I know that the day will come when my sight of this earth shall be lost and life will take its leave in silence drawing the last curtain over my eyes. Yet stars will watch at night and morning rise as before and hours heave like sea waves casting off pleasures and pains. When I think of this end of my moments the barriers of the moments breaks and I see by the light of death your world with its careless treasures. Rare is its lowliest treasures rare is its meanest of lives. Things that I longed for in vain and things that I got, let them pass. Let me but truly posses the things that I spurned and overlooked.
I got this from a whatsapp group I belong to. OMG. A child drew this. I can believe. 🙏🏼
My calendar has an entry in it. One that I’d forgotten about because I entered it almost 10 months ago. Day of Enlightenment. Ugh. What hubris!
Let’s take stock. Let’s me navel-gaze.
- This blog. That’s nice.
- The Amazing Soap shop? 3 Sales, of which one invoice is outstanding… I owe everyone an email about that actually. Also - expired SSL cert, ugh.
ilovezoona. That’s very nice, actually! I’m hoping this gitlab link to something called
application-environmentwould be public open soon. Let’s hold thumbs.
- I have a beard now. I get it about the (bl)hair now too.
- Have you ever loved a book so much that you decided to retype it from scratch? This whole paragraph is a link to an open copy of The Diamond Sutra. If you’re a book person, you’ll know what I mean when I say books convey ideas very well. I’m saying this book contains an idea worth conveying.
- Motorbikes! Street Triple and KLR 650. Had (about) one accident that could have been fatal very easily, but ended up being nothing. That’s how luck works. Sometimes you walk away without a bruise and other times you die. Sobering.
- Being with people dealing with cancer is a privilege in the same way that eating very dark chocolate is a treat. And while I’m on the topic. Chocolate and chilli combination is an abomination from god.
Enough. There’s work to do.
Here’s the main thrust of the idea:
- In the game I’m playing, the civs that have high religion don’t have great armies or good science. They are very high on religion though so there’s lots of missionaries and apostles running around. Lightning and thunder, that sort of thing.
- I have a relatively minor religion arranged around a strategy of collecting money and production from the faithful.
- I activated the inquisition, which allows you to eliminate all religions except one from a city. (Protip - don’t let your inquisitors get confused about which religion they’re supposed to be members of…)
- Go to the enemy civ’s Holy sites, conquer those cities using the regular army.
- Send in the inquisitors to eradicate all faiths that are not mine. Inquisitors are cheap, but you only need one. Have an apostle ready to convert the lost sheep back to the one true faith.
- Then make peace and return the conquered cities.
The opposition faiths are now inoculated.
In this game, I’m aiming for a science victory, but the religions are being irksome so I’m just trying to delay the faith game enough to actually reach the science victory condition.
I saw this next bit on Seneca Systems’ recruitment site:
Why Have Values?
Out of timber so crooked as that from which man is made, nothing entirely straight can be built. — Immanuel Kant
We recognize that it is more difficult to adhere to values than to simply not have them at all. We also understand that values are aspirational and, as Kant speaks to above, we are inherently flawed creatures [emphasis mine].
I call bullshit! We are not “inherently flawed creatures”. We are beautiful beyond measure. Since we’re dueling with quotes, let me riposté with this one:
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine as children do. It’s not just in some of us; it is in everyone. And as we let our own lights shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others. – Marianne Williamson Author, Lecturer
So why have values then?
I actually rather like the values that Seneca Systems chose:
- Right over Easy
- Don’t always be Right
- Optimize for People
Values provide shared higher aspirations. We say what we believe in so we can all acknowledge that in each other. Even obvious things have to be communicated clearly.
FIRST STEPS =========== - What am I trying to do? - Has it been done before? - Does it have a name? -- Programming Buddha
Ok, hi!, I’m Pieter, I’m a human. I haven’t been posting in a while, because bloooooog. ugh.
I have a Linked-In now. There are some fancy Business People on there. It’s nice
Digitally, I’m still with keybase.io. They’re awesome! I have invites, ask me about them.
I work at Zoona now!. I’m helping them make it real!
The theme of the moment is Ask me how to make tech useful for you at Zoona.
Ok, that's it.
When the student is ready the master appears
I am finding myself drawn, more and more, into my latent spirituality. Everything is connected. There is no beginning and there is no end. However, one has to start somewhere. This introductory video is as good as any other starting point. Enjoy!
Come, Blessed One, we pray Thee, roll the wheel of the dew-sweet Law – which is excellent in the beginning, excellent in the middle, and excellent in the end! – Lotus Sutra
It is a great privilege to be able to share a few days worth of work.