Monday, October 29, 2007

Consumerism

After something that Chad said the other day, I’ve been thinking.  I have a pretty Non-Buddhist lifestyle for someone who claims “that Buddhism makes the most sense to me.”  I will explain.

For someone that “hates” consumerism, I am a huge consumer.  I am very materialistic.  Want want want, buy buy buy.  Luckily I am broke, otherwise I could see it being a lot worse.  This does not stop me from obsessing over gizmos and gadgets.  I fear that this is a slippery slope that I need to put an end to ASAP.  I have seen where it can lead, and I don’t like it.  I came across this article today that I found helpful, and on point.  It even quotes Dharma Bums.

http://www.zenhousewife.com/2007/10/zen-and-art-of-mindful-consumerism.html

This lead me to this article which I also found helpful.

http://fatknowledge.blogspot.com/2007/10/buddhist-economics.html

Friday, October 05, 2007

Look at that horse

Haven’t posted here in a long time.  Still trying to get my life in order.  Start accomplishing the things that I need to accomplish.  Got Amy’s poster for New York together last night.  Shower invites are printed, just need the envelopes now.  MGM opened up.  I did the drawing that I needed to do for the 100 Artist Project, still gotta mail it in though.  I feel like I still haven’t accomplished much because there is so much more that I need to do.  Oh well.  One thing at a time...

We imagine that waking-life is real and that dream-life is unreal, but there does not seem to be any evidence for this belief. Chuang Tzu, in the third century B.C., put it in an amusing way; having dreamed that he was a butterfly flitting from flower to flower, he stated that he was now wondering whether he was then a man dreaming he was a butterfly or whether he was now a butterfly dreaming he was a man. - Wei Wu Wei "Fingers Pointing Toward the Moon"

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Things to Do.

Going full blast and having the intention to complete unfinished business is a very good idea. You don’t realize how much you’ve been sidetracked. This has put a crimp in other people’s lives and even though they’ve been understanding, inside they’re a little pissed off. If you can wrap up what you set out to do nine months ago, everyone will benefit. A lot is riding on your ability to use your energy wisely. Keep in mind that random forms of interference will always be there and schedule your plans accordingly.

Been procrastinating a lot of things lately.  I need to set up some structure for getting such things accomplished.  Set aside time every night.  Starting tonight.  Sorry to everyone that has been waiting on this stuff.

Things to Do...
  1. Uncle Steve’s Painting
  2. Krystle’s Tattoo
  3. Bristol Drawing
  4. Fill Sketchbook
  5. Read Lawrence’s Book

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

The Greatest Man Alive

You cant beat this Sh!t!

Pitchfork: Do you have a favorite sound?

Tom Waits: Bacon. In a frying pan. If you record the sound of bacon in a frying pan and play it back it sounds like the pops and cracks on an old 33 1/3 recording. Almost exactly like that. You could substitute it for that sound.

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Yoshitoshi's death poem

holding back the night
with its increasing brilliance
the summer moon
-- Yoshitoshi's death poem

This is the death poem of a Japanese Wood Cut artist that I found today. Here is his wiki. His work is incredible! Also check out this page on his darker work.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

You are my great elephant.

But if you do not find an intelligent companion, a wise and well-behaved person going the same way as yourself, then go on your way alone, like a king abandoning a conquered kingdom, or like a great elephant in the deep forest. - Buddha..

Monday, June 25, 2007

Invisible Monsters Quote 01

Ok, so I am finally reading again. Leave it to Chuck Palahniuk. His work always amazes me. If you haven't already please please read Survivor. I still contest that it's the best book I have ever read. You will enjoy it, guaranteed or your money back. Anyways, here is the first of, I'm sure, many quotes from Invisible Monsters that stir my pot.

"When you understand," Brandy says, "that what your telling is just a story. It isn't happening anymore. When you realize the story you are telling is just words, when you can just crumble it up and throw your past in the trashcan," Brandy says, "then we'll figure out who you're going to be."

Friday, June 15, 2007

Ego

Destroy 'the ego', hound it, beat it, snub it, tell it where it gets off? Great fun, no doubt, but where is it? Must you not find it first? Isn't there a word about catching your goose before you can cook it? The great difficulty here is that there isn't one.
- 'Posthumous Pieces' by Wei Wu Wei

Friday, June 08, 2007

Posting By Email

This is my first test of posting to my blog via email.  If you are reading this then it worked.

M
an is in appearance a derivative of the world, but intrinsically the origin of the world.
- Jalaluddin Rumi

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

5.20.07 Sketch 2.jpeg


5.20.07 Sketch 2.jpeg, originally uploaded by okthirteen.

More sketches can be found at my Flickr Page.

Thursday, May 17, 2007

No Surprises

This really hitting home tonight...

"A heart that's full up like a landfill,
a job that slowly kills you,
bruises that won't heal.
You look so tired-unhappy,
bring down the government,
they don't, they don't speak for us.
I'll take a quiet life,
a handshake of carbon monoxide,


with no alarms and no surprises,
no alarms and no surprises,
no alarms and no surprises,
Silent silent.

This is my final fit,
my final bellyache,

with no alarms and no surprises,
no alarms and no surprises,
no alarms and no surprises please.

Such a pretty house
and such a pretty garden.

No alarms and no surprises (get me outta here),
no alarms and no surprises (get me outta here),
no alarms and no surprises, please."
-Thom

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Flower Power


Sketch5.jpeg, originally uploaded by okthirteen.

SF Style

Random Skull Sketch


Sketch7.jpeg, originally uploaded by okthirteen.

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Keep This In Mind

The time of getting fame for your name on its own is over. Artwork that is only about wanting to be famous will never make you famous. Any fame is a by-product of making something that means something. You don't go to a restaurant and order a meal because you want to have a shit.
-Banksy

Monday, January 08, 2007

4 Noble Truths

The Four Noble Truths are:
1. The world is full of suffering and stress.
2. The cause of this suffering and stress is desires of physical instincts.
3. If desire can be removed, then suffering and stress will be ended.
4. Desire can be removed by following the Eightfold Path.


Eightfold Path:
Right Views
Right Thoughts
Right Speech
Right Conduct
Right Livelihood
Right Effort
Right Mindfulness
Right Concentration