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Life's progress presented to God
"Life was a moderately scoped novel idea for a single-celled lifeform that consumed chemicals spewing out of deep sea vents. simple, easy, ship by christimas, we'll be done and can move onto other projects."
...
Cancer is a very apt description of what life is. Cancer isn't really an aberration in life so much as life deciding to Live a little Too Hard.
and ends ...
"Don't worry. The 'human' branch is working on canceling the rest of the projects for us, so we'll finally be free of this mess."

absolutely awesome thread and comments on it.

-- @foone
Twitter | twitter.com | 7 sep 2018

Is also unrolled at https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/1037031222164082688.html
but so far that is missing all the awesome replies. -- 7 sep 2018
00-Top  dharma  life  science  science-evolution  format-twitter-thread  type-discussion 
18 days ago
Digital Library and Museum of Buddhist Studies (DLMBS)
Searches books.
To get here i had found a page with full discussion of a Pali word, sentence structure, vocabulary, and more. Wonderful. Check here: http://buddhism.lib.ntu.edu.tw/DLMBS/en/lesson/

DLMBS | buddhism.lib.ntu.edu.tw | retr 27 aug 2018
buddhism  buddhism-00-Top  buddhism-trdtn-theravada  buddhism-words  dhamma  dhamma-foundation2-details  language-learn  language-pali  words  format-website  type-learn-online 
28 days ago
Audio Dhamma
Sutta Readings in Pali, English, and more.
Sound files, PDF and e-book files.
Audio playable from archive.org
Wow.

audtip.dx.am | retr 27 aug 2018
buddhism  buddhism-00-Top  buddhism-trdtn-theravada  buddhism-words  dhamma  dhamma-foundation2-details  language-pali  words  words-dhamma  format-audio  format-e_book  format-pdf  type-compendium 
28 days ago
Pali pronunciation - Dhamma Wheel
This is a place to discuss just the Pali pronunciation and the different diacritics used. Often, different translators will use different diacritics to show the same sound. So we can post different versions of Pali pronunciation guides here too.

[Also has great discussions of different styles of pronunciation and chanting.]

Dhamma Wheel | dhammawheel.com | retr 27 aug 2018
buddhism  buddhism-00-Top  buddhism-trdtn-theravada  buddhism-words  dhamma  dhamma-foundation2-details  language-learn  language-pali  words  format-forum  type-discussion 
28 days ago
Pali Terms Index ~ at Dhamma Wheel
Selected dhamma terms. In Pali alphabetical order.
Words are linked to forum discussion of that word.

Pali Terms | dhammawheel.com | retr 27 aug 2018
buddhism  buddhism-00-Top  buddhism-trdtn-theravada  buddhism-words  dhamma  dhamma-foundation2-details  language-pali  words  words-definition  words-dhamma  format-search  type-compendium  type-dictionary 
28 days ago
Pali-English Dict ~ at Budsas.org
Summary definitions. Not searchable. One page per letter. Shows parts of speech. Pali alphabetical order.

This website has a lot of other interesting buddhism pages on it.

Pali-English | budsas.org | retr 27 aug 2018
buddhism  buddhism-00-Top  buddhism-trdtn-theravada  buddhism-words  dharma  dharma-foundation2-details  language-pali  words  words-definition  words-dhamma  format-search  type-compendium  type-dictionary 
28 days ago
Pali Glossology ~ at "Obo's Web" Genaud.net
Selected terms, with multiple translations and meaning discussions.
Roman alphabetical order. Not a search.

Obo's Web | obo.genaud.net | retr 27 aut 2018
buddhism  buddhism-00-Top  buddhism-trdtn-theravada  buddhism-words  dharma  dharma-foundation2-details  language-pali  words  words-definition  words-dhamma  format-search  type-compendium  type-dictionary 
28 days ago
The Pali Text Society's Pali-English dictionary
Pali Text Society, London. The Pali Text Society's Pali-English dictionary.

Digital Dictionaries of South Asia | dsalsrv4.uchicago.edu | retr 27 aug 2018
buddhism  buddhism-00-Top  buddhism-trdtn-theravada  buddhism-words  dharma  dharma-foundation2-details  language-pali  words  words-definition  words-dhamma  format-search  type-compendium  type-dictionary 
28 days ago
shell - sh recursive copy (cp -r) - How to exclude subfolder
I need to run a remote script using ssh via Ruby (net/ssh) to recursively copy a folder and exclude a subfolder. I am looking for the fastest way to do it so rsync is not good. Also, I understand that ssh uses sh and not bash.

[the question itself may not have much need for, but there are tons of useful infos in the answers. -- tmx, 21 aug 2018]

Unix & Linux Stack Exchange | unix.stackexchange.com | aug 2018
os-gnu-linux  shell  shell-bash  shell-howto  shell-rsync  tech  tech-howto  format-q/a  type-discussion  type-information 
5 weeks ago
Poedit - Translation editor
The best one, but it has removed functionality from basic version and you have to buy a Pro version. [as of 2016]

Poedit | poedit.net | retr 17 aug 2018
4web-warriors  coding-tools-editor-poedit  wordpress-coding  wordpress-development  wordpress-plugin  wordpress-translation  format-website  type-application  type-information 
5 weeks ago
How to translate a wordpress plugin using .po .mo files
[Nice summary of how to do it, and links to good resources, including, of course, POEdit.]

WordPress Development Stack Exchange | wordpress.stackexchange.com | 2012-2017
4web-warriors  coding-tools-editor-poedit  wordpress-coding  wordpress-development  wordpress-plugin  wordpress-translation  format-q/a  type-discussion  type-information 
5 weeks ago
New CSS Features That Are Changing Web Design
Today, the design landscape has changed completely. We’re equipped with new and powerful tools — CSS Grid, CSS custom properties, CSS shapes and CSS writing-mode, to name a few — that we can use to exercise our creativity.

-- Zell Liew
Smashing Magazine | smashingmagazine.com | 7 may 2018
4web-warriors  HTML/CSS  HTML/CSS-flexbox  HTML/CSS-howto  tech  format-article  type-information 
5 weeks ago
Category "Responsive Web Design" ~ at Smashing Magazine
Responsive Web Design has become the default of web design. Find out how to use Smart Responsive Design Patterns on your site and how to implement a more efficient Responsive Design Process.

Smashing Magazine | smashingmagazine.com | retr 16 aug 2018
4web-warriors  HTML/CSS  HTML/CSS-flexbox  HTML/CSS-grid  HTML/CSS-responsive  HTML/CSS-standards  web-design  web-development  web-development-responsive  format-web-archive  type-compendium 
5 weeks ago
What happens when you create a flexbox flex container?
In my ideal world, CSS Grid and Flexbox would have arrived together, fully formed to make up a layout system for the web. Instead, however, we got Flexbox first and, due to it being better at creating grid-type layouts than floats, we ended up with a lot of Flexbox-based grid systems. In fact, many of the places where people find Flexbox difficult or confusing are really due to this attempt to make it a method for grid layout.

-- Rachel Andrew
Smashing Magazine | smashingmagazine.com | 2 aug 2018
4web-warriors  HTML/CSS  HTML/CSS-flexbox  HTML/CSS-grid  HTML/CSS-howto  tech  format-article  type-information 
5 weeks ago
How social media took us from Tahrir Square to Donald Trump
To understand how digital technologies went from instruments for spreading democracy to weapons for attacking it, you have to look beyond the technologies themselves.
...
I and many others who watched authoritarian regimes were already worried. A key issue for me was how microtargeting, especially on Facebook, could be used to wreak havoc with the public sphere. It was true that social media let dissidents know they were not alone, but online microtargeting could also create a world in which you wouldn’t know what messages your neighbors were getting or how the ones aimed at you were being tailored to your desires and vulnerabilities.
...
It was a shift from a public, collective politics to a more private, scattered one, ...
...
There doesn’t seem to have been a major realization within the US’s institutions—its intelligence agencies, its bureaucracy, its electoral machinery—that true digital security required both better technical infrastructure and better public awareness about the risks of hacking, meddling, misinformation, and more.

-- Zeynep Tufekci
MIT Technology Review | technologyreview.com | 14 aug 2018
activism  communication  culture  history  internet  internet-control  internet-culture  internet-freedom  internet-power  internet-security  politics  format-article  type-information  type-opinion 
5 weeks ago
Birds of Southeast Asia ~ at Ecology Asia
Large photos with descriptions.

Ecology Asia | ecologyasia.com | retr 15 aug 2018
animals  animals-birds  Thailand  format-article  type-images  type-information 
5 weeks ago
Animals ~ at Ecology Asia
Different categories of mammals w/different urls.
Large photos with descriptions.

Ecology Asia | ecologyasia.com | retr 15 aug 2018
animals  animals-mammals  Thailand  format-article  type-images  type-information 
5 weeks ago
Snakes of Southeast Asia ~ at Ecology Asia
Large photos with descriptions.

Ecology Asia | ecologyasia.com | retr 15 aug 2018
animals  animals-snakes  Thailand  format-article  type-images  type-information 
5 weeks ago
Common Snakes Frequently Found in Thailand
A selection of common (frequently found) snakes in Thailand.
Free PDF ebook of common Thailand snakes.

-- Vern
ThailandSnakes | thailandsnakes.com | retr 15 aug 2018
animals  animals-snakes  format-article  type-images  type-information 
5 weeks ago
List of Thai language idioms ~ at Wikipedia
Idioms in the Thai language are usually derived from various natural or cultural references. Many include rhyming and/or alliteration, and their distinction from aphorisms and proverbs are not always clear. This is a list of such idioms.

[nice.]

Wikipedia | wikipedia.org | retr 15 aug 2018
language  language-thai  words  words-definition  Thailand  format-article  type-compendium  type-information 
5 weeks ago
Snakes – just what is that slithering around your garden?
It is a good idea for anyone who lives here to familiarize themselves with Thailand’s native snakes. Here is an example of just a few of Thailand’s snakes some of them venomous some of them not.

[enlargeable photos w/short useful descriptions. categorised into non-venomous and venomous.]

Samui Times | samuitimes.com | retr 15 aug 2018
animals-snakes  Thailand  format-article  type-images  type-information 
5 weeks ago
Common snakes of Thailand
Common snakes which can often be found in Thailand. This list should make the layman’s search for these snakes easier and presents a specific summary of the parts of a snake.

[very nice summaries, big clear photos]

Siam-Info | en.siam-info.de | retr 15 aug 2018
animals-snakes  Thailand  format-article  type-images  type-information 
5 weeks ago
Thaibirds and more
Blog with lots of nice photos.
by Peter Ericsson of the great bird photographic site pbase.com/peterericsson
animals-birds  Thailand  format-website  type-images  type-information 
5 weeks ago
Birds of Thailand Photo Gallery by Peter Ericsson at pbase.com
These galleries contain 730 species of the Birds of Thailand!

organised by bird family.
sometimes has short description; usually one photo per bird. But very nice, big, clear photos.

Peter Ericsson | pbase.com | retr 15 aug 2018
animals-birds  Thailand  format-website  type-information  type-images 
5 weeks ago
if i was a boy or a girl so i said "neither" ~ Twitter thread
At work a kid asked me if i was a boy or a girl so i said "neither" & their parent explained that some people are "he", some are "she", and others are "they" - the kid replied that they had never thought of that, and the parent said they could think about it more together later.

Very nice thread.
Original started at https://twitter.com/campbutch/status/1029042439477239808

ThreadReaderApp | threadreaderapp.com | 15 aug 2018
gender  gender-nonbinary  gender-other  gender-social  language  language-gender  society  words  format-twitter-thread  type-information 
5 weeks ago
Discover and Read the Best of Twitter Threads
Thread Reader helps you discover great content with more than 102,834 Threads unrolled.

Saves Twitter threads.

ThreadReaderApp | threadreaderapp.com | retr 15 aug 2018
web-archiving  format-website  type-online-tool 
5 weeks ago
@ThreadReaderApp ~ on Twitter
I'm here to help you read threads more easily. Reply to any tweet of a thread and mention me with the "unroll" keyword and I'll give you a link back.

very nice.

Twitter | twitter.com | retr 15 aug 2018
web-archiving  format-twitter-account  type-online-tool 
5 weeks ago
Multi-writer Dat could power the next Web – Aral Balkan
We’re witnessing the birth of the foundations of the next Web; the peer Web. ... I cannot stress enough how groundbreaking Dat is or how important it is to creating a free and open, decentralised, and interoperable world. It’s rare to encounter a technology that you feel could have this potential and rarer still when the people behind it are doing it for entirely the right reasons. I say rare, but what I really mean is unprecedented.

-- Aral Balkan
ar.al | 4 aug 2018
4web-warriors  internet-control  internet-freedom  internet-security  privacy  software-datproject  web-broken  web-browser  web-browser-beaker  format-article  type-information  type-opinion 
5 weeks ago
Beaker Browser
A browser for the next-generation Web
Beaker is an experimental browser for exploring and building the peer-to-peer Web.
4web-warriors  internet-control  internet-freedom  internet-security  privacy  software  web-broken  web-browser  web-browser-beaker  format-website  type-information 
5 weeks ago
BeakerBrowser ~ on Twitter
@BeakerBrowser
An experimental browser with a p2p protocol (@dat_project). Decentralize the Web!

Twitter | twitter.com | retr 15 aug 2018
4web-warriors  internet-control  internet-freedom  internet-security  privacy  software  web-broken  web-browser  web-browser-beaker  format-twitter-account  type-information 
5 weeks ago
how professionals learn for work
Jane Hart has been asking her readers what are the most useful/valuable ways that they learn for or at work. In the sixth annual Learning in the Workplace Survey, which surveyed over 5,000 respondents from a wide variety of industries and types & sizes of organizations, the following methods were ranked in order.
1. Daily work experiences
...
12. Classroom learning :)

[With a nice chart]

Harold Jarche | jarche.com | aug 2018
education  work  format-article  type-information  type-research 
5 weeks ago
Pali Audio - Free, downloadable audio versions of the original teachings of the Buddha
In English translation.
DĪgha Nikāya, Majjhima Nikāya, Samyutta Nikāya, Anguttara Nikāya

Pali Audio | paliaudio.com | retr 13 aug 2018
buddhism  buddhism-trdtn-theravada  buddhism-texts  dharma  dharma-foundation2-details  format-website  type-audio  type-compendium 
6 weeks ago
Links to Sutta sites
Links and descriptions of many sites that have Pali texts, and audio and study files.

Pali Audio | retr 13 aug 2018
buddhism  buddhism-trdtn-theravada  buddhism-resources  buddhism-texts  dharma  dharma-foundation2-details  language-pali  format-website  type-compendium 
6 weeks ago
Tonglen: Bad In, Good Out
A teaching on Tonglen practice by Pema Chödrön, and how it begins by taking in our own suffering before we can help others.
...
the core of the practice: breathing in another’s pain so they can be well and have more space to relax and open, and breathing out, sending them relaxation or whatever you feel would bring them relief and happiness.

-- Pema Chödrön
Lion's Roar | lionsroar.com | 2 oct 2017
buddhism  buddhism-00-Top  buddhism-practice  buddhism-practice-tonglen  buddhism-trdtn-mahayana  buddhism-trdtn-tibetan  dharma  dharma-foundation3-method  Pema_Choedron  format-article  type-teaching 
6 weeks ago
Infographic: Hackers Create An Amazing, Illegal Portrait Of The Internet
Someone hacked almost half a million devices around the world. Why? They wanted to see what the Internet looked like.

-- Mark Wilson
Fast Company | fastcompany.com | undated; retr 11 aug 2018

.........................................
Unfortunately the links to Hilbert's page and browser page at bitbucket no longer work.
-- tmx, 11 aug 2018
internet  internet-freedom  internet-power  format-article  format-animation  format-infographic  type-information 
6 weeks ago
This Illegally Made, Incredibly Mesmerizing Animated GIF Is What the Internet Looks Like
You are looking at, more or less, a portrait of the Internet over an average 24 hours in 2012 -- higher usage in yellows and reds; lower in greens and blues --created by an anonymous researcher for the "Internet Census 2012" project. How, exactly, do you gather this much data? Well: not legally, that's for sure.

-- Max Read
Gawker | gawker.com | 21 mar 2013
internet  internet-freedom  internet-power  format-article  format-animation  format-infographic  type-information 
6 weeks ago
The magic number of people needed to create social change
Your voice is louder, and more meaningful, than you think. ... Only 25% of people need to adopt a new social norm to create an inflection point where everyone in the group follows.

-- Mark Wilson
Fast Company | fastcompany.com | 22 jun 2018
social-change  social-networks  communication  community  format-article  type-information  type-research 
6 weeks ago
On Weaponised Design
The lived experiences of digital platform users is at odds with how these systems are designed. Weaponised design – a process that allows for harm of users within the defined bounds of a designed system – is faciliated by designers who are oblivious to the politics of digital infrastructure or consider their design practice output to be apolitical. Despite traumatic events against users with increasing regularity, addressing the weaponisation of design is not yet a priority, and is still to be addressed by the design community.

Our Data Our Selves | ourdataourselves.tacticaltech.org | undated; retr 11 aug 2018
00-Top  culture  data  data-management  data-privacy  history  internet  internet-culture  internet-power  format-article  type-information  type-opinion 
6 weeks ago
Four stages of enlightenment ~ at Wikipedia
The four stages of enlightenment in Theravada Buddhism are the four progressive stages culminating in full enlightenment as an Arahant.

These four stages are Sotapanna, Sakadagami, Anāgāmi, and Arahant. The Buddha referred to people who are at one of these four stages as noble people (ariya-puggala) and the community of such persons as the noble sangha (ariya-sangha)

Wikipedia | wikipedia.org | retr aug 2018
buddhism-enlightenment  buddhism-nirvana  buddhism-trdtn-theravada  dharma  dharma-foundation2-details  format-article  type-information 
6 weeks ago
enlightenment - Who am I- according to Buddhism
Q: What does Buddha say about the question,"Who am I"? Our body and mind perishes with time. If so then who actually attains the Truth?
A: ... you say, "OUR body and mind". So the answer to your question is: "WE do".

[yes :) ]

Buddhism Stack Exchange | buddhism.stackexchange.com | jan 2015
buddhism  buddhism-00-core  buddhism-enlightenment  buddhism-nirvana  buddhism-self  dharma  dharma-00-core  dharma-foundation2-details  format-q/a  type-discussion 
6 weeks ago
Why can we eat 'living' plants but not 'living' animals?
From the Hindu points of view of: the gunas, cleansing the karma by sacrifice, scripture, path of least destruction, sattvik (balance), observing "taking only what is given", mercy, health, ...

Hinduism Stack Exchange | hinduism.stackexchange.com | jun 2014
ethics  food  dharma  dharma-foundation4-extend  dharma-trdtn-hinduism  vegetarianism  format-q/a  type-discussion 
6 weeks ago
The Buddha's Four Noble Truths
I. Life is challenging.
II. The cause of suffering is the mind’s struggle in response to challenge.
III. The end of suffering -- a non-struggling, peaceful mind -- is possible.
IV. The program for ending suffering is the Eightfold Path.

-- Sylvia Boorstein
Lion's Roar | lionsroar.com | 30 jul 2018
buddhism  buddhism-00-core  buddhism-eightfold_path  buddhism-trdtn-all  dharma  dharma-00-core  Sylvia_Boorstein  format-article  type-teaching 
7 weeks ago
Ledi Sayadaw's Insight Revolution
In the early 1900s, Ledi Sayadaw sparked the widespread practice of vipassana, or insight meditation. Determined to save Buddhism in Burma during colonial rule, he popularized the teachings of the Abhidharma and introduced thousands of laypeople to the practice of insight meditation.

-- Erik Braun
Lion's Roar | lionsroar.com | 5 jul 2018
buddhism  buddhism-history  buddhism-practice  buddhism-trdtn-theravada  buddhism-trdtn-theravada-burma  meditation  meditation-vipassana  Ledi_Sayadaw  format-article  type-history  type-information 
7 weeks ago
SoiDB
A free web resource for people exploring Thailand and Laos. This site covers hotels, apartments, restaurants, shopping malls, and much more. On the topics we cover, we try to provide with the most complete information for tourists, expats, and locals. We have covered 8 cities in Thailand 4 cities in Laos so far.

SoiDB | soidb.com | retr 23 jul 2018
travel  travel-information  Laos  Thailand  format-website  type-compendium 
9 weeks ago
Aeon | a world of ideas
Aeon is a registered charity committed to the spread of knowledge and a cosmopolitan worldview. Our mission is to create a sanctuary online for serious thinking.

[beautiful stuff.]

Aeon | aeon.co | retr 19 jul 2018
culture  philosophy  science  words  writing  format-website  type-compendium 
9 weeks ago
Are humans really blind to the gorilla on the basketball court?
The notion of prevalent human blindness also fuels excitement about artificial intelligence (AI), especially its capacity to replace flawed and error-prone human judgment.
But are humans truly blind to the obvious? Recent research suggests otherwise.
...
[This interpretation of the gorilla experiment] says that what we see is not so much a function of what is directly in front of us ... but rather determined by what we have in our minds, for example, by the questions we have in mind. People miss the gorilla not because they are blind, but because they were prompted – in this case, by the scientists themselves – to pay attention to something else.
...
In other words, there is no neutral observation. The world doesn’t tell us what is relevant. Instead, it responds to questions.

-- Teppo Felin
Aeon Essays | aeon.co/essays | 5 jul 2018
awareness  cognition  computing-artificial_intelligence  consciousness  dharma-foundation4-extend  psychology  reality  science  format-article  type-information  type-research 
9 weeks ago
Nature Research Asia
science journals, jobs, information and services; focusing on Asia; separate sites for India and China.

Nature Asia | natureasia.com | retr 19 jul 2018
00-Top  2read  biology  environment  gaia  nature  science  Asia  format-website  type-compendium  type-research 
9 weeks ago
Nature Research
science journals, jobs, information and services.
...
Focusing on the needs of scientists, Nature (founded in 1869) is the leading weekly, international scientific journal. In addition, for this audience, Nature Research publishes the Nature research journals and Nature Reviews journals, plus a range of prestigious academic journals including society-owned publications. Online, nature.com provides over 6 million visitors per month with access to Nature Research publications and online databases and services, including news and comment from Nature, ...

Nature | nature.com | retr 19 jul 2018
00-Top  2read  biology  environment  gaia  nature  science  format-website  type-compendium  type-research 
9 weeks ago
AI can be sexist and racist — it’s time to make it fair
When Google Translate converts news articles written in Spanish into English, phrases referring to women often become ‘he said’ or ‘he wrote’. Software designed to warn people using Nikon cameras when the person they are photographing seems to be blinking tends to interpret Asians as always blinking. Word embedding, a popular algorithm used to process and analyse large amounts of natural-language data, characterizes European American names as pleasant and African American ones as unpleasant.
...
A major driver of bias in AI is the training data. The other is the algorithms, which reinforce discrimination.
...
Computer scientists must identify sources of bias, de-bias training data and develop artificial-intelligence algorithms that are robust to skews in the data, ...

[long, well-thought out article, with recommendations]

-- James Zou, Londa Schiebinger
Nature | nature.com | 18 jul 2018
computing-artificial_intelligence  ethics  compassion  programming  programming-culture  programming-standards  format-article  type-information 
9 weeks ago
How can I escape Google?
You can't.

Information Security Stack Exchange | security.stackexchange.com | may 2018
evilGoogle  internet  internet-control  internet-privacy  internet-surveillance  privacy  format-q/a  type-discussion 
june 2018
Can or should a Buddhist defend themselves physically?
Re the five precepts -
Buddhism is a religion of principles and not rules. (yes there are rules as code of conduct, but it is not religion of rules). It teaches you basic principles and you are expected to make the decision on basis of that according to the context.
Buddhism is religion with "Metta" (unconditional love). You even are expected to love your enemy. But you are not prohibited from defending yourself.
Ahimsa in Buddhism is not the same as it is in Jainism.

Buddhism Stack Exchange | buddhism.stackexchange.com | jul 2014
buddhism  buddhism-trdtn-all  buddhism-ahimsa  dharma  dharma-foundation2-extend  format-q/a  type-information 
june 2018
What did the Buddha do, and what does a teacher do, to teach?
[P]eople have different levels of prajna (deep intuitive understanding of how things work). Someone who is very mature, because of the work done earlier in this life or in previous lives, may not need any explanations, but someone who is just starting or very confused - may need lots of words and labeling.

Buddhism Stack Exchange | buddhism.stackexchange.com | jun 2018
buddhism  buddhism-trdtn-all  buddhism-practice  dharma  dharma-foundation3-method  format-q/a  type-discussion 
june 2018
Difficulty with Meditation Posture
meditation should be something natural and (yes) pleasant.

Buddhism Stack Exchange | buddhism.stackexchange.com | jun 2018
buddhism  buddhism-trdtn-all  buddhism-practice  dharma  dharma-foundation3-method  meditation  format-q/a  type-discussion 
june 2018
Pali English glossary ~ at dhammadana.org
Selected words, with literal translations and concise definitions. Searchable.

DhammaDana | dhammadana.org | 2005, retr 13 jun 2018
buddhism  buddhism-00-Top  buddhism-trdtn-theravada  buddhism-words  dharma  dharma-foundation2-details  language-pali  words  words-definition  words-dhamma  format-search  type-compendium  type-dictionary 
june 2018
40-Day Meditation Retreat at Pa-Auk Tawya, Burma
I spent 40 days meditating at Pa-Auk Tawya, in Burma. Pa Auk is a forest meditation center renowned for rigorous concentration practices.

[detailed chronicle of his journey. very good. with 96 Comments]

-- Gabriel Rocheleau
UP Development | updevelopment.org | 17 sep 2014
buddhism  buddhism-trdtn-theravada  meditation  meditation-practice  meditation-concentration  meditation-vipassana  meditation-walking  format-article  type-information 
june 2018
Making leaf mold; shredding leaves
-- Kathy LaLiberte
Gardener's Supply| gardeners.com | retr 10 jun 2018
garden  garden-leaf_mould  format-article  type-howto  type-information 
june 2018
GeoPeeker - A tool for viewing sites from different geographic locations
See how a site appears to the rest of the world..

GeoPeeker | geopeeker.com | retr jun 2018
internet  web-development  web-tool  format-website  type-online-tool 
june 2018
To persuade someone, look emotional
According to a recent study, people who make instinct-based moral judgments [show emotion] are perceived by their peers to be more moral and more trustworthy than those who rely on reasoning alone. In other words, we want friends who go with their gut when faced with a moral dilemma. The reverse is true as well: We tend to be wary of people who react to moral dilemmas by calculating costs and benefits -- it’s a large part of why we’re so reluctant to trust robots.

-- Scott Koenig
Nautilus | nautil.us | 5 jun 2018
emotions  ethics  society  format-article  type-research 
june 2018
Buddhism in Malaysia ~ at Nalanda Buddhist Society
[A lot of good information - much more than the Wikipedia article.]

Nalanda Buddhism Society | nalanda.org | 2012
buddhism  buddhism-trdtn-mahayana  buddhism-trdtn-theravada  Malaysia  format-article  type-information 
june 2018
Buddhism in Malaysia ~ at Wikipedia
Buddhism in Malaysia is mainly practised by the ethnic Malaysian Chinese, but there are also Malaysian Siamese, Malaysian Sri Lankans and Burmese in Malaysia that practice Buddhism such as Ananda Krishnan and K. Sri Dhammananda and a sizeable population of Malaysian Indians.

Wikipedia | wikipedia.org | retr 4 jun 2018
buddhism  buddhism-mahayana  Malaysia  format-article  type-information 
june 2018
How to be a friend until the end
It’s important in the beginning to remember that we already know how to care. We’ve extended a helping hand hundreds of times in a thousand meaningful and loving ways. Caring is a natural expression of our humanity. We can trust our good hearts to be reliable guides.

-- Frank Ostaseski
Lion's Roar | lionsroar.com | 29 May 2018
buddhism  buddhism-active  buddhism-all  buddhism-practice  death  dharma  dharma-foundation4-extend  format-article  type-information 
june 2018
Want a security starter pack? | Surveillance Self-Defense
Choosing Your Tools
Protecting Yourself on Social Networks
Assessing Your Risks
Communicating with Others
Creating Strong Passwords
Keeping Your Data Safe
What Is Encryption?

Electronic Frontier Foundation | ssd.eff.org | retr may 2018
internet  internet-security  internet-surveillance  privacy  security  format-article  type-compendium  type-information 
may 2018
Thai Visa Requirements: Tourist, Work, Retirement, Marriage
the different types of Thai visa, their requirements and the application process.

The Thailand Life | thethailandlife.com | oct 2017
travel  travel-information  travel-visa-information  Thailand  format-article  type-information 
may 2018
Health Insurance Thailand – The Definitive 10-Step Guide
[Good useful article. Compares several carriers side-by-side, lots of points.]

The Thailand Life | thethailandlife.com | jun 2017
travel  travel-information  health  insurance  Thailand  format-article  type-information 
may 2018
Fastest Thai visa run - Udon Thani/Laos by Nok Air
It can be done from any airport where Nok Air has a flight into Udon Thani, which includes Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Phuket.

[Very detailed; and useful comments as well.]

The Thailand Life | thethailandlife.com | aug 2017
travel  travel-information  travel-visa-information  Thailand  format-article  type-information  type-discussion 
may 2018
What's behind a Thai smile – All 13 of them!
The Thai smile is genius in that it allows one to express a range of emotions without physically or verbally taking action. It's a form of communication capable of tempering confrontation, easing difficult situations and showing one's appreciation.

[And they even have names!]

The Thailand Life | thethailandlife.com | may 2016
culture  emotions  travel  travel-information  Thailand  format-article  type-information 
may 2018
10 things you didn't know about Thai culture
Unopened gifts; Permission from ghost to stay in room; Keeping your cool; Wear a bra; Pregnancy; Shoes; Don't touch head; Don't point; inviter pays for meals; Walking between people.

The Thailand Life | thethailandlife.com | may 2017
culture  travel  travel-information  Thailand  format-article  type-information 
may 2018
What Is Code?: A Q&A With Writer and Programmer Paul Ford
That’s all I’m really going for with this. If you know how it works, you can make smarter choices for yourself. So one of my goals with this piece is for it to be harder, for someone who reads this (I hope) to be lied to. They should be able to ask smarter questions of the people around them and challenge them more. That’s always good.

-- Ashley Feinberg interviewing Paul Ford about his excellent article "What is Code?"
Gawker | gawkder.com | 11 jun 2015
coding  programming  programming-culture  tech  format-article  type-interview 
may 2018
Paul Ford: What Is Code?
Most programmers aren’t working on building a widely recognized application like Microsoft Word. Software is everywhere. It’s gone from a craft of fragile, built-from-scratch custom projects to an industry of standardized parts, where coders absorb and improve upon the labors of their forebears (even if those forebears are one cubicle over).

Software is there when you switch channels and your cable box shows you what else is on. You get money from an ATM — software. An elevator takes you up five stories — the same. Facebook releases software every day to something like a billion people, and that software runs inside Web browsers and mobile applications. Facebook looks like it’s just pictures of your mom’s crocuses or your son’s school play — but no, it’s software.

-- Paul Ford
Bloomberg | bloomberg.com | 11 jun 2015
00-Top  coding  programming  programming-culture  society  format-article  type-information 
may 2018
Code to joy
“The thing that gets lost,” he says, “and which I think is important to know, is that programming is never easy. You’re never doing the same thing twice, because code is infinitely reproducible and if you’ve already solved a problem and you encounter it again, you just use your old solution. So by definition you’re kind of always on this frontier where you’re out of your depth. And one of the things you have to learn is to accept that feeling – of being constantly wrong.”
Which makes coding sound like a branch of Zen Buddhism.

[Andrew's journey learning to code, with lots of nice information and insights along the way.]

-- Andrew Smith
1843 | 1843magazine.com | June/July 2018
coding  learning  programming-culture  programming-languages  format-article  type-information 
may 2018
The Development of Loving-kindness
[J]ust as in the night, at the moment of dawn, the morn­ing star shines forth, bright and brilliant, even so, whatever grounds there are for making merit productive of a future birth, all these do not equal a sixteenth part of the mind-release of loving-kindness.

-- from The Udana &The Itivuttaka Translated by John D. Ireland. Buddhist Publication Society 1997. Buddhism Now November 2001
Buddhism now | buddhismnow.com | 18 jan 2013
buddhism  buddhism-trdtn-all  buddhism-metta  loving-kindness  dharma  dharma-00-core  dharma-foundation1-core  format-verse  type-teaching 
may 2018
How social media exploits our moral emotions
John Green puts it, “Twitter is not designed to make you happier or better informed. It’s designed to keep you on Twitter.”
...
“an endlessly self-renewing bonfire of outrage and confusion.” And given how profitable it has become, social media companies have little financial incentive to scale it back. “I think it’s really important to ask ourselves and to have a serious conversation about how we feel about our moral emotions being used to make a lot of money for tech companies,” Molly Crockett, a psychology professor at Yale,
...
... the constant triggering of moral outrage—an ancient emotion that motivates the shaming and punishing of others—on social media not only makes money for tech companies, but also alters how we experience and express the emotion.
...

To what extent do social media companies have a moral obligation to improve the way we communicate with each other?

-- Scott Koenig
Nautilus | nautil.us | 15 may 2018
communication  emotions  ethics  society  format-article  type-information  type-opinion 
may 2018
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