Saturday, 31 October 2015

Don't Move to Thailand

Vacation and vocation: two different things.

In 2015–2016, Thailand is a military dictatorship. And you should care about that. And if you don't care, then, really, you shouldn't move to Thailand. Discuss.

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Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Are Dairy Prices Fixed by A Conspiracy? Well… Sort Of.

No matter where you're living in the world, you may have heard that the dairy industry is supported by the government, and the prices are artificially low… or artificially high… or you may have heard both. What's going on here? Is there a government conspiracy to make pizza cheaper? Well… sort of.

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Monday, 26 October 2015

Veganism as Cultural Imperialism, Neocolonialism, etc.

Veganism as Cultural Imperialism. Another question that's not going to go away, but will be asked again and again.

Sunday, 25 October 2015

On the Importance of Not Learning Sanskrit

Dear Mr Mazard,

thanks for your interest in our Master Program in Buddhist Studies which has several tracks, among them tracks for Japanese and Indian Buddhism.

 As our Program has a strong philological orientation you will need to prove solid language skills in either Japanese or Sanskrit. Generally our Master students have gone through 4 years of intensive language training in their Bachelor.

If you you are interested in the Master Program in more detail, please let me know about your work done so far in Sanskrit or, in case you are interested in the track "Japan", contact my colleague …

 Best wishes from _____,


Prof. _____,

I have had something like 10 years of experience working on Pali (and my work in that field is well-known, partly because I produced educational materials as a by-product of my own research, and these materials are now used by other students of Pali).  However, I have zero experience
with Sanskrit, and I actively intend to never study Sanskrit.  So, if the Indian side of your program works entirely on Sanskrit (not on Pali), then it is of no interest to me.

[The rest of the correspondence follows below.]

Thursday, 22 October 2015

The Vegan Restaurants of Victoria, B.C. (Youtube)

Being vegan in Victoria, B.C., Canada.  Easier than France, harder than Taiwan, TBH.

This might be the first and last time that I have an image of a plate of food on my Youtube channel.  :-/


Monday, 5 October 2015

Activism & Outcomes (Talking about Veganism on Youtube)

Activism & Outcomes: Unnatural Vegan vs. DxE (Direct Action Everywhere), link:

(Note that there are links to related sources listed below the video.)