Well, not really, but this might as well be me… Continue reading
Long delay, nothing meaningful to say today either… sometimes life happens. I did come up with this to infl… share with you, though! Continue reading
In the mid-1980s I was given a cassette recording of a “Secular Humanist Revival” talk, given by the now-highly-Mormon Orson Scott Card. Continue reading
NOTE: for “God” in the following, read “God as commonly understood by Christians”. Also note that I am not comparing the relative merits of their respective products (Windows vs. all of creation), but their customer service models.
Is there a significant difference? Let’s take a look at how each responds to a reported bug (in the case of God, the “bug” is Original Sin; for M$, just pick your favorite). Continue reading
I’m most of the way through the new Discworld book, Unseen Academicals, and wanted to share this passage:
Quoth Lord Vetinari: “… one day when I was a young boy on holiday in Uberwald I was walking along the bank of a stream when I saw a mother otter with her cubs. A very endearing sight, I’m sure you will agree, and even as I watched, the mother otter dived into the water and came up with a plump salmon, which she subdued and dragged onto a half-submerged log. As she ate it, while of course it was still alive, the body split and I remember to this day the sweet pinkness of its roes as they spilled out, much to the delight of the baby otters who scrambled over themselves to feed on this delicacy. One of nature’s wonders, gentlemen: mother and children dining upon mother and children. And that’s when I first learned about evil. It is built in to the very nature of the universe. Every world spins in pain. If there is any kind of supreme being, I told myself, it is up to all of us to become his moral superior.”
Rosh Hashanah begins at sundown – to my Jewish readers, l’shanah tovah tikatevu. And for the rest of you, tomorrow also be International Talk Like a Pirate Day, so a hearty yarrr to ye all.
(And I don’t even want to think about what a Jewish pirate would sound like… :)