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So, I'd like to teach myself how to program in SIMPL. I've got programming experience, but SIMPL is a different type of beast than anything I have seen before.

I've got access to a DM processor, room controller, and a simple 10-button panel.

Any pointers on where/how to start? Are there any good online tutorials/resources that can walk me through a simple project?
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Try the search result link at the bottom of this comment: the top link is a step by step "no frills" blog.  I have knowledge that Crestron is aware of it and has not seen a reason to have it modified or removed -(meaning it is 'mostly right').

There are also links to several YouTube videos showing some tips and techniques.  

https://www.google.com/search?q=simpl+windows+tutorial&oq=Simpl+windows+&aqs=chrome.1.57j0l3.8214j0&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8
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A case against faith:

If a god tries to test your faith, then that god exists and it is no longer a matter of faith. Now it's just a decision to either obey or disobey.

If it seems to you that god is testing your faith, then it really does come down to a test of faith. If you are wrong, it will be you who are disappointed, either way, not god. Either you chose to obey a god that didn't exist. Or, you chose to not obey a god that does. 

One reason to choose not to obey is because if you do obey a non-existent god, you have literally given up the meaning of your life to a fiction. If you chose not to obey a real god, there is still some wiggle room because you really don't have any idea what might come next. Maybe it was a test to see if you would fall for the first test. Maybe the test isn't really that big of a deal to god. Maybe god was just kidding. Maybe you completely misunderstood what god was all about. Maybe even though god exists, we still all just die in the end.  The point is, there are an infinite number of possibilities. If you mistakenly obey, then you have definitely lost the chance to create an authentic life of meaning and can never get it back.
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This is purely semantics though. The words faith and belief seem to mean different things to different people. No dictionary will change that.
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Lowering our energy footprint does not have to be a sacrifice. In fact, it will more likely lead to happier, more meaningful lives.
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Lowering our energy footprint does not have to be a sacrifice. In fact, it will more likely lead to happier, more meaningful lives.
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That's a lot of sound coming from these three...
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More on the peak energy crisis and the end of growth.
 
My latest Guardian column on a Ministry of Defence report predicting how "imminent peak oil" and climate crisis will create a "long recession" in the west that will culminate in "internal unrest" in the UK
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We do have more production in our country. We import about 60% of our oil, and 60% what we import come from north and south of our border. Most of the oil from Alaska is sold to Japan and other Pacific countries. The gauging at pump continue to results in profit records for these companies.
The oil companies buying the patents for any and all new invention of different energy sources and then dump it.
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No, you are not un-American! Quite the contrary! He who loves his country, stands up, shows up when something is wrong. Or, as Barbara Ehrenreich (http://goo.gl/eFIEv) formulated it: No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.
Her book Bright-sided: How the Relentless Promotion of Positive Thinking Has Undermined America (2009) is one of the most-read fiction books in Europe (http://goo.gl/p2LoL).
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Are you guilty of being an asshole in the workplace? Not sure? Here are two tests for recognition of the asshole:

1. After encountering the person, do people feel oppressed, humiliated or otherwise worse about themselves?

2. Does the person target people who are less powerful than him/her?

Of the two rules, rule #2 is far more important than rule #1.
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very nice...thanks.
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Lowering our energy footprint does not have to be a sacrifice. In fact, it will more likely lead to happier, more meaningful lives.
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Actually, +Alex Grossman , I think you are over-broadening the concept of competition and misstating my position.

For example, you claim I am trying to "exclude the competition of ideas, for example in education."  But, actually, I explicitly used education as an example of sensible competition. I would rather not use the word competition to describe it, but that is far from saying that I'd like to disallow it altogether.

Who in their right mind would be against the "competition" of ideas?

I'm simply making a distinction between two different types of competition. There's the broad sense of competition, where people try out different methods to achieve the same goal in order to identify the most effective way to accomplish that goal. And then there is the narrow sense in which a competitor can only win via the loss of another competitor.

Do you agree that this distinction exists? If not, that there's no reason to proceed further with this discussion.

It is my contention that it is the latter sense of competition that is distinctly capitalist in nature, and it is the benefits of this type of competition that I have a difficult time understanding.

You say "What we need to do, as a society, is find mechanisms of allowing for healthy competition and the creative destruction that permits the reallocation of resources while at the same time minimizing the harm that individuals can suffer."

I couldn't agree more. But, for me, this means getting rid of the narrow sense of competition while keeping the broad sense.  

What you and other capitalists seem to believe is that people will not create value unless they have the possibility of economic gain. The claim may or may not be true but, if it turns out not to be true, then the capitalist mode of competition indeed ends up having little value. Would you agree? 
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Reggie Watts is an absolute genius. 
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