Saturday, June 12, 2004

Feeling a little blue today

Yet another blog I am trying, testing and toying with.

There's always my photo blog.

Ansd then just a few more I guess...

Mythicaldude's LiveJournal

Mythicaldude on Motime

Mythicaldude at Blogcity

And then there's the one you're reading... this one right here!

Friday, June 11, 2004

The Buddhism Business

Michael Matlach has some beautiful Buddhism images from Asia. I read about him in a Buddhist cultural magazine I picked up called Shambhala Sun. I'd never seen it around before, but I have seen a magazine called Tricycle, the Buddhist Review, which I've enjoyed in the past.

There are lots of people selling lots of Buddhist stuff. This guy wants you to be enlightened. Lots of others want to sell you equipment you might need in your quest for .

I suppose it seems reasonable that you might not reach Nirvana without the right tools, but somehow I sense that this is another sign of the commodification of spirituality. Sigh.

Well, what can you do? I haven't bought much of anything for the past few years. its easier to resist when you keep moving, but as soon as you settle down in one place for awhile there's a definite tendency for things to accumulate.

I meant to check out the San Francisco Zen Center, but I overslept. as my buddy Stanley sez... so zen, it ain't even funny!

Buddhism Resources on the Net:

Buddah Net

Dharma Net

Access to Insight

Essentials of Buddhism

Buddhism Depot

Zen Buddhism Virtual Library

I Want a New Digital Camera

I've got my eyes on the new Nikon D70 digital SLR.

Here are two reviews:

this review
the other review

Oh, here's yet another one

And just one more.

And a digital photo blog to boot!

Photo Blogs are Cool

Here are some of the photo blogs I've been checking out:

Satan's Laundry

Peculiar Planet

Negative Space



Eye Control

Lightning Field

More to come soon...

And by the way... have you EVER seen a punked-out pig? I ran into one in Nepal of all places:

Cringely had something interesting to say about blogs today.

And Dave Winer almost always does.

Its a beautiful day...

But one of the great ones, Ray Charles, died today.

Does reckless desire rule your shame cult? Well then... just sign your pity to the runny kine!

Thursday, June 10, 2004

50,000 photos

Mark Twain once said: "The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco."

Truer words were never spoken. Damn its been cold and windy!

Its OK though, friends keep me warm... I ran into my friend Ali a few weeks back, and shot a few portraits of him...

I've been hard at work on sorting and sifting through my 50,000+ travel photos. Portraits are my specialty, but I've also ended-up with an amazing collection of Buddah images from the hundreds of Buddhist temples I visited. I definitely have a soft spot in my heart for Buddah, Buddhismk and Buddhists. This oneis from the Dalai Lama's temple in Mcleod Ganj near Dharamsala in Northern India.

Having lunch with Pauline today, and then meeting with some filmakers who are interested in some of my portraits. They are working on a project about gypsies and nomads in the Great Thar Desert in Rajasthan, India.

Saw this poster in the Anarchist's Collective Bookshop on Haight Street. Live for pleasure? What a concept!

Wednesday, June 09, 2004

My New House

Its big and its nice... sub-letting a very nice cozy room for the next 3 and a half months. Its in a huge old house a block down from Divisadero on Broderick at Fulton.

My good buddy Bob was in town from New Jersey and we hung out for the past couple of days. Festivities included an evening at Nickies for Grateful Dead Night on Monday and a stop at Ben & Jerr'y's at the corner of Haight & Ashbury.

My friend Lisa just got a new car and swung by a few days ago to show it off to me.

It was really great to see my parents and my brother when I visited them in Detroit last week after being gone for a year and a half.

Mood? I've been a little grouchy...

But I just woke up... hoping to feel better later!

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Can't you see I'm busy?

Rodney Dangerfield smokes pot!

I read it in the Rolling Stone.

Need to insert photos ASAP!