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❱❱ Simple pleasure

Usually in the Buddhist tradition, you sit, and then you stand up and do slow walking in the meditation hall, and then you sit again. We don’t do that here. Instead, we do outdoor walking. That practice is helpful because you can apply it in your daily life. You walk normally—not too slowly—so you don’t look like you’re practicing and people see you as normal. And then when you go home, when you’re going from the parking lot to your office, you can enjoy walking.

The basic practice is how to enjoy—how to enjoy walking and sitting and eating and showering. It’s possible to enjoy every one, but our society is organized in such a way that we don’t have time to enjoy. We have to do everything too quickly.

Thich Nhat Hanh answers questions about  sitting, walking, mental illness, consuming entertainment, and modeling joy…

❱❱ It is solved by walking

Antonia Malchik for High Country News…

Walking a thousand miles a year hasn’t given me a tidy list for how to live a good and effective life that I could stick up on the refrigerator. But it’s kept the promise contained in the Latin phrase solvitur ambulando, or “it is solved by walking.” Originally used to describe a premise that is explored through practical experiment, the phrase has been used by thinkers, writers and travelers throughout millennia of written history, people who believed — because they walked and found it to be true — that walking was an answer to the stuck thought, the sorrowing heart, the moral dilemma. It is the realization that freedom of the mind is intertwined with freedom of movement.

Throughout Elementary and Middle School I was a "walker". In High School I'd occasionally miss the bus - It was a 2½ mile walk home.

When I left St. Louis, I sold my car. Most days I walked to and from work. Enduring Northeast winters when gusts of below-zero-wind would harden the contacts in my eyes. Through humid summers where I'd arrive home soaked with sweat.

In San Francisco I rocked a granny cart to help when trudging large piles of laundry to the laundromat. For a couple of months I lived at one end of Sutter Street (near the bus lot) and worked at the other (at Market). Walking the length of that street at the end of the day is the best job perk I've ever had. When going back to visit, I'll make time to walk it again. It's up there with SFMOMA and a burrito on my priority list.

In Santa Fe, pedestrians have the right away. Though no one seemed to know it. Or they did and were furious about it. Even city buses will come at you aggressively while you're in a cross walk (with a stop sign). Still…It's hard to beat a snowy walk through little adobe neighborhoods.

I bought a bike a year or so after moving to Portland. I can count on two hands the number of times I've ridden it.

I'd much rather walk…


How to Walk by Thich Nhat Hanh & Jason DeAntonis

❱❱ The Ben Franklin effect

The Ben Franklin effect is a proposed psychological phenomenon: a person who has already performed a favor for another is more likely to do another favor for the other than if they had received a favor from that person. An explanation for this is cognitive dissonance. People reason that they help others because they like them, even if they do not, because their minds struggle to maintain logical consistency between their actions and perceptions.
This perception of Franklin has been cited as an example within cognitive dissonance theory, which says that people change their attitudes or behavior to resolve tensions, or "dissonance", between their thoughts, attitudes, and actions. In the case of the Ben Franklin effect, the dissonance is between the subject's negative attitudes to the other person and the knowledge that they did that person a favor.One science blogger accounts for the phenomenon in the following way: "Current self-perception theory tells us that our brains behave like an outside observer, continually watching what we do and then contriving explanations for those actions, which subsequently influence our beliefs about ourselves....Our observing brain doesn't like it when our actions don't match the beliefs we have about ourselves, a situation commonly referred to as cognitive dissonance. So, whenever your behavior is in conflict with your beliefs (for example if you do a favor for someone you may not like very much or vice versa, when you do something bad to someone you are supposed to care about), this conflict immediately sets off alarm bells in your brain. The brain has a clever response – it goes about changing how you feel in order to reduce the conflict and turn off the alarms."

More @ Wikipedia…

❱❱ Portraits of “Most Beautiful Chickens on the Planet”

If you were asked to name the most beautiful species of bird in the world, it’s unlikely that “chicken” would be your first answer. However, Italian photographers Moreno Monti and Matteo Tranchellini believe chickens are underrated. The two began a portrait project called Chic!ken to show the world just how beautiful these humble farm birds really are. Today, with over 200 stunning portraits showcasing 100 different types of chickens, the pair decided to combine the collection into a hardback photobook.

More @ My Modern Met…

❱❱ We've spent the decade letting our tech define us. It's out of control.

We must stop looking to our screens and their memes for a sense of connection to something greater than ourselves. We must stop building digital technologies that optimize us for atomization and impulsiveness, and create ones aimed at promoting sense-making and recall instead. We must seize the more truly digital, distributed opportunity to remember the values that we share, and reacquaint ourselves with the local worlds in which we actually live.

Douglas Rushkoff looks back to move forward…

❱❱ Love Is the Answer to the Climate Crisis

[C]hoosing love is about more than finding your tribe. It’s also about realizing that your greatest suffering can be a moment of great union and compassion—one that will pierce you. Roshi Joan Sutherland says you might worry that “if we begin this weeping, if we open ourselves to the pain and the poignancy and the terrible, wounded beauty of life on this Earth, perhaps we won’t be able to stop, and we will drown.” On the contrary, though, she explains, “We do not disappear, nor do we drown. Neither do we cry forever.” Rather these tears are “a small ceremony keeping us close to the world.”

Tynette Deveaux on facing a difficult unknown…

❱❱ Uber successfully recycled Koch propaganda from the 80s

Daniel Harvey for 20 Minutes into the Future…

The campaigns used simplistic narrative construction to frame their evidence-free arguments. As with with the failed effort in the 80s the claims were that deregulation would:

lead to the end of "evil cab cartels" and "corrupt regulators" and beholden city officials

unlock job opportunities for "entrepreneurial drivers"

Consumer culture is the ease at which corporations can make their customers feel heroic for spreading transparent propaganda, the purpose of which is to hide real exploitation.

If you swap corporations for people with power and customers for people without power, you get the culture of authoritarianism.

Real societal change doesn't happen without an acknowledgement of, and a taking of responsibility for, those difficult similarities and the holes they promise to fill.

❱❱ This page is designed to last

[M]y proposal is seven unconventional guidelines in how we handle websites designed to be informative, to make them easy to maintain and preserve. The guiding intention is that the maintainer will try to keep the website up for at least 10 years, maybe even 20 or 30 years. These are not controversial views necessarily, but are aspirations that are not mainstream—a manifesto for a long-lasting website.

Jeff Huang's full essay…

This new blog of mine (with a decidedly default install of Ghost) doesn't meet much of the criteria Jeff Huang lays out for websites to persist for decades.

I've never been much for making sure my own things last. I've had many blogs at many URLs over the years. I've made very little effort to archive them when moving on to whatever I wanted to play around with next.  The Internet Archive has picked up some bits and pieces here and there without my intervention. I've barely looked at them.

I don't think of my blogging as a historical record. It's always been a rather clumsy exploration of myself within a chunk of time that isn't known until it's known.

Which is not to say I'm against creating informational and cultural things on the web that will last. There is plenty of content that should be saved. Jeff's guidelines go a long way towards ensuring it will be.

But there's also a great deal of freedom in realizing, as an individual, that whatever you're doing on the internet is primarily valuable because you are doing it. Once it's done, that value declines rapidly. Let it be regulated to memory…Where it can become less like a ledger and more like a dream.