Tuesday, 31 May 2011

The Undernet

The undernet, also known as the deep web, the deep net or the darknet, are parts of the internet which aren't found by search engines and are usually "hidden" or inaccessible from normal, everyday internet users. Such sites can only be accessed by a proxy or entering the URL manually or only when you are given authorization. Places such as The Onion Router lets you connect to their network via use of a proxy and you can then access and communicate with .onion nodes under anonymity. Now what kind of information do these sites and networks hold? Well for the most part one can find child porn, drug cartels, hidden file hosting, assassination markets and much other info. If you do get to browse these parts of the internet I recommend using a specialized browser with has java/flash/cookies turned off as well as the option to delete the browser cache and history once you're done - Just in case as I'm sure you'd want to rather be safe than sorry.Security Agencies such as the FBI, CIA, NSA and most likely other international agencies DO check and monitor these sites and networks so you want to tread carefully.

Sunday, 29 May 2011

How To Get the Best Out of Sleeping

Have you ever slept for an extended period of time only to wake up feeling tired and sluggish? Well the thing about sleep is that the length of sleep is not what causes us to be refreshed upon waking, it is the number of complete cycles our brains go through. It takes the average person +-90 minutes to go through all 5 phases which completes a single sleep cycle, thus if someone only gets 3 hours of sleep, they will wake up feeling refreshed even though they haven't fully replenish their energy. If you wake up in the middle of a cycle or when a cycle hasn't completed, you will wake up feeling tired and not so alert. Due to this it is recommended that you sleep in multiples of 90 minutes or 1 1/2 hours a day, this does not have to be sequential as you could get 6 hours core sleep at night and a 90 minute nap some other time during the day. As long as your brain finishes a cycle you will feel refreshed and good to go, however in order to fully replenish and restore mind/body energy you should get at minimum, 6 hours of total sleep during a 24-hour period. Furthermore you shouldn't make it a habit to sleep for more than 9 hours as it could cause permanent brain damage and your muscle mass and strength will decrease. Ideally, one should aim for 6/7.5/9 hours of sleep on a daily basis.

Lucid Dreaming

Lucid dreaming is dreaming while being conscious of the fact that you are dreaming, this is something that occurs rarely naturally so most people who experience lucid dreams have developed the habit of doing so over time. Why would anyone want to lucid dream? Well think about it for a second, when you dream, you usually have no awareness of the fact that you're actually dreaming, it's all a haze of memories and thoughts and since you're thinking on a sub-conscious level you actually believe that you're not dreaming so anything you dream about you react to as if you were awake. I'm pretty sure you thought or had that before, when dreaming everything seems normal, it's only until we wake up that we realize that we were dreaming.

Have you ever thought of doing something but were too ashamed or embarrassed to do it? Like asking out that hot person on a date, being the life of the party or even talking shit straight to your boss? Some people start practicing lucid dreaming for this very purpose, simulating awkward social situations with the calm of mind, knowing that you're in control can help you overcome practically anything. Lucid dreaming can also be used for stopping nightmares and generally doing whatever you want in them(yes anything). It is, however, not exactly the easiest thing to master and control. Once your brain realizes you're awake while in REM state(dream state), it kicks you out of it back into the normal conscious state. Now obviously there are ways around this, such as keeping calm once you realized you're dreaming. Here's a method for you to try:

Friday, 27 May 2011

NLP and Memetic Warfare


NLP, fully known as neuro-linguistic programming, are various methods that can affect a person's mental and emotional behavior as well as thought patterns, essentially psychological influence and manipulation. For example there's the handshake interrupt, where you pretend to shake someone's hand, then pull away before contact. Supposedly, this confuses their subconscious, leaving them open to suggestion.. By the use of certain language, body posture, gestures, speech patterns and breathing rate, you can influence someone's behavior patterns, habits, their mental state, the way they act, the way they think and the way they respond. This can all be influenced on a subconscious level, which will, in time, affect them on a conscious level without them even noticing it. When surreptitiously copying your target's behaviour (such as rapport/mirroring) you can eventually stop following and actually start leading, changing and influencing the way they do things. The time this takes will vary depending on whether you want to change surfaces behaviours or deeper, rooted habits that will obviously take a longer period of time to influence change upon.

Memetic warfare is the use of meme's to influence a large group/community/population/most likely even the world to act and behave in certain patterns and manners, Basically NLP on a large-scale. A meme is a sort of imitation unit, it consists of imitating something or someone in a particular manner, by imitating we allow those around us to imitate in the same way, thus, spreading the meme and steering a population in the direction of influence. Meme's are usually acquired and passed on

Thursday, 26 May 2011

The Power of the Internet

My earliest thoughts of the internet were back in primary school, back then all I had was a 56K connection and since it was primarily used by my mother for work purposes I didn't have much interest in seeing what I could do with it. The internet for me back then, however, I thought of as a great, amazing wonder that I had yet to explore. All of the childhood wonders that any boy around my age back then had, could have been fulfilled by the internet, and I'm not necessarily talking about porn.

What started off as a military project ended up connecting the people of the world in almost every way possible, the internet has revolutionized the world over the past decade and changed the very way people live their lives. Now days society tends to rely more and more on utilising the net for various purposes such as socializing, networking, job finding, love matching, buying/selling/auctioning their favourite second hand items, posting and sharing stories/pictures/videos about their lives with the world, playing games, watching and listening to their favourite music and movies and even working using the net! The world has forever changed since the invention of the internet and society will continue to find more and more ways to use the net to their benefit. This can be both a good and bad thing I think, good as innovation always helps change and develop things to become better and more efficient in this chaotic world we live in, bad in the way that people over time start becoming less intellectual and slothful due to "over convenience".

Whatever the internet ends up evolving into in the future, we will continue to use it for both good and bad things.. Nothing good is ever truly good is it?

Wednesday, 25 May 2011

Thoughts on Religion

First of all, I'm not a very religious person, however I am quite spiritual to some degree. I personally think that religion is necessary to maintain and anchor society - the average person needs some sort of backbone, a raison d'etre if you will. It also helps create order, limits and tolerance to prevent society from being overrun by chaos, society and communities a like have heavy relied on religion in the past to guide their way of life. Religion, however, enforces people to not be intellectual by commanding them to believe in some sort of ancient text or a spiritual leader on how to "live". This in my opinion defeats the very purpose of being alive, I believe that one cannot fully "live" in this world without experiencing various, different, extraordinary experiences being both "good and evil" in a religious sense.

The leaders of this world make very good use of religion to control the general public into their will. Most don't understand this as they are constantly bombarded by society, family, friends, community spiritual leaders, etc into acting as sheep and going with the flow, it's a lot easier and convenient to do what peers do rite? Besides, no one wants to be an outcast for not acting the way society demands you to act.

Tuesday, 24 May 2011

The end of the world? Not likely..

So the world's still here, no death, no gore, no plague, no earthquakes, no tsunami's, no economy crisis, no zombies, no rapture. NO JESUS! :D both a good and bad thing, I think some people would have actually benefited if some shit did go down, but since it didn't the people who invested in such a prediction sacrificed a lot of good things, for some, everything in their lives at that moment.. Oh well it just goes to show that any old fool with charisma can get rich and troll the whole world.