21 October 2014

My Battle Against Hitler

An important book went on sale today: My Battle Against Hitler: Faith, Truth, and Defiance in the Shadow of the Third Reich by Dietrich von Hildebrand. It is actually a translation of part of the memoirs he wrote in German during the last decade of his life at the request of his wife, Lady Alice. Amazon says my copy is “In transit” as I pre-ordered it on October 12th, which just happened to be his birthday.

09 October 2014

Beauty of Mystérium Fídei

Last month, I decided to do something I had never done before and submit a paper to a philosophical conference. As a trained computer programmer that has only taken one course in philosophy, this was a rather assuming thing to do. However, I do consider myself a theologian, though only as Evagrius of Pontus so succinctly described this discipline: “If you are a theologian, you will pray truly. And if you pray truly, you are a theologian.” Unfortunately, almost two weeks after submitting my abstract, just as I finished my paper, I received an email saying that they had received an unexpectedly large amount of response and could not accept all of them, including mine. Thus, I have decided to post it here.

Displeasure with LinkedIn

Since LinkedIn will not allow me to post updates exceeding the maximum length of 174 characters, I am posting my update here so that I can post a link to it in LinkedIn.

At the risk of being penalized by the management of LinkedIn Corporation, I would like to voice my displeasure with this website. In attempting to configure LinkedIn as a potentially useful professional tool last spring (or late winter), I unexpectedly and accidentally gave LinkedIn my entire gmail address book, to my great embarrassment. I was not particularly happy about this, and as a professional computer programmer, I attribute this to incompetence (for sake of charity, I will not attribute it to malice) on the part of the developers of the LinkedIn website. Given a number of contacts in my address book for which a LinkedIn invitation from me would seem quite unprofessional, it seems my use of this website as a useful professional tool failed in this respect.