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Nov. 1st, 2006


Personal Financial Management: Stock homework

"What did you invest in?"
"...and what do they make?"
"Photographic equipment..."
"Oh, Canon. Not armaments."

Oct. 26th, 2006

Naruto Cat & Balloon


I scored 100% on last week's late-night Whack-a-mole project!

The rest is very, very geeky and I'm not even trying to make it easily to follow.Collapse )

Anyway, I kept that up until it finaly seemed to work, around 2:30. The TDD folks' claims of peace and prosperity never looked better; I'm definitely going to read up on and start using jUnit 4 for the second project.

Oct. 23rd, 2006

Naruto Cat & Balloon

(no subject)

"Exact wording will vary."

Oct. 20th, 2006

Naruto Cat & Balloon

"Virtue is not the absence of vices or the avoidance of moral dangers"

It's been a while since I've read much about virtue, and I think I would do well to fix that; to remind myself what they all mean, and how well (or badly) I emulate them.

Prudence, Justice, Temperance, and Fortitude. Faith, Hope and Love.

I do not suppose I've been particularly good at them lately; I shall have to recall what they mean, then work more at the former and pray more for the latter.

"Virtue is not the absence of vices or the avoidance of moral dangers; virtue is a vivid and separate thing, like pain or a particular smell. Mercy does not mean not being cruel, or sparing people revenge or punishment; it means a plain and positive thing like the sun, which one has either seen or not seen.

"Chastity does not mean abstention from sexual wrong; it means something flaming, like Joan of Arc."

-- GK Chesterton, "A Piece of Chalk"; brought back to my attention by Dawn.

"Before any modern man talks with authority about loving men, I insist (I insist with violence) that he shall always be very much pleased when his barber tries to talk to him. His barber is humanity: let him love that. If he is not pleased at this, I will not accept any substitute in the way of interest in the Congo or the future of Japan. If a man cannot love his barber whom he has seen, how shall he love the Japanese whom he has not seen?"

-- GK Chesterton, "The Orthodox Barber"

Sep. 25th, 2006


Theology Poll #1

These questions will be aimed mainly at Christians, though everyone is welcome to respond:

  1. What do you think the afterlife is like? Does the same thing happen to everyone, or are there different possibilities? Are some of them better than others?
  2. Assuming you believe in Heaven and Hell, how do you think one should try to enter Heaven? In short, how does salvation "work"? (Pun not quite intended)
  3. Regarding that last question, I'm particularly curious about what is required of each individual. Is there anything we must do, or are there any conditions we must satisfy, to be "saved"?
  4. I believe one (normative) requirement on us is to "Be Fruitful". What does that mean? Might it have anything to do with the "fruits" of the Holy Spirit? Do you agree that it's necessary?
These questions (and answers to them) have been formulating in my mind for some time now, but before I state my position I would like to see what some of you think.

Aug. 21st, 2006

Sad wildkitty

(no subject)

The human body will do all manner of strange and purgative things to remove what ails it.

Aug. 12th, 2006

Naruto Cat & Balloon

Please pray:


A mentor of mine is going to help with a very delicate situation this afternoon. Someone's life is unraveling, and they need all the prayers they can get. He didn't say whose, except that it's not someone I know.

That's really all I know, but God can figure the rest out. Any prayer is appreciated, even retroactive. ;)

What should I pray about for you?

Jul. 21st, 2006

Naruto Cat & Balloon

Quote of the day: "Murder, after all, is suicide turned outward."

While I don't have much close experience with these attitudes, I encounter them often enough to make me wonder. When I read Dawn's thoughts on calling the unborn "parasites", it just seemed to make sense... what do you think? Does this seem on-the-spot, or am I totally off-base?

I haven't myself quite figured out why a woman would use the parasite analogy, but I have an idea that it begins with the woman's view of her own birth. A woman who feels unloved is going to see herself as a parasite upon her own parents, spouse, or lover. In viewing the child gestating within her as a parasite, she is extending her own feeling of worthlessness and alienation to her baby. By exterminating the child, she is insuring that it will never be the burden upon others that she believes she herself was or is to those close to her.

That's the reason for the enduring appeal of Margaret Sanger's slogan "every child a wanted child." Those who support the abortion of "unwanted" babies are responding to their own trauma of feeling unloved — and perhaps, without realizing it, exacting revenge upon the people who didn't want them.

The more delicate subscribers to the parasite philosophy use the same excuse for aborting the "unwanted" as euthanasia advocates use for starving the disabled: "I wouldn't want to live that way." When someone makes such a statement with the express object of killing another human being, they are really speaking of themselves. They wouldn't want to live that way; therefore, nobody should be permitted to do so. Murder, after all, is suicide turned outward. The truth that such people don't want to hear is that when they kill the "worm," the demons remain.

There is hope after abortion. Visit Rachel's Vineyard.

--Dawn Eden

Jul. 17th, 2006

Naruto Cat & Balloon


Has anyone taken Data Comm 2?

Actually, Schreiner's Programming Skills course sounds much more intersting, but the time could be problematic. I was hoping to take Aikido on Monday or Wedneaday evenings, and that's exactky when Schreiner's class is.

Then again, I don't recognize the data comm professor's name: Minseok Kwon... worrisome. Anyone know about that person?

I expect I'll ask Prof. Schreiner what he's teaching this quarter, then switch to that. I can still take Aikido at a dojo on Mondays and Wednesdays after I graduate, I think... (Tuesdays and Fridays are the only definitely booked days of each week, after summer).

Jul. 14th, 2006

Naruto Cat & Balloon

Quote of the day

"Reading Chesterton, it struck me for the first time that there was something exciting about Christianity. Up until then, I had been politically liberal and thought that Christians apart from my mom were a faceless mass of white-bread Moral Majority types who controlled the world. I wanted to be a rebel, and part of defining myself that was was to not be a Christian. Chesterton suggested to me that it was the other way around; Christians were the true rebels. "

-- Dawn Eden

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