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February 13 2014


A Systematic Study of the Majjhima Nikaya | BODHI MONASTERY

This series of lectures explores the direct teachings of the Buddha himself as preserved in some of the oldest records of his discourses. Including: Life of the Buddha, Fundamental Ethics, Meditation and Mind-training, Nature of True Wisdom http://bodhimonastery.org/a-systematic-study-of-the-majjhima-nikaya.html

January 17 2014


On Such a Full Sea by Chang-Rae Lee

Chang-Rae Lee talks about his new novel, On Such a Full Sea, set in a future, when a long-declining America is strictly stratified by class. Abandoned urban neighborhoods have become high-walled, self-contained labor colonies. The members of the labor class work to provide quality produce and fish to elite villages. In this world lives Fan, a female fish-tank diver, who leaves her home in the B-Mor settlement (once known as Baltimore), when the man she loves mysteriously disappears. http://www.wnyc.org/story/such-full-sea-chang-rae-lee/
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December 11 2013


Writing Excuses Season 3 Episode 25: The Business of Writing Comics » Writing Excuses

I’ve actually taken a few classes at UCLA that focus on comics writing, and most of what was said here is in line with what I learned about the business in them. In one class Greg Rucka came in and talked about his career and experiences and Geoff Johns come in for the second class I took. The teacher of the class is also a full-time professional in the industry, so we were lucky enough to hear firsthand what the industry is like from a number of professionals. One thing that stood out to me in class is that if you’re only a writer, it’s very, very tough to get anywhere in comics today. If you’re also an artist (and I mean a reasonably skilled artist), you have a slightly better chance of getting somewhere, though it’s still very difficult. Unfortunately, in my opinion, focusing on comics as opposed to other types of entertainment writing probably isn’t worth the time and effort. There are other creative markets that pay better given the comics’ market’s existing barriers to entry. If you’re looking for a career in a field, you have to look at whether it’s even possible to sustain a career in it, full-time, in the first place. For most people, comics just isn’t going to be worth the frustration given how little it pays. That said, writing comics is a great creative outlet and helps writers who are typically focused on words to visualize scenes and action better. If you’re a writer who is lucky enough to have an artist collaborator, it’s even better because you can potentially see how your words translate into visuals on a page. It’s also great practice for planning storyboards if you want to work in either film or video games. Lastly, I do have to add that for me writing comics has been pretty fun, regardless of its career potential. http://www.writingexcuses.com/2009/11/15/writing-excuses-season-3-episode-25-the-business-of-writing-comics/

April 13 2013


FLP - Free Library Podcast | William Julius Wilson

William Julius Wilson | There Goes the Neighborhood: Racial, Ethnic, and Class Tensions in Four Chicago Neighborhoods and Their Meaning for America Recorded 10/26/2006 A MacArthur Prize Fellow and the recipient of the 1998 National Medal of Science, William Julius Wilson is Lewis P. and Linda L. Geyser University Professor at Harvard University. He is the author of Power, Racism, and Privilege; The Declining Significance of Race; The Truly Disadvantaged; When Work Disappears; and The Bridge Over the Racial Divide. His new book, There Goes the Neighborhood, is informed by his current studies of race and the social organization of neighborhoods, the effects of high-risk neighborhoods on adolescent social outcomes, and the effects of welfare reform on poor families and children. https://libwww.freelibrary.org/podcast/index.cfm?podcastID=179

September 02 2012


Ecological Awareness as Blindness

A talk by Tim Morton at Monash University, ASLEC-ANZ 2012, September 1, 20112.

August 27 2012


On Entering the Anthropocene

A talk by Tim Morton at the Environmental Humanities seminar, UNSW, Sydney, August 24, 2012.

March 15 2012


January 29 2011


Section 1: Make What?

Discipleship class Section 1: Make What? Recorded Tuesday, January 11, 2011.

December 21 2010


Mondo Diablo Episode 289: Lassie's Christmas

When I was hunting for something to chop up for you, I realized I hadn't really, truly included a depressing Christmas Special for you yet, so here it is. Every year that "Lassie" was on, there was a depressing Christmas special episode. Some more depressing than others. I assure you, however, that Lassie's getting injured is not part of this particular episode. This one involved rather the true spirit of Christmas, which I liked. I could have done without the spiritual message, but what do you expect from a 1960 episode? Anyway, it included some good, old-fashioned mixing with the classes--among the children, the way Christmas season was intended. The adults only mixed in charitable and employee/employer, ruler/rulee ways, which is also to be expected. Now that I think of it, in oldy tymes, children were not seen as the higher classes, and really not seen as children at all, but they were lumped in with the servant class (Am I getting to be quite the commie, though?) So this is definitely a good, old-fashioned Christmas story that's as depressing and as relieving of middle-class guilt as any Christmas story there was, hein?

October 12 2010


Food Stamps & Nutrition Controversy

More than 40 million Americans are now on food stamps. What does that mean? And should they be allowed to use them to buy sugary sodas? New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg says "no."
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