Older blog entries for badvogato (starting at number 164)

"Fusion: The Search For Endless Energy" Robin Herman 1990 
Further, who was working for Teller at the time at Livermore,
could not resist. He was 26 when he filed this poem, "Perils
of Modern Living," published in 1956 by the New Yorker

Well up beyond the tropostrata There is a region stark and stellar Where, on a streak of anti-matter, Lived Dr. Edward Anti-Teller.

Remote from Fusion's origin, He lived unguessed and unawares With all his anti-kith and kin, And kept macassars on his chairs.

One morning, idling by the sea, He spied a tin of monstrous girth That bore three letters: A.E.C. Out stepped a visitor from Earth.

Then, shouting gladly o'er the sands, Met two who in their alien ways Were like as lentils. Their right hands Clasped, and the rest was gamma rays.

"When I first wrote it," Furth recalled, "

discussions on article "Saying Thanks in the Gift Culture" (Dec 2003) reminded me of watching this long 4 parts videorecording "Longitude"'s interweaving two stories: John Harrison's forty-year obsession with building his perfect timekeeper, known today as the chronometer; and naval officer Rupert Gould who, two hundred years later, stumbles across Harrison's forgotten chromometers and devotes himself to restoring Harrison's long-neglected mechanical masterpieces. Only divine grace can lend a helping hand in man's struggle with world order at times seems unsurmountable...

i found this review on Elaine Pagels "Beyond belief: The secret Gospel of Thomas" quite helpful:

" I think both the Old and New Testaments overwhelmingly affirm man's sinfulness and their need of divine intervention and grace. Where the gnostics and orthodox would divulge can be summed up very simply: The gnostics see Jesus as a spiritual example to help them in their journey to uncover the divine within them while the orthodox see Jesus as a savior who saves them from their sins and radically transforms their lives and releases them from the power of sin. One view preaches what practically every religion teaches, thus the gnostics are really nothing more than Christian Buddhists or Hindus, while the orthodox claim is wholly unique and to my satisfaction makes the most sense out of the Scriptures, both old and new Testaments."
I am also reading "The varieties of Religious Experience - a Study in Human Nature" in ebook palm format. It was 20 lectures delivered in 1902 by a Harvard psychologist Willaim James. I'd like to recommend the book to all here.

Can we say that psychology is the science of the un-scientific? Can we say that theology fathered science or science is theologian's illegitimate son, like Jesus is the son of God in human form?
"The Fallen Leaves"

Oh, I so want you to remember Those happy days when we were friends Life was sweeter then And the sun stronger than now They're gathering up the fallen leaves in shovels You see, I haven't forgotten They're gathering up the fallen leaves in shovels Along with the memories, the regrets And the north wind is carrying them Into the cold night of forgetfulness You see, I haven't forgotten The song you would write for me It's a song that's just like us You loved world, and I loved you We laughed, the two of us together You who loved this brave world, I who loved that timid you But life comes between those who love Very gently, noiselessly And the sea washes away The footprints of separated lovers From the sand.

16 Oct 2003 (updated 17 Oct 2003 at 05:48 UTC) »
> I am not sure if technology is the cure for my problem....
>                       Tom
promoting technology by design instead of letting reactive
 technology feuled by the stupidity of market demands take 
the dominating role is one step closer to solve our 

i just learned Bill Joy left Sun Microsystem, saying his technician has come to his house and unplugged all networks in his house. Bill Joy also was very pessimistic about the high hopes market has heaped upon technology.

PC industry has been a disaster but luckily Apple survived. I recorded a documentary film about Chartres Cathederal in France on my iMac. It's amazing how people at that time built something like that when they don't even have printing and papers! A tourist guide and author at Chartres for some 38 years said something funny to a group of visitors:

In the middle age, art is for God's sake. During the Renaissance, art is for man's sake. After that, art is for art sake. In 20th century, NO ART! for God's sake.

another monologue from the film: "i now spend long hours in the Cathederal and watch people. What Chartres means to me is that it opens you up if you simply allow it to work its magic. But i see a lot of people put up barriers when they come in. The sort of barriers, that i observed, is the need to be busy, the need to stuck their nose deep in the tour guide, the need to have their eyes behind the viewfinders on their camcorders most of the time, etc. On the other hand, it is all very human for that kind of resistence..."

16 Oct 2003 (updated 12 Nov 2003 at 02:30 UTC) »

duplicates of the last entry

The rise and marching on of the common men? Terminators are here to stay.

"In the course of governing, Government should not compete 
with its citizens." - current federal policy, as outlined 
in Office of Management and Budget Circular A-76.

Most interesting finding of the day from ccianet.org

What i am thinking is that the same argument can be used to support Universal Healthcare Coverage for citizens. Should basic public healthcare management be more accessible and be better off under governmental monoply power for all citizens as healthcare patients as well as healthcare providers and researchers?
25 Sep 2003 (updated 25 Sep 2003 at 22:35 UTC) »

two thumbs + two toes up 4 maslicke's colorForth page ...

sing, sing a song. make it simple to last a whole life long 
That Old Forth Religion 

4 God is watching us, god is watching us, from a distance...

i need to make a move before middle age paralyzes me...

155 older entries...

New Advogato Features

New HTML Parser: The long-awaited libxml2 based HTML parser code is live. It needs further work but already handles most markup better than the original parser.

Keep up with the latest Advogato features by reading the Advogato status blog.

If you're a C programmer with some spare time, take a look at the mod_virgule project page and help us with one of the tasks on the ToDo list!