There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old’s life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs.
(printed by fortune in one of my terminal windows today) Q: How many existentialists does it take to screw in a light bulb? A: Two. One to screw it in and one to observe how the light bulb itself symbolizes a single incandescent beacon of subjective reality in a netherworld of endless absurdity reaching out … Continue reading “Existentialist Light Bulb Joke”
I got the following in my work email this morning: I would rather live my life as if there is a God, and die to find out there isn’t, than live my life as if there isn’t, and die to find out there is. You are my 8 in 8 seconds. I am not breaking … Continue reading “Pascal’s Wager Revisited”
XXXXXXXX.sh: Shell script existing successfully I suppose we’d never see this message if this shell script wasn’t existing successfully.
(printed by fortune in one of my terminal windows today) A tyrant must put on the appearance of uncommon devotion to religion. Subjects are less apprehensive of illegal treatment from a ruler whom they consider godfearing and pious. On the other hand, they do less easily move against him, believing that he has the gods … Continue reading “A tyrant must put on the appearance of uncommon devotion to religion”
Why is there a PRE KLEANO, but not a POST KLEANO?