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Tuesday, December 30, 2003day link 

 Letting go
picture Via Chris Corrigan, some advice from Sogyal Rinpoche:
Let's try an experiment. Pick up a coin. Imagine that it represents the object which you are grasping. Hold it tightly, clutched in your fist and extend your arm, with the palm of your hand facing the ground. Now if you let go or relax your grip, you will lose what you are clinging onto. That's why you hold on.

But there's another possibility. You can let go and yet keep hold of it. With your arm still outstretched, turn your hand over so that it faces the sky. Release your hand and the coin still rests on your open palm. You let go. And the coin is still yours, even with all this space around it.

So there is a way in which we can accept impermanence and still relish life, at one and the same time, without grasping.


-- Sogyal Rinpoche, The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying, pp. 34-35

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 Phonecam endurance
picture This guy, Phillip Torrone, took a picture with his phone cam every 1/2 hour for 21 days. Wow, that almost a fakir trick, like David Blaine not eating for 44 days. You know, he has to wake up during the night every 1/2 hour to take those pictures. And it is actually a pretty interesting art project. Of course he never seems to change his expression whether he's awake or sleeping, let alone smile once in a while, but that might just be who he is. But he gets around to some interesting places. Anyway, his site is nice too otherwise, if you're a gadget freak as well. He builds robots and picks up a different cellphone depending on what mood he's in.

I'd really like a camera phone too. Even though I have a very nice digital camera that I can easily have in the pocket all the time, it is still a bit of a process before I can, say, put it in my weblog. OK, I just need to download it to my disk and upload a picture to a post, but it is still enough work that I wouldn't think of doing that multiple times per day.
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 Rent-a-coder
This site seems to offer a market for software coders and buyers to trade. People who want something done put up a bid request. And I assume they hire the lowest bidder to do the job. That sounds like a great idea. But, looking over the bids, it all looks impossibly low. Like, $10 for solving some problem, or $100 for a redesign of some website. And I see people asking for an airline reservation system that needs to be done the day after tomorrow. I wonder if it works. Maybe it is only school kids who bid, who're thrilled about $100 even if it takes a week to do. Maybe it is people in developing countries doing the work, in which case I think it is great. Doesn't look like I'll find much that will supplement my living in there, though. Maybe I should just put in bid requests for all the work I have to do this month and put the cap at $200, and take the month off myself.
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 Suicide Girls
picture From George Dafermos' weblog:
"This is a blog unlike others. some pretty nice girls pose without their clothes driving us mad. great business model too: there are a few pics available online but they're just teasers; if you wanna see the real thing, the actual hardcore stuff, you have to buy a subscription. and it seems this revenue stream keeps them afloat as they are on my radar for quite some time now. chat rooms, member pages, and the occassional event are also part of the seduction game.

I'm not sure whether i did well blogging this since i'm already involved in a project related to Suicide Girls, but what the hell...No, i'm not doing any porn sites; in our case the use of nude pics is put to the service of expanding contemporary perceptions of culture and society..basically, how the human body with all its scars, tattooos, piercing, etc. is perceived by different cults, communities and how the outer skin affects human relationships and popular culture."
OK, I just needed an excuse for posting the picture of the cute colorful girls. But I'm all for expanding the contemporary perceptions of culture and society. And, yes, there actually are porn sites with integrity, done by people who enjoy what they're doing, and that actually provide an honest service to people who go there, as well as contributing something to the richness of our culture. Although I wouldn't have guessed that from the contents of my junkmail folder.
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