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Scoring material goods from Buddhists

There’s some combination of irony and sadness in this story, I can’t really tell you how much of each you should feel. For a number of months I’ve been listening to the lectures on Buddhist thought from the Insight Meditation Center in Redwood City.  I am not a Buddhist, and …

Omigod, I’m going to shoot soup out my nose!

I just caught "Wikihistory", by Desmond Warzel, a short story about a collaborative wiki being kept by time travelers.  All the worst behaviors of both time travelers and wikipedia fans are in full effect.  It’s a hysterical read.  Start at the top and work your way down, just like reading …

Web comics

I’ve become obsessed with web comics.  Brendan Cahill’s "Outside the box" is beautiful if not a little enjoyably cliche noir.  I pause and savor each frame. I really like Planet Karen’s diary style, and I’m constantly laughing out loud at the Hollywood cynicism of "Don’t Forget To Validate Your Parking".  …

Death Valley

My comic book vendor, Frank at Amazing Fantasy here in SF, has a standing order for anything zombie related for me.  If he sees it, he buys it for me.  The new find is called "Death Valley".  If you want to borrow mine to read, ask Steve.  That’s where all …

Keeping an eye on your credit

If you have a Capitol One credit card of any sort, you’ve probably been pitched to use the Credit Inform service.  It’s cheap, $4.99 a month or a quarter or something, and they send you this credit report. Except it’s not really a credit report, it’s a report on what …

“Can’t Get No” by Rick Veitch

I am slightly hesitant to make this comparison, but I think I just read the "Howl" of the 9/11 generation.  Generation is probably an incorrect word, as several generations have been affected by 9/11, but I think it’s fair to say that the book I just finished, "Can’t Get No", …

The short bits to liven up your Friday

One of my friends (yes, a lesbian) im’ed me the other day about my post about lesbian gang signs: [17:16] Her: anytime you need a crash course in lesbian gang signs[17:16] Her: you let me know![17:18] shabbirjsafdar: Are there some?[17:19] Her: of course![17:19] shabbirjsafdar: I saw this woman give a …

Go buy Po Bronson’s book

Po Bronson is a busy man.  He’s also extremely good with people, such that saying Po is a friend of yours is probably something ten thousand people could do today.  Po’s new book is about to come out and I want you to buy it.  I’m not saying you should buy it because I like Po, you should buy it because Po is a great storyteller.