Tide Times and Chart for Ko Pha Ngan
other tabs for
Sea Conditions, 7-Day Tide Table, Live Weather, Tide Station Map, Location Guide

Best and clearest chart of several sites i looked at.
[jan 2019]
environment  gaia  tide  travel  travel-information  weather  wind  Koh_Pha_Ngan  Thailand  format-chart  format-map  type-information  type-online-tool 
12 days ago
Tittha Sutta: Buddhist Parable of the Blind Men and the Elephant
“Saying ‘An elephant is like this, an elephant is not like that! An elephant is not like this, an elephant is like that!’ they fought each other with their fists. And the king was delighted (with the spectacle)."

Buddhism now | buddhismnow.com | 16 feb 2018
buddhism  buddhism-trdtn-theravada  dhamma  dhamma-foundation2-details  Buddha  format-article  type-teaching 
9 weeks ago
Modern Day Gopher: The Protocol that the Web beat
The Gopher protocol isn’t supported by the modern web basically at all, but despite this, it lingers on, a quarter century from its peak. Here’s how.

-- Ernie Smith
Tedium | tedium.co | 22 jun 2017
4web-warriors  internet  internet-history  internet-protocol  internet-protocol-gopher  internet-protocol-http  web  format-article  type-information 
9 weeks ago
In Defense of Ritual
Richard Payne takes a serious look at the role of ritual in Buddhist practice and the reasons why Westerners might feel resistant to it.

-- Richard K. Payne
Lion's Roar | lionsroar.com | 16 nov 2018
buddhism  buddhism-cncpt-ritual  buddhism-trdtn-all  community  culture  dhamma  dhamma-foundation4-extend  society  format-article  type-information 
9 weeks ago
Some notes on Tantra
It is possible to do any kind of spiritual practice—not only Buddhist, but Christian or other kinds of practices—with a Tantric attitude, with the attitude of seeing the sacredness in life, of relating our ordinary everyday experiences to this kind of sacred experience. I think this is very important and can bring a great deal into anyone’s life, even if one is not, in a technical sense, practising Tantra.

On the other hand, it is equally possible to do Tantric practices with a very non-Tantric attitude, which is also done in certain circumstances. So there are two different things involved here.

-- Francesca Fremantle
Buddhism now | buddhismnow.com | 29 oct 2013
buddhism  buddhism-trdtn-tantra  dhamma  dhamma-foundation4-extend  Francesca_Fremantle  format-article  type-teaching 
9 weeks ago
The Best Way To Save People From Suicide
The best way is: Keep contact.
An extended study done about supporting people who want to end their lives. The most useful thing was to just keep contact. An occasional short email, how are you, or i'm thinking of you, or anything.

She sets rules for herself, as well: Typos are OK. Being a little annoying is OK. Each text should take no more than 90 seconds to write, because anything longer might read like it’s been workshopped too much, not enough like a message between friends. She also makes sure to time her texts so they don’t arrive only when patients are in crisis. Mostly, they should appear for no particular reason. She had been thinking about them, that’s all.

“I think people die when they feel completely alone,” Whiteside explained.

-- Jason Cherkis
The Huffington Post | highline.huffingtonpost.com | 15 nov 2018


This article is long, lots of real-life stories to engage the reader and get emotionally involved. The point of it is so good and so strong. Compassion.

Also, it says that suicide in the US is way way more than in other "developed" countries. Why is that?
"there are now more than twice as many suicides in the U.S. (45,000) as homicides; they are the 10th leading cause of death. You have to go all the way back to the dawn of the Great Depression to find a similar increase in the suicide rate. Meanwhile, in many other industrialized Western countries, suicides have been flat or steadily decreasing."
buddhism  buddhism-cncpt-compassion  buddhism-cncpt-interdependence  buddhism-cncpt-karuna  buddhism-cncpt-metta  buddhism-cncpt-loving_kindess  dhamma  dhamma-is-where-you-find-it  mind  psychology  society  format-article  type-research 
9 weeks ago
The Eight Bardos
While the most famous bardo is the one between death and rebirth, there are others that also shape our lives. Khenchen Konchog Gyaltshen presents a commentary on Milarepa’s song of realization “The Eight Bardos.”

-- Khenchen Konchog Gyaltshen
Lion's Roar | lionsroar.com | 18 feb 2014
buddhism  buddhism-cncpt-bardo  buddhism-trdtn-mahayana  buddhism-trdtn-tibetan  dhamma  dhamma-foundation2-details  transformation  transition  Milarepa  format-article  type-teaching 
10 weeks ago
Skeletons Don’t Fit Into a Sex Binary
the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is trying to set up a legal binary definition of sex, establishing each person “as male or female based on immutable biological traits identifiable by or before birth.” But our bodies are more complicated than that.

-- Alexandra Kralick
SAPIENS | sapiens.org | 9 nov 2018

An increasing recognition of this complexity by researchers and the public has affirmed that gender sits on a spectrum: People are more and more willing to acknowledge the reality of nonbinary and transgender identities, and to support those who courageously fight for their rights in everything from all-gender bathrooms to anti-gender-discrimination laws. But underlying all of this is the perception that no matter the gender a person identifies as, they have an underlying sex they were born with. This represents a fundamental misunderstanding about the nature of biological sex. Science keeps showing us that sex also doesn’t fit in a binary, whether it be determined by genitals, chromosomes, hormones, or bones (which are the subject of my research).
gender  gender-00-core  gender-binary  gender-law  gender-nonbinary  gender-social  science  society  format-article  type-information 
10 weeks ago
Why Do Human Beings Do Good Things? The Puzzle of Altruism
I believe that empathy is the root of all pure altruism. Sometimes empathy is described as a cognitive ability to see the world through another person’s eyes, but I think it’s actually much more than that. In my view, the capacity for empathy shows that, in essence, all human beings - and in fact all living beings—are interconnected. At some deep level, we are expressions of the same consciousness. (As several philosophers of consciousness—such as David Chalmers—have suggested, it may be that rather than producing consciousness, the function of the brain may be to ‘receive’ or ‘channel’ a consciousness which exists outside the brain, and which in fact permeates the whole universe. Consciousness may be a fundamental force of the universe, like gravity.)
In other words, there is no need to make excuses for altruism. Instead, we should celebrate it as a transcendence of seeming separateness. Rather than being unnatural, altruism is an expression of our most fundamental nature—that of connectedness.

Steve Taylor
Psychology Today | psychologytoday.com | 18 oct 2013
buddhism  buddhism-cncpt-compassion  buddhism-cncpt-interdependence  buddhism-cncpt-karuna  consciousness  dhamma  dhamma-is-where-you-find-it  altruism  philosophy  philosophy-western  science  format-article  type-information 
10 weeks ago
Caught in Indra’s Net - Lion's Roar
If you want to understand the full truth of “form is emptiness; emptiness is form,” says Robert Aitken Roshi, you must go beyond the Heart Sutra to philosophical texts like the Huayan Sutra, which unpack and elaborate this profound paradox.
[or, meditation is another option]

-- Robert Aitken
Lion's Roar | lionsroar.com | 1 sep 2006
buddhism  buddhism-trdtn-all  buddhism-trdtn-zen  dhamma  dhamma-foundation2-details  format-article  type-information 
10 weeks ago
Max Planck Neuroscience on Nautilus: Learning to Read in Your 30s Profoundly Transforms the Brain
Reading is such a new ability in human evolutionary history that the existence of a “reading area” could not be specified in our genes. A kind of recycling process has to take place in the brain while learning to read: Areas evolved for the recognition of complex objects, such as faces, become engaged in translating letters into language. Some regions of our visual system thereby turn into interfaces between the visual and language systems.

-- Max Planck Institute for Human Cognition and Brain Sciences and Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics
Nautilus | nautil.us | nov 2018
brain  mind  reading  science  science-evolution  format-article  type-research 
10 weeks ago
The Pali Tipitaka
The entire Pali Tipitaka, in many different scripts.

This web site is based on the Chaṭṭha Saṅgāyana CD published by the Vipassana Research Institute. Based at Dhamma Giri, Igatpuri, near Mumbai, India, the Vipassana Research Institute also publishes literature & disseminates information related to Vipassana Meditation Technique as taught by S.N.Goenka in the tradition of Sayagyi U Ba Khin.

tipitaka.org | retr 7 nov 2018

To get to the texts, click on one of the scripts in sidebar --
"Roman" is our western letters. No translation.

Also has Pali-Thai dictionary as 4 PDFs
buddhism  buddhism-00-core  buddhism-texts-dhammapada  buddhism-texts-pali_canon  buddhism-texts-tipitaka  buddhism-trdtn-all  buddhism-trdtn-theravada  buddhism-trdtn-theravada-burma  dhamma  dhamma-foundation2-details  dhamma-texts  language-learn  language-pali  Buddha  format-article  type-information 
10 weeks ago
The Dhammapada: Verses and Stories
The Dhammapada: Verses and Stories
Translated by Daw Mya Tin, M.A.
Edited by Editorial Committee, Burma Tipitaka Association Rangoon, Burma, 1986

pali and english. Some notes on words. accompanying summaries of Buddhagosa stories/commentary.

tipitaka.net | retr 7 nov 2018
buddhism  buddhism-00-core  buddhism-trdtn-all  buddhism-trdtn-theravada  buddhism-texts-dhammapada  buddhism-texts-pali_canon  dhamma  dhamma-foundation2-details  dhamma-texts  language-learn  language-pali  Buddha  Buddhagosa  format-article  type-information 
10 weeks ago
Khuddaka Nikaya ~ at Wikipedia
The Khuddaka Nikāya (‘Minor' or 'Small' Collection’) is the last of the five nikayas, or collections, in the Sutta Pitaka, which is one of the "three baskets" that compose the Pali Tipitaka, the scriptures of Theravada Buddhism. This nikaya consists of fifteen (Thailand), seventeen (Sri Lanka), or eighteen books (Burma) in different editions on various topics attributed to the Buddha and his chief disciples.

This Nikaya contains the Dhammapada.

Wikipedia | wikipedia.org | retr 7 nov 2018
buddhism  buddhism-00-core  buddhism-trdtn-all  buddhism-trdtn-theravada  buddhism-texts-dhammapada  buddhism-texts-khuddaka_nikaya  buddhism-texts-pali_canon  dhamma  dhamma-foundation2-details  dhamma-texts  format-article  type-information 
10 weeks ago
Dhammapada ~ at Wikipedia
The Dhammapada धम्मपद is a collection of sayings of the Buddha in verse form and one of the most widely-read and best-known Buddhist scriptures.The original version of the Dhammapada is in the Khuddaka Nikaya, a division of the Pali Canon of Theravada Buddhism.

Wikipedia | wikipedia.org | retr 7 nov 2018
buddhism  buddhism-00-core  buddhism-trdtn-all  buddhism-trdtn-theravada  buddhism-texts-dhammapada  buddhism-texts-pali_canon  dhamma  dhamma-foundation2-details  dhamma-texts  language-learn  language-pali  Buddha  Buddhagosa  format-article  type-information 
10 weeks ago
Learn Pali - Readings in Pali Texts
Vandana - 6 Gathas
Dhammapada - all verses
Selected Pali texts

pali, english - translation; complete breakdown of sentence structure and vocabulary. wonderful.

BDLM | buddhism.lib.ntu.edu.tw | retr 7 nov 2018
buddhism  buddhism-texts  buddhism-texts-dhammapada  buddhism-texts-vendana  buddhism-trdtn-all  buddhism-trdtn-theravada  dhamma  dhamma-foundation2-details  dhamma-texts  language-learn  language-pali  Buddha  format-website  type-compendium 
10 weeks ago
Digital Library & Museum of Buddhist Studies ::: Buddhist Museum
The World of Xuanzang and the Silk Road.Digital Museum of Buddhism in Taiwan. Historical Database of Taiwanese Buddhism.CBETA

buddhism.lib.ntu.edu.tw | retr 7 nov 2018
buddhism  buddhism-trdtn-all  buddhism-trdtn-chinese  buddhism-trdtn-mahayana  buddhism-texts  buddhism-trdtn-theravada  format-website  type-museum  type-compendium 
10 weeks ago
SAFAR India - System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research
Monitoring system, forecasting, AQI, products, research.
A Research based initiative of integrating Air Quality with Health Advisories and Food Security.
A dedicated Air Quality Information Service for Indian Metropolitan Cites to make India self-sufficient in providing frontier research based Scientific accredited robust Air Quality Forecasting system.

Maps and forecasts for Delhi, Pune, Mumbai, Ahmedabad

SAFAR | safar.tropmet.res.in | retr 4 nov 2018
air  air-pollution  maps  weather  format-website  type-information 
11 weeks ago
Your native language affects what you can and can’t see
evidence has accumulated that people whose native languages have different colour categories don’t see the world in quite the same way.

Now in a new paper, published in Psychological Science, Martin Maier and Rasha Abdel Rahman at the Humboldt University of Berlin report that by affecting visual processing at an early stage, such linguistic differences can even determine whether someone will see a coloured shape – or they won’t. “Our native language is thus one of the forces that determine what we consciously perceive,” they write.

The wavelengths of light that we perceive as colours form a smooth continuum, but crucially, the colour categories that people use to divide up this spectrum vary between languages.

Research Digest | digest.bps.org.uk | 2 nov 2018
language  perception  psychology  reality  format-article  type-research 
11 weeks ago
People Want the World to be Safe
my world before I started meditating had a sense of cohesion and stability based around certain limitations, and when those limitations started falling away it was very frightening.
But as you trust more and see that that is just a reaction, then it goes away. It is a natural reaction,
The Buddha, on the other hand, takes down all the barriers and leaves an empty space. As you let go of your emotional habits you find it is very peaceful, it’s universal, it’s what you really are; you’re not the limitations that you identify with.

-- Ajahn Sumedho
Buddhism now | buddhismnow.com | 3 nov 2017
buddhism  buddhism-trdtn-all  buddhism-trdtn-theravada  buddhism-trdtn-thai_forest_tradition  dharma  dharma-foundation2-details  reality  self  Ajahn_Sumedho  format-article  type-teaching 
11 weeks ago
Google Chrome’s users take a back seat to its bottom line
Google Chrome is the most popular browser in the world. Chrome routinely leads the pack in features for security and usability, most recently helping to drive the adoption of HTTPS. But when it comes to privacy, specifically protecting users from tracking, most of its rivals leave it in the dust.

Users are more aware of, and concerned about, the harms of pervasive tracking than ever before. So why is Chrome so far behind? It’s because Google still makes most of its money from tracker-driven, behaviorally-targeted ads.

Bennett Cyphers
Electronic Frontier Foundation | eff.org | 1 nov 2018
privacy  web-broken  web-browser  Google  format-article  type-information 
11 weeks ago
Articles on Buddhism ~ Brain Pickings
Search results for 'buddhism' from duckuckgo

-- Maria Popova
Brain pickings | brainickings.org | retr 3 nov 2018
buddhism  dharma-is-where-you-find-it  Maria_Popova  format-web-archive  format-article  type-bookreview  type-web-search 
11 weeks ago
Figuring – new book by Maria Popova
... it all banged into being 13.8 billion years ago from a single source, no louder than the opening note of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, no larger than the dot levitating over the small i, the I lowered from the pedestal of ego.

How can we know this and still succumb to the illusion of separateness, of otherness?

-- Maria Popova
Brain Pickings | brainpickings.org | 1 nov 2018

beautiful beautiful stuff
dharm  dharma-is-where-you-find-it  mind  reality  self  Maria_Popova  format-article  type-bookreview 
11 weeks ago
How to be a good creature
“Our world, and the worlds around and within it, is aflame with shades of brilliance we cannot fathom — and is far more vibrant, far more holy, than we could ever imagine.”

Naturalist Sy Montgomery on what 13 animals taught her about Otherness, Love, and the Heart of our humanity

-- Maria Popova
Brain Pickings | brainpickings.org | 31 oct 2018
animals  animals-sentient  mind  self  Maria_Popova  format-article  type-bookreview 
11 weeks ago
The Manga Guide 13-Book Set ~ at No Starch Press
The 14th, just out october 2018, is the Manga Guide to Cryptography.
These books are supposed to be really good.

No Starch Press
nostarch.com | retr 27 oct 2018
books  tech-cryptography  tech-databases  tech-learning  format-website  type-online-shopping 
12 weeks ago
Hobo Maps - Thailand, Laos
Nice maps of northern Thailand and Laos.
Sort of in the style of nancy chandler, but not so busy, clearer and more useful. Wish they had for south thailand!

hobomaps.com | retr 26 oct 2018
Thailand  Laos  format-website  format-maps  type-online-tool 
12 weeks ago
Survey of India Maps
India has finally released its survey maps to public. [oct 2018]
India  maps  format-website  format-map  type-online-tool 
12 weeks ago
Buddhist Digital Resource Center ~ at Internet Archive
Buddhist Digital Resource Center (formerly Tibetan Buddhist Resource Center) is dedicated to preserving and sharing.
Free Texts : Free Download, Borrow and Streaming

scans of texts. Mostly Tibetan. No Pali.

archive.org | retr 11 oct 2018
buddhism  buddhism-resources  buddhism-texts  buddhism-trdtn-tibetan  dhamma  dhamma-foundation2-details  dhamma-texts  language-tibetan  format-website  type-compendium 
october 2018
Thay’s 92nd Birthday – Plum Village
Thich Nhat Hanh's current conditions and activities, and celebration of his birthday. He stayed in Thailand in 2016 at his monastery there for some time, and from there(?) visited VietNam in 2017. Not clear if he is still in Thailand or back at Plum Village. 2 photos of him (one in linked-to article (the first i've seen close up), which i saved.
The other article is about Thay in Thailand - https://plumvillage.org/news/thich-nhat-hanh-in-thailand/

-- Plum Village
plumvillage.org | 10 oct 2018
buddhism  buddhism-trdtn-all  buddhism-trdtn-zen  dharma  Thich_Nhat_Hanh  format-article  type-information 
october 2018
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 
september 2018
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 
august 2018
Audio Dhamma
Sutta Readings in Pali, English, and more.
Sound files, PDF and e-book files.
Audio playable from archive.org

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 
august 2018
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 
august 2018
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 
august 2018
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 
august 2018
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 
august 2018
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 
august 2018
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 
august 2018
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 
august 2018
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 
august 2018
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 
august 2018
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 
august 2018
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 
august 2018
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 
august 2018
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 
august 2018
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 
august 2018
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 
august 2018
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 
august 2018
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.


Wikipedia | wikipedia.org | retr 15 aug 2018
language  language-thai  words  words-definition  Thailand  format-article  type-compendium  type-information 
august 2018
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 
august 2018
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 
august 2018
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 
august 2018
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 
august 2018
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 
august 2018
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 
august 2018
@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 
august 2018
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 
august 2018
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 
august 2018
BeakerBrowser ~ on Twitter
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 
august 2018
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 
august 2018
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 
august 2018
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 
august 2018
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 
august 2018
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 
august 2018
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 
august 2018
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 
august 2018
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 
august 2018
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 
august 2018
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 
august 2018
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 
august 2018
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 
august 2018
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 
august 2018
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 
july 2018
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 
july 2018
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 
july 2018
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