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Why I am not Charlie

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I am not Charlie, simply because I find the filth they publish despicable, just as I find society’s vocal hatred for my Savior, in my face and all over the media, difficult to deal with. People think it is just fine to ridicule God and his messengers in this post-modern Western culture, and this action by these terrorists shows the level of animosity between people of faith and secular culture. I am not a Muslim, so frankly I cannot understand the nuances of publishing caricatures of Muhammed, in large part because I see this sort of thing so often with Jesus that I am quite used to it. Obviously, Muslims in most of the rest of the world are not.

One would think that atheists would feel strong enough in their conviction of the nonexistence of God, that they would refrain from profanity when it comes to the sacred, but it is quite the opposite actually. This underlines the truth of the situation, that they are rejecting a very real God, and thus frightened, insecure, and outraged at the lack of a needed and necessary relationship with the Divine.

So print your caricatures of religious Deities and Prophets all you want, slander and ridicule the righteous, and believe in your false God’s of science and evolution Judgment will happen to you whether you want it to or not.

To paraphrase :

And this is the nature of things, causality. Cause, and effect. We are forever slaves to it. Our only hope, and peace, is Why? Why separates us, from them. You from me. Why is the only real source of power, without it you are powerless, and here comes ‘Charlie Hebdo’ , without Why, without Power.

Originally posted on a paper bird:

imagesThere is no “but” about what happened at Charlie Hebdo yesterday. Some people published some cartoons, and some other people killed them for it.  Words and pictures can be beautiful or vile, pleasing or enraging, inspiring or offensive; but they exist on a different plane from physical violence, whether you want to call that plane spirit or imagination or culture, and to meet them with violence is an offense against the spirit and imagination and culture that distinguish humans. Nothing mitigates this monstrosity. There will be time to analyze why the killers did it, time to parse their backgrounds, their ideologies, their beliefs, time for sociologists and psychologists to add to understanding. There will be explanations, and the explanations will be important, but explanations aren’t the same as excuses. Words don’t kill, they must not be met by killing, and they will not make the killers’ culpability go away.

To abhor what was done to the victims, though, is not…

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The Slow Boat to China

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I would be very wary, if I were the only female passenger on this ship. I hope everything works out for her, this promises to be a very enlightening blog. The section on worker’s rights is what I have often feared is the case on these ships. When you think that these workers are the lifeblood of our modern consumer culture, it really is a shame they are not treated according to the benefit they bring. I also wonder what the drug culture is like among this subsection of the human population… I hazard a guess that opiates are typically the drug of choice, being so isolated from relationships with the opposite sex, but I digress. Again, this promises to be a great read.

Originally posted on The Disorder Of Things:

The following post is the first in a series of oceanic dispatches from Disorder member Charmaine Chua. She is currently on a 36-day journey on board a 100,000 ton Evergreen container ship starting in Los Angeles, going across the Pacific Ocean and ending in Taipei. Follow her ethnographic adventures with the tag ‘Slow Boat to China’.


“In civilizations without boats, dreams dry up, espionage takes the place of adventure, and the police take the place of pirates.”

- Foucault, Of Other Spaces

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There is uncanny beauty in the monstrous. This, at least, is the feeling that seizes me as I stand under the colossal Ever Cthulhu[1] berthed in the Port of Los Angeles. The ship’s hull alone rises eight stories into the air; even from a distance, I am unable to capture its full length or height within a single camera frame. In describing the…

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Kindle Unlimited

I find Kindle Unlimited to be a worthwhile investment. It is inexpensive at $10.00 a month, and while the selection is a little odd, it is not that bad. One nice feature is the inclusion of Amazon published books, though the author can opt out. Apparently, successful authors are seeing a reduced income from the subscription model, while less successful authors are seeing an increase. I have an article from the New York Times which goes into detail on this subject.

Happy New Year’s!

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Full article here

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First take: Android 5.0 Lollipop breathes new life into the old Nexus 5

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Can’t wait!

Originally posted on Gigaom:

Last night I downloaded the official Android 5.0 Lollipop image and flashed it on a Nexus 5 phone. I could have waited for Google to push the software update over the air, but no self-respecting gadget enthusiast actually waits for new software when they can get it earlier on their own. There’s a downside to this process, though: All data and previously installed apps are wiped out.

That actually doesn’t bother me. I use it to my advantage by reinstalling apps as I need them. I do the same with new iPhones, setting them up from scratch instead of restoring backups and such. My photos, data, and contacts are all in the cloud and this lets me cull through the many apps that I accumulate over time. So I ended up with a pure stock Android phone after the installation and immediately saw the Hangouts icon where my old Messenger…

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Trying to understand the heart, in a broken world

 

While Love is the supreme emotion, it is expressed through the heart, in an imperfect world. The collective hearts of the creatures of God have made the world what it is today, deflated and junked. People sometimes blame Love for the state of disrepair in their lives, whether by blaming God, or other creatures such as themselves whose Love does not conform, but I tell you, the Heart and Circumstance conspire to turn Love to Hate, and balance to chaos. Fortunately, there are remedies for this situation.

 

When someone acts out of Love, the Heart is the engine that brings forth this divine emotion, however the state of the heart can fundamentally warp this effect. Add to that the thousands of years, perhaps more, of damage we have inflicted on God and Creation by acting foolishly, and a true witches brew comes into effect. Christianity offers an understanding that this Creation is Fallen, and regardless of whether or not you believe the back story, it is correct in saying that this world is corrupt and corrupting. Watch as a child slowly grows up in this world: as he or she becomes burdened or changed by the negative, their heart goes from the innocence of new life, to something we like to call mature, but in many respects is simply a fallen state where we justify our negativity, and the infliction of evil to serve needs.

 

The heart goes from purity and wholeness to a decrepit shambles very quickly as one grows: the less love experienced the quicker the reaction. Religion is meant to reverse the trend, and in my case the cleansing of the Holy Spirit is a continual process of fixing my heart, soul, mind, and body. However you come about to God’s repairs of your own self, it is important to understand that the foolish application of Love can be much worse than any evil you might want to inflict, and thus a solid grounding in religion is necessary to overcome our ignorance. So much of modern society wants to pretend that God doesn’t exist, but such blatant ignorance is easily dismissed as denial or rejection and anger towards daily circumstance, not to mention an intentional lack of basic education in our times of religious matters. Suffice it to say that evil has a strong hold on our lives, and interferes with everything in our lives, whether we struggle against it, or are complicit in devilry.

 

So, Circumstance, our broken world and the limitations of reality make some repairs in our life extremely difficult. Improper application of healing often starts from a lack of Wisdom and Understanding at best, to unfocused dabbling at its worst. Book religions have the advantage of teaching scriptures for the novice, to catalyze the learning of proper technique of Heart using and mending, but fall prey to the potential introduction of false chapters being included in their Scriptures. Religions that have no set core obviously can suffer from a lack of cohesion and a paucity of accumulated Wisdom, Understanding, and Focus, but also have the strength of being able to reach some heights that a monolithic faith simply cannot reach without much effort. Even in Book Faiths, people perish from a lack of knowledge, so correctly applying one’s self to the study of God and Love, is paramount to healing this world, and having a right relationship with God.

 

Likely even after one passes on, one must always strive to work with God to maintain a robust and healthy Heart. When circumstance causes our hearts to be damaged, we must rely on God and our desire to be loving people to right the heart with the goal of returning to a centered and holy state of being. Being fallen simply means that evil is in control of the heart, and the yoke of bondage to the devil must be broken. As many times as is necessary in one’s life, one must be prepared to retake the journey of God loving and Heart cleansing, no matter the cause, else we die fouled, and the devil wins.

 

So, a good heart and a well-grounded education in God and Life is essential to living a good and just life, and having a positive impact on those around us. If enough of us stand up for what is right, we can begin to heal ourselves, others, and this world. Thanks.

 

Harmony PC

I named my desktop after my first cat Grace:She was black and the CoolerMaster Scout case is black. When it came time to name the Champagne colored laptop I could have chosen my first girlfriend’s name, Jessica, but thought that might be a little creepy. While her hair was simply amazing, I decided to stick to my naming convention, and went with Harmony, my current feline roommate.

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My Song Got Played On Pandora 1 Million Times and All I Got Was $16.89, Less Than What I Make From a Single T-Shirt Sale!

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Criminal, to be honest. I would rather the artists were paid well. I wonder how much the recording companies received?

Originally posted on The Trichordist:

Pandora less than t-shirt sale

As a songwriter Pandora paid me $16.89* for 1,159,000 play of “Low” last quarter.  Less than I make from a single T-shirt sale.  Okay that’s a slight  exaggeration.  That’s only the premium multi-color long sleeve shirts and that’s only at venues that don’t take commission.  But still.

Soon you will be hearing from Pandora how they need Congress to change the way royalties are calculated so that they can pay much much less to songwriters and performers. For you civilians webcasting rates are “compulsory” rates. They are set by the government (crazy, right?). Further since they are compulsory royalties, artists can not “opt out” of a service like Pandora even if they think Pandora doesn’t pay them enough. The majority of songwriters have their rates set by the government, too, in the form of the ASCAP and BMI rate courts–a single judge gets to decide the fate of songwriters (technically not…

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“Public by default” is the future of professional communication

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https://gigaom.com/2014/10/26/public-by-default-is-the-future-of-professional-communication/

My personal preference is to assume all communication is Public by Default. Never assume otherwise, as many things that make us individuals, also make us targets.

Originally posted on Gigaom:

In snail mail and phone calls, we expect a certain amount of privacy: we suppose that only we and our recipients are aware of the communication, or at least of the meaningful content of the information exchanged. Those technologies were built to allow exactly two people to communicate. The idea of unintended individuals snooping on our business, as mundane as it can be, is repulsive.

As soon as we want to share information more broadly or collaborate with an extended team, though, things get very complicated, very fast. For example, Today, we have to use third-party companies, with dedicated phone numbers and passwords, to make a three-person conference call. Clearly, telephony’s standards were designed around one-to-one communication.

The same goes for good old letters. If you want to send the same letter to several people, you can’t — you have to send several letters, with the same content. Twenty-five years…

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