Thorsten Zöller

Finds & Thoughts

2020-01-10

Started reading A Calendar of Wisdom by Leo Tolstoy. Read until today’s entry since I started a little late…​

2020-01-08

Stumbled on this nice, succinct explanation of the mention/title/use distinction (and its follow-up) by David Madore (actually, I wasn’t even aware of the “title” part of the distinction before).

2019-12-30

New article: One Year of Daily Ashtanga Yoga Practice

2019-12-27

Re-discovered this nice article discussing the reasons for practicing asana from the perspective of Ashtanga Yoga: Why We Practice Asana.

2019-12-22

Next attempt at having a stress-free, contemplative Christmas time: next year…​

2019-12-19

Consistency is Key: I am starting to make the same experiences as detailed in this article by Tynan.

2019-12-11

I always find it very interesting to read about related ideas in different contexts. The Daily Stoic article Why You Should Do Your Own Writing reminded me a lot of the article Don’t quote. Make it yours and say it yourself. by Derek Sivers.

2019-12-11

Powerful, concise memento mori well suited to recite on a regular basis (like every night): Evening Gatha.

2019-12-10

Bottomless Wells of Misery and Anger: Another insightful article by Brad Warner.

2019-12-09

Good reminder: Go outside | Seth's Blog

2019-12-09

While the Intel UHD Graphics 605 graphics unit is still not supported on OpenBSD 6.6, it does seem to employ the intel driver for it now; up to OpenBSD 6.5, the wsfb driver was used instead on my machine. Makes a huge difference!

2019-12-07

Encouraging Words by Zen Master Guishan about the importance of continuous, persevering practice, or abhyasa as it is called in Yoga.

2019-11-30

Saturday morning, waiting in a long checkout line at the supermarket: Great time to practice!

2019-11-30

Rediscovered a great article by Jason Fried: Competing on easy. Definitely need to keep it in mind!

2019-11-29

Great way to quiet your thoughts and become present immediately: Taking a cold shower.

2019-11-28

Just installed OpenBSD 6.6 (finally). The installation was a breeze as usual, and the system works like a charm. Thanks to everyone involved in making OpenBSD such a great project!

2019-11-26

New article: Why Discipline Equals Freedom

2019-11-26

The Artist Is Present: What a radical experiment in being present by Marina Abramović!

2019-11-25

Sprezzatura: “studied carelessness”; hat tip to Derek Sivers.

2019-11-25

New article: Making Progress, the Easy Way

2019-11-24
Perfect start into the day:
  1. Practice Ashtanga Yoga.

  2. Meditate.

  3. Take cold shower.

  4. Have freshly ground, feshly brewed coffee.

2019-11-23

Finally watched Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things — really great documentary about minimalism! Thanks to Matt D’Avella, The Minimalists and everyone else involved in making it and spreading the message!

2019-11-23

Nice article about the Solarized color scheme — simply the best color scheme out there in my opinion: The Very Mathematical History of a Perfect Color Combination.

2019-11-22

Every morning it’s a struggle to get up for practicing Ashtanga Yoga, but it’s worth it every time.

2019-11-21

Just started reading “Stillness Is the Key” by Ryan Holiday — promises to be really interesting and valuable.

2019-11-19

https://t.co/gCufIAxMnb?amp=1: Good reasons to give OpenBSD a try :-).

2019-11-18

New article: OpenBSD on the Medion AKOYA E4253

2019-11-18

Be Still, Be You – Minimalism Life: Wonderful first sentence: “It is okay to do nothing.”

2019-10-26

Every completed Ashtanga practice is a small success.

2019-10-20

My indicator for a truly great movie: It gets better every time you watch it (in contrast to all other movies, which tend to wear off every time you watch them).

2019-10-19

New article: Software Over Hardware

2019-10-19

Expose yourself to silence — often.

2019-10-19

“His soul swooned slowly as he heard the snow falling faintly through the universe and faintly falling, like the descent of their last end, upon all the living and the dead.” — I am still amazed by this most beautiful last sentence from James Joyce’s “The Dead”.

2019-10-17

What a great window manager cwm is — and I love having no status bar taking away screen space!

2019-10-15

Every morning after having practiced Ashtanga Yoga, I know I will have done one right thing on that day.

2019-10-14

New article: Why I Bullet Journal

2019-10-14

Sometimes I’m really missing a kyosaku when sitting alone in zazen.

2019-10-12

Learn to enjoy silence. Start by learning to stand it.

2019-10-12

Refactor your code, edit your texts.

2019-10-12

I fully agree with Jocko Willink that the (very) early morning is not for thinking, but for executing the plan. For me, this means practicing Ashtanga Yoga.

2019-10-11

New article: Don’t Continue Where You Left Off

2019-08-22

The anatomy of annoying | Seth’s Blog

2019-08-22

Who are you, really? The puzzle of personality: Great TED talk by Dr. Brian Little. I first learned about him in Susan Cain’s book “Quiet”; a very impressive personality.

2019-04-06

3 Reasons Ashtanga is the Most Hated Style of Yoga.: Short, but insightful article on the practice of Ashtanga Yoga.

2019-01-27

Habitual Complaining: Don’t complain about banalities—​accept what cannot be changed and be grateful for what you have.

2019-01-26

Best way to manage too many open browser tabs: Setting the browser to not reopen tabs on startup.

2019-01-11

Very important article: Why it pays to declutter your digital life

2019-01-11

Surprisingly simple solution for browser tab cluttering: Unset option to save tabs when closing the browser.

2018-12-19

New article: Everything is Practice

2018-12-08

What is sufficient? To practice; each time we do the practice, it is a good practice.

2018-12-08

Subtract: Focus on subtracting instead of adding.

2018-12-02

Get rid of the unnecessary to get down to basics: Great TEDx talk by Colin Wright about living an intentional live.