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Qingyuan Xingsi

Qingyuan Xingsi (ur. 660, zm toddler water bottle. 740); chiń. 青原行思

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, pinyin Qīngyuán Xìngsī; kor. 청원행사 Ch’ǒngwǒn Haengsa; jap. Seigen Gyōshi; wiet. Thanh Nguyên Hành Tư) – chiński mistrz chan Południowej szkoły chanu. Znany także jako Jizhou Xingsi i Qingzhu Xingsi.

O jego życiu niewiele wiadomo. Pochodził zapewne z Luling (dziś miasto Ji’an) (w południowej części Jiangxi). Jego rodowe nazwisko to Liu. Po praktyce pod kierunkiem Huinenga i osiągnięciu oświecenia, powrócił do miejsca, z którego pochodził i tam nauczał w klasztorze Jingzhou na górze Qingyuan, w którym zgromadziło się wielu uczniów.

Po przekazaniu Dharmy uczniowi Shitou, 13 dnia 12 miesiąca księżycowego w 740 r. mistrz wszedł do sali Dharmy aby pożegnać się z kongregacją. Usiadł w pozycji medytacyjnej i zmarł. Jego stupa otrzymała nazwę “Powrót do Prawdy”.

O tym, że był uczniem 6 Patriarchy Huinenga nie wspomina Sutra ołtarzowa.

Jego istnienie i rola jaką – być może – odegrał w historii chanu została po raz pierwszy potwierdzona przez nadanie mu pośmiertnego tytułu “mistrz chan Rozległych Korzyści” przez cesarza Xizonga (pan. 873–888) natural steak tenderizer.

Pierwsza informacja o nim zawarta jest w 3 zwoju Zutang ji (Antologia gmachu Patriarchów) z 952 r., gdzie jako Qingzhu Xingsi jest jednym z omówionych 8 uczniów Huinenga.

Tak więc w prawie 130 lat po jego śmierci nagle zaczęto go promować, a 200 lat po jego śmierci wprowadzono go także do historycznej pracy. W pewnych kręgach chanu konieczna była nagle jego “ekshumacja z obskurności” Ponieważ Shitou Xiqian w chwili śmierci Huinenga miał zaledwie 13 lat, nie mógł być jego spadkobiercą, więc konieczne było znalezienie pośrednika łączącego go z Huinengiem i został nim Qingzhu Xingsi. Praca Zutang ji została napisana przez uczniów mistrza chan Zhaoqinga Wendenga (884–972) i jej celem było uprawomocnienie linii przekazu tego mistrza. Potwierdzenie Wendenga jako mistrza chan oparte było na przekazie Dharmy pomiędzy Huinengiem i Xingsim a więc nagle mistrz ten wyłonił się jako główna postać chanu. Dopomogła w tym “tajemna transmisja”, która w chanie odbywała się w cztery oczy, a więc afiliacje linii przekazu mogły być właściwie dowolnie kształtowane.

W wyniku tych promocji Qingyuan Xinsi stał się jednym z najważniejszych mistrzów w historii chanu. Zapoczątkowana przez niego linia przekazu, poprzez jego ucznia Shitou Xiqiana (700–790), dała w efekcie aż trzy “domy” czyli szkoły chanu z pięciu. Były to szkoły yunmen, fayan i caodong.

Pierwsza liczba oznacza liczbę pokoleń od Pierwszego Patriarchy chan w Indiach Mahakaśjapy.

Druga liczba oznacza ilość pokoleń od Pierwszego Patriarchy chan w Chinach Bodhidharmy.

Zimride

Zimride connects inter-city drivers and passengers through social networking and is the largest rideshare program in the United States. The service has over 350,000 users, is active on 125 university campuses, and has partnerships with Facebook and Zipcar.

Co-founder Logan Green had the inspiration for Zimride after sharing rides from the University of California, Santa Barbara campus to visit his girlfriend in Los Angeles. He had used Craigslist’s ride boards, but wanted to eliminate the anxiety of not knowing the passenger or driver. When Facebook opened its API to third-party developers, Green thought “Here’s the missing ingredient”.

John Zimmer was inspired by the empty seats he had during his commute from Upstate New York to New York City while an analyst at Lehman Brothers. As a student at Cornell University, Zimmer took classes on transportation. After learning of the progression from canals to railroads to highways, he viewed ridesharing as the next step towards efficiency. Noting that 80% of the seats on American highways are empty how to tenderize tough cooked beef, Zimmer asserts that ridesharing, “is a huge opportunity to create efficiency to save a lot of money and to reduce our environmental footprint”.

Zimmer and Green were introduced through a mutual friend and met on Facebook. Green had posted details about his new company called “Zimride”, which interested Zimmer, who had been keeping a journal about carpooling ideas. Although the names Zimmer and Zimride are similar, the company name comes from the country Zimbabwe, where Green had observed locals develop a grassroots public transportation system.

In 2007, Zimride received $250,000 in seed money from Facebook’s fbFund, expanded to six employees, and took on Stanford and Dartmouth as clients. fbFund selected Zimride, along with ten other startups, out of 1,000 applicants.

In August 2010, Zimride announced a $1.2 million round of seed funding from FLOODGATE, K9 Ventures, Keith Rabois, and Teddy Downey.

In 2011, Zimride closed a $6 million Series A round of funding from the Mayfield Fund, FLOODGATE, and K9 Ventures, bringing their total investments to $7.5 million.

In 2007, Green and Zimmer launched the first version of the rideshare program at Cornell University; in six months, the service had signed up 20% of the student body. Green and Zimmer promoted the service through guerrilla marketing; in particular, the pair would dress in frog suits and hand out flyers to Cornell students. Later, while on a Lehman Brothers recruiting trip, Zimmer was recognized by a potential recruit, who asked “I swear I recognize you—were you in a frog suit on Saturday on campus?” By 2007, Zimride was active on both Cornell’s and UCSB’s campuses. Zimmer would later quit his job at Lehman Brothers to work with Green full-time on Zimride.

As of April 2012, Zimride has 29 employees, has facilitated more than 26,000 carpools, has helped users travel over 100 million miles, and has saved over $50 million in vehicle operating expenses. The service is active at over 125 universities including USC, University of Minnesota, UCLA, UCSF, Cornell, Harvard, and the University of Michigan. Universities pay around $10,000 per year to use the platform

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. Travel between San Francisco and Los Angeles was the most popular route on Zimride.

In 2012, Zimride redesigned its website for use on smartphone web browsers. The new version of the site was designed by LinkedIn’s mobile product and design lead Frank Yoo.

Zimride was sold to Enterprise Holdings (St. Louis) on July 10, 2013. Terms of the sale were not disclosed.

Users sign into Zimride through their Facebook account, which creates a profile for them on the Zimride system. When a user posts available seats in his or her car, along with personal details like smoking and musical preferences, passengers can find a match for their destination. The service connects people that work at the same company, go to the same school, or have mutual Facebook friends. By doing this, the anxiety of ridesharing with a stranger is eliminated. When looking back on why carpooling had failed in the past, Zimmer said that the number one reason was trust.

Creating a Zimride profile is free. The site uses an algorithm that accounts for the distance to pick someone up and the time for detouring to a passenger drop-off point. The site then ranks the options and assigns a score to the best matches. Drivers decide what to charge passengers, although Zimride offers suggested charges based on gas costs. Passengers can pay with PayPal or credit card, and will receive a full refund if the driver fails to pick up. The routes between San Francisco and Los Angeles and San Francisco to Lake Tahoe are both public routes, which means drivers can sell seats in their cars to buyers, who purchase the trip like a plane ticket. The majority of Zimride users are women.

In May 2012, Zimride announced Lyft, an app that allows users to request a driver immediately and get a ride anywhere. The company vets each driver with a thorough interview process and criminal check, and users pay for the ride with a donation, which is approximately 30% less than a cab fare.

In 2009, Zimride partnered with Zipcar to allow customers who have rented out a Zipcar to bring passengers on trips. The plan originated years before when Zimmer reached out to Zipcar CEO Scott Griffith while working at Lehman Brothers.

The site currently has over 350,000 registered users and has saved $50 million in vehicle operation expenses. Representatives at the University of Southern California note that Zimride is “a lot different than reading a blank ad. It’s been received well on campus”. Reuters noted “The Zimride brand promise is to reduce CO2 emissions, lower the annual strain on our transportation infrastructure and help everyone involved save money. They just may have a shot at making carpooling sexy”. In 2009, Zimmer and Green were named finalists in Business Week’s list of America’s Best Young Entrepreneurs.

Zimride has partnered with concert company Live Nation and music festivals Bonnaroo, Coachella, and Lollapalooza to hold ridesharing contests that award users with prizes. Zimride has also partnered with Jack Johnson natural steak tenderizer, Dave Matthews Band, and Sheryl Crow to provide ridesharing to their events.

Zimride users often become friends with their passengers or drivers. Zimmer’s goal for Zimride is to bring “communities together and help people save money”.

Vintage Crop

Vintage Crop (1 March 1987 – 14 July 2014) was a British-bred Irish-trained Thoroughbred racehorse best known for becoming the first overseas runner to win Australia’s premier race the Melbourne Cup. The chestnut gelding competed in flat racing in Ireland, England, and Australia from 1992 to 1995. He won 16 races in Ireland, England, and Australia. For his performance during the 1993 racing season he earned the Cartier Award for Top Stayer.

Vintage Crop also won international fame in 1993 by becoming the first overseas-trained horse to win the Melbourne Cup. He is commemorated by a statue in the Curragh Racecourse. He returned to Australia for the 1994 and 1995 Melbourne Cups, where he finished seventh and third, respectively.

Vintage Crop was trained by Dermot Weld, who returned to Australia in 2002 and again won the Melbourne Cup with the Irish horse Media Puzzle.

Vintage Crop was a chestnut gelding with a white star and three white socks bred in the United Kingdom by Bertram and Diana Firestone. He was from the first crop of foals sired by Rousillon an American stallion who raced in Europe grey football uniforms, winning the Queen Anne Stakes, Sussex Stakes and Prix du Moulin in 1985. The best of his other offspring included the double Eddie Read Handicap winner Fastness and the Challenge Stakes winner Sally Rous. Vintage Crop’s dam Overplay won two minor races and finished third in the Ribblesdale Stakes in 1981. Vintage Crop entered the ownership of Michael Smurfit and was sent into training with Dermot Weld at the Curragh.

Vintage Crop began his racing career by winning a two-mile flat race at Thurles Racecourse in October 1991 and was then campaigned in National Hunt races, winning two novice hurdle in December. He returned to the flat in 1992, winning handicap races at Gowran Park and Tralee and finishing fifth to Mashaallah when moved up in class for the Group One Irish St Leger at the Curragh Racecourse. In October he was sent to England to contest the Cesarewitch Handicap over two and a quarter miles at Newmarket Racecourse. Carrying a weight of 132 pounds he took the lead a quarter of a mile from the finish and drew away to win by eight lengths.

In 1993, Vintage Crop made a brief return to hurdling to finish sixth to Granville Again in the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham Racecourse before being aimed at long distance races on the flat. He won a minor race at Leopardstown Racecourse and the Listed Curragh Cup as well as being placed in the Saval Beg Stakes and the Meld Stakes and finishing sixth in the Ascot Gold Cup. On 18 September, the gelding ran for the second time in the Irish St Leger and started at odds of 9/2 against a field which included Drum Taps and Snurge. Ridden by Mick Kinane, he took the lead approaching the final quarter mile and won by two and a half lengths from Assessor. Vintage Crop was then sent to Australia in an attempt to become the first foreign-trained horse to win the Melbourne Cup natural steak tenderizer. Ridden again by Kinane, the Irish gelding produced a strong run in the straight to overtake Te Akau Nick in the closing stages and win going away by three lengths. The unplaced horses included Subzero, The Phantom and Drum Taps.

In 1994 Vintage Crop won the Saval Beg Stakes and finished three-quarters of a length second to Arcadian Heights in the Ascot Gold Cup. After finishing second in the Curragh Cup and winning a minor race at the Curragh, he started 7/4 favourite for the Irish St Leger in September. He took the race for the second time, beating Rayseka by three lengths with the British challenger Bob’s Return in fifth. In the 1994 Melbourne Cup, Vintage Crop carried top weight and finished seventh of the twenty-four runners behind the British-trained Jeune.

As an eight-year-old, Vintage Crop won a minor race at Leopardstown, finished fourth to Double Trigger in the Ascot Gold Cup and then won the Curragh Cup for the second time. He then won the Listed Ballycullen Stakes before finishing fourth behind Strategic Choice, Moonax and Oscar Schindler in the Irish St Leger. On his final racecourse appearance, Vintage Crop finished third behind Doriemus and Nothin’ Leica Dane in the 1995 Melbourne Cup.

Vintage Crop retired at the Irish National Stud in Kildare and could be visited by the public as part of the stud’s Living Legends exhibit, alongside Kicking King, Beef or Salmon and Moscow Flyer. He died at the Irish National Stud on 14 July 2014 at the age of twenty-seven.