Tag Archives: pronoia


A choice

We can choose to see the past as a set of templates against which we can train our souls to perceive the peace and joy of every configuration of the universe.



There are such depths in the collective human imagination that the most imaginative individuals, I’m convinced, can barely imagine them. Which is yet another of the things that keeps this world boundlessly interesting…


Acausal acts of kindness

If you get a chance today, try doing an acausal act of kindness. Do something nice for someone for no reason, and preferably without them knowing you did it. Of course, I encourage causal acts of kindness as well.

If you want to get really rigorous, try this: do one such act for every bad thing you hear in the news, and for every negative judgement you mentally make today.


“Pronoia Is the Antidote for Paranoia”

Speaking of books I’ve been reading: in tandem with “The Google Story”, I’ve been taking random dips into Pronoia Is the Antidote for Paranoia. It’s a lot of fun and is giving me all sorts of new clues as to how to be a better me. Mixing the reading of the two books was a good thing, too.

I won’t bother ‘reviewing’ it for you. Take a look at Rob Brezsny’s site for excerpts from and more info on the book, and a bunch of other stuff. If what you see doesn’t register as “crazy” or “terrifying” to you, then proceed to the book.


A brief catalog of things I learned for fun that later made me money

I’m thankful for… things that I learned ‘just cuz’, which later netted me some profit in my work life.

  • what drivers are and how they interact
  • how to build a PC from parts
  • how to install, administer, and run Linux
  • typing
  • 3D graphics/modelling/simulation
  • what’s underneath the covers of the Internet and Web
  • calculus
  • how to build an Ethernet network
  • x86 assembly language
  • Python
  • a number of other programming languages
  • computer audio

The list goes on… Most of my career has been a series of happy accidents combined with a general wish to align my interests and my work. That’s nice.



I’m thankful for… learning. I mean, I don’t know about you, but the thing that gets me going more than practically anything else is acquiring new knowledge, skills, insights… And this world is just freakin’ full of opportunities. Significant forces in the world are aligned to not only allow me to learn, but to encourage, beg, force, and reward me to learn. That’s a nice thing, that I practically can’t escape doing what I like to do most :-). I better keep this a secret, though…