Category: Society

The world is still a good place

December 15th, 2012, 3 Comments

At times like these, it is easy to think of the world as a cold, evil place. Perhaps in some ways, it is. I saw this quote from Fred Rogers floating around today: When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for […]

Crazy Enough?

August 19th, 2012, No Comments

So far this year, I’ve read somewhere in the neighborhood of 5000 pages. As I’ve started to read more, I’ve started to watch TV, movies, and Youtube less, because they are simply boring and shallow in comparison. War and Peace, in particular, deeply touched me. Lately I have been reading the Wheel of Time series, […]

Geeks, Hobbies, and Free/Open Source: Feedback Wanted

July 5th, 2011, 8 Comments

I’ve been thinking lately about ways to improve ways in which I interact with Free Software projects, and ways in which they interact with me. Before I proceed to take steps or make suggestions, I’d like to see if others share my traits and observations. Here are some questions I have been thinking of. If […]

Music Powerful and Fun

June 18th, 2011, 6 Comments

Sometimes there’s nothing quite so heartwarming as hearing a 4-year-old that doesn’t think anybody is listening. When Jacob is all alone in his room, sometimes he will sing. Maybe it’s a song he knows, or fragments of a song he knows. Or maybe it’s something he just made up on the fly. It might be […]

Review: Travel as a Political Act by Rick Steves

March 24th, 2010, 9 Comments

Rick Steves is known for writing books, and producing public TV shows, about travel to Europe. He encourages people to get out of their comfort zone, advocates staying in homes instead of hotels, and giving yourself permission to struggle to communicate in a land of unfamiliar language. That way, you get to experience not just […]

Hope

January 21st, 2009, 1 Comment

Our power alone cannot protect us, nor does it entitle us to do as we please. . . Our security emanates from the justness of our cause; the force of our example; the tempering qualities of humility and restraint. – Barack Obama, inaugural speech, Jan. 20, 2009 This, right here, is why, for the first […]

A Realistic View of the Economy

March 28th, 2008, 9 Comments

Yesterday, I read an article on CNN called From $70K to food bank. It describes a woman who was laid off in February from a job paying $70,000 a year. “Weeks later”, with bills “piling up and in need of food for her family”, she went to a food bank. The article proceeds to talk […]

Death sure is cost-effective, isn’t it?

February 21st, 2008, 3 Comments

I just read Death Be Not Proud (But It Is Cost-Effective) by Chez Pazienza. In his story, Chez talks about his stay in the hospital to have a marble-sized brain tumor removed. Across the room during his stay in neuro ICU, he saw a person far worse off than himself: staples all around his head, […]

Young People NOT Delinquent?

October 12th, 2007, 3 Comments

Here’s an interesting and probably controversial article. It starts with: When I hear people my age (35+) rip the younger generation I usually keep my mouth shut. But I have something I need to say, so this is my public response to the people who think there is something wrong with young people today. Let […]

The Climate Crisis

December 6th, 2006, 7 Comments

Wow. We just watched An Inconvenient Truth. Not much in there was new to me, but to see it all presented at once is amazing. There are vast undisputed scientific facts out there — for instance, that CO2 content in the atmosphere is higher than it’s been ever — and we can go back 650,000 […]

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