Stochastic Life



This is a blog by a Western Buddhist.

I also talk about digital culture and it's relationship to modern spirituality, specifically (but not limited to) modern Western Buddhism. I post about music too, I can't help it. I favor hasitly written original content. I always accept questions and comments.


I am also a writer of no consequence, and I co-founded a company to pursue creative interests. We have a lot of projects going on, I'll try to make it easy to check on those specific projects..

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I haven’t been in the habit of posting regularly for quiet some time now. My personal life has experienced some setbacks, but I am doing my utmost to utlizie that time was well as I can.

My radio silence has largely resulted in a dramatic increase in productivity. I am currently working on two novels, and I hope to have one of them released by August of this year. Please note that the following titles are working title designations only and are by no means indicative of the work’s eventual title. 

  • Project Clockwork: A new fantasy IP (The Black Sand Sagas) that involves drugs that give you magical powers and a murder mystery with political overtones. 
  • Project Denial (also tagged as ‘GfbD’: Ostensibly a fantasy piece, but more akin to a modern fairy tale than swords and sorcery (more Gaiman than DnD). The piece is a critic  and reflection of the mythic cycle, specifically the hero’s journey from a quasi-realism perspective. It has a cowboy, a dog that is a demigod, and a talking baboon. Trust me, it works better than it sounds. 

I intend to return to more regularity in posting in the coming weeks, including samples from the aforementioned works. 

Other projects, including Delphi and Damascus have been shelved. I’m outlining a third novel, Project Dream as we speak and may actually shop that around before the two above (Denial is…odd, I don’t have a lot of faith in finding a receptive publisher on that and intend to self-publish that later). 

We are also plan to begin work on a new table-top game set in the Black Sand saga IP as well, but serious work won’t begin on that project for several months. 

John could here the distant sound of shouting and fighting begin as they settled the plank into position, barring the door. Guilt washed through John’s emotions eroding the edifices of resolve that had been carved from his character by adrenaline over the course of the evening. He felt the somber weight of uncertainty settle into the gullies after the culpability for his place in the men’s sacrificed flowed through him and resigned himself to a dubious and inexplicable fate regarding his role in a pilgrimage he neither understood nor feel adequate to undertake.

The game is $1.99 today on Steam.

Buy this game, seriously. It’s one of the most unique video games I’ve ever experienced. It’s Cyberpunk mixed with Kabbalah. Utterly fascinating. 

Also, it has multi-player. 

Oki Dub Ainu band, performing Utari*. 

This is amazing. This is my favorite musical discovery in a long time.

*Utari means ‘fellow man in the Ainu language

I am literally typing this by fire light. 

Our power has gone out. Utterly and completely. If I had to guess, I’d say that I would expect the power to be out for quite awhile. There’s a transformer(?) on a pole in our backyard (because, to me, this house is in such a rural area we don’t have alleyways) that has, quite literally exploded.

I saw the sparks. 

From behind me.

I, a digital wretch, am marooned; coasting on the meager resources of power left in my laptop batteries. Thankfully, I bought a Sony. The chemistry in their batteries tends to be far better than the competitions. However, I did splurge for the 15” touchscreen with the backlit keyboard.

Is this what it felt like to be a pioneer?

Anyway, my backyard exploded, or at least something in it, and now I find myself, sitting here, in the actual dark, typing this. 

I happened upon an interesting anecdote by random chance today too. You see my health drove me to seek medical services. My physician is still based in the town my mother now lives. So, I stop in as it is in fact in the way of my drive through town. As if in passing, she mentions, at the end of our conversation that my grandmother may have cancer; in her face. 

The actuality of that suddenly stuck me here, in the dark. It’s not unreasonable, seeing as how I’ve tripped over the same toy aircraft carrier no less than 3 times in the past 20 minutes.

It is fucking dark. Like 19th Century dark. 

I actually live inside Indianapolis and I feel like I live, instead, in some kind of Tolkien fantasy world ruled over by inexplicably relevant Elves. 

Needless to say, street lighting isn’t doing a whole lot. 

Existentially,  digitally, I am quiet inextricably lost. 

*My first title had fun random words in it. My track pad causes my cursor to wander.

White Sea (@WhiteSeaMusic)’s latest They Don’t Know

Video includes info on free download for the single. It’s Morgan Kibby (also known for The Romanov’s, and M83), so you should put this in your ear hole. 

Nerd is no longer a four letter word; now it’s a six figure number.

Lean Six Sigma prioritizes specialization; specifically process-flow specialization because those are the individuals best suited to make decisions that immediately impact process flow and efficiency. Lean Six Sigma, as a conceptual business model, is very much in vogue now and for one very important reason: it makes sense.

It can also back-up it’s claims with actual numbers. This establishes a base-line as now we can see that the approach is valid and logical. When it comes to business management frameworks, measurable results are the most valuable currencies in the buisness management framework exchanges.

Subject matter experts are critical to the successful implementation of Lean Six Sigma. There is a direct correlation to the efficiency improvements your business can expect from the implementation of Lean Six Sigma and your business or leadership’s ability to identify subject matter experts.

Your processes will not improve if you can’t asses the person best suited to that task.

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Nerd is no longer a four letter word. 

Instead, it is now a six figure number; a label, a distinction; a job description.

The 21st century has seen the re-appropriation of the term ‘nerd’. It is no longer a derisive moniker; instead it has risen in profile beyond it’s original usage as a singular insult into a relatively new cultural phenomena. 

Nerd is ultimately a culture of choice.

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If you want the world to be a better place, make it one. Today. Right now. Even just a little bit.

In my previous preview post I mentioned some of the blog posts I currently have on the bench. I have one further addition to add to those other topics however.

  • The Culture of Nerd and the Redefinition of Cool

I haven’t posted anything substantive in like, a whole week. That’s effectively forever in internet time. I want to assure you, I am working on some new posts. Some of these are proving more difficult to extricate from my posterior than some of my other ‘gems’.

Here’s a sneak peak at some of the posts I currently have cooking

In Writing Advice we have

  • Practical Fantasy: World Building
  • Practical Fantasy: Names

In Buddhism 

  • The Cross and the Lotus: My review of a Christian Apologists attempts to debunk the religion of Buddhism.

And in miscellany [This case Psychology]

  •  Modern Living: Bear are stressful [Part 2]

ETA on these is ‘Two weeks-ish’. I used very scientific and precise measurements to come up with that projection.

Trust me, I’m a professional

Today I am being a bad Buddhist. (at Goose The Market)

The translation of this article is questionable at best, but the over all effect is quite interesting. I had never considered the role of monasticism for those with disabilities before; be they mental or otherwise. Mental disabilities in particular seem to pose interesting practical challenges on the role of the Sangha and a monk.

I’m working on a splatter-punk/horror short fiction piece, and it’s due very soon. 

Are any of my Tumblr people familiar with Clive Barkers worth, or preferably, fans of him? Would they be interested in volunteering for a Beta read of my piece? I only have about a week to finish it and I’m going through revision round 2 tonight. 

I have reasonable expectations, I need general ‘does this work or not’ and logical/consistency level feedback, but I do need that feedback returned fairly quickly.

Any volunteers?