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Yawn ...innovation? Badly unfinished combination of iOS and (I am sure Microsoft engineers tried it, even though you may not know about it) Gnome 3/KDE 4. I had the similar (and I would argue better integrated) desktop experience for couple of years already. It is pretty cool, ...
Toggle Commented Jul 10, 2012 on Betting the Company on Windows 8 at Coding Horror
One of the possible ways how to avoid PHP is to persuade hosting providers that hosting something else than PHP doesn’t have to be that complicated. Which might be one of the best things about my employer's, Red Hat (sorry for pimping them, but I really have no other benefit from OpenShift than pure joy of writing real world Python), providing whole hosting platform OpenShift Origin and making it freely available (both beer and speach; https://openshift.github.com). Otherwise, PHP causes me a deep long attacks of melancholy. How come that most interesting FLOSS projects which matter most (wordpress, owncloud, status.net) are writing in something like *that*? Is there any other evidence of presence of Evil in the world needed? Matěj
Toggle Commented Jun 29, 2012 on The PHP Singularity at Coding Horror
@Magnayn No it doesn't ... you are just not there. Consciously and deliberately.
Toggle Commented Oct 24, 2011 on On Parenthood at Coding Horror
Two experiences form the ecumenical efforts: a) Most ecumenical activities doing for the sake of being ecumenical don't make much sense and impact. Instead, living together makes a lot of sense. Instead of establishing ecumenical prayer, go to their (whoever they are) prayer meeting or invite them to yours. b) Doing something else together makes a lot of sense as well. Charity, missions done together for sake of doing that something else, makes IMHO bigger impact on your life together as well. c) Have mercy on each other. Let them say stupid things they do, and maybe they will forgive you the stupid things you do. Don't try to be acceptable to them, or you will loose all your taste. There is nothing more boring and useless then ecumenical meeting where everybody tries to be acceptable to each other.
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The Franciscan priest Richard Rohr is quoted as to say (rough quotation, as I don’t have the exact cite): “The spirituality is about what we do with our pain. And the truth is, if we don't transform it, we will transmit it.” I think this is the point where the real art (distinguished from an entertainment, which is nice and good, but not art) is close to spirituality. I believe that every art has to somewhere contain at least a bit of pain, a bit of unexplainable tragedy in our life. Let me take a book by my beloved author Chaim Potok “My Name is Asher Lev" (and its sequel “The Gift of Asher Lev”). Both books are not really sad or tragic, actually from both book I got more courage and will to live than from most non-spiritual books, but the pain is very much present in them, and ways how the heroes of the books deal with it.
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I wanted to react to notion I feel in some contributions on this page, that revival is just periodical self-excitement of church for its own sake (other words aside from “self-excitement” come to my tongue, but I won’t write them here). I would like to mention as an example work of the Boston Mission Board (product of the Great Awakening of the early 19th century) which helped to created a beautiful denomination of Církev bratrská (Church of brethern; no connection to the American denomination of the same name, just the influence of Moravian, formerly Czech, brethren is so strong that everybody wants to be linked to their tradition). I think it is worthy to pray for the real Spirit-given awakening in the church, because of its many fruit for the world. Except it will be very different than what we expect and certainly very different from what we are afraid (the same old boring self-something). Blessings from Prague, Matěj
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Glad to read this post, Dave. I was just thinking this myself while re-reading this blog and some materials on M. Scott Peck (who must be clearly quite a person). It started to dawn on me emergence of Two Infallible Spiritual Laws: Thou shalt believe in M. Scott Peck as interpreted by Dave (I think I should really get Road Less Traveled and read the book itself instead of its interpretation). Thou shalt despise all those who are outside of you unbounded boundaries. So it was really nice to see you bracketing even the foundations. I mean, on the one hand I really like what is written here and it makes sense to many of my own questions I was never able to resolve myself, but on the other hand one doesn’t have to be a social sciences PhD student (as I was) trained in trashing theories about social reality to see many holes in “the stuff”. There is something very interesting going on here, but it shouldn’t be IMHO made into solid unbreakable laws.
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I just cannot hold it any more. This discussion so much resembles my experience with the attitude towards alcohol I've encountered here in the States (being from the libertine Europe) that it is not funny. When I was say fifteen-or-so (or slightly earlier) I was given by my parents a brief amount of wine around the New Year and so on as part of the celebration. Gradually I became part of “the adults” who was drinking some alcohol during the festive meals, birthdays, etc. as a matter of course, well before I was eighteen (which is a legal age in Czechia). I understood that drinking alcohol is something which is allowed only for adults, but I have never seen it as a big deal. I have never been warned against daemon alcohol, but it was always very strongly stated that “a gentleman should not be drunk”. Looking back, I can see how difficult balance my parents were maintaining in the society were the amount of alcoholism is pretty high (the spiritual hunger of the stage-3 society has to be filled somehow) and at least my father was quite often struggling on the edge of not falling into alcoholism himself (he never did, I believe). I was then quite shocked when I first came to Boston for a short term visit in my early twenties and I saw huge discrepancy between officially promoted almost abstinence (beer bottles in paper bags, special liquor stores, legal age of 21) and huge drive of my college-age friends to get drunk and not much else. And I was thinking then (and I think still) that my parents were very wise to keep focus on important (drunkenness v. alcohol as such), and not to let their fear rule their parenting. The question is not IMHO yes or no to alcohol (and sex), but how to maintain it as a good gift God gaves us, which however needs to be kept in the good boundaries we've got for its enjoyment.
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