Archives for June 2012

The Ascendence of Sociopaths in US Governance – Casey Research

“In this article, I’m going to argue that the US government, in particular, is being overrun by the wrong kind of person.” — Doug Casey, Casey Research via The Ascendence of Sociopaths in US Governance – Casey Research.

Why Finnish is cooler than English – latimes.com

Why Finnish is cooler than English via Why Finnish is cooler than English – latimes.com.    

Low-tech Answers: the Chinese wheelbarrow, far more efficient

The Chinese wheelbarrow – which was driven by human labour, beasts of burden and wind power – was of a different design than its European counterpart. By placing a large wheel in the middle of the vehicle instead of a smaller wheel in front, one could easily carry three to six times as much weight […]

A Bushcraft Camping Outfit – Equipment for Living in the Woods

Whether you are camping in the woods for a weekend or staying out for weeks, this bushcraft camping outfit is a good base model. It forms my standard bushcraft camping kit-list. One of the considerations for my kit is that it has to provide good durability for the cost. I don’t mind paying good money […]

thebigview.com

The ancient Greeks viewed the world in a way that one would today perhaps describe as “holistic”. Science, philosophy, art and politics were interwoven and combined into one worldview. Moreover, those who look carefully will find subtle, but intelligible parallels between early Greek philosophy and Eastern thought. The Heraclitean fire resembles Buddhist impermanence, while the […]

Buddhism – The Four Noble Truths, The Eightfold Path, Karma and Meditation Practice

The greatest achievement is selflessness. The greatest worth is self-mastery. The greatest quality is seeking to serve others. The greatest precept is continual awareness. The greatest medicine is the emptiness of everything. The greatest action is not conforming with the worlds ways. The greatest magic is transmuting the passions. The greatest generosity is non-attachment. The […]

To Get What You Want, Ask for It First and Save the Pleasantries for Later

Pleasantries seem genuine when they follow the request. When pleasantries proceed a request, they feel like they’re just shoved into the letter to convince the recipient to do something for you. It doesn’t feel genuine. When they follow the request, they do feel genuine because they don’t appear to be part of any agenda. Once […]