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... Read more!
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... Read more!
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 Read more!
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... Read more!
Brendan has succinctly summed up what we do in three simple steps that will improve your life: Be more interested Give more plusses 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... Read more!
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... Read more!
Increase your productivity. Create better ToDo lists. Describe projects and processes more consisely. Reduce any concept down to pure simplicity. Use HyperList. You can put any description of anything down as a simple HyperList. On paper, on a board, in a document. HyperList itself is just a way to describe stuff - some rules and ways to make descriptions simpler. And now this method is released in a new version - 2.4. It has been... Read more!
A lot is happening over at the Amar wiki. With plenty of new ideas from players and with solid play testing, some fundamental concepts have come to the fore. Having developed role-playing game systems for more than 35 years, I thought I had covered most bases. But then came my 16 year old son Jonatan and beat me hands down. He has devised a rather neat new way of thinking about magic in a fantasy... Read more!
Here’s a neat little thing I just discovered: Gource - a software version control visualization tool And I used it to create a visualization of the development of this site (isene.org) since I launched it as my new home last summer, using Jekyll as my platform: Just some summer geekery :-) Link to this post: https://isene.org/2019/08/isene-org.html Read more!
A screencast presenting some of the most sexy features of the HyperList VIM plugin. If you don’t know the text editor VIM, you should. If you don’t know what HyperList is, read this OnePageBook. My very first screencast introduces the HyperList plugin for the VIM text editor. It is one of the most feature packed plugins of the thousands of VIM plugins out there. In the screencast, I cover some cool features that may inspire... Read more!
“The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.” (Mark Twain) “It is not death that a man should fear, but he should fear never beginning to live.” (Marcus Aurelius) It’s a hard hitting provocative OnePageBook. We nkow it will not go down as popular with some people. But that may just be all the more reason to publish this and let... Read more!
You manage to get out of bed in the morning. You manage to get your clothes on, fix breakfast for the whole family, drive and drop kids off at school. You manage to get to job before 9. But then… you get managed until 4pm. Then at 4 you manage to drive home, stop by the store, make food, drop one kid off at soccer practice and the other at the tennis court. You manage... Read more!