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Harry Potter and the Free Audible Books

My sister has been trying to get me to read the Harry Potter series for ages now, but I have to admit I just never got around to it. I haven’t even seen the movies (well, like 20 min of the 3rd one).

I’ve never been much of a reader. Perhaps I have ADHD or some other issue, but I cannot seem to focus on what I read. My mind wanders as I get into the book, visualizing what I read and often imagining beyond what I’m reading to what may happen or other thoughts I have about the world of the book. I end up finding myself 5 pages in and remembering only the first 3 paragraphs. So then I go back and re-read. Rinse and repeat. It’s a struggle.

So I’ve turned to Audio Books as my way of “reading” and it works out great for me. I can listen to the narration and imagine what is being described my mind seems to stay on target as the audio acts as the guide.

Perhaps you’re like me when it comes to reading. Perhaps you have already found the joy of audio books. If so, **High Five**! If not, let me take this opportunity to offer you an Audible Free Trial.

With the free trial you get 2 free audio books and some other cool stuff.

The free trial only works if you are not currently an Audible member, sorry.

Here is the link to all the Harry Potter Audible Books!

So, Nicole, it looks like I’m finally going to “read” that Harry Potter series you’ve been trying to get me into… Right after I finish listening to my current Brandon Sanderson book. ­čśë

Take care and happy reading/listening!

What in the World is Dudeism Anyways?

Alright so I know it’s been forever since I last posted (hyperbolically┬áspeaking) and I suppose it’s time for an update.

Well today I have sort of a guest post for you. I happen to know a guy who has this cool deal on Fiverr where he’ll write you a nice 500 word article on any topic you like for $5. So I thought I’d give it a try and I picked Dudeism. Now I’ve been a Dudeist for a few years now, but haven’t really said much about it to too many people. Perhaps I’ll write more about it another time, but for now I’ll let Steven fill you in on the details.

What in the World is Dudeism Anyways?

For those fortunate few, who may have encountered one of the many individuals who live in our wonderfully advanced society, they may have seemed like your standard slacker, or maybe just an individual who just didn’t seem to have much ambition in life. They may have even been the type of person who seemed to just say “Screw it” whenever a huge problem way get slung their way. While it’s easy to just rip on these people (unless of course you may just relate to this kind of person), under no circumstances should you be so quick to judge, while we do have lazy people in the world, the first question that should come to mind should be “Am I encountering a Dudeist?”.

Now it’s quite easy to ask, “What the hell are you talking about?”, and the question is completely founded, after all, what exactly is a dudeist? At its base (and I totally risk over-complicating it) is that the dudeists, abides. What that means is, regardless of the craziness that life throws your way, regardless of how much heavy stuff is going on in your world, the easiest way to deal with it, is just to deal with, “go with the flow” and realize that while the present is super ridiculous, if you just take it one day at a time, and take it easy, that all of the worry and stress will eventually pass!

Sound a little familiar? Well this way of life was based off of the legendary Jeff Lebowski, a character created by the legendary Coen Brothers, and made famous by his portrayal by Jeff Bridges in the movie known as the Big Lebowski, and while that may seem like an almost ridiculous pretense for a faith (Though you’ll never hear a Dudeist call it that, they prefer the term “worldview”1) it was still brought to light by their Dudely Lama, Oliver Benjamin2, who dubbed his amazingly astute Church the Church of Latter Day Dude, and has slowly built its ranks, which continue to grow everyday based on its beliefs which closely resemble ideologies
such as Taoism, and Buddhism, but don’t follow that same dogmatic rituals of those religions, not that they’re looked upon with disdain, but with a view that they can be easily replicated with a solid chill session that might include bowling and the occasional acid flashback.

So then tell me oh curious reader, can you ever picture a time when you’ve viewed the world as just being too intense? Where life keeps speeding up when all you want is for it to slow down and just chill? Well like the amazing members of this astonishing and almost outlandish, life is a ride, and sometimes you just gotta get off, while you may not totally convert into a supreme Dudeist, it comes highly recommended that everyone at last look into the way of the dude, and recognize that even some practice of the culture can be healthy, then even the most stressed out people in the world (the writer of this article included) can abide everything
the world has to throw at you!

— Steven Schwanitz

1. Eutsey, Dwayne. “Take It Easy Manifesto.” Dudeism.com. Web. 15 May 2015.
2. Ehrlich, Richard. “The Man Who Founded a Religion Based on ‘The Big Lebowski'” CNN Travel. Web. 16 May 2015.

 

If you’re interested in Steven and/or his services, check ’em out here:
Steven Schwanitz Fiverr
Mr Writing Fanatic – Steven Schwanitz
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If you’re interested in Dudeism leave a comment below or check out one of these interesting books:

The Abide Guide: Living Like Lebowski
The Tao of the Dude: Awesome Insights of Deep Dudes from Lao Tzu to Lebowski
The Dude De Ching
The Dude and the Zen Master

 

Alright, that’s it for now. I’ll try to write something again soon. Take care everyone.

We’re all in this together…

I don’t have as much time to write as I’d like, but that’s good because it forces me to condense all the thoughts I have in my mind into something digestible by those who read this rambling.

That being said, I’ve been thinking a lot lately about this crazy world we live in. It’s amazing how much diversity there is and at the same time people seem to have a tendency to automatically reject those who are different than themselves and people who insist on forcing diversity. Two sides of the same coin? I try not to think about it too much….

I’m not trying to ignore it, I’ve just come to accept it. I’m not going to change anybody. I have my opinions and so does everyone else. One huge thing I’ve learned as I’ve gotten older is that my opinions sure have changed a lot over the years. In some ways that’s terrifying and in some ways that’s comforting.

I disagree with you, but...

There was a time when I was very forceful (and often negative) in expressing (I called it “sharing”) my opinions. I don’t do that anymore (or at least try not to) because I realized that it’s pretty ridiculous considering my opinions are based on my own experiences and observations and I have a bias based on those and many other things. So, if I’ve ever offended you or made you feel bad, I want to take this moment to offer my sincerest apology. I really mean that.

One of my favorite quotes is: “Opinions are immunity from being told your wrong. Paper, rock, and scissors they all have their pros and cons.” (Reliant K).

Anyway, I’m out of time and I’m rambling. “This is a very complicated case, Maude. You know, a lotta ins, a lotta outs, a lotta what-have-yous. And, uh, a lotta strands to keep in my head, man. Lotta strands in old Duder’s head.” (The Big Lebowski).

So what am I blathering about? I guess it all boils down to this: I think the world would be a better place if we would all stop being so ridiculous! It’s about time we accept that we are different and that’s OK. It’s time we accept that people should be allowed to believe what they want and live how they want to live (provided their choices do not infringe on the rights of others). It’s pretty simple really.

Live and let live. Be at peace. If somebody forgot to put sprinkles on your latte, it’s not the end of the world.

Scatterbrained

Let me get right to the point. I often feel scatterbrained. I have too much going on in my mind at any given moment and can’t organize my thoughts sufficiently to get anything productive accomplished. I’m working on it. So far, I’ve found if I can just force myself to do something really simple (like writing this blog post) I can sort of “hack” my brain into focusing long enough to not be so disorganized and that usually helps for a while. So thanks for reading this rambling, it helped me get back on track and so vicariously so have you! Have a great day!

Just Another Code Monkey

Being a programmer I’ve always been able to relate to Jonathan Coulton’s “Code Monkey” song. Thankfully as the years have passed the treatment I have received from others has steadily improved.

Anyway, I didn’t start this post to write about the experience of being a programmer, I’ll save that for another time. Instead I wanted to mention that I have really been enjoying the “Code Monkey Save World” comics written by Greg Pak and based on songs by Jonathan Coulton. ┬áI backed their Kickstarter project and am glad I did as I’ve really enjoyed everything so far. The comics are great and everything I hoped they would be and better. The CMSW Acoustic Album is excellent as well.

If you aren’t a backer of the project, you can still get the comics via Comixology and you can get Jonathan Coulton’s music via Amazon.

Note that some of his songs have swear words and/or adult content so they are not for everyone, but if you like humor and are not easily offended by life in general then you might want to give them a listen.

That’s all for now.