What do Buddhists mean when they say, “Life is like a dream?”

IMHO, when you hear Buddhists or mindfulness people say something like, “Life is like a dream,” one thing they mean is that more than 99.99999% of the stuff going on in our minds are thoughts about the past and the future. (Past happiness and regrets, and future hopes and concerns.) Because the only thing that’s real in the present moment is what’s actually happening in only this moment, anything that’s outside of this moment is in a strict sense no longer real.

Being old enough to know what a record player is, I like to think of mindfulness and “being in this moment” as being like the needle on a record player. Your mindfulness is the needle, and you’re only playing whatever musical notes are under the needle at this instant. What’s already gone by the needle is the past, and what’s coming at the needle is the future.

Along this line of thinking I like Eckhart Tolle’s two quotes, “The present moment is all you ever have” (you know that’s true if you’ve ever lost consciousness, not knowing if you’d ever open your eyes again), and, “The whole essence of Zen consists in walking along the razor’s edge of Now.”

(Note: I wrote about this a few days ago in a short post titled, Go beneath the story ... meditation is the tool for that.)

Never give up - Denver Broncos Super Bowl Champions, 2016

With two or three weeks left in the regular season, the Broncos were facing possible elimination from the playoffs. (A lot of people were saying it was “probable,” not “possible.”) But they kept working hard — “grinding,” as they like to call it — and won the Super Bowl. Never give up.

Phil Jackson’s message after releasing Derek Fisher

Phil Jackson released this message on Twitter after the release of head coach Derek Fisher.

When he refers to the seven principles of sound offense, you can read about those here and here.

Mr. Jackson also added these comments when speaking to the NY Daily News: “Someone has to match the style about the way we do things,” he said. “And there’s a certain style that I have that I think that works and have found to work before. I don’t know if all those people measure up to that because I don’t know them enough. But that’s an important aspect to it. We’ll find that type of person.”

Charley Rosen, a longtime close friend of Phil Jackson’s, tells what he knows about Derek Fisher’s firing and Kurt Rambis.

How to determine the current monitor size with multiple displays - Java Swing, JavaFX

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Note: This code is currently a work in progress. I know of possible approaches, but I don’t know of a perfect working solution yet.

I’m currently trying to find the right way to find the current monitor size, when you’re writing a Java Swing application to work in a multiple-monitor configuration. I always use three monitors, so I can test this pretty easily.

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A Java TimerTask, Timer, and scheduleAtFixedRate example

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As a quick note, if you ever need to use a Java TimerTask, you can define one like this:

class BrightnessTimerTask extends TimerTask {
    @Override
    public void run() {
        // your custom code here ...
    }        
}

and you can then instantiate it, create a Timer, and schedule the task like this:

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