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Choose the Red Pill

— by Sam Carpenter on Saturday, October 18, 2014

Facing reality can be invigorating. Late last Thursday evening, a friend and I watched The Matrix. Larry and Andy Wachowski’s film masterpiece, it was my fourth viewing. Watching it yet again was as epic as my first viewing back in 1999. If you are one of the seven adults in the world who haven’t seen the […]

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Violating a Social System

— by Sam Carpenter on Thursday, October 9, 2014

In Italy, we were staying in a small guesthouse in the tiny coastal town of Monterosso. One morning I sat alone at a breakfast table in the corner of the dining room. Other tourists surrounded me, quietly enjoying their cappuccinos and pastries. I worked on my laptop, putting the final touches on the first edition […]

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You Must Stand Outside of It

— by Sam Carpenter on Thursday, October 2, 2014

If you want to see where you fit in the machine that is your life, you must observe it from an external vantage point. You must stand outside of it if you are to see how you are a part of it. There is nothing shadowy in this. This is only about seeing your existence […]

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The Giant Machine

— by Sam Carpenter on Friday, September 26, 2014

The world’s largest manufacturer of computer printers keeps a factory running  24/7/365. The nonhuman mechanical and electronic workers don’t take breaks, and they toil their entire lives in this fixed location. A daily line of transport trucks delivers raw materials and picks up fully packaged products. A few cars in the tiny parking lot indicate […]

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Storms of the Criminal Mind

— by Sam Carpenter on Thursday, September 18, 2014

The criminal mind has a certain grasp of the base mechanics of the world, maybe more so than the average law-abiding citizen. In the classic colloquial sense, the criminal works the system, as he or she strips away the niceties, examines the raw mechanics, and without concern for others, manipulates those mechanisms to selfish benefit. […]

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Your Day Will Never Be the Same

— by admin on Friday, September 12, 2014

It is incredibly satisfying to have control; for the world to make sense, and to be able to determine your own destiny. And as time marches on, you’ll become tenacious about maintaining this new command because life just keeps getting better and better. I belabor this point because it is key: once the work the […]

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The First Step: Make Your Systems Visible

— by Sam Carpenter on Thursday, September 4, 2014

You know this by now. First make the various systems consciously visible. Second, one at a time, bring them to the foreground for examination. Third, adjust them. Fourth, document them. Fifth, maintain them. By plucking individual systems out of the amorphous mass of your real-time existence—that intense conglomeration of sights, sounds, and events that is […]

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Float Through the Day In Fascination

— by Sam Carpenter on Thursday, August 14, 2014

For me, one plus one equals two. For you, one plus one also equals two. The natural mechanics of planet earth are reliable and can be trusted. And human-devised systems will also operate reliably if they are put together properly and then routinely maintained. If they are not put together correctly and then coddled, they […]

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Noticing Poor System Management

— by Sam Carpenter on Tuesday, July 22, 2014

When you get a feel for systems management in your daily life, you will notice when it isn’t happening around you. As you interact with the world you’ll find yourself critiquing what works and what doesn’t, hyperaware of the processes others control. This new posture as an informal service-quality observer will go with you everywhere. […]

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How Successful People Negotiate Their Days

— by Sam Carpenter on Tuesday, June 17, 2014

If you are like most people, you have not consciously considered the involvement of systems in your daily life. Therefore, you have not consciously thought in terms of adjusting them in order to eliminate problems from occurring in the first place. For most people, whacking emerging moles is how life is played out. There is […]

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