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CJS Hayward
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Orthodox Christian author Christos Jonathan Seth Hayward is a recovering geek. He holds master's degrees bridging math and computer science (UIUC) and philosophy and theology (Cambridge), and is considered to be in the profoundly gifted range. His most popular work as an author is Doxology, and he is presently learning Russian.
Orthodox Christian author Christos Jonathan Seth Hayward is a recovering geek. He holds master's degrees bridging math and computer science (UIUC) and philosophy and theology (Cambridge), and is considered to be in the profoundly gifted range. His most popular work as an author is Doxology, and he is presently learning Russian.

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One point that I have seen beloved friends and family have difficult with is the concept of an Orthodox monasticism; people seem to see what one gives up and not see what one gains.

Trying to write something on the topic may be a fool's errand; the Orthodox consensus is that you don't understand Orthodoxy by reading books but by participating in Orthodox services. A fortiori the principle may apply to monasticism, and while I am canonically a member of the Eastern Orthodox Church, I am not a monastic, not even a novice. I want to change that, but for now I am a member of the lay faithful (with aspirations of monasticism).

Today is the Sunday of the Last Judgment, shortly before Lent, and one thing some of us keep in mind is that birth and death come an inch apart, while what follows death streams on forever. A question to contemplate is, "What past do I want to answer for when the door to repentance is sealed to me forever?" And monasticism is not only privilege within the Orthodox Church; it is a journey of repentance powerful enough that a common usage is to have the term "repentance" refer to monasticism. Marriage is honorable, too, but given my needs I need the haven of monasticism. And in terms of what life I want to answer for when my book is closed, I would like to have used the haven of monasticism.

The article is long, but should you like to read it, it's at https://CJSHayward.com/monasticism/

(If you'd like to help fund me, see https://www.gofundme.com/the-holy-mountain)

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If you have a furry pet, please give it a scratch behind the ears for me...

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The shortest of my books is "A Small Taste of Jonathan's Corner", https://www.amazon.com/dp/1492724602 . There's a reason the cover shows a spoonful of ice cream next to a proper container.

One book that I've been a little disappointed hasn't gotten more attention is, "The Luddite's Guide to Technology," http://tinyurl.com/luddites-guide-technology

Technology, like a great many other things, has upsides and downsides. Purveyors of new technologies make the upsides clear enough. It's not quite so easy to find out what the very real downsides are.

I would love to have more reviews on this!

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I've finally succeeded in a quest I've been after for years.

I like the Aqua look, and after a lot of digging and finding that Linux's Gnome hid scrollbars and the like, combined a couple of themes with an old Linux distribution and to make what was initially an Aqua-themed Linux virtual machine that was (relatively) complete with browser, at https://CJSHayward.com/aqua/.

I say "relatively" because since then at least my copy has lost the scrolls, even if I duct-taped the Firefox theme to be available to Firefox versions up to 999, and installed the developer's version of Firefox, which kept itself current at least for a time. (This was the only way I found a relatively new Firefox that would run on Maverick Meerkat, an Ubuntu that shipped with Firefox 11, and a Firefox didn't have a web of newer dependencies). Now the only real reason I am keeping the virtual machine is that it's probably the only way for the occasional guest who wants to play "The Minstrel's Song" (an arcane Roguelike; see https://CJSHayward.com/download/ ) a slightly less geeky way to access the game I cut my teeth on programming.

Now I have a virtual machine with Mac OSX Snow Leopard Server, and the server version is the only version I'm aware where the license allows use within a virtual machine. That took some digging and the purchase link below is the only way I've found to get it (multiple Apple Support calls failed to get any of the part numbers people have used in the past to successfully obtain Snow Leopard Server). There's a bit of deja vu in terms of getting things working; current Microsoft Office and LibreOffice won't run, but I managed to download LibreOffice 4.3.3, copy, and unpack it. Chrome won't update, but it runs. Terminal is nice; while I can use iTerm2, there is something nice about being able to use a native command line without Terminal.app crashing horribly often like it does on current Sierra.

Amazon has only nine copies of Snow Leopard Server left.

http://amzn.to/2keogNb

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You have, perhaps, seen T-shirts proudly announcing the wearer to be an "Orthodox Christian in Communion with Rome."

Now there's an alternative for Orthodox Christians: a shirt announcing the wearer to be an "Orthodox Christian in Communion with CHRIST:"

Men's: https://www.zazzle.com/orthodox_christian_in_communion_with_christ_t_shirt-235724889937749381

Women's: https://www.zazzle.com/orthodox_christian_in_communion_with_christ_tshirt-235053549270467865

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