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December 3rd, 2021
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Welcome to the December Issue of Chiwi Journal! Your monthly newsletter with the content I filtered, curated and wrote based on 140+ hours of reading and listening time.

Quick update from my side:

I've turned into a party animal mood since I got involved with a music project in Aveiro. Super glad the first unclassifiable music festival, VAGA 2021, went very well with six genreless musicians from Portugal, France, Argentina, Serbian and Spain.

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November 30th, 2021

克鲁伊夫

每当有人问我为什么是巴萨+曼城的粉丝,用一个人名回答:克鲁伊夫

我最爱的播客频道之一FOUNDERS最近出了一期克鲁伊夫的自传节目,而我也在去年拜读了他的自传《我的转身My Turn》,总结一下:

- 克鲁伊夫5岁的时候被人称为「足球小子」,因为他走哪都带着足球,足球总不离身。他在自传中回忆道,对于一件事物的热爱是无法弄虚作假的,在你少不经事的时候就已经显现出来。

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November 22nd, 2021

上个月和Chiwi Journal的嘉宾Richard Reis录了一期关于禅宗冥想的播客,这会儿他完整的写下了四个月的修行体会,简单翻译总结一下:

1. Richard一直着迷于史蒂夫·乔布斯的早年经历,他发现乔布斯尝试过多种冥想体验,追随大师去印度修行,甚至还采取极端的饮食并加入了嬉皮公社。后来乔布斯在禅宗中找到他苦苦追寻的灵性体验。无论是他的极简主义美学,还是后来在禅宗老师见证下的婚姻,禅宗贯穿于乔布斯的生活中。为了弄清楚禅宗的基本概念,Richard前往Mountain Cloud Zen Centre进行了为期四个月的闭关修炼,每天打坐两小时,由禅宗老师Henry Shukman直接教导,以下是他对于禅宗的洞见。

2. 禅宗和所有类型的冥想修行一样,体验因人而异,也收获了毁誉参半的评价。尤其对于初学者来说,禅宗模棱两可的说教,以及充满悖论的理念常常让人摸不着头脑。但是禅宗也因为其简单性(日式禅宗过滤掉很多中印佛教中常常出现的图腾和过于玄学的东西,所以你看不到因果报应和脉轮重生等概念),而拥有广泛的群众基础。日式禅宗只关注一件事,那就是训练你的思想。

3. 如果把禅宗比作是一个游戏,它会有三个级别:

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November 20th, 2021

之前总结了Ryan Holiday《十二个改变一生的问题》,今天再来总结下Tim Ferriss版本的《十七个改变一生的问题》。

1. 如果我反其道而行之会有什么结果呢?

Tim大学毕业后的第一份工作是向CEO/CTO销售大容量数据存储。他依照传统的打电话和发邮件的方法,但是业绩并不如意。

终于有一天Tim意识到所有的销售人员都在上午9点到下午5点的工作时间打电话和发邮件,而且CEO/CTO的助理和秘书也是朝九晚五地工作,那么,何不尝试在接下来的48小时做与其他人相反的事情呢?

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November 18th, 2021
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Tim Ferriss Podcast

Tim Ferriss最新的播客又将Naval请来啦!同时还请来了我在推特上关注许久的a16z普通合伙人Chris Dixon,一起畅聊web3,NFTs和去中心化技术的应用。简单总结一下这期播客:

1. 现在最超前的那一部分人在周末所做的事情,就是普通人即将在未来十年从事的相关工作。很多主导人类未来世界的想法都是在非工作场所产生的,正如史蒂夫乔布斯创办苹果的概念诞生于他的车库,而不是IBM的办公室。

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November 14th, 2021

今年6月参加了Jim O'Shaughnessy的沙龙,评析了我很喜欢的动画《瑞克和莫蒂》中的哲学,三个多小时谈到了虚无主义、死亡、爱、自我、开悟和多重宇宙等概念!除此之外,还意外发现了一枚宝藏男孩Tom Morgan(如图我右边的那位),发现他推荐的书籍和讨论的话题都是我超级感兴趣的东西。

这周他再次做客Jim的播客Infinite Loops,分享了他对于「爱」的理解,简单总结下:

- Tom Morgan主业是KCP集团的传媒和内容总监,业余时间撰写一个信息量超级庞大的邮件订阅。Tom说在过去的六七年里,他一直在将知识和信息点联合到一起,一种方式是像米开朗基罗雕琢大卫一样,收集知识,然后层层剥茧,最后得到一个解释得通的观点;另一种方式则是像科学家一样先提出假说,然后收集证据证明自己的观点。而他今天所要分享的观点就是一个关于生命意义和拯救世界的想法

- 人类的大脑是由控制智性/理性的左半球,和控制创意/直觉的右半球组成。我们能意识到的可能只有60个比特的信息,但周围却有1100万个比特的潜在信息可供我们使用,更恐怖的是外界还有1万亿个比特的信息是我们根本意识不到的。举个例子:当我们在鸡尾酒会和别人畅谈的时候,和我们面对面交流的人的对话就是我们有意识收集的第一种信息,周围嘈杂的环境是第二种信息,但是酒会外面的大千世界有我们会在此刻错过的那1万亿个信息。

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November 11th, 2021
@Lighthouse Retreat Centre, Portugal
@Lighthouse Retreat Centre, Portugal

​“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.”

  • Matthew 7:7, New International Version

I recently had my first psychedelic experience with the Grandfather plant, San Pedro, at The Lighthouse Retreat.

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November 9th, 2021
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Discord

近来最常用的平台非Discord莫属了,这款最初为游戏玩家设计的交流平台,如今已经成为创投圈和加密货币从业人士沟通交流的首选平台。这个功能多元化且尚未定性的聊天平台,已经成为了元宇宙世界的基础设施,并会随着web3的蓬勃发展,迎来一轮又一轮的新生。

Packy在他的Not Boring邮件订阅中详细分析了Discord的前世今生,我来简单总结一下:

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November 2nd, 2021
Photo credit: Ashley Batz
Photo credit: Ashley Batz

TABLE OF CONTENT

  • Preface
  • Flowism
  • Life Principles
  • Origins
  • Tibet Trip
  • Meditation Journey
  • Psychedelic Experience 
  • Ultimate Goal
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October 22nd, 2021

Time is one of the common themes from ancient Chinese mythology and historical books.

For example, the Monkey King from Journey to the West only went to Heaven for ten days as a horse trainer. When he returned to his hometown Mount Huaguo he realised that many years had passed on earth. Just like an old Chinese saying goes, "one day in heaven equals one year on earth".

According to Book of the Later Han, a woodcutter saw two men playing chess on his way to work in a mountain. So he stopped over and watched the game. All of a sudden, he realised the grip of his axe had rotted off, and when he returned home, he found that a hundred years had passed since he left.

I was always fascinated with those Chinese stories since I was little. Every time I indulged myself in books or video games, time seemed irrelevant to me anymore. I opened a portal to time travel to another reality where I followed my interest to learn, feel and grow.

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October 17th, 2021

Dao produces one (universe),                                              
One produced two (of YIN and YANG),                                          
Two produced three (of Heaven, Earth and Man),                    
Three produced the universe of all things.

Lao Zi, Dao De Jing

I used to live a double life in high school:

  • Daytime: lovely A-class student with good grades in the physical world
  • Lunch break and nighttime: underground gamer collecting skins/weapons and fighting opponents to level up in the virtual world.

One day, my teachers discovered my secret identity by spot-checking the Internet Cafe. I was caught up onsite and told to quit playing games and focus more on the hyper-competitive Colleague Entrance Examination.

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October 13th, 2021
Digital Nomads Meetup In Madeira, 2021
Digital Nomads Meetup In Madeira, 2021

I had at least 500 classmates from kindergarten to graduate school, but now I only stay in touch regularly with less than three people. Classmates are a product of random assignments, limited by your geographical locations.

Chances are we are surrounded by people who have very different backgrounds and interests, which lead to different paths in the future.

The same logic applies to colleagues unless we share the same vision to achieve some grand goals together. But most of the time, coworkers just want to have a stable job and get paid on time.

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October 6th, 2021

There I am, looking out at the vast Atlantic Ocean in front of me, breathing the tropical air from mid-autumn Madeira Islands, feeling the warm and energetic vibes at the local co-working centre.

I glance down at my laptop to greet my client from the other side of the world. Looking at the beautiful scenery of New Zealand in her background, I could almost smell the homey aroma of the flat white in her hand.

Imagine you can escape the 9 to 5 trap and work and live anywhere.

Imagine you can earn a decent living while enjoying the holiday every day.