Life

Some Things

It’s time for another round of short, seemingly random, topics. Most of these topics could become a full length post, but they’re still only ideas floating around in my head. Flavour I often find myself wondering where certain words come from, or how we ended up with certain phrases. “As Read more…

By GaProgMan, ago
Life

忍者 or “Ninja”

Japan Think about Japan. I’m willing to bet a lot of money that one of the first thing that came to your mind was either a Samurai warrior, a geisha girl (or a boy, as there were male geisha) or a Ninja. Ninja – The Public One of the most Read more…

By GaProgMan, ago
Life

集中力 or “Concentration”

Concentration So, I’ve been thinking about concentration a lot today. Mostly, because I’ve noticed that when talking, we all have a tendency (sometimes) to only talk about what WE want to talk about at the moment. For instance, imagine that you’re talking to someone about a video game. They’re telling Read more…

By GaProgMan, ago
Life

臆病 or “Cowardice”

The Buddhist priest Tetsugyu (not sure on the Chinese characters that spell his name, as I could only find this story in English) once said of Buddhism and cowardice: The Chinese character for “cowardice” [臆病  read おくびょう or Okubyõ] is made by adding the character for “illness” [病 read びょう or byõ] Read more…

By GaProgMan, ago
Life

Bricks, eggs and children

Today, I’ve been washing bricks. Seriously, washing bricks. I don’t get any perverse pleasure out of it or anything. We’re re-painting the storage shed so that we can put an top loading, 150 litre freezer in there. This has meant that the bricks have had to be washed before we Read more…

By GaProgMan, ago