Archive for August, 2007

19 August 2007

“An important move to institutionalize management of reincarnation”

China has banned Buddhist monks in Tibet from reincarnating without government permission. Yes. You read that right. Also here. By declaring that a buddhist, of course this is aimed at one specific buddhist – but still, can’t reincarnate in Tibet without “permission”, does that mean that China, a communist state, just declared that reincarnation is real and by extension, can control an afterlife?

17 August 2007

Finding John Lennon

I just downloaded John Lennon’s Plastic Ono Band from iTunes. Now that there are some tracks that aren’t saddled with stupid restrictions, I’m a lot more interested in the store. It’s a very convenient way to find new stuff. And while I’m a big fan of eMusic, I cancelled my account. The amount of music that I felt that I had to download, due to “losing” the tracks when your subscription for the month is up, was getting a bit overwhelming. The more I downloaded, the more my music library grows and the harder it becomes to find something to listen to. Too many choices is proving to be a little paralyzing. My music library at home is over 130 gig and I find myself listening to the same things over and over again. Even though I’ve got some great music in there, it becomes hard to find something to listen to when you don’t really know what you want to listen too. There’s just too many choices. This is hard to reconcile with my fascination in constantly finding new music. But there you are.

On my work laptop, I have a very tiny subset of stuff to listen too and it’s much easier to navigate. Cover Flow (in iTunes) also works really well this way too. It’s a bit like – oh 15 years ago when I only had something like 20 cds. It was easy to find something to listen to, I just shuffled my cd’s around in a basket and plucked one out.

Somewhat surprisingly, I think I like it (the John Lennon album). Due to all the hype surrounding him, I mostly avoided his music in the past. I know some of the Beatle’s music. I think we have most of it. But his solo stuff (at least this album) is quite different. It’s surprisingly unpretentious and honest (not that I find the Beatles music pretentious). Maybe his memory lives up to all the hype surrounding it after all.

17 August 2007

Here we go again.

I keep creating these things, yet I never seem to write in them. I have dozens of domain names registered, some of which actually even have WordPress or Expression Engine installed on them. Yet none of them are active. So I’m trying it again (this time on a free service). I have this habit of creating them. I’ve been doing it for years. I used to have a blog for a long, long time named nakedelf. Yet I only updated it sporadically and the last posting was about my kitty, Moggy, who wasn’t doing so well. When he died I just couldn’t bring myself to follow up on the post. So I shut it down.

But I find this need to chitchat. And to vent. And to postulate and contemplate my navel. So here we are.


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