Balance books


Things you affirm on your deathbed

  • All you have left are memories of your life experiences
  • Loving your family is the most important thing in life
  • Worry is worthless
  • Taking risk is how you grow human knowledge
  • Balance is a universal force and the ultimate truth

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Library card catalog

Preservation of Knowledge Libraries (Disruption) Public libraries will face significant DISRUPTION in the coming years and forward-looking staffs and boards will have to rethink what a library does and looks like including re-purposing space and monetizing certain assets and transactions for the library to remain relevant and financially sustainable. sp History 21st century advocacy: EveryLibrary, Little Free Libraries censorship: Newsletter on Intellectual Freedom 2001 Patriot Act: Library Provision > Constitution Kinds of Libraries Library architecture Library materials digital content free: The Internet Archive magazines: zinio streaming: hoopla human libraries: Human Library Interlibrary relations The Library profession and professional financial sustainability: local fundraising campaigns issues: Homeless organizations: Center for the Future of Libraries | IMLS in general: Let this be a holy place for the human spirit, consecrated to the forces which magnify the soul. James | copyright | Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) | fair use | Micro-libraries: Little Free Library sharing | beautiful: The 25 Most Beautiful College Libraries in the World, 20 Beautiful Private and Personal Libraries | net neutrality | patrons | privacy | sustainability: Free For All: Inside the Public Library Library Disruption sp: artisan: fablab, makery, TechShop | board: elected vs appointed | books-on-shelves | browsing: large interactive touch screens | community hub | conference rooms: fees | co-working: space, kitchen, MOOCs, studios (art, dance) | crowd sourcing | director: dashboard, performance review | energy management: solar | fast failures | financials: consolidate all accounts | forums: Center for the Future of Libraries | FriendsShop: new books, used books | monetization: fixed vs. variable, transactions | parking: fees | payment systems: micro-transactions | Pop-Ups: design, dioramas, fab, media labs, product demonstration, studios (art & dance) | self-publishing: Digital Rights Management, print-on-demand | software: coding | strategic planning: Harwood Institute | transactions | visualization: 3D books, articles, presentations: Banned Books Doyle | Library as Infrastructure Mattern | digital disruption: Public library engagement in the United States Zickuhr

Library card catalogs still stand (NYC Central Library, Bryant Park) like museum artifacts made obsolete by the disruption of technology. -sp

 

Good vs evil

by scott pickard

Religion Religion in General Why do people kill in the name of religion?   Do you know what your religion’s position is on the origin of the universe and evolution? Tegmark   Does it damage children to teach them biblical creationism and deny biological evolution? Knowledge & Understanding Philosophy of religion good vs evil: Who knows what evil lurks in the  hearts of men? Shadow The priesthood, police force, and military force are massive, global communities that attract people who want to do good to make a difference in the world. But because they are so massive, they also attract a small percentage of imposters with bad intentions who infiltrate and hide within these professions to silently and secretly wreak havoc. Their leverage is magnified by many times because they operate in a environment of trust which enables them to ambush kids and adults they are sworn to serve and protect. This is a dark corner of human nature that will be very difficult to stamp out. So some priests will molest boys, some cops will occasionally kill people on the street, and soldiers will sometime rape women of their enemies. Our only hope is to be constantly vigilant and never give up on the ideal of giving every kid a chance grow up in a safe and loving environment without abuse, without violence, and without trauma, so that we stop planting the seeds of evil that may someday sprout again. sp > Parenting Religious experience Faith magazines: sojo superstition Religious phenomenology Theology Religious Doctrines and Dogmas Separation of Church and State: First Things religion in public life Study and classifications of religions Systems of Religious and Spiritual Belief Institutions & Practices Sacred Rites & Ceremonies Religious leaders and institutions Material manifestations of religious beliefs apocalypse: about | crisis planning: NISAC | doomsday: doomsday groups millennialism, mayan calendar | fantasy: Tokyo Genso | movies: I am Legend, Interstellar, Left Behind, Mad Max, The Day After, The Road, Water World spiritual leaders: past: Billy Graham, Confucious, Gandhi, Jesus Christ | present: dalai lama, Desmond Tutu, Mother Theresa, Pope books, movies, TV series: bible: C.S. Lewis | God Said, Man Said | How We Believe Shermer | J.R.R. Tolkien | One Second After Forstchen | Proof of Heaven Alexander | The Bible History Channel | The Gospel of the Flying Spaghetti Monster Henderson | The Varieties of Religious Experience James | What Happened to Sophie Beha

Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? Shadow

The priesthood, police force, and military force are massive, global communities that attract people who want to do good to make a difference in the world. But because they are so massive, they also attract a small percentage of imposters with bad intentions who infiltrate and hide within these professions to silently and secretly wreak havoc. Their leverage is magnified by many times because they operate in a environment of trust which enables them to ambush kids and adults they are sworn to serve and protect. This is a dark corner of human nature that will be very difficult to stamp out. So some priests will molest boys, some cops will occasionally kill people on the street, and soldiers will sometime rape women of their enemies. Our only hope is to be constantly vigilant and never give up on the ideal of giving every kid a chance grow up in a safe and loving environment without abuse, without violence, and without trauma, so that we stop planting the seeds of evil that may someday sprout again.

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Faith and Science

[ from A Man of Faith by scott pickard ]

I am a man of faith, and a man of science.  For me, scientific and spiritual views are compatible.  Otherwise, how else can you answer these questions:

  • Why is there something instead of nothing?
  • Why are we here?

It’s truly amazing if not a miracle that the universe follows mathematical algorithms so precise that we can use these algorithms to land a man on the moon.  Both science and spiritual are at work here, because something must be behind all this. It could not be a random accident.

I don’t know the answer, but I have “faith” that there is a profound truth behind it all that is outside scientific explanation.

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