Rhetoric

The things people say, the things we say around an idea, thought or theology that may never have been tested to see if the hold true to that idea.
I have been enjoying to learn to weld. Getting rid of the slag after doing some welding needs to happen before I can do the next weld pass. Sometimes it is just a matter of knocking off the slag on top to get at the good weld underneath, other times I have to dig in to the weld with a grinder to get rid of the slag. The slag must be gone before the next weld can happen.

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I’m a mongrel.

A mongrel followers of Jesus that is. I’m no pure breed christian.mongrel

I have no nice pedigree, or papers confirming my learning or designating my membership.
I am not nicely clipped or very presentable in public.
I don’t have a breed name, position or title.

I’m just a mongrel.
Part atheist, part Presbyterian. Part Anglican, part Baptist. Part Brethren, Foursquare, Apostolic, and a fair sprinkling of non-denominational and even some PMF and pretty confused.

Cross breeds can be interesting, be they bapta-anglos or apo-terians. Penti-methods or luther-fellowships.

A mongrel, though, reproduces truer to its kind. It does not suffer the weakness of a lack of genetic diversity. While it is less specifically trained to a particular trait, it is less prone to a particular weakness due to over breeding. While a pedigree may look nice, they often have little use or fade quickly.

A mongrel can survive in the wild, even prosper. The other wild dogs can be quite comfortable around it. The good thing about a mongrel is that they often pollute pure breeds with new and useful traits.

I’ve been infected with an idea

Consider: copyright, patents and trademarks are not about creating exclusivity, perpetual ownership or unassailable rights to an idea, creative work or process.

Rather they are about giving a creator a limited opportunity to benefit from their work. A work that is derived by individual(s) from within their communities.

You write a book, derived from your experiences with in your community, who really created the work?  You, your muse or your community? Your community at large has given you a limited copyright to exclusively benefit from your effort, after which time your work will return to the common domain. Then others can benefit, create, extend, build upon, mashup and generally be creative upon the foundations that you were able to also be creative upon.

You can therefore see how this same principle applies, to a song, pictures, film, drugs, processes or ideas. This is the under laying founding principle of all copyright and patent law. That it has been twisted from this foundation is as a result of lawyers, executives and often missed named producers, altogether whom produce little, wear suits, bind up creativity, steal the art and parasitize the artist.

Thank God for the internet, where ideas are asserting their natural inclination for freedom, where artists can get rewarded for their effort and individuals can seek out what resonates with them. Art being more than sound and sights, the art of programming grows with free exchange, open source. Information, Wikipedia. Hardware, cnc and 3d printing. This is just the top of the iceberg.

A few of things are needed:opensource

  • Become a true fan.
  • Become a contributed.
  • Become a creator.
  • Become a user.

are you doing what you want to do

nomorechainsif we take Jesus and Paul seriously, then the law has been fulfilled and now all things are lawful.

rather than living under ten or more commandments of what to do and not to do; rather than being motivated from sermons of guilt with lists of should dos, or lists of should not dos; we can now do anything without condemnation… what do you want to do.

i want to love.

not the lust kind of love sprayed across newspapers, films and the internet.

where my eyes lust for things or sights, my ears lust for praise, my body lust for pleasure, my mind lust for status and my ego lust for power.

an endless drive for things that will never satisfy.

but the service kind of love that seeks the welfare of the other above my desires and needs.

a love that does not consider a wrong suffered, it’s patient to give, kind in it’s giving, knows how to act: unprovokable, hopeful, believing, enduring, rejoices with truth, even if there is hurt in the giving or the receiving.

a reciprocal kind of love that cantilevers us to places we could never go by ourselves.

love that lasts beyond the grave, so that today I have nothing to fear losing because that which really matters is also eternal, and that which is not is going to wear out any way, so why hassle it possible lose.

if I can, in this new freedom, do anything; what do I want to do?

What does being uncomfortable look like.

It’s not about having boils on our bum, sores on your face. It’s not about flagilation.

It is about holding the contradictions of our faith without going to one extreme or the other. No not those contradictions…

Rather the ones about serving a sovereign God as beings of free will.

That the great must be servants.

Or to gain our lives we must give them up.

We are called to stand firm, yet he who thinks he stands take heed least he fall.

The last shall be first, but if we make ourselves last so as to be first, do we already have what we should get.

A bigger contradiction is prayer. Prayer is not a shopping list for our desires, but a surrendering of our wills to God’s desires.

The sweat of our determination does not change God’s will to our agenda, our fasting, intercession, duration of praise and worship, does not finally pester God into action. Rather these things are meant to break us down then build us up into His likenesses, to render us by renewal, that is the removal of the old to the planting of the new, into His same attitude, so that we are transmuted in to the place where His will already is.

All these things are uncomfortable to us, for individually we know where we need to change, what ain’t right, not matter how well we hide it. Surrender does not come easily for this body of flesh.

Why not start it.

Been following the wiki house site, they were talking about how the CNC tabled used to cut out the plywood to make the house can also be used to cut out the plywood to make a CNC table.

Unfortunately, as you search the ‘Net there is a lot of talk on various subjects but sometime a lack of the actual.

So my question is where is the CNC table used in this video?

Have a look at 3:40, the table exists and the table can build a table. So where are the plans.

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As Chris and I were talking, she made a interesting comment. If a CNC table can make itself, what if you got given (free) a CNC table with the stipulation that you had to make one and give it away. With the ongoing stipulation that the receiver had to make one and give it away.

Kind of like Habitat for Humanity, here people get helped in to a house, but they have to work on their own house to get it.

Get a table by working with your provider to build your table, give a table but have the receiver work with you to get it.

 

Interview on Radio NZ

This was on last Saturday morning on Kim Hill’s ‘Saturday Morning’.

British mathematician and philosopher of science, who is Professor of Mathematics at the University of Oxford, and has written a number of books about god and science.


If you can not listen from the embeded link, listen here, or download here.

Motivations

There is this RSA video that Jonathan showed me a couple of years ago.

The basic premise is around how are we best motivated. Or from my point of view what make life good, enjoyable, happy.
There are three things highlighted in the video (if you have not watched it).

  • Autonomy: having control over our own lives, where we work, what we work at; being self directed in our work. Management models generally work against autonomy. So glad to be self employed, but that opens up a whole different can of worms.
  • Mastery: we like to get better at stuff, even stuff that has no obvious reward. (It’s why I do this blog.) When we empower ourselves or as employers, we empower people to get better at what they like, we all reap good rewards.
  • Purpose: We are transcendent, and when we get to follow this we be coming inspired and inspiring.

We need income, we need profit, but as an end goal both are unable to provide long term motivation that grows people and our communities.

  • So what is motivating me?
  • What is motivating you?

Bad news sells

Some friends and I were having a reflection on how bad news sells. How our TVs and news papers seems to be a purveyor of what is bad in our societies. Then how this seems to immobilisers us.mud

While all this is true, one of the reasons why I write here is because I keep finding so much great stuff that people are doing.

The MSM has always been about the public as consumers only. With a token participation in  “letters to the editor”, while the vast majority of content is feed at us.

The revolutionary change of the information age has seen papers and even TV have to place themselves on the Internet to survive. They now need to compete with every blogger and non-print magazine. This they do not like.

The vitriol from the MSM is endless, they do not want to lose your eyeballs to someone who might have something interesting to say. They do not like having their news articles exposed as opinion, not fact; their facts back checked and found wanting, or even fabricated.

Having said this, it is not one or the other, or even one verses the other. What is really happening is the change in us as consumers only to participant.

If you feel stuck in the mud, dig your self out and build a road for your self and others.

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