the Godfather in a detached yet connected altered state.

I start feeling nauseuous again and the Godfather walks me upstairs.

“You can stay in the master bedroom. Overnight if you want. I have my other house down the street.”

I lay down on a furry blanket in the bed and hear a mosquito buzzing around. I am too tired and detached to be concerned about it and rest. I can feel myself letting go of everything. It felt as though Miss Rabbit was drifting away on her own raft, and I let her flow into her own stream of reality and whatever cosmic cord that attached me to her in Arrowhead was released. She will return completely in her own power now.

I drifted to sleep to the cacophony of tech chatter downstairs. A few hours later, I awoke to a quiet empty house with a mosquito bite on each of my elbows. It felt like a message that it’s time to focus on the mission, and let go of distractions. I have a rocketship to build.

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Ultra Spiritual Dolphin Magic

Pilgrimage to Chavin

A couple years ago, I was on a Pilgrimage to Chavin. I met the Dolphin Shamaness, a beautiful spirit. On the first night we met, she told a story from the week before when she went kayaking on the ocean. A pod of dolphins approached her, signaled her to follow, and led her to save the life of a naked woman who was stranded out in the middle of the ocean. Magic.

We had a deep connection through Huachuma and shared a journey across Peru with a beautiful soul tribe led by our Shaman, The Jaguar. The Jaguar’s assistant Shaman, Mars was our local guide.

With our soul tribe, we had a ceremony at Batan Grande where I stood atop the pyramid and watched the Face of God appear as the sun set. We had another at El Brujo, where I could feel the primal energy of life course through me, and the sorrow of feminine pain carried away by the gusting winds.

After a long journey, we arrived at Chavin. We drank Grandfather Medicine and went to the Temple and sat by the river. I sat on a tree stump and noticed life pushing itself through the dead wood. Life would find a way. The water flowed in a beautiful river next to us, and the medicine flowed through our blood.

We walked up to the temple and entered the labyrinth of Chavin. Deep inside the labyrinth, Dolphin Shamaness and I had a spiritual connection that manifested a spirit baby. A baby girl. Pure and perfect. We connected at the Lanzon – full of energy.

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That evening, in Mars‘ workshop, as I sat on the floor and listened to Peruvian flute music waft through the air, Chavin’s spirit hovered above my right shoulder. I felt the spirit baby’s presence as she beamed at me with love. I feel sadness. I tell the baby,

“I’m sorry. I don’t think I can bring you into this world, in this lifetime.”

I close my eyes, press my face into my palms and I feel incredible sadness wash over me. Regret. Longing. Love. I feel gentle hands press into my shoulders and receive a tender massage. I know it is Dolphin Shamaness. I feel her love flow through me as she comforts me. I look up and she gently kisses me on the lips.

Axis Mundi – Heaven’s Gate

I carried a light blue stone on the Pilgrimage, and when we arrived at Heaven’s Gate, during a Pachamama Ceremony, I offered the spirit baby totem to Pachamama. The message from the Universe that day was,

“Do not mourn the paths not taken.”

I let go of the expectation of result and returned to the real world. Life continued, and I still don’t fully understand the significance of the Spirit Baby. Chavin.


The Real World

A few days ago, I reconnected with the Dolphin Shamaness. I hadn’t intended to, but the Universe led me back to her. We went paddle boarding on the silky ocean waves and caught a glimpse of a shark.

When Shark circles in as your spirit animal it’s time to shut out fear and go for what you want.

We spent the rest of the day reconnecting, sharing stories since the Pilgrimage. Love and Loss. Adventures and Journeys. It was a leisurely day, overlooking the ocean. She prepared beautiful food. Homemade kimchi. Nourishing salad. We sipped Exotic Dream Jun Elixir and smoked Mapacho. It was a beautiful day. We had deep conversations about Blockchain, decentralization, regenerative farming, and saving the world.

Dolphin Shamaness was so giving and nurturing. She prepared bone marrow topped with herbs on sprouted sourdough. She was meticulous and I could feel her desire to make it perfect for me. I felt so blessed.

During the course of our conversations, one sentence rang out,

“I find myself always putting other people’s happiness ahead of my own needs.”

At the end of the evening, we laid comfortably on the couch and gazed into each other’s eyes. I could see a reflection there. Sadness. Longing. Love.


Ultra Spirituality

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“Majestic Dolphin Blue Eyes.”

On Sunday, I took my wife to JP Sears’ talk and book signing at Trilogy Sanctuary. It was hilarious, heartfelt and transformative. He channeled deep messages from the Universe. He talked about how creativity lives in all of us, and how it wants to be free. How uncomfortability is the Universe telling us that there is creativity inside of us attempting to break free. How comfort can be a prison of the mind and how sometimes we are so creative, we can convince ourselves we aren’t creative. How sometimes, we need to find the metaphorical cliff that gives us fear and excitement and jump.

It really struck a chord with me. What is the energy in me that is trying to flow free and is stuck in discomfort?

After the talk, we met JP, got some books signed, and took a photo with him. We went for a walk around beautiful La Jolla, and discussed the talk. I dug deep inside myself and looked for where I was uncomfortable. There was definitely some energy with Miss Rabbit. It was almost a psychosis.

My wife and I had a deep conversation where she got triggered and went through many dark states and ended our marriage. She hit rock bottom. The next morning she came to me and said, “So, what do you want to do?” 

I had recently watched to this video about The Victim Control Dynamic and recognized it. My wife wanted me to rescue her. I was in a highly conscious untriggered state, so I just calmly told her that she could decide whatever she wanted to do. This freed her from powerlessness and victimhood. Suddenly, she decided to be responsible for her actions and healed.

I performed a hands on breathing exercised as she wept and purged the shame of judgement from her sisters. She said they were strong and she was a weakling, and I told her,

“Being a workaholic is not being strong. It’s actually be afraid. You’re strong because you are being vulnerable.”

I have a saying:

“A woman’s worst enemy is her best friend. A man’s worst enemy is himself.”

I keep seeing the same pattern where women in my life feel so judged by their sisters, girlfriends, peers. It is a dark energy.

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When I went did the God Molecule ceremony at Casa Sasquatch and stayed in Room 9 with Miss Rabbit, it connected me to her in a feverish Potion #9 style love psychosis.

During ceremony, I remember seeing a LOST style smoke monster in the other world. It was a dark energy that seemed to tell me there would be trials. These were my own demons of expectation, jealousy and control.

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Monday morning, I truly let go of expectations from Miss Rabbit. It was an energetic purge, Shawshank Redemption style. I simply surrendered to the smoke monster and it dissipated. Freedom.

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The monster inside was released.

I went over to visit Miss Rabbit, and she could feel the difference in energy. We had a deep connection of lifelong friendship. Unconditional love.

Today, she sent me this message,

“Thank you! You really have been a blessing in the best of ways. I honor that good vibration between us. Both good, kind hearted, conscious and warm human beings. A friendship to last a lifetime.”

My wife has healed, my friendship with Miss Rabbit is blossoming, and the future is bright. To infinity and beyond!


Links

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The Way of the Shaman

The Long Road
A couple years ago, after a week of Ayahuasca ceremonies, and several Huachuma ceremonies and jungle walks, I returned late one night to my room and received a message from the universe. The Spirit of the Curandero. The Way of the Shaman. The Long Road.

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CBD Conference
Last week, an invitation to Texas for a spiritual medicine gathering manifested. I flew and spent two days connecting with the medicine and a beautiful conscious community. The medicine is a CBD oil product formulated by a shamanic wizard chemist and is magic. The conference was full of scientific information and inspiring stories of transformation.

On the first day of the conference, I met Touch Healer from Boulder. She had a gentle beautiful spirit, and we connected immediately. I could feel her energy, a limbic resonance. We went to dinner at an Oaxacan restaurant and when we sat down, she said,

“I know we have a lot to say to each other, but can we just be with each other for a moment.”

We sat down at our table in the crowded restaurant and I gazed into her eyes. My being radiated with energy and the rest of the world melted away. It was a deep soul connection, and I felt clean and beautiful energy flowing through my body. Love. Pure.

Touch Healer began to share one of her personal fears, and slowly processed it. Then she said,

“How about our planet? What do you think?”

I just smiled at her and said,

“We’re going to be ok.”

I knew this in my soul from my journey in Arrowhead. The collective consciousness of humanity has figured out how to solve the world’s problems, and we are now manifesting the solutions. I nodded gently at her as tears streamed down her face. We then enjoyed a beautiful meal of various types of seafood with different mole sauces.

Touch Healer and I had a profound energetic connection. There was a point during the conference, she asked, “May I?” I nodded, and she put her arm around me. I felt a charge of energy… of love… emanating through our connection. It was deep and powerful and I laid my head on her shoulder, as the world outside melted away.

Beautiful.

The next day, I continued connecting with amazing people. I met a beautiful alien with green hair ornamented with feathers, with a Belgian Shephard dog and a Nepalese singing bowl.

“Would you like to walk my dog with me?”

We walked out to a nearby park, and laid on the grass, grounding after spending most of the day indoors. We talked about other dimensions and soaked in the blue sky, as the music from an ice cream truck provided a surreal soundtrack.

She invited me to an 11:11 ceremony with a hand drawn invitation card. At this point, another friend, Rowdy showed up and hung out with us for a while. A homeless man approaches us and asks for a birthday gift. We give him some cash and change, then sing happy birthday before heading back to the hotel for dinner.

The conference was amazing. I felt energized.


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The following day, I went to the NASA Space Center. I was inspired by what humanity can achieve when we work together. Amazing. During the tour, I saw the words:

UNITY, DESTINY, HARMONY

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A Prophecy.
We’re really going to be ok…


Grey Jedi Bee Medicine

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After getting back to California, I headed up one day to spend time with friends. As I was driving up, Ahsoka, the Grey Jedi sent me this image and told me that she could feel me looking at her through this image.


I had sushi with the Alaskan Ninja, then coffee with a couple of spirit sisters, and went to Ahsoka’s place to catch up. We smoked a bowl, and she told me she had another friend coming over. She said she was afraid he’d be overly affectionate and it bothered her and made her uncomfortable.

Anti-Chris arrives and we head to the clubhouse. We swim in the pool and sit in the hot tub. Anti-Chris got affectionate with Ahsoka, and he got touchy and kissy. Ahsoka alternated between being uncomfortable and enjoying the attention. It triggered feelings of creepiness in me.

As I am sitting in the hot tub with Ahsoka, Anti-Chris hovers around and tells his story,

“All nine of my ex-girlfriends have been bipolar and ADHD.”

As he spoke of his life and his struggles, I could feel his darkness and shadow. I didn’t judge, just witnessed. Suddenly, a couple of bees showed up, and startled him. He had an experience as a child where he was stung by thousands of bees and almost died, so was understandably terrified.

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The bees began to orbit my head. They felt like electrons zipping around the nucleus of my brain. Bee Medicine entered my life in a strong way when I got stung by a solitary queen bee which somehow left a stinger in my left ring knuckle (solitary bees don’t leave their stingers, it must of torn off when I reacted and flicked it off of my stung knuckle) while I was hiking with my wife on LSD in Big Bear.

Trust in Miracles. Manifest Abundance. One of the bees ending up getting trapped behind me in a puddle of water as I sat in the hot tub. It was struggling and I blew it with a gust into the dry sunny concrete. Ahsoka looks at the bee with concern. Anti-Chris comes over and looks at it. I say,

“It’ll be ok. She’ll dry off and fly on her own.”

A few minutes later, the bee flew off.


Holding Space

We went inside. Later in the evening, I have Ahsoka some CBD Oil, then I put my arm around Ahsoka and channeled love in the same way that Touch Healer had showed me. Ahsoka started channeling spirit guides and her body began to move. She was delivering messages from the Universe.

“Mother Gaia wants me to tell you. Cannabis is medicine. The THC is the male part of the medicine… CBD is the female. CBD… will save the world.”

We were connecting psychically. She and I both understood that Anti-Chris was a fractal pattern that she was attracting to her based on some energy she had inside. I saw a reflection of myself in him. When he wanted to hug and kiss her, it was his channeling of love. He couldn’t help himself.

A few other friends came over to her condo and I told Ahsoka I was going to head home, and she grabbed my arm.

“Please stay. You’re the only one here I can really trust.”

She looks over at Anti-Chris as her hands make frantic hand signs and her eyes widen with fear and tells me,

“I should be looking for Luke, but I keep finding Anakins.”

She continued channeling and received messages from the television,

“Beware the Demon Samurai.”
“69 – Yin & Yang”

She lays down on her love mat – a futon like cushion that hovers inches off the floor and I lay down next to her holding space for her. My right hand hover over her body, and I continue to channel love and prana. She guides my hand and presses it on various parts of her body, and shares stories from her past. Stories of hurt and pain from men in her life, especially her ex, Steve. I can feel her releasing trauma. It is energetically intense, and I focus on hold pure, energetically clean space.

On the television, a news story comes on about Steve McNair and his murder. Her eyes go wide. “Steve…”

“And then she put a gun to her head.”

Ahsoka loses it and starts bawling. I continue to hold space and she continues telling stories. Finally she sits up and tells a story of her deepest shame…

“I felt like I was taken advantage of. It felt… alien

and then when we went camping, ___ saw us making out, and all the women found out.

The shame…”

I have my left hand on her back, and my right hand on her back as she energetically purged, trembling and releasing the shame… then weeping deeply. After several minutes, she calmed down, and relaxed.

“Where’s Anti-Chris? I can feel his jealousy… Anakins… I keep drawing them.”

By now it was nearly 3am, and I needed to drive home. The Way of the Shaman. The Long Road. I cannot deny it.

Pointers All the Way Down

in·fi·nite re·gress
noun
LOGIC
a sequence of reasoning or justification that can never come to an end.

From Stephen Hawking‘s 1988 book A Brief History of Time

A well-known scientist (some say it was Bertrand Russell) once gave a public lecture on astronomy. He described how the earth orbits around the sun and how the sun, in turn, orbits around the center of a vast collection of stars called our galaxy. At the end of the lecture, a little old lady at the back of the room got up and said: “What you have told us is rubbish. The world is really a flat plate supported on the back of a giant tortoise.” The scientist gave a superior smile before replying, “What is the tortoise standing on?” “You’re very clever, young man, very clever,” said the old lady. “But it’s turtles all the way down!”

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I spent most of my last post doing a brain dump of the research that I’ve been doing on the Internet and the digital ad industry. I’m attempting to analyze trends and understand where things are headed.

“The Internet” is actually composed of three parts:

  1. Surface Web – this is the part of the web indexed by traditional search engines.
  2. Deep Web – this is the part not indexed by traditional search engines.
  3. Dark Web – part of the Deep Web that exists on darknets, overlay networks which use the public Internet but require specific software, configurations or authorization to access

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It’s pointers/links/objects all the way down.

Decentralization

In Peter Diamandis and Steven Kotler’s book Bold: How to Go Big, Create Wealth and Impact the World, they discuss the Six D’s of Exponential Technology:

  1. Digitalization – the tech becomes bits – ones and zeroes.
  2. Deception – initial hype followed by a period of the tech being dismissed.
  3. Disruption – the tech plays a role in subverting established industries.
  4. Demonetization – the tech makes things free.
  5. Dematerialization – the tech makes things disappear.
  6. Democratization – the tech is available to anyone.

Today, we are at the democratization stage of the Internet. With the rise of mobile phones, and the fuel of the digital ad industry, global Internet penetration, according to Internet Live Stats is over 3.6 billion and climbing, or roughly 40% of the world’s population. Links and clicks (i.e., pointers) are the currency of the Internet, and currently the battle to control these after being waged by the Internet giants.

Decentralization is a parallel step that happens all the way down the 6D process. The Internet protocol, BitTorrent, Bitcoin are all part of the P2P revolution has been happening, but as always in history, there is conflict when power is decentralized.

The AFK We Live In

Since I was a kid, I always felt that there was a subtle oppression against “the smart kids.” It was not cool to be into computers, and nerds were bullied. Things have changed quite a bit, now that computers are ubiquitous and Silicon Valley and the tech industry show the earning potential of nerds. Nerd culture and tech has become cool.

When I watched TPB-AFK, it felt almost like watching an X-Men movie. The government and corporate lawyers were afraid of these young Swedish kids with superpowers that could change the world with their code. The fear and despise that the politicians had for the nerds was palpable. The fact that these nerds were belligerent and immature didn’t help.

When they gave a tour of their underground lair where they housed Pirate Bay, it was just a few few servers in a rack – 4 CPUs with 12 cores,

“an efficient ship.”

With information decentralized and free, the positive, is that we also have an archive. Piracy was part of my childhood in the 80s, and we would use cracking programs like Pirate’s Friend, Locksmith and trade 5.25″ floppy disks that we would hole punch on the left side in order to make them double sided. Today, we have an archive of Apple II games from my childhood that I can look at and play. Nostalgia! and an important preservation of human art and history.

Ed Fries, a former executive at Microsoft has been restoring arcade machines and documenting the process. His blog post is as important as the preservation of the actual hardware. Perhaps more.

Popcorn Time

Popcorn Time is a video torrent streaming site. Will the real Popcorn Time please stand up?

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The original Popcorn Time split into various forks, and each fork accuses the other of being malware or corrupt, then there’s this Wired article that talks about Popcorn Time being a form of ransomware.

TL;DR – As of this writing (4.20.2017), the version at https://popcorntime.sh/ seems to be the most robust.

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It has a slick interface and for obvious reasons, much better selection of releases than any of the other “legitimate” video streaming platforms. In other words, it’s arguably a better experience than Netflix, simply because of the library, and that it’s “free.”

The P2P content genie has been out of the bottle since Napster, and it has grown impressively. With decentralization, art, information, and content becomes “free”. More people get to enjoy the content, and the creators have more reach then ever.

“But what about compensation?”

Human nature has a tendency to rank everything from best to worst. It is fundamental to our evolutionary survival. The prefrontal cortex

has been implicated in planning complex cognitive behavior, personality expression, decision making, and moderating social behaviour.[3] The basic activity of this brain region is considered to be orchestration of thoughts and actions in accordance with internal goals.[4]

The most typical psychological term for functions carried out by the prefrontal cortex area is executive function. Executive function relates to abilities to differentiate among conflicting thoughts, determine good and bad, better and best, same and different, future consequences of current activities, working toward a defined goal, prediction of outcomes, expectation based on actions, and social “control” (the ability to suppress urges that, if not suppressed, could lead to socially unacceptable outcomes).

In other words our brains are functioning like a quantum computer, constantly ranking and making choices to decide which direction to go. At some point, for most humans, through that process called life, this computer starts getting specialized programming that gets complex, and in a way corrupted by the traumas we suffer along the way. Much of society has evolved in a zero-sum game model where humanity is competing in a giant poker game to see who can get the most chips and sit at the final table. It’s gotten to the point that the richest 8 people (all men) in the world own as much wealth as half of the world’s population. Income inequality doesn’t even fully capture the disparity here.

Part of this inequality comes from the well known fact that “the rich get richer.” The Internet accelerates this phenomenon. Given that the Internet is driven by Google’s Pagerank algorithms, and social networking behaviors, the people and companies who are focused on maximizing their exposure and mindshare drown out the rest. Launching a new IP or movie requires millions of dollars in marketing to push signal through all the noise. Occasionally, there are those rare viral content hits that spread, but there’s so much competition to capture eyeballs, as was discussed in my last blog post.

Kevin Kelly’s classic essay 1,000 True Fans says that an artist only needs 1,000 true fans to make a living. With the decentralized and free distribution of content, it will be interesting to see how the Long Tail of information evolves.

The key players and pieces in this game in the West:

  • Google – indexing the world and controlling the flow of information.
  • Facebook – connecting the world and controlling the flow of information. Getting users to voluntarily share.
  • Amazon – connecting the products and consumers of the world.
  • Wikipedia – indexing the information of the world.
  • Wall Street – indexing and trading the financial energy of the world.
  • The Pirate Bay – indexing the digital content of the world.
  • Wikileaks – indexing and releasing the secret information of the world.
  • The Blockchain – a ledger containing decentralized transactions of the world.

Everything is a pointer, and there’s a tense battle between control and decentralization. I’m thinking a lot these days about how this will play out.

It’s pointers all the way down!