Cold, Spirit, Beauty

I’m under siege by a cold right now, sinally pressured and made sluggish. I’m glad it hit during a day off so that I could get the rest I needed so that I’ll be feeling well by the time I need to be at work. And I’ve made the discovery that hot sake is great for a sore throat. Along with mint tea it’s been a blessing.

I’m always looking for new avenues in which to explore spirituality, so I was pleased to be pointed toward Integrative Spirituality, ” an open source spiritual wisdom sharing center designed to help support individuals who want to enhance their personal spirituality.” There’s a wealth of information and resources available at the site, and I hope to delve into it soon. One piece linked to, “Colors of Thinking“, an article that explains some of the key aspects of Spiral Dynamics, I found very interesting and useful. There’s even Spirit Mates, a personals section.

Survey Links Altruism and Romantic Love” points out a correlation between altruism and healthy romantic love, a link I’ve long felt is overlooked.

Those who score high o?n altruistic love questions are more likely to rate their lives in general and marriages in particular as “very happy.” People were asked to rate their agreement with descriptions of altruistic love, such as “I’d rather suffer myself than let the o?ne I love suffer,” and “I’m willing to sacrifice my own wishes to let the o?ne I love achieve his or hers.”

Interestingly, the survey also showed a decline in the number of people who hold the selfish view that one should look out only for him or herself and that financial status had very little to do with feelings of altruism. It could be a positive trend.

This morning I received an e-mail from Beautiful Agony letting me know I’d had two signups through my previous entry mentioning the site and thus earned a free month extension of my accout there. If you’re at all interested in eroticism, I highly recommend experiencing its glorification of the orgasm.

In a similar vein, I watched the short film Cashback earlier this week, after a friend of mine asked me to find it for her. The film follows an art student working a night shift at a local supermarket and his attempts to make the time pass faster. A core aspect of the story is his appreciation of the feminine form and the origin of that appreciation. You can watch the entire short film via Zed, one of Canada’s finest public tv shows. Here’s the direct link: Cashback.

I’ve been making use of The Freesound Project, “a collaborative database of Creative Commons licensed sounds,” to give my computer a more pleasant set of sounds. No more is there that annoying Windows startup noise, but now some pleasant temple bells.

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  1. Interestingly enough, a friend of mine told me a while back that Microsoft hired a well-established musician (I forget who) to design that annoying startup noise, and it took a long time to engineer it to create exactly the sound they were looking for.

    I found your site through the link on Mark Christian's and I have to tell you that I've been visiting it regularly for a while and I enjoy reading about your take on issues. Feel free to stop by my site sometime – the content is kind of fluffy sometimes and the design is pretty amateur given my animosity towards technology in general, but I do take pride in it.

  2. I think the startup sound would be less annoying if I hadn't been hearing it everywhere for years. Variety nullifies many annoying things.

    I'm glad you've been enjoying visiting my site. I'm going to take a read through your site right now.

  3. Interestingly enough, a friend of mine told me a while back that Microsoft hired a well-established musician (I forget who) to design that annoying startup noise, and it took a long time to engineer it to create exactly the sound they were looking for.

    I found your site through the link on Mark Christian's and I have to tell you that I've been visiting it regularly for a while and I enjoy reading about your take on issues. Feel free to stop by my site sometime – the content is kind of fluffy sometimes and the design is pretty amateur given my animosity towards technology in general, but I do take pride in it.

  4. I think the startup sound would be less annoying if I hadn't been hearing it everywhere for years. Variety nullifies many annoying things.

    I'm glad you've been enjoying visiting my site. I'm going to take a read through your site right now.

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