In which I realize I'm getting older - 2017.

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.

Enough. There’s work to do.

For the benefit of all beings.

Civ VI - evil religious strategy

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.

The value of values

(Not the Rich Hickey talk, which is excellent, and can be found here.)

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:

  • Empathy
  • Transparency
  • 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.

Step one


 - What am I trying to do?
 - Has it been done before?
 - Does it have a name?

-- Programming Buddha

Homage and Statement of (my) Humanity

Ok, hi!, I’m Pieter, I’m a human. I haven’t been posting in a while, because bloooooog. ugh.

Firstly. Shout-out to the guys on #devops on zatech’s slack channel. Cobus is an awesome dude and one day my beard will be as long as his is. Dude, please let me buy you that beer :)

Also DevOpsDays in Cape Town was nice! @devopsdayscpt 

I have a Linked-In now. There are some fancy Business People on there. It’s nice

Digitally, I’m still with 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.


The Template Introduction

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!

The nature of mind

The Nature of Mind

No words can describe it
No example can point to it
Samsara does not make it worse
Nirvana does not make it better
It has never been born
It has never ceased
It has never been liberated
It has never been deluded
It has never existed
It has never been nonexistent
It has no limits at all
It does not fall into any kind of category.

~ Dudjom Rinpoche

The kindness of undergoing hardships

At first we did not come here clothed, finely adorned, with money in our pocket and with provision to travel. When we came into this unknown place, where we knew no one at all, we had nothing whatsoever - our only wealth was our howling mouth and empty stomach. Our mother gave us food so that we would not go hungry, drink to keep us from thirst, clothes to fend off the cold and wealth to keep us from poverty. It was not as though she just gave us things no longer of use to herself: she herself went without food, without drink and without new clothes.

Furthermore, not only did she sacrifice her happiness as far as this existence is concerned, she also deprived herself of using her assets (as offerings) to provide for her own prosperity in future lives. In brief, without regard to her own happiness, in both this life and the next, she devoted herself to rearing and caring for her child.

Nor was it the case that she obtained what was needed easily and pleasurably; to provide for her child she was obliged to sin, to suffer and to toil. She sinned by having to resort to fishing, killing animals and so on in order to care for us. She suffered because what she gave her child was the fruit of trading, labouring in the fields and so forth, wearing the late evening or early morning frost for her boots, the stars as a hat, riding the horse of her calves, beaten by the whip of the long grass, her legs exposed to the bites of dogs and her face exposed to the looks of men.

She also treated this stranger who has become her child with more love than her own father, mother or lama, even though she knew not who this being was or what it would become. She looked at her child with loving eyes, gave her gentle warmth, cradled him in her arms and talked with sweet words saying, “My joy, ah my sunshine, my treasure, coochi coochi, aren’t you mummy’s joy” and so forth.

Jé Gampopa – Gems of Dharma, Jewels of Freedom