Do Something Small Today

"If we really want ... to learn how to forgive, perhaps we had better start with something easier than the Gestapo."

—C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

It's Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent, and many people take this time to remind themselves how far short they've fallen from their New Years …

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Honest Metaphors in User Interface Design

Abstractions and metaphors are hugely important in computing. They allow an "ordinary person" (e.g. somebody's grandma) to use a computer without first learning, say, binary numbers or machine code. But as previously noted, abstractions can also be destructive when used incorrectly. In human-computer interface design, an overly opaque (though …

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Winter Halftime Introspection

This farming off-season (October thru April) I'm attempting a lifestyle experiment of sorts by not seeking formal employment. For the first month I looked for a job (begrudgingly) until I realized guilt was my only motivation to work - guilt over having the freedom not to work. Because guilt is never …

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The Breath of God

All creatures look to you
to give them their food at the proper time.
When you give it to them,
they gather it up;
when you open your hand,
they are satisfied with good things.
When you hide your face,
they are terrified;
when you take away their breath,
they …
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The Danger of Dreams

Desires wither the heart.

—The Tao Te Ching, ch. 12

Last summer I worked my butt off (on an organic vegetable farm) for very little money, and was grateful for the chance to do so. This is in keeping with my life philosophy: "Work for nothing. Take all that you …

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