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  • Turing Machine Build
    Jul 9, 2015
    The other day I was doing some reading on Alan Turing and his classic paper, On computable numbers, with an...

  • LittleRP Build
    Oct 5, 2014
    I’ve spent a good part of this weekend working on finishing my build of a LittleRP resin 3D printer. There...

  • TrustyCon Videos Available
    Mar 6, 2014
    TrustyCon 2014 (maybe the only one ever) happened the other week as a competitor to the RSA convention because of...

  • Short Update
    Dec 4, 2013
    A short update of a list of things I’ve been doing lately… Drones aka multi-rotor copters I built a tricopter...

  • Boing Boing Ingenuity was great
    Aug 19, 2013
    I managed to go to Boing Boing: Ingenuity this weekend. This was a one day hackathon followed by “vaudeville for...

  • Retiring Blog
    Jul 6, 2013
    I’ve not blogged much here for quite a while. Years really. I lost a lot of my blogging mojo when...

  • Moving Blogging Here
    Jul 6, 2013
    I just announced over on openbuddha.com that I’m effectively closing that blog. I’ve also changed my twitter username from openbuddha...

  • Cal's Dreambox
    Jun 19, 2013
    A few weeks ago, it was announced that there was now a 3D printing vending machine over at UC, Berkeley...

  • Weird Records from 3D Printers and Laser Cutters
    May 23, 2013
    Warning: This post is rather heavy with the use of Flash to show videos. Sorry! I’ve seen a bit of...

  • Visiting Metrix
    Apr 30, 2013
    Last week I was up in my old home of Seattle for a few days to see family and friends...

  • Zen Druids
    Apr 13, 2013
    This is a cross post from my new post over at pagandharma.org called, “Zen Druids.” Since it is topically relevant...

  • A New and Quicker Format
    Mar 8, 2013
    Biting off more than I can chew... I haven’t been posting as much here or any of my other blogs...

  • Words on my Grandfather
    Jan 29, 2013
    My Grandparents This morning, my maternal grandfather, Ethan Beals, died. To my recollection, he was 85 years old, growing up...

  • Foldarap Adventures
    Jan 19, 2013
    When last I wrote, I said that I was building a Rostock Mini 3D printer. That is still true but...

  • Building a Rostock Mini
    Dec 31, 2012
    I haven’t posted in a while here, largely because I haven’t finished any interesting projects lately. The one thing that...

  • Pagandharma is up again
    Dec 12, 2012
    I had a brief project in 2011 called “Pagan Dharma” that was up on pagandharma.org. I wound up feeling uninspired...

  • Another Side of Sasaki
    Nov 27, 2012
    Since I did the post yesterday mentioning the current allegations (which I expect are true) of sexual abuse/predation/who the hell...

  • The Old Woman Burns the Hermitage
    Nov 26, 2012
    Oh, the exciting world of Zen. Another month, another sexual scandal. Lately, I’ve become rather exhausted with the idea of...

  • Feast of the Mighty
    Nov 3, 2012
    Last night I went to a neopagan ritual locally in Oakland. For the non-pagans out there who somehow missed out...

  • In the Footsteps of Wonhyo
    Sep 24, 2012
    The other day, I heard about a new kickstarter, In the Footsteps of Wonhyo, when my own teacher backed it....

  • OMFG Closed Source 3D Printers
    Sep 20, 2012
    Bre Pettis Wow. I posted about the new Makerbot Industries Replicator 2 yesterday. I’m still, site unseen except for the...

  • New Makerbot Printer
    Sep 19, 2012
    Wow, today is an unexpected news day for 3D printing. Over at Ace Monster Toys, we’ve had a number of...

  • Making Clocks
    Sep 13, 2012
    Today, a batch of Ardunino compatible nixie tub boards arrived from China. I heard about these a week ago on...

  • Mini Quadcopter fun at AMT
    Sep 13, 2012
    Tim O'Brien's mini-quadcopter Last night, we had our new semi-regular small open house at Ace Monster Toys. One of our...

  • Gateless Gate Artwork Series
    Aug 29, 2012
    </param></param></param></embed> I just came across this the other day. A artist named “Mark Morse” is doing a series of images...

  • Outline of a Social Meditation Application
    Aug 15, 2012
    This is an outline of a social meditation application that I’ve been considering this morning as a brainstorming thing. The...

  • The Collected Works of Korean Buddhism
    Aug 13, 2012
    I just saw word on the H-Buddhism list of what is, to me, a monumental event. Well known scholar and...

  • Thoughts on Buddhist Geeks 2012
    Aug 12, 2012
    Another Buddhist Geeks conference has now come and gone. As I write this, I am sitting in the Denver airport...

  • Going to Buddhist Geeks 2012
    Aug 8, 2012
    Tomorrow I am flying to Denver and going from there to Boulder, San Francisco of the Rockies, in order to...

  • Notes from a Hackerspace Panel
    Jul 28, 2012
    Drawing by Suzanne Forbes I attended a panel today at Defcon 20 titled, “Connected Chaos: Evolving the DCG/Hackspace Communication Landscape.”...

  • Black Hat and Defcon Fun
    Jul 28, 2012
    I’ve spent the last few days at the Black Hat and Defcon security conventions in Las Vegas. I attend these...

  • Interview on Technoccult
    Jul 26, 2012
    Klint Finley of Technoccult interviewed me last week and posted the interview on his site yesterday. You can read it...

  • If You’re Lucky, Your Heart Will Break
    Jul 15, 2012
    <img src="http://www.openbuddha.com/images/ifyourelucky-cover.jpg" width="250"" height="400" alt="Cover"> If You’re Lucky, Your Heart Will Break: Field Notes from a Zen Life is a...

  • Learning to Play Go Online
    Jul 14, 2012
    I’ve been learning to play Go lately. Like many people, I learned the rules when I was much younger and...

  • A Review of Doctorow's Pirate Cinema
    Jul 13, 2012
    I recently managed to score an advanced reader copy of Cory Doctorow’s upcoming young adult novel, Pirate Cinema. This comes...

  • The Dharma of Lifting
    Jul 10, 2012
    Yaaaar!!!! I have a confession to make. I used to be a 98 lb weakling and, later, a fat computer...

  • Sitting at Kojin-an
    Jul 6, 2012
    I just attended my first sit at Kojin-an Zendo here in Oakland. A fellow, Paul, from the “Saturday Night Sangha”...

  • The Great Fork
    Jul 5, 2012
    I’ve done it now. As if having one blog that I updated about a tenth as often as I should...

  • The Great Fork
    Jul 5, 2012
    I’ve done it now. As if having one blog that I updated about a tenth as often as I should...

  • A New Term Begins at the Prajna Institute
    Jun 28, 2012
    Another few months have passed and a new term at the Prajna Institute starts in a few days. I’m looking...

  • Buddhism is more than the Buddha
    Jun 22, 2012
    If there was ever a poster child example of why I am not a Theravadan Buddhist (nor a conservative one...

  • Splitting the Blog
    Jun 20, 2012
    Gandharan Buddha Once upon a time, this blog used to go gangbusters. I posted a few times a week, was...

  • Scanning the Buddha
    Jun 2, 2012
    It isn’t often that my Buddhist interests and my hacker/geek interests completely line up. Today is one of those days!...

  • Scanning the Buddha
    Jun 2, 2012
    Originally published on Open Buddha It isn’t often that my Buddhist interests and my hacker/geek interests completely line up. Today...

  • In Memory of Leon Erlin
    Apr 24, 2012
    My father-in-law, Leon Erlin, died last Thursday, April 19, 2012. He was 91 years old, a World War II veteran,...

  • Review of Why I Am A Five Percenter
    Apr 7, 2012
    I just finished reading Michael Muhammad Knight’s new book, “Why I Am a Five Percenter.” This is a follow-up to...

  • DARPA, Hackerspaces, and Schools
    Apr 6, 2012
    A little levity for your memes There is a bit of a controversy brewing right now that, in many ways,...

  • DARPA, Hackerspaces, and Schools
    Apr 6, 2012
    Originally published on Open Buddha A little levity for your memes There is a bit of a controversy brewing right...

  • Open Sangha Progress
    Apr 3, 2012
    The once a month meetings of the Bay Area Open Sangha continue to occur every month. We have had a...

  • The Attack of an Open Request
    Mar 7, 2012
    Apparently, asking for people to support an open community and to keep divisive speech seen to attack community members off...

  • Supporting an open Mozilla
    Mar 6, 2012
    I’m a proud Mozillian. I’ve worked at the Mozilla Corporation since June of 2007. I came there after working at...

  • Ace Monster Toys Book Scanner is Complete
    Mar 4, 2012
    The Ace Monster Toys Book Scanner A year ago, Ace Monster Toys member Myles and I did a bunch of...

  • Ace Monster Toys Book Scanner is Complete
    Mar 4, 2012
    Originally published on Open Buddha The Ace Monster Toys Book Scanner A year ago, Ace Monster Toys member Myles and...

  • Little Brother on Stage
    Jan 31, 2012
    I went with friends on Sunday night to see the Custom Made Theater Company’s adaptation of Cory Doctorow’s young adult...

  • Little Brother on Stage
    Jan 31, 2012
    Originally published on Open Buddha I went with friends on Sunday night to see the Custom Made Theater Company’s adaptation...

  • Changes and 2011 Review
    Jan 1, 2012
    It is now January 1st, 2012 so I suppose it is time for year end (beginning?) review and announcements. For...

  • Hakim Bey on TAZ Origins
    Dec 28, 2011
    I just read a recent interview with Hakim Bey today, In Conversation with Hakim Bey done by Hans Ulrich Obrist...

  • Digital Dharma Kickstarter
    Dec 17, 2011
    Digital Dharma Staff for the documentary, Digital Dharma, contacted me the other day about their upcoming film. Coincidentally, a day...

  • Ace Monster Toys on Make Live
    Dec 1, 2011
    Ace Monster Toys was approached recently to appear Make: Live as part of their “Hackerspace Roadshow.” As their page says,...

  • Ace Monster Toys on Make Live
    Dec 1, 2011
    Originally published on Open Buddha Ace Monster Toys was approached recently to appear Make: Live as part of their “Hackerspace...

  • First Open Sangha Weekend Retreat a Success
    Nov 20, 2011
    The first retreat event for the Bay Area Open Sangha was a rousing success. I just returned from spending the...

  • Occupy Samsara
    Nov 14, 2011
    While I’ve spoken about it quite a bit on twitter (and retweeted a lot of posts by others), I haven’t...

  • Narcissism and Photos
    Nov 3, 2011
    As a number of my friends know, I had LASIK surgery on my eyes about a month ago to correct...

  • Open Retreat is on
    Nov 3, 2011
    The details for the upcoming two day open retreat in the East Bay of California have been updated and somewhat...

  • Bay Area Open Sangha
    Oct 29, 2011
    I’ve recently been prompted to get involved with putting together a retreat and an “unorganization,” called “Open Sangha.” I blogged...

  • College of Lockpicking
    Oct 28, 2011
    Last night, Ace Monster Toys had a two hour or so workshop by guests, Eric and Jamie, from the College...

  • College of Lockpicking
    Oct 28, 2011
    Originally published on Open Buddha Last night, Ace Monster Toys had a two hour or so workshop by guests, Eric...

  • A Hardcore Buddhist Evening
    Oct 18, 2011
    </a>Daniel Ingram, photo courtesy of Buddhist Geeks It is amusing that I wrote about Daniel Ingram last week in regards...

  • Mastering the Core Teachings of the Buddha out as ebook
    Oct 14, 2011
    Daniel Ingram is a fairly well known Buddhist teacher in certain circles. He gathered a bit of controversy years ago...

  • Ace Monster Toys at East Bay Mini Maker Faire
    Oct 14, 2011
    This weekend is the second annual East Bay Mini Maker Faire in Oakland, CA. As the EBMMF website says: A...

  • Ace Monster Toys at East Bay Mini Maker Faire
    Oct 14, 2011
    Originally published on Open Buddha This weekend is the second annual East Bay Mini Maker Faire in Oakland, CA. As...

  • Alan Chapman Talk in Berkeley
    Oct 9, 2011
    Last night, Alan Chapman happened to be visiting Berkeley and leading a meditation session at the open Saturday Night Sangha...

  • New DIY Book Scanner Design Goes to Beta
    Oct 5, 2011
    Daniel Reetz has released his beta files for the newer DIY Book Scanner that he showed at the Open Hardware...

  • New DIY Book Scanner Design Goes to Beta
    Oct 5, 2011
    Originally published on Open Buddha Daniel Reetz has released his beta files for the newer DIY Book Scanner that he...

  • Three Buddhas
    Oct 1, 2011
    Scott turned me on to a couple of Tumblr blogs today: Dharma Snapshots Buddha Quotes (from which came the above...

  • Bay Area Open Buddhist Retreat
    Sep 27, 2011
    This is kind of a “Hey, I have a barn…Let’s put on a play!” kind of post. I was thinking...

  • New Blog Software and Changes for the Site
    Sep 26, 2011
    Hi there! Inspired by “Blogging like a Hacker” and a number of my friends blogging through developer tools, I’ve decided...

  • Daniel Reetz unveils new DIY Book Scanner at Open Hardware Summit
    Sep 22, 2011
    My friend, Daniel Reetz, was a speaker at the recent Open Hardware Summit. His talk there was called “DIY Book...

  • Daniel Reetz unveils new DIY Book Scanner at Open Hardware Summit
    Sep 22, 2011
    Originally published on Open Buddha My friend, Daniel Reetz, was a speaker at the recent Open Hardware Summit. His talk...

  • Ace Monster Toys Hackerspace on Meetup
    Aug 12, 2011
    We decided (well, David the treasurer did…) to start using Meetup to promote events at Ace Monster Toys very recently....

  • Ace Monster Toys Hackerspace on Meetup
    Aug 12, 2011
    Originally published on Open Buddha We decided (well, David the treasurer did…) to start using Meetup to promote events at...

  • Al's Black Hat 2011 and DEF CON 19 Visit
    Aug 11, 2011
    I attended Black Hat 2011 and DEF CON 19 this last week under the auspices of Mozilla. We generally have...

  • Al's Black Hat 2011 and DEF CON 19 Visit
    Aug 11, 2011
    Originally published on Open Buddha I attended Black Hat 2011 and DEF CON 19 this last week under the auspices...

  • Ordination of Laura Bŏnyōn Neal in the Five Mountain Zen Sangha
    Aug 9, 2011
    I’ve been working with some of the students at the Five Mountain Buddhist Seminary for a couple of years now....

  • Buddhist Geeks - Last Day and Closing Thoughts
    Aug 3, 2011
    I’m a little late in writing this (it is now Wednesday) but I’ve had nearly back to back trips to...

  • Buddhist Geeks 2011 - Day 1.5
    Jul 30, 2011
    I am in Los Angeles (technically, Rosemead but you know…) attending the Buddhist Geeks 2011 conference. This is the first...

  • 3D Printing Sucks or the State of Things
    Jul 17, 2011
    Alice...my makerbot Look around and you’ll see more and more articles in the mainstream press about 3D printing and printers....

  • 3D Printing Sucks or the State of Things
    Jul 17, 2011
    Originally published on Open Buddha Alice...my makerbot Look around and you’ll see more and more articles in the mainstream press...

  • The Heart Sutra Commentary by Zen Master Seung Sahn
    Jul 4, 2011
    I found this randomly on the Internet today. I’m a student of Seung Sahn’s lineage and try to understand his...

  • Remote Control Plane Talk at Ace Monster Toys
    Jun 10, 2011
    Aaron shows one of the planes he built Aaron did a talk on the basics of remote control planes at...

  • Remote Control Plane Talk at Ace Monster Toys
    Jun 10, 2011
    Originally published on Open Buddha Aaron shows one of the planes he built Aaron did a talk on the basics...

  • Ace Monster Toys at Maker Faire - Follow Up Report
    May 28, 2011
    Ace Monster Toys had its first booth at a Maker Faire last weekend. Technically, we were at the East Bay...

  • Ace Monster Toys at Maker Faire - Follow Up Report
    May 28, 2011
    Originally published on Open Buddha Ace Monster Toys had its first booth at a Maker Faire last weekend. Technically, we...

  • Final Look at Refuge Tattoo
    May 28, 2011
    Last September, I blogged about the tattoo work I was having done on my left arm by a friend. I...

  • Nortd Labs discusses the Lasersaur laster cutter at Ace Monster Toys
    May 20, 2011
    Nortd Labs is in the Bay Area for the Maker Faire this weekend. They are the creators of the Lasersaur,...

  • Nortd Labs discusses the Lasersaur laster cutter at Ace Monster Toys
    May 20, 2011
    Originally published on Open Buddha Nortd Labs is in the Bay Area for the Maker Faire this weekend. They are...

  • Pagan Dharma - A New Beginning
    May 18, 2011
    Earlier today, at the encouragement of my friend, Catherine, and a few others, I set up Pagan Dharma at pagandharma.org....

  • A May Talk by Rev. Bon Soeng of Empty Gate Zen Center
    May 17, 2011
    Empty Gate Zen Center is my local instance of the Kwan Um School of Zen. The lineage that I practice...

  • Ace Monster Toys at Maker Faire
    May 17, 2011
    Ace Monster Toys, the hackerspace which I helped found in Oakland, will have a presence at Maker Faire this coming...

  • Ace Monster Toys at Maker Faire
    May 17, 2011
    Originally published on Open Buddha Ace Monster Toys, the hackerspace which I helped found in Oakland, will have a presence...

  • CMKT 4 Workshop at Ace Monster Toys
    May 14, 2011
    The circuit-bending rock band, CMKT 4 paid a visit to Ace Monster Toys this last Thursday. CMKT4 plays a rather...

  • Laser taking a boat trip to Ace Monster Toys
    May 11, 2011
    We've received word at Ace Monster Toys, the nonprofit Oakland Hackerspace that I helped found, that our 80 watt laser...

  • The Three Pathways of Awakening - Class 2 Rough Notes
    May 9, 2011
    I am continuing to take Hokai Sobol’s online course, The Three Pathways of Awakening through Buddhist Geeks. This class is...

  • Article Swap: Nate of Precious Metal on the Role of Tradition
    May 8, 2011
    As part of the 2011 Article Swap, the following piece was written by Nate from Precious Metal on the role...

  • The Three Pathways of Awakening - Class 1 Rough Notes
    May 2, 2011
    I am taking Hokai Sobol’s online course, The Three Pathways of Awakening, which is offered through Buddhist Geeks. This is...

  • Beginning of Clonedels at Ace Monster Toys
    Apr 23, 2011
    Today, we poured our first set of clonedel pieces for the upcoming set of Reprap Prusa 3D printers that we’re...

  • Fudō Myōō Painting
    Apr 13, 2011
    For a while now, my friend, <a href=http://nondualelf.com/”>Kat Lunoe</a>, has been working on a painting for me. Kat is a...

  • Original steampunk revisited, a review of Jeter's "Infernal Devices"
    Apr 10, 2011
    This last week, I read the reissue of K. W. Jeter’s classic steampunk novel, Infernal Devices. This is being released...

  • Jundo Cohen's Comments on Genpo, Sexuality, Money, and Zen
    Apr 8, 2011
    Jundo Cohen of Treeleaf Zendo offers his amazing, insightful, and hilarious commentary on Genpo Merzel, sexuality, money, and Zen in...

  • A Visit to the Internet Archive
    Apr 2, 2011
    The Internet Archive HQ A number of us from Ace Monster Toys went to visit the Internet Archive on April...

  • The Need for a Public Stance on Ethics in Zen
    Mar 31, 2011
    Within the Five Mountain Sangha and some friends, there has been a brief discussion in the last day (and a...

  • Does the world really need more Zen sitting groups?
    Mar 29, 2011
    It comes up every so often that the only active sitting groups for the Five Mountain Sangha are in the...

  • Just back from Five Mountain Sangha 2011 Spring Retreat
    Mar 28, 2011
    The Five Mountain Sangha Retreat Group I just returned yesterday evening from the Five Mountain Sangha 2001 Spring Retreat. The...

  • You keep saying that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.
    Mar 28, 2011
    I was going to write a nice post about the three day retreat from which I just returned with my...

  • Another version of Firefox, another cake
    Mar 22, 2011
    We shipped Firefox 4 today at Mozilla, where I work. This is a big deal for us and for the...

  • Book Scan Wizard and the Internet Archive team up to form a massive book scanning robot!
    Mar 13, 2011
    Book Scan Wizard is the software that is the heart and soul of the DIY Book Scanner that I’ve been...

  • DIY Book Scanner is almost complete
    Mar 13, 2011
    Myles and I have continued to spend a few hours a couple of times a week on our DIY Book...

  • Who am I and what do I do?
    Mar 12, 2011
    Me at Borobudur on Java paying homage to the Buddha I realized that I have only indirectly spoken about myself...

  • More Bookscanner Progress
    Mar 4, 2011
    Gaze in awe at the completed base Myles and I met up before and after the weekly AMT meeting last...

  • Just Back from visiting Green Gulch
    Feb 27, 2011
    My wife and I took a short trip to Green Gulch this week (also known as Green Dragon Temple). This...

  • Ace Monster Toys Visit by Daniel Reetz of DIYBookScanner.org
    Feb 25, 2011
    I blogged the other day about the DIY Book Scanner that we’ve been working on at Ace Monster Toys, which...

  • DIY Book Scanner in progress
    Feb 22, 2011
    I don’t blog as often on the out and out geeky side of things here very often right now but...

  • Question About Kong-ans (koans) to Zen Master Bon Soeng
    Feb 17, 2011
    This was posted on facebook today by Empty Gate Zen Center. As someone who is doing ongoing work with kong-ans...

  • A Letter from Kanzeon Zen Center Concerning Genpo Merzel
    Feb 17, 2011
    As many of you have heard, Genpo Merzel of Kanzeon Zen Center and Big Mind disrobed recently on the revelation...

  • Buddhism is not an espresso machine or Zen Heart, Vajra Heart
    Feb 15, 2011
    I attended my first Zen Heart, Vajra Heart day-long workshop last weekend. This was taught by Lew Richmond, an heir...

  • More Metal in my Heart Sutra, Please
    Jan 27, 2011
    A friend of mine sent this to me today. It is a metal version of the Heart Sutra and is...

  • Review of Sheng Yen's Footprints in the Snow
    Jan 15, 2011
    I just finished reading, “Footprints in the Snow: The Autobiography of a Chinese Buddhist Monk” By Sheng Yen. I’d been...

  • The Buddhist Lifecoach or Charging Fees for the Dharma
    Jan 11, 2011
    This is yet another one of those troublesome “money and the Dharma” kinds of posts. It isn’t going to be...

  • Shoveling Snow Buddha
    Jan 6, 2011
    My mother, Gretchen, took this photo the other day and sent it to me. I thought I’d share it with...

  • Ten Steps to Zen Meditation from Dr. Michael Saso
    Dec 30, 2010
    I’m going to “steal” from another blog here, which I generally avoid doing, in order to draw attention to it...

  • Eido Shimano kinda sorta denies it all and chastises the New York Times
    Dec 26, 2010
    The Eido Shimano controvery seems unwilling to die, like the undead in the current crop of Zombie novels and movies....

  • One Day Retreat at Empty Gate
    Dec 19, 2010
    Yesterday, I attended a one day retreat at Empty Gate Zen Center in Berkeley, California. I knew it was somewhere...

  • Don't Make Anything
    Dec 16, 2010
    I came across part of the following quote today in comments on Jack Daw’s blog post, The Enlightenment of Ghouls....

  • Shugendo Documentary
    Dec 7, 2010
    I went to the International Buddhist Film Festival showcase in San Rafael last night. I didn’t even know that the...

  • Ace Monster Toys at the East Bay Mini Maker Faire Today
    Oct 24, 2010
    I and other members of Ace Monster Toys spent the day at the East Bay Mini Maker Faire today in...

  • 30 Days of Practice
    Oct 21, 2010
    Inspired by Ryan’s “100 Days of Practice” series, I’m setting up a public commitment to practice, though I’m going to...

  • Eido Shimano Update
    Oct 19, 2010
    Rev. Barry Briggs has an update on his blog on the Zen Studies Society and Eido Shimano for those still...

  • Ace Monster Toys at East Bay Mini Maker Faire this weekend
    Oct 18, 2010
    Ace Monster Toys, the East Bay hackerspace, is going to have a booth at the East Bay Mini Maker Faire...

  • Zero History
    Sep 28, 2010
    While on my current trip in Bali, I’ve had the chance to do a little reading. One of the first...

  • An Expansion of the Five Mountain Buddhist Seminary Presence in Second Life
    Sep 24, 2010
    The Five Mountain Sangha has been running a distance-based non-denominational Buddhist seminary for a few years now, the Five Mountain...

  • Pema Chödrön Online Retreat Weekend in October
    Sep 23, 2010
    I’ve been a fan of Pema Chödrön for a while. She’s been one of the better teachers and writers to...

  • "Take on the Machine" Hackerspace Video Series
    Sep 21, 2010
    Mitch Altman, one of the founders of the Noisebridge hackerspace in San Francisco, has been working with people on the...

  • New Steampunk Manjushri Logo for Open Buddha
    Sep 15, 2010
    A Buddhist and artist that I know from twitter, the Kamikazen, designed a new logo for my blog today. You...

  • Patheos Book Club
    Sep 14, 2010
    Patheos, an interfaith web site, is now running book clubs as part of their site. You can see their page...

  • East Bay Mini Maker Faire October 24, 2010
    Sep 13, 2010
    Chris Hecker, here in the East Bay area, wrote about a local Mini Maker Faire. He says: We're doing a...

  • Petition for Eido Shimano to Resign as Abbot of the Zen Studies Society
    Sep 12, 2010
    Rev. Jiro Andy Afable, Eido Shimano’s second Dharma heir, has posted a petition for Eido Shimano to resign as the...

  • Sometimes Mindfulness Requires a Post-it Note
    Sep 11, 2010
    Yesterday, I had my second tattoo done. I did one almost eight years ago on the top of my right...

  • Has Eido Shimano Really Resigned?
    Sep 11, 2010
    There is apparently some questions circulating within the Zen teaching community about whether Eido Shimano has really resigned from his...

  • Chinul and the Hwadu Meditation
    Sep 9, 2010
    This was originally written as a short paper for a seminary class on Chinul and Korean Sôn at the Five...

  • Eido Shimano Steps Down as Abbot of the Zen Studies Society
    Sep 8, 2010
    I blogged back on August 22 about the rekindled controvery with Eido Shimano, the longtime abbot of the Zen Studies...

  • A Review of Cherie Priest's "Dreadnought" or A Rather Pleasant Train Ride Across the American Landscape With Friends
    Sep 7, 2010
    <img src=”http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4149/4970268302_1d60a8ca5c_m.jpg” align=”right” hspace=”10”width=”161” height=”240” alt=”Dreadnought” /> A month and a half ago or so, I managed to get an...

  • Ace Monster Toys as a real hackerspace
    Aug 31, 2010
    I’ve been meaning to post an update for Ace Monster Toys, the hackerspace that I co-founded recently in Berkeley. I...

  • Visiting Dharma Cousins in Las Vegas
    Aug 30, 2010
    The Zen Center of Las Vegas This last weekend, I was in Las Vegas for the second time in a...

  • Zen Sex Scandal Goes Mainstream
    Aug 22, 2010
    I blogged about the sexual scandal associated with Eido Shimano Roshi last year with Aitken Roshi’s papers on the matter...

  • Robert Aitken Roshi is dead
    Aug 6, 2010
    Robert Aitken Roshi died last night. He was 93 years old. This is a sad moment for American Zen. Here...

  • Going to San Quentin Soon
    Jul 15, 2010
    I’ve received word back that I am now approved to visit and on the visitor’s list for San Quention. SQ...

  • OneSangha, a Buddhist Social Networking Site and Forum
    Jul 14, 2010
    I’ve owned the onesangha.org domain for a while. In 2008, I made an attempt to get a group Buddhist blog...

  • A Visit to Seattle Hackerspaces
    Jul 5, 2010
    While I was in Seattle visiting friends and family the other week, I had a chance to visit Metrix Create:Space...

  • Buddhist Ebooks
    Jun 23, 2010
    I’m a computer geek and an avid reader of ebooks. I understand the criticisms that many have of whether you...

  • Summer Solstice and Celebrations
    Jun 21, 2010
    There is still a lot of pagan in me, as I’ve said before. It is still my basic cultural paradigm...

  • Ace Monster Toys: All On Board
    Jun 17, 2010
    Left to Right: Chris, Al, Shannon and his Mustache, Dr. Jesus, Mike, Neha The effort to get Ace Monster Toys,...

  • Amongst White Clouds - More Chinese Buddhism in video
    May 31, 2010
    Rev. Paul Lynch, my preceptor and the head of the Five Mountain Sangha, just did a blog post about “Amongst...

  • Ace Monster Toys - a Hackerspace in Formation
    May 30, 2010
    It is about time that I posted something that isn’t entirely Buddhist related. I did update the description of this...

  • Unmovable Masters
    May 25, 2010
    ha ha ha!! I’m laughing as I have just read this quote from One Bird, One Stone: A senior student...

  • EFF Geek Reading: Cory Doctorow's "For the Win" Audio
    May 20, 2010
    I attended an Electronic Frontier Foundation fundraiser this evening in San Francisco. Cory Doctorow has been in the Bay Area...

  • Cold Mountain: Another Chan Buddhist Film
    May 17, 2010
    Today I found out about another Buddhist documentary focusing on the Chan Buddhism of China. This is “Cold Mountain: Han...

  • Tricycle's Online Retreats and Buddhist Audio
    May 10, 2010
    Through Tricycle magazine’s website, Stephen Batchelor has been running an “online retreat” called “Buddhism for this One and Only Life.”...

  • Off the Grid: Life on the Mesa
    May 6, 2010
    I recently watched a documentary, “Off the Grid: Life on the Mesa,” about the community in the untown of Mesa,...

  • Reprint of "Prison Chaplaincy Guidelines for Zen Buddhism" Available
    May 6, 2010
    The reprint of “Prison Chaplaincy Guidelines for Zen Buddhism” from the Engaged Zen Foundation is finally available. This is one...

  • ALMS: a Chan Buddhist film
    Apr 17, 2010
    A fimmaker, Ted Burger, has made a new short film focusing on Buddhism in China. You may know him as...

  • Zen and the Art of Dating
    Apr 9, 2010
    This is a guest post by Shane as part of the article swap, part 3 within the Buddhist blogoshphere. I...

  • A Short Talk on the Diamond Sutra
    Apr 4, 2010
    This is the core of a short talk that I gave on the Diamond Sutra at the Five Mountain Order’s...

  • What is Open Source Buddhism?
    Mar 12, 2010
    The moniker, “Open Source Buddhism,” has been used on this site for quite a while. What this actually means is...

  • Nova Albion Steampunk Exhibition this weekend
    Mar 12, 2010
    I will be attending the Nova Albion Steampunk Exhibition this weekend with a few members of the Norton Memorial Dicemaster’s...

  • "Completely Become One" by Zen Master Seung Sahn
    Mar 9, 2010
    The following is part of a teaching from Zen Master Seung Sahn given at the Cambridge Zen Center on Saturday,...

  • Foamy's take on Western Zen and Marketing
    Feb 26, 2010
    I used to be a big fan of Ill Will Press and Foamy the Squirrel a few years back. I...

  • Reprinting the Engaged Zen Foundation's Chaplaincy Guidelines
    Feb 15, 2010
    I’m a big believer in prison work around spirituality. I had both the fortune and misfortune of working with inmates...

  • Should Mozilla use Freenode for IRC communication?
    Jan 11, 2010
    By and large, the Mozilla community uses an Internet Relay Chat (IRC) server operated by MoCo at irc.mozilla.org (IMO). For...

  • Mazzariello Labyrinth
    Jan 5, 2010
    This last weekend, R and I were looking for something to do together. I recalled that there is a labyrinth...

  • Kindle, E-books, and Hacking
    Dec 25, 2009
    I’m a great lover of books. I spent much of my childhood with a room of the house dedicated to...

  • Sensory Deprivation and Fun
    Dec 25, 2009
    Your Technological Womb? Last night, R and I went to Float: The Flotation Center and Art Gallery nearby in Oakland....

  • Where I am at with blogging or near year end post
    Dec 23, 2009
    The Three Stooges? My mother, dear sweet mum, has pointed out that I don’t blog anywhere as often as I...

  • Apparently, I'm (un)dead!
    Dec 4, 2009
    My wife and I are in the process of refinancing our mortgage. This is a slow process involving a bunch...

  • Raygun Gothic Rocketship!
    Nov 24, 2009
    When people talk about Burning Man, they are generally obligated to speak about the art that occurs there. People build...

  • Dharmapalooza 2009 – Day 3
    Nov 16, 2009
    I am a little late on posting on the last day of Dharmapalooza 2009. It was a long day with...

  • How to miss the point of Second Life and the Dharma
    Nov 16, 2009
    I found this blog post today. The author visited Kannonji, the Buddhist space in Second Life that I’ve discussed recently,...

  • Dharmapalooza 2009 - Day 2
    Nov 14, 2009
    Stuart Davis (with his man purse) and a friend Dharmapalooza 2009 Day 2 started at a pretty sedate time of...

  • Dharmapalooza 2009 - Day 1
    Nov 13, 2009
    I visited my mom in Salt Lake City for a couple of days this week before coming here to Boulder,...

  • Swanwick on the difference between fantasy and science fiction
    Nov 12, 2009
    In a recent interview, Michael Swanwick was asked about the difference between fantasy and science fiction, having written both (and...

  • Rev. Jiun's Dharma Talk in Second Life
    Oct 29, 2009
    I blogged recently about Rev. Jiun Foster doing a teaching in Second Life at Kannonji. Unknown to me, video of...

  • Meditation Training Affects Attention (Surprise!)
    Oct 27, 2009
    A friend forwarded me an article today from the Journal of Neuroscience that discusses experiments that show that meditation can...

  • Sexual Controversies and Zen Buddhism
    Oct 22, 2009
    Controversies around sex and Buddhism, mostly focusing on Buddhist teachers, are not new. There are a number of infamous cases...

  • The Dharma of Second Life
    Oct 16, 2009
    In the last week, I have spent a bit of time in Second Life. For those who have been blissfully...

  • I'm a quitter and that's ok
    Oct 11, 2009
    I wrote the following on my blog on Tuesday and then took it down as I was unsure if I...

  • The Passing of a Teacher
    Oct 9, 2009
    John Daido Loori, the general abbot of the Mountains and Rivers Order (MRO) and Zen Mountain Monastery in New York,...

  • Buddhist Studies and Blogs
    Oct 6, 2009
    I wonder if there is something weird about the demographics of academic students of Buddhism or Buddhist Studies. Unlike a...

  • Updated Dissertation Topic on Contemporary Buddhism
    Oct 2, 2009
    An example of Buddhist sectarian conflict After the conference last week and becoming disheartened, I did some work on coming...

  • Academic frustrations, why I am disheartened, and where I should be going
    Sep 25, 2009
    I’m attending the big Japanese Buddhism at UC Berkley this weekend. That has been very interesting so far. I had...

  • Buddhist Applications for iPhone
    Sep 8, 2009
    Some of us in my sangha have discussed having Buddhist applications for the iPhone (or iPod Touch). It would be...

  • Balsa Man 2009
    Sep 6, 2009
    This year, R and I had to forgo the great joy of attending Burning Man. To be honest, we went...

  • Doctoral work begins...
    Aug 30, 2009
    This week I had my first class in my doctoral program, which managed to actually come before my doctoral orientation....

  • Bruce Sterling's "At the Dawn of the Augmented Reality Industry"
    Aug 23, 2009
    Bruce Sterling did a keynote at the Layar launch event the other day, “At the Dawn of the Augmented Reality...

  • Buddha Planet
    Aug 22, 2009
    A cool image that I found via Dharma Bum today: much larger sizes available if you click on it

  • Current School Norms
    Aug 16, 2009
    It has been a long time since I had to sit in a classroom in the flesh and I don’t...

  • Current Dissertation Ideas
    Aug 13, 2009
    Orientation for my first semester of my doctoral program is in two weeks and the week after that classes will...

  • Utter Failure
    Aug 13, 2009
    I managed to gather all of one response to my last post and it was a nonsensical one at that!...

  • Direction of my blog
    Aug 11, 2009
    As people may have noticed (my mother has), I have not been blogging as much during the last six months...

  • Mandala Exhibit at the Rubin
    Aug 1, 2009
    The Rubin Museum of Art in New York City has been doing an exhibit of Buddhist mandalas recently. I just...

  • No Zen Bishops?
    Jul 31, 2009
    I saw this today through a GTU e-mail list. Since I know of at least one Zen master who is...

  • Unconferences for Buddhist Studies (or Religious Studies)?
    Jul 17, 2009
    Once again, while working out, I did the untoward and started thinking. It’s amazing what quiet time will do for...

  • Tibetan or Japanese
    Jul 16, 2009
    Working out is a time for either meditating on the body, listening to music and podcasts, or pondering things otherwise...

  • Zen Motivational Poster
    Jul 11, 2009
    I saw this today and laughed and laughed and laughed (almost like I was punch drunk). Obviously I need to...

  • Bruce Sterling talk at Reboot 11
    Jul 9, 2009
    Bruce Sterling did the closing talk at Reboot 11. Since I am a complete Bruce Sterling fanboy (even though I...

  • Caught Between the Worlds
    Jul 5, 2009
    R and I went to a Fourth of July BBQ in Concord yesterday. The hosts were the friends that own...

  • Zen Fighting
    Jul 2, 2009
    This is an empty and vacuous post done late in the workday before a three day weekend and a national...

  • The Grass is Always Greener
    Jun 29, 2009
    My friend, Jason, posted this picture today: I find it hilarious because I’m sure there are moments during meditation or...

  • "Lords of the Samurai" Exhibit in San Francisco
    Jun 28, 2009
    Yesterday, R and I braved the San Francisco Gay Pride weekend crowds (in a car even!) to visit the “Lords...

  • The Burning Skies
    Jun 25, 2009
    I have been reading a bit of fiction lately. Perhaps it is a last hurrah before I start my doctoral...

  • How to set up proxies for Iran and help Iranians
    Jun 18, 2009
    Towards the end of helping Iranians get access to the Internet, I want to link to some resources, both specific...

  • So much for enabling freedom!
    Jun 18, 2009
    Well, my last post was a bust for any response. It was syndicated to Planet Mozilla, has had a few...

  • Enabling freedom and openness with Mozilla?
    Jun 17, 2009
    Watching the twitterstorm around the current situation with the Iranian elections has been fairly thought provoking. The Iranian protesters are...

  • Adam Savage on Failure at Maker Faire
    Jun 6, 2009
    I’m a huge Mythbusters fan (much to my wife’s tired acceptance). Co-host Adam Savage spoke at Maker Faire the other...

  • Joined a Climbing Gym
    Jun 6, 2009
    R and I have been exploring various fitness activities lately. I’ve been on a bit of a fitness kick since...

  • Noisebridge: Five Minutes of Fame
    May 31, 2009
    Noisebridge in San Francisco has been doing a regular event in the hackerspace of a night of five minute presentations...

  • Buddha Phone
    May 26, 2009
    In the appalling/weird/Japanese department, this was found on CNET UK today: "You read correctly. The Odin 99 has landed on...

  • Disappointment in California
    May 26, 2009
    Today, the Supreme Court of California decided to upload Proposition 8. Prop 8 amends the constitution of the state to...

  • Heart Sutra Resources
    May 24, 2009
    I noticed today that Marcus has a listing of different Heart Sutra resources on his blog. Some of these were...

  • Crossing Streams (is Bad)
    May 19, 2009
    Buddhist Geeks has finally crossed streams into my own past. They’ve posted an interview but not with a Buddhist this...

  • Chris Wilson Leaves IE team (but not MSFT)
    May 18, 2009
    My friend, Chris Wilson, posted on his blog today that he is leaving the IE team in order to focus...

  • Fennec Alpha 1 for Windows Mobile Available
    May 15, 2009
    As some people know, in my day to day job, I work on QA on various Firefox related projects. Mostly,...

  • Woodenfish English Sutra Translations Available
    May 14, 2009
    I received the following e-mail today concerning the Woodenfish Sutra Translation Project (which I had never heard of before!). They...

  • Open Source Buddhism?
    May 12, 2009
    With the move top openbuddha.com, I’m changed the name and byline of the blog. The name is now, obviously, “Open...

  • Ready for the Flu?
    Apr 30, 2009
    Everyone is worked up about the new flu this week. I can’t say that I’ve been immune to this either....

  • Move to OpenBuddha.com Complete
    Apr 29, 2009
    The blog is now moved to openbuddha. It is still technically up on the old site but they point to...

  • Moving my blog to OpenBuddha.com
    Apr 29, 2009
    I’ve had my blog at arcanology.com for a few years now. I chose the domain name, which means “the study...

  • More Blogs for the Zen Community
    Apr 28, 2009
    As some people may remember, I started up an aggregation blog (also called a “planet” within the open source world)...

  • Buddhism and Christianity
    Apr 28, 2009
    A friend linked to this article earlier today on Buddhism and Christianity, “When Jesus met Buddha“. It discusses the Eastern...

  • What is a successful model for Buddhism in the West?
    Apr 21, 2009
    My post on whether Vajrayana can survive seems to have gotten more attention than many recent posts. I should poke...

  • Can the Vajrayana Survive?
    Apr 19, 2009
    Warning: This post rambles a bit… This post is based around a loaded question, “Can the Vajrayana survive?”. It invites...

  • Help for Aitken Roshi
    Apr 19, 2009
    I know others have mentioned this but I don’t think it can be said too many times, Robert Aitken Roshi...

  • Shinto Shrine Visit
    Apr 14, 2009
    My wife, R, and I took an extended weekend to Seattle last week. Having moved to the Bay Area in...

  • Mind and Life XVIII Conference in India
    Apr 9, 2009
    The 18th Annual Mind and Life Conference in India is going on this week. The Mind & Life Institute brings...

  • "Wake up! On the Road with a Zen Master"
    Apr 6, 2009
    I just found a link to this on Google Video this morning. I haven’t had the time to watch it...

  • Chanting for Concentration Meditation
    Apr 3, 2009
    Last night, R and I attended Rev. Keisho’s continuing class on Shikan meditation. I missed last week while I was...

  • Twitter
    Apr 2, 2009
    For those that care, I’m “arcanology” on twitter though I most often tweet about mundane crap. I use it to...

  • Zen Priesting
    Apr 1, 2009
    As I mentioned in my last post, I’m now a Zen priest in a Korean-derived Zen lineage. Technically, in the...

  • Call me "Jigen" or Ordination for Dummies
    Mar 30, 2009
    Preparing to Receive the Precepts I just returned from the Five Mountain Spring 2009 retreat last night. As always, the...

  • Noisebridge in a Wired blog
    Mar 30, 2009
    Photo: Dylan Tweney / Wired.com The local hackerspace of which I am a member, Noisebridge, was profiled in the Gadget...

  • How not to begin your Zen retreat
    Mar 30, 2009
    Do not prepare for your Zen retreat, just before filling up the car with gear, by watching the first five...

  • Preparing for Spring Retreat
    Mar 24, 2009
    Pre-shaving trim I’m preparing for the Four Day Sesshin of the Five Mountain Sangha this week. Rev. Paul Lynch, JDPSN,...

  • Followup Rushkoff on the Economy
    Mar 22, 2009
    Apparently, Douglas Rushkoff has gotten a lot of flack for his article in Arthur Magazine that I wrote about the...

  • Goodbye, Dave
    Mar 21, 2009
    Last night, R and I went to an event at a small art space in Alameda. Our friend, David Baker,...

  • Continuing Meditation Classes with Rev. Keisho
    Mar 20, 2009
    Last night, R and I attended the third of the thirteen classes that Rev. Keisho is teaching on Shikan meditation....

  • An Evening with Brad Warner
    Mar 19, 2009
    R and I went to Diesel Books in Oakland last night to hear Brad Warner speak. He’s doing his tour...

  • Douglas Rushkoff on the economy: Let it die
    Mar 16, 2009
    Douglas Rushkoff, author of many fine books that I have enjoyed, has an article available through Arthur Magazine. In this...

  • Oxy-Acetylene Welding Class
    Mar 15, 2009
    This weekend, I did something a bit unusual with my time. R, my wife, is studying homeopathy and has an...

  • A review of two recent novels
    Mar 10, 2009
    I recently purchased and read two new books by well known science fiction authors. These were The Caryatids by Bruce...

  • 13 Week Meditation Class in Berkeley
    Feb 27, 2009
    Rev. Keisho, the Tendai priest who lives on Cobb Mountain (see http://www.caltendai.org) is going to be teaching a class on...

  • Audio of Dmitry Orlov's talk, "Social Collapse Best Practices," Available
    Feb 24, 2009
    The Long Now Foundation maintains a podcast of audio from their seminars. I blogged recently about the talk that Dmitry...

  • Is graduate school a mistake?
    Feb 22, 2009
    Today, I read the following two articles while looking at a discussion amongst graduate students online: So You Want to...

  • Health Update
    Feb 21, 2009
    I haven’t spoken about my health extensively here in a while. It seemed like every time I was getting better,...

  • Current Religious Studies Texts?
    Feb 16, 2009
    One of the bits of advice that I’ve been given of study that I can do during the next six...

  • Dmitry Orlov on the Best Practices for Societal Collapse
    Feb 15, 2009
    Stewart Brand and Dmitry Orlov Last year, I read Dmitry Orlov’s book, “Reinventing Collapse: The Soviet Example and American Prospects,”...

  • It's Kindle War
    Feb 13, 2009
    I want a Kindle 2. Of course I do (as I hear my wife’s voice whispering in my head). I...

  • What to do for the next six months to prepare for doctoral program?
    Feb 13, 2009
    I have six months until my academic program starts (actually, seven, if I think about it). Orientation isn’t until the...

  • New Zen Community Aggregation Blog
    Feb 12, 2009
    I know that I just posted about the new Zen online forums yesterday but I was inspired to do some...

  • That's "Dr. Billings," punk!
    Feb 11, 2009
    I received my final acceptance letter for the Graduate Theological Union today for their PhD program. I am accepted to...

  • New Zen Forum Open
    Feb 10, 2009
    As was mentioned recently, Rev. Nonin, a well known Zen teacher, was banned from the E-Sangha web forum recently for...

  • Tricycle Community
    Feb 9, 2009
    Tricycle magazine seems to be doing a good job at promoting their new community site at http://community.tricycle.com/. Effectively, it is...

  • New Buddhist Tattoo Work
    Feb 7, 2009
    As most of my in-person friends know, I have a tattoo on my upper right arm. I got it about...

  • Closed iPhone Hardware Sucks
    Feb 7, 2009
    I love my iPhone. I resisted getting one initially because many of my coworkers at Mozilla (and people elsewhere) gushed...

  • Turning off IntenseDebate
    Feb 5, 2009
    I’ve really liked the new threaded plugins that people have developed for Wordpress and other blogs. Unfortunately, IntenseDebate is just...

  • Master Sheng Yen has died
    Feb 3, 2009
    The famous Chan Buddhist master, Sheng Yen, has just died in Taiwan today at 79 years of age. He spent...

  • Going Back to Graduate School!
    Jan 30, 2009
    I received some good news today. The letter from the Graduate Theological Union arrived that granted me preliminary acceptance into...

  • Rev. Nonin's statement on his banning from E-Sangha
    Jan 24, 2009
    I posted on the continuing issues on E-Sangha the other day and the formation of the site, E-Sangha Watch. I...

  • Learning Go
    Jan 21, 2009
    I’ve been working on learning to play Go during this last week. Quite a few of my friends are players,...

  • Buddhist Zombie Hordes
    Jan 18, 2009
    Obligatory XKCD Reference Whenever I post on E-Sangha here, I wind up regretting it. Not necessarily because what I say...

  • E-Sangha Watch
    Jan 17, 2009
    I’ve posted several times on the unfortunate way that E-Sangha, a popular Buddhist forum, is operated. It is run by...

  • Seven Things About Al
    Jan 16, 2009
    This is a bit of a meme going around the Mozilla Community right now. People are sharing seven things about...

  • Meditation and Brain Science
    Jan 7, 2009
    There have been quite a few articles in recent years about scientists looking at the science of meditation. “Science” in...

  • Books Make Odd Bedfellows
    Dec 28, 2008
    I generally read several books at once. Usually this is a work of fiction (or two) and then a non-fiction...

  • Learning Japanese
    Dec 24, 2008
    As part of my ongoing Academic work, I need to know Japanese. This is especially true if I am accepted...

  • iBreviary?
    Dec 22, 2008
    I found this article in the San Francisco paper today. Apparently, the Vatican has officially endorsed an iPhone application, “iBreviary,”...

  • Koans and Practice
    Dec 18, 2008
    You know, I have no real understanding of koans. I’m sure some wit will respond here that neither does anyone...

  • Past Sins Realized
    Dec 18, 2008
    I must confess that this may very well be a narcissistic post on my part but, then again, it’s a...

  • The Fortunate and Ongoing Disaster of Lay Life
    Dec 15, 2008
    I found this teisho by Tarrant Roshi in a textfile on an old FTP site containing Buddhist teachings. Back in...

  • Buddhist Visits
    Dec 9, 2008
    On a different note than my personal health battles, I did want to mention a couple of items of interest....

  • Never mention getting better
    Dec 9, 2008
    I shouldn’t have said anything about getting better. I’ve basically regressed to where I was a week ago. I can’t...

  • Coping with Sickness
    Dec 6, 2008
    I quit blogging about it (only mentioning it on twitter and facebook) but I’ve been sick for over a month...

  • My Name In Print
    Dec 5, 2008
    While testing a Firefox security release, I have to go through a series of testing of search plugins and the...

  • Doctoral Application Finished
    Dec 4, 2008
    I did the final work on my statement of purpose for my doctoral application to the Graduate Theological Union this...

  • Karmapa as Dalai Lama's Regent?
    Nov 25, 2008
    I just saw this article at the Times Online today. An excerpt is below: Dalai Lama may appoint a regent...

  • Drafting a Statement of Purpose
    Nov 18, 2008
    My application for the doctoral program at the Graduate Theological Union is just about complete. The PhD that I would...

  • More posts on the One Sangha blog
    Nov 17, 2008
    I sent my post on clergy the other day to the One Sangha blog in an attempt to finally get...

  • Vegetarianism and Food or Backsliding
    Nov 15, 2008
    After some study and reflection on a proper vegetarian diet recently, I’ve really been thinking about what I am eating....

  • Buddhist Clergy in America and the 21st Century
    Nov 14, 2008
    I have been pondering what it means to be Buddhist clergy in America and the 21st century lately. My orientation...

  • Interview with John Yorke about his father and Crowley
    Nov 13, 2008
    I just came across this interview with John Yorke by the Julian Doyle. John Yorke is the son of Gerald...

  • Five Mountain Buddhist Seminary
    Nov 8, 2008
    Since this last Spring, I’ve been working with the Five Mountain Buddhist Seminary (FMOBS), taking classes as programs began to...

  • The Passing of Ed
    Nov 6, 2008
    I just found out that a Seattle iconic figure, Ed McMichael aka “the Tuba Man,” has just died. Ed played...

  • Obama Stickers
    Nov 6, 2008
    Moveon.org is offering a little sticker to commemorate Obama’s election. You can get one for free or sets for a...

  • Actually Emotionally Moved By This Election
    Nov 5, 2008
    You know, I can be as cynical as the next guy. It isn’t hard in this day and age, especially...

  • Magical Health Land
    Oct 27, 2008
    Boring health post! I know that someone out there cares so I thought I’d give a health update. While on...

  • Buddhists for Obama
    Oct 26, 2008
    courtesy of the worst horse I doubt that there are too many mysteries on how I’ll be voting in the...

  • Day of the Dead
    Oct 26, 2008
    Our Day of the Dead Altar for this year I am feeling slightly better today so R and I decided...

  • Continuing to be sick
    Oct 25, 2008
    Whiny sick post. I have no idea what I have at this point though I am convinced that I am...

  • Lack of Posting
    Oct 23, 2008
    I wanted to apologize to people for not posting much since I got back. I had a number of things...

  • Photos of Egypt
    Oct 20, 2008
    Luxor Temple at Night We’re back from Egypt (and back at work, in fact). Our cats are pleased and I’ve...

  • On our way home from London
    Oct 17, 2008
    R and I will be on our way back to the States in about 12 hours from London. We arrived...

  • Cairo
    Oct 5, 2008
    R and I made it through our roughly 18 hours in transit and are residing in Cairo right now. We...

  • Noisebridge Hacking Collective Has A Space
    Sep 29, 2008
    </p>I've blogged before about Noisebridge, the hacker collective in San Francisco (or the Bay Area as a whole, really) of...

  • Egyptophilia
    Sep 29, 2008
    Or is it “Aeqyptophilia” in better faux Latin? On Friday, R and I leave for Egypt for something like 11...

  • GRE Mood Swings
    Sep 27, 2008
    I just got out of taking the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) an hour ago. For those that never paid attention...

  • Washington Mutual Seized and Sold Off by the Government
    Sep 25, 2008
    There you go, folks. From the New York Times: "Washington Mutual, the giant lender that came to symbolize the excesses...

  • Tendai Teachings in Berkeley
    Sep 21, 2008
    Rev. Keisho On September 16, a “local” Tendai priest, Rev. Keisho, came to Berkeley to give a short lecture on...

  • Comcast Officially Informs Customers of 250 GB Monthly Limit
    Sep 21, 2008
    I’ve been hearing news during the last week that Comcast is officially imposing a monthly 250 GB limit on traffic...

  • Political Satire of the Day
    Sep 20, 2008
    I haven’t blogged much this last week as I’ve been reading and engaging in other activities. I do offer this...

  • 20 Years Ago...
    Sep 13, 2008
    I’ve been getting my application materials together for applying to my doctoral program at GTU. I sent the forms out...

  • Anonymity and Free Speech on the Internet
    Sep 12, 2008
    The Internet has had a place for anonymous speech since its earliest days. This is something for which I am...

  • A New Hope, Indeed.
    Sep 11, 2008
    Normally, I wouldn’t just repost something from elsewhere with little commentary but this is just too good to miss. Of...

  • Anathem Launch Event
    Sep 10, 2008
    I went to the launch event for Neal Stephenson’s new novel, Anathem, this evening in San Francisco. It was hosted...

  • Nine Inch Nails in Concert
    Sep 6, 2008
    R and I went to see Nine Inch Nails on their “Lights in the Sky” tour last night at the...

  • Friendly Feedly
    Sep 4, 2008
    During the last day, I’ve been playing with a Firefox extension called “Feedly.” The home page for the extension is...

  • Video of Last HOPE Talks Available
    Sep 4, 2008
    The Last HOPE was a hacker convention that took place in New York City in July, 2008. It is one...

  • More Details on Anathem's Music
    Sep 3, 2008
    David Stutz has a post on his music blog on the composition of the music for Neal Stephenson’s Anathem that...

  • Anathem Video Online
    Sep 2, 2008
    I found a video this morning that is a trailer for Neal Stepheson’s Anathem (which I reviewed here). I believe...

  • I Survived Burning Man 2008
    Sep 2, 2008
    The Man R and I made it back this afternoon from Burning Man. Lucky me, I get to go back...

  • Google Chrome is the new black?
    Sep 1, 2008
    Apparently, Google is going to release a web browser based on Webkit sometime in the near future. It is called...

  • 29 Hours to Burning Man 2008 Launch
    Aug 25, 2008
    In roughly 29 hours (that’s around 4:30 AM Wednesday), R and I will be leaving for Burning Man. This will...

  • Neal Stephensons "Anathem" Reviewed
    Aug 21, 2008
    I finished Neal Stephenson’s new novel, Anathem, this evening. This is scheduled to hit the stores on September 9, 2008....

  • Licensed to Ill?
    Aug 19, 2008
    You know, with my shiny Master’s degree, I’m supposedly able to teach accredited classes in some jurisdictions (if not all)....

  • Anathemized Brain
    Aug 17, 2008
    In an effort to get through Neal Stephenson’s upcoming novel, Anathem, in time to write a review and post it...

  • Defcon 16 CD and Event Updates
    Aug 17, 2008
    For anyone that wants to find the Defcon 16 CD of presentations, it is on popular bittorrent sites but can...

  • London Calling
    Aug 16, 2008
    My wife, R, and I are going to Egypt for most of two weeks in October. (This is bad timing...

  • Disqus Added to Blog
    Aug 15, 2008
    People may have noticed that I’ve switched to Disqus for comments on the blog. Disqus is a third party commenting...

  • Class for Fall 2008 at IBS
    Aug 13, 2008
    I stopped by the Institute of Buddhist Studies during lunch today (it is only about a mile and a half...

  • Beijing Olympics
    Aug 12, 2008
    Picture courtesy of Violet Blue I must admit that I’ve been ignoring the Beijing Olympics completely. Not only am I...

  • Digital SLR Camera for me?
    Aug 12, 2008
    A lot of “cheaper” digital SLR cameras have been coming into the market during the last year. I am interested...

  • Enjoying Defcon and Black Hat
    Aug 10, 2008
    I have been in Las Vegas since this last Tuesday attending Black Hat and Defcon security conferences. As those familiar...

  • Soto Zen Priests Suing E-sangha
    Aug 7, 2008
    This is a long post. Be warned. :-) I’ve been wanting to write a blog post about some breaking news...

  • Templars Sue Catholic Church
    Aug 4, 2008
    As a former member of a modern day Knights Templar organization (which thinks it is a 19th century German sex...

  • Burning Man Preparations
    Aug 3, 2008
    Other than a day of recovery from the Mozilla Summit and travels around it, today was a day for Burning...

  • Home from Summit
    Aug 2, 2008
    My plane landed around 6:30 PM locally and I am now back in the Bay Area. After a little mass...

  • Survived the Canadian Bus Trip
    Aug 1, 2008
    I and many other Mozilla people are in the Vancouver airport now. We survived the six or seven hour bus...

  • Power is Restored
    Jul 31, 2008
    The hotel has had its generator replaced and power is now restored. As you can see, Jono was able to...

  • Power Gone... Growing Cold... Send Help to Summit
    Jul 31, 2008
    To add insult to injury here at the Mozilla Summit, we now have no power. I am told that a...

  • Mozilla Summit Attendees Reduced to Cannibalism
    Jul 30, 2008
    Here at the Mozilla Summit this week, we may soon we reduced to cannibalism. (Perhaps this is an existing Canadian...

  • California Wedding
    Jul 25, 2008
    R and I went to an early wedding this morning. Our friends, Kirstyn and Lisa, wanted to get married in...

  • Going to Canada Next Week
    Jul 24, 2008
    I am currently preparing, in the most loose of senses, for going to Canada on Monday. Mozilla does a summit...

  • My Thesis Finally Available on ProQuest
    Jul 20, 2008
    When I completed my Master’s thesis in the Fall of 2007, I paid extra fees to ProQuest (aka UMI) to...

  • Boing Boing Mea Culpa
    Jul 18, 2008
    Xeni Jardin just posted her mea culpa to the Boing Boing readers today for the screwup around the deleted Violet...

  • Rocking the Knight Away
    Jul 17, 2008
    R and I got a special treat this evening. Courtesy of Xoopit, a Bay Area tech startup, we attended a...

  • A Look at Saturn's Children
    Jul 16, 2008
    This evening I finished reading Charles Stross’ new novel, Saturn’s Children. This came out about two weeks ago and had...

  • The Suits
    Jul 15, 2008
    I have a bias that I struggle with from time to time. It is the fact that I don’t like...

  • Buddhism in Crisis in Japan
    Jul 14, 2008
    There is an article in The New York Times today on whether or not Buddhism is dying out in Japan....

  • Mechanicrawl
    Jul 13, 2008
    Today, R and I went out to San Francisco for the Long Now Foundation’s Mechanicrawl event. I’m a charter member...

  • Encrypt everything!
    Jul 10, 2008
    My friend, Jacob Appelbaum, pointed me at this article today. It discusses the “Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement” (ACTA), which the G8...

  • Disappointed in Obama and our Government (Again)
    Jul 10, 2008
    As people probably know at this point, the United States senate passed the bill today overhauling the surveillance laws in...

  • Dr. Billings someday?
    Jul 8, 2008
    No, I don’t have a doctorate (yet). I met with Dr. Payne for lunch again today. As I’ve mentioned before,...

  • Left-leanin' Liberal Card Carryin' ACLU Members
    Jul 8, 2008
    They’ve finally done it. Government behavior has gotten so bad on things like this whole “Warrantless Wiretapping” mess that I...

  • Berkeley Zen Center
    Jul 5, 2008
    R and I went down to the Berkeley Zen Center (BZC) today. They have a regular Saturday morning sitting session...

  • Noisebridge Progress
    Jul 5, 2008
    I mentioned back in January that there was a hacking space in formation in the Bay Area. This is Noisebridge....

  • Internet Flamewars: For the Record
    Jul 3, 2008
    For the record, I tend to agree that Internet Flamewars are just kind of sad and not worth the time....

  • Banned from Boing Boing?
    Jul 3, 2008
    This was posted here yesterday. I took it down after a few hours because I wasn’t sure the the proper...

  • Wedding at Green Gulch
    Jun 29, 2008
    R and I went out to Green Gulch again today. This is the second time this month after never having...

  • Seeds of Change for Review
    Jun 27, 2008
    This must be my week for getting advanced reader’s copies of books. I received a copy of Seeds of Change...

  • One Sangha
    Jun 26, 2008
    I am starting a Buddhist group blog now, called “One Sangha,” if I can recruit some fellow bloggers for it....

  • Remodeling and House Work
    Jun 26, 2008
    This is a boring homeowner post. Be warned! R and I have some money right now that we’re wanting to...

  • Neal Stephenson's Anathem and Music
    Jun 24, 2008
    My advanced reader’s copy of Neal Stephenson’s new novel, “Anathem,” arrived this afternoon. I was selected on LibraryThing to receive...

  • Vegetarianism
    Jun 24, 2008
    A bunch of people know that I have been eating (or trying to, at least) less meat for a while....

  • User Friendly on IE Cake
    Jun 22, 2008
    Apparently, the popular web comic User Friendly just did a cartoon about the cake that Internet Explorer sent to Mozilla...

  • Olympic Protests Continue
    Jun 21, 2008
    </param></param></embed> As you can see above (or here), the Olympic torch route is continuing to have protests. This is footage...

  • Collapse or Change?
    Jun 20, 2008
    I’ve been reading quite a few books that could be loosely gathered together into “Sustainable Living” (or, I prefer, “Mindful...

  • IE Sends Mozilla a New Cake for Firefox 3
    Jun 17, 2008
    Sean from Microsoft came by just a few minutes ago to drop off a cake for the Internet Explorer team....

  • Firefox 2K and Shipping
    Jun 17, 2008
    Today is Firefox 3 day! Here is one thing that Firefox does that IE7 and IE8 still cannot do at...

  • Shunryu Suzuki and my Father-in-law
    Jun 17, 2008
    One interesting thing came up this weekend when we were at Green Gulch Farm. My father-in-law, Leon, came along with...

  • Green Gulch Visit
    Jun 15, 2008
    R and I just got back from spending most of the weekend up at Green Gulch Farm. It is also...

  • One Year at Mozilla
    Jun 14, 2008
    Today, June 14th, is the one year anniversary of my starting at the Mozilla Corporation. I transitioned from spending a...

  • Living in the Future
    Jun 12, 2008
    If you ever wanted any proof that we are truly living in the future, that it is here now, look...

  • Second Week of Taiko
    Jun 12, 2008
    </param></embed> R and I just finished our second class at Emeryville Taiko, our local Taiko dojo. We’re both really enjoying...

  • Hey Buddy, can you spare $2,500?
    Jun 7, 2008
    While out this morning to the library, I randomly just stopped by an antique store near my house. I’d vaguely...

  • Burning Man Camp Blog
    Jun 7, 2008
    R and I are camping with friends of ours at Burning Man this year. The themecamp is named, “The Republic...

  • First Taiko Lesson
    Jun 5, 2008
    R and I attended our first class at Emeryville Taiko, the local Taiko dojo. It is only about a mile...

  • Damn Hippies!
    Jun 5, 2008
    Given my own commentary on occasion on “Hippies” and that of some of my old-school punk friends who knew hippies...

  • A Pagan Buddhist?
    Jun 3, 2008
    While I was in Seattle this weekend, I saw my friends, Erynn and Aron, on Friday. (Yes, those names sound...

  • Starbucks Buddhism?
    Jun 3, 2008
    The Karmapa Has His First Cup of Coffee Ever Courtesy of Starbucks - A Telling Moment. This last weekend, I...

  • Back in Oakland
    Jun 1, 2008
    We just got back from our trip to Seattle. We spent the weekend visiting friends and I attended the events...

  • Going to Berlin for New Year's Eve
    May 28, 2008
    Fernsehturm in Alexanderplatz I just got non-binding but relatively firm approval today at work to go to Berlin at the...

  • Paper Finished and Summer Plans
    May 26, 2008
    I finished the first full and largely complete draft of my term paper for my esoteric Buddhism class today. It...

  • Speed Racer
    May 24, 2008
    R and I went and saw Speed Racer this evening. We both wanted to see it on the big screen....

  • Doctorow's 'Little Brother' Reading with Q&A in Berkeley
    May 22, 2008
    This evening, I went to Cody’s Books in Berkeley and attended a reading of “Little Brother” by Cory Doctorow, which...

  • 21 Pages of Term Paper Written
    May 21, 2008
    I have 21 pages of my term paper written for my class at the Institute of Buddhist Studies on Esoteric...

  • Comcast really *is* horking your connection
    May 15, 2008
    <img src=”http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3241/2495686605_5f31c31cbf_m.jpg” width=”192” height=”240” alt=”Comcastic” / align=”right” hspace=”10” border=”1”>I saw this article from the Associated Press today. It is confirmation...

  • Term Paper Pressure
    May 13, 2008
    The process of writing a term paper is always painful in a way. You’re writing a paper for a class...

  • Two Years!
    May 12, 2008
    I realized today that it had been two years, to the day, since I quit Microsoft. In most ways, it...

  • Playing Zendo
    May 10, 2008
    Last night, R and I went over to the house of friends who have a regular game night. Other than...

  • "Dream" - Indian Shakespeare
    May 9, 2008
    R and I went into San Francisco this evening to see “Dream” at SHN in the Curran Theatre. R had...

  • Little Brother
    May 8, 2008
    I’ve just spent the last several hours finishing Cory Doctorow’s Little Brother instead of working on the term paper that...

  • Tantric Reading for Done for Class
    May 7, 2008
    I finished working my way through Giebel’s translation of the Susiddhikara Sutra this evening. I’d already read the Vairocanabhisambodhi Sutra...

  • Buddhist "Dead Sea Scrolls"?
    May 6, 2008
    There was a note today on an academic list about a set of texts nicknamed, by some, the Buddhist “Dead...

  • Happy Birthday, My Mighty Wife!
    May 5, 2008
    I want to wish my wife, tolerant and heroic soul that she is, a very happy birthday. As you can...

  • Western Buddhism and Communities
    May 2, 2008
    This evening, my mind returns to the question of a Western Buddhism and the way things can or should develop...

  • Little Brother is Out
    Apr 29, 2008
    I’ve been waiting to read Cory Doctorow’s new book, Little Brother, since I first heard him talk about it. He...

  • Microsoft Hands Cops Forensic Tools
    Apr 29, 2008
    Lucky day for users of Windows. It seems that Microsoft is handing tools to law enforcement around the world that...

  • California Institute of Integral Studies?
    Apr 27, 2008
    I have been focused on the Graduate Theological Union (GTU) as the main place to do my PhD. This is...

  • The Jews of Lake Merritt
    Apr 27, 2008
    the table is prepared for seder(instead of a plate) R and I were invited to celebrate the final night of...

  • Lucky JuJu Pinball
    Apr 26, 2008
    Tonight, R and I went to Lucky JuJu Pinball in Alameda. (For the non-locals, Alameda is a small city on...

  • Creating a Group Blog and Open Buddha
    Apr 23, 2008
    At this point, I am pretty willing to admit that Open Buddha is a failure as a web forum or...

  • Ten Tons of Flax!
    Apr 20, 2008
    It is amazing the amount of drek that is on the Internet sometimes. I was thinking about the Hermetic Order...

  • Passover Seder
    Apr 19, 2008
    One of my coworkers told me that I was weird the other day. Then he corrected himself to say it...

  • The Pure Land is Around Us
    Apr 17, 2008
    For my class on Esoteric Buddhism at the Institute of Buddhist Studies, I have been reading materials in Tantric Buddhism...

  • The Karmapa in America
    Apr 13, 2008
    As some may or may not have heard, the Seventeenth Karmapa, Orgyen Trinley Dorje, is going to be in the...

  • Firebird at the Cruicible
    Apr 12, 2008
    On Thursday night, R, her mother, and I went to one of the first performances of “Firebird” at the Crucible...

  • Sometimes...it is a little odd here.
    Apr 9, 2008
    The Mozilla Corporation can be an odd place to work at times. Luckily, diversity is prized, as is our loose...

  • La Bohème
    Apr 6, 2008
    Today, R and I went with her mother and a couple of other family members to see a high definition...

  • Library Day
    Apr 6, 2008
    Today was library day for me, it seems. Beyond running some errands (like framing some watercolors from Japan), I spent...

  • Beta Users and Security Releases
    Apr 3, 2008
    Here is a problem that I am grappling with in my day to day work at Mozilla. I am the...

  • Meetings with Potential Advisers
    Apr 2, 2008
    I went out and had lunch with Dr. Payne of the Institute of Buddhist Studies today. IBS is only about...

  • Mozilla 10th Anniversary Party
    Mar 31, 2008
    We have cake! Tonight, R and I attended the 10th Anniversary Part for Mozilla at the 111 Minna Gallery in...

  • Multi-Classed or Dual-Classed?
    Mar 28, 2008
    There are days where the hub-bub and the fun of working in software is the greatest thing in the world....

  • Tibetan Monks Disrupts Chinese PR Trip
    Mar 27, 2008
    The Chinese cover-up of what has occurred in Tibet continues but it is not always going smoothly in front of...

  • What's a Zen Retreat Like?
    Mar 26, 2008
    Have you ever wondered what a Zen retreat is like, especially here in the West? A documentary, “Bodhidharma’s Shoe”, was...

  • Carpentry and Home Ownership
    Mar 23, 2008
    It being Easter, Jesus comes to mind today. This, of course, leads to the topic of carpentry and woodworking for,...

  • MozCamp?
    Mar 20, 2008
    I’ve attended a few unconferences in the last few years (unfortunately missing BIL recently). On every occasion, I’ve found that...

  • Buddhist Classwork and Retreats
    Mar 19, 2008
    As I’ve mentioned before, I’ve been taking a graduate class at the Institute of Buddhist Studies. This is a class...

  • Arthur C. Clarke is Dead
    Mar 18, 2008
    According to Reuters, Sir Arthur C. Clarke died today. The Clarke Foundation does not currently have a notice of it...

  • E-sangha Drama Continues
    Mar 17, 2008
    Without a doubt, the entries on this blog that get the most traffic and comments over time are the ones...

  • Chinese Suppression in Tibet Continues
    Mar 16, 2008
    I’m not even go to post most of the current details of the situation in Tibet right now. The are...

  • Chinese Crackdown on Tibetan Protests
    Mar 14, 2008
    Fire and Debris in Barkhor Square in frontof the 1400-year-old Jokhand Temple (Reuters) The crackdown in Tibet by the Chinese...

  • Die, Flickr, Die.
    Mar 11, 2008
    I was prepared to write a suitably entertaining (or at least educational) entry about the lecture I attended this evening...

  • IE8 Beta 1 is Released
    Mar 5, 2008
    I had been under the impression that the techbeta for IE8 was going to be closed. Apparently, this was wrong...

  • Gary Gygax Passes Into Other Realms
    Mar 4, 2008
    I just heard the news that Gary Gygax, co-creator of Dungeons and Dragons, is now dead. His co-creator, Dave Arneson...

  • IE8 Changes Stance on Super Standards Mode
    Mar 3, 2008
    The IE team has just blogged that they are going to reverse their stance on the super standards mode not...

  • Alan Wallace Meditation Weekend
    Mar 2, 2008
    I just got home a short while ago from the teaching weekend at Orgyen Dorje Den with B. Alan Wallace...

  • Killings and Our Society
    Feb 29, 2008
    Two weeks ago, Steven Kazmierczak walked into Northern Illinois University and started shooting. He succeeded in wounding 21 students and...

  • A Moment of AT&T (and NSA!) Zen
    Feb 28, 2008
    This was brought to my attention by friends today.FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:February 27, 2008San Francisco, CAThe Billboard Liberation Front today announced...

  • Lama Boy?
    Feb 26, 2008
    I don’t know if I should be appalled but I’m mostly amused. Popular culture seems to pick up on Buddhist...

  • B. Alan Wallace Meditation Weekend Coming Up
    Feb 21, 2008
    B. Alan Wallace is doing a retreat weekend locally, in Alameda, next week focusing on meditation. I’ve blogged about Wallace...

  • Mysterious Creatures Found in Antarctica
    Feb 19, 2008
    Am I the only one that read this story and has my mind immediately turn to H.P. Lovecraft’s “At the...

  • Woohoo! Mozilla's "MailCo" is now "Mozilla Messaging"!
    Feb 19, 2008
    It was announced a number of months back that the Mozilla Corporation would be spinning off Thunderbird development into a...

  • Panel on "A Buddhist Path for the West"
    Feb 18, 2008
    I’ve been exchanging e-mail with Steve Seely, the managing director of the Nitartha Institute, today. He mentioned that Dzogchen Ponlop...

  • Hypnodrome Show
    Feb 17, 2008
    This evening, R and I went to San Francisco to see the new show by the Thrillpeddlers at the Hypnodrome....

  • Classwork and Pagans
    Feb 16, 2008
    I haven’t had as much to say lately. Between the security releases that I spend much of my time on...

  • My New Favorite Satanic Television Show
    Feb 13, 2008
    A change of pace from all of the Buddhism, tech work, and such for once. R and I have recently...

  • Buddhism and Global Warming
    Feb 10, 2008
    <img src=”http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2251/2256893902_425fd95b05_o.jpg” width=”228” height=”171” align=”right” hspace=5” vspace=”5” border=”1” alt=”Ecological Buddhism” /> A new site went live recently at Ecological Buddhism:...

  • The Spiritual Path and Perspective
    Feb 9, 2008
    I’m in a reflective mood often late in the evening. The missus sleeps more than I do and goes to...

  • Personality Features
    Feb 4, 2008
    I received my first annual review at Mozilla today for my role on the QA (aka “testing”) team. I did...

  • Esoteric Buddhism Class
    Feb 1, 2008
    It is time for a sanity check, I suppose. Since I finished my degree in December, I decided to start...

  • Japanese
    Jan 30, 2008
    This isn’t the exciting “Let’s laugh at IE” blogging week. Sorry. I’m in a more mundane mood and after working...

  • Buddhist Book Buying Day
    Jan 27, 2008
    R and I went out to Saul’s in Berkeley today for lunch. (For those that are in the area, Saul’s...

  • Thesis Masochism or "My Thesis is available..."
    Jan 25, 2008
    It is with only a minor feeling of dread that I make this announcement: For the few that have an...

  • Painful Web Standard Decision from IE
    Jan 22, 2008
    I feel like I should have titled this, “Painful Web Standards Decision from IE (surprise!)”, but that would be snarky,...

  • Prison Dharma
    Jan 21, 2008
    In many ways, Buddhism seems to be a natural path for institutionalized prisoners who make the decision to grow spiritually...

  • If Only...
    Jan 20, 2008
    I should be so lucky that my blog is actually worth over $40K. :-)  </p> My blog is worth $41,211.42....

  • Burning Man 2008
    Jan 17, 2008
    R and I bought our tickets for Burning Man 2008 yesterday. I bought tickets last year but wound up selling...

  • New Bay Area Hacking Space Forming Now
    Jan 15, 2008
    This evening I attended one of the preliminary meetings for Noise Bridge in San Francisco. I had heard that efforts...

  • The Economics of Gangs and Urban Poor
    Jan 14, 2008
    NPR has a story that they broadcasted on Dr. Sudhir Venkatesh this last Saturday for his new book, Gang Leader...

  • Back from Los Angeles
    Jan 13, 2008
    I made it back from Los Angeles this evening. I had a nice little trip down there. I stayed relatively...

  • Los Angeles Tomorrow
    Jan 11, 2008
    I’m off to Los Angeles in the morning to visit a small Buddhist temple that is down there. It is...

  • Two Years Gone...
    Jan 7, 2008
    My father, Louis Albert Billings Jr., passed away two years ago today, January 7. It hardly seems like it has...

  • Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche and Teaching Buddhism in the West
    Jan 6, 2008
    I found a recent article from the Seattle Post-Intelligencer today, Under The Needle: Bringing Buddhism to a wired Seattle, about...

  • 24C3 and Media
    Jan 3, 2008
    The 24th Chaos Communication Congress (24C3) in Germany has been over for a couple of days now. This is an...

  • 2007 in Review
    Jan 2, 2008
    Now that it is 2008, I’m doing some year end (or year beginning) thinking about the last year. A year...

  • Seattle for the New Year
    Jan 1, 2008
    R and I took a quick trip to Seattle over this last weekend. Our friends, Autumn and Doug, were getting...

  • Rest in Peace, Netscape
    Dec 28, 2007
    The Netscape Blog has officially announced today the end of an era. As of February 1, 2008, there will be...

  • Talk on the Shamatha Project by B. Alan Wallace
    Dec 24, 2007
    B. Alan Wallace did a talk this last Wednesday in Santa Barbara on the Shamatha Project, its history, and some...

  • Diverse Mythologies in the Media
    Dec 23, 2007
    Earlier today, I heard a story that was on NPR a week ago. It was about Virgin Comics, which is...

  • Handbell Hero
    Dec 23, 2007
    Continuing the annoying holiday theme for this lead up weekend to Christmas (…er…post-Solstice Yule Kwanzaa), I offer you… Handbell Hero!...

  • Happy Cephalopodmas!
    Dec 22, 2007
    I want to wish everyone a Happy Cephalopodmas! To celebrate the season, I offer a carol for you from the...

  • Hail to the King, Baby
    Dec 22, 2007
    On this longest night of the year, I look into the darkness and await the dawning of the light. The...

  • Hollydaze Response
    Dec 21, 2007
    I blogged recently about the Holidays and a super geeky Youtube video with a bunch of LARPers destroying a nativity...

  • Lakota End Treaties with United States
    Dec 20, 2007
    This is the odd news of the day. You can read the full story but the Lakota people have decided...

  • Internet Explorer 8 to Pass the Acid2 Test?
    Dec 19, 2007
    Over on Channel 9, an interview with Dean Hachamovitch and Chris Wilson just went up. The IE team apparently passed...

  • Firefox 3 Beta 2 is released!
    Dec 18, 2007
    After a lot of work by everyone in the Mozilla Community, the second beta of Firefox 3 went live just...

  • How many languages can you forget?
    Dec 18, 2007
    Now that I’ve graduated with my Master’s degree, how should I celebrate? I’ve got an idea: Why don’t I sign...

  • Shingon Buddhism and Syncretism in Brazil
    Dec 16, 2007
    I found a fascinating paper on Shingon Buddhism in Brazil today. As people may or may not know, there are...

  • Prism, meet your brother, Fluid
    Dec 14, 2007
    <img src=”http://www.arcanology.com/images/fluid_icon.png” alt=”Fluid” / align=”right” hspace=”10” vspace=”10”>Prism is a technology from Mozilla Labs based on the earlier work on Webrunner....

  • Western Esotericism and the Net
    Dec 14, 2007
    “Western Esotericism” as a field of study continues to develop within the halls of Academia. Last year, I attended the...

  • Opera Files Antitrust Complaint in EU with Microsoft
    Dec 13, 2007
    This seems to be the news of the hour. Opera has filed an antitrust complaint in the European Union against...

  • Final Academic Paperwork Done
    Dec 12, 2007
    I sent in all of the forms for depositing my thesis with the appropriate parties today. This is the last...

  • The Hollydaze
    Dec 11, 2007
    We are in that special time of the year again. No, I’m not contemplating the futility of existence and my...

  • Brandon Sanderson and the Creative Commons
    Dec 9, 2007
    Brandon Sanderson is a fantasy writer who lives Provo, Utah and teaches at Brigham Young University (BYU). He is the...

  • Why we need schools...
    Dec 7, 2007
    If there is a sadder demonstration of why we both need schools and some standards for the people we allow...

  • December 31 Graduation for Me!
    Dec 7, 2007
    I just received word from my department for my Master’s program that my thesis has been final approved. As I...

  • Big Internet Explorer News!!
    Dec 5, 2007
    In his first post since October of 2006, Dean Hachamovitch has come onto the IEBlog to announce the big news...

  • For the ex-Catholics in our midst
    Dec 5, 2007
    Like many, I grew up Roman Catholic. My mother was a convert from a form of Methodism before converting further...

  • Mindfulness and the Brain Video Available
    Dec 3, 2007
    The Down to a Science Cafe blog has posted a follow-up to the Mindfulness and the Brain presentation that I...

  • The Rock!
    Dec 3, 2007
    R and I finally did the tourist thing and went out to visit Alcatraz Island and the old prison yesterday....

  • Erik Davis' Mystical Experience
    Dec 2, 2007
    The author Erik Davis is known for his many essays in a variety of both fringe and mainstream publications over...

  • More E-sangha Thought Control
    Nov 30, 2007
    Zen teacher Jundo Cohen has just mentioned on his blog and videocast that he has been banned from E-angha. (E-sangha...

  • The Destruction of the American Dream
    Nov 30, 2007
    I’ve been reading “The Trap: Selling Out to Stay Afloat in Winner-Take-All America” during the last few evenings and it...

  • Mindfulness and the Brain: The Neuroscience of Meditation
    Nov 28, 2007
    R and I attended the “Down to a Science Cafe” in San Francisco last night near her work in SOMA....

  • Persian Collection of Austin Spare's Writings Available
    Nov 27, 2007
    I was contacted yesterday by the translator, Sepand, of a Persian (Farsi) collection of the writings of Austin Osman Spare....

  • Koyasan Pilgrimages
    Nov 25, 2007
    I noticed today that Philip Nicoloff’s book, “Sacred Koyasan: A Pilgrimage to the Mountain Temple of Saint Kobo Daishi and...

  • Portal Physics
    Nov 24, 2007
    Valve Software came out recently with the game, “Portal.” In this game, the player runs the victim of an unfortunate...

  • Damanhur in the News
    Nov 23, 2007
    Damanhur is in the news again, which brought them to my mind today. They seem to be discovered or rediscovered...

  • Fire Rituals
    Nov 21, 2007
    I posted the other day about visiting Buddha Dendo in the mountains in northern California. On the site there is...

  • Firefox 3 Beta 1 is out!
    Nov 19, 2007
    I know that by the time you see this, you’ve probably already heard but the first beta of Firefox 3...

  • Peter Lamborn Wilson Interview
    Nov 18, 2007
    Over on Youtube, there is now a copy of the first ten minutes of an interview with Peter Lamborn Wilson...

  • A Visit to Buddha Dendo
    Nov 17, 2007
    I went out to Buddha Dendo today, which is also known as the “California Tendai Monastery.” This site is near...

  • Mac OS X 10.5.1 Breaks VOIP Again?
    Nov 16, 2007
    I’ve written previously that when Mac OS X 10.5 (aka “Leopard”) came out, it broke all of the SIP-based voice...

  • The Problems of Using Tor
    Nov 14, 2007
    There was an aside about the hacking of the Tor network or, rather, the subverting of it, in a piece...

  • Buddhist Politics and Barriers
    Nov 13, 2007
    <img src=”http://farm1.static.flickr.com/87/256835773_22b05d34ec_m.jpg” width=”180” height=”240” alt=”Buddha-Sarnath-sepia” / align=”right” border=”1”>It is weird that I am both at a high and low point...

  • The New York Times askes whether success will spoil Firefox
    Nov 12, 2007
    Today in the New York Times, there is an article titled, “Will Success, or All That Money From Google, Spoil...

  • Mini-retreat is over
    Nov 11, 2007
    The mini-retreat, aka Shambhala Level II Training, is over. We managed to survive it even through the illness we were...

  • Surviving the Mini-retreat
    Nov 10, 2007
    Day one of two is over with the mini-retreat. We actually got out around 6:00 PM today. This was my...

  • Mini-retreat Weekend
    Nov 9, 2007
    R and I are hanging out with the people from the local Shambhala center this weekend. A couple of years...

  • Can Buddhism become American?
    Nov 8, 2007
    I want to ask a question here and that is, “Can Buddhism become American?” By this, I’m not asking about...

  • Saul Williams Kicks Ass
    Nov 6, 2007
    I’ve been enjoying the new Saul Williams album, “The Inevitable Rise and Liberation of Niggy Tardust!“, that I blogged about...

  • Monkey Politics
    Nov 6, 2007
    I’ve pulled my previous post on Buddhist politics as it seemed to be generating more heat than light. I apologize...

  • IE Delays and Lack of Communication Making Press
    Nov 5, 2007
    Todd Bishop at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer has a Monday column there called, “Software Notebook,” in the Business section of the...

  • Dharma Trolls, E-sangha, and Open Buddha
    Nov 5, 2007
    I have a post from the early part of 2007 that gets regular traffic and comments here on my blog....

  • Berkeley Thai Buddhist Temple and Vegetarianism
    Nov 4, 2007
    R and I went to Wat Mongkolratanaram in Berkeley today. This is generally know as the “Thai Buddhist Temple” in...

  • Matthieu Ricard on Happiness
    Nov 3, 2007
    The Talks page on the TED site has a talk done by Matthieu Ricard in 2004 on happiness, its development,...

  • D.I.Y. Dharma and Buddhism Online
    Nov 2, 2007
    It is late in the evening (or early morning) for me but I wanted to give a shout out the...

  • Saul Williams' Niggy Tardust Album for Download!
    Nov 1, 2007
    Saul Williams’ new album, “The Inevitable Rise and Liberation of Niggy Tardust!”, came out today. Williams has been bouncing around...

  • Esoteric Buddhism in China
    Oct 31, 2007
    When I was having lunch with Dr. Payne yesterday, he mentioned and recommended the work of Dr. Charles Orzech. Dr....

  • ECMAScript and Internet Explorer
    Oct 31, 2007
    Chris Wilson, the Platform Architect for IE (and generally a reasonable fellow) has put up a short post on the...

  • Lunch with the Dean
    Oct 31, 2007
    On a different note that many recent postings, I had lunch with Dr. Richard Payne today (well, technically yesterday now)....

  • Paul Addis and the Fire, Round II
    Oct 29, 2007
    Good ol' Paul "I'm going to burn the Man at Burning Man" Addis was just arrested in the last day...

  • The Book Buyer's Dilemma
    Oct 27, 2007
    I have a dilemma based on  the fact that I am a heavy reader. I’ve started getting books from the...

  • SIP-based VOIP Problems in Leopard
    Oct 27, 2007
    I mentioned yesterday that I was having problems with SIP-based VOIP yesterday with my Leopard installation. It turns out that...

  • Oooh, Shiny Kitty!
    Oct 26, 2007
    My copy of Mac OS X 10.5 aka Leopard (“meow!”) showed up this morning at 9:50 AM. The joys of...

  • VMware Fusion Talk at Google
    Oct 25, 2007
    I saw a notice last night about a talk that Ben Gertzfield gave at Google the other day as a...

  • QA Community and Mozilla
    Oct 24, 2007
    I’ve been thinking a bit about the Mozilla community and quality assurance (aka “testing”) for Firefox and Thunderbird lately. This...

  • Final Thesis Turned In!
    Oct 23, 2007
    I know that very many people are sitting on the edges of their seat in regards to my thesis but...

  • Day of the Dead
    Oct 23, 2007
    One inevitable fact of getting older is that the longer that you live, the more you will see your friends,...

  • The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence
    Oct 23, 2007
    I was flipping through a scrapbook of my wife’s tonight and came across a lot of pictures of the Sisters...

  • Back from Seattle
    Oct 22, 2007
    I’m back from my short trip to Seattle for my grandfather’s 80th birthday. I spent Saturday seeing my grandparents, my...

  • Mac OS X Camera?
    Oct 19, 2007
    I have a Mac Pro (aka the “Cheese Grater”) at home. My laptop is a Macbook and has a built-in...

  • Questioning Urbanity
    Oct 18, 2007
    Yes, it does seem to be the night of blog posts here. It’s feast or famine, folks. I’m also awake...

  • Web 2.0 Live Cam Whoring and You
    Oct 18, 2007
    Asa Dotzler has gotten into this via Justin.tv. You can watch our beloved Asa picking his nose while working on...

  • Templatizing an Old Site?
    Oct 17, 2007
    I have a bit of a crufty old site (hermetic.com), which I handcoded in html the old fashion away. Some...

  • Messaging News
    Oct 17, 2007
    I noticed several news item today in the area of post-email messaging. As I mentioned in my previous posts, I’m...

  • Ways to Spend Your Evening
    Oct 16, 2007
    I’ve been having issues with my iPhone since I got back from Japan. Yes, I have an iPhone. To use...

  • There can be only one!
    Oct 16, 2007
    I have a feeling that I need to send Guido and Luigi over to talk to someone about identity and...

  • A Little Buddhist Reading...
    Oct 14, 2007
    Now that I’m back from Japan, I’m trying to catch up on a variety of things at both work and...

  • Things missed for Japan
    Oct 11, 2007
    … about going to Japan is that we missed the Folsom Street Fair this year. We went last year and...

  • Thesis Approved!
    Oct 10, 2007
    I spoke to the office at the university today for my program. When I got back from Japan, I did...

  • Tokyo Banana
    Oct 10, 2007
    I’m now back at work after my trip to Japan for the last couple of weeks. While I was in...

  • Home Again
    Oct 9, 2007
    We made it home this morning (local time). We’re jetlagged all to hell though. The cats and ferret are very...

  • Back to America tomorrow
    Oct 8, 2007
    This is our last night in Tokyo (it is just before 11:00 PM here). Tomorrow afternoon, we fly back to...

  • An Image to Ponder...
    Oct 6, 2007

  • Koyasan Visit
    Oct 6, 2007
    I’ve been offline for a couple of days. R and I took a long train ride (followed by a cable...

  • Chris Wilson Speaks and the IEBlog Goes Dark
    Oct 3, 2007
    I am certain that some Mozilla people may get tired of my mentioning Internet Explorer and their lack of communication...

  • Last Day in Kyoto
    Oct 3, 2007
    Today was our last day in Kyoto. Tomorrow, we take a series of trains to arrive at Koyasan. We went...

  • Monkeys
    Oct 2, 2007
    We visited the Iwatayama Monkey Park today. Oh, yeah, we visited the Golden Pavilion and the Ryoan-ji with its rock...

  • The Rats of Nara
    Oct 1, 2007
    R and I took a day trip to Nara today. Nara is the original capitol of Japan (before Kyoto) and...

  • Kyoto Fun
    Sep 29, 2007
    I’m not going to take a lot of time to post tonight. The weather finally broke here so instead of...

  • More IE Comments from Dave Massy
    Sep 28, 2007
    For those following the request that IE begin to actually speak in public again about what is being done for...

  • Openness and IE or "Talk to us!"
    Sep 27, 2007
    It came to my attention that comments started to be posted about my Borgzilla blog post over on the IEBlog...

  • A Visit to Mt. Hiei
    Sep 27, 2007
    R and I took the train out to Mt. Hiei (Hieisan) today. This is the home of Tendai Buddhism, from...

  • Octopi in the Temple
    Sep 26, 2007
    We saw the strangest Buddhist temple today in the shopping district in Kyoto. It was filled with images of octopi...

  • Tokyo Imperial Palace
    Sep 25, 2007
    We went to the Imperial Palace in Tokyo today. This was a guided tour (in Japanese) of the grounds of...

  • Kamakura and Shinjuku
    Sep 24, 2007
    I have little time to post as it is late here and I am beat. We have to be up...

  • Zojo-ji Temple
    Sep 23, 2007
    Later in our day, we took the trip over to the Zojo-ji Temple, which is near Shiba Park. We had...

  • First Day in Tokyo
    Sep 23, 2007
    We made it to Tokyo. The flight wasn’t too bad and they had a decent entertainment system (Linux-based) for everyone...

  • Soon from the Wrong End of the Pacific
    Sep 21, 2007
    In about thirteen hours, R and I will be on a plane from SFO to Tokyo. I’ll be posting pictures...

  • The Blessing of the Internets
    Sep 20, 2007
    My friend, Nathan, recently hosted  teachings by a Tibetan Lama, Lama Samten, in Seattle. At the teachings, Nathan asked Lama...

  • IE and the Demise of Borgzilla
    Sep 19, 2007
    I could have titled this “Things that will not make me new friends on the Internet Explorer team” but this...

  • MailCo for MoFo
    Sep 17, 2007
    Mitchell Baker, the CEO of the Mozilla Corporation and a board member of the Mozilla Foundation, has announced on her...

  • Jabber support in the Mozilla Platform
    Sep 17, 2007
    As a follow-up to my previous posting about next generation messaging clients (e-mail, IM, etc.), I wanted to mention the...

  • Scooped Boing Boing
    Sep 17, 2007
    The German Tor operator who was harassed by the cops because of Tor activities is finally being noticed by others....

  • The Man Burns and BRC Over Time
    Sep 17, 2007
    Brady posted about a time-lapse video which covers Black Rock City (the city created for Burning Man) over the course...

  • Japanese Trip Details
    Sep 17, 2007
    R and I have been figuring out the last details of our Japan trip. We leave this coming Friday and...

  • It can be dangerous to run Tor
    Sep 15, 2007
    Alex Janssen has posted a blog entry about how his home was raided by the German police because he runs...

  • If you meet the Buddha on the road... Blow him up?
    Sep 12, 2007
    The BBC is reporting that Islamic militants in Pakistan have attacked another ancient (and rather large) statue of the Buddha....

  • A Little About Al
    Sep 9, 2007
    I’ve picked up a number of new readers recently. This is largely because I merged my Mozilla QA blog into...

  • Cory Doctorow Could Use Mozilla Help
    Sep 9, 2007
    I mentioned the other day that writer, activist, and ne’erdowell , Cory Doctorow, wanted to release a theme and/or some...

  • Japan Trip Begins to Firm Up
    Sep 9, 2007
    I’m  waiting for the confirmation but it looks like R and I will be in Tokyo from the afternoon of...

  • The Car from Mars?
    Sep 8, 2007
    Who says innovation in America is dead? </param></param></embed> The walking spider, courtesy of Burning Man.

  • ASE Call for Papers: Esotericism, Religion, and Nature
    Sep 6, 2007
    I’m posting this as a member of the Association for the Study of Esotericism. I attended the 2006 conference at...

  • Cory Doctorow's Firefox Theme
    Sep 6, 2007
    I’m a big fan of Cory Doctorow, the science fiction author, DRM activist, BoingBoing editor, and former EFF evangelist. Cory...

  • Open Social Networks
    Sep 5, 2007
    As something related to my post yesterday, Messaging Clients in a Post-Web 2.0 World, this post by Cedric called “Top...

  • Messaging Clients in the Post-Web 2.0 World
    Sep 4, 2007
    Asa Dotzler and I were discussing messaging and message clients last week for a bit. The conversation was about the...

  • Death Guild and Burning Man
    Sep 4, 2007
    When I first went to Burning Man in 2001, the Death Guild was an organization that was already there. Because...

  • Public Good and Mozilla
    Sep 4, 2007
    This is a bit of a meandering post in that I touch on the very distant (in one sense) and...

  • All Wiretapping, All the Time!
    Aug 29, 2007
    This is a banner month for the monitoring of the communications of American citizens by their own government. Wired News...

  • A Little QA Work
    Aug 29, 2007
    We’ve been having heat issues with some of our Mac Minis that are used for automation and stress testing in...

  • Using Tor
    Aug 29, 2007
    Continuing my previous posts on encrypting e-mail in a useful direction, I thought that I would discuss the use of...

  • Burning at Burning Man
    Aug 28, 2007
    As a number of people have heard, there was arson last night at Burning Man. Around 3:00 AM, the Man...

  • Thesis Update from Mentor
    Aug 28, 2007
    My thesis mentor wrote to me this morning. He’s the head of my three professor committee of readers (as well...

  • Meeting Culture
    Aug 27, 2007
    I caught sight of an article in the New York Times by my former boss, Dean Hachamovitch, on meeting culture...

  • Cory Doctorow's T-Shirt Available Again
    Aug 27, 2007
    The guys at Woot have made the t-shirt designed by Cory Doctorow around airline travel available again. Free shipping too....

  • Ebay is the World
    Aug 25, 2007
    It seems that anything can be found on ebay these days with enough time and patience. I and a number...

  • Sitting Meditation
    Aug 22, 2007
    This has been making the rounds with a few people but is still worth noting, I think. Patrick has put...

  • MA versus Doctorate Programs
    Aug 22, 2007
    I had lunch with Scott yesterday. He’s finishing up his PhD at the Graduate Theological Union (GTU) and has an...

  • A little humor...
    Aug 21, 2007
    Here are a couple of Star Trek inspirational posters. The rest are over here. There are pages and pages of...

  • Visitors
    Aug 21, 2007
    Other than my birthday, I had a bit more social activity in the last few days than normal. On Friday,...

  • Best Birthday Present Ever
    Aug 19, 2007
    My wife, R, just gave me my birthday presents. One in particular stands out: The Clown Mexican Wrestling Mask. Isn’t...

  • "Wrong" side of Mid-30s
    Aug 19, 2007
    Well, I’m not officially on the “wrong” side of my mid-30s. May the gods and the IRS all help me...

  • Birthday Presents
    Aug 17, 2007
    My momma loves me. She sent me some books for my birthday (which is on this Sunday). She sent me:...

  • This is America?
    Aug 16, 2007
    We’ve got the wiretapping of Americans, including their online communications, that I’ve already been discussing. Now it has become clear...

  • Thesis Draft with Committee
    Aug 16, 2007
    This seems to be the day to post… I just received confirmation from my thesis mentor that he has received...

  • Testing Fun
    Aug 16, 2007
    This is not about my work as a software tester (aka “Quality Assurance”) for once. No, the “testing” here is...

  • Encryption and E-mail, Part II
    Aug 16, 2007
    One of the other things that people should think about with making their e-mail “safe” is that most of the...

  • Do you have a right not to be spied on by the government?
    Aug 15, 2007
    Go read this blow by blow from the EFF case hearing today. The panel of judges here is working to...

  • Nerd Silliness
    Aug 15, 2007
    We’re having a week long onsite meeting at Mozilla this week where people come from all over the world to...

  • Ho Hum, is it that time again?
    Aug 15, 2007
    I’m sitting here about to go to bed and writing an e-mail and the house does this little creak and...

  • Singularity Summit
    Aug 14, 2007
    I’ll be attending the Singularity Summit on September 8 and 9 this year. They have a press release that they...

  • Busy Mozilla Week and BarCampBlock
    Aug 14, 2007
    This week is a busy week at Mozilla as it is one of our regular “all hands” weeks. This means...

  • BarCampBlock
    Aug 13, 2007
    A number of us at Mozilla will be attending BarCampBlock this weekend. BarCampBlock is an example of the BarCamp series...

  • Spook Country
    Aug 12, 2007
    While I was camping this weekend, I read the entirety of the new William Gibson novel, Spook Country. As Cory...

  • Thunderbird and Encrypting E-mail
    Aug 12, 2007
    I originally wrote this for my main blog at Arcanology.com because of an interest in encrypting e-mail. A few friends...

  • Securing E-mail Communications
    Aug 9, 2007
    I promised a few people the other day that I would write a post on securing your e-mail communications. This...

  • Alan Wallace Interview
    Aug 7, 2007
    The podcast, Skeptiko, has an excellent interview with B. Alan Wallace today. Wallace is one of those Buddhist figures to...

  • Time to Go to Encrypted Mail, Folks.
    Aug 6, 2007
    I’m going to start generating keys and switching my communication options to include encrypted mail via my public key. I’ll...

  • A month?
    Aug 5, 2007
    Wow, it has been most of a month since I posted here. My apologies for anyone actually paying attention. With...

  • Don't Fuck with Defcon
    Aug 4, 2007
    Two of the things that people should learn when dealing with hackers that show up to events like Defcon are:...

  • Thesis Feedback So Far
    Aug 3, 2007
    Wow, some of my friends are rather quick readers. Steve and Dan both got back to me in the last...

  • Last part of T. Thorn Coyle Interview is Up
    Aug 2, 2007
    I’ve uploaded the last part of my three part interview with T. Thorn Coyle to the Ex Templo site.  You...

  • Japan Ahead! Run up the colors!
    Aug 1, 2007
    Arrr…. Sorry, pirate moment there. I just purchased the tickets for the Japanese vacation that R and I have been...

  • Initial Draft of Thesis Done
    Jul 29, 2007
    In a marathon session the last two days, I cleaned up the work that I did last week on my...

  • Crowley and Spiritual Traditions
    Jul 28, 2007
    Now, I admit that I am biased in all things Crowley. I was never a “big ‘T’” Thelemite like some...

  • Death Comes For Us All
    Jul 28, 2007
    I just finished reading Richard Morgan’s new novel, Thirteen. As with all of Morgan’s work, I enjoyed it immensely though...

  • Feed Broken...now fixed.
    Jul 26, 2007
    For some reason, the RSS2 feed on the blog quit generating any content. I thought it was a Feedburner issue...

  • Birthday Shows
    Jul 25, 2007
    In a rare occurrence, the DNA Lounge in San Francisco is having shows twice in a week that I actually...

  • Ex Templo Podcast #6: T. Thorn Coyle - Part 2 is Available
    Jul 25, 2007
    The new podcast is now available. I’ve put the second part of my interview with T. Thorn Coyle up on...

  • The Calculus of Souls
    Jul 23, 2007
    Some lightweight thought here before I go to bed. Is there a calculus of souls that can be done in...

  • Thesis nearly there?
    Jul 23, 2007
    After all the hubbub about my thesis, I think I’m getting a lot closer. We have a new web interface...

  • Numantra
    Jul 21, 2007
    Years ago, back around 1998, I saw a band in Seattle that stuck in my head. This band was called...

  • My Mom in the News
    Jul 17, 2007
    My mother, Gretchen Faulk, sent me a note today that she’s been in both of the local Salt Lake City...

  • Ex Templo Podcast #5: T. Thorn Coyle - Part 1 Available
    Jul 17, 2007
    The fifth Ex Templo Podcast is now available. This is the first of the three parts of the interview with...

  • Interviewing Thorn Coyle
    Jul 16, 2007
    Thorn and I met yesterday for her interview for the Ex Templo podcast at her place in San Francisco. We...

  • Work Environments
    Jul 13, 2007
    I realized the other day that I’m not sure I could work in a “normal” work environment or that I...

  • Intolerance is Alive and Well
    Jul 12, 2007
    As a member of a non-mainstream faith and a former Neopagan, I tend to pay attention to religious issues in...

  • Kwik-E-Mart Visit
    Jul 12, 2007
    As a promotion for the Simpsons Movie, the local Mountain View 7-11 about two miles from Mozilla has been converted...

  • Oldest Usenet Message of Mine
    Jul 11, 2007
    I’ve found the oldest archived Usenet message of mine (but not the oldest that I made, I know) on Google...

  • Amusing Domain Names
    Jul 11, 2007
    I now have enragedbuddhism.com (and .org and .net) pointing to arcanology.com. I also picked up openbuddha.net to point where openbuddha.com...

  • Stealing Content or Being a Bad Blogging Citizen
    Jul 10, 2007
    Every so often, I get trackbacks and the like from other blogs (or “splogs” for “spam blogs”) who steal content...

  • Air Mozilla Preparations
    Jul 10, 2007
    Today, people are getting ready for Air Mozilla, which goes live tomorrow at 2:00 PM PDT. We’ll be doing live...

  • Brad Warner and Dogen Sangha International
    Jul 10, 2007
    Sensei Gudo Nishijima has announced on his blog that Brad Warner is now his successor as the leader of Dogen...

  • Golden Dawn Conundrums
    Jul 9, 2007
    This will be of little interest except to Golden Dawn geeks. I’ve noticed some oddness in the Golden Dawn’s knowledge...

  • More Virtualization
    Jul 8, 2007
    I did manage to get all but one of our virtual machines finished for MoCo QA in the last week...

  • Santa Cruz Saturday
    Jul 8, 2007
    R suggested on Friday that we go have a “fun day” out this weekend. We decided to go to Santa...

  • New Podcast Soon
    Jul 7, 2007
    I’m posting this on both Ex Templo’s blog and here since I have twenty times the readers on my own...

  • Advice from Authors
    Jul 5, 2007
    I ran into this quote today and it seemed quite relevant to some of the issues with our society. “If...

  • Token American Post
    Jul 4, 2007
    It is kind of funny because while I don’t often try to say things political in my blog and I...

  • Thesis Update or the removal of the enlarged growth
    Jul 3, 2007
    I realized that I hadn’t posted much publicly about my thesis issues and their resolution. I blogged recently about issues...

  • Virtualization and QA
    Jul 2, 2007
    Part of the work that I’m doing in QA here right now is focusing on virtualization technologies. This is kind...

  • Weight Loss
    Jul 1, 2007
    I need to lose weight. I’ve needed to lose weight for a long time (like ten years) but I think...

  • Creation and Completion Teachings next month in Berkeley
    Jul 1, 2007
    There will be a two and a half day long class on Creation and Completion stage practice next month in...

  • Back from SoCal
    Jul 1, 2007
    R and I just got back from a short trip to Southern California. We went down to Ojai, not far...

  • Intern vs. Old Guy Kickball
    Jun 29, 2007
    At Mozilla yesterday evening, we took some time off from shipping a major browser update to play kickball. It was...

  • Masters and Students
    Jun 27, 2007
    They say that you should always be very careful when picking a master in the spiritual arts… One famous incident:...

  • Back from Retreat
    Jun 25, 2007
    R and I are back from our Buddhist Retreat with Daiun-Ji Great Cloud Temple in Ohio. We flew out to...

  • No news yet
    Jun 19, 2007
    I’ve finished Day 4 on the job but I’m going away for the rest of a week. I have a...

  • 21st Century Buddhist Event This Week
    Jun 18, 2007
    For those of you local in the Bay Area this week, there is an interesting event for Buddhists in Redwood...

  • Mindfulness in Schools
    Jun 18, 2007
    There is an article in the New York Times from last week on the teaching of mindfulness in schools. I...

  • Marriage
    Jun 17, 2007
    My friend, John Mueller, got married without telling anyone until after the fact recently. I blogged about this before. I’ve...

  • Podcasts of Interest
    Jun 17, 2007
    I listen to quite a few podcasts while walking or driving in the car (I have a connector for my...

  • TED Talks
    Jun 17, 2007
    Before a couple of months ago, I did not have much awareness of TED or the TED Talks. TED defines...

  • Fantastic Images from Cornell
    Jun 16, 2007
    The Cornell University Library has made a bunch of images from their collection available online. These are largely focusing on...

  • A Thought Occurs...
    Jun 14, 2007
    Perhaps I don’t need this super long fifth chapter which summarizes the view of the soul in the Western philosophical...

  • Thesis Length Questions
    Jun 14, 2007
    I’m wondering if I’m going overboard on my thesis or trying to do something too grand. My current draft of...

  • First Day
    Jun 13, 2007
    Tomorrow, June 14, is my first day on the Mozilla QA team. I expect it to be a little crazy...

  • Ex Templo Podcast #4: Rev. Jiun Foster - Part 3
    Jun 13, 2007
    The fourth Ex Templo podcast is up. This is the final part of my interview with Rev. Foster. Enjoy! http://www.extemplo.org/?p=7...

  • Black Summer
    Jun 12, 2007
    I just read the first issue of Warren Ellis’ new comic, Black Summer. Actually, technically, it is issue zero since...

  • Unemployment
    Jun 12, 2007
    I’m now ungainfully umemployed… This will last a day and then I start at Mozilla on Thursday morning. Today I...

  • A Comment on the Democratic Leadership
    Jun 11, 2007
    I can’t say that I disagree with this but, of course, I never actually believed that the Democrats actually would...

  • Steampunk Treehouse
    Jun 10, 2007
    R and I had a busy day out and about yesterday. After living in the Bay Area for a year,...

  • Mozilla Blog
    Jun 8, 2007
    My shiny new Mozilla blog is open for business. It is at http://blog.mozilla.com/al/. I’ll probably conduct most of my Mozilla...

  • Self-Introduction
    Jun 8, 2007
    Hi, I’m Al Billings and this is my blog on the shiny, new blog.mozilla.com site. I acted quickly and have...

  • Ways to Respond to a Review...
    Jun 7, 2007
    I know that I pick on Brad Warner a bit but he sets himself up so much for it. For...

  • A Conversation About Western Buddhism
    Jun 4, 2007
    My Buddhist teacher, Rev. Jiun Foster, just put another podcast up on his Path of the Ekayana podcast that I...

  • Half-Life 2 Fun
    Jun 4, 2007
    There is a fun machinima up at http://civil-protection.blogspot.com with the thug cops from Half-Life 2. Maybe I’ve played too much...

  • Third Podcast is Up
    Jun 3, 2007
    I’ve put the third podcast for Ex Templo up on its site. This is the second of the three parts...

  • Street View
    Jun 3, 2007
    Unlike some, I’m not terribly concerned about Google’s new “street view” feature for Google Maps. Of course, they didn’t even...

  • Things that make me afraid for this nation...
    May 31, 2007
    This is a transcript from Bill O’Reilly’s show on Fox News from yesterday. I actually saw this in realtime as...

  • Saka Dawa is Today
    May 31, 2007
    Today is Saka Dawa, which is the day of the historical Buddha’s birth, enlightenment and paranirvana (passing from this world)....

  • Mozilla is your master now, young jedi!
    May 29, 2007
    This is the first public announcement of something that a number of my friends have known for a couple of...

  • Second and First Real "Ex Templo" Podcast is Up!
    May 28, 2007
    The second Ex Templo Podcast is now available. This is really the first real podcast since the previous one was...

  • Blue Lotus Assembly Workshop
    May 28, 2007
    I just returned from attending a two day workshop over the weekend in Dayton, Ohio with the Blue Lotus Assembly....

  • Google Planning to Scan Indian Books
    May 23, 2007
    This was found here this morning: At least 800,000 books and manuscripts, including India's first political treaties the "Arthasastra" written...

  • Ex Templo First Real Podcast Soon
    May 22, 2007
    As some are aware from previous postings, I’m starting a podcast series, Ex Templo, over at extemplo.org. I’m planning on...

  • Death Guild Thunderdome Fundraiser
    May 20, 2007
    R and I went to the Death Guild’s Thunderdome Fundraiser in Oakland last night. The Death Guild is a relatively...

  • Jedi and the Way
    May 20, 2007
    I know that for many of my particular generation in America, Star Wars was a seminal film for our childhoods....

  • Cthulhu vs. Buddha
    May 18, 2007
    I had a realization this morning that the Cthulhu Mythos and Buddhism contain an opposite view of the cosmos from...

  • The Teacup and the Skullcup
    May 17, 2007
    I had a new book arrive today, The Teacup and the Skullcup: Chogyam Trungpa on Zen and Tantra. I’ve been...

  • Cory Doctorow and Rudy Rucker Podcast from SF in SF
    May 17, 2007
    As I mentioned yesterday, I attended the SF in SF gathering in San Francisco this evening. (Well, it is almost...

  • Science Fiction Wednesday
    May 15, 2007
    Tomorrow night, R and I will be attending a reading and discussion with Rudy Rucker and Cory Doctorow over in...

  • Primary Source Material
    May 15, 2007
    I’ve been waiting to hear from the Ransom Center about my request for copies of some of the Golden Dawn...

  • Linus Torvalds on the Whole "Microsoft Patent" Thing
    May 15, 2007
    Information Week has a response from Linus Torvalds, the evil Linux despot, on the whole Microsoft Patent issue from the...

  • Broken Images on this Blog
    May 14, 2007
    As some people have no doubt noticed, quite a few posts have broken images. I changed one of my longterm...

  • Update on Microsoft Patents
    May 14, 2007
    Hot off of the press… Microsoft Won't Sue Linux Users, Company Exec Says By Paul McDougall InformationWeek May 14, 2007...

  • This is my body, eat of it and live forever!
    May 14, 2007
    Does it make more or less sense than the traditional version with the FSM?<p align="center">Click on image for larger version!</p>...

  • Microsoft Claims That Linux Violates 235 Patents
    May 13, 2007
    I just found this article from Fortune over at CNN Money. It will be in the May 28, 2007 issue...

  • Congratulations, John and Ann!
    May 13, 2007
    My good friend, John, who is still over at Microsoft, got himself secretly married to his girlfriend on Saturday. He...

  • The Cliff House
    May 12, 2007
    R and I went out to Ocean Beach a week ago. It was her birthday and she wanted to have...

  • Attention and the Mind
    May 12, 2007
    One of the things that Buddhist meditation is good at teaching, in a practical manner, is that our mind is...

  • People and Computers
    May 12, 2007
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  • Tibetans Forced to Relocate
    May 8, 2007
    The Chinese government, never content with anything in Tibet, is now forcing the relocation of up to 10% of the...

  • The Sutra on the Unlimited Life of the Threefold Body
    May 7, 2007
    The Sutra on the Unlimited Life of the Threefold Body At one time the bodhisattva Manjushri was seated on a...

  • Golden Dawn Documents and Aristotle
    May 7, 2007
    An acquaintance of mine from my old BBS and OTO days has photocopies of a bit of original Golden Dawn...

  • Military Bloggers Continued
    May 7, 2007
    As my friend, Ted, just noted to me, it looks like the military backed off on their policy change for...

  • The Precepts
    May 5, 2007
    I seem to be condemned to lock horns with Zen priests concerning the precepts and the following of them. First,...

  • No More Military Bloggers?
    May 2, 2007
    The United States Army, in its infinite wisdom, has decided that unfiltered discussions by soldiers is a bad thing. Because...

  • Feel the Power of the Dark Side
    May 2, 2007
    For those who are out of step with GeeksRUS, check here or basically look at news sites on "HD-DVD" and...

  • Professional Writing and Me
    May 2, 2007
    I want to write a few articles for publication and then work on a book or two. Of course, this...

  • Oy! My Head!
    Apr 29, 2007
    This is just a note that while I find St. Augustine readable, I think I’ve read too much of him....

  • Reality
    Apr 28, 2007
    One of the vows in my daily Buddhist practices contains the following line: "I avoid setting myself against the world."...

  • Can't...get...it...out...of...head...
    Apr 27, 2007
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  • The Soul in Christianity
    Apr 26, 2007
    Can anyone recommend a standard, even defining, source for the view of the soul within Christianity? I’m sure Augustine qualifies...

  • Seattle Trip Report
    Apr 26, 2007
    I suppose that I should post something about my trip to Seattle for the five people who care. :-) I...

  • Bad Poetry
    Apr 25, 2007
    I’m listening to a bunch of classes that Jiun Sensei did for our sangha, Daiun-Ji, over the last two years....

  • Ultracultural Imperalism
    Apr 24, 2007
    In response to my previous post about Ultraculture and its issues with Voudon and Buddhism, my nath and magician friends,...

  • Wiccans Win Right to Have Pentacle on Veteran Memorials
    Apr 23, 2007
    This was just sent to me. It seems to be breaking news but is unsourced since I don’t know where...

  • On My Way To Oakland
    Apr 22, 2007
    I’m sitting in Sea-Tac airport right now waiting for my flight back to Oakland. I’ve had a good visit over...

  • Ultraculture: Aryan People Only Please
    Apr 19, 2007
    Ultraculture is a wouldbe movement around magic and improving the world (so it claims). It is also a zine that...

  • Scary Free Wireless
    Apr 19, 2007
    A number of interesting scenarios for ubiquitous computing require wireless to be commonly available, like cell connections are now. Many...

  • Hermes
    Apr 18, 2007
    I saw this on an architectural site this evening. It was recovered from a pre-World War II building, where it...

  • Fire Art of Burning Man
    Apr 18, 2007
    Leonardo Online, a publication of MIT, has an article on the “Fire Art of Burning Man” up now. I recognize...

  • Other Golden Dawn Work
    Apr 17, 2007
    One of my readers, Guido Woudenberg, alerted me that there is a thesis on the Cipher Manuscript of the Golden...

  • Stealth Wife
    Apr 16, 2007
    Stealth wife stalked and found me in my natural environment the other day: She put up a set of our...

  • Virigina Tech Shootings Today
    Apr 16, 2007
    Jack Thompson, at attorney who is an “expert” on school shootings is on Fox News and elsewhere talking about the...

  • It has begun...
    Apr 16, 2007
    In the last four days, I’ve registered a domain, moved all of my websites (and e-mail) to a new hosting...

  • New Host for Blog
    Apr 14, 2007
    If you’re seeing this, then everything has updated to my new internet provider, site5.com, without too many issues. (We won’t...

  • Generation X Buddhist Teachers
    Apr 13, 2007
    The BuddhistGeeks blog has a good post on Generation X and Buddhist Teachers. I was amused by the Daniel Ingram...

  • EternaThesis
    Apr 13, 2007
    It’s 12:41 AM as I write this. I have just concluded my rewrite of the fourth chapter of my thesis....

  • Seattle Soon
    Apr 11, 2007
    The Friday after this next (4/20), I will be in Seattle for the weekend. My firm plans so far are...

  • Thesis Help
    Apr 10, 2007
    I wanted to give a big shout out to Dan Harms for helping me with my thesis. He is the...

  • Relevancy and Spirituality
    Apr 8, 2007
    One of the primary tasks that I see for those of us who wish for our spirituality to have an...

  • 19th Century Christianity and the Soul
    Apr 8, 2007
    I realized today that I actually don’t have any good sources to the traditional Roman Catholic and Church of England...

  • New Shrine Space
    Apr 8, 2007
    R did a major clean up and paint job in the back room last week. This is normally the laundry...

  • Woven Hand
    Apr 8, 2007
    R and I went out this evening with a couple of friends of hers from high school. We went to...

  • Podcasting and Questions
    Apr 6, 2007
    I now have the item of recording equipment (a Zoom H4) that I wanted for podcasting and other activities. We...

  • Meditation for the Homeless
    Apr 5, 2007
    My wife, R, sent me this article this afternoon. It is about a meditation program run by the San Francisco...

  • Victims...I mean "Readers"
    Apr 4, 2007
    I’m almost done with the first four chapters of my thesis. I’m looking for people to proof it, especially for...

  • Quotes to Contemplate for the Future
    Apr 4, 2007
    On and off, I contemplate my future especially in the realm of making a living. I’ve been working in software...

  • Jack's Hope
    Apr 3, 2007
    I am Jack’s lack of hope for the future… From Reuters: Keith Richards "snorted father's ashes" Tue Apr 3, 2007...

  • Inflation of Universe...well, my thesis...
    Apr 1, 2007
    I’ve been trying to finish the third chapter of my thesis. This chapter focuses on the history and then ritual...

  • Passover Seder
    Apr 1, 2007
    Tonight R and I went to a Seder (סֵדֶר) to celebrate Passover (פֶּסַח) that we were invited to by my...

  • Edgar Rice Burroughs and Mars
    Mar 30, 2007
    I mentioned my love of Barsoom, the pulp Mars of Edgar Rice Burroughs before but did not give any links...

  • Golden Dawn Audio
    Mar 29, 2007
    The Grey Lodge Occult Review is out with a new issue. Overall, there thing isn’t quite my ball of wax...

  • Geek Moments...
    Mar 29, 2007
    We had this conversation in the kitchen area at work yesterday about Star Wars. Now, by some accounts, that might...

  • Seminaries and Training in the West
    Mar 27, 2007
    One of the things that comes up a lot in the talks with my Buddhist teacher is the lack of...

  • Bruce Sterling Ranting at SXSW 2007
    Mar 25, 2007
    I found this link today through a blogger mentioning that they’d recently listened to Bruce’s rant at SXSW this year....

  • The Desk of Madness
    Mar 25, 2007
    This is what your desk looks like if you’re a computer geek doing a thesis on the Hermetic Order of...

  • My Pictures are online
    Mar 24, 2007
    This is a reminder that I put a lot of pictures up on my Flickr account. I tend to be...

  • Japanese Trip this Fall
    Mar 24, 2007
    R and I went over to the city this evening to meet with one of her old friends from back...

  • BruTube
    Mar 22, 2007
    A Bruce Sterling Fan-boy moment… I present to you, Bruce on Youtube vlogging. Go watch. </param></param></embed> Bruce discusses the various...

  • Noogles
    Mar 21, 2007
    We had dinner with our friend Sean the Drakemonger last night. Sean quit Apple a bit over a month ago...

  • WESCOR 2007 Conference
    Mar 21, 2007
    I will be attending the Western Commission for the Study of Religion (WESCOR) conference in Berkeley this weekend. I’ll be...

  • Interviews and Podcasts
    Mar 19, 2007
    To support a potential book project on modern Gnostic churches and their beliefs in America, I’ve been pondering doing interviews...

  • Barsoom Forever!
    Mar 17, 2007
    Like many children of the generations before me, I spent my childhood reading Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Mars books. No Tarzan...

  • Thesis Proceeding at Snail's Pace
    Mar 17, 2007
    I had my eight hours of training in Flash today. (Don’t worry, I get eight more hours tomorrow! Yee Haw!)...

  • Flash Class
    Mar 17, 2007
    I’m just breaking for lunch from my introduction to Flash class. Result of the last couple of hours: Whee.

  • Seattle Trip
    Mar 16, 2007
    I’m going to be in Seattle from the morning of Friday, April 20 through the evening of Sunday, April 22....

  • Eddie Izzard on Fundamentalism in England
    Mar 15, 2007
    Eddie Izzard has the following to say about fundamentalism in England: There's no Church of England fundamentalism. We can't have...

  • Bummer Movies
    Mar 12, 2007
    R and I just watched The Proposition this evening. It is a Western set in Australia written by Nick Cave...

  • Followup on Bonwick and Blavatsky
    Mar 11, 2007
    I just now found the following reference on a page about Blavatsky’s plagarism of sources: "I cannot find a single...

  • Egyptian Souls
    Mar 11, 2007
     I’ve some progress on source material for the thesis today. It is kind of funny because my section on the...

  • Writing
    Mar 11, 2007
    I’m getting ideas for writing projects post-thesis again. I still want to try my hand at writing fiction but most...

  • Qabbalah by Isaac Myer?
    Mar 10, 2007
    For my thesis work, I’ve come across a book (well, actually, I’ve had it for some time but…) by one...

  • Unitarian Jihad
    Mar 10, 2007
    It is time once again to remind people of the Unitarian Jihad. As Jon Carroll wrote a couple of years...

  • Metal Arts
    Mar 10, 2007
    I’ve just signed up for two classes at The Crucible here in Oakland. They are a local arts organization that...

  • How Scholars Go Mad
    Mar 4, 2007
    I’ve literally spent the last three hours both creating the first chapter and introduction to my thesis (using the independent...

  • Oil and the Middle East
    Mar 4, 2007
    It has been in the news the last few days that Saudi Arabian oil production was down 8% in 2006...

  • Steampunk
    Mar 3, 2007
    I apologize for not posting much. I’ve been busy shipping the next version of the PCTV software that I work...

  • A Japanese Vacation
    Feb 22, 2007
    My wife and I are planning out our next vacation, at least loosely. This probably won’t occur until sometime in...

  • The Beard Made Him Do It!
    Feb 21, 2007
    I guess that I found out what John Michael Greer has been up to lately. (That is humor for the...

  • Takei Has Class and Just Pwned You!
    Feb 19, 2007
    Words fail me at the brilliance displayed by George Takei here. </param></param></embed>

  • Zendos
    Feb 17, 2007
    I was planning on going to the Berkeley Zen Center in the morning today when, looking through their newsletters and...

  • God's Neighborhood
    Feb 16, 2007
    My friend, Wendi, is posting old photos that she took back in 80’s on Flickr. The following one caught my...

  • Wikipedia Extraction
    Feb 14, 2007
    A project that I am working on (to be announced later) would benefit from my extracting a chunk of articles...

  • Blank Thesis Syndrome
    Feb 11, 2007
    I’ve been doing preparatory work for much of the last month on my thesis. Technically, I have the next two...

  • whoami?
    Feb 7, 2007
    Like a koan, I hear “whoami? whoami? whoami?” This is a question that reoccurs in my life. I must assume...

  • This is just sad...
    Feb 6, 2007
    I saw this during lunch today at CNN. Haggard convinced he's 'completely heterosexual,' minister says DENVER, Colorado (AP) -- One...

  • Nonviolence and the Dharma
    Jan 31, 2007
    The issue of nonviolence is one that I struggle with, at least in my thoughts, when it comes to the...

  • Egyptian Reference Materials for the Golden Dawn
    Jan 31, 2007
    I have been having a difficult time figuring out which texts on Egypt, Egyptian religion or mythology, or Egyptology in...

  • Def Leppard
    Jan 30, 2007
    I must say that Def Leppard’s Rock of Ages does NOT need more cowbell. That’s your 80’s music tip for...

  • Toys
    Jan 28, 2007
    The Japanese will make a cute little plastic toy out of anything. Here is Dainichi Nyorai as a toy:

  • Westcott Texts
    Jan 28, 2007
    My copy of Yeats’s Golden Dawn by George Mills Harper has not been a lot of use in my Golden...

  • The End of Tibet
    Jan 28, 2007
    Rolling Stone has a very long article on Tibet on their website called, “The End of Tibet.” It discusses a...

  • Whoa! The Protocols of the Elders of Sodom!
    Jan 28, 2007
    Hal Duncan wrote a fabulous entry in response to hate mail he received in response to an earlier entry of...

  • Apocalypse Madonna
    Jan 27, 2007
    An interesting image found by Bruce Sterling while in Italy.

  • Six Apart Holiday Party
    Jan 27, 2007
    R and I went to the holiday party for Six Apart tonight. R works there doing QA for blogging software....

  • E-sangha and Control Freaks
    Jan 25, 2007
    I’ve used the site E-sangha over the last year or two off and on. It is one of the few...

  • American Buddhism
    Jan 25, 2007
    One of the issues that seems to be gaining ground, at least as a point of discussion, within Buddhist circles...

  • Physical Proof
    Jan 25, 2007
    The missus got a picture of me at the Tea Garden to go with the pictures that I’ve been posting...

  • Bronze Buddha
    Jan 24, 2007
    This is from the Japanese Tea Garden last weekend. They have a beautiful and large Buddha statue there. It was...

  • Japanese Tea Garden
    Jan 21, 2007
    Along with visiting the Asian Art Museum yesterday, R and I also went to Golden Gate Park to visit the...

  • Gandhara
    Jan 21, 2007
    One of the surprises of the visit to the museum today was the images of the Buddha and of bodhisattvas...

  • Asian Art Museum in San Francisco
    Jan 21, 2007
    R and I did an outing to San Francisco today, something which we don’t do enough of even though we’ve...

  • Habeas Corpus is not a Constitutional Right
    Jan 19, 2007
    According to Alberto Gonzales, our Attorney General, even though Habeas Corpus cannot be infringed upon according to the Constitution, that...

  • How much longer must we tolerate injustice?
    Jan 19, 2007
    How much longer will we allow our government to do those things that we know, if we search our hearts,...

  • Women and Engineering
    Jan 18, 2007
    I read these after hearing about them on Slashdot and I found them to be interesting (and short!). As a...

  • Burning Man 2007
    Jan 17, 2007
    Burning Man tickets went on sail today. They start out at a lower price and work their way up so...

  • Religious Faiths as Ex-Girlfriends
    Jan 17, 2007
    I had a long visit over coffee with Jonathan this evening. In the course of the conversation, I alluded to...

  • Quote of the Day
    Jan 14, 2007
    This is from a review of Rudy Rucker’s new novel, “Mathematicians in Love” here. As with many of Rucker's novels,...

  • Photoof Photos
    Jan 13, 2007
    As noted at the Laughing Squid blog today, the pictures from the Photoboof at the Laughing Squid: Decade 2 party...

  • Colbert and the iPhone
    Jan 12, 2007
    Stephen Colbert is “flaccid with rage” over the iPhone. He does point out what the eventual result of Apple’s efforts...

  • Bay Area Tattoo Artist
    Jan 11, 2007
    To my few readers, If you know of any excellent (not just good but excellent) tattoo artists in the Bay...

  • Robert Anton Wilson, RIP.
    Jan 11, 2007
    I just learned from Douglas Rushkoff’s blog that Robert Anton Wilson is dead. I had read from Wilson himself that...

  • Tengu Riding a Fox
    Jan 11, 2007
    This is a little statue that I picked up the other day: It is of a tengu riding a fox....

  • Thesis Work Begins
    Jan 10, 2007
    The new term for school has started. This is the term in which I am to write the bulk of...

  • iPwn
    Jan 9, 2007
    Ok, as much as I’ve bitched about Apple lately, I have to admit that their new phone is incredibly sexy...

  • Back from Gonzo
    Jan 6, 2007
    We just got back from seeing “Gonzo: A Brutal Chrysalis” in San Francisco this evening. This turned out to be...

  • Meditating Cats
    Jan 5, 2007
    Miss Moppet begins her meditation practice. Notice the correct posture with head slightly depressed.

  • Viral
    Jan 3, 2007
    I think I saw the doctor with the least developed bedside manner today. It’s atrophied completely away. Because of my...

  • More Oom-ph
    Jan 3, 2007
    It has been pointed out to me now (almost immediately) that it is “Oom the Omnipotent.” I had forgotten that...

  • Oom the Magnificent?
    Jan 3, 2007
    I’m interested in tracking down material relating to “Oom the Magnificent.” Looking on Google, nothing is to be had, which...

  • Gonzo!
    Jan 2, 2007
    R and I are going to the opening night of “GONZO: A Brutal Chrysalis” on Friday. Gonzo, a Brutal Chrysalis...

  • Apple Drops the Ball (surprise!)
    Jan 2, 2007
    I got my Macbook back from Apple last night. This is the one that has destroyed (physically broken) a hard...

  • Almost Set Up
    Jan 2, 2007
    I’ve almost got a room that is empty enough to meditate and practice within. It is sharing the space with...

  • Coincidence or Conspiracy?
    Dec 31, 2006
    I noticed something odd today while looking at the web. I’m a former Microsoft employee but I’ve never gotten around...

  • Illness Addendum
    Dec 31, 2006
    As an addendum to my previous post about being sick, looks like, as a guess, that I have “Vestibular neuronitis.”...

  • A Lovecraftian Aside
    Dec 31, 2006
    And it was then that Nyarlathotep came out of Egypt. Who he was, none could tell, but he was of...

  • Saddam
    Dec 31, 2006
    I was not paying attention to the net or media today while I did that “have a life” thing with...

  • Diplomatic Friends
    Dec 31, 2006
    R and I had dinner with a childhood friend of hers the other night. Rachael (Rachel?) went to high school...

  • Sick?
    Dec 31, 2006
    I’ve been feeling a little odd this week. I’ve had a mild headache off and on combined with a mild...

  • Exercises in Frustration
    Dec 28, 2006
    Would you like an exercise in frustration? Try getting KDE or Gnome (or X in general) to work with a...

  • Temple Buddhism
    Dec 28, 2006
    I received my copy of Stephen Covell’s “Japanese Temple Buddhism: Worldliness in a Religion of Renunciation” today. While the book...

  • Holidays
    Dec 27, 2006
    Unlike many people, I’m returning to work tomorrow and not taking more time off until New Year’s Day. Frankly, I...

  • Ken Wilber Up and Around
    Dec 27, 2006
    There is now a blog post that explains what hospitalized Ken Wilber recently (and almost killed him). It sounds like...

  • Soul Death
    Dec 25, 2006
    Merry Christmas, James Brown is Dead. Whoa. That sucks despite the fact that he had his issues. The man was...

  • 93 and so long, it has been fun!
    Dec 24, 2006
    I’m quitting the Ordo Templi Orientis (wikipedia). It’s been fun but I don’t see myself taking the fourth degree or...

  • Welcome to California
    Dec 23, 2006
    This is becoming tiresome. This week: A minor earthquake occurred at 7:12:28 PM (PST) on Wednesday, December 20, 2006. The...

  • Pithy Crowley Quote
    Dec 23, 2006
    I found this pithy quote from ol’ Uncle Aleister today: I admit that my visions can never mean to other...

  • My momma loves me
    Dec 22, 2006
    My Yule presents from my mother were waiting for me when I got home today. She sent me a copy...

  • A Profound Urge
    Dec 22, 2006
    I feel a profound urge to watch Terry Gilliam’s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas right now. It has been...

  • More TV on your PC
    Dec 22, 2006
    Last week, my team at MobiTV shipped another version of AT&T Broadband TV, the MobiTV PCTV product. This is an...

  • Too much of a geek
    Dec 21, 2006
    I’m reading Geodesica: Descent by Sean Williams (“with Shane Dix!”) right now. I finished Geodesica: Ascent the other day. All...

  • The King is Dead, Long Live the King!
    Dec 21, 2006
    The longest night of the year is upon us. This is the night where our father, the Sun, returns from...

  • Sky Diving
    Dec 17, 2006
    I have, apparently in insanity, agreed to go sky diving with my wife. We decided that in lieu of perfectly...

  • Moved In...
    Dec 17, 2006
    The horror is mostly over. We are in our new house. The Irish movers showed up at 8:30 AM on...

  • Fudo Myoo
    Dec 14, 2006
    Fudo Myoo is the patron of both Tendai and Shingon Buddhism, the Japanese forms of Vajrayana. He is the immovable...

  • Amida Nyorai
    Dec 12, 2006
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amitabha

  • Mommy, where do books go when they die?
    Dec 12, 2006
    Why, they seem to go to my living room! We’re moving into the new house this Saturday. I have eleven...

  • Ken Wilber is in the hospital
    Dec 9, 2006
    Ken Wilber apparently went to the hospital Thursday. Early Wednesday morning Ken was admitted to a local hospital for repeated...

  • A Buddhist Poem
    Dec 8, 2006
    On an e-mail list today, this poem by an anonymous 14th century samurai was posted: I have no parents: I...

  • Possession is Nine Tenths
    Dec 7, 2006
    I went to the hospital today and picked up the keys to the house. That deserves a bit of a...

  • The Face of Terror
    Dec 6, 2006
    This is the face of terror and I don’t mean the poor fucker in the orange jumpsuit. He may or...

  • Good Computer, Bad Computer
    Dec 6, 2006
    My new computer equipment was delivered to me at work today. Since it is easier to put computers together while...

  • Cal Library Card and Diagramming Initiations
    Dec 5, 2006
    Theoretically, I can get a library card at Cal (aka University of California, Berkeley). This is done by presenting my...

  • Practicing in the quiet...
    Dec 5, 2006
    I had a busy weekend. Through a program associated with my employer (and many other tech companies in the area),...

  • The Mind Boggles...
    Dec 5, 2006
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  • Fuck Apple
    Dec 2, 2006
    I know, it’s a harsh thing to say but “Fuck Apple.” I attended Photoshop training today (all day and all...

  • Shovercraft
    Dec 2, 2006
    The immediate questions that come to my mind upon seeing these are two-fold (and unrelated): Can these be scaled up...

  • Clown Suits
    Dec 1, 2006
    I need a better clown suit. The cheap ones will not suffice to satisfy me any longer. I must be...

  • Meditation and Neuroscience
    Nov 30, 2006
    This was sent out on an e-mail list that I am on with other meditators. This is an article published...

  • Death and Immortality
    Nov 30, 2006
    R and I went and saw The Fountain after work today. This is Darren Aronofsky’s new film. I had at...

  • Day of the Ninja
    Nov 29, 2006
    Next week! Be warned!

  • The House
    Nov 29, 2006
    We signed paperwork this morning at the title company. As of December 6, we will be moving into our new...

  • Guests and Fish
    Nov 28, 2006
    We have a house guest today. :-)

  • B. Alan Wallace Interviewed on Salon
    Nov 27, 2006
    B. Alan Wallace is one of my favorite Buddhist teachers who is now working in neuroscience looking at consciousness. Salon...

  • San Francisco Chinatown
    Nov 24, 2006
    My mother and daughter had never been to the Chinatown in San Francisco so we spent the day out there...

  • Turkey Day '06
    Nov 24, 2006
    Yesterday was the infamous Turkey Day 2006. My daughter and mother are here visiting. They joined R and I at...

  • Preparing Myself
    Nov 22, 2006
    I am preparing myself for Thanksgiving madness. My daughter arrives from Seattle at the Oakland Airport around 4:00 PM tomorrow....

  • Music Matrix
    Nov 22, 2006
    Listening to old music this evening, it reminds me the I inevitably associate former girlfriends or lovers with particular bits...

  • Why do Apple's USB drivers suck so bad?
    Nov 21, 2006
    Without fail, several times a week, I have to unplug and replug in USB devices to my Macbook. This is...

  • Had a Co-Mason over...
    Nov 19, 2006
    I had a member of the local co-masonic lodge over this evening. It was an interesting chat about a variety...

  • Homosexuality and the APA
    Nov 19, 2006
    I would recommend to any with the time to listen to this story on This American Life on NPR. It...

  • Laughing Squid: Decade 2
    Nov 19, 2006
    R and I went over to San Francisco for the Laughing Squid: Decade 2 party last night. This was the...

  • Is this your America?
    Nov 18, 2006
    Hopefully, you’ve already heard about this. If not, read the LA Times here and Blake Ross writing on this. This...

  • Positive Buddhism?
    Nov 18, 2006
    This is an interesting and short essay that someone pointed me towards online. "He showed me the brightness of the...

  • Cheaply Printing a Book?
    Nov 16, 2006
    I’m interested in exploring the costs of cheaply printing a book. This is part of my thoughts around a Burning...

  • Thesis Proposal Approved
    Nov 16, 2006
    I spoke to my thesis mentor this morning. I had sent him a revised thesis proposal a bit over a...

  • Photos of the House
    Nov 15, 2006
    When we did the inspection, I took the opportunity to take photos of the new house with my camera. In...

  • House Redux
    Nov 13, 2006
    The sellers caved when we decided to back out of the house detail because they wouldn’t pay for half of...

  • No House for Now
    Nov 13, 2006
    Our purchase of the house has fallen through, it seems. There is $20,000 in necessary foundation work to be done...

  • Little Mothers and Books
    Nov 13, 2006
    I finished two novels this weekend that I had languishing in the wings. One I had started before my vacation...

  • Industrial and Gothic Music
    Nov 11, 2006
    Now, it is  no surprise to anyone that knows me that my tastes run towards Industrial and Gothic music (since...

  • Katrina
    Nov 10, 2006
    It is amazing how little people talk about Katrina and its aftereffects (or the city of New Orleans) over a...

  • Speaking in Tongues
    Nov 10, 2006
    This video on Youtube of people at a church speaking in tongues was mentioned to me today. For those unfamiliar...

  • The Prestige
    Nov 10, 2006
    R and I went and saw The Prestige this evening with some of my coworkers. This was a fairly enjoyable...

  • On the Virtues of Simplicity
    Nov 8, 2006
    There is a virtue in the simple… Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. – Leonardo da Vinci As I grew older,...

  • Research on Speaking in Tongues
    Nov 8, 2006
    The New York Times had an article recently on “Speaking in Tongues,” which is also known as “Glossalalia.” This is...

  • Pantheacon and Contemplation
    Nov 7, 2006
    Some day, when Hell is frosty, I will find out if the panel on contemplation that I submitted for Pantheacon...

  • Welcome "San Francisco Values"
    Nov 7, 2006
    That’s right. Even if the Dems don’t get the senate, it looks like the fun parade is over. That’s right,...

  • Seattle for Christmas
    Nov 7, 2006
    Madeline, my daughter, and my mother will be visiting the Bay Area for Thanksgiving weekend. I’m looking at going up...

  • Pagan Store Burned Down in Pacific Northwest
    Nov 6, 2006
    The local pagan bookstore in Everett, Washington burned down recently. It is suspected that it may be arson. This was...

  • Back from Mexico
    Nov 6, 2006
    R and I are back from Mexico now. We left Cancun this morning and flew back to Oakland via Charlotte....

  • Chichen Itza, Uxmal, and Kabah
    Nov 3, 2006
    Yesterday, R and I took a day trip to Chichen Itza with a group. This meant that we could ride...

  • Panchos!
    Nov 1, 2006
    R and I went to Pancho Villa’s Restaurant last night. This is a kitschy place that I had read about....

  • Our House in Oakland!
    Oct 31, 2006
    Our offer on the house that I posted about the other day has gone through! This is the Arts and...

  • Coba and now Merida...
    Oct 31, 2006
    We left the east coast of the Yucatan peninsula today. We headed east towards Merida via Coba, another well known...

  • Found the Free Wifi...
    Oct 30, 2006
    Of course it is on the last night that we are here that I find out that there is an...

  • Tulum Ruins
    Oct 30, 2006
    Tonight is our last night in Tulum, Mexico. We’ll spend the night here and then drive to the ruins of...

  • Arrived in Tulum
    Oct 28, 2006
    We took the red eye flight to the East Coast and flew from Charlotte to Cancun. We then got our...

  • Some Thesis Difficulties Resolved
    Oct 27, 2006
    I received a reply from my thesis mentor today that seems to resolve some of my concerns. He did not...

  • Offer on a House
    Oct 27, 2006
    R and I met with our agent early this morning. We signed an offer on the house that we looked...

  • Open Source Texts?
    Oct 25, 2006
    Other than Eric Raymond’s essay, The Cathedral and the Bazaar, what are the other key influential texts defining the open...

  • Housing Madness
    Oct 25, 2006
    R and I have been involved in the endless search for a house this week. We really like our loft...

  • I didn't know that I caused so much trouble...
    Oct 25, 2006
    I found this on Bruce Sterling’s blog today. It is a quote from the IDEA2006 conference, overheard: "People spend whole...

  • Vacations and Thesis Woe
    Oct 24, 2006
    Let’s do this in reverse order… No update on the thesis proposal questions. I did speak to my mentor this...

  • What about Iraq?
    Oct 23, 2006
    I must admit that Tyrone cracks me up. http://kfmonkey.blogspot.com/2006/10/lunch-conversations-463-t-shirt-sales.html

  • Thesis Difficulties
    Oct 23, 2006
    It took a week in the mail (or half a week and half wandering around campus) but I finally got...

  • Lodge of Remembrance
    Oct 22, 2006
    I drove down to Santa Cruz this morning and spent the afternoon with Hiram Lodge #11, which is the co-masonic...

  • Co-masonry?
    Oct 19, 2006
    A month ago, I had dinner in San Francisco with the master of the Santa Cruz co-masonic lodge and her...

  • Burnt and this Weekend
    Oct 19, 2006
    R is going out of town this weekend to go to a Babalon Puja down in Santa Monica. I’m going...

  • Meme Therapy and Thoughts
    Oct 18, 2006
    I may be on the Memetherapy blog soon (unless they choose not to use my comments, of course). I was...

  • IE7 is Out
    Oct 18, 2006
    Apparently, my old team has finally released IE7 according to the blog that I used to run… Shit, this means...

  • Hats
    Oct 18, 2006
    Some people thought my last post with the mouse ears leather cap was disturbing. I wanted to give an object...

  • Disneyland Pictures
    Oct 18, 2006
    R is posting pictures from our trip to Disneyland now.

  • Rights? We don't need no stinkin' rights.
    Oct 17, 2006
    One of the terrorists believed to have planned the 9/11 attacks said he hoped the attacks would be the beginning...

  • Orange County
    Oct 16, 2006
    If the Bay Area seems weird to this Seattle boy from time to time, anytime I head south of here,...

  • Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters
    Oct 16, 2006
    R and I went to Disneyland this weekend after we flew down to Los Angeles for a family wedding in...

  • Video Downloader
    Oct 12, 2006
    If you’ve ever encountered a video on Youtube or Google Video that you need to have, the Video Downloader site...

  • Paintball Group Photo
    Oct 12, 2006
    Here is our one photo from yesterday’s event.

  • Paintball!
    Oct 11, 2006
    Today was a morale event with the QA department (well, most of us) from work today. We drove out somewhere...

  • LJ Concession
    Oct 9, 2006
    As a concession to LJ users, I’m turning on the LJ cross poster plug-in in my Wordpress blog. This will...

  • True2Life
    Oct 9, 2006
    If I wasn’t planning on being at Disnelyland this Saturday, I’d be going to Tru2Life. It describes itself as follows:...

  • Parallels between Vajrayana and Western Magic in the Maha-Vairocana Abhisambodhi Tantra
    Oct 8, 2006
    I’ve been reading a translation of the Maha-Vaircocana Abhisambodhi Tantra by Stephen Hodges. This is one of the root tantras...

  • Hakim Bey Newsflash
    Oct 8, 2006
    This is a newsflash. Though the knowledge is old news to many, some have not heard before now. I say...

  • Battlestar Galactica Season 3
    Oct 6, 2006
    There be spoilers ahead. Don’t read further if you care and haven’t seen the seaon opener for season 3 of...

  • The Spartans
    Oct 5, 2006
    Frank Miller’s vision of the Spartan stand at the Battle of Thermopylae against the Persian empire is finally being made...

  • New Bon Dzogchen Book
    Oct 5, 2006
    I am surprised that no one has mentioned this at all as I would think some of the usual suspects...

  • A Vision of Loss
    Oct 5, 2006
    I weep for the nation of our dreams. Given the level of rhetoric that has floated by during the last...

  • Magia Sexualis
    Oct 4, 2006
    Hugh Urban’s new book is finally out, Magia Sexualis: Sex, Magic, and Liberation in Modern Western Esotericism. This not a...

  • Wicca in Calcutta, India
    Oct 3, 2006
    I just heard about this from an e-mail list that I am on. My friend, Richard, called this sort of...

  • Snorting Soda Out Nose
    Oct 2, 2006
    This news item just about had me rolling out of my chair. As it says, if it wasn’t so serious,...

  • Biographical Entry
    Oct 1, 2006
    I don’t usually write directly about myself. Most of the people that read my blog (on either my domain or...

  • Roller Derby
    Sep 30, 2006
    R and I went to see the Bay Area Derby Girls tonight. This is a local Roller Derby organization. The...

  • Kabbalah Unveiled
    Sep 28, 2006
    My issue with finding a copy of Mathers’ Kabbalah Unveiled for my thesis work have been solved by our friends...

  • Bruce Sterling at CCA
    Sep 27, 2006
    I attended the Bruce Sterling lecture at the California College of the Arts (CCA) last night. I recorded the talk...

  • Bruce Sterling Tonight
    Sep 26, 2006
    I’m going to go here Bruce Sterling lecture tonight in San Francisco. Bruce Sterling Graduate Studies Lecture Series Tuesday, September...

  • Oakland Victorian
    Sep 26, 2006
    R and I visited a house that was listed for sale by the owner today. He agreed to meet us...

  • An Outline of My New Thesis: The Nature, Structure, and Purpose of the Soul in the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn
    Sep 25, 2006
    This is a rough draft that I sat down and outlined over the last hour. Parts of it are still...

  • Folsom Street Fair
    Sep 24, 2006
    R and I went to the Folsom Street Fair with Sandy this afternoon. I’d never been before and didn’t want...

  • Books on Kabbalah
    Sep 24, 2006
    Why does it turn out that the one traditional book on Kabbalah that I don’t own is MacGregor Mathers’ Kabbalah...

  • Swedenborgian Church
    Sep 24, 2006
    I had no idea that there was a Swedenborgian Church in San Francisco (and in a famous building, at that)....

  • Dragon Boat Races
    Sep 23, 2006
    R and I went to the Dragon Boat Races today. This is an annual event over on Treasure Island, which...

  • An Appropriate Music Video
    Sep 22, 2006
    This hits pretty close to home... </param></param></embed> After working on TV on the PC all day, I get tired of...

  • Lazy Web QA Questions: Flash UI Testing
    Sep 21, 2006
    I’m trying to figure out what tools are out there, if any, to easily automate UI testing for Flash-based web...

  • The Sisters
    Sep 20, 2006
    My blessed wife was once one of the few female members of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, a queer organization...

  • Thesis Idea Updates
    Sep 19, 2006
    After reviewing a number of the completed theses for my program, I find that I am being a bit overly...

  • Life
    Sep 18, 2006
    There are no winners. There are only survivors. Thoughts while listening to my old Nirvana albums from college We’ll leave...

  • A Little Photobooth Fun
    Sep 16, 2006
    R and I stopped by a photobooth today while we were out doing stuff.

  • "We Want Your Soul"
    Sep 16, 2006
    Well, this video seems pretty actively subversive in an appropriate way… http://www.neave.tv/#freeland_soul

  • Acalanatha in Soto Zen?
    Sep 14, 2006
    I had an interesting and odd conversation following Aikido last night. One of my fellow students had heard that I...

  • Aching Bones
    Sep 14, 2006
    R and I went to Aikido this evening. While she’s been more recently, it was the first time I’d been...

  • Different ideas on my thesis
    Sep 13, 2006
    After some study of the Golden Dawn material and academic texts as preparation for my thesis work, I’m wondering if...

  • Google Earth Conquering the World
    Sep 12, 2006
    Why is there no mashup of Google Earth and some kind of strategy “let’s conquer the world” game? I can...

  • TV on your PC
    Sep 11, 2006
    I have not written a lot about what I have been working on at my new job at MobiTV for...

  • Cool Tech for Hacking
    Sep 11, 2006
    While looking at mini-itx motherboards, I came upon the Janus Project. I thought about something similar at one point (setting...

  • Long Weekend
    Sep 10, 2006
    This has been a long, not terribly restful, weekend. We’re shipping the key version of the product that I’m working...

  • A Little Desire
    Sep 9, 2006
    Is it too much to ask for a sangha to sit or discuss Buddhism with that doesn’t give me hives?...

  • Thesis Time
    Sep 7, 2006
    It is time to get cracking on my thesis. I need to do a literature review to create my final...

  • TV Free Burning Man
    Sep 6, 2006
    I just found TV Free Burning Man this evening. This is a rather cool site of videos that were recorded...

  • OpenBuddha Camp at Burning Man 2007?
    Sep 6, 2006
    I have been pondering Burning Man this last few days since I returned. I am serious about getting a new...

  • Back from Burning Man 2006
    Sep 4, 2006
    I made it back from Burning Man 2006 last night about midnight. I had an excellent time at Burning Man...

  • Playa Bound
    Aug 30, 2006
    I’m off to the playa in the next couple of minutes. I should be back on Sunday evening.

  • Insert long frantic scream here
    Aug 28, 2006
    I’m pulling together all of my Burning Man gear since I’m packing out at 4:00 AM on Wednesday morning with...

  • It's Dead, Jim.
    Aug 27, 2006
    The macbook’s hard drive is so toast that I cannot even reinstall the operating system on it. The installer cannot...

  • And Screw you too!
    Aug 27, 2006
    I came home from being out today with Madeline to find my Macbook, my primary computer these days, with the...

  • The Internet is for Porn
    Aug 26, 2006
    This thing just killed me. I know I'm behind the curve here in just discovering this video. </param></embed>

  • Daddy's Little Girl
    Aug 26, 2006
    I just picked up Madeline, my daughter, at the Oakland Airport. This was her first trip by herself on a...

  • Temple of All Gods Ritual Schedule
    Aug 25, 2006
    Veleda has posted the ritual schedule for the Temple of All Gods (TAG) at Burning Man next week. Looks like...

  • Ahoy!
    Aug 25, 2006
    I bet this thing is going to kick up some dust on the playa at Burning Man. It is the...

  • Miss Moppet
    Aug 24, 2006
    I present to you the new queen of the household, Miss Moppet! This is the new kitten that R and...

  • Slitherin...
    Aug 23, 2006
    R and I went to see Snakes on a Plane last night. I must say, it was an extremely ‘B’...

  • Burning Man Prep
    Aug 23, 2006
    Items gathered for Burning Man in the last few weeks: 1 - 2.5 Gallon Solar Shower 3 - 7 Gallon...

  • Academia and Beer
    Aug 20, 2006
    On Friday night, I went over to Pier 39 in San Francisco. This is near Fisherman’s Wharf and the whole...

  • Birthday Madness
    Aug 20, 2006
    R and I just got home from seeing Gary Numan play at the Fillmore in San Francisco. I’d never seen...

  • Final Grade for Final Class
    Aug 18, 2006
    I have received my last paper back for my last normal class in my Master’s program. I only have the...

  • Japanese Dinner
    Aug 17, 2006
    R and I had dinner with Kat, her boyfriend, and Lefty this evening. We met at a nice little Japanese...

  • Thoughts for the Evening
    Aug 17, 2006
    Pain…back…thumb…feet… We’re back from Aikido for the evening. I feel completely thrashed. The scary thing is that, in the grand...

  • Butsudan
    Aug 15, 2006
    I hung up the images of the Kongokai and Taizokai mandalas at my altar (butsudan) this evening. These are the...

  • SRL Show Photos
    Aug 13, 2006
    Laughing Squid has photos up on Flickr from the Survival Research Labs (SRL) show on Friday night in San Jose....

  • Muir Woods and Chinatown
    Aug 13, 2006
    R and I took a drive out to the Muir Woods today. I had never been out there before. Being...

  • SRL Tonight
    Aug 12, 2006
    This was shot on my Sprint 6700 phone tonight in San Jose, California at the Survival Research Labs show. </param></param></embed>...

  • SOLD!
    Aug 12, 2006
    Our house, after three extensions due to paperwork screwups with the buyer, their agent, and the lendor, finally officially sold...

  • Five Pieces of Advice
    Aug 12, 2006
    This was passed on to me by an acquaintance of mine today. Five Pieces of Advice from Pema Chodron Life...

  • Aikido
    Aug 9, 2006
    R and I are continuing in our Aikido. So far, it is going fairly well if ‘feeling like a fool’...

  • Mentors and Academia
    Aug 8, 2006
    I have been approved by the head of my Master’s program for Advancement to Candidacy. It still needs sign off...

  • D00d...
    Aug 7, 2006
    Man, I should not have had that half pot of coffee about, oh, 8:00 PM. I’m a bit too wired...

  • New China Mieville
    Aug 6, 2006
    Apparently, China Mieville is coming out with a new book in February…a children’s book. The mind shudders.

  • Burning Man Countdown
    Aug 6, 2006
    I had dinner over in San Francisco with my recent friend, Veleda. This was the first time we’d met in...

  • Pollux
    Aug 3, 2006
    Tonight, I had my cat put down. This was Pollux, who I’ve known since he was a year old and...

  • Oops...
    Aug 1, 2006
    So, my term ends the Friday after this next one. That’s when I thought my last paper was due (which...

  • House Guests and Shingon
    Jul 31, 2006
    My friend, Nathan, is staying with us as of yesterday. He arrived on the train from Seattle the other week...

  • Emergency Room...for cats!
    Jul 31, 2006
    I noticed that Pollux, my 15 year old blind tomcat, had a scab on his foot the other day. I...

  • Evening Alone
    Jul 28, 2006
    The missus is off in Las Vegas with my mom. I’m hoping that I don’t get a call to bail...

  • Fellow Travelers
    Jul 28, 2006
    I just got back from having chicken and waffles with Sean (http://www.seanomlor.com). Sean works swing shift about two miles from...

  • First Aikido Class
    Jul 28, 2006
    R and I attended our first full Aikido class at Aiki Arts yesterday. I think that we can safely say...

  • Democracy TV
    Jul 24, 2006
    I downloaded the Democracy Player last night from http://www.getdemocracy.com/. They have a version available for OS X as of this...

  • My Thesis Question
    Jul 21, 2006
    I had a bit of inspiration while pondering my thesis question and my dissatisfaction with my old (current) one, especially...

  • New Dharma Center
    Jul 21, 2006
    R and I found another local Dharma Center to check out. It is the “New Dharma Community” at http://www.newdharma.com. They...

  • Renaissance - Cool Trailer
    Jul 21, 2006
    This trailer simply kicked ass. I’m looking forward to seeing this movie in my “I was a teenage Gibson fan”...

  • Burning Man and Friends
    Jul 18, 2006
    The camp that I am with for Burning Man will be camping in open space near our previous campmates due...

  • Fudo Myoo
    Jul 18, 2006
    Fudo Myoo

  • Not Broken
    Jul 18, 2006
    I used to think that there was a flaw that ran through the heart of the world and I wondered...

  • Thesis Work
    Jul 17, 2006
    I may not get to start my thesis this fall as I had planned. It turns out that the deadline...

  • Fire Arts Festival
    Jul 16, 2006
    R and I went to the Fire Arts Festival put on by the Crucible last night. We met up with...

  • In Awe...
    Jul 14, 2006
    From the end of this article on the Marathon Monks of Tendai, 27,000 Miles to Buddhahood. But when asked about...

  • Fire Fun
    Jul 14, 2006
    The Crucible is having their fire arts festival this weekend. R and I are going to go tomorrow night to...

  • Post-Culture
    Jul 13, 2006
    This made my day… http://centennialsociety.com/business_reply/businessreply.htm

  • Aikido
    Jul 13, 2006
    I promised myself and my Buddhist teacher that I would do something physically focused over the next year. I need...

  • Wordcamp
    Jul 12, 2006
    Since I missed BarCamp a few weeks ago, I think I’ll make Wordcamp in August. It looks fun and I...

  • Burning Man 2006
    Jul 12, 2006
    I am going to Burning Man this year. It has been five years since I last went. Wow. I’ll be...

  • Jukai Photo
    Jul 10, 2006
    Here is the photo of myself, Sensei Foster, and my newly named Dharma sister, Emiko. This was taken following the...

  • On my way home...
    Jul 9, 2006
    I am at the Cincinnati airport now (which Jim tells me is actually in Kentucky…). My flight doesn’t leave for...

  • Fun in Ohio
    Jul 7, 2006
    I am in Cincinnati, Ohio right now staying with my friend, Jim, who does the ‘The Path of the Mahayana’...

  • Hotcrab's Party at the Whiskey Bar
    Jul 4, 2006
    Proof that R and I do get out to see the city occasionally. From Teh Hotcrab’s birthday party last week…...

  • Moving into the Loft
    Jul 1, 2006
    We received our keys to the loft today. We now have a permanent home in Oakland. I’ve included a few...

  • Meeting Up with Friends
    Jun 30, 2006
    My friend, Steve, aka “Teh Hotcrab,” had his 31st birthday party last night in the City (that’s “San Francisco” for...

  • ASE Conference Pictures
    Jun 27, 2006
    My friend, Amy, has put some of her pictures from the Association for the Study of Esotericism (ASE) conference online....

  • The Center for Contemplative Mind in Society
    Jun 26, 2006
    A month or two ago, I found the website for the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society. They are at...

  • The Palace of Fine Arts
    Jun 24, 2006
    Following our visit with the Mythbusters and the Exploratorium, R and I took a stroll around the Palace of Fine...

  • Mythbusters at the Exploratorium
    Jun 24, 2006
    R found out that the “Mythbusters” main stars, Jamie and Adam, were going to be at the Exploratorium in San...

  • Puppets!
    Jun 22, 2006
    http://www.redmeat.com/redmeat/2006-06-20/

  • Japantown
    Jun 20, 2006
    R and I went to San Francisco’s Japantown this weekend. I didn’t even realize that it existed before I saw...

  • Warning: Cthulhu Ahead... er, Behind
    Jun 19, 2006
    Cthulhu Originally uploaded by GothCandy. Found on flickr today…

  • Monkey drinking beer...
    Jun 18, 2006
    bobo-2 Originally uploaded by albill. My grandmother’s pet monkey, circa 1960, drinking beer. From a set of photos that I...

  • The Pull to the Dharma
    Jun 17, 2006
    Many of my friends are not Buddhists. In fact, I think that it is safe to say that I only...

  • The Weird History of Property
    Jun 16, 2006
    Is it weird that I'm writing a paper on Jean-Jacques Rousseau's "Discourse on the Origin of Inequality" and I keep...

  • The Heart Sutra
    Jun 16, 2006
    The Heart of Prajñā Pāramitā Sutra, known as the Heart Sutra, is the one of the most succinct and important...

  • Female Catholic Priests
    Jun 15, 2006
    More power to ‘em! http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/14688209.htm If they had existed when I was a kid, I suspect that my mother would...

  • My New Job
    Jun 15, 2006
    I am on the third day of my new job. I’ve been assigned two main projects, which I won’t discuss...

  • We have a home!
    Jun 14, 2006
    I’ve been busy with my new job and my first paper of the term this week (a bad combination). I...

  • Third Day of ASE Conference
    Jun 11, 2006
    For the third day of the ASE Conference, we only had morning sessions. It started overly early at 8:30 AM....

  • Second Day at the ASE Conference
    Jun 11, 2006
    I didn’t get a chance to blog last night as I was too busy “conferencing” (which looks a lot like...

  • First Day at ASE Conference
    Jun 10, 2006
    Today was the first day at the Association for the Study of Esotericism conference at the University of California in...

  • Friends and Research
    Jun 8, 2006
    I met with an online acquaintance, Lee Gilmore, today. She is someone that I met through academic lists online and...

  • The Best Bookstore in the Bay Area
    Jun 6, 2006
    R and I went over to Fields Book Store today. Fields has always had the best selection of obscure books...

  • Sitting Groups in East Bay
    Jun 6, 2006
    Now that I live in the East Bay, I want to find a group to sit with at least once...

  • My Father's Tombstone
    Jun 6, 2006
    Wyoming-36 Originally uploaded by albill. I and my family laid my father’s remains in the ground on Memorial Day in...

  • Fudo and Mala
    Jun 5, 2006
    Fudo-Mala-4 Originally uploaded by albill. I took some pictures of my Fudo statue today following some of my daily ritual...

  • Amazon Data Polling
    Jun 5, 2006
    Does anyone have a clue how to use Amazon’s APIs to pull your purchasing data? For LibraryThing, I want to...

  • Looking for Apartments
    Jun 5, 2006
    R and I have settled into our apartment in Jack London Square in Oakland. It is a bit bland and...

  • World Ground
    Jun 2, 2006
    We are now in our apartment in Jackson Square in Oakland. (Well, R will be here in the next hour...

  • I made it!
    Jun 2, 2006
    It took 14 hours of driving in a car crammed to the rafters with all of my stuff (and two...

  • California Tomorrow
    Jun 1, 2006
    I made it back last night to Seattle. I got in just before 10:00 PM. Today was spent taking the...

  • At the Airport
    May 30, 2006
    It turns out that the little airport in Gillette, Wyoming has wifi for free (unlike the pay wifi in most)....

  • More of the same...
    May 26, 2006
    Last night, I spent the evening with my dad’s family (my dad’s uncle who owns a big house here, his...

  • Any rock as long as it is classic rock
    May 25, 2006
    It seems like you can get three things on the radio here: Bible Preachin' Country Music Classic Rock Needless to...

  • Wyoming - a little slice of heaven
    May 24, 2006
    I went dark suddenly because we’ve been packing up the house to move. We made it back from Portland this...

  • Omphalos Riding
    May 17, 2006
    I was re-uploading photos from the 2003 trip to Greece today. I found one of the ones from Delphi. I’m...

  • Death
    May 17, 2006
    I just found out that a friendly acquaintance of mine, Leigh Ann, was killed last night in a motorcycle accident....

  • Packing and Friends
    May 17, 2006
    The packing never seems to end. I went and bought 25 more boxes because I have used about 20 for...

  • Esotericism Conference
    May 16, 2006
    I will be attending the second conference run by the Association for the Study of Esotericism from June 8 through...

  • Pressure Washing Fun and Books
    May 16, 2006
    Since we have been having record heat the last few days, I decided it was a good time to do...

  • Government Monitoring Reporters
    May 15, 2006
    This report is pretty scary if it is true: http://blogs.abcnews.com/theblotter/2006/05/federal_source_.html The idea that the government can just watch the phone...

  • The Five Precepts
    May 15, 2006
    When I undergo Jukai within the Tendai tradition in July, I will take a vow to follow the five precepts....

  • Things To Do This Week
    May 14, 2006
    I have to get a bunch of things done this week on my “time off” from work. Main things: Pack...

  • House Cooling Party
    May 14, 2006
    R and I had our “House Cooling” party last night from about 3:00 PM until I made people leave around...

  • Sand Mandalas
    May 14, 2006
    The Asia Society has a series of pictures taken from above of Tibetan monks constructing a sand mandala. If you’ve...

  • The Mutability of the Self
    May 12, 2006
    I saw this old quote from Noble Drew Ali today: You are, each one, a priest, just for yourself... When...

  • Almost Done...
    May 12, 2006
    I have crafted my “Goodbye” post for the Internet Explorer blog (the IEBlog) and tomorrow is my last day at...

  • Whew!
    May 10, 2006
    I took some time last night and exported most of the year 2002 from my old Livejournal account to XML...

  • Methodology and my Thesis
    May 9, 2006
    Much of my current thinking around my academic work is thinking about methodology. This is something about which not a...

  • Called Out...
    May 8, 2006
    Oops, looks like I made someone cranky… I could respond to this in some detail but it isn’t worth the...

  • Candide
    May 4, 2006
    My new term in school started on Monday, May 1. This term I am only taking a single class, which...

  • Alvin Toffler at Microsoft
    May 2, 2006
    I attended a talk by Alvin Toffler this afternoon on Microsoft campus. Alvin Toffler has been one of my heroes...

  • Power Bloggers?
    May 2, 2006
    I missed the links to the blogging dinner that I attended in March when they went up. A bunch of...

  • Yearning for Freedom
    May 2, 2006
    A quote from B. Alan Wallace for the evening. Every single sentient being wishes to be happy and free of...

  • Beltane
    May 2, 2006
    A happy Beltane to all. Today is the first of May and it is a traditional holiday for much of...

  • A Short Trip Report for Seattle Mind Camp 2.0
    Apr 30, 2006
    I wanted to give a very brief trip report for a very brief event: Seattle Mind Camp 2.0. I and...

  • Surviving the Night at Mind Camp 2.0
    Apr 30, 2006
    I survived the night. Around 4:30 AM, I tried to crawl into a corner to sleep. I chose behind a...

  • Clownz
    Apr 30, 2006
    Clownz Originally uploaded by Choconancy1. A picture from the drawing board in the main room at Seattle Mind Camp 2.0....

  • More Mind Camp 2.0
    Apr 30, 2006
    I’ve attended a number of sessions now (ok, six) and we’re all getting a bit tired here. Probably a third...

  • Seattle Mind Camp 2.0
    Apr 29, 2006
    I’m over at Seattle Mind Camp 2.0 now. We started officially a couple of hours ago and I’m in a...

  • A Barge on the Water
    Apr 28, 2006
    I visited with my friend, Catherine, this evening. She’s living on a Barge-type houseboat in Fremont right next to the...

  • It's Official...California here I come!
    Apr 28, 2006
    Some of my friends have known details as things have progressed but I don’t talk about my work much here....

  • Geek versus Community
    Apr 27, 2006
    I’m signed up and ready to go to Mind Camp 2.0 this week. I’ve been pretty psyched about going to...

  • Sagelike Humor
    Apr 23, 2006
    An online acquaintance of mine, Bill LaLonde, posted this recently as part of an overall humor series. I couldn’t help...

  • Pleiades
    Apr 22, 2006
    Pleiades Originally uploaded by albill. A picture of Pleiades from a couple of years ago (she took it herself holding...

  • Getting older...
    Apr 22, 2006
    I must be getting old or I guess I really am an adult now. Hell, my daughter turned ten recently...

  • The Eightfold Path
    Apr 22, 2006
    It is another day for Buddhist posts. This is long so feel free not to read it if you care...

  • I am a Buddhist and how I got here
    Apr 21, 2006
    It comes up at times that I am a Buddhist. Either people are conversing about subjects of faith, how people...

  • Finished with the Term
    Apr 20, 2006
    I finished the last paper for this term today. This combined with getting my papers for my independent study back...

  • My Papers
    Apr 20, 2006
    I’ve added the bit below as a section called “My Papers” on this site. I’m only quoting it below for...

  • Mind...exploding...
    Apr 19, 2006
    AAAAAHHH!!! HOMER!!!! AAAAAAHHHH!!!! PLATO!!!!! Socrates just never shuts the fuck up, does he? Damn bandy-legged Greek know-it-all. I think it’s...

  • Buddha Rock
    Apr 16, 2006
    Buddha Rock Originally uploaded by albill. I just took a picture of the Buddha that we keep next to the...

  • Happy Easter!
    Apr 16, 2006
    P8290036 Originally uploaded by albill. A little photo for my East celebrating friends from the Burning Man 2001 collection that...

  • The Soul, Homer, and a Book Idea
    Apr 16, 2006
    I have about five and a half pages done of my draft of this last paper. The title of said...

  • Saturday Night
    Apr 15, 2006
    I’m spending Saturday night highlighting Plato’s Phaedo and then The Republic, Book IV for my last paper. Whee. This is...

  • Ipod...dying...
    Apr 14, 2006
    I replaced my battery on my Ipod a couple of months ago. Well, I think that there is something wrong...

  • I'm going to camp in a couple of weeks...
    Apr 14, 2006
    Seattle Mind Camp 1.0 was an event that happened last fall in Seattle. It’s a 24 hour geekfest with people....

  • Done with the Independent Study
    Apr 10, 2006
    I just turned in my final paper for my independent study in Western Esotericism at CSU, Dominguez Hills. It came...

  • Whoa...Meltdown, dude!
    Apr 10, 2006
    I just read a long rant from a member (or former member now) of the Anthropik.com site. It seems that...

  • Demons
    Apr 9, 2006
    I found this image of a Japanese demon a while ago. I find it kind of cool so I thought...

  • Western Esotericism and Methodology
    Apr 9, 2006
    Whew, I wrote eight and a half pages (about 2,800 words) of a draft of my final paper for my...

  • A Response to Negativity Towards Buddhism
    Apr 8, 2006
    It was claimed on the Anthropik.com site, on today’s blog post, that Buddhism is misanthropic and that it denigrates the...

  • A Buddhist Story
    Apr 8, 2006
    The Man Born Blind There was a man born blind, and he said: “I do not believe in the world...

  • Post-Apocalypse Peak Oil Fetishists
    Apr 8, 2006
    I’ve posted before about my opinion of the people that make their belief in Peak Oil or the eventual collapse...

  • California
    Apr 7, 2006
    Needless to say, I’m back and I survived California. I thought it amusing that the plane was mostly empty going...

  • The Gospel of Judas
    Apr 7, 2006
    An acquaintance of mine, Father Jordan Stratford, has written a short, excellent post on the Gospel of Judas that we...

  • Mountain View this week
    Apr 3, 2006
    I’ll be flying down to San Jose, California tomorrow night. I’ll be at Microsoft’s Silicon Valley Campus (SVC) in Mountain...

  • Names
    Apr 2, 2006
    The nature of names is interesting. I go by ‘Al’ and identify with that name. I’ve used it, not ‘Albert’...

  • Books to Write
    Apr 1, 2006
    I occasionally ponder books that I could write when I have more free time. This will be after my master’s...

  • Sleeeepy
    Apr 1, 2006

  • Cute Kongokai
    Apr 1, 2006
    Cute Kongokai Originally uploaded by albill.</span> This is a cutsey, Japanese anime version of the Kongokai Mandala that is used...

  • A Marriage Ceremony for Three Persons
    Apr 1, 2006
    This is the marriage ceremony that I performed last Sunday. I am the “Celebrant” in this though I was copied...

  • Podcasts and Buddhism
    Mar 31, 2006
    I need to get a car radio that plays mp3s. The common way that I listen to podcasts is to...

  • Aristotle and Ethics
    Mar 26, 2006
    I’ve spent the last few days reading much of Nichomachean Ethics by Aristotle. I’m reading the portions on ethics right...

  • Wedding Today
    Mar 26, 2006
    I’m off in about half an hour to perform a wedding for some friends of mine. This will be the...

  • Abortion Politics
    Mar 23, 2006
    This was shameslessly stolen via an online friend of mine: http://www.arcanology.com/images/bill.jpg

  • Political Quote of the Day
    Mar 20, 2006
    From moxiegrrrl.com: "I would rather someone was wrapped in the Constitution burning the flag than wrapped in the flag burning...

  • Draft Done of Second Paper
    Mar 20, 2006
    Wow…I just finished my draft of “The Rise of Mainstream Western Esotericism: Nineteenth Century Esoteric Currents and Societies.” This is...

  • Power
    Mar 19, 2006
    I must say that there is nothing like working on a paper worth 33% of the grade of an independent...

  • V
    Mar 19, 2006
    The missus and I just got back from a late screening of V for Vendetta. I must say that I...

  • Not a lot to report this week...
    Mar 17, 2006
    I don’t have a lot to report this week. My daughter turns ten next week and his coming over tonight...

  • The Portland Weekend
    Mar 14, 2006
    R and I had a good time at the Thelemic Symposium this weekend. I arrived early in the day and...

  • A 'B'
    Mar 11, 2006
    Oh, and I got my second ‘B’ of my entire graduate work (and the last one was a ‘B+’). My...

  • Weekend in Portland
    Mar 11, 2006
    R and I will be down in Portland this weekend. We’re attending the Thelemic Symposium on Saturday night. Earlier in...

  • Famous Last Words
    Mar 7, 2006
    This just cracks me up. “This wallpaper is terrible - one of us will have to go.” Oscar Wilde, writer,...

  • Unexpected Card
    Mar 7, 2006
    I had a surprise card in the mail today from the Palyul Monastic Association. I opened it up and there...

  • More Spiritual Goodness
    Mar 6, 2006
    On the subject of the Tendai tradition of Japanese Buddhism, I received a couple of the basic practice texts used...

  • Filling Holes
    Mar 6, 2006
    R is gone for the weekend in Berkeley and San Francisco. One of her oldest friends is pregnant and is...

  • New Features of the Blog
    Mar 4, 2006
    I’ve added a link to my photos from Flickr and my Amazon wishlist as blog plugins to the site.

  • I'm turning Japanese...
    Mar 3, 2006
    Through a weird turn of events, I appear to be turning Japanese, in a Buddhist manner. I’ve been speaking to...

  • DivX Player
    Mar 3, 2006
    If anyone is looking for a DivX player like the one I found in Bangkok, I found two on ebay...

  • More Peak Oil Discussion
    Feb 28, 2006
    Three articles by Michael Ventura of the Austin Chronicle on the effects of Peak Oil. The scenarios he outlines are...

  • MS Ipod
    Feb 27, 2006
    I work for Microsoft and I find this funny… http://media.putfile.com/Microsoft-Rebrands-iPod-Packaging

  • Amen!
    Feb 25, 2006
    http://www.redmeat.com/redmeat/2006-02-21/

  • The Path
    Feb 25, 2006
    Stay with me here. I know this post is long. It’s 28 verses outside of what I’m writing, in fact....

  • Western Esotericism by Stuckrad
    Feb 23, 2006
    I’m reading Kocku von Stuckrad’s Western Esotericism for both my independent study (even though I didn’t know about it when...

  • Things to Keep You Awake at Night
    Feb 21, 2006
    Could a small group engage in bioterrorism? You decide… http://paulboutin.weblogger.com/stories/storyReader$1439

  • Rebecca, Al, Lee, and Ola
    Feb 21, 2006
    Rebecca, Al, Lee, and Ola Originally uploaded by albill. I really do have a brother!

  • Parkour
    Feb 19, 2006
    There was some discussion on an e-mail list that I’m on about Parkour the other day. This is the freestyle...

  • Peak Oil Collapse Fetishists
    Feb 17, 2006
    I just read this piece called “Spirituality of Collapse”, which is yet another “What do we do after Peak Oil?”...

  • Dharma Posse
    Feb 16, 2006
    IM000446 Originally uploaded by albill. Me and the crazy Dharma brothers with John Reynolds, upstate New York, 2004.

  • Flickr
    Feb 16, 2006
    I broke down and got a paid Flickr account the other day. This will keep me from having to put...

  • Western Esotericism Work
    Feb 15, 2006
    As I mentioned in my previous post, I finished my independent study paper for Western Esotericism on Sunday. I got...

  • Vajrakilaya Weekend
    Feb 15, 2006
    This last weekend was the Vajrakilaya retreat at a local Nyingma center. A friend of a friend who is on...

  • Money Well Spent
    Feb 10, 2006
    Wow, FBI agents have a job that might suck worse than anything that we do… The special agent called me...

  • Things to make you paranoid...
    Feb 10, 2006
    I called home on my way to my masonic lodge this evening. R had just gotten home and said “Hey,...

  • Papers
    Feb 8, 2006
    I turned in my first paper for my Greek thought class last week. It was pretty short and I was...

  • My Friend John is a Freak
    Feb 7, 2006
    We’re getting fire drill and floor captains on every floor today at work. My friend, John, volunteered to be the...

  • Vajrakilaya Retreat and Thangka
    Feb 2, 2006
    I’m attending a weekend Vajrakilaya retreat with a local Nyingma center the weekend after this next. I’ve been looking forward...

  • Updates and Academia
    Feb 2, 2006
    I received the paperwork making me the “responsible person” for my father’s estate this week. I closed his main bank...

  • "Whoa!" Moment
    Jan 29, 2006
    If you have been following Pacific Northwest news, there has been an ongoing story about a group of ELF/ALF activists...

  • Coffee Day on the PM Team
    Jan 28, 2006
    My first task on the PM day was to take much of a day off and go with my new...

  • New Role
    Jan 27, 2006
    I have now officially converted from being a Software Test Lead reporting to the Director of Test for my department...

  • The End Times and Science Fiction
    Jan 23, 2006
    Who would have thought that in an essay on an online Science Fiction site which is closing would be focused...

  • Meditation
    Jan 23, 2006
    A brief overview of Shamatha and Vipassana meditation (among others)… http://here-and-now.org/VSI/Articles/TheoryMed/theoryHow.htm

  • Goth Eucharist
    Jan 21, 2006
    This has been reported in several sources but it is still worth writing about… A goth who is also a...

  • A little bit of the Doctor will cure you...
    Jan 20, 2006

  • February Events
    Jan 20, 2006
    Schoolwork this term is really dragging on me. I’m almost two weeks into the term now. Even with my dad’s...

  • English Agrippa
    Jan 15, 2006
    This was posted on a private e-mail list that I am on today: "Thought you all might be interested in...

  • Google Ads
    Jan 15, 2006
    The minimal google ads on the Hermetic Library seem to be working. I only have a small ad on the...

  • We're Back
    Jan 14, 2006
    R and I flew back on Alaska Airlines this afternoon. We got home about 30 minutes ago. You know it...

  • Update on Operation Papertrail
    Jan 13, 2006
    R and I are at a hotel in Denver. Let me tell you, Denver is not a place I plan...

  • Update on Stuff
    Jan 11, 2006
    I’m at the Denver International Airport right now. R is arriving on a plane in a few minutes to give...

  • Denver
    Jan 8, 2006
    I’m on the 10:50 AM flight to Denver tomorrow. The plan is that I will land about 2:30 PM, get...

  • Wow
    Jan 7, 2006
    I just got a call from my grandfather in Wyoming. My father is dead. As many of my friends know,...

  • Cool Tattoos
    Jan 6, 2006
    I guess I missed out on getting a tattoo when I was in Thailand. If there was a place to...

  • Weekend and Books
    Jan 3, 2006
    Back to work tomorrow but at least it is a four day week. R and I had a relatively quiet...

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