Having fun with arithmetic

I’ve always struggled with numbers. In fact I’m slightly ‘number blind’ – give me a page to read that contains text and numbers and I’ll be able to tell you what it’s about, but won’t have ‘seen’ any of the actual numbers. Statistical arguments are lost on me. I once had an interview with IBM … Read more

Evelyn Glennie on TED

From the excellent site TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) watch a superb talk by Evelyn Glennie on music, sound, listening and how to hold a drumstick:

Time and space

Time exists in order that everything doesn’t happen all at once . . . and space exists so that it doesn’t all happen to you. — Susan Sontag  At the Same Time Thanks to Such Stuff for this quote!

Organised religion

One of the issues raised by Zen teacher John Crook in the current newsletter of the Western Chan Fellowship is that of public and private spirituality. Is it enough to have a personal practice, and trust it will change you, reducing the unhelpful parts of your personality and strengthening the helpful ones? Or do we need to create social structures – be it anything from a local meditation group to a monastery – for purposes of mutual learning, mutual challenge, mutual correction?

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11/5/07 Royal Yacht and nourishment

A day in Edinburgh with visitors from New Zealand. Among other places, the Royal Yacht Britannia. My visitors are of a generation and inclination to whom the Queen really means something, but I didn’t need to share that to find the tour more fascinating than I expected, and superbly presented. What I enjoyed most was hearing of the military precision and care that went into daily life on the yacht – for example the layout of spoons and forks for formal dinners being measured – with a tape measure, and the fact that the seamen could have up to eleven changes of uniform in a day for different duties. I have a repressed anal nature that would love to be part of such an exacting regime (if I wasn’t such a slob).

An article sent me by my friend the G:

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