When I started working on the intro for my new website in late 2015 I knew I would eventually want some voice-over to go along with the titles appearing on screen. I had looked online for voice talent on websites like voices.com, and had found a few people that had the type of voice I was looking for. One of them — my first choice — was L. Harvey Gold.
Seeing his client list however (National Geographic, Discovery Channel, ESPN, Toyota, Super Bowl etc.), and judging by the awesomeness of his voice, I doubted that I would be able to afford him. I went back to focusing and working on the technical parts of the intro and it wouldn’t be until months later, by the end of 2016, when I would consider adding a voice-over again. At that time I had much of the intro sequence working with the titles appearing on screen.
After much hesitation I decided to send an email to Harvey just to see what it would cost if he would do a voice-over for me. I totally expected it to be way above what I could afford, but my intuition told me, and kept nagging me, to go ahead and try anyway. So I sent an email on December 25th 2016 — the first day of Christmas — inquiring about the costs.
There’s a lot of thinking that went into the creation of the intro sequence that I have on the homepage of my new website. It’s based on years of my personal research into trying to find out more about life and about the reality that we live in, much of which you can read about in my post on the All Seeing Eye and the Cycle of Life. In this post I’ll go through the sequence and explain what you’re seeing.
On the load screen you can see the equilateral triangle with the numbers 3, 9 and 6 which are related to the fundamental energy — spirit, consciousness or “god” — behind the universe and all of creation. I go into more details on this in my post on the Cycle of Life. Many people know this as the Divine Trinity (from Christianity and other religions and philosophies), though very few realize quite what it actually means.
Right behind the equilateral triangle you can see the geometry that’s popularly known as the Flower of Life. This geometry is a blueprint for all of creation — our physical reality — which is the product of consciousness as it travels through the points 3, 9 and 6.
These 3 points stand for creation (3), experience (9) and learning (6). As consciousness repeatedly travels through these points in a cycle, it continuously creates, experiences and learns while giving rise to our physical reality. This is the purpose of life and the reality that we live in. The universe is a gigantic simulation designed for us to learn and develop our consciousness in order for us to reach higher states of awareness and understanding. We keep creating, experiencing and learning until, through our gathered knowledge and experience, we reach absolute wisdom or enlightenment. As long as we fail to learn the lessons we’re supposed to learn, we’ll stay in this cycle and won’t advance much further (we’ll keep getting born (created) in this physical reality in order to learn until we finally ‘get it’). So as a person, you may choose to stay stubborn and refuse to learn and change, but it only means that you’ll return in another life for another chance to try again.
Yesterday I launched a brand new design for my main website at kareldonk.com. It was long overdue considering that the previous design was launched all the way back in May of 2011. Six years is a long time on the Internet, and the old design was technically just not up to today’s standards anymore.
I began working on this new website design in early 2015 mostly in my spare time. So keep in mind when you visit the website that you’re seeing work that was done in the course of 2 years. 🙂 Building a website like this is a ton of work especially when you do almost everything by yourself from scratch and are also somewhat of a perfectionist. At the same time it was an opportunity for me to also check out some new concepts and technologies and keep my skills up to date with the latest developments. Lots of time simply went into R&D and learning, and in the course of those 2 years I also implemented much of what I learned in the work that I do for my clients.
I have also finally updated my portfolios so you’ll see some new work there along with older work. And now that my main website has been updated, I’ll continue to work on getting the design for my blog updated as well. I hope to have it finished before the end of this year.
I’ll probably write a longer post in the near future about some of the technical details of building the main website (especially the intro) and perhaps also place some of the code on GitHub. For now, check out the website, and any feedback you may have is welcome. 🙂
Mind manipulation is deeply ingrained in our societies around the world as a result of thousands of years of deliberate effort and policy. It’s one of the essential ingredients in the current anti-social system of enslavement that we live in, where children are being exposed to mind manipulation (‘education’) starting at a very early age. It’s so pervasive that you’ll even find it in seemingly innocent places if you know what to look for.
In our daily interactions with one another we’re constantly exposed to mind manipulation, and indeed, we may even be guilty of it ourselves without realizing it. For instance, many people don’t yet realize that ‘persuasion,’ ‘influencing’ and ‘selling’ all amount to mind manipulation. And this is mainly because they lack a fundamental sense and understanding of morality and where it comes from.
Scott Santens published another excellent article a few days ago on basic income titled “True Freedom Comes With Basic Income.” As the title already gives away, the article is about how a basic income can help to give people more freedom in their daily lives. Santens argues very convincingly, with real world examples, that having an unconditional basic income will give people more freedom to refuse to make choices that they don’t want to make:
Consider that word: “choice.” What is choice, really? When it comes to any real choice in life, what it all boils down to is the ability to simply say “No.” Without that ability, nothing is truly voluntary. All work isn’t voluntary. All relationships aren’t voluntary. All market exchanges aren’t voluntary. The choices we make that we think are choices aren’t truly voluntary whenever the option to say “No” is off the table. Therein lies the full potential of the idea of a universal basic income and it lays bare the lack of power many of us are under the illusion of having. Having a basic income creates the ability to look someone in the eye who holds more power than you, and firmly say, “No. Not today. Not until things change. These are my terms. Take them or leave them.”
That power only arises with unconditional access to the means of survival, which is what a basic income essentially is. As long as we are refused access to the resources required to live, we will make choices we would not otherwise make.
It’s true that being able to unconditionally cover one’s basic needs gives every individual a lot of power and freedom. But every time I read articles on basic income the writers fail to address one of the biggest threats to every individual that exists today worldwide, namely governments and the anti-social system that they’re a part of, better known as “Statism.”
Well, well, well. A very interesting article was published on the New York Times website yesterday confirming much of what I recently blogged about. Here are some quotes from the article (“Facebook Said to Create Censorship Tool to Get Back Into China”, November 22nd 2016):
The social network has quietly developed software to suppress posts from appearing in people’s news feeds in specific geographic areas, according to three current and former Facebook employees, who asked for anonymity because the tool is confidential. The feature was created to help Facebook get into China, a market where the social network has been blocked, these people said. Mr. Zuckerberg has supported and defended the effort, the people added.
Facebook has restricted content in other countries before, such as Pakistan, Russia and Turkey, in keeping with the typical practice of American internet companies that generally comply with government requests to block certain content after it is posted. Facebook blocked roughly 55,000 pieces of content in about 20 countries between July 2015 and December 2015, for example. But the new feature takes that a step further by preventing content from appearing in feeds in China in the first place.
Facebook does not intend to suppress the posts itself. Instead, it would offer the software to enable a third party — in this case, most likely a partner Chinese company — to monitor popular stories and topics that bubble up as users share them across the social network, the people said. Facebook’s partner would then have full control to decide whether those posts should show up in users’ feeds.
The current and former Facebook employees caution that the software is one of many ideas the company has discussed with respect to entering China and, like many experiments inside Facebook, it may never see the light of day. The feature, whose code is visible to engineers inside the company, has so far gone unused, and there is no indication that Facebook has offered it to the authorities in China.
But the project illustrates the extent to which Facebook may be willing to compromise one of its core mission statements, “to make the world more open and connected,” to gain access to a market of 1.4 billion Chinese people.
Several employees who were working on the project have left Facebook after expressing misgivings about it, according to the current and former employees.
It’s unclear when the suppression tool originated, but the project picked up momentum in the last year, as engineers were plucked from other parts of Facebook to work on the effort, the current and former employees said. The project was led by Vaughan Smith, a vice president for mobile, corporate and business development at Facebook, they said. Like Mr. Zuckerberg, Mr. Smith speaks a smattering of Mandarin.
Over the summer, several Facebook employees who were working on the suppression tool left the company, the current and former employees said. Internally, so many employees asked about the project and its ambitions on an internal forum that, in July, it became a topic at one of Facebook’s weekly Friday afternoon question-and-answer sessions.
“It’s better for Facebook to be a part of enabling conversation, even if it’s not yet the full conversation,” Mr. Zuckerberg said, according to employees.
Yes Fuckerberg, you fucking hypocrite, “all animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.” Sound familiar? I sure as fuck hope so.
I’ve always hated economics and related subjects in school. I couldn’t explain exactly why back then, but it all seemed like worthless crap to me. Of course, like every other kid my age growing up in an authoritarian society, I had little choice but to sit through the lessons and try to get good enough grades (I used to barely pass those exams) so that I could please everyone else but myself.
It turns out that my intuition and feelings towards economics back then were correct and now I can explain it and back it up with facts.
Want to learn typography? The best book on the subject is “The Elements of Typographic Style” by Robert Bringhurst. This book is a masterpiece when it comes to the subject of typography and page design.
Very often I come across people online who ask where they can learn about typography, and I see experienced designers being very mysterious about it, as if they’re hoarding and carefully guarding their knowledge. Either that, or they’ll point you to all kinds of bullshit resources that teach you bits and pieces or very little that’s actually useful.
Well fuck you all. This book is the best place to start. Read it, if you know what’s good for you.
Earlier this year I started to think about alternative options for delivering photos to my clients. As a photographer I also shoot photos of various types of events (including corporate events, birthdays and weddings) and in the past I’ve used CDs and DVDs in custom designed albums and cases to deliver the final photos to my clients. But as I’m sure you’ve noticed, CDs and DVDs are getting old very fast now. Many computers, laptops, tablets and similar devices coming out these days don’t even have a CD/DVD drive anymore.
And while I was still in the process of looking for alternatives it just so happens that I got contacted by USB Memory Direct a few months ago offering to send me some samples of their custom USB flash drives to test and try out. I was very glad with the opportunity because I had actually already looked online for suppliers of custom flash drives and memory cards, but wasn’t sure about the quality and reliability they offered. So this was a very welcome opportunity to be able to try some samples out and see the quality up close.
This week I got temporarily banned, again, for 30 days on Facebook after someone apparently reported a comment I had published below a friend’s post. Much has been said about this ‘feature’ on Facebook, but I have more to add to the ongoing discussion on the Internet.
The product team and engineers at Facebook seriously need to look into this functionality because it’s being abused — or used, depending on your perspective — to harass, silence and censor people, and is a serious violation of every individual’s natural right to free speech.