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Sunday, April 24, 2005

Human Advancment is meant to refer to the advancement of individual humans. That means you, and it means me. I have another blog, called "Adventures in Programming", very rarely updated, that is my take on the business and technology of software engineering. The twist is that most articles take the form of a conversation with myself, the myself of maybe 20 years ago. I've learned a lot since then, and I wish I could go back in time to tell myself about all those things so I could learn them sooner than I did.


But it serves another purpose, which is to help me - the here and now me - to sort out some of those lessons. Doing so is fundamentally about human advancement - learning from the lessons of the past, both the mistakes and the successes, and building on that knowledge to advance myself.


There are many obstacles and traps to overcome on the way to advancement. One of the biggest obstacles to freedom - freedom in its widest context, which includes political freedom, but also the personal freedom to control your own life - is debt and a dead-end job. In this extremely long post I examine one of the ways to start overcoming this trap. The intended audience is those entering the IT profession, or even those who have been in it for some time, but it also contains lessons more broadly applicable to any kind of job, even to life in general.

Wednesday, April 20, 2005

I'm having a fascinating conversation with Richard at Uncommon Sense. It's not really the level I'm aiming at for this blog, but very interesting, nonetheless. I may even learn something.

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Lileks is always worth a read, even though I can't find the time to read him every day. He's more like an occasional treat instead of a daily snack. An ice cream sundae with hot fudge and nuts, not the Snickers bar in the car after work every day.


At least my greatest fear didn’t happen: they’d choose a Pope from Africa, and, unaware with the nomenclature of American marketing, he would call himself "Urban".

If you like The Bleat, then explore the rest of his site a bit. The Gallery of Regrettable Food is a side-splitter.

Tuesday, April 19, 2005

This post is both a warning to libertarians and a promise to everyone else. If my experience is any indication, most of you, the "everyone else", are vaguely aware that there's a bunch of people out there who call themselves libertarians. Your experience with them has most likely been around election time, when they seem to come out of the woodwork with their wacky plans to change everything, and their implied belief that the only reason that you find them wacky is that you aren't moral enough, or smart enough, or consistent enough, or give enough of a damn about what that ragtag bunch who fought off the most powerful nation on earth 200 years ago sacrificed for.


All of that may be true - it is certainly true for some people. But here's the promise, and the warning:

Monday, April 18, 2005

This blog represents the coming together of two convergent lines of thought that I've carried with me through most of my life. These lines have become increasingly clearly defined - not smoothly, but in fits and starts - as I've advanced in years. I've only now begun to really see their convergence, and that they were really the same idea all along.