Isqua Istari

The Wise Wizards

Life and Times – 20060502

Posted in Other by Toad Tuesday May 2, 2006 at 13:49

So, I’m graduating and stuff. And moving back to California. And in a last-minute turn of events, I’m NOT going back to work for NFESC. Two weeks ago, God dropped a new job right in my lap. This new job is at Budlong & Associates, a small engineering firm that offers “Mechanical, Plumbing, and Electrical Engineering” services to the local business world. Now, if you’re unfamiliar with the terminology in that context, “Mechanical” essentially means “HVAC.” Yes, I will be designing plumbing and heating/air-conditioning systems for business throughout Ventura and Los Angeles Counties. (more…)

Mental Blocks

Posted in Articles by Toad Sunday January 8, 2006 at 22:27

One of the most interesting concepts I’ve been arguing with lately is that of mental blocks. If you know me particularly well, and quite possibly even if you do not, you probably know that I very much espouse a “mind over matter” philosophy. Generally speaking, I would suggest that most any human being can exert a certain amount of incorporeal force over his or her being, usually something to the effect of coercing the body into something that its animal instincts might otherwise abhor, such as implanting or ignoring chemical feelings. While science no doubt suggests that there are biological routes that the body might take to accomplish similar functions, I would assert that the spirit can serve to support–or countermand–these functions as well. I have further, more complicated theories as to the nature of such interactions, but they are mostly not relevant to this topic and largely incomplete enough to write about in the first place.

Ignoring the “how’s” or “why’s,” the subject of “what” is largely more practical. (more…)

I want…

Posted in Other by Toad Tuesday November 22, 2005 at 12:19

…christmas lights like these.


We Moved!

Posted in Other by Toad Monday October 10, 2005 at 16:44

As I mentioned a while back, my old server situation stopped being so great. However, thanks to my good friend Daniel, new situations have arisen, and in its entirety has moved. What should this mean for you? Not much at all. However, we did set a few things up a little bit different; for example, Isqua Istari now makes its home at There is a redirect in place, but it might not be a bad idea to change your bookmarks.

Be It Resolved

Posted in Other by Toad Thursday October 6, 2005 at 06:08

By official mandate, there shall be a new Rule:

No more IHOP coffee for Scholl. Ever.

My name is Toad, and I approve this message.


Posted in Articles by Toad Wednesday September 28, 2005 at 09:01

In Electrical Power Systems yesterday, Dr. Graff said something that came to be of interest to me. In a devotion about faith, he off-hand mentioned Governmental control of information to the public, and wound up leading himself to mentioning the “display cities” in the USSR, and finally to observing that America itself was showing many signs of descending into a Communist state. What got me, though, was that he added, “…scary, isn’t it?” to the end of the sentence.

My first thought after he said that was a slightly mocking, “No, it’s not scary. It’s normal.” Then I thought a bit more, (more…)

Little Sisters

Posted in Other by Toad Friday September 23, 2005 at 06:46

Do you have any little sisters? If you don’t, I would contend that you’re missing out. Of course, if you have any older siblings, you might contend that I‘m the one missing out, since I’ve never had any of those. That, however, is neither here nor there. I am here to let you all know that my little sister has her very own blog, a fact and relative accomplishment that makes me rather proud. So, if you feel so led, cruise over there and take a look at some of the things she has to say.

Upcoming Changes

Posted in Other by Toad Wednesday September 14, 2005 at 19:54

Due to some restructuring on Javier’s server, I will be moving my web hosting to another friend’s server over the coming week or two. What this should mean for you is, practically, nothing at all. What it might means is up to a day or two (probably in a week’s time or so) when and its subdirectories will not load properly for you and yours.

What this does NOT mean is that e-mail service interruption for those who use for their e-mail service will be interrupted. I will be working things out such that nothing at all should change for you, with the possible exception of needing to change around some settings in your own e-mail clients.

I’ll be providing more updates as things progress. For now, enjoy our relatively static content.

Governmental Parenting

Posted in Other by Toad Sunday August 21, 2005 at 20:49

I rummaged around on Yahoo! and Google a bit, and found a cache of this post. I will also include a few of the comments (8 of 21) after the post itself.

In order to properly understand the context of this post, you will need to read this post on Scholl’s blog, and the following comments. I wrote this originally as a comment for that blog post, but when I saw how long it was, I felt it would be better treated over here.

I believe that children should be protected, even ‘pre-emptively’ even if that protection must be from their parents. The Government, however, has no place in that protection. (more…)

Ooh, Shiny!

Posted in Other by Toad Wednesday August 17, 2005 at 16:38

Okay, so it’s probably actually old and dusty. Regardless of its hygiene, however, I found a backup that I made that was surprisingly more up-to-date than I expected. I remembered the occasion on which this backup was made, but thought that I had opted not to make it (don’t ask me why). Turns out that I did make it, I just had to find it. Find it I have, and now all but two or three of our old posts are once again available for your perusal.

The request for the text of any missing posts still stands, especially the post “Governmental Parenting.” If you have that, feel free to e-mail me or comment it here. Also, the backup was a database backup, and did not include the customized style sheet, so I think we’ll be sticking with the new look. Suggestions, comments, and so forth are always welcome!

Powered by Wordpress, theme by neuro