Monday, December 31, 2018

Happy New Year 2019!

Happy New Year 2019!



Looking Back and Looking Forward

2018 Recap

2018 was a crazy year. It had it's share of both highs and lows. Overall I'd say it was much better than 2017. Well, it definitely was much better than 2017 for me, anyway. I was able get rid of my Mom's fire-damaged home which had been a constant drain on ye olde pocket book throughout 2017. I dropped all the booze-weight I had put on in 2017 and then some. In fact, I lost 55 lbs overall. I would have lost even more weight but I put some of it back on due to holiday sugar-binges.

I missed some deadlines with regards to registering for classes at the beginning of the year. I just was not in the right place mentally or emotionally (or even physically, as I was traveling to my hometown and back a lot) to deal with a full load of classes. However, I was able to knock out a couple of classes in the Summer session and took a full load of classes in the Fall. I am now that much closer to acquiring my Associates in Web Development. I was also able to make plans on transferring to a university to get my Bachelor's degree after I'm done at Long Beach City College (note: I might keep taking classes at LBCC long after I have my B.A.S. if I'm still in the area- I'm addicted to school now 😂).

Right now

Due to some recent events I might or might not be attending secret meetings that might or might not meet in church basements that might or might not encourage one make a searching and fearless moral inventory of themselves (update as of 01.03.19: I've been working the Refuge Recovery program which is not so secret and meets in yoga studios instead of church basements. I don't need to keep the same anonymity as the super-secret group). Between the super-secret meetings (or not-so secret meetings), work and school I no longer have time to create weekly posts. RIP "The Boil Down". On top of that, other (and MUCH better) weekly lists already exist such as: DragonFly BSD's Lazy Reading, Bruce Lawson's Reading List, and Tim's 5 Bullet Friday. On a positive note, when there is extra time to write a post, the subject matter will not be quite as disjointed. There is a much clearer vision for what this blog is and the kind of creative outlet it will be.

In (possibly) related news: The "recovery" playlist I've been curating on SoundCloud has been updated. As of the time of this post, it is 38 hours of recovery goodness. It's heavy on Light Hustler episodes right now (note: which is not a bad thing by any means- Anna has great guests) but more variety will be added soon.

What Will 2019 Bring?

Penn Jillette often says on his podcast that you shouldn't tell anyone what your plans or goals are because you lose motivation to complete them. Here is some of the reasoning on why you shouldn't share your goals or resolutions until after you've done them:

  • Shhh! Keeping Quiet May Help You Achieve Your Goals: "Shouldn't you announce your goals, so friends can support you? Isn't it good networking to tell people about your upcoming projects? Doesn't the law of attraction mean you should state your intention, and visualize the goal is already yours? Nope."
  • Don't Tell Your Goals to Anyone : "A study conducted at New York University found that blabbing about your goal can give you a false sense of accomplishment, making you less likely to actually go after it."

In light of that I will not divulge what any of my intentions or plans are for the coming year until after they are accomplished. Well, ok, I can reveal that there is a post exploring Zen and the other Buddhisms that I've had in the works for a while. I don't really have a good idea on when it will be done though. There will also be a fairly significant post involving weight loss and health around June or July. That's all I can say for now.

May you all be safe and well as we head into 2019 and beyond!

All The Ramen,

Scott


Tuesday, December 11, 2018

The Boil Down 12/11/2018

The Boil Down 12/11/2018



Note: Short post this week but I am now very close to the end of the Fall 2018 Semester. Two finals have been completed and now only my web design final project remains. Then I have a short break before the winter session begins. I will get to experience a 16 week class crammed into 5 weeks. 🤣😭

What I'm Reading

Computer Stuff

Buddhology ⦁ Religious Studies

  • Andrew Olendzki - Early Buddhist Maps of the Mind
    From the description: "Andrew Olendzki delivers an overview of the early Buddhist maps of the mind. Delivered at the 2013 Mind and Life Summer Research Institute." Andrew also had this to say about the talk: "My hope in offering this outline of the classical Buddhist map of lived experience (which will be familiar to the many graduates of BCBS’ Buddhist Psychology course) is to plant some seeds or spark some fires among this next generation of scientists. These researchers are already sensitive to the value of mindfulness and meditation, and are already shaping the new paradigms with which we will come to understand ourselves in the years to come."
  • Brad did a nice review of a Japanese movie that presents a) what temple life is like for Zen monks in Japan and b) some Japanese stereotypes about Zen monks. I definitely want to track this movie down and watch it now!

Ramen ⦁ Randomness


Peace☮ + Pizza🍕
Scott

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

The Boil Down 12/04/2018

The Boil Down 12/04/2018



Note: Finals and final projects are rapidly approaching so these posts might be (even) lighter in content than usual the next couple of weeks.

What I'm Reading

  • Attempting Normal by Marc Maron. What do I really need to say? It's Marc Maron. It's a really good and funny read.

Computer Stuff

Buddhology ⦁ Religious Studies

  • Surviving Toxic Relationships with Narcissists and Sociopaths. 35 minute talk + 24 minute guided meditation on developing a secure base by Josh Korda from Dharmapunx NYC. This isn't really Buddhist studies but Josh is an empowered Buddhist teacher. I've listened to Josh and read his articles here and there over the years. He seems to be the real deal. I highly recommend this talk even if you've never been in a toxic relationship yourself. It can help explain why people who are in toxic relationships (whether it be romantic, a close friendship or familial) have such a hard time getting out of them. I personally didn't do the guided meditation but it might be helpful to you or someone you know.
  • Philosophy and Philology in Edo Commentaries on Dōgen's Shōbōgenzō, SOAS University of London
    From the description: "The Shōbōgenzō 正法眼蔵 by Dōgen (1200-1253), founder of the Sōtō Zen sect in medieval Japan, has become one of the best-known East Asian Buddhist texts because its intricate evocation and eloquent elucidation of Chinese Chan sources in Japanese vernacular emphasizes a dynamic view of reality and multi-perspectival approach to discourse. However, there remain many misconceptions about the formation and structure of the text, especially in terms of how, when, where, and why it was written. The aim of this lecture is to correct one of the main areas of oversight by highlighting the role of more than six dozen Edo-period commentaries neglected in Western scholarship, while showing that only through examining these complex materials in terms of their respective approaches to textual hermeneutics involving philosophy and philology can the gap between the author’s intentionality and modern interpretations be bridged."

Ramen ⦁ Randomness

  • Lonely Ghost Attic on YouTube needs more subscribers! Or, I guess you could just watch them on Greg's Instagram. Greg's podcast with his wife, Amiira, is good too!
  • ASMR - C# Whispering, Mechanical Keyboard Typing: For sleepytime.
  • Hochi and Friends

Peace☮ + Pizza🍕
Scott

Happy New Year 2019!

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