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Project, Week 1


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It’s been so damn hard to start my “read or create” project. Until this morning, I had no idea what to do this week. Moreover, I’ve had a “no computer” weekend, so I’ve only been using my brand new tablet and my phone. So, this morning, while having my morning coffee, I decided to buy some new e-books. And I chose one of them for today. “Zen Wrapped in Karma Dipped in Chocolate: A Trip Through Death, Sex, Divorce, and Spiritual Celebrity in Search of the True Dharma” by Brad Warner.

I’ve read (and I own) BW’s first book, “Hardcore Zen: Punk Rock, Monster Movies & the Truth About Reality” that is a half biography, half introduction-to-zen kind of book. And I absolutely love it as it’s a down-to-earth book about what zen is and what it is not.

Zen Wrapped… is actually BW’s third book. I deliberately skipped the second one as after some research, I decided it’s not really for me. Zen Wrapped is more like ‘what happened after I wrote my first book’ kind of a story. In short, the “moral of the story is”: ‘Even if BW is a so-called zen master who has done zen for twenty years, he still does stupid mistakes in his every-day life, thinks life is hard sometimes and worries a bit too much’.

Also, I bumped into two things that are close to my heart (heavy metal and Doctor Who) and one movie that I intend to watch this summer (Rashomon). Well, first, Randy Blythe, the vocalist for Lamb of God is into zen, too, so it was only natural for Brad to meet him. (Besides, “Redneck” by LoG is one of the metal songs recorded in the 2000s). And no, BW didn’t compare the Tardis  to the human mind (because the Tardis is “bigger on the inside”) but just mentioned the famous theme song of Doctor Who. If I was superstitious or religious, I would call these things “divine coincidences”. But they are just fine examples of how small the world is. Well, the world of entertainment, anyway.

Still, I’m slightly disappointed at the book. After the mind-blowing Hardcore Zen, this one was just ok. Nothing new, Who really cares who he has fallen in love with or how much he has f*cked them? There’s nothing wrong with sex, but I just thought that the very short sex scenes could have been written because the masculine side of BW wanted to boast “hey, check this out, I just had a lot of sex!” :D. But well, BW is sometimes a controversial character and nothing like a traditional, stereotypical zen master. He’s just a stupid human being like all of us.

I’d say this is good for those who have already read Hardcore Zen and now think “now what?” and “what has happened to Brad Warner ever since?” So: if you haven’t read Hardcore Zen yet, read it. Or not.

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English: Autumn colours in Pikisaari, Hirvensa...

English: Autumn colours in Pikisaari, Hirvensalo Island, seen from Ruissalo, Turku, Finland Suomi: Syksy Turun Pikisaaressa, Hirvensalossa, kuvattu Ruissalosta Svenska: Höst på Beckholmen i Åbo. Bild tagen från Runsala. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Yes, a brand new month is amongst us again. And I can feel winter coming. (Now I’m starting to sound like Eddard Stark…) “Rocktober” it is, even though as a word, it sounds a bit cheesy and immature. But it is better than “Mocktober” or stuff…!

So far, 2012 has been a somewhat peculiar year. For myself and Eternal Tears of Sorrow. We’ve been recording our second album for 1½ years now and I suppose the very final recording session will take place in a week. This is the longest gap between two albums ever, if you exclude the years when EToS was inactive. I suppose this happens with most bands. The older you get, the more time it takes to write and complete a new album. But anyway, we hope the single and the video will be released soon. We’ll let you know.

Personally, at the beginning of the year I promised myself this was going to be a damn good year. In a way, it has been a good year. In another way, it’s been quite a ride. Let’s just say I’ve learned almost too much about myself. Once again, I’m starting to know what I want.

Some interesting new bands I’ve found. “New” as in “new to me”. Kansas. Shaolin Death Squad. Panic Room. Pelican. And of course, some of my fave artists and bands have released something new. Devin Townsend, for instance, released Epicloud that is a pretty damn good album.

The Eleventh Doctor and Amy Pond

The Eleventh Doctor and Amy Pond (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

TV? Well, the seventh series of Doctor Who might be the best DW series ever. And I already miss Amy Pond and Rory Williams. One question remains. Or more. Who is Oswin Oswald? Can the Doctor defeat the Silence? What is the oldest question in the universe and why is it important not to answer it?

I recently watched an interesting documentary about an experiment that took place in California in the late 60s, called “The Third Wave“. If the document is true and the events have not been exaggerated, no democratic society is immune to fascist movements or any extreme movements whatsoever. I’m not the biggest fan of the EU, but it is the “necessary evil” to prevent those things happen again in Europe.

Movies? Hmm. I can’t remember watching a good movie this year. Weird. The Dictator was ok, and so was Men in Black III. Let’s just say the movie of the year will be The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey? The premier is going to be in December, as far as I can remember.

Books? Well, Hardcore Zen is still one of my all-time favourite books and I always try to read at least twice a year. Besides that, I’ve been mostly reading books about the history of the Finnish language and the other Uralic languages. That’s one of my hobbies. And it has given me new views to many things. It is weird to realize Finnish (or any of the early Finnish dialects) wasn’t spoken here in the Oulu area until 1000 years ago. What was this area like 1000 years ago, anyway? That would make an excellent story, or two, or a dozen excellent stories.

Back to the drawing board. Whatever that means. Well, now it means doing the dishes.

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Posted by on 7.10.2012 in In English, Life, Music


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