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Book Review: The Unbeliever E.L. Baylis

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This is my first ever book review of the first book I ever bought on Amazon.com.


Masterfully written with a keen insight for knowing the perspectives of different people, The Unbeliever is a masterpiece that should be read by believers and non-believers alike. Whether you are seeking to understand or have your feet of faith firmly planted on the ground, this one strikes deep into many questions long held by many.I've long wanted to say that I bought a book on Amazon.com but have held back for 'The One'. This is it.
I'm glad that this has been my first ever purchase. It has rekindled not just my appetite for reading (though I was reading it mostly on the Kindle App on my small LG phone) but also gave me some much needed spiritual food.Whether you are an atheist or a Christian, this is a riveting revelation that is very entertaining and illuminating to say the least.

Exorcising our inner demons always comes at a cost. For Art Wellington, the price he almost paid was just t…

Zeus in Wooden Carving

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Today started slowly. Saw dust flew and drifted with the idle winds of the weekend.



As it rained last night lightning struck continuously. It felt as if somebody was playing with the fluorescent lamps. One, two, three flashes then a long one. Three seconds of pitch black silence pervades and then, boom!

The roof would rumble like Zeus himself was bowling high above the heavens.

I don't know anything about wood carving but I asked my mother-in-law if she could buy a "Katam" or a wood planer when she went to the market. It's a pretty old fashioned tool for wood carvers that you could get in 'the saw sharpening' place. It's right in front of the Little Shop by the Corner in Recto, Lipa City.





The varnish was mahogany red. The trunk is mahogany wood and the surface is acacia. It needs a little bit more work as the color didn't turn out how I imagined it to be. It's definitely a work in progress, one that was spurned by necessity and perhaps a dosage o…

Falling in Love with Elementary OS

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Elementary OS, so far has not disappointed. Sleek, elegant and fast, this OS feels as light as a feather without sacrificing form and functionality.

It almost feels like a new install of Windows XP on a Dual Core PC with 2 GB of RAM.

The user interface uniquely blends everything like they're naturally a part of the operating system.

The first thing I installed was Google Chrome. Within a few minutes after installing the deb file, I was up and running and was able to write four blog posts for somebody.




This is totally relevant to the post 'yo'


Did you know? Elementary OS' third stable version, Isis was changed to Freya to avoid association with the Middle East militant group. (Source)

All of the drivers, save for the Nvidia proprietary graphics drivers worked out of the box. For a distribution based on Ubuntu, the user interface is more responsive. I don't know if this has to do with Ubuntu Unity or whether Pantheon (EOS' DE) is just better.

"Five Myths Abou…

[SOLD] Wood Bear Bench Garage Sale!

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Once upon a time two wooden brother bears went on an adventure. They traveled far and wide to search for the mysterious thing. They searched high and low, to the East and to the West and found, nothing. 

They were about to give up when lo and behold, out popped two people. A father and his son. 

Afraid that the two wooden bears would be discovered (for wooden bears aren't supposed to move in this realm) they stood frozen. 




But the father saw them still. He was out hunting with his son. And said, 

"These wooden bears would look nice as a bench." 

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Woodcraft Antique Sale: The Secret of the Woman

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Due to typhoon Glenda and the destruction of our verandah, we are selling wood sculptures and other woodcraft at a discount. Contact us for pricing and pickup.

This piece, "The Female Virgin Sculpture" has been with the family ever since our father bought it. I don't have any recollection of exactly where our father purchased it, but he once went on a shopping spree in Paete, Laguna where he bought a lot of arts and crafts.

The Wooden Female Virgin Sculpture

He was very fond of wood work and had most of the house built around that theme. The female virgin sculpture has weathered with time yet still retains that remarkable dosage of quaintness and mystery.

As I took a picture of its best parts, I began to ask "Who was she?". What gave the sculptor the inspiration to make her as such. With her wooden hand holding her long hair between her chest, she strikes an unassuming pose that could mean a lot of things.

Her left leg lazily bent with her left hand touching it…

The Unbeliever by E.L. Bayliss

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I figured that I would use my Amazon Associate earnings to buy something digital - my first Amazon.com purchase. For real. I live in the jungle. Cut me some slack.
I have a $20 gift card code floating around the depths of my email repository since 2012 and I haven't gotten around to using it. I earned it through the affiliate sales I made through this blog.

I think the book "The Unbeliever" by E.L. Bayliss sounds like something I'd want to read and maybe, write about myself. Well, at least, try to write something like it. But then again, I only read the blurb - soooooo.... I don't really know what it's all about.

Anyway, since I don't have a kindle device, I googled for a way to download the ebook file from Amazon. Nope. No can do.

Nothing there, but then I discovered that there was a Kindle App on Google Play. Yep, it works on my Android phone. Bought the book, downloaded the app, downloaded the book. Will read it. Now.

The Blurb from TheUnbelieverBook.co…

More on Seasteading

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It seems that the Seasteading Institute is ramping up its public awareness campaign in the form of youtube videos and emails. The timeliness of this video cannot be underscored enough. These are times of great crises in some parts of the world. Gaza, Ukraine, Iraq and Libya are just a few. In such cases, governments were the main antagonists as they warred with other governments and sometimes with itself.

Read: Blue Technology - Seasteading, Politics and Settling the Remaining 71% of the Planet

Dear Daniel-Andrei,

With all the aggression and violence currently on the TV, I thought it would be a good time to share our vision for how to live in peace at sea.




Could floating nations help us solve political problems without fighting? Patri Friedman co-founded The Seasteading Institute with Peter Thiel because they believe seasteading can.

Toward a more peaceful and prosperous world,
Joe Quirk, Seavangelist
The Seasteading Institute

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Freelance Writing Assignment Gig of the Day - August 5, 2014: In Home Cardio Workouts

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Rainy days sprinkle their own dosage of sunshine in ways that may surprise you. Even the bleakest moments can be happy in their own little way. A writer's life is about managing these flux of crescendos. Both the good and the bad.

In the world of freelance writing, it is very easy to get disappointed. At times, it feels like getting struck down by Harley Quinn inside the Arkham Asylum.



By the way, the Assault on Arkham, the animated feature was a tad disappointing. It lacked the flavor of Batman's dark brooding and subsequent rising from the ashes appeal. But it does give some background color to the amazing game series.





I got my Steam copies via Humble Bundle three months ago and I still think to this day, that movies should be sold like that. Movies served ala Humble Bundle style.

But then again, I've been seeing a lot of freelance writing assignments that get you to sign up to Amazon Prime.

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The Writer and the Raven

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It was a dark and cloudy day with nary a bird that sings. But somewhere, a writer is locked deep inside his thoughts thinking about something arcane and mysterious. Therein, a black raven appears and perches on a branch nearby.

**Squawk**
**Squawk**

The writer looks up from his desk and ponders. The bird seems to eye him carefully as if it wanted to say something.

Finally, unable to discern what the raven wants, the writer attempts to speak with it.

"Tell me your heart's desire oh, raven." queried the weary writer.

**Squawk**

"I need you to write about a thing." says the raven.

**Squawk**

"Ah, you've come to the right place and met the right man." the overjoyed writer says. "I have some time for you and would love to write as writers do. Tell me, my friend. What would you have me write?"

**Squawk**

"I need you to write about a thing." the raven says again with glassy eyes that seemed to lack any emotion or thought.

"Hmm...…

Freelance Writing Assignment of the Day - August 1, 2014: Bicycles and Clouds

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With your head high among the clouds, you peddled furiously on your bicycle. 

*Pfoosh* *Pfwooooooosh* 

They swish away as silky cotton clouds do as you pass by. 

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Working on iWriter.com can sometimes have this effect on you. Your mind wanders and trips on the protruding pebble that is the insanity that you take in and consequently churn out. Looking back, I never knew that bicycles could cause erectile dysfunction by compressing some arteries and nerves down there.

So to all the cyclists reading this, use the correct posture and buy the appropriate ball catcher for your bike.

As to cloud storage solutions, I'm sticking with the consumer level goodness bestowed upon me by the grace of Google. I use docs.google.com A LOT and love that feeling of using only 20% of my total storage space.

It brings me back to the days, when I can buy one gallon of cookies and cream ice cream, eat to my heart's contentment and still have lot to look forward to the following day. Now, it's just a…

Sea-Steading Update Email

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Dear Daniel-Andrei ,
Thank you for filling out our survey at floating-city.org . Gathering data from prospective residents is a key component of The Seasteading Institute's current primary undertaking, the Floating City Project – your initial input is much appreciated. We have been busy analyzing incoming data, determining what is important to seasteaders, and moving forward with plans for the first seastead city. You are now signed up to receive our semi-monthly newsletter , which will keep you updated on our progress.
I would like you to understand our strategy: Phase I has been aimed at identifying likely residents and business that would seek to locate on the seastead, investigating a feasible design , and seeking potential “host nations” that would be willing to grant a seastead substantial autonomy within their protected waters. The Institute is already engaged with key representatives in potential host nations.Phase II will begin once we receive confirmation of interest from on…