The Dude and the Zen Master

Source: amazon.com via Ivan on Pinterest

Zen master Bernie Glassman compares Jeff Bridges’s iconic role in The Big Lebowski to a Lamed-Vavnik: one of the men in Jewish mysticism who “are simple and unassuming, and so good that, on account of them, God lets the world go on.” His buddy Jeff puts it another way. The wonderful thing about the Dude, he says, is that he’d always rather hug it out than slug it out.

For more than a decade, Academy Award–winning actor Jeff Bridges and his buddhist teacher, renowned Roshi Bernie Glassman, have been close friends. Inspiring and often hilarious, The Dude and the Zen Master captures their freewheeling dialogue about life, laughter, and the movies with a charm and bonhomie that never fail to enlighten and entertain. Throughout, their remarkable humanism reminds us of the importance of doing good in a difficult world.

via @cpburd

The Spy Post

My old friend Eamon Javers has just started a new blog called TheSpyPost. He also was on the Daily Show, check out the video below to learn about CIA agents moonlighting in corporate espionage.

Eamon writes:

I spent a year and a half interviewing current and former corporate spies — including veterans of the CIA, MI5 and Soviet Intelligence — to learn how companies are using the same techniques that government spies use. And I reveal that the CIA has a secret moonlighting program in which active duty agents are allowed to work in the private sector in their off time to make more money.

I helped Eamon get the blog set up on WordPress.com. If you’re interested in using WordPress on your own site, and need customization of themes or plugins, contact me.

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Lodge-On-Wheels: shed heaven

This is a cool, beyond-retro camper. It’s really a log cabin on wheels. It has some green touches, like no VOC wood and more wood than plastic. If you could really downsize and live in it, I guess you would reduce your footprint. But look at the monster pickup truck required to tow it. That’s a gas guzzler for sure. I wonder if they would put solar panels on top? Still, it looks like the kind of thing I would consider if I was going to head out to the woods and make a life there. And, you have to check out the inside, beautiful. It’s like living in a sauna, which I love.

[From Lodge-On-Wheels: shed heaven — squob | RVs | campers | travel trailers]

Homemade Habanero Hummous Recipe and Meeta Pockets

Homemade Habanero Hummous

  • One can chickpeas (garbanzo beans)
  • About one quarter of a jar of tahini. Officially one to two gloms of tahini. You choose how much oil.
  • A glom of habenero sauce – we used the one we got at the Marylebone London farmers market from Edible Ornamentals. It was called Inferno. She’s there every other sunday, if you’re in the neighborhood.
  • Lemon juice, and salt to taste.

We don’t have a food processor, so the best thing I did was lay out the beans on a cutting board and mashed them with a fork first, then transferring them to a bowl to mix with the rest of the ingredients.

For the meal, we used some ingredients left in the fridge. Sauteed the ground beef, spinach, and yellow pepper, with assorted spices. Fresh tomatoes, and everything all together in a hot pita pocket. Voilá le “Meeta Pocket”. Our proximity to the Edgware road ‘hood is definitely influencing our cooking at home. That and me buying a way too big bag of bulk couscous at whole paycheck.

Tomorrow we’re going to try chicken guy‘s Stuffed Butternut Squash recipe.

Anyone want to check the format of this for me in hRecipe microformat? Or have other cooking suggestions? Let me know in the comments.

Bookmarks for Sunday, March 2nd, 2008

Here’s what I’m reading and bookmarking this week on the web.

Digital Web Magazine – How to Build a Green Business

Digital Web Magazine - How to Build a Green Business

In an age of inconvenient truths, global warming, and “green is good” messages in the mass media, Sustainability has become a popular catchphrase and the new marketing must-have for many companies. But what does it truly mean? And how can it apply to your business? Contributing to the community in which you work can have far-reaching business effects, from positive brand recognition, to free networking and marketing, to a broader, better talent pool. Plus, it just makes for a better place to work and live. In this article, I’ll discuss how our web design and development company incorporated sustainability into our business model, and how other development companies can do the same

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OpenID-2.0.2 with Rails-2.0.2

OpenID-2.0.2 with Rails-2.0.2

How to use OpenID with Rails 2.0.2

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Null is Love » Ruby on Rails

Null is Love » Ruby on Rails

Great series on learning testing and TDD on ruby on rails

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Beautiful WordPress Designs

Beautiful WordPress Designs

WordPress designs utilizing the css-enabled Sandbox theme are easy ways to get going on your wordpress blog customization.

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Buy the Full Ownership Rights to Articles, Tutorials, and Website Content | Daily Article

Buy the Full Ownership Rights to Articles, Tutorials, and Website Content | Daily Article

Pay for royalty-free rights to articles for your site. This seems like a bit of a short-cut, but if you find the right article it may be very cost and time effective. And if you’re a writer, you could get paid for your work. It’s kind of like iStockPhoto for articles.

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Testing your Rails views with Hpricot — Luke Redpath

Testing your Rails views with Hpricot — Luke Redpath

Rails comes with the built-in assert_tag method but I’ve always found it clunky and a pain in the arse to use. By combining the Hpricot library and a few useful helper functions, you can now test the output of your Rails views in Test::Unit::TestCase easily using Hpricot’s support for CSS selector searches.

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DoubleTake – Stitch Images to Panoramas on Mac OS X

DoubleTake - Stitch Images to Panoramas on Mac OS X

Virtual wide angle lens for panorama images. Drag images from iPhoto or Finder and stitch them together, with a minimum of effort. for €16.95

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Flash Panorama Software / Photo Stitching Software – Panoweaver 5.00

Flash Panorama Software / Photo Stitching Software - Panoweaver 5.00

Flash Panorama Software / Photo Stitching Software – Stitch photos into 360 degree spherical Flash panorama. Free trial. You may stitch both spherical and cubic Flash panoramas. Mac only version 4, $299

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Kekus photo stitching and correction software. Panoramas made easy.

Kekus photo stitching and correction software. Panoramas made easy.

Calico is an automatic multi-row stitcher for the casual photographer. Calico was developed with ease of use in mind. Unlike many other stitching programs, Calico does not limit you to a single row of images or a 3×3 mosaic. With Calico, you can shoot several rows of images or a single row. It’s your choice. Calico requires OS X.4 (Tiger). $39

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