Sunday’s Thoughts – Take A Break From The Web – Reading Ray Kurzweil

Relaxing at Java Surf Reading About Ray Kurzweil

Relaxing At Java Surf Indialantic

I love Sundays because it’s a great time to get almost completely away from my duties on the web. Jean and I go to church in the morning, I play in the band, we come home and eat lunch and we’ve started going out to Java Surf over in Indialantic Beach, Florida to have a coffee, a snack and spend a couple hours reading and relaxing. Java Surf has sentimental memories for me because it used to be Shaggs Surf Shop, owned by the former wife of East Coast surfing legend Dick Catri. Shaggs was a place I visited quite often as a young surf rat many years ago.

We used to do our relaxing at home on Sundays which usually ended up in us taking a 2 hour nap and then not being able to sleep Sunday night. This wasn’t a good way to start out the week. We figure if we get out of the house on Sunday afternoon and go some place where it’s probably looked down on if you sleep in public, we stand a much better chance of sleeping at night and getting a good start on the next week.

It helps me tremendously to just get away from the web for several hours on Sunday and read something stimulating and avoid taking that nap. Today I read the transcript from the Ray Kurzweil interview by Glenn Beck this past Friday evening on CNN since I didn’t have the chance to watch it. Ray has 16 honorary doctorates, is a genius’ genius and knows just about everything about everything. Really, it was absolutely fascinating and reading such as this can help you see way beyond any mental boundaries you may have.

So the though for this Sunday is, what are you doing to relax, get away from the ordinary daily web grind and expand your thinking to new horizons?

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8 Responses to “Sunday’s Thoughts – Take A Break From The Web – Reading Ray Kurzweil”

  1. Wow! I didn’t know they converted that place, I don’t usually go that far south when I hit beach side, usually just go to Millenium Park, just over EG causeway,

    Gotta check that out.

  2. Hmmm… I wonder how long that will last once you have a nice MacBook Air with wifi?

    Of course, I could help you reclaim your Sundays by “holding” your new laptop for you. Just a kind offer from your friendly neighborhood Spiderman.

  3. For me – I read my magick books. Helps me to relax and refocus.

  4. Man, that frozen mocha looks soooo good right now.

    I’ve been sewing for the past three weekends, and I often take my novel-in-progress out to a local cafe for an hour or so to work on it. The lure of the internet and the “gee, if I’m not working, I should clean/cook/talk-to-my-husband” kicks in.

    I’ve just finished my sewing project, so next weekend it’ll either be back to writing, or I’ll start another project.

  5. Great post! Sundays are the best of days to just be. With hectic lives, sometimes it’s just great to be able to do what you enjoy.

  6. Since I maintain a day job, too, Sundays are usually my day to work on personal income-producing sites. Of course, I look forward to it every week, so I don’t see it as a problem for now.

    The surf shop does sound like a nice way to spend the day, though…

  7. I undertand you Alan. I work as a software developer in a company and after work I sit in front my home computer to start blogging and experimenting.

    On weekends usually I slow donw because I need some time to live a normal life.

    I like to have a walk, watch some tv, go out for dinner…

  8. I read Fantastic Voyage, The Age of Spiritual Machines and The Singularity is Near, and they changed my life. I even found some of his lectures on Itunes and I find myself impatiently awaiting his next book.

    Recently read another incredible book that I can’t recommend highly enough, especially to all of you who also love Ray Kurzweil’s work. The book is “”My Stroke of Insight”” by Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor. I had heard Dr Taylor’s talk on the TED dot com site and I have to say, it changed my world. It’s spreading virally all over the internet and the book is now a NYTimes Bestseller, so I’m not the only one, but it is the most amazing talk, and the most impactful book I’ve read in years. (Dr T also was named to Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People and Oprah had her on her Soul Series last month and I hear they’re making a movie about her story so you may already have heard of her)
    If you haven’t heard Dr Taylor’s TEDTalk, that’s an absolute must. The book is more and deeper and better, but start with the video (it’s 18 minutes). Basically, her story is that she was a 37 yr old Harvard brain scientist who had a massive stroke in the left hemisphere of her brain. Because of her knowledge of how the brain works, and thanks to her amazingly loving and kind mother, she eventually fully recovered (and that part of the book detailing how she did it is inspirational).

    There’s a lot of learning and magic in the book, but the reason I so highly recommend My Stroke of Insight to this discussion, is because we have powerfully intelligent left brains that are rational, logical, sequential and grounded in detail and time, and then we have our kinesthetic right brains, where we experience intuition and peace and euphoria. Now that Kurzweil has got us taking all those vitamins and living our best “”Fantastic Voyage”” , the absolute necessity is that we read My Stroke of Insight and learn from Dr Taylor how to achieve balance between our right and left brains. Enjoy!

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