I have absolutely nothing new to say. In point of fact, I have many many old things to say. And some questions, of course, but I don’t expect anyone to have any answers.
- Harry and I are doing another live recording of the DharmaRealm podcast. You can check out all of the details in this fancy-shmancy Facebook event listing. And you should check back for details over the coming week or so since we’re still negotiating whether or not to do an actual live show, i.e., broadcast it via the Intertubes to all of y’all who don’t happen to live in the Bay Area. (w00t!)
- This past weekend I was out of town. From Thursday until this morning, I was completely disengaged from the Internets. It. Was. Lovely. I have to tell you. Oddly, however, according both my WordPress site stats and my Google analytics, I went from an average of fifty hits a day to exactly zero (you read that right, zero, nada, zilch, nothin’) for the four days that I was away from the Internet. This leads me to believe that one of two things is going on: either (a) something really weird happened to my blog, it crashed, software stopped working, the gremlins took over, or god knows what and god knows what happened just happen to coincide with my being out of town; or (b) my suspicions that only myself and my wife ever read this blog are more than suspicions but is in point of fact Truth with a capital T and right now, the only person who’s ever going to read this post is myself. So, hi me. How’re you? Which is actually a really long-winded way of saying if anyone has any insight as to why there would be a massive fail over the weekend relating to site stats or why new posts aren’t showing up on some other folks’ blogrolls, do let me know. Not that, in the grand scheme of things, it matters all that much. Really. Don’t we all have better things to do than to worry about what we’re all doing on the Internets?
- Speaking of this blog, hey look. I redesigned it. What do you think of the new digs? If you hate them, don’t say anything. Only tell me how much you like it.
- A somewhat more detailed report of what went on at the Buddhism without Borders conference is now online over at the IBS’s news and events blog. Of course, it’s not definitive or anything, and for a slightly different perspective on some the conference’s events, I direct you to a pair of posts over at the Angry Asian Buddhist blog, here and here. Wow. Had I known that the infamous Angry Asian Buddhist was in attendance, would I have changed anything about the event? I doubt it. And while he certainly didn’t make his presence known (to me at any rate), I have to say that I’m rather pleased that our rather stodgy and academic conference was of interest to someone else in the larger American Buddhist community, particularly a Buddhist blogger. Transcending imaginary and merely socially constructed boundaries between specialists and lay persons? Now that’s what I’m talkin’ about!
- And not that it has anything to do with anything, but I’d like to bring your attention to the latest faces of terrorism, of religious extremism, the faces of folks who would seek to overturn the American way of life. I shudder to think how this is going to be spun, but for some not-at-all-unrelated commentary, check this out (particularly after the eight-and-a-quarter minute mark).
I now return you to your regularly scheduled Internet shenanigans.