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A curation of applications and sites that have proven useful to me.

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Deschooling Society quotes

Impactful quotes from a seminal work on freedom from institutional education.
VAJRATOOL

The Distortions We Bring To The Study of Buddhism

This excellent article was originally published in the September 1997 edition of Shambhala Sun Magazine. Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse calls on Westerners to…
BERZINARCHIVES

What Is Buddhism?

A brief introduction to the range of Buddha’s teachings and the “4 Noble Truths.”
Vairochana

Am I Reincarnated?

"What is an ordinary life? There’s no such thing." Gesar Mukpo is the third son of Vidyadhara, the Venerable Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche.

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Dudjom Rinpoche text. // If even ordinary tasks cannot be accomplished by doing them only occasionally, when one has the time, there is no need to mention accomplishing liberation and enlightenment. We have to apply ourselves with great diligence for a long period of time until we attain Buddhahood.(+)
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Herbert V. Günther

Herbert Vighnāntaka Günther (March 17, 1917 – March 11, 2006) was a German Buddhist philosopher and Professor and Head of the Department of Far Eastern Studies at the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada. He held this position from the time he left India in 1964.
DAILY

Syllables Without Vowels?
Pfft, Inconceivable!

Is the syllable universal? Maybe. We look at how languages use (and don't use) syllables, and what this says about language itself.
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The Annotated Lolita

“It has developed out of my own experiences in teaching and writing about Lolita, which have demonstrated that many readers are more troubled by Humbert Humbert’s use of language and lore than by his abuse of Lolita and law.” The Annotated Lolita
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The Trial (1962)

Directed by Orson Welles. With Anthony Perkins, Jeanne Moreau, Romy Schneider, Elsa Martinelli. -- Maybe it's time for me to rewatch it and get a little more paranoid. Orson Welles version is not totally faithful to the original, but it's quite excellent on its own, I would dare say even better in some sense.

musicacademy

The Show That Never Ends:
The Rise and Fall of Prog Rock

In an excerpt from his new book, David Weigel examines the short-lived success and decline of England’s prog rock heroes King Crimson
QZ

Luddites were right

They have been getting a bad rap for 200 years. But, turns out, they were right. They weren't anti-technology. They just wanted some protections from the machines coming to take their jobs.
VANCITYBUZZ

The Amazing Science World Ads

See all the award winning ads for Science World.
YouTube

Luther Allison
Evil Is Going On

From the album "Bad News Is Coming".
WIKIPEDIA

Pig-faced women

Stories of pig-faced women originated roughly simultaneously in Holland, England and France in the late 1630s. The stories told of a wealthy woman whose body was of normal human appearance, but whose…

A public mind map

This is the personal website and portfolio of Padma Dorje, Eduardo Pinheiro, a translator and programmer who lives in Porto Alegre (a crazy weather city on the southernest state of Brazil), and who is interested in Buddhism1In particular, the madhyamaka (prasangika, svatantrica, yogachara-svatantrika), vajrayana (specially the connection between the peculiar uses of language and hagiographies), dzogchen (and by extension the nyingma tradition; also the relationship between dzogchen, Zen Buddhism and Taoism), polemics such as Gedun Chopel's criticisms to realism, shentong-rangtong, the absurd notion of a "non-engaged" Buddhism (that comes through the notion of "engaged Buddhism"), Buddhist meta-ethics, Buddhism and sexuality, Buddhism and Philosophy, Buddhism and consumerism, Buddhist politics, Greco-Buddhism, "twilight language" of vajrayana etc., anglophile and yankee culture2Americana, science fiction (classic, surrealist, new wave, cyberpunk), counterculture, beat generation, ethnic tensions and art, blues, swinging London, Victorian England, satire, wit, William Blake, Finnegans Wake, Aldous Huxley, Vonnegut, K. Dick, Samuel R. Delany, J. G. Ballard, Asimov, Heinlein, Cory Doctorow, XKCD., Japanese aesthetic theory3Wabi-sabi, iki, Shakuhashi., nuberu bagu4Hiroshi Teshigahara, Shohei Imamura, Masahiro Shinoda., theory of humor5Humor analysis, stand-up, the comedian's life, faux pas, onto-epistemic theory of humor, anti-humor, non sequitur, nonsense, ritual clown, onomasti komodein, parrhesia and humor; Woody Allen, Louis C.K., Steven Wright, Garry Shandling, Richard Pryor, Larry David, Seinfeld, Dr. Katz, Stephen Colbert, Jon Stewart, Kids in the Hall, Monty Python., ethnomethodology and gonzo, attention economy6Time commodification, attention pollution, mind kipple, existential externalisms, ADHD culture, conscious consumption, heuristics and technological disabilities., usability, direct democracy, self-organized criticality, game theory, property theory (specially intellectual property)7Pirate Party, immaterial goods, non-competing goods, assumed profits, micropatronage., corporate "personhood" and accountability, crypto-anarchism8Cypherpunks, bitcoin, neutrality, anonimity, war of general computing devices., distopias91984, Brave New World, Utopia, Candid, Brazil, Soylent Green etc., linguistics10Psycholinguistics, evidential markers, epistemic moods, mirative, auto-antonyms, cultural impact of the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis. and philosophies of mind11Self-deception, privileged access, artificial intelligence, zombies, arguments against functionalism, epiphenomenalism and emergentism., language12Private language arguments, division of linguistic labor, semantic contextualism, anti-essentialism, indirect language, irony. and of science13Anti-realism, causation vs. correlation, epistemology of statistics, downfalls of physicalism and reductionism., as well as "metaphilosophy"14philosophical racism, nature of philosophical problems, anti-philosophy (mostly as a "good" thing)..


Highlights

Unfortunately most of the contents of this website are still in Brazilian Portuguese only.

Saturday Afternoon, about the day I met a WWII veteran in the park.

Slavoj Žižek: Hipster Quackery, on obscurantism and distortions of Buddhism.

Understanding the Lion (the in-joke of psychoanalysis), on Wittgenstein's lectures on psychology.

Tarkovskiy's Stalker, on my favorite movie.

Software and services I endorse, all the tools I use and recommend.

All the website's English content can be found (categorized) at the sitemap.


Technology

This website was developed based on Simplenote's PHP API, allowing for easy updating even with a mobile device (good for little fixes). Speed on server side is kept high due to a PHP parsing that "compiles" dynamically all the contents and structure (category tree, keywords), writing it all in simple html, which eliminates the need of database requests and much logic operation during normal page load.


Definition of "tzal"

Tzal (rtsal in wylie transliterated tibetan, sometimes written as tsal or tzal, sometimes even as tsel, skt. prabala) means external energy, skill, working, functioning, existential dynamics, power, potency, external projection, creativity, reflection, powers of manifestation, dexterity, adroitness, strength, feat, stunt, talent, act, prowess, capacity, potential, manifestative power of the ultimate mind. Capacity of energy to project itself externally just as a crystal illuminated by a ray of light has the capacity to project infinite rainbow colored rays around itself.15Source: rtsal, at Rigpa Wiki. This discussion is also interesting.


1. ^ In particular, the madhyamaka (prasangika, svatantrica, yogachara-svatantrika), vajrayana (specially the connection between the peculiar uses of language and hagiographies), dzogchen (and by extension the nyingma tradition; also the relationship between dzogchen, Zen Buddhism and Taoism), polemics such as Gedun Chopel's criticisms to realism, shentong-rangtong, the absurd notion of a "non-engaged" Buddhism (that comes through the notion of "engaged Buddhism"), Buddhist meta-ethics, Buddhism and sexuality, Buddhism and Philosophy, Buddhism and consumerism, Buddhist politics, Greco-Buddhism, "twilight language" of vajrayana etc.

2. ^ Americana, science fiction (classic, surrealist, new wave, cyberpunk), counterculture, beat generation, ethnic tensions and art, blues, swinging London, Victorian England, satire, wit, William Blake, Finnegans Wake, Aldous Huxley, Vonnegut, K. Dick, Samuel R. Delany, J. G. Ballard, Asimov, Heinlein, Cory Doctorow, XKCD.

3. ^ Wabi-sabi, iki, Shakuhashi.

4. ^ Hiroshi Teshigahara, Shohei Imamura, Masahiro Shinoda.

5. ^ Humor analysis, stand-up, the comedian's life, faux pas, onto-epistemic theory of humor, anti-humor, non sequitur, nonsense, ritual clown, onomasti komodein, parrhesia and humor; Woody Allen, Louis C.K., Steven Wright, Garry Shandling, Richard Pryor, Larry David, Seinfeld, Dr. Katz, Stephen Colbert, Jon Stewart, Kids in the Hall, Monty Python.

6. ^ Time commodification, attention pollution, mind kipple, existential externalisms, ADHD culture, conscious consumption, heuristics and technological disabilities.

7. ^ Pirate Party, immaterial goods, non-competing goods, assumed profits, micropatronage.

8. ^ Cypherpunks, bitcoin, neutrality, anonimity, war of general computing devices.

9. ^ 1984, Brave New World, Utopia, Candid, Brazil, Soylent Green etc.

10. ^ Psycholinguistics, evidential markers, epistemic moods, mirative, auto-antonyms, cultural impact of the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis.

11. ^ Self-deception, privileged access, artificial intelligence, zombies, arguments against functionalism, epiphenomenalism and emergentism.

12. ^ Private language arguments, division of linguistic labor, semantic contextualism, anti-essentialism, indirect language, irony.

13. ^ Anti-realism, causation vs. correlation, epistemology of statistics, downfalls of physicalism and reductionism.

14. ^ philosophical racism, nature of philosophical problems, anti-philosophy (mostly as a "good" thing).

15. ^ Source: rtsal, at Rigpa Wiki. This discussion is also interesting.


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