Peter Hunter

Movement was my way out of addiction. Open minded plant lover, BJJ novice, Acro intermediate, advanced rebel spirit.

My favorite feats

Definition of feat:
a) a deed notable especially for courage
b) an act or product of skill, endurance, or ingenuity
Here is a quick and dirty list of some favorite challenges, peaks, feats, whatever you want to call it when you go to or past percieved limits. No particular order.


  • 111 Ninjastars with Julie Hendel in around 11 mins
  • Win silver after 4 matches in Jiujitsu beginner level in January 2021 supported by the SIAM squad
  • Møns Klint Triatlon (700m swim, 30km MTB, 10km run, total of 3 times up the steps) in
  • Highest jump into water, 12 meters, cliff in Greece.


  • Bike from Copenhagen to Hårbølle Havn on Møn 120km in less than 7 hours wearing a 12 kg backpack
  • Bike 2,7km with my gym bench bought used on DBA
  • Bike from Valby to Østerbro around 7km with my squat rack and weight plates on my back


  • GR20 route in Corsika: Calinzana - Vizzavona 92km in 7 days carrying food for most of the trip starting at 30kg backpack
  • Drag heavy rock on my tire sled around 200m in 17 mins
  • Walk 2,3km with a 30kg stone found on Fensmarksgade
  • Walk 2km with 48 kg in my backpack when I bought my 2x24kg kettlebells
  • Two high walk through Assistens Kirkegaard (+500 m) (Sofie Kabel standing on my shoulders)


  • Run Rigshospitalets 17 stories / steps in
  • Barefoot marathons: 44,5km in 7 hrs, 42,2km with 800 height meters in 5:16 and 42,2km in 4:10
    • Barefoot half marathons: Done these many times in around 2 hours


  • 1RM bent press, 41kg
  • 1RM get-up, 50kg
  • 1RM continental squat, 100kg
  • 1RM BSQ, 125kg
  • 1RM DL, 140kg
  • 5RM Split squat, 50kg
  • 5RM fireman squat with Mattheau from Switzerland (90kg)
  • 10RM kb swing, 50kg
  • 20RM front squat with heels lifted: 70kg
  • 30RM cradle squat with Lea Givskov


  • Air squats, 111 in around 2,5 mins
  • One leg balance, eyes closed, 5 mins
  • Longest handstand, 108s (1:48)
  • Breath hold, 4 mins (khabalabati followed by hold on inhale)
  • Wilderness therapy, 53 days outside in Utah, Capitol Reef

Writing far into the night

Like you, probably, I have found myself writing endlessly into the night on more than a few occasions. External contingencies like exams and work deadlines are usually the reason, but sometimes internal motivation has driven me to keep my eyes open for a bit longer as well. Here is what I've found helps me to get the most out of this kind of situation.

Use body clock to take small breaks

And what helps is first of all to avoid what doesn't help. I have a high tolerance for discomfort, or maybe I just have an exceptionally obsessive mind, but many times I have continued working without break long past the point where I am cold, thirsty, hungry, needing to pee or sore in my eyes, neck, shoulder or forearm.

What I have learned is this: Take care of your basic physical needs (besides sleep) when writing into the night for a more comfortable experience. As soon as you need to pee, use it as a quick break. Obsessive mind reaction: No, WAIT! MUST. FINISH. THIS. PARAGRAPH. Basic physiologic needs responds: Yes, you must - in two minutes. Following the FIRST impulse is important. Follow the body clock. Otherwise you will begin a mental endurance feat of some length and intensity, which is besides the point of your immediate task. Practice the ability to suspend, to bear, to feel, to accept, the intense wish to FINISH things NOW.

Wake up your mind with movement

At least every hour or two, take a short break to do gentle movement, bouncing, shoulder and arm movements, or a breath exercise like airless squats to wake up your brain.

Don't crash with heavy food or sugary snacks

Eat light snacks and drink tea or coffee substitutes like four sigmatic mushroom extract. Avoid heavy food. A good snack is carrots with humus.

Death quotes

Death may be the greatest of all human blessings - Socrates

These quotes are collected and categorized by Peter Hunter (


Death is only a launching into the region of the strange Untried; it is but the first salutation to the possibilities of the immense Remote, the Wild, the Watery, the Unshored. - Herman Melville

The longing for order is at the same time a longing for death, because life is an incessant disruption of order - Milan Kundera

Life is to be lived, not controlled, and humanity is won by continuing to play in face of certain defeat. - Ralph Ellison

No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don't want to die to get there. And yet, death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it, and that is how it should be, because death is very likely the single best invention of life. It's life's change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. - Steve Jobs

La Petite Mort

In each thing there is an insinuation of death. Stillness, silence, serenity are all apprenticeships. - Federico Garcia Lorca

Death is not waiting for us at the end of a long road. Death is always with us, in the marrow of every passing moment. She is the secret teacher hiding in plain sight, helping us to discover what matters most. - Frank Ostaseski

Death is terrifying because it is so ordinary. It happens all the time. - Susan Cheever

But every moment of life is the last; every poem is a death poem. Why then should I write one at this time. In my last hours, I have no poem. - Matsuo Basho

Definition of Petite Mort: "the brief loss or weakening of consciousness" and in modern usage refers specifically to "the sensation of post orgasm as likened to death." (WIKI)


All stories, if continued far enough, end in death, and he is no true-story teller who would keep that from you. -Ernest Hemingway

Death is only the end if you assume the story is about you - Welcome to Night Vale

When a man no longer confuses himself with the definition others have given him. He is at once universal and unique. Lose yourself to improve yourself. Only when we shed all self-definition do we find who we really are. - RZA

From the perspective of many wisdom traditions, death is seen as the ultimate moment for the complete liberation of the mind from all entanglements, all sorrows, all separateness. - Joan Halifax


We are imperfect mortal beings, aware of that mortality even as we push it away, failed by our very complication, so wired that when we mourn our losses we also mourn, for better or for worse, ourselves. As we were. As we are no longer. As we will one day not be at all. - Joan Didion


The most painful state of being is remembering the future, particularly the one you'll never have. - Søren Kierkegaard

When we worked with people on their deathbed, we would often hear the following three complaints: I wish I had gotten divorced earlier; I wish I had taken a job for love of the work, not money; I wish I had played and enjoyed myself more. - Ondrea Levine

Life and death are of supreme importance. Time passes swiftly and opportunity is lost. Let us awaken, awaken. Do not squander your life. - Michael Stone

Life is not lost by dying; life is lost minute by minute, day by dragging day, in all the small uncaring ways. - Stephen Vincent Benet

We're all going to die, all of us; what a circus! That alone should make us love each other, but it doesn't. - Charles Bukowski


The nature of civilization everywhere was such that, even with the Greeks, it diverted people’s minds away from the reality of death. - Antal Szerb

It is very difficult to feel convinced that death could happen at any moment. We tend to feel that since we have survived so far, our continuation is secure. But thousands of people die every day, and few of them expected to. - Sangye Khadro

Something has happened to me as a result of my meanderings through consciousness over the past 30 years that has changed my attitude towards death. A lot of the fear that denial of death generated has gone from me. Death does not have to be treated as an enemy for you to delight in life. Keeping death in your consciousness as one of the greatest mysteries and as the moment of incredible transformation imbues this moment with added richness and energy that otherwise is used up in denial - Ram Dass (Link)

Let them sleep by Rumi

Those who don't feel this Love pulling them like a river, those who don't drink dawn like a cup of spring water or take in sunset like supper, those who don't want to change, let them sleep.
This Love is beyond the study of theology, that old trickery and hypocrisy. I you want to improve your mind that way, sleep on.
I've given up on my brain. I've torn the cloth to shreds and thrown it away.
If you're not completely naked, wrap your beautiful robe of words around you, and sleep.
- Rumi

Compas for life

So the beauty of the practice is that we can evaluate our lives even before we are on our deathbed. If we are not living the life we wish to live, how can we change that now, while there is still time? - Ondrea Levine

Remember that when you leave this earth, you can take with you nothing that you have received- only what you have given: a full heart, enriched by honest service, love, sacrifice and courage. - Francis of Assisi

If I take death into my life, acknowledge it, and face it squarely, I will free myself from the anxiety of death and the pettiness of life - and only then will I be free to become myself. - Martin Heidegger

There are those who do not realize that one day we all must die. But those who do realize this settle their quarrels. - Sutta 6, Dhammapada

If you want to take care of tomorrow, take better care of today. We always live now. All we have to do is entrust ourselves to the life we live now. - Dainin Katagiri

Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever. - Mahatma Gandhi

You could leave life right now. Let that determine what you do and say and think. - Marcus Aurelius

At the time of death we don’t want to be sad… It is now, while we are alive, that we have to think about it. In this way, we have to think about it correctly, and to make the right preparation… - Ribur Rinpoche

When people know they are going to die, that last year is often the most loving, most conscious, and most caring — even under conditions of poor concentration, the side effects of medication, and so on. So don’t wait to die until you die. Start practicing now. - Stephen Levine

Remembering that I'll be dead soon is the most important tool I've ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Almost everything--all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure--these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. - Steve Jobs

Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart. - Steve Jobs

While I thought that I was learning how to live, I have been learning how to die. - Leonardo da Vinci

Sooner or later, I hate to break it to you, you're gonna die, so how do you fill in the space between here and there? It's yours. Seize your space. - Margaret Atwood

Since death is certain, but the time of death is uncertain, what is the most important thing? - Pema Chodron


Analysis of death is not for the sake of becoming fearful but to appreciate this precious lifetime. - Dalai Lama

Not success. Not growth. Not happiness. The cradle of your love of life … is death. - Stephen Jenkinson

Seeing your fear can heighten the sense of gratitude for the preciousness of human birth and the opportunity to practice. - Pema Chodron

Every day I wake up not-dead is a gift - Eric Sun


We’re not going to take any of these unimportant things with us after we die. - Allison Choying Zangmo

No matter your circumstances, you will end up losing everything you love, you will end up aging, you will end up ill and the problem is that we need to figure out how to make that all be alright. - Jane Hirshfield

When we die, we go alone-- no one, not even our closest, dearest loved one, can accompany us. And being unable to accept this and let go of our attachment to our loved ones will cause our mind to be in turmoil and make it very difficult to have a peaceful death. - Sangye Khadro

I mean, whatever kills you kills you, and your death is authentic no matter how you die.- Jerry Garcia

Lev dit eget liv, thi du vil dø din egen død - romersk ordsprog

Life is a spark between two identical voids, the darkness before birth and the one after death. - Irvin D. Yalom

The cradle rocks above an abyss, and common sense tells us that our existence is but a brief crack of light between two eternities of darkness. - Vladamir Nabokov

I know why we try to keep the dead alive: we try to keep them alive in order to keep them with us. I also know that if we are to live ourselves there comes a point at which we must relinquish the dead, let them go, keep them dead. - Joan Didion


I do not fear death. I had been dead for billions and billions of years before I was born, and had not suffered the slightest inconvenience from it. - Mark Twain

We die only once, and for such a long time - Moliere

Just the reality of it

Ere long, alas! this body will lie upon the earth, unheeded and lifeless, like a useless log. - Sutta 41, Dhammapada

No one can confidently say that he will still be living tomorrow. - Euripides

Golden lads and girls all must, As chimney-sweepers, come to dust. - Shakespeare

When you look at a corpse you can always sense your own breath better. - Zona Gale

Before long you'll be no one, and nowhere. Like all the things you see now. All the people living. - Marcus Aurelius

Another way to get a sense of your life moving continuously towards death is to imagine being on a train, which is always traveling at a steady speed-- it never slows down or stops, and there is no way that you can get off. This train is continuously bringing you closer and closer to its destination: the end of your life. - Sangye Khadro

I'm writing this book because we're all going to die. - Jack Kerouac

No matter how much you've been warned, Death always comes without knocking. Why now? is the cry. Why so soon? It's the cry of a child being called home at dusk. - Margaret Atwood

Even the worst moments and the weariest journeys must come to an end. - Baroness Orczy

I mean, whatever kills you kills you, and your death is authentic no matter how you die. - Jerry Garcia

Verden knækker os alle / the world breaks us all - Ernest Hemmingway (1899-1961)

Death takes no bribes - Benjamin Franklin

When I was a girl, the idea that the British Empire could ever end was absolutely inconceivable. And it just disappeared, like all the other empires. - Doris Lessing

Other mentions

The world is alive and no living thing has any remedy. That is our fortune. - Roberto Bolano

I hope the leaving is joyful; and I hope never to return. - Frida Kahlo

When you are dead, you do not know that you are dead. All of the pain is felt by others. The same thing happens when you are stupid. - Jack Nicholson

I Ishøj Storcenter mødte jeg engang en ældre krumbøjet mand, der krabbede sig frem med sin rollator. Idet vi passerede hinanden, sagde han: »Jeg har fået min dom«. Jeg kiggede uforstående på ham, og han fortsatte: »Alderdom«. Vi grinede begge, og jeg gav ham ret: Han havde fået livets strengeste straf.

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David Rehling
»Jovist, som allerede de gamle romere konstaterede: ’Døden er vis, kun timen er usikker’. Forvisningen om døden kan også være trøst: Det får dog en ende alt sammen – på et eller andet tidspunkt.

Gennem mine egne levede 70 år er jeg nået frem til, at viden om livets skrøbelighed er en tilskyndelse til at få mest muligt ud af det. Som Mogens Brandt skriver i forordet til en af sine kogebøger: ’Det drejer sig ikke om at leve længere, men om at leve mere.’

Når man passerer de 60, er det ikke panikken, der skal gribe en, men beslutsomheden: Hvad er det, du vil med resten af dit liv? For nogle er det tid sammen med familien eller genoplivning af gamle venskaber. Selv synes jeg, at jeg lever livet mest intenst ved at cykle de dejligste steder på Jorden med den, jeg er gladest for at være sammen med: at gøre tilværelsen til en fælles pilgrimsrejse. Altid på vej, altid noget at se frem til – om det så bare er et godt måltid ved dagens slutning.«

Døden siger til ridderen i Ingmar Bergmans film Det syvende segl: »Jeg har gået ved siden af dig i noget tid« Døden vandrer altid ved vores side.

slår hjertet, og for hvert slag harjeg lidt mere erindring at bære med mig. For hvert slag er jeg et skridt nærmere døden. Jeg bærer min historie med mig som sneglen sit hus på ryggen. Den er mit tilflugtssted og min byrde ...

... Vi vil aldrig formå at løsrive os fra vores fortid og vores forventninger til fremtiden, hvad de så end måtte indeholde af velsignelser og skæbnesvangre ulykker. For mit vedkommende er det desværre mest ulykkerne, jeg tænker på, og forestillingen om doden, der hjemsoger mig. For mig findes der intet nu, der ikke er ved at briste under vægten af alt det lort, der allerede er sket, for mig findes der ingen ren væren løsrevet fra tid og sted. Min dod og mit første minde begravet i hver eneste vejrtrækning."

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  • Today in Focus by The Guardian #news
  • The Daily by The New York Times #news


  • Den Grønne Løsning af Information (DK)
  • Citizens Climate Lobby
  • Doughnut Modellen med Anders Morgenthaler
  • The 80000 hours podcast
  • Long Now Seminars

Person-driven shows:

  • Team Human with Douglas Rushkoff
  • The Making Sense Podcast with Sam Harris
  • The Tim Ferriss Show
  • Joe Rogan Experience


  • Your Undivided Attention
  • Sway with Kara Swisher
  • a16z podcast #tech


  • Ram Dass Here and Now
  • Yoga Talks with J. Brown
  • Conspirituality
  • Det spirituelle hjørne med Annasophia


  • Where should we begin with Esther Perel
  • Unlocking Us with Brene Brown

Marketing & Productivity

  • Adfærd med Morten Münster
  • Seth Godin's Startup School
  • Deep Questions with Cal Newport #productivity


  • Move your DNA by Katie Bowman
  • The Passive Hang
  • Behind the Movement with Kyle Fingham
  • Evolve Move Play Podcast
  • Rewilding Yourself by Daniel Vitalis
  • Manualen af Benjamin Hjertemod (DK)
  • Bevægelse og Co med

Strength and flexibility

  • PropaneFitness Podcast
  • Range of Strength Podcast by Lucas Aaron
  • Flexibility Focus with Dan van Zandt
  • Stærk og Smertefri med Jacob Beerman
  • Stronger by Science Podcast
  • Iron Culture
  • Beyond the Bend The steel bending podcast
  • Mark Bell's Power Project

Specific Practices

  • The Handstandcast with Emmet Louis and Mikael Kristiansen
  • The Rasberry Ape Podcast (BJJ) #strength


  • The Drive with Peter Attia
  • Lægens Ord med Imran Rashid (DK)
  • Living 4D with Paul Chek


  • E3 Rehab
  • The NAF podcast (Not Another Fysio) by Adam Meakins
  • Physio Explained
  • Fysiocast
  • The Recommended Dose with Ray Moynihan
  • Smerteuniverset (DK)


  • Moving toward Meaning with Chandler Stevens
  • Mbody podcast
  • The Embodiment Podcast with Mark Walsh
  • Med Kroppen som Øre af Sofie Kempf (DK)

Standard Notes vs Zettlr

Differences between Standard Notes (SN) & Zettlr (Z)

Along with Libre Office, which is classic office software, I use SN and Z for note-taking.

Z > SN
(Key features of Z which SN doesn't provide)

  • Internal note links > Great for Personal Knowledge Management (PKM) ("building your own wiki")
  • Zotero Citation Management > Great for academic writing
  • Export to PDF / ODT > East to print and great for academic writing
  • All notes are created as files, and Z interacts directly with your folder system.
  • Free (although I support Z via Patreon)

SN > Z
(Key features of SN which Z doesn't provide)

  • mobile app and cross-platform sync > notes on the go
  • better for on-the-go note-taking and teaching
  • more focus on privacy, total encryption
  • easiest to "plug-and-play", as Z takes more tinkering to set up
  • Various editors available, Z is all mark-down.
  • direct publishing to blog at
  • Minimum 2.5 dollars a month for all features

SN = Z
(features that are shared between SN which Z)

  • dark mode
  • open source software

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Email newsletter 19.01.21

2021 looks simultaneously gloomy and full of potential. Here are my two cents to start it off wisely.

Moving the goalpost means to alter the rules to suit one's own objective, making it moredifficultforsomeoneelse to succeed. Such subterfuge can be a strong tactic...

Ironically, we defeat ourselves constantly in exactly this way. I definitely suffer from this unwilling tendency to move my goalposts before tasting the satisfaction and joy of having delivered, improved, or learned something new, or even just attempted something difficult.

Our goalposts tend to recede as we march towards them.

I have way too many examples of this, but off the top of my mind: being on a podcast, achieving the stalder press, meditating every day, having sex, getting my inbox to 0.

Is it just human to naively keep thinking that THIS goal, once reached, will truly satisfy me? It is definitely human to repeat the same mistake (and wish for different outcomes without changing behavior) again and again...

Well, it is also human to be able to grow wise and learn from mistakes. Living wisely, I think, counters the placement of life IN FRONT or AHEAD of us in a metaphorical landscape. Life is not OVER THERE in the FUTURE!

Life is rather 360 degrees AROUND and IN me, right HERE and NOW. Life is here in this very moment with every keyboard stroke, in the music playing in the background, in these slightly tired eyes looking at a screen.

I've marched towards many different WHATs, attaining them and marching onwards, rarely stopping to notice what happened. And I will continue to create meaning in that march. But... The WAY I currently step forward in whatever process is where satisfaction and joy are to be found.


MY YOUTUBE CHANNEL - Just want to mention this new playlist I made of all my follow-along videos so far, there are a bunch of mini-workouts, joint circles, and mobility stuff (both in EN and DK). Enjoy during the lock-down <3

TOMORROW! It's going to be strong...

CORE 4 COFFEE - Core-training Wednesday mornings 8-8:30 in January and February

Start your day off strong. Core 4 Coffee is back in 2021, after a great start in December. Forget your coffee ☕ and wake up with movement instead. Or do both, obviously ❤️️ Haven't tried it before? You can see videos of full-length sessions on the sign-up page.

IN MARCH! I'm almost ready to publish this event, it's still a bit WIP but if you're interested, save the date. I'll most likely give subscribers a 100DKK discount, write me if you're interested...

BREATH - En søndag formiddag i vejrtrækningens tegn (7. marts 9-12)

Will be taught in Danish. Denne 3 timers workshop i Yoga Vesterbro kompinerer praksis og teori i løbet af en skøn søndag formiddag. Jeg anbefaler at møde op på tom mave. Først er der ca 90 minutters mild bevægelse og vejrtrækningsøvelser på programmet og så skifter vi gear, hvor du kan læne dig tilbage og nyde et spændende oplæg om vejrtrækningens fysiologi. Læs mere her.

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EMBODIED ANATOMY COURSE (50hrs) - I'm counting on the weekends 9-11th and 23-25th of April. New dates because of lock-down. Dates are not officially up yet, figuring out if the last weekend intensive should be before (26-28 March) or after (14-16 May)


Present-moment awareness creates a gap not only in the stream of mind but also in the past-future continuum. Nothing truly new and creative can come into this world except through that gap, that clear space of infinite possibility.

- Eckhart Tolle

Interesting Dichotomies




STRUCTURE of relationshipSTRUCTURE of thing itself

Where it's situated

What it is
Gregory Bateson. Systems theory. Complexity. Randomness. Chaos.Hard sciences. Physics. Quantification. Determination. Probability.


Living organisms
"aggressively" engage in learning and hunt for useful adaptations to stay afloat in the fitness landscape
"conservatively" preserve useful strategies and existing adaptations to continue exploiting their niche in the fitness landscape.


TO YIELD (allowing the new to come in)

TO WITHSTAND (keeping the new at bay)


"Two Bodies"

CONCEPTsomething that can be seen, heard, touched, felt, smelled, tasted



The body that can be described, put into words, named by its parts

The body that can be felt, put into sensations, experienced by its qualities

 SIGNIFIED / Signifié mental concept (plane of content)

REFERENT (semantics): specific entity in the world that a word or phrase identifies or denotes

SIGNIFIER/ Signifiant (linguistics): sound of spoken word or string of letters on a page that a person recognizes as a sign

(plane of expression)

Meditation VS Flow State


... who think they're meditating while doing something fun or engaging like your favorite physical activity, while running, or something else?

I don't know how many times I've heard people say something along the lines of: "I don't like to sit and meditate. Instead, I meditate when I [insert favorite physical activity]"

I don't doubt that there is a meaningful experience behind saying that, and I totally get where it's coming from. I almost want to say it myself sometimes.

But let me explain why it's not useful to think that way. The reason is that it expands the concept of meditation too widely. Meditation is a progressive skill you have to learn, not something that falls into your lap for free. And what a person might mean by saying that is more accurately described with the concept of a flow state described by Csikszentmihályi (1990).

So lets unpack what might be different about meditation and the flow state so we can use the terms more accurately. There are many words out there, flow, meditation, mindfulness, awareness, consciousness, metacognition, presence - if we use them interchangeably we will be confused or ignorant of important nuances and truths about our own psychology. And we might risk thinking and spreading (which is worse?) more trivial, wrong or ungrounded hippie-like, pop-psychology things than we'd like to think of ourselves doing.

So lets clean up our terms! (If this sounds boring to you, you're definitely in the wrong place.) Here we go.


The flow state was first described in Csikszentmihályis book Flow - The Psychology of Optimal Experience (1990). Being in a flow state feels great and is a quite positive state of consciousness to be in. It is characterized by 

  • deep enjoyment
  • timelessness
  • being one with the activity
  • involvement: complete focus and attention on the task 
  • creativity

And these factors increase the likelihood that you'll enter your flow state

  • high skill level and high level of challenge

The flow state The way to happiness lies not in mindless hedonism, but in mindful challenge.


the meditation of movement is the same as while sitting: leaning back into consciousness itself, witnessing all sense objects as part of the the same space, the same field in which everything appears.

Concentration meditation: 

This typically requires mental effort. To not identify with or become lost in a thought is hard work! It also requires no work at all, because both the thought and the mindful memory of attempting to meditate are both objects in the field of consciousness. It's already there. 

Effort and no effort are the same, equal and valid experiences in consciousness. 


Common denominators between flow and meditation are the pleasantness of a concentrated, focused state, and present moment awareness. The difference is what your goal is while in the state: Solving a stimulating task or building mindfulness about present-moment experience.  

Flow is fun, stimulating, engaging. Meditation is deep, peaceful and equinamous.

Everyone can experience the flow state, even without being taught anything. It's a state that emerges spontaneously, it's a NOUN. Kids do it all the time by modifying the games they play to be optimally fun, hopefully for all parties involved. But rarely does someone learn to meditate without being taught. The fact that you have to learn meditation, the way in which it's a method or a tool, a VERB, shows that  

What does the teaching add?

There are barriers to both the flow state and to meditation. But here is a key difference between flow and meditation: If you remove the barriers to the two, you get your flow state for free, because that's part of what the brain is designed to do, whereas you don't get the ability to meditate at all, because it's a skill you have to learn. 

You learn things fast if your in a flow state while learning, so funnily enough, it would be great to learn meditation while being in a flow state. While that can happen, the scope of meditation stretches far beyond being in any particular state while meditating. 


Both flow, a state, and meditation, a method or tool, are profoundly positive and should be part of everyones lives. 

Flow is about optimal experience. Meditation is an activity that changes our relationship to any experience, optimal or horrible, comfortable or painful.



  • Flow - The Psychology of Optimal Experience by Mihály Csikszentmihályi (1990)
  • Creativity - The Psychology of Discovery and Invention by Mihály Csikszentmihályi (1996)


  • Waking Up - A Guide to Spirituality without Religion by Sam Harris (2014)


Intro to running workshop Rört

If you struggle with running, feel like a complete beginner or don't feel ready for a 45 minute run like in the Rört Löb classes, this is the workshop for you.

There are a lot of myths about running that can keep us from finding joy and confidence in running. Peter Hunter, physiotherapist and barefoot runner, will present practical theory on the subject of getting (back) into running. You can expect to learn basics about foot health, load management and what science says about risk of injury related to running: pronation, running style, type of shoe etc...

We'll also get specific and practical, getting an overview about where we are and doing some simple running exercises. So bring a notebook and all-weather running clothes.

As a whole, this workshop will

  • Increase you knowledge about your own running body and running in general
  • Cover basic running injury facts
  • Give you principle-based actionable approach to getting (back) into running
  • Teach you running technique in a playful and explorative manner.
  • NOT simply recommend minimalistic shoes, forefoot strike and barefoot running :)

Sign-up link - including short questionaire and payment:


If you want to read or listen to some of my thoughts related to running:

This workshop has been created by request from a member whose story you can read here (shared with permission):

"I only started running a couple of months ago.

I have been using a couch to 5k app. I haven't been disciplined enough to do it really regularly so I have been losing momentum and am stuck in week one - running and walking alternately for 2mins. After 2 mins, my breath becomes laboured and my mind wants a break. After 30 mins of this, I notice a tightness in my left inner thigh and I wonder if this is because my running posture isn't properly aligned.

The thing is, I do feel amazing afterwards; I feel energised and proud of myself and really want to break through to being able to run longer and more often. I want to get fitter, build muscle strength, stamina and stimulate cardio strength too. If I lose a few kilos along the way ... great!

I think there could be a few people out there like me, who want to run and have tried but need a little support from a more experienced runner to get them started and you have that and LOTS more insight. It also really helps to run with others ... to help distract your mind from freaking out and giving up! I'm not ready to join the regular löb class ... but maybe eventually after a while."

Floorwork Workshop 3 hours

FLOORWORK WORKSHOP, 3 hours in Rört 3. Oct 2020, 12-15 (Vermundsgade 13, 2100 KBH Ø)

Floorwork, you say? As children we crawl, as grown-ups we fall. Everybody can and should develop their moving relationship to the floor. Movement skills on the floor are great for many sports, all types of dance, as well as parkour and acrobatics. It can help prevent injury and mobilize your body - but is also a general life skill that can increase your everyday embodied sense of freedom. 

In this workshop, Peter Hunter will present a mix of efficient movements close to the ground inspired by dance and quadropedi and reactive partner exercises to develop mobility, coordination, grace and creativity. The practice will be underpinned by reflections on longevity, injury prevention, body intelligence and adaption. 

That all sounds great, but what are we REALLY doing? I'm glad you ask. Specifically, we'll build a vocabulary for ground positions, use that vocabulary to build some sequences and improvise using tasks and partner work, and finally finish even closer to the ground with shoulder rolls.

If you want to see what it looks like:

Prerequisites: This workshop is not designed for complete beginners. :)  But an open mind is more important than a certain level of strength or endurance. If you have an injury, this workshop might not be for you. 

Corona-notice: 1) Wash hands upon entry in Rört 2) Partner work is done with only one other partner (join with a friend to minimize risk) 3) Peter will hand-sanitize between working with different people.

Questions 🡢


normal 275 DKK | student etc 225 DKK 

For the student price, click "redeem coupon" in the sign-up process and use the code: STUDENT2020.
For payment via creditcard click the "pay now" button. Paypal also works or Mobile Pay 42402463.

For other offerings, classes and a selection of blogposts, see <3 On FB/Instagram it's and @hendelhunteracro. If you have joined my workshops or classes before, it would mean a lot to me if you reached out with your thoughts, feedback or wishes :)


Peter Hunter has a mixed background from dance, parkour, yoga, acrobatics and more. After restarting his life in 2010, embodied practices became a central part of his recovery from shame, addication and a history of petty crime. Movement was the most profound foundation for growth, learning, connection and healing after years of stress, isolation and self-destructive patterns. Today Peter shares his erspective on living an embodied life with knowledge and inspiration from his own work as a student of many teachers. Peter is also a physiotherapist and member of 1% For The Planet.

Program or be programmed by Douglas Rushkoff

Program or be Programmed by Douglas Rushkoff

Ten Commands for a Digital Age

2010/11 : 978-1-59376-426-5

Summary of the Commands

  1. TIME - do not always be on
  2. PLACE - live in person
  3. CHOICE - you may always choose none of the above
  4. COMPLEXITY - you are never completely right
  5. SCALE - one size does not fit all
  6. IDENTITY - be yourself
  7. SOCIAL - do not sell you friends
  8. FACT - tell the truth
  9. OPENNESS - share, don't steal
  10. PURPOSE - program or be programmed

Chapter Notes


  • The printing revolution challenged us to rethink the limits of education.
    • loss of memory capacity, but increase in processing power
  • The industrial revolution challenged us to rethink the limits of the human body.
    • physical tasks made obsolete by machines
    • loss of physical skills / crafting
  • The digital revolution challenged us to rethink the limits of the human mind.
    • mental tasks made obsolete by programs
    • loss of cognitive skills / thinking

Why is the digital revolution profoundly different than the previous ones?

Digital technology is not just extending human agency through a new linguistic or communications system.

The capability on offer is programming - replicating in different ways the very function of cognition through external, extra-human mechanisms. 

In the printing revolution, information was suddenly stored in text instead of inside our brains. In the digital revolution, not only information, but entire processes are stored in programs, instead of inside our brains. Leads to losing cognitive skills, not just losing facts and information. We offload not just information to harddrives but our thinking to computers!

The commandments are based on biases inherent in digital technology, attempting to balance out these tendencies.

(Definition of BIAS: Leaning. Tendency to promote one set of behaviours over another.)

1. TIME - do not always be on

"Computers live in the ticks of the clock. We live in the big spaces between those ticks, when the time actually passes. By becoming "always" on, we surrender time to a technology that knows and needs no such thing."

Human NS exists in present tense, in CONTINUOUS TIME. Computers exist in thousands of seperate digital events, in DISCRETE TIME.

Underlying Bias: Digital technology leans away from continuous time and toward asynchronicity. The programming in our phones encourage certain human behaviours and also promot this bias. 

Example of asynchronicity: Email. The old use was better! 

Then came interactive communication programs, including notifications, stronger ways of affecting behaviour in humans. Leads to multitasking, partial attention. 

New types of media are built to maximize engagement or time on screen - thereby

  • creating false goal of immediacy
  • Value the recent over the relevant
  • instead of encouraging thoughtfulness, deliberateness, empowerment and awareness, leave us frazzled and exhausted. Examples: Stress. Phantom vibration syndrome.

What to do
Only concrete advice:

  • Respond slowly to messages, reclaiming the right to asynchronous, deliberate and high-quality communication. Gives autonomy to choose when and to whom to be available, and also leads to respect, since the slowest responder typically has a higher status or power.

Am sure Rushkoff would approve these tips:

  • shut of all notifications on your phone to allow deliberate use of the technology, instead of being a victim of behaviorism and neuropsychology used against you.
  • Dedicate specific time to digital communication. fx Write emails only twice a day in purposefull bulks of time, instead of writing emails throughout the day.
  • Keep you phone shut off and far away when you want to be present. Don't keep the phone next to your bed, don't have it in your pocket at dinner, don't bring it on walks. One study showed that just the presence of a cell phone on the table, screen-down, was distracting and led to decreased cognitive performance. 

maybe you have your own tips?

2. PLACE - live in person

digital networks exchange intimacy for distance. Because the technology allows decentralized sharing of information, the bias leans away from the local, PLACELESS.

the tech is great for creating simulations and approximations of human interaction at a distance, more than fostering intimate interactions between people in the same space. 

MINUS (ANONYMOUS GLOBAL CONSUMPTION) this dislocation also allows big companies to compete with local retailers through targeted marketing and branding, reducing our consumption patterns to a purely monetary affair, stripping a transaction of other values. Rushkoff thinks a decentralized medium is not optimal for connecting with people in the neighborhood. 

MINUS (DESENSITIZATION) to news from around the world

MINUS (dependency on the digital tools)  "depending on tech for connection to each other leads to fetishizing the tools" - example: not using powerpoint for presentations. 


  • take advantage of the current space and what it offers, instead of using placeless technology even for local needse.
  • Enjoy full-spectrum communication with other people, and enjoy live-stream technology for long-distance communication.

3. CHOICE - you may always choose none of the above

In the digital realm, everything is made into a choice, and is therefore biased towards the discrete. (constituting a seperate entity with a clear beginning and ending) 

The digital realm is biased towards choice, because everything digital must be expressed in terms of a discrete, yes-or-no, symbolic language. This often forces choices on humans operating within the digital sphere.

CD vs analog record: Whereas an analog record is a physical event where sound is made into a physical object ( a record), digital records are a numerical representation of the sound. Digital recordings are compromises where only the part of sound which is represented with numbers is kept. Choices are made in the programming to decide what is signal, what is noise, and the rest is cut out. 

This is not a bad thing, this is just how computers work. But it has consequences how our complex, continuous world is represented in information digitally, where data-sets are sorted and analysed. The programmer decides which categories matter, and which don't.


More choices is equated with more freedom and more specific needs being met. But not in reality... 

  1. we get fatigued and obsessive and less free by ruminating and analysing which choices to make all the time. 
  2. in the consumer society, choice is less about giving people what they want, than about getting them to take what the choice-giver has to sell.
  3. we don't get to decide NOT to make a choice at all when we are presented with certain options, as we always are digitally. The more we conform to available choices, the more predictable and machine-like we become. 

What to do?

  • An example of a positive trend online is "tagging" - where categories are created by users, instead of pre-determined categories.
  • Be sceptical and aware of which options you are presented with online - know that you can make your own choice - or no choice at all.

4. COMPLEXITY - you are never completely right

SCALE - one size does not fit all

IDENTITY - be yourself

SOCIAL - do not sell you friends

FACT - tell the truth

OPENNESS - share, don't steal

PURPOSE - program or be programmed

1. How to control your Facebook use

When was the last time you thought of something to do on Facebook, where you actually ended up checking Facebook for solely that purpose before exiting?

Well, I can't think of think of when either.

Of course, even if you are of this feat of concentration, the point is that Facebook makes sure that your probability of succeeding is as low as possible. HOW has Facebook been designed to optimize Time On Screen? This post (UPCOMING LINK) concerns Facebooks tools of distraction. WHY has FACEBOOK been designed for that purpose? This post (UPCOMING LINK) concerns Facebooks business model.


The goal of this post is to share useful methods for improving your probability of using Facebook intentionally like the powerful tool it is, instead of letting Facebook use you to make a powerful profit (UPCOMING LINK). This is the level of your behavior.


I also adresse the level of your data, covering some simple steps to reduce what Facebook knows about you (which Facebook uses against you to spend more time on the platform, besides clicking on and buying things).


If you want to take things further, here is a guide (not mine) to deleting Facebook all together.


All the same ideas apply directly to Google and other companies as well, so if you notice an anti-google bias, that's not a coincidence. I haven't used Google services exept Docs and Sheets and Youtube since 2018.



I’ve organized suggestions for action by whether the change occurs superficially to the Facebook you see and use or deeply in what happens behind the user interface. The table gives synonyms for these two levels and level-specific action-lists:





User interface







    1. Switch to Firefox Quantum internet browser on all devices
    1. Switch to Firefox Quantum internet browser on all devices
    1. Add-ons:
      1. Facebook Container by Mozilla
      2. Go Rando
    1. Add-ons:
      1. Friction for Facebook
      2. Newsfeed Eradicator
      3. Facebook Demetricator


    1. Uninstall Facebook app, use browser instead (mobile)
    1. Block notifications from Facebook on all devices
    1. Subscribe to quality journalism
    1. Seperate different functions on Facebook
    1. Tweek your FB settings
    1. Quantify your time spent on Facebook


The Deep Level


I begin with the deep level, because the power Facebook has over you relies entirely on the data they have about you, besides the addicting design of the platform itself. The smaller data-stream you deliver to Facebook, the better. 


  1. Switch to Firefox (internet browser) on all devices


Around 65% of people use Chrome to browse. The Chrome browser is Really Good, as most reviews agree if you do a quick Ecosia search. But Firefox is a competitive alternative (1, 2), even if you have don't care about privacy or the politics of Big Data.


But you're probably reading this because you do.


If these issues are important to you, you can listen to the Firefox podcast IRL, compare Firefox's privacy statement with Chrome's or read Mozilla's Manifesto (the organization behind Firefox).


If you want more selfish reasons, Firefox synchronizes seemlessly between devices through a Firefox Account, is completely customizable, on par with Chrome on speed with the new Quantum update, offers free file sharing as big as 2,5 GB, and switching to Firefox from Chrome (incl. passwords, bookmarks, everything) is literally a 2 minute task.


  1.  Install Specific Facebook add-ons

These add-ons mess with or prevent your data from being processed by Facebook.


  1. Facebook Container (Link)
    • Prevents Facebook from tracking you around the web.
  2. Go Rando (Link)
    • This randomly picks which emoji is used when you click "Like" to on average make your emotional profile "balanced" Watch the video through the link, it gives some great reasons to do this.


  1. Uninstall Facebook app, use browser instead


This prevents the Facebook app from harvesting basically your entire phone in their thirst for your data. It also makes using Facebook slightly less convenient, and the more friction, the better.


  1. Subscribe to quality journalism

Facebook is a marketplace for your attention and data, NOT a reliable source of information. You don't know why you're presented with anything on Facebook, news included, because you don't understand the algorithm choosing that. If you want to be in control, and be a knowledgable and responsible person, you have to realize that high-quality content cost time and effort for someone to make - nobody is going to do it for free as it is hard work, and we have to reward quality journalists for this. Would you spend your time writing long, critical, edited and referenced articles while living on a rock?


  1. Tweek your Facebook settings.


Turn off the following:

  1. Location history
  2. Apps, Websites Games


Generally, take a goooood long look at your settings and actively chose which settings you want turned on. Turn off everything else.


The Superficial Level


  1. Switch to Firefox (internet browser) on all devices

See above.


  1. Install Specific Facebook add-ons


These add-ons make powerful changes to your Facebook experience:


  1. Friction for Facebook (Link)
  2. News Feed Eradicator (Link)
  3. Facebook demetricator (Link)


  1. Block notifications from Facebook on all devices


This almost explains itself, but if you let notifications dictate when you look at Facebook, you are NOT in control of how YOU choose to use Facebook. For Messenger, you need to block notifications via Android settings, not the app itself.


  1. Seperate different functions on Facebook


  • MESSAGES: Use to message people, you will be distracted if you use for this purpose. See if you can limit yourself to one (or less?!) daily facebook-scroll by switching to for your messages.
  • CALENDAR: Use a calendar and write down events you'll actually attend. Also, let organizers know that you will actually attend (doesn't have to be by clicking "attending") - don't expect to be spoonfed reminders 6 times randomly on Facebook, if you are an organizer you understand why this behavior sucks.
  • FRIENDS: If you want Facebook to update you on your friends, change your Facebook bookmark to go to this link:


  1. Quantify your time spent on Facebook

Use an app like AntiSocial, QualityTime or some of the myriad other app usage, productivity or digital detox apps.


The goal is increased awareness of how much time you spend pr day, pr week and pr month on your individual apps and your phone in general. Lots of these apps also set reminders or impose limitations on your phone use to help you control your device addiction.


If you have an apple device with iOS 12 or later, there are now built-in features to this end. 

My Privacy Timeline

  • 2016.05 -    Started using Firefox
  • 2016 total: 0$
  • 2017.11 -    Protonmail 2 years (79$)
  • 2017 total: 79$
  • 2018.10 -    1Password 1 year (75$)
  • 2018.10 -    Deleted Gmail/Google account of 13 years 
  • 2018 total: 75$
  • 2019.06 -    1Password 1 year (75$)
  • 2019.03 -    Deleted Facebook account of 11 years
  • 2019.04 -    Started using Pocket by Mozilla
  • 2019.05 -    Created new Facebook account for promoting my teaching
  • 2019.05 -    Spent 450kr on Facebook adds
  • 2019.07 -    Created new Gmail/Google for writing thesis
  • 2019.09 -    Mozilla Donation 100$
  • 2019.10 -    Mailbox Office 1 year 35€ (Replacing ProtonMail)
  • 2019.10 -    Standard Notes 5 years (105$) (Replacing OneNote)
  • 2019.11 -    1TB SSD External Harddrive (1429kr) (Replacing OneDrive)
  • 2019.11 -    BitWarden Family 1 year (12$) (Replacing 1Password)
  • 2019.11 -    ExpressVPN 15 months (99$) (After reading
  • 2019 total: 
  • 2020.01 -    First time joining Cryptohagen's monthly meeting
  • 2020.01 - stud. medlemsskab 1 år 50kr

Surveillance Capitalism Ressources

You can contribute to this list. Your input can be sent to Thank you for your attention.

Books & Education

Quality Journalism

PAY. REAL. MONEY. FOR. IT. Don't use Facebook or other surveillance capitalism coorporations for getting informed. 

    Books (EN)

            Books (DK)


              Movies & Talks

              • Center for humane tech: A new agenda for tech |

              Privacy Tools

              Privacy guides

              Selected Tools

              • Mobile Phone-settings:
                • Use flight-mode often
                • Turn off location sharing 
                • Turn of notifications except calls and maybe text
                • Install apps to measure your time spent on your phone
                  • Anti-Social
                  • Quality Time 

              Other links:

              Fighter Mindset 

              Make it your personal goal to develop more tolerance for inconvenience in your quest to take control over your digital life. Adding friction reduces the amount of willpower you need to use to accustom to new habits. To hurt surveillance capitalism companies economically and reduce their predictive power over you, begin minimizing your dataflow on their platforms today. 

                Don't fall for the false dichotomies and rhetoric:

                • Perfect / Failed
                  • You will never be a perfect activist. Nor will you be a complete failure. (Unless you stop caring).
                • Optimist / Pessimist
                  •     Ask yourself: What can I do about this? And go do it! It doesn't matter very much if your an optimist or a pessimist! (Well, maybe if your voice influences other people alot...) It matters whether you're an activist or an inactivist
                • Idealist / Realist 
                  • The rhetoric used to describe your current position or values remains less important than the direction of you're actions: Are you part of the problem, or part of the solution?

                Fighters toolkit:

                • Most important factors of resistance to persuasion
                  • Ability to premeditate 
                    • self-awareness to think through consequences
                  • Commitment 
                    • manifested goals
                    • tracking progress
                    • principles and habbits
                • Education
                  • Know your why's 
                  • Avoid misinformation and don't be a sucker



                  Alternatives to Google's functions (WIP)

                  You can contribute to this list. Your input can be sent to Thank you for your attention.

                  First, let me introduce you to a beautiful framework to be aware of as you read the list below of alternatives to Google's functions. It's Cal Newport's divide-and-conquor approach to handeling Social Media and other technologies described in his newest book Digital Minimalism (2019). He lays out a plan to reboot your digital life according to your values in three steps:

                  The Digital Declutter

                  1. Define specific technology rules for a 30 day period, where you stop using "optional technologies".
                  1. Take the 30 day break from optional technologies and follow the rules
                  1. Reintroduce selected technologies

                  This recipe should help you use digital technology to serve your needs. However, to avoid overuse, distraction and wasted time, he suggests a stringent set of criteria for which technologies to reintroduce. Here they are verbatim (p. 77): 

                  The Minimalist Technology Screen

                  To allow an optional technology back into your life at the end of the digitial declutter, it must:

                  1. Serve something you deeply value (offering some value is not enough)
                  1. Be the best way to use technology to serve this value (if it's not, replace it with something better)
                  1. Have a role in your life that is constrained with a standard operating procedure that specifies when and how you use it

                  Regardless of whether you try Newport's digital declutter, you can immediately stop using or replace certain technologies today, if you sense they are not the best way of serving your values. With this in mind,  know that Facebook wants you to think binarily: Either you use Facebook or you don't. 

                  This allows the to entice you into their ecosystem with some feature you find important, and then, once you're a "user", deploy attention engineering to overwhelm you with integrated options, trying to keep you engaging with their service well beyond your original purpose

                  - Digital Minimalism, p. 76 

                  But you don't have to fall for that. Google is a conglomeration of different functions, which you use to different degrees and that you can use or stop using consciously. With this in mind, it can be useful to know alternatives to specific functions. 

                  This list consists of my own research, but is mainly copied from Restore Privacy's guide to Google alternatives. I also found Wired's guide to the ways Google tracks us and how to opt out highly informative.


                • Tutanota – based in Germany; very secure and private; free accounts up to 1 GB
                • Mailfence – based in Belgium; lots of features; free accounts up to 500 MB
                • Posteo – based in Germany; €1/mo with 14 day refund window
                • (The Guardian on Posteo)
                • StartMail – based in Netherlands; $5.00/mo with 7 day free trial
                • Runbox – based in Norway; lots of storage and features; $1.66/mo with 30 day free trial
                • – based in Germany; €1/mo with 30 day free trial

                • Google Search

                  • Searx – A very privacy-friendly and versatile metasearch engine.
                  • Qwant – A private search engine based in France.
                  • DuckDuckGo – This is a great privacy-friendly Google alternative that doesn’t utilize tracking or targeted ads. They also have a zero-sharing policy with other features, but they do record search terms.
                  • StartPage – StartPage gives you Google search results, but without the tracking.
                  • Metager – A private search engine based in Germany.

                  (From Restore Privacy)

                  Other nice search engines:

                    Google Maps

                    Peter's liste:

                    A map alternative for PCs isOpenStreetMap.

                    A few Google Maps alternatives for mobile devices include:

                    • OsmAnd is a free and open-source mobile maps app for both Android and iOS (based on OpenStreetMap data).
                    • Maps (F Droid) uses OpenStreetMap data (offline).
                    • Here WeGo provides good mapping solutions for both PCs and mobile devices with their app.
                    • Maps.Me is another option that is free on both Android and iOS, but there is a fair amount of data collection with this alternative, as explained in their privacy policy.
                    • MapHub is also based on OpenStreeMap data and it does not collect locations or user IP addresses.

                    Note: Waze is not an “alternative” as it is now owned by Google.

                    Google Chrome (browser)

                    Google Drive

                    I personally use and pay for extra cloud storage, which is then integrated with my email. 

                    • Tresorit – A user-friendly cloud storage option based in Switzerland.
                    • ownCloud – An open source and self-hosted cloud platform developed in Germany.
                    • Nextcloud – Nextcloud is also an open source, self-hosted file sharing and collaboration platform, based in Germany.
                    • Sync – Based in Canada, Sync offers a secure, encrypted cloud storage solution for businesses and individuals.
                    • Syncthing – Here we have a decentralized, open source, peer-to-peer cloud storage platform.

                    Of course, Dropbox is another popular Google drive alternative, but it’s not the best in terms of privacy.

                    Google Calendar

                    Here are some Google Calendar alternatives:

                    • Lightening Calendar is an open source calendar option developed by Mozilla, and it’s compatible with Thunderbird and Seamonkey.
                    • Etar, an open source, basic calendar option.
                    • Fruux, an open source calendar with good features and support for many operating systems.

                    For those wanting a combined solution for both email and calendar functionality, these providers offer that:

                    Google Docs / Sheets / Slides alternative

                    There are many solid Google Docs alternatives available. The largest offline document editing suite is, of course, Microsoft Office. As most people know, however, Microsoft is not the best company for privacy. Nonetheless, there are a few other good Google Docs alternatives:

                    • CryptPad – CryptPad is a privacy-focused alternative with strong encryption, and it’s free.
                    • Etherpad – A self-hosted collaborative online editor that’s also open source.
                    • Mailfence Documents – From the Mailfence team, this is a secure file sharing, storage, and collaboration tool.
                    • Zoho Docs – This is another good Google Docs alternative with a clean interface and good functionality, although it may not be the best for privacy.
                    • OnlyOffice – OnlyOffice feels a bit more restricted than some of the other options in terms of features.
                    • Cryptee – This is a privacy-focused platform for photo and document storage and editing. It’s open source and based in Estonia.
                    • LibreOffice (offline) – You can use LibreOffice which is free and open source.
                    • Apache OpenOffice (offline) – Another good open source office suite.

                    Google Photos alternative

                    Here are a few good Google Photos alternatives:

                    • Piwigo – Piwigo is a great option that you can self-host. It is also free and open source.
                    • Lychee – Lychee is another self-hosted, open source photo management platform.
                    • Cryptee – Mentioned already above, Cyrptee is also a great option for securely storing photos.

                    Shoebox was another alternative, but it closed operations in June 2019.

                    YouTube alternatives

                    Unfortunately, YouTube alternatives can really be hit or miss, with most struggling to gain popularity.

                    Tip: is a great Youtube proxy that allows you to watch any Youtube video without logging in, even if the video is somehow restricted. To do this, simply replace [] with [] in the URL you want to view.

                    Google translate alternative

                    Here are a few Google translate alternatives I have come across:

                    • DeepL – DeepL is a solid Google Translate alternative that seems to give great results. Like Google Translate, DeepL allows you to post up to 5,000 characters at a time (but the pro version is unlimited). The user interface is good and there is also a built-in dictionary feature.
                    • Linguee – Linguee does not allow you to post large blocks of text like DeepL. However, Linguee will give you very accurate translations for single words or phrases, along with context examples.
                    • – This Google Translate alternative seems to do a decent job on single-world lookups, but it also feels a bit outdated.
                    • Swisscows Translate – A good translation service supporting many languages.

                    If you want to translate blocks of text, check out DeepL. If you want in-depth translations for single words or phrases, then Linguee is a good choice.

                    Google Keep (Notes)

                    • Standard Notes is a great alternative for a note-taking service. It is secure, encrypted, and free with apps for Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, and Android (web-based also available).
                    • Joplin is another great option that is open source and works on Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, and Android.

                    Google analytics alternative

                    For website admins, there are many reasons to use an alternative to Google analytics. Aside from privacy concerns, there are also faster and more user-friendly alternatives that also respect your visitors’ privacy.

                    • Clicky is a great alternative to Google Analytics that truncates and anonymizes visitor IP addresses by default. It is lightweight, user-friendly, and fully compliant with GDPR regulations, while also being certified by Privacy Shield.
                    • Matomo (formerly Piwik) is an open-source analytics platform that respects the privacy of visitors by anonymizing and truncating visitor IP addresses (if enabled by the website admin). It is also certified to respect user privacy.
                    • Fathom Analytics is an open source alternative to Google Analytics that’s available on Github here. It’s minimal, fast, and lightweight.
                    • Get Insights – Another privacy-focused analytics platform, with a full analytics suite. The front-end client is open source and available here.
                    • AT Internet is a France-based analytics provider that is fully GDPR compliant, with all data stored on French servers, and a good track record going back to 1996.

                    Many websites host Google Analytics because they run Google Adsense campaigns. Without Google Analytics, tracking performance of these campaigns would be difficult. Nonetheless, there are still better options for privacy.

                    Alternatives to Facebook

                    You can contribute to this list. Your input can be sent to Thank you for your attention.

                    First, let me introduce you to a beautiful framework to be aware of as you read the list below of alternatives to Facebook's functions. It's Cal Newport's divide-and-conquor approach to handeling Social Media and other technologies described in his newest book Digital Minimalism (2019). He lays out a plan to reboot your digital life according to your values in three steps:

                    The Digital Declutter

                    1. Define specific technology rules for a 30 day period, where you stop using "optional technologies".
                    1. Take the 30 day break from optional technologies and follow the rules
                    1. Reintroduce selected technologies

                    This recipe should help you use digital technology to serve your needs. However, to avoid overuse, distraction and wasted time, he suggests a stringent set of criteria for which technologies to reintroduce. Here they are verbatim (p. 77): 

                    The Minimalist Technology Screen

                    To allow an optional technology back into your life at the end of the digitial declutter, it must:

                    1. Serve something you deeply value (offering some value is not enough)
                    1. Be the best way to use technology to serve this value (if it's not, replace it with something better)
                    1. Have a role in your life that is constrained with a standard operating procedure that specifies when and how you use it

                    Regardless of whether you try Newport's digital declutter, you can immediately stop using or replace certain technologies today, if you sense they are not the best way of serving your values. With this in mind,  know that Facebook wants you to think binarily: Either you use Facebook or you don't. 

                    This allows the to entice you into their ecosystem with some feature you find important, and then, once you're a "user", deploy attention engineering to overwhelm you with integrated options, trying to keep you engaging with their service well beyond your original purpose

                    - Digital Minimalism, p. 76

                    But you don't have to fall for that. Facebook is a conglomeration of different functions, which you use to different degrees and that you can use or stop using consciously. With this in mind, it can be useful to know alternatives to specific functions. 

                    Facebook in general

                    Guides to Facebook Alternatives:

                    Selected alternative social networks:


                    Please read Restore Privacy's review of private messenger apps)


                    • (local) websites
                    • Talk to people
                    • Doodle - For smart scheduling 
                    • JotForm - Forms 
                    • TypeForm - Forms and questionaires


                    Buying Selling


                    • Contact people via text or email when you congratulate their birthday. 

                    • Sounds laborious? Consider not congratulating as many people on their birthday.

                    Recommendations & Tips

                    • Ask friends
                    • Search the internet, read books, research yourself 
                    • Yelp

                    Operating Systems

                    • F-Droid instead of Android 
                    • (Ubuntu instead of Windows)

                    Jobs / CV

                    Open Source

                    • Disroot - a site putting together and running many open source services
                    • Freedom Box - volunteers putting together an easy-to-use way to host things yourself

                    Niche cultures / Subcultures / Activism

                    See groups, events etc. Many movements, grassroots and subcultures have been built through FB, this is a hard one

                    Far away or old friends and family

                    • Save your friend's contact details! when finishing educations, jobs, projects etc 
                    • Consider if someone is important enough to worry about if you are not willing to spend the time to write them personally 


                    Facebook is NOT a news service. Pay journalists for quality work. 

                    • The Guardian
                    • New York Times
                    • Washington Post
                    • Information (DK)

                    • Weekendavisen (DK)

                    • Zetland (DK)

                    Deleting Facebook: