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.

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The new computer, my sister, and other observations...
Wednesday, July 31, 2002

After waiting and planning for several weeks, I received the last part I needed to build my new computer last Thursday. I can't get over how powerful my new machine is.. I ran 3DMark 2001 on it and received a score of over 7000. While not the most powerful computer out there, it's well over and above the capabilities of my old system. Appropriately enough, I've christened it Justifiable Expenditure, or simply Justcost (obliquely inspired by Iain M. Bank's Culture novels).

I felt it appropriate to break in Justcost with a game I couldn't properly play before. I chose No One Lives Forever, a charming 3d shooter and an adventure into '60s spy dramas. My hat's off to you, Ms. Archer!

Finally, my sister Laura has come up from Florida to visit for the next few day. Good to see you sis!

(I have not run any auctions recently, in anticipation of these events, but intend to put up several more books RSN.)

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