On St Augustine of Hippo and other thoughts

Just a thought. St Augustine, perhaps the founding philosopher of Christian philosophy, arguably one of the most influential philosophers ever in the Western tradition, was, interestingly enough, probably not an ‘old white guy’. He was from Hippo in Northern Africa and was probably black. He was a Manichean (an offshoot of Zoroastrianism - ie the religion of the magii who lived in Persia, = the biblical magii, a religion transplanted in the Roman empire by a prophet called Mani) before becoming a Christian and had a concubine (live in girlfriend) whom he had lived with for fifteen years and who had borne him a son, Adeomantus. He left her to marry another woman, a political match that was intended to advance his social standing. He had to wait two years for the marriage as she was not of marriageable age yet. During that time he became a monk - a Manichean monk - instead of marrying. His mother prayed for him every day to become a Christian and one day he heard a boy singing “take it …

Ubi Caritas

Kings Return 
Ubi Caritas. Timely. 
Latin textEnglish translationUbi caritas et amor, Deus ibi est.Congregavit nos in unum Christi amor.Exsultemus, et in ipso jucundemur.Timeamus, et amemus Deum vivum.Et ex corde diligamus nos sincero.Ubi caritas et amor, Deus ibi est.Simul ergo cum in unum congregamur:Ne nos mente dividamur, caveamus.Cessent iurgia maligna, cessent lites.Et in medio nostri sit Christus Deus.Ubi caritas et amor, Deus ibi est.Simul quoque cum beatis videamus,Glorianter vultum tuum, Christe Deus:Gaudium quod est immensum, atque probum,Saecula per infinita saeculorum. Amen.Where charity and love are, there God is.The love of Christ has gathered us into one.Let us exult, and in Him be joyful.Let us fear and let us love the living God.And from a sincere heart let us love each other (and Him).Where charity and love are, there God is.Therefore, whensoever we are gathered as one:Lest we in mind be divided, let us beware.Let cease malicious quarrels, let strife give way.And in t…

Washington Post vs Trump

I've posted below the Washington Post's article about Trump's 4th of July speech at Mount Rushmore, followed by the speech itself. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ I think both the article extract and the speech itself are interesting reading, and in fact I'd be very interested in hearing people's opinion about how racist Trump's speech is, what is racist about it, and why any particular statement you can pick is racist, or what statement is 'amplifying' racism. Please quote particular lines from the speech and identify exactly what is racist about it. You can post your answers as comments here or email or message me them. 
Please tell me, comrades, tovarishkas, as I am eager to improve myself and open to socialist correction!Washington Post: Trump’s push to amplify racism unnerves Republicans who have long enabled him

Deaths in Custody

Waves plugins, or how to make the customer feel like he/she is being extorted.

Waves offers some really great audio processing plugins for programs like ProTools and Reason. The company has been going since the early 1990s and has invented some great algorithms for reverb and for many other audio processing necessities in recording. They are very clever and very good at creating this type of software.

In the early days, though, people were sharing unlocked versions of many of those plugins. Accepting those unlocked versions, yes, was stealing, let's face it, and many people in the industry did it. It was human nature I guess, and it was wrong.

Of course, without having used those free versions in those days I suspect many audio engineers and many audio software consumers might not have eventually bought the paid versions later on, because they knew the software and were familiar with it and liked it. But despite this upside for Waves, which is the same reason so many of us give our music away effectively free on youtube these days, it was still stealing, and…

RIP Ravi Zacharias

Ravi Zacharias died yesterday, the famous Christian apologist. A thought-provoking quote:

Can you explain to me why if a plane were to crash and some die while others live, that a skeptic calls into question God’s moral nature if he at his whim chooses some to live and others to die; yet when it is your choice to allow a child within you to live or die, it is your moral right to make that determination? Does that not sound odd to you? When God decides, he is immoral. When you or I decide, it is our right.” Beyond Opinion (Edited by Zacharias, 2007, p. 188)