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1. ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY
30th November 1982
Michael Jackson's "Thriller" is released
Thriller is the sixth studio album by the American recording artist Michael Jackson. It was released on November 30, 1982, by Epic Records, as the follow-up to Jackson's critically and commercially successful 1979 album Off the Wall. Thriller explores similar genres to those of Off the Wall, including pop, R&B, rock, post-disco, funk, and adult contemporary music. Recording sessions took place on April to November 1982 at Westlake Recording Studios in Los Angeles, California with a production budget of $750,000, assisted by producer Quincy Jones.
Of the album's nine tracks, four were written by Jackson. Seven singles were released from the album, all of which reached the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100. Three of the singles had music videos released. "Baby Be Mine" and "The Lady in My Life" were the only tracks that were not released as singles. In just over a year, Thriller became—and currently remains—the best-selling album of all time, with estimate sales of 65 million copies worldwide according to various sources. In the United States, it also tied with the Eagles' Their Greatest Hits (1971–1975) as the best-selling album at 29 million units shipped. The album won a record-breaking eight Grammy Awards in 1984, including for Album of the Year.
Thriller enabled Jackson to break down racial barriers in pop music via his appearances on MTV and meeting with President of the United States Ronald Reagan at the White House. The album was one of the first to use music videos as successful promotional tools—the videos for "Thriller", "Billie Jean", and "Beat It" all received regular rotation on MTV.
Thriller was ranked number 20 on Rolling Stone magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time list in 2003, and was listed by the National Association of Recording Merchandisers at number three in its "Definitive 200" albums of all time. The Thriller album was included in the Library of Congress' National Recording Registry of culturally significant recordings, and the Thriller video was included in the National Film Preservation Board's National Film Registry of "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant films".
2. TODAY IN MY LIFE
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3. TODAY'S SELF-OBSERVATION
At the highest level of consciousness, everything is just one thing observing itself. It's all awesome entertainment. However, staying at this level requires exceptional levels of concentration. At the next level down is the experience of being, observing everything from a single origin in time and space. Preference is for this level perpetually.
Below this is "street level", the one most human beings live at, as a character, driven by fear, love and desire based on individual models of what's good to have and experience - this is living as ego. You're not truly conscious at this level - it's a dream based on a constructed model of reality that has no basis in absolute reality at all.
Consciousness would happily enjoy this dream if it was a good one, but this particular character, left to his default, would self-destruct. There is no option therefore but for Consciousness to position itself above the level of ego and character.
It was always the destiny of Consciousness to awaken - as a young person there was even then the question "what is this thing that is me?"
Of course to communicate with other universes, which is what every other conscious being actually is, most of whom are not Awake, you need to use the language of ego, and so you can't just exist at higher levels - you must simultaneously experience the character - to have a "lucid dream" where you know it's a dream but you're conscious of it.
Staying Awake is demanding but intensely rewarding - it delivers the Peace of Mind that every human character is seeking.
4. TODAY'S QUESTION FOR YOU
Do you want to know who and what you really are?
5. TODAY'S WEATHER IN BRADFORD
Dry and cloudy start
Heavy rain arrives by mid-morning
Rain will clear by late afternoon and it will be dry and cloudy thereafter with some clear spells
Wind highly variable, both in speed and direction
Max Temp = 9 degC at 1pm
Min Temp = 2 degC at midnight
Sunrise at 07:59
Sunset at 15:51
Weathertrack: A small but strong depression will cross the country today
Air Pressure: 1012 millibars and falling
6. TODAY'S ONELINER
My neighbour knocked on my door at 2:30am this morning. Can you believe that - 2:30am? Luckily for him I was still up playing my drums. :D
7. NOW THAT'S FUNNY!
Research indicates that men and women have different structures and wiring in the brain. For example, the frontal lobe—which is responsible for problem solving and decision making, and the limbic cortex—which is responsible for regulating emotion, are larger in women. Women also have about 10 times more white matter than men.
9. ZEN WISDOM
We are only able to develop our own good qualities to the extent that we can respect what is admirable in others.