Next week I will do a phone interview with Vincent Horn from Buddhist Geeks. I have read a few of Vicent’s writings – you can find his website here – and look forward to speaking with him. After we settled on a day and time for the call I made this note in my calendar:
I don’t like the name. A geek is generally a person who lives in his head, somebody for whom the body is simply a device to move his brain from A to B. Zen is a full body experience, meaning it involves the body and the mind, all of me.
I’ll let you know when the interview goes live on Buddhist Geeks.
Army Revises Training to Deal With Unfit Recruits – NYTimes.com
“What we were finding was that the soldiers we’re getting in today’s Army are not in as good shape as they used to be,” said Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling, who oversees basic training for the Army. “This is not just an Army issue. This is a national issue.”
Excess weight is the leading reason the Army rejects potential recruits. And while that has been true for years, the problem has worsened as the waistlines of America’s youth have expanded. This year, a group of retired generals and admirals released a report titled “Too Fat to Fight.”
“Between 1995 and 2008, the proportion of potential recruits who failed their physicals each year because they were overweight rose nearly 70 percent,” the report concluded.
If that doesn’t teach the nation to stop feeding kids fastfood in public school, I don’t know what will.
I killed my Twitter accounts. You can read the reason in the comments to the Tuesday post. I remember a similar thing happening on MySpace a few years ago. Musicians would find artists they thought were somewhat similar stylistically and contact all of their “friends”. Then somebody developed software that would do that automatically. One simply entered the MySpace address of any musician, whose fans one wanted to mine and the software would send out invitations. It was a clever bit of software, too, and in order that MySpace didn’t figure out quickly what was going on, the software would send out the requests in small batches…
It is true, musicians have to be clever and thrifty to survive these days, but this sort of thing is a bit over the top. Do guys like that also go to concerts and hand out fliers for their stuff?