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Session 5 is slightly delayed

I planned to have it ready for to­day, but my cur­rent con­sult­ing job (mi­grat­ing a firm from Ex­change to FLOSS) is get­ting a bit gnarly (most­ly be­cause of Out­look 2000) (Yes, I know).

It may be done this sat­ur­day, maybe next tues­day, I just don't know yet.

PyQt by Example (Session 1) available in spanish, and other updates

Thanks to Se­bastián Bassi, there is now a span­ish trans­la­tion of the first part of the se­ries. You can read it here.

Al­so, be­cause of a mis­take I made, to­do.py has lacked mean­ing­ful com­ments for a while. That's fixed now.

Al­so, there is a new RSS feed specif­i­cal­ly for this tu­to­ri­al se­ries.

Sun of Suns (Virga, #1)

Review:

An orig­i­nal set­ting (I can on­ly think of Niven's sig­ma trees?), ac­tion, ad­ven­ture... it'sr eal­ly an old-­fash­ioned swash­buck­ler, but with lots of twist­s.

Sad­ly I can't get the se­quels yet.

I believe there is a problem

Yes­ter­day I was spammed by a new age por­tal called Por­talmi­co. The name is strange, since in span­ish (their lan­guage) it means "Mon­key Por­tal", but that the heck, af­ter adding me to the Face­book group they want­ed me to join, post­ing they are spam­mer­s, then leav­ing, I start­ed to think...

What ex­act­ly both­ers me about these guys? And de­cid­ed to en­ter their por­tal and see what was await­ing me be­hind the gates.

Ap­par­ent­ly these guys are heav­i­ly in­to 2012. How­ev­er, they don't ex­pect the end of the world, but a "cos­mic awak­en­ing" and they call this event "im­por­tant to the whole galaxy". This seems to be caused be­cause of a pe­cu­liar­i­ty of the mayan cal­en­dar. Whoa. And I thought the guys at Stop, unix time! were over­do­ing it.

One would be tempt­ed to ask, if mayans were so awe­some, how come their civ­i­liza­tion was such a mess? 1

But that's not it. That's not what both­ers me. Brain­less ado­ra­tion of poor peo­ple who did their best to live their lives 600 years ago is not such a ter­ri­ble thing, (even if it is not the smartest thing ev­er). What both­ers me is the creduli­ty.

Let's see...

You will be hard pressed to find a post there that's scored less than 8 in a 1/10 scale, so al­most ev­ery­one seems to agree that all these things ex­ist/ are true.

In fac­t, the on­ly thing that came to mind that noone there seems to be­lieve in is hid­den mes­sages in the Torah and big­foot, but maybe I just did­n't look cor­rect­ly.

So, I think I now know what both­ers me. The lack of taste. If you be­lieve ev­ery­thing, you be­lieve noth­ing in par­tic­u­lar. If you ac­cept ev­ery­thing, you are not look­ing for truth. If you hold all things equal, noth­ing is spe­cial.

I find the per­spec­tive of a world where ev­ery­thing can be true, ev­ery­thing has the same val­ue, ev­ery­thing is the same... des­per­ate.

These peo­ple sound des­per­ate. They sound like they are adrift at sea and try to hold to any pass­ing twig, be it a crys­tal, a drowned con­ti­nen­t, or a char­la­tan.

Dear fel­lows at por­talmi­co: the on­ly thing that make life worth liv­ing is peo­ple. Yes, peo­ple. Not god, not mayan prophe­cies, not an­gel­s. Peo­ple.

Go out, meet some­one, have a nice life. What hap­pens af­ter that, if it is to hap­pen at al­l, will do so any­way. Be good to peo­ple, and trust that god (if he ex­ist­s) is worth any­thing and will wel­come you to his best con­do, be­cause if he does­n't... well, he was not re­al­ly worth ador­ing any­way.

So, I think I come out of this div­ing in­to non­sense with a clear­er, if a bit sad­der mind. Yes, they are spam­mer­s. Yes, they be­lieve child­ish fan­tasies. I hope they get bet­ter.

1

Come on, 80% of skele­tons show­ing signs of se­vere ane­mi­a? That's bad! See here

2

"This process al­lows us to by­pass the il­lu­sion of our tridi­men­sion­al re­al­i­ty..."

3

"... the lemuri­ans lived in a fre­quen­cy match­ing the Fifth Di­men­sion (5D)..."

4

"...­cleans­ing and clear­ing can in­clude mem­o­ries and trau­mas from pre­vi­ous rein­car­na­tion­s..."

5

From the dic­tio­nary: "be­lief that is not based on proof: He had faith that the hy­poth­e­sis would be sub­stan­ti­at­ed by fac­t." . At least I think they mean that def­i­ni­tion of faith. I sure­ly hope they are not say­ing they have "con­fi­dence" in god?


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