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시편 31편

주의 얼굴을 주의 종에게 환히 비춰 주시고 주의 변함없는 사랑으로 나를 구원하소서.

여호와를 바라는 너희 모든 사람들아, 담대하라. 그분이 너희 마음을 강하게 하시리라.

- 시편 31편 16, 24절

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Way down in Dallas, in the Dallas Ruby Brigade, we believe that monkey-patching, while it’s served us well, the time has come for some new terminology there. So while you have duck-typing in Ruby, we believe that monkey-patching should become duck-punching.

Adam Keys

Well, I was just totally sold by Adam, the idea being that if it walks like a duck and talks like a duck, it’s a duck, right? So if this duck is not giving you the noise that you want, you’ve got to just punch that duck until it returns what you expect.

Patrick Ewing

From RailsConf 2007


오랬만에 소리내서 웃었다.

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  • Sudden change in sleeping patterns
  • Easily frustrated
  • Random burst of tears
  • Sudden chills
  • Reflexive muscle twitches
  • Decreased appetite

I gotta stop watching House M.D.… -_-;;

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고등학교때 쓰다가 대학교때 그만둔 세벌식 자판을 무슨 노망이 들었는지 다시 쓰기 시작했다. 오타가 단어 하나 칠때 2~3번씩나며 머리 속에 떠오르는 생각의 속도를 따라가지 못하는 typing speed는 날 짜증나게한다. 마치 stick shift를 처음 사용하기 시작했을 때 생각이 난다. Every other stop sign에서 시동이 꺼질때 오는 frustration과 비슷한 경헝을 하고있다.

하지만 두벌식을 다시 사용하지 않는 이유는 무엇이든 익숙한 것을 버리는 것처럼 무섭지만 그만큼 exciting한것이 없기 때문이 아닐까? 익숙한 버릇을 완전히 버리고 새로운것을 습득했을때 오는 희열은 해본사람만 안다.

지난날 예전 것을 버리고 새로운것을 배운 예들을 생각해 보았다. Korean에서 English (1993), MS Windows에서 Gentoo Linux (1999), Automatic에서 Manual Stick (2003), SVN에서 git (2007), 그리고 가장 최근 두벌식에서 세벌식(2008)… 이와 같이 많은 새로운것을 습득한 transition들을 다시 생각해보니 재미는 사실을 발견하였다.

새로운것을 내 것 으로 만들기 위해선 먼저 예전것을 100% 버려야 한단 사실이다.

예전것을 버리지 않은상태에서 새것을 습득하는 것은, at least for me, 불가능해 보인다. 한국에 살면서 영어를 배우려고 하는것, Windows와 같이 dual 부팅 하며 Linux를 배우는 것, 친구(John)차로 stick을 배우는것, svn을 사용하면서 git으로 전환하려는 것 모두 miserably fail했다.

또 안타까운 사실은 예전것을 버리는 행위를 나 혼자 내 의지만으로 해낸적이 없다는 사실이다. 매번 지난것을 버리는 행위는 외부적인 힘 혹은 어쩔수 없는 환경의 변화로 인해 가능케 됐었다. 오직 미국으로 이사 했을 때, Windows를 완전히 삭제했을 때, Automatic차(Red Buick)가 망가졌을 때, svn을 사용하는 project들이 없어졌을 때에서야 진실로 새로 시작할 수 있었다.

새로 시작하고 싶은 욕망이 가득하다. 하지만 나의 지난날의 아직 버리지 못한 나의 감정들 때문에 앞으로 나가지 못하는 내 모습을 보곤 실망한다. 환경이 바껴야지만 새로 시작할수 있을까?

점점 시간이 갈수록 자신감만 없어지고 있다.

뭐야? 결론이 왜이래?

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Praise for the Fountain Opened

- by 4him

William Cowper

There is a fountain filled with blood
drawn from Emmanuel’s veins;
and sinners plunged beneath that flood
lose all their guilty stains.

The dying thief rejoiced to see
that fountain in his day;
And there may I, though vile as he,
wash all my sins away.

Ever since, by faith, I saw the stream
Thy flowing wounds supply,
Redeeming love has been my theme
and shall be till I die.

- William Cowper

한국어 가사

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Early Cherry Blossom

난 자연이 좋다.

거짓없는 그 모습이 좋다.

언제나 찾아가도 반갑게 맞아주니 좋다.

하나님을 볼 수 있어서 좋다.

난 자연이 좋다.

- s.m.t.k.

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Animal Reference

I’ve been meaning to compile this list for the longest time…

Animal Young Female Male Adjective Meat
Bear cub sow boar ursine n/a
Cat kitten queen tom feline n/a
Cattle calf cow bull bovine beef
Chicken chick hen rooster, cock galine poultry
Deer fawn doe buck, stag cervine venison
Dog pup bitch sire canine n/a
Donkey foal jenny jack asinine n/a
Duck duckling hen drake anatine poultry
Fox cub vixen reynard vulpine n/a
Goat kid doe buck caprine chevon
Horse foal mare stallion equine n/a
Pig piglet sow boar porcine pork
Sheep lamb ewe ram ovine mutton

Corrections/additions are welcome!


Happy Pi Day


아직도 기억이 생생하다. 2006년 3월 14일 CG 기도모임. Pi day를 사람들과 같이 기념하고 싶은 마음에 apple pi를 사갔었다. 하지만 CG 사람들은 그딴 holiday가 어디있냐며 날 왕따시켰었다.

2년이 지난 오늘 난 아직 파이를 나눠먹을 사람이 없다. 뭐 상관 없다. 나 혼자라도 pie를 먹으며 원의 지름과 둘래의 비의 아름다움을 즐길것이다!

Things to do on a Pi Day

  1. 파이 먹기
  2. 파이의 값을 10자리수까지 외워보기. (전화번호를 외울수 있다면 누구나 가능!)
  3. 열왕기상 7장 23절 혹은 역대하 4장 2절을 묵상하기.
  4. 영화 Pi를 감상하기.
  5. 파이를 주제로 haiku 쓰기.
  6. 오늘이 파이데이라고 사람들에게 알리기!

Learn more about pi day

Wikipedia Article about pi day

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Like rain and sun

Tell me how you love her, Will

Like a sickness and its cure together

Yes, like rain and sun, like cold and heat.

Is your lady beautiful? … Tell me, is she beautiful?

Oh, if I could write the beauty of her eyes! I was born to look in them and know myself.

And as lips?

Oh, Thomas, her lips! The early morning rose would wither on the branch, if it could feel envy!

And her voice? Like lark song?

Deeper. Softer. None of your twittering larks! I would banish nightingales from her garden before they interrupt her song.

She sings too?

Constantly. Without doubt. And plays the lute, she has a natural ear. And her bosom—did I mention her bosom?

What of her bosom?

Oh Thomas, a pair of pippins! As round and rare as golden apples!

I think the lady is wise to keep your love at a distance. For what lady could live up to it close to, when her eyes and lips and voice may be no more beautiful than mine? Besides, can a lady born to wealth and noble marriage love happily with a Bankside poet and player?

Yes, by God! Love knows nothing of rank or riverbank! It will spark between a queen and the poor vagabond who plays the king, and their love should be minded by each, for love denied blights the soul we owe to God! So tell my lady, William Shakespeare waits for her in the garden!

But what of Lord Wessex?

For one kiss, I would defy a thousand Wessexes!

excerpt from the movie, Shakespeare in Love

나도 사랑해보고싶다…

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A Mathematician’s Lament

The first thing to understand is that mathematics is an art. The difference between math and the other arts, such as music and painting, is that our culture does not recognize it as such.

I say about 90% of the population hates math. As a person who belong in a field that’s a branch of mathematics, it’s really hard to find a person that appreciates what I do.

It’s easy for a musician to find a person who appreciates what they do for what it is, instead of how useful it is. When it comes to mathematician, it’s next to impossible to find a non-mathematicians to respect what you do for what it is.

Part of the problem is that nobody has the faintest idea what it is that mathematicians do.

Nobody enjoys music because it’s useful. Nobody spends hours to learn how to read because it’ll be useful when it comes to reading a manual to operate a DVD player, rather to be mused by the wonderful words of Shakespeare.

As soon as you make something “useful” then “fun” of the subject gets trashed out the door. Who teaches music so that the child will become a TV commercial jingle composer?

Yet people perceive and teach math as an useful tool, and therefore as a consequence people hate it. Yes, it is true that it is a useful tool, like music is useful in selling Pizza Bagel Bites, but that’s not why I enjoy math.

In a wonderful essay, “A Mathematician’s Lament”, Paul Lockhart paints a beautiful illustration of aforementioned idea: how math is an art, how the current education system is destroying it, and how it ought to be taught.

If you ever thought to yourself that “I hate math” or “I’m not a math person”, do yourself a favor and please read this essay.

It’s actually a fun read, I swear!

Download the essay

of course, all the quotes above are from the essay

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