Ignore everybody, even that little voice that says it too difficult, can’t be done, what will others think about your stupid rambling.
Write only about things that are easy.
It will be easy if it comes to you naturally, something that you like doing and thinking about.
Don’t be paralyzed trying to brainstorm about a “fixed topic” to start writing about, just follow your heart.
Don’t worry about your audience yet, they aren’t even there now.
You are not responsible for pleasing your audience, not yet.
Exercise your creative writing skill. Even if it adds value to one person its worth it, espicially if that person is you.
Start writing for yourself.
Editing is painful, but you and choose to not focus on it as long as you want. Its your blog remember?
Don’t worry about finding inspiration, it comes eventually.
Fire up your blog, pen down 5 points about anything that comes to your mind. Post it.
- Collective Intelligence in Action
- Ruby in Practice
- The Well-Grounded Rubyist
Reason has built the modern world. It is a precious but also a fragile thing. Which can be corroded by apparently harmless irrationality. We must favor verifiable evidence over private feelings, otherwise we would leave ourselves vulnerable to those who will obscure the truth.
– Richard Dawkins The Enemies of Reason - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Imagine, with John Lennon, a world with no religion. Imagine no suicide bombers, no 9/11, no 7/7, no Crusades, no witch-hunts, no Gunpowder Plot, no Indian partition, no Israeli/Palestinian wars, no Serb/Croat/Muslim massacres, no persecution of Jews as ‘Christ-killers’, no Northern Ireland ‘troubles’, no ‘honour killings’, no shiny-suited bouffant-haired televangelists fleecing gullible people of their money (’God wants you to give till it hurts’). Imagine no Taliban to blow up ancient statues, no public beheadings of blasphemers, no logging of female skin for the crime of showing an inch of it.
This is exactly the kind of book I was looking for. In this book, Richard Dawkins answers most of the questions I have been asking myself. And others have asked me similar questions during my infamous “does god exist?” debates, which I have stopped having cause they all end up very badly.
Here are some of the questions that this book explores:
- Agnosticism is a reasonable position, but isn’t atheism just as dogmatic as religious belief?
- Have philosophers and theologians have put forward good reasons to believe in God?
- Isnt’ it obvious that God must exist, for how else could the world have come into being?
- How else could there be life, in all its rich diversity, with every species looking uncannily as though it had been ‘designed’?
- Is religious belief necessary in order for us to have justifiable morals?
- Don’t we need God, in order to be good?
- Is religion as a good thing for the world, even if you yourself have lost your faith?
The answer to all the above questions is a BIG NO, and the book tries to give very strong arguments.
Reading books on PC has its advantages: Instant google, post excerpts and opinion on blog, all while reading the book.
Steps to run Firefox 2 and 3 at the same time: (Assuming you have already installed Firefox2)
Create a new Firefox profile: In the Windows Run box (Win+R) type:
firefox -profilemanager -no-remote.
Click on “Create Profile”, name it “firefox3″.
Download a nightly build of Firefox3. Download the zip file (firefox-xxxx.en-US.win32.zip). Extract it in some directory, say
Run Firefox3: In Windows Run Dialogue type:
c:\myapps\ff3\firefox.exe -P minefield -no-remote
Verdict: 2/3. Not Bad.
“The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery every day. Never lose a holy curiosity.”
– Albert Einstein
“I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious.”
– Albert Einstein