The combination of huge images that serve little additional purpose than decoration, several scripts that track how far you scroll on a page, and dozens of scripts that are advertising related means that text-based webpages are now obese and torpid and excreting a casual contempt for visitors.
Newsrooms must understand that even with the best of intentions, they can find themselves being used by extremists. By contrast, they must also understand they have the power to defy the goals of hate groups by optimizing for core American values of equality, respect and civil discourse. All Americans have the right to speak their minds, but not every person deserves to have their opinions amplified, particularly when their goals are to sow violence, hatred and chaos.
[Teen Titans Go!] is absolutely hated by a certain contingent of superhero fans. Some hate it for parodying the 2003 Teen Titans cartoon, even though it’s made by literally the same people, same voice actors, same animators, and uses the same designs. Some hate it because it’s disrespectful of the source material, portraying the Teen Titans as dumb jerks who are easily distracted from saving lives and die all the time. Some hate it for its chibi designs and flattened animation style. Some hate it because Cartoon Network shows it too often. Basically, some fans who hate Teen Titans Go! hate it because it’s popular with kids.
And these are all the reasons I love watching Teen Titans Go! with my kids.
You guys, the Daily Caller just published the funniest thing I have ever read in my entire life. It is literally an article where a conservative is just terrified to death that they nearly felt empathy and love. This article is like the biggest proof I have ever read that conservatives are just pathologically afraid of kindness.
Each Impact Shares ETF will be created in collaboration with a leading nonprofit to set the qualifications for companies in the fund. In this case, that nonprofit is the NAACP. And in return, the organizations get the fund fees after Impact recoups its operating costs, meaning the NAACP will receive about $5 a year for every $1,000 invested in the fund, which charges investors $7.50, according to Ethan Powell, the founder of Impact Shares.
Since everything in the universe is connected, everything is necessary for our own small individual existence. We show gratitude and respect for our cushion, the ground that supports us, the walls that protect us, the air we breathe, the water we drink, the earth, moon, and stars.
‘Kalpa’ is an interesting expression. It is a unit of time, something like a light-year, which is defined in an unusual way. Imagine that a storehouse with a capacity of ten cubic miles is filled with poppy seeds. Once every century someone removes a single poppy seed. A kalpa is defined as the time it would take to empty the storehouse.Shohaku Okumura, Living By Vow
A friend of mine quotes the Zen teacher Seung Sahn: ‘The one who praises you is a thief. The one who criticizes you is your true friend.’ Everything is a whetstone. Neglect of whetstone practice in international politics leads to world conflict. ‘He can’t do that to me,’ becomes ‘They can’t do that to us.’ Speaking of anger, it makes me angry to see world leaders behave like willful children. And yet, they are speaking for their people, for us all.
The Committee has obtained a number of documents that suggest the Kremlin used the National Rifle Association as a means of accessing and assisting Mr. Trump and his campaign… The extent of Russia’s use of the NRA as an avenue for connecting with and potentially supporting the Trump campaign needs examination.
Preliminary Findings About Trump Campaign’s Effort to Obtain Incriminating Information on Secretary Clinton from Russia at Trump Tower Meeting
My heart breaks for the United States of America. It breaks for those who think they are my enemies as much as it does for my friends. You still have your freedom, so use it. There are many groups organizing for both resistance and subsistence, but we are heading into dark times, and you need to be your own light. Do not accept brutality and cruelty as normal even if it is sanctioned. Protect the vulnerable and encourage the afraid. If you are brave, stand up for others. If you cannot be brave – and it is often hard to be brave – be kind.
There’s one more element to a skillful fresh start, and this is really the sign of a master: no drama. When we get back up, we often add something to the effort—a bit of drama. That drama usually takes the form of complaining and telling the story of our fall with great gusto. But if we leave out the drama, what do we have left? We fall. We get back up. We do the next thing. This is why the fresh start practice is so hard. When we give up the drama, we give up our plea for sympathy and attention. We give up self-pity.
The other day, someone visited me and asked, ‘I wish to practice zazen under your guidance. But because I live far away, I can’t come to [temple] very often. I’d like to practice zazen at home. What should I keep in mind to avoid doing zazen in a mistaken way.’ I responded, ‘If your wife and children say, “Daddy has become nicer since he began doing zazen”, then your practice is on the right track.’Kōshō Uchiyama, Zen Teaching of Homeless Kodo
Some weeks after I read this, I was walking my daughter to her school bus stop. Out of nowhere, she looked at me and said “You’re less angry since you became a Buddhist.”
…there’s a lot of research that goes into how packaging affects our sense of taste. In 2011, when Coke changed its can color from red to white, customers began to complain that it didn’t taste as sweet…
If nothing whatsoever will do, what will I do?
Ku is not a poverty or absence of ideas or materials. Indeed, it’s a much richer concept than the Western understanding of “emptiness.” It’s a stance—a readiness to receive inspiration from outside. “To offer an empty vessel is to pose a single question and to be wholly ready to accept the huge variety of answers,” says Hara. “Emptiness is itself a possibility of being filled.”
…you won’t get anywhere sitting at a table thinking. You learn by doing. That’s how you move forward. And even if you do something wrong, the result may be much more interesting than what you went looking for.
…a good name is a hook that sets itself into a person’s mind, linking their brain back to your idea – try to reset the hook and you risk losing the connection.
About ten years back, I spent a lot of time inside Google. What I saw there was an interesting loop. It started with, “Don’t be evil.” So then the question became, “Okay, what’s good?” Well, information is good. Information empowers people. So providing information is good. Okay, great. Who provides information? Oh, right: Google provides information. So you end up in this loop where what’s good for people is what’s good for Google, and vice versa. And that is a challenging space to live in.
I’ve been listening to Adam Smith’s 1776 classic on the Wealth of Nations, and just passed through the chapter on how the market is set by masters trying to get away with paying the least possible, and workers trying to press for the maximum possible. An antagonistic struggle, surely.
It doesn’t need to be like that.
The thing about productivity is that it’s like meditation; it’s nothing special and yet we insist on making it into something it’s not. We just do it and it’s done. When we have to sit, we sit. When we have to write, we write. When we have to go to the store, we go to the store. And then we do something else. When we see life as a series of activities weighed somewhat equally, every action is a lesson in presence and diligence. We don’t obsess or weigh preferences, and as a result we can give our full attention to everything.