Take the Christian framework. God is wise and powerful. Yet, if one looks at the religion at face value, a paradox immediately emerges: God is all-powerful, thereby all knowing, thereby any suffering caused is as God intends it. Yet causing unnecessary suffering is, by definition, petty. And there is no shortage of suffering either in the Bible or in history. A God that would force humanity to endure the 20th century, unless one assumes that it might have never existed, would be incredibly petty. And yet… God cannot be petty by definition. And so we are at a liar paradox – can God create a rock He can’t lift? (An entirely new spin on “do you even lift bro”…)
Whenever something like this happens, I am amazed how tabloids make things sound so polar and so one-sided catering to our collective popular trumpesque whims (all of the puns!)…
I’d just like to point out a few obvious things. UK GDP is 2.678 trillion. EU GDP is 16.2 trillion. That is, UK is #2 in the top 5 (Germany, UK, France, Italy, Spain. collectively 10.5 trillion, which is 71.8% of total EU GDP) with UK being 17.6% of total EU GDP. Yeah…
I was fuming. Pissed off at an old can, part of a larger composition of litter scattered along the sidewalk. As I righteously wallowed humanity-hating, a thought struck me: for every 1 person who throws a can onto the sidewalk, there are at least 100 who walk by and complain about it. What if…
I had a bit of trouble implementing Mixpanel’s user tracking in WordPress – some of the functionality needed to be client-side, some server-side. Finally, figured out how to do it. Perhaps this will save you some headache 🙂 Continue reading
The hearing was with Judge Josh Wall. Life is full of ironies.
Issue 1: Filming Court Proceedings
TL;DR: tried to film, they didn’t let me, will be escalating.
Core issue: a Court engaged in numerous transgressions culminating in violating my Constitutional in banning me from filing pleadings for now 2 years.
My intention: to take meaningful steps to contribute to fixing this failure and to hopefully significantly reduce the probability of this sort of abuse happening in the future.
My parents paid a very high cost to bring me to this country. They did so in large part because this country is built upon certain ideas. When I consider what being banned from filing pleadings actually means, how terrifying this is when you slow down to consider the implications, it suppresses whatever fear and anxiety I have about standing up to authority and gives me a calm, methodical, and righteous drive where I do not have an option to back down.
Summary of What Had Happened
In 2006, I co-founded JoVE with a friend of mine, Moshe Pritsker. Moshe is a good guy. A bit of a tank, but that’s what it takes to be an entrepreneur. JoVE was Moshe’s idea and he made me an equal partner when he didn’t have to effectively making me who I am. For this I am in his debt. We were also joined by a third partner, Klaus Korak. Klaus has a different value system than I do and, given everything that has happened, I will never work with him again under any circumstances.
Sorry sorry. As per my usual self, I’ve been terrible at keeping in touch with everyone (esp. grandma; sorry grandma!) But just in case you are interested in what’s up with me, here is a brief update across the board:
Tried Carrot this morning. Abuse is awesome. Also tried Yoga Studio. Not bad at passive-aggressively telling I am no longer quite as bendy as I used to be, but felt very good. Prefer Carrot’s more direct abuse. (Thanks Mary!)
JoMI (jomi.com) is now officially two years old (entering the terrible twos?). MGH, Harvard Medical School, UCSF, Stanford, and a number of others have renewed and I keep running into people who have seen our videos, so we are now prepping to move to the next stage. Fun fact: Continue reading
Things had to get worse before they have a chance to get better. At some point, however, they get so bad that it’s time for the pendulum to swing back in the other direction. I think we may have reached that point.
This is a follow-on letter to Judge Hogan and Judge Leibensperger I sent last week:
The full package is here (the document not valid were attached to Fitzpatrick’s “oppositions”, which I need to scan in as he hasn’t sent them to me by email).
Summary: what is happening should be completely unacceptable to all of us: what is happening is an embarrassment for us all (Judges violating Constitution, pro se bias, etc.). Therefore, as you are Judges, it is your responsibility to intervene.
Let’s see what happens next.
After 2 reschedules, had a hearing yesterday with Judge Hogan. Here is my plan for what was said (feel free to comment/contribute) and there is an audio transcript for the hearing that I might get later.
Focus according to Judge: status hearing, motion to dismiss.
Focus according to me: system is broken, do something
And then… Continue reading
Problem: Students have a lot of resources available to them. Which resources should they use to optimize their learning?
Solution: But1 (http://but1.co) – a site > syllabus > learning units, which consist of learning modules (as provided by external publishers) and assessment modules (as provided by But1). Students take assessments after learning, thereby giving them an idea of how well they know the material, how they are progressing with respect to other students, and system can assess efficiency of educational resources.
I should note that the naming of But1 was the fastest and strangest naming process I’ve had to date. Behold: Continue reading