seeking knowledge and laughter, putting a bullseye on inaccuracy


Arranging the right words in the right order can be quite powerful

Path Dependence

As I prepare with less than 6 hours to my capstone presentation (my large final graduate project), I'm comforted by Morpheus...

There is a difference between knowing the path, and walking the path


Another round of lyrics from one of my favorite artists:

Everyone addicted to the same nicotine
Everyone addicted to the same gasoline
Everyone addicted to a technicolour screen
Everybody tryin' to get their hands on the same green
From the banks of the river to the banks of the greedy
All the riches taken back by needy
We come from the country and we come from the city
You play us on the record, you can play us on the CD
All the shit you've given us is fertilizer
The seeds that we planted you can never brutalize them
Tell the corporation they can never globalize it
Like Peter Tosh said Legalize it
Girls and boys hear the bass and treble
Rumble in the speakers and it make you wanna rebel
Throw your hands up, take it to another level
And you can never, ever, ever make a deal with the devil

Micheal Franti - from Yell Fire!


Ed Abbey:

Spartacus, like Jesus, was also crucified by the Romans. And for equally good reasons.


For eight years, Clinton and Gore have extended our military commitments while depleting our military power. Rarely has so much been demanded of our armed forces and so little given to them in return. George W. Bush and I are going to chagne that, too. I have seen our military at its finest, with the best equipment, the best training, and the best leadership. I am proud of them. I have had the responsibility for their well-being. And I can promise them now, help is on the way. Soon, our men and women in uniform will once again have a commander in chief they can respect, an commander in chief who understands their mission and restores their morale.

Dick Cheney, 2 August, 2000 - quoted in Fiasco by Thomas Ricks


My religion is to live and die without regret



I know what I have given you. I do not know what you have received

-- Antonio Porchia


Buddha? Dharma? Zen? Tao? If you cling to names you will be blocked from the mystery. We use a net to catch fish. The fish are not the net.

-- Ku-Shan

This reminds me of the subway scene from Matrix 2 where one character says about Karma: karma is just a word, what is important is the concept.

Corruption and Laws

The more corrupt a society, the more numerous its laws.

Ed Abbey


I really enjoy this passage by Peter Beinart in the 2 Oct New Republic. I think it captures a major truth which has been hard for to spell out.

As Arthur Schlesinger once wrote of John Foster Dulles, the Bush administration has 'a complacent conviction of American moral infallibility.'

This is the most fundamental part of the conservative foreign policy rebellion. McCain and his allies are not merely arguing that respect for human rights serves U.S. interests. They are arguing that human rights actually exist -- that they constitute a universal standard above and beyond U.S. actions.

Frustration and Calm

I sit here, trying to resuscitate my new laptop. 6 weeks old and already blue-screen-of-death-ing me. I'm worried cuz there is a lot of data on it I really don't want to lose. It is passing all the diagnostics - dell seems to include a lot which is nice - but that just makes me all the more curious why it won't boot.

Times like this, waiting for a 1 hour diagnostic check to finish, you want to find something to put a smile on your face.

A man met a lad weeping. "What do you weep for?" he asked.

"I am weeping for my sins," said the lad.

"You must have little to do," said the man.

The next day they met again. Once more the lad was weeping. "Why do you weep now?" asked the man.

"I am weeping because I have nothing to eat," said the lad.

"I thought it would come to that," said the man.

Thank you Robert Louis Stevenson

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