1/15/12

If it doesn't work like a PC I don't want it

Ultrabooks Embraced by PC Makers at C.E.S. - NYTimes.com: "“How you bring the tablet plus laptop together in a meaningful way, I think, is going to be the Ultrabook,” he said."


If it doesn't work like a PC I don't want it
Give me a keyboard and a screen that reads easily
Give me speakers I can listen to enjoyably
I am a minimalist ... about everything else

Is it your wish to find your own true self?


Is it your wish to find your own true self?
Then listen to these cautionary words.
Beware the voices of near and far crowds;
Some voices tell you, Seekers will get lost,
Or to do this or that to stay alive.
They’ll turn you into one who follows crowds.
I know, when you reject these shallow views,
You may fall prey to lonely agonies.
The path to who you are may lead through pain.
But Abba takes your hand and walks with you,
Till you move like a wheel on your own power;
And stars above begin to shine for you.



Revolution is coming to America

Revolution is coming to America
There will be no more special privileges
The government will no longer kowtow to Wall Street
The two parties will no longer feed at the same trough  
People of all parties will make this revolution
Children of all Americans will be the beneficiaries



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The European corporate cup runneth over

Why Is Europe a Dirty Word? - NYTimes.com: "If Europe was as anticapitalist as Americans assume, its companies would be collapsing. But there are 172 European corporations among the Fortune Global 500, compared with just 133 from the United States"

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Syria the mournful in the throes of deadly war



Syria the mournful in the throes of deadly war
Never never lose track of what is worth fighting for
Tolerance democracy and non-idolatry
Dignity and helpfulness and full equality


Mittology

In Romney's Campaign, What's Race Got to Do With It? - NYTimes.com: "Of course, I’m not talking about a strict count of melanin density. I’m referring to the countless subtle and not-so-subtle ways he telegraphs to a certain type of voter that he is the cultural alternative to America’s first black president. It is a whiteness grounded in a retro vision of the country, one of white picket fences and stay-at-home moms and fathers unashamed of working hard for corporate America."

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White House Zaps SOPA, Calls Piracy Real

Obama Administration Responds to We the People Petitions on SOPA and Online Piracy | The White House: "Right now, Congress is debating a few pieces of legislation concerning the very real issue of online piracy, including the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), the PROTECT IP Act, and the Online Protection and Digital ENforcement Act (OPEN). We want to take this opportunity to tell you what the Administration will support—and what we will not support. Any effective legislation should reflect a wide range of stakeholders, including everyone from content creators to the engineers that build and maintain the infrastructure of the Internet.

While we believe that online piracy by foreign websites is a serious problem that requires a serious legislative response, we will not support legislation that reduces freedom of expression, increases cybersecurity risk, or undermines the dynamic, innovative global Internet."

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Whew there's hope for me yet

The Rise of the New Groupthink - NYTimes.com: "But there’s a problem with this view. Research strongly suggests that people are more creative when they enjoy privacy and freedom from interruption. And the most spectacularly creative people in many fields are often introverted, according to studies by the psychologists Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi and Gregory Feist. They’re extroverted enough to exchange and advance ideas, but see themselves as independent and individualistic. They’re not joiners by nature."

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Of course if I believed this as the result of a team study ...

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Early one morning in the spring of 1820

American Prophet: The Story of Joseph Smith: "Affected by the great religious excitement taking place around his home in Manchester, New York, in 1820, fourteen-year-old Joseph was determined to know which of the many religions he should join. He encountered a passage in the Bible instructing any who lacked wisdom to "ask of God" (James 1:5). Early one morning in the spring of 1820, Joseph went to a secluded woods to ask God which church he should join. According to his account, while praying Joseph was visited by two "personages" who identified themselves as God the Father and Jesus Christ. He was told not to join any of the churches.

In 1823, Joseph Smith said he was visited by an angel named Moroni, who told him of an ancient record containing God's dealings with the former inhabitants of the American continent. In 1827, Joseph retrieved this record, inscribed on thin golden plates, and shortly afterward began translating its words by the "gift of God."3 The resulting manuscript, the Book of Mormon, was published in March 1830. On April 6, 1830, Joseph Smith organized The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and became its first president."

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Romney's OK But How Will Mormons Use Him?

Evangelical Christians’ Unease With Romney Is Theological - NYTimes.com: "“I don’t have any concerns about Mitt Romney using his position as either a candidate or as president of the United States to push Mormonism,” said Mr. Roberts, an author of “Mormonism Unmasked” and president of the Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, who said he had no plans to travel to South Carolina before the voting. “The concern among evangelicals is that the Mormon Church will use his position around the world as a calling card for legitimizing their church and proselytizing people.”"

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Interesting question since there is no more glaring example of American exceptionalism than the premise of Mormonism - namely its genesis in New York State.

My impression of Mormonism wan admittedly subjective. I went to the Tabernacle and heard some lovely music outside and hung around while congregant exited following the service. I felt I was in a sea of similar-looking folk from another planet. Come to think of it, they had the bearing and aura of ... Mitt! There was a mall across the street with a movie theater where the Blues Brothers was playing. It proved to be just the ticket to rid myself of the vibe.

I once had to do - also - with a refugee from Mormonism. But that is a whole other story. What is relevant is that there are a considerable number of folk who were Mormons and are no longer Mormons, as is also the case with all other religions incliuding Christianity.
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Patriots Restore Brady's Shadow with Decisive Win

Tom Brady Leads Patriots to Win over Tim Tebow and Broncos - NYTimes.com:

"In a way the result restored the natural order of the N.F.L. Brady is the pre-eminent quarterback of his generation, but this week he had been thrust into a most unusual spot for him — someone else’s shadow. "

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Evil is measured by relative degrees of harm.

Evil is measured by relative degrees of harm. To be delivered from evil  is to be  free from receiving or inflicting abuse.  Bully...