Isqua Istari

The Wise Wizards

Honor and Authority

Posted in Articles by Ziggy Tuesday August 29, 2006 at 08:35

“Honor your father and Mother, that your days may be prolonged in the land which the Lord your God will gives you.” Exodus 20:12
“Render what is due to them: tax to whom tax, custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honor to whom honor.” Romans 13:7
“Honor the Lord from your wealth, and from the first of all you produce; so your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will overflow with new wine.” Proverbs 3:9-10

Looking up some definitions of honor, It appears that the word implies good faith in the uprightness of a person’s dealings. (more…)

Math and circles

Posted in Other by Ziggy Monday August 21, 2006 at 15:50

I was working on an AutoCAD drawing at work, and started looking around for geometric solutions for tangent circles (despite what one might expect, AutoCAD can’t do everything). Next thing I know, I’m looking at proofs for inversion geometry. Check out this fantastic site for some great geometric demonstrations. I was particularly impressed with the inversion geometry, as soon as I realized that it is a general mathematical solution for reflected images on curved surfaces, as well as a geometric transformation for difficult geometric proofs. He makes extensive use of the Geometer’s Sketchpad which you may want to look into as well if you’re interested in geometry. Of course, if you’re really interested in geometry, or just don’t like shelling out money, get KSEG for free!

War for Extremism

Posted in Other by Toad Thursday August 17, 2006 at 16:55

Most of you probably know that the “global war on terror” is also called the “global war on extremism.” In addition, Condoleeza Rice mentioned in her talks in Lebanon not long ago that she was seeking a way to ensure that the Lebanese could “defend themselves against extremism.” This makes me wonder… what’s so wrong with extremism?

In general, I do not consider myself an “extreme” person. I take the Scriptures and common sayings about “moderation in all things” to heart. (more…)

Universal moral prevalence

Posted in Articles by Ziggy Thursday August 17, 2006 at 16:09

I have long wondered what really divides preference from imperative. How do we distinguish between needs and desires? Why are morals so often at apparent odds with economics, or pragmatism? Even more importantly, do excellence and beauty embody what is really important? If not, I’d better find a new guiding principle. If so why don’t I espouse my views to others more forcefully? (more…)

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