My latest story for Medium was inspired by Medium’s own Project Zen, which promised to deliver a “zen-like reading experience.” What, I wondered, could that possibly mean? And what does zen mean in all those company names: Zendesk, Zenify, Zenhub, Urban Zen, and on and on? If you too are curious, hop over to The Zen of Everything, and don’t forget to clap (with one hand, if that’s your zen-like jam. And if you want to stay in the flow, here’s a referral link for Medium membership.
A few things I omitted from that story:
Are you perhaps wondering who owns the zen.com domain? It’s a mysterious company whose terrible tagline is “Where Finance Meets Zen,” or possibly (as the metadata has it) “When Finance Meets Zen.” I’m not going to provide a link, because so much of the site is shady. (The parts I can read, that is. The parts that are in Polish—well, I have no idea.)
If you really want a zen domain, zen.app is available for $29,000 and zenzen.com can be yours for $38,888. Or hey—meditate on it and make an offer!
Just one of many, many, many zen-as-fuck or zen-AF tchotchkes out there in the wide world of commerce. The mug is from an Irish vendor on Etsy. You can also buy a Zen As F*ck journal on Amazon. (“The road to serenity is ahead, and it’s paved with a f*ck-ton of profanity.”) As loyal readers know, I’ve been writing about “AF” on the Strong Language blog for-fucking-ever. My most recent post is here.
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