The assorted finds of Artefact Publishing

September 24, 2004

Prue Kelly responds

A few weeks ago I received a form letter response from Prue Kelly, Principal of Wellington High School, regarding protests over Destiny Church’s use of the school grounds, that I wrote about at the time. Despite it being a form letter, I shan’t reproduce it here (I would simply be inclined to mock the grammatical errors therein), but it was accompanied by a press release which is below:

PRESS STATEMENT — 1.00pm 31 August 2004

Yesterday afternoon, Stevie Wildewood, Kate Brandon-Green and Sonny Thomas presented Principal Prue Kelly with a petition the students of Wellington High signed asking for the lease of school facilities to the Destiny Church to stop.

After discussing the issues they agreed:

Wellington High School has a diverse student population with a well-established culture of tolerance and acceptance. The students and Principal have reached this shared understanding for a way forward.

Their agreement was ratified by petition signers at a meeting this morning and they now expect people beyond the school to respect their decision and let them concentrate on preparation for end of year examinations.

Stevie Wildewood, Sonny Thomas, Kate Brandon-Green and Prue Kelly

To continue my snarkiness, I could find no mention of the original incident or anything relating to it, including the press release, on their website, though the site has been updated this month.

However, it is excellent to see that the matter has been, if not resolved, then at least taken in a good direction.

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The more I do, the more there is to do

In working on IPA Zounds I have discovered two things:

  1. As soon as I make a release (including just sending a development version off to someone), having done all the things I can think of, I find several overlooked mistakes or new things I should do. This is perhaps the irritating version of the more general rule in number 2.
  2. Whenever I think there is nothing more I can do to improve the program, a little external stimulus will spur a mass of possible improvements to present themselves.

So, I was going to release version 2.0 of IPA Zounds last week, or the week before that. It is not likely to happen for several more weeks. Partly that is because I wanted to make a couple of changes to the GUI and found that I could not get wxPython to play. This annoyed me, as did the paucity of documentation. So, I decided to rewrite it using PyGTK (not a day after pledging not to do same). So far it is going well — the documentation has fewer gaps for a start — and has provided me with ideas for many possible improvements.

The worst part of this is that I want to yank the currently available version offline, because it is so deeply inferior to what I have now — indeed I am surprised it works for anyone. For some reason, though, I don’t want to make an interim release, since I know there are immediate things to improve in the trunk version. I suspect it is just me failing to embrace the release early, release often approach.

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September 02, 2004

God is good

Idiot/Savant at No Right Turn states:

The Divine Command Theory also reduces claims that God is good to a vacuous tautology - God is good only in the sense that he does whatever he wants to. Four-year-olds do whatever they want to too; does that make them good?

In the original context of a discussion of morality, I am inclined to agree. However, I do not think that “God is good/great” is about morality at all (in fact I think morality is over-emphasised in many discussions of religion). God is beyond duality, beyond judgment, and consequently beyond morality. The sense of the word “good” is then not one of judgment, not one which admits of an opposite. Some will no doubt immediately claim that this is meaningless, and I would again be inclined to agree. However, it is not without experiential importance. To say, to understand, that God is good in the face of some disaster is to approach reality head-on. It is to confront what is in the most mature and sensible way possible, with that acceptance which manifests as a gentle delight in the world.

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