Wednesday, November 01, 2006

The Day Come: "The photographer was hilarious. He was this tall, blonde guy, probably in his early twenties, a big-shot, and ‘enthusiastic,’ which was code for “totally annoying and freakishly cheesy.” Before I go too far into our adventure of picture taking, I must describe to you the shoes us girls were wearing. We were in three inch, zebra print, pointed toe stilettos that were not made for hiking. Not to mention wearing nylons with them, a skirt, and an overly large sweater with a puke green undershirt. "

Monday, September 18, 2006

Q&A: Ellen Ullman / Programmer turned novelist talks about computers, writing and the world we live in: "The Bug has several code samples in it, and I found that to write
even such short routines, I had to imagine the shape of the whole system
they were part of. And, immediately, I slipped right back into the coder's
mind-set, hours going by in a kind of ferocious anxious humming. It was
hugely pleasurable; it was exhausting. I soon found I was using code to
avoid writing -- oh, I'll just fiddle with this little section here -- and a
whole day would go by without my having written a scene or a line of
dialogue. So I had to put the code aside."

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Gordon's Tarantula Care Sheet
: " Personally I prefer buying tarantulas as young spiderlings, this way you have all the pleasure of watching your spider grow, you can collect the skins as it moults, and if you buy a text telling you how, set the skins to look almost life like, giving a series of permanent images of your pet."

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rubber band helicopter

Saturday, September 09, 2006

Dog And Butterfly Chords by Heart @ Ultimate-Guitar.Com
Dreamboat Annie Chords by Heart @ Ultimate-Guitar.Com
River Chords (ver 2) by Joni Mitchell @ Ultimate-Guitar.Com
California Tab by Joni Mitchell @ Ultimate-Guitar.Com
Give A Little Bit Chords (ver 2) by Supertramp @ Ultimate-Guitar.Com
Breakfast In America Chords by Supertramp @ Ultimate-Guitar.Com
Daniel Chords by Elton John @ Ultimate-Guitar.Com
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road Chords by Elton John @ Ultimate-Guitar.Com
Levon Chords by Elton John @ Ultimate-Guitar.Com
Tiny Dancer Acoustic Chords (ver 2) by Elton John @ Ultimate-Guitar.Com
Dance Music Chords (ver 2) by Mountain Goats @ Ultimate-Guitar.Com
Big Trucks Chords by Pedro The Lion @ Ultimate-Guitar.Com
Our House Chords (ver 2) by Crosby Stills Nash And Young @ Ultimate-Guitar.Com
Anchorage Tab by Michelle Shocked @ Ultimate-Guitar.Com
Sunshine On Leith Chords by Proclaimers @ Ultimate-Guitar.Com
500 Miles Chords by Proclaimers @ Ultimate-Guitar.Com
Dannys Song Chords by Kenny Loggins @ Ultimate-Guitar.Com
All I Want Chords (ver 2) by Joni Mitchell @ Ultimate-Guitar.Com
Big Yellow Taxi Chords by Joni Mitchell @ Ultimate-Guitar.Com
Desperado Tab (ver 3) by Eagles @ Ultimate-Guitar.Com
Same Old Lang Syne Chords by Dan Fogelberg @ Ultimate-Guitar.Com
Closer To Fine Chords by Indigo Girls @ Ultimate-Guitar.Com
Hammer And A Nail Tab by Indigo Girls @ Ultimate-Guitar.Com
Who Will Save Your Soul Chords by Jewel @ Ultimate-Guitar.Com
Come Monday Chords (ver 2) by Jimmy Buffett @ Ultimate-Guitar.Com
Dont Think Twice Tab by Bob Dylan @ Ultimate Guitar Archive

Monday, September 04, 2006

Uke Club Death Cab ? Yirmumah
Come Monday Chords (ver 2) by Jimmy Buffett @ Ultimate-Guitar.Com
Full Metal Planet
BGG Thread: Making a copy of FMP from the files...: "Use a roller cutter or a chopping cutter to get the counters to be the exact same size. Clip the corners for a neater look. Then, once cut, spray a coat of Krylon Matte varnish--a couple light coats won't run the inks at all, even with ink jet printing. I prefer to use a matte photo paper for really sharp, nice-looking images on the counters. You'll end up with a very professional looking game."

Friday, September 01, 2006

Preimplantation genetic diagnosis - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: "This procedure can bring practitioners in difficult situations, e.g. when no embryos are available for transfer and a mock transfer has to be carried out to avoid the patient to suspect that he/she is a carrier and the lack of embryos is due to the fact that they are all affected."
eMedicine - Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis : Article by JJ Marik, MD: "Definition

PGD combines recent advances in genetics and reproductive medicine. For PGD, the early embryo is examined after IVF for inherited diseases or to determine the sex of the embryo for sex-related genetic disorders. The process starts with a basic IVF. When the embryo is at the 6- to 8-cell stage, 1-2 cells (blastomeres) are removed and sent to the genetic laboratory for diagnosis using either polymerase chain reaction (PCR) or fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) techniques, depending on which disease is being sought. The unaffected embryos are then transferred into the mother's uterus.

In certain situations in which the genetic problem is only with the female, a polar body can be removed from the eggs and tested before fertilization."
What is a designer baby?: "dvanced reproductive techniques involve using InVitro Fertilisation or IVF to fertilise eggs with sperm in 'test-tubes' outside the mother's body in a laboratory. These techniques allow doctors and parents to reduce the chance that a child will be born with a genetic disorder. At the moment it is only legally possible to carry out two types of advanced reproductive technologies on humans. The first involves choosing the type of sperm that will fertilise an egg: this is used to determine the sex and the genes of the baby. The second technique screens embryos for a genetic disease: only selected embryos are implanted back into the mother's womb. This is called Pre-implantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD)."

This is a great link! It's better than CATS. | Death and Taxes: A visual look at where US tax dollars go
The Infamous Exploding Whale - Video: "Paul Linnman

If there are no images on the page, try allowing port 8090 through your firewall, or click here.

Here, for your free downloading pleasure, is the newscast that caught the whale as it fell. Exploded. Happened. Whatever.

Oh, yeah... don't ask for a copy of this on video tape. I don't have a copy on tape, and I don't really have time to make dubs for the entire Internet anyway. Thanks for asking, better luck next time, have someone tell you about your lovely parting gifts."

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

CPIF Book Contents

Dave Handy's book on programming. Tempted to get it.

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Jack Johnson Flake Ver 6 tab
Internet Archive: Details: Jack Johnson Live at Dodge Theatre on 2005-08-05
Teaching a Visual Rhetoric in Freshman Composition Classes: "Were they applying current marketplace practices or mimicking the rules of the academy? There was no generalization, no carry-over of skills from one genre to another. If we say that what we are really teaching our students is critical analysis and written communication skills, then we fail if we don't teach them to generalize their writing for their specified audience. Electronic writing operates under a different set of rules, offers a new kind of literacy. We must teach our students to both understand and transcend the traditional form, to mold it for the electronic space, thus creating a variant which considers the electronic audience addressed, and his or her expectations as reader/ learner."
Teaching a Visual Rhetoric in Freshman Composition Classes
We Shall All Be Healed lyrics
Hoopty Rides: Is the Complete New Yorker Spyware?: "Copy Issues to Local Hard Drive Issues Folder - This is a more elegant solution. Oddly, although the Complete New Yorker is locked up in twenty different ways, it relies on a public domain database called SQLite. There is an Issues table in the database that has the complete list of every issue along with corresponding DVD number. Each issue is assigned a number 1 through 8 plus 9 for the harddrive. If you copy every djvu issue file to the local issues directory and change the issues table so that every issue points to the local hard drive (9), then you can scream through the issues. It is fast like the blazes. So elegant and beautiful. I downloaded a shareware SQL database manager off CNet to make the changes, but individuals smarter than I could do it with the free command line SQLite."
Brick Chords (ver 2) by Ben Folds Five @ Ultimate-Guitar.Com
Kate Chords by Ben Folds Five @ Ultimate-Guitar.Com
How to Enable the "root" Account on Mac OS X

Monday, August 07, 2006

How To Change Guitar Strings- Stringing to stay in tune
YouTube - somewhere over the rainbow

Wonderful ukulele video.
Ian's Shoelace Site - Surgeon's Shoelace Knot
The Paradigm Shift ? Blog Archive ? AOL Search Data Shows Users Planning to commit Murder.: "AOL Search Data Shows Users Planning to commit Murder. released a list of 20 million searches by 500,000 AOL users. Contained in this list are social security numbers, credit cards and other personal information. There are some truly scary things in this database.

There are hundreds of searches from people looking to kill themselves and even more scary are searches from users that seem to be looking to commit murder.

Check out the search history for user 17556639, most recent search is at the bottom of the list.. Does this look like the search history of a user wanting to do something bad?

17556639 how to kill your wife
17556639 how to kill your wife
17556639 wife killer
17556639 how to kill a wife
17556639 poop
17556639 dead people
17556639 pictures of dead people
17556639 killed people
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17556639 murder photo
17556639 steak and cheese
17556639 photo of death
17556639 photo of death
17556639 death
17556639 dead people photos
17556639 photo of dead people
17556639 decapatated photos
17556639 decapatated photos
17556639 car crashes3
17556639 car crashes3
17556639 car crash photo"
Dell Optiplex GX260 Tower P4 2.0GHz 512MB 40GB XP Pro
Rules of Card Games: Chinkway: "The Origin of CHINKWAY

Having invented a number of games, some of which have been published, I considered that the ultimate challenge for any self-styled 'games inventor' was to invent a good game that could be played with normal playing cards (as opposed to special cards). Because our group has favourite cardgames for 3, 4 and 6 players I decided that my aim should be a game specifically for 5 players."

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

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Daily Herald - Lakes along Mirror Lake highway: "The Mirror Lake Highway is one of those family destinations that provides enjoyable fishing, camping and sight seeing. Whether you spend a few hours or a few days, the Mirror Lake Highway has something for you and your family this summer, so come up and enjoy yourself!For information about campgrounds along the highway, or for other U.S. Forest Service information, call the Kamas Ranger District at (435) 783-4338."
Mirror Lake Scenic Byway | "
The byway climbs to an elevation of 10,687 feet at Bald Mountain Pass before descending past Mirror Lake, then to Bear River Ranger Station with its Historical Tie Hack Cabin. From here the route parallels the Bear River and on to Evanston. Recreational activities along the byway include camping, fishing, cross-country skiing and hiking. The area is also used as access to the High Uinta Wilderness.

This scenic byway is 78 miles long and takes about two hours.

For more information contact the Heber Valley Chamber of Commerce at 435-654-3666"

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

SALON Features: David Foster wallace, page 2: "It seems to me that the intellectualization and aestheticizing of principles and values in this country is one of the things that's gutted our generation. All the things that my parents said to me, like 'It's really important not to lie.' OK, check, got it. I nod at that but I really don't feel it. Until I get to be about 30 and I realize that if I lie to you, I also can't trust you. I feel that I'm in pain, I'm nervous, I'm lonely and I can't figure out why. Then I realize, 'Oh, perhaps the way to deal with this is really not to lie.' The idea that something so simple and, really, so aesthetically uninteresting -- which for me meant you pass over it for the interesting, complex stuff -- can actually be nourishing in a way that arch, meta, ironic, pomo stuff can't, that seems to me to be important. That seems to me like something our generation needs to feel.


Monday, July 17, 2006

History of Springville, Utah: "Aaron Johnson led settlers to Springville in 1850. Mormon settlers displaced Native Americans and relegated them to an 'Indian Farm,' located on poor ground, unfit for farming, at the mouth of the Spanish Fork River near the Utah Lake. Mormon settlers developed subsistence farming for fewer families than was hoped, due to lack of water. Some Springville farmers turned to hauling freight from California twice a year. Following the Civil War in 1865, other farmers turned to raising cattle and sheep. Completion of the transcontinental railroad in 1869 made rail shipment of stock to market possible, so stockmen used more intensive grazing practices. The railroad also helped make mining products profitable, and many mines started to be developed. Beginning in 1878, Springville merchant Milan Packard built a railroad to bring coal from Scofield to Utah Valley. The Rio Grande Railroad bought out the line in 1882."

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

The 48 Laws of Power: "Infection: Avoid the Unhappy and Unlucky

You can die from someone else’s misery – emotional states are as infectious as disease. You may feel you are helping the drowning man but you are only precipitating your own disaster. The unfortunate sometimes draw misfortune on themselves; they will also draw it on you. Associate with the happy and fortunate instead."
Trading Card Maker: Create a customized trading card from your digital photographs

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Slashdot | Neal Stephenson Responds With Wit and Humor: "Fiction I have lately read and enjoyed:

Set this House in Order by Matt Ruff
Ilium by Dan Simmons
Iron Council by China Mieville
Perfect Circle by Sean Stewart
The I Love Bees alternate reality game
Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susannah Clarke
The Fool's Tale by Nicole Galland (in galleys; soon to be published)
Short story collections by Etgar Keret: The Bus Driver who Wanted to be
God, and The Nimrod Flip-out. Last time I checked, The Nimrod Flip-out
was only available from an Australian publisher named Picador, but this
should pose only the most minor of challenges to Slashdot readers.
Keret is a young Israeli writer who has also done some work in film and
graphic novels.


Skeletons on the Zahara by Dean King
The Lincoln-Douglas Debates and Lincoln's Cooper Union address
Battle Cry of Freedom by James McPherson


Monday, June 26, 2006

Tuesday, June 20, 2006 Cigar Box Guitar: "Build and play this sweet-sounding 3-string instrument in an afternoon."

Monday, June 12, 2006

William Gibson: "I think there are fairly smart Pentagon thinkers who don%u2019t see this so much as a question of regions, or categories of nation-states, so much as holes, or enclaves within the system. One of the best things I ever read about this was actually William Gibson%u2019s novel Virtual Light. Gibson proposes that, in a world where giant multinational capital is supreme, there are places that simply aren%u2019t valuable to the world economy anymore %u2013 they don%u2019t reproduce capital %u2013 and so those spaces are shunted aside. A completely globalized system, in Gibson's view, would leak space %u2013 it would have internal redundancies %u2013 and one of those spaces, in Virtual Light, is the Bay Bridge."

Saturday, June 10, 2006

BikeE Steering Parts: "Stems
back to top

Side load stem (CT): 455 mm, fits any BikeE riser. $45.00
Good replacement choice for old style T-risers on CT and AT. Longer than FX top-load stem. Side-load design requires you to remove shifter, brake, etc. from one end of handlebars to remove handlebars. Replacing the T-bar with a standard flat MTB bar allows for wider mirror position. Allows user to mount any single-piece handlebar by any manufacturer.
Bikee_steer: CT side-load stem %u2014 $45.00 each, qty:"

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Monday, May 29, 2006

Blue Moon Fans :: Thema anzeigen - Fans sets on CardTable ?: "I'm not sure whether I understand your question correctly. If you are talking about designing your own cards (and this has nothing to do with CardTable), it wil be best to use the Photoshop template originally provided by Redimikanas some months ago. This has since then be extended with English-language objects (title bar, card type text, moons, earth/fire-numbers, shields etc.) to be drag'n'dropped to your own card designs.
Basically, all you need is a good basic illustration for each card and the template mentioned above. Using these, one can usually create a totally new card within 5 minutes (with some Photoshop experience)..."

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Steve Jackson Games Forums - Scratching that OGRE itch.: "Final Frontier is a mini-game from Firey Dragon's Counterstrike line. It's the closest thing on the market right now to the early eighties black pocket box phenomenon. The game is somewhat dry, but it models the politics of the situation in a unique way in addition to having a very playable combat and economic system. It's set at the solar system level as competing nations from post-apocalypse earth colonize and fight over the real estate.

Classic Traveller reprint supplements are the second item for scratching that itch... though after playing revision after revision of games like Ogre and Car Wars, its very frustrating to try to play games that have not been edited and reworked and refined so much. (Instead of fixing things, GDW seems to have consistently moved on to screw things up in more elaborate ways....) Striker is a killer concept... but coming up with units and scenarios is generally left as an exercise for the gamer. However, the Classic Traveller community is made up of some of the coolest grognards in the universe... and they will probably continue to develop house rules and argue over the intent of the designers for the next twenty years.

(My theory is that there is so little web activity for both Ogre and Car Wars because the games are so well designed that there is nothing really to argue about!)
Jeffro's Gaming Blog"

Monday, April 24, 2006*Star.html

star game.

Sunday, April 02, 2006

Monday, March 20, 2006

Paper and Pencil Games
Whole Earth Review: Learning from the earthquake: volunteers crucial in disasters - in San Francisco
WorldChanging: Another World Is Here: New Orleans: Everything Has Changed: "'What Rescuers Learned' after the 1990 San Francisco earthquake from Whole Earth Review, Fall 1990, page 14:

Right after an earthquake, nobody's in charge. You self-start, or nothing happens

Collect tools!

If you cna smell gas, turn it off.

After an earthquake, further building collapse is not the main danger. Fire is.

When you see a fire starting, do ANYTHING to stop it, right now.

In and collapsed building, assume there are people trapped alive. locate them, let them know everything will be done to get them out.

Searchying a building, call out, 'Anybody in here? Anybody need help? Shout or bang on something if you can hear me.'

Give people wyho are trapped all the information you've got, and enlist their help. treat them not as helpless victims but as an exceptionally motivated part of the rescue team.

Join a team or start a team. Divide up the tasks. Encourage leadership to emerge.

Most action in a disaster is imitative. Most effective leadership is by example.

Bystanders make the convenient assumption that everythign is being taken care of by the people already helping. That's seldom accurate.

If you want to help, ask! If you want to be helped , ask!

Volunteers are always uncertain whether they're doing the right thing. They need encouragement - from professionals, from other volunteers, from passers-by.

I spent over $50 on copying WWII posters to distribute to peace vigilers, farmers markets, and street entertainers I know. Our parents and grandparents knew how to survive. We need to learn from their experience, quickly and all by ourselves.

Prepare yourself for emergency and disaster now. Nobody else is going to do it for you. This fall and winter will be expensive and cold. Get ready and lead by example."

Thursday, March 09, 2006

HeroscapeHQ %u203A Heroscape Forums %u203A Heroscape General %u203A Heroscape General Discussion %u203A Are you a weasel?: "have you ever pulled off an incredibly sneaky move in a game that surprised the heck out of everyone? For example, using Saylind to summon a deathwalker 7000 into the middle of a cluster of figures and then having him/it self-destruct.

Please share your most entertaining war stories demonstrating your unpredictable sneakiness."

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

The Practical Republic: "The reality is different. Listen to real people argue about politics, and you will generally hear them recite arguments that they got from professional opinion-makers (politicians, pundits, journalists, scholars, workplace authorities, and so on) that they happen to agree with (Tarde 1969 [1898]: 312, cited in Schudson 1997a: 304-305). From the point of view of the deliberative democracy model, this observation is an embarrassment, if not an elitist insult. But it is nothing of the sort. Coming up with novel political arguments requires a lot of work. "

Monday, March 06, 2006

When Kids Show Up at Your Demo: "If you're having trouble figuring out how to deal with a child in a game, try thinking of him as a stoned adult. It's not polite to draw attention to his being stoned, so just explain patiently and expect some weird lapses of judgment and the occasional flash of surprising insight."
Matt Arnold's homepage

Gnostica learner's deck.

Sunday, February 26, 2006

GeekList: Icehouse Pyramid Games Sorted by Average Rating: "There's also the two-player 'binary homeworlds', which obviously doesn't involve the good-evil element, and emphasizes even more the particular strategies of the game. The only other rule different from the regular is that you only have 3 of each color/size pyramid available (so 3 small blue, 3 small red, 3 small green, 3 small yellow, 3 medium blue, etc etc). Andrew, who people remember mostly for the luck-fest that is Fluxx, prefers binary homeworlds because there isn't that element of luck in the regular game."
Church Publications (HTML): "Today we are not called to pull handcarts through the snow-swept plains of Wyoming. However, we are called to live, foster, and teach the gospel of Jesus Christ. It is our privilege to invest our means and our time to bless others. Each one of us must do all we can to preserve our Latter-day Saint way of life. A vital part of this preservation is a willingness to set aside personal desires and replace them with unselfish sacrifice for others.

God bless you, brothers and sisters, to know as I know that God lives, that Jesus is the Christ, and that being a member of His church, the only true and living church, is never a burden but always a great blessing. That we may be grateful for this blessing I pray humbly in the name of Jesus Christ, amen."
Church Publications (HTML): "We must realize that decreasing these needs for financial contributions gives birth to enlarged opportunities for us to live a higher law. By this I mean that on our own initiative we can find ways to extend ourselves in helping others and contributing to the building of the Lord%u2019s kingdom. The Lord has instructed us that we %u201Cshould be anxiously engaged in a good cause, and do many things of [our] own free will, and bring to pass much righteousness; For the power is in [us], wherein [we] are agents unto [ourselves].%u201D (D&C 58:27%u201328.)"
Church Publications (HTML): "Sacrifice is a demonstration of pure love. The degree of our love for the Lord, for the gospel, and for our fellowman can be measured by what we are willing to sacrifice for them. Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ manifested the supreme example of this love. His life and ministry established a pattern for us to follow. His divine mission was culminated in a supreme act of love as He allowed His life to be sacrificed for us. Having power over life and death, He chose to submit himself to pain, ridicule, and suffering, and offered His life as a ransom for our sins. Because of His love, He suffered both body and spirit to a degree beyond our comprehension and took upon Himself our sins if we repent. Through His personal sacrifice, He provided a way for us to have our sins forgiven and, through Him, to find our way back into the presence of our Heavenly Father.

The sacrifice he requires of us is %u201Ca broken heart and a contrite spirit%u201D (3 Ne. 9:20) that can lead us to repentance. When we consider His example, the demands made upon our time or means are slight in comparison. We should, therefore, give gladly and count it as a blessing and an opportunity."
Church Publications (HTML): "%u201CI know, as I know that I live, that this is God%u2019s work and that you are His servants. %u2026 I remember one testimony, among the many testimonies which I have received. %u2026 Two years ago, about this time, I had been on the Fort Peck Reservation for several days with the brethren, solving the problems connected with our work among the Lamanites. Many questions arose that we had to settle. There was no precedent for us to follow, and we just had to go to the Lord and tell Him our troubles, and get inspiration and help from Him. On this occasion I had sought the Lord, under such circumstances, and that night I received a wonderful manifestation and impression which has never left me. I was carried to this place%u2014into this room. I saw myself here with you. I was told there was another privilege that was to be mine; and I was led into a room where I was informed I was to meet someone. As I entered the room I saw, seated on a raised platform, the most glorious being I have ever conceived of, and was taken forward to be introduced to Him. As I approached He smiled, called my name, and stretched out His hands towards me. If I live to be a million years old I shall never forget that smile. He put His arms around me and kissed me, as He took me into His bosom, and He blessed me until my whole being was thrilled. As He finished I fell at His feet, and there saw the marks of the nails; and as I kissed them, with deep joy swelling through my whole being, I felt that I was in heaven indeed. The feeling that came to my heart then was: Oh! If I could live worthy, though it would require four-score years, so that in the end when I have finished I could go into His presence and receive the feeling that I then had in His presence, I would give everything that I am or ever hope to be!%u201D (Melvin J. Ballard%u2014Crusader for Righteousness, Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1966, p. 65%u201366.)"
Church Publications (HTML): "Our commitment to the kingdom should match that of our faithful ancestors even though our sacrifices are different. They were driven from comfortable homes and compelled to journey one thousand miles by ox-drawn wagon and handcart to reestablish their families, homes, and Church in safety. Our sacrifices may be more subtle but no less demanding. Instead of physical deprivation and hardship, we face the challenge of remaining true and faithful to gospel principles amidst such evil and destructive forces as dishonesty, corruption, drug and alcohol misuse, and disease often caused by sexual promiscuity. Also, we find ourselves in combat daily with immorality in all of its many forms. Pornography and violence, often portrayed in insidious television shows, movies, and videos, are running rampant. Hate and envy, greed and selfishness are all about us, and families are disintegrating at an ever-increasing pace. In the midst of all of this, my brothers and sisters, we must never forget the source of our abundant blessings."
Church Publications (HTML): "%u201CAfter landing we planned to go west to Utah with the Martin and Willey handcart companies; but Elder Franklin D. Richards counseled my father not to go with them. Afterwards, we were very thankful because of the great suffering, privation and cold weather to which these people were subjected. There were many of the company who were frozen that year on their journey. %u2026

%u201CThe company we were assigned to had gone on ahead and as my mother was anxious for me to go with them she strapped my little brother James on my back with a shawl. He was only four years old and %u2026 quite sick with the measles; but I took him since my mother had all she could do to care for the other children. I hurried and caught up with the company, traveling with them all day. That night a kind lady helped me take my brother off my back. I sat up and held him on my lap with the shawl wrapped around him, alone, all night. He was a little better in the morning. The people in the camp were very good to us and gave us a little fried bacon and some bread for breakfast.

%u201CWe traveled this way for about a week, before my brother and I were united with our family again.%u201D

This brief episode in Great-grandmother%u2019s life teaches me that our pioneer ancestors gave everything, even their lives, for their faith, for the building of the kingdom of God when the Church was in its infancy. It teaches also that they helped, nourished, and strengthened each other in their extremity and shared unstintingly. Their material means, such as food, clothing, and shelter, were meager, but their love for one another and their devotion to their Lord and to the gospel were boundless."
Church Publications (HTML): "And every member of his church has this promise: That if he remains true and faithful%u2014obeying, serving, consecrating, sacrificing, as required by the gospel%u2014he shall be repaid in eternity a thousandfold and shall have eternal life. What more can we ask?"
Church Publications (HTML): "We know full well that the laborer is worthy of his hire, and that those who devote all their time to the building up of the kingdom must be provided with food, clothing, shelter, and the necessaries of life. We must employ teachers in our schools, architects to design our temples, contractors to build our synagogues, and managers to run our businesses. But those so employed, along with the whole membership of the Church, participate also on a freewill and voluntary basis in otherwise furthering the Lord%u2019s work. Bank presidents work on welfare projects. Architects leave their drafting boards to go on missions. Contractors lay down their tools to serve as home teachers or bishops. Lawyers put aside Corpus Juris and the Civil Code to act as guides on Temple Square. Teachers leave the classroom to visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction. Musicians who make their livelihood from their artistry willingly direct church choirs and perform at church gatherings. Artists who paint for a living are pleased to volunteer their services freely."
Church Publications (HTML): "All our service in God%u2019s kingdom is predicated on his eternal law which states: %u201CThe laborer in Zion shall labor for Zion, for if they labor for money they shall perish.%u201D (2 Ne. 26:31.)"
Church Publications (HTML): "%u201CIf you will that I give unto you a place in the celestial world, you must prepare yourselves by doing the things which I have commanded you and required of you.%u201D (D&C 78:7.)

It is our privilege to consecrate our time, talents, and means to build up his kingdom. We are called upon to sacrifice, in one degree or another, for the furtherance of his work. Obedience is essential to salvation; so, also, is service; and so, also, are consecration and sacrifice.

It is our privilege to raise the warning voice to our neighbors and to go on missions and offer the truths of salvation to our Father%u2019s other children everywhere. We can respond to calls to serve as bishops, as Relief Society presidents, as home teachers, and in any of hundreds of positions of responsibility in our various church organizations. We can labor on welfare projects, engage in genealogical research, perform vicarious ordinances in the temples.

We can pay an honest tithing and contribute to our fast offering, welfare, budget, building, and missionary funds. We can bequeath portions of our assets and devise portions of our properties to the Church when we pass on to other spheres.

We can consecrate a portion of our time to systematic study, to becoming gospel scholars, to treasuring up the revealed truths which guide us in paths of truth and righteousness.

And the fact that faithful members of the Church do all these things is one of the great evidences of the divinity of the work. Where else do the generality of the members of any church pay a full tithing? Where is there a people whose congregations have one and two and three percent of their number out in volunteer, self-supporting missionary work at all times? Where does any people as a whole build temples or operate welfare projects as we do? And where is there so much unpaid teaching and church administration?"
Church Publications (HTML): " might well ask, %u201CIsn%u2019t it enough to keep the commandments? What more is expected of us than to be true and faithful to every trust? Is there more than the law of obedience?%u201D

In the case of our rich young friend there was more. He was expected to live the law of consecration, to sacrifice his earthly possessions, for the answer of Jesus was: %u201CIf thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me.%u201D"
Church Publications (HTML): "When the prophet Gad commanded David to build an altar and offer sacrifice on property owned by a certain man, that man offered to provide the land, the oxen, and all things for the sacrifice, without cost. But David said, %u201CNay; but I will surely buy it of thee at a price: neither will I offer burnt offerings unto the Lord my God of that which doth cost me nothing.%u201D (2 Sam. 24:24.)"
Bruce R. McConkie: "We are not always called upon to live the whole law of consecration and give all of our time, talents, and means to the building up of the Lord%u2019s earthly kingdom. Few of us are called upon to sacrifice much of what we possess, and at the moment there is only an occasional martyr in the cause of revealed religion.

But what the scriptural account means is that to gain celestial salvation we must be able to live these laws to the full if we are called upon to do so. Implicit in this is the reality that we must in fact live them to the extent we are called upon so to do.

How, for instance, can we establish our ability to live the full law of consecration if we do not in fact pay an honest tithing? Or how can we prove our willingness to sacrifice all things, if need be, if we do not make the small sacrifices of time and toil, or of money and means, that we are now asked to make?

As a young man, serving at the direction of my bishop, I called upon a rich man and invited him to contribute a thousand dollars to a building fund. He declined. But he did say he wanted to help, and if we would have a ward dinner and charge $5 per plate, he would take two tickets. About ten days later this man died unexpectedly of a heart attack, and I have wondered ever since about the fate of his eternal soul."
Elder Bruce R. McConkie: "It is written: %u201CHe who is not able to abide the law of a celestial kingdom cannot abide a celestial glory.%u201D (D&C 88:22.) The law of sacrifice is a celestial law; so also is the law of consecration. Thus to gain that celestial reward which we so devoutly desire, we must be able to live these two laws.

Sacrifice and consecration are inseparably intertwined. The law of consecration is that we consecrate our time, our talents, and our money and property to the cause of the Church: such are to be available to the extent they are needed to further the Lord%u2019s interests on earth.

The law of sacrifice is that we are willing to sacrifice all that we have for the truth%u2019s sake%u2014our character and reputation; our honor and applause; our good name among men; our houses, lands, and families: all things, even our very lives if need be.

Joseph Smith said, %u201CA religion that does not require the sacrifice of all things never has power sufficient to produce the faith necessary [to lead] unto life and salvation.%u201D (Lectures on Faith, p. 58.)"
Church Publications (HTML): "And then greater blessings will be poured out on us. It will be just like our surprise and joy when we receive an unexpected gift."
Church Publications (HTML): "We have many bills to pay, but when we pay tithing, let us feel joy for having the opportunity to donate something to the Lord."
Church Publications (HTML): "Brothers and sisters, do not be afraid of sacrifice. Please enjoy the happiness and blessings from the sacrifice itself.

Occasionally there is a time gap between the sacrifice and the blessing. The sacrifice may come according to our time schedule, but the blessing may not come by our, but by the Lord%u2019s, calendar. Because of this, the Lord comforts us by saying, %u201CWherefore, be not weary in well-doing, for ye are laying the foundation of a great work%u201D (D&C 64:33)."
Church Publications (HTML): "I think that the very first blessing coming from sacrifice is the joy that we can feel when we pay the price. Perhaps the very thought that the sacrifice itself could be a blessing becomes a blessing. When we have that kind of thought and feel the joy, we might have received a blessing already"
Church Publications (HTML): "In this last dispensation of the gospel, many pioneers lost their lives and made the ultimate sacrifice to keep their faith.

Today we are not likely to be asked to make such a big sacrifice as giving up our lives, but we can see many examples of Saints who make painful sacrifices to keep their faith and testimonies alive. Maybe it is more difficult to make the small sacrifices in our daily lives. For instance, it could be regarded as a small sacrifice to keep the Sabbath day holy, to read the scriptures daily, or to pay our tithing. But these sacrifices cannot be easily made unless we have the mind and the determination to make the sacrifices that are needed to be able to keep those commandments.

As we make these small sacrifices, we are compensated by more blessings from the Lord. King Benjamin said, %u201CAnd ye are still indebted unto him, and are, and will be, forever and ever%u201D (Mosiah 2:24). And, as he did with his own people, King Benjamin encourages us so that we will receive more blessings as we continue to obey the Lord%u2019s word."
Elder Won Yong Ko: "The Prophet Joseph Smith taught that %u201Ca religion that does not require the sacrifice of all things never has power sufficient to produce the faith necessary unto life and salvation%u201D (Lectures on Faith [1985], 69). If we summarize the history of the scriptures, we can say that it is the history of sacrifice."

Friday, February 17, 2006

What Is the Value of Algebra?: "Here's the thing, Gabriela: You will never need to know algebra. I have never once used it and never once even rued that I could not use it. You will never need to know -- never mind want to know -- how many boys it will take to mow a lawn if one of them quits halfway and two more show up later -- or something like that. Most of math can now be done by a computer or a calculator. On the other hand, no computer can write a column or even a thank-you note -- or reason even a little bit. If, say, the school asked you for another year of English or, God forbid, history, so that you actually had to know something about your world, I would be on its side. But algebra? Please."

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

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BYU News Release:"You have to say to yourself, I will not base my food intake on diet plans, food-based rules, good and bad foods, all of that kind of thing. For people who are deep into dietary restraint and dietary rules, again, that is a very difficult attitude adjustment to make, to give up all those rules. Behaviorally, the next step is learning how to not eat for emotional, environmental or social reasons. Socially we eat all the time in our culture, we go out to eat ice cream if we break up with our boyfriend, we eat to celebrate, we eat when we're lonely, we eat when we're sad, we eat when we're stressed out," said Hawks. "Being able to recognize all the emotional, environmental and cultural relationships we have with food and finding better ways to manage our emotions is part of the process." The final step is learning how to interpret body signals, cravings and hunger, and responding in a healthy, positive, nurturing way. Learning the body's signals can be difficult at first, but Hawks suggests thinking about hunger and satiety on a 10-point scale, where "10" is eating until one is sick and "1" is starving. Intuitive eaters keep themselves at or around a "5." If they feel they are getting hungry, they eat until they are back at a "5" or "6." They stop eating when they are satisfied, even if that means leaving food on the plate. One part of intuitive eating that may be counterintuitive to people conditioned to restrictive dieting is the concept that with intuitive eating there is a place for every food. In other words, there's no food that's ever taboo, there's no food you can't ever have. "Part of adopting an anti-dieting attitude is the recognition that you have unconditional permission to eat any kind of food that you want," said Hawks. "And that's scary for people who say, “If I abandon my diet rules, then I'll fill a pillowcase full of M&M's, dive into it and never come up again. That's what I crave, I know that's what I crave, that's all I will always crave.' But that's not the reality. The reality is that our bodies"rave good nutrition. "Dieting creates psychological and physiological urges to binge on taboo foods, and, although in the short term people may have binges when they first start eating intuitively, they eventually learn to trust themselves. One technique Hawks suggests is having an abundance of previously taboo foods on hand. Once the foods are no longer forbidden, a person quickly loses interest in them. "If people are committed to recognizing what their bodies really want, the vast majority of people will say that they very quickly overcame cravings," said Hawks, opening a drawer at his office desk filled with untouched junk food. "It certainly has worked for me."

Friday, February 10, 2006

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Social Aspects of Information Technology: "Brief Annotated

Semiotics, Compassion
and Value-Driven Design, by Joseph Goguen. Slides for keynote
address at conference on Sociology of Informatics, Kyoto University, 13-14
December 2005; discusses semi-formal application of algebraic semiotics to
software design, emphasizing the roles of values and compassion.

Ontology, Society, and
Ontotheology, in Proceedings, Conference on Formal Ontology in Information
Systems (FOIS'04); a postscript
version is also available, as is the
abstract. Marshalls ideas from philosophy, cognitive science, and
sociology, in an attempt to discern some limitations of ontologies in the
computer science technical sense. See also Workshop on Potential of
Cognitive Semantics for Ontologies, for which this is was keynote address.

Against Technological
Determinism; a short essay defining technological determinism and
pointing out its dangers; in CVS:
Concurrency, Versioning and Systems, edited by Jon Phillips, and also in Scale, volume 1, no. 5, pages 19-22. The
original html version is also
available on the CSE 275 website. ?

A blog, with notes on sociology of technology,
logic, computer science, life, and all that. Note: The blog has
partially recovered from a serious security bug in its underlying Pivot
system: it is readable and writable, but RSS feeds and archiving do not work.

Semiotics, Compassion and
Value-Centered Design, by Joseph Goguen. Discusses the informal
application of algebraic semiotics to large scale design problems, such as
organizations, and brings in the role of compassion. Keynote lecture, in
Proceedings of the
Organizational Semiotics Workshop, University of Reading, UK, 11 - 12
July 2003. Slides for the talk
and the original abstract are also
available. ?"
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Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Anil Dash: Alt Weeklies, San Francisco, Curiosity, and Bullshit: "Part of the problem here is the culture of alt weeklies: Despite having a reputation for being politically liberal, they're some of the most conservative organizations in journalism. Hamstrung by unreasonably overentitled union members on one side and underpaid, underappreciated freelancers on the other, it's impossible to create a newsroom where more than a handful of writers are even able to give a damn. And a business model predicated on nickel-and-diming for rent ads or charging brokers a premium price for ALL CAPS in a listing, combined with some edge-of-legality back pages full of ads for whores is certainly not contributing to a community."

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

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Should I Contact Those He Left Behind? | Ask MetaFilter: "He had asked me to help him find books about Buddhism. Two minutes later he was dead. The experience really changed the course of my life."

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

GeekList: What is the lowest rated game you love? What are the rest of us missing?

Battle Stations Tact

Battle Stations (Tactics & Strategies)
by Tim McCarty
Tactics and strategies to play our game are not necessarily hobby specific. We can learn and apply quite a bit from those used by histories greatest military leaders. Heed now some words of wisdom from the ancient scrolls of Sun Tzu, written in 400-320 BC. Sun Tzu was a general in China whose armies crushed his opponents. The scrolls are called- The Art of War!
  • Speed is the essence of war.

  • All warfare is based on deception. Therefore when capable, feign incapacity; when active, inactivity. When near, make it appear that you are far away; when far away, that you are near. Offer the enemy a bait to lure him; feign disorder and strike him. When he concentrates, prepare against him; when he is strong, avoid him. Anger and confuse him. Pretend inferiority and encourage his arrogance. Keep him under a strain and wear him down. When he is united, divide him. Attack where he is unprepared; sally out when he does not expect you.

  • Know thy enemy and know thyself; in a hundred battles you will never be in peril. When you are ignorant of the enemy but know thyself; your chances of winning or losing are equal. If ignorant of both your enemy and thyself; you are certain in every battle to be in peril.

  • For military tactics are like unto water; for water in it's natural course runs away from high places and hastens downward. So in war, the way is avoid what is strong and to strike what is weak. Like water, taking the line of least resistance.
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I couldn't help but add a few more choice wisdom tidbits from some other individuals:
He that fights and runs away, may turn and fight another day; But he that is in battle slain, will never rise to fight again. James Ray (1746)
Even weak men, when united, are powerful. Schiller (1805)
Behold the turtle! He makes progress only when he sticks his neck out. James B. Conant (1893-1978)
Armament is an important factor in war, but not the decisive factor. Man, not material, forms the decisive factor. Mao Tse-tung (1893-1976)Amen- TMc