Adam Thoughts #295.

December 3, 2018 in , Adam Thoughts by Adam Dunlap

All thoughts are original.

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Is it the music that is getting better, or the marketing? When Drake sells more records than Prince, I’m happy to say it’s the latter.

Most industries have evolved. Think about professional sports. How much money was in that 30 years ago? It’s the same as music. More money or sales doesn’t mean the talent is better.

Except in pro sports, the talent is definitely better.

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Net Benefit > Net Consequence

The Threshold Equation. Describing the perceptual limit for action in humans.

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What’s an inhibition? It’s your unwillingness to be yourself. That is why we must shed them.

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I have a theory that we have a lot of control about how we age physically. I think the internal life manifests in how we change physically, it just takes more time. This is why perhaps wearing makeup causes women to get to a state where not wearing makeup makes them look bad. It’s not, as many say, because people are accustomed to them with a makeup look. It’s because it actually causes physical changes that then don’t look normal because they only viewed themselves as pretty when they wore makeup. It’s a working theory.

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What % of climate change is being caused by humans. That’s the question that no one is answering. That’s the question at the root of the debate.

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The critics are always right.

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My theory is that when you evolve, you experience a high. When you level up as a person, you feel that high at least for a short time. Could a day, or a couple of days, or a week or a month or a year or longer. When you make that jump it’s like a shot of spiritual adrenaline, and you’re high on life for a little bit.

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Being an amazing person is so much easier than making a lot of money.

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That’s why women have the advantage.

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It’s not disappointing, it just didn’t happen. Except that other thing. That’s disappointing.

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You don’t want to solve one problem – you want to be able to solve all the problems.

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No reason to search. Put yourself in a position where your dreams can find you.

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The Dream Database.

What if everyone was required to write down their dreams every night and submit them into a database and then AI could cross-reference all the dreams and find out where people had shared dreams? Perhaps we’d discover a new reality.

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You have to be so good that luck isn’t part of the equation.

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The whole approach that many people take to acting is wrong. Because when you get sides/a script that’s the finished product. What you have to do as an actor is reverse engineer it and figure out what created that product. And you can’t “recreate it.” You have to develop the story from the ground up. The words are the thinnest layer of it all.

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Interview the Assassin.

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I’m good at dodging bullets.

I don’t think I would have minded getting shot a couple times.

Which is worse: joy that leads to short term intense pain or long term drudgery?

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The joy equals the pain.

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1 in 8,192

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Prepare like Caruana

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Life is a blessing. Especially when it’s sunny.

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One of the longest weeks of my life. Not sure why. The last 8 days feels like it has lasted weeks and weeks. What happened last Saturday and what happened on Monday feels like it happened a long, long time ago as if I was a different person when it happened. Or maybe I just miss someone.

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The last 3.5 minutes is pure magic.

[Runaway by Kanye West. Super extended version]