Thank You, Steve

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Steve Jobs

“…So, I decided to drop out and trust that it would all work out okay. It was pretty scary at the time, but, looking back, it was one of the best decisions I ever made. The minute I dropped out I could stop taking the required classes that didn’t interest me and begin dropping in on the ones that looked far more interesting…

“Of course it was impossible to connect the dots looking forward when I was in college, but it was very, very clear looking backwards ten years later. Again, you can’t connect the dots looking forward. You can only connect them looking backwards. So, you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something—your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever—because believing that the dots will connect down the road will give you the confidence to follow your heart, even when it leads you off the well-worn path.  · · · →

Jack and the Beanstalk

The PointAn Agnostic friend recently told me, “If I was raised in the Church of Jack and the Beanstalk, I’d believe that just like anyone believes their religion from Childhood. What’s a REAL reason for me to convert to Christianity?” His point is right-dead on target.

The beliefs of Christianity are true, so why do parents and clergy raise children in Christianity with indoctrination methods that cultivate parroting without understanding? A ruler tells his people not to question a teaching when he KNOWS that his teaching is false. Why use “believe a lie” method to ostensibly rear young Christians in “truth”!?

This behavior raises scary quesitons.. Do the parents and pastors only claim to follow Jesus to mask their own doubt? Do the parents and pastors think that Jesus is a lie? Are they simply too lazy to give good answers to tough questions?

If people don’t have understanding, they can’t explain something in a way that makes sense.

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It Won’t Work Because It’s New?

The PointThe WiFi version consisted of a long list of numbers ending with “b” while the new version ended with “n” which translated into: I need a new thousand-dollar laptop so it can work with the $150 “new” router. A few years ago Microsoft had a similar problem: people preferred the older XP version of Windows since Vista, practically speaking, seemed to be a step backwards. Even now, China manufactures new technology, yet prefers to buy old, tried and true hardware. Is the “never ending growth” of technology a myth? The crashed Tech Stock fad at the turn of the millennium seemed to say so.

Let's take your favorite hand held doojimahickie.. the little stick you use to write with is called a “stylus”. The last time Humanity used a stylus to write with was when we kept records by carving words into a shallow box of mud. Resorting to the mud box stylus wasn't enough for Apple, however.

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Chinese Language Tools

Chinese has two basic methods of recognizing it’s Asian characters: Phonetic and Strokes. Dictionaries could use one system or the other. If you have the sounds of every character memorized, phonetic may be easier for you. However, if you want to type a character by looking at its appearance—or if you want to type Chinese with a faster typing method—you may want to learn about character components.

There is a wide variety of books that show the evolution of characters, explaining their etymology, and showing different shapes and layouts characters can make. Just like English words have different roots and prefixes and suffixes, so do Chinese and Japanese characters have different sections that can be abbreviated or used interchangeably. Once you learn the basic components of the characters, writing, reading, and typing characters is easier.

Concerning phonetics, there are two main phonetic systems. The first, formally called “bopomofo” (Zhuyin) uses something much like the Hiragana of Japanese.  · · · →