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Fear of Death
Fear of Life is fear of death
Tue April 7 2020  1:34pmFaith/Philosophy

. . .that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil. And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.   (Hebrews 2:14b,15)

A blessed Holy Week, and a Joyful Easter to all who read this.

Don't panic!!

Panic over COVID-19 is growing along curious lines. Those who are closing their shops and offices (and churches) and hiding in their houses or behind surgical masks are generally the rich, the educated, and the elite. At least where I live, most folks who have to work for a living are trying to go about their daily business as usual. Is there a connection between affluence & pride, and fear of death?

Empty Tomb

There is certainly a connection between fear of Life and fear of death. Those who promote contraception, abortion, sterilization, and population control are most likely to fear their own death. Those who are in panic over the Overpopulation Myth are, ironically, also in panic over COVID-19.

This is to be expected, is it not? Perhaps people are afraid of death because, deep down, they fear what awaits them afterward. (cf. Mt.10:28)

But fear of God and of his righteous judgment, when embraced, delivers us from lesser fears. Jesus broke through death and empowers all who follow him to live Life fully, free of fear. May we thus turn to the Lord and beg him as did his disciples, "Lord, increase our faith." (Lk.17:5) Or, the fearful believer who cried, "Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief." (Mk.9:24)

Heads Up
Sudoku Analyzer Bug Report
Fri February 14 2020  2:15pmSudoku

This Sudoku puzzle has me scratching my head.

The Sudoku Analyzer solves it step by step, giving clues along the way. Which is to say, it is not one of those occasional Sudokus which can only be solved in trial-end-error guesswork manner. But at a couple points, the Sudoku Analyzer gives very complex hints where simple hints are possible. This is not according to design. Then, in at least one very complex hint, several secondary hint steps are omitted, without which the complex hint is incomplete.

What's especially baffling is that these problems seem to be unique to the grid pictured. Other Sudokus, even much more complex ones, are still solved quite methodically, logically, and correctly. What's different about this particular Sudoku?

This blog post is a heads up. If you have encountered similar symptoms in other Sudokus, or if you have any insight into what's going on with this one, I would appreciate a heads up from you in return.

15 Feb 2020 Note:
Have fixed (I think) the second problem mentioned above, in which secondary hint steps were omitted. Sometimes just need a good night's rest to see things with fresh eyes. Still have to address the first, less serious problem, in which simple hints are passed over in favor of more complex hints. Stay tuned.

21 Feb 2020 Note:
Have done little to address the aforementioned problem of giving overly complex hints. For one thing, this appears to be an oddity that occurs quite rarely, and, as noted above, is not a serious bug. Furthermore, upon studying it, it seems to be inextricably linked to the inherent complexity of Sudoku itself. I may write a longer article or web page examining this interesting phenomenon. Right now, am declaring this report closed, the bug resolved.

22 May 2020 Note:
Recently encountered and fixed another, unrelated bug in the Sudoku Analyzer, a very difficult bug to track down. Briefly, it involved an occasional, random failure of the server-side binary executable due to its failure to properly align the stack pointer prior to calling a C function from an assembly routine, as is required on the 64 bit BSD server. Am sure everyone reading this understands exactly what this involves. ;)

Anyway, it's worth mentioning here because the long process of troubleshooting and correcting the random binary bug exposed another much less serious anomaly, which, now corrected, results in avoiding, in at least some advanced Sudokus, the above mentioned oddity of overly complex hints. But only in some cases. As the previous note also mentions, the apparent simplicity of Sudoku masks an inherent complexity that may be impossible for human brain nor computer program to fully master.

rev. Fri May 22  7:59pm
Billionth Birthsecond
Calculate exact seconds elapsed
Sat January 11 2020  5:58pmComputer

It's probably a guy thing, like watching the car's odometer roll over to 100,000 miles. But, when you think about it, observing birthseconds is really no different than celebrating birthdays. Specifically, the occurrence of one's billionth birthsecond is a rather singular milestone in one's life span. It is the only birthsecond magnitude one can observe with any real appreciation. The next lower magnitude, that of 100 million seconds, occurs when one is just a tad over 3 years old, too young to grasp what such a number entails. The next larger magnitude, 10 billion seconds, occurs at an interval of over 300 years; no chance to observe that event.

Just shy of 32 years of (read article)

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rev. Wed May 6  11:50am
Two more false oppositions
Tue December 31 2019  10:20amFaith/Philosophy

Here are a couple more examples of true and false opposition, in which a hyper or exaggerated version of something becomes its very opposite:

Distributism vs. Capitalism

In conformity with modern parlance, I'm using here the term 'capitalism' to refer to our current experience of large corporate capitalism, what some might call late-stage capitalism. This is but a perverse exaggeration of a small-scale and more reasonable capitalism, what is now called distributism.

Distributism has been championed by such diverse thinkers as G. K. Chesterton and Thomas Jefferson. As the name suggests, distributism puts economic and political (read article)

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true and false opposites
Wed December 18 2019  8:07amFaith/Philosophy

Patriarchy vs. Machismo

Patriarchy literally means 'fathers rule'. If you think 'machismo' means patriarchal, you've got another think coming. The machismo man may strut and crow like a banty rooster, but the last thing he is is a responsible father. The machismo spirit that some consider patriarchal is very compatible with feminism. If the man is cocky and irresponsible, it's probably because the woman is independent and responsible for everything, or because of socialist programs that undermine his paternal obligations.

So when feminists (or egalitarians) equate machismo with true patriarchy, they are equivocating. What at first (read article)

rev. Sat Feb 22  1:49pm
CyberJerry software license
Tue December 3 2019  12:42pmComputer

Starting a few days ago, the comments area on Jerry's Blog now contains a few words reminding you that your comment is a public work and may be quoted, copied, and shared freely by other people. This is simply an explicit disclaimer of what was always implicit, applicable to pretty much any blog comment on the internet. What's new is that large segments of this website, including Jerry's Blog, are now protected by the Gnu General Public License (GPL). A public license is sometimes called copyleft protection. Conventional copyright means that nobody can copy the work without explicit permission. Copyleft means that the public may freely copy it, but they cannot later claim (read article)

Honoring the name my father gave me
Thu October 24 2019  4:33pmMisc.

Am planning some small website changes soon, but first want to publicly clarify another matter that is of great personal import and may also have a slight impact on the planned website changes.

My family name is DePyper, a compound, two-part surname of Belgian origin. Am not sure of the etymology; it may originally have meant something like 'the piper', as in the village flute player, or, more likely, 'of (the town of) Pyper'. Either way, 'Pyper' was the important part, and 'De' (or 'de') merely the prefix.

I grew up learning to write my family name as DePyper, but also to recognize and accept De Pyper and de Pyper (read article)

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rev. Nov 26 2019  6:40pm
When in doubt, tell the truth.
- Mark Twain

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4/20/18Crisis of Authority 4
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3/1/18Self abnegation 1
12/14/17Sudoku Challenge
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