How To Use Bittorrent to Download Stuff - A Bittorrent Tutorial

Bit torrent is a great way to download stuff from the internet. Here's a quick and dirty guide to using it.

Step 1 - Download and install a bittorrent client.

A bittorrent client is a program that opens a bittorrent file and download the stuff you want. (The bittorrent file is a small file that tells your bittorrent program what files to download and how to find them)

If you use windows, I'd suggest UTorrent. I haven't used this program for years but it seems to be what all the cool pc kids are using. Hopefully it can detect your settings and works "out of the box" but you might have to follow the directions to get around firewalls etc...

If you use a mac, I'd suggest Transmission. Generally, I have found this program to, in the spirit of macintosh, "just work". There are some settings you can tweak to speed things up but they are not necessary.

Step 2 - Find the bitorrent file for the stuff (movies, music, e-books, etc...) you want

Once your bittorrent program is installed, it is now just a matter of finding the torrents for the files you want, downloading them, and opening them with the bittorrent program you installed in step one. (Alternatively you can set the bittorrent client to open the file automatically)

There are a lot of places to find torrents. I use www.torrentz.com . Go to this site and search for the file you want. If you are trying this out for the first time, search for something popular like "The Beatles". A list of files will show up; click on the one you want (e.g. - "The Beatles Greatest Hits").

After you click on link, a list of all the bit torrent sites that have the file(s) will show up. Click on one of these The Piratebay or btjunkie.org are good ones.

Step 3 - Download the torrent file and open it with your bittorrent program

You should now be on a specific bitorrent site (such as "thepriratebay.com") and on the correct bitorrent file page (in this case, "The Beatles Greatest Hits"). This page will have info about the files you want to downlaod. Most bitorrent sites have a confusing "download" button that isn't what you want. Rather, look for a usually smaller link that says specifically "Download this Torrent" and click on that. This will either open your bittorrent program automatically or download the bittorrent file to your computer. If it downloads to your computer (usually takes a second), find the file, right click it (on a mac press the control key and then click) and choose to "open with" the bittorrent program you downloaded above.

At this point, your bittorent program should open and show you a list of files that are about to be downloaded. In the case of the Beatles example, it would be a list of .mp3 files. There are also usually some .txt files but you don't need these. Click "add" and the files should begin downloading. This can take a while depending on the size of the files and the number of people sharing. Your bittorrent program should notify you when the files are downloaded. You may want to stop/remove the bittorent transfer once the files have finished downloading, otherwise they will continue to share them and use up your upload bandwith. (It is considered good form to share them for a little while before stopping the transfer).

Step 4 - Enjoy your files

If you've downloaded mp3s or other music files open them with your favorite music player such as Itunes. For any movie files, I'd highly recommend the free VLC media player.

Other resources

There is a good chance I didn't communicate this very well, here are some other links to how to use bittorent:

A Stream of Thought: Utopia 1.0

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Sometimes, I wonder about Utopia. If the world could be any way you want it right now, what would that look like? That question is intimately tied to what truth is. Not long ago, truth for some people was that black people were meant to be slaves and people literally fought for a world with slaves in it.

So the question about what is true is a very important one. Followed all the way it, it leads us to the great wisdom traditions that have been pondering the question since the beginning of thought. Yes, many dogmatic religions have warped, twisted, and abused the traditional wisdom but we shouldn't throw out the baby with the bathwater.

The wisdom traditions generally suggest an Ultimate Truth, an Ultimate Beauty, an Ultimate Goodness; a God, a Spirit, a Source, an Omega Point that has always existed, right now, forever. And we, you and me, are THAT. We are not separate from God. Everything is perfect NOW. In certain states of being I have felt this to be true.

The tricky part is that held within this perfection is all things dark and, so called, evil. Cancer, slums, slavery, disease, poverty, injustice; these things exist within perfection; pushing us to question; pushing us to evolve. It is with the aforementioned wisdom, however, that darkness can be met and even embraced. This is especially important when it comes to ourselves but applies to the larger social issues as well.

Things are getting worse and things are getting better at the same time. It's a paradox; no matter how much light we bring into the world, darkness will continue because we need it...we are it. With darkness embraced (not aloofly accepted!) we can have Utopia, right now, in this moment that we are always striving to improve and is perfect just the way it is.

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I've met a lot of great people in my life. Of couse, not all of them are on Facebook; but I figured posting this collage of Facebook friend profile images would be a good representation of the people I have met in this world and my gratefulness for having met them

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The Greatest Opening Scene in The History of Modern Film?

If you don't recognize this opening in the first couple of minutes you need to watch this film (either again or for the first time).

Click read more below for a bit more commentary.

This clip is from Francis Ford Coppola's masterpiece "Apocalypse Now". In a span of a few years, Coppola directed "The Godfather I and II" and "Apocalypse Now", and also produced George Lucus' breakout film "American Graffiti". Talk about artistic innovation. To actually create Apocalypse took incredible vision and perseverance. The film was besieged by problems "including typhoons, nervous breakdowns, the firing of Harvey Keitel, Martin Sheen's heart attack, extras from the Philippine military leaving in the middle of scenes to go fight rebels, and an unprepared Marlon Brando with a bloated appearance (which Coppola attempted to hide by shooting him in the shadows). It was delayed so often it was nicknamed Apocalypse When?." ( Wikipedia )

Drug use was also rampant among cast members. In this famous scene with Charlie Sheen, Sheen was so wasted, he could hardly stand:

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