A monk asked Nansen: "Is there a teaching no master ever taught before?"
Nansen said: "Yes, there is."
"What is it?" asked the monk.
Nansen replied: "It is not mind, it is not Buddha, it is not things."

Nansen was too kind and lost his treasure.
Truly, words have no power.
Even though the mountain becomes the sea,
Words cannot open another's mind.

the Dirty Pair in the Mandelbrot Set. (use PNG for patent-free images)
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FRP Books for Sale
Wednesday, July 10, 2002

I have put up my third batch of eBay auction items, a dozen fantasy roleplaying books. I've chosen to sell my Rolemaster books as a set to compare how that works compared to selling individually.

I've read some real horror stories about PayPal's customer service, so I didn't hold out much hope when they unexpectedly overcharged my checking account and didn't respond to my emails asking them to lift the restriction they'd placed on my own account with them. I wish I'd known before subscribing to Modern Tales that PayPal would renew my subscription on their own, and I didn't appreciate waiting weeks after I cleared my debt with them to have my account restored. But to give them credit, once I did think of calling them, I reached a human quickly, and PayPal lifted their restriction the next day. B+

Incidentally, you all should take a look at Modern Tales, because they've got some great art and good people. They charge a subscription fee, okay. I dig what Scott McCloud has said about micropayments, and Modern Tales attempts to provide that. I wish we could avoid using the power to exclude to support the creation of art, but I cannot deny the hard, mundane problems posed by rent and bandwidth charges. Besides, Modern Tales has some truly excellent stories like Paradigm Shift, Vicious Souvenirs, and Sketchbook. And if you feel cheap, you can read the new pages added each day, and forgo the archives.

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