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Bill Moyer: Powerful Words on Media Reform

“From your websites and laptops, tell it…

Tell it where you can, when you can and while you can. Tell America what we need to know and we may just rekindle the Patriot Dream”

Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind

I’m just gonna share a few quotes out of a book on Zen meditation and practice i randomly picked up off the book sale a the library a while ago, that I’m now finally getting to reading.

When we become truly ourselves, we just become a swinging door, and we are purely independent of, and at the same time, dependent upon everything. p. 31

The true purpose is to see things as they are, to observe things as they are, and to let everything go as it goes. p. 33

As long as you have rules, you have a chance for freedom.

…do not try to stop your thinking. Let it stop by itself. p. 34

As you see I haven’t gotten far…and books like these are hard to read for me. Anything that is remotely religious or doctrinal or belief orientated I try and have an open mind to, but at the same time be skeptical. Hopefully I can draw something from these writings.

I feel like i grab the concepts pretty well and digest them, and assimilate them if I need to. They will have meaning or they will not. I particularly like the one about freedom and rules. I have been thinking a lot about the whole open source, creative commons, copyright, piracy, general public license, patents, floating around these days.

I have no idea where it will end up or where I want it to. I think pondering that quote will give us some kind of answer. Rules and freedom exist depedent and independent of each other. Very interesting…

Maybe I have the right, freedom to choose the source of my content and rules are there to help me be able to have a choice in the first place…I don’t know. Maybe my thoughts will grow flesh.

The customer is not always right?

Found this a few days ago and had fun with it. There are a few funny ones dealing with patrons and library staff. It happens everywhere. Some people just don’t know how to function in society…at all. But hey, that’s why we, those who provide services, are here to help them out right? Enjoy…

http://notalwaysright.com/?s=library

Things have been pretty slow for the past week or so. Still waiting to get details about GSLIS LEEP summer program. Not much news outside of that. Waiting for my new Lenovo Thinkpad to come. Well I should stop there don’t want this blog to start to get to personal. I’ve plenty other places to leave my thoughts for the public domain to read.

Transcend our “need” for Google?

I think Google needs us more than we need it. Our traffic draws in their revenue from advertisers. Seems to me the only reason we rely so heavily on the use of Google, is because it has become so¬†integrated¬†into everything that we use. Google has learned how to permeate ever aspect of our online and sometimes offline lives. So I don’t see an inherent or¬†acquired¬†need for google, its just one of the simplest and smartest search engines being used right now. What we have come to rely on is the services these information trafficking companies provide…and I expect an increase in the¬†quantity¬†of services provided balanced with a small decrease on how well they work, or if certain services are¬†necessary at all and not just bloatware.