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Mac OS X Chess Ressources

It seems like all the cool chess programs and databases are developed for windows only. Is there really no Mac OS Chess Programs and Chess Databases available?

I have compiled a basic list of free Mac OS Chess Ressources:

Chess Database: Scid: A Free Chess Database App

Chess Engines:
Critter
Stockfish
Crafty ( port install crafty MacPorts )

Chess engines wikipedia.org

Chess Apps
xboard – X graphical user interface for chess (port install xboard, see MacPorts – requires X11)

Chess Games
The Week in Chess TWIC

Chess Server
FICS – free internet chess server

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Culture Neigong Spiritual

A journey towards liberation

Vipassana Documentary from India

Personally I took a 10 day intensive Vipassana meditation course in Nepeal just after New Year 2012. 10-11 hours of meditation every day, keeping the buddhist precepts of a strictly vegetarian diet, refraining from sexual activity and keeping to silence and non communication. As many of the prisoners in the movie “Doing Time, Doing Vipassana” I had no real prior experience with meditation.

The first 2-3 days was a refined form of physical and mental torture as my body and mind constantly rebelled against the rigorous training. After the first day and second day I felt like screaming and running away. Actually it was only by the kind and loving intervention of one the foreign volunteers at Dharmashringa that I managed to overcome my desperation. I remember thinking I would have preferred going to a Nepalese jail instead.

As the days went on my struggling body and mind started to settle by themselves. I began a profound journey towards my self – a journey that trancends language! First everyday problems and worries started to wane, then old stuff started to emerge and go from the depths of my mind together with injuries and bad habits of my body. Then something happened. I adjusted to the situation.

Not all was perfect or even good – but somehow even the most troublesome moments was okay! An immense presence slowly manifested it self.

For me it was a life altering experience. To this day I am not sure that I would do it again. But I will recommend this journey towards liberation to all!

I am still struggling in this very moment: Innica Innica – maintaining equanimity!

Links:
Vipassanā wikipedia.org
Nepal Vipassana Center Dharmashringa www.np.dhamma.org
Vipassana i Norden Dhamma Sobhana
www.pariyatti.org Vipassana Shop

The Vipasana Meditation Technique neigong.net

Videos:
Doing Time, Doing Vipassana 1/4
Doing Time, Doing Vipassana 2/4
Doing Time, Doing Vipassana 3/4
Doing Time, Doing Vipassana 4/4

Books:
The Art of Living: Vipassana Meditation as Taught by S.N. Goenka
Discourse Summaries: Talks from a Ten-day Course in Vipassana Meditation

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Culture Humor Philosophy Spiritual

The Lost Axe

Once upon a time there was a craftsman who lost his Axe. He thought hard, and finally suspected his neighbor of stealing it. When he saw his neighbor walking, he thought that he walked like an Axe thief. When he meet his neighbor, the others countenance was just like that of an Axe thief, and when he saw him in conversation with others, he even talked like an Axe thief.

Not long afterward, the craftsman found his Axe where he had mislaid it. Strangely enough, from that time on, his neighbor ceased to walk, look and talk like an Axe Thief.

Reference:A Taoist Miscellany p. 67

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Culture Philosophy Poetry Spiritual

I am home

I have arrived
I am home
in the here
in the now
I am Solid
I am free
in the Ultimate
I dwell

Thich Nhat Hanh

Reference:
The Long Road Turns to Joy: Guide to Walking Meditation

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TED price winner 2011 JRART

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The Story of Stuff

Reference: The Story of Stuff www.storyofstuff.com

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Gustave Courbet

Gustave Courbet wikipedia.org

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Culture Spiritual

Watsu – Water Shiatsu

Origins of Watsu

Watsu® (Water Shiatsu) began in 1980 in the warm pool at Harbin Hot Springs when Harold Dull started floating people while applying the stretches and principles of the Zen Shiatsu he had studied in Japan. In the Orient, stretching as a way to open channels through which our Chi energy flows is even older than acupuncture. Stretching strengthens muscle and increases flexibility. Warm water, which many associate with the body’s deepest states of waking relaxation, is the ideal medium. The support of water takes weight off the vertebrae and allows the spine to be moved in ways impossible on land. Gentle, gradual twists and pulls relieve the pressure a rigid spine places on nerves and helps undo any dysfunctioning this pressure can cause to the organs serviced by those nerves. The Watsu receiver experiences greater flexibility and freedom. During Watsu a range of emotions can come up and be released into the process of continuous flow. This reprograms receivers to face life out of the water with greater equanimity and flexibility.

Another principle of Zen Shiatsu, that of connecting with the breath, takes on a new dimension in Watsu. On land, the breathing is coordinated with leaning into points. In water, our most basic move is the Water Breath Dance, in which we float someone in our arms and let them sink a little as they breathe out and let the water lift us as we both breathe in. Repeated over and over at the beginning of a Watsu, this creates a connection that can be carried into all the stretches and moves. This Water Breath Dance, and its stillness, is returned to throughout the session.

Experiencing both giving and receiving this most nurturing form of bodywork can help heal whatever wounds of separation we carry and renew in us our sense of connection and oneness with others. For this reason Watsu is Rebonding Therapy. Watsu is used around the world by professional bodyworkers, physical therapists, psychologists, as well as the general public.

Watsu, and the way it is taught, has evolved over the years. In the beginning the focus was primarily on stretching. With the Waterbreath Dance and the greater connection of moves to the breath, a more meditative stillness entered in. The use of flotation devices on legs that would otherwise sink has widened the possibilities and the ease of a Watsu.

Once a practitioner has reached the level of presence and connection that the carefully evolved Watsu Forms instill, they are taught and encouraged to explore the creative potential in Watsu Free Flow.

Reference: www.watsu.com

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Culture Poetry

Der blinde Knabe

An allen Türen blieb der blinde Knabe,
auf den der Mutter bleiche Schönheit schien,
und sang das Lied, das ihm sein Leid verliehn:
“Oh hab mich lieb, weil ich den Himmel habe.”
Und alle weinten über ihn.

An allen Türen blieb der blinde Knabe.

Die Mutter aber zog ihn leise mit;
weil sie die andern alle weinen schaute.
Er aber, der nicht wußte, wie sie litt,
und nur noch tiefer seinem Dunkel traute,
sang: “Alles Leben ist in meiner Laute.”

Die Mutter aber zog ihn leise mit.

So trug er seine Lieder durch das Land.
Und als ein Greis ihn fragte, was sie deuten,
da schwieg er, und auf seiner Stirne stand:
Es sind die Funken, die die Stürme streuten,
doch einmal werd ich breit sein wie ein Brand.

So trug er seine Lieder durch das Land.

Und allen Kindern kam ein Traurigsein.
Sie mußten immer an den Blinden denken
und wollten etwas seiner Armut weihn;
er nahm sie lächelnd an den Handgelenken
und sang: “Ich selbst bin kommen euch beschenken.”

Und allen Kindern kam ein Traurigsein.

Und alle Mädchen wurden blaß und bang.
Und waren wie die Mutter dieses Knaben,
der immer noch in ihren Nächten sang.
Und fürchteten: wir werden Kinder haben, –
und alle Mütter waren krank..

Da wurden ihre Wünsche wie ein Wort
und flatterten wie Schwalben um die Eine,
die mit dem Blinden zog von Ort zu Ort:
“Maria, du Reine,
sieh, wie ich weine.
Und es ist seine
Schuld. In die Haine
führ ihn fort!”

Bei allen Bäumen blieb der blinde Knabe,
auf den der Mutter müde Schönheit schien,
und sang das Lied, das ihm sein Leid verliehn:
“Oh hab mich lieb, weil ich den Himmel habe -”
Und alle blühten über ihm.

Links:
Rainer Marie Rilke wikipedia.org

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Culture Humor Taiji

Play Ball

Other play ball links:
Kim Strother’s Swiss Ball Workout youtube.com

Any suggestions?

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Business Culture Law Philosophy Politics Science

The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism

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Culture

Art of Zhang Huan

Zhang Huan wikipedia.org 

Links: zhanghuan.com 

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Culture Food Humor Politics

I the consumer

George Carlin talks about crazy fat people

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Business Culture Philosophy Politics Science Spiritual

Zeitgeist Addendum – The Revolution has begun

Zeitgeist: Addendum wikipedia.org

Background:
Zeitgeist zeitgeistmovie.com
Zeitgeist, the Movie wikipedia.org

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Culture

Justice My Foot and Flirting Scholar

周星馳 Stephen Chow is a wonderful proponent of intelligent self ironic madhouse Chinese cinema humor.

Links: Stephen Chow wikipedia.org