Only through the bringing together of head and heart— intelligence and goodness— shall man rise to a fulfillment of his true nature. Neither is this to say that one must be a philosopher or a possessor of extensive academic training before he can achieve the good life. I know many people of limited formal training who have amazing intelligence and foresight. The call for intelligence is a call for openmindedness, sound judgment, and love for truth. It is a call for men to rise above the stagnation of closedmindedness and the paralysis of gullibility.
King Jr, Martin Luther (2012-11-06). A Gift of Love: Sermons from Strength to Love and Other Preachings (King Legacy) (p. 43). Beacon Press. Kindle Edition.
John Klein wrote up a short, but great list of cognitive biases and how they effect software engineering that might be an eye opener for some.
Via Cory Doctorow at Boing Boing.
(also… all generalizations are false…)
The One Step Away blog at Philly.com profiles one of its vendors, Ronald.
One of the earliest friendships I made on the Web was to Dave Rogers, it must be over ten years ago now. Dave, if you’re reading, a few of us old timers are are thinking of you and your loss.
I know quite a few folks who make it a thing to go out to Karaoke more than a few times a year. My good friend Howard Hall (whose birthday is today – Happy Birthday Howard!), posted some thoughts on Karaoke on a lesson it has for all of us.
Check out his solutions to FizzBuzz, a programming puzzle that has become common to ask interviewees, applying idioms from many programming languages, all in Python.
Check out Bret Victor’s “Highly Recommended Things”, his five star list of favorite things in the world, a mixture of fun, thought provokers and horizon expanders, and much, much more. There’s a lot here that would be on my list were I to compile one someday. Check it out.
Jim Benson, in his recent post, “You Are a Role Model”, gets to a core belief I carry about the shadows we cast in this world and our effects on each other, whether we choose to believe it, or not. A good read to start a week.
It’s a shame that the world has no idea who Ludwig van Beethoven wrote this letter of love letter to. But it did give a perfect expression of the kind of love we share. One that has endured much, so many stormy and calm days in the great sea, and one focused on the truly important, in the here and now, expanding my heart at the awesomeness of it all. Emma and me are so blessed to be part of the family we are part of. She loves you as deeply as I do, and her bond is even more powerful. You wonder why we sometimes get these cocky grins on our faces? It’s because we know something that the rest of the world doesn’t get. Maybe like old Ludwig did. But we want the world to know. I love you Richelle.
My ever thine. May you ever be mine. And the life we live ever ours.
(Note, this was originally posted to my private Facebook account and upon reflection, realize it really should be here)
For more on the letter, check out Letters of Note’s post on “Immortal Beloved“.
One Step Away is a monthly ‘street newspaper’ produced by people experiencing homelessness in the Philadelphia region. I always make sure to pick up a copy once or twice a month from its many vendors in across Center City, some of which are authors in the paper.
Philly.com has been hosting a number of blogs on their site over the past few years, some of which have brought it much controversy, but this one should not, it helps raise the voice of those whose voice needs to be heard. Check out the One Step Away blog at Philly.com.