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25 September 2018

Galileo's Plank and the Shaman's Pole

"We live, it seems, between the shaman's pole and Galileo's plank; between our continuing wish to be enchanted and our eagerness to disenchant the world through science."

24 September 2018

Is the Data Centre a place? Or, a role?

A Data Centre is a 'role' not a 'place':
  • Sometimes services are delivered using infrastructure assets located within in-house facilities. 
  • Sometimes services are delivered using infrastructure assets located 'not here'.
  • Sometimes services are delivered using assets in both places, at the same time.

Created: 2018.09.24

Fear of boredom

"Today, everybody expects to be entertained, and they expect to be entertained all the time. . . . [E]veryone must be amused, or they will switch: switch brands, switch channels, switch parties, switch loyalties. This is the intellectual reality of Western society at the end of the century. In other centuries, human beings wanted to be saved, or improved, or freed, or educated. But in our century, they want to be entertained. The great fear is not of disease or death, but of boredom. A sense of time is on our hands, a sense of nothing to do. A sense that we are not amused. "
~ Charles Hill, On Decadence

23 September 2018

A joke about Catharist heretics

This one cracks me up!

What is similar about the Jesuit and Dominican Orders?

Well, they were both founded by Spaniards, St. Dominic for the Dominicans, and St. Ignatius of Loyola for the Jesuits. 
They were also both founded to combat heresy: the Dominicans to fight the Albigensians, and the Jesuits to fight the Protestants.

What is different about the Jesuit and Dominican Orders?
Well, have you met any Albigensians lately?

20 September 2018

I walk better...

“I don't know where my road is going, but I know that I walk better when I hold your hand.”
~Alfred de Musset

17 September 2018

Things we believe in have two qualities

The weather has turned from summer to fall. 
The cold evening, wet morning and warm dry day. 
This is the best time of year and it reminds me of many of the best moments of my life - all of which occurred in the fall.

I am feeling a bit a drift of late. While it really did not happen gradually, it has take quite sometime for it to sink in - there is nothing left for me to believe in. Whatever good that was in my world is gone. Not misplaced and all I need to do find it. No, gone. I have discovered that the things we believe in have two qualities;
  1. they are not the choice that we are often urged to think and,
  2. they are finite and non-renewable.

I believe the second point was the most stunning thing to realize. If more people knew that, they might consume the thing(s) believe in more diligently.