Buddhist Meditation: A Management Skill?

Buddhist Meditation

I’m a firm believer in the use of meditation to help deal with the chaos of life around us, this includes the stress and ambiguity and pressure of work. The intent is to help you deal with the things that influence you in a way that prevent you from being more successful.

From NPR this week

A handful of executive MBA programs around the country — from Harvard to Michigan’s Ross School of Business — are teaching students Buddhist meditation techniques. It’s not necessarily about teaching spirituality, but focus. There’s no way to quantify whether learning how to be centered during a stressful business meeting is balancing the bottom lines at companies. But students say slowing down does help them be more effective.

Red Town Lost–A Horror Novel by John Shupeck


Here’s a relatively new novel by John Shupeck: Red Town Lost. If you like Clive Barker, then this right up your alley.

It’s available in paperback and on the Kindle, check out Red Town Lost on Amazon.

Book Description:


It’s fall of 2012, and Dan Suppers is lost. Abandoning his broken down vehicle, he’s been walking through seemingly endless woods for hours looking for something — anything — that resembles civilization. What he finds is a smoking pit of Hell — a large building filled with what Dan soon realizes are the remnants of hundreds of human corpses.

And Dan thought he was having a bad day!

Red Town Lost chronicles the efforts of a terrified man to discover the secret of what happened the night the building burned, and in the process unraveling four harrowing tales revolving around four unforgettable individuals and their own unique trials and tribulations that are somehow connected to the burned out building. Unfortunately, the man will discover very quickly that the stories are not just connected with his morbid discovery, but in fact may hold horrifying implications for the man and his very soul!


ZOMBIES, RUN! A Running Game & Audio Adventure

zombies run

This is a game funded through Kickstarter and it’s got me interested in exercising again!

Zombies, Run! is an ultra-immersive running game for the iPhone, iPod Touch, Android and Windows Phone. It delivers the story straight to your headphones through orders and voice recordings – and back home, you can build and grow your base with the items you’ve collected.

Zombies, Run! works anywhere and at any speed. You can jog in a park, run along a beach, or walk along a trail, even on treadmills. You automatically collect items like medicine, batteries, and ammo while running – but when you’re back home, who needs them more: the soldiers or the doctors? Which buildings need extra defenses? It’s up to you – and the bigger your base, the more missions you can play.

Soft Autonomous Robot Inches Along Like Earthworm



From the MIT site:

Earthworms creep along the ground by alternately squeezing and stretching muscles along the length of their bodies, inching forward with each wave of contractions. Snails and sea cucumbers also use this mechanism, called peristalsis, to get around, and our own gastrointestinal tracts operate by a similar action, squeezing muscles along the esophagus to push food to the stomach.
Now researchers at MIT, Harvard University and Seoul National University have engineered a soft autonomous robot that moves via peristalsis, crawling across surfaces by contracting segments of its body, much like an earthworm. The robot, made almost entirely of soft materials, is remarkably resilient: Even when stepped upon or bludgeoned with a hammer, the robot is able to inch away, unscathed.

Croak it, Sharing Audio


Now this is a very handy web app that I have started using and just had to share this with you. It’s called croak.it. It allows you to record 30 seconds of audio from your PC (or some mobile phones) then share that recording via a private url hosting that audio file.

I am learning Chinese and quite often I meet online through Skype or messenger apps like QQ or MSN Messenger to speak English and Chinese. It’s a nice, sharing, relationship with my language partners in China.

However, because of the time difference it’s sometimes challenging to get together during the week. This is where a web app like croak.it can come be very useful so you can record your question, or practice the language, then share the url with your partner. They can now listen and respond with corrections for you.

I learned about croak.it from the  Chinese learning site Study More Chinese.

The only downside is the length of the recording is just 30 seconds. But I still give it a big thumbs-up.

Backdoor to Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner Computer System?



Researchers claim the chip used in military systems and civilian aircraft has built-in function that could let in hackers. The chip in question is ProASIC3 chip , it’s used in medical, automotive, communications and consumer products, as well as military use. Among applications where it’s used are remote surveillance systems, drones, and for flight-critical applications on the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

Good god, this is all we need to worry about now for possible terrorist attacks that no longer need to penetrate physical security to down a plane, now all they need is a really good hacker.

Read more at the Guardian.

‘Game Of Thrones’, A Clash Of Food

Fine Dining Lovers, an online magazine for food enthusiasts, thought you might be interested in the story about Game of Thrones from a foodie point of view.

Fans of Game of Thrones want to eat and drink like they do in the fantasy land of Westeros. Now they can, because Fine Dining Lovers pulled together cookbooks, recipes and beer labels that invite you to create the same meals and drinks the characters in the book eat.


Rash of UFO Sightings Around the World


There’s been a lot of UFO sightings in the USA, England, Canada and Australia, all reporting seeing an object in the sky shaped like a pyramid.

Coincidence? Conspiracy? You decide. Here’s a few links below with more detail but if you only read one, go to the HuffPost article which also has several videos of some of these events in the last week.

Triangle-Shaped UFOs Buzz Over United States, England And Australia[Huffington Post]

UFO: Couple reports Pyramid-like object over Cambridge, Ontario [Digital Journal]

Op-Ed: Australian UFO witness reports intelligent-like orbs[Digital Journal]

Triangle UFO formation spotted in sunny skies over Sydney [Examiner]

‘Triangle’ UFO Zooms Across Australian Sky Wednesday [Gather]

Is Batman Gay?


Grant Morrison is a writer for Action Comics, he’s also spent a bit of time revamping the Batman comics. So he’s delved into the psyche of the flying rodent superhero and can tell us a thing or two about him. In a recent Playboy interview, Grant confirms some of what has been rumored for many years when he says the character is “very, very gay”.

As Grant tells Playboy:

"He’s very plutonian in the sense that he’s wealthy and also in the sense that he’s sexually deviant. Gayness is built into Batman. I’m not using gay in the pejorative sense, but Batman is very, very gay. There’s just no denying it. Obviously as a fictional character he’s intended to be heterosexual, but the basis of the whole concept is utterly gay."

Some of the comic purists may claim this is heresy, I would refer them to ComicBookMovie’s defense of Grant’s claim of Batman’s gayness.

Frankly, I don’t care if Batman is gay, though I do like the storylines revolving around Batman and Cat Woman and that would be a shame if the sexual tension between the two is a sham.