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A mandala for the US

A group of Tibetan Buddhist monks is here in DC creating a gift for the United States: A mandala, which is an elaborate sand painting. More on mandalas is available here.

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The Web Runs on Love, Not Greed

Kevin Kelly’s “The Web Runs on Love, Not Greed” explains why the downfall of the dot coms does not mean the downfall of the Web. He says, “So much money flew around dot-coms, that it hid the main event on the web, which is the exchange of gifts. While the most popular 50 websites are crassly commercial, most of the 3 billion web pages in the world are not.”

Kelly’s article reminds me of a great piece that ran on The Motley Fool in December of 2000. At its crux, the Internet is about communicating–not making money.

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“Reading anxiety”

“Reading anxiety”–the sense that no matter what, there’ll never be enough time to read all the good stuff out there. Gotta love the J. Alfred Prufrock reference.

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Why nonprofits need strategic communications

Here’s an exceptional article outlining the reasons that nonprofits need strategic communications. It’s called “Why Take Media Seriously.”

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On Dunces and Kathmandu

I’m reading a couple different books these days. John Kennedy Toole’s “A Confederacy of Dunces” is hilarious and richly imagined, and “Video Night in Kathmandu: And Other Reports from the Not-So-Far East,” by Pico Iyer, is a revealing portrait of contemporary Asia.

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Economist’s Christmas edition

The Economist’s Christmas edition is brilliant. Don’t miss their fascinating articles about Filipinas living in Hong Kong, “The Bridget Jones Economy”, and the strange story of the Pacific island of Nauru.