Posts Tagged: philosophy


I made this for Camus’ 100th bday and posted it to Reddit here:

"In the depth of winter I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer."

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"If I always appear prepared, it is because before entering an undertaking, I have meditated long and have foreseen what might occur. It is not genius where reveals to me suddenly and secretly what I should do in circumstances unexpected by others; it is thought and preparation."

- Napoleon Bonaparte

"A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices."


"When I run after a streetcar…there is no I…. I am plunged into the world of objects…which present themselves …with attractive and repellant qualities—but me, I have disappeared"


"sub specie aeternitatis"

- Latin for “under the aspect of eternity;” hence, from Spinoza onwards, an honorific expression describing what is universally and eternally true, without any reference to or dependance upon the merely temporal portions of reality. 

"The essence of genius is to know what to overlook."

- William James

"Most people never run far enough on their first wind to find out they’ve got a second."


"How long do you put off thinking yourself worthy of the best things, and never going against the definitive capacity of reason? You have received the philosophical propositions that you ought to agree to and you have agreed to them. Then what sort of teacher are you still waiting for, that you put off improving yourself until he comes? You are not a boy any more, but already a full-grown man. If you now neglect things and are lazy and are always making delay after delay and set one day after another as the day for paying attention to yourself, then without realizing it you will make no progress but will end up a non-philosopher all through life and death. So decide now that you are worthy of living as a full-grown man who is making progress, and make everything that seems best be a law that you cannot go against. And if you meet with any hardship or anything pleasant or reputable or disreputable, then remember that the contest is now and the Olympic games are now and you cannot put things off any more and that your progress is made or destroyed by a single day and a single action. Socrates became fully perfect in this way, by not paying attention to anything but his reason in everything that he met with. You, even if you are not yet Socrates, ought to live as someone wanting to be Socrates."

- Epictetus ~ The Handbook (section 51)

Big news. In the last two months, I found the change of pace I was after. To quote a friend of mine, I’m like a shark - if I’m not moving forward, I’m dying (which I now know is not true for all sharks, but the metaphor sticks). The background HR details are settled: I started a new position at EMC today. For my friends that comprehend what I did, I am moving from the CLARiiON Support team to the Unified Engineering team where I will help improve the serviceability of the next NAS system. For those that do not understand most of that sentence, I am moving from assisting people with their existing products to working with a team that logically designs the future products. I am grateful for the opportunity and the support of my colleagues as I shift around.

This great news has left me rightfully focused on other tasks in the last half+ month, though thoughts of what to write about on this lovely means of externalizating brain spew was never far from my mind. I don’t quite have the time to flesh out my thoughts to the level I deem post-able, but I do have a preview where I welcome feedback on prioritization of said topics. I’ll give you a tweet’s-worth-or-so preview of each:


1) The culture of technology. Acronyms, certifications, social networking: anyone involved in the Information Technology market thrives within an ever-shifting obscure cutting-edge that has fascinating repercussions.

2) WikiLeaks & the morality of hacking. Everyone is talking about and/or trying to arrest Julian Assange (especially On The Media). I want to take the time to review how I feel about the events, the cables, and to go beyond the knee-jerk denunciations to consider the outcome of these recent uncoverings.

3) Net Neutrality. What is the state of the recent debate? Why should I care? Why should you? I want to take the time to explore the topic that will define the future of internet access.

4) Time. And how we don’t get it. A relevant philosophical-potpourri, I have noticed of late that events are seen as more significant as they are found to be more discrete; clearly episodic. I want to explore how the continuation of time affects our understanding of events by touching upon recent natural disasters, breaking headlines and reflections on my own life.

So those are the big ones floating around my head space. My priority will be absolutely rocking out my first week of my new position, though if I find some time to dedicate, it will be to one of these guys. Feel free to vote on a topic, or just strike up a conversation about your opinion on it. If you know me, you know prompting an argument is the quickest way to get me to research a topic (and if you don’t know me, just here’s proof).