The speed of emotion.

09 March 2006

I've long thought that there was an emotional/intellectual dichotomy that went largely overlooked.  In college, I wrote an essay (not for any class) on how the "speed of thought" is out-done by the "speed of emotion."  It's why rollercoasters are scary even when you know they are safe.  Same for scary movies.  Intellectually, you know you're fine, but the emotion gets there first and is hard to uproot.
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The Multiple Self

27 February 2006

iPod Quandry

26 February 2006

Well, my 1st gen iPod has finally died.  Now I am in a quandry.  Much as I would love to replace it with a video iPod, I'm not sure I can justify the expense.  On the other hand, I can spend about $130 to replace the dead hard drive in my old 5 GB with a 20 GB one.  Hm...

Same Sex Marriage

14 October 2005

I am concerned about all of the furor surround same-sex marriages. My concern stems from what I think is a miscommunication: is marriage a secular or religious institution. I believe that as a religious institution, any given religion absolutely has the right to reject same-sex marriage. However, when it is an institution recognized and sanctioned by the government, I believe that it must apply equally to all. The fact that a particular church rejects same-sex marriage is not a reason for the government to do the same. There is a separation of church and state.

One must ask what the purpose of government recognition of marriage, and what that recognition entails. If the purpose is to promote stability of households and therefore communities, I see no reason for a restriction based on gender. If it is to provide government sanction to a religious institution, I believe it violates the separation of church and state.

What I am trying to say is this: if marriage is religious in nature, it should not be sanctioned or regulated by government and should have no direct effect on government activity such as taxation. If, on the other hand, it is a secular institution maintained and regulated by the government for the good of society, the gender, race, creed, sexual orientation, etc. of the participants should not matter.

Therefore, I think an amendment banning same sex marriage is senseless, since it either does not apply due to separation of church and state, or does not apply because it doesn't matter whether the parties involved are male or female.

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you hit the nail on the head. If marriage is a state defined by the church then govt. has no biz with defining same. Can govt. not come up with a legal contract between two people for setting up a household? No . . . not enuff political will to do so because it would cost emplyers too much money in added benefits to 2nd partner- not to mention citizens who will bully lawmakers into no action by maintaning that the church has a right to define who can and can't have a domestic partnership. There is no existentail seperation of churcha nd state on this one. Both the church and the state (businesses) gets their needs met by non-action. An intolerable situation for same sex couples who are alienated from rights other couples enjoy i.e. who is next of kin in a medical sitz where one partner is in hospital and is not legally next of kin. Thanks for your post!

Management by Fiction

14 October 2005

Nice article. I've definitely seen this phenomenon. ;)

Sin City

26 July 2005

Saw Sin City over the weekend and all I can say is "Wow!" It is incredibly dark and violent (think Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction), but is a technical masterpiece. The acting is phenomenal, no surprise given the cast, but the film-making artistry is unmatched to date.

When you realize that many of the actors never met (at least, on set), even some who fought each other on screen, and that people who didn't know could not tell that the "sets" didn't exist, you can't help but be impressed.

On Being and Deliciousness, with Wil Shipley

25 July 2005

On Being and Deliciousness

As usual, Wil has some tremendous insights into the development world. I am very impressed with his views on the future of development and heuristics. I also think that his analogy between development languages and syringes is spot on.

I think he slightly missed the mark when commenting on not wanting to adopt the habits of large companies however. He compares a large successful company to an old, rich, and dying man. He says that adopting a large businesses habits is like saying "I'm going to start walking with a cane and I'm going to act crotchety and I'm going to get liver disease." I think it would make a better analogy to say that copying a big companies practices is like saying "I'm going to drink, smoke and eat rich food." That is what the successful old man does, but it is not what made him successful and rich. This hits a bit close to home :)

Quicksilver

06 May 2005

I find that Quicksilver is becoming more and more of an indespensible part of my Mac OS X installation. The more you use it, the more useful it becomes, so the trick is to make yourself use it in the first place. It seems that everyone has a different aspect of Quicksilver that addicts them to it. For me, it's the ability to quickly find a track in iTunes and make it the next item in Party Shuffle. No switching away from the app I'm in, just a few key strokes. And as this became more and more of a habit, I found that I was using the Finder less, since it was so easy to launch apps and documents from Quicksilver too. Gotta love it.

Widgeting

30 April 2005

I'm thinking I need to put in some time on widgeting. It would be good to have a widget-ized version of Stackinator. I'd also like some memo pad thingy that supports locked entries (for passwords and such). I like Notational Velocity's model, but everything is clear and too easily displayed. WicketyWidget is good, but forces CamelCase for wiki links, and doesn't lock. I may look more into StickyBrain again. Or I may end up rolling my own. We shall see.

Poor Carrie

28 April 2005

So, Carrie's got strep today. Bummer. I'm working from home to keep an eye on her while Tery takes her second final of the semester. I'll probably head downstairs and hang some more of the drywall to close the gap on finishing Aly's room. The fun, it never ends.

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