I worked in the publishing industry for almost a decade. Now that I’ve self-published three fiction titles and had them picked up by an indie publisher I’ve been thinking about the shape of this trade today and where it’s going. Here’s my conclusion: authorpreneurialism (building a self brand as an internet-enabled published author) is a nonsense. It’s a great way to start out. But it … Continue reading Twenty-First Century Book Publishing: All Out At (Digital) Sea?
The nature of wisdom is usually misunderstood. One urge is to attach it to a person. (She’s wise. They’re good. I don’t rate him so much. His guru nights are rubbish. On the other hand did you watch that TV program the other day? Oh my God! It was amazing.) This is a mistake. A person can say wise things. The same person can say … Continue reading Wisdom, and “Wise People”
Pain Monster My mind is regularly an incessant ramble of thoughts. Voices, ideas, clashing views, criticisms from the past, flashbacks, constrictions from the pain monster needing to, as Eckhart Tolle says  come out once in a while and feed. In fact, for myself, I didn’t know my mind could be any other way until my early thirties when I hit a crisis. Then it … Continue reading The Dharma. In my own words. In five minutes.
Last month I promised a lighter topic and space unicorns. Taoism has an Epic Fail Moment The surviving texts of Taoism are mainly profound and achingly beautiful poetry, so what’s not to like about that? If I do have a gripe it’s that (in my humble opinion and all its tongue-twisting finery) it’s inaccessible and exclusionary to most people exactly in the way it claims … Continue reading Space Unicorns: What Enlightenment, and Zen, Is Not.
I was born just eight years after partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in the UK. Mr Humphries, Kenny Everett and Larry Grayson were among the kind of TV personalities people probably recollected back then whenever the topic of men who are gay came around. As a pre-teen kid I couldn’t relate – and I still couldn’t as a teen when I started to understand why and … Continue reading Blasting Gay Male Stereotypes
There’s a sutta* where Buddha says “Whatever harm an enemy may do to an enemy, or a hater to a hater, an ill-directed mind inflicts on oneself a greater harm.” He also says nothing can do “greater good than one’s own well-directed mind.” Earlier * he claims victimhood can’t still our hatred. How can hatred still hatred? These blew my mind when I read them. OK. … Continue reading Hashtag Me Too: Victimhood, Abuse, and Being Buddha
Pretending to be happy with my work, my technical abilities improve. Then I’m happy too. Continue reading Zen of Writing 1: Mood and Creativity
2018 is, world-over and hands-down, the year anthropological climate change began to actually show. The thought of people in New Delhi facing 50°C got me revisiting my personal carbon footprint. According to carbonfootprint.com, and including my own personal calculation, the annual average carbon footprints at the level of individuals are as follows: Industrial-world: 11 tonnes Me: 9.6 tonnes United Kingdom: 7.13 tonnes Worldwide target is: 2 tonnes … Continue reading 2018: The Year Climate Chaos Showed
Update: Watch Tim Cook’s Keynote where he mentions the “data industrial complex“. Searching for tracking-free, track free, cookie free, no-track Internet didn’t bring up a strong list of useful websites. What it did bring up, when I searched, was advice from big Internet companies on how to track customers! So I’ve decided to create my own list. Here it is; and (if I remember) I’ll … Continue reading Tracking-free Internet is Possible
© Trevor Barton, May 2018. When someone introduced me to the “Fermi Paradox” several years ago I felt troubled. I remember that, at the time, this weary and confused disposition was, perhaps, interpreted by the third party who dropped this “Fermi bombshell” as me being irrational, or just me “wanting to believe” in aliens – as many of us do – and therefore not wanting to … Continue reading The Fermi Paradox is Scientifically Redundant, Right?