1.) Jeff Laitila of Sushicam reports on his night in a capsule hotel in Tokyo. If, like me, you’ve wondered what that would be like, you’ll want to check out the accompanying set of photographs, too. Although Laitila doesn’t make his stay sound at all, er, comfortable, I’m still game.
2.) James Ford—a Unitarian Universalist minister and Zen Buddhist—discusses marriage as a spiritual practice:
One reason I see this as an authentic spiritual path is how hard it can be. It may be a bed of roses, but there are plenty of thorns in that bed. And there’s something of the point here (as it were). Commitment and working together to make a life means the sharp edges get rubbed down, or even, occasionally, knocked off. The ego shifts from center stage to being part of something larger.
And every once in while with continued commitment, continued work, and just a little luck, something even deeper may be found.
Good stuff, and—truthfully—a post that makes me feel just a little bit lonely (sigh). Anyway, I’m looking forward to what Ford writes at his site, Monkey Mind, while he’s on sabbatical.
3.) Contradicting what Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales has argued, a study by Aaron Swartz suggests that most of the online encyclopedia’s content is written by outsiders—not the so-called Gang of 500 insiders who actively help format and maintain the site. (Link via Google Blogoscoped)
I’m not a Wikipedian, but I do stop by occasionally to marvel at the intricate (cumbersome?) dispute-resolution system the insiders utilize. I’ve wondered how so much time and effort could be devoted to arbitration when there was all that research and writing to do. But it may well be that mediation, ongoing negotiation, and arbitration are just part of the maintenance provided by the Gang of 500.
4.) Take a look at a couple of cool photos from Razzi’s Photolog, a photoblog I’ve been following for a long time: “Know Your Rights” and “Nunned.” Razzi is from Belgium, and you definitely won’t mistake either picture for something that might’ve happened in my Philly neighborhood.
5.) For Slate, Justin Peters asks why NFL head coaches must work so hard, as if they “have the most demanding job in the world—medical intern, first-year associate, meth tweaker, and 1920s-era trans-Atlantic pilot rolled into one.” There seems to be no good (i.e., believable) answer. Instead, all those long hours seem to be the result of some need to uphold the macho CEO ethic in a testosterone-laden, athletic world. Ugh.