Lighter side of Buddhism.

How to recognize a Buddhist monk? He is the funniest in the room. These are a collection of jokes and funny stories related to Buddhism. Q: What did the Buddhist monk say to the hot dog vendor? A: “Make me one with everything.” This guy decides he wants to know the meaning of life. So…


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Similarities in systems of thought: east and west.

Some of the early greek thought systems share similarities with the eastern philosophy. Stoicism and buddhism seems to overlap in many aspects. Stoicism promotes the development of self-control as a means of overcoming destructive desires and emotions; the philosophy holds that becoming a clear and unbiased thinker allows one to understand the universal reason (logos). Buddhism is…


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Collecting some thoughts.

Some articles that I have read recently: This article about the motivations of doing what one is doing provides really good insights and is well worth a read. This article talks about a fears and will of 3-year olds. If you think your 3-year old is unable to keep his/her promise, think again. The story…


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ICCMSN 2008, Day 3.

The last day of the event. First, keynote talk by David G. Green, from Monash University, Australia “Of Ants and Men”. Golden rules – same as ants – humans do not “see” how all the interactions will turn out. Unconscious social trends: example left-handers in sport. Side effects of technology – refrigerator – no need…


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ICCMSN 2008, Day 2.

Second day of the conference – some random notes and thoughts during the talks:  John Eyes, keynote talk. The use of youtube, google, and internet by children to facilitate self-learning, and studying what interests them. John created thedigitalme.info website – created for ideas generation and discussions. Streaming mp3 recordings directly to the website and blogs….


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ICCMSN 2008, Dunedin, Day 1.

Computer mediated social networking conference, held in Otago Museum attracted many people working in the area from NZ, Australia, Japan, Europe. Interesting talks. Keynote address by prof. Martin Purvis: processes are more important that static data; hermeneutic interpretative nature of human knowledge and science, as opposed to mere objectivism; 200bn hours spent on TV watching…


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10 most common mistakes in Software Development

A good article summarising the 10 most common mistakes in Software Development. The most common three are: overly optimistic schedules, unrealistic expectations and wishful thinking. All of which boil down to inadequate project management practices, software estimation mistakes and lack of adequate project monitoring and risk assessment. This suggests that improving existing process will only…


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10 most disruptive technologies in 2008-2012

Gartner released a list of 10 the most disruptive technologies in the following 4 years. Multicore and hybrid processors Virtualisation and fabric computing Social networks and social software Cloud computing and cloud/Web platforms Web mashups User Interface Ubiquitous computing Contextual computing Augmented reality Semantics However, to some the list contains just the 10 most popular buzzwords…


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