05 Feb 2020 (0 Comments)

A talk on simplicity - in coaching, in life, in games, in the search for truth and free will.

I pulled up the phone and my mini-mic and did this raw and personal talk in the woods. First take, no editing.

I cover some breaktroughs in coaching, my quest for free will and the best improvement practice I’ve found so far and its contrast to the complex mess called Scientology.

Link to this post: https://isene.org/2020/02/Simple.html

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30 Dec 2019 (0 Comments)

I had to get my son Jonatan (16) to grow up and help me to complete this project from 1999.

Ever since I was a kid, I was fascinated by the works of the Dutch artist M.C. Escher. His artwork is very diverse, but it was his drawings of “impossible objects” that caught my interest and has remained an inspiration all my life. His “Waterfall” started my fascination with dimensions and led me to explore dimesions above 3 - with me and a high school friend experimenting with Convay’s Game of Life in both 4, 5 and 6 dimensions.

Twenty years ago I decided to make a font based on his ideas - my own tribute to the artist. With pen and pencil I jotted down a few characters based on his impossible drawings during a family vacation in Portugal. But then I got stuck and left the project. I did revisit the task several times but never got it completed before now. Jonatan has been designing and redesigning characters with me since a few days, and here it is, the font:

The whole character set consists of the capital letters A-Z and the numbers 0-9. We are planning to add a few more symbols like punctuation mark, hyphen, comma and a few others.

As you can see, the M, and W are variations of Impossible Trident while the 6 and 9 contains the Penrose Triangle.

You can download and freely use the TrueType font “ESCHER” by clicking here (released under the Do What the Fuck You Want to Public License).

There are now only two more long-standing projects that I feel I should complete; Controlling my telescope with my HP-41 calculator and (dis)proving Free Will through mathematical logic.

After posting this, Victoria Fericy posted this as a response on Facebook:

Thanks, Victoria :-)

Link to this post: https://isene.org/2019/12/Escher.html

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22 Dec 2019 (0 Comments)

Firstly: Merry X-Mas!

Then: Welcome to the revamped isene.org.

I took the time to do a make-over of this site. Apart from the new looks, it now works better on mobile devices with smaller screens.

The purpose is to make it simpler, less cluttered and with less clicking to read the blog posts. I also added the opportunity to add comments to pages such as my Scientology page or my HP-41 cave.

Feel free to add you feedback via Disqus on this post. Just click the post title to actually “enter” the post and see the comment section at the bottom.

Also, had an old friend from the Midnight Magic radio show, Kristoffer Sandven - a great guy and a great photographer - take a new picture of me.

And lastly: Have a fun 2020!

Link to this post: https://isene.org/2019/12/Revamp.html

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15 Dec 2019 (0 Comments)

Midnight Magic was a local radio station show running from 1987 until 1990 on Radio City/Oslo and Radio Oslofjord. It is the only radio show in Norway that had a boot leg black market with cassette tapes selling for as much as USD 50 at the time. It brought role-playing to the air and we got to the second spot in the ratings, only beaten by Coca Cola Top 30.

As the father of Midnight Magic and the show’s proponent of Italo Disco music, I’ve put together a playlist that the audience at the time would feel very familiar with. A special thanks goes to Stein Halvorsen, my co-host on the program.

The playlist goes from early, slower Italo Disco to later, more Hi Energy. Enjoy :-)

- 1985
Scotch - Disco band
Koto - Visitors
Fancy - Slice me nice
Miko Mission - How old are you?
Topo & Roby - Under the ice
Savage - Don't cry

1986 - 1987
Fancy - Lady of ice
Tracy Spencer - Love is like a game
Fun Fun - Baila Bolero
Scotch - Money runner
Martinelli - Orient express
Radiorama - Aliens
Koto - Jabdah
Den Harrow - Catch the fox
Valirie Dore - Lancelot
Mike Mareen - Love spy
Aleph - Fire on the moon
Lazerdance - You and me
Radiorama - Yeti
Riky Maltese - Warrior
Roy - Shooting star
Swan - Don't talk about it
Albert One - For your love
Atrium - Doctor Jekyll
Riky Maltese - Rainy day
T. Ark - Count on me
Mike Mareen - Don't talk to the snake
Mozzart - Money

Radiorama - Manitu
Fancy - Fools Cry
Hipnosis - Droid
S-50 - Input
Peristoika Power - Animal farm
Chris - Two by two
Gipsy and Queen - Plaza del sol
Mr. Me - I go down
Max Coveri - Bye bye baby
Koto - Dragon's legend
Denise & Baby's Gang - Disco Maniac
Eddy Huntington - May day
Joe Yellow - Wild boy
King Kong & D'jungle girls - Boom boom dollars
Sophie - My world
Koto - Champion's cue
Mysterious art - Das omen
Aleph - Hero

Link to this post: https://isene.org/2019/12/ItaloDisco.html

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12 Dec 2019 (0 Comments)

Informa Connect interviewed me in Singapore and asked about my views on the shipping industry.

In this short video I talk about the good and the bad of the industry and what it perhaps lacks the most - empathy.

Link to this post: https://isene.org/2019/12/shipping.html

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19 Nov 2019 (0 Comments)

Tired of your kids lost in a game? Want them to read a book or play soccer instead?

Read on. Bear with me for a few paragraphs and you may get a slightly new perspective.

I have kids. They are gamers.

As a mental trainer, there is one skill that my subjects benefits the most from: Learning to be fully mentally present. Whether it is a random person off the street or an executive, a stage artist or an olympic athlete - the skill of truly being here and now is fundamental to everything else we do. It is the basic ability on which training, productivity, performance and focus is built.

This is well covered in the OnePageBook, “Mental training - The core”.

While most people can get through a work day being less than 10% mentally there, some professions require a much higher degree of mental presence.

The biathlete Tiril Eckhoff must have an immense presence and focus to be able to shoot down her targets.

The ballerina Maiko Nishimo must have a pure and clean presence as she delivers a world class performance.

These are just two examples of people I help to maintain a stable mental presence. They both have to train hard to master the skill of being here and now.

Some kids train this skill without even knowing it. Some kids do this training every day. The gamers. They get to keep the natural ability that we are all born with.

Many gamers are exercizing this ability to be here and now more than 5 hours every day. The professional e-sport contenders put in more hours than any other professional sports.

If you’re not there fully focused and in the game you’re getting taken out. You get fragged, you run the car off the road, you miss that one opportunity, you lose. No other endeavor I know requires such an intense mental presence and focus over such long stretches of time.

It boggles the mind how some are able to extend the boundaries of what we thought was humanly possible. They train on being in the zone.

With more than 100 million active League of Legends players, 250 million Fortnite players and hundreds of millions playing other games, there is an enormous amount of kids who exercise focus and mental presence every day.

Read a book instead? Comfy in a sofa, half there - half somewhere else… Or on a the pitch playing ball? Mentally in and out of the game…

Yes, balance matters. Yes, physical exersize is important. Social interactions, picking up girls and learning math are all valuable skills.

But the kids are not merely “wasting their time paying games”. They get to exercize some abilities better than any other activity can give them. It can even help them focus in school.

So parents; embrace your kid’s gaming. Or better, get in on the action and see how your focus and mental presence compares.

Link to this post: https://isene.org/2019/11/esport.html

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18 Nov 2019 (0 Comments)

Brendan has succinctly summed up what we do in three simple steps that will improve your life:

  1. Be more interested
  2. Give more plusses
  3. Enjoy the game

I covered the first point in an earlier blog post. It is also covered in our OnePageBook, “Mental training - The core”.

The second point is covered in several earlier posts.

And the third point was the subject of a post this summer.

The elegance of summing it all up in just three simple points is the genius of Brendan.

The inspiration moved me to create a simple online presentation: “How to improve your life

Link to this post: https://isene.org/2019/11/ImproveLife.html

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17 Nov 2019 (0 Comments)

While I certainly hold true that anyone has the right to believe anything, an important negative side of religion or any belief has become clearer to me.

A belief can become a barrier to discover truth. A belief is a substitute for facts. It is often difficult for a person to want to search out facts in an area where a belief is held.

Religion contains a composition of beliefs. If held strongly enough, the person can become fact-blind or incapable of accepting proven truths contrary to his or her beliefs.

I am not restricting facts here to the physical universe. Facts can also be derived by pure logic, mathematics, philosophy or even personal metaphysical experience. But beware of your beliefs, they may be your worst enemies.

Beliefs or preconceived ideas can fog your ability to choose the right job, client, girlfriend or new employee. It can stop you from reaching your potential.

Link to this post: https://isene.org/2019/11/Belief.html

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