I am graduating this weekend with a masters degree and I plan to bring more entertaining content to this site soon.
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Look, I don’t mind a nice variety of obstacles all at once. As a matter of fact, I enjoy that. But it does put a damper on my blogging frequency or the energy I have to put up potentially controversial one sided arguments to remind you how important it is that we all think like me. Warning, sarcasm.
Over the next few months:
I will relocate to Tennessee.
I will begin an accelerated masters program designed to earn me a Masters of Engineering and a Masters of Business by the end of May 2013.
I will continue to address the software concerns of a new to me department at work.
And while I’m doing that I’m going to find a way to manage the facts like:
My kids still live in Virginia.
I don’t have a lot of cash on hand.
My girlfriend needs a place in all of this, too.
I guess this blog post is a note to the world that for one period of time, I’m not relaxing while I think about all the ways the world could have been. From now until about June 2013, I’ll be juggling several things at once in the hopes that it launches a lucrative next stage of my career when I convert all that momentum into company focused problem solving.
Wish me success and a large salary. I didn’t win the Mega millions last week so I’m taking the long route.
You want to apologize for victims
of all the other Christians
So you can witness that you’re different
But you’re the spitting image
you work in the church
You can’t see perspective
when you sit on that perch
So you stagger out friendly like
with a shudder and a lurch
Because your machinism’s rusted
But your Bible’s dusted.
You’re confused and untrusted
Because I have a secular job and no faith
You have a faith based job, that’s why
we can’t see eye to eye.
Pen Jillette has his 10 Commandments up from his new book. I take issue with what I’m seeing as naivete. So, blog post!
1. The highest ideals are human intelligence, creativity and love. Respect these above all.
2. Do not put things or even ideas above other human beings. (Let’s scream at each other about Kindle versus iPad, solar versus nuclear, Republican versus Libertarian, Garth Brooks versus Sun Ra— but when your house is on fire, I’ll be there to help.)
3. Say what you mean, even when talking to yourself. (What used to be an oath to (G)od is now quite simply respecting yourself.)
4. Put aside some time to rest and think. (If you’re religious, that might be the Sabbath; if you’re a Vegas magician, that’ll be the day with the lowest grosses.)
5. Be there for your family. Love your parents, your partner, and your children. (Love is deeper than honor, and parents matter, but so do spouse and children.)
6. Respect and protect all human life. (Many believe that “Thou shalt not kill” only refers to people in the same tribe. I say it’s all human life.)
7. Keep your promises. (If you can’t be sexually exclusive to your spouse, don’t make that deal.)
8. Don’t steal. (This includes magic tricks and jokes — you know who you are!)
9. Don’t lie. (You know, unless you’re doing magic tricks and it’s part of your job. Does that make it OK for politicians, too?)
10. Don’t waste too much time wishing, hoping, and being envious; it’ll make you bugnutty.
I just watched one of the lamest comic book movies in awhile X-Men: First Class. The movie managed to bug me in several ways so I figured I’d just make a list and see how far I got.
I think leftist because I think a lot of luck was the difference between things I take for granted and things lower income people simply don’t have available. Take competitive games for example, a lot of times the winning team has lots of ways to win because they have better stats all across the board. It’s not a perfect deal for higher ranked teams, or wealthier companies, but it means you can make all sorts of mistakes less fortunate people cannot. I’ve gone about three years without credit because my rating is shit. And I can do this because I have other factors constantly in my favor. I’ve always had a job since I was twelve. And my only unmet needs included growing up and moving out and buying the latest video games and I put my back into those pursuits. I don’t think other people get away with such naivete. But I can probably get away with a whole lot more and I think of that as a hint of my privilege. I wish some particularly disadvantaged people had some of my good fortune and were raped and maimed less.
Convention on the Rights of the Child
I stumbled across a UNICEF Rights of Children set of recommendations for countries to accept. I read through a few pages and I honestly think UNICEF is doing their thinking well (pdf).
Sam Harris and Free Will
Sam Harris continued on his No Free Will topic and lost me a little at the end with “You Do Not Choose What You Choose“. I get what’s happening but it is really hard to illustrate free will. There’s the argument that if you have any choices you have free will, which is not what I think. But the argument has a rational construction. I think you have very limited choices and your choices are essentially software commands such as “Eat a healthy breakfast. Calculate the correct amount of risk. Select one of many similar objects.” And then our active conscious mind gets a chance to use abstract or learned principles to evaluate a best answer. At any time, we can opt to make a rushed choice.
That choice has an effect, but it overlooks a serious level of lack of choice that is happening to limit the things you can choose among or limit the tools you have to evaluate the choice. For example, if healthy food is expensive, then choosing to eat healthy is a choice poor people can’t make. If eating healthy food is counter intuitive, eating healthy food is a choice uneducated people can’t make. Life being complex means if something is counter-intuitive or expensive, the person may have the brains and the money in general but spend their time and effort on something they think is a higher priority. That could create a vicious cycle. Stuff like that robs us of future choices and the initial choice to start a cycle isn’t always in the form of “I’m going to make a bad choice that haunts me”. It tends to be way less thought out than that.
I don’t know why but I like following this blog by a woman who has pet anteaters. Well, I kind of know why. But I’m surprised I haven’t lost interest in awhile.
Neo-humanism sounds great (as mentioned by Paul Kurtz, not that P.R.Sarkar stuff). Nailing down a specific morality system seems naive. Focusing on child development is insufficient because we often point to all the people we could have better served when they were children while they are still out there as adults that could use our help.
I’m mostly defined by what I’m against. Most of what I end up going for isn’t nearly as awesome when I look at it up close. Idealism is great but my country isn’t great just because it’s my country. There should be a more objective measure of greatness. Criticism is a sign people are paying attention even if they are ignorant.
Did you even know that one existed? Well it does and you can find it hosted at The Bureau of Labor Statistics.
I had no idea one existed, but it covers over 200 occupations such as software engineering. I’m kind of tempted to halt all productivity and read through every single job so I can better understand my universe from a training and earnings perspective.