legos and rebirth

xkcd lego

Hello all. I have returned from my travels to annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion in the beautiful city of Montréal, Canada, a little wiser, a little more burdened with books, and a little older (I celebrated a birthday while there). I have very intention of writing a much longer post on some thoughts I’ve been having in regards to my chosen career path, but those will have to wait. Suffice it to say, there are 69 unread emails in my inbox right now (and not all of them are Facebook notifications!) so I should probably dig myself out of my out-of-office hole first, before I do anything else.

But, in lieu of a more formal post, I wanted to share the above XKCD comic with you. The Buddhists in the audience will get the reference almost immediately.

when am i gonna be one of the cool kids?

All of which has nothing to do with anything. It’s still pretty early in the morning, I’m rambling, but I really wanted to get on to some deeper reflections about what’s going on in the World of Buddhism at the AAR. That is, after all, why I’m here. But first I think I ought to set the stage a bit. Do some academic name dropping.

you could cut the tension in here with a knife

This morning I went by the Employment Information Services center here at the conference. It’s a place where employers can list jobs and candidates can apply and interview and stuff. I decided to hang out in the “candidate lounge” to look through listings. Once I got in there I immediately felt nervous and depressed. And […]

eep.

So I had this grand vision to write a long and really deep and insightful little blog piece today. But, let’s be honest. I’ve been doing nothing but writing for nearly eight hours a day for the past two weeks. I’m all written-out. All that writing, of course, has led to what I consider to […]