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paladin

  • Competition, taken as the drive to prove one's self better than one or more others.

  • Sympathy, taken as the drive to lighten another's burden and help them through something that is difficult for them.
     

  • They form a Yin/Yang balance.
     

  • Competition without sympathy doesn't ever stop pushing; it walks all over others, oblivious or simply not caring what harm is done to them in the process. Aggressive greed.

  • Sympathy without competition doesn't ever stop giving; it plays the doormat, valuing itself not at all, often including falsely-low self-esteem and a false sense of obligation. Wasted sacrifice.
     

  • Like all things, the system is only healthy when it's in balance. Only then does it provide the competition to improve itself and move forward, without the destruction of others that corrupts yourself at the same time. Only then does it provide the sympathy to work in coordination with others for the benefit of both, without the stagnation or destruction of your own benefit in the process.

  • Sympathy and Competition, when balanced, provide the plotted peak in game theory.



So what's the epiphany? That one of the many important equilibriums in our lives has Competition and Sympathy balanced against each other. It wasn't a pairing I was expecting.


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2nd-Apr-2011 09:09 pm - NaShoStoMo [nashostomo, writing]
paladin
Day 2: Letters
1st-Apr-2011 07:45 pm - NaShoStoMo [nashostomo, writing]
paladin
So, it's National Short Story Month. Here's my first entry.
paladin
Good summary with great accompanying animation of stuff most of us have heard before:

The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us.
29th-Aug-2010 10:09 pm - Kid update [education, family, kids]
kids
So, my eldest son's latest fad: Writing stories. He's getting pretty good, actually; but then, he has been slacking on his multiplication problems a bit. He theorhetically starts kindergaten tomorrow.


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paladin
The first (mostly) self-replicating printer has been demonstrated at this event. Not only is it licensed under GPL, but it only costs around $600 to put it together! It takes about 2.5 days to print itself out.



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20th-Jan-2010 02:22 am - RIP Winnie Kitty. 2001-2010. [death, family, personal]
scary
Softest, fluffiest, most loving cat ever. Momma-cat to both of our kids. When they were infants, and would cry, she would run over, lick their heads, then sit up and guard them. She will be missed. A lot. 2001-2010. RIP Winnie. You were everything we could have ever wanted in a cat.

20th-Jul-2009 03:50 pm - So today... [physics, technology]
paladin
...I designed a workable flying saucer, using well-understood, existing tech. The only problem: It'd probably cost $50k to prototype, and then probably $5 mil to get approved by the FAA (if I actually wanted to market them).



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26th-Jun-2009 01:46 am - Update! No, really! [personal]
paladin
So, um, yeah. (:

I've been working 60-hour weeks, plus hiring and managing an intern, plus spending time with my family, plus buying an (older) truck and getting it passing emissions and registered (I need to get my riding mower into the shop and back before July 4th...), plus trying to maintain some semblance of a social life. Heh.


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25th-May-2009 02:21 pm - C# Programmer Internship Available [work]
paladin
I've got an immediate internship available that I'd like to fill in the next couple of days (ASAP). It's mostly telecommuting, but they need to be in the greater Seattle area (Eastside, Everett to Tacoma, etc). If you know someone, send 'em my way please! (:
13th-May-2009 11:32 pm - 5.9 [technology]
paladin
What is this number, you might ask? The "Base Score" rating on the machine I just finished putting together. Drool, baby, drool. (:


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24th-Apr-2009 03:17 pm - Quote of the Day [quote of the day]
paladin
"The universe is change; life is what thinking makes of it."
  — Marcus Aurelius


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3rd-Feb-2009 11:00 am - Quote of the Day [quote of the day]
paladin
"Changes are not only possible and predictable, but to deny them is to be an accomplice to one's own unnecessary vegetation."
  — Gail Sheehy



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13th-Jan-2009 02:19 pm - So, the snow's gone. [home, personal]
paladin
Well, except for little tiny patches along little bits of the eves of our house. I've nailed back in the gutters that fell as best I can, chain-sawed up the trees that fell as well as the two that died a couple of years ago, done some miscellaneous pruning and wood pile restocking, etc. I'm doing much better keeping up with the FlyLady cleaning, and the wiffy's been called upon by my mom to help clean at her day care, so we at least have a little money coming in. For some reason, the food stamp card didn't renew, so I need to look into that. God's got something going on, but we're just not sure what it is yet; we just have to keep paying close attention, and keep doing what comes to hand. It's pretty hard though, sometimes.



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4th-Jan-2009 10:01 pm - ...and more snow [weather]
paladin
The roads have been pretty clear these last few days, but we still had a few inches covering about half of our driveway, and about 6" still on the ground. Now, though, it's been snowing for the last few hours, and we have about 3-4" more. On everything, roads included. Which is particularly bad, because we need to get to an appointment tomorrow in Monroe at 2pm. Grr.

Oh, in case you were wondering: It's still snowing.



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paladin
Our garbage just got picked up! *does the happy dance* I am way more excited about this than is healthy, I think. Three weeks of it piling up will do that to you. (:

In other news, I finally got the last of our network problems resolved late last night. For those unaware, Verizon had an..."incident", we'll call it, in our area on the morning of New Year's Eve at around 10:32am. I say 10:32, because that's when the spam stopped streaming in to my server. We noticed it around 12:30-1ish, and then I did about an hour of checking and re-checking before calling my ISP. They couldn't ping my DSL router, so they went off and submitted a ticket to Verizon. An hour later, they called back; apparently, they'd had to wait on the phone (on their special "reseller" support line) for over half an hour before talking to someone. Seems Verizon had a box and some line fuse in a particularly nasty way out on the main street near us. It had taken out all service in our area, and the trouble ticket was already over its restore-by service contracted time. For us, that meant no phones, no internet, no email being received by our server (which is bad, because if it goes on for more than 4 days they bounce permanently and mailing lists that I've actually subscribed to start dropping me). Fortunately, with Vonage, when our circuit is unavailable it rolls over to my cell phone, so we could at least still keep receiving calls.

So, they finally got the two lines and the box restrung at around 9:30 of...not last night, but the night before, so the night of New Year's Day I guess that makes it. But my network is still not coming up. After much fussing and some additional ideas from friends (thanks!), I finally got it to start working again last night at a little after 8pm, but it was after 10pm when I finally got the last of it back up. Turns out it was a series of issues combined on my side:
  • The cable between my DSL router and the hub it was plugged into had been bent for a while, so when I was fussing trying to figure out what was wrong, it killed it internally.
  • The plastic clip thing on the ethernet plug on my server's side snapped off without me noticing, so it was pulling out part-way every time I'd try something with the other cables.
  • The Vista laptop I was using to test with wasn't actually switching to a static IP when I told it to, it was still trying to get a DHCP address under the covers (apparently I'd missed a setting somewhere).
So, yeah. All better now. On the plus side, we did get a lot of errands done yesterday, and we feel much better today with all of that accomplished and our network back up. And our garbage picked up. *dance* (:



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28th-Dec-2008 06:07 pm - Staying in tonight... [family, personal, weather]
paladin
So, we tried to get out of our driveway tonight, figuring that it was mostly slushy in the walked-on / driven-on areas (yes, of our driveway, not the road). We got about 1/3rd of the way turned around, and got stuck. With chains. *sigh* So, no going out yet for us. Sorry lizziebennet, we can't make your party. *pout* We had gotten all dressed up, and the wiffy had cooked some nice brownie / shortbread / toffee stuff, too. My eldest was upset too; he apparently was really looking forward to it as well. I can kinda understand; short of playing in the snow, it's the first time we would've really been out of the house since the Wednesday of the week before Christmas.

And I really will post those pics from yesterday sometime soon. Of course, things have melted a lot more since even then, so we'll probably have to take some more.


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24th-Dec-2008 02:32 pm - Massive torrents...of snow [weather]
paladin
So, we're up to about 2 feet of snow, and it's just about a white-out outside right now. Where the snow falls off the roof, it's over 5 feet. Definitely a white Christmas.

Made a 9' snowman on Monday that's currently being buried. I'll have pics once the snow lets up. We lost our primary camera at some point last weekend; we're just hoping it's not outside in the snow at this point.

We keep loosing power, like just now, but only for a few seconds fortunately.



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22nd-Dec-2008 11:08 am - Snow [weather]
paladin
So, we're up to a bit over a foot of snow in general. It's above the license plates on our cars. It also sticks out about 4" horizontally from the car windows. Our porch, which is not only covered but also has the roof overhanging around the cover, has about 2" blown in over it. I love snow. (:


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21st-Dec-2008 01:11 am - Power [personal, power, weather]
paladin
So, our power came back on about half an hour ago. It was out for a little over an hour. I'm really impressed, given the "storm" (NOAA claimed mid-day today — well, Saturday — that our area was going to get 25-35 mph sustained with up to 50 mph gusts, peaking between 10pm and 7am, i.e. now, but all we're getting is the 2-3" of snow they also promised with an occasional 5-10 mph gust), and the fact that we saw the sky flashing turquoise several times when it went out, generally indicating a transformer blowing up. So yay, go Snohomish County PUD! (:

We've still got guests, and now about 8" of snow outside (and on our roads, though that's all smashed down). The womenfolk are busy dying some fabric. I'm thinking about going and passing out.


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19th-Dec-2008 04:59 pm - Merry Christmas to us! [financial, home]
paladin
Just heard back from our broker: They're ordering the current payoff docs as I type. Once they get those (probably Monday sometime) they'll be sending them in to the lender, and we'll be cleared to close (read: 48-72 hours max). Cross your fingers and pray that nothing interrupts the process, please! (We started this process last February!)



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26th-Aug-2008 01:41 pm - HFPS [personality]
paladin

Your result for The Perception Personality Image Test...

HFPS - The Humanitarian

Humanity, Foreground, Big Picture, and Shape

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Mostly true. I sometimes get energized around others, but sometimes it's draining. I like to speculate fairly regularly, actually, but I tend to deal directly more often. I like predictability, but I also love discovering new things and can't truly thrive unless my environment is near-infinitely variable.



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13th-Aug-2008 09:37 am - Quotes of the Day [quote of the day]
paladin
"There is danger in reckless change; but greater danger in blind conservatism."
  — Henry George

"The greatest test of courage on earth is to bear defeat without losing heart."
  — Robert G. Ingersoll


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