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Learn about Ego, Mind, Mindfulness - and meditation ... in this article I originally wrote as an answer to a question on Quora and cross-posted on Reddit as answer to a related posting. This is just one approach but it might be a nice starting point for people who like to get into meditation or struggle with their current meditation practice. However, keep in mind that meditation is not something you can learn from "The Internet". Find a trustworthy meditation teacher because the guidance of someone who has actually experienced deeper transcendental states in meditation and can teach meditation techniques that lead there is absolutely invaluable.

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This video is shocking and certainly has the potential to mess up your day. But it could also guide your way. That's why I share this with you. We have to keep both eyes open and see both: light and shadow. We need to see the shadow so we know where to shine our light more brightly. That shadow presents the need we must answer.

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We are so much more powerful than most of us think we are.

In Fort's words: "a performance that may some day be considered understandable, but that, in these primitive times, so transcends what is said to be the known that it is what I mean by magic." … or, more recently by Brackett: "Witchcraft to the ignorant, .... Simple science to the learned."

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Today, I took a rather major step towards releasing Traces of Illumination: I had an appointment with my notary and registered my game company: narayana games. The full legal name is a bit cumbersome for now, but eventually ...

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Whew - time is just passing too fast. So, I was all enthusiastic that Traces of Illumination is working fine on mobile devices from the performance perspective but there was a little caveat: The GUI I had created just doesn't work for mobile devices ... so here's the full story ...

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For many games, in particular multiplayer games, one of the most customer-friendly approaches to monetizing those games is by implementing microtransactions. In recent years, free-to-play has become particularly popular: Playing the game is free but you can buy in-game items for a little money ... read more to find out why Bitcoin might be a great alternative to existing payment methods like PayPal or credit cards.

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Yesterday, I saw the iCloud announcement in the Apple WWDC Keynote. At first, I wasn't too interested because IMHO, cloud services are kind of over-hyped. However, iCloud does look really promising. It could be a game changer. The question is only: For better or worse. Personally, I won't use it unless I know for sure that they do their best to protect my privacy ... so ... inspired by the keynote I thought about what would make me feel like my privacy is properly handled by iCloud.

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The mobile versions of Traces of Illumination are coming along quite nicely. Currently, I'm doing some optimizations for the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play which has a real game controller perfectly suitable for my game. My iPad 2 testing device should arrive tomorrow - but today, I'd like to talk about the Amazon Appstore for Android and why Traces of Illumination won't go there.

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Smoking sucks. Seriously. If you ever went into a location in which hundreds of people were smoking and the air was soaked with smoke - and you had healthy lungs - … then it won't surprise you that iPad and iPhone are also choking on smoke. It's just way too many ...

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Now that was a really amazing coincidence: I was playing Traces of Illumination on my iPad while waiting for the very first build for Google Android - and this time, I completed Level 03 in single player mode ...

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I thought I'd quickly post some results of tests with my iOS builds that I first created yesterday. I'm pretty amazed how well this is working giving that this is the very first time I put Traces of Illumination on mobile devices, and when I first started developing the game, I hadn't considered ...

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Diversity in Creativity - music, audio-design, modelling, texturing, gui-design, story-design ... oh wait ... read for yourself ...

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This morning, I showed a friend the new iPad version of Traces of Illumination, and he mentioned that Bullet Time kind of had not so nice associations. Well, it does have pretty nice associations with ...

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And, surprisingly, it just runs. It doesn't run particularly great (in the startup screen, I get 3 FPS, haha) - but in the actual game, I'm getting around 20FPS which, given that this hasn't really been optimized, yet is quite amazing IMHO. Funny enough, I'm even getting the water effect ...

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I'm still in the process of optimizing the level geometries, in particular apples and power ups. And guess what (revolutionary truth on this channel): Profiling pays really really well. Like, it's common knowledge that in Unity, it's a good idea to cache any of the convenience properties (which misleadingly look like variables) like ...

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I already started optimizing the levels in previous releases but V1.1.2 has a main focus on optimizations, so now I'm really doing the best I can (at this moment, this will change as I'm learning). While Level 01 - The Square was really trivial to optimize, and Level 03 - The Cube was pretty easy, Level 02 - Plus Ceiling had a somewhat more complex geometry and took me ...

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Optimizations of Traces of Illumination are progressing nicely: I've completely redesigned Level 02 - The Square and took it down from 72 objects, 11354 verts and 21611 polygons to 9 objects, 1830 verts and 1299 polygons ... This posting, however, is on the subject of time and money ...

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The networking part in the V1.1.2 release is now pretty much done. I've done a lot of testing and fixed quite a lot of issues, some of which ...

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This is to keep you updated on progress on Traces of Illumination V1.1.2. This release is focussed on two major areas: Performance optimization and minor fixes in the area of networking to be able to ...

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V1.1.1, while being a "minor release" comes with a pretty long list of changes, some of which are really significant. You can always see the current list of changes in thedownload page - but here, for the history, the full list ...

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I've completed the "tasks" I had planned for V1.1.1 and deployed the version the first time late this evening. Unfortunately, there were quite a few issues that didn't go too well with this release ...

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Today, after an incredible New Year's Eve (went to bed at 06:30 after a great party and a very awesome "night", got up at 11:30 and finally got home around 3pm), I'm heading towards releasing V1.1.1 of Traces of Illumination.

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Design of the Awards-System started almost a year ago, Feb 14th 2010 - and now a first version is finally online. While many of the awards cannot really be earned, yet, the list of awards should already give you a pretty good idea of what's to come when Traces of Illumination is finally finished.

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A couple of days ago a friend shared a book called Erebos with me. I'm currently in the middle of reading it but wanted to share some of the thoughts I'm having on this while reading ... so, here we go ...

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Unity 3 was released 2010-09-27, so I can now finally release new Web players of Traces of Illumination. Unity 3 has quite a few great new ...

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Well, the NDA for Unity beta-testing has been lifted as announced in the UT blog ... and ... the temptation to get a Google Nexus One with the Unity Android Pro license was just too great to resist, so ...

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Today at 8:30pm (local time, where ever you may be), it would be nice to join the world in giving a signal for more awareness of saving energy. This is a yearly event and it is getting bigger every time. What I like most about Earth Hour is that you can really feel the world unite - even if it's just for one single hour.

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I've previously mentioned that I'm currently working on an Awards-System for Traces of Illumination. I don't want to go too much into detail, yet, but keep you posted on what's going on in that area. So here we go ...

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I've planning to do that right from the start. Now I finally got around to doing it: Get a proper SSL-certificate and install it to the Webserver for www.ramtiga.com.

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In order to make this portal more "connected" I have now enabled OpenID and LiveID. This should allow anyone who wants to use their OpenID or LiveID accounts to directly sign in with www.ramtiga.com. Unfortunately, this is not working perfectly, yet: ...

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