Friday, 28 December 2012

Post festivities

Ah, the festivities have ended. Or rather they have entered a lull prior to the entry of 2013.

The Mayan "prophecy" didn't come to pass after all. Well why should it? It was no more a prediction of the end of the world than the last page of your personal organiser is.

The bottom line is that there are a lot of gullible people out there who were willing to swallow some old codswallop that because a calendar had run out it meant that there would be no more days.

I admire the people who managed to make money out of this - and pity the gullible fools who fell for it. They're probably waiting for the rapture about now.

Sunday, 16 December 2012

Thoughts about the big day

Well, preparations well underway for the visit of the big man in red. Or green, if you prefer that imagery.

Father Christmas (or Santa Claus, or whomever) seems to appeal on such a visceral level - kindness without any expectation of reward, other than maybe a mince pie and a small drink.

And we perpetuate the story with our children whatever (generally) our own belief system, because it is so appealing - we so want out children to believe in the magic of someone being so selfless.

Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Progress

This is becoming quite cathartic.

Well, I've come to the conclusion that although solipsism has a significant advantage when you've had a bad day - you can just put it down to everything being an aspect of one's own mind - basically you just have to get on with it and make the best of things!

I've got a bit more active on some forums (again), started charging the old digital camera - not sure why but it seems like a good idea, installed Fluxbox on my dekstop machine, tried Cinnarch and hated it ;-) and generally just got on with things.

I think next I'll carry on reading more philosophy, finish "Flatlands" - which I'm really enjoying, and do so stuff with development.

Oh, and I've signed up to a hackathon in January because... well, because it interests me! What better reason could there be for diving in?!

Oh, and the obligatory plug: www.cafepress.com/stuartsthinkingstuff

Thank-you!

Monday, 3 December 2012

Repetition

"Practice doesn't make perfect - it makes permanence."

How true this is!

So, today has been a mixed day - some thinking about my general direction in life as I've been finding motivation hard lately, other than the motivation of my family and wanting to do my utmost for them.

From an analytical standpoint I'm thinking ethically and morally here - what is a "good" life? Is it about total utility, or is it more, as I suspect, about self love in the way that Hume meant?

I think that the resolution to this is to take positive action, so to this end I have decided to sign up for some more forums on the internet, get involved in some communities - such as documentation for Linux distributions, and I've made some contact with people about getting a project I have been plugging away with for nearly two years off the ground.

On this point if anyone with an interest/aptitude in programming (Actor based?) and/or immunology, disease, demographics and related fields - heck, even if you haven't but are intrigued, please get in touch via this blog.

Cheers.