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“Piezas” – Artbook

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In october 2015, I published a really innovative artbook called “Piezas”. It mixes the aesthetics of chess with social, literary and philosophical topics. I encourage you all to check out the free preview at: www.ajpiezas.com

P.S. I am planning to publish a unique, short novel online next week. It’s going to be free to read or download. I’ll post more info. regarding the novel later on.

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READ u DUMB@SS

Im sorry… not really. Wanna see how small you are?

  • If the human race = 1
  • You = 0.00000000014285 (thats 9 zeros)
And as you read this article, that number will only keep getting smaller, and smaller, and smaller. (due to the rising world population)

Which leads 2-2 questions…

  1. How can I stand out?
  2. How to make lots of $$$?

WARNING – this is not a Facebook trip, or Twitter frenzy, or Gossip toilet. This is LIFE. If you are not in a “thinking” mood, close this article NOW. Skimmers not welcome.

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How can I stand out? Is it by being different? Nope, unless you want to end up all ____ing crazy like Gaga. To stand out you have to BE yourself, and to BE yourself you have to ACCEPT yourself (not cover yourself in rotting beef )

STEP #1 – ACCEPT

For better or worse, you are not white… or maybe you are. You dont have a Colgate smile… or maybe you do. Curly hair, crow’s feet, wrinkle valleys… these are all part of  YOU. I wish… don’t wish, accept. I don’t like… don’t reject, embrace. Accept yourself 100 %. Not 80%. A hundred percent. By accepting your external looks, you achieve inner peace. I’m at peace with my body, are you?

STEP # 2 –  SMILE

Smiling is the universal human sign of happiness. A light that shines constantly when we are kids, but starts to grow dim as we get older. Nobody tells us to smile less, yet for some reason, the older we get – the less we choose to smile. Jesus once said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them; for it is to those who are childlike that the Kingdom of the Heavens belongs.”

And while having a good sense of humor helps, it is not a requirement to be happy. Being compassionate and helping others, is a great way to cultivate smiles. Acknowledging the beauty that sorrounds us (trees, stars, sunsets, animals, life, love, family) is another path to smiling. Curving those lips more often, also has its health benefits.  Smiling is the perfect drug (free & healthy) : )

STEP # 3 – SOCIALIZE

When you accept yourself, you are confident. When you smile, your happiness attract others towards you. When you are confident, happy and attractivethe social world becomes your own “sandbox”. A place of limitless possibilities and connections waiting to happen.

The most important part of socializing, is being able to “listen”. In a frenzied society where everyone screams and wants to be heard, very very very few people have the ability to actually shut up and listen. And like any other art, the art of listening requires practice. (for starters, avoid “filling in” words or interrupting others in mid-sentence) A master listener not only hears the message, but also understands the messenger.

Another way to “stand out”, is to literally STAND OUT. A straight body posture shows confidence and good hygiene demonstrates you are disciplined/caring. Speaking loud and clear, denotes that you are person worth hearing. But these are just details… and NO, having 5,000 Facebook friends doesn’t count as socializing. Go out there and socialize in the real world.

How can I stand out?

  1. By being an ASS ( accepting , smiling , socializing )
  2. By turning U into Ü

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Stay tuned, for next week’s – How to make lots of $$$?

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Highlights of the ART of WAR

The Art of War was written by a Chinese named Sun Tzu, more than 2,000 years ago. While originally conceived as a war-manual, its profound wisdom and knowledge have made the Art of War an all-time classic.

Sun Tzu´s advice inspired communist leader Mao Zedong to victory in China´s Civil War (1946-1950), and has become an a must-have book for the stock-market professionals of Wall Street. Besides teaching one how to become a great leader, the Art of War also contains great advice on how to read the minds of your opponents.

That being said, here are the most memorable quotes of the book:

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War is a matter of vital importance for the State: its the province of life or death; the path of survival or ruin. It´s ought to be studied profoundly.

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With the joy of overcoming difficulties, people forget the threat of death.

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The Five Virtues of a general:

  1. Intelligence
  2. Sincerity
  3. Humanity
  4. Courage
  5. Severity.

If he is so, his army will call him ¨The Respected One¨.

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There has never been a State that has benefited from a prolonged war. War is like fire; those who can´t put aside their arms are consumed by them.

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Winning 100 times in 100 battles is not the essence of hability. Submitting an opponent without fighting, is the true essence of hability.

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The most important element of war is attacking your opponent´s strategy.

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Five Omens of Victorious Men

  1. He who knows when to fight and when not to.
  2. He who knows how to use both, big and small troops.
  3. He whose army is united in spirit.
  4. He who is prudent and waits for the right moment to attack.
  5. He whose officials are competent and doesn´t have a meddling superior.

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Know the enemy and know thyself; and in a hundred battles you will never face peril.

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Being invincible depends one`s self ; that your opponent is vunerable, depends on him.

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When planning, never make useless movements. In strategy, never take a step in vain.

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Generally, being in charge of many is the same as being in charge of few. It´s a question of organization.

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Apparent confusion is a sign of adecuate order; apparent cowardness, of valor; apparent weakness, of strength.

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Make the enemy see your strong points as weaknesses, and your weaknesses as strong points.

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During the first hours of the morning, the spirit´s of the men are high. During the day, they waver. By the afternoon, their thoughts start wondering home.

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Don´t pressure a cornered opponent.

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A doctrine of war. Don´t assume the enemy won´t advance; be confident in your own preparation to confront him. Don´t presume he won´t attack; better yet, turn yourself invincible.

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How to read your Opponent

  • If the enemy is close, but hiding: he is in a favorable position.
  • When his messengers approach you with humble words, but he continues his preparations: the enemy will advance.
  • When his lenguage is deceitful and he advances slowly: he will retreat.
  • If his messengers speak too highly of you: the enemy wishes a ceasefire.
  • If out of nowhere, the enemy proposes a ceasefire: he is up to something.
  • If instead of advancing, the enemy parades his troops around: he is waiting for reinforcements.
  • If 50% of his troops advance and the other 50% retreat: the enemy is setting a trap.
  • If the enemy sees an opportunity and doesnt´t move: he is tired.

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When sorrouding your enemy, you must always leave an ¨apparent¨ escape route in sight. By showing the enemy´s men the possibility of fleeing, they won´t be obliged to ¨fight to death¨.

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The feats of a wise general surpass those of ordinary men because of previous knowledge. (intel/espionage)

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The best spies/informants are:

  • those who are intelligent but appear stupid
  • those who are intrepid but appear inoffensive

Or you can always be stupid... but appear intelligent

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10 Reasons NOT to vote for Palin

August 29, 2008. The world and America was shocked by presidential candidate John McCain´s choice for running mate: Alaskan governor Sarah Palin. The republican 44-year old hockey mom from Alaska, that could see Russia from her balcony.

February 6, 2011 –  Much has changed. The Democrats are falling, the Republicans are gaining ground and Sarah Palin is a national celebrity. Politics aside, here a ten reasons why nobody should vote for Sarah Palin.

1. She will take down Public Healthcare

Taking down the Public Healthcare System, or ¨Obama Care¨ as she calls it, is one of Sarah Palin´s main priorities. Such action would result in denying millions of Americans access to medical atention. Causing the indirect death of thousands of Americans in order to cut goverment spending, is like having an abortion in order to reduce family spending. A hypocritical stance, coming from a ¨pro-life¨ governor.

2. She is a Gun Nut

An active supporter of the National Rifle Association, Palin’s campaign of restoring the ¨American way of life¨ involves loosening restrictions on gun control laws. Does the USA, with its unfortunately high rate of university shootings, really need gun-happy president? Is she the best role model for our children? But more importantly, is she a good choice for world peace?

3. She is in favor of the Big Oil Companies

With multi-billion dollar industries, super rich CEOs and multiple tax cuts… do the BIG oil companies really need more representation in Washington? With slogans like ¨Drill Baby Drill¨ and her lack of faith concerning “renewable energy sources”, will Sarah Palin be capable of solving the climate problems of the future?

4. She is agaisnt the Arts

Amongst the things Sarah Palin wishes to eliminate is the National Endowment of Arts (NEA), an independent goverment agency that funds and supports thousands of artists nationwide. The tradition of goverments funding artists, that goes back to 15th century Europe, is in the eyes of Palin a ¨fluffery¨. For Palin, funding Art is just a waste of money.

5. She is NOT eco-friendly

Sarah Palin, an Alaskan native, wants to open up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil development. She wants to grant companies persmission to install pipelines and drilling stations, knowing full well that the survival of several species could be at stake. Sarah Palin´s  ¨Drill Baby Drill¨ campaign in Alaska, is as treacherous as a newyorker saying ¨Build Daddy Build¨ in Central Park.

6. She is not smart

Sarah Palin is a former beauty pageant contestant. In 2008, she thought Africa was a country. She does not believe we should fund research on “renewable energy sources”… enough said. Don´t take my word. Take Matt Damon´s.

7. She is a Dominatrix

Sarah Palin keeps calling her husband ¨Mr.Mom¨ in front of national television. Not cool. Todd Palin, have you no manhood? Do you enjoy been called Mr. Mom by reporters, newspapers and radio programs nationwide?

8. She is horrible at giving answers

She stutters ¨that ah¨ every couple words. She is great at playing with words, but bad at giving answers. Take a look for yourself in the video.

9. She is a protector of the rich

Why should the rich get lower tax rates than rest of us working Americans? Sarah Palin argues that it´s because they are ¨job creators¨. Well in that case, my mom should get a ¨tax cut¨ since she hires a maid. All restaurant owners should get ¨tax cuts¨, since they hire waiters, cooks and cleaners. Equally taxing all Americans is not ¨punishing success¨ Sarah Palin. It´s being fair to the American people.

10. She is the Anti-Obama

For a woman who clearly has no respect for Obama, she is quite a copycat. Obama blamed President Bush. Sarah Palin blames President Obama. Obama is a celebrity. Palin has become a celebrity. Obama wrote two books. Palin just published her second book. Sarah Palin’s whole campaing is based on critizicing whatever Obama has to say. Sarah Palin is awesome at pointing fingers and judging others, but is she not nearly as awesome at giving solutions.

So if you like

  • Protecting human lives
  • Gun control
  • Clean energy
  • Art
  • The environment
  • Smart presidents
  • Being a man
  • Getting answers
  • Equal tax rates for all
  • Solutions

Don’t vote Sarah Palin 2012

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Zen is for Men

Hahahaha…. had a good laugh there… but no, the title isn’t true.

So really, what is Zen? And more importantly how can Zen helps us achieve a more peaceful state of mind?

Zen is the Oriental art of not thinking. Might sound strange and whimsical, but being a Zen practician myself…. I can only say it has brought me a more peaceful state of mind. You see, what makes Zen particular amongst the other Oriental philosophies is that Zen is purely a state of mind.

In Zen there are no Buda’s, no metaphsycial beliefs… in other words, Zen is an art open to all religions and cultural backgrounds. And the great thing about Zen is that is adresses one of the biggest problems we face nowadays: the problem of noise. We are so wrapped up by external noise, by work pressure and by our own thoughts… that we barely take time to just stop and appreciate a moment of complete silence. And by complete silence, I also mean complete mental silence.

You see… in this fashion Zen is similar to Yoga and other forms of meditation. The only difference is that Zen asks you to keep your eyes open. By leaving your mind clear of thought for only 15 minutes a day, Zen allow you to get deeply in touch with the physical world that sorrounds us all.

Besides not falling asleep, Zen ask that one keeps his eyes open in order to appreciate all colors, shadows and proportions of everyday objects in unparalleled ways. It is during these profound stages of silence that one will experience some of the following:

1. States of Phsycodelia: the mind’s own way of transcending thought. This state allows one to perceive all that sorrounds us in “new” light. Trees look different, the silouttes of the bed sheet seem to flow and an alarm clocks sound pleasant… yes, pleasant. (This one at first REALLY took my by surprise.)

2. Good Counseling: in the state of  profound silence one must be open to receiving spontaneous thoughts. Why? Because sometimes these spontaneous thoughts can be clearer than sum of all other thoughts that day. These of spontaneous thoughts tend to give one great insight about important decisions and one’s inner self. Now don’t be fooled. One does not always get counseling while meditating, but when you do get it and its genuine, trust me: it’s good.

Our mind already has to constantly be thinking about solving problems, deadlines, proyects, pressures…. So it’s pleasant to be able to sit down from time to time and let your body do the thinking.

Thus Zen allows one to master the art of thinking without thinking

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