I recently discovered Generation Sit, subtitled “spiritual practice in the 21st century,” a blog that explores spiritual and related topics with an integral lean that does offer some criticism of others in the field (including Wilber), which I do feel we need to be open to in order to advance the movement. With entry names such as “Jesus & Nietzsche IV: The Sound Of Crap Falling On Deaf Ears,” there’s a healthy bit of humour, but the core of this site is a lot of solid discussion on a number of important or simply facinating topics.
I’m always delighted to read new offerings from Ross Laird, one of my favourite writers, who I’ve mentioned several times (see “Grain of Truth” and “A Stone’s Throw” for my thoughts on his two published books). Tonight I read his newest essay offering, “Geek Life,” in which he explores life in the digital age as a form of spiritual ritual. I’m sure many of you fond of computer geekdom will find it amusing.
– Ross Laird, “Geek Life“
I don’t disavow my own geek elements, and I certainly don’t shy away from spirituality, so I was happy to find Mr. Laird writing something so close to what I’ve been pondering lately, that Spirit and empirical eye (the drive of most geekdom) can find a strong marriage today.
In honour of Hallowe’en this week, I want to point you toward two of my favourite music offerings of this season. First, Metric’s “Monster Hospital” video has recently been released and is quite appropriate for this time of the dead, with music-making corpses and other horror film elements. On a lighter note, the greatest Hallowe’en benefit song ever recorded has been released, is titled “Do They Know It’s Hallowe’en?,” and is accompanied by a very appropriate and funny video. The North American Hallowe’en Prevention Initiative, which includes the likes of Arcade Fire, Beck, Buck 65, Devendra Banhart, Elvira, Feist, Peaches, Rilo Kiley, Chris Murphy, Wolf Parade, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and Nardwar, created this gem, which benefits UNICEF and takes a much needed shot at west-centric benefit songs (like the not-so-religiously-tollerent “Do They Know It’s Christmas?”). You can buy the benefit single online, like I did, via my favourite online music store, Gallery Arts & Crafts (they sell MP3’s, not proprietary music that works only with some players).