Distilled Buddhist Teaching From Elsewhere Five Things to Consider Before Speaking
Now we arrive at another of the Buddha’s teachings on right speech: The five things you should consider before speaking.[v] Is what you’re about to say:
Factual and true Helpful, or beneficial Spoken with kindness and good-will (that is, hoping for the best for all involved) Endearing (that is, spoken gently, in a way the other person can hear) Timely (occasionally something true, helpful, and kind will not be endearing, or easy for someone to hear, in which case we think carefully about when to say it)
Something Is Rotten In Stripe Land As I have shown elsewhere in a long correspondence with Stripe elsewhere, I got the rug yanked out from supporting my small church with small books in a most puzzling manner. First, the accusation was crowdfunding, and after that was all cleared up as rubbish, some generic “you are too risky to do business with” garbage followed. Well, I think I found the issue. It’s right here: https://press.
Meditation Book A La Carte I have decided to release the e-versions of my book on meditation completely free. There is a catch, though. You gotta download it in torrent form! Why? Because really, if we want a better internet, we should start just doing it ourselves. Torrents are peer to peer meaning you do not have the middle man of the server acting like some sort of traffic cop between the person getting the file, and the person sending the file.
Back When The CDC Did Not Suck Back in the mid-nineties, the CDC was at its height. I remember seeing many of their materials scattered about amongst the web, but I particularly remember a piece of software that allowed one total control over a Windows 95 machine–it was appropriately named Back Orifice.
What made them different, back then, was they were combining two things that no one had really thought to do before.
Long Correspondence with Stripe To augment our income for our church, I decided I’d start selling some of my used books through my website. Stripe is who we used as a church credit card payment processor, so I figured they would work just as well for used books. After giving them a lot of what I felt to be a bit intrusive information about the nature of my business, I got the following email from them:
The Web BeforeTime Back in the early days of the web, there was an effort to make online communities. They called them “dungeons” and since there were usually more than one person involved in the server, they added multi-user on the front of it. Put together, you had a multiuser dungeon or a MUD. These dungeons hosted programmed content that created a virtual world. This was rather like a primitive version of Second Life with no graphics.
Remember the Eiggghtiiiess? Growing up in the eighties, most of the images of Russia in my world were limited to submarines, hammers and sickles, and many, many spies. The word “comrade” was meant to make you perk up your ears, and the word “revolution” when it came to Russia was about the same as referring to Nazi Germany. In other words, we were mostly taught the USSR was over there, and was most often unfriendly.
The Words of Solon In the ancient world, stories were told as parables and aphorisms. Whether or not the subject matter was literally true, it was true in the eyes of wisdom, and so was true nonetheless. In some ways, one could argue that these stories were “truer than truth”. One such story concerns a King and a person who was usually accorded the quality of wisdom–Solon. I will quote the story below:
I did not write the following article. Rather, this was an article that was featured in Rolling Stone magazine on July 1, 1976. I believe that this is the “correct” theory about the Lincoln assassination. I also believe the confirming evidence of this theory is still available and suspect the time is ripe for this evidence to have itself be made known.–JB
The infuriating thing about nut theories is there’s always that million-to-one shot that an irrefutable piece of evidence is out there somewhere, half-buried, as it were, just waiting for someone to stoop down and dig it up.
Lincoln: Circa 2019 After what seems to be an unacceptably long time, I was finally able to finish the book on Lincoln that I got back in 2019 by Goodwin. I was not sure where to post this review as in the past I have used Goodreads, but I a sick of everyone else owning the information I write, so I figured that the best spot would be here on my website.