Of Time and Choice

Think of time as a sequence of individual moments, one moment leading another, each a three-dimensional cube. You, and friends, family and acquaintances, in each moment, as subject. You hover over your life-line. You can look down from above and see the entirety of your moment-picture life. From this vantage point, you grasp ownership of the choices, made in the now, that affect subsequent moments and people in time not yet present. This is God’s view: Your entire life laid out before Him, outside of time, readily accessible, and infinitely searchable. The one who grasps this view of his own life, he it is who increases wisdom, and he it is who approaches understanding.

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Of Hearts and Minds

A hard mind and hard heart tends to unrelenting ruthlessness, but a soft mind and soft heart tends to wayward wandering. A soft mind and hard heart tends to flappable foolishness, but a hard mind and soft heart is the chosen clay of which the crafter says, “Of this refuse will I make something beautiful and of this frailty will I make a strong vessel.”

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Best Quote Ever About DNA

One of my passions is biblical creation. Lately, I’ve been in a bedtime reading pattern of Creation Magazine, and then surfing Creation.com for random reading material to grow my grey matter, so to speak. I came across this quote tonight in a discussion thread about applying DNA’s compression techniques to our own computer compression algorithms…

One of my passions is biblical creation. Lately, I’ve been in a bedtime reading pattern of Creation Magazine, and then surfing Creation.com for random reading material to grow my grey matter, so to speak. I came across this quote tonight in a discussion thread about applying DNA’s compression techniques to our own computer compression algorithms:

The human genome isn’t like 750MB of ******* high-level compiler-generated code. It’s more like 750MB of carefully crafted self-modifying code written by a Real Programmer of Old.

We’re all blown away by the complexities of nature. We use language, without even thinking, that is most clearly attributable to someone with intelligence – but we can’t admit there’s intelligence behind all of it.

If you’re going to give God a name concerning DNA, “Real Programmer of Old” pretty much fits the bill.

We do it to ourselves…

Nikola Tesla on War

I’ve long thought that the sentiment below was quite inspired, perhaps by luck, perhaps by insight. Whichever it is, it holds a certain wisdom which is rare in a scientist, especially one living so long ago.

I’ve long thought that the sentiment below was quite inspired, perhaps by luck, perhaps by insight. Whichever it is, it holds a certain wisdom which is rare in a scientist, especially one living so long ago.

War can not be avoided until the physical cause for its recurrence is removed and this, in the last analysis, is the vast extent of the planet on which we live. Only through annihilation of distance in every respect, as the conveyance of intelligence, transport of passengers and supplies and transmission of energy will conditions be brought about some day, insuring permanency of friendly relations. What we now want most is closer contact and better understanding between individuals and communities all over the earth and the elimination of that fanatic devotion to exalted ideals of national egoism and pride, which is always prone to plunge the world into primeval barbarism and strife. No league or parliamentary act of any kind will ever prevent such a calamity.

Nikola Tesla

Read it carefully. His thought, “Only through annihilation of distance in every respect, as the conveyance of intelligence,” is especially pogniant considering the rise of the internet. The internet is that medium through which distance is eliminated and which can convey intelligence more aptly, more succinctly and  more quickly than ever before.

His final thought, “No league or parliamentary act of any kind will ever prevent such a calamity,” is classic considering the popular rise of the internet as something born out of universities and by business – not by legislation.

Whether he understood the mechanism that would fulfill his vision, Tesla knew that something like the internet would be required.

The internet was designed open and free. The way to a better world is to keep it open and free.

All Writing is Poetry.

The best poets concentrate words so well that just a few lines can be read as a full-on essay. Percy Bysshe Shelley’s Ode to a Skylark is one example. When understood in this way, Ode blooms with ideas and with striking similarities to how we write essays.

I used to be really into writing. I used to be a good speller, too, although you couldn’t tell these days.

In high school I took all the english and writing classes. After that, I didn’t concentrate on it so much. But I happened into a poetry 101 style course in one of my electives in college.

One thing I’ve discovered about writing–from a good writer–is that they are striving for poetry in whatever form of writing they are currently consumed with. Novel, text, sentence, quotation, treatise, song, fiction, non-fiction, all of these the best authors will attempt to fuse with the stylings of poetry.

Most poetry, I’ve found, are actually other forms of writing (expository, allegory, etc.) but they’re simply written in a highly compressed form. Poetry is, at its heart, the concentration of the language in order to retain only the most potent and relevant words. Techies would call it compression.

The best poets concentrate words so well that just a few lines can be read as a full-on essay. Percy Bysshe Shelley’s Ode to a Skylark is one example. When understood in this way, Ode blooms with ideas and with striking similarities to how we write essays.

Another form of writing, I think I may have pioneered, is the self quote, and I’ve only recently realized that its attraction is its poetry.

Many famous people are quoted. They are most often quoted from within a body of immediate context. Meaning they were giving a speech or were writing a book and a quotation has been pulled out.

The self quote, on the other hand, is a stand-alone writing. It has no body of context to draw on. It took me years to understand why I liked writing them. The reason, I’ve come to believe, is because I am writing poetry. The premise is similar. Concentrate a big thought into something bite-size, strategically writing in or leaving open thoughts that expand and support the main thrust.