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Hidden Forces of Flow
  posted by Ren, 6/2/2011
Water always flows to the path of least resistance. Either in that form or something similar, it's a saying that most people have heard at some point in their lives. Watch a river or stream or even just a little drop of water as it moves along some path and you'll see it in action. Block one path and the water will flow through an easier path. From a casual observation, it makes plenty of sense. However, when people use the phrase, they are typically metaphorically referring to other people. Are people really like water? Perhaps we should start out with an even stranger question, is water really like water?
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Why the Angry Look?
  posted by Ren, 4/20/2011
Have you ever had a moment in life where you knew something really wasn't important, in fact it's quite silly, but you realized that it has had a subconscious effect on you for years? And even after you recognized the effect, your mind still can't quite shake the effect completely? For over a year now, I've had one of those realizations. And indeed, it's so silly that I hadn't even thought to write about it. Yet, I would be willing to bet that it has had a negative subconscious effect on almost everyone. In turn, people are being treated unfairly due to this subconscious effect. So what is it and what can be done?
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Like a Frog in a Pot
  posted by Ren, 4/7/2011
Have you ever heard of the way to cook a live frog? As the little saying goes, if you stick a frog in a pot of hot water, it'll jump right out. However, if you put it in cold water, it'll stay. Even as you gradually turn up the heat, the frog will still stay in that pot until it's cooked alive. Sorta brutal if you think about it, but it does come with a lesson.
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Just Be Yourself
  posted by Ren, 1/31/2011
Just be yourself. You've heard it before. It's the classic advice that comes up nearly anytime someone is doubting themselves about anything. "How can I get him/her to like me?" Just be yourself. "What should I do about X?" Just be yourself. Good advice, right? Well, that all depends on what you mean when you say it.
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