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Political Test

You are a

Social Liberal
(81% permissive)

and an...

Economic Liberal
(15% permissive)

You are best described as a:

Socialist




Link: The Politics Test on Ok Cupid

Nunc Dimittis

Read it. Seldom can so few words make one laugh and cry.
I am reminded of why I once wanted to become a priest but didn't.

Military Reading List

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Slashdot came through with a good one, US Military Commander's Suggested Reading List. First the a Army Reading List then the comments fill in the Marines and Air Force versions.

Recently I have been trying to get a better background in strategy, be it military, political or buisness. So books like The Art of War, The Prince, Hagakure and the like. Feel free to recommend any missing must reads.

Religon and Fiction

Found a couple of good ones on k5, A Quick Overview of Buddhism and Introduction to the Cthulhu Mythos. Yea it is a strange combo.

feng shui

Intresting question What is the feng shui of cyberspace? In another sense how about applying to the automobile?

Career Management

Managing one's career with a little derivative. It is all about learning but sometimes in less obvious ways.

Things Before Marriage

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From the prespective of a single guy the Fifteen Fights to Have Before You Get Engaged looks to be a good list of things to cover before takign the marriage vows. Now wonder what the married and planning to be married folks think?

Dave on Open Source

Dave's theory on why user's want Open Source:
... software development process is an inexorable and never-ending battle against creeping idiocy caused by clueless programmers. It's why users want open source. They're tired of being controlled by programmers who don't care about them.
He gets the creeping idiocy and clueless ness right but puts them to the wrong part of the food chain. Once again it is the practices of abusive corporations, and not just Microsoft the much loved Apple is equally to blaim along with others. The users and purchasers of software have grown used to the "screw you" and realise it feels much better when cash isn't involved, kinda like sex.

What is a Just War?

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I'm glad to have found St Thomas Aquinas' Conditions for a Just War which I first remembered encountering during the first U.S. vs. Iraq War baci in '90 and '91. At the time I wanted to go on the record as being a concious objector, simply put my religon had to all for concious objection and I had to be on record with some leader of my religon that I was one. Being Roman Catholic concious objection is allowed if the War was an Unjust War as defined by the above link.

Personal Honesty

Colgate Money Shot
I had to admire it, the willingness to face himself down, to admit what a piece of shit he could be, which is, I think, the sign of a worthwhile person.

Dave on 9/11

Dave has some good Lessons of 9-11 on the bottom of the page. But this just really stuck out:
I think it's that God doesn't think we're as important as we do.

Path to Enlightenment

Noble Eightfold Path


Right Understanding
Right Thought
Right Speech
Right Action
Right Livelihood
Right Effort
Right Mindfulness
Right Concentration

Description of Buddhism

The Snelling Sutra


What is Buddhism About?
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Basically the question is: How can you achieve release from suffering? The Buddha found that there are certain steps that can be taken. Buddhism therefore offers its followers things that they can do rather than things for them to believe.
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Meditation
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When people are meditating, they are not frantically caught up in all the pictures and thoughts that are milling about in their heads. Rather, they are peacefully allowing these to settle down. They do not, however, allow their minds to go blank. In fact, they stay very alert and watch everything that comes into their minds.

Wabi Sabi

Wabi Sabi is the quintessential Japanese aesthetic. It is a beauty of things imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete. It is a beauty of things modest and humble. It is a beauty of things unconventional... Wabi-Sabi : For Artists, Designers, Poets & Philosophers ISBN 1880656124

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