Aqua Buddha

November 18, 2010 / 0 comments

Rand Paul, Libertarian candidate for Kentucky’s seat in the US Senate and son of former presidential candidate Ron Paul, is set to take office January 2011 to replace Jim Bunning. During the election campaign, an article in GQ magazine “revealed” that while an undergraduate at Baylor (the world’s largest Baptist university) he was a member of a…

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Andy Letcher at Horizons 2009

October 9, 2009 / 0 comments

I looked forward to hearing Andy Letcher speak at Horizons.  I hadn’t heard of his work or his book “Shroom: A Cultural History of the Magic Mushroom,” but the synopsis for his presentation sounded interesting: For those who have encountered the sacred mushroom, the psilocybin experience is like an ancient codex whose glyphs are at…

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Bike Blessing

June 10, 2008 / 0 comments

(Posted about Bike Blessing on Drunk and In Charge of a Bicycle.)

Papal Pupa

April 16, 2008 / 0 comments

The pope’s vehicle is much stranger than I remember. He really looks like an artifact in a display case at a museum. An interesting blend of security and visibility.

The Temple of Apple

October 26, 2007 / 0 comments

ZDnet posts an article called “Mac OS X Leopard installation as a spiritual practice“. I’m engaging in that practice right now – preparing my various Macs for the upgrade, the archive and install and the clean install. But it’s more than the installation that is spiritual. To retrieve the software, I walked through the rain…

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They shall beat their swords into databases…

May 29, 2007 / 0 comments

In The Soul of Cyberspace Zaleski quotes Rabbi Yosef Y. Kazen, founder of the Chabad-Lubavitch Web site, description of his “Global Interactive Database of Good Deeds” in which users type in an act of goodness or kindness and a ‘vitrual menorah’ lights up: “[this database adheres to] our perspective that the Internet is a fulfillment…

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Cyber Ritual

May 26, 2007 / 0 comments

O’Leary (1996) as quoted by Højsgaard & Warburg in “Religion and Cyberspace” As we move from text-based transmissions into an era where the graphic user interface becomes the standard, and new generations of programs such as Netscape are developed which allow the transmission of images and music along with words, we can predict that [the…

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