Saturday, June 26, 2010

Finger, pointing at the moon.

Hotei (a fat Chinese Santa Claus character), pointing at the moon. In ancient China, a fat belly was the sign of prosperity and good fortune. That was before diet soda and high-fructose corn syrup.

Dogen, ultimately, is just another finger pointing at the moon. Dogen presents an approach (actually, quite a few) to holding one's finger while pointing at the moon. Dogen wrote, in addition to Shobogenzo, Eihei Koroku, Shinji Shobogenzo (a.k.a Shobogenzo Sanbyakusoku or tMana Shobegenzo), and other works.

There are many superstitions regarding pointing at the moon.

Lest we all forget, it's not about the finger, the approach, the person who points, or the moon.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

My Fan Club

This is a complete photo essay regarding my fan club.

The 1987 S-VHS Roll Out Fan. The advertising doesn't matter, the picture is nice.

Shiro likes this one the most (Dogs only see shades of gray).

This one is too traditional, somehow.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Republican oil industry loyalists...

Democrats say Republicans would rather apologize to BP than hold company accountable. By The Canadian Press (CP)

WASHINGTON — The Democratic National Committee says Republicans are oil company loyalists who would rather apologize to BP than hold it accountable.

The Democrats' ad includes a clip of Republican Rep. Joe Barton apologizing to BP. The Texan apologized to BP executives after they met with President Barack Obama.

Barton took back the apology and Republican leaders have distanced themselves from it, but Democrats have painted Republicans as being oil industry loyalists. The DNC says Republicans should stand up to oil, not show sympathy for a company whose destroyed oil rig is spewing tens of thousands of barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico every day of the week.

Copyright © 2010 The Canadian Press. All rights reserved.
Yes, one must go to Canada to get real news.

Note: While in Congress, Barton has received $27,000 in campaign contributions from BP and $1.4 million from the oil and gas industry.