Makes me laugh every time

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Another favorite from JMS

“Babylon 5: Meditations on the Abyss (#5.14)” (1998)

G’Kar: If I take a lamp and shine it toward the wall, a bright spot will appear on the wall. The lamp is our search for truth, for understanding. Too often we assume that the light on the wall is God. But the light is not the goal of the search; it is the result of the search. The more intense the search, the brighter the light on the wall. The brighter the light on the wall, the greater the sense of revelation upon seeing it! Similarly, someone who does not search, who does not bring a lantern with him, sees nothing. What we perceive as God, is the byproduct of our search for God. It may simply be an appreciation of the light, pure and unblemished, not understanding that it comes from us. Sometimes we stand in front of the light and assume that we are the center of the universe. God looks astonishingly like we do! Or we turn to look at our shadow, and assume that all is darkness. If we allow ourselves to get in the way, we defeat the purpose; which is to use the light of our search to illuminate the wall in all its beauty – and in all its flaws. And in so doing better understand the world around us.

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Mac one-click drive mappings

This is likely in various formats all over the web, but I use this often enough I’m putting it here for my own use.  Feel free to use it and let me know how it works.

How to make one-click drive mappings on the mac

1) I started by modifying an Applescript file that a buddy sent me. Mine looks something like this.  You’ll have to fill in the italicized stuff:

tell application "Finder"
mount volume "smb://servername.domain.blah/volumename/username"
end tell
(*
tell application "Finder" to open "username"
*)
tell application "Finder"
mount volume "smb://servername.domain.blah/volumename/directoryname"
end tell

(*
tell application "Finder" to open "directoryname"
*)

2) I copied the text of the script into my clipboard.

3) I then opened up Automator, selected Custom Workflow, and navigated to Utilities–>Run Applescript

4) I pasted the contents of my Applescript into that window, then hit the Compile button.

5) I chose Save As, and in the File Format dropdown I selected Application.

6) From there, I just saved the app file somewhere safe (made a folder off the root drive, rather than keeping the script right on my desktop) and then dragged it to my Dock. The first time I mapped the drive I saved my username and password to the keychain, and I’m all setup with one-click drive mappings.

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It made me laugh out loud when I saw it

So I had to just post it.

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Sangria!

So I made what I’ll loosely refer to as Sangria for Easter this year. It’s somewhere in between punch and Sangria really. It isn’t anything complex, but it came out really well. I figured I’d share in case anyone else was interested.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1.5L “war jug” of red wine. (For some reason, it works best if the bottle has a screw top and a handle. I went with the Trader Joe’s variety of Sangria-ready wine.)
  • 1/2 a lime
  • 1/2 an apple
  • 1/2 a pear
  • 1/2 a tangerine or blood orange
  • 5-6 large strawberries
  • 1/2 cup white rum

Pour wine into pitcher, dice fruit and add into pitcher, then add rum. The hard part is letting it sit for about 4 hours. Stir once an hour, sneak a taste or two. Add (granulated) sugar if needed.

 

sangria

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