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November 29, 2006

Like the eye which sees everything in front of it and never sees itself, faith is occupied with the Object upon which it rests and pays no attention to itself at all. While we are looking at God, we do not see ourselves — blessed riddance. The man who has struggled to purify himself and has had nothing but repeated failures will experience real relief when he stops tinkering with his soul and looks away to the perfect One.

– A. W. Tozer

November 27, 2006

Morbidly Fascinating
Odds For Your Death — which, all things considered, is 1 in 1
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Cool If It Were True
256 Gigs on a sheet of paperbut it's not

November 25, 2006

This Is Real
Ever open up one of these?

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November 23, 2006

Happy Thanksgiving!
Mm... turkey. That is all for now. (Specifically, nothing new to report of note, no quote to post, no new pictures, nor any poetry really. May you live in interesting times, after all, is a curse — so life must be pretty good right now.)

November 21, 2006

Sign the Petition
Save the Japanese Dophins!
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Fun for 5 Seconds
IP address locator — uses Google Maps

Before the Big Bang

November 19, 2006

The knowledge of God is very far from the love of Him.

– Blaise Pascal
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November 17, 2006

La La La
The big news, as of this moment, is that I just paid $760 for a pair of glasses. Sheesh. The frame by itself was $260, and they are using that special material for the lenses so that they will be ultra-thin. You know, since my prescription is so consarned extreme. (Really, I have the worst prescription of anyone I have met in my whole life. I can literally only see clearly up to two and a half inches from my face.) Oh, well. Needed to spend some money anyway, trying to ring up charges on my Visa in hopes they'll increase my limit if and when I pay it off. So it goes.

In happier purchases, I just received a printer I ordered, an HP 5940 — and found as I unpacked it that the cable is not included. Bleah. Can't get a break today. But yesterday my OS X keyboard arrived, and it's quite cool. Typing on it as we speak. It has all the characters printed on the keys that will output if I keep down the Option key, and the Option and Shift keys. The only bad part is that the extra USB inputs are in back, and I really need them to be on the side. C'est la vie, I suppose. In all other ways, ideal; and much cheaper than the "official" Apple keyboard. La la la.

In other news, that chick from a while back, named Gumsoon, called me last week, and it looks like I'll be seeing her sometime Thanksgiving weekend in Philly. I don't know about her, though. That third date we had was far from spectacular. We shall see what we shall see. In other dating news, I signed up with eHarmony, but have yet to receive any matches I'd like to follow up on. In other non-dating news, I saw my friend Chris Davis and he egged me on to find a practical application for my theories. Well, what I came up with to do is a general purpose reasoner (the core), which is just about between theory and practicality. But it will be CODE. And such is the stuff.

And away we go.

November 16, 2006

WebMuseum — yes, it's high culture day

My First Podcast
Tasters: Kant's Epistemology — totally unresembling light reading

November 14, 2006

The City So Nice
A couple random images of New York. Enjoy.

A Wall of Water

Columbus Circle


November 12, 2006

Who said it?

Naturally the common people don't want war; neither in Russia, nor in England, nor in America, nor in Germany. That is understood. But after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. ...Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country.
It was Hermann Göring. Yes, the WWII Nazi one.

November 11, 2006

For No Reason At All
Squirrel postcards — the other post today had too much meaning

What the Internet Is for
Vitruvius: On Architecture — yes, architecture, the calling I missed

November 9, 2006

The Eonwing Dragonfly
Of which I took the wing:

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November 7, 2006

You Talkin' to Me?
Martin Scorsese's Sesame Street

Coupons — just type in the website URL
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November 5, 2006

the death of magic

embittered by the reward we gave up so much to achieve, it tasted thus, not so sweet
desiring from the chaos of the words that they coalesce into some mystic meaning
the rhythms move us, and no one will question why, no one will hold anything back
having been alive for thousands of years, but having only been awake for five minutes
we are smaller than some of the sadnesses that will not let us go, as we try to forget
that which burns in us gathers all its voices, then loses sound in the wondering of itself
what precious perversion keeps us in doing what is right, facilitates the murdering?
the utter frustration: we want to be heard so badly because we have nothing to say
shook loose from the heavens in an accidental finality, the dream of all that was lost
we desired rightly, then lost ourselves in search, stranded in the ocean of ourselves
coming around to the beginning of nothing, ending in twitching, arbitrary abruptness
it makes sense of it all: we were awakened in the middle of a perpetual dying, a flash
we turn around in place, and the whole scenery changes when we get back into place
indeed we did it to ourselves, all the tomorrows we made from this unmade today
the holler lost in the howl of time blowing by, an unknown smile in the distant past


November 3, 2006

The State of Game Tech
Quake 3 done in Shockwave — right in your browser!
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World of Warcraft player in 2030?

November 1, 2006

What changed these very ordinary men (who were such cowards that they did not dare stand too near the cross in case they got involved) into heroes who would stop at nothing? A swindle? Hallucination? Spooky nonsense in a darkened room? Or Somebody quietly doing what He said He'd do — walk right through death? What do YOU think?

– J. B. Phillips

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