Origin of Dion Pugil

April 22, 2006

The name Dion Pugil is taken from an amazing story:

The Father Confessor. By Herman Hesse.

By the way, if you haven't read any good books lately, pick up Siddhartha by Hesse. You won't regret it. In fact you will wonder why in the world no one told you to read it before. (Sorry, I had forgoten to tell you).

Good writing

January 31, 2006

Man do I love good writers. Paul Graham, a painter and computer hacker (maybe Kevin’s heard of him) writes on subjects that range from painting, to programming, to being in elemetary school, to doing business. Here are two examples I’d like to recommend. Some might be a little long, so if you have a printer you might want to print them. Believe me, give this guy a chance, he’s awsome.

What you wish you’d known.

How to do what you love.

Now on a completely different subject, yesterday I came upon an article that I thought was great. It’s written by a Buddhist Nun. It’s on a practice called Tonglen. Great stuff. Really.
The practice of Tonglen.

Oh and by the way, if after reading Graham’s essays you think the guy’s one of the coolest dudes. Here’s the link to all his essays: Paul Graham.

One site to bind them all

January 13, 2006

I was chatting with David today and we were discussing this idea I had. We did some good brainstorming but he said the best idea would be to post it here and check people’s ideas.

So here’s what we wanna do. Ready? Hope you like it.

I want to get a domain on the internet (www.some-name-whatever-x.com) and create a site where we could all have our blogs online. So here was my initial idea: Suppose we get a name like http://www.journeyblogs.com. Then from there, we branch it out with subdomains like this:

Get the idea? And on the front page of the main site http://www.journeyblogs.com we have an extract of everyone’s last post. So it sorta gives you an overview of people’s journey and thoughts.

Initially it all grew from me telling David that if he wanted I could host a site for him on a server I’m working on. Then I thought “hey, I should get a real one too.” And then I just started picturing a sort of “tree” of people’s sites branching out from this One site.

Ok. that’s the main idea. Now here comes secondary ideas of what could become of a site like this.

Even though untill I saw “the ooze” I wasn’t aware of the Emerging church etc. thing… I’ve liked the people that call themselves “emergent” so far. So this site could become an interesting place for people interested in this thing called the emerging church to stop by. Also, more than that, it could become an interesting place for “outcasts” of religion to stop by. I mean. I’m a firm believer in God walking with people and helping us all. Even the people that don’t fit. The angry ones. The sad ones. The depressed ones. The joyful ones. I mean… everyone’s important no? And there’s like this huge frustration in people who think they don’t fit, and therefore they think they’re not with God.

So it can become a good place to hang around and read a while.

Also it can become a site that grows to the point that we can host articles written by people. Importan essays. Ideas. Online books. whatever you know? We can eventually host banners and promote good things.

I’d also love to have a REAL Ecumenical calendar online. A celebration of all christian traditions. We can have the eastern orthodox calendar, the Roman Catholic celebrations, protestant dates too (do they even have traditions?). ANyways ; )….. lol (didn’t mean to be mean, lol) SO yeah, have a true Christian calendar online for people to see.

So… those are some of my ideas. The idea is for you to please share yours. It’s essential. First if you’d like to participate. Second, if you do, what ideas do you have. Have you thought of important things that could be done online?

OHHHH. AND VERY important. We have to come up with a NAME. A name for the site. Please give at least some 3 or 4 options that might be good for a global site like this about Jesus, God, people, our walk.

The passage that I’ve been thinking about is the one about Emmaus. Here are some guys walking, depressed, telling God how depressed and hopeless they are because God is not with them! I mean it blows my mind. God is walkig next to them, listening to them, and they just can’t see that Jesus is there with them. They just can’t see HIM but HE IS THERE WITH THEM.

And I just feel that’s how mankind walks on this earth. It’s like Jesus is with them and they can’t see. And I think that’s how (at least I) as a christian live my life all the time. I go around “walking and reasoning,” not seeing Jesus, and Jesus walking with me listening. It’s so like we are. I want to sorta give that sense to the site you know?

But anyways, those are my ideas. Please, please we want to hear your ideas. We need to get a domain name.

(Oh and don’t worry. I mean, it’s not like anyone has to stop having their old blog. If you want to, we could import everything from your old blog to the new blog. Or you could just start a new one. Whatever. There are no rules. No one has to do anything specifically. No one has to feel pressure. The idea is to grow organically and smoothly).

Rainbow

January 9, 2006

Saturday there was the biggest full rainbow I’ve seen since forever. The picture doesn’t capture the whole thing. But it was an amazing view.
Rainbow brite

Good stuff on the web

December 29, 2005

The internet, that mostly full-of-crap place, is also full of wonderful things. Here’s some good stuff you might want to check out:

By Father Thomas Keating, an article on The Parable of Lazarus and The Rich Man.

A good post about Centering Prayer. (Also make sure you check out the little text regarding Eugene Peterson).

Catholic Insider. (Are these guys cool or what?)

Let’s get Emergent! Good messages from Brian McLaren and friends at the Cedar Ridge Community Church. These are good. Really good if you want to understand more about the Emerging thing.

Mahatma Gandhi

December 17, 2005

First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.

Please spend a few minutes browsing the presentation of Wealth and Health Statistics.

Boy!

I complain all the time about so many things. Constantly.

I should not. More than a billion people live on less than a dollar ($1) per day. That makes it $30 per month.

Gapminder.com