Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Thankfully, this isn't available outside the US

Hulu has just (quitely) become publicly accessible. Alas, I can't watch any of their quality content until I return to the US.

It's probably a good thing that I can't watch from here. When I get home, I might have to hire someone to install parental controls on my computer that I can't hack around. Otherwise my social life and then my company will slowly die from neglect while I attempt to absorb every scrap of watchable television anywhere on the interweb.

Monday, March 17, 2008


I've got to give it to Robin over at Snarkmarket. He certainly does dig up some good ones.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Free Music: Zizek Tour Sampler

Some of you might have heard today's WNYC article Argentinian Club Music Hits New York. It's about Zizek, the Buenos Aires club party that's touring the US right now. The music is all based around taking traditional cumbia sounds and mixing them with modern genres like hip-hop, electro, glitch, trance, and whatever else they can cook up. The sound is pretty nice, and you can download a free tour sampler of mp3s (zipped) from the Whats Up Buenos Aires website.

Thanks to Fat Planet for posting the links.

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Friday, March 14, 2008

What Famous Leader am I?

My sister sent me a link to this quiz that figures out what type of leader you are. Turns out I'm a people loving Macedonian dwarf.

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Building Fires and Building Companies

"Starting this company is like starting a fire, and each little success is like a spark on the kindling we've gathered. We have to nurture and encourage these tender little flames. Be careful not to smother them."

The metaphor came to me naturally. It gave me new appreciation for all the time spent struggling with campfires as a teenager. This memory of a concrete experience allowed me to shed helpful new light on a tough, abstract scenario.

I found myself wondering about the inverse though. Starting a fire is like starting a company because fire building is a fundamental metaphor for creation. Which of the two, fire building and company building, is the more powerful act? To what extent is a simple life, stripped down to the essential metaphors of experience, the most powerful state of existence? I think Trungpa Rinpoche touched on this in Transcending Madness when he talked about an approach to life where water is Wet and fire is Hot. All phenomena are experienced as their underlying symbols. (I might be remembering this wrong. Don't have the book with me on this trip.)

In this alternate experience, lighting a fire is all creative acts and all destructive acts at once. It is Shiva dancing, with the Ganga flowing from his matted hair. There is no need for contrivance because the story of the universe (vast, infinite, expansive) is unfolding completely with every moment.

The interesting twist is that this shift in perspective does not actually necessitate any shift in activities. True simplicity lies in our relationships with phenomenal experience, and has very little to do with the content (the perceived 'other') of that experience.

Have I answered my own question? I think that neither company building nor fire building is a more powerful act than the other. A simple life, stripped down to the essential metaphors of experience, is indeed a powerful state. However, this says very little about what we do and instead places emphasis on how we do it.

This is one of the reasons why I meditate.

Monday, March 03, 2008

The Great Global Warming Swindle

Have you ever suspected that you're not getting the whole story about global warming? Do you hear lots of talk about climatologists, but very little talk from climatologists? If you're concerned about climate change and like to hear dissenting opinions on a complex topic, you've got to watch The Great Global Warming Swindle.

I think the video speaks for itself, but I'll share just one observation: there are a whole lot more voices, expert voices, in this video than there are in An Inconvenient Truth.

I haven't come to my own conclusions on this one. I do, however, believe that the current discourse on climate change has become sensationalist and politically motivated. Neither of these things lends itself to sound decision making, hence the painful and dangerous rush to produce ethanol fuel.

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Saturday, March 01, 2008

Thinking Outside the Box

"I've reluctantly discarded the notion of continuing to manage [Berkshire Hathaway] after my death - abandoning my hope to give new meaning to the term 'thinking outside the box,'"
- Warren Buffett, March 1 2008: 12:45 PM EST