The song of my people

Let me sing you the song of my people:

Life is hard in Dedham village. The land is mostly good for growing granite boulders. A fresh crop comes up every year, and we carry them by hand, and use them for building fences. It snows from October to May.

God is harsh. Fear him. The […]

The Scottish Himalayan Expedition

Until one is committed there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initative or creation, there is one elementary truth…that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves. too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would otherwise never have occurred. A whole stream of events […]

The beginning of the end

In retrospect, this was the moment that the Bodhi Spiritual Center went off the rails:

(LoveFest 2014 never happened. It was cancelled at the last minute. And by August, Rev. Mark was gone.)

Crystal Reports feels clunky

I’ve been forced to reacquaint myself with Crystal Reports (I was seven versions behind) and I must say that although it’s powerful, it still feels clunky. It’s like programming while wearing oven mitts:

Tutorials – SAP Crystal Reports 2011, 2013, 2016

Return to first principle

“In Critical and baffling situations, it is always best to return to first principle and simple action.”

— Winston Churchill

Learning a digital camera

I’ve been playing with a Nikon D3100 digital camera, and have found these two resources very helpful:

Introduction to the Nikon D3100Digital Photography – The Complete Guide

Just Play

If you want to be a programmer, start with something simple and just play:

How I Failed, Failed, and Finally Succeeded at Learning How to Code

My final rebuttal

[This is the open letter I sent to the Core Council of the Bodhi Spiritual Center.]

To the Core Council:

My relationship with Bodhi is now completely inauthentic, and irreparably broken. I have been sitting in service all year, biting my tongue, and I just can’t do it anymore.

So let this serve as my […]

Running Python on my Chromebook

My Chromebook is suddenly much more interesting, because I can now run Python 3.7 on it.

The key was to install a free Android app named Termux. Here’s the guide:

My $169 development Chromebook How Chrome OS, Termux, YubiKey & Duo Mobile make for great usable security https://blog.lessonslearned.org/building-a-more-secure-development-chromebook/

The Birth of Blogging

The Whole Earth Catalog prototyped the Web before the Internet was even invented. And in 1981, Anne Herbert added blogging:

“Thinking the world should entertain you leads to boredom and sloth. Thinking you should entertain the world leads to bright clothes, odd graffiti, and amazing grace in running for the bus.”

From the Rising […]