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  • * Certain methods I've found to be an effective antidote for depression * Feeling much more relaxed and peaceful/stress reduction * A more balanced perspective on life * Good for feeling less overwhelmed by life
  • @mindatrisk That's a really good point about realizing that everyone is suffering, and that most people try to pretend that everything's perfect in their life. Things are actually a little different on this job. Despite the overtly conservative POV,…
  • I thought I'd post a follow up to this topic. Fortunately, things are looking up. I'm out of training and flying solo nights and weekends (rotating shift, ugh.) Obviously, if there's no one around, no awkward topics come up. But even when people are…
  • What stops me from going digital are the prices. E-books frequently cost more than the very same paperback. Really chaps my hide...
  • Despite the stress, I do enjoy most RPGs and strategy games, but I stopped playing shooters years ago. Thought I played them for a while, games like Doom and Quake just turned my stomach into knots... @karasti Interesting thing is, I find puzzles…
  • I know this discussion is more or less dead, but I noticed one other thing while playing Skyrim. Playing this game (and I suspect most others) makes me feel pretty tense. It's not that I don't enjoy the game, but it doesn't seem to have a soothing e…
  • @Kerome said: The course looks great, I would really enjoy it I think. Is it free? But Buddhism is not only a middle finger to evolution, it also is an even bigger one to capitalism and materialism. It’s a different way of looking at t…
  • The book referenced in the article was the outcome of Robert Wright teaching this course: https://online.princeton.edu/course/buddhism-and-modern-psychology I took it a while a back, and it was a fascinating discussion about how Buddhism is a big …
  • Bonnie Raitt is an old favorite...
  • @karasti said: It's kind of funny because based on what you read, you assume the US has a huge gun loving culture. But it's not really true, it's just how vocal they and the gun lobby are and how much they own our politicians. Depending on the fa…
  • I consciously chose to remain childless not to prevent world hunger, but because I had a hereditary disease. I couldn't stand to think of inflicting the misery I've suffered onto my own progeny. Statistically speaking, there's only a 10% - 15% perce…
  • Several days ago I ran across this quote from Florence and the Machine's video Delilah. It's been rattling around my brain since then, and seems appropriate, though I'm not sure how well it fits into Buddhist thought with the references to faith and…
  • Neile DeGrasse Tyson is not a wild-eyed dreamer, but a highly respected astrophysicist and science educator. I have heard this theory before, and it actually makes some sense. Don't dismiss it out of hand. However...it reminds me of the four impo…
  • Tried meditating for just five minutes as @genkaku suggested. I was not overwhelmed with grief, nor did the thought even come up. I wasn't focused on the breath either, just letting thoughts arise and pass. It left me feeling only a bit more peacefu…
  • I frequently play video games and have 'killed' countless pixels. That said, I do believe that violence, whether real or imagined, leaves a karmic imprint. Now conciously killing an actual, living human is far more serious than killing his avatar in…
  • From what I've gathered, in a lot of Buddhist countries the populace views the various buddhas and bodhisattvas as deities and pray directly to them. I'm not sure what the majority of American Buddhists believe. I know my lama has mentioned nagas in…
  • I looked over the contract and the only thing I found was a clause about the utility not hiring me for 1 year. There's nothing about another temp agency hiring me on behalf of the utility. So I think I'm OK as far as contract law is concerned. It's …
  • @karasti said: Living in the south is another world. If I had to live in fear of being ostracized or whatever for my beliefs, I think I'd have to move. I couldn't do it. Indeed it is another world. I neither broadcast nor mention it in c…
  • Elon Musk hopes to get ahead of the problem by merging human and artificial intelligence. By giving humans a neural link to computers, he's trying to prevent humans from becoming irrelevant. But would a cyborg still be human? http://www.businessi…
  • RIP indeed. This song seems especially relevant now...
  • Thanks, @Federica , but I 'fixed' the problem by getting a mouse for my laptop and completely disabling the touchpad.
  • ...when my five paragraph, exceptionally well reasoned post is obliterated when I brush my touchpad the wrong way.
  • I had similar questions about karma when I first came to this forum. It seemed like a blame-the-victim philosophy. Surely that poor beggar on the street deserves his fate because he was greedy in a past life and has now gotten is comeuppance. I g…
  • I love video games, especially Skyrim, though I don't play it nearly as much as I used to. And, yes, with a few graphical mods and an ENB the tundra and mountains could be stunning. There were times that I would turn off the auto-run feature, and ca…
  • Kate Bush is awesome. And, yes, boys and girls, that is Donald Sutherland.
  • @karasti A bit off topic, but if you just need to be reachable you could just get a "dumb" flip phone. Not having email and web on the move could be inconvenient though. And typing texts on a number pad was a real pain.
  • @Kerome said: Many Chinese-made phones already come with rootkits in the firmware. Which allows the manufacturer to remotely read any data, install software, track the wearer, or take control of the device including listening to the microphon…
  • What scares me about 'Big Data' as its called is not so much what they're doing with it now (marketing), but the potential for future abuse. What if a totalitarian/theocratic/fascist/whatever government comes to power, and orders Google, Facebook, e…
  • Fear serves a useful purpose. If I see a cougar in the woods, I run away from it instead of trying to pet it and getting eaten. But in my case I use fear as a whip to motivate myself. If I shouldn't be using fear, how else do I overcome my inertia? …