Archives for January 2012

CoelhoOffice 05 – On immortality

Videocast #5 – Paulo Coelho talking about changes and vampires.

Videocast #5 – Paulo Coelho falando sobre mudaní§as e vampiros.

Videocast #5 – Paulo Coelho hablando acerca de cambios y vampiros.

1 MIN reading: Krishna will hear your prayer

A widow from a poor village in Bengal did not have enough money to pay for her son’s bus fare, and so when the boy started going to school, he would have to walk through the forest all on his own.

In order to reassure him, she said:

‘Don’t be afraid of the forest, my son. Ask your God Krishna to go with you. He will hear your prayer.’

The boy followed his mother’s suggestion, and Krishna duly appeared and from then on accompanied him to school every day.

When it was his teacher’s birthday, the boy asked his mother for some money in order to buy him a present.
‘We haven’t any money, son. Ask your brother Krishna to get you a present.’

The following day, the boy explained his problem to Krishna, who gave him a jug of milk.
The boy proudly handed the milk to the teacher, but the other boys’ presents were far superior and the teacher didn’t even notice his.

‘Where did you get that jug?’

‘Krishna, the God of the forest, gave it to me.’

The teacher, the students and the assistant all burst out laughing.

‘There are no gods in the forest, that’s pure superstition,’ said the teacher. ‘If he exists, let’s all go and see him.’
The whole group set off. The boy started calling for Krishna, but he did not appear.
The boy made one last desperate appeal.

‘Brother Krishna, my teacher wants to see you. Please show yourself!’

At that moment, a voice emerged from the forest and echoed through the city and was heard by everyone.

‘I can’t! He doesn’t even believe I exist!’

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Promo Bay

The Pirate Bay starts today a new and interesting system to promote arts
Do you have a band? Are you an aspiring movie producer? A comedian? A cartoon artist?
They will replace the front page logo with a link to your work.
As soon as I learned about it, I decided to participate. Several of my books are there, and as I said in a previous post, My thoughts on SOPA, the physical sales of my books are growing since my readers post them in P2P sites.
Welcome to download my books for free and, if you enjoy them, buy a hard copy – the way we have to tell to the industry that greed leads to nowhere.
Love
The Pirate Coelho

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Kindle (four languages) HERE

 

CoelhoOffice 04 – On writing (IV) : The book leaves the author

Podcast #4 – In this videocast, Paulo Coelho talks about how important it is to have discipline when you are writing a book.

Podcast #4 – O nesse videocast, Paulo Coelho fala sobre como é importante ter discplina na hora de escrever um livro.

Podcast #4 – En ese videocast, Paulo Coelho habla sobre como es importante tener disciplina para escribir un libro.

My thoughts on S.O.P.A.

IN THE former Soviet Union, in the late 1950s and 60s, many books that questioned the political system began to be circulated privately in mimeographed form. Their authors never earned a penny in royalties. On the contrary, they were persecuted, denounced in the official press, and sent into exile in the notorious Siberian gulags. Yet they continued to write.

Why? Because they needed to share what they were feeling. From the Gospels to political manifestos, literature has allowed ideas to travel and even to change the world.

I have nothing against people earning money from their books; that’s how I make my living.
But look at what’s happening now. Stop Online Piracy Act (S.O.P.A) may disrupt internet. This is a REAL DANGER, not only for Americans, but for all of us, as the law – if approved – will affect the whole planet.

And how do I feel about this?
As an author, I should be defending ‘intellectual property’, but I’m not.

Pirates of the world, unite and pirate everything I’ve ever written!

The good old days, when each idea had an owner, are gone forever.
First, because all anyone ever does is recycle the same four themes: a love story between two people, a love triangle, the struggle for power, and the story of a journey.
Second, because all writers want what they write to be read, whether in a newspaper, blog, pamphlet, or on a wall.

The more often we hear a song on the radio, the keener we are to buy the CD. It’s the same with literature.

The more people ‘pirate’ a book, the better. If they like the beginning, they’ll buy the whole book the next day, because there’s nothing more tiring than reading long screeds of text on a computer screen.

1. Some people will say: You’re rich enough to allow your books to be distributed for free.

That’s true. I am rich. But was it the desire to make money that drove me to write? No. My family and my teachers all said that there was no future in writing.
I started writing and I continue to write because it gives me pleasure and gives meaning to my existence. If money were the motive, I could have stopped writing ages ago and saved myself having to put up with invariably negative reviews.

2. The publishing industry will say: Artists can’t survive if they’re not paid.

In 1999, when I was first published in Russia ( with a print- run of 3,000), the country was suffering a severe paper shortage. By chance, I discovered a ‘ pirate’ edition of The Alchemist and posted it on my web page.
An year later, when the crisis was resolved, I sold 10,000 copies of the print edition.
By 2002, I had sold a million copies in Russia, and I have now sold over 12 million.

When I traveled across Russia by train, I met several people who told me that they had first discovered my work through the ‘ pirated’ edition I posted on my website. Nowadays, I run a ‘Pirate Coelho’ website, giving links to any books of mine that are available on P2P sites.
And my sales continue to grow “” nearly 140 million copies world wide.

When you’ve eaten an orange, you have to go back to the shop to buy another. In that case, it makes sense to pay on the spot.
With an object of art, you’re not buying paper, ink, paintbrush, canvas or musical notes, but the idea born out of a combination of those products.

‘Pirating’ can act as an introduction to an artist’s work. If you like his or her idea, then you will want to have it in your house; a good idea doesn’t need protection.

The rest is either greed or ignorance
 
 

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Stop #SOPA

Yes, it is OUR problem. This law will affect everybody (not only American citizens)
Spread the word

(below, parts of a must read article by Jeff Jarvis)

We are the lobbyists now

The internet has helped untold publics to form. Yesterday, the internet became a public.

Or rather, millions of people who care about internet freedom used the net to organize and defend it against efforts to control and harm it.

The SOPA-PIPA blackout got attention in media that previously all but ignored the issue, whether out of conflict of interest or negligence.
In the discussion about the movement yesterday, I heard someone in Washington quoted, saying that these geeks should hire lobbyists like everyone else.
No, we’re all lobbyists now, and that’s just as it should be. This movement didn’t need influence peddlers. It didn’t need political commercials. It didn’t need media. It needed only citizens who give a shit. Democracy.

I’m delighted that the discussion rose to the level of principles, a discussion I’ve argued has to take place if we, the internet public, are to protect our tool of publicness.

There’s much more going on under this battle: the disruption of media business models, a fundamental change in our view of the value of content, the undercutting of institutions’ power, the lowering of national boundaries. But for now, never mind that and concentrate on what was born yesterday: a political movement, a movement whose cause is freedom.

What else can this movement do? Can it elect candidates? Should it? Or should it continue to hold politicians’ feet to the fire? I don’t think I want to see the formation of an internet party. I don’t want this movement to mimic the way power used to be traded. I don’t want it to become an institution. I also don’t think it’s possible. I prefer to see it continuing to mimic #OccupyWallStreet , organizing without organizations (pace Shirky), discerning through interaction its principles and goals.

After yesterday, the powerful are on warning that a public can rise up out of nowhere to protest and pressure, to fight and win.

Videocast

As you probably noticed >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
CoelhoOffice is already online. It will be updated every Monday.
Thank you Ken Crane for the beautiful illustrations

Como notaram >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
o novo CoelhoOffice já está online. Será atualizado toda segunda-feira.
Obrigado Ken Crane pelas lindas ilustraí§íµes

Love
Paulo

CoelhoOffice 03 – On writing (III) : Inspiration

Videocast #3 – Paulo Coelho talking about inspiration to write a book.

Videocast #3 – Paulo Coelho falando sobre inspiraí§í£o para escrever um livro.

Videocast #3 – Paulo Coelho hablando acerca de inspiración para escribir un libro.

First week of publication…


And ALEPH jumps to #3 in both Der Spiegel (above) and FOCUS best seller list.
Vielen Dank Deutschland!

Privacy zero: my office/meu escritório

CoelhoOffice (on your right) is updated every Monday.

CoelhoOffice ( í  direita) é publicado com subtitulos em PORTUGUES y ESPANOL todas as Segundas/Lunes. Aproveito para agradecer ao @JovemNerd e @chrisbrogan pelas dicas importantí­ssimas

Love
Paulo

Twitcam Port 14 Jan 2012

10 Reasons Why Having Sex Is Good For Your Health


by Parul Tyagi 

( I do believe that the writer of the article is quite optimistic by saying that we can have a 2-3 min orgasm. It never happened to me… )

Paulo Coelho’s book titled “Eleven Minutes” suggests that the “act of coming together” just takes about 2-3 minutes, while the remaining 9 minutes are no more than an attempt to reach the “crescendo” when a hormonal discharge provides ecstasy like none other!

Scientists have often debated that sex is extremely beneficial for our health, but the lack of sex in good measures can have negative effects. On the other hand, too much sex can also be harmful; if you indulge in sex for more than 3 times a week, you are exposing yourself to the risk of a weaker immune system as well as vulnerability to infections…

1. The balance of your mental and emotional health is definitely influenced by sex. While abstinence often leads to anxiety or paranoia and even depression…having sex can cure cases of light depressions. After having exercised sex, the brain releases endorphins that decrease stress and induce a wonderful state of euphoria.

2. For all you women, having regular sex means freedom from expensive salon treatments. An excellent beauty treatment, having sex actually doubles the level of estrogen in women and makes their hair shine with brilliance while making their skin supple and softer.

3. And if you want to live longer, then look no further than your own bedroom. According to a research carried out at Queens University in Belfast, Ireland, having regular sex increases the lifespan in humans. It was found that out of the people of the same age and health, those who had more frequent orgasms faced 50% less death rate than who people who didn’t have frequent orgasms.

4. Sex is an excellent deep-cleansing treatment as well. Since sex is a strenuous but enjoyable exercise, when you have sex the pores of your skin are cleansed leaving a brighter and glowing skin as well as decreasing the risk of developing dermatitis.

5. An inexpensive and pleasurable exercise, sex can make you lose weight. When you have sex after a candlelight romantic dinner, not only do you burn all the fat and carbohydrates you consumed, but you also stay healthy at no extra cost! Consider this: A single session of passionate, mind-blowing sex (even regular sex) can burn about 200 calories. This is equivalent to running for 15 minutes on a treadmill!

6. Ladies, if you like you man to have bulging biceps then have sex more often. Sex is a great way to strengthen muscles. Imagine the effort made by your man through those difficult pushes and flexions! Of course, it all depends on the stunts in your bed…but it’s definitely better than running for miles on miles.

7. The more active your sex life, the more attractive and irresistible you become for the opposite sex. Really! An active sex life means that your body gets into the habit of releasing more pheromones, chemicals that attract all those gorgeous, luscious women! No wonder Casanova was so popular!

8. Sex can sharpen your senses; especially enhance your sense of smell. After sex, prolactin is released that activates the stem cells in the brain to form new neurons in the olfactory bulb. This helps to improve your sense of smell.

9. A pain reliever, sex is TEN times more effective than painkillers such as Valium. Just before orgasm, the hormone oxytocin’s level rises almost 5 times, leading to release of large amount of endorphins. Endorphins are natural painkillers and relieve you of pain, minor headaches, and migraines without any after effects. Next time your lady has a headache, treat her with a vigorous session of lovemaking rather than a Valium.

10. The act of Kissing stimulates salivation, which helps clean food particles stuck between the teeth and lowers the acidity level in your mouth. This is the primary cause of tooth decay. So kiss all you want, after all it’s a great excuse!

So my dear friends, sex is not just good for the mind, the body, but the wallet as well!


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El negro


Por Rosa Montero
Link para post original> EL PAIS: El Negro

Estamos en el comedor estudiantil de una universidad alemana. Una alumna rubia e inequí­vocamente germana adquiere su bandeja con el menú en el mostrador del autoservicio y luego se sienta en una mesa. Entonces advierte que ha olvidado los cubiertos y vuelve a levantarse para cogerlos.
Al regresar, descubre con estupor que un chico negro, probablemente subsahariano por su aspecto, se ha sentado en su lugar y está comiendo de su bandeja.
De entrada, la muchacha se siente desconcertada y agredida; pero enseguida corrige su pensamiento y supone que el africano no está acostumbrado al sentido de la propiedad privada y de la intimidad del europeo, o incluso que quizá no disponga de dinero suficiente para pagarse la comida, aun siendo ésta barata para el elevado estándar de vida de nuestros ricos paí­ses.
De modo que la chica decide sentarse frente al tipo y sonreí­rle amistosamente. A lo cual el africano contesta con otra blanca sonrisa.
A continuación, la alemana comienza a comer de la bandeja intentando aparentar la mayor normalidad y compartiéndola con exquisita generosidad y cortesí­a con el chico negro. Y así­, él se toma la ensalada, ella apura la sopa, ambos pinchan paritariamente del mismo plato de estofado hasta acabarlo y uno da cuenta del yogur y la otra de la pieza de fruta.
Todo ello trufado de múltiples sonrisas educadas, tí­midas por parte del muchacho, suavemente alentadoras y comprensivas por parte de ella.
Acabado el almuerzo, la alemana se levanta en busca de un café.
Y entonces descubre, en la mesa vecina detrás de ella, su propio abrigo colocado sobre el respaldo de una silla y una bandeja de comida intacta.

Dedico esta historia deliciosa, que además es auténtica, a todos aquellos españoles que, en el fondo, recelan de los inmigrantes y les consideran individuos inferiores. A todas esas personas que, aun bienintencionadas, les observan con condescendencia y paternalismo. Será mejor que nos libremos de los prejuicios o corremos el riesgo de hacer el mismo ridí­culo que la pobre alemana, que creí­a ser el colmo de la civilización mientras el africano, él sí­ inmensamente educado, la dejaba comer de su bandeja y tal vez pensaba: “Pero qué chiflados están los europeos”.

Shelley and the drunk

 
After an exhausting morning spent talking to children, I go and have lunch with my lawyer friend, Shelley M.
In the restaurant, we are given a table next to one occupied by a drunk, who insists on talking to us.
He speaks of his pain when his wife left him, tells us how sad he is and asks us what he should do.
At one point, Shelley asks the drunk to be quiet, but he says:
‘Why? I spoke of love as a sober man never would. I revealed my joys and my sorrows. I tried to make contact with two strangers. What’s wrong with that?’
‘It’s not the right moment,’ she says.
‘Do you mean that there is a right moment to suffer for love?’
At these words, we invite the drunk to join us.
 
 

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Illustrators wanted

Two weeks ago I posted an invitation “podcast editors wanted”. We had over 100 submissions, most of them presenting very interesting CVs. I decided for Barbara Zedler and Michele Costa ( @Pitufanys ) who are currently editing and putting subtitles in the podcast you see at your right side.
Now my agent, Monica Antunes, decided to edit a book with my tweets. The book will be illustrated in black and white. Sant Jordi Asociados will pay a flat fee for the illustrations. If you are interested, please send your CV together with some samples of your work to SANT JORDI ASOCIADOS.

Há duas semanas postei “preciso de editor de podcasts”. Recebi mais de 100 currí­culos interessantí­ssimos, e decidi por Barbara Zedler e Michele Costa ( @Pitufanys), que atualmente estí£o editando e colocando legendas no video í  direita. Agora minha agente Monica Antunes decidiu editar um livro com os meus tweets. As ilustraí§íµes serí£o em preto e branco. Se voce estiver interessado(a), por favor envie um CV com amostras do seu trabalho para SANT JORDI ASOCIADOS

CoelhoOffice 02 – On writing (II) : The puzzle

Podcast #2 – Paulo Coelho talking about how much trouble he had to write his most recent book ‘Aleph’.

Podcast #2 – Paulo Coelho falando sobre como é difí­cil escrever um livro baseado nas experiíªncias da sua mais recente publicaí§í£o ‘O Aleph’.

Podcast #2 – Paulo Coelho hablando sobre la dificultad de escribir un libro tomando en cuenta sus experimentos de su más reciente publicación ‘Aleph’.

What the future holds

We all know what awaits us in the future: the Unwanted Visitor, who could arrive at any hour, without warning, and say: ‘Come with me.’

And however much we may not want to, we will have no choice. At that moment, our greatest joy, or perhaps our greatest sadness, will be to look back at the past and answer the question: ‘Did I give enough love?’

We must love.
I am not speaking here only of love for another person. Loving means being open to miracles, to victories and defeats, to everything that happens each day that was given us to walk upon the face of the Earth.

Our soul is governed by four invisible forces: love, death, power and time.
We must love because we are loved by God.
We must be aware of the Unwanted Visitor if we are fully to understand life.
We must struggle in order to grow, but without becoming trapped by whatever power we might gain from that, because we know that such power is worthless.
Finally, we must accept that our soul, although eternal, is, at this moment, caught in the web of time, with all its possibilities and limitations.

We were all told, from childhood on, that what we wanted to do was impossible. As we accumulate years, we also accumulate the sand of prejudices, fears, guilt.

Free yourself from that. Not tomorrow, not tonight, but now.

Listen to the wind, and don’t forget about your horse.
 
 
taken from MANUSCRIPT FOUND IN ACCRA