A Question on Polyamory

Would knowledge that there was a genetic component in polyamory make a difference? Would it make us more tolerant? Would it make it easier to accept?

Meditation is...

Meditation is concentrating the front of the mind with a mundane task so the rest of the mind can find peace.

The Fine Line Between Faith and Delusion, Part III of III

In order not to stray into delusion, we must ask ourselves whether our faith is truly a belief in an unlikely outcome, or a rejection of what we know to be true and possible

The Fine Line Between Faith and Delusion, Part II of III

Is “faith” not the best word for following an intuition, when confronted by evidence to the contrary?

The Fine Line Between Faith and Delusion, Part I of III

For decades, I have eschewed faith...Therefore, it surprised and puzzled me...to find that...I possess and profess a quality best described as faith.

Science, Religion, and Superstition

It is incorrect to believe that people "lose their religion" with education.

The Best and Worst of Conservatism and Liberalism

The best of conservatism is recognizing that institutions like legal frameworks, moral codes, and political philosophies are structures that provide support for societies and economies.

A Funny Story for New Parents

We asked a friend about her first child, a 1-year-old daughter.

The Philanthropic Obligation

Paul Graham makes a strong argument that differences in wealth are not inherently bad (indeed, they have positive effects on society as a whole).

Fingerprints of God: The Search for the Science of Spirituality

आकाशात् पतितं तोयं यथा गच्छति सागरम्

Great Books and Fractals

I took a course on great books in college, and the question of what constitutes a "great book" was visited throughout the course. In my recent study of the Bhagavad Gita, the same question has come to mind.

Business Leadership vs. Political Leadership

I've always maintained that my political views are rooted in the works of Ayn Rand...These roots have been shaken by the financial crisis of 2008 and the current Presidential election.

The Search for Failure

I recently read a quote attributed to Yoshida Kotaro Sensei: "There is no failure, only feedback." On the same day, I read "Must fail to suc

Barriers to Agility

In recent days, I was asked for a requirements document under two circumstances. In one case, a client asked for a requirements document.

An English Translation of G. D. Madgulkar's Geet Ramayana

Click here to skip my introduction and download the translation.

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Installing pg Gem on Mac OS X Lion 10.7.3

After upgrading to Lion, I tried installing the pg gem and kept getting the following error, even though I had installed the latest version

Fisker Karma First Experiences

Somehow, I ended up on the right mailing list, and I was invited to test-drive the Fisker Karma.

A Call for Moderation

In his interview with Lynn Near

Installing iOS 5 Beta 7

While attempting to install <a href="http://developer.apple.com/devcenter/download.action?path=/ios/ios_5_beta_7/ios_5_beta_7__ipad__9a5313e

RSpec is Growing on Me

I'm a big believer in Test-Driven Development. <a href="http://chrisbrook

VirtualBox "Session Locked"

This is on Mac OS X Snow Leopard.

I discovered this morning that a couple of my VirtualBox virtual machines would not start. Double clickin

Chromium OS on VirtualBox on Mac OS X

I just got Chromium OS running on a VirtualBox on a Mac OS X Snow Leopard (10.6.7).

Ruby is Very Concise

For a work project, we needed the locations of all US Apple Stores. I couldn't find a list, so I decided to "scrape" Apple's site for the ad

Determining Facebook Like Count and Twitter Tweet Count for a URL

I recently worked on a web site which let users set up a personalized web page, including a <a href="http://developers.facebook.com/docs/ref

Taps Server Error During Heroku Database Push

I've been enjoying the services of Heroku recently. Heroku exemplifies cloud computing for developers,