As long as I can reflect on my reflections, I’ll be OK.
We need to handle our environmental problems, limit the centralization of power, ensure transparency of government and privacy of citizens. The rest will take care of itself.
Brendan pointed me to Overleaf – an excellent tool to create high quality documents using LaTeX. It boasts automatic rendering of the output, collaborative editing and lots and lots of templates to start from. I’m crazy happy I found this. And I decided to remake my CV/résumé with one of the templates I found there. And here it is: Geir Isene’s CV.
Check out Overleaf. It’s a real treat.
And, if you have any suggestions for improving my CV, please leave a comment.
It is not enough to tolerate religions or personal convictions or beliefs. We should recognize the power in beliefs and religions.
Yesterday I attended the International Panel of Parliamentarians for Freedom of Religion or Belief (#IPPFoRB) in Berlin.
Tolerance of religions and beliefs is an important human right. Taking action to stop or limit prosecution based on faith is paramount. But I think we can take this one step further. Beyond stopping oppression of faith, passive tolerance of faith or even promotion of a tolerant society, there is recognition of the power of faith.
Religion or belief gives purpose. Purpose gives strength, and with strength can come accomplishments.
Witness the early civilizations, the building of ancient Greece, the Roman Empire, the Mayans and social structures throughout our history. Religions have given purpose, strength and accomplishments to the benefit… and detriment of many. The strength has yielded the foundations for civilizations. It has also brought oppression, even terrorism. In any case, with conviction comes strength.
Religion or Belief -> Purpose -> Strength -> Accomplishment
This we should recognize and help use for the greater good. Faith can be a basis for individual strength and strong societies. Thus faith should be applauded regardless of what the person chooses to believe in.
The diversity of this conference is amazing. More than 100 MPs from more than 60 countries. All major religions are represented. Academia, NGOs and other interested parties attend.
Having attending this conference, I am left with a couple of questions. Firstly:
How can people with directly opposing purposes honestly cooperate for Freedom of Religion or Belief?
I spoke to people at the conference who have the goal of their religion winning at the expense of others.
Answers to this question could serve also to answer how we could make anarchy work in practice.
Another impression from the conference was that several of the attendants insisted that there was absolutely no connection between religion and terrorism. I believe such a refusal to discuss such a connection is both naive and dangerous. It can obfuscate a possible cause of terrorism. The blunt refusal of a discussion is never healthy.
Then there is the question of a battle of two basic human rights. Which takes rank – the freedom of religion and belief or the freedom of speech? What’s your answer to this potential dilemma?
After coaching lots of people on this (myself included), I’ve boiled it down to four simple questions that will get you close to most people in a matter of minutes. For this to work, you need to open up yourself and reveal your own answers to these questions along the way. A free two-way flow creates good trust, knowledge of the other and a basis for friendship or beyond. Try it out on some strangers and tell me how it went. But remember, be direct, blunt even – no beating around the bush:
- If you were granted three wishes, what would they be?
- What are your 5 strongest sides?
- What are your 2 weakest sides?
- What have you done in life that has given you the worst conscience?
Get answers to these and share your own and you will both know if you have a potential friend right there.
Here’s a HyperList of my current computer setup – for reference in case someone is looking for inspiration:
PC = Samsung NP900X4C
OS = Ubuntu Linux (16.04) (http://www.ubuntu.com/)
Shell = zsh (http://www.zsh.org/)
Terminal = urxvt (http://software.schmorp.de/pkg/rxvt-unicode.html)
Text editor = VIM (http://www.vim.org/)
- autonumbering-in-vim (https://github.com/vim-scripts/autonumbering-in-vim)
- HowMuch (https://github.com/vim-scripts/HowMuch)
- HyperList (https://isene.me/hyperlist/)
- largefile (https://github.com/markwu/largefile)
- speeddating.vim (https://github.com/vim-scripts/speeddating.vim)
- synmark.vim (https://github.com/vim-scripts/synmark.vim)
- Tabbi (https://github.com/EinfachToll/Tabbi)
- VisIncr (https://github.com/serialdoom/VisIncr)
- vim-diction (https://github.com/ntnn/vim-diction)
- vim-follow-my-lead (https://github.com/ktonga/vim-follow-my-lead)
- vim-genutils (https://github.com/clones/vim-genutils)
- vim-latex (https://github.com/vim-latex/vim-latex)
- vim-multiselect (https://github.com/lawrencejones/vim-multiselect)
- vim-opener (https://github.com/jmcantrell/vim-opener)
- vim-startify (https://github.com/mhinz/vim-startify)
- vim-statline (https://github.com/millermedeiros/vim-statline)
- vizardry (https://github.com/dbeniamine/vizardry)
- Syntax highlighting:
- eruby.vim (https://github.com/vim-scripts/eruby.vim)
- icalendar.vim (https://github.com/vim-scripts/icalendar.vim)
- julia-vim (https://github.com/JuliaLang/julia-vim)
- mail.vim (https://github.com/vim-scripts/mail.vim)
- mediawiki.vim (https://github.com/vim-scripts/mediawiki.vim)
- muttrc.vim (https://github.com/vim-scripts/muttrc.vim)
Document production = LaTeX (https://www.latex-project.org/)
Mail User Agent = mutt (http://www.mutt.org/)
- Mail filtering = mail_fetch (from GMail accounts)
SMTP client = msmtp (http://msmtp.sourceforge.net/)
Instant communication = Weechat (https://weechat.org/)
- Interface hub = Bitlbee (https://www.bitlbee.org/main.php/news.r.html)
- Slack interface (https://robots.thoughtbot.com/weechat-for-slacks-irc-gateway)
- Twitter (https://wiki.bitlbee.org/HowtoTwitter)
- Facebook chat (https://wiki.bitlbee.org/HowtoFacebookMQTT)
- My setup: https://isene.me/2015/10/25/weechat/
HP-41 link = pc41 (https://github.com/isene/pc41)
Newsreader (RSS) = Newsbeuter (http://newsbeuter.org/)
Window Manager = i3 (http://www.i3wm.org/)
Information display = Conky (https://github.com/brndnmtthws/conky)
Browser = Qutebrowser (https://github.com/The-Compiler/qutebrowser)
Office suite = LibreOffice (https://www.libreoffice.org/)
Presentation viewer = Impressive (http://impressive.sourceforge.net/)
Been doing lots of tech stuff lately. Here’s a sharing of some highlights.
Through the years I’ve been programming in more than a dozen different languages. Since many years I have more or less settled on Ruby besides my HP-41 projects programmed in FOCAL and MCODE. Now and then I get this urge to learn a new programming language, and after an extensive search for something neat, I finally landed on Julia. I’m trying her out while reading the book, “Getting started with Julia Programming Language“.
The book is good. The programming language seems excellent. It boasts a complete GitHub-based package system to extend the language with various modules. Although it’s a general purpose language, its strength lies in maths and natural sciences. It’s very fast and with a pretty clean and natural syntax. You can even do straight forward math like this:
f(x) = 2sin(3x)^2
And by then executing the function “f” with x as 0.8, you get the answer straight:
There is a chance I could be falling in love here 🙂
I’ve also been doing lots of work on my Conky setup resulting in this as my “bare” desktop:
If you have any questions about scripts or conky setups, just ask by leaving a comment here.
Then there is VIM – perhaps my the tool I use the most. I’ve been using VIM for writing everything from HyperLists and notes to e-mails, short stories and books since around 2001. It’s a fantstic text editor. But it lacks a good package manager for add-ons
But then I found Vizardry. Using Pathogen as a base to install extensions, Vizardry will let you search for add-ons, install it with a breeze and remove it just as easily. If you’re a VIM user, this is a must. Go get it! You will thank me 🙂