August 2005 Archives

Intelligent Evolution

August 29, 2005

My friend and sometimes correspondent Tom Mahon, a writer on technology and spirituality, recently put a brilliant essay on his blog about understanding evolution as both a scientific and spiritual force... without having to resort to "intelligent design" as it is traditionally approached. While the whole thing is excellent, I particularly enjoyed the phrase, "god (a placeholder word for a reality we can't fathom)." As a Bahá'í, I couldn't agree more with this assessment of the word "god." Bahá'u'lláh sayeth:

"Every attempt which, from the beginning that hath no beginning, hath been made to visualize and know God is limited by the exigencies of His own creation — a creation which He, through the operation of His own Will and for the purposes of none other but His own Self, hath called into being. Immeasurably exalted is He above the strivings of human mind to grasp His Essence, or of human tongue to describe His mystery." (Gleanings, p318)

Addicted to Reading

August 24, 2005

Are you addicted to reading? I am. I told myself a few days ago "don't do it! Don't pick up Order of the Phoenix right now, you have too much to do!" Alas, I listened to my external id/enabler and picked it up. Now, if my id is in the house, then I’ll feel shamed by her presence into putting the book down and getting on with other uses of my time. But since I dropped her off at the airport last night, I ended up spending the rest of the evening reading instead.

Bird Flu: Can We Out-Collaborate a Pandemic?

August 18, 2005

Inspired by the WorldChanging article Bird Flu: Can We Out-Collaborate a Pandemic?, I want to join the blogosphere chorus for educating the public about the dangers of avian influenza. This is a nasty topic almost no one knows about. Instead of writing my own article, I've borrowed the following from one Barry Campbell and his blog Enrevanche, licensed under the Creative Commons SA 2.0.

All Quiet...

August 10, 2005

Things have been quiet lately, precisely because life has not. Korea was great but definitely put a bit of a dent in the summer schedule. My company is growing like gangbusters right now, so been working long hours. But stick with me, as we're hiring soon (any entry level webmasters or data analysts in St. Paul reading this?), and that should mean getting home by 6:00 regularly again... which means there will be time to write and share links and have fun again. In the meantime, if you're interested in getting the top headlines from all the blogs I manage, you can find them at safnet.com (just what you always wanted! actually, added mostly as a demonstration of RSS for a presentation I'm doing on blogging next week at the URI-NAIN Connect 2005 interfaith conference.)

Earliest Measurable Snow

August 2, 2005

The earliest trace amounts of snow in the Twin Cities fell on Sepember 15, 1916. That's still summer! The earliest measurable snowfall was September 24, 1985, with 0.4 inches. Last year there were 2.3 inches of snow through the end of December (and nothing till late November). I wonder which kind of year we'll have? By local standards, its been a "hot" summer (94 today!). I hope we get enough snow this year to have time to go out and enjoy it! ("Be careful what you wish for," I know, I know!)

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