Buddhist concepts have made their way into a lot of the posts I’ve written here. Over the past few months, I have written three posts dealing directly with Buddhism as the main topic. I have ideas for several others, too. I therefore decided that I need to have a dedicated index page for Buddhist topics. Some articles will still be cross-indexed elsewhere, but this will be a one-stop-shop for specifically Buddhist topics.
Recently I’ve been posting on Apostolic Succession and church history in general. I thought about putting those posts under “Religious Miscellany“; but those posts are more general in nature, and cover religions other than Christianity. I decided it would be worthwhile to add a new index for such posts, which are more specifically about Christianity, the Church, and church history. Therefore, though I’ve written quite a lot about religion here over the years, this will be my most focused and specific index on religious matters. Enjoy!
That is, “It is finished.”
The final “Rubá’í of the Day” went up this past Sunday. However, I’ve been working behind the scenes to get the index updated. I completed this just a few minutes ago, and I therefore direct you to the index for the “Rubá’í of the Day” series. From there you can find all seventy-five verses of Edward Fitzgerald’s translation of the Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám, and all five hundred of E. H. Whinfield’s version.
The “Rubá’í of the Day” series has been a labor of love for me, and I have greatly enjoyed posting it. I hope you find it interesting and worthwhile, too; and if you have a taste for daily poetry, check out my ongoing “Daily Whitman” series, in which I’m publishing Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass in daily increments. Farewell to Omar, greetings to Walt, and may you enjoy both!
I’ve ended up writing more essays on the Tao Te Ching than I’d originally intended over in the “Your Own Personal Canon” series. Taoism has been an interest of mine for many years, and I may well return to Taoism even after I’ve finished the essays on the Tao Te Ching. Thus, I thought it would be a good idea to set up yet another index in which to collect the Taoist essays–and here it is!
The other day I was looking for a movie I’d posted several months back. To my consternation, I found that harder to do than I’d thought, though I did eventually find it. If I, as the blog owner/administrator can’t find something just a few months back, I shudder for the readers! Certainly I know what it’s like to find something interesting on a blog, decide to come back later to read or watch it, and then be unable to find it again later. Therefore, I’ve decided to index the movies I have posted (and will continue to post) here at the Chequer-board. This will enable readers to find movies they may have noted here and not watched at the time to find them again; and it will enable readers to browse what I’ve posted here.
There’s no perfect or elegant way to do this, so I’ll be setting up as follows, as the best compromise procedure:
1. I’ll put the movies in tables of 100. That will save space.Instead of doing an index post, as I’ve done with series, I’m adding a page, “Movies” (alongside the “Main”, “About”, “Contact Me”, and other tabbed pages) which will serve as the index.
2. Alphabetizing would be too complicated, and would have to be redone after every new movie posted, so I’ll just do it chronologically–the first movie in the list will be the first posted, etc.
3. I’ll give just the name of the movie, without the other stuff (“Movie Night”, etc.) that I have as the post title. After each link, I’ll put one or two tags to give an idea of the type of movie.
4. As the number increases, I’ll put in more tables.
5. Occasionally a movie I post will disappear, since the YouTube account it’s associated with is closed, or the movie is taken down by the poster, etc. When I notice this, I usually try to fix it by finding a link elsewhere. For items that have been up for awhile I may not be aware of what’s happened. Thus, if you go to see something and it’s gone, contact me and I’ll see what I can do, within the constraints of my schedule and of what I can find.
6. Shorts and certain odds and ends I may not put in the index–e.g. the first episode of the Mahabharata which I copied from the Caravanserai. Since that’s mostly to help people get to the appropriate YouTube channel, I’m not linking it here. By and large, though, most of what I have posted will be here. If a movie covered more than one post, I’ll give the links to all.
It will probably take awhile to get everything up to date, so be patient. As to the format, there may be better ways to do this. I’ll explore different avenues and may totally rework the index eventually. In the meantime, I hope this is a help to finding movies you might like. Enjoy!
I’m working on a multi-part review of Star Trek: The Motion Picture. I’ve put up two installments thus far, and will post at least two further (perhaps more). I’ll be putting them under the “Reviews” section. However, as a long-time fan of Star Trek in all its various iterations, particularly the original series (TOS), I may do more posts of a Trek-related nature now and then. Thus, I’m putting up this index page for the continuing voyages of Trek writing, in which I’m also putting my earlier reviews of J. J. Abrams’s 2009 movie. Live long and prosper!
This is a new series distinct from my series of book (and other media) reviews. This series contains essays on books that changed my life, were or are important to me for various reasons, and that I still reflect upon. The first (and eponymous) essay in the series sets the stage. Future essays will deal with specific books.
The Bible (which required an entire series by itself)
This is an ongoing concern of mine. My training is in mathematics and physics, and I’ve always been around engineers and techie types. Given that, it truly appalls me how little most people understand and appreciate the issues involved with infrastructure. This is especially so in light of our aging infrastructure, which is much more fragile than most people think. I had a couple of infrastructure-related posts here, and I just posted a couple of other infrastructure essays from a few years ago. I figured there are enough to deserve a category index, especially since I may return to the topic now and then.