I’ve been reading some quotes…

Here are a few quotes that I’ve read after thrashing around online that hit home on some events and people.

“There is no better antidote against entertaining too high an opinion of others than having an excellent one of ourselves at the very same time.”
― Walter Scott, Waverley

“Who included me among the ranks of the human race?”
― Joseph Brodsky

“Feelings of superiority always stem from an illusion.”
― Marty Rubin

“The Duke has decreed that the Castle is not cold.” The gentleman’s lips are almost blue from this lack of cold. “And the Duke is right and correct in this as in all things.

…some very beautiful tapestries line the walls, but many of them are also full of holes. Perhaps the Duke has decreed that there are no moths, either.”
― Christopher Peter Grey, Leonardo’s Shadow

“Even great men bow before the Sun; it melts hubris into humility.”
― Dejan Stojanovic

“Get your facts first, then you can distort them as you please. “
― Mark Twain

“Everything is funny, as long as it’s happening to somebody else. “
― Will Rogers

“We are what our thoughts have made us; so take care about what you think. Words are secondary. Thoughts live; they travel far”.
― Swami Vivekananda

IF

By Rudyard Kipling

If you can keep your head when all about you   
    Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,   
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
    But make allowance for their doubting too;   
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
    Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
    And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:

If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;   
    If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim;   
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
    And treat those two impostors just the same;   
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
    Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
    And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
    And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
    And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
    To serve your turn long after they are gone,   
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
    Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,   
    Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
    If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
    With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,   
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,   
    And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!

Hard Work

Just thought I’d share some more quotes. My topic for today is Hard Work.

There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.

It keeps me humble just to know exactly where I came from and all the hard work I had to put in to be here. It feels good to reminisce about the past. Ha Ha Clinton-Dix

Enjoy your sweat because hard work doesn’t guarantee success, but without it you don’t have a chance. Alex Rodriguez

Confidence is a crucial building block in a successful career, and embracing it fully will take you places you never thought possible. With proper guidance and hard work, anyone can become more confident. Once you pass a certain point, you’ll feel it from the inside. Travis Bradberry

Happiness does not come from doing easy work but from the afterglow of satisfaction that comes after the achievement of a difficult task that demanded our best. Theodore Isaac Rubin


Time’s fun when you’re having flies

Time goes by so quickly, my last post was over two months ago. Last year…

Your day job can keep you busy, and as you sometimes become more complicit, the future seems bleak. The daily routine with the same program coding and problems can by nauseating. Slowly rotting away attracting flies. There’s no fun in that.

I realized that sometimes the simple things you do and how you do it, is what matters the most. And sometimes you just need to do something…

So, this year I want to make some changes on my websites. I’m thinking of thinking, of writing more about programming. Maybe, do a problem and solution topic thing. So far just ideas. But I want to put my knowledge on Coding, Linux, Servers and hacking out there for you.

You need new ideas to smack you against the head! Wake up and do something, even if you are busy, these idea can take you to a different mindset.


Enjoying the Yule time…

It’s that time of the year again. When we do our yearly festival. Celebrated by many cultures in different ways. I like the Germanic people’s version more. Known as Jól or Yule.

Yule is derived from an old Norse word for wheel. It is referring to the moment when the cycle of the year is at a low point. From a northern perspective. Usually when a solstice starts. However, it’s a bit different for us in the southern hemisphere.


The truth will set you free

When I read 12 Rules for Life, a lot of Jordan Peterson’s ideas kinda stuck, because he just comes out and say it.

Click the article to view the video.

Seems the video was removed. And here we are fighting for freedom of speech and internet. Now they just remove videos left and right because they don’t agree with it. Where will this end?

Programming is Philosophy

I came across this video and needed to shared it, as this guys describes programming like I see it. Only certain programmers has a view like this. I find what he said about hubris especially interesting. I don’t agree with every single thing his saying, but it makes you think…

A few of the quotes he mentioned hits home.

Common sense is not so common. – Voltaire

 

Rectify

Turns out I’ve put on some content on this site where I unintentionally failed to give credit to the author. I respect the authors that I cite and I’d like to apologize and inform you that it’s been rectified.

Because I’ve feel that the specific article I wrote was driven by anger and lower conscience thinking at that time, I have removed it.

This is one of the quotes by Barbara Januszkiewicz that I did not mention in the post:

“Creative thinking inspires ideas. Ideas inspire change.”-Barbara Januszkiewicz.

 

And here is a quote by me:

It is alway best to admit when you have done wrong.

For you will not likely make the same mistake again.

People may accept or reject you for this.

In the end, it is your thoughts that matter.

 

 

Lets talk politics

So you probably heard of the leftist and Alt-right views. If not, it might be usefull to read about it.

Here is why my view falls in line with Alt-right. I’m a tax paying citizen, giving 40% of my income to a government that does not give medical or any other useful services. I’m not going into detail on this…

This is becoming a problem all over the world now, specially in my country and now in european countries. The working citizens, that are responsible for building the economy is being taxes more to import and give support to people unwilling to work.

This will cause an inbalance and we cannot go on this way. One day it will all fall down and crash.

Some computer quotes I like by Rick Cook

Programming today is a race between software engineers striving to build bigger and better idiot-proof programs, and the Universe trying to produce bigger and better idiots. So far, the Universe is winning.

Programming is like pinball. The reward for doing it well is the opportunity to do it again.

The three most dangerous things in the world are a programmer with a soldering iron, a hardware type with a program patch and a user with an idea.

 

Those who stand out

Life is chaotic, run by accidents and full of misconceptions.

In the midst you will find those who stand out.

But they are not visible to just anyone’s eye.

They inspire awe where you least expect it.

Subtly changing accidents into structure and meaning.

They see what others don’t.

To look beyond this worlds problems.

Aspiring to achieve the best.

Yet held back by the worst.

 

 

Dear Mr Z

Dear Mr. Z.

You use your beak and shuffle your feet.

Always here yet never present.

Intuition, it seems not to be.

Shaky or eccentricity.

What’s your philosophy?

Issues you seem to be!

These random sentences were going through my unconscious mind, so decided to make it a poem and write it down.

Happy New Year 2017-2018

Buddha Quotes for the new year of 2017-2018:

  • Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.
  • Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, faithfulness the best relationship.
  • What we think, we become.
  • No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.
  • We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.
  • Work out your own salvation. Do not depend on others.
  • Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned.
  • He who loves 50 people has 50 woes; he who loves no one has no woes.
  • Chaos is inherent in all compounded things. Strive on with diligence.
  • We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make the world.
  • With fools, there is no companionship. Rather than to live with men who are selfish, vain, quarrelsome, and obstinate, let a man walk alone.
  • To live a pure unselfish life, one must count nothing as one’s own in the midst of abundance.
  • I do not believe in a fate that falls on men however they act; but I do believe in a fate that falls on them unless they act.

The programmer promises to

The programmer promises to

  1. Never write malicious or dangerous code.
  2. Always code their best work with good behaviour and structure. Don’t let defective code accumulate.
  3. Ensure the code is working like it was suppose to with proof and test cases.
  4. Make frequent and small changes as to not impede others.
  5. Always improve the system and never degrade it.
  6. Keep productivity as high as possible for both users and developers.
  7. Ensure that your team can cover for you and you for them.
  8. Produce estimates that are honest in both magnitude and precision or do not promise.
  9. Never stop learning and improving your craft.
  10. Be reasonable.

The Tao of Programming

I love the idea of Zen, coming from an atheistic background and trying to not be egocentric; Zen calms me.

Therefore I decided to read about these subjects and found both what I do; programming, and believe in. So I decided to share.

I got this from: http://www.mit.edu/~xela/tao.html

Thus spake the Master Programmer:

Something mysterious is formed, born in the silent void. waiting alone and unmoving, it is at once still and yet in constant motion. It is the source of all programs. I do not know its name, so I will call it the Tao of Programming.

If the Tao is great, then the operating system is great.
If the operating system is great, then the compiler is great.
If the compiler is great, then the application is great.
The user is pleased, and there is harmony in the world.

The Tao of Programming flows far away and returns on the wind of morning.


The Tao gave birth to machine language. Machine language gave birth to the assembler.

The assembler gave birth to the compiler. Now there are ten thousand languages.

Each language has its purpose, however humble. Each language expresses the Yin and Yang of software. Each language has its place within the Tao.

But do not program in COBOL if you can avoid it.


In the beginning was the Tao. The Tao gave birth to Space and Time.

Therefore Space and Time are the Yin and Yang of programming.

Programmers that do not comprehend the Tao are always running out of time and space for their programs. Programmers that comprehend the Tao always have enough time and space to accomplish their goals.

How could it be otherwise?


The wise programmer is told about Tao and follows it. The average programmer is told about Tao and searches for it. The foolish programmer is told about Tao and laughs at it.

If it were not for laughter, there would be no Tao.

The highest sounds are hardest to hear. Going forward is a way to retreat. Great talent shows itself late in life. Even a perfect program still has bugs.


The programmers of old were mysterious and profound. We cannot fathom their thoughts, so all we do is describe their appearance.

Aware, like a fox crossing the water.
Alert, like a general on the battlefield.
Kind, like a hostess greeting her guests.
Simple, like uncarved blocks of wood.
Opaque, like black pools in darkened caves.

Who can tell the secrets of their hearts and minds?

The answer exists only in Tao.


The Grand Master Turing once dreamed that he was a machine. When he awoke, he exclaimed:

“I don’t know whether I am Turing dreaming that I am a machine, or a machine dreaming that I am Turing!”


A programmer from a very large computer company went to a software conference and then returned to report to his manager, saying: “What sort of programmers work for other companies? They behaved badly and were unconcerned with appearances. Their hair was long and unkempt and their clothes were wrinkled and old. They crashed our hospitality suite and they made rude noises during my presentation.”

The manager said: “I should have never sent you to the conference. Those programmers live beyond the physical world. They consider life absurd, an accidental coincidence. They come and go without knowing limitations. Without a care, they live only for their programs. Why should they bother with social conventions?

They are alive within the Tao.”


A novice asked the Master: “Here is a programmer that never designs, documents or tests his programs. Yet all who know him consider him one of the best programmers in the world. Why is this?”

The Master replied: “That programmer has mastered the Tao. He has gone beyond the need for design; he does not become angry when the system crashes, but accepts the universe without concern. He has gone beyond the need for documentation; he no longer cares if anyone else sees his code. He has gone beyond the need for testing; each of his programs are perfect within themselves, serene and elegant, their purpose self-evident. Truly, he has entered the mystery of Tao.”


“When a program is being tested, it is too late to make design changes.”


There once was a man who went to a computer trade show. Each day as he entered, the man told the guard at the door:

“I am a great thief, renowned for my feats of shoplifting. Be forewarned, for this trade show shall not escape unplundered.”

This speech disturbed the guard greatly, because there were millions of dollars of computer equipment inside, so he watched the man carefully. But the man merely wandered from booth to booth, humming quietly to himself.

When the man left, the guard took him aside and searched his clothes, but nothing was to be found.

On the next day of the trade show, the man returned and chided the guard, saying: “I escaped with a vast booty yesterday, but today will be even better.” So the guard watched him ever more closely, but to no avail.

On the final day of the trade show, the guard could restrain his curiosity no longer. “Sir Thief,” he said, “I am so perplexed, I cannot live in peace. Please enlighten me. What is it that you are stealing?”

The man smiled. “I am stealing ideas,” he said.


There once was a Master Programmer who wrote unstructured programs. A novice programmer, seeking to imitate him, also began to write unstructured programs. When the novice asked the Master to evaluate his progress, the Master criticized him for writing unstructured programs, saying, “What is appropriate for the Master is not appropriate for the novice. You must understand Tao before transcending structure.”


There was once a programmer who was attached to the court of the warlord of Wu. The warlord asked the programmer: “Which is easier to design: an accounting package or an operating system?”

“An operating system,” replied the programmer.

The warlord uttered an exclamation of disbelief. “Surely an accounting package is trivial next to the complexity of an operating system,” he said.

“Not so,” said the programmer, “When designing an accounting package, the programmer operates as a mediator between people having different ideas: how it must operate, how its reports must appear, and how it must conform to the tax laws. By contrast, an operating system is not limited by outside appearances. When designing an operating system, the programmer seeks the simplest harmony between machine and ideas. This is why an operating system is easier to design.”

The warlord of Wu nodded and smiled. “That is all good and well, but which is easier to debug?”

The programmer made no reply.


A manager went to the Master Programmer and showed him the requirements document for a new application. The manager asked the Master: “How long will it take to design this system if I assign five programmers to it?”

“It will take one year,” said the Master promptly.

“But we need this system immediately or even sooner! How long will it take if I assign ten programmers to it?”

The Master Programmer frowned. “In that case, it will take two years.”

“And what if I assign a hundred programmers to it?”

The Master Programmer shrugged. “Then the design will never be completed,” he said.


“A well-written program is its own Heaven; a poorly-written program is its own Hell.”


A program should be light and agile, its subroutines connected like a string of pearls. The spirit and intent of the program should be retained throughout. There should be neither too little nor too much. Neither needless loops nor useless variables; neither lack of structure nor overwhelming rigidity.

A program should follow the “Law of Least Astonishment”. What is this law? It is simply that the program should always respond to the users in the way that least astonishes them.

A program, no matter how complex, should act as a single unit. The program should be directed by the logic within rather than by outward appearances.

If the program fails in these requirements, it will be in a state of disorder and confusion. The only way to correct this is to rewrite the program.


A novice asked the Master: “I have a program that sometimes runs and sometimes aborts. I have followed the rules of programming, yet I am totally baffled. What is the reason for this?”

The Master replied: “You are confused because you do not understand Tao. Only a fool expects rational behavior from his fellow humans. Why do you expect it from a machine that humans have constructed? Computers simulate determinism; only Tao is perfect.

The rules of programming are transitory; only Tao is eternal. Therefore, you must contemplate Tao before you receive Enlightenment.”

“But how will I know when I have received Enlightenment?” asked the novice.

“Your program will run correctly,” replied the Master.


The Master was explaining the nature of Tao to one of his novices.

“The Tao is embodied in all software — regardless of how insignificant,” said the Master.

“Is the Tao in a hand-held calculator?” asked the novice.

“It is,” came the reply.

“Is the Tao in a video game?” asked the novice.

“It is even in a video game,” said the Master.

“Is the Tao in the DOS for a personal computer?” asked the novice.

The Master coughed and shifted his position slightly. “The lesson is over for today,” he said.


Prince Wang’s programmer was coding software. His fingers danced upon the keyboard. The program compiled without and error message, and the program ran like a gentle wind.

“Excellent!” the Prince exclaimed. “Your technique is faultless!”

“Technique?” said the programmer, turning from his terminal, “What I follow is Tao — beyond all techniques! When I first began to program, I would see before me the whole problem in one mass. After three years, I no longer saw this mass. Instead, I used subroutines. But now I see nothing. My whole being exists in a formless void. My senses are idle. My spirit, free to work without a plan, follows its own instinct. In short, my program writes itself. True, sometimes there are difficult problems. I see them coming, I slow down, I watch silently. Then I change a single line of code and the difficulties vanish like puffs of idle smoke. I then compile the program. I sit still and let the joy of the work fill my being. I close my eyes for a moment and then log off.”

Prince Wang said, “Would that all of my programmers were as wise!”


“Though a program be but three lines long, someday it will have to be maintained.”


A well-used door needs no oil on its hinges.
A swift-flowing stream does not grow stagnant.
A deer blends perfectly into the forest colors.
Software rots if not used.

These are great mysteries.


A manager asked a programmer how long it would take him to finish the program on which he was working. “I will be finished tomorrow,” the programmer promptly replied.

“I think you are being unrealistic,” said the manager, “Truthfully, how long will it take?”

The programmer thought for a moment. “I have some features that I wish to add. This will take at least two weeks,” he finally said.

“Even that is too much to expect,” insisted the manager, “I will be satisfied if you simply tell me when the program is complete.”

The programmer agreed to this.

Several years later, the manager retired. On the way to his retirement luncheon, he discovered the programmer asleep at his terminal. He had been programming all night.


A novice programmer was once assigned to code a simple financial package.

The novice worked furiously for many days, but when his Master reviewed his program, he discovered it contained a screen editor, a set of generalized graphics routines, and an artificial intelligence interface, but not the slightest hint of anything financial.

When the Master asked about this, the novice became indignant. “Don’t be so impatient,” he said, “I’ll put in the financial stuff eventually.”


Does a good farmer neglect a crop he has planted?
Does a good teacher overlook even the most humble student?
Does a good father allow a single child to starve?
Does a good programmer refuse to maintain his code?


“Let the programmers be many and the managers few — then all will be productive.”


When managers hold endless meetings, the programmers write games.
When accountants speak of quarterly profits, the development budget is about to be cut.
When senior scientists talk blue sky, the clouds are about to roll in.

Truly, this is not the Tao of Programming.

When managers make commitments, game programs are ignored.
When accountants make long-range plans, harmony and order are about to be restored.
When senior scientists address the problems at hand, the problems will soon be solved.

Truly, this is the Tao of Programming.


Why are programmers non-productive? Because their time is wasted in meetings.
Why are programmers rebellious? Because the management interferes too much.
Why are the programmers resigning one by one? Because they are burnt out.
Having worked for poor management, they no longer value their jobs.

(I have to say, these are some of the best quotes on programming. I love them, Warky)


A manager was about to be fired, but a programmer who worked for him wrote a new program that became popular and sold well. As a result, the manager retained his job.

The manager tried to give the programmer a bonus, but the programmer refused it, saying, “I wrote the program because I thought it was an interesting concept, and thus I expect no reward.”

The manager upon hearing this remarked, “This programmer, though he holds a position of small esteem, understands well the proper duty of an employee. Let us promote him to the exalted position of management consultant!”

But when told this, the programmer once more refused, saying, “I exist so that I can program. If I were promoted, I would do nothing but waste everyone’s time. Can I go now? I have a program that I am working on.”


A manager was about to be fired, but a programmer who worked for him wrote a new program that became popular and sold well. As a result, the manager retained his job.

The manager tried to give the programmer a bonus, but the programmer refused it, saying, “I wrote the program because I thought it was an interesting concept, and thus I expect no reward.”

The manager upon hearing this remarked, “This programmer, though he holds a position of small esteem, understands well the proper duty of an employee. Let us promote him to the exalted position of management consultant!”

But when told this, the programmer once more refused, saying, “I exist so that I can program. If I were promoted, I would do nothing but waste everyone’s time. Can I go now? I have a program that I am working on.”


A manager went to his programmers and told them: “As regards to your work hours: you are going to have to come in at nine in the morning and leave at five in the afternoon.” At this, all of them became angry and several resigned on the spot.

So the manager said: “All right, in that case you may set your own working hours, as long as you finish your projects on schedule.” The programmers, now satisfied, began to come in at noon and work to the wee hours of the morning.


A manager went to his programmers and told them: “As regards to your work hours: you are going to have to come in at nine in the morning and leave at five in the afternoon.” At this, all of them became angry and several resigned on the spot.

So the manager said: “All right, in that case you may set your own working hours, as long as you finish your projects on schedule.” The programmers, now satisfied, began to come in at noon and work to the wee hours of the morning.


“You can demonstrate a program for a corporate executive, but you can’t make him computer literate.”


A novice asked the Master: “In the East, there is a great tree-structure that men call ‘Corporate Headquarters’. It is bloated out of shape with vice presidents and accountants. It issues a multitude of memos, each saying ‘Go Hence!’ or ‘Go Hither!’ and nobody knows what is meant. Every year new names are put onto the branches, but all to no avail. How can such an unnatural entity exist?”

The Master replied: “You perceive this immense structure and are disturbed that it has no rational purpose. Can you not take amusement from its endless gyrations? Do you not enjoy the untroubled ease of programming beneath its sheltering branches? Why are you bothered by its uselessness?”


In the East there is a shark which is larger than all other fish. It changes into a bird whose wings are like clouds filling the sky. When this bird moves across the land, it brings a message from Corporate Headquarters. This message it drops into the midst of the programmers, like a seagull making its mark upon the beach. Then the bird mounts on the wind and, with the blue sky at its back, returns home.

The novice programmer stares in wonder at the bird, for he understands it not. The average programmer dreads the coming of the bird, for he fears its message. The Master Programmer continues to work at his terminal, unaware that the bird has come and gone.


The Magician of the Ivory Tower brought his latest invention for the Master Programmer to examine. The Magician wheeled a large black box into the Master’s office while the Master waited in silence.

“This is an integrated, distributed, general-purpose workstation,” began the Magician, “ergonomically designed with a proprietary operating system, sixth generation languages, and multiple state of the art user interfaces. It took my assistants several hundred man years to construct. Is it not amazing?”

The Master Programmer raised his eyebrows slightly. “It is indeed amazing,” he said.

“Corporate Headquarters has commanded,” continued the Magician, “that everyone use this workstation as a platform for new programs. Do you agree to this?”

“Certainly,” replied the Master. “I will have it transported to the Data Center immediately!” And the Magician returned to his tower, well pleased.

Several days later, a novice wandered into the office of the Master Programmer and said, “I cannot find the listing for my new program. Do you know where it might be?”

“Yes,” replied the Master, “the listings are stacked on the platform in the Data Center.”


The Magician of the Ivory Tower brought his latest invention for the Master Programmer to examine. The Magician wheeled a large black box into the Master’s office while the Master waited in silence.

“This is an integrated, distributed, general-purpose workstation,” began the Magician, “ergonomically designed with a proprietary operating system, sixth generation languages, and multiple state of the art user interfaces. It took my assistants several hundred man years to construct. Is it not amazing?”

The Master Programmer raised his eyebrows slightly. “It is indeed amazing,” he said.

“Corporate Headquarters has commanded,” continued the Magician, “that everyone use this workstation as a platform for new programs. Do you agree to this?”

“Certainly,” replied the Master. “I will have it transported to the Data Center immediately!” And the Magician returned to his tower, well pleased.

Several days later, a novice wandered into the office of the Master Programmer and said, “I cannot find the listing for my new program. Do you know where it might be?”

“Yes,” replied the Master, “the listings are stacked on the platform in the Data Center.”


The Master Programmer moves from program to program without fear. No change in management can harm him. He will not be fired, even if the project is cancelled. Why is this? He is filled with Tao.


“Without the wind, the grass does not move. Without software hardware is useless.”


A novice asked the Master: “I perceive that one computer company is much larger than all others. It towers above its competition like a giant among dwarfs. Any one of its divisions could comprise an entire business. Why is this so?”

The Master replied, “Why do you ask such foolish questions? That company is large because it is large. If it only made hardware, nobody would buy it. If it only made software, nobody would use it. If it only maintained systems, people would treat it like a servant. But because it combines all of these things, people think it one of the gods! By not seeking to strive, it conquers without effort.”


A Master Programmer passed a novice programmer one day.

The Master noted the novice’s preoccupation with a hand-held computer game.

“Excuse me,” he said, “may I examine it?”

The novice bolted to attention and handed the device to the Master. “I see that the device claims to have three levels of play: Easy, Medium, and Hard,” said the Master. “Yet every such device has another level of play, where the device seeks not to conquer the human, nor to be conquered by the human.”

“Pray, Great Master,” implored the novice, “how does one find this mysterious setting?”

The Master dropped the device to the ground and crushed it with his heel. Suddenly the novice was enlightened.


There was once a programmer who wrote software for personal computers. “Look at how well off I am here,” he said to a mainframe programmer who came to visit. “I have my own operating system and file storage device. I do not have to share my resources with anyone. The software is self-consistent and easy-to-use. Why do you not quit your present job and join me here?”

The mainframe programmer then began to describe his system to his friend, saying, “The mainframe sits like an ancient Sage meditating in the midst of the Data Center. Its disk drives lie end-to- end like a great ocean of machinery. The software is as multifaceted as a diamond, and as convoluted as a primeval jungle. The programs, each unique, move through the system like a swift-flowing river. That is why I am happy where I am.”

The personal computer programmer, upon hearing this, fell silent. But the two programmers remained friends until the end of their days.


Hardware met Software on the road to Changtse. Software said: “You are Yin and I am Yang. If we travel together, we will become famous and earn vast sums of money.” And so they set forth together, thinking to conquer the world.

Presently, they met Firmware, who was dressed in tattered rags and hobbled along propped on a thorny stick. Firmware said to them: “The Tao lies beyond Yin and Yang. It is silent and still as a pool of water. It does not seek fame; therefore, nobody knows its presence. It does not seek fortune, for it is complete within itself. It exists beyond space and time.”

Software and Hardware, ashamed, returned to their homes.


Thus spake the Master Programmer:

“Time for you to leave.”


 

Fight their own battles

I remember readings this somewhere, though I’d share.

The price of being truthful is that twenty people will reject your views for everyone that considers them as being possible or even plausible.

Therefore, before you speak you must first learn to live with rejection.

If you seek to aid everyone that suffers in the galaxy, you will only weaken yourself … and weaken them.

It is the internal struggles, when fought and won on their own, that yield the strongest rewards…

If you care for others, then dispense with pity and sacrifice and recognise the value in letting them fight their own battles.

Laws of Power

The ideas that Robert Greene had, gave me some insights.
One can obviously not apply every law to everyone.

I do not like deceiving people and I do not condemn it.
Some of these Laws violate my own.
I still find them useful and sometimes apply them on my colleagues.

However as the quote by W.H. Auden states:
“I and the public know
What all schoolchildren learn,
Those to whom evil is done
Do evil in return.

Anyway, here are the 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene:
Law 1
Never Outshine the Master

Always make those above you feel comfortably superior. In your desire to please or impress
them, do not go too far in displaying your talents or you might accomplish the opposite – inspire
fear and insecurity. Make your masters appear more brilliant than they are and you will attain
the heights of power.

Law 2
Never put too Much Trust in Friends, Learn how to use Enemies

Be wary of friends-they will betray you more quickly, for they are easily aroused to envy. They
also become spoiled and tyrannical. But hire a former enemy and he will be more loyal than a
friend, because he has more to prove. In fact, you have more to fear from friends than from
enemies. If you have no enemies, find a way to make them.

Law 3
Conceal your Intentions

Keep people off-balance and in the dark by never revealing the purpose behind your actions. If
they have no clue what you are up to, they cannot prepare a defense. Guide them far enough
down the wrong path, envelope them in enough smoke, and by the time they realize your
intentions, it will be too late.

Law 4 (My favorite law)
Always Say Less than Necessary

When you are trying to impress people with words, the more you say, the more common you
appear, and the less in control. Even if you are saying something banal, it will seem original if
you make it vague, open-ended, and sphinxlike. Powerful people impress and intimidate by
saying less. The more you say, the more likely you are to say something foolish.

Law 5
So Much Depends on Reputation – Guard it with your Life

Reputation is the cornerstone of power. Through reputation alone you can intimidate and win;
once you slip, however, you are vulnerable, and will be attacked on all sides. Make your
reputation unassailable. Always be alert to potential attacks and thwart them before they
happen. Meanwhile, learn to destroy your enemies by opening holes in their own reputations.
Then stand aside and let public opinion hang them.

Law 6
Court Attention at all Cost

Everything is judged by its appearance; what is unseen counts for nothing. Never let yourself get
lost in the crowd, then, or buried in oblivion. Stand out. Be conspicuous, at all cost. Make
yourself a magnet of attention by appearing larger, more colorful, more mysterious, than the
bland and timid masses.

Law 7
Get others to do the Work for you, but Always Take the Credit

Use the wisdom, knowledge, and legwork of other people to further your own cause. Not only
will such assistance save you valuable time and energy, it will give you a godlike aura of
efficiency and speed. In the end your helpers will be forgotten and you will be remembered.
Never do yourself what others can do for you.

Law 8
Make other People come to you – use Bait if Necessary

When you force the other person to act, you are the one in control. It is always better to make
your opponent come to you, abandoning his own plans in the process. Lure him with fabulous
gains – then attack. You hold the cards.

Law 9
Win through your Actions, Never through Argument

Any momentary triumph you think gained through argument is really a Pyrrhic victory: The
resentment and ill will you stir up is stronger and lasts longer than any momentary change of
opinion. It is much more powerful to get others to agree with you through your actions, without
saying a word. Demonstrate, do not explicate.

Law 10 (Oh I wish I could avoid certain people.)
Infection: Avoid the Unhappy and Unlucky

You can die from someone else’s misery – emotional states are as infectious as disease. You
may feel you are helping the drowning man but you are only precipitating your own disaster.
The unfortunate sometimes draw misfortune on themselves; they will also draw it on you.
Associate with the happy and fortunate instead.

Law 11
Learn to Keep People Dependent on You

To maintain your independence you must always be needed and wanted. The more you are
relied on, the more freedom you have. Make people depend on you for their happiness and
prosperity and you have nothing to fear. Never teach them enough so that they can do without
you.

Law 12
Use Selective Honesty and Generosity to Disarm your Victim

One sincere and honest move will cover over dozens of dishonest ones. Open-hearted gestures
of honesty and generosity bring down the guard of even the most suspicious people. Once your
selective honesty opens a hole in their armor, you can deceive and manipulate them at will. A
timely gift – a Trojan horse – will serve the same purpose.

Law 13
When Asking for Help, Appeal to People’s Self-Interest,

Never to their Mercy or Gratitude
If you need to turn to an ally for help, do not bother to remind him of your past assistance and
good deeds. He will find a way to ignore you. Instead, uncover something in your request, or in
your alliance with him, that will benefit him, and emphasize it out of all proportion. He will
respond enthusiastically when he sees something to be gained for himself.

Law 14 (I do not like this one, I find it dishonorable)
Pose as a Friend, Work as a Spy

Knowing about your rival is critical. Use spies to gather valuable information that will keep you
a step ahead. Better still: Play the spy yourself. In polite social encounters, learn to probe. Ask
indirect questions to get people to reveal their weaknesses and intentions. There is no occasion
that is not an opportunity for artful spying.

Law 15 (When I roll, this is how)
Crush your Enemy Totally

All great leaders since Moses have known that a feared enemy must be crushed completely.
(Sometimes they have learned this the hard way.) If one ember is left alight, no matter how
dimly it smolders, a fire will eventually break out. More is lost through stopping halfway than
through total annihilation: The enemy will recover, and will seek revenge. Crush him, not only
in body but in spirit.

Law 16
Use Absence to Increase Respect and Honor

Too much circulation makes the price go down: The more you are seen and heard from, the
more common you appear. If you are already established in a group, temporary withdrawal from
it will make you more talked about, even more admired. You must learn when to leave. Create
value through scarcity.

Law 17
Keep Others in Suspended Terror: Cultivate an Air of Unpredictability

Humans are creatures of habit with an insatiable need to see familiarity in other people’s
actions. Your predictability gives them a sense of control. Turn the tables: Be deliberately
unpredictable. Behavior that seems to have no consistency or purpose will keep them offbalance,
and they will wear themselves out trying to explain your moves. Taken to an extreme,
this strategy can intimidate and terrorize.

Law 18
Do Not Build Fortresses to Protect Yourself – Isolation is Dangerous

The world is dangerous and enemies are everywhere – everyone has to protect themselves. A
fortress seems the safest. But isolation exposes you to more dangers than it protects you from – it
cuts you off from valuable information, it makes you conspicuous and an easy target. Better to
circulate among people find allies, mingle. You are shielded from your enemies by the crowd.

Law 19 (I apply this one daily)
Know Who You’re Dealing with – Do Not Offend the Wrong Person

There are many different kinds of people in the world, and you can never assume that everyone
will react to your strategies in the same way. Deceive or outmaneuver some people and they will
spend the rest of their lives seeking revenge. They are wolves in lambs’ clothing. Choose your
victims and opponents carefully, then – never offend or deceive the wrong person.

Law 20 (Will you get commitment in return?)
Do Not Commit to Anyone

It is the fool who always rushes to take sides. Do not commit to any side or cause but yourself.
By maintaining your independence, you become the master of others – playing people against
one another, making them pursue you.

Law 21 (Oh boy, this one works)
Play a Sucker to Catch a Sucker – Seem Dumber than your Mark

No one likes feeling stupider than the next persons. The trick, is to make your victims feel smart
– and not just smart, but smarter than you are. Once convinced of this, they will never suspect
that you may have ulterior motives.

Law 22
Use the Surrender Tactic: Transform Weakness into Power

When you are weaker, never fight for honor’s sake; choose surrender instead. Surrender gives
you time to recover, time to torment and irritate your conqueror, time to wait for his power to
wane. Do not give him the satisfaction of fighting and defeating you – surrender first. By
turning the other check you infuriate and unsettle him. Make surrender a tool of power.

Law 23
Concentrate Your Forces

Conserve your forces and energies by keeping them concentrated at their strongest point. You
gain more by finding a rich mine and mining it deeper, than by flitting from one shallow mine to
another – intensity defeats extensity every time. When looking for sources of power to elevate
you, find the one key patron, the fat cow who will give you milk for a long time to come.

Law 24
Play the Perfect Courtier

The perfect courtier thrives in a world where everything revolves around power and political
dexterity. He has mastered the art of indirection; he flatters, yields to superiors, and asserts
power over others in the mot oblique and graceful manner. Learn and apply the laws of
courtiership and there will be no limit to how far you can rise in the court.

Law 25
Re-Create Yourself

Do not accept the roles that society foists on you. Re-create yourself by forging a new identity,
one that commands attention and never bores the audience. Be the master of your own image
rather than letting others define if for you. Incorporate dramatic devices into your public
gestures and actions – your power will be enhanced and your character will seem larger than life.

Law 26
Keep Your Hands Clean

You must seem a paragon of civility and efficiency: Your hands are never soiled by mistakes and
nasty deeds. Maintain such a spotless appearance by using others as scapegoats and cat’s-paws
to disguise your involvement.

Law 27 (I’m against this law. Use it wisely.)
Play on People’s Need to Believe to Create a Cultlike Following

People have an overwhelming desire to believe in something. Become the focal point of such
desire by offering them a cause, a new faith to follow. Keep your words vague but full of
promise; emphasize enthusiasm over rationality and clear thinking. Give your new disciples
rituals to perform, ask them to make sacrifices on your behalf. In the absence of organized
religion and grand causes, your new belief system will bring you untold power.

Law 28
Enter Action with Boldness

If you are unsure of a course of action, do not attempt it. Your doubts and hesitations will infect
your execution. Timidity is dangerous: Better to enter with boldness. Any mistakes you
commit through audacity are easily corrected with more audacity. Everyone admires the bold;
no one honors the timid.

Law 29 (So few people do this, so sad!)
Plan All the Way to the End

The ending is everything. Plan all the way to it, taking into account all the possible
consequences, obstacles, and twists of fortune that might reverse your hard work and give the
glory to others. By planning to the end you will not be overwhelmed by circumstances and you
will know when to stop. Gently guide fortune and help determine the future by thinking far
ahead.

Law 30 (Or sometime the opposite of this law works)
Make your Accomplishments Seem Effortless

Your actions must seem natural and executed with ease. All the toil and practice that go into
them, and also all the clever tricks, must be concealed. When you act, act effortlessly, as if you
could do much more. Avoid the temptation of revealing how hard you work – it only raises
questions. Teach no one your tricks or they will be used against you.

Law 31
Control the Options: Get Others to Play with the Cards you Deal

The best deceptions are the ones that seem to give the other person a choice: Your victims feel
they are in control, but are actually your puppets. Give people options that come out in your
favor whichever one they choose. Force them to make choices between the lesser of two evils,
both of which serve your purpose. Put them on the horns of a dilemma: They are gored
wherever they turn.

Law 32
Play to People’s Fantasies

The truth is often avoided because it is ugly and unpleasant. Never appeal to truth and reality
unless you are prepared for the anger that comes for disenchantment. Life is so harsh and
distressing that people who can manufacture romance or conjure up fantasy are like oases in the
desert: Everyone flocks to them. There is great power in tapping into the fantasies of the masses.

Law 33
Discover Each Man’s Thumbscrew

Everyone has a weakness, a gap in the castle wall. That weakness is usual y an insecurity, an
uncontrollable emotion or need; it can also be a small secret pleasure. Either way, once found, it
is a thumbscrew you can turn to your advantage.

Law 34
Be Royal in your Own Fashion: Act like a King to be treated like one

The way you carry yourself will often determine how you are treated; In the long run, appearing
vulgar or common will make people disrespect you. For a king respects himself and inspires the
same sentiment in others. By acting regally and confident of your powers, you make yourself
seem destined to wear a crown.

Law 35
Master the Art of Timing

Never seem to be in a hurry – hurrying betrays a lack of control over yourself, and over time.
Always seem patient, as if you know that everything will come to you eventually. Become a
detective of the right moment; sniff out the spirit of the times, the trends that will carry you to
power. Learn to stand back when the time is not yet ripe, and to strike fiercely when it has
reached fruition.

Law 36
Disdain Things you cannot have: Ignoring them is the best Revenge

By acknowledging a petty problem you give it existence and credibility. The more attention you
pay an enemy, the stronger you make him; and a small mistake is often made worse and more
visible when you try to fix it. It is sometimes best to leave things alone. If there is something
you want but cannot have, show contempt for it. The less interest you reveal, the more superior
you seem.

Law 37
Create Compelling Spectacles

Striking imagery and grand symbolic gestures create the aura of power – everyone responds to
them. Stage spectacles for those around you, then full of arresting visuals and radiant symbols
that heighten your presence. Dazzled by appearances, no one will notice what you are really
doing.

Law 38
Think as you like but Behave like others

If you make a show of going against the times, flaunting your unconventional ideas and
unorthodox ways, people will think that you only want attention and that you look down upon
them. They will find a way to punish you for making them feel inferior. It is far safer to blend
in and nurture the common touch. Share your originality only with tolerant friends and those who
are sure to appreciate your uniqueness.

Law 39
Stir up Waters to Catch Fish

Anger and emotion are strategically counterproductive. You must always stay calm and
objective. But if you can make your enemies angry while staying calm yourself, you gain a
decided advantage. Put your enemies off-balance: Find the chink in their vanity through which
you can rattle them and you hold the strings.

Law 40
Despise the Free Lunch

What is offered for free is dangerous – it usually involves either a trick or a hidden obligation.
What has worth is worth paying for. By paying your own way you stay clear of gratitude, guilt,
and deceit. It is also often wise to pay the full price – there is no cutting corners with
excellence. Be lavish with your money and keep it circulating, for generosity is a sign and a
magnet for power.

Law 41
Avoid Stepping into a Great Man’s Shoes

What happens first always appears better and more original than what comes after. If you
succeed a great man or have a famous parent, you will have to accomplish double their
achievements to outshine them. Do not get lost in their shadow, or stuck in a past not of your
own making: Establish your own name and identity by changing course. Slay the overbearing
father, disparage his legacy, and gain power by shining in your own way.

Law 42
Strike the Shepherd and the Sheep will Scatter

Trouble can often be traced to a single strong individual – the stirrer, the arrogant underling, the
poisoned of goodwill. If you allow such people room to operate, others will succumb to their
influence. Do not wait for the troubles they cause to multiply, do not try to negotiate with them
– they are irredeemable. Neutralize their influence by isolating or banishing them. Strike at the
source of the trouble and the sheep will scatter.

Law 43
Work on the Hearts and Minds of Others

Coercion creates a reaction that will eventually work against you. You must seduce others into
wanting to move in your direction. A person you have seduced becomes your loyal pawn. And
the way to seduce others is to operate on their individual psychologies and weaknesses. Soften
up the resistant by working on their emotions, playing on what they hold dear and what they
fear. Ignore the hearts and minds of others and they will grow to hate you.

Law 44
Disarm and Infuriate with the Mirror Effect

The mirror reflects reality, but it is also the perfect tool for deception: When you mirror your
enemies, doing exactly as they do, they cannot figure out your strategy. The Mirror Effect
mocks and humiliates them, making them overreact. By holding up a mirror to their psyches,
you seduce them with the illusion that you share their values; by holding up a mirror to their
actions, you teach them a lesson. Few can resist the power of Mirror Effect.

Law 45
Preach the Need for Change, but Never Reform too much at Once

Everyone understands the need for change in the abstract, but on the day-to-day level people are
creatures of habit. Too much innovation is traumatic, and will lead to revolt. If you are new to a
position of power, or an outsider trying to build a power base, make a show of respecting the old
way of doing things. If change is necessary, make it feel like a gentle improvement on the past.

Law 46
Never appear too Perfect

Appearing better than others is always dangerous, but most dangerous of all is to appear to have
no faults or weaknesses. Envy creates silent enemies. It is smart to occasionally display defects,
and admit to harmless vices, in order to deflect envy and appear more human and approachable.
Only gods and the dead can seem perfect with impunity.

Law 47
Do not go Past the Mark you Aimed for; In Victory, Learn when to Stop

The moment of victory is often the moment of greatest peril. In the heat of victory, arrogance
and overconfidence can push you past the goal you had aimed for, and by going too far, you
make more enemies than you defeat. Do not allow success to go to your head. There is no
substitute for strategy and careful planning. Set a goal, and when you reach it, stop.

Law 48
Assume Formlessness

By taking a shape, by having a visible plan, you open yourself to attack. Instead of taking a form
for your enemy to grasp, keep yourself adaptable and on the move. Accept the fact that nothing
is certain and no law is fixed. The best way to protect yourself is to be as fluid and formless as
water; never bet on stability or lasting order. Everything changes.

The Laws of God, The Laws of Man

The laws of God, the laws of man,
He may keep that will and can;
Not I: let God and man decree
Laws for themselves and not for me;
And if my ways are not as theirs
Let them mind their own affairs.
Their deeds I judge and much condemn,
Yet when did I make laws for them?
Please yourselves, say I, and they
Need only look the other way.
But no, they will not; they must still
Wrest their neighbor to their will,
And make me dance as they desire
With jail and gallows and hell-fire.
And how am I to face the odds
Of man’s bedevilment and God’s?
I, a stranger and afraid
In a world I never made.
They will be master, right or wrong;
Though both are foolish, both are strong.
And since, my soul, we cannot fly
To Saturn nor to Mercury,
Keep we must, if keep we can,
These foreign laws of God and man.

by A. E. Housman (1859-1936)

I cannot be

One day on a starry night, I had an insight.
I can’t be an astronaut.
I cannot go to the stars.
So I’ll bang my head repeatedly on the wall
until I can see stars all night!

– Warky

Anger

One day the Buddha was walking through a village. A very angry and rude young man came up and began insulting him. “You have no right teaching others,” he shouted. “You are as stupid as everyone else. You are nothing but a fake.”

Buddha was not upset by these insults. Instead he asked the young man “Tell me, if you buy a gift for someone, and that person does not take it, to whom does the gift belong?”

The man was surprised to be asked such a strange question and answered, “It would belong to me, because I bought the gift.”

The Buddha smiled and said, “That is correct. And it is exactly the same with your anger.

If you become angry with me and I do not get insulted, then the anger falls back on you.

Watch your thoughts

“Watch your thoughts, they become words;
watch your words, they become actions;
watch your actions, they become habits;
watch your habits, they become character;
watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.”

by FRANK OUTLAW

If

If you can keep your head when all about you
    Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
    But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
    Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
    And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:
If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;
    If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
    And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
    Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
    And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:
If you can make one heap of all your winnings
    And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
    And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
    To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
    Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’
If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
    Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
    If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
    With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
    And—which is more—you’ll be a Man!
If – BY RUDYARD KIPLING

Invictus

Out of the night that covers me,
      Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
      For my unconquerable soul.
In the fell clutch of circumstance
      I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
      My head is bloody, but unbowed.
Beyond this place of wrath and tears
      Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
      Finds and shall find me unafraid.
It matters not how strait the gate,
      How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate,
      I am the captain of my soul.
By William Ernest Henley
 
Another poem I remembered that I thought i’d share.

Me and my Melly

Me and my Melly stays in a ally.

I’m not smelly, but I got a full belly.

Me and my Melly lives in the ally.

 

Made this song up in the shower. Decided to put it on my website.

Warky

Perfection. That’s what it’s about

Perfection. That’s what it’s about. It’s those moments. When you can feel the perfection of creation. The beauty of physics, you know, the wonder of mathematics. The elation of action and reaction, and that is the kind of perfection that I want to be connected to.

Battlestar Galactica

Brihadaranyaka Upanishad

Now as a man is like this or like that,

according as he acts and according as he behaves, so will he be;
a man of good acts will become good, a man of bad acts, bad;
he becomes pure by pure deeds, bad by bad deeds;

And here they say that a person consists of desires,
and as is his desire, so is his will;
and as is his will, so is his deed;
and whatever deed he does, that he will reap.

Brihadaranyaka Upanishad 4.4.5-6

Thanks for the great article. Source: http://www.collective-evolution.com/2015/12/13/a-truth-about-karma-that-you-wont-hear-from-the-mainstream-version/

 

Tale Of Two Wolves

A grandfather is talking with his grandson and he says there are two wolves inside of us which are always at war with each other.

One of them is a good wolf which represents things like kindness, bravery and love. The other is a bad wolf, which represents things like greed, hatred and fear.

The grandson stops and thinks about it for a second then he looks up at his grandfather and says, “Grandfather, which one wins?”

The grandfather quietly replies, the one you feed.

 

The story of the Two Wolves is a popular 21st-century legend of unknown origin, attributed to Native Americans, possibly Lenape or Cherokee.

 

Self Reliance

I was thinking about this when I read an article about Self Reliance and realized how I’ve been following these steps without anyone ever teaching them to me. I thought that it could benefit the readers of my site. Hope you get something out of this.

Self Reliance

  1. Assume Responsibility.
  2. Be informed.
  3. Know where you are going.
  4. Make your own decisions.

 

Favorite quote by Ralph Waldo:

“Ne te quaesiveris extra.” (Do not seek for things outside of yourself)

“Man is his own star; and the soul that can
Render an honest and a perfect man,
Commands all light, all influence, all fate;
Nothing to him falls early or too late.
Our acts our angels are, or good or ill,
Our fatal shadows that walk by us still.”

 

“It is the harder, because you will always find those who think they know what is your duty better than you know it. It is easy in the world to live after the world’s opinion; it is easy in solitude to live after our own; but the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude.”