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Monday, January 31, 2011

Awarness 4

The Walking Fool had an embarrassing admission on his blog the other day. But I am sure that many people, even non-walkers, would be fooled by teetotaller. In fact, the Google spellchecker has just underlined it in red! But that was because of the British spelling with two ells.
At least the Fool did not emblazon his lack of awareness across the world as the headline in a newspaper. And not on an article about education.
See this article from a NZ news website: Roll models for tomorrow.
In case it gets edited, I took a snapshot.
Or do you think they were being ironic?

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Awareness 3

This is one of my favourite books. And I thoroughly recommend it.
It is a translation of a teaching on life based on instructions to head cooks in monasteries. Eihei Dogen is a very famous Zen master. The commentary is by Kosho Uchiyama, who had been a teacher of one of my students in Japan. I met Thomas Wright, the translator, while spending a day at a lovely temple in Kyoto.
Now this is a true story.  The following typo appears on page 4 ...

"Do not be absent-midned in your activities..."

Friday, January 28, 2011

Awareness 2

Mornings are the best times for awareness. The gods are up early too. 
I have never forgotten to grind the coffee beans, that just made a better picture.
What has happened, in another moment of profound awareness, is forgetting to switch the jug on. The coffee does not quite have the same aroma after pouring a pot of cold water onto the freshly ground beans.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Awareness 1

An ongoing series where I highlight my acute state of awareness, developed from years of meditation. Signs of a truly enlightened being!

This morning I went to wash my face and realised that I was still wearing my glasses.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Some Stuff I've Found, Possibly Interesting

Here are a few sites I have explored recently. Feel free to explore:

This is some recent research which could put the cat among the pigeons:
Test-Taking Cements Knowledge Better Than Studying, Researchers Say -

A neat idea to leave journals for people to contribute to. None have made it to Bhutan!
A real page-turner: The results of the 1,000 Journals Project are revealed - Features, Art - The Independent: ""

This one is especially for Anja and Elisa. Some neat maths from doodling and lots of other cool maths stuff.:
YouTube - Vihart's Channel

There is an article about her here:
Vi Hart’s Videos Bend and Stretch Math to Inspire -

Wow, I never knew what the people at IBM had done. This documentary has music by Philip Glass:
YouTube - IBM Centennial Film: They Were There - People who changed the way the world works

Please check out Zeb's blog after his escape from Bhutan. Great fun to read:
Flaming Thunderbolt of Wisdom

Jon too, though Jon is more intent on enjoying himself at the moment:
Happy Ending Offer

That should keep you busy. I have to go and check the Australian Open.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

A Feast of Recipes

As kids, we used to play a game with a catalogue of toys. Going through the pages, one by one, we would have to choose one item from each page. You had to pick quickly, before other players took the one you wanted.
Now, I don't play that game much, probably because Matthew is in another land. However, I do spend time online filling up shopping carts. Unfortunately, my wallet is empty, so the carts remain full.
This morning, I found yet another site with food recipes. It was the Los Angeles Times. One page that kept me busy for several hours was the following page with a long list of recipes from restaurants.
Which recipes would you like to try? Click on the link below to find them.
Happy New Year!
Culinary SOS: Your recipe requests answered -