Your Theme Song is Comfortably Numb by Pink Floyd
“There is no pain, you are receding.
A distant ship’s smoke on the horizon.
You are only coming through in waves.”
You haven’t been feeling a lot lately, and you think that’s a good thing.
Interesting synchronicity this week with Tibet. I picked up this used cd, Long Live Tibet, at the music store mostly because of the mesmerizing cover:
Man, I love that photo of that girl. The album’s pretty good, featuring tracks for a number of artists; David Bowie, Pulp, Blur, Bjork, and Radiohead. Sort of a late ’90s hit parade.
This week the BBC chose to feature Tibet on their website too. An in depth look at the roof of the world and what’s going on up there. The photo essay on Tibetan nomads is well worth clicking through, but the real meat of the feature is a look at Tibet’s political future. China holds all the cards, and they are content to wait. The current Dalai Lama can’t live forever. When he eventually passes away China hopes that all this talk of a free Tibet collapses without his powerful presence and charisma to sustain it. After all, it seems so many are willing to kowtow to Beijing these days. Young Tibetans also sense a changing of the guard, perhaps from peaceful protests to violence.
What is inevitable is the political turmoil the Dalai Lama’s passing will create. China is certain to appoint their own successor, while the government in exile will likely choose their own. A similar event happened in 1995, when the Dalai Lama chose a Tibetan boy as the successor of the Panchen Lama. Chinese authorities selected another child, and the original boy disappeared, never to be seen again.
Some more links, to explore the issue further.
Just keep clearing those tabs Tom;
- Soviet era underground submarine base
- Sci Fi announces Battlestar Galactica spinoff, Caprica
- Russian rocket scrap litters the steppes
- Why does HAL sing “Bicycle Built for Two” in 2001?
- Excellent Fresh Air interview with Michael Pollan on food that I heard last week
- Snipe Gallery photo gallery software
- Procrastination explained – I am a perfectionist, not lazy
- TextMate is really, really cool
- ThinkFree Office, an online alternative to Microsoft Office
- 33 Wikis – a sample of wikis deployed across the web