70 year-old Buddhist monk Hua Chi has been praying in the same spot at his temple in Tongren, China for over 20 years. His footprints, which are up to 1.2 inches deep in some areas, are the result of performing his prayers up to 3000 times a day.
The always-enlightening Clive Thompson recently called attention to an interesting neologism that links climate change to failing MMO games: solastalgia, defined by Thompson as “the homesickness one feels not when one moves away, but when one’s home environment vanishes before one’s eyes.” How disheartening that our world has given us an entirely new way to be sad.
“Solastalgia”: The sadness caused by environmental change
Solastalgia: My latest column for Wired
Teleportation, the last battle, and the Creator talks: How the world ends inside an online game
This is a plug for one of my favorite blog writers (and one of the first I discovered when taking my first tentative steps out into the big wide Web). I’ve been a fan of hipstomp (aka Rain Noe) for at least 6 years now and would strongly recommend his blogs (here and here). It’s beautifully crafted whip-smart writing, uproariously funny and unexpectedly heartbreaking. So I was delighted to discover “72nd and Canal,” a web sitcom written, directed, and starring Mr Noe himself. It was posted almost two years ago, so the likelihood of more episodes is small, but I’m holding out hope anyway.
Chili’s created an entire, fully-functional website AND Twitter page for a pretend restaurant as part of their new marketing campaign, yet the Treasury couldn’t even manage to get FinancialStability.gov set up in time for Tim Geithner’s press conference announcing it. ::sad head shake::
I can’t wait for these.