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Nothing to do, no one to be / roll on


I’ve been very fortunate over the last few years to exchange occasional and always supportive correspondence with Luke Rhinehart otherwise known as the Dice Man or more properly George Cockcroft. Luke is the author of 10 books plus screen plays and various articles that expand and explain the principles of the Dice and dice living.

George is a unique author whose voice and style often vary from book to book. He has been an inspiration to many and the subject of several songs. Here’s one by the Fall.

I recently received an email from Luke that included the following piece of prose poetry. This very much appeals to my own take on the long walk through the passing days (although I’m guilt of most activities described at one time or other) .

So, lets roll…




There is nothing you have to do.

Nowhere you have to go.

No one you have to be.

Roll on.


The sun rises in the morning whether you want it to or not.

The sun sets in the evening no matter how you feel about it.

Sometimes it rains. Your opinion on the matter is not of relevance.

Sometimes some one dies. Every milli-second some one dies. Your grief or rage do not produce a resurrection.

Roll on.


Your car fails to start. Engines do not respond to obscenities.

You have discovered your soul-mate. The universe yawns.

The President of the United States does something particularly thoughtless, stupid and unwise. The bad state of your digestion does not change the President’s mind.

After hours or years of effort you win the big race or big promotion. People still starve to death throughout the world.

The wind veers to blow directly into your face and your progress is slowed. Fortunately you are already wherever you are.

Roll on.


You met someone important to you and know that you made a terrific impression. Too bad. Now you will have to live up to that impression for the rest of your life.

You met someone important to you and know that you made a horrible impression. Good. You can try something different next time.

Roll on.


You feel that no one pays any attention to you. You don’t know how lucky you are. If only people would stop paying attention, we could let go and be whoever we feel at any moment like being. But when we notice someone paying attention then we have to narrow our act to perform for that someone. The role we might really have wanted to play gets stuffed in the costume trunk.


The earth is round. No matter how straight a line we take sooner or later we end up not far from where we started.

A straight line is the best way to travel between two points, and the worst way to travel through life.

Roll on.


Nothing lasts. Thank the Buddha, nothing lasts. All life is cursed and blessed by this simple truth. Nothing lasts. The paradox humans struggle to close their eyes to is that if anything were eternal it would be unimportant. Only change is interesting.


All we do is build mole hills that we imagine are mountains. The first strong wind will blow away all that we thought was eternal.


Life is all change. The man I am at the beginning of this sentence has changed forever before I type the period to end it.


And we thank God it is so. Nothing lasts. Celebrate change because change is life.


But humans fight change and thus fight life. Most human misery lies in the effort to preserve something—someone’s love, wealth, a new sofa, a child’s charm, a talent that is fading. Let them go, let them go. Every effort to preserve something blocks the arrival of something new that might enrich life.


We dream of a perfect life and thus miss the perfection of life.


Roll on.



Copyright © 2014 LUKE RHINEHART, All rights reserved.

Reproduced here with the authors permission

You can write to Luke at lukec@taconic.net.


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Rolling with the Dice Life – App Review

I haven’t done an App review before but as this one is fairly unique and based around the work of the great Luke Rhinehart @OfficialDiceMan how could I not.

Developed by AppVantage the #DiceLifeApp is your mobile portal to Dice Living. You need never be stuck for a decision again. You can now lead a blameless life, absolved from responsibility, when choosing the evenings activities, which bar to visit, what to eat and even how to entertain a loved one. With a simple shake your life enters a new land of freedom as you give yourself to the dice.

First published in 1971 ‘The Dice Man’ by Luke Rhinehart gained cult status amongst counter culture idealogs and the socially adventurous. Written in an autobiographical style the book relates the progress of psychologist Rhinehart as he gives himself over to chance.

Often referenced, occasionally filmed and still contemporary given our therapy & self-help driven world the book is a great read.

Here’s the press release for the App which hit the iTunes store on Friday.


Press Release

Dice Life for iPhone


Beware – this app will change your life!


Dice Life combines entertainment with a radical approach to life –  Surrender to the dice as they make your decisions and lead you to new and exciting experiences! (and you’ll have fun on the way).

Inspired by Luke Rhinehart’s internationally bestselling novel THE DICE MAN,  the Dice Life app combines entertainment with a radical approach to life.

Break the habits of a lifetime and let Chance be your guide.
Some of Dice Life’s features:

  • Don’t know what to do tonight? Roll the Dice to find local bars, restaurants, theatres, cinemas. Or stay at home and let the Dice choose a recipe, a TV channel, a book or a film.
  • Want to find someone to hang out with? Dice Life will add six of your Facebook friends to a die and you can involve them in your Dice Life by just rolling to choose.
  • Don’t know who’s round it is? Take a photo of each of your mates and shake your device – Dice Life will choose for you.
  • Fancy a random night out with your mates? Follow the Dice as they lead you around any city, and pick from six unique dice-based drinking games.
  • As your dicing experience grows, the challenges that the Dice throw your way intensify. Who can survive Rhinehart’s Roulette? Or spend an hour as an angry pirate or some other dice-dictated role? Or follow the challenges of the Kama Sutra?
  • Begin as a Dice Apprentice and work all the way up to Dice Master, unlocking new content as you play.
  • Your progress through Dice Life is monitored by the elusive Dice Master – he’ll be your guide as you submit to Chance.
  • Submit your dicelife experiences to be included in Luke’s newest book, THE DICE MAN DIARIES.Great when used alone – even better with a group of friends – Dice Life will transform even the most boring evening into an adventure.

LIKE us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/DiceLifeApp

FOLLOW us on Twitter: www.twitter.com/DiceLifeApp

My first reading of the Dice Man was at art school when I had an interest in all things mindful, from Jung & Freud to Laing & Leary. At one point I made a dice matrix for drawing that covered subject, style, colour & media. It was an experiment of passing interest and locked away in a gallery corridor for the almost my entire second year and left to my own devices it formed a part of other strange exercises from left hand drawing, exquisite corpse beasts and blindfold portraiture. They don’t make art schools like that any more.

So, the DiceLifeApp, still a little bit unstable and slow to load but it makes great use of location services and finding links. The initial download is free but you need to buy the full version to unlock the Karma Sutra dice, the drinking games (? Eeekkk!), a FaceBook dice for random stalking, Cuisine Dice (with what look like edible recipes) & PhotoDice (not tried this yet). The Free Text dice allows you to write your own random destiny, this is probably the one that interests me the most so look out for an update once I’ve had a think about it. The Role Play dice gives you the options to conduct your day as a worried politician, manic comedian, close to tears sea captain and sleazy queen. Once in character you can chose what to do – Go out and eat, Stay in & cook, go to a bar etc all in the manner of your character. Dice need imagination but think of the free brain time now you don’t have all those tedious decisions to make.

If you link your app to your Face Book account you can share you rolls with your friends. Just beware of sharing your Karma Sutra results.

I’m going to give this 5 Stars for getting it out there in the first place (hanging an app on a 40 year old book  about personal freedoms is quite an achievement) , a small deduction for crashyness which I’m sure will be stabilised soon and pending further investigation a few points for being self-scriptable. If I can work up a set of creative choices for drawing or photography I’ll be quite pleased with it.

Roll with it. Get some Dice in your life.


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