Category: Work

Sabahata Nala – On Relating

Sabahata Nala On Relating Humanity is fundamentally a social species but with the confusing ability to act both socially in accordance with instinct and also independently and against instinctual behavior. This juxtaposition of opposite tendencies has kept humankind from evolving into a hive species with all of the dangers...

Brahma Kama – The Divine Work

WORK! For it is that for which you have been created. The divine work is your reason for being and awaits your energy and effort. That for which you have been made is not a mystery! You are not an ornament to adorn the garden of creation. You are...

Five Seasons of Fellini – Amarcord

Five Seasons of Fellini   If you are no longer a teenager, think back to the time when you were. If you were to pick one significant year from that time and make it into a movie, who are the people, what are the images, and what are the...

The Impact of the Concept of Culture on the Concept of Man

Here is a link to some excerpts from the Geertz essay Summary of the Main Points of “The Impact of the Concept of Culture on the Concept of Man” – Clifford Geertz (summary by Vago Damitio) In this essay, Clifford Geertz goes to great efforts to make the point...

Book Review: The $100 Startup by Chris Guillebeau

Review by Vago Damitio The $100 Startup by Chris Guillebeau Let me get this out of the way. I like Chris Guillebeau. I haven’t met him in person, but I’ve been connected with him on social media for quite a while now, I subscribe to his email newsletter and I...

The Great and Terrible Machine of Human Civilization

We, as a species, have built a great and terrible machine. It is a planetary behemoth which uses everything in its reach to make itself more great and, sadly, more terrible. I do not believe that the terrible part is an intentional design – for the most part –...

The Problem with Everything

The problem with everything is that human beings have a tendency to take the short term self-interest choice over the long terms self interest choice. We are, for some reason, wired for it. I understand this, but I’m having a hard time explaining it in words. Let’s say there...

The Great and Terrible Machine of Human Civilization

We, as a species, have built a great and terrible machine. It is a planetary behemoth which uses everything in its reach to make itself more great and, sadly, more terrible. I do not believe that the terrible part is an intentional design – for the most part –...

My First Day Driving for Lyft

Day before yesterday was my last day working as an underpaid contract archaeologist. The good news is that I’m still an archaeologist – but not employed as one. Maybe there are archaeology jobs out there that wouldn’t make me scramble to pay my bills or question my self worth...

Moving is Hard Work….

Just in case I forgot to mention it – moving is really hard work.Mentally and physically it is extremely challenging and the past month, I’ve been working in a state of hyper-overdrive. The amount of stuff that has been accomplished seems insurmountable when I look back on it…this is...

May Day

It’s a beautiful day here on the Oregon Coast. The kind of day that almost makes me forget about how difficult the winter was this year. I walked my daughter to school – as I do most days when it isn’t raining – and took my time walking back....

The Thoughts and Questions That Plague My Mind

Is this the best that we can do? That’s the first one. It’s the most depressing one. Humanity has failed. Not only is it not the best we can do, it’s not even in the top 90% of what we can do. We have failed on so many levels...

#vagothinks

I have strong opinions and good ideas – I’m tired of keeping them to myself. I’m going to be sharing them from now on on twitter using the hashtag #vagothinks – I’m still a week out from completing my 99 day fast from Facebook – I may do another...

The Astounding Way I Earn a Living These Days…and more

America is awash in stuff, things, shit, and treasure… It’s fucking astounding. It blows my mind. Always has. Probably always will. This country has such an amazing glut of material goods that it struggles with what to do with them – but at the same time – the citizens...

A 99 Day Break from Facebook

UPDATE: Just a few days in and I already find that I have extra time on my hands. It’s amazing how when I have a spare moment on the computer or in the shop or at home, my mind says “Check out Facebook” and then when I don’t I...

Matter and Matters

Sometimes (actually most of the time) it’s far too easy to get caught up in this world of matter. This world of financial responsibilities, bills, wars, rumours of wars, and again financial matters – most especially money. Money, money, money, money, money, money, money.   It’s what makes this...

Junk in the Trunk

Life is never as simple as it should be.  Life in Reedsport is very nice. We’ve had a steady stream of guests since we moved in – which is a very nice change – to be able to host friends and catch up on old times in our own...

Reedsport Life

I’ve moved my family from North Africa to Turkey back to North Africa to California and now to Reedsport, Oregon. From here, I’m not planning on moving my family again. Sure, life in the USA isn’t as great as it once was, the days of children having more opportunity...

The Relief of a Home

I’ve secretly been carrying the weight of the world around on my shoulders but wasn’t able to tell anyone about it. Finally, I can relax. Deciding to bring my wife and daughter to the USA was a huge decision and not one that I made lightly, the visa process...

No Se Pickers – Yo Se Pickers

I know pickers. Man, I know a lot of pickers. I know glass pickers, gun pickers, fishing pickers, fish pickers, antique pickers, advertising pickers, and toy pickers. I know nose pickers, too. No se pickers? I know pickers. I read about the economy of the USA and how jobs...