Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Little Buddha

In Jamgon Kongtrul's encyclopedic work The Infinite Ocean of Knowledge/The Treasury of Knowledge, the first book deals with Buddhist cosmology, in very epic scope and tone. In the middle of this is the mention of a universe next door to ours called Angustha (Thumb-Sized), "here beings live no more than ten years and are in height no taller than a thumb. They are presided over by the Buddha Delight In Stars (Jyotirama), whose height is one cubit and seven fingers".

In contrast, our universe is called Endurance, because everyone here has to put up with so much.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

EP 033 Shava Nerad Returns to Talk Politics

Public Service Announcement: This week, the Senate released their version of the AHCA, which would cause 25 million people to lose their health insurance. Access to individual health insurance markets enables entrepreneurs, among others, to take the risk of leaving full time jobs with large corporations to build companies of their own. Without full funding for Medicaid, the cost of delivering healthcare to everyone rises. Please contact your Senators and representatives to tell them your position on this important issue.

Today on the podcast, Shava Nerad returns to talk about the ins and outs of political activism in the 21st century, how to make an impact as a technologically savvy organizer, and what you need to learn to be an effective citizen. Previously, Shava visited us to talk about her career as the founding Executive Director of the Tor Project and privacy activist.

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Links for Later 6-14-17

  1. Using topology to describe "11 dimensional structures" in the brain. Not as exciting as it sounds--they are not physical dimensions, but mathematical ones.
  2. Library porn I: touring the libraries of Italy.
  3. Library porn II: Thibaud Poirier's photographs of empty libraries
  4. Mass shooting occurs at GOP baseball practice. Majority Whip Steve Scalise shot.