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minimadman:

"…someone once said that defending a position by citing free speech is sort of the ultimate concession; you’re saying that the most compelling thing you can say for your position is that it’s not literally illegal to express."

Well said, XKCD.

I really like this. Fantastic point.

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The mark of a hero…

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"Think lightly of yourself and deeply of the world."

- 宮本 武蔵 (Miyamoto Musashi)
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diseonfire:

thepfa:

nohetero:

scottthepilgrim:

which fucking fedora wearing friendzoned nerd made this thing

yeah but notice that the seal’s intent is to eat those fish and the shark offers a mutually beneficial relationship for them
in which a dudebro unintentionally makes a really accurate analogy for the reason that they’re single forever

That’s a whale shark. They’re docile and in no way threatening to people or those fish depicted. Seals, by contrast, will attack people, possibly out of a frustrated sense of entitlement combined with poor socialization skills.

Well that backfired spectacularly.

Slap in the face with a wet fish

diseonfire:

thepfa:

nohetero:

scottthepilgrim:

which fucking fedora wearing friendzoned nerd made this thing

yeah but notice that the seal’s intent is to eat those fish and the shark offers a mutually beneficial relationship for them

in which a dudebro unintentionally makes a really accurate analogy for the reason that they’re single forever

That’s a whale shark. They’re docile and in no way threatening to people or those fish depicted. Seals, by contrast, will attack people, possibly out of a frustrated sense of entitlement combined with poor socialization skills.

Well that backfired spectacularly.

Slap in the face with a wet fish

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I think it is important to embrace every opportunity to demonstrate and practice mindfulness. In each moment to choose kindness and strive for understanding is one of the most valuable things we can do in this life not only to improve ourselves, but to try to improve the world that we live in. I was moved to write this lest I forget by an experience not a day ago.

For CSE 110, our Software Engineering Course, we have been tasked with creating an application related to restaurants in some way. Our group has decided to create an interactive menu with a variety of features, designed to enhance the experience of the restaurant patrons as well as streamline certain aspects for the business side of things. Our first ‘customer meeting’ with some other members of the class took place on Wednesday. We shared the basic ideas each group had after introducing ourselves and the floor was open to questions.

The Professor asked about the technologies we were using to coordinate the team and which we were planning to use for building our app. The question that intrigued me the most though was from a peer.

She asked how our team would address the lack of female representation on our team in designing and creating our application. 

Now, I valued this question for a number of reasons, but the first thing I noted was the group’s reaction. I was unable to adequately take stock of the rest of the team, but one member quickly exclaimed that it was not our fault. And he was technically correct. We did not conspire to disallow female members, the time slots were distributed by the professor and course staff according to students’ availability. But his quick response perturbed me. It seemed defensive, and whiny. Now I may well have misinterpreted this, that is always a possibility, however many thoughts were born of that interaction that I wish to note.

The first of these has to do with my personality. I am very concerned with group harmony. I dislike conflict and negative interactions; I feel that such things always have a way of ruining otherwise meaningful and enjoyable experiences. This is exactly why the opening of this post is what it is. I strive for harmony in groups, and I think it is most beneficial.

The second thought I had was in a more general sense about reaction. The person asking a question or raising a concern has every right to be heard. Their concerns are most often valid, for they are thinking, feeling human beings. Evaluating their concerns is the under the purview of whomever is meant to address those concerns. So immediately dismissing or otherwise deflecting those concerns seems problematic to me. On some level, if the concerned individual wanted someone with whom to commiserate they would seek out a friend. In posing the question itself, they are gauging our potential to solve the problem or in the very least address it. If I were in their position, I would want to feel as though my problems are worthy and meaningful, otherwise I know my problems are going to remain unresolved. I am of the rather naive opinion that all problems deserved to be solved, but that’s the engineer in me. But the point after all that: being open, truly and compassionately, to those who so reasonably raise their concerns.

Another thought I had related well and truly to feminism (a.k.a. sensibility). After all, I cannot grow up in an environment where women have been powerfully profound influences, teachers, and role models and deign to consider feminism any less than it is worth. I try to be wary of the insidiousness that undermines feminism’s noble goals, but it is more often easier to believe in the good of my fellow man than to question his meaning. In general, I genuinely find that to be one of the most difficult aspects of being. For each of us have incredibly complex private worlds inside our heads that cannot be observed. Save for their outward manifestations, like speech and behavior, for all I know someone could quietly be scheming to take over the world… for better or for worse. But I sincerely hope that any unbalanced, unreasonable interpretation of the young lady’s question that might cause it to be dismissed is only imagined, a candidate thought in the mental menagerie that is my brain.

Alas, this one got away from me a little bit. I was hoping to just commit it to the page before I move on. Though I inevitably know that I will return to these ideas, who can say when that will be. I need to talk about agency though. That one has been knocking about for far too long…

Zen

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  • Student: Look how far I have to go!
  • Master: Look how far you have come.
  • Student: ...
  • Master: Stay on the path.
  • Student: How? I don't think I can.
  • Master: You must have faith.
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I couldn’t remember someone’s name so I described it as such. I was particularly pleased.

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"Raise your words, not voice. It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder."

- Rumi (via ohteenscanrelate)

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The moon arcs across the ceiling of the sky, and I, unmoving, reflect on that which has occurred. Too many times have I allowed myself to ignore and push past important moments of reflection, but now I take the time to commit it all to the electrical ether. The weekend was grand. After almost an entire quarter of Mock Trial -lessness, I returned to the team for what turned out to be one last tournament. Though our journey to Orlando was cut short, not a single regret has passed my lips nor has one splashed the canvas of my mind. All that is painted, the memories and joys, is absolutely positive. Each frame I recollect is filled with fantastic, and dare I say it, beauteous people. Some in form, but all in spirit. What occurs to me now is the feeling of belonging and the honor of that belonging. We have done very well, our performance respected and praised and our conduct defended by many. I am glad that the note upon which I leave this program is more positive than I could have believed. As the heavens slide away and beckon the new day, I am content and fulfilled. I wish the best of luck to all friends and honorable competitors whom we met and faced this weekend. Nationals should be a showdown of magnificent performance and incredible skill. Before styles are to clash at the meeting of the Mocking Minds, let it be know this day that I am honored to have been a member of the UCSD Mock Trial team and I would be pleased to be recognized as part of this outstanding group of individuals. So much has changed since that first day, those many months ago, when I thought maybe I could do something with my accents, and as it comes to a resounding close, I hope that he who tried out would be proud and impressed at what he went on to accomplish. I am him and he is me and for that we are thankful.

As to the title written here, search the meaning if you are interested. To me it sums up perfectly our experience this weekend. Our performance was solid, but the Universe deferred our reward. But the reward was not the goal, it was all in our experience, our duty.

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oṁ tryambakaṁ yajāmahe sugandhiṁ puṣṭi-vardhanaṁurvārukam-iva bandhanān mṛtyormukṣīya mā ∫ mṛtāt

We worship the Three-eyed Lord who is fragrant and who nourishes and nurtures all beings. As is the ripened cucumber (with the intervention of the gardener) freed from its bondage (to the creeper) May He liberate us from death for the sake of immortality.

Whenever I return to consult these philosophical paragons, I am left with more than I expect. I have chanted this mantra many times before, but have never known its meaning as such. I am floored by the simplicity and yet the profound nature of the mantra. “As is the ripened cucumber free from its bondage” is such a clear analogy, I wonder how the rshis dispensed such impressive notions so seemingly easily. It really makes me believe certain things, because such language is not easy and certainly not trivial. And in a way, it is deeply appropriate now, but I will read no more into it tonight. Tomorrow is another day and I have asked for more clarity to rise with the sun. I have faith it will come. Good night.

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I went out into the night with questions and sat upon a wall that looked out into the void, a valley below. I voiced those queries that for these few days have bounced around my mind, and waited… Though the night echoed nothing back to me, I felt anxiety lift and dissolve. In its place remained insight for which I am deeply grateful. To all those who weather troubling times, I offer my condolences and the fact that I have found a little peace this night, a peace I wish to share and wish upon all of you who are feeling such sorrow. Though I know not the extent of your anguish, I wish you the will, strength, and hope to overcome it. If I have seen anything, it is that a great deal of love and hope has been left on this earth and that can be propagated forth. In building such a future, our memories of the past will be truly honored and celebrated. I bid each and every one a good night, and a morning of clarity that sustains you through what is to come. God Bless. JSK. ONS.

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death-psychedelic:

The original is about 7000 x 3000; zooming in to see the mountains on the edge is amazing.

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georgetakei:

In case you weren’t depressed enough tonight. http://ift.tt/1na5JOp

Tell me would you please about coincident lines…

georgetakei:

In case you weren’t depressed enough tonight. http://ift.tt/1na5JOp

Tell me would you please about coincident lines…

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