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.

more love

So I’m heading to the annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion on Friday. Apart from that, busy. I’ve been fairly, thoroughly, busy. I keep having random thoughts about what I’d like to write about, responses to various things that have crossed my desk, so to speak, in regards to the Internets and Buddhism and politics, blah blah blah.

But I don’t particularly have time for that. Or, to put not to fine a point on it, I don’t particularly feel like ranting or commenting. I feel like investing my energies elsewhere. Perhaps all that love from my last post has take hold of me, firmly, and just. won’t. let. go.

So, in lieu of anything more formal and thoughtful, I’ll leave you with this lovely video until my return. It says what I’m feeling much better than I possibly could.

i need a vacation

I really really really like XKCD. There’s the geeky science stuff that one can get into. There’s the crudely drawn stick-figures, a minimalist take on the complexities of modern life. There’s wry social commentary. But I’ll be honest. Half the time, I have no idea what he’s talking about. Whether it’s my lack of a general knowledge of quantum mechanics or the fact that I missed that whole Firefly fan-boy thing, some stuff I only sort of get.

That’s okay though. I think you can appreciate the genius of XKCD on many different levels. As is the case today. In today’s installment, our hero is overstimulated by a cocktail party and longs to be holed up in his room writing papers.

I get that. Oh boy do I get that.