In Defence of Stephen Mitchell (and ourselves)

Since the recent publication of our version of the Tao Te Ching, I’ve been self-consciously eyeing up many of the other versions that are available next to ours in the Kindle Store. Comparing the actual wordings of these other versions to our own has been enjoyable, but I’ve also spent some time exploring the reviews … Continue reading

The way things should be…

It is a common practice these days to look at the world and the things in it with a sense of disenfranchised self-righteousness. We look at all the violence and the pollution that humanity has wrought over the centuries and make every effort to distance ourselves from these negative aspects of our history. It is … Continue reading

Hotel Rungyong

I was reminded of an old idea I used to love, a story really, about how the internet would someday let us all see the world from everyone else’s perspective.  That would be the day we, as a selfish, disparate, atomic, individualized, and cultured species,  “got it”. We all live a lot like the other, … Continue reading

No Surprise: Corporate media not full of surprises when it comes to investigating the misdeeds of sponsors

The Winnipeg Sun and Peak of the Market are at it again. The Winnipeg Sun and CJOB have both been waging a relentless campaign against the Canadian Wheat Board. And this has been echoed to a lesser extent across the Sun News Network. The arguments against the CWB are predictable and in line with the … Continue reading

A Radical Definition of Radical

In Short: Radical — to be radical means to oppose the orthodoxies of the times, be they religious, political, social, institutional, economic, etc.  One is more radical, the more fundamental and total the change for which they agitate. In more detail: Because the meaning of radical has been overdetermined, we have fallen prey to many … Continue reading

Stability born of force is not order… (Video translation of Chapter 3)

As some of you may know, we have a long-term goal to have each of the 81 chapters of our translation of the Tao Te Ching read by a different voice. (If you would like to be one of the voices, follow this link…) This reading was graciously donated by Karen, and features ants carrying … Continue reading


In Short: The process of realizing something you believed in (a person, a truth, an idea, an institution, a system of governance, etc) is not true, coming to terms with this, and taking the opportunity to reevaluate what you had believed to be true with the intentions of finding new meaning. In more detail: The … Continue reading

Crowdsourcing comes through again

Thanks to yet another generously donated voice, we have put together another video reading of our translation of the Tao Te Ching. Have a peek: The rest of our video readings can be found on our YouTube page. Our text translation is here. We are still desperate for new voices, so if you would like … Continue reading

Finally, another chapter in the video translation

Thanks to the generosity of a friend, who donated his voice to our cause, we have put together another short video reading of our translation of the Tao Te Ching. Chapter 6: We need as many voices as we can get, so if you’re interested in being the next disembodied narrator for one of our … Continue reading

Lend us your voices (and be an internet star)

Over a year ago, we decided it would be interesting to make audio recordings of our translation of the Tao Te Ching and record short videos to accompany them. Our goal was to have a different person read each of the 81 chapters. As you can see from our YouTube Channel, we stalled pathetically after … Continue reading