Tao and words
The purpose of words is to convey ideas. When the ideas are grasped, the words are forgotten.
Where can I find a man who has forgotten words? He is the one I would like to talk to.
The Way of Chuang Tzu
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Travel and wisdom
It is experience that is the ultimate teacher. That is why wise people travel constantly and test themselves against the flux of circumstance.
A Random Quote/Thought
"Look, mate, I know a dead parrot when I see one."
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Late in the 20th century I put this comparison at the beginning of a Web essay:
Q: What did Bill Gates say to the HotDog Pro vendor?
A: Make me the one with everything.
For this to have been more than faintly amusing back then, you needed to know who Bill Gates was, of course, but more importantly that HotDog Pro was a wonderful HTML editor, generally way ahead of its time. Today, with the Australian developer, the original Sausage Software, off the radar, the new joke is probably faintly puzzling at best.
The middle part is typical of these little keyboard constructs and pretty obvious… :>) represents a Buddha-like smile, going down to a neck (-), all resting on a Buddha belly (O).
The bottom is a Hebrew aleph (ℵ), the topology of which evokes two feet and crossed legs in lotus position. It’s probably closer to a half-lotus, with only the front leg showing of course.
This little empty(ness)-headed meditator is topped off with the symbol (∅) from mathematics for the empty set. Think “mu.” Better yet, think “nothingness.” Notice, however, that when the whole emoticon is turned 90 degrees clockwise, as though you were viewing the sitting meditator face-on, then the stroke in ∅ runs the wrong way. So simply flip the upright emoticon front to back [rotate it around its now-vertical axis] and you have the view from inside!