BBspot – Atheist Still Unconvinced After Meeting with God

As my friend Jon said, “Some people would never learn…”.

BBspot – God Considers Smiting Bible Pirates

A funny and spot on parody of the RIAA with electronic versions of the bible taking the place of the online music.

Arthur C Clarke – Humanity will survive information deluge

“I have great faith in optimism as a philosophy, if only because it offers us the opportunity of self-fulfilling prophecy.”

I don’t know why the above sentence strikes me so, but I keep re-reading it and getting something different out of it. Just the basic mechanics of it, blending ‘faith’ and ‘prophecy’ with ‘philosophy’ brings a smile to my face and warmth to my heart.

However, the next bit is the more practical of advice and even a bit of warning mixed in:

“The Information Age offers much to mankind, and I would like to think that we will rise to the challenges it presents. But it is vital to remember that information – in the sense of raw data – is not knowledge; that knowledge is not wisdom; and that wisdom is not foresight. But information is the first essential step to all of these.”

It is obvious when you think about it, yet it took, for me, a great thinker and communicator to bring it to the front of my mind and imagination.

Thanks Mr. Clarke. Here’s to hoping you are around for years to come. I hope someday to shake your hand and thank you for sparking my imagination and leading me to dream.

What’s gone on and such

December 6, 2003

So, wonder where I’ve been?

Here is the story, so to speak. The month of November has been christened National Novel Writing Month (http://www.nanowrimo.org) and I stumbled upon it on October 31st, the night before it started.

So, on November 1st, I started writing a novel of at least 50,000 words. I had no characters, no story, no clue. I had a software release date of November 24th, the Thanksgiving holiday with family staying at my house, and a myriad of other stuff going on last month.

Needless to say, I didn’t meet my goal. However, I did write about 11,000 words and I plan on finishing it in the next couple of months. It isn’t good, but it is good practice. Next year, I’ll plan a bit better and know what I’m up against.

Anyway, I didn’t post here at all last month, but I plan on making up for it in the weeks to come. I also decided that what I post will be more commentary, less pointing you to someone else’s commentary. I’ve got opinions, questions and more and I’m not shy, or at least so I’ve been told.

So, for tonight, good night and god bless.