Life is for Living

This blog is to collect random thoughts that don't really have a structure, except a publishing chronology, and even that is unlikely to follow the creation chronology.

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Calm, excited, weak, strong, funny, serious, lazy, worker, irresponsible, thinker, shallow, selfish, generous, spontaneous, impulsive, undecided, poor, rich, tall(ish), ignorant, cultured, sophisticated, procrastinator, stoopid, clever. Pick any two, or more... ;-) 
One of my favorite quotes: "Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well reserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming... 'Wow! What a ride!' "

Generally interested in a lot of subjects:
- Artificial Intelligence (mostly because there's so little Natural Intelligence around)
 Robotics
- 3D printing
- DIY projects (including home foundry, electronics, general hacking)
- Scuba diving
- Mountaineering
- Paragliding
- Music
- Arts (mostly visual arts) including street art
- Dance
- Intentional communities
- Society in general, how to fix the current mess in particular, or rather how to escape it

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Ma Révolution de Nouvel An.

Tous les ans, j'entends des gens se plaindre déjà à la deuxième semaine de l'année de n'avoir pu tenir leur promesse d'aller à la salle de gym, ou de manger moins. J'étais sûr que c'étaient donc des sujets à éviter. En fin de compte, c'était assez facile de déterminer quelle devait être mon but pour l'année, particulièrement parce que c'est un processus que j'ai amorcé à la fin de 2010. En septembre, plus exactement. Septembre, en France, est le mois où les impôts sur le revenu doivent être payés.
J'ai seulement versé 75% de ce que le gouvernement dit que je leur dois. Mon raisonnement est qu'ils gaspillent déjà bien trop de NOTRE argent, si on continue à leur donner ce qu'ils veulent, ils ne changeront jamais rien de fondamental.

Nous avons besoin de progrès. De réformes. Sur les impôts de l'an dernier, j'ai retenu 25% du montant. Cette année, je vais retenir 50%, l'an prochain 75% et je laisse les mathématiciens calculer ce que je ferai l'année d'après.

Rage against the machine...
Si vous voulez en savoir plus sur ce qui m'a motivé, lisez ma lettre aux Ministre du Budget, Ministre des Finance et Percepteur de Thonon-les-Bains ...

My New Year Revolution.

Every year, people complain on the second week of January about having failed to keep up with going to the gym, or eating less. So I knew those were subjects to be avoided. In the end, it was fairly easy do decide what my goal for the year would be, especially since it was something I started at the end of 2010. In September, more exactly. September, in France, is the month where income tax payments have to be made.
I only paid 75% of what the gummint said I owed them. My reasoning is that they waste far too much of OUR money as it is, if we keep giving them what they want, they'll never change anything fundamental.

We need progress. On last year's taxes, I withdrew 25% of the amount, this year I'm going to withdraw 50%, next year 75%, and I'll let the mathematically inclined figure out the amount for the year after that.

Rage against the machine...

If you want to know more about this, you might want to read my letter to the Budget Minister, Finance Minister and Tax collector. It's in French, but if I have enough requests, I'll translate it.