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Sun, 23 Nov 2014 19:42:42 PSTI'm moving my blog to a different system. It still needs some tweaking and prettying up. Anyway, it's at jona.ca.
Mon, 29 Sep 2014 12:28:00 PDTAt Ning, we have a weekly meeting where we give feedback to the team based on how the week went. However, it's hard for me to remember the most important things I did in the past week.
git fetch; git log --author=Aquino --shortstat --pretty=format:'%C(yellow)%h %C(blue)%ad (%ar) %C(green)%cn %C(reset)%s' --date=short --since='1 week ago' "--remotes=*" -C | perl -ple 's/.*, (\d+ insertion).*/\1/' | perl -0 -ple 's/(.*\d\d\d\d-\d\d-\d\d.*)\n(\d+) insertion*/\2 \1/g' | sort -nr | less(Make sure to replace Aquino with your name.)
90 0d9214a 2014-09-26 (3 days ago) Jonathan Aquino ABC-487: Extract uploading code into AbcUpload class.
68 0978007 2014-09-25 (4 days ago) Jonathan Aquino [no-jira] Remove hardcoded numbers...
54 d28dc90 2014-09-23 (6 days ago) Jonathan Aquino ABC-330: Make cropping actually work.
52 94afa2f 2014-09-24 (5 days ago) Jonathan Aquino [no-jira] Show full text of post in the detail view.
47 77e4710 2014-09-25 (4 days ago) Jonathan Aquino ABC-487: Extracted controller function into AbcCamera...
Fri, 01 Aug 2014 08:40:18 PDTI'm interested in understanding more about final causes, after reading Edward Feser's blog post, The Return of Final Causality, and the paper it links to, Does Efficient Causation Presuppose Final Causation.
It is not empty to assert that all efficient causes are aimed at something.
...in inanimate beings, the contingency of causes arises from imperfection and deficiency: because by their nature they are determined to one effect, which they always produce, unless there be an impediment due either to weakness of power, or some extrinsic agency, or indisposition of matter. For this reason natural causes are not indifferent to one or other result, but more often produce their effect in the same way, and seldom fail.I am going to re-read Feser's book The Last Superstition. Some questions I will have in mind while reading it are:
Wed, 06 Feb 2013 13:13:26 PSTI'm trying out a free Mac app called Growly Notes. I need a kind of "space" in which to record ideas, and I need it to be organized so I can find it again quickly later. This app may fit the bill. It has a bit of a following. And it's colorful, which is nice.
Fri, 23 Nov 2012 07:56:16 PSTMy fiancee has been collecting pine cones for room decorations, and one cool thing we discovered is that they open up after you bring them inside. I'm not sure if it's caused by the warmth or the dryness or something else.
Sat, 06 Oct 2012 09:00:24 PDTThere is a traditional practice of asking oneself the following two questions at the end of each day. It also works great with other people – my fiancée and I enjoy asking each other:.
Thu, 09 Aug 2012 16:05:20 PDTMan, I just love milkshakes. I don't like pop or coffee that much, but it's nice to have a good, thick milkshake. I am enjoying one made out of cookies-and-cream ice cream right now. Better than a Frappucino or a Blizzard.
Wed, 30 May 2012 08:16:19 PDTYesterday Mila informed me that various people have pioneered improved ways to brush one's teeth. One of the ways is the Bass Method. Basically, you point the brush into your gums at a 45 degree angle and jiggle the brush. See description (scroll down to "Modified Bass brushing technique") and video.
Mon, 21 May 2012 20:04:12 PDTMoleskine makes these nice mini notebooks that are so small you can slip them into your wallet. But they cost $10 for two. Here I'm going to show you how to make something pretty similar using materials you probably already have at home. All you need are:
Sat, 19 May 2012 22:08:44 PDTI was trying a todo-list system called SuperFocus, in which you keep your todos in a notebook, and you must do at least one item on each page before moving on to look at the items on the next page.
Fri, 18 May 2012 11:02:09 PDTThe significance of this odd spotting will probably only make sense to computer programmers (NPE = Null Pointer Exception), but a few days ago, Mila and I were following an SUV with license plate 000 NPE, which is quite amusing. I don't think it is a customized vanity plate – here in British Columbia, license plates have three numbers followed by three letters, or three letters followed by three numbers. It could be a genuine coincidence.
Tue, 08 May 2012 21:59:45 PDTI don't have a favorite kind of music that I like to listen to. If you ask me, "What's your favorite kind of music?", I have no answer. I like a song, but I soon tire of it.
Wed, 25 Apr 2012 09:50:55 PDTLast night I was at a coffee shop with Mila and in the course of our conversation, she mentioned that "God is crazy in love with us." Father Dave said something like this a few weeks ago as well. My question is, is it proper to think of God as being deeply or "crazy" in love with me? It "would be nice", but I haven't heard or read this viewpoint from an authoritative source.Is God vengeful or loving? This question disturbed me, so I have spent the past three hours this morning Googling around for something, anything, that can help me to come to grips with this question. Is he both? Check out the famous icon of Christ Pantocrator below:Note how the left half of the face is gentle and the right half is stern, representing his human and divine natures. I like the gentle side but am a bit worried about the stern side.Many Christians intellectually believe that God is unconditionally loving, but in their hearts they believe that he is stern and vengeful. Here's a not-bad article that I came across on the subject. Google also linked me to an excerpt from the book What Catholics Believe which asks, "How can a God of love also be a vengeful God who demands suffering of his son?" It then starts to get good and talks about the parable of the prodigal son, but then suddenly, page 59-61 are not shown in this preview.Another book I turned to this morning was Good Goats, which was recommended to me some years ago. One idea from it that rings true for me is that God loves you at least as the person who loves you the most. Nice idea, right? I can believe it, but unfortunately the book is spoiled by some ideas that strike me as heretical, at least to a Catholic - it questions mortal sin and hell, which are traditional Catholic teachings, and this despite the authors being Catholic. So I needed to look elsewhere for answers.Long story short, I finally turned to Pope Benedict XVI's 2006 letter Deus Caritas Est (God Is Love). It is a long letter, but I needed to read it this morning. I was getting confused by all the various viewpoints on the question, and I needed something authoritative, a dose of sanity. I won't go into detail here (if you have the same question as me, go read it - it's great), but below are some highlights:While "God is the absolute and ultimate source of all being", he is "at the same time a lover with all the passion of a true love"."Marriage based on exclusive and definitive love becomes the icon of the relationship between God and his people and vice versa.""This divine activity now takes on dramatic form when, in Jesus Christ, it is God himself who goes in search of the “stray sheep”, a suffering and lost humanity."So my understanding now is that, yes, it is proper to view God as being "a lover with all the passion of a true love". Not the "puppy love" that the words "crazy in love with us" may evoke, but the deeper love that is more like that between husband and wife. Have I fully figured out what the love of God is like? No. As Augustine said, "If you understand it, it is not God." Is God vengeful? Maybe, in an odd, roundabout way - he can get angry (as husband and wife can), but he also provides a way out. Do I fully understand this? No. But I'm a bit more at peace with the idea of God being a lover, with the image of marriage being a key to understanding it.[...]
Sun, 22 Apr 2012 16:03:10 PDTYou gotta love Rembrandt's painting, "The return of the prodigal son". That's the elder brother peeking around the column in the background.
Sun, 22 Apr 2012 14:08:05 PDTThere is a book called The Compleat Gentleman (2009) on what it means to be a gentleman. To be honest, I found a good deal of it boring, but it did have some good bits. Here are ten of my favorite quotes:
Sat, 07 Apr 2012 18:56:08 PDTIn Canada we have something called the Canada Food Guide, which recommends that each day, adult men have 8-10 "servings" of vegetables/fruit, 8 of bread/rice/grain-products, 2 of milk/alternatives, and 3 of meat/alternatives.
Thu, 05 Apr 2012 09:51:10 PDTFirst, go look at this picture of a tiny patch of the sky at night. Be amazed: those aren't stars – those are galaxies.
Mon, 26 Mar 2012 20:14:23 PDTThat's the title of an interesting book by Gary Chapman on 5 different types of communication that people like to receive:
Sat, 17 Mar 2012 11:20:22 PDTI gave up on RSS feeds (after many years of tracking dozens of them) because they consumed too much precious time each day. At work I asked for someone to recommend one good news source for tech news.
Wed, 07 Mar 2012 13:15:55 PSTIf the Shroud of Turin actually shows the face of Jesus, then it is interesting to note that, yes, Jesus did have a beard, and quite a full one. His face is also stockier and more rectangular than the delicate face we are accustomed to seeing in paintings.
Sat, 03 Mar 2012 23:08:17 PSTI've been practicing GTD for, I don't know, 7 or 8 years now and I feel overwhelmed. I'm not doing the stuff on the lists, and I have too much stuff on my lists. I'm going to start fresh with a new system called AutoFocus.
Sun, 05 Feb 2012 17:08:06 PSTThere's a great online collection of free line drawings from copyright-expired books. I used some recently to spice up a booklet I made. Here are a couple of examples:
Sat, 04 Feb 2012 18:10:57 PSTArgh. I just made the woman I am courting 25 minutes late for a meeting. I feel very guilty about this. I have this tendency to "squeeze" time - trying to be "productive" by doing things before I need to leave, then not giving myself enough travel time.
Sun, 15 Jan 2012 20:26:15 PSTI have been trying to buy some roses each month for the woman I am courting, on the monthly anniversary of our courtship. Today, it didn't go as planned - I actually bought the roses, but I forgot to give them - I left them behind in the car when I picked her up for Mass. And she told me later that she was expecting them too. So I felt a bit bad.
Sat, 31 Dec 2011 10:37:07 PSTHere's a simple way to shred a document by hand. It's easier and more effective than just ripping it up haphazardly.