Saturday, May 29, 2004

Graham Greene: "English novelist, short-story writer, playwright and journalist, whose novels treat moral issues in the context of political settings. Greene is one of the most widely read novelist of the 20th-century, a superb storyteller. Adventure and suspense are constant elements in his novels and many of his books have been made into successful films. Although Greene was a candidate for the Nobel Prize for Literature several times, he never received the award.
'The main characters in a novel must necessarily have some kinship to the author, they come out of his body as a child comes from the womb, then the umbilical cord is cut, and they grow into independence. The more the author knows of his own character the more he can distance himself from his invented characters and the more room they have to grow in.' (Graham Greene in Ways of Escape, 1980) "
J.R.R. Tolkien :: Quotes: "'Most English-speaking people, for instance, will admit that cellar door is 'beautiful', especially if dissociated from its sense (and its spelling). More beautiful than, say, sky, and far more beautiful than beautiful. Well then, in Welsh for me cellar doors are extraordinarily frequent.' ~On the appearance and sounds of words "
Metaphilm - Donnie Darko: "Donnie watches the clouds gather above his house, and then scenes from the movie run in reverse. Donnie is back in his bed on the night of his death. He laughs. He should laugh: he has time traveled, and now he will die�but Gretchen won�t be murdered. His family will weep but the world won�t come to an end at the close of twenty-eight days. He�s sacrificed himself to prove that God exists, that God is indeed sovereign over everything�and if God exists then no one dies alone, it is safe to die, and the world doesn�t have to come to an end. His death does change the future, profoundly, but he laughs because he�s learned that death isn�t the worst thing that can happen to a person, not by half. "

Friday, May 28, 2004

PragDave: "
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How do you get to be a great musician? It helps to know the theory, and to understand the mechanics of your instrument. It helps to have talent. But ultimately, greatness comes practicing; applying the theory over and over again, using feedback to get better every time.
How do you get to be an All-Star sports person? Obviously fitness and talent help. But the great athletes spend hours and hours every day, practicing.
But in the software industry we take developers trained in the theory and throw them straight in to the deep-end, working on a project. It?s like taking a group of fit kids and telling them that they have four quarters to beat the Redskins (hey, we manage by objectives, right?). In software we do our practicing on the job, and that?s why we make mistakes on the job. We need to find ways of splitting the practice from the profession. We need practice sessions. "
ChinaFromInside.com presents... Jarek's Chinese Martial Arts Pages: HOME: "Three Fists are recorded in old boxing manuals, however since they have been considered 'Three Treasures' of Xingyiquan, they were taught only to most dedicated disciples and hence most never learnt them. Some simply re-created the techniques on the basis of their practice and experience. As the result the Three Fists are taught differently in various branches of Xinyi and Xingyi. Some understand them as specific techniques, while some as more general concepts."
Economist.com | The threat from al-Qaeda: "Mr Ashcroft admitted having no information on when or where the feared attacks might happen. The Department of Homeland Security said it had no plans to raise its terror-alert level from yellow?signifying an ?elevated? risk of attacks. Some security analysts reacted with scepticism?suggesting that President George Bush and his officials were simply trying to cover themselves in case there is an attack, seeking to avoid a repeat of accusations that they failed to act on intelligence reports ahead of September 11th 2001. Mr Bush's Democratic challenger, John Kerry, accused him of turning homeland security into a ?photo opportunity? for his re-election campaign. "
Economist.com | The threat from al-Qaeda: "Mr Ashcroft admitted having no information on when or where the feared attacks might happen. The Department of Homeland Security said it had no plans to raise its terror-alert level from yellow?signifying an ?elevated? risk of attacks. Some security analysts reacted with scepticism?suggesting that President George Bush and his officials were simply trying to cover themselves in case there is an attack, seeking to avoid a repeat of accusations that they failed to act on intelligence reports ahead of September 11th 2001. Mr Bush's Democratic challenger, John Kerry, accused him of turning homeland security into a ?photo opportunity? for his re-election campaign. "

Thursday, May 27, 2004


Wall of Wonder (WoW) -- which helps software teams produce the kind of
detailed, sharply-defined requirements that effectively guide development.
As an "emergent" deliverable, requirements evolve through exploration
and examination using representative forms such as models and
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prototypes. A collaborative approach allows business and IT specialists to
explore their requirements through these means, while accommodating
the necessary fluidity of the requirements process.
Napkin Look & Feel: "The Napkin Look & Feel is a pluggable Java look and feel that looks like it was scrawled on a napkin. You can use it to make provisional work actually look provisonal, or just for fun. "
White Crane kung fu - Shaolin Gung Fu Institute: "White Crane kung fu
This kung fu style is Tibetan in origin. The legend of its beginnings is with an old man who would contemplate daily near a pond. One day he was observing a beautiful white stork, when out of the forest came a gorilla. He feared that the ape would destroy the bird, but was amazed by the bird's elusiveness and ability to peck vital parts of the gorilla's anatomy. He thereafter meditated daily upon the bird's actions. One day, two armed robbers attacked him, and without thinking, he defeated them both. When he meditated on his actions, he realized that he had mimicked the movements of the crane. He then set about to study and preserve this knowledge, which today is called the White Crane system.
Major characteristics of this system include wide-armed, wing-like movements, high kicking, and the crane's beak, a hand weapon made by joining the fingertips firmly.
While in its traditional form the White Crane system is rather impractical for modern use, it has undergone various modifications throughout the centuries, and it is today one of the major, revered schools."

Wednesday, May 26, 2004

A Basic Buddhism Guide: Essential Advice on Meditation: "Meditation is simply a question of being, of melting, like a piece of butter left in the sun. It has nothing to do with whether or not you 'know' anything about it, in fact, each time you practice meditation it should be fresh, as if it were happening for the very first time. You just quietly sit, your body still, your speech silent, your mind at ease, and allow thoughts to come and go, without letting them play havoc on you. If you need something to do, then watch the breathing. This is a very simple process. When you are breathing out, know that you are breathing out. When you breath in, know that you are breathing in, without supplying any kind of extra commentary or internalized mental gossip, but just identifying with the breath. That very simple process of mindfulness processes your thoughts and emotions, and then, like an old skin being shed, something is peeled off and freed."
User Interface Design for Programmers - Chapter 1: "theory of psychology called Learned Helplessness, developed by Dr. Martin E. P. Seligman. This theory, backed up by years of research, is that a great deal of depression grows out of a feeling of helplessness: the feeling that you cannot control your environment."